Malaysia’s Penang National Park

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Penang National Park

A veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry team leader, Christopher Dabney has transitioned to the financial sector and recently worked as a credit analyst intern at Ameris Bank in Gainesville, Florida. Christopher Dabney enjoys travel and has visited many different countries around the globe, including Malaysia.

Bisected by the South China Sea, Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country with a wide range of offerings for tourists: lively cities, colonial architecture, and biodiverse nature. Travel website Lone Planet has listed a number of interesting sights found in Malaysia, and topping the list is Penang National Park.

Only 2,300 hectares in area, Penang National Park is the smallest and one of the newest national parks in Malaysia, having attained national park status in 2003. However, the park is already considered the tourist highlight of Penang, offering challenging jungle trails and some of the country’s most quiet and beautiful beaches. Some portions of Penang National Park are of historical significance, as they still contain trenches that were dug in World War II – remnants of Malaysia’s occupation by the Japanese during the war.


Top Attractions in East Timor

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Resistance Museum

Christopher Dabney is a former infantry team leader with the U.S. Marine Corps. Having recently graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in finance, he has a unique blend of knowledge and practical experience in the field. Outside of his professional endeavors, Christopher Dabney has traveled to such countries as East Timor.

Visitors to East Timor, also called Timor-Leste, have the opportunity to enjoy everything from breathtaking scenery to interesting traditions. Below are just some of the country’s top attractions:

Atauro Island

Perfect for diving and snorkeling, Atauro Island is located roughly 18 miles away from Dili. The island was originally used as a jail and is a calm respite from the bustling city of Dili. Visitors can enjoy the reefs that circle much of the island or walk through traditional villages along various trails.

Resistance Museum

Located in Dili, the Resistance Museum details East Timor’s fight for independence. Through timelines, photographs, and weapon exhibits, visitors learn about the Indonesian occupation in the country and how the Falintil resistance fought back. The museum also features antique textiles and pottery from different districts.

Mount Ramelau

Rising around 3,000 meters above sea level, Mount Ramelau, or Tatamailau, is a popular destination for hikers. However, it is not a trip to make on a whim. The tallest mountain in all of East Timor, weather on the mountain can quickly go from sunny to foggy, and it can rain at any time. For the best chance of clear views hike during the dry season, which is from May to November.

Basic Hand Signals for Motorcyclists

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Hand Signals for Motorcyclists

Christopher Dabney spent four years with the United States Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman and team leader. Christopher Dabney enjoys leading an active lifestyle, which includes playing rugby and riding his Yamaha R6 motorcycle.

One of the first steps individuals must take after purchasing a motorcycle is to learn the appropriate hand signals. These signals are especially important when riding in a large group, a common practice among motorcyclists. The start engines signal is always the first gesture riders make before beginning a ride. To signal this action, riders must simply raise one of their arms straight up in the air and make a repetitive, circular motion with the index finger.

As a ride progresses, motorcyclists need to make further signals, particularly for turning, braking, and notifying others in the group of obstacles or hazards in the road. A left turn is signaled by extending one’s left arm horizontally over the road, while a right turn is signaled by extending the left arm and bending at the elbow, creating a 90 degree angle.

Riders can extend the left arm down toward the road at a 45 degree angle and move the hand in a brief up-and-down motion, similar to the motion of petting a dog, to indicate decreased speed. A full stop is also signaled by creating a downward, 45 degree angle, though riders should keep their hand still with the palm facing backward in the direction of trailing riders. Finally, to signal hazards in the road, individuals can use the left arm to point down at the road in the direction of the obstacle. If the hazard is to the right of riders, individuals can either signal with the right arm or hold their hand over their helmet.