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Langkawi Day 2 (Malaysia Day 5)

The accident!, Mt. Raya, Perdana Gallery, Durian Perangin Waterfall, black sand beach, dinner at the family restaurant, The Mosque incident, Cenang street

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And that was a real day with real nature stuffed with lots of new encounters in an amazing kind of nature!

This is Langkawi… nature that rocks and revives your soul…

Let’s start the day together by waking up by 9 am. We previously knew that there is no transportation in Langkawi and that the only way we can get around in the island is by taxi (very expensive) or renting a scooter/car. Scooter rental average was RM40 and Cars retal average was RM100.

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We went to the renting shop by 10 am and we choose a nice scooter only for RM30 for a full day! And that was a very good price!!! we took the scooter and started our drive:

The paper map that I had in Langkawi
The paper map that I had in Langkawi

That’s the map we used as a guide throughout our drive. We also had another small booklet that gave us tips about roads not to miss and important sightseeing. Our place “Pentai Tengah” is located SW of the map! we started by taking the road to the NE. We drove about 30 minutes enjoying nature everywhere:

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And suddenly! The rear Tyre  boomed!!!

OMG!!! Slow down…

Oooooh!!! Are we going to die here?!

We slipped for at least 50 meters and the bike stopped!

And we discovered that the Tyre is very soft!

Ouh! That son of a ***** who rented us a bad bike that could have resulted to our death here!!!

OMG! What are we gonna do now?!

That was the scooter that wished to kill us!
That was the scooter that wished to kill us!

A resident of the city saw us and guided us to a nearby repairing shop. Thanks God that it was close by! We went the the shop and told him about what happened and he told us that the Tyre is not good for use and needs to be changed. I told him that I rented the bike and he requested that I call the company and give him the phone to talk to them and I did. They agreed to fix it for RM80. I will pay the money and take it back from the company with the receipt. That was fair enough and I did so. We waited around an hour for the bike to be repaired. Then we took the bike back to the renting agency!

OMG! I was just about to die!!!
OMG! I was just about to die!!!

 

Of course, I told him I don’t want any bikes from you, and give me my money back. He refused telling me that he will give me another bike: the one that I choose! I agreed on one condition: I get a bigger one as a compensation from the agency (RM40 rate) plus that he extends the time of rental 2 hours! Undoubtedly, we checked every part of the bike before taking in and it looked perfect.

And…

OMG! That was really near death!

Anyway we didn’t let that mare our day and we decided to head to “Mt. Raya,” which is the tallest peak in Langkawi. You can find it right in the middle of the map.

And in our way we stopped by many amazing nature to take some photos like these:

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And that was a really short video taken while riding… it shows beautiful nature:

The trip up to the mt. was very interesting. Really, that’s almost what we enjoyed most in Langkawi. At that time of the day the weather was really hot and moist, but the higher we climbed the cooler the air became! Nature was amazing on both sides along the way. We even met many animals like cows and monkeys! 😀

We kept climbing, until we reached the top and spend some really quality time up there:

 

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And we even videoed some of those wonderful moments:

It’s a bit of a crazy video, but I hope you like it!

On our way down we met some monkeys!

Then we drove enjoying nature everywhere till we reached Perdana Gallery. This is a collection of all the gifts that Mahatir Mohamed (former Prime minister) received. And they are all really beautiful showing different cultures from many places of the world. The Gallery also includes an exhibition of all the achievements of Mahatir Mohamed and his wife and of course it includes the history of the period he ruled in it, and a biography of his life. I remember a word I red for him which I replied to in a loud voice: he said: “I want everyone to respect Malaysia” and I replied to him: “now everyone respects Malaysia Mahatir” 🙂 . The entry fee is RM10 and it’s totally worth it. We didn’t have much time so we couldn’t take photos of everything fantastic there, but here is a bit of it!

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Then we ran to the amazing “Durian Perangin Waterfall” which was really a magnificent inter-counter with nature 🙂 The place is really well-maintained and nature cannot be better than that!!!

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And we talked about “Durian Perangin Waterfall”  here:

Then we had to run to catch the sunset by the “black sand beach”

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We stayed by the beach for some time enjoying sunset like never before! Of course we wanted to take more photos and videos but unfortunately the battery was dead. And by coincidence our batteries were also dead :D. We went to look for a place to eat in.

And while driving we came across a really wonderful restaurant. The place was on a highway and it was more of a house offering food rather than a restaurant! It as a house putting some tables in front of it for guests to sit and eat!

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And they were like a family. No, it was actually a family (husband, wife, son and daughter). The husband stayed inside and didn’t appear except when we failed to understand each other (me and the woman because she doesn’t speak English or Arabic). The wife was the cook and she was Thai, and of course she made amazing food. Best I ever had there! The daughter was about 16 years old and she acted like a waitress. The little boy was sitting there and eating. 😀

Then we continued driving in the city for a while, and we stumbled by a Masjid (mosque). And is was time for Ishaa prayer. We decided to go and pray. And a really funny situation happened! 😀

We parked the scooter inside the building area and suddenly a young man with underwear appeared for us out of the blue! 😀 He looked like a gangster and started talking Malayo (of course we didn’t understand a word). So he started shouting (seems like he was calling for somebody). And out of the building a whole family in underwears appeared.

OMG! That’s a house and not a mosque. The man (head of the family) understood English. We apologized and went to the mosque (the building right beside it)!

Note: street signs can be misleading!

OMG! That was super embarrassing!

Anyway, we went to pray in masjid. It was empty and we didn’t find except one person (who was very old). He offered us to wear Izar (a piece of cloth that you tie around your waist). In their believes, you should wear that in your prayers, if you were wearing a trousers. But we didn’t take it and prayed without it.

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Izar

It was really weird that they just prayed after Azan directly. In my country, Egypt, we usually wait for around 15 minutes.

We finished praying and started driving. It was around 9 pm. And we thought it’s really early to go home now! so we starting hitting new streets, but quickly we realized that:

  1. It’s very dark and we cannot see anything around us.
  2. Driving is not enjoyable in the city at night.
  3. Driving at night is really dangerous in Langkawi.

So we went to Cenang street. Stopped by Mac for a driving break. And we got Ice-cream for RM1 only!

It’s now about 11pm. We thought there is not much to enjoy or do, so we went back to the hostel and decided to wake up by 7 am (we have a ferry at 2pm and there are lots of things we still need to enjoy in Langkawi)!

 

About the third Day in Langkawi, will be my next post… I hope you enjoyed my posts so far… !!!

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Kuala Lumpur Day 2 (Malaysia Day 2)

That was a really busy day!!!
Masjid Negara, Islamic Arts musuem, Police museum, KLCC, Little India and Putrajaya bridges…

We woke up for the second day at 9:30am, took a shower, had our breakfast at the hostel (jam, butter, toast and coffee) and left the hostel by 11am.

 

Good morning everyone!
Good morning everyone!

 

Masjid Negara was of a walking distance from the hostel, so we decided to walk to it…

Masjid Negara is considered the national mosque of KL and is the biggest there. It is also very fantastic and amazing and breath-taking!!!

Read more about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Mosque_of_Malaysia

 

We got inside, prayed in it and loved our stay inside it and of course took so many photos:

 

Panorama shot of the main hall of the mosque.
Panorama shot of the main hall of the mosque.
Me at the outer hall of Masjid Negara. It was amazing!
Me at the outer hall of Masjid Negara. It was amazing!
Walid taking a shot at a water fountain inside the mosque.
Walid taking a shot at a water fountain inside the mosque.
Me and the 73-metre-high minaret behind me :)
Me and the 73-metre-high minaret behind me 🙂
I believe Walid can fly :D
I believe Walid can fly 😀
Beautiful nature, beautiful  civilization. This is Malaysia!
Beautiful nature, beautiful civilization. This is Malaysia!
And another shot from the other side :D
And another shot from the other side 😀

 

Things we noticed about the mosque is that it’s management truely recognizes it’s touristic importance by providing help and support for everyone. You can find guides there that provides you with information about the mosque and Islam in general very easily. We also found some small shops that sell souvenirs from which I bout a T-shirt. 😀

Then we walked in the streets of Malaysia enjoying nature around us like that:

Walid at KL streets
Walid at KL streets
hehehe :D
hehehe 😀
Beautiful nature!
Beautiful nature!
Nothing is like nature!
Nothing is like nature!

 

We reached Islamic Arts Museum by 1 pm after a pretty long walk in the sun. The museum was a real chance for us to get some rest from the sun and the hot weather! I had a chance to pay RM7.50 for the ticket (student ticket) as I had my college ID, while my friend, Walid paid a full RM15 ticket 😀

We started with a hall for special exhibition, and we were amazed when we found out that it is about Zakat! The exhibition held an introduction defining what Zakat is, history of zakat, latest and most modern methods of calculating Zakat, and different, recent and planned ways of collecting it. The exhibition also included advantages of Zakat and how it’s very beneficial for the society and the individual. All that was elaborated and presented in a very interesting way!

And these are some photos from there:

Walid at Zakat exhibition hall.
Walid at Zakat exhibition hall.
Me at Zakat exhibition hall
Me at Zakat exhibition hall

 

After that we went for Currency hall and we got much information from there and seen coins that dates back to 91AH/710AD:

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Different Islamic coins that dates back to 91AH till 1339AH

 

Then we moved to the gallery hall, we found lots of very very beautiful pieces of art, but we couldn’t buy any because the prices was relatively high! However I opened the Holy Quran book and I found little difference from what we have in the copy of Holy Quran that we have in Egypt which is that at the beginning of every Surah they write  أعيذ بالله نفسي من الله العلي العظيم (Oaiv myself in God from God Almighty):

 

at the beginning of every Surah they write  أعيذ بالله نفسي من الله العلي العظيم (Oaiv myself in God from God Almighty):
at the beginning of every Surah they write أعيذ بالله نفسي من الله العلي العظيم (Oaiv myself in God from God Almighty):

 

Then we moved to another section in which e were allowed to see a replica of most of the big and most famous mosques around the world and those are some of them:

 

Mosques all around the world.
Mosques all around the world.

 

Such a beautiful museum!

Beautiful architecture!
Beautiful architecture!
Beautiful architecture!
Beautiful architecture!

 

Afterwards, we went to police museum, but unfortunately we found it closed! However we stayed in a nearby restuarant in which we ate the spiciest fish in my life, and drank the weirdiest drink (soya with mild)!!! It was a total ughhhhhhh!!! 😀

 

Then we took some photos in the garden on the museum:

Me at the Police Museum gate.
Me at the Police Museum gate.
Walid and the main gate of the police museum
Walid and the main gate of the police museum

 

OMG! I remember that day! It was a very long one in which we really waled a lot in the sun. I tell you that then we walked to KLCC to take some photos there:

Walid also <3 KLCC :D
Walid ❤ KL
I <3 KL ;)
I ❤ KL 😉

 

It’s worth mentioning that in front of this city Icon, there were drawn lines, written instructions and cones to organize photo snapping. I really loved that 🙂

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We’ve been around KLCC for around an hour, taking pictures: It’s a beautiful square that you’re gonna enjoy being at! They make a free historical city tour once a week, we unfortunately missed that, but once you’re there ask about it and put it on your schedule. You’ll of course enjoy it! We then went to see the biggest replica for KL city. They play a short explanatory movie about 2020 vision That was an amazing 10 minutes show.

 

And those are pictures of the show, they are not very clear, because the room was very dark:

 

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And this is a really very short video of the show that may give you just an impression about how the show was!

 

 

Then they took us to a hall that shows the Arch Master Craftsmen while working. That’s a photo for them working:

Arch Master Craftsmen while working
Arch Master Craftsmen while working

 

And That’s a video 😉 :

 

 

Later on we went to Little India: An amazing place located near KL Sentral (walking distance). This is a place where you can live India; you can listen to India, see India, smell India, touch India, taste India and of course eat India! Sorry, I meant eat Indian food 😀 haha.

Walid and a wide view of beautiful KL Little India
Walid and a wide view of beautiful KL Little India
Me and a close view of Beautiful  KL Little India
Me and a close view of Beautiful KL Little India

 

We went there and listened everywhere to Indian music, and the smell around the place was really India! 😀 The place is really small, so it’s really “Little India”. We chose a restaurant from the many there and ordered food from heaven! That was some kind of bread filled with really tasty potatoes and different spices for dipping. Drink was normal tea with milk!

 

Then we went back to KL Sental to go to our last station for that day “Putrajaya bridges.” The train ticket was really expensive! It was for RM19. OMG! But we had to go for it as it’s the only option otherwise we would have to take a taxi which is even more expensive! Anyway! we reached the main putrajaya station really quickly. Then we took a bus for RM0.50 (really cheap) to take us to the bridge, In which we enjoyed so much and took tons of pictures there:

Woohoooo!
Woohoooo!
So nice!
So nice!
HEHE!!!
HEHE!!!
Beautiful lights!
Beautiful lights!
WoW! What a scenery!
WoW! What a scenery!
Hey, sexy! ;)
Hey, sexy! 😉
easy Walind, easy man! :D
easy Walind, easy man! 😀
Beautiful background!
Beautiful background!

 

The bridge looked very much like “Qasr Elnile” bridge in my country (Egypt), The lights, amazing architecture, river view and fantastic wind blowing makes it an ideal place for lovers ❤ . That’s why couples were everywhere there, and I had no idea why I was there with another guy and not a girl! 😀 Anyway, It was really an amazing experience.

When we decided to go back, it seemed quite difficult! We are now standing in the bus station for 30 minutes waiting for the bus and no hope of any coming as the roads are really quite, and the last train leaves from main station after an hour. OMG! and my smartphone battery is dead, I cannot use GPS for walking to the main station!

What can we do now?!!!

We decided to walk, trying to take the same route the bus brought us from. We started it and after 20 minutes a bus came by the road, we stopped him and asked him to take us to the Putrajaya Sentral, which he took us to refusing to take any money because it was only 2 minutes by bus from our place 😀 Thanks God! We went there, booked the train tickets, asked the info desk too recharge which he did willingly, thanks man ;). Then I found a massage chair and I decided to try it after such a long day:

I really enjoyed it ;)
I really enjoyed it 😉

 

And that’s a short video for it 😀 :

 

 

Then we watched some Korean Comic TV series on the train station screen for around 10 minutes. Now it’s only 5 minutes and the train will arrive, so we went down to the platform and waited for the train that took us back home safe. 🙂

 

And next post will be about the 3rd day at KL… stay tuned!

Kuala Lumpur Day 1 (Malaysia Day 1)

Hostel description, Masjid Jamek, Central Market, Batu Caves, Sri Mahamariamman (Indian Temple) 

The hostel we stayed in at KL was so nice and good value for money. We had a rate of RM28 for a double room per night including breakfast. The place was air-conditioned (the main hall) and there was a fan in each room.

The hostel receptionist was so helpful and friendly. He was Muslim and his name was Hassan, and I believe he was from Kazakhstan. There was another woman that might be his wife. She was taking care of cleaning issues and she also played receptionist while Hassan is having some sleep.

The hostel was not so big: it has two big rooms (6 bed dorms) one mixed and the other for female only. There were also something like 10 other private rooms. Moreover it included two bathrooms, two toilets and a sink outside! The place also is pretty much well-maintained!

Our room was pretty small with two beds above each other and a small table! I liked it so much…

Well, now we woke up at 9 am getting ready for our first day. We had breakfast, surfed the internet for a while. and got out by 12 pm. We went walking in the nearby places taking some photos.

And this is me at the central market which is a pretty nice place for shopping  :)
And this is me at the central market which is a pretty nice place for shopping 🙂
And This is Walid at Central Market.
And This is Walid at Central Market.

 

We continued walking and had lots of photos in different places:

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A tall big building 😀
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I like grafitti ❤
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And Walid likes it too 😀

 

After walking around for sometime we went to visit Batu Caves by train:

KTMTrain ticket from KL to Batu Caves :)
KTM Train ticket from KL to Batu Caves 🙂

 

Before getting into the train, I have a story to tell at the platform… let’s watch instead!!!

 

Me and Walid at the KTM on our way to Batu Caves
Me and Walid at the KTM on our way to Batu Caves

 

At Batu caves, we had an amazing experience with nature! You never feel the feeling we had except if you were in a high deep cave in the middle of nature!

And drinking Coconut 😀

I didn't know that you can drink a coconut before! :D
I didn’t know that you can drink a coconut before! 😀

 

And that’s a video of my first coconut glass! 😀 :

That photo was taken by the entrance of Batu Caves.

 

Yes! We found lots of monkeys there and in this photo I was just trying to come closer to the monkey, but I think he was afraid from me and ran away.
Yes! We found lots of monkeys there and in this photo I was just trying to come closer to the monkey, but I think he was afraid from me and ran away.

 

There was a small Indian temple in the very beginning of the Batu Caves area. We had to visit and get to know what is going on inside there! You must take off your shoes before you can get inside.

That was a small Indian temple in the very beginning of the Batu Caves area. We had to visit and get to know what is going on inside there! You have to take of your shoes before you can get inside.
The small Indian temple

 

And of course we took some pictures inside:

That's me! As you can see, and as I can understand. They have a small room with a door. on the two sides you'll find statues and they are different. They might represent something. Inside that room sits their god! At times of prayers, people huddle up in front of their god and pray.
That’s me! As you can see, and as I can understand. They have a small room with a door. on the two sides you’ll find statues and they are different. They might represent something. Inside that room sits their god! At times of prayers, people huddle up in front of their god and pray.
And that's Walid in front of another god.
And that’s Walid in front of another god.

 

We then continued climbing, and in our way we met an amazingly funny monkey, watch the video:

Read about Batu caves from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves

Beautiful! :D
Beautiful! 😀
Beuatiful!
Beuatiful!
Selfie inside Batu Caves!
Selfie inside Batu Caves!
Interior of Batu Cave
Interior of Batu Caves

 

And In our way back we had one of the ultimate watching enjoyment watching such creatures playing 🙂 Watch the video:

OMG! We found Egyptair plane inside Batu Caves :D
OMG! We found Egyptair plane inside Batu Caves 😀
Selfie with the monkey! :)
Selfie with the monkey! 🙂

 

ِAfter that, we went back to KL Sentral (the main train station in KL)

Me at KL Sentral!
Me at KL Sentral!
Walid at KL Sentral!
Walid at KL Sentral!

 

Then we decided to go to Masjid Jamek. Read More about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masjid_Jamek

Me and Walid at Masjid Jamek
Me and Walid at Masjid Jamek

 

And we prayed Al Asr there, and we enjoyed it so much 🙂 However, we found there strange things  like: Imam was a very young man, although this is supposed to be a very big, old and famous mosque there! Another thing is that they don’t wait some 15 minutes after Azan for Iqama. No, they just have Azan and then Allahu Akbar and pray! That was somehow strange for us!

Anyway, we prayed and enjoyed Al Asr prayer there and we hope Allah would accept our prayers on that spot of the world.

After praying I kept searching for a power-point to recharge my mobile, and I found one, but unfortunately couldn’t recharge it! I couldn’t plug in my re-charger. A man volunteered to help me and put one hand of his glasses into the third opening of the power-point enabling my re-charger to get inside. This man became our friend and we spend around one hours together speaking about lots of things related to Muslims, Malaysia, Arabs, work conditions and life in Malaysia and Egypt. He was very friendly and open with us to the extend that made us feel afraid from him! However he insisted that we go and have lunch together. We refused, but he insisted on that. We helplessly accepted and went to a nearby restaurant that he seemed knowing everyone in it! We are much more afraid now! However we ate what he brought for us! The food wasn’t so good. No it wasn’t good at all! Actually the worst we’ve ever had in Malaysia! And it was the first time to eat local food in Malaysia and we didn’t expect it to be like that! we had rice which was mixed with something that tastes horrible and a piece of chicken which was extremely spicy!!! Then we drank watermelon juice! We ended the meeting and bid our Malaysian friend goodbye after exchanging mobile numbers.

Selfie with our Malaysian friend.  I liked that guy so much and miss him :) He was so sincere.
Selfie with our Malaysian friend. I liked that guy so much and miss him 🙂 He was so sincere.

 

Before the sun sets, we decided to go back to Central Market and grap some snack and it was:

This is me cooking my Octopus balls :D
This is me cooking my Octopus balls 😀

And this is the video:

And this is me eating them :D
And this is me eating them 😀
Now it's time for a drink: I think it was a pineapple juice ;)
Now it’s time for a drink: I think it was a pineapple juice 😉
Walid was drinking something red which we didn't know what it was! :D
Walid was drinking something red which we didn’t know what it was! 😀

It’s 7pm now, and we decided to go back to the hostel to get some one hour rest and we did it! But Walid was so tired that he continued sleeping till 9pm. I got off the hostel by 8pm and went for a small trip to a nearby Indian temple called Sri Mahamariamman. Read more about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Mahamariamman_Temple,_Kuala_Lumpur

Selfie at Sri Mahamariamman
Selfie at Sri Mahamariamman
Some sculptures at Sri Mahamariamman
Some sculptures at Sri Mahamariamman
The main hall of Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The main hall of Sri Mahamariamman Temple

 

And that’a a witnessed prayer video:

Some sculptures at Sri Mahamariamman
Some sculptures at Sri Mahamariamman
A family praying at Sri Mahamariamman
A family praying at Sri Mahamariamman

 

Watch the whole video of this family while praying from here:

I finished my small trip and went back to the hostel to wake Walid up and spend the night together! We left the hostel by 9pm not knowing where exactly are we going. We kept walking around for around 4 hours resting sometimes at a restaurant to get some food. Or a supermarket to get an ice cream or something and check what products are sold in this city. We tried and get inside a night club even to check what’s going on inside there and we found it so normal (some girls dancing, some guys drinking).

Me and Walid in the monorail
Me and Walid at the monorail

 

While walking by night, we recorded a crazy video:D :

What we noticed about the city at night is that it was very quite except in places which are famous for night life! One more thing is that cockroaches are very active after midnight (you can find them in lots of places in the streets) but I never found any before that time all the day long! And I wonder what is the reason for that?! We also witnessed some cleaning people who were sweeping platforms after putting water on it! Traffic works were also very active at night (road maintenance). I enjoyed my long walk especially that the weather was excellent… but something happened which we didn’t plan for!!!

When we tried to get back home we didn’t find any mean of transportation and that was because the time was around 1 am and all public transportation closes by 12am !!! That was a big problem and we were not so close from home. I remember the GPS gave me 1 hour and 30 minutes walking distance!!! And we had to do it!

Walid in KL streets at night
Me enjoying the night at KL!
Me enjoying the night at KL!

We started the walk, but another thing happened which we didn’t imagine would happen…

OMG! The Malaysian food started working in our stomachs! hehehe 😀 And we booth felt terrible stomach-aches and needed the bathroom like never before!!! 😀 😀 😀

And of course we couldn’t find any public one and everything is closed… lets ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!!! 😀

We reached the hostel by 2:30am…

Next post will be about the second day in KL… stay tuned!