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A day in Bhaktapur, Nepal with a motorcycle tour guide

I’m recalling my past travels in Nepal last 2014. It is such a beautiful country, I wish I can go back someday. **** After a few days in Kathmandu city, I decided to venture out and head to Bhaktapur. I found an American couchsurfer host and despite being 60, her radiance and outlook in life […]

How to avoid travel mishaps

This is an update on how to deal with challenging events when you are travelling. I travel solo most of the times and have encountered all the scenarios below.. but it doesn’t mean I won’t travel again despite all those misfortunes.. the world is too beautiful not to see before our mortal time is up […]

Tourism and Community Development: Showcasing the richness of the poor

For other people, there’s nothing special in places that are far from everything. No skyscrapers, no malls or fancy restaurants nearby.. if you’re lucky, no cellphone or internet signal too. Others may think that locals who live in very rural areas are poor. But for me, these people are lucky they are living in a […]

Book Review: Progressive Utilization Theory: Prout – An Economic Solution to Poverty in The Third World

PROUT is characterized as a model of social development… which advocates a ‘small is beautiful’ approach to society. I saw this book about PROUT when I was in a remote town called Hetauda, Nepal. I was living with kids in a children’s home that is also in the same location of their school. Living together means […]

Book Review: Karma Cola by Gita Mehta

This book is kinda cynical… which makes it a bit interesting. It can be a product of the author’s mind, but it seems as if she’s recounting real facts. During my travels around Nepal or India, I encounter hippie and barefoot travelers whose traveling to these areas in search of spiritual or any kind of […]

Win a Free Stay in Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Yep, I’m giving away free 2 nights / 3 days stay in a brand new building named Star View Guest House in Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur District, Nepal. That’s courtesy of my generous host when I was in Bhaktapur. Thank you Amanda of http://www.unconventionaltourist.com/ This is also my way of promoting the community in Changu Narayan, […]

A visit to the birthplace of Buddha: Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha has a 30 degree tropical weather. Hello familiar feeling. Internet and electricity is crap though, so you are forced to enjoy the present moment. Surrounded by sleepy villages, not much to see except stupa and pagodas.. lots of pilgrims by the way. Buddhists and curious travelers (like me) meditate, take […]

How to bake a cake using Sand as an Oven

Not many people know that you can bake a cake even without an oven. I never knew too until I went to this very remote place in Nepal. As a serial volunteer to various grassroot and regional NGOs, I thought I will be the only one to share in the children’s home in Hetauda.. well, […]

Travel and Daily living expenses in Nepal

I’m happy to announce that I have traveled to 4 locations (Kathmandu, Bakhtapur, Hetauda, Pokhara) , hired private tour guide, ate all kinds of dishes, met different nationalities, donated part of my funds to feed 7 kids special dishes.. but the best news of all is that I have traveled with only a total budget […]

Life in Hetauda, Nepal

I’m here for a couple of days now.. internet and electricity is such a challenge and you know how it goes for online workers who’s internet is lifeblood? Yeah its kinda killing me softly.. but not for long coz I’m transferring to another location with inverter, solar panel, heater so hopefully despite intermittent electricity, life […]

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