nepal for first-timers

MOUNT EVEREST Don't ask me about climbing the Everest Base Camp, I can't even climb our building's stairs to start with. But the most popular trail for non-pro enthusiasts should be the Annapurna Circuit. It is relatively easier and realistic trek especially if you have limited...

Siddhartha: Nepal in Retrospect

“It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed...

above the clouds where broken hearts go

The void that I feel when I walk aimless and uninspired, is the same hollow spot that aches when I’m broken. WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO? Ask me this question again when I'm drunk and I will quickly answer: That fantasy place where population age ranges from...

a dash of tibet in kathmandu

Perhaps the most prominent image of Kathmandu in guide books is the "All-seeing eyes of the primordial Buddha" and there are two major temples where it can be found, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Swayambhunath is known for its inclusion to the walking tour of cheap holiday...

bhaktapur: history and faith’s perfection

The taxi driver revved and stirred dust as we pulled away from the chaos that is Kathmandu with his outdated Suzuki hatchback. Somewhere in the middle of the trip, he turned his DVD player on, the first time we ever saw one since arriving in...

nepal in philippine pop culture

If Nepal and Philippines were friends on Facebook, what will they be talking about? What will they be posting on each other's timelines? Will they be tagging each other with photos from the past? I am not really sure if there really are any documentations of...

kathman-do’s and don’ts

Alone and confabulated, I dumped my backpack on a corner, slipped in my ribbed jacket and stormed-out the room faster than a receptionist can utter the word "Namaste" on a bad hair day. What's my plan? I do not have a plan. So I wandered aimlessly, crossing...