A day in Asia

Religious yeti

Fake yeti - an inhabitant of mountaineering museum in Pokhara, Nepal

Fake yeti - an inhabitant of mountaineering museum in Pokhara, Nepal

 

Manking is expanding with a horrendous speed on planet Earth. There are not so many places left that the civilization has not reached yet. Therefore it is always surprising to find out that scientists still manage to discover some new species from time to time.  READ MORE »

Hold my hand, friend

Men holding hands on streets of Baglung, Nepal

Men holding hands on streets of Baglung, Nepal

 

Public display of affection is considered impolite in Nepal. It includes the opposite sexes holding hands.

However, it does not mean that members of the same sex can't hold their hands. Quite contrary, it is perfectly normal for two Nepali men to walk the streets with their hands intertwined. It absolutely does not mean that they are gay.  READ MORE »

Conditional relativity

Farmers resting during a heat of the day near Baglung, Nepal

Farmers resting during a heat of the day near Baglung, Nepal

 

Some employers do not care about the employees' working conditions, some do.

Part of those who do are just good people, the bigger part believes that the employees will work longer hours and do more job faster if the office is cozy and convenient.  READ MORE »

Bazaarean absence

Keeper of fruit and vegetable shop near Baglung, Nepal

Keeper of fruit and vegetable shop near Baglung, Nepal

 

Strangely, we did not yet encounter a single bazaar in Nepal. Only small, specialized shops all over the streets. I wonder if that is an influence of Indian enterpreneurship.  READ MORE »

Lady porters

Young Nepali lady carrying full basket up the hill near Baglung, Nepal

Young Nepali lady carrying full basket up the hill near Baglung, Nepal

 

A traditional way of Nepali porters to carry cargo is to strap one end of looped belt onto the box or basket, another - over the top of their head. No backpacks.

I could barely lift the pannier that this girl was hauling up the hill.  READ MORE »

Scale of comparison expanded

Nepali trekking guide waiting for slow Westerners near Baglung, Nepal

Nepali trekking guide waiting for slow Westerners near Baglung, Nepal

 

A day trip with Yogendra to the hills surrounding the town of Baglung, revealed a few cultural and physical differences:  READ MORE »

Hindu way of saying hello

Elderly Nepali lady greeting passersby with a Namaskar gesture

Elderly Nepali lady greeting passersby with a Namaskar gesture

 

A traditional Hindu "Namaskar" gesture, when hands are joined together at chest level, is a greeting and a sign of respect.
Namaskar is easily distinguishable from similar Buddhist greeting, as the latter additionally includes a noticeable head bow.  READ MORE »

Towering Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri mountain towering above the buildings of Baglung, Nepal

Dhaulagiri mountain towering above the buildings of Baglung, Nepal

 

Seeing Himalayas for the first time, took my breath away.

I am used to plains of Lithuania. Our highest mountain is 293 meters, still it is impossible to find it, as all the area is of a similar elevation.

Skiing in Austria broadens the vertical horizons up to around three kilometers.  READ MORE »

Nepali desecuritisation

Armed police running with arms on streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

Armed police running with arms on streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Armed troops is an uncommon sight in Nepal nowadays. Maoists and "conventional" Nepalese political parties, reaching the phase two of peace process, agreed to limit the appearance of arms to territory of barracks in January 2007, and allowed UN to control it to some extent.  READ MORE »

Sadhu models

Wandering holy Hinduist man - a "sadhu" in Pashupatinath temple near Kathmandu, Nepal

Wandering holy Hinduist man - a "sadhu" in Pashupatinath temple near Kathmandu, Nepal

If Myanmar was quite a different experience from the countries we visited so far, Nepal takes it to different heights. Sight of sadhu (Hindu holy wandering man) alone makes you think you're on a different planet.  READ MORE »

Unexpected multitasking

Security guard and a DJ working in one of shops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Security guard and a DJ working in one of shops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Malays are crazy about education. The only thing that they are even more crazy about, is efficiency.
Please meet the employee of one of Kuala Lumpur's supermarkets - security-guard-and-a-DJ-in-one.  READ MORE »

Where's the Asia in Malaysia?

Ladies holding hands on a street of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ladies holding hands on a street of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Short stop of two days in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. Not much time for insights, but a few things certainly catch the eye:  READ MORE »

Barefooted buddhism

Early morning at Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Early morning at Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

 

Monsoon period in Myanmar, and, specifically in Yangon, means that it rains a few times per day, without the possibility to easily determine when will the rain start, and when will it stop.

Due to this reason we have been postponing the visit to Shwedagon pagoda, country's main religious monument, for a few days. It was constantly rainy, with dark grey sky and no sun. A definite no-go, especially having photography in mind.  READ MORE »

Drinking guessing game

Glass with unidentified sport symbols, Yangon, Myanmar

Glass with unidentified sport symbols, Yangon, Myanmar

 

We had it in Laos, and it's time for it again. Ladies and gentlemen, "Decode the image" is back!

I've found this glass in a breakfast area of Yangon's Haven Inn hotel.

Your entries decoding what is portrayed here are mostly welcome. My humble take is as follows.  READ MORE »

Small cargoes lift

Improvised lifting device, Yangon, Myanmar

Improvised lifting device, Yangon, Myanmar

 

It looked just like all the rest multi-apartment buildings, and only after leaving the city and coming back for a second time, we noticed that ropes with hooks, handles and plastic bags on their ends are hanging down from every window and balcony on the streets of Yangon.  READ MORE »

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