How to bargain and barter in Kathmandu Nepal

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Souvenir statue of Buddha in Kathmandu

Bargaining and bartering is a way of life in Kathmandu and Nepal If you don’t like to bargain or barter and are planning to visit Nepal then good luck to you. Indeed there are many other places in the world where fixed pricing is not common. Indeed the art of bargaining is a way of… Continue reading more »

The gullible truth about solar power in Nepal

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Solar panels in Nepal reflecting sunlight

Solar power in Nepal is everywhere I noticed it the first time I came to Nepal. Sitting in a winters lounge my first morning I grumbled about there being no hot water for a shower. “Hot water in the afternoon sir,” said an apologetic hotel manager. “We have solar power here. It heats up during… Continue reading more »

A Life Less Innocent: Street Children in Kathmandu, Nepal

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Boy huffing shoe glue (Rugby) on the Streets of Kathmandu Nepal

(Warning: This article about Street Children in Kathmandu contains images & text of an adult/mature nature – If you are easily offended with this reality, please move on) The Street Children in Kathmandu, Nepal Look into a child’s eyes and you are sure to see a sweet innocence that makes us all smile and want… Continue reading more »

Do you ‘like” my style of Independent travel to Sepilok?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Packing up a shop in Malaysia

The horror of of actually reading something about independent travel in Sabah 400 ringgit (USD$125) for a day trip to see Orangutans?! I shuddered while turning more pages in the hostel’s well-worn photo album style brochure. The cheapest thing they had was a 190 ringgit river boat cruise. Also known as, “lots of water, with nothing to see”.… Continue reading more »

The slums of Kota Kinabalu – Part 2 – bad boys, old men & a caring mother

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Young girl in the slums

Problems in the slums of Kota Kinabalu The ax man cometh (part 1 of the slums of Kota Kinabalu) Faced with an ax wielding teenager, three of his friends and an excitable drunk behind me; I stood my ground.  Getting excited or angry does not work in situations like this. I still wasn’t sure whether… Continue reading more »

Nepal in 2011: abused, raped, plundered & forgotten

Monday, February 7th, 2011
Old monk leaning out a window in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal is one of the few countries I have hope for It’s a country like no other I’ve visited. A cross between old and new. Centuries old cities mixed with new society and a blend of otherworldly qualities. On the outside it’s a great place to travel, hike, find solace, enjoy, experience. Stay a little longer, see beyond… Continue reading more »

Sitting with homeless people in Kota Kinabalu

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Violin Player on the streets of Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

Tourism vs reality in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia It took me a while to figure something out I walked the streets of Kota Kinabalu. The tourist office denied the existence of the homeless anywhere in the city. It’s not in their training to deal with some asking about this. They only point out touristy thing they… Continue reading more »