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Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp Day 03 – Travelling to Pokhara

Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp Day 03 – Travelling to Pokhara

29 April 2014

Day 3 started early. But there was only one agenda: travel to Pokhara. Pokhara is within 30 miles of Annapurna, and apparently a stop before any treks up to Annapurna for most trekkers.

We woke up early. After having English breakfast again, we had our stuff loaded up in a van.

The van then took our bags to the waiting bus just outside Dhruba’s office.

Fearing about the dust from the traffic we experienced the day before, those who bought balaclava decided to put them on. We then followed Dhruba to the now loaded bus.

While waiting for the Dhruba, who doubled back to his office to take his day pack (apparently, he was travelling with us to Pokhara!), a friendly dog circled us. Most wanted to pat it. However, the fear of rabies stop us.

It was a winding drive of at least 200km on the highway. On a bus, the journey took about 6 hours. There were interesting sights along the way.

Like… ladies sitting at the back of the lorries, like we all did in Singapore (before the current restrictions were in place)…

Or a man dashing behind the screens of what is apparently a makeshift toilet…

That is just before a toll booth, which looked equally makeshift.

We stopped for lunch at Peace Heavan Restaurant and Guest House. The cruisine is now Indian, taken from a buffet spread.

After the decidedly filling lunch, we hopped back on the bus and carried on our journey westward.

We passed by what seemingly neverending stretches of farmland like the one above.

Along the way, most decided to sleep. I am not sure if they rest were just fatigued. But I am sure that the temperature within the bus played a part. I simply love the watch. I borrowed it off from Hazwan at the last minute possible. By Casio, the Protrekker watch is designed for trekkers. Using sensors, it detects the temperature, air pressure and altitude. Over the duration of the trek, I learnt to trust the accuracy of the sensors.

If you are wondering, the lens flare effect is not photoedited into it.

Sometimes, the colours of the houses along the same row, though similiar in architecture, are different from each other as well. Its obvious that the owners wanted to be outstanding by painting the buildings in striking colours.

We stopped again for a quick toilet break. The temperature in the bus went down considerably by a couple of degrees.

We continued on. Before long, we reached Pokhara. We were brought to Dhruba’s brother’s shop. Apparently, his shop allows rental of down jackets and sleeping bags. Both items were essentially for us in fending off the cold while we slept up in the mountains. Amazingly, Dhruba got the sizes of almost all the jackets right. The jackets were lined up, waiting for us to try on.

I changed more USD at Pokhara. The rates here were slightly more expensive. What I could trade at about 96Rs per 1USD in Kathmandu, I could only trade for approximately 94Rs in Pokhara. Like in Kathmandu, no point shop for the best rate in town.

We alighted at Hotel Third Pole, at which Dhruba briefed us for tomorrow: we were to prepare for the trek, which would be happening the next day. And that he would be around for till next day as well as he was there to welcome another trekking group.

We then went out to the streets to do last minute shopping. I bought a replacement hat (I misplaced my newly acquired jungle hat :() and a neck gaiter. On advice from Hazwan, I bought 1000Rs worth of chocolates for the trek. I qoute,

Chocolate is the only enjoyment you will get while trekking.

Later in the night, I bought an utility knife as well that is similar to the one above. This knife replaced my Swiss army knife.

As I was with Safi’s group, we went hunting for halal food. We found a halal stall for dinner successfully. The store was operating on batteries as it kept having blackouts. Load shedding affects Pokhara as well. As a result, the food took longer to prepare and the wait time was longer than the time we used to ut. Unknowingly, someone starting to fall ill…

After dinner, the separate groups that splintered off earlier collided into each other. I got to know Gabriel was then deciding to spend on a bag he wanted to get for his significant other. After much delibration, it was decided that the price was high and we left it to fate that he would get that unique bag when we returned to Pokhara seven days later.

Final preparation for the trek was done when we returned to the hotel. Our day packs and trek bags were packed accordingly. And once again, I turned in early.


“Travelling westward to @[104052812964372:274:Pokhara]”

From Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp – Day 03, posted by Robert Sim on 5/12/2014 (63 items)

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Rethink Your Mouth And Love It More – Without Sacrificing The Sweeter Things In Life (with infographics)

Rethink Your Mouth And Love It More – Without Sacrificing The Sweeter Things In Life (with infographics)

Singapore, 09 May 2014 – Singapore is a nation of food lovers who love indulging in world renowned local and international fare, and eating is undeniably a significant part of Singaporean culture. Many will go the extra mile to seek out the purveyors of the nation’s best food – ranging from famous hawker stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants. However, many of the iconic foods popular among Singaporeans are packed with ingredients which can contribute to an increased risk of oral complications, such as cavities, plaque and decay.

Oral-B Singapore Oral Health Index
Credit: Oral-B

“While many of us love to eat, more than half of Singaporeans aren’t spending enough time practicing good oral hygiene, which is essential to a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr Daylene Leong, Dental Surgeon with Specialist Training in Periodontics, Specialist Dental Group. “Starting good habits at an early age – including a simple three-step regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice a day – is recommended alongside visits to a dentist every six months to maintain good oral health.”

Oral-B’s newest range of products offers superior plaque solutions through a three-step regimen of Brush, Floss and Rinse, featuring the new Oral-B® Pro-Health® Anti-Bacterial ToothbrushOral-B® Glide Pro-Health® Deep Clean Floss and Oral-B® Pro-Health® Multi-Protection Rinse. Simply #rethinkyourmouth and love it more, without sacrificing the sweeter things in life.

More information about Oral-B is available at http://www.oralb.com/en-SG/.

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Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp Day 02 – Bump In!

Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp Day 02 – Bump In!

Day 2 started hot. Apparently, Kathmandu is on rolling blackout, or also known as load shedding. The fan was switched off as a result (so were the phones we were charging).

Low investment in power generation, high levels of corruption, and political turmoil have resulted in one of the most severe power shortages in the world. Furthermore, much of the large hydro power projects are export orientated and financed by India. Such projects provide only a limited percentage of generated power to the national grid while the remainder is exported to India and the neighbouring countries of India.

Rolling blackout – Wikipedia

Due to that, I woke up earlier than I set my alarm.

Breakfast in the hotel is western style. Eggs, sausages, toast, tea or coffee. I decided not to take tea or coffee due to the caffeine that is in the drink. Morning conversation was dry with Joel talking about electricity as currency.

Thereafter, we went to the money changer to change our greenbacks to Nepali rupees. Our Yusof Ishaks are listed on the exchange board as well. However, upon calculating the rates, it is more worth it to use USD dollars instead. Also, don’t bother shopping around for better rates. The exchanges are priced the same, despite displaying no commission earned.

Some of us went to the nearby NCell dealer to get our local numbers. Surprisingly, there is data packages for prepaid cards. The cards provided are in standard SIM sizes. The dealer cut the cards down to size for iPhones and my HTC Butterfly S (which uses micro SIM as well). However, the chip placement isn’t really accurate. It resulted in Ryan’s phone being rendered useless while my phone could not detect the SIM card till after umpteen times of taking the SIM card in and out repeatedly.

I bought 400Rs top-up card as well to get the 500MB package on top of the 100MB provided. At the end of the trip, I topped up another 100MB, using up the rest of the value in the card.

However, up in Annapurna mountain range, the dominant cell provider is NTC. For most of the trek, there was no communications with the world outside.

We walked a short distance to the tour bus that would take us through 3 tourist attractions in the valley. Nepal, the birthplace of Buddhism, shares Hinduism and Buddhism as major religions practiced in the country.

The first attraction is Swayambhunath. Reaching the location, there was a familiar chant playing, Om Mani Padmi Hum. Being brought up in a predominantly Buddhism/Taoism household, I was introduced to this mantra when I was younger. The guide said it is for compassion. (My Dad said it was for wisdom. Well, at that time, I was studying. Right.) However, it encompasses essence of the entire teaching of Buddhism: generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, renunciation and wisdom. Walking about Swayambhunath, there were other sutras being played in the background. Some were familiar, others were not. I could not identify them anymore, since the last time I chanted them was in kindergarten (K1).

The second attraction was Patan Durbar Square.

We had lunch there as well.

Durbar Square is the general name given to the open plazas outside palaces of Napali kingdoms long gone. The Square consists of many religious constructions, Buddhism and Hinduism alike.

There was one construct which restricts access to Hindus only as well.

Besides the palace, there was a water distribution point at the square. The point is ancient, with only 2 of the 3 outlets working, bringing water from the mountains down to the people.

We got to try out the mediation bowls in a shop!

When a stick runs at the rim of the bowl, resonance is produced and is evident when still water introduced vibrated in patterns.

The bowl is placed above our heads, inverted. The sound produced is said to relief or cure head related pains, headaches, migraines and helps to relax the mind. It looks cool, but cool stuff comes with a steep price as well. It ended up that we didn’t purchase anything from the shop as we weren’t prepared to part with most of our cash this early in the trip.

The last attraction was the Boudha Stupa. The stupa is simply huge. More Om mani padme hum. Walking around the stupa, we could hear people chanting another sutra. Likewise, familiar words, but at the same time, unfamiliar.

There are many monasteries surrounding the stupa too. Given the lack of time, I could not visit the temples.

While waiting for the rest to gather though, we had ice cream from a nearby shop. Although we were not sure if Leon was going for the seconds just for the seconds, or for the counter girl. Heh.

Anyway! We went back to the hotel. And we had an impromptu birthday celebration! Honestly, I had no idea that it was Ryan’s birthday.

Given sufficient time left, most went shopping at the store around the hotel. And my, my! It is a heaven of cheap branded trek related stuff (rejected, defective or pirated/fake goods). Like China many many years ago, we could bargain at the shops here. The shopkeeper would set a ridiculously high initial price. Like true negotiators, we bargained for the lowest possible. Day bags that were going for 4000Rs (approximately 52 SGD) were sold at final prices of between 1600Rs (21 SGD) to 2000Rs (26 SGD). The only items I bought were a shirt and two pairs of socks, to supplement my limited number of shirts and socks (I packed only 3 shirts and 2 pairs of socks for the trek and the trip). Like I said in the previous post, I was minimally prepared and I followed the packing list as closely as possible. The only item that I packed in excess was underwears. That included not reading the trip itinerary word to word.

Dinner was at a halal restaurant. It was sumptuous and unique.

Kebab wasn’t in the sliced form that Singaporeans are accustomed to. Instead, it was rolled meat. As for rice, their one portion is equivalent to twice of that we have in Singapore! More yummy photos below!

With the late dinner done, we went back to the hotel. While the rest went on HTHT-ing (having heart-to-heart talk), I slept in early straight after the briefing for the following day.

The first of many early nights.

View my Facebook album of the second day here:


“Breaking in Kathmandu”

From Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp – Day 02, posted by Robert Sim on 5/11/2014 (84 items)

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Linksys Starts Shipping WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Successor to Legendary WRT Wi-Fi Router

Linksys Starts Shipping WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Successor to Legendary WRT Wi-Fi Router

SINGAPORE – May 5, 2014 – Linksys® today announced that it has started shipping the new WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. The new WRT is the first consumer grade Wi-Fi router to feature four external antennas for optimal wireless coverage throughout the home and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which delivers best-in-class performance and includes intelligent technologies such as beamforming to further improve range and stability of the wireless signal. The new router is equipped with powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 128MB flash memory, eSATA and USB ports, encased in a classic design inspired by the iconic WRT54G Wi-Fi router introduced 11 years ago and ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools. In addition, Linksys has also been collaborating with open source developers to bring open source alternative firmware to markets in the coming weeks.

“The WRT is a cornerstone in the history of Wi-Fi and synonymous for many people in going wireless at home since it was their first wireless router. Since the introduction of the original WRT, we have sold more than 50 million units worldwide and are still selling it very successfully even with wireless technology advancing rapidly,” said Mike Chen, vice president of Product Management at Linksys. “The WRT has a cult status for many because of the open source aspect that made it so immensely popular. Our aim is to provide a robust and high performing hardware and software platform for open community developers to customize their WRT1900AC the way that they see fit.  Linksys will continue to work with the open source community and our chipset partners to ensure the developers have the necessary tools to do so.”

Open Source Capable

Over the past few months, Linksys and open source developers have been collaborating closely to ensure open source readiness and continued development for the new WRT.  At present, an SDK and two pre-built firmware images based on Attitude Adjustment and Barrier Breaker releases of OpenWRT are posted at this Github repository. This release allows users to run OpenWRT firmware on the WRT1900AC router.  Linksys will continue to collaborate with OpenWRT to further develop open source capabilities for the WRT1900AC.

New Features

Additional features have been added to the new WRT router in the development process since its initial announcement at CES 2014. Aside from its extremely powerful router functionality, the new WRT now can be configured as a range extender or wireless bridge. Software features have also been added, including support for the No-IP dynamic DNS service. Linksys is also planning to add Wi-Fi Scheduling and an OpenVPN-based VPN server to the WRT in a future firmware update to enable users to establish a secure remote connection to the router from anywhere in the world.

Better Range Through Antenna Diversity

Like other 802.11ac routers, data is transmitted to wireless clients by the WRT using three spatial streams. Unlike other 802.11ac routers the new WRT is equipped with four adjustable and removable antennas. The router automatically selects and utilizes the best three out of the four antennas to transmit and receive data to connected devices, depending on their location in the home. This antenna diversity technology helps provide greater range and coverage compared to more traditional three-antenna devices, so all connected devices can achieve the best performance wherever they are located.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is a setup and management software tool that gives users access to their connected devices from a browser or mobile app so they can easily manage their home network. Users can access their home network from anywhere from a browser on a PC or app on their iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to check the connection status of their devices, provide guest access to visitors or prevent kids from accessing social networks.

With the launch of the new WRT, Linksys has added a new Smart Wi-Fi tool called Network Map in the browser interface of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi. Network Map is a visual representation of the home network displaying the router and its connected devices. The tool enables users to see what devices are using the most bandwidth, how strong the signal is to a device or to which wireless band it is connected. Network Map provides a more intuitive and graphical approach to monitor and manage a home network.

WRT1900AC Hardware Specifications

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi (backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n)

o   Speeds up to 1300 Mbps* on the 5 GHz band

o   Speeds up to 600 Mbps* on the 2.4 GHz band

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM-based processor
  • Gigabit WAN & LAN ports
  • 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 port
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • 128MB flash memory
  • Four exchangeable external antennas

WRT1900AC Software Features

  • Pre-configured Virtual LAN (VLAN) IDs of all major fiber Internet service providers in Singapore
  • Browser-based setup for installation from device PC/Mac, smartphone or tablet
  • Can be configured as: router, range extender (aka repeater) or wireless bridge
  • Ability to hide SSID broadcast
  • Setup wizard sets up two SSIDs, one per radio band
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi can be accessed from a browser or the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app for iOS and Android
  • Share printers or storage devices through USB or eSATA
  • Built-in DLNA-certified media server and FTP server to share files
  • Drag-and-drop media prioritization to prioritize bandwidth for devices, applications or games
  • Parental controls to prevent access to websites or block access during certain hours
  • Dynamic DNS services supported: No-IP, DynDNS and TZO
  • Built-in speed test to test broadband upload and download speed
  • Open source capable

Pricing and Availability

The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router will be exclusively available at all Challenger outlets from 22 May 2014 to 22 June 2014, at a MSRP of S$399, including GST. It will be available at all other leading IT stores islandwide from 23 June 2014 onwards.

In Singapore, units will also feature support for all major fiber Internet Service Providers, with the inclusion of pre-configured VLAN IDs. 

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design, and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

LG Launches New Pocket Photo With Enhanced Portability

LG Launches New Pocket Photo With Enhanced Portability

SINGAPORE, APRIL 29, 2014 – Following the popularity of its first model, LG Electronics (LG) recently introduced the Pocket Photo 2.0 (PD239) smart mobile printer in Singapore. The device provides wireless connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth, enabling users to print customized pictures from tablets and smartphones. It also offers a slimmer design with increased battery life. Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8, the refreshingly versatile Pocket Photo 2.0 is an excellent travel companion. The stylish new model comes in sweet pink and jewel white.

“Printed photos have a sentimental appeal that digital images are not truly able to replicate,” said Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “Our Pocket Photo 2.0 embraces the emotional aspect of the printed photo while offering a level of portability and convenience that traditional film cameras can’t match. We are confident that people will find the customization and sharing potential offered by this innovative product very exciting.”

The eye-pleasing LG Pocket Photo 2.0 is one of the smallest mobile photo printing devices on the market. With a width of just 20mm, the new model is 4mm thinner than its predecessor. Despite having a thinner body, the device provides longer battery life for more on-the-go fun. In addition, the LG Pocket Photo 2.0 prints 5.1 x 7.6-cm (2 x 3-inch) pictures rendered at a crystal clear 313dpi – perfect for sharing or displaying. After downloading and installing the free editing app, users can connect their smartphone or tablet to the Pocket Photo 2.0 and begin printing immediately.

A Better App and Exceptional Social Integration

LG has also enhanced its editing app to let users experiment with an expanded range of customization options. A new set of filter effects has been added, as well as a clever frame augmentation feature. The upgraded app still boasts all of the favorites from the previous version, including the ability to embed QR codes on photographs. This feature has been praised by tech enthusiasts looking for a fast and simple way to connect a physical photograph with an online community or internet-based content. The creative and easy- to-use combination of app and device makes the Pocket Photo 2.0 a stellar tool for bringing family and friends together.

ZINK Printing Technology

The Pocket Photo 2.0 uses ZINK® paper, eliminating the need for expensive ink cartridges. ZINK printing technology utilizes heat to activate the necessary color-forming chemistry. Compared to conventional printing processes, ZINK’s inkless paper system preserves images longer, and produces less smearing. Impressively, the Pocket Photo 2.0 can produce 30 ZINK paper prints on a single charge.

The Pocket Photo 2.0 is available in White and Pink at S$229 at LG authorized retailers.

The Zink Media Photo Paper comes in the following options: 30 paper sheets and 90 paper sheets at S$15 and S$40 respectively, while a pouch of 30 sticker sheets retails for $18.

For more product information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phone-accessories.

Brochure: LG_Pocket Photo 8pp DL Brochure_FA

Express Yourself in Style with the 2014 Logitech Color Collection

Express Yourself in Style with the 2014 Logitech Color Collection

Singapore, 29 April 2014 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), the worldwide market leader in mice, unveiled its sixth-annual design collection, releasing its most popular mouse in new eye- catching contemporary colors. This bright, vibrant collection puts a wide range of fashionable looks in the palm of your hand.

“The 2014 Logitech Color Collection was designed to reflect the open expression of individuality in society today,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director of South Asia at Logitech. “Colors can influence your mood and reflect your style, and these newly designed mice are technology accessories that can show the world how unique you are. With bold and vibrant colors, they offer a new way to express yourself.”

With such eye-catching bolds, the 2014 Logitech Color Collection adds both style and fashion to the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235, which is the perfect mix of precision and comfort, designed specifically for how you use the Web with Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking.

Pricing and Availability

The 2014 Logitech Color Collection is expected to be available in Singapore in May 2014, for a suggested retail price of SGD29.00. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com.sg.

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home- entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp – Day 01 Flight Day

Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp – Day 01 Flight Day

“Help me convince Mummy to let me go to Nepal” My sister was referring to the trek that was organised by SMUX Trekking one day during the final school semester.

Nonchalantly, I said, “OK.”

However, there were many things weighing on my mind, including dealing with the mess of the time (mis-)management I was in. So when the time to convince my mum about the trip that my sister wanted to take, it went:

Mum: She wants to go Nepal and trek leh. What you think?

Me: Let her go. It will be a great experience.

Mum: But you should be going on this trip.

Pause.

Me: OK. Then both of us go lor. You ok by this?

Mum: … OK

My negotiation prof would flip the table if he hears of this. But I wasn’t really in the mood to set arguments and counter arguments.

Fast forward a couple of months later, on 27th April, I was at the airport with 15 other SMU students and their family members. On my back was the trek bag that was provided. On my hand, was the passport.

I have to confess that this was the least prepared trip I ever had in my life. For the trek, I went running with SMUX Trekking only once, did one stairs climbing exercise with them and one trek from MacRitche reservoir to the Tree-top walk. For the logistics, I borrowed much from SMUX Trekking, and Hazwan, a fellow HackerspaceSG member who trekked before. I followed the packing list as close as possible, brought barely sufficient cash along.

At about 4pm, I stepped onto Malaysia Airlines plane that would take me to Kathmandu through Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Just before I switched my phone to airplane mode, Luther shared that Sadek from Karkhana was on his way back to Nepal too. Cool, Hackerspace in Kathmandu. I’ve got to visit before I leave. I filed that thought in my mind.

The flight to KLIA was an hour short. No bumps or hiccups. At KLIA, it was boring. Yes, I am pampered by Changi Airport. There was nothing much to do. So I ended up staring at my handphone’s screen, using the free wifi. I should have brought my netbook at the very least. I have work to do. But no.

Malaysia Airlines uses Boeing 737-800 for both of the flights. And the in-flight entertainment system has a USB port for each seat. Apparently the system can read media files on the USB drives! Sadly I didn’t try it out. The movie selection in the in-flight entertainment system was limited. I ended up watching Matrix again. Additionally, the flight information was lacking in the system. I could not see where we were on the map.

Anyway, landing in Kathmandu was a shocker. The final landing approach felt like the pilot decided to just… let it go. There was a drop and bam! the wheels are rolling on the runway.

Tribhuvan International Airport is rudimentary in design, if anything. There is no connecting bridge between the terminal and the plane. A bus came fetching us from the tarmac to the terminal. The wifi setup in the airport foretells me the technological advancement that the country has. The SSID at the airport is something like “TP-LINK1234”, and is password unprotected.

One aspect that got almost everyone excited was the option to put Others in gender field in the arrival form. Apparently all of us weren’t really up to date on the news in Nepal on the recognition of the third gender.

We got our luggages out from the airport. Upon checking the luggages, we found that one of our trek poles went missing and my Swiss army knife and earplugs vanished as well. We can rationalise that the trekking was secured at the side of the trek bag by straps, and could have slipped out during transportation, however, it is ridiculous to think so too when my knife and earplugs were zipped in a compartment in the trek bags.

We were all tired from the flights, so we proceed on the hotel after deciding that we should settle everything after the trip. I told the rest, if I can’t claim back my knife or compensation, I would just get another one. As for the earplugs… it’s from the army. I can always get a new pair when I go back for reservist training.

Dhruba, of Marvel Travels & Tours (P) Ltd, was our local point of contact. Apparently he waited two hours at the airport for us, with the minibus waiting as well to bring us to the hotel. We loaded up the luggage. Right from the start, he warned us of touts and told us to ignore people he didn’t know, lest that they asked for tips from us.

We went to the hotel, Hotel Thamel at about 11pm. Tired and sleepy, we hit the sack after a welcome by the hotel (fresh garlands and a glass of fruit punch) and a quick briefing of what would happened the following day. And oh, the wifi was down at the hotel. Apparently, the Internet connection was down. The wifi router admin page was unprotected as well. Bah.

 

View my Facebook album of Flight Day photos below:


“SIN – KUL – KTM”

From Nepal: The trek to Annapurna Base Camp – Flight Day Day 01, posted by Robert Sim on 5/10/2014 (18 items)

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