Category Archives: East Asia

angkor wat temple

Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, Cambodia

angkor wat temple

angkor wat temple reflected over a pond in front of the grand structure

Spending some of my last hours in Phnom Penh. Small city and relatively quiet. Traffic is slightly haphazard than what is in Kathmandu. Liked the city. Loved the part called Sisowath Quay aka Riverside: “an attractive boulevard running along the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap. It’s fronted by a large, long open space with manicured lawns, palm trees and open pathways, all recently re-done as part of a Japanese funded project to upgrade the flood infrastructure along the river.” That description is taken from a Wikitravels page on Phnom Penh.

mekong river in phnom penh

mekong river

Came here two days ago from Siem Reap- the town that houses famed Angkor Wat or the temple. [Wat in Khmer means pagoda, my friend tells me.] But Angkor Wat is hardly a pagoda. It was a temple- Vishnu mandir by a Angkor king. One of his descendants ‘modified’ it to be a Buddhist temple. For a Nepali visitor like me, the temple stood as a symbol of religious harmony and close integration of Hinduism and Buddhism. But the reality may be complex: one religious belief trying to overthrow other etc. That’s just a hint. Details will be posted as I post more pics later.

May be its time to visit some beaches in Thailand.

manila: midget wrestlers

Manila: nights and the beach

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a baby and the beach

A Filipino beach near Manila. An ‘active’ volcano and a lake in Tagaytay, near Manila. Wrestlers midgets and lady boxers AND live music in bars of Manila. Continue reading

Manila food: In the Uni canteen

Manila Food. Hint: too much meat :)

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Manila food: rice, fish, egg and mushroom

Manila food: rice, fish, egg and mushroom. ( Mushroom wasn't good.)

Too much meat. Too little vegetable. My impression of the food in Manila- especially on restaurants that are crowded by middle class and lower middle class Filipinos. I eat meat but not much. I like to try new food but such trial must always been interrupted, may be two days, by dal bhat tarkari 🙂 As the first week passed by I started craving for the food that is a daily staple in Nepal. Dal was not be seen anywhere. We went to an Indian restaurant called Bollywood in Greenbelt. Surprisingly the manager was a Nepali speaking Indain from Darjeeling area (Kolkata, he said). The food was good but I must admit that the bill was too steep. And the motton momo, dipped in the Indian chicken-gravy, was quite strange to my taste but my classmates liked it. Here’s an excerpt of an article that I wrote for Kantipur newspaper two weeks ago about Nepali students in Manila and Bangkok. The excerpt in Nepali talks about the food in Manila. Continue reading

Tricycles of Manila

When I first rode a tricycle in Manila I sat behind the driver the way men do in Nepal when they ride pillion on a motorcycle. I was told later by a Filipino friend of mine that that was the wrong way of sitting on a tricycle. The correct way, I was told, was to sit like the way most women-especially those clad in saari- do in Nepal: by hanging both legs on the same side.

But that’s for the third (and last) passenger on a tricycle. The other two are holed up in a small carriage- supported by a tire- on the right side of the motorbike. When that carriage is attached a bike becomes a tricycle (or a motorcycle taxi). And tricycles are everywhere in Manila though their future seems uncertain. For some (and that includes city officials) they are traffic nuisance and for many others they are cheap medium of transportation in the city. Continue reading