Phase Two – The Breakdown & Realisation

Start-Up Thoughts

Last couple weeks had been superbly interesting. January 2018 well spent! I went to a weekend acting workshop called Method & Madness, hosted by Vera Chok & Dominic Murphy, an actress & a filmmaker.

I wished I could share this workshop experiences with people who struggling with anxiety or introverts that are facing difficulty to express themselves. All these unique exercises helped us to express ourselves more truthfully and be present. Started with a meditation session that put busyness in life and constant thoughts away and eventually checking in with our presence self. Balloon & singing exercises that triggered our playfulness. Rotational story telling session that did not care how much do you know about the story. It simply just want you to have fun with your wild imagination. Getting into fictional characters and played certain traits definitely forced us to act in certain ways that beyond our true characters. Some exercises helped us getting in touch with our emotions, getting around it as well as acknowledging what thoughts or history behind the emotions. Basically, the switch that would stimulate your happiness and vice versa. Some mindful, body movement and chanting exercises that brought our bodily senses to life. Your body felt the temperature changes, even slightly. The experiences were truly overwhelming!

So glad that I attended this workshop as I can practice some of the exercises in my daily routine. Speak my mind and be presence.

Then,

I went to Tioman Surfestival 2018 to film a short documentary (The Making of Tioman Surfestival 2018) about the founder, Hisham Uyub and how they started the surf scene in Tioman Island.

Kris came to helped me out. Met bunch of cool people there, Bahzi (Surf Photographer / Filmmaker from Brunei), Mo (Rip Curl) and many other influential people and start-up founder who had being part of the project for many years. Chatting with these people was so fun and they gave many insight about starting up a company and about life in general.

I was so impressed with how all this community came together and support each other. Despite everyone differences in characters, skills & specialty , they came and work along each other very well. The community spirit is so strong that everyone treat each other like a family member. Everyone has the same vision, to build up their community, create opportunities for their younger generation and improve local economy.

Every night always filled with reggae party and beers which eventually leads to that long deep talks & laughters. Created a memories that would last a lifetime. This is where I fell in love with reggae music and their cultures.

Surfers & Reggae. Beers & Dance. Sun & Fun.  Calm & Chills.

I came back, feeling so fulfilled and happy.

I said to myself  ‘I finally can say that I love my job’

If I could do something without looking at time, I could film all day long as long my camera not overheating.

I glad that my questions was answered and reconfirmed.

The reason that I love documentary filmmaking so much is that every project that I work is different. I had met many people through filmmaking. Getting to know them personally, their stories, their visions & their life principles is what keep me going. I found many individuals had fascinating stories about their life and I want to help them to tell their stories.

Being so introverted

There were times where I tried to be talkative and friendly. Reaching out to strangers which I believed many times it came out awkward.

Coming back to Kuching, feeling so inspired.

I would love to relive the same kind of spirit of community, happiness & joy. I felt so content that I wanted to share my experiences with people that close to me and hopefully they will be impacted.

Unfortunely, it was so quickly drowned by people that I am surrounded myself with.

So many times, I had been demotivated, look down and belittled because of I wanted to chase if life, what I believe in and what I planned to do.

Honestly,

It was very hurtful when it came from people that who are close to you.

I am disappointed, angry & sad.

 

‘Get a real job!, Go back to Singapore and work, stop wasting your time!, Still spending your parents money ah, Can you do it for free, Give you compensation lah, Help me do for free, You are the most free liao, How much you earn? How you can get credit cards with this job, Lionel can meh, this is a career?!’

Comments like this is what broke me especially when it came out from people that you trust and close to you.

Many started to treat you like a joke, showing fake empathy and disrespect your dream.

This is what I felt personally since starting out to build a filmmaking company.

I want nothing from you but a RESPECT of what I wanted to do with my life.

To a couple of wonderful friends who truly understand me

Always gave me words of encouragement & believe in me. Thank you!

I’m delighted to faced this struggle now as it definitely helped me build my character & understand people better.

I need to take myself more seriously and dream even bigger!

Dreammuch Visuals may started of as a filmmaking company. I believe in 3- 5 years to come,  we are going to expand and grow as influential brands.

Writing this all out now is the only way that I could share my current thoughts.

Letting it all out.

One day, I hope this notes will help those who need it and realise that they are not alone.

 

 

Keep Going,

Lionel Benang

 

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Jaipur (The Pink City) Travel Guide

India, Travel

Getting there

  • Jaipur city is accessible by trains and buses from other part of India.
  • Do check out the train schedule on Clear Trip Apps
  • Do plan and purchase your train ticket in advance.
  • Uber services available.
  • Metro railway available in Jaipur, so hop on!
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Jaipur Railway Station

Where to go in Jaipur City

1. HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)

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Haha Mahal (Palace of Winds) 

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Interior of Hawa Mahal

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Climb all the way up for this view. 

  • Open Daily (From 9am to 4.30pm)
  • Entrance fees for foreigner (200 Rupees / USD 3 / MYR 13)
  • If you are a student, bring along your student card (Cheaper fee)
  • Do explore inside out of Hawa Mahal and you will be amazed.
  • Climb all the way up for the view. (Bird eye view of Jaipur City)
  • Local guide available for hire.
  • If you would like to take the shot of Hawa Mahal building, visit theopposite cafe on the third floor and they have a rooftop there where you can take your shot of Hawa Mahal during sunset.
  • Walking distances to Jantar Mantar & City Palace.
  • In house museum.

2. AMBER FORT

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Amber Fort 

  • Open Daily (8am – 6pm)
  • Entrance Fee (500 Rupees / USD 8 / MYR 32)
  • Light show available from 7pm – 9pm.
  • Duration for visiting Amber Fort normally around 2 hours because it is freaking massive.

3. PANNA MEENA KA KUND (STEPWELL)

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Stepwell 

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Located at the village after Amber Fort

  • Free Entry
  • If you would like to take picture at the staircase of the step well, the security guard would ask for some tips. (Negotiable)
  • We did not take any because we cheapskate. Budget backpackers you know.
  • Instagram-worthy photoshoot right at this place.

4. JAIGARH FORT

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Jaigarh Fort

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View from Jaigarh Fort. 

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Massive Fort 

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Take Instagram-Worthy Photo Here 

  • Open Daily (8am – 4.30pm)
  • Entrance Fee (85 Rupees / USD 1.30 / MYR 5)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk or Taxi to get here (Normally less than 500 rupees)
  • Uber services not available at this area. (We tried)
  • Normally combined day trip with Nahargarh Fort & Amber Fort because all these forts located nearby.)
  • Explore around 1.5 – 2 hours here. This fort is huge! You will be amazed!
  • Do inform your driver to wait for at least 1.5 hours or else they will charge you extra. ( P/S : We had so much fun exploring that we forgotten that we agreed with our driver for just an hour here and he asked for extra pay.)

5. NAHARGARH FORT

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Amazing Architecture 

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Classic Window 

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Aerial View of Jaipur City 

  • Open Daily (8am – 4.30pm)
  • Entrance fees for foreigner (200 Rupees / USD 3 / MYR 13)
  • If you are a student, bring along your student card (Cheaper fee)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk or Taxi to get here (Normally less than 500 rupees)
  • Uber services not available at this area. (We tried)
  • Normally combined day trip with Nahargarh Fort & Amber Fort because all these forts located nearby.)
  • Explore around 1.5 – 2 hours here.
  • Wax museum open for visitor (Separate Ticket Fee)
  • In house restaurant.
  • Check out their Bawri (Step well) .

6. JAL MAHAL

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  • Not accessible
  • Free to view from the waterfronts
  • Used to be a palace but then abandoned till now.
  • Located at middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur City
  • About 15 – 20 minutes drive from Jaipur City depending on the traffic.
  • Do ask your driver to stop along the waterfronts if you are heading towards Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort or Amber Fort.

7. LMB RESTAURANT

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They served sweets, snacks and local food. 

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Chips!

  • Serve all kind of desserts, snacks and food.
  • Located at the heart of City Palace.
  • Local recommended.

8. PINK SQUARE MALL

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Pink Square Mall

  • Legit shopping mall in Jaipur City equipped with supermarket, restaurant and cinema.
  • Do you groceries shopping here.
  • Escape from the heat if you have to.
  • If you would like to enjoy local ambience cinema with a short pee-break in between the movies and have your food deliver to you directly. Experience that here.

9. NIBS Cafe (Chocolate Heaven)

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Hipster Cafe

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Chocolate Pizza! Yes! It is! 

  • My favorite cafe so far in India.
  • Uber your way here as I do not know the public transport to get here.
  • Find them of TripAdvsior.
  • Try their chocolate pizza and chocolate shots! You have been warned!
  • Fast Internet Speed.

Buying Bus Ticket in Jaipur

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This is the ticket counter (Near to the Jaipur Railway Station

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Two Pax Sleeper

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Sleeper Bus by Rishabh Travel 

  • In addition to train, you can also travel around India by bus.
  • This probably not as comfortable as train AC sleeper and may take longer time to reach your destination but it offer you an affordable budget.
  • We were recommended by Zostel staff to buy our ticket from this travel agent.
  • Highly recommended.
  • We bought our bus ticket to Udaipur from Jaipur for 550 Rupees / USD 8.5 / MYR 35.
  • It was an overnight bus and it took around 6 hours.

Other Places To Visit

  1. The Pink City Palace & Bazaar
  2. Jantar Mantar (Observatory)
  3. Royal Albert Museum
  4. Sun Temple (For Sunset Location)
  5. Niro’s Restaurant (Famous for Lal Maas)
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Jaipur City Palace

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Local Vendor in Jaipur 

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People of Jaipur

Extra Tips

  1. Always bargain 70%-80% less for the gifts / items that you want to buy.
  2. Always bargain or negotiate with the Tuk Tuk / taxi driver for your trip here because you can visit few places in one day.
  3. Jaipur city is a shopping heaven. Do all souvenirs shopping here from textile to bangles. They offer tons of affordable and colorful gifts here.
  4. Do get a tourist composite tickets if you plan to visit more than one site. (Multiple monuments entry tickets for the price of one)
  5. Spend at least 2 full days here to get a full experience of The Pink City.
  6. For accommodation, highly recommended Zostel or Panda Backpackers.  Check them out in Trip Advisor or Booking.com 
  7. Watch our travel vlog here Jaipur Travel Guide

 

For More Info,

Find me on social media, Lionel Benang

For Business,

Email lionelbenangchai@gmail.com

Visit Our Website Here

http://www.dreammuchvisuals.com

 

 

 

Trekking in Nepal

Adventure, Everest, Inspirational Malaysia, Inspiring Filmmaker, Nepal Travel, Uncategorized, Web Series, YouTube, Youtube Channel

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Flight to Lukla by GOMA AIR. 

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On our way to Phakding. 

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Horses are available for hire.

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One of many suspension bridges.

PREPARATION

  • Check for the right season (March – May (Spring)  or September – November (Autumn))
  • Avoid the monsoon season (June – August (Summer))
  • Prepare yourself physically (At least 3 months prior to your trip – HIIT highly recommended)
  • Prepare yourself mentally (Read and do research about your trek course)
  • Do a full body medical check up (Optional)
  • Typhoid Vaccine and Hepatitis B Injection (Check with your local doctor)
  • Make your booking with reliable trekking agent. ( I did it with Madhav Adhikari (Trekking Agent) &  Mount Face Nepal)
  • Solo / Group (Do it with the right company)
  • Get a travel / trekking insurance (MUST) 
  • Prior Mountain hiking / trekking activities (Mountain with high altitude make the best preparation because you’ll be acclimatizing a lot easier during your EBC trek)
  • Eat a lot of ginger / garlic months before. It helps thinning the blood and apparently it with reduce severe Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
  • Drink a lot of water and get used to it.
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River water flows from the glaciers.

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Highest elevation trek (Phakding to Namche)

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Up. Up. and Up.

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Take photos. A lot of it.

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Gayane, Sola & Ganesh (Guide)

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Kakak Ani at the Sagarmatha National Park Entrance. 

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Double suspension bridges.

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Few hundreds meter to Namche. 

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Ganesh (Guide) & Sola. Their positivity is addictive.

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Local strumming the music instruments playing the Sherpa song.

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Panaromic View of Namche Bazaar. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • AMS can be very severe. (Be alert to the symptoms)
  • You will be having nausea and headache and maybe lost of appetite during acclimatization. It’s a sign of your body adjusting and adapting to the altitude and level of oxygen. Acclimatization is crucial. 
  • Rest a day or two if you have to.
  • Speak out if you feeling uneasy or unwell.
  • Most guides and local lodge operator speak decent English and some Malay Language(Share this post if you’re a Malaysian)
  • It can be freezing cold at night so make sure you are comfortably warm.
  • Hot water would cost you around USD 3 / 300 Rupees. 
  • You’ll probably fart a lot as you go higher. It is normal. It is due to the altitude.
  • You’ll maybe have a strange and weird dreams. It is normal. It is due to decreasing oxygen level as you go higher.
  • If you’re lucky, probably you can spot some local mountain animals.
  • Do your last shopping at Namche Bazaar before heading higher.
  • If you want to know more, do watch our whole EBC series here HUMBLED SERIES
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Our Superman Potter (Lakhwir) 

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Superman Surash (Potter). These people are amazing.

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Sola

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Common transportation here at the mountain. Yak Services.

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Prayer Flags, Prayers carved on stone and a Stupa.

GEAR

  • Comfortable Waterproof Trekking Boots
  • Pairs of Socks
  • Slipper / Birkens / Crocs / Sneakers (Off Trek / Lodge)
  • Thermal Layers
  • Fleece Jackets
  • Down Jacket (Wind & Waterproof)
  • Gloves (Waterproof)
  • Winter Hat
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • Comfortable Light Daypacks
  • Waterbottles
  • Thermal
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Jacket (Optional)
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Monks at the Tebongche Monastery 

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Ama Dablam

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Me and Ama Dablam (Behind)

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Paradise on Earth.

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Yaks

TECHNOLOGY

  • Camera (Mirrorless Preferred -Lighter)
  • Extra Batteries (Always keep them warm – Put it in your pockets)
  • Chargers (Charging will cost you from USD 2 – USD 6 per charge)
  • Phone charging cables
  • Light Tripod / Gorilla Pod
  • Headlamp
  • Power Bank
  • GoPro (Optional)
  • GoPro accessories
  • Solar Charger (Optional)
  • Laptop (Optional)
  • Drone (Optional) – (P/S: I brought a DJI Phantom 4 for my expedition. I did not flew it. Himalaya regions Air Space can get very busy in the day. I decided not to risk it since I have no valid film permit. Check with the local authorities first before you flew it) 
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Gayane, The Yoga Master.

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Sola (The Dal Bhat Power)

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Towards Gorak Sheep

DOCUMENTS

  • Cash (Nepalese Rupees & USD)
  • Passport (VISA)
  • ID
  • Trekking Permits (Normally kept by your guide)
  • Trekking Maps
  • Books
  • Journal
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Danphe (Nepal National Bird)

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Musk Deer

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Periche

OTHERS

  • First Aid Kits (Your guide will carry one as well)
  • Water Purifications Tablets
  • Soluble Vitamin Tablets
  • Sunscreen
  • Diamox (Meds)
  • Wet tissues (Clean yourself humans)
  • Candies, Power bars, Chocolates and Nuts.
  • Poker Cards (Optional)
  • Portable Speakers (Optional)
  • Gifts / Souvenirs from your own country (Optional – You will developed a strong bonds with your guide and porters. It will be a great gifts to remember your expedition together.)
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Periche 

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View of Ama Dablam 

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Panaromic View of the mountains at Lobuche Memorial

EXTRA TIPS

  • Take necessary rest after trekking. Acclimatization is crucial.
  • Do train for this expedition and do not take it lightly. (P/S : I did not make it to the base camp due to severe AMS )
  • Keep a positive vibes at ALL TIME.
  • Talk to the locals. (They may have summited Everest)
  • Flights timing occasionally stray from schedule. Be prepare. You could be waiting at the departure hall for hours.
  • Drink a lot of water during trekking.
  • Keep a steady pace with your group and be brave enough to speak out your concern when you felt unwell.
  • Last ATM available at Namche Bazaar
  • Hot shower normally cost USD 3 / 300 RUPEES
  • Everything get more expensive when it get higher.
  • Internet available at most lodge. (Not Free)
  • Take those selfies. Take those mountain shots. Take those group photos.
  • Try the Tibetan Breads & Dal Bhat. It’s GOOD!
  • Remember to have fun!
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At the Lobuche Memorial

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Lakhwir, Sola, Surash, Ganesh & Gayane. 

What Happened?

I am going to share with you what happened on the day I was airlifted back to Kathmandu. This was based on my personal experience and may vary with different individuals. Check out the full series here HUMBLED SERIES EP1 (YOUTUBE)

Every now and then, I dreamt about the mountains. It felt like I had some unfinished errands waiting for me to get it done. What actually happened that day? Did I made the right decision? What if I kept going? What would happened then? Will I make it back? I asked these questions to myself so many times.

Unfortunately, there are no actual answers to my never ending whys. Nevertheless, I have to learn to embrace what happened to me there and slowly build up my faith again.

That very night, I had severe headache. Non-stop gentle pounding inside the wall of my skulls. It woke me up almost every half an hour.  To make the situation a lot more worse, the kerosene odor in the lodge was so heavy that it almost felt like sleeping right next to a gas station. That night was the worst experience I had on the mountains. I puked right after I woke up the next morning. I drank plenty of water hoping that I would feel better with so little sleep. I have told Ganesh, Gayane & Sola about this. These were likely  signs of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Gayane felt the same about the kerosene odor and had kept her window open for the night for fresh air. I was looking forward to leave lodge hoping that I would recover quicker. After taking Diamox (Medication), we left the lodge.

Starting the journey to Everest Base Camp from Periche that day with such low spirit probably not the best thing. I was not feeling myself that morning. Throughout that trek, I constantly stopping for water break. Fatigue kicked in way earlier that I expected. My knees were weak and I was panting.  As I was walking behind my trek mates, Ganesh keeping his pace parallel to me just to make sure I was all right. Then, I mumbled The Hail Mary Prayers number of times as I trekked. Severe fatigue was real. I hardly felt my legs. I remembered asked God for strength just to finished this journey. Every single word of the prayer felt so deep and I began to had tears. I was tired. It was a very emotional journey for me. I started to questioned myself what is my sole purpose of being here and attempting to get to Everest Base Camp. 

It was at Gorak Sheep lodge when I slowly felt like my body shutting down. I was extremely fatigued and lost of appetite. I had trouble walking straight back to my room and even sluggish reaction. After talking to Ganesh, Sola & Gayane, these were symptoms of severe AMS. I had Snickers and some hot soup. Did not felt any better. Body temperature dropped and I started shivering.  They warmed me up with extra down jacket and gave me some warm thermos.

I was terrified that I might collapse at any moment. So frightened that I would not wake up if I took a rest or nap. The only thing I had it mind at that very moment were my loved ones. I still wants to be with them. Mountains will always be there. That was when I decided to withdraw from this expedition. It was difficult decision for me. Leaving my closed friends behind after spent 7 days trekking together was immensely heart-breaking.

After getting treated at the Hospital in Kathmandu, I genuinely felt defeated. Calls and texts from loved ones were very comforting and had helped me overcome that phase of dismal period. I am sorry that I have let all of you down. I promised to train harder and better. Have no worries, I am better now.

Everest Base Camp, I will see you real soon. Namaste! 

To Ganesh, Gayane, Sola, Kak Ani, Surash & Lakhwir,

All of you are amazing individuals.

I was so lucky that I had met each and every one of you. I truly appreciate every moment that we spent trekking together. I miss all the good times. Mountain Disco!

Thank you for all the knowledge that you had shared

Thank you for the cookies, snacks, bananas and mango juices.

Thank you for all the jokes and laughter

Thank you for dancing on the mountains with me

Thank you for taking care of me when I am at my lowest point while literally on the highest point of my life. =)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Dal Bhat Power 24/7!

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Everest Base Camp. Displaying the colour of Armenian Flags. 

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Ganesh (Malaysia Flag) & Sola (Sarawak Flag, my Home). Thank you for bringing it to base camp.

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If you know me well, that’s my drawing. He made it as well. 

And You! Thank you for reading this all through! Love you!

DM me on my social media,  LIONEL BENANG.

There’s a treat for you! =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pokhara Travel Guide

Adventure, Malaysia, Nepal Travel, Pokhara Travel Tips, Travel, Travel Guide, YouTube, Youtube Channel, Youtuber
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Aerial View of Pokhara Town

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Pokhara Old Town

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View from Pokhara Town. That is Machhapuchhre.

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Clear sky will give you a magnificent view like this from Pokhara. That is Annapurna South.

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Annapurna I peeking behind the Sarangkot Hill. 

  • About 8 hours of bus ride from Kathmandu. A bumpy ride but with a breathaking luxurious green mountain views.
  • Bus ticket normally cost NPR 600 / USD 6 / MYR 25. 
  • There are many hotels and lodges available here in Pokhara. We stayed at Hotel Hakoniwa (Budget). Highly recommended.

 

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View from our balcony. They have rooftop view as well.

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Our room (Non A/C)

 

What to do in Pokhara

Boating at the Phewa Lake

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Kenny & Chris. Paddling. Harder than we thought.

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Here’s the price list. Each jetty has its own price list. Do compare them.

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Third Jetty 

 

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Phewa Lake

  • You can hire a local paddler or paddle on your own. (2 paddle max)
  • Do paddle in the afternoon or during the sunset. You will get spectacular view of the mountains and lakes.
  • There are few boat jetty around so make sure you get the one with reasonable price.

Watch the Sunrise at Sarangkot Hill

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View from Sarangkot Hill 

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Kenny contemplating his future.

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This chicken nailed it!

  • Hire a cab from town. (NPR 1500 / USD 15 / MYR 63)
  • 30 – 45 minutes car ride.
  • Find your sweet spot or you could be sipping a cup of hot coffee while watching the skies breaking the dawn at a cafe rooftop nearby.
  • It can get pretty crowded so make sure you arrive early.
  • If you’re not a morning person, sunset is doable and you can witness the skies breaking the clouds in purple rays as it getting dark.
  • You can hike all the way up here. About 2 – 2.5 hours of hiking. Our friend, Chris did that.
  • Sarangkot Hill  is famous for paragliding activities. We skipped that since it is not within our budget.
  • Price normally ranged from USD 80 – USD 120. Bargain!

HIKE UP TO PEACE STUPA

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Follow this sign. About 20 minutes hike up.

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We made it in 15 minutes. Chris is happy.

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View from Peace Stupa. 

  • Free Entrance.
  • Sunset view.
  • About 20 – 35 minutes hike.
  • Paddle across the lake and hike your way up.

RENT A BICYCLE OR BIKE

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We came across this beautiful landscape at the countryside.

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Amazing Nepalese crossing lake full of water buffalos.

 

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3 modes of transportation here in Pokhara. 

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Sunset

  • Cycle around town or the countryside. You will be amazed.
  • It can get very hot in the day so do spray your sunscreen.

‘CHUKPA’ LOCAL SNACKS

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Chukpa (Local Snacks)

  • Famous local snacks.
  • You can find it almost any where in Pokhara. 
  • Mixed of chopped onions, cucumber, tomatoes, garlics, potatoes and instant noodles with sprinkled noodles spices.

BEST SANDWICH IN POKHARA

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  • Locate this sandwich cafe with TripAdvisor.
  • We kept coming back because it tasted amazing. All fresh ingredients.

Tips when travel to Pokhara

  • Do check the weather forecast.
  • Avoid monsoon season as you would not get clear view of the mountains when you in Pokhara.
  • Spend about 2-3 days here for a full travel experience in Pokhara. 
  • There are plenty of good restaurants here. Highly recommended Tibetan Restaurant. 
  • Check out Blues Bar if you want to chill and have some good rock band music.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park if you want to see some Rhinos. 
  • Go to the North side of Pokhara Town if you’re a hippies.
  • Check out my video here about Pokhara Pokhara Travel Guide

 

Kathmandu Travel Guide

Adventure, Malaysian Youtuber, Travel Guide, Uncategorized, YouTube, Youtube Channel

Where to stay in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Aerial View

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Thamel Street At Night

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Thamel (Shopping Paradise)

 

  • Best places to stay in Kathmandu definitely in the vicinity of Thamel.
  • Plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, trekking and gifts shop. (Walking Distance)
  • Bear in mind that Thamel streets can be very dusty so do wear your face masks.
  • Highly recommended Hotel Thamel & Holy Himalaya Hotel .

Places of Interest in Kathmandu

Bhaktaphur Durbar Square

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Bhaktaphur Durbar Square

  • Bigger compared to Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • About 45 minutes drive from Kathmandu.
  • Bargain with your cab driver for the price. ( Around 1500 NPR / USD 15 / MYR 63 One Way)
  • 1100 NPR / USD 11 / MYR 46 Entrance Ticket.
  • Locals will approach you and offer to be your guide. (Not necessarily)
  • Do spend 2-3 hours here.
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Bhaktaphur Street

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Hindu Temple

 

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Amazing Archictecture

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Pottery Square

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Gayane trying Kufti (Local Ice Cream) for the first time

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Bhaktaphur Lake

Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath)

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Stupa

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Buddhist Prayer Flags

 

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Monkey

  • 200 NPR / USD 2 / MYR 8 Entrance Ticket.
  • Hire a cab. (Normally included in the day tour package or you could walk 30 minutes from Thamel street)
  • Locals will approach you and offer to be your guide. (Not necessarily)

Garden of Dreams

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Sola at Garden of Dreams

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  • 200 NPR / USD 2 / MYR 8 Entrance Ticket.
  • Flowers & Squirrels.
  • Great place for family picnic and dating.
  • Walking distances from Thamel.

Kumari (Living Goddess Place)

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  • Free Entrance (Donation expected).
  • Photo of Kumari (Living Goddess) are forbidden during visit.
  • Kumari will take a peek at the window just for a moment.
  • Walking distances from Thamel.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

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  • 1000 NPR / USD 10 / RM42 Entrance Ticket
  • Most of it still under construction after the earthquake.

Best Lassi In Town

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  • We were brought here by a local. (We have no idea where is the exact location)
  • 70 NPR / USD 0.70 / RM 3
  • BEST LASSI WE HAD SO FAR.

Watch Traditional Dance Performance

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  • There are plenty of restaurants here in Nepal that offered traditional Nepalese dance performance.
  • We were brought to Thamel Restaurant by our trekking agent and we had a great evening with amazing Dal Bhat.

Drink Local Beers

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Tips when travel to Kathmandu

  • Try Dal That (Local Dish)
  • Always bargain even for groceries. Yes. We did and it worked.
  • Always pay in Nepalese Rupees and they do accept MYR currency. (Many Nepalese able to speak decent Malaysian Language)
  • Bring your face mask. (It get very dusty and windy at times)
  • Phasphutinath Temple going to cost 1000 NPR / USD 10 / MYR 42. (We skipped this place because we think it’s a bit expensive)
  • Check out my video here on Youtube Kathmandu Travel Guide

HA LONG BAY

Adventure, Travel
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AT THE PIER

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Apricot Cruise

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Lunch On Board

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Twin Bed Room

 

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SUPRISING CAVE

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Ti Top Island

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Dinner on Board

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Squid Fishing

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THE ONLY SQUID WE CAUGHT ALL NIGHT

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Pearl Farm

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VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL LESSON

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Vietnamese Spring Roll that I’ve made

 

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Another cruise in Halong Bay

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Local Vendor in Ha Long Bay

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Sunset in Ha Long Bay

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  • There are variety of cruises available for Ha Long Bay tour.
  • Normally there are 3 options to choose from 1 day, 2 Days 1 Night or 3 Days 2 Nights.
  • Price range differently depend on type of cruise you choose (Budget – Luxury)
  • Apricot Cruise (USD 90 – USD 110) – Mid Range Cruise
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Hanoi – Ha Long City Pier (4 – 5 Hours Bus Journey)
  • They will have one stop at the souvenir shops along the way.
  • Activities for cruises are different (Surprising Cave, Pearl Farm, Tip Top Island, Squid Fishing, Tai Chi Lesson, Spring Roll Lesson etc)
  • Avoid peak / holiday season (Too crowded)
  • Low Peak (June – September)
  • Kayak activities temporarily on hold (April 2017)
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Friends that I met in this trip

Tips when travel in Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Be careful of the slippers thread scams (Random strangers will point at your slippers and grab it, then glue new thread on it without your permission)
  • Avoid buying donuts from the street (They will charge you A LOT MORE)
  • Check out our video here Ha Long Bay for more details.

Post-Graduation To Do List

Graduation Tips, Post Graduation To Do List, What To Do After Graduation

Helllooo Melllooo Peepoos! Happy Sunday!!  I would like to share my experiences after graduating from university. These may not be the best tips or advice, but I do hope it helps you somehow somewhere right now.

Okay. You just about to finish your 4 years engineering degree at your beloved university. At the moment, you probably had signed up for job street, LinkedIn or any other sort of job searching platform. You goggled the best possible resume template and laid down your best result and achievement on the paper. Make those First class honour in bold! Haha.. The proudest moment when you finished writing and proof-read it. That sense of achievement. Unbelievable!

I have been searching for a job for about 6 months after graduating from university. Now, I am happily hired.  Here some post-college/ university life tips before work. Your family, relatives, neighbours and friends will ask you about your future plan, what kind of work you will be doing, what kind of industry, career, salary. Yesh! Those typical questions I have been answering for the past six months. So, prepare yourself well, it’s okay if you could not answer all but along the way you will know what to answer and what do you really want in life.

Post – Graduation To Do List

1) Spent time with your family

Yes. Your family. You had spent plenty of time with your friends and college/university mates back then. Now, dedicate your time, energy and commitment to your family. By the time you graduating from college/university, it is one of our parents proudest moment so remember to thank them for all the sweats and tears they had gone through so that you have better opportunity ahead. Do remember that we aged and so does them. Hence, spent some quality time with them, have breakfast together, allocate a long afternoon tea-time conversation or go on vacation with them. Especially if you are away from home during your college/university years, there are time where your parents deeply miss you. Cherish and make the most of every moment with them.

2) Take care of your health

College and university are some of the places where we partied and got drunk irresponsibly. The next morning we waking up on our bed and forgotten how we got back home. We spend number of endless nights staying up late catching up with the whole season of Vampire Diaries, studying for the final examination at the very last minute or playing LAN game DOTA with your neighbour. All these crazy moments and experiences we are going to share and laugh about in the future. No doubt So, re-adjust your body biological clock, eat well, take care of your diet, hit that gym and get your annual health check done. Today, work stress, financial issues and  heavy job loads are inevitable and had caused many young adults to have chronic diseases at a young age.I suggest this would be the best time for you to work towards your optimum health! You want to live long to tell the tale. Take good care of yourself first so that you can take care of your elders and loved ones.

3) Entrepreneurship

I do believe in some point of life, everyone has this idea of setting up their own themed cafe, opening their Chinese influenced restaurant, establish their own clothing brand. Me too! I’m currently working toward funding my own filming studio starts up. Some of my friends are working as barista to earn necessary experiences so that one day they will be able to have their own version of Starbucks. So, if you have an idea or any passion, protect it, do whatever it takes to gain your knowledge in that industry, make friends with people of the same ambition. This may just grant you an open door for another oppurtunity! Who know, you might be the next Pestle & Mortar!

4) Reunited with some of your childhood friends

Remember Joshua? Yes, the one who look like Ronaldinho. He got three kids already. Wow! Yesh, time flies! By the time you read this, I probably having my first grandchildren. Go and meet your primary school classmates, old friend or that David living next door! Go and have some good time with them too! Remember, when career takes over, you gonna spend most of your time with your colleagues and bosses. There are no wrong to it but your childhood friend and you gonna have so much to catch up and you guys probably spent the whole night with some deep meaningful conversation.

5) Pick up new skills/ hobbies

Always wished to learn to play piano or spinning the track on the turntable with your headset on pretending you playing for a huge crowd in Tomorrowland? Go and register for some short courses now! Do not wait for the right time or you have enough cash. Work it out! Do it now! Plenty of working adult participated in part-time classes just to pick up new skills or enhancing their interest. Utilise your free time fully! Sign up for yoga class or something. Do what you love!

6) Participating in local event

Been away from home, I realized how many great local events that I had missed. So many great individuals are organising incredible event at their very own hometown. Participate at a local community event, invite your friends and family. Get to know the organising team and you get to spend some awesome weekend with your family and friends too.

7) Visit some local attractions 

Food addict? Nature Lovers? Get to your know your local attractions! Places where you have grown up! Be proud of your own hometown. You may never take all these blessed attractions for granted anymore! You look at these with a different perspective and you appreciate every little thing. So, go and enjoy those local delicacies that you always craving for a while in college or visit the sandy beaches for some peaceful getaway.

8) Go on the trip of your lifetime 

Road Trip?! Surfing in Bali? Jungle trek in Borneo? Go and do it! Plan your trip with your best buddies! Do not worry about an expensive trip! Budget road trip with your buddies gonna be fun too and it only cost a little! You would not trade a five-star experience with this. Trust me!

9) Meet your kindergarten/ primary/ secondary school teacher

Find them, meet them and chat with them. They might threw books at you or canned you publicly in the past, but they did it to disciplined us They are unseen warriors that help to bring up the next generation. Talk with them about life, I’m sure they will be open up to you. Have some deep and meaningful conversation, most teachers are very wise and they may give you some life tips that can be useful for you.

10) Start Saving Up 

Normally towards the end of the month, I normally got so broke that I only had one meal per day. Start saving up for your future and if you plan to invest soon, you need large sum of capital too. Remember work to break away from your parents financial support and learn to work smart to earn your living. This maybe sounds cliche but every succesful person in life learn how to increase their savings to start their own business, to travel, or getting invovle in investment. One day, we might end up with a 9-5 jobs for years in our career. Remember, do not end your productive life, work to be what you want to be not what they society want you to be. Be creative, be yourself and make a positive impact even it was only meant for yourself and family.