Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6 Useful Apps for Travel

We are all very fortunate to be alive in this time and use the modern advanced technology to help us in our daily life, including if your lifestyle includes travel!

Download and use these with Android and iPhone (or othre iOS device)

Mapping:

Maps.Me - offline maps with trails and details

Google Maps - listings of businesses, directions, attractions and reviews of all the places.

Google Photos - free unlimited photo and video back to your gmail (can access online at photos.google.com) bonus to use the location GPS on your camera gives the ability to search your photos by location!

Accommodation:

Agoda - specially in South East Asia and Asia, very good for booking and finding cheap places for accommodation. Note: owned by booking.com but still I find agoda has better deals and user interface.

CouchSurfing - Sign up and fill out your account if you don't have one already. useful for making connections in various places, they can help you find local places and sometimes they can offer you a place to stay!

Communication:WhatsApp - Useful for texting and calling when internet is slow, but need to verify by SMS so choose a phone number you memorized and can keep from someone else getting it (which means they can verify the SMS and take over your account).

Facebook Messanger - useful as whatsapp but better because you can access it anywhere with browser or phone without needing to verify with SMS as whatsapp.

Bonus apps:
Kayak, Skyscanner, Google Trips - flight lookup (normally can book directly with the airline website)
Cleartrip for train schedules in India

Other useful:
Weather
Calculator
Google Calendar and Google Keep - for notes (both sync with gmail)

Apps I use:
Strava - for cycling and running, uses GPS.
SoundHound - to fetch song name and artist by listening to what is playing.
Translator - useful with all languages that google has.

Let me know if you have other useful apps or websites in the comments below.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Does Indonesian consulate in Kathmandu, Nepal give tourist visa?

I believe they do, but as the head of the consulate told me it would only be for 30 days and take 2 weeks so it is better to get the landed visa on arrival

Monday, April 24, 2017

What to bring and tips for Nepal Trekking Annapurna circuit

I did the Annapurna circuit in mid April 2017 and here's what I learned, bring and not:

Backpack - aim for small portable and light.

Puffy jacket, fleece, warm underpants, waterproof jacket + pants - Depending on the weather conditions in the time you are going, but if you get to ~5,400 meters above sea level it will probably be cold.
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Trekking shoes + socks - personally I only used them on the coldest parts of the trip such as Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Sandals - I used XeroShoes for most of the trekking, for me it was best with very little injury and discomfort. This is a minimalist barefoot sandal which can take a bit of time to get used to, I already traveled for 6 months with solely this sole.

Sunscreen/coconut oil - there will be strong sun and it goes through clouds if you have fair skin like me you will need to at least have coconut oil for the mild protection and after sun hydration.

Face mask - useful when there is unavoidable jeep road it tends to get dusty. I also used it to cover my lips when cooler air moves it dried my lips, bring lib balm if you prefer. I didn't need any because of this technique.

Optional:
Snacks - It is a good idea to buy things like dry fruit, nuts and honey as the snacks become more expensive following the circuit.

Candles - to keep warm in the rooms without heating, some places forbid them for safety reasons.

Sleeping bag - most places provide blankets, but if you want to stay with your own and possibly be adventurous...
Sleeping near waterfalls in Tal



Friday, April 7, 2017

fruit prices and availability Pokhara, Nepal April 2017

At this time 100nr is 1usd

Bananas: fat squared/triangular ones go for 10nr or 15nr per piece depending on size. slimmer ones are 50nr to 70nr per 12 pieces. there's one more variety that I didn't like.

Oranges: 100nr per kg

Watermelon: 80nr per kg

Mango: 3200nr or 00nr per kg

Coconut: 120nr or 150nr per piece depending on size video

Papaya: 70nr to 80nr per kg

Grapes: green are 100nr per kg, black (purple) 200nr per kg unless you get the loose ones are discounted to 100nr per kg





Friday, March 10, 2017

Food Safety

When did we start referring to food as either safe or not? and even going as far as calling the place that serves "safe" food: GOOD!

Yes I am in India and this is a major concern but the problem is bigger than India. Our diets have been changed so much in the last hundreds (or thousands) of years that it became so unreconizable from our TRUE diet; FRUIT.

The truth is that we are frugivore, just like apes and monkeys.

Yes there are fruits from trees or bushes (and mycellium/fungus/mushrooms) that might be bad for our digestion, maybe even deadly if we consume the wrong plant. Including leaves, herbs, roots and flowers.

The knowledge that has been passed down to which plants are beneficial to our health are no longer up to debate that they are good for us. We can learn the best stage of the fruit to be consumed when it is rip and not worry about food anymore. Easy.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

fruit prices and availability December 2016 and January 2017 - Arambol, Goa, India

Banana - 3 verities of short and fat banana: round and thick skin with lemon flavour, round and smaller with thin skin and more pale yellow color with sweeter taste. The short fat and sharper edge is very sweet and similar to thai banana. long and skinny as well

Coconut - normally 30rup or 40rup depending on size

Pomegranates -

Green grapes -

Custard apples (sugar apple/cherimoya) - the female smooth skin, big heart shaped ones were shortly in season and very tasty 100 to 150 rup/kg

Oranges/Clementines/Tangerines - ranging from 50 rup per kg

Watermelon - 20 rup per kg

fuir prices and availability February 2017 - Bangkok, Chiang Mai Thailand

At the vendor market there's amazing fruit verity and quality with very good prices that change daily.

Banana - depending on variety and quality and ripeness level can be found from 10 baht to 100s per kg or per hand

Coconut - from the lowest 25 baht to 35 baht per piece or when buying 10 or 12 pieces can be 250 baht (changes daily)

Papaya - can be found from 30 baht per kg or 20 baht per piece (small)

Watermelon - red and yellow verity can be from 20 baht per kg or per piece (changes daily)

Durian - average of 200 baht for packaged pieces

Accommodation - from 100 baht per dorm bed.

fruit prices and availability in early March, 2016 - varanasi, india

Banana - should be 20 rup for 6 pieces, sometimes they ask for 25 rup per 6 pieces if the size is bigger but it shouldn't be more then that. quality can be good, the green long and more yellow, rip when they are spotted black. both taste good

Coconut - priced 30 rup, 40 rup and 50 rup depending on size and vendor. ignore the vendors asking for 60. quality is variable, ask for sweet one if they know how to pick. try to get more orange brown with more dark spots they tend to taste good with some meat. sometimes there's little jelly which i love to eat, insist them to cut it and bring your own spoon since they will not have one and can make it from the husk if you prefer.

Tomatos - 10 rup or 15 rup per kg, I don't eat much

Green grapes - 30 rup to 60 rup per kg - not very sweet

Guava - 40 Rup per kg

Papaya - 40rp per kg negotiable from 60rup per kg

Pomegranates - 120 per kg

Watermelon  - 40 rup per kg

Accommodation: was able to find dorm for 200rup at yogi lodge near the golden temple