Eat Pray Nepal Blog: February 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Paypal in Nepal

Paypal is a faster, safer way to pay and get paid online or via a mobile device.

Paypal is currently not available in Nepal. However I can provide you with a USA credit card which will enable you to deposit money into Paypal account.

Fees and instructions to purchase your US Dollar Paypal account are below:

Paypal Amount     Nepali Rupees Cost
$20                for   Rs 4000
$30                for   Rs 6000
$40                for   Rs 7000
$50                for   Rs 8000

To purchase this service, please leave a comment and I will reach to you.

Monday, February 17, 2014

This woman left NYC to volunteer in Nepal

Michelle, an american was living in a comfortable life in an apartment in New York City. She had a boyfriend, her own small business. One day she decided to leave everything to volunteer in Nepal. Originally a 3 week volunteer assignment turned into a 4 month stay. Here are some of what she learnt from her experience. You can read the full text at her blog.

1. When you love what you do, the hours don’t matter.

2. Wealth has nothing to do with money.
I saw smiles that could light up universes on workers’ faces. These people would travel days by bus to earn what most Americans spend on one latte. They’d work HARD, for very little, all while maintaining that tremendous smile.

3. Health has nothing to do with going to the gym.

5. Every family has issues
Living under one roof with a Nepali host family taught me no family is perfect. But everyone tries and does their best. I watched families pack themselves into tiny rooms and sleep side-by-side on concrete floors. But their laugh — you could hear laughing throughout the night, from miles away.

6. Wherever you are, be there.
One of the monks asked me, “If there is no night, how can there be day?” If you’re feeling like hell, show up. If you’re scared and anxious and nervous, embrace it. It’s part of your story.

7. Love — real love — has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.with people I cared about. Food was prepared by hand or steamed in pressure cookers.

Monday, February 10, 2014

African Footballers in Nepal

Football aka soccer for my American friends, is one of the most popular sports in the world. In Nepal, football is probably as popular as cricket however its still not as popular as you would expect.

Competing for the ball
Nepal football is governed under ANFA (All Nepal Football Association) and ANFA has ruled that 3 foreign players are allowed on the field during a competitive game. Personally I think this number should be lowered to 2 as we should be supporting local player development.

Reasons for importing players from Africa:

According to a local football fan, “It’s cheaper for the clubs to get African players because you have to issue a full year contract to Nepali players, which costs a lot of money. Most of the clubs sign African players for the league season only, which costs much less.”

Nepali footballer players cost more

Nepali players have to be paid a minimum of Rs 10,000 per month ( US$ 120) and surely they will get paid more based on prizes and bonuses.

So the clubs try to save money by importing as many foreign players as possible and Nepali footballers lose out on an opportunity. With unemployment rate of 47 percent, can Nepal afford continuing hiring foreigner football players ?

Angry fan rushes to the field

Monday, February 3, 2014

Qatar good cheap flight USA to Nepal review

Nowadays there are multiple ways to get to Kathmandu, Nepal from USA. One of the most popular and that is budget friendly is now Qatar Airlines.

While many years ago, most travellers flew to Nepal via Cathay Pacific Air, China Air or Thai Air flying in thru Bangkok, Hong Kong, Japan or Taiwan.

Nowadays, the most popular routes are Qatar Air, Etihad Air, Jet Air and you fly thru the Middle East.
(Reason: Lots of migrant workers flying between Nepal and Middle East countries. Read my review on Nepal Migrant workers)

Qatar Air:
Route: Chicago or Washington DC  to  Doha, Qatar  to  Kathmandu, Nepal
Distance wise, this is one of the shortest with only 1 layover. In addition, this is normally the cheapest airfare and one can expect to pay anywhere from $1300 to $1900. Qatar air is quite good and comfortable with reasonably large choices of in-flight entertainment. The only downside is for flights heading to Kathmandu, there is a approximate 8 hour layover. You can ask the Airlines for a free hotel voucher, they are supposed to give one for long layovers however they never gave it to me citing my 'Promotional airfare'. However you should be able to get a voucher for free meal at the airport. Just dont set your expectations too high for the meal choices.

Oryx Lounge: You can also pay US $40 and relax at the Oryx Lounge. The lounge is on the second floor where gates 7-22 are, across from the Costa Coffee stand. It's free for business/first class. Economy passengers pay $40 each for 6 hours. They do have a snack bar, drinks (although no alcohol anymore), coffee, and sandwiches. There is even a shower but on my recent visit I noticed they didn't have towels available. All in all Oryx Lounge is a nice, much quieter place to relax while waiting for your next flight. Totally worth it if you dont mind the $40. A word of advice, the airport can get busy during certain times and the lounge is also busy and they limit entrance depending on the capacity and you may not be able to get in if you happen to stop by when its busy.

Etihad Air: Major US cities to Abu Dhabi. Price is bit higher than Qatar Air.

Turkish Air: Fly to Nepal via Turkey, very cheap but not recommended because some Nepalese have experienced delays and subsequently had to wait in the airport for extended periods of time.