Three months prior to my personal appearance at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila to renew my passport, I was checking online to see if I can book a schedule. Unfortunately, all schedules were taken from February to end of April 2013. So, the only option I had was to contact a Travel Agency in the Philippines and have them schedule my passport renewal. I don’t know how they did it but I was told my schedule is confirmed. I think they have a connection inside the DFA, if not how would they if the online booking was fully booked?
I booked a Superior Room online for two days stay and what a surprise it was when I checked in found out that I was upgraded to a Deluxe Room. Unfortunately, my friend who traveled with me did not get an upgrade. The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros is a charming medium size hotel opposite of the country’s premier heritage site, Intramuros. The room is clean and well laid out contemporary design and decorated in an assortment of themed colors. Mine was in Mint Green.
To be updated soon.
I almost did not pursue my application for a Euro Zone (Schengen Visa) from the French Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan due to several factors. There were so many reasons not to. First, the French guy who scheduled my interview was not helpful enough with the questions I asked him, and he was downright RUDE at times during our phone conversation. La French! Second, he told me that it will take at least two weeks to find out if I will even be eligible to get a visa. Third, I called around September 20 and I was given an interview schedule on the 1st of October. I asked the French guy if he can re-schedule to make it earlier, since I was running up against a tight vacation planning schedule. You know what he said? “We are not a MARKET to do that”. Darn this French Guy, who does he think he is, Sarkozy? I had heard and so assumed that most of the French are rude, but this was beyond being subtle.
When I was a kid, we had weekly Bible Study and often read about the rich history of Egypt. There were stories that I still remember; like when Moses performed a miracle that turned his stick into a Snake, and when Joseph the 11th son of Jacob was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but eventually became the most powerful man in Egypt next to the Pharaoh.
I was not enthusiastic about Egypt at that time; for me it was something that I had to learn as a task, or I was grounded by the Parents. But I have changed, and the fascination began when I started traveling and working in Iraq. In the Bible and thousands of years ago, Iraq was called Babylon, and considered the cradle of mankind. As my interest grew, I made a list of places that I want to see, and Egypt was definitely one of them.
Before I continue with my 2nd part of the Khumbu Trekking Adventure, let me show you the video I took while landing at one of the most dangerous airports in the world, Lukla.
On our 3rd day in Nepal, we were scheduled to start our journey of an eight days Trek to Khumbu Region. It was about six in the morning when Steve, the owner of Shivapuri Heights Cottage drove us to Tribhuvan International Domestic Airport in Kathmandu to catch our flight to Tensing-Hillary Airport which is also popularly known as Lukla Airport.
Too good to be true! Yep, that was I thought when I saw some Airlines with a 1 Peso ticket promotion. Of course there will be hidden charges and other charges that you’ll encounter once you are about to check out and process the payment. And if ever there are low price tickets, airline staff, their relatives and friends will be ahead of the line and will sell like a hot cake. So, the passengers who receive the frequent email newsletter don’t have any tickets to avail. Am I talking about Cebu Pacific? Maybe, maybe not. I will leave it at that.
It was still our second day in Nepal and a local guy who we met while roaming around recommended seeing Durbar Square in Kathmandu. He volunteered to take us there but we opted to go by ourselves, we just asked the direction. I can’t recall what streets we passed by to reach Durbar Square, but the important thing is that we found the place.
I thought of getting a Sim card before we fly in to Lukla Airport and start our Trekking Trip to the Khumbu Region. The trek is about 8 days so I don’t know if I can last without calling home and checking my emails. And for safety measure, it is advisable to have a working cell phone just in case you get into some kind of trouble while trekking. With the Sim Card, I was hoping that it has a data package so I can use my Samsung Galaxy Tab while trekking and can access the internet. Since this trip happened back in October 2011, I can’t remember if I had a data package or not. Oh well.