- you have acquired a completely foreign accent.
- you think and dream in a language other than your own mother tongues (yes tongues!).
- you have lost your sense of how expensive or cheap things are (when you have
paid anywhere from 50 cents to 15 dollars (US) for a 300 ml bottle of beer for
- you compare costs with not only your home country but four or five other countries
- you return home you experience not reverse culture shock, as is the norm, but reverse
reverse culture shock, basically culture shock.
- your home country has become a vacation destination.
- you have acquired some not-very-useful skills, such as the ability
- interconvert between five or more different currencies.
- recognize and distinguish twenty odd languages (though you might not speak
- recognize a dozen or so different accents.
- swear in several different languages.
- determine the nationality of the person by just their appearance and/or their gestures
- recognize the handwritings of people from certain countries
and regions such as Italy, Hong Kong, Japan etc.
- you have celebrated some other holiday (festival) more than your
- in 20 years, you have yet to retain the same residence for two years in a row. (Incidentally, the
running total as of October 2007 is 27, spanning 9 countries in 5 continents.)
- you have set foot in 29 countries (also in the same number of years).
- you live for the journey--the journey becomes more important than
the destination, really!
- of the material belongings you set out with 20 years ago, no more
than two remain--an electric shaver and a tie. (A third one, an old scientific
Casio calculator, a very faithful one until the summer of 2003, is
no more--it wouldn't display one of the digits correctly!)
- you have lost your intuitive sense for the direction you look first before crossing a
road; in other words, you have to remind yourself which side of the road people drive on.
- every major city begins to look the same--they all have McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Burger
King, Subway, huge sky scrapers, big expensive cars, busy and noisy streets etc.
- football means any one of three different sports: American
Football, Australian Football, and what the rest of the world calls
- you use a travel adaptor at home, because your electronic
gadgets come from four different systems! (Still missing Swiss!)
||Name of Album
||The Joshua Tree
||Fate of the Nations
||The Mission (original movie score)
||The Last of The Mohicans (original movie score)
||The Gypsy Kings
||For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
||Antarctica (original movie score)
||In My Time
||Born in The USA
||Somewhere in Time
||No More Tears
||Juan Luis Guerra
||Gilberto Santa Rosa
||El Caballero de la Salsa
- Salsa and Merengue.
- Playing the didgeridoo (yidaki in the aboriginal language)--a relatively recent interest, one that I
picked up in the fall of 2001. Mastered circular breathing pretty early.
I have experimented
making my own didgeridoos with poster-mailing tubes, and also
- Still Photography--mainly of landscapes. Whenever I travel, I
try to take my Canon camera along. I prefer slides to
print. Until recently, I didn't shoot slides outside of Nepal; I
was so taken by the wild life in Tanzania, that I had to record
them on slides as well! My
favorites shots however are still those of mountains at sunrise and sunset. Lately, my camera
has not seen much light; few
mountains in this part of the world, nowhere near like the ones back home
- Ultimate frisbee (Click
here to view a movie clip of the Lilongwe Ultimate Frisbee group
at play), hiking, skiing, trekking, scuba
diving and traveling are some of my other interests.
- Best banking system: American
- Worst banking system: Australian
- Best food: Chinese/Hong Kong
- Best Chinese food: Vienna, Austria
- Worst food: British (Curry is not British!)
- Best people: Nepali/Italian
- Best Sheesh Kabab: Oslo, Norway
- Best city: Vienna, Austria
- Most beautiful city: Pokhara, Nepal
- Worst Airport: Delhi, India
- Worst Diplomatic Mission; Australian
- Best Game Park: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Rome, Italy
- Milan, Italy
- Vienna, Austria
- Budapest, Hungary
- Lyblijana, Slovenia
- Chicago, USA
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Madrid, Spain
- Barcellona, Spain
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Hong Kong, China
- Tokyo, Japan
- Manila, Philipines
- Oslo, Norway
- New Delhi, India
- Sydney, Australia
- Washington, DC, USA
- New York, USA
- The Los Angeles, USA
- San Francisco, USA
- Las Vegas, NV, USA
- New Orleans, LA, USA
- London, UK
- Paris, France
- Singapore, Singapore
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Athens, Greece
My Role Models (people and characters I want to
emulate when I grow up!)
- Yeshe Norbu, better known as The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
- Ganesh Man Singh
- Mohan Das Karamchand Ghandhi, better known as Mahatma Ghandi
- Mother Teresa