Movie Insight: Joseph The Dreamer

It’s my first time to watch the movie. Thank God for Netflix! If you would read my really old posts from years ago, you would know that Joseph is my Bible inspiration because of an experience I had years ago.

I have already loved the song “You Know Better Than I” since I first heard it and watching Joseph sing it in the movie brought me back to that time when I did not understand what was going on around me, why I had to go through it. Feeling that I deserved better or at least I did not deserve how I was being treated. Nothing makes sense and the future seemed so bleak. The life I had known and built crumpled like a house of cards and I could not do anything about it.

Then I was brought somewhere else. I thought everything would go on smoothly from there. It was only for a time. Then troubles started brewing and I was almost sent home. Once again, I did not know what my future would be. I was not able to eat for a couple of days. Another redemption came.

My life now is better than it was before and everything I went through made sense. All the lessons I learned made me a better person and I even like myself better now.

Indeed, God knows better than I!

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Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary

Hello, everyone! I am back from Nepal since November 28. I stopped updating my blog because it has gotten so cold, I think even my brain froze when I was on the mountains. I got requests and inquiries about my trip so I’ll try my best to give as much information as I could.

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Map itinerary recommendation

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I drafted this entry a month ago and finally, I intend to finish it now. I guess I’ll just post the sequence of my trip so you could make your own itinerary should you decide to go. For the costs that I would be mentioning here, RP100=USD1.

I arrived in Kathmandu November 6, around 8 pm. The next day, I went around Thamel to buy some trekking gears like a daypack backpack, trekking poles, etc. Also just to go around Thamel and see what everything is like. The following day, we (me and my roommates) went to the TIMS office to get our trekking permits. It took us about an hour then we went our separate ways. I went to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, a place where temples for different gods are built. I also explored Swayambunath Temple, one of the places where the movie, Dr. Strange was shot. It has lots of monkeys and lots of stairs. I considered it my pre-climb warm up. I went back to Thamel and back to the hostel after that.

The next day, I went to the local bus station to start my trekking journey. The trip from Kathmandu to Bhulbule via local bus was RP650. The trip was almost 10 hours. I slept in Bhulbule, in the Everest Lodging house. Cost of accommodation is RP100 plus the food and water. After that, I basically followed the map recommendation. Except for the Day 8 because I went to Upper Pisang after Chame. Best.Decision.Ever.

The view at Upper Pisang

It snowed the night before I left Upper Pisang and I was advised by the lodge owner to go to Manang via the Lower Pisang route. It is the shorter and easier route. I had an altitude sickness the day before so I decided not to risk it and follow his advise. If you are healthy enough though, the views are better on the higher route, go to Gangapurna and Ngawal.

Acclimatization Trek in Manang

From Manang, we (I did not hike alone from here) did a side trip to the Tilicho Lake. I swear, it is the highlight of the whole Annapurna Circuit! You have to do it. If you can walk fast enough, you would only add a day to your itinerary. Without the sidetrip, the usual would be Manang to Ledar then Ledar to Thorong Phedi the next day. With the sidetrip, you could do Manang to Tilicho Basecamp. The next, Tilicho Basecamp to Tilicho Lake in the morning. Stay on Tilicho Lake for viewpoint for about an hour to acclimatize. Then Tilicho Lake to Shree Karkha in the afternoon and then Shree Karkha to Thorong Phedi the next day. So worth it, I swear!

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From Thorong Phedi, you would have to cross the Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest point in the circuit. When you are about halfway, look back to the camp. Look around you. That would be the best view you will ever see that day.

The Thorong Phedi-Thorong La-Muktinath walk took me about 11 hours to complete. That’s the reason why guides would insist to their clients that they start around 4 am or even as early as 3 am. You would not want to be walking in the dark. Getting to the pass, a thousand-meter ascent from the camp, is just literally half the journey. Going down to Muktinath is just as long and strenuous.

Trail going to Muktinath

I did not do the full circuit as I did not have enough time. I slept in Muktinath then I rode the jeep to Jomsom. There were seven of us in the jeep and we split the RP5000 cost between us.

The beautiful river in Jomsom

From Jomsom, there’s a bus to Beni. If there were more people and if it was earlier, some buses would have gone straight to Pokhara. It was already late though so we had to ride a taxi from Beni to Pokhara.

The costs would be around RP1000-1500 per day until Chame. It goes up to around RP2000-RP3000 per day after that and a little bit more in the Thorong Phedi because there are only two lodging houses there and another one at the High Camp, another hour walk with probably 200m more elevation. After the Thorong La Pass, the costs would start going down again.

I was told that I am not the best story teller so this is so much effort for me. I hope you guys appreciate it. Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow ’til you find your dream. So original.

 

 

Book Recommendation: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

If you have ever watched the viral video with the same title, the book is about that but with more content. The chapters in this book are short and very relatable. It is about the author who, at the time of the last lecture and writing of the was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer.

Since I read Robert Fulghum’s books, my perception of death changed. I am no longer afraid of it. I am more scared to think about HOW I would die but not of death. A lot of my decisions and the things I do are usually contemplated with the thought that if I were to die tomorrow, would I want to do whatever it is that’s on hand. Also, if I don’t die tomorrow, would my decision matter, would it make my life better?

Randy Paush in this book did not discuss death, he talked about life, about living, about pursuing dreams, about a lot of things. I believe that the deathbed makes one a philosopher. In the face of death, everything changes.

This book made me feel grateful to be alive and reminds me not to take things for granted, to keep doing what I love, and to keep dreaming. That even with a very limited time, love given is never wasted…and that sometimes, without warning, life or death would give you losing cards with no chance of winning but you can still play it so you don’t lose.

“Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.”

Excerpt From

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-last-lecture/id699048866?mt=11

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