Opening a bank account in Nepal (for student visa application)

Maybe it’s just my bad luck, but after going to Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s office several times and 3 times to Nabil Bank due to the persons I talked to failed to let me know what is the complete list of things you need to open an account, I thought it might be helpful for some to note it down here. What you need to bring to the bank for account opening:

  • A letter from RYI (theoretically from Kevin at Finance, but mine was issued by Phuntsok at Admin)
  • Passport
  • 2 ID photos
  • Google map print out of your address location (1/4 of A4 size), or you can draw the map on application form like I did in the bank

尼泊爾的物價和辦事效率

尼泊爾確實是個修心養性的地方,逼得你沒有耐性都不行。

為了買個檯燈,來了這家賣中國IKEA東西的店兩次,第一次來前,打了至少五次電話都沒人接。來了之後店員不在,過了15分鐘老闆來了也找不到店員,因為老闆找不到貨,說WhatsApp聯絡。

談好價錢,確認好東西後,每天說明天送貨,過了一個多禮拜影子都沒有,最後消息也不回了。

今天在讀上門,只有這箱破爛到不行的燈。能怎麼辦?全尼泊爾沒看到類似的燈,只好領回家去。

不只破爛,燈的價錢是中國的2.5倍,燈泡的價錢是5倍!

不過,比起銀行開戶的慘痛過程,這是小巫見大巫了。

為了銀行開個戶,學校跑了兩趟問哪家銀行、需要什麼文件,學校的人竟然忘了告訴我要一封學校的信,所以白跑銀行一趟。

為了那封信,問了四個人,兩個部門推來推去,好不容易拿到信後,早上去了銀行,又發現上週經理忘了告訴我要兩張照片。

頂著豔陽高照、滿街塵土飛揚的大熱天回去拿了照片,第三趟去銀行後,滿心以為就有戶頭了⋯⋯

並沒有。連銀行帳號都沒有!要你過一小時打電話去客服中心問帳號,三天後去領支票本,一週後去領ATM卡。所以是否真的能完成尼泊爾銀行開戶,下週見分曉⋯⋯😂

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還有一件事情超搞笑,因為這邊的地址和舊日本系統類似,沒有什麼路和門牌號碼的概念,通常就是寫某某區,靠近哪個地標之類的。所以表格裡面有一欄佔了半個頁面,是要你按Google map畫出自己住的地方在哪裡⋯⋯

總結一下,Nabil Bank開戶需要的文件:

  • 學校(單位)信函說你是學校的一員
  • 護照
  • 證件相片2張
  • 不想畫地圖的話,可以試試印半張紙大小的Google map,看他們能不能讓你用貼的

捕捉爬蟲類的老爺爺 Lizardman

快要離開美國前,趕緊到家附近的山上再享受一次春光明媚的大自然。

Went hiking again before leaving US and ran into an interesting fellow hiker with vast knowledge of wildlife. Felt very safe to walk with him as according to him, this is the mating season of rattlesnake and king snakes. Thank goodness I haven’t came across any snake so far.

山上滿是黃色的小黃花。今年雨水多,野草長得比人還高。

路上遇見一位老爺爺,按南加禮俗得打個招呼。順口問了一句他背包上插的一支竿子是魚竿麼?竟然是抓蜥蜴用的,說蜥蜴腹部會有很漂亮的紋路,抓起來好照相,也會帶回家院子裡養。

無獨有偶,還碰見另一個騎自行車的老頭說他太太也在自家後院裡馴化了一隻大蜥蜴,訓練到蜥蜴會爬到他們手上吃東西。好吧,澳洲人在院子裡喂鸚鵡,上紐約州人在院子裡喂蜂鳥,我們南加人在院子裡喂蜥蜴⋯⋯

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老爺爺還試著表演給我看,還好沒抓到。我實在也沒有特別想看蜥蜴,不過跟他走在一起很安心,因為他會徒手抓蛇。他說這兩個月是響尾蛇和大王蛇的交配季節,所以蛇類很活躍。

他身上帶的這個放小刀的皮套就是他抓的蛇做的——萬幸我們路上沒看到蛇,阿彌陀佛。

本來只是想稍微轉轉,連瓶水都沒帶。不知不覺,也走了快兩個小時。春天上山實在好。

順便貼一下上週去Lake Elsinore那邊山上看到的野罌粟花。

在美國洗證件照巨貴

忍不住吐槽一下。

護照照片用完了,需要洗兩張。

先去了Costco,可以幫你照新的,但是不給洗2×2的照片,4×6的就可以洗。5美金,價格可以,但是我剛做完熱瑜伽,怎麼樣也不是適合照相的時點。

再去了UPS Store,結果他們機器剛好壞了,在等零件,不知猴年馬月才會送到。店員很好,直接叫我去同一條路上的CVS。

CVS裡面放的是柯達的機器,是可以洗2×2的,但是要$14美金。我發神經嗎?洗兩張照片,花台幣四百多元!

回家上了Walmart網站,價錢是好點,但是洗兩張證件照也要$8元錢。

然後很節儉的我發現,洗4×6的相片只要$0.25,於是我剪輯後,一張$0.25的照片可以洗出6張證件照。只有傻子、懶人、富人和不用電腦的老人家才會去花那麼多錢在美國洗證件照吧。

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車苦 🚗 auto suffering 


一個多月沒開小灰,出門覓食時發現,發不動了!😱

果然,電子寵物也需要主人的關注。

My beloved car has been idle for over a month so it wasn’t completely a surprise when it couldn’t be started. 

保險公司派了個大帥哥來「救援」。帥哥啥也沒幹,猛踩油門幾下,就搞定了。讓我非常之囧囧囧

GEICO service is pretty good. Just by sending a request via their mobile app, I had them dispatch a roadside service agent at my door within 30 minutes. 

And, without doing anything else, he just took my key, started the engine and hit the gas pedal making those noises, then voila! 

I don’t know how many idiots like me he had to encounter everyday. Hopefully I’m not the only one. 

於是腦海中浮現了:

沒錢時,賺錢是苦;有錢時,守護錢財是苦;最終錢財耗盡時,也是苦。

同理:沒車時,哪裡都去不了是苦;有車後,發不動是苦,不會停車是苦,花錢買汽油喂它也是苦⋯⋯雖然守護不易,還是有了感情,等要和它分別的時候,應該也會是苦。

再次稱讚一下:CRV真是好車!

Lesson learned: Living in Southern California without a car is suffering–literally legless. Having a car is also a suffering–the maintenance, parking, tickets, even mistakened tickets! Parting with the car will most likely also be a suffering. As the teaching said, these material possession is a suffering in the beginning, middle and end. 

A Key 一把鑰匙

IMG_0725去年年底在錫金秋殿寺,一個人來人往的主要過道上,有人在正中間掛起了一把鑰匙。

第一天看到,想說喇嘛很有意思,要給人鑰匙就這樣隨手一掛麽?

第二天看到,還在那裡,就琢磨著難道是有人撿到了鑰匙,不知如何物歸原主,於是就掛在那裡,希望失主回來能看到?

第三天還在那裡,我就反反覆覆地設想各種情景……

這麼大一座寺廟,這麼多事物可以觀看,我就不知為何地盯住這把小小的鑰匙,在大家頭上晃動的鑰匙。

就像一個小石子,撲通一聲落進水裡,然後帶來了一圈又一圈的遐思。

Last November at Sikkim’s Chorten Monastery,on a main passage leading to the office and monks’quarter, someone hung this key.

I somehow became obsessed with this key. It simply appeared at such an abnormal place to me. I walked below it everyday during that period, thinking all sorts of possible reasons why it was there while all other people did not seem to care about it at all.

It feels like all a sudden there is someone walking around with horns but nobody makes a fuss about it.

Today, seeing this picture makes me start wondering again.

雨後的蝸牛 Snails after Rain

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連下了一週大雨後,車道和花園步道上滿是逃離水災的迷你蝸牛,成千上萬的。車子一進出就橫屍遍野;走在步道上,再怎麽小心,還是每走幾步就「喀嚓」一聲……

Countless mini snails came to the drive way and paved garden areas. Literally hundreds died when driving in and out of garage. Though small, they are still lives – actually very cute lives in close look.

雖然小,卻也是生命。

湊近一看,還是非常可愛的生命。

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弟弟也很感興趣,還好它沒把蝸牛當食物。

Didi was also very interested in them. It is fortunate that he is a British breed instead of a French breed. Otherwise, he might have enjoyed them as a big feast.

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於是花了很長時間,邊掃邊念「嗡瑪尼唄美吽」,把這些小小蝸牛一一掃回花圃裡。

IMG_4772So while Didi is taking his walk, I swept these tiny creatures back to the meadow while chanting Mani for them. May the diseased be cared for in Sukhavati and the alive ones enjoy a live without sufferings. 

掃的時候,不小心又踩死幾隻。這就是想做善事又缺乏智慧的寫照吧。

Happy Losar at Chorten 美好的藏曆新年從見多智欽仁波切開始!

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A beautiful sunny day for Losar (the Tibetan New Year)  at Chorten Monastery, Sikkim, with presence of Dodrupchen Rinpoche. What a great start of joyful blessings for the new year!!

Today is also the last day of the Vajrakilaya Drupchen. Rinpoche was in the main shrine hall for about two hours in the morning, granting blessings to the participants.

Despite of all the crowds flooding the monastery, I coincidentally ended up sitting in a place almost identical to where I sat throughout the Sakya Center’s Kilaya puja,  hence being able to take some pictures.

第一次在錫金過藏曆新年。今天是藏曆新年初一。一大早,不到四點就有人開始電話拜年。

早上大家一起和酥油茶,吃麻花,老人家給大家加持和贈以吉祥語。今天還收了好幾個紅包(不過是在白信封內)。然後就出發到廟裡。

今天也是秋登寺普巴金剛竹千法會的最後一天,很多人從昨晚就待在廟裡,滿滿的人潮把大殿外那一大塊地方都佔滿了,完全擠不進去。其實穿着新衣服又帶著相機,也沒那本事去擠。一開始就在外面轉轉,還作為寺廟商店今年的第一個客人,請了幾個保佑健康的護身符預備帶回台灣給長輩。後來因緣巧合,混進了大殿,落腳在和德拉敦普巴法會一樣的位置,於是才照了些相片。

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After Rinpoche left, a lot of devotees came paying homage to his throne.
多智欽(多竹千)仁波切離座後,大批信徒前來頂禮他的法座。
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Tea and sweet butter rice for all. This was taken before the crowds spotting these goodies. Non-stop of hundreds of people around within 10 minutes afterwards. This may well be my expertise – subconsciously drawn to where good food is before anybody else.
寺廟提供給所有人的茶和酥油飯,照相時才剛擺出來,沒一會兒又人山人海了。我的特長似乎是能領先所有人找到好吃的。
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And the beautiful flowers at Chorten! It is orchid season now. I so worship the senior lama who takes care of all these flowers now.

May all sentient beings find beauty, purity, peace and happiness in all their perceptions.

進大殿前,主要就是在外面賞花。現在是錫金蘭花的季節,負責照顧花的老喇嘛實在太厲害了。

願一切有情眾生都能在自己的一切感知中,安住於美好、清淨與安樂。

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Sarva mangalam.

你睡得好嗎?Sleep Efficiency

買了一個這個來玩,主要是想看看自己的睡眠情況。

前兩周一起吃飯的幾位功成名就的中年男人都說他們只睡5小時就夠,我就不瞭解自己怎麽到這個年紀還得持續“至少8個小時,10個小時最好”的睡眠需求?難道是我的睡眠品質比較差?

一夜見分曉,除了起來上廁所外,一動都不動,睡眠效率是99%!![汗] 所以我是先天不適合長時間工作的~

話說回來,這種東西輪流給家人玩玩就好,我可不會經常貼身戴著一個24hr開著無線藍牙的東西,那無疑是找死。

十年前在德國工作時,就有西門子的工程師同事告誡我,手機撥號時,在線路沒接通到等待鈴音前,最好都不要拿的離頭太近,因為那時是功率最大的時候,距離拉長,影響以平方倍數下降。我現在連睡覺時都把手機調到飛行模式,放得遠遠的。特別是看到那個丹麥中學生的wifi和豆芽實驗之後,委實不想讓自己的腦子去冒那個險。

Got one of this to track my sleep. It was triggered by a dinner with several very successful ex-colleagues who all claimed that they don’t need much sleep nowadays, like 5 hours a day is enough. So I started wondering how come I still need minimum 8 hours and ideally 10 hours of sleep a day? Can it be the problem of my sleep quality?

And the answer is a clearly no. Not only did I not toss around while sleeping, but actually I did not move at all except for the toilet breaks. I guess I simply need that long hours of sleep, just like a baby.

Having said that, also it was quite fun. For sure I am not going to carry something constantly sending wireless/bluetooth signals. Nowadays I even turn my mobile phone to airplane mode and keep it far away while going to bed. I simply don’t want my brain fried by those wireless signals as shown in that Danish wifi beansprout experiment!

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Fitbit® One™  I Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker – Advanced tracking for daily activity, sleep, and stairs climbed.

艶陽天摘桃子 Peach Picking

這次來美國,先是碰到家裡的枇杷豐收。

This time in US, I was first greeted by the loquats from the garden.  There are so many that I ended up using them to make smoothies.

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然後開始一段很奢侈的打果汁生活。想當初枇杷曾經是多昂貴的水果,這裡怕吃不完會壞掉,拿來打果昔。

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然後是神奇表嫂種的一樹黑莓。神奇表嫂種什麼都長得很好,她的黑莓樹,結著密密麻麻的果實。我説我打果汁不挑剔甜不甜,於是她辛苦採了一盒碩大黑色直接吃的莓兒,又給我一大缸較小、未熟透的莓兒,我把後面那類和買來的有機草莓一起打來喝,是好幾天的早餐~

Then a cousin offered many of her home grown blackberries so my breakfast switched to organic berry smoothies for a while.

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今天陪姑姑去幫神奇表嫂採桃子,也是一樹,有兩三百個桃子吧,有時一拉樹枝,熟透的桃子就掉到地上砸了,好可惜~隨

便採採,也摘了五大袋。雖然小,但即使青色的也都是脆甜 🙂 下週就是吃桃週了。

Today, I went to her place to pick peaches. Wow, there must be several hundreds of them. We got so many bags! Sweet and juicy, perfect for tomorrow’s tsog.

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最後要秀一下我鍾愛的梔子花。剛來時,已經快要咽氣的梔子花,枯到剩一根細細的樹枝,幾片焦黃的葉子,一個月後,雖然還是那麽一枝,卻長滿了花苞,真有知己的感覺。

一個花園中,有那麽一個知己已經讓人很快樂了,何況最近大家都長得欣欣向榮的,樂哉!

Last but not the least is the beautiful gardenia from our own garden. Animate or inanimate, they are all beautiful beings to me. May all enjoy this simple and pure happiness at all time.