To read my other writing please go to the "List of My Previous Topics" heading located at the right hand side vertical column of this blog. The titles of previous topics written by me in this blog are:
- Latest: From Kathmandu With Love!
- Sudanese Culture: My Perspective
- About Raining in Sudan, MRSM Muar And Silat Kuntau Tekpi
- Another Historic Day in the Life of a Village Boy Named "Khairul"
- Romantic Sudanese Sleeps Outdoor Admiring Thousands of Stars!
- The Beauty AndUniqueness of Sudanese Wedding
- How Would Hang Jebat React To Sandstorm In Sudan?
- Met 2 Colonels And 7 Majors In Sudan. My Manohara Odelia Pinot
- Khartoum: Hot Weather, Hot Lady!
- My First Day In Sudan
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We meet again today. In fact today , 20th March 2010, is the birthday of my beloved wife, Azura Mohamed. First and foremost, before I go further writing this week blog, please allow me to pay my tribute to this lovely Kelantanese lady that I have been married for the past 17 years.
I sincerely cannot find any single world in any English-Malay dictionary, or English-Nepali dictionary, or Malay-Nepali dictionary or even Malay-Tibetan dictionary that can best describe my gratitude towards this most beautiful lady in my eyes who was created by Allah specially for me, for being the most loyal and loving wife that a husband can have, for being the most patient and wonderful mother that my children can wish, for being the most romantic Juliet that a Romeo can fantasize and for being the most caring Kelantanese daughter-in-law that my Javanese mother can dream of.
I am not exaggerating my facts here. The truth is "a fact is a fact, no matter what"
The same way that not every single thing which can fly can be eaten (such as we can eat bird but we can't eat aeroplane), so I guess not every beautiful lady can be a good wife or at least a good wife for me. In my eyes it is beyond any reasonable doubt that my wife Azura is the most beautiful lady who was created by Allah specially for me.
To my only 'Azura': "Thank you and thank you for making me understand the meaning of true love after I married you 17 years ago on 20th August 1993"
No doubt there were times when both of us thought this life is so unfair to me, especially when my first business, K.H Membership Consultant, collapsed in 1997. But like Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) we will continue navigating our very own Titanic without hitting any iceberg, carlsberg, whoopi goldberg or whatever "berg" that can threaten our great Titanic.
Perhaps it is worth mentioning that in the film "Sleepless in Seattle" there is a scene whereby Dr Marcia, the consultant in a national radio advice show, asked Sam (Tom Hanks): "Tell me what was so special about your wife?".
Without any hesitation, Sam replied: "Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together...and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home...only to no home I'd ever known...I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like...magic."
Similarly, now in "Sleepless in Kathmandu", I can also go on and on rumbling my inner feeling towards this lovely lady, my beloved wife Azura, for another 7 days and 7 nights non-stop (except when I have to go to toilet).
Having said that, I guess my blog readers would like to read my writing about my current experience in Kathmandu, and not about a romantic 100kg Romeo expressing his love to his Juliet. Alright...alright...I hear you...I hear you...I hear yoouuuuu. So, let's go to our first topic:
Occasionally I have got no choice but to communicate with them through my mobile phone. However, unlike when I was in Manchester UK, developing my UK branch there, I found out calling from Kathmandu to Malaysia is comparatively more expensive.
An sms-text from my mobile by using Ncell to Malaysia cost me nearly 13 Rupee per sms, whereas if I buy one piece of Nepali Roti (similar to "Roti Tempayan" in Malaysia) it only costs me 10 Rupee per Roti.
And what about calling to Malaysia by using mobile phone? I have done my checking and testing. It costs me a whopping 60 Rupees per minute!
So if I call my wife from Kathmandu by using my mobile, for every 1 minute, 6 potential pieces of Nepali Roti will disappear from my plate because 1 piece of Roti is 10 Rupees and 1 minute calling to Malaysia by using Ncell mobile is 60 Rupees.
Being a Romeo, what about if I spend the first 5 minutes of my call to my wife with my usual "I miss you", "My lonely night is disastrous without you", "The Nepali lady is nothing compared to you" bla, bla, bla, bla and 5 minutes of talking is over?
Wow! 30 Nepali Roti will be gone. That's a hell of lot of Roti, man. Even Hulk Hogan can't eat 30 Nepali Roti in one time.
My friend, I do not mean to be so calculative and stingy here. My point here is to prove to you that expressing long distance love via mobile phone is expensive in Nepal. That's exactly my point here.
However, calling to India from Kathmandu is very cheap with some mobile operators offer just 3 Rupees per minute. Unfortunately, my wife is not 'Letchumy' in Tamil Nadhu or 'Aishwarya Rai' in Bollywood. Instead, My wife is a Malay lady now living in a far, far away paradise called "Malaysia"
She may be right but what about during 2am early morning and lonely midnight night time when I have to call my wife for missing her so much? I cannot knock the door of the Cyber Cafe owner, asking him to open his Cyber Cafe Internet Phone Centre at 2am in the morning just to make me make a cheap call to Malaysia, can I? I do not think he will give a damn opening his Cyber Cafe Internet Phone Centre at 2am just because a Malaysian fat Romeo want to make a call to his Juliet in Malaysia.
Neither will he be bothered if that Romeo dies standing missing his Juliet in front of his Cyber Cafe.
Some people did ask me, as a married man isn't it amazing that my wife and I only meet every 2 or 3 months once. At least for the time being.
I told them the nature of my business which is providing consultancy on 'Doing Business in Malaysia', consultancy on 'Malaysia My Second Home' and consultancy on 'Malaysian Higher Education' leaves me with no choice but to create my network of associate branches all over the world.
My business battlefield is in overseas because overseas is the place where my prospective clients can be found, not in Malaysia.
In Malaysia I can only found Wak Mijan, Wak Tumiran and all other Malaysians who are already citizens of Malaysia and will never ever apply Malaysia My Second Home visa no matter how brilliant I use any of Zig Ziglar's closing sales techniques that I learned by reading his book 5 times. Furthermore, my targetted clients are international business community who want to set up their business in Malaysia.
However, this overseas mission will not be forever. After having at least 20 active associate branches worldwide I will delegate this task to my protege to continue creating another 100 more active associate branches worldwide.
Joking aside. This is my great ambition. I will do it before I breathe my last oxygen in this world. I do this not only to fulfill my ambition to be a multi-millionaire through my own effort, without resorting to dirty corrupt sinful political channels, but also to ensure my children and all my partners' children in the future will be able to be based in any office in any part of the world that they choose.
Even if there is potential associate branch to be set up in Planet Mars or Planet Zuhal, I will do it. If I have to do, I have to do, no matter what.
I do not believe in just issuing a piece of appointment letter that famously called "Representative Company Appointment Letter" to my overseas company branch associate to represent my company in their home country. That piece of appointment letter does not mean anything to me.
This kind of consultancy business is not the same with cooking Tandoori Chicken or making Isfahan Gaz or Iranian Lavosh, where people can just learn to do it by reading a recipe book.
My experience tells me that no, it will not work that way. In fact, it will never work that way. Period.
Therefore I need at least 2 or 3 months to stay and work together full time with my overseas branch partner in that country and his staffs in order to coach them as how to run this consultancy business and also to develop the new market together.
I am the Marketing General and when we go to sales battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, my partner, my staffs and I will all come home together. As simple as that.
The branch staff will make the appointments for me and my branch partner to attend and I will do the complete presentation on my company 3 services to the prospective clients in the country that I am operating into.
They will also have the opportunity to hear how I answer the real questions, real enquiry made by real clients. This is the way my new branch partner and their staffs worldwide learn from me. And learned they are.
Not by reading my company brochures like a kindergarten kid. Not by mere repeating the information stated in my corporate website like a parrot. No. No. No.
Only by listening to my various answers to various different clients that would make the learning process more effective. Some of the questions thrown out by my clients maybe the same with the other clients.
This will make my branch partner and their staffs understand better and much more familiarized with the topics been discussed just by listening to the same answers given by me.
I always believe that in this kind of consultancy line especially in 'Doing Business' consultancy, each client is unique with its specific needs. Therefore, during the real presentation with different clients, my branch staffs will hear how I answer different type of questions.Thus, the time frame of 3 months will enable my new branch partner and his staffs to learn through best practical way about different kinds of questions or aspects related to the 3 services that my company are offering to the Nepali people.
This various appointments and presentations touch on various subject matters, so by listening to my answers my staffs learned many practical things related to those 3 different services.
When you are in the restaurant, it is either you buy that 'Roti Chanai' or not. Nobody will need one hour long to make decision whether to buy that 'Roti Chanai' or not.
I am pretty sure the cook or chef who prepares the Roti Chanai will throw that hot Roti Chanai to your face if you keep on standing in front of him for one hour, thinking whether you want to buy that delicious Roti Chanai or not.
The services that we are promoting sometimes involve nearly 6 months sales-cycle. But 3 months is a reasonable time frame although I also used to get on-the-spot confirmation or within a week decision for them to come to Malaysia either to invest and open a company in Malaysia or to apply for 'Malaysia My Second Home" programme or sending their children to study in Malaysian university.
Therefore, within this 3 months time frame and before I leave them to run the branch operations by themselves, it is in my targeted plan to clinch some deals with the prospective clients in that country so that my branch partner and staffs can see the whole real process of the sales-cycle from A to Z.
That way, they would see by themselves that indeed we can get clients and the business plan is not just a mere amazing theory written in a piece of paper.
Although I myself has got a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from The University of Sheffield in 1994, I still believe a Bachelor degree or a Master degree or even a PhD is just a mere paper qualification which does not guarantee success at all in this line of consultancy services if the correct business modus-operandi is not adopted.
From time to time, there were people who did ask me that as a married man wouldn't it a long lonely night spending 3 months in overseas alone without my "halal" wife.I told them 3 months is nothing compared to many foreign labours in Malaysia who normally go back to their home country once a year or even once in two years time.
Furthermore, as a man who has to travel to different parts of the world setting my associate branches, hence always left my wife at home in Malaysia, I can't describe to you the bombastic, fantastic and smashing feeling meeting my wife again and having a kind of "First Night" experience once in every 3 months. It's Heaven. Mamamia! Fantastico...
All of you my blog readers are not cute, innocent 6 years old kindergarten kids, so let me be very open to you. Please allow me use eating Durian as an analogy to give my explanation. You know...when you have not eaten Durian, the King of Malaysian Fruit, for 3 months and out of sudden you have got the chance to eat it, only God know how to describe the sweetness, the joy, the "romanticism" and the sheer pleasure of eating that Durian!But if almost everyday you eat Durian, I can assure you even the best Durian grade D4, D7 or even grade D888 (if there is any such grade) also will make you feel tasteless, as if you are eating 'belacan' (prawn shrimp paste) instead of the delicious Durian, the King of Fruit in Malaysia! It is more or less the same thing with "husband & wife thing". How do I know? I know lah...
Furthermore, the Malay proverb says: "Sayangkan Isteri Tinggal-Tinggalkan" (means if you love your wife, you should leave her, from time to time).
Having said that, I leave my wife just for a temporary period of time. Like I wrote earlier, I have my own target. Whenever I have managed to set up a certain number of active branches network worldwide which will feed or provide my headquarters in Malaysia continuous stream of business clients, then I will delegate this task of developing my company branch associate worldwide to my protege.
For me, the most important thing is having quality and active branch network, not just a branch which hold my "Representative Company Appointment Letter", but produce nothing or zero sales or a very minimum number of sales.
At the end of the day, I am no Santa Claus who gives something for free as mere gifts. Perhaps my big tummy looks like Santa Claus's tummy but I am indeed a legitimate businessman, doing legitimate business who expect a return and who dream to be a multi-millionaire.
Correction...having said that, I think even my dear friend Santa Claus when giving out gifts he also would expect a kind of return, perhaps in the form of good deed made by the recipients of his gifts.
Throughout my reading and from the opinion of many learned person that I have consulted with, in order to know the real character of a person we need to stay with them for at least 40 days continuously.
Thus, I guess 3 months time frame is very much sufficient time for me to understand the character or behaviour, whether good or bad, of my branch partner in the country that I have set up a branch.
During these 3 months time, both my international partner and I will know each other's approach, character and behaviour very well.
This will make them see, by themselves, the passion and commitment that I have with this consultancy business. They will 'smell' my sincerity in bringing sales and profit to their business.
They will also think twice to deal with other consultant who does this same line of consultancy business, simply because they do not know that person as much as they know me.
However, Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah) unlike in the 70s whereby Malaysia is a little bit left behind as compared to Singapore, in term of infrastructure development, nowadays even a blind man can 'see' that Malaysia is very much a modern country with high standard of living but lower cost of living.
Without any shadow of doubt, I would contend that Malaysia is certainly on par with Singapore and in certain aspects is very much far ahead than this 'city-country-tiny-miny' Singapore.
I told them if they think Singapore is a good country to visit and live, then they should come to Malaysia and see that Malaysia is even 168 times better than Singapore.For me, Singapore is just a collection of 'Lego-type' modern building country plus the 'Pigeon-hole" apartment township.
In short, Singapore is just a city centre and not a 'real' country. The so-called natural beauty claimed by Singaporean leaders are all man-made. In simple language it's damn artificial. The beach is artificial, the camping side is artificial and sometimes their smile also 'smells' artificial!
If a black panther wants to leap out in the so called tiny jungle of Singapore, I am sure within minutes this poor Puma will leap into a Singaporean's lap doing Tai-Chi exercise in the gazetted leisure activity area surrounded by its concrete jungle.
On the other hand, unlike Singapore, Malaysia is a country which is not only modern in term of infrastructure, but also well known for its natural beautiful landscape and islands.
Well...the truth is you cannot do much with this "Barbie Doll", can you? Can you ask a Barbie Doll to cook and prepare a romantic candle light dinner?
Can you kiss a Barbie Doll passionately? No, you can't and no you won't because even a sex maniac won't kiss a Barbie Doll passionately, will he?
Can you ask a Barbie Doll to provide a mind pleasuring foot-massage to you? No. No. No You certainly can't.
On the other hand, while staring straight at my client's eyes, I told them very openly that unlike this "Barbie Doll" Singapore, Malaysia is indeed akin to "Manisha Koirala" with her natural beauty, erotic natural body design and "architecture", sexy lips and with real passion as a real woman.
There is no need for me to explain here what you can do with "Manisha Koirala". Again, all of you are grown-up adults, not 6 years "Smart Reader" or PASTI kindergarten innocent kid.
So, I will let your creative and wild imagination to run its course, visualizing what you can do with Manisha Koirala, run...run...run non-stop until you can visualize no more.
Let us see why I keep on claiming my beloved country Malaysia is like "Manisha Koirala".
There are many shopping complexes all over the country. One of them is Pavillion at Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur.
Pavillion Kuala Lumpur has even been awarded with the prestigious FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award 2009 as the 'World's Best Retails Centre', beating 26 other world class entries worldwide to win this award. (http://fiabcinews.com/news/uploads/Emmagen.pdf). Yes...it is the best in the world, not the best in 'JB, Singapore and Batam' only.
They also should see our many other world class shopping centres such as 'The Curve' in Mutiara Damansara and Mid Valley Megamall with its 15 cinema theaters.
Apart from that, we also blessed by Allah with many pristine white sand beaches and islands such as Pangkor Island, Tioman Island, Redang Island, Sipadan Island and many more islands.
Pangkor Laut Island Resort even won the prestigious award of ‘Number One in the World in Top 100 List’ by the Condé Nast Traveller UK magazine in year 2003.
It is in fact an eye-opener that the world best island is not located in the Mediterranean or Caribbean region, but in Malaysia indeed.
Perhaps it's worth mentioning that the late Luciano Pavarotti (Luis Pavarotti "Yang Terlambat") used to say: "This place (Pangkor Laut Island) is enchanting, it is a paradise. The morning when I woke up I went out and I was really moved, almost crying, to see what beautiful things God had done. This is a paradise."
I also tell them since Malaysia is not located at the Pacific Ring of Fire Zone whereby there is earthquake and active volcanoes, the possibility of any earthquake in Malaysia is practically zero.
History has proven that Malaysia is relatively safer from natural disaster as compared to some of the neighbouring countries.
Surely, again the these businessmen do not want to start a new life in a foreign country only to wake up in one fateful morning discovering that there are cracks similar to the size of Wembley Stadium in their house compound because of the earthquake, do they?
Everyone in Dungun, a small town in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia also knows that last time when it was the turn of Malaysian Sepang Circuit to host the Formula 1 racing, Michael Schumacher will definitely spent at least 3 days at Tanjung Jara Resort.
Make no mistake, this beach resort has been picked as "Hotel of the Week" by The Independent on Sunday, UK (November 27, 2005) besides clinching the award of "Best Hotel Spa in Asia Pacific and the Indian Subcontinent" by Condé Nast Traveller UK-Readers’ Spa Awards, 2008.
On top of that, this Tanjung Jara Beach resort also grabbed the number two ranking in “Best of the Best” World’s Top 26 Spas also by Condé Nast Traveller UK-Readers’ Spa Awards, 2008.
As a Malaysian, I am indeed very proud to say Tanjung Jara Resort also won the award of "Most Innovative Spa" by Tatler UK-Spa Awards, 2007 and also the title of "One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World" by the Condé Nast Traveller UK ( March 2006).
Last but not least, according to 2007 statistical survey by the ‘Long Stay Foundation of Japan’, Malaysia ranked first as the most popular long-stay destinations overseas, outpacing even Australia and Thailand which are at the second and third place respectively.
As a matter of fact, there are many other good places, beaches, islands and national parks in Malaysia that have won the admiration of Planet Earth citizens.
However, let us move to other topic so that Singaporean will not cry reading this blog, knowing fully well that there is no way Singapore can compete with Malaysia in overall quality of life.
THE POSITIVE ATTITUDE OF NEPALI WORKERS
Initially, Sony Malaysia only asked for 300 Nepali workers because they plan to recruit workers from Vietnam and Indonesia.
But later Sony Malaysia change its mind and diverted its demand from Vietnam and Indonesia to Nepal.
The golden question is why there is a sudden demand for Nepali workers? The answer is Nepali workers are comparatively dedicated, professional and hardworking.
In addition, the most important thing is, unlike the "Vietcong-minded" Vietnamese workers or the "Ayuh Berhantam-minded" Indonesian workers, these Nepali workers are very loyal and non-trouble makers.
I can say it with authority because I have been dealing with Nepali staffs here for the past one and half month.
As I already stated in my previous blog writing, my Nepali branch staffs all this while I have been dealing with are Pratima Manandhar, Babita Shrestha and Sunmala Giri.
Just take Pratima Manandhar as an example. She is extremely committed to her work and she always implemented every sales strategy professionally.
Although she always ended her sentences with the word "sir" such as "Thank you sir", "I will do that sir", "I am sorry sir", "No problem sir", it is indeed a big mistake if you think this Nepali staff only good at obeying instructions.
No. It is not only that. I found out that Nepali staff is also smart, creative, persistent and full of "zest" as well as very passionate about their job.
This manifestation of sheer intelligence and dedication can be clearly seen in the case of Pratima Manandhar, who is a very smart person because she always managed to secure an average of 3 (many times 4) appointments per day for me to attend to.
And mind you, these appointments are not with the owner of a "Teh Tarik" stall or with a "Jaga Kereta Boy". On the other hand, these appointments are with CEO or Managing Directors of various banks in Nepal, Chairmans of airline companies, General Managers of 5 Star hotels (not with the Chow Kit Road Rumah Tumpangan "General Manager").
Apart from that, she also many times managed to convince many Presidents of various chambers of commerce in Nepal to have a meeting with me and my Nepali partner, Basu Rijal.
These were all possible because this Nepali lady is a very smart staff. No wonder Sony Malaysia has requested more Nepali workers, instead of Vietnamese and Indonesian foreign workers
The story is like this: Once upon a time, on Thursday last week, slightly before I left for a meeting with a Country General Manager of an airline company in Nepal, I really had to go to my office gents' (toilet) first.
To my "surprise" as soon as I stepped out from the gents' I found out this Pratima already waited for me outside the gents' with my briefcase in her hand.
Before I managed to ask why, she already told me: "Excuse me sir, Mr Basu has just arrived from our Bagbazar office, waiting for you downstairs to go to your next appointment already arranged by myself. Here is your briefcase, sir which I have sorted out all the relevant documents order for you to go downstairs immediately now, sir. If not, you would be late for your meeting, sir "
I am stunned with this high level of dedication shown by my Nepali branch staff Pratima Manandhar, an educated Nepali girl who is now pursuing her Master qualification, and who has got the initiative to bring my briefcase waiting for me in front of the gents, so that I can straight-forward rush downstairs to see her other boss (Mr Basu) in order for both of us not to be late for our meeting that day.
Throughout my 16 years working career and business venture, I have yet to meet such a staff with a high degree of commitment and passion towards her work like this Nepali staff by the name of Pratima Manandhar.
In Malaysia, if you ask your staff to do some extra duty or go extra miles or incur just a little bit pressure to them to do the job faster, there is still a possibility that they will rudely and with a high degree of "kebiadapan" ask you back: "Berapa banyak gaji yang you bayar saya untuk buat macam-macam"? (How much salary you paid me that you expect me to go extra-miles?)
In Malaysia, if in your neighbourhood there are many Indonesian foreign workers, watch out! Your money may one day disappear!(Because some of the Indonesian illegal workers love to commit burglary and robbery)
If in your neighbourhood there are many Vietnamese foreign workers, watch out! Your dog or cat may disappear! (Because some Vietnamese do slaughter cats and dogs and barbecue it)
If in your neighbourhood there are many Indonesian Lombok foreign workers, watch out! Your daughter may disappear! (Because there were many incidence this Lombok man runaway with Malaysian teenager to Lombok Island)
If in your neighbourhood there are many Bangladeshi foreign workers, watch out! Your wife may disappear! (Because some Bangladeshi think they look like Bollywood film stars, hence they tend to seduce Malaysian woman & housewife)
If in your neighbourhood there are many Republic of China foreign workers ladies, watch out! Your husband may disappear! (Because your husband can easily fall in love with this super soft-spoken, silk-skin Republic of China lady)
However, I have not heard any cynical jokes about Nepali workers in Malaysia which is currently nearly 400,000 in total number!
On the way to an appointment with the President of Nepal-French Chamber of Commerce, I saw a Perodua (one of Malaysian national cars) showroom at Lazimpat area.
Automatically I asked my Nepali partner to drop-by for a while, just for me to see and take some photos of Perodua showroom.
A a Malaysian, I am naturally proud to see a Malaysian car showroom in a foreign country.
The moment I entered the showroom I felt like as if I was the Nepali Chief of Army Staff, General Chattra Man Singh Gurung or at least like the Defence Minister, Madam Bidhya Bhandari when the Perodua showroom security guard showed his no-nonsense army salute to me with a lot of zest and seriousness splashed all over his commando face.
In my heart, I said: "Wow! I am so impressed but...take it easy Corporal".
Thank God I am not a smartly-dressed would be robber because if I were, this dedicated and patriotic security guard must have saluted a would be robber!
What to do. During that time I was wearing my usual full suit and coat with neck-tie and a briefcase in my hand. So he surely assumed that I was a potential Perodua buyer especially after seeing my big tummy that looks very much like a rich man tummy, not a small tummy of an Ethiopian hungry man.
I love Nepal. In the office almost every statement conveyed to me by Pratima Manandhar will be ended up with the word "Sir" like I am an Army General, and now in a Perodua showroom also another army salute to me. Was I dreaming or what....? No I was not.
Later when I achieve my dream to be a multi millionaire I will contact this no-nonsense, never smile, commando type security guard and I will offer him better salary and better perks than Perodua Kathmandu gives to him, in order for me to bring him to Malaysia to be my chief body guard!
Inside the showroom I was briefed by a very helpful, professional and friendly Sales Consultant, Mr Pramod Dhungel about the price of Perodua models MyVi and Viva.
I was "terkejut-beruk" or shocked to hear that the price of a MyVi SXi in Nepal is Rs 2,385,000 (Rs 2.3 Million) or if we converted to Ringgit Malaysia the price is nearly RM119,250 because RM1 is roughly equivalent to Rs20.
Perodua Viva 1000cc price tag here is Rs1,755,000 (RM 87,750) and Perodua Viva 850cc is Rs1,575,000 (RM 78,750).
Wow! You need to be a Rupee Millionaire to buy a Perodua car in Nepal.
The next question that you may ask me is how come the price of Perodua becomes so high maaaaaa? The answer is it is not Mr Pramod, the handsome Nepali Perodua Sales Consultant's fault. It is not my beautiful Manisha Koirala's fault.
It is not because Nemlink International Traders Pvt Ltd (the Nepali authorised distributor for Perodua Vehiles) wants to get rich very fast by inflating the price. It is not.
The price becomes a little bit crazy as compared to the price in Malaysia because I was told any new car in Nepal will be charged with a total of nearly 210% tax.
Before I left the Perodua showroom I thanked Mr Pramod Dhungel who spared his precious time showing me around.
While shaking his hand to say good bye, I told him: "Thank you for your time. It is very kind of you spending your time with me. And please kindly take note that your face is a very handsome face because you are 93% look like Mr Incredible, the super hero in the Disney film in 2004 who is also the husband of Elastigirl." (Look at the photo attached)
Don't you ever ever made a silly pronunciation mistake by asking a man: "Are you a Baboon?" Come on my friend, there is a significant different between a Bahoon and a Baboon. A Bahoon is the highest caste and very respectable community in Nepal. While a Baboon, without saying, is a kind of African and Asian Old World monkey.
Almost all the top politicians in Nepal whether in the government or opposition parties come from Bahoon caste or community. A very good example is President Ram Baran Yadav is a Bahoon, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is indeed a Bahoon too although somebody told me "Nepal" in his name is also a caste.
The Opposition UCPN Maoist party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal a.k.a Prachandra is also a Bahoon. So is Mr Jhalanath Khanal, the Chairman of other communist party CPN-UML which is the party that PM Madhav Kumar Nepal is a member.
Both of my partners, Umesh Adhikari and Basu Rijal are also Bahoon or Brahmin. So surnames such as Rijal, Yadav, Adhikari, Dahal, Koirala normally are Bahoon surnames.
Although they are Brahmin or Bahoon, please do not visualize that they only cover themselves up with a little clothing or a loin cloth like Hindu holy man Nagas Baba (not Ghaffar Baba).
My Nepali branch staffs, Pratima Manandhar and Babita Shrestha are all Newars. In fact the popular surname among the Newar community is "Shrestha".
A good example of a Shrestha is the coming new Chief Justice of Nepal, Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha.
Another prominent Shrestha is the Minister for Land Reforms and Management, Mr Dambar Shreshtha and also Mr Rabindra Shrestha, Minister for General Administration.
From the opposition party side, the top ranking Shrestha is the UCPN Maoist Party Vice Chairman Mr Narayan Kaji Shrestha. Although "kaji" in Malay language means "analyse", it does not mean "Narayan Kaji Shrestha" is "Mr Narayan analysing Mr Shrestha"!
Throughout more than one month I am here I have had a meeting or appointments with many "Mr Shreshta" who are big guns in banking sector and corporate sectors.
The most recent one was with two different "Mr Shreshta" who are the top office bearers in two different Chambers of Commerce in Nepal. For confidentiality purpose, I unable to state their exact name and organization here.
There are many Shreshtas on the street of Kathmandu. I think if I throw a stone to a crowded street of Kathmandu the stone will somehow land on a head of a Shrestha. Guaranteed!
"Shakya" is another surname among the Newar ethnic group. If among the Muslims in the world, it is a well known fact that a "Syed" or "Seyed" is by right a descendant of Prophet Mohamamd (Peace Be Upon Him), over here in Nepal a person with a "Shakya" surname simply means he or she is the descendant of Gautama Buddha.
In fact, Lumbini located in Nepal near the Indian border is indeed a birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
Another big ethnic group in Nepal is the "Gurung". From their facial structure, I see the Gurung looks like a Mongolian or Tibetan origin people.
The Gurung ethnic or caste normally like to use the surname Gurung at the end of their name. The majority of the population in Pokhara, a city well known with its beautiful lake and mountain are the Gurungs.
The top ranking Gurung in the country is none other than the handsome and no-nonsense Chief of Army Staff, General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung.
For a Malay like me, the immediate sub-conscious mind response when the word Gurung is mentioned is I tend to associate it with the word "Garang" which is a Malay word for "fierce".
General Gurung made newspaper headlines last week when he told the United Nation Under-Secretary Lynn Pascoe who visited him that he was against the bulk integration of Maoist combatants into the Nepali Army.
In one way, I personally of the opinion that General Gurung has got the point here because according to him the integration of politically indoctrinated individuals into the Nepali Army, without meeting the established criteria could divide the army institution.
Naturally, the Chairman of UCPN Maoist Party has come down heavily on the General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung for his stand against group of Maoist combatant into the national army. He said the statement by General Gurung was a violation of Comprehensive Peace Accord that ended the Maoist rebellion against the government.
The Maoist Chairman said as an army general he has to honour any decision on the matter that is based on political consensus.
Again I am personally of the opinion that General Gurung is right because every soldier in any army in the world should be non-partisan, neutral and serve the government of the day, elected by the people.
I can't visualize in Malaysian Army they are group of soldiers used to be the military arm of MIC Party who is loyal to Samy Vellu or former members of military arm of PAS Party who are ready to go for Jihad upon hearing the battlecry of Abdul Hadi Awang.
The most high ranking Tamang in the country is Subash Chandra Nembang who is the Chairman i.e Speaker of Constituent Assembly.
As a matter of fact throughout my stay here many Nepali thought I am either a Tamang Nepali or a Gurung Nepali. So they thought my name should be "Khairul Gurung" or "Khairul Tamang".
Well...if I don't open my mouth I would easily been assumed as a Tamang or a Gurung. But the moment I open my mouth and start talking, my English accent will make them realize I am not a Nepali.
Guess what?...Out of sudden, everythng instantaneously became expensive to me the moment they know I am a foreigner and not Khairul Tamang.
For example: If a bottle of 1.5 liter mineral water which normally cost Rs15, out of sudden for me it becomes Rs20. A pair of socks which has a street price of Rs60 would become Rs85 and as usual the taxi driver also would refuse to use meter when they know this Khairul Tamang is actually Khairul Majapahit.
When I asked the taxi driver as why on earth they were not using the fare meter, one of the taxi drivers "Selamber-Rock" and bravely replied: "Oh for foreigner or tourist we don't use meter!"
It's alright. It's okay. In my heart I said it is still okay if I look like a Tamang to them, at least it is much better than I look like a "Siamang" (a species of monkey in Malaysia with long hands).
If people call me Khairul Tamang I will feel proud and smile, but the moment they call me Khairul Siamang (long hands monkey), then I am afraid I have left with no choice, but to declare "World War 3" to that people, no matter who.
Please do not forget that Miss Nepal 2009 is Zenisha Moktan, a 20 years old Tamang lady, a famed actress and a model, who is also a former Miss Tamang!
What about the former monarchy? What caste or ethnic they come from? Obviously the former King Gyanendra and the late King Birendra come from the "Shah" family which is a Chhetri by cast or ethnic group.
The Chhetri is the warrior caste. The Chhetri, also known as Nepal Kshatriya, is making up roughly 17% of the entire Nepal population but they used to control the country by being the ruling monarch.
My Nepali branch former staff Sunmala Giri is a Chhetri whom I found out very religious. If I am not mistaken, she told me that once a week she would fast for 24 hours without eating anything except plain water.
In Nepal Constituent Assembly (Parliament), the powerful UCPN Maoist Party Chief Whip Post Bahadur Bogati is also a Chhetri. Recently this "Kshatriya" or "Warrior" threathen Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, that his Maoist party, being the single largest party in the Constiruent Assembly would table a no-confidence motion against the incumbent goivernmet if a unity government was not formed under the Maoist leadership.
You see...some times the name itself may reflect the personality of the person having that name.
For example, I still remember during my boarding school time at MRSM Muar in 1983, one of my college mates name is "Jelita". As a matter of fact, yes..."Jelita" (beautiful) she was.
Hence, when I see the Nepali Presiden Dr Ram Baran Yadav's name has got the word "Baran", I thought this President must be a "Panas Baran" (hot-tempered) personality.
But no...he is not. He is not a "Baran" (hot-tempered) person at all. On the other hand, when you see his face, he actually has a very calm and peaceful face.
I believe any Gurkha army who wants to run amok will cool down just by looking at this President Dr Ram Baran Yadav's face.
And surely for that 25 minutes walking journey, at least more than 10 times the cars or motorcycles or rickshaws will horn at me, for reasons best known to themselves.
I said "for reasons best known to themselves" because I don't think I obstruct the traffic. What to do ("Ayam mematuk, Itik menyudu").
Maybe they just love to press their horns. Or maybe they just excited to see my buttock which is sexier than Brad Pitt's buttock, so they horn at me. Maybe.
Now the next questions is if you are in my position being horned a total per day more than 20 times by this motorcycles, cars and rickshaw, would there any slightest possibility that, in the balance of probabilities, you would also will be a "Baran" (hot tempered) person.
You bet! The fact that I was constantly "harassed" by non-stop horns can make me instantaneously change to Khairul "Baran" Hisham. But not President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, a truly calm and cool-tempered statesman.
Nonetheless, later when I go back to Malaysia I think I will miss the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, with its vehicle horn non-stop for almost every 2 seconds.
I really really have done my own experiment that every 2 seconds some hands must be very itchy, hence pressing their vehicles' horn.
I jokingly told my Malaysian friend that perhaps this Dr Ram Baran Yadav is the long lost father of the famous Malay singer in the 90s, Ramlah Ram!
You know in Malaysia the last name is not a surname but the father's name
Every time I read these two "Mahat" ministers name in Nepali newspaper, automatically I remember Mahat, the Malay boy in my small village in Johor, Malaysia.
This Malay Mahat is well known for his no-nonsense tackle during the village football match. After been tackled by Mahat in his effort to possess the ball from me, I would normally count my fingers of my leg, just in case his rough tackle has made me lost any of my leg fingers!
PHOTO: A Sherpa-undoubtedly the best guide for mountaineering expedition.
Most Sherpas live in the west regions of Nepal while some of them live in Kumbu, located in north eastern Nepal on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest.
However, we can also found some Sherpa live farther west in the Rolwaling Valley
The Sherpa is a very extremely strong group of people, mentally and physically. That's why they can survive living in the harsh surrounding area of the Himalayan.
Last month I have been granted an opportunity to have a meeting with the Chairman of an airline who is indeed a Sherpa ethnic. Although this multi-millionaire owns an airline company and many other big businesses, I was amazed that he is such a nice gentleman, such a humble man with unbelievable degree of humility.
When explaining to me about his origin from Sherpa ethnic, he repeatedly said: "I am just a Sherpa people from the mountain".
This multi-millionaire is an epitome of success among the Sherpa who does not forget his origin, no matter how rich he is now. I feel so small in front of him, in term of his wordly achievements.
If you ever came to Kathmandu, please do not forget to visit a Sherpa shop called "Sherpa Adventure Gear" located at Hattisar.
This shop sells very quality range of clothes and trekking accessories like back packs, sleeping bags, crampons, ice axes, harness, climbing ropes and ice screw.
From a press statement made by the manager, Mr Ang Phurba Sherpa in a newspaper last week, I came to know that this shop alone enjoys a transaction of Rs 18 Million (nearly RM1 Million) in just six months of its operation.
I NEARLY LOST MY SALES BECAUSE I NEARLY MISTAKENLY CALL "MR LOBSANG" AS "MR LOBSTER"
PHOTO: Wow! Mouth-watering lobster! But I would loose my sale if I wrongly call my Nepali client "Mr Lobsang" as "Mr Lobster"
By the way, I think I would have a good chance to loose my sale if I wrongly call "Mr Lobsang" as "Mr Lobster". I simply can't imagine the facial expression of Mr Lobsang if I say something like this: "Okay Mr Lobster, apart from being the best place to do business, Malaysia is also a heaven for seafood such as Clawed Lobsters, or Spiny Lobsters or Slipper Lobsters".
Wow! Mr Lobster enjoy eating various types of Lobster at Bagan Sea Food Port Klang. Why not??
MANISHA KOIRALA IS A BAHOON, REKHA TAPA IS A CHHETRI, WHAT ABOUT NEWAR, DON'T THEY HAVE ANY BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS?
Well...we know Manisha Koirala is a Bahoon. Without saying, a beautiful and smooth skin face lady like Manisha Koirala is definitely not a Baboon. She is a Bahoon. Remember...a Bahoon is the highest caste and very respectable community in Nepal. While a Baboon, without saying, is a kind of African and Asian Old World monkey.
Furthermore a Baboon has got thick black hair all over its neck, chest and face.No..No.. I can confirm that Manisha Koirala's neck, face and chest are 100% clean from any hair like a Baboon, black or white, maroon or silver colour!
What about sexy Nepali actress Rekha Thapa? Oh....She is actually a Chhetri. By the way, I met many "Mr Thapa" throughout my appointments in Kathmandu.
In fact many "Mr Thapa" has became PM in Nepal. For example, PM Bhimsen Thapa (1806), PM Madhabar Singh Thapa (1843), and the famous 5 times PM Surya Bahadur Thapa (1963, 1965, 1979, 1997, 2003).
Another promising actress which can give Manisha Koirala a run for her money is Karishma Manandhar. If Manisha Koirala is a Bahoon, Rekha Thapa is a Chhretri, this Karishma Manandhar comes from Newar community.
Unfortunately Karishma Manandhar is not related to my Nepali branch staff, Pratima Manandhar.
If they are in fact related, maybe I can inform Pratima Manandhar that I would like to have a candle night dinner with this beautiful Nepali actress Karishma Manadhar from Newar ethnic.
Anyhow Karishma Manandhar already married to Binod Manandhar, a famous Nepali film director.
Karishma really got 'charisma' because she was awarded with the title of "Nepali Best Actress" in November 2007.
By far, she is the most popular actress in the history of Nepali film industry (while Manisha Koirala is more popular in Bollywood).
Karishma Manandhar major films were ‘Mann Ma Maya’ and ‘Paapi Maanche’.
She was also the brand ambassador for Lux beauty soap for few years. Read here very carefully...its "Lux" beauty soap, not the brand ambassador for "Axe Brand Soap" (Sabun Cap Kapak) or brand ambassador for "Keropok Lekor Mengabang Pok Jin!"
All the person that we met were "Who's Who" in Nepal. I can confirm there were times when one day after we had a meeting with the person, his photo then appear in full page or front page in some newspapers.
This is the type of the people that Pratima has managed to secure the appointments for me to see for the meeting.
As I told you in Kathmandu the traffic is crazy as compared to Kuala Lumpur and Manchester. Everday it is almost confirm that we are going to be trapped in the Kathmandu traffic jam.
It is also a normal phenomenon in Kathmandu to see people wearing full coat or full office suit use motorcycle to go to office or to their meeting place.
During my appointment with one of the office bearers at United Nation office in Nepal, the person who parked his motorbike next to me, out of sudden take off his full track suit.
The moment his track suit was taken off, he changed himself to a different man with a smart one full set of office suit with the same colour of coat and trouser, ready to attend a meeting.
Without fail, I would normally wear my two-piece, single-breasted suit. If I wear like this during my 3 months attachment in Sudan last year I think my whole body would be sweating like I am sitting inside a Sauna.
Initially for the first 3 appointments or meetings we took a taxi to go to those meeting. But later I told him since we had got at least 3 meetings per day arranged by Pratima at 3 different locations, it is much faster, reliable and predictable if we use his Bajaj Pulsar motorbike to go to the appointments.
Due to massive traffic jam in Kathmandu, the journey on the motorbike is definitely faster than by using taxi. It is also more predicatable in term of time spent because if we use a taxi, we are not guaranteed to get a taxi on the spot if we have an instant meeting or appointment to attend.
So everyday my Nepali partner Basu Rijal and I ride on Basu's Pulsar to go for various meetings arranged by Pratima.
Do you still remember in "Top Gun" film, Tom Cruise loves to ride on his big bike while not on duty as a Navy fighter jet pilot.
The other famous scene that shows motorbike riding was in the Andaz movie in 1971 when actor Rajesh Khanna and actress Hema Malini ride on the motorbike while singing the hit song "Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana".
No, I cannot visualize Basu and I romantically sing the lyrics of that famous song while riding his motorbike on the way to attend our daily appointments or meetings:
Yahan Kal Kya Ho Kisne Jaana
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Yahan Kal Kya Ho Kisne Jaana
Arey Oleiyo Leiyo, Oleiyo Leiyo
Oleiyo Leiyo, Oleiyo Leiyo
Oleiyo Leiyo, Oleiyo Leiyo
PHOTO: Oh Dear! Look at this panoramic view surrounding my Nepali Partner Basu Rijal's big bungalow.
In Malaysia I think even a fresh graduate, after 3 or months drawing their first salary, can afford to buy at least a small Perodua Kancil car.
On the other hand, in Kathmandu I found out many bosses or owner of companies would rather ride on a motorbike than buying their own cars.
You are making a terrible mistake if you think the reason these bosses do not buy cars because they do not have got much money. Indeed they have a lot money.
Take for example my Nepali partner, Basu Rijal. His house is a damn big 2 storey bungalow which maybe worth 3 times more than a Mercedes car.
Through my own observation here in Nepal, there are several reasons why some bosses prefer not to buy cars and just happy to ride on their motorbike to go to office.
The first reason is they do not see any "value-for-money" paying 210% tax just to have a car which makes the price of the car ridiculously expensive.
Better still that money can be invested in buying a property. In Malaysia, people stress on what brand of the car a person uses in order to determine the social status or "Biar Papa Asalkan Bergaya". In Nepal it is a different story.
The other reason maybe because of the traffic condition in Nepal itself which makes riding a bike is so convenient
Before I sign off, it is my pleasure to tell you that it is quite funny everyday when I was on the bike with Basu we always joke that when we see a pretty girl walking or riding a bike next to us, we would say: "Oh! Look at that sexy Coca Cola-Bottle lady".
And when a rather fat woman walking we would say: "Oh! Look at that Milo-Tin woman."
If you see the contour or design of a "Coca-Cola Bottle" and "Milo Tin" then you know what I mean, hehehe. When you put two married men on a bike, this is what would happen!
Till we meet again. Phery Vetaula! See you again next week
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