Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Electricity in Bhutan

As many of you have asked for this information, here is a guide on electric plugs in Bhutan (source : Lonely Planet)


Did you know that the electricity that you use in Bhutan is 'made in Bhutan' ? Cheap, clean energy produced by hydropower. However, hydropower stations built on the country's rivers have certain undesired side effects re. the ecosystem. Hopefully, the current and future projects will not create irreversible damage. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hungarian and British archers in Bhutan

The national sport in Bhutan is archery. Hungary, my country, also has long archery tradition, so for me it was obvious that a Bhutan-Hungary Archery Match would take place one day. To make it happen, I initiated the first visit of Hungarian traditional archers to Bhutan working with Roland Csaki, ambassador of the Hungary-based International Archery Association and dr Kinzang Dorji, president of the Bhutanese Indigenous Games and Sports Association, BIGSA. 

Due to relentless efforts of our Bhutanese hosts, last March the Hungarian team of seven arrived in Bhutan and played three friendly matches agains local teams. In addition, they demonstrated their distinctive archery and combatting skills to entertain and educate their hosts and the audience. In Thimphu, it was great honor to meet with HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, president of the Bhutan Olympic Committee who himself is a dedicated and skilled archer. 

Considering the great success of our first cultural exchange program, we all look forward to continuing the discovery of our traditions and cultures!




Traditional ceremony to kick off the match 

HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wancghuck learns about Hungarian traditional bows and arrows from Peter Nahoczki.

Roland Csaki tries to hit the target from 140 meters.

The Hungarian delegation with HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk and dr Kinzang Dorji, former PM of Bhutan

On the same archery ground, about two weeks later, HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk welcomed two "British archers": the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who bravely tried the Bhutanese bows and arrows and had lots of fun.


The Prince explains to his guests 
Getting closer to the target


The Duke tries to apply what he was told. His wife is watching. 

Kate Middleton was allowed to play, but Bhutanese women are not permitted to play traditional archery.


LEARN MORE ABOUT BHUTANESE ARCHERY HERE.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Do Angry Birds make youth happier in Bhutan?

In 2012, I posted about the Angry Birds phenomena in Bhutan and how popular the computer game was among the youth. Also I wrote about the International Day of Happiness which is celebrated every year on March 20th and was inspired by Bhutan's Gross National Happiness. 

Now, for this year's Happiness Day, Angry Birds and Happiness meet! Watch the special videos to decide if Angry Birds - in other words: modernity - increases happiness in Bhutan or not.




In this video UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also becomes an Angry Bird:

Monday, March 7, 2016

Successful crowdfunding campaign for the first Hungarian-Bhutanese movie

10,000 Euros have been raised successfully for the first Hungarian-Bhutanese documentary film "Inseparables". 

To learn more about the project click on Christiano Ronaldo below.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The first Bhutanese-Hungarian coproduction film


Two inseparable friends TASHI and TSHERING break with family tradition and fight for their modern dream in the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

INSEPARABLES is located in a tiny kingdom in almost the most beautiful spot on the globe with fantastic people and incredible stories. A small group of young but extremely motivated girls coming from the most rural and isolated areas of the Himalayas - where the television was only introduced in 1999 - are trying to become footballers and build a modern career for the first time in a place where a Buddha statue and a Ronaldo poster can coexist next to each other. It is a modern tale of a forgotten part of the globe that you can rarely find in our uniformalized and globalized world any more.

Read MORE and support the project's crowdfunding campaign.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Meeting with great friends in Thimphu

Together two days ago in Thimphu with members of the Hungary-Bhutan Friendship Society and Kezang D. Wangmo, MP, Karma Tshering, filmmaker, Kunzang Wangmo, GM of Terma Linca Hotel, and Thinley Wangchuk, owner of Namdruk Bhutan Travel. Thank you for the great night!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My new book on Bhutan will be published late September

My very first book has been written in Hungarian on the Kingdom of Bhutan: information for travellers, brief history of Bhutan with key historical figures and Buddhist masters such as Guru Rinpoche, the Shabdrung, Pema Lingpa, Drukpa Kunley; the Wangchuck dynasty, modernisation, festivals, recipes, personal stories of my journeys, interviews with Bhutanese, dreams, poems, and 32 pages of colour pictures.

This is the first comprehensive book about Bhutan ever published in Hungary.

More details and ordering: www.bhutankonyv.hu


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bhutan cannot be considered as a seismic gap or a relatively safe place anymore.

Interview with a Hungarian seismologist  from the Swiss Seismological Service who has recently studied Bhutan. Very important advices in terms of educating people and changing the way houses are built in Bhutan.

https://www.ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2014/05/bhutan-earthquakes.html


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thank you, Lonely Planet





In the latest Lonely Planet Bhutan it was great to see that they thanked me and a Belgian friend of mine, Elien for our helpful hints on the previous edition. It always good to see your impact as a user of a product.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hungarian movie is showcased in Thimphu !

What a nice surprise: the award-winning film of my friend Agnes Kocsis titled "Fresh Air" will be showcased in Thimphu at the EU Film Festival in Bhutan. 

Showtime is on 25 Oct Saturday at 2pm at City Cinema Hall 1.

 









Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Screening 'Made in Bhutan' in Belgium

On 20th May, we successfully screened the documentary of the Loden Foundation titled 'Made in Bhutan' in Brussels, Belgium. The screening of the short documentary dedicated to young entrepreneurs in Bhutan was opened by H.E. Ambassador Sonam Tshong and followed by a roundtable discussion with Gerard Tardy and Dorji Tashi from Loden and Maarten Desmet from the University for Common Good. The event was attended by about 60 friends of Bhutan, including the Bolivian and the US Ambassadors.

Loden launched its Entrepreneurship Programme in 2008. Since then it has funded 63 local entrepreneurs, creating a total of over 300 employment opportunities nation wide. Initiated by the foundation, “Made in Bhutan” portrays this recent emergence of entrepreneurship. In 2012, pro-bono director Hirondelle Chatelard travelled the kingdom with a Bhutanese film crew meeting and interviewing entrepreneurs and key individuals.


Maarten Desmet, Gerard Tardy and Dorji Tashi on the panel
With Gerard Tardy and Dorji Tashi after the event