Monday, December 2, 2013


Today I am going to write about “Bhutan Green Building Design Guidelines” that is being published by one of the Divisions in my office. The reason why I am going to discuss this here in my blog is because I am a huge supporter of Sustainability (one of the pillars of GNH) and Green Design. I want to spread this knowledge to as many people as possible so I thought why not start from my blog.
To start off, I think it’s safe to say that green buildings are still a little immature in my country; people are still learning about it and exploring the concept. And anything new is always scrutinized hard, but that’s really normal I guess. I am really hoping I can help people learn more about green building or atleast make them wanna research on it. But before I start writing I want to let all of the readers know that this is my idea and thoughts about green buildings, doesn’t mean that it’s the only way to look at green buildings (I am no expert on green buildings).
The first thing I want to clear is, “rammed earth buildings are green buildings but green buildings are not rammed earth” this one is quite tricky (I know because I was confused too). There are similar misconceptions about energy efficient building and green building. Green building is basically about “thinking holistically”
The Environmental Protection Agency of the US states that: “Green building is the process of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a buildings life cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”
And that pretty much sums everything up, it clearly means green building simply means greener way, which includes what materials you are using while constructions, how you are using it and why you are using it. It can also be as simple as how you orient your structure using the nature (position of the sun and direction of the winds). But I would suggest you all to google more on it for better information: I will suggest few terms here and please google it J
1.      Passive solar design
2.      Rain/Storm water harvesting
3.      Green roofs
4.      Insulation
5.      Rammed earth buildings
6.      Bottle house/ Earth-bag house
Some of these are really cheap green buildings, worth looking at. Here are the pictures of few 

I really hope to see all the Bhutanese building green buildings and keep spreading the knowledge, if you implant even the tiniest idea about green building, then you should know that the job is well done J

Monday, October 28, 2013


I am doing another Bhutanese cuisine after such a long time. Anyways today we have “ema-pa” on the menu. Pa actually means meat (beef or pork) or dried meat but here Ema-pa’s direct translation would be chilli pa, meaning the dried red chillies are referred as a meat here since we Bhutanese enjoy spicy chillies as much as we enjoy meat. It looks like ema-datshi too but you will notice that this doesnt have cheese in it so thats why its not an ema-datshi...haha
Yummy Spicy ema pa made at home
So to start off with the recipe, first let’s look into the ingredients. And the recipe here is for 3-4 serves, so I would personally take 7 to 8 dried red chillies (famous in Bhutan, everyone will have it), one large spoon of butter or cooking oil, salt and water. Red onions, tomatoes and garlic are optional (personally I love the flavor so if it was my curry I would have them in the pot. Make sure you put them according to how much you want, I would take one each and a little garlic). And Yes! That’s all the ingredients you need to make this wonderful spicy dish…I made your day huh?? Anyways, now let me tell you, this is a super easy recipe.
I would personally take 7 to 8 dried red chillies, one onion, one tomato and
First you need pot and place it on your stove.
1.      Put half a cup of water (or even less, depending on your chilli quantity) just to make sure that the heated pan doesn’t burn the chillies.
2.      Now tear you chillies into halves and put it in the pot.
3.      Sprinkle enough salt on top of the torn chillies and add butter/cooking oil in it.
4.      If you are putting the optional ingredients, now would be the time to chop them and add them too
5.      Cook until the water is dry
Believe it or not you are done when all the water is dried up and you have properly mixed the ingredients. Garnish it with spring onions if you want (if you garnish with spring onion, you can skip the use of red onions while cooking)
PS: like I said in my previous article, the quantity of all the ingredients should be based on your taste buds. So keep tasting it while cooking it J

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I am a really lazy person, even to update my blog often, but one of a Bhutanese turned out to be an inspiration for me. So this article is dedicated to this particular fellow Bhutanese. Yesterday was going through the Kuensel (national news paper) and read about this individual who was a graduate and started off his own business (Namgay Wangchuk from Bumthang). To back up a little, Bhutan faces job scarcity problem. But like the elders say, the country has a lot of jobs; youth these days simply refuse to do it since they lack the sense of “dignity of labor”. Everyone wants a blue collar job, desk jobs, easy money…and it is actually sad to see this scenario.
So in the midst of all these, I read about a young graduate who starts up his own business. And he inspired me, even to resume writing my blog (lol). And the business wasn’t something fancy or huge; it was a simple laundry service. Loaning money from various agencies and collecting some from his family. As I read the article I understood that for now the road is bumpy for him, but I appreciate his optimism and hard work. He is very optimist about his success, and if he succeeds in this business, he intends to create employments for others too (which is another hats off to him).

I chose to write about him for mainly two reasons; firstly, like I mentioned earlier, he inspired me so I wanted to share this inspiration to all the people who reads or comes across my blog. And secondly, this is my small way of helping him out in his venture. I am hoping I can advertise him and his business in my own small ways. Even if one person knows about him, the words will keep spreading J (hopefully)
Picture curtsy: Kuensel

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Lately I have been into photography alot, so I would like to share some of my captures here and since this is a blog about my country BHUTAN, I will make sure its mostly about it :) have fun going through the pics. My pictures are also available for view in have fun 
Thimphu Highway at Night

Picnic Spot in Thimphu

Overview of Thimphu Town at 11 pm

Wind Chimes

My Village at Punakha

Bhutanese Architecture

Ancient Wooden Stairs

Traditional Style Bridge

Paro Taktsang


Capture on Thimphu-Phuentsholing Highway
Capture on Thimphu-Phuentsholing Highway

Overview of Thimphu From Kuenselphodrang

Prayer flags under the Dim light of Sun Set

Wind blowing the Prayer Flags

At a Cafe in Thimphu

Private Celebration at Home

Butter Lamp at Home Alter

Typical Bhutanese Home Alter

Sun Set

Prayers Craved on the Temple Walls

River Side View at Punakha

Traditional Trail Bridge in Punakha

Sparkle of Sun Rays in the Deep River

Sun Set at Dochula Pass

Line of Beautiful Chortens at Dochula

First Snowfall of 2013 at Thimphu

First Snowfall of 2013 at Thimphu

Overview of Thimphu Town From Buddha Point

Summer vs Winter

Shades of the Trees

My Nieces and Nephew

Ancient Mani at my Village

Vague Buddha

My Nieces and Nephew on a Day Out

Prayer Flags

Wooden Stairs