Posts Tagged ‘Tibet’

5 tips on how to pack right and light

April 12, 2011 2 comments

1. Well you have purchased a bargain ticket and you don’t want to add to the cost by paying for checked in luggage. First things first, make sure all your liquids like shampoo, shower gel and creams are under 100ml so you won’t get caught out. But sharing is the best way if there are 5 people in your group, you don’t really need 5 different brands, types and smells of shower gel for different skin types.

2. For hand luggage only trips. Don’t bring food. It doesn’t go down well when you are squashing it in with your pair of stinky sneakers. Plus you should buy all foods locally to fully experience the benefits of being in another country. I guess I can’t speak for vegans or other people on special or religious diets though.

3. Come on girls, how many pairs of shoes you do need for a long weekend trip or even a 5 day trip? Just bring a pair which is easy and comfortable to walk in and that can last you for the period. Even better, you can buy whilst you are there and still have room on the way back. Also, you can live without your hairdryer, straightener or curler for a few days. Your hair does dry naturally you know and sometimes it looks great just being left so.

4. For 2 week or more trips – Well I’ve had business trips for 2 months or going to Tibet for 16 days and survived on just a suitcase. Unless you are going to extreme conditions like those below, then stick to essentials only. Suits and work clothes if it’s a business trip. Layering is best for leisure and holidays, since you can always mix and match. Honestly,  although you do want to look decent in your photos, it is not a fashion show!

5. For hiking trips – Bring clothes that dry quickly and light weight. You want to be able to wash those that you sweat on so they can dry then you will have your fleece and wind blocking jackets for the cold. Usually you can get all your professional gear at North Face or Kathmandu anyways, they will have more advice for you.

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Around the World #15 – Lake Namucuo@ Tibet, China

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Around the World #4 – Tibet, China

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On Riot Anniversary, China Closes Tibet to Tourists (via NewsFeed)

China is closing Tibet to foreign visitors ahead of the three-year anniversary of anti-government protests in western China. Though travel through Tibet has often required special permission, tourists could arrange tours through select travel agents. Those avenues are now closed, as authorities have asked travel agents to no longer arrange trips through the region and visas are being denied. (More on See the effects of the Tibetan prote … Read More

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Tibet – China

December 13, 2010 1 comment
The people and the culture of Tibet totally fascinate me and it is so much different from the rest of China or the world. Their faith, dedication, commitment and devotion towards their culture and Buddhism religion never fails to amaze me!!! There are no rules as to many hours of praying you should do or how many litres of butter oil you should give or how much donation you should make, or how many “full body prayers” you should do hence it seems they do as much as they can. It never seems to be a burden or hassle for them, they offer these ‘sacrifices’ and perform these ‘duties’ very willingly and they never seem to question it.

During my 16 day trip we sit comfortably in our 4WD travelling the long distances of Tibet for leisure and sightseeing, we would see many people on the road. Some people travel as far as 2000km on foot or should I say ON THEIR KNEES literally 五体投地, kneeling all the way from their home town to Lhasa just to worship their god.
Apparently, every day at home they will also do “full body prayers” as many times as day as they can. Our driver told us that his mother in law has completed 100,000 times of this to pray for blessings for her and generation after hers as well. Sometimes, in the morning when we have to get up at 4am to start our journey, our driver would do his praying whilst he was driving.
I am not disputing their actions because all religions have their rituals but applaud their utter surrender. For example, I, being a Christian am grateful that my practices are so ‘convenient ‘as compared to others such as Mormons who take two years out to preach and Muslims who go to Jerusalem for their pilgrimage. I can’t help but wonder if they are blinded by ignorance or is it their true believe that they must earn blessing by their acts and deeds. Even if not for this life but for their next life, they would tell me, ‘不为今生为来世’. I wonder if they choose to behave in this way or it is just part of being Tibetan, simple as that.

Their joys, pains, experiences, hopes all carried on their FACES…