Tuesday, 18th September 2018,
Today I had worse motion sickness. I was quite sure it wasn’t the high altitude sickness, since I was still okay when I was up to 5k meters above sea level… But today, the road to Namtso Lake was very bumpy, with many twists and turns. It made me feels like my head spinning and almost vomit. Most likely my lack-of-sleep last night contributed to this motion sickness. ☆ｏ(＞＜；)○
Our local tour leader was actually offered us for second option (not Namtso), due to the winding road to go there. But so far I never like their second option, and some of our group rejected the second option.
We left hotel at 6:30AM, tortured ourselves just to see the famous-and-over-crowded lake. By the time we arrived back hotel, it was almost midnight. (｡T ω T｡)
So what’s about Namtso Lake?
Monday, 17th September 2018,
In Short, we were driving back from Shigatse to Lhasa today. Some of us who paid extra money for optional tour were granted to visit the breeding site of Tibetan Mastiff. While the thrifties (including me!) waited outside the breeding site and walked around to tease the angry-caged puppies from outside. ( ‾́ ◡ ‾́ )
After the short visit to the breeding site, we continued our journey and our next stop was TashiLunpo Monastery.
Sunday, 16th September 2018
Today we have been warned to have even more tiring day compare to previous day. We travelled from Lhasa to Shigatse (a.k.a. Rigaze). (っ˘ω˘ς )
Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê (Chinese: 日喀则; pinyin: Rìkāzé Nepali: सिगात्से), is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000 km2 (70,271 sq mi). It also means ‘the fertile land’. It sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu Rivers, where Tibet’s most fertile land is to be found. Shigatse is of great importance for its location in this area. It is 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) away from the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) away from the Sakya Monastery and also on the only path to Tibet’s holy lakes. Thus it is quite an important base for people heading for those places. [source: wikipedia]
The city has a history going back more than 600 years and it is this ancient holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, one of the spiritual leaders in Tibet. The city is also the cultural, economic and political center of Tibet. It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet.
Along the way from Lhasa to Shigatse was a beautiful journey we enjoyed from our bus, and we stopped by at Yamdrok Lake, Kharola Glacier and Palcho Monastery. ヽ(*・ω・)ﾉ
So Yamdrok Lake,
Saturday, 15th September 2018,
Today I wouldn’t talk so much, let the wiki and pictures tell you the story. (￣ω￣)
In a short brief, the weather today was super hot, the bus took us from Jokhang Temple – Barkhor Square – Potala Palace.
Jokhang Monastery and Zuglagkang (Tibetan: གཙུག་ལག་ཁང༌།, Wylie: gtsug-lag-khang, ZYPY: Zuglagkang or Tsuklakang), is a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.
The Jokhang was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the king’s two brides: Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet, which were housed here, as part of their dowries. [source: wikipedia]
Friday, 14th September 2018, drizzling in the a.m.
Today we packed our bags and move from a quiet-creepy hotel in Nyingchi to an old-dirty-dusty hotel in Lhasa. (￣ヘ￣)
Lhasa, which means “Land of the Gods” and is over 1,300 years old, sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. It is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.
Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces. [source: wikipedia]
Most of the time we spent today on the bus, for about 12 hours journey (including the stopover). And our first stop was Basong Lake. (ﾉ´ з `)ノ
Thursday, 13th September 2018,
We supposed to fly to Nyingchi by 8:15 in the morning. But due to bad weather there in Nyingchi, our flight was delayed for about an hour. I was practically cut out from all the outside world (and I was intended to that!), so I had no idea about the super typhoon mangkhut and how serious the outside condition was. (ノ*°▽°*)
Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi, is a prefecture-level city in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The administrative seat of Nyingchi is Bayi District. The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture. Bayi Town is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. The vicinity is known for its cypresses which can grow up to 30 meters. [source: wikipedia]
Arrived at Nyingchi, our hotel was 2900 kilometers above sea level. ＼(￣▽￣)／
We had our late lunch in the hotel, tried on their traditional clothes in the hotel, walked around the hotel to enjoy the beautiful mountains surround us, then headed back to hotel before 3PM, headed to our first destination, King Cypress. (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b
Wed, 12th September 2018,
I reached Changi before 12 noon as scheduled. My flight will be at 4PM, so I had enough time to enjoy my brunch in Changi. <(￣︶￣)>
holiday expedition to Tibet started from Singapore to Chengdu, and had overnight in Chengdu. The following day we took local flight to Nyinchi (or Linzhi) and from there we slowly continued our land journey to higher altitude.
So why Tibet?
My tour leader Annie, said there are 2 types of people who travel to Tibet;
1⃣ Those who want to do pilgrimage or religious trip from monastery to another monasteries, from temples to temples.
2⃣ Those who love adventures, know what it takes to go Tibet and ready for it.
My Chinese friend said; “if you go to Tibet, your heart will go to heaven while your body goes to hell.” I didn’t know this. I had no idea how harsh this
holiday expedition could be. How unexpected it would be. So obviously I was not type 1, either type 2. I am the type 3;
Sunday, 20th May 2018, very hotttt!
My Mercure hotel offers breakfast from 6AM to 11AM on Sunday! How cool is that! I could wake up late and still enjoying my brunch! ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡
The dining area was facing the pool (on the 4th floor) and the pool was facing the Kuta Beach. And yes, Kuta Beach was just across the street! This was a highly recommended hotel, located nearby Poppies Lane (shopping street where you can haggle and shop, and get cheap tattoos) and walking distance to Beachwalk Shopping Centre (a high-end shopping mall in Kuta, with a lot of famous local restaurants including the famous roast duck, Bebek Tepi Sawah). ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
Saturday, 19th May 2018. Drizzling and stop. Drizzling then hot.
Since I need to move around 3 cities today, I decided to booked a car including with the driver, from BaliSanti. I asked around some people to check the price for booking a car+driver for 10 hours, and it wasn’t cheap. The price range between IDR600k to IDR800k. Then I found this BaliSanti webste from Google, and read some good reviews before I decided to contact them via whatsapp and finally paid for IDR480k. The driver name was Bli Alit. He was a patient driver, he drove me around from Ubud to Sanur to Kuta, without any complaints, without trying to sell me to stop and buy something, he even offered to take pictures for me if I needed to. ╰(▔∀▔)╯
But before I’m off for my adventure, I must fill the engine from Alila’s restaurant. And of course, took some selfies too. (☆ω☆)
me taking the swing of my life!!!
Friday, 18th May 2018, morning.
Today was only cloudy, but no rain at all. Which is good for my best friend’s wedding! ( ´ ▽ ` )
My homestay called HAPPY INN, located just next to Ubud Market. I will recommend this place to friends & family. It was only SGD24 a night, it came with a tasty omelette for breakfast, clean room, wifi, beautiful architecture Balinese house, and a very cute yet naughty host called Ruben. (´♡‿♡`)
I had few hours (from this morning until 11AM) before my friend Sil and the gank picked me up to Alila, the wedding venue of Mar & Rob. So let’s explore some more around the homestay! ヽ(o＾▽＾o)ノ
Ruben the cute host, kept me company while waiting for my pick up.