2020 has been rough, it's been a difficult time for almost everyone.
A lot of things did not work out as planned, but I'm sure we can all get through this!
So I was browsing my older posts seeking for something to kill time and keep myself staying positive.
I laughed looking back to my 2018 Resolutions:
I DID achieve many of them! haha (Let me check them off here)
*JCA : Japan Candle Association (hoping to write about this in another entry soon :P)
[EN] My travel buddy and I were talking about visiting Tibet for a long time. And, we ended up confirming our trip around Sept last year, when we marked our days off for this trip! However, we waited until last minute to actually plan our trip.
We did not finalize our itinerary until 20 days before we depart. Luckily, my cousin visited Tibet back in April this year, and he generously shared his information and connection with me, which saved my time from doing research from 0%.
Day01: TRAIN from XiNing (14:01)
Day02: Arrive Lhasa (11:14)→Jokhang Temple & The Barkhor
Day03: Potala Palace (Reservation needed)→Mila Mountain(5013m)→Nyingchi
Day04: Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon
Day05: Kading Tianfo Pubu Forest Scenic Area→Pagsum Lake→Nyang River
Day06: Yamdrok Lake→Karola Glacier→Shigatse (Tibet Border Pass to Mount Everest needed)
Day07: Rongbuk Monastery→Everest Base Camp
Day09: 烏拉山(Wula Mountan?)→Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
Day10: Yarlung Tsangpo River→Grassland→Namtso (Lake Nam)
Day11: The Nagenla Mountain→Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains→Lhasa
Day12: FLIGHT: Lhasa → Chongqing → Macau
Here are some tips while planning:
1. If you plan to enter Tibet by train, DO NOT buy your flight ticket until train tickets are confirmed.
2. Be flexible on the date of traveling with train (tickets will not be on sale until 1 month before travel date, and are easily sold out in 5 minutes for weekend trips)
3. If you aren't able to obtain any train ticket, fly to Nyingchi (altitude of 2,994m) instead of Lhasa for your body to adapt and avoid altitude sickness.
4. If you hire a private driver, explain all your schedule and needs clearly and modify your itinerary with him/her.
5. Make sure to hire a registered driver from a legit company.
Day01: 西寧上火車 (Z6801 14:01)
Day02: 火車抵達拉薩 (Z6801 11:14) 大昭寺 & 八廓街
While I'm organizing my information for the exciting Tibet trip earlier this month. I would like to share my mini trip (2 days) in Xi'an with my travel buddy (J.Wong)!
It's like having a Chinese history lesson staying in this city. Xi'an is one of the oldest city in China, and was the capital of several important dynasties in Chinese history. J.Wong and I are not too knowledgable about Chinese history, and we were raised by TVB drama series, so we were using actor names to recall our memories throughout the trip! =P (Fun fun times! We were so into the characters, we even re-watched some episodes on the plane from HK to Xi'an: 尋秦記 - A Step into the Past is CLASSIC!)
Xi'an is such a beautiful city, that I felt like I was walking into a movie setting while walking on the street, seeing all the historical buildings! (Especially during night time when the light up all the buildings)
We only stayed for 2 days, so we decided to join a half day local tour to visit Huaqing Palace and the famous Terracotta Army. (will share in my next post)
And! LUCKLY, we had some spared time to walk around and enjoyed sunset on the city wall.
The views are just stunning!
So..... I heard from my friends that Gram Pancakes is pretty famous.
Especially their most popular ultra-fluffy soufflé pancakes!
My brother and I decided to give it a try back in our trip to Osaka in Dec 2017.
We actually had to visit two different locations for the fluffy pancakes!
The first one we went to was Shinsaibashi at 10pm, which we did not know they have time limits for soufflé pancakes...
And, obviously....we did not give up on the FLUFFY PANCAKES!
We went to another location on our last day early in the morning and mission accomplished.
The soufflé pancakes are too fluffy, that I felt like eating air. Luckily, my brother and I ordered another kind of pancake to share, the chocolate pancakes, which was much more fulfilling.
Besides these pancakes, it was actually my first time traveling alone with my brother.
Really glad that we had some deep talks after I had studied oversea for 12 years.
6 more days to our girls trip! WOOHOO!
So...we will be heading to Lhasa by train (21-hour ride), and stay in Tibet for 9 days.
We were kind of nervous about the trip that we even had a meeting before to make sure we have everything we need.
Had lunch with an old friend today! =]
Very glad that we get to catch up in Hong Kong.
Through out the years, we had lots of plans.
We dreamt, yet never make any of them come true.
It's about time to push ourselves harder and make things happen!
Wishing you all the best for achieving your plans!
After almost 3 years of escaping from this blog, I've returned.
Please stay tuned.
It's been a month! Time to share a little about my 1st backpacking trip! =]
Last month today, we were heading to MAMMOTH!!!! And ready to stay away from the city!
Master Ken has got us well prepared, each of our backpacks were weighted 30-35lbs. Imagine carrying those and climbing up the mountain for 7 hours...LOL sounds impossible right?
We planned to stay at Beck Lake, which is about 8.2 miles away from Devils Postpile Ranger Station, and up on 9,803 ft (~2,303 ft elevation gain). And then head to Fern Lake from Beck Lake (mostly down hill), which is around 4 miles away and on the way back to the trailhead. So, the 1st day was the toughest.
Half of the group,4 of us, are first-time backpackers (including myself). We were all so satisfied when we got to the Superior Lake. After spending quite some time taking pictures! HAHAH.. we continued on to our destination: Beck Lake. It was the last 1.5 miles of the day; yet, the most memorable of the trip!
Nothing could stop us!!!! However, it was getting dark when we finally arrived at Beck Lake! We started setting up tents, prepared for dinner, got water from the lake. I got so excited for spending my first night in the wild (This was my first camping experience too!). All the crazy hike was worth when you see these fantastic views!
I couldn't fall asleep at all for the first night. I was worrying about what was going on outside the tent, thinking some kind of wild animal would come steal our food or even attack us. LOL! Ended up I was being silly....it was the wind.....=.="
Hike for second day was much easier. We got to Fern Lake early and had some time to relax before dinner. We all decide to go to the lake, and some of us even jumped into it. The water was freezing cold!
Two night was definitely not enough. Woke up early and headed back to Devils Postpile trailhead. Had to say goodbye to all these beautiful lakes!!!!!!! =[
This was absolutely a great experience. I would recommend all of you to at least go on a backpacking trip once in your life! Not only we get to appreciate mother nature, we also learn to value life differently! You won't know until you really experience it! =P
All pictures taken by HTC RE (except for the starry picture).
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Sometimes, things just do not work out the way you expect them to be. All you need is the courage to change things around. You may be amazed of what yourself can do. Cheers my friends!
It's a gift to live in California!! We have the best sunset here especially in Santa Barbara!! Miss school life so bad!! Let's relax, drop everything and go back to school LOL