Life, travel

Tibet (I): The colorful cities

Hi all, sorry for real long absence. It’s been a strenuous few months, the tough time of my life when God decided to test my inner strength and helped me grow. I’ve been everywhere, with wonderful nature, from SoCal to NorCal, with the most evil city, aka New York, and with God (Buddha, in our language) in Tibet. I will fill you in slowly.

Let’s start from Tibet where I was filled with so much positive energy that helped me heal and got me closer to understanding the real meaning of life, where I learned that forgiving and letting go feels beautiful and powerful, even though sometimes to hate is way easier. Everything happens for a reason, always for a good reason. Because of this, we should be grateful, even of the harsh things that test our strength in an unpleasant way. It is what we learn out of the difficult time and what we become that matter. Here are the photos I took in Tibet and Samye. I will show you the incredible natural landscape and talk about travel tips in another post.

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The Potala Palace , home of the Dalai Lama until late 50s. It is situated on a slope of Moburi (Red Mountain) and considered the quintessence of Tibetan architecture. You must get tickets at least one day in advance in order to get in. It is about 30 min walk from the ground level to the main entrance of the palace. Don’t walk too fast, otherwise you will get elevation sickness. Quite a few people pass out during/after the trip.

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Jokhang Temple (Lhasa), the most sacred temple in Tibet. Everyday thousands of pilgrims arrive at dawn to walk clockwise around the temple three times. When they pray, they place palms, elbows, toes, knees and forehead on the floor, in order to show reverence. It is quite disrespectful to take pictures of the pilgrims without their consent, so remember to ask them before you do so. Jokhang Temple was built for Princess WenCheng (Chinese) and Princess Bhrikuti (Nepalese) and therefore the architectural style is a mixture of Indian, Chinese (of the Tang Dynasty) and Nepalese style.

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Barkhor Street, the busiest street to shop and dine. If you heart bohemian style, you may go overboard with the jewelries like I did. Make sure you bargain, try starting from about 50% of the price they ask (yes, I said 50%!)

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Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. Its layout is based on the structure of universe in the eyes of Buddha: the main temple in the center symbolizing the mythical palace on top of Mt. Meru, surrounding this is the “ocean”, with 4 smaller temples representing the great island-continents, and 8 representing subcontinents. It takes about 4-5 hours to get there  from Lhasa, not at all an easy trip, but it will worth it if you are a Buddhist. Here’s how to get there:

  1. by bus & boat– First, take a bus from Lhasa West Suburban Station to Samye Dock. It will take you 3 hours. Second, take a boat to Samye Monastery.
  2. by bus– There are buses bounding for Samye Monastery at Jokhang Temple Square at 6 and 7 a.m.

 

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My Daily Wear

South Pasadena

When my friend Sheila decided to move to South Pasadena, a small town far away from the beaches and most of her friends, everyone was like huh? There’s nothing there, they say. But Sheila is a girl who always sees things with curious eyes and an open mind, she soon found several quiet and lovely cafes perfect for work, so there I was joining her for fizzy drinks at Buster’s Coffee (we didn’t get coffee coz the colorful interior calls for ice cream float!) As a responsible local tour guide, Sheila took me for a walk on Mission and passionately describe every place as we walked by, an antique shop to find hidden treasures, a bakery where long lines are expected….And then we are in this amazing second-hand bookstore, The Battery, feeling like crashing some super nerdy bookworm’s home. People (like me) fly all the way to Seattle in order to get lost in bookstores like this. There’s that mysterious charm and weirdness that Barnes and Noble don’t provide. If you romp around your own city with a traveler’s mindset, you could be pretty surprised by what you find. I wore a typical girl-next-door onesie, while at this stage of my life I rather not be defined as cute so I toned down the cuteness with a fuzzy sweater. Thank god it’s cropped, it was yet another hot winter afternoon in LA when only shorts are appropriate. wanderuptown_pasadena1 wanderuptown_pasadena2 wanderuptown_pasadena03 wanderuptown_pasadena4 wanderuptown_pasadena5 wanderuptown_pasadena6 wanderuptown_pasadena7 wanderuptown_pasadena8 wanderuptown_pasadena9 wanderuptown_pasadena10 Motel crop sweater from Nastygal, here Pull & Bear coated denim overall, similar here Christian Dior vintage shoes Follow me on Bloglovin | Instagram | Tumblr | Pose

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Night and day

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Topshop crop sweater
3.1 Phillip Lim shirt tie skirt
BCBG Max Azria Ace Rib Contrast jacket, here
Dsquared2 ankle boots
Tabbisocks opaque tights in navy, here
Tabbisocks scrunchy socks (worn as thigh high), here

Constant travelling has taught me how to play with very limited amount of clothes. Here’s how I transformed an outfit quite dramatically by simply changing the accessories, shoes and socks in this case. Thigh high socks and baseball cap create a more youthful look for the day while colored tights and a statement jacket are perfect for a winter night.

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