Mocha Diaries : Growing Pains

My relationship has been going through some ‘growing pains’. The relationship itself is not easy because this is the first time we have lived together for this long, ontop of being with his family.

My Tibetan is improving, but it is improving slowly and so we have some misunderstandings and frustrations with each other. Sometimes it is a cultural misunderstanding and other times it is born out of an eye roll and mumbling under my breath.

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Day Trip to Shijing Monastery

On May 1st, Labor Day, which was a major holiday, my friend, Veronika, and I decided to take a quick trip out of Chengdu to do something and get some fresh air. I don’t know much about Chengdu and what surrounds it, but luckily she knows a lot of things and so she said we should check out this pretty temple just outside of Chengdu. I woke up super early and grabbed the first train in the morning at 6:17 and I was off to meet her at the transfer stop for both of us. We rode the subway for another 30 minutes or so before we took a little bus for 45 minutes out to Longquan.  You would think that first thing in the morning many people would not be on the bus, but I forgot that when you take the tiny buses that head into the villages there tends to be many elderly people on the morning buses. They wake up early to do what they need to do, so they are returning about the time we were arriving. Read More

Learning Classical Tibetan

For the past three weeks I have been studying under a new Tibetan teacher, Lowell, who is American and is the fiancé of one of my good friends here. He has studied Tibetan for a long time and often teaches at the Ranjung Yeshi Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been super gracious to Veronika and I, by offering to give us private lessons to study literary Tibetan. He says that if we are able to complete this first book before he heads to Nepal for a few months, we should be able to read most Tibetan sentences and be able to identify most parts of a sentence. One of the advantages of learning literary Tibetan is that it can help see the differences between the dialects and actually for learning Amdo Tibetan, literary Tibetan can be quite helpful as Amdo Tibetans produce more sounds in their dialect than Lhasa Tibetans do.  Read More

TCM Check-up 3

My last two weeks have not been the greatest in my opinion. I got a care package from home that I devoured in days, which also triggered my sweet tooth. So for a few days I tended to eat more crap than I should have, because I was craving the taste of it. I also missed taking tea for two days and I spilled one packet down the sink drain while I was rinsing herbs. I’ve learned that making the tea at night is easier than in the morning. Read More

TCM Check-up 2

Today I went in for my two week check-up with the TCM doctor. I told him I drank the tea everyday, and I always made sure my first glass in the morning was as soon as I woke up.  I found the tea to be very bitter at first and I really had a hard time drinking it.  He told me that the tea he gave me was not actually that bitter and that the red date (jujube) and licorice sweeten the tea up quite a bit. Read More

Re-visiting Resolutions

Every year I set resolutions for myself and in many ways they end up not being completed, so the resolution rolls onto the next year. Forever snowballing forward into the future years. In the past this really bothered me and made me realize maybe I was not good at completing  resolutions. What I have learned instead is that there is no issue with my resolutions, rather that I may be a bit too ambitious. Read More

My Chinese General Health Massage

For a long time I have had back pain that comes and goes, as well as some tightness that goes over the side of one hip since I left Korea a year ago.

When I was in America, I went for three different massages and when I explained what hurt and where, while the massages were relaxing they did nothing for the problem. So I reached out to the GGI (Girl Gone International) wechat group here and asked for a recommendation.

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