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Traditional Chinese Medicine Part 1

My good friend, Veronika, who I met in Chengdu recommended I see this Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor named Adam.

I thought about it for a month as I was not sure if I had any health problems worth going to him for. So I decided to message him about a general health checkup and possibly tackling my digestion, rosacea and cold hands and feet. He told me to come in to see him, so I booked an appointment.

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Mocha Diaries: Focusing on My Health

Trying to find myself has meant a lot of soul-searching and exploring my thoughts and emotions. While I have been working on the mental side, my physical side was neglected. Our bodies are our temple and if they don’t function well neither do we. It has taken me a long time to realize I need to start prioritizing my health. I am young and in many ways, from an American perspective, I am healthy. Continue reading “Mocha Diaries: Focusing on My Health”

Learn Oral Spelling

Tibetan Language Book – For Amdo Learners, this is a first grade book.

During January,  I was lucky enough to meet someone who was willing to take the time to teach me Tibetan. We started from the very beginning again. My tutor told me that in order to get better I had to practice spelling every word over and over. Continue reading “Learn Oral Spelling”

India 2004 Part 3

2/18/04

Well Tenzin’s butter sculpture came out pretty well. It had flowers on it and too fish, one was skinny and the other one was fat. Kind of like that. Anyway I woke up at around 3 a.m. this morning, I have no idea why though. Although it could do with the fact that I took a 3 hour nap yesterday. Tenzin got up at 2:15 a.m. so both of us are just sitting here. We did some reading and then we played go fish, and something else because those are the only card games we know. Continue reading “India 2004 Part 3”

Language Envy

Sometimes I experience what I call as language envy. In many ways I am in awe of the person in front of me, who as an outsider of a culture, has learned another language and appears to be able to partake in conversation even if it is slow or with hiccups. I look at myself and think will that be me one day? Can I too speak at the same level confidently in this language? Why didn’t I start earlier? I should really start studying. All these thoughts enter my head at once and I think that this must be envy, haha. Continue reading “Language Envy”

Visa Meltdown

On Thursday I took an early morning flight to Hong Kong in order to secure my work visa, which I need to legally work in China. The directions I was given were not accurate of where the office was as I totally missed the sign which isn’t clearly labeled for the visa office in the building either. Which led me to miss getting into the office before their lunch break. Continue reading “Visa Meltdown”

India 2004 Part 2

2/17/04

View from the roof of our hostel.

I woke up when I heard the monks cleaning outside of our room. I threw off my blankets and sleeping bag because I was so hot. My neck hurt really bad because of the way I slept on it. Oh well. Tenzin’s mom called at about 6:30 a.m. and we woke up to a monk pounding on the door. After she got off the phone with her we went and looked outside. You can see the Himalayas, it is so beautiful and it is a nice fresh smell in the air. Continue reading “India 2004 Part 2”

India 2004 Part 1

Our room in Dharamsala.

2/16/04

We arrived at the airport in Delhi at about 3 a.m. Tenzin and I were worried when we didn’t see her uncle, so she asked another Tibetan family about something and said we could wait with them. The father of the family found Tenzin’s uncle who had been waiting outside for us since 1 a.m. How horrible! But at least things worked out. We arrived at a monastery guesthouse where we got our things together and headed down to breakfast. Continue reading “India 2004 Part 1”

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