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BC: Bhutan is a country where the freedom mingles. It is indeed impossible to explain in words that why Bhutan is the most happiest country on earth--if you want to know, then go on and see with your naked eyes. Bhutan, the Land of Thunder Dragon was my best interim trip during the high school year; it was even better than the Tibet trip from last year. For me, Bhutan is a heaven--no, an alternate world where the souls can be purified and be happy again. I will miss you Bhutan, and thank you for teaching me to be happy again :) | "TO BHUTAN"--The End

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3: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - Saint Augustine | All about the journey | Good times | The 2nd Mask Dance | The 2nd mask dance was a warrior dance. All the dancers wore different human masks and had shield on the back. Their clothes were very colorful and had many patterns. Their dance movements were more dramatic, jumpy and faster than the first dance.

4: For the 3rd dance, we saw 6 women and 6 men dnacing in a circle and lines. They didn't wear any masks, but for this time, they were signing and dancing at the same time. | After we came back from the festival, we continued to play archery and dart games. I tried to get the aim right, but I never was able to aim perfectly... After dinner, Katie, Jane, Cass and I had the hot bath together--it took 4 hours for the employees to cook the stone. They put the cooked stones inside of the tub and poured water to heat up; afterwards, they took them out when I showed up. How amazing that four of us could fit into that small tub! After the hot bath, I walked to the tent slowly because I didn't feel cold anymore--but Katie did! How sad that it was our last night to stay in this campsite..

5: The photos that I took during the festival...

6: EIFFEL | TOWER | PARIS | Leaving the camp, we thanked the staffs and took a group photo together by using Cass' camera. Some friends gave them tips, but I was a little offended by that because they should put the money in the envelop before giving it to the employees directly to show are respect, since some of them were way order than us. We packed our things and was ready to go on total 5 hours of bus ride. | FEB 21st 2013 | After 3-4 hours of the ride, we arrived at Timpu. Today was the King's birthday, but what a coincidence that it was Josh's birthday as well. So when we entered the stadium, the people sang happy birthday song, to the King as well as maybe, Josh. During the ceremony, most of us visited a store called, 8 Eleven (LOL), to buy something--I bought 2 jars of honey for my grandparents.

7: Brooke putting the flower in her journal | a flower that Brooke found during the bush stop

8: Live Love & Enjoy Life always | All about the journey | Good times | We then traveled to Paro for about an hour for lunch and shopping. I liked the bread with broccoli--they were REALLY good! It was too bad that the school closed for the national holidays or something, so we couldn't visit the students! I had to pass my gifts to Mr.Early so that he could later give the presents to the students. | After lunch, we had about two hours of shopping around that area. A lot of goodies, especially the handcrafts, were really expensive--they worth like $50! So the first thing I did was to buy Kira, the traditional Bhutanese clothes--mine had silky white for the top and shiny brown for the skirt with many repeated patterns. Other than that, I bought bracelets and purses for my family! :D

9: Before the dinner, we spent our time on meditation. Luckily, Tenzin and Kesang found one highly spirtual monk who was also a good English speaker--the monk visited Tenzling resort and taught us the very basic knowledge of Buddhism. There were different rams in this world--animals, humans, devils, goddesses and hungry ghosts. We also learned 8 different bad things that we shouldn't commit--like killing and attachment. Basically, he meant that do not do things that hurt yourself and others. | We also learned how to meditate properly--legs crossed, neck bent down a little, and eyes either fully or half opened. Then we either repeatedly chant or look at the statue/scroll painting for minimum 1-2 hours. through this meditation, the monk taught us "Nothing still exists"--it sounds simple, but it was hard for others to understand what it really meant. It was really easy for me because I learned all these teachings from my dad when I was in fifth grade. But it was a good reminder from the monk to never forget the basics. :)

10: At 6:45am, i woke up to get showered. Today was the big day because we were going to hike for minimum 6 hours to Tiger's Nest! We started to hike after 8am. When hiking, I was troubled to breath and had some headache, which was the sign of high-altitude sickness. But I didn't really care because I've been up to 5000m during Tibet trip! | FEB 22nd 2013

12: The snow was still there on the path--one thing that I really didn't like was there were too many poops so that it was even more difficult to hike! Funny thing was that Mike stepped on the snow, slipped and he fell on the poop--yuk! | When we were half way to Tiger's Nest, everyone gathered up in the Cafeteria, where we had some tea and crackers. There, I was forced to take medicine with tea by Mr.G--it wasn't a good experience... anyway,before we left that place, Brook bought several prayer flags and complained how they were not blessed by the monk from yesterday's meditation. We continued to hike--there were beautiful sceneries everywhere, and we were surprised at how high we were! We felt we were standing on a cliff!

13: Let the journey begin

14: When we arrived to the Tiger's Nest, we were not allowed to bring our bags and cameras; so we left them in the lockers. The temple was built about 300 years ago, but it was burnt down before--so people had to rebuild and repaint everything. I can't remember the name of the man who built it, but he was reincarnated as a young monk--he remembered the structures of the original Tiger's Nest before it burnt down!

15: I prayed and bowed for the Buddha of life longevity in Mahayanian way. We also did a group meditation--I chanted 'om ma ni bam mae heum' repeatedly.

16: After we looked around the temple, Brooke and I sprinted down the mountain--it was pretty dangerous, but that's what makes me so thrilled! When we arrived at the bus, we were the first 2nd group to finish this hike. I thought it would take us more than 6 hours, but it was only about 1:45 pm when everyone (except the sponsors, *cough cough*) We then ate our last Bhutanese lunch nearby. We then had about 2 hours of break at the resort--I showered and packed for tomorrow, the day we leave to Singapore.... But i finally learned how to wear Kira from the resort employee--thank you! Since we have dinner at the farm house, I decided to wear Kira to respect the Bhutanese family. When we went there, we were divided into 4 groups of 5 people (Brooke, Jane, Cass, Katie and I) to do some chores. We were the last group who peeled the potatoes. It was how funny only I could peel the potatoes perfectly either using peeler or knife! HA! After finishing the chores, we joined in to play archery--it was too dark to see, so I dropped out :(

17: We ate dinner--dinner was really good! WE ate chili, potato with butter and cheese, rice, noodles with beef and pork. I still can't get over the yak butter tea that we drank before dinner--it was pink color! Although the color was a bit awkward for a tea, it tasted really good--and I miss it Q.Q I can't believe it is our last night in Bhutan. I was all packed and ready to go, but I felt my soul will mingle here in Bhutan until I actually go to school on Monday... Bye Bye Bhutan, and I promise that I will come back here with my loved ones; I also promise that I will meet Tenzin and Kesang when I do come back! | To the next page

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