Tibet Trip 2011 Caught on Tape!

During the Chinese new year of 2011, I traveled with my brother (Nick) and cousin (Jake) through Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Yunan, and Tibet. It was Jake’s first time in Asia and I know he got memories of a life time. It was Nick’s second trip to China and we had always said we would visit Tibet; I’m so happy we kept our word to each other! Trips like the one we had in February are what this blog, AsianLiving.me, is all about: Culture, Food, and Mutual Understanding.

I’ve posted 100s of pictures in my Shutterfly photo albums. You can also see pics of Jake and me in Thailand, which I also wrote about in an article called “A Surprise in Phuket“. I’ve finally got some low-quality videos on Youku. Youtube videos will also go up in the coming week. The following videos were mostly shot in Tibet with our tour guides Gyaltsen and Gyaltsen! They were awesome and really gave us an amazing experience in their homeland. Enjoy our Tibetan music videos too!

Please leave comments below if you have any questions about travelling in or around Tibet!

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Great Proverbs for a Rough Day

Some days are tough; personally, socially, professionally… the easy out bubbles to the surface <just QUIT> But, I’ve had enough experience with quitting to know that it doesn’t help.  That is why I’ve written the following proverbs on post-its and kept them next to my computer screen. They are an eye-opening, fresh breath of air for me. I’ve also shared them with my students and people I care about.

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

Reductions in Life = True Happiness

A Life Less Noisy

Even if we were as wealthy as Bill Gates, we still wouldn’t be happy. I guarantee it. We are human beings and, for most people, need heartache, uneasiness, and discontent in our lives. I know it sounds wrong at first but I believe it is mostly true (It is also one of Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, called “Dukkha“). Dukkha includes, but is not limited to, the English-language concepts of stress, pain, impermanence/change, and conditioning by others (dependence).

“Keeping up with the Jones'” is one natural byproduct of Dukkha. Once we get what we want, we start thinking about the next thing we want. Our cup is never full…. this is consumerism at its finest. Of course, the love of owning stuff is a modern past-time out here in Asia too and everyone is doing it. But what I’ve realized in recent years is that ALL of us, fundamentally, are human beings; even super stars like Madonna. We all eat, sleep, wake up, brush our teeth, cry, and lose loved ones. We all deal with the same trials and tribulations in life. Nobody escapes the realities bound to flesh.

So, what I propose is to simplify life, rather than complicate it with over-consumption. Money, when it comes, should help you reduce the loads in life, not cast you deeper into a black hole of owning stuff. Buy less, eat less, waste less, argue less… Because, and I’m sure we’ve all heard it before, less is truly “more”. More relaxation, more adventure, more love….more of whatever you enjoy. Because where we all go, someday, does not allow carry-ons.

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