Pilgrimage to Tibet

The Red and White palace of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

The Red and White palace of Potala Palace

In the midst of the 2008 travel ban to Tibet, I signed up for a tour to Nepal and Tibet. Back then in 2008, I was buried by work, no time to research my travel logistics nor my destinations. I would pick up brochures and find somewhere far, far away from my cubicle in Toronto, Canada. I submitted my request for 4 weeks vacation in February 2008 to ensure work will be scheduled around my “escape time”. Continue reading

Tibet continues to fight for Freedom

“March 10, 2014, marks the 55th anniversary of 1959 National Uprising against China’s illegal occupation of Tibet, when H.H. the Dalai Lama was forced to flee into exile. It also marks the 6 year anniversary since wide spread protests against Chinese rule swept Tibet in 2008.” ~ This quote is taken from a handout I received on Monday during the annual Tibetan National Uprising Day rally in Toronto, Canada.

Back in October 2008, I traveled to Tibet on a flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, stayed there for 7 days and traveled overland back to Nepal. It was an extremely memorable experience for me. The natural landscape was stunning while surveying the remnants of old Tibet broke my heart. Continue reading

Market Fresh Food in Laos

When traveling the world, it allows me to broaden my understanding of the interrelationship between culture and food.

People rely on food, air and water to survive.

Food brings nutrients, flavor, conversation, emotions and memories.

In Toronto, Canada where I have called home for many years, fresh fruit and vegetable are home grown and imported. A glance of the produce in my local supermarket informs me that we import a lot from the United States of America, South America and some Asian countries. More so the case during the winter months. We label them conventional or organic. Continue reading