Day 13 in Pangong Lake

Pretty much towards the end of this retreat, we all could felt it but it is a very happy day for us as we spend the day at Pangong Lake! A free and easy day.

We took an hour journey from the hotel by our beloved Norboo. He got us snacks for the journey, very kind of him. Thank You Norboo!


Behold the Beauty of Pangong lake:

Pangong Tso, Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China. – Wikipedia


So we arrived Pangong about noon time and check in to Galaxy Camp, right in front of the lake with build in toilet. Just look at the blue lake and sky, that’s enough.

Pangong lake is famous after Three Idiots movie came out about 6 years ago. Many camps and tents are available to stay while you could still bring your own tent to sleep, just take note of the different sizes of rocks on the ground. The lake is so huge where India only owns 30% of it, the rest falls into China.

We are just 40 km away from the border to China.

Grateful to have free time during afternoon so we took a good dip in the lake. It’s my first time dipping in ice cold lake water in cold weather, it’s about 15 degree in the afternoon. I felt my frozen legs after a few seconds and went straight in to swim a bit before coming out.

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Super refreshing and rejuvenating as it’s of salt water plus glacier water. Happy to have them to do this together! :))

Then we have a girls’ makeup session with our Japanese teacher Miho. She teaches us the steps, starting from Kunzang, Angela, Chloe and I. Fun session with girls focusing on grooming and pampering ourselves. Thank You Miho!

Angela and I went for a good walk further away by the lake side. Observing how the sun rays changed the lake colours from light blue to deep blue. Observing how bikers stopped by to pee and take photos. Observing how busses of children passes by and say hi to us. Observing other foreigners like us took a long walk and smile to us. Observing beautiful build stupas and building one for ourselves. We shared our stories while embracing the strong chilly wind.


Thank You Angela for the lovely walk. 🙂

And then I went back to the tent to read “The Journey Across Tibet”. I read how this lady persists in her vision no matter what happens to her. Very inspiring I must say, I felt her pain and joy. Cindy and Grit and Angela joined us later in the tent for a chat and half way through I felt asleep. Good to take a nap. Drooling.

About 7:30pm, it’s dinner time. All gathered at the dining space for a yummy food. It feels good to have everyone in a long dining table. For now, I really appreciate every time we have together. Had a good chat with the lovelies on makeup.

Finally agenda we have Jason for an hour or philosophy lesson about the science of mind on concentration and meditation. It is a blessing to received such information and learnings from Jason. It works for me so far. But most importantly is to practise and walk the talk.


Be a practitioner.

And the day ended with a good night chat with Kunzang. This might be the last night we are sharing a space. Really good to have her around! Much love to you Kunzang!

That’s for today, sleeping at 11:35pm.

I love you!




Day 12 in Panggong

I think yoga + being with beautiful souls + staying in Ladakh have been opening my heart and subsequent chakras. As I am really present in every moment with all the activities planned and people around. So much laughter and hugs.


Thank you Vira Life Academy (Facebook) who brought all of us here!

Today is really something as we traveled an hour to reach Satto Village to serve the villages along with two AMCHIs. And, in the afternoon, we get to interact with nomads’ kids in School of Kargam, 82 of them. Then ended the night with good companions. 🙂

Community Service at Satto Village

The beautiful scenery towards the villagers.


It was a bumpy journey but our ride was fun with driver Nobu plus riders Cindy and Kunzang. Kunzang is always doing what she can to share us more about Ladakh culture and stories. We passed by her village, just super grateful to have her side by side most of the time. Thank You love 💖.

Norboo is our hotel’s heir who has been driving us around these three days, he has been very helpful to share us stories and whatever he could. Our Dear Cindy has also been a wonderful companion along this journey, very authentic and a good listener.

I found many good listeners here ! This is a rare skill I must say but I can say most of us here are all good listeners who knows how to hold space for each other. Grateful.


Back to the Satto Village, when we arrived we were served with tea and biscuits, then we divided into two teams- senior AMCHI and junior AMCHI. I am at the senior AMCHI team where I am responsible to write “Morning”,”afternoon”,”evening” in Tibetan. After a night of practise Cindy and I are pretty good at it. AMCHI said for kids it needed three months to do so. Proud VicQi.


AMCHI would diagnose the villagers one by one and he would let us know how many spoons to pack and when to consume. Then we each have roles to play, packing, labelling and distributing. I am pretty happy with my role.

I am blessed with healthy body as I witnessed the villagers conditions. I learned to be really content with what I have now. And super touched with AMCHIs spirit to help without expectations, this has been passed on generation by generation. Junior AMCHI said this journey is not a road towards wealth but a guaranteed fulfilment in helping others. That’s what keeps him going.


Interacting with Nomads Children


IMG_5512 (1)IMG_5513 (1)In the afternoon we went to a residential school named Kargam school. It is specifically for nomadic children where they stay and receive education while their parents are out to take care of sheeps and yaks.

Also served with biscuits and tea, we introduced ourselves like how the press conference is done. Super cool! It was previously a mobile school but now taken care by the government where government would send teachers to teach here for about two years before relocation.


We have 82 students with us about two hours. They had 2 mothers and 2 people who cook for all of them. All of their parents would need to contribute 40k Rupees per month to cover their living cost in total meanwhile government is supporting their food cost with 50rupees Per children for a day.

After listening to these figures, our Leo showed up to donate an amount to cover their cost. This condition is very different from the children of Mahatbodhi Center, where basic needs are yet to be covered.

The school is in need of volunteers to stay longer with them to help with young kids or to teach children in English. They had their first two volunteers covered with accommodation and a kitchen for them to cook. If you are looking to volunteer in Ladakh, I highly suggest to give a helping hand to the children here.

Oh yeah, so we did separate interaction with junior and senior children. For junior we played chasing games as for senior we taught 9 different languages of greetings. Jin and Jason showed yoga and martial arts movements. While the rest spilt into smaller groups to interact. They are obedient and eager to learn. When we ask where do they want to travel, they mentioned Canada as they have Canadians who came here during winter to play ice hockey.

So I do think for any children, it is best to expose them with more possibilities for growth. They loved it when we used drone to shoot, a new technology and countless possibilities after learning about it.

Night time Conversations

I had a great laughed these days, pretty much thanks to all around me and I believed my heart chakra is open somehow. Super blessed with all given opportunities to learn and laugh.

I do miss my family, loved ones, and friends. I am thankful for all who gave The opportunity and space for me to grow. Every second you all are deep inside my heart, I wish to share you more. By first taking good care of myself so I could take good care of you.



Much love,

Day 11 in Panggong

Good morning people, I start typing in the morning. I’m actually waiting in line to get my pulse check by the AMCHI, Gurmet’s father in law.

Start of the day

We start the day with 1.5 hours of yoga as AMCHI Punchok is here to diagnose us this morning. Yahoo, so he is going to me mixture of herbs medicine for stomach gas and constipation issue! 🙂 Thank you Kunzang for translation!


After Breakfast

We have 2 hours yoga lesson on Bhavadgita.

Love the statement from Sadhguru:


After Lunch
We went off to AMCHI Punchok house as yesterday to make our own medicine and prepare medicine for tomorrow’s community service at a village.

I must say I really enjoyed my time with these people like my family members, we work for a shared goal, to serve. We had so much fun interacting with AMCHI and family members even with language barrier but smile is our common language.

Everyone give what they can to help out and support each other. AMCHI also prepare my medicine for me to grind, while others help out to filter it.

I love the part where we get to learn Tibetan by writing “morning”, “afternoon”, “dinner”. Preparing for the community service tomorrow, Cindy and I learned and practised four sentences as a label for the medicines tomorrow.
And Ladakhis always served their guests well with their butter tea, chai tea, mint tea or fresh milk, plus lots of biscuits, apricots and apples. Thank You AMCHI Punchok and family. We also have junior AMCHI to share us his journey of becoming AMCHI after his father.


We also witnessed some of the villagers who came to see AMCHI at the end. Proud to say we contributed in packaging their medicine plus writing it down in Tibetan.

I’m proud of myself.

Before Dinner
I have a good deep conversation with Angela, appreciate all the love and encouragement dear one. Always in my heart.

And super grateful for Tani who helped us out in washing clothes with the washing machine. He needs to carry two buckets of water to the machine as the pipe is not connected. They have been really helpful here. =)

After Dinner
We were mingled in the dining hall. Some prepared the small paper spoon and paper packets or the medicine while Cindy and I have Kunzang as teacher for our four words of Tibetan. Everyone was chatting and having a great time together, such feelings, I will never forget.


Before sleep, we were hugging each other for a good night sleep. Now that you don’t see it often as this is more like a group effort and I have always like huggies everyone. I will have a good dream. 🙂

I miss everyone out there for sure (as we do not have internet connection). I wanted you all to know that I do love you very much.

Tight Hugs,
VicQi 💖

Day 10 in Pangong

It’s sleeping time and yep I’m typing on my phone before sleep about today’s journey.

In summary, we had a dynamic yoga sequence for 3 hours in the morning with cold weather; then Yoga Sutras lesson; a wonderful afternoon in AMCHI house grinding herbs; scenic evening walk with the girls to Tangste Monastery; a yummy yin yoga ended the day.


Morning Cold Yoga
The weather is exceptionally cold this morning with the rain falling. We were practising indoor but we could still feel the breeze wind from outside and there is no heater in most of the places here.

Jason led us with dynamic yoga sequence and as we are slightly higher than where we were, it is harder to breath. Another kind of experience.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjani Lesson

Jason shared us so much about science of yoga sutras. I wish to share you about it.

Patajalani is the first person of 2500 years ago to put yoga into writing, he is the Sanskrit grammar and master of Ayurveda and yoga.

“Everything you see us a manifestation of the mind.”

We talked about truthfulness, detachment and commitment. Mostly everything’s about How to Live in the Now. Acceptance of reality with free will to act.

Grinding Herbs in AMCHI House

We then drive to Beloved Gurmet’s father in law- the AMCHI house to learn more about the herbs while helping out to grind.


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AMCHI is the 6th generation and he is passing down to his son as 7th generation. Kunzang kindly translated AMCHI words and we were well served by the family with fruits, fresh milk, butter tea, biscuits and raisins.


We went up to the room of herbs where it has many selections of herbs collected just our traditional Chinese medicine. Super kind and generous hearted the whole family treated us so well. Chloe had a stomach ache back then and AMCHI gave her medicine of mixed herbs to serve.

The AMCHI would serve the villages for free and the patients would give wither money of their choice or goods to thank the AMCHI. As for AMCHI clinic, there will be bill charges as per the medicine. He shared his challenges are to remember mantras while he is learning and also finding the meridians of some patients.

Super grateful for the experience and being able to feel so welcome by the family, that requires genuine group effort.

Evening Scenic Walk


Four of us took a walk after we came back from AMCHI house. There are shop lots near our hotel and till the end there is a Tangste Monastery where Kunzang would come here to pay respect whenever she is back to her village, 10 minutes from here. Kunzang led us to the Monastery and on the way the view of Rocky Mountain with streams of water, green grasses, horses and cows. These are so magical especially the sun is setting.

If you are interested in coming to Ladakh next year around May till September, my dear friend Kunzang is getting ready to lead you. Just let me know! 🙂 Her Instagram page of beautiful photos of Ladakh:


Sweet Night Yin Yoga

The night ended with an hour of really chill yin yoga. Along with holistic music and pillows, we hold postures for sometime and just the best thing to do before sleep.

One tip. You may put your legs on the wall, back laying in your bed before sleep, it helps calm the mind and have better sleep.

Try it now!


Have a good day love 💕


Day 9 In Panggong

Hello friends, I am updating today’s story at 10:16pm local time. It’s a visiting monasteries and travelling day to Panggong.

We sat in a van and spend most of the day in the van with a skilful Ladakhi driver. Really appreciate his skills who brought us safe through the mountains. If you see the pictures you will know what I mean.

Nature view of magnetic creation:


In the morning, we are grateful to have Melody to share us QiGong exercises for the digestion, kidney and spine. I really enjoy these movements as it helps in opening my heart to face the reality. It really does.


After a happy breakfast and photos taken for Grandpa and grandma we headed to two monasteries.

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As below. There are build as though as monasteries in Lhasa, Tibet.

Amazing Cindy got a book “The Journey to Tibet” in Hemis Monastery and it is at a reasonable price! I have been looking for a Tibetan story but thanks to Cindy, I got to read it here! A beginning of an unknown less path traveled journey. Courage is all we need. ❤

Thank you Cindy for the deep conversations we had. Enjoyed every moment of it!

After a few hours we got up to highest peak I have ever reached so far- Changla Pass of 5360 m. Definitely felt the effects in breathing and racing heart. And we did something really incredible there, we could find a toilet so… it’s yours to further elaborate. 😉

And it snows !


I love the scenery of such mass and huge mountains and valleys , plus the beautiful animals here, yaks and horses. I am in awed with nature and our source of creation! *awww*

Photo Credit: Stanzin Gurmet

We have to pass through certain checkpoints for the army, inspection of our passports, as it is near to the border with China. Our dear Melody, Chinese, was not allowed to go in. This, she is staying at Mahatbodhi Meditation Centre for 3 days retreat. I miss our QiGong teacher now.

It’s a long boat rocking ride with the rocky roads but interesting signs like “Life is short, don’t make it shorter”, “Treat my curves softly”. With such humour and happy signs to keep reminding the drivers to slow down and drive safe. Such an enjoyable journey, with beautiful people, scenery and music.

Lunch time!


We stopped at Gurmet’s in-law resthoise for Lunch ! They served with warm yummy vege pepper soup and a plate of tasty food! Check it out. When you have not been taking food for sometime, everything is heaven. Of course the food is great with really astonishing view. They are so kind to bring two of their horses for us to ride. Appreciate all your effort dear friends.


Then it took about an hour to reach Hotel Panggong and guesthouse! Luckily Gurmet brought three oxygen can and it helps some of us who have a hard time in breathing. The room is spacious and we got time to freshen up. Just that the hot water is only available in the morning. But I really enjoy the rest and super grateful to have Jason to lead us a Yin Yoga class before we sleep.


Now , I’m ready for sleep. I was late for morning QiGong class today as phone battery went off with the coldness in the tent. Got to get good sleep tonight and enjoy every moment.

I love you all !


Day 8 in Ladakh Riverside

It was a beautiful morning right when I am out from the tent I am sleeping. The day is bright at 5:30am.


We started with yoga for 3 hours and it was an emotional one for me at the end. A sort of release. Then we had a homemade breakfast with apricot jam. Today’s yoga lesson we focused on our alignments and poses with chakras which will helped us open up which area we wanted to open up.


Today’s highlight:
1. Apricot picking with grandma
2. Grandpa & Grandma’s Momo
3. Grandpa stories

I will share today’s stories a bit differently as we were really excited to be with Gurmet’s grandpa and grandma and his their fruits garden. In between our classes when we saw grandma and Grandpa preparing meals, we would help them cut their vegetables or wash the plates.



And I tried an experience is to bath in the pool of theirs just with a sport bra and panties. Imagine cold water and wind and it’s open space with flowers as the border. Grit swam in the pool and she said the water isn’t cold but for Malaysian like me, it’s freezing cold.

Apricot picking with grandma
In the afternoon grandma needed help in picking apricots to dry out to make jams. We helped her collecting the apricots from the trees and even those who fell off from the trees. Then we open the apricots, separates the seeds and the flesh and let it dry under the sun.

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It was an unforgettable experience how we worked together with grandma on their rooftop. Grandma shared stories about the river which is very near to their place. There was a giant demon resides nearby which eats human alive and so a deity came to kill the demon and trapped at the river where the part it has many rocks which creates many mini waterfalls. When the sound of the river turns vigorously, it brings bad news like the flood of 2010, when it is pleasant, it brings good news.


Grandpa & Grandma’s Momo

Then after Jin’s sharing about the Flow, a thesis he researched for a year which is inspiring to learn, we saw Grandpa cutting vegetables for tonight’s dinner – Momo. We helped him out with the carrots and cabbages. It is a traditional Ladakhi dishes with vege fillings which looks like “Bao” & 饺子. Super yummy with soup and a special chill mixed with onion.


They prepared the chill and squash with rocks. And it tasted really good.


Special thanks to Melody who shared us 30 minutes of Qi Gong practise this evening!


Grandpa stories

After dinner we had Grandpa to share his life stories and experience as a senior Ladakhi of 60 years old. He shared us his years as nomad with sheeps and yaks, then how his brother and him shared a wife , which was a culture generations back. This marriage system does not apply nowadays, Kunzang translated. He has been devoted his life to spiritual and Ricpoche of Tibetan Buddha after an 11 month’s Buddhist retreat in Nepal when he was 30 years old. He would perform a prayer for 15 days around the village and to the glacier from 4am to 6pm, walk 3 steps, bow, walk 3 steps, bow on the floor and repeat.

Now we get to understand more about Ladakhi and people here, beyond grateful for all the wonderful opportunities for Our hosts. Slowly our emotions also transcend as we open up to purify ourselves.

Here’s the 8th day. May you be happy!


Day 7 in Nemo Village

Today we checked out of Mahatbodhi Center and the whole day we were connected with nature and good conversations.

And it is the day I found out there will be no internet connection for the coming 7 days. Oh well. So from today onwards, I type it out on google notes and publish when I have connection.

No yoga, no classes but meditation and good homecook food at Gurmet’s grandpa house.


1. Sunrise in Himalayas Mountain

2. Riverside Sunset with deep conversations

3. Sky Full of Stars Night

Today started an hour earlier at 5am, which we need to wake up at 4plus. Sleeping pretty late these days but still it’s worth it for a sunrise with the Mahatbodhi founder, Sanghasena and his young nuns.

Sunrise At Himalayas Mountain

I believe it is an extraordinary experience where we hike early morning , meditate with eyes open and listening to the nuns singing.

Being on top of the mountain creates a big picture, a bird eye view on our thoughts. While we were asked to meditate for 20 minutes with eyes opening towards the mountains, no thoughts were allowed, just be.

It was quite hard to maintain focus at times especially I only tried meditation with eyes open the second time. But looking far to the glaciers, I clear my thoughts and just observed plus stay with my breath.

I have always wanted to do so, with the Tibetan flags, wind blows, nuns chanting, what a dream comes true. But I asked myself, so what, you got it, what do you want?

The mind seems wanted to keep doing more and more but with self awareness, I get to bring the thoughts back to the present moment, just enjoy the breeze, the prana.

Then we checked out and move for an hour journey to Nemo village, Gurmet ‘s Grandpa home, on the way we say great view of mountains and rivers.

When we arrived, we were welcome by Grandpa and grandma, they were preparing food for us and some of us had a good “Big Talk” conversations while others were resting.

Meanwhile Grandpa set up an archery experience for us to play with. Miho shoots right at the Center.

And we set up our tent in the fruits heaven of Apricots!

Sunset by The Riverside

Until the evening we walked to the riverside – Indus River, I realised how vigorous the water is, this is so suitable for rafting. We spent a great time sitting on the stone, be there with the river and sunset and people around us.

I was chatting with Leo, without much thinking effort, I choose to interact with an open heart and we had a heart to heart conversation, as for people who just met for 8 days, I believe it is a good foundation of trust level there.

Appreciate all open sharings plus the negative ions from the river, breathing the good asprana since morning baby. I am so full of energy.

A Sky Full of Stars

I really love stars and being at the countryside of darker sky we are able to view the stars. Thanks to Angela who pointed out Scorpio signs and the Milky Way, The Sky is really full of stars.

It’s quite common to see the Venus and mars here. And I saw meteors too during a night chat of universe with dear Angela. Angela mentioned some of the stars might not even exist now, we were looking at the past.

Amazing creation of the universe eh! I love everything about the universe, which is me and you.

So we are sleeping under a tent tonight, I’m typing inside my tent with Kunzang sleeping next to me. Super grateful to feel warm and cozy here, under a blanket.

Thank You for reading and may you enjoy nature ! Go out get some fresh air. 🙂