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17th Year: 2015
May
- Yongs' Cycling @ Punggol Park
- Mother's Day @ Avita
Jun
- PSG Tee Ball @ Unity
- Grandparents in Mongolia
- Avita Amazing Race @ Sentosa
Jul
- QMC & Durains
- 'From Singapore, With Love' @ AMK Hub & JEM
- PSG Racial Harmony Day @ Unity Sec School
- Youth Celebrate! & Opening of S'pore Sports Hub by PM Lee
Aug
- Avita 8th Anniversary
- Grandma in Sydney
- RIP 外公

Sep
- Page 1: Unity Sec Teachers' Day, Ladakh (Leh, Lamayuru, Nubra Valley)

- Page 2: Ladakh (TsoMoriri, Pangong, SECMOL, Dharamsala)

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3 Sep 2015: Unity Secondary School Teacher's Day Appreciation Dinner

 



Robyn in her gala dinner Zara dress.

Robyn in her gala dinner Zara dress.

Alvin was one of the show hosts.

PSG EXCO members invited to dinner celebration.

 

 

5-26 Sep 2015: Meditating @ Ladakh (Page 1/2)

For this year's solitude retreat, Alvin spent 3 weeks in Ladakh and Dharamsala in India.

Meditating in Ladakh

8 Sep: Enroute to Lamayuru, we passed the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. It's amazing to see the clear water of the Indus merging with the muddy water of the Zanskar.



8 Sep: Enroute to Lamayuru, we passed the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. It's amazing to see the clear water of the Indus merging with the muddy water of the Zanskar.



Founded in the 11th century, Lamayuru Gompa (monastery) is one of the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist gompas in Ladakh. It is perched at a height of 3150m.

Founded in the 11th century, Lamayuru Gompa (monastery) is one of the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist gompas in Ladakh. It is perched at a height of 3150m.

Prayer wheels go around the parameter of the stupas.

Prayer wheels go around the parameter of the stupas.

 

Majestic view of the surrounding landscape.

Majestic view of the surrounding landscape.

Thanks to guide Tsewang, we were able to chat a little with some women folks who visit the gompa daily for prayer.

Thanks to guide Tsewang, we were able to chat a little with some women folks who visit the gompa daily for prayer.

I was grateful to this kind lady for granting permission for me to photograph her. Her facial wrinkles carry a mix of hardship, life experiences and wisdom.

I was grateful to this kind lady for granting permission for me to photograph her. Her facial wrinkles carry a mix of hardship, life experiences and wisdom.

Founded in 1000 AD, Alchi Gompa is the oldest and most celebrated monasteries in Ladakh. It has some well-preserved Buddhist religious murals with drawings in so fine a detail that they simply blew my mind away.

 

Alchi Gompa

Founded in 1000 AD, Alchi Gompa is the oldest and most celebrated monasteries in Ladakh. It has some well-preserved Buddhist religious murals with drawings in so fine a detail that they simply blew my mind away.

9 Sep: We travelled north from Leh to Nubra Valley through postcard-like landscape along the way.

9 Sep: We travelled north from Leh to Nubra Valley through postcard-like landscape along the way.

We crossed the Khardungla, the world's highest motorable pass at 5602m.

We crossed the Khardungla, the world's highest motorable pass at 5602m.

Behind Tsewang and Alvin is the Karakoram Range.

Behind Tsewang and Alvin is the Karakoram Range.

 

> Diskit Gompa perched high in the mountain in Nubra Valley.

Diskit Gompa perched high in the mountain in Nubra Valley.

We met a sewing monk in Diskit Gompa. He was very kind and offered us chai and biscuits. To our amazement, he requested for his photos so I printed in Leh for Tsewang to send to him.

< We met a sewing monk in Diskit Gompa. He was very kind and offered us chai and biscuits. To our amazement, he requested for his photos so I printed in Leh for Tsewang to send to him.

 

 

> It has a 32m tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan.

It has a 32m tall statue of Maitreya Buddha facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan.

17 km from Diskit is Hunder, a desert-like place with dunes and double humped Bactrian camels. There are camel rides catering mainly to the local Indian tourists.

17 km from Diskit is Hunder, a desert-like place with dunes and double humped Bactrian camels.

There are camel rides catering mainly to the local Indian tourists.

10 Sep: Samtanling Gompa is where Tsewang lived as a monk for 5 years in his youth.

10 Sep: Samtanling Gompa is where Tsewang lived as a monk for 5 years in his youth. I was fortunate to have the chance to witness the fine art of mandala sand painting.

I was fortunate to have the chance to witness the fine art of mandala sand painting.

The artist monk's skill is really solid to create free-hand on the fly. I'm sure there are many years of practice behind that.

The artist monk's skill is really solid to create free-hand on the fly. I'm sure there are many years of practice behind that.

I told him that I, too, practise similar art form - stone mosaic. His is fine sand, I use stones. We became friends.

I told him that I, too, practise similar art form - stone mosaic. His is fine sand, I use stones. We became friends.

For lunch, we enjoyed Padma's homecooked fried rice by a river. What a picnic in the embrace of Mother Nature!

For lunch, we enjoyed Padma's homecooked fried rice by a river. What a picnic in the embrace of Mother Nature!

The flowing water was inviting but freezing. I dipped my feet in but could only last a minute!

The flowing water was inviting but freezing. I dipped my feet in but could only last a minute!

Animals were all around us although not easy to spot them. This is the Himalaya Marmot.

Animals were all around us although not easy to spot them. This is the Himalaya Marmot.

The yak is busy feeding itself getting ready for the long winter months to come.

The yak is busy feeding itself getting ready for the long winter months to come.

We spotted a vulture that just fed on a dead carcass.

We spotted a vulture that just fed on a dead carcass.

Besides wildlife, we met 2 'wild' Spanish women from Barcelona cycling through mountains. Amazing!

Besides wildlife, we met 2 'wild' Spainish women from Bacelona cycling through mountains. Amazing!

 

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