Sunday, June 11, 2017

Transition in my Life I

Times of transition can be the most strenuous. After living in South Korea for more than six years, it was time for me to go home (Bhutan) for good. It was a bittersweet experience, and I started to lose my self-confidence. Firstly, I did not know where I belonged. Secondly, I had no life plans whatsoever. Even after having a master's degree, I felt like I am underqualified for any kind of job. Thus, for about half a year, I babysat my new nephew. Many would think that I have wasted my life because there was no monetary gain in this line of work. However, from all my experiences in my life, I can tell for sure that babysitting my nephew was the most learning experience ever in my life. From day one since my nephew came into this world, I had my full-time job. Here is a poem that I wrote for me before I left Bhutan for my new life in East Bay. The poem reflects what my nephew Haneul has taught me even before he turned one.

I never gave birth but I am a mother

You taught me how to cry 
People cry when they are happy 
You taught me about pain
That its best friend is joy

You taught me how to laugh
With your wordless innocent acts
You taught me how to smile
By smiling back at me

You taught me to be patient 
as if you knew everyone has a different pace
You taught me to be impatient 
Otherwise, we will be robbed of our time

You taught me to step back
So that I can see the whole universe 
You taught me to see with eyes closed
Not everything in life is visible to the eyes

With unspoken words
Its as if you talk to me 
"Aunt, did you lose a friend?
Don't worry! He will come back as a baby!"

You comfort me
You are the greatest present to me
You taught me what love is
It is sweet, pure, and wordless sensation

I never gave birth 
But I have a son
The day you were born to my sister 
I too turned into a mother 

- Your happy aunt, Chimi

Friday, November 11, 2016

MY HEART IS IN BHUTAN

Wherever I am, I always find myself back at home, either through the news or through what people are celebrating at home. Today, on 11/11, people in Bhutan are celebrating the birth anniversary of the fourth king of Bhutan. I am posting two favorite pictures of mine, one from when his majesty was young and a recent one with the queen mother. With this, I congratulate people in Bhutan for an amazing and selfless leader. We love the king and the king loves us back.



Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Future King of Bhutan


Yesterday on April 16, the naming ceremony of Bhutan's royal prince was held at Punakha. The king announced the name through live broadcast to the whole nation and the whole world. The name of Bhutan's future king is Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk. The king said "He is not only my son, he is not only the queen's son but he is son of the whole nation" touching the heart of the whole nation. I felt fortunate to sit near Punakha Dzong from where the announcement was made with thousands of people sharing the same emotion. I was very much delighted to see the royal family and receive the prince's poster. The whole nation cherished the day. 



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bhutan_Wangdiphodrang Monastery

At Wangdiphodrang Dzong (monastery) built in the 1600s which was burnt down in 2012 due to short circuit in wiring within the monastery. It is still under restoration. I am standing on the foundation of the dzong where the monastery used to stand. However, the main chamber is almost complete and we were glad that we were able to offer our prayers. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bhutan and Britian

Today on April 10, 2016, the present king of Bhutan carried a 55kg sandlewood box to Chari Monastery which is about an hour hike from the main road. Shown in the upper image. The box will be used for holy purposes in the temple. There are many reasons why the people in Bhutan love the king. But above all, it is because the king loves his citizen. 

Meanwhile, Bhutan awaits to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Britain. πŸ’•πŸ‡§πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bhutan_Chimi Lhakhang/Temple

14th century temple, Chimi Lhakhang (Chimi temple or monastery) is where I got my name. But I am still wondering how the temple got its name in the first place. I failed to find information regarding the origin of the name of the temple itself. Well, anyway in Bhutan many unborn babies get their names in the temple. Names like "Chimi" and "Kinley" are given at this temple. This temple is also well-known as the temple of fertility. Particularly women seeking blessings to beget children pay visit to Chimi Lhakhang. If you have friends around you unable to have children, suggest this place with conviction. 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Bhutan's Longest Suspension Bridge

Pochu Zam (bridge over the male river) is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. It is located in Punakha. Pochu (male river) and Mochu (female river) surround Punakha dzong (Punakha monastery) and there is a beautiful bridge over both the rivers. There is a wooden cantilever bridge over the female river and this iron suspension bridge over the male river. The greenish river flows below the bridge exquisitely. That was my day out in my PJ.