APRIL 18, 2021

Hai từ đáng ngưỡng mộ nhất trên thế giới:
Một từ là “nghiêm túc”, từ thứ hai là “kiên trì”.
Người nghiêm túc thay đổi bản thân, người kiên trì thay đổi số phận.
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世界上最可贵的两个词:
一个叫“认真”,一个叫“坚持”。
认真的人改变自己,坚持的人改变命运 。
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The two most precious words in the world:
One is called “serious” and the other is called “persistent”.
Serious people change themselves, persistent people change their destiny.
P.s.: Picture taken in Changpinggou, Mt. Siguniang, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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MARCH 17, 2021

Không ai không nỗ lực, nhưng có người không kêu đau.
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没有人不辛苦 只是有人不喊疼。
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No one doesn’t work hard, but some people don’t cry pain.

P.s.: Picture taken in Changpinggou, Mt. Siguniang, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Sự thật là thế này, cô đơn khiến bạn trở nên mạnh mẽ và khiến bạn trở thành một người tốt hơn.
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真相就是这样,孤独让你强大,让你成为一个更好的人。 ​​​​
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The truth is that loneliness makes you strong and makes you a better person. ​​​​

P.s.: Picture taken in Changpinggou, Mt. Siguniang, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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AUGUST 31, 2020

Trong núi có cây sống ngàn năm,
Trên đời khó gặp người trăm tuổi.
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山中也有千年树,
世上难逢百岁人。
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There are thousand-year-old trees in the mountains.
It’s rare to find a hundred-year-old person in the world.

P.s.: Picture taken in Changpinggou, Mt. Siguniang, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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JULY 3, 2020 – 3

Ai đi chậm rãi, ắt đi an toàn, ắt đi được xa.
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谁走得慢,就走得安全,就走得远。
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Whoever goes slowly, goes safely and goes far.

P.s.: Picture taken in Changpinggou, Mt. Siguniang, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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DECEMBER 28, 2019

Thứ làm người ta mệt mỏi không phải là ngọn núi cao phía trước, mà là hạt cát trong chiếc giày.
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使人疲惫的不是远方的高山,而是鞋里的一粒沙子。
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It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it is the grain of sand in your shoe.

P.s.: Picture taken in Changpinggou, Mt. Siguniang, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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10 Days With The Most Steps In 2019

According to Pedometer app, I walked the most steps in my Chinese trips:
1. July 5: 31,497 steps ~ 15.12 km* (in Chengdu)
2. July 6: 29,337 steps ~ 14.08 km (in Chengdu)
3. July 3: 28,849 steps ~ 13.85 km (in Mt. Siguniang)
4. June 24: 23,878 steps ~ 11.46 km (in Dujiangyan and Chengdu)
5. June 26: 23,233 steps ~ 11.15 km (in Songpan and Mounigou)
6. June 30: 20,196 steps ~ 9.7 km (in Langmusi)
7. June 27: 20,136 steps ~ 9.67 km (in Huanglong)
8. May 18: 19,550 steps ~ 9.38 km (in Wulingyuan And Fenghuang Old Town)
9. Nov 5: 17,348 steps ~ 8.33 km (in Shanghai)
10. Jun 23: 16,136 steps ~ 7.75 km (in Saigon, Hanoi, and Chengdu)
* My normal stride length is 48 cm (80% of the number in the app 60cm).

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Ngawa Tibetan And Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Day 12: Mt. Siguniang To Chengdu

I realized that I was unlucky yesterday because it wasn’t raining any more. We went to the grocery store to find out the bus would only be here around 10 AM. So I decided to have another beef noodles. I was surprised that other companions didn’t have lunch.

I sat on the las row of the buses together with 2 Chinese girls. One of them puked somewhere and that event kinda woke me up. Luckily I could move to a better seat at the Gengda stop.

I reached Chengdu around 4PM. Then it took me an hour on the metro and foot to reach the Dreams Travel International Youth Hostel (near Wuhouci aka Temple of Marquis).

The Jinli Ancient Street next to Wuhou Temple was so crowded in this early evening. I guessed I would be back here tomorrow after revisiting the Chengdu Panda Base.

After checking in, I booked my panda tour with the help of a hostel staff in the station at Wuhou Temple opposite of the hostel. They didn’t speak as well as the people in the previous hostel in Chengdu, but they seemed to be more friendly not cheating at all. I paid the same price as others.

To my surprise, my companions offered to treat me dinner at a hotpot restaurant near the hostel. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t see the 9 separate compartments; however, I thought it was Sichuan hotpot, maybe a lil bit different with the Chongqing one. The oil helped make the spicy taste go away, I thought. If I go back to Chengdu again in the future, I’ll try another hotpot place.

When I was back at the hostel, a guy from Xinjiang working as a designer freelancer here started talking to me. His English choices of words gave me a headache from time to time before I lost my patience and waved him goodbye.

Only in Chengdu could I feel the heat of the summer. In previous places, the weather made me feel like spring.

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