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20 Apr 13 at 4 am

busstations,

sayram - narrati.

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19 Apr 13 at 5 pm

little sayram boy,

i said i was going to post a set of just him, so here it is. haha! so cute this boy, i forgot his name, but i bet it was a short cute name.

living the carefree life,

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11 Mar 13 at 8 pm

horse riding,

sayram lake.

the best, best horse riding experience i’ve ever had in my life. one of the best experience i’ve ever had in my life.

it wasnt like the other horse rides we had, we had guides but they let us go on our own! and the best thing is, the horse listens! though most of the time he wants to eat some grass.

i even managed to get it to gallop! and that was pretty scary, cos i wasnt expecting it to run when i said the command for it to run. i heard the locals using it so i tried, it didnt work for awhile but then it SUDDENLY ran! and it galloped away for a good 7 seconds. haha!

and the view got even better as we went up. everytime we went a little higher, we were like, “whoa! subhanAllah!” and our praises just got more as we reached the top.

the mountainous valleys seemed endless, and it was so wide and magnificent. you see herds of sheep spread out on the open, with the one shepherd standing by the side.. subhanAllah.

and as we reached the top, it was freezing cold. the wind was so strong as there we no trees to  block off the wind, but really, to see the sunset like that was something.. Alhamdulillah.

then there was this little girl who followed us along, she was just wearing a piece of clothing and she didnt seem to freeze at all. we had multiple jackets on, with socks and gloves and all that and we were freezing.. you can see here in one of the photos, her squatting down with the grass and trees in the background.

masyaAllah.. i’m very happy just recalling these.. anw, ive been busy with admin stuff for exchange hence the missing of some posts.. im currently waiting for my german visa for already a month now and still havnt gotten any news about it.. doa for me, brothers and sisters out there that everything runs smoothly insyaAllah.. :)

i’ve also set up a facebook page for my photos, people who are not friends with me on facebook can see them. there’s not much uploaded, but i’ll slowly put them in insyaAllah. here’s the link to the page, if you like what you see like it and share it! ;)

Photos by Haikal Aziz check it out! :D

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01 Mar 13 at 5 pm

marriage by the lake,

we were walking by the lake and we saw this. they probably just got married, the was a crowd of family and friends with them and they were actually very curious to see us.

and look at her wedding dress!

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27 Feb 13 at 9 am

still air,

we layed down for a while after breakfast on the carpeted floor, we rolled down the sheets and blankets and it was so comfortable.

as i looked up, i cant help but wonder at the stillness of the air and the quietness. there was this ray of light from the roof coming in and you could really see the particles of dust move slowly, gently being carried by the soft wind.

still air,
we layed down for a while after breakfast on the carpeted floor, we rolled down the sheets and blankets and it was so comfortable.
as i looked up, i cant help but wonder at the stillness of the air and the quietness. there was this ray of light from the roof coming in and you could really see the particles of dust move slowly, gently being carried by the soft wind.
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26 Feb 13 at 9 pm

THIS boy,

i have so many of his photos throughout the days and i will post a set of this cute boy soon. we were not really sure if he was a he or she at first, i mean, he’s wearing this cute flowery top!

but this little man is living the life. they let him walk about on his own with his little tricycle and that’s what he does all day.. he doesnt talk much, doesnt really seem to be bothered by anything and actually he’s very quiet, just a little shout of excitement once in awhile, but definitely an overall cutie.

he’s the youngest of the family we were living with. how could i forget his name.. but it definitely was something short and cute.

THIS boy,
i have so many of his photos throughout the days and i will post a set of this cute boy soon. we were not really sure if he was a he or she at first, i mean, he’s wearing this cute flowery top!
but this little man is living the life. they let him walk about on his own with his little tricycle and that’s what he does all day.. he doesnt talk much, doesnt really seem to be bothered by anything and actually he’s very quiet, just a little shout of excitement once in awhile, but definitely an overall cutie.
he’s the youngest of the family we were living with. how could i forget his name.. but it definitely was something short and cute.
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26 Feb 13 at 7 pm

breakfast,


we were served breakfast right after and alhamdulillah, it was good. it was just bread, butter, cheese and vegetables, but it was good. especially the bread with the veges and butter

the thing about the bread is though, it is pretty rock solid. it looks soft and all but, it is hard, reallllly hard. and somehow the bread seems to have been kept for a very long time, because you can always see these bread being left outside for days!

but it was still good, especially with butter and sugar! hahah i cant believe we asked for sugar. the thing is, we werent yet accustomed to tea without sugar like how we usually have them in singapore! so almost everywhere we went, be it restaurants or not, we always asked for sugar or ‘tang’!

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26 Feb 13 at 6 pm

riding young,

after putting our bags down at our yurt, we walked around a little to the other village nearby.

it’s pretty cool how young boys have their own horses, and do they sure know how to ride them! i would want a horse. they’re so cool.

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23 Feb 13 at 4 pm

inside the yurt,

beautiful isnt it! masyaAllah! and its so huge too! too much room for 4 people!

oh and the cool thing about the top part is that that’s the natural light/ rain cover. if you want more light, open it up more, if its raining close it, if you want to keep it warm, close it. haha and its pretty heavy to move it! you have to move it from the outside with ropes and all!

we slept on the floor, we just put the blankets and pillows down when we want to sleep. it was super nice sleeping there, it was very cold but with the thick and comfy blankets, youre always warm.. except for your face. unless you cover it up. but then you cant breathe. hahaha ok enough.


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23 Feb 13 at 1 pm

our yurt,

as we walked up the slope from the tunnel, we were greeted with an amazing view of the grassland with the beautiful mountains as a backdrop. subhanAllah.

we stayed in the yurt on the right (first photo), while the family stays in the one on the left.

i think the family we stayed with is doing pretty well, considering the amount of land they had and the number of horses and other livestock they had! there were like two little village both sides to it, and there were many different family and yurts there compared to the one we stayed in.


but it was good alhamdulillah, means we had more space to ourselves! man, subhanAllah, to be there, the feeling was just so incredible. i was so happy! imagine a beautiful lake in front, mountains at the back, wide, green grasslands, with the animals roaming freely eating grass, the cool weather.. time just felt so slow and it was a huge change from the city we were from..

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22 Feb 13 at 10 am

through the tunnel,

the young man told us to follow him, so we walked behind him and his horse (he was on it) and the thing is, the place was pretty muddy!

basically the tunnel is like a passageway from the grasslands to the lake, below the roads. they probably didnt need this before but i dont think its possible to safely cross a whole lot of their livestock across the busy roads!

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21 Feb 13 at 4 pm

negotiations,

when we were there, there was this young man and his horse by the lake (first photo above), he was letting his horse drink and i went up to him to ask if we could stay by the lake.

i didnt really speak actually, i just used hand signals to show him that we wanted to stay. (put my palms together, put it by the side of my face and tilted my head and then pointing down and saying “ke yi” and “to sau”.

he said “you”, as in yes and in the end i managed to haggle the price down to 30 RMB, which is like $6 per night!

wait till you see the kurt we were living in, subhanAllah!

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20 Feb 13 at 3 pm

first view of sayram from the taxi,

on the left you could see the lake, and on the right would be the green mountains and grassland.