|Mr. and Mrs. Cheong|
If you want to contact Mr. Cheong for his service, click here!
(Sorry, his website is Chinese only but his wife can assist.)
|Mr. Cheong Jr. and the van we rode for the entire week|
He is very funny :)
(He is the nephew of Mr. Cheong)
I love the Mongolia woman we met on our way back to Hailar. She is a humble nomad and we literally chase after her when she was busy tending her herd just to check out her home (it's a traditional yurt), try the real Mongolian milk tea, and play with the sheep baby. Click here for the full post.
I will always remember the other shepherd we met just along the main road when I was chasing after his donkeys. I regret I did not take a picture! (He has really gorgeous eyes!) The guy asked me why I am taking pictures of his donkeys and I said I don't often see them running around in the wild and free. He looked puzzle and said, "Your place has no grass, no animals? What do you have then?". I replied "Buildings, lots of buildings." He said, "Oh, we have those too." (He was referring to the 5-story tall buildings in the nearby town. I was almost sad when he said that, not for him but for us... We had so many building we have no land left! That's really sad!!!) He even said he would show us around on his motorcycle but he was busy. If he wasn't a simple shepherd who is genuinely curious about us, I almost believed he was hitting on us. LOL!
The lady we met in the town of Moerdaoga (莫爾道嘎) is also a person I will not forget. She is an amazing, amazing cook! Watching her work in the kitchen is a joy and I am having great trouble reproducing the dishes she taught us even though I filmed and pictured everything :P (I actually tried recreating the squash dish tonight and fortunately, it almost turned out the same!) She actually runs a little hostel inside her home that's clean and well kept. Nevertheless, there is no toilet inside the house and going to the toilet at night would be tricky. I am not sure how to shower there either... and there was no wifi (These were the points we told her to work on if she really wants to run a hostel business.) I wish her the best of luck!
no water and gas hook up
The water is from a well (?) and she uses the traditional wooden stove
(give me that kitchen and we might as well all go starving...)
|She said she used to work for a restaurant and she knows her stuff|
Chopping the squash and talking to us all at the same time
|Don't judge a book by its cover.|
and certainly don't judge food by its container!!!
this is the BEST pickled radish I had in a long time!
I should have asked her if I could take the whole thing home plus the recipe.
Last but not least, my fellow travellers~ All of us shared a very different travel perspective and style but we all took care of each other and respected our differences.
|Because of the heavy rain, our van got stuck in the road|
We all had to get out and push!
Luckily, that was the only time we had to do it. :P
|walking back to the van after mission accomplished|