My name is Le Thi Anh Tuyet, but you can call me An An. I live in Sapa, and I work as a receptionist in our family hotel.
I'm on my way to training my mind through practicing the lessons at Dotchuoinon.com. Besides, I love studying the teachings of Jesus and the Buddha.
Baking is one of my favorite hobbies.
Truc Lam Dai Giac Zen monastery is the first Buddhist monastery in Sapa, built in 2015. It stands on a hill on Dien Bien Phu Street. This monastery belongs to the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen sect.
The main hall of the monastery is spacious, with a simple design. There is a big Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the center of the hall. The Buddha holds a lotus in his right hand with a gentle smile. Besides the Buddha statue are the statues of Manjushri – the Bodhisattva of wisdom, and Samantabhadra – the Bodhisattva of kindness. This hall is where the monks, and nuns in the monastery, along with other Buddhists, practice sitting meditation. Đọc tiếp Truc Lam Dai Giac Zen monastery→
How are you doing? Who do you often encounter on the streets?
I often run into some Hmong children who spend most of their time on Sapa’s streets. They are at the age of 1- 10, and most of them come from Lao Chải village.
The Hmong children usually walk around the main streets in Sapa. With some souvenirs in their hand, they work as street vendors. The children approach tourists, and ask them to buy something. Sometimes, the begging action of these children bothers visitors.
Today, I’d love to share with you a story about a mountain located right in Sapa downtown. The mountain reaches 1850m above sea level. People call this mountain “Hàm Rồng” as its peak looks like a dragon’s jaw.
How’s it going? Do you have any memories with traffic lights?
I remember, when I was a teen, my friends and I talked about traffic lights. We asked one another why Sapa didn’t have any. Some friends answered, “Sapa is just a small town. Only big cities have traffic lights”, while others replied, “Perhaps it would be hard to install traffic lights on the sloping roads in Sapa.” At that time, we all were curious to know where people would put traffic lights.
Bài hát “All is love” được Karen O và Nick Zinner – hai thành viên trong nhóm Yeah Yeah Yeahs sáng tác để làm nhạc cho bộ phim “Where the wild things are”. Ca sĩ Karen O và các bạn thiếu nhi đã thể hiện ca khúc này.
Phim “Where the wild things are” diễn tả tâm lý của trẻ ở tuổi vị thành niên khi có những cảm xúc tiêu cực như cô đơn và tức giận. Nhân vật chính trong phim là cậu bé Max. Max rất cô đơn vì mẹ và chị luôn có việc riêng và không quan tâm đến cậu.
How are you doing today? Have you ever seen black mustard seeds?
In Sapa, people often cultivate black mustard plants. This sort of plant bears black mustard seeds.
Black mustard seeds usually have a dark brown colour. The seeds are smaller than sesame seeds, and look like tiny balls. Even so, these tiny seeds can sprout from soil and grow into black mustard plants with beautiful yellow flowers in large fields.
I’m fond of Sapa’s March weather. It is so pleasant with mild temperature and fresh air.
In the morning, the sky is usually misty and cloudy. Often, we might think it would be a foggy day, yet at noon the sun comes out with warm beams. Everything looks so vibrant under the sunlight. After about 6 hours of sun, we often have the chance to contemplate the sunset with gorgeous orange rays in the late afternoon.
How’s it going? What is your favorite place where you live?
One of my favorite places in Sapa is Sâu Chua. This is a small village 10km away from Sapa. The village is still a lesser-known destination for many people.
The road to Sâu Chua is narrow and sloping. This tranquil village is home to the Hmong people. They live in wooden houses, do farm work, feed animals, and plant vegetables for a living. Their life still faces many difficulties, but they are so affable and always smile.
February has come, and Sapa has welcomed this new month with rain. Rainy days might affect our mood. However, they also give us many things to feel.
Thanks to rainy days, I can stay at home and get cozy inside. I really love to see beautiful pearls of rain and dewdrops on the weeds and the three-leaf clovers on our balcony. Raindrops and dewdrops are truly natural gems.
How are you doing today? Have you done your Tet shopping yet?
These days, Sapa market is the best place to feel the cheerful and bustling atmosphere of Tet in Sapa.
Like other Tet markets, Sapa market is where people can sell and buy essential things for the Lunar New Year. From kumquats, peach blossoms, and wild orchids to many kinds of fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats, we can find almost everything in the market.
A few days ago, I came across a kobus magnolia tree on a roadside. Kobus magnolia is a species of magnolia. In Japan people call it kobushi magnolia.
From a distance, the magnolia tree caught my eyes with graceful white flowers. The tree was about 3m tall. This kind of tree is unique. It only has white flowers blooming on the branches without any leaves.
“Do you wanna build a snowman” là một bài hát trong bộ phim hoạt hình Frozen (2013).
Bài hát là lời mời gọi dễ thương của cô em gái Anna với chị Elsa. Anna luôn muốn được chơi với chị. Nhưng không rõ tại sao, chị Elsa chỉ nhốt mình trong phòng. Dù rất muốn gần Anna, nhưng Elsa sợ sẽ làm hại em gái bởi khả năng phủ băng giá không kiểm soát của mình.
Elsa luôn bị nỗi sợ chi phối. Cho đến một ngày, khi Anna bị đóng băng vì cứu chị. Elsa mới nhận ra chỉ có “tình yêu thương chân thật” mới chữa lành được tất cả.