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Little Mosquito, Huge Potential
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Little Mosquito, Huge Potential

By Erbai

 

In the photos she took during travel, there is no beautiful faces nor long legs, just she smiling in the natural scenery. Her smile is sincere as if she is the child of nature.

Trainer Mosquito now is a Recreational Diving instructor, Advanced Nitrox instructor, Advanced Wreck instructor, Trimix Diver instructor, Wreck instructor trainer, Advanced Nitrox trainer, Dry Suit instructor trainer, Sidemount instructor trainer. With four instructor trainers, it doesn’t matter how she dives, I just want to see how she looks like when she dives.

Erbai: Hello trainer Mosquito. I heard that you like to travel and you have been to Tibetan regions many years in a row. Is it true?

Mosquito: The first time I went to Tibet was in 2004 and in the next ten years, I went to Tibetan regions every year. I went to Tibet four times and I went to Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan plenty of times.

Erbai: What kind of story happened during your first time in Tibet.

Mosquito: I decided to go to Tibet alone in 2004, and then I draw a map of how was I going to go. I started from Kunming, and I took public transportation. I traveled along the Yunnan and Tibet Highway at that time. I didn’t have time to plan, and I will go wherever I go. I was in time for the matsutake season. I went to withdraw money in the morning at the bank, but they asked me to go there in the afternoon. I went there again in the afternoon, but there was no one too. They went out to collect matsutakes. They are so free. I like. So I found a teahouse and I did nothing in the afternoon.

One night in Markam County, the power went off during shower. My hair was covered in bubbles, and I used cold water to wash. Thankfully I was fast enough, and the water was cut off as well. The night of the end of May was still cold. I went out at once to find a barber shop to dry my hair. Having a cold in plateau is not a joke. I remembered that I drank a small cup of Red Star Erguotou to prevent cold. I went back to the hotel and stayed warm on the bed as soon as I finished my food. Nothing happened the next day, and I continued my journey.

Erbai: How long did you take from setting off to Lhasa in this slow pace?

Mosquito: I used almost a month. Truth to be told, Lhasa was just a general destination. The trip along the way was what I wanted to experience. There was a small village called the Salt Well when I entered Tibet following the Yunnan and Tibet Highway. It is called Chaka in Tibetan. Well, we can see from its name that this place produce salt. There were many platforms to dry salt on the riverbank of Lancang River. The local culture is fascinating as well. Even though this place is located in Tibetan region, but the Naxi Nationalities live here are Catholic. There is a breathtaking and marvelous Catholic church on the mountain which is five or six kilometers from the village. It is also the only church in the Tibetan region. The choir book in there is the 19th-century version.

Erbai: At that time, people who entered Tibet were simple. Did you meet any interesting travel pal and travel with him?

Mosquito: I met a charming uncle. I at least had a map, but he only had a name in his mind——Lhasa. He didn’t have any plan. My map attracted him, and we had a connection, so he came with me. We took a week to hike in the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon and arrived Namjagbrawa Big Turn. During that week, I hiked ten hours per day. The hiking was hard enough, but I was bitten by the leeches at daytime and bitten by flees at night. Later on, I wasn’t even afraid of leeches anymore. I dragged them off my body with my bare hands. The wounds of leeches’bites are round. Leeches would release an anticoagulant, so after they were fed, my wounds were still bleeding. But it didn’t hurt or itch, and the bleeding would stop when my body reacted. Flees’bites were annoying, and I was itching for months and the marks faded after half year.

Erbai: What did you eat and where did you live?

Mosquito: In 1998, an expedition team from Chinese Academy of Sciences went to the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon where went. And before that, there were hunters’cabins. We lived in hunters’houses. The cabins were shabby. The place near the fire was where the family members communicated. Putting up a table, then it is the dining room. Removing the table, clean the floor and put quilts on, then it’s the place we slept. But the view was gorgeous. Looking up, I could see the most beautiful snow mountain, Namjagbrawa. Looking down, I could see the big turn of Yarlung Zangbo River which is the shape of a horse hoof, and it is also the most significant fall in the canyon. At night, you could see stars and fireflies corresponding each other. I drank many yogurts of the hunters along the way. The thin yogurt without sugar was so sour, and you couldn’t help to frown.

Erbai: Hiking 10 hours per day for a week. Your physical condition is excellent.

Mosquito: The funniest thing was that I went in wearing climbing boots. We needed to climb mountains and cross waters. The boots were filled with water. My feet felt like one kilograms heavy. The uncle bought a pair of liberation shoes. He made jokes about how strong my feet were all the way. Later on, the road condition got worse. Many places collapsed and stones fell from slopes. It was dangerous. We often needed to run. My boots were liability. Then I bought a pair of liberation shoes from the hostess of the house I stayed in. I was liberated, and I felt as light as a swallow! When we were on our way to leave the canyon, it rained everyday and the road was soften due to the rain. The guide was afraid and he always wanted to protect me so our speed was slow. Then we had a meeting. We arranged team order and talked about how to keep up while doing our job. We left all our emotions behind. Climbing whatever mountain we encounter and jumping whatever ditch we encounter. The guide just needed to focus on finding road. We could take care of ourselves. We picked up our speed right away. At that time, I felt that everyone has potential. No matter how impossible it seems, we overcome a problem when we meet one. Nothing is impossible.

Erbai: What’s your impression about the Tibetan at that time?

Mosquito: It is sentimental to say, but I think they were kind. All the people I met were good people, and I saw kindness, and they were satisfied easily. I believe in Buddha as well. All I want is to be in peace. I think they are born with peace.

Erbai: Did you and the uncle went to Lhasa together?

Mosquito: No, we bid our farewell in Bayi. Because he was bitten so many times by flees, he ate Chinese patent medicine which could clear away heat and toxic materials, and then he had diarrhea. At Bayi County, he said,”you go, I am going to stay here and rest for a while.”I had a meal in Bayi and left the next day because there was a car to Lhasa. I went to Drigung Monastery in  Maizhokunggar County on my way to Lhasa. Every twelve years, as in every year of the monkey, the Phowa Dharma Assembly will be held in August. Over 300,000 believers will gather there. The Chinese meaning of Phowa is transference which means that one’s mind and soul can be transferred to the Sukhavati. During the assembly, the Drigung Chogyal will explain Buddhism and abhiseka personally. If you are confident enough and receive Phowa, it can guarantee that you won’t fall into The Three Evil in the afterlife. If you are devout enough, you will have a significant achievement. That year was the year of the monkey, but unfortunately, it wasn’t August.

Erbai: I heard that you saw killer whales and aurora along the way last year at Norway.

Mosquito: Watching Aurora came with watching killer whales. Last year’s Aurora was massive. We were lucky. We saw a fishing ship chasing a vast ball of fishes, then killer whales came, and humpback whales came too. Big fellas chasing an enormous ball of fishes, so many fishes. At last a humpback whale jumped from the ocean to eat. I rubbed the chin of the humpback whale. The wing of the whale almost slapped a buddy. I was so afraid that my body tightened. Ha-ha, compares to large marine animals, we are nothing. Killer whales are Odontoceti, and they knock small fishes out by their tales and then eat them one by one. But killer whales are in a matriarchal society and gregarious. Their moves are tactical and technical. They eat many kinds of things, and they are strong predators. Humpback whales are Balaenoptera. They eat fishes like filters. How much they eat depending on the water region. If there is food, then they could have a good meal.

Erbi: I saw Truth on CCTV-9, the episode of Extreme Players Across Deadly Sea. It was about exploring a sunken ship during World War II in Chuuk which hadn’t been investigated. I saw you in there. You guys were amazing.

Mosquito: Actually they are friends I wreck diving with, and we are the early wreck divers. Some of the buddies are in video production industry, and we wanted to record this moment. That’s why there were this exploration and TV program.

Erbai: What else do you like to do except diving?

Mosquito: I like to travel, climb mountains, play underwater hockey, play underwater rugby, and I also love movies, museums, tea, and coffee. I used to like playing African Drums, but I got busy and stopped playing it. I will get back to it when I have time.


Erbai: Trainer Mosquito, what is the life you want?

Mosquito: The life I want is the life that I have. Having a spouse that loves the same thing I do and two cats that do not need much attention. I teaching diving which is the thing I like. I also have friends who have the same taste with me, and we will dive or travel together when I am free from teaching. Something just like this.


Erbai: What do you want to say to the readers?

Mosquito: Go out and play more!


More and more people are talking about interesting things in recent years. The is a kind of interesting people who have hobbies to cultivate their character, love to share, try to enrich themselves, treat others well and insist in be loyal to themselves. Coach Mosquito is one of them. When I was interviewing her, I seemed could see her bright halo around her even when she was sitting there quietly. She would smile back whenever we had eye contact. She lives her life this way, so probably smiles when she sleeps.

 

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