Day 2: Feng Shui Study Tour of the Far East, 6 countries in 6 weeks, see my Travel Blog🎋

4/4/1999 – 8:15pm Sunday – Wow just got back from dinner, and I feel so full…I barely ate anything…what a day. I got no sleep last night for what reason I don’t know. I tossed and turned for several hours after waking up from a dream where I lost all my back teeth on the bottom left row and was trying to find a dentist….Weird but happy to say I woke up with all my teeth.

Went back to bed for about an hour and a half more when at 5:45am the alarm went off. UP and out! I checked out and off to catch the bus to the airport. I was on my way to Beijing and all the wonders it holds.

Me and Du my tour guide in Beijing

Since I was coming back to the same hotel in Hong Kong I left my biggest bag there and packed a small one for this trip. I got checked in at the airport just fine and found the gate and waited to embark. Although I’m enjoying traveling alone I am looking forward to joining the group on Thursday. I am definitely a people person. I need someone to share my experiences with. It would be great if I had a friend with me but it’s all an experience traveling alone.

My hotel in Beijing so close to the Palace you can see the roofs in the background

The end of the flight was not good…very turbulent and I had to talk my way through it. I grabbed a barf bag in case and actually held onto it right up until I checked into my hotel…you never know.

I had to go through customs and the whole check through point telling myself I’m going to make it…hang in there. I finally got to where I picked up baggage and found a little nook where I could get to my ginger syrup and calm my stomach.

People were being pushy in Beijing, not like the smooth energy I encountered in Hong Kong, and I was feeling like I could scream…in my head I’m like “don’t push me or I will puke on you” …but of course didn’t have the energy for any of it.

By this point finally my luggage arrived. I was starting to feel OK, only O. I moved through the crowd and found my guide holding up a sign “ALBERT/JACQUELINE” of course with two first names they are never sure which is which and in China most people use their last name first.

Steven, as he introduced himself, was very nice but little did he know I was feeling so sick. The fresh air felt good as we left the airport…there seems to always be a breeze in Beijing, at least so far. He walked me to the car with a driver and loaded me in. I was somewhat starting to feel human again and starting to come back to life by asking Steven questions about himself and he of me. I asked his Chinese name, “DU WEI MIN”, which I kept having him repeat until he said it’s like the song “DOE RAE ME” then it stuck…HA.

He checked me in and I tipped the driver $2 American Dollars…no one told me what to tip and given the fact I didn’t know I probably under tipped but what can you do? After I checked in Du wanted to go over our schedule. We sat in the lobby and basically it was 2pm in the afternoon and really my tour didn’t start until tomorrow.

Du was nice enough to say he would walk me to a Museum. I told him I had to eat and put my things in my room would he care to join me for lunch? He declined but said he’d wait…seems like a nice guy. I felt bad but was grateful since I really didn’t know what to do first in Beijing. I knew I needed salt to fully develop back into a human, so Onion soup and salty fries were for lunch along with a coke, not my usual fare but given the situation it worked. I met Du around 3pm and off we went to Beijing’s “Chinese History Museum”. I was glad Du was with me because everything was written in Chinese, unlike Hong Kong, except for the sign on the public women’s bathroom – my first experience of a public bathroom…not great but not totally disgusting…put it this way no more water or beverages when leaving the hotel :O…Bathrooms have no toilet paper and basically a hole in the ground with porcelain around it and no running water except for in the sinks where you wash your hands – Thank God for Purell Packets.

It was a 10 minute walk to the museum and it was crowded on the sidewalks. Bikes, People everywhere…the museum itself was good as long as Du was with me….the lighting was horrible but I got a good idea of all the wares and items throughout the different Dynasties. The most exciting part was the walk back. Du took us on a short cut through back alleys and I got to really see the culture in action. I didn’t know what to take a picture of first? What an experience…Du walked with me most of the way but needed to take care of a few things, so I experienced Beijing alone once more. It was nice….I took a stroll back to the hotel and got in around 5pm and unpacked and read my book on Beijing. I ate some dinner and here I am. Tomorrow Du picks me up at 9:00…until then.

Published by Jacqueline Albert Pepper * JAFengShui

Jacqueline Albert Pepper Feng Shui by Jacqueline Albert Pepper Certified Feng Shui Consultant * Chinese Astrologer * Teacher Sarasota, FL * * 941-587-7080 Jacqueline Albert Pepper: Certified consultant and teacher of Classical Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, holds certifications from: - Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design in NY – Roger Green - Feng Shui Design Studio of Australia - Roger Green study tour to the Far East - China, Taiwan, Tibet, Nepal, and India - Feng Shui School & Society - Master Ho Chin-Chung – Taiwan - Feng Shui for the Arts - T. Raphael Simons – New York City under whom she apprenticed for many years. She also has a BA in Communications at Adelphi University Garden City, NY, with a concentration in Art and Music. Jacqueline grew up musically, singing and songwriting at a young age and continued that passion in the music industry on the label side for 12 years after college. When she discovered a love for creative aesthetics & helping people through the art of Feng Shui in 1997 out of her studies with Dr. Jerry Epstein at American Institute for Mental Imagery; she studied everything she could about the ancient modality. Jacqueline’s Feng Shui career started with the executive offices at the music label she worked at in New York City and she never looked back. Jacqueline’s ability to read, write and speak Chinese for Feng Shui & Astrology purposes, enables her a deeper understanding of her clients and their energy needs. Her studies in the Far East under the tutelage of several Masters in different countries brought her a full understanding for the integrity and history of this ancient art; an integrity she brings along with her passion for the work. In 2002 while living in Manhattan, Jacqueline added a Real Estate License to marry her client’s need for combining new home or office searches with her deep knowledge of Feng Shui and Energy Work. She continued with her Florida license in 2006 after relocating to Sarasota where she now resides with her husband and twin boys on their 5-acre property, Twin Peppers Ranch. “Transforming and Uplifting Energy since 1997” Energy Aligning for Abundance, Health, Balance & Empowerment

2 thoughts on “Day 2: Feng Shui Study Tour of the Far East, 6 countries in 6 weeks, see my Travel Blog🎋

  1. Your trip is reflective of my time in China 22 years ago. I am loving reading your posts. I was with a party of about 15 people. Our group included people from all over the world wanting more info on Feng Shui. We had a variety of drivers and guides and we consistently invited them to dine with us. We didn’t understand why they declined until we were told they would lose their jobs if they socialized with us in any way. We tipped as a group. One person in our group tipped with packages of American cigarettes. ALWAYS a big hit! The bathroom situation you describe is the same. We were advised to bring our own toilet paper. Scouts were sent out at each restaurants to access and report to us the bathroom condition. Frequently it was a board leaning against the wall and a whole in the ground. Remember to NOT rinse your mouth with the water even in the hotel! I used grapefruit seed extract in all my water and never got sick. Also I was told to drink the local beer with meals to help with nausea. I paid one of my traveling companions to take pictures for me. I have over 200 pictures taken on my trip. Ill give them to you. Also I LOVED going to the small street fairs that were featured in several cities we visited. Enjoy your journey!


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