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September 06, 2005



I feel a bit sad, I am going to miss reading you, which is missing you, right? Well, well...

About the "Living tissue", these are a known brand in Korea. That explains the bad English too (actually, it's "Konglish"). Koreans love to use English for their products and don't know and/or don't care of the actual meaning of the English.

The sentence reads: "With `Living Tissues', [have] a clean and bright life." This becomes clear when you know that Koreans mainly use the tissues to clean stuff at home:Koreans never sneeze (it's very impolite) and prefer to use the tissues of the restaurant to sponge a wet nose.

The "Scent of a woman" can be interpreted in two (compatible) ways:
1) the tissues are actually perfumed ("like a woman");
2) women are usually associated to cleanness in Korea, hence they evoque the feminine natural scent (which is absence of actual scent, do you follow me? This is not weird if we think that black is a colour.)

Anyway, farewell my friend. Take care.

Very sorry you have to leave.

Cuz, you KNOW what I think, but what I haven't told you is how much I will miss DODR. It was a GREAT read while it lasted. Would love it if you continued to keep a blog once you get back here to the States, hint, hint.

ROTFL. Thanks for that spoonful of honey.
I wish you could stay longer this time but there is always the future.
Your pictures were fabulous, in fact I'm using as my desktop the breathtaking landscape you took soon after you went out of town. The mountains go off into the distance so far I imagine I can see the curve of the earth.
Your words painted pictures of the things you didn't photograph.
I found humor, joy, peace, history, sadness , birds and the Buddha here.
Thank you.

Sorry to hear you're going to stop. I only discovered your blog a week, 10 days ago and enjoyed reading (and learning) things. Thanks,

Hmmm, it's sad you're leaving... I'll miss reading DODR. Oh well, I'm sure you'll be back soon. I guess I'll be checking out the site from time to time... (assuming it won^t move elsewhere)

Safe journey home & best regards,


I'll really miss your witty and informative posts. You've opened up a part of the world that few of us know about. Peace and blessings on you.

Hey Konchog, sorry your trip is ending so suddenly. Like the others I have enjoyed reading about your adventures and particulary enjoyed all the photos you have passed on to us. With your impending return have you given any thoughts about Scooter? He certainly is a part of my family and I very much enjoy having him, but if you were to ask for him back I certainly would understand and not hesitate to return him to the person he has spent the most time with. I like to think that I do offer him a very good home, but I have no doubts you did too which is why I would have no reservations seeing him with you again. Please let me know what your thoughts are.


Wow, sorry! I hope there turns out to be a good reason for this and you get to go back soon. I would NOT make a good monk or nun, buddhist or otherwise, in that I would probably not take such a thing well...

Bon voyage, friend, and thank you for all the education, inspiration and vicarious travels. And thank you, of course, for your role in The Dulaan Project. I can't begin to tell you how it has touched my life. Bless you...

So sorry to see DODR go. I've really enjoyed it. You are a really good writer, by the way.

Where will you be staying in the U.S.? If you pass through IL, let me know.

I lived in Japan for three years and there used to be a hand lotion called "My Pee." ...Go figure.

See the new website I designed for my home temple, TMC:, just a hop, skip and a jump from KPC in MD.

I still have a lot to read.

I've enjoyed so much reading here in these past short weeks.

As a beginning birder, I've been thrilled reading about your birding encounters.

I look forward to reading about your return.

p.s. give your cat a big big hug from me when you get back.

As the form of my life has shifted all over the place, I've found your writings to be a reminder of the armature under the plastic surface.
Here's a quote from Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions that I find a propos, edited to fit the tiny comment box: "I have a deep belief that I know what is best for me.... The fact that I have sent my life proving that just the opposite is true does not keep me from acting like a schizophrenic traffic cop with a mission and a bullhorn... I heard this old man speak when I was pregnant, someone who had been sober for fifty years, a very prominent doctor. He said that he’s finally figured out a few years ago that his profound sense of control, in the world and over his life, is another addiction and a total illusion. He said that when he sees little kids sitting in the backseat of cars, in those car seats that have steering wheels, with grim expressions of concentration on their faces, clearly convinced that their efforts are causing the car to do whatever it is doing, he thinks of himself and his relationship with God: God who drives along silently, gently amused, in the real driver’s seat."
On to more adventure, Bird Monk! I hope you let us share it.

It was enjoyable to read about your trip. It brought back memories from my two years in Mongolia. May your stateside trip be a short one. If you can contact me I would love to compare notes.

Wow, CT. You'll be missed. Give a shout if you're in SF for long -- my Tibetan Buddhist girlfriend ( and I would love to take you out to talk about Mongolia. Cheers. And thanks for the writing.

So sad to hear... But fate wills it, I guess. From here in China I've really enjoyed your writing, a short breath of sanity in this mad, mad world I inhabit. I hope you will find more inspiration to keep this or another blog going. All the best.

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Mongolia Bird List: "L" = Lifer

  • Amur Falcon -- L
  • Arctic (Hoary) Redpoll -- L
  • Arctic Warbler -- L
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher -- L
  • Asian Dowitcher -- L
  • Asian Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Azure Tit -- L
  • Bank Swallow
  • Bar-headed Goose -- L
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bean Goose -- L
  • Black Grouse -- L
  • Black Stork -- L
  • Black Woodpecker -- L
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Black-eared Kite -- L
  • Black-headed Gull -- L
  • Black-tailed Godwit -- L
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blyth's Pipit -- L
  • Bohemian Waxwing -- L
  • Booted Eagle -- L
  • Brown Shrike -- L
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chinese Penduline Tit -- L
  • Chukar -- L
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Citrine Wagtail -- L
  • Coal Tit
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Greenshank -- L
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Pochard -- L
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Redshank -- L
  • Common Rosefinch -- L
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Shelduck -- L
  • Common Snipe -- L
  • Common Starling
  • Common Swift
  • Common Tern
  • Crested Lark -- L
  • Curlew Sandpiper -- L
  • Dark-throated Thrush -- L
  • Daurian Jackdaw -- L
  • Daurian Partridge -- L
  • Daurian Redstart -- L
  • Demoiselle Crane -- L
  • Desert Warbler -- L
  • Desert Wheatear -- L
  • Dusky Thrush -- L
  • Dusky Warbler -- L
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eurasian Bullfinch -- L
  • Eurasian Coot -- L
  • Eurasian Curlew -- L
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Nutcracker -- L
  • Eurasian Nuthatch -- L
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Spoonbill -- L
  • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker -- L
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper -- L
  • Eurasian Wigeon -- L
  • Eurasian Wryneck -- L
  • Eyebrowed Thrush -- L
  • Falcated Duck -- L
  • Fork-tailed Swift -- L
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey -- L
  • Godlewski's Bunting -- L
  • Goldcrest -- L
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Heron
  • Gray Wagtail -- L
  • Great Cormorant
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Great Gray Shrike -- L
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greater Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Greater Spotted Eagle -- L
  • Green Sandpiper -- L
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Greenish Warbler -- L
  • Hawfinch -- L
  • Hazel Grouse -- L
  • Hen/Northern Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hill Pigeon -- L
  • Hoopoe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Isabelline Shrike -- L
  • Isabelline Wheatear -- L
  • Kentish (Snowy) Plover -- L
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -- L
  • Lesser Whitethroat -- L
  • Little Bunting -- L
  • Little Owl -- L
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Long-toed Stint -- L
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Meadow Bunting -- L
  • Mew Gull -- L
  • Mongolian Finch -- L
  • Mongolian Ground-jay -- L
  • Mongolian Lark -- L
  • Northern Lapwing -- L
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Olive-backed Pipit -- L
  • Oriental Plover -- L
  • Oriental Reed Warbler -- L
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Pacific Golden-plover -- L
  • Paddyfield Warbler -- L
  • Pallas' Reed Bunting -- L
  • Pallas's Leaf Warbler -- L
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse -- L
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied Avocet -- L
  • Pied Wheatear -- L
  • Pine Bunting -- L
  • Pine Grosbeak -- L
  • Pintail Snipe -- L
  • Red (Common) Crossbill
  • Red-billed Chough -- L
  • Red-crested Pochard -- L
  • Red-flanked Bluetail -- L
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-throated Flycatcher -- L
  • Richard's Pipit -- L
  • Rock Dove
  • Rock Sparrow -- L
  • Rook -- L
  • Ruddy Shelduck -- L
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruff -- L
  • Rufous-tailed Robin -- L
  • Saker Falcon -- L
  • Scaly Thrush -- L
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- L
  • Siberian Accentor -- L
  • Siberian Rubythroat -- L
  • Smew -- L
  • Spotted Flycatcher -- L
  • Spotted Redshank -- L
  • Steppe Eagle -- L
  • Swan Goose -- L
  • Temminck's Stint -- L
  • Thick-billed Warbler -- L
  • Tree Pipit -- L
  • Tufted Duck -- L
  • Twite -- L
  • Upland Buzzard -- L
  • Ural Owl -- L
  • Water Pipit -- L
  • White Wagtail
  • White-cheeked Starling -- L
  • White-naped Crane -- L
  • White-winged (Two-barred) Crossbill -- L
  • White-winged Scoter
  • White-winged Tern -- L
  • Whooper Swan -- L
  • Willow Tit -- L
  • Wood Sandpiper -- L
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak -- L
  • Yellow-browed (Inornate) Warbler -- L