Mongolia Matters

Mongolia Matters

Cold As Ice.

I was standing near an ashtray in KLCC Park when a very beautiful woman came to ask me for a light. I didn’t have one as I no longer smoke. Asking for lighter in a club years ago was how gay people determine a stranger’s preference or interest by the way you hand over the lighter. I can’t remember the mechanism now.

Anyway, it was an innocent request and I got to know her. She was Boloro Dendev on Fb (@tina_hk on IG). In-spite of her trademark icy demeanor, she turned out to be a very warm person with a great sense of humour. She spoke English with a Hong Kong accent and she looked Chinese.
After a long chat, I found out she is Mongolian but lives in Hong Kong where she is known as Tina. We became Facebook and IG friends and I saw her posting about being afraid to go outside at her home in her country when temperature was -30C one day in February. Wanted to confirm with her and she replied saying it is can be as low as -65 C ! Yikes. How many can remember the song “Cold As Ice” by Foreigner?

Mind you, she is a native of the country and grew up there but yet she found it unbearable when she is home. Maybe it was her years of living abroad.

I was thinking of visiting the capital Ulaanbaatar during summer one of these days. I asked Boloro for a hotel she likes and she mentioned the Shangri-la Ulaanbaatar. There are many Mongolian hotels listed in MyCen Hotels, should you decide to go there.

Picture of the enormous Statue of Genghis Khan in Mongolia and a ravishing selfie by Bolorov Dendev. Located 54 km east of Ulaanbaatar, the Chinggis Khan Statue is currently the biggest and tallest equestrian statue in the world. Visitors can walk inside an exhibition hall inside the horse’s body.

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