I See You, UB!

04 Apr I See You, UB!

We were invited by Every Nation Mongolia to have breakfast at their place with some of the local leaders. Our official first meal in Mongolia was delightful, with a special serving of “buuz,” Mongolia’s version of steamed dumpling. Baska, Shawn, & Ruth did a great job at the introduction. There was also a surprise traditional dance number which all of us enjoyed. After breakfast, we headed to Zaisan Hill to see a spectacular view of the city. Climbing the long plight stairs was some real task. We even had to stop at some point to rest. Although it was freezing that morning, the fantastic view of the city was enough to keep us up there for about an hour. We spent time to pray for the whole city and for God to bless the plans we had for the coming days.

Our first meal in Ulaanbaatar was served to us by friends from Every Nation Mongolia.

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We were served bread with egg, rice with ham, and a red stuff which I forgot to ask what it is. But I guess the highlight of this breakfast was the Mongolian dumpling called “buuz.” It’s basically like the Pinoy siomai  (or the Chinese jiaozi) but this goodie is filled not with pork nor shrimp nor beef, but with mutton! The wrap’s thicker than what we’re used to at home but the meat inside is uniquely tasty even without toyo-mansi. Highly recommended. (photos by Van Aperocho)

One of the locals performed a graceful Mongolian traditional dance for us. GVs all over! (photo from Ella Cruz)

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This is us having fun with some of the leaders of EN Mongolia.

Shortly after breakfast, we were asked to get ready as we would be using much of our energy to climb the steps of Zaisan Hill. Ok, that was a lot of steps — sometimes too much — that a few of us had to take a break somewhere in the middle. But let’s backtrack a little…

At the bottom of the hill is a memorial for Soviet soldiers who served during World War II. This is actually one of the tanks that were used by the Soviets then.

Baskaa explained to us the history of the place. At the background, you’ll see carved faces of Soviet soldiers and an inscription I couldn’t really understand.

So up we go with this little kiddo.

On top of the hill is a 360-degree marker adorned with a really nice socialist-inspired mosaic. It’s amazing just to be in a place like that. And the view…

I believe there’s no better view of the sprawling city apart from this one on top of Zaisan Hill. You can literally see the whole Ulaanbaatar from corner to corner, including building constructions and smoke-belching power plants. And the cloudless skies?! This is simply breathtaking.

You can’t help but treasure these moments.

Especially when you’re having the same view as your phone cover. Printed this back in Manila, a few weeks before we left.

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More developments behind us. But can you see those mountains?! C’mon, I mean just…wowzuh! #icouldlivehere

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Say hello to the frozen Tuul River. Yep, Elsa just passed by. Do you want to build a snowman? Brr brr.

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I was so happy I attempted to do a jump shot…at the edge of a cliff! Scary good times!

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Right before we leave, we were able to talk to these kids and had the opportunity to pray for them. A perfect moment to cap off our Zaisan experience. 🙂

 

 

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