A travel and photography blog by Loke Chee Meng
About the title shot :
In the autumn of 2009, I found Little Bugsie, of all places, on a toilet sink in the Days Landscape Hotel located at the foot of Changbaishan, Jilin, China. I invited Bugsie into the room. I gave it the 'red carpet' welcome and took the shot above with a Panasonic DMC-LX3.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Travel tip #1 - How high up are you?

There are always people giving travel tips and travel tips and travel tips.   Most of these I find are pretty common, obvious and mundane, for example, remember to check your passport, don't forget to bring sunblock, make sure you have your medicine with you and so on.  I am not saying that these are not important. I would prefer to call these 'reminders' rather than travel tips. A 'tip' is a piece of useful advice that should be based on the experience someone had gone through.

Now, here is one lesson I learnt recently and would like to share it here.

Very often when we stay in a hotel and when we find that it is too cold, we turn off the air-con. When I was in Lijiang recently, I was staying in a reasonably good hotel there.  As it was a reasonably good hotel, the air-con in the room was working reasonably well, that is to say, it was rather cold.
So, I turned off the air-con before I went to sleep.  Then in the middle of the night, I found myself gasping for air, an experience I never encountered before.  I thought I had fallen sick.  After an extremely uncomfortable night, I realised in the morning that I had turned-off the air-con.  It then dawned upon me that Lijiang is located at an altitude of 2000 m above sea-level! The oxygen level at 2000 m is thin.  By turning off the air-con in my room, I had cut-off the air-flow in an already oxygen-thin environment and aggravated the oxygen deprivation level.  That was why I was gasping for air.

So, the next time before you turn-off the air-con, think how high up you are first.  Oh, I mean the altitude of the location you are at, not which floor you are on in the hotel.

I will share more tips as I go along.

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