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Zentraveler explores famous white sand beach resort Boracay!

Boracay Paradise

Boracay Paradise

 

Everyone tried to send me to Boracay including my dentist from Manila…and I simply said that island looks too touristy and plastic.  I will NEVER visit Boracay and waste my time mingling with a bunch of loud mouthed tourists and beach touts trying to sell me dive packages, trinkets, souvenirs, massages, and island hopping boat tours. There are over 7000 islands in the Philippines with natural beauty where I could learn about the history of the different cultures, meet the locals and actually have new experiences from a diverse and interesting country. Zentraveler is talking off the beaten path… discovering areas and sites that are new and exciting and blogging till the cows come home.

Boracay Sailboats

Boracay Sailboats

The question is NEVER SAY NEVER!  As it turned out my partner Perla had a Herbalife Seminar in Boracay at the Shearton Hotel and had a package deal with the airlines and the hotels. I was invited and said: “Why not!”  Fast forward pack my bags with two cameras one laptop and some bright jamming swimwear, a couple pair of beach shorts, a few vintage t-shirts and one flowered Hawaiian shirt so I wouldn’t get lost in the crowd… and I was good to go.

Kitesurfer lost in time

Kite surfer lost in time

My travel rule… try to get to your travel destination (if possible) in the daylight…so you can get your bearings and get settled into the hotel.  We had a flight at 8 am about one hour more or less flight from Cebu to Boracay and arrived at airport at 5 am to be sure we had plenty of time.  They then announced there would be a delay as a tropical storm was approaching.  We left the airport after four more announced delays at 6 pm in the pouring rain.  The pilot also announced the closest airport to Boracay was closed so we would land at another airport.  We circled the airport for a half hour and finally dive-nosed through the storm onto terra firma.  Lightning and thunder had us running to our designated bus which would cruise for another hour or so in the maddening tropical storm only to be dropped off at the ferry terminal which was closed.  We then hop on a tuc tuc with plastic hung over the windshield and arrived at another ferry location where we paid some kind of entrance tax and walked down  slippery wooden steps in the dark to craw on a pump boat heading to Boracay.

Beach Beauty Pagent

Beach Beauty Pageant

Soaked  to the gills we hopped on a travel van with the driver asleep who wakened and he must have thought he was in a James Bond action movie as he floored the travel van through several large mud holes and knocked me on the floor.  I was so mad I said you are in the transport business…let me drive the van and I will get us there safely.  He dropped us off in a side street where we stepped in about 15 inches of rushing water and checked into our hotel.

Coco Loco Restaurant

Coco Loco Restaurant

Next day I had all you can eat buffet breakfast and Perla headed to her seminar and me being the perfect tourist took off with large camera around my neck  and was ready to see the real Boracay for myself. The weather was a bit overcast and as I stepped onto the beach walk the bright sun popped out displaying a picture perfect sky against the aqua blue water superimposed against the longest white sand beach I have ever seen in my life.  I just stood there and said OMG  thats what all of the travel writers are talking about.

Divers

Divers

I had the entire day to reflect and take in the sights and aside from the fact that people were trying to sell you those long armed selfie camera extensions and invited you for some island hopping or diving… if you  gave a firm polite no or just signaled with your hand no…that was it no more hassle and they went about their business.

I enjoyed looking at all of the sailboats swaying in the wind and watching the athletic kite-surfers race along the ocean floor demonstrating jumps and backwards somersaults as if they didn’t have a care in the world.  Talk about beeing free…these dudes really had it and I said to myself thats what life is all about isn’t it…freedom.

Rock Formation

Rock Formation

Walked to the rock formation at the end of the island where I took lunch and had french onion soup and grilled fresh fish of the day with fried veggie rice plus a cold beer as a tribute to this beautiful island.  I meandered along the rest of the beach walk taking in the sites of the many bars and cafes and hotels directly on the beach.  They also has lifeguards on beach stands and the white sand beach was clean with not one scrap of plastic or paper…that’s refreshing!

Lifeguards on Duty

Lifeguards on Duty

That evening we walked along the beach front and cut into the outdoor mall where we discovered a grocery store with three floors that had an excellent rooftop outdoor restaurant looking over the entire island of Boracay.  We ordered the local grilled fish along with a special  baked squash dish recommended by our waitress. The ambiance and  food was excellent.  We clicked our glasses as  the sun disappeared with a red glow and thanked our lucky stars we got to share this day.

Pumpboat Travel

Pumpboat Travel

So there you have it!  Even thou my mind was jaded to begin the journey I would rate Boracay as a great tourist destination with many excellent restaurants and hotels at all price ranges and one of the best beaches in the world.  There is something for everyone, you can bring the entire family, adrenalin junkies can find all sorts of water sports and the purest of the pure can simply hang.  That’s what I’m talking about, laze in the sun , munch on some freshly baked fish tacos, drink fresh buko juice from a fresh coconut and hit all of the happy hours if beer and spirits are your thing, plus get a beach massage and my friend you have just reached Nirvana…need I say more!

Island Hopping

Island Hopping

QUOTE: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Travellers used to be okay with being called ‘gypsy; until the word ‘gypo’ became a common insult. The term ‘pikey’ is also very offensive to Travellers (comes from the word ‘pike’). They often call each other ‘pavees’ among themselves.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your travel experiences!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Pack your bags Grasshopper you are going to Boarcay…pack your camera and suntan lotion since you are going island hopping. Be careful you don’t fall overboard…fish love fresh grasshoppers!

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

 

 

 

 

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Zentraveler on 7 reasons to write a blog!

Zentraveler says: Don't just sit there write a blog

Zentraveler says: Don’t just sit there write a blog

People are always asking what is a blog and what is its purpose?  I like to simply things so I say a blog is something that you write about that you are passionate about.  It can be about anything… a few examples might be: How to grow bean sprouts.  How to tie trout flies.  How to make the perfect egg omelette. Things I hate.  How to take travel photographs that make you money.  The list is endless only fueled by your creativity and desire to share these ideas on the internet.

1.  By writing a blog you are virtually placing your writings as a part of your history.

2. By writing a blog it keeps your mind active and engaged.

3. By writing a blog you are sharing your content with the internet.

4. By writing a blog you can engage with like-minded folks.

5. By writing a blog you could help shape the universe.

6. By writing a blog you can insert contests and questionnaires for feedback.

7. By writing a blog it might go viral and you end up a billionaire.

So there you have it! What are waiting for grasshopper get off of that easy chair and start blogging.  Your first blog might be: Why its not cool to eat chocolate covered grasshoppers!

QUOTE: . “Create a blog or a website of your own depending on what you want to be recognized for. Share your experiences through  media.” -Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Its amazing what we don’t know.  Not a bad idea for a blog! Royalties please or at least you heard it here at the Zentraveler blog on WordPress.

THINGS YOU WANT TO SAVE: All of your blogs… its like writing a history of your thoughts and research.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Get involved share your ideas with the world and maybe I will take my tuxedo out of mothballs and see you on the podium for the NOBEL PRIZE.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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Zentraveler publishes spy-novel Blowfish!

If you cruise any singles bar or for that matter any place in the world where people congregate…you will hear in the buzz I am going to write a novel.  The reason most people would not go through the grind was fear of rejection.  Now with the electronic age anyone with desire can self-publish via create space and have a paperback version for sale on Amazon and digital version at Kindle. What are you waiting for Grasshopper?

BLOWFISH A spy novel by Van Scott Fulton

Blowfish Synopsis

Blowfish is a spy-thriller with a group known as Powertron on a mission to destroy the world.  As the clock ticks down a privately funded spy team steps into stop Powertron dead in its tracks. With the United States spy network in gridlock and denial, it takes a totally committed private network to attempt the impossible.

The novel begins with Brook Scott, a retired special agent, concentrating on fly-fishing on a small trout stream in Pennsylvania.  He receives an urgent message from his close friend and fellow agent Keith Robinson inviting him to to meet at the Airway Club in New York City.  A third agent, Robin Brown, intelligent and beautiful beyond words, escorts Brook and Keith to a hidden communication center where they are briefed on the Powertron project.

With surround sound and state-of-the-art visuals, an authoritative voice explains that Powertron is an international cartel with the objective of overthrowing the United States Government and taking world control with a sophisticated form of subliminal brainwashing, futuristic weaponry, and germ warfare—buttressed with a high-tech computerized cyber-terrorism program designed to cause havoc throughout the world. “With less than a year to meet their objective, we have no choice but to derail their world takeover plan!  Have I made myself perfectly clear?” In unison the private team answers,“Yes!”

Instructions from the New York office send Brook and Keith to Las Vegas, where Patsy Buconi, an Italian-Jewish casino owner, plays an important role in assisting the private team to gather information on some of the Powertron Players, a mix of communication specialists, martial arts experts, and world leaders. Matsumi surfaces in a martial arts demonstration swallowing batons of fire and holding five trainees around his body.  He gets a standing ovation when he bows and touches his head to the mat seven times while displaying his polished teakwood leg.  Katseko, a communication specialist from Japan, emerges from a private stealth jet camouflaged as a United States military plane.  Brook and Keith are busy marveling at their casino winnings, interfacing with Patsy Buconi, and collecting intelligence at the local horse-race track. To complete the cast of characters, Kuwait Charlie escorts Katseko to the martial arts demonstration.  He leaves the martial demonstration to be rushed by private limo to his private jet hidden in an abandoned airstrip in the Las Vegas desert—exiting the United States airspace undetected.

With the coordinates of the Powertron gang updated on the spy team’s main New York computer, they head to Kentucky to learn something about the horse business.  Just as things are beginning to get interesting at the Kari Morgan residence, their temporary spy headquarters, Kuwait Charlie shows up to purchase one of the high-priced thoroughbreds at the Keenelande Horse auction. Kuwait Charlie, smooth and debonair, turns on the social charm enough to briefly throw the private spy group off the trail.  Brook, the more experienced of the private spy team, recognizes that Kuwait Charlie is heavily involved and continues to track his every move.

With time running out the private spy group discovers an organization called The New World Order, adding still another dimension to this spy-thriller.  They soon learn that it is just another shadow organization set up to divert attention from Powertron.

Powertron next abducts dozens of corporate America’s black sheep, and by using mind control at a training camp in Papua New Guinea promises them a role in world peace.  They become fully hypnotized and walk around with the blank expressions of zombies. The private spy group travels up the Karawari River where they confront the Karawari natives and get involved with Katseko.  She flies them in a high-speed flying saucer to North Korea where Robin is instrumental in breaking the virus-infected Powertron code.

The private spy group uncovers a weapons stockpile on the border of Iraq and Iran with acres of high-tech missiles and germ warfare laboratories staffed by some of the brightest scientists in the world who have been co-opted by the Powertron program. After demonstrating a newly developed zombie virus, they demonstrate their scientific prowess by having the spy-group sleep in decompression chambers that stop the aging process.

The militants use cyber warfare to cause havoc around the world.  The newspapers read like a who’s who in destruction.  Red tide and other disasters hit almost daily as the world begins to crumble one step at a time.

As if the private spy group didn’t have enough on their plate, they watch in horror as Wall Street crumbles bringing the nation to its knees.  The United States looks like a cratered moonscape with its electrical grids totally destroyed. Americans know what it feels like to live in a third world country with little hope for the future. The United States, once the most powerful nation in the world,is now under military rule. Survival encampments serve as a temporary band-aid to the catastrophic conditions.

With an all out effort to stop Powertron’s world takeover, the private spy group is successful in capturing Kuwait Charlie down under in their super atomic submarine.  He demonstrates to the spy team how he can communicate with his brainwaves by receiving a hard copy on the submarine’s printer from Patsy Buconi in Las Vegas.   A Pakistani freighter mysteriously shows up and sends its special diving team down to capture the spy group who, during a heavy storm, break loose with their prize Kuwait Charlie transported back to the submarine for interrogation.

By wiring Kuwait Charlie to powerful electrodes, Robin takes him to his breaking point by teasing him with sexual tricks and torture—yielding Powertron’s secret code for destroying the Universe. As the tension builds, Kuwait Charlie gives the command to begin the detonation. But out of desperation, he aborts the program, thereby sending shock waves of information bits rolling throughout the Universe.  The novel concludes with a spectacular movie type surprise ending.

                                                 DECLASSIFIED

IF EVENTS IN THIS NOVEL COME TRUE—THIS WILL BE THE LAST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Blowfish Author Van Scott Fulton

Van Scott Fulton

Van Scott Fulton received his A.B.degree from West Virginia University. He is co-creator of Ribet Productions, wrote the movie script Rural Outlaws and  authored the book Coco Loco. His interests include photography, fly-fishing and incognito travel around the globe. He writes the blog Zentraveler  and is currently living on Bantayan Island in the Philippines.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The novel Blowfish has just been published and is available at Amazon in paperback and digital at Kindle. Thank you for viewing the website.  If spy novels are your thing don’t tell a living soul about this book.

 

BLOWFISH is a fast-moving spy-fiction, action thriller packed with exotic characters, International Intrigue, terrorists tricks,  state of the art weaponry and communication lines— yet to be discovered by our United States Intelligence. As protagonist Kuwait Charlie likes to say: “We are light years ahead of the Western Worlds Communication Systems.”

If you like the fast action, oddball characters, and the sexy models in the James Bond spy thrillers— then the novel Blowfish is for you.

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BLOWFISH FRONT AND BACK COVER

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KUNG FU—THE ART OF DECEPTION…BLOWFISH NOVEL BY:

VAN SCOTT FULTON

 

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Zentraveler utilizes Red Laser for Longevity

Zentraveler Discovers Fountain of Youth

Zentraveler Discovers Fountain of Youth

What in the world is Intravenous Red Laser Treatment and why would anyone in their right mind send red laser beams through their veins and arteries?  I guess these were some of the questions I had as I had my first consultation in a  medical Clinic in Cebu, Philippines.

The doctor explained the therapy was painless and had no side effects and has been working wonders on all types of patients with hard to cure diseases or for anyone who wants to improve their overall circulation and immune system.

Upon the doctors recommendation I signed up for 10 Red Laser Intravenous Treatments.  The nurse places a stub attached to your vein which is transmitted in low voltage from a machine nearby your bed.  Each session lasts 30 minutes which is painless and I usually drift off to sleep.

In the Philippines the cost is low which is 1500 pesos per session or USD $35.00 and you receive some immediate benefits.  You sleep much better even after first session and some of your aches and pains are less painful.

The doctor explained to me the big benefit is The Red Laser supplies oxygen to new cells which stimulate growth in humans that were going in reverse do to heavy metals and inflammation throughout the body.

I have had eight treatments and will complete the recommended 10 treatments in the near future.  Whether I will live as old as Moses 200 plus who knows, but If ever I am abducted by aliens they will think twice about taking a hostage full of Red Laser Beams circulating around in his body.

Intravenous laser blood irradiation was developed experimentally by the Russian researchers, Meshalkin and Sergievskiy, and introduced into clinical practice in 1981. Originally the method was applied in the treatment of cardiovascular abnormalities. Laser blood irradiation therapy was government-certified in Germany in 2005.  In the following years, this method was established in more than 300 centers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Philippines and United States.

Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.

Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, and is virtually free of side effects.

There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

Intravenous Red Laser Therapy

Intravenous Red Laser Therapy

So there you have it!  If your rheumatism is kicking up or you have bad leg cramps and circulation problems then you might investigate The Red Laser Intravenous Therapy.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: In Europe, where laser treatment is a well accepted methodology, it has been used for treatment of traumatic, inflammatory and overuse injuries, pain relief and healing of arthritic lesions, reduction of abscesses and treatment of persistent non-healing wounds such as cold-sores and ulcers. This type of therapy has also been used to prevent or minimize keloid formation and adhesions, to reduce edema, and to reduce pain from surgical and other treatments. Healing with light and use of low level laser therapy can also encourage the formation of collagen and cartilage in damaged joints and the repair of tendons and ligaments. In addition, laser light can be used to stimulate acupuncture points in a non-invasive, pain-free manner.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. LASER was first theorized by Einstein. In 1960 Miaman developed the first laser, which was a ruby laser and a tube laser with a metal chamber, which contained the element ruby. When an electrical current excites the enclosed element, the atoms give off photons or packets of light energy. The photons bounced off a solid mirror on one end of the tube and out holes in the mirror on the other end of the tube. The light beam from a laser is unlike regular light in that it is coherent i.e., the photons are well ordered and synchronized. Laser light is also monochromatic, meaning it is of one pure color and columnated, meaning that the light is focused in one primary direction.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Enough money to get a series of Red Laser Treatments

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You are in luck Grasshopper your veins are too small to get red laser treatment…so just hop aside while we turn the clock of time backwards.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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Zentraveler ferries to Langkawi Island, Malaysia

 

Eagle Island

Eagle Island

We booked a direct ferry from Georgetown, Panang Island to Langkawi Island which is approximately three hours.  The island is a yachting paradise plus has a great choice of hotels and nature galore. The beautiful island of Langkawi belongs to an archipelago of 99 islands off the west coast of Malaysia. Known for its perfect beaches and relaxed atmosphere, Langkawi is an official UNESCO World Geopark location and houses a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Ferry Port

Ferry Port

As soon as you land its easy to see how organized the tourist industry is with its many offerings of different day trips.  The sunshine is brilliant along with the people living and working on the island.  We stayed in an upscale hotel named De Baron Resort with a large discount we received by booking with Booking.com.  Check in was fast and the hotel had several swimming pools and a restaurant located on the waterfront.

De Baron Resort

De Baron Resort

From our hotel it was easy walking distance to many local Thai Restaurants and I might add the local presentation of fish dishes in green curry and crab rice dishes to die for is worth the trip. From our hotel there is  a natural park path all the way to the Eagle Statue and port.  Excellent for families, just hanging out or taking photos along the nature park.

Local Green Curry Fish

Local Green Curry Fish

We booked the mangrove tour from our hotel and was pleasantly surprised by our tour guide and the tour itself.  A brand new Mercedes bus picks you up from the hotel and delivers you to the river boats where you head down river past some of the moored foreign sailboats, stop off to feed the funny an inquisitive monkeys and head straight out into the azure blue ocean speeding along as if you are in a James Bond chase scene.

River Boating Scene

River Boating Scene

After traveling some five or ten kilometers the boat pulls into a scenic isolated sand beach and we swim, walk , take photos or just hang out for about an hour. The tour guide points across the water and announces that is Thailand in the distant. We then take lunch which is all included in the tour package at a dockside native restaurant alive with fish tanks, crabs, lobsters and enough good food to write home about.

Secluded Beach

Secluded Beach

After lunch we head along the seacoast and dock where we trek into a hidden lake alive with large lizards, komodo dragons and things that slither into the mangroves.  Great opportunity to commune with nature and take some interesting photos in this hidden gem of a Malaysian jungle.

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

From there we headed up river where we came to a very wide point at least ten  acres in size and was amazed to look high in the sky and see eagles circling everywhere.  Soon the eagles dove near our boat tempting us to zoom our cameras and get that perfect digital travel shot.

Back to reality Langkawi is known as Eagle Island and I am glad to have witnessed over a hundred eagles of which there are two main species one with a white belly and the other more brownish. They will take your breath away with their aerial acrobatics and diving skills.

A Wreath of Beauty

A Wreath of Beauty

So there you have it!  An island of luxury if you will… plus the entire island is a nature paradise.  The thing that impressed me was how well everything was run from the hotel, the restaurants, the tour guides and the local people we had met.  I thought to myself this is my kind of island…I could do this and maybe even for a long time, who knows maybe the Eagle will land and I will build my own nest some day.

Soar like an Eagle

Soar like an Eagle

QUOTE: “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” –Gustave Flaubert

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The Legends of Langkawi by Tun Mohamed Zahir. It says that the term ‘Langkawi’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words, Langka (beauty) and Wi (innumerable). As per the book, Langkawi means the place of immense beauty. One more reference states that Langkawi means Eagles’ Island. According to it, the term Langkawi is a combination of two words Lang and Kawi. Where ‘Lang’ is a corrupt form of Malay word ‘helang’ which means eagle, ‘Kawi’ means marble.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Eagles…They are a thing of beauty plus a symbolism of freedom.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Soar like an Eagle…look out grasshopper I’m watching you!

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

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Zentraveler on the Secret to Life!

Zentravelers Life Secret

Zentravelers Life Secret

 

A monk was making a presentation to his students and one student raised his hand and said I have been searching all of my life for the real secret to life and  it seems to elude me every-time I get close to the answer! I have studied six religions, climbed several mountains, studied underneath a Guru from India and I still feel like I don’t know the secret!  He ended with I guess I am not the only one in the Universe who has not found the secret!

The monk said in a calm voice: “If you really want The secret to life you simply need to accept whatever happens.”  That seems easy I hope I didn’t throw away thousands of dollars and years of study… plus therapy chasing the elusive dream.  He said: “you probably did not… what else would you be doing with your life?  It seems you found the secret to life when you least expected it!”

But master if I am at war and have my leg blown off, or I lose all of my money and a super typhoon destroys my house and family… my job is just to accept what happens.  That’s quite a task!  You didn’t ask for the EASY BUTTON you simply wanted to know the secret to life.   You have demonstrated a great desire to learn the secret now your only job is to learn acceptance.

In my travels I spent an entire day with a man in Costa Rica who had discovered his secret to life.  It was the Coconut Tree!  His smile told everything as he whispered to me: “Of course I am happy and you know mon I has the secret to life.”  He certainly got my attention as he drew his machete from his  weathered leather sheathe crisply cutting the top of the coconut and shook with delight as he  served me  one of natures best kept secret:  “The Coconut”  After drinking the coconut water, he cut a small scoop from the coconut and had me eat the white meat which was  excellent.

At this point he told me to take a look around his small but simple coconut ranch which  consisted of many large coconut trees, a small hut built from the coconut tree with a thatched roof and several small out buildings. Then he shaved several cups of coconut and vigorously clapped his hands while sitting on a homemade bench.  Seconds later chickens of all sizes and a few rather large ducks came running over and gobbled up the fresh coconut. He then walked over to a fenced in piggery and feed the pigs coconut.

Laughing out loud with a twinkle in his eye he said he didn’t use money as he traded  palm oil to the local hardware for a few western staples that he needed from time to time.  He pointed out his two crop farm which consisted of maize and sweet potatoes and showed me his taut line tied to two coconut trees where he catches his daily fish and huge crabs.  “Look at my view… best in the world I imagine.”  He placed a colorful Costa Rican flag extending over the aqua blue ocean mounted from a bent coconut tree hanging over the bright shimmering waters as a statement to the world.

He went on to say he cooks daily by burning dried coconut husks and serves up delicious chicken breasts, chicken soup with rice, fish head soup and grilled fresh fish.  My relatives landed here from Saint Vincent during a tropical storm where they were shipwrecked and miraculously washed ashore and they simply put several stakes in the ground to claim our paradise.  YOU MEAN NO LAND SURVEYS, LITIGATION REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS WITH A THIRTY TWO PAGE LAND CONTRACT…No wonder you found the secret to life… you kept it simple and avoided life’s costly entanglements.

He then served the delicious native dish “Arroz con Pollo” and went on to say how much he loved the coconut and his life.  After spending nearly a full day with this wizened man, I myself began to slow down and felt as if this was a lesson from the gods. As I waved goodbye I saw him get into his hammock and swing in the breeze looking outward toward the sea.

So there you have it!  If you want to discover the secret to life… look no further than the words printed on this page.

QUOTE: “One of the secrets to life,  is to find your gifts and focus on those. Leave your liabilities in the dust of the road not taken. The world is an imperfect place. Everyone struggles. Successful people see trials as growth experiences, rather than stumbling blocks. You have everything you need for success. You’re a beautiful person, and you’re strong, and you have a clever mind. If you let anyone convince you otherwise, you steal from yourself.” -Lisa Windgate, Dandelion Summer

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Life’s Secret…have it tattooed on your body “I ACCEPT WHATEVER HAPPENS”

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you want the secret to life you must accept whatever happens…don’t feel bad grasshopper if you get a chocolate coating it may just be dress up or the real thing…accept

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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Zentraveler loves avocado the most perfect fruit

 

Avocado Perfect Fruit

Avocado Perfect Fruit

 

The first time I ate guacamole at a small mountain town in Mexico I was hooked.  From that time forward I try to eat as many avocados as I can since they taste good… and may just be nature’s most perfect food.

Avocados could be considered nature’s miracle food because they are packed with nutrients.  Avocados contain oleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol and supercharges your brain. In one study, participants who included avocados in their diet for a week showed an improvement in their cholesterol levels. A myth about avocados is that they are high in fat. There is good fat and bad fat. Unsaturated fat, or bad fat, can cause health concerns and weight gain. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat which is the fat that is good for your body.
Avocados help with the fight against heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure because they are high in potassium. Folic acid is also present in avocados and can help the body fight against heart disease. Studies have shown that older women, whose diet consists of avocados, can lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Avocados can also assist in helping the body absorb nutrients from other foods. There are studies that support avocados ability to help fight certain types of cancer. Avocados are a good source of vitamins K and C.

There is a story of a man who eats two avocados each day is eighty years old an has a normal prostate…this is really a big deal. If you are a male over forty most males have enlarged prostates and some have prostate cancer. About one in seven males will have some version of prostate cancer throughout their lives. So instead of PSA exams, biopsies, and radical prostatectomy… why not try one of natures best foods and see if you can beat the odds.

So there you have it! Eating avocados more often can have many health benefits, including a healthier heart, better skin, helping you lose weight and treating or avoiding serious health problems such as diabetes and arthritis. Eat more avocados for a healthy you.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: “The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.”—David Fairchild

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:What would guacamole be without avocados? On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans eat about 8 million pounds of guacamole. For Cinco de Mayo, the tally is closer to 14 million.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Avocado Trees

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat your way to good health by adding Avocados to your family meals.  If you eat too many you might turn green or worse turn into a grasshopper.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

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