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Zentraveler buses to Panang Island, Malaysia

Luxury Bus

Luxury Bus

At the main bus station next to Ancasa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur we purchased our one way tickets  (approximately five hours) on a luxury  bus-line to the Butterworth bus terminal. You can also take the train, however during the busy holidays you need to get your ticket well in advance. The train ticket-master told us everything was booked for a month in advance. We thought it would be neat to take the train..maybe next time.

From Butterworth we took The Panang Ferry approx 30 minutes and arrived in historic Georgetown… named after Britain’s King George III. Georgetown is the capital of the island and state of Penang, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings. Georgetown is regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines.

Hotel Lounge

Hotel Lounge

We booked budget accommodations at the Red Inn Cabana hotel which was centrally located among historical sights and restaurants. Next to our hotel is a beer garden with live music and good food plus The Chocolate Boutique which has handmade chocolates and a free walk-thru museum describing  the origins and manufacturing of coffee and chocolate. A great place to purchase some local chocolates and souvenirs and how about the exotic chili chocolate to excite the taste buds.

 

Rickshaw Tour

Rickshaw Tour

We took the recommended city tour by rickshaw and is an excellent way to become accustomed to the cities historical sites and landmarks. As you meander around historic Georgetown your rickshaw driver will stop at several museums with great photo opportunities  and point out many of the historical building and architecture unique to Georgetown.

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Georgetown Museum

 

The following day we took a local bus to the Panang Botanical Gardens also known as the waterfall gardens.  It comprises a 30 hectare park with excellent jogging treks and hiking trails… which makes an excellent day outing among the lush vegetation and ancient trees. One of the highlights was watching a group of monkeys go up to the water tap on the lawn turn on the facet and get a drink of water and not one monkey took a selfie or texted on their cellphones.. After returning to Georgetown,we ate dinner at a fine Japanese sushi Restaurant Sakana and toured many of the historical sites which have been registered as one best historical regions in all of Asia.

Panang Botanical Gardens

Panang Botanical Gardens

The following day we toured the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion that belonged to a wealthy industrialist. It has been painstakingly restored displaying 18th and 19th century Chinese antiquities and architecture with a tour guide explaining some of the interesting history of the mansion and region. The Chinese museum has fine collections of antique pottery and great examples of handcrafted wood-works and dress of the area. History buffs and tourists of all nations will certainly appreciate the Mansion tour.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

After walking most of the day and choosing many eateries to satisfy our hungers we discovered a sign pointing upstairs off one of the main streets offering foot massages from the blind therapists.  The foot massage was so good we returned the following night and applauded the energy and good will of these hardworking blind massage therapists.

Sakana Sushi Restaurant

Sakana Sushi Restaurant

So there you have it. If you like to explore history, eat some of the best food in the world, prepared by a mixing pot of ethnic groups and tour the local beaches and nature parks…Georgetown could just be your cup of tea.

QUOTE:”Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” -Anne Frank  a quote from Street Art

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Take a stroll down Penang’s Armenian Street on any given weekend or public holiday and it is impossible to dodge the long queues of Malaysian and international tourists. They line up patiently, waiting to get a photo with a realist painting of two kids laughing and riding a bicycle, which is painted on a public wall. This iconic piece of street art was created in 2012 by 27-year-old Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic, who was inspired by the Old World charm of George Town. The artist produced a series of six murals, all of them commissioned by Mirrors, an art project that was part of the 2012 George Town Festival, which celebrates Penang’s World Heritage induction every August with a full month of cultural and art events. As locals and tourists swarmed to the locations of the paintings, things soon went viral on social media and Zacharevic’s bicycle mural went on to be selected by the Guardian as one of the world’s best pieces of street art of 2013.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Historical Landmarks…once destroyed they are like extinction in the animal world… gone forever.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Travel Malaysia now before some arse of a blogger shoots off their big mouth about what a great place this is. There’s always the rugged mountain trail of Outer Mongolia for the more adventurous traveler. Get packing grasshopper what are you waiting for.

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 Zen Mind Control!

 

Zen Mind Control

Zen Mind Control

Zen Mind Control sounds like a steady input of brainwashing or a Nazi Training Camp.  Is this something I want to incorporate into my life and  how would I do this even if I wanted to.  Has anyone every told you …you are really in the zone and without even trying everything positive is happening… as if descending from the heavens.

This is partially true as this is cosmic energy that you can easily develop and put you and your life on Zen automatic pilot.  Every day just like deleting your messages from a cell phone or clearing your computer you need to practice clearing your mind of unwanted and unnecessary stuff.

This is a bit harder than it appears since we are constantly being exposed to the media, intense human relations, and day to day living pressures.  The secret is to start with a ten minute mind clear each morning and each night before you go to bed. This mind clearing and deleting stuff will allow the cosmos to give you direct energy and zen mind control with no effort and your life becomes a mirror image of the cosmos where everything is possible without any limitations.

QUOTE: While you are continuing to clear your mind, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life. The most important thing is to forget all gains and ideas. In other words, just practice clearing your mind and do not think about anything without expecting anything. Then eventually you will resume your own true nature. That is to say, your own true nature resumes itself. Zen Teachings

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: “When you start to wander about in some delusion which is something apart from you yourself, then your surroundings are not real anymore, and your mind is not real anymore. If you yourself are deluded, then your surroundings are also a misty, foggy delusion. Once you are in the midst of delusion, there is no end to delusion. You will be involved in deluded ideas one after another. Most people live in delusion, involved in their problem, trying to solve their problem. But just to live is actually to live in problems. And to solve the problem is to be a part of it, to be one with it.” -Shunryu Suzuki

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Not much! Can’t take it with you and clutters your mind.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Clear your mind daily for easy to achieve zen mind control.

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 your health!

 

To your good health

To your good health

Volumes have been written about health, however a simple change like eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away might be just what your body needs to maintain good health.  Notice there is no saying that says drink five cokes a day plus eat a chocolate cake to get that sugar rush to invest in your health! It should say WARNING you want diabetes, clogged arteries, and tracking toward a good heart attack… then be my guest and eat fructose sugars and make the hospitals and doctors happy to treat your self inflicted diseases and line their pockets.

What is the definition of health? Health is the level of functional or metabolic  efficiency of a living organism. In humans,  it is the general condition of a persons’ mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain. (as in “good health” or “healthy“)

There are many choices when it comes to health in our modern world.Most westerners simply go to the doctor as if its a car repair clinic which it definitely is not come out with a bag full of prescriptions and hope for the best.  Many others are using some of the old Chinese methods and practices of India to utilize a more natural approach to healing.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. In the United States, people use TCM primarily as a complementary health approach. This outline provides a general overview of TCM .

Are these methods safe?

  • Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. Improperly performed acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects.
  • Tai chi and qi gong, two mind and body practices used in TCM, are generally safe.
  • Most Chinese herbal products are safe however like anything else there have been reports of Chinese herbal products being contaminated with drugs, toxins, or heavy metals or not containing the listed ingredients. Is best to check with your herbal doctor.

TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeuticmassage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. Traditional systems of medicine also exist in other East and South Asian countries, including Japan (where the traditional herbal medicine is called Kampo) and Korea. Some of these systems have been influenced by TCM and are similar to it in some ways, but each has developed distinctive features of its own.

 

So there you have it! If you are feeling sick, use a saltwater gargle three times a day, eat steaming bowls of homemade chicken soup, drink tonic of lemon juice and honey and get plenty of rest or go to the doctors and pharmacy and pop plenty of antibiotics (which your system is immune to anyway) and see what happens.  As a final note you could also seek out a naturalist who may just have the natural herb to cure what ails 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 best six doctors anywhere… And no one can deny it: Are sunshine, water, rest, and air Exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing…Your mind they’ll ease. Your will they’ll mend…And charge you not a shilling. ~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:This will really make your skin crawl: Every square inch of skin on the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it, but fortunately, the vast majority of them are harmless.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your health not your wealth!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  You are  what you eat and you are what they eat…choose wisely grasshopper and we can all have a long healthy life.

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 romps through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zentraveler in Batu Caves

Zentraveler in Batu Caves

Our first trip into Malaysia we were pleasantly surprised by the energy and diversity of a multicultural city. We arrived from Cebu direct flight to Kuala Lumpur approximately three and one half hours on Tiger Airlines with a cost for two of 14000 pesos US $320.00 round trip. The international airport is approximately one hour by taxi to the city. We booked online using Booking.Com at  the V Garden Hotel on the outskirts of KL with close proximity to the MRT mass rapid transit and within easy walking distance to  local Chinese restaurants. The hotel rooms are small but the staff is friendly and helpful and the rooms extremely clean.  For the budget price of $35.00 per night V Garden is an OK headquarters.

After an excellent Chinese fish dinner we examined our rough draft itinerary and decided on the first day to explore the Central Market and China town where we had a great dinner at Central Market, did some shopping… OMG they have everything the human brain can conceive of including supermarkets that have an unlimited variety of exotic fruits and vegetables and enough sushi to sink a battleship.

Hindu Shrine

Hindu Shrine

The following day we took the MRT system direct to Batu Caves where we experienced the 272 step climb, waved to the monkeys who are real  bandits looking for any kind of handout anyone will give. Be very careful as these monkeys are not shy and can deliver a nasty bite.  The cave itself is almost surreal as it is so dramatic to see these cathedral looking ceilings made from millions of years of crystal formations. Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines.  In the back of the cavern there is a  Hindu temple where you can witness their priests performing their religious services. There are many photo opportunities. This should be very high on any tourist list as things to do.

Artsy Petronas Twin Towers

Artsy Petronas Twin Towers

Our third day we went to the Petronas Twin Towers, not to be missed by anyone visiting the city.  The architecture is amazing almost impossible to get a picture postcard photo unless you are really good a taking photos and can lay on your back with the latest high tech telephoto lens… or you could turn the camera vertical but that’s to easy. The first three floors are high end shopping with many of the Malaysians walking with their shopping bags full to the top.  Their economy is booming and you will be surprised at their infrastructure… plus all of the new condos springing up everywhere.

KL Aquarium

KL Aquarium

From Petronas Twin Towers you walk five minutes underground walkway and arrive at one of the best Aquariums in the world.  They have large manta rays, with sharks circling overhead and tunnels of fish as if caught in a fishbowl whirlwind…plus every other type of creepy crawly creature you can imagine. This venue is family oriented, but don’t bring more than four cameras or you will miss something…like a fish devouring another or the birth of NEMU.  Is best to choose a weekday since their are less people and you can capture that award winning dangerous shark teeth photo…fooling your friends or not! Definitely worth a visit highly recommended.

Bird Park

Bird Park

Our fourth day we took the MRT and headed to Bird Park.  We got off near the train station and walked among historical government buildings, a historic Mosque, and tree shaded sidewalks. We ate at The Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe in Bird Park which was a pleasant surprise.  From there we walked through the park..one of the largest aviaries in the world where we witnessed everything from exotic birds along nature trails to highly entertaining bird shows plus a museum. We then headed to Butterworth by bus going to Penang Island and Langkawi Island and our return trip to KL we stayed at Ancasa Hotel and Spa centrally located adjacent to bus station, China Town and close to MRT station. For the next three days we feasted like starving tigers at a number of excellent restaurants and local food stalls. The food was so good my partner Perla gained eight pounds and me about five pounds.

Central Market Food Court

Central Market Food Court

So there you have it!  If you want to experience a multicultural city full of diversity and energy, excellent transport on the MRT, many tourist destinations, and enough good food restaurants and stalls to fit every budget… then what are waiting for ?  I know an invitation!  Zentraveler hereby gives anyone who wants to learn about another culture and experience some of the best food on this earth.  There’s your invitation!Get packing grasshopper.

Shopping Everywhere

Shopping Everywhere

QUOTE: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Kuala Lumpur has a vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian ethnicities; a dynamic interplay of religions, including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism; and a universal appreciation for the good life. Even though this city of 1.8 million is the largest in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur—referred to as KL by locals, or KL-ites—still retains a certain small-town sensibility within its ethnic neighborhoods. Its Chinatown, Malay kampongs, and Little India neighborhoods are packed with restaurants and stalls serving specialties unique to each culture, as well as dishes that combine the influences of all three into a uniquely Malaysian fusion. In other words, Kuala Lumpur is an easy place to love.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Local culture…Extinction is forever

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t be a couch potato…travel to the ends of the earth and then some.

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 Essence of Zen!

 

Essence of Zen

Essence of Zen

This is not a cookbook recipe or a perfume advertisement.  This is a simple treatise on how to get the most out of your life. This simplistic quote sums it up beautifully.

     The essence of life is to live and let others live;to smile and to make others smile; to fulfill ones duty and to cherish the dreams to be realized in this life. —–Malabika Sen  Hello I though this treatise was on the essence of Zen not the essence of life. Just checking grasshopper on who is paying attention and wouldn’t it be a great benefit if you added zen to your life!
     Lets take a look at what the essence of zen really is! Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.—Shunryu SuzukiZen Buddhism is a meditative practice which is designed to increase self-awareness and compassion. It is not a religion as such, with a set of beliefs and dogmas to be accepted, but rather a way of approaching life and a way of experiencing life, together with a set of practices to help the individual achieve an enlightened (nirvana) state.
     A Zen meditation is a mind-body encounter, in the sense that there is an emphasis on ritual physical movements (bowing, chanting, sitting, walking, etc.), but the primary purpose of such activities is the quietening effect they have on the mind. The Zen experience is one of ‘sitting loose’ to life, and it is therefore in sharp contrast to the somewhat ‘driven’ left-brain orientation of the West, with its emphasis on rationality, logic and control. Using a phrase from Zazen your job is really simple!  JUST BE!
     So there you have it….if you want to get off the merry-go-round and slow things down why not take some time and learn to just be. Not as easy as it sounds grasshopper.  But I promise you… you can take this skill and apply it to human relationships, stuck in traffic, long lines, airports and the dental chair. Whats not to like…being wired tight to the max.
Take time to be still and be in the moment. A Zen master stated if you really want to know the secret to happiness all you have to do is accept WHATEVER HAPPENS in your life.

QUOTE: I believe life (which zen can be a part of) encompasses never ending experiences. Searching and questioning through past and present lives, the answers to which, each of us will find in our own timescale.  Ultimately bringing us an understanding of the “bigger” picture and our place within it.—Shad

Dennis Waitley said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The essence of Bodhidharma’s teachings is that one does not need to study sacred texts, worship deities, or do elaborate religious rituals to achieve enlightenment. Rather, one needs to break through the boundaries of conventional thought using meditation and experience the world as it truly is in the moment.

Zen maintains that this was the way the Buddha himself attained enlightenment. Zen teaches that all humans have the capacity to attain enlightenment because we all have an inherent Buddha-nature; indeed, we are all already enlightened beings, but our true potential has been clouded by ignorance. According to some Zen traditions, this ignorance is overcome through a sudden breakthrough — called satori — during meditation in which the true nature of reality, and our experience of it, is revealed. 

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your bad temper…it has no practical use and is a waste of energy and emotions.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Just Be!  Just Bee! Just B  no jumping around Grasshopper and u2 can capture the essence of zen.

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 oil that heals!

 

Zentraveler

Zentraveler

When I was a child if I was bad my mother gave me a dose of  CASTOR OIL which I hated and shook my head as if bit by a snake.  Also when I was good and came down with any sort of infection my mother delivered the dreaded CASTOR OIL like Nurse Ratchet…and vol-la the cold or whatever magically disappeared. Sometimes these older remedies have a great deal of merit…  which allows us the cliche of MOTHER KNOWS BEST! As my brother was  a fast learner he was almost always good to avoid the castor oil treatment.

Castor oil comes from the castor seed, Ricinus communis, which has a very unusual chemical composition and healing properties. Castor oil is a triglyceride, comprised of fatty acids, 90 percent of which is ricinoleic acid. This unique fatty acid is found in lower concentrations in a few other seeds and oils (0.27 percent in cottonseed oil and 0.03 percent in soybean oil) and is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s unique healing properties.

The castor seed plant is native to India. Centuries ago, the plant was referred to as “Palma Christe” because the leaves were said to resemble the hand of Christ. This association likely arose out of people’s reverence for the plant’s healing abilities. It was later adopted for medicinal use in Ancient Egypt, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome, and eventually in 17th Century Europe and the Americas. Castor oil is one of the best kept secrets in the world of natural health.  Taken from the bean of the castor plant, this oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, which exerts powerful therapeutic effects. Historically, castor oil was taken as an oral laxative.

Today, however, taking castor oil this way it is not recommended because its powerful laxative effect can disrupt normal digestion and healthy intestinal flora. When it comes to treating chronic conditions, sometimes it is more effective to treat our bodies gently. Castor oil best exerts its powerful effects when applied topically, directly to the skin. It proves to be a simple, cheap and effective remedy for a variety of common health issues including: hair-loss, arthritis, back aches, muscle aches, and may even help in certain cancers.

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: Advice is like Castor Oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take—Josh Billings

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

  • Advocates claim castor oil is most effective for strengthening your lymphatic system when it is applied topically in a “castor oil pack,” a treatment popularized by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Castor Oil plants..be careful grasshopper they can be your own poison.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Use Castor Oil packs on the body to restore lymphocytes and to improve your immune system.

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 explores Malaysia!

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Since I live in the Philippines its a great opportunity to travel to Asia. Sometimes your travels are partially determined by discount flights which you can search on the internet. This was our case as we booked a round trip flight from Cebu, Philippines to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The direct flight took three and a half hours and cost $315.00 dollars for two persons.

Now that the flight was booked for a twelve day stay in Malaysia, the next step was to book hotels since this was the busy holiday season. We used booking.com which was fast with friendly software.  We gave them a credit card for room guarantee and you could cancel any time up to 30 days with no fees involved. They immediately emailed your hotel reservation with your confirmation number and you were good to go.

Le Baron Hotel Langkawi

Le Baron Hotel Langkawi

The next part is rather tricky as the ego and your desires to see the entire country in a whirlwind trip need to be trimmed down to a realistic schedule. We looked at a map of Malaysia and could go to several national parks and see Orangutans in the wild or visit rehabilitated centers which takes some advance planning, which did not fit our schedule on this trip or head to the opposite coast and visit Royal Cities, freshwater lakes and learn about the local culture.  We decided to head north and visit historic Georgetown on Panang Island and ferry to Langkawi Island for a nature tour of the mangroves and rivers.

 

This was our rough itinary with plenty of extra time for travel and sight seeing.  As our starting point we booked  four nights at the V Garden Hotel  a bit out of the way and approximately one hour from the airport.  Very nice hotel for the money, the rooms were small but very clean and efficient with a friendly staff and only a few minutes walk to the mrt station which we used daily to tour the attractions of Kuala Lumpur.

Zentraveler Croc Adventure

Zentraveler Croc Adventure

From Kuala Lumpur we wanted to take the train, but was booked one month in advance so we took a five hour luxury bus to Butterworth, a ten minute taxi ride and a fifty minute ferry to Panang Island where we booked a budget hotel named The Red Inn Cabana.  Excellent value at $30.00 per night with breakfast included and  centrally located in historic Georgetown.

Historic Georgetown             Museum

Historic Georgetown
Museum

Leaving Georgetown we were to take a direct ferry to Langkawi Island which was sold out, so we bused several hours to another ferry depot and a two hour ferry ride to Langkawi where we checked into Le Baron Hotel which was upscale with two swimming pools and located on the scenic seacoast.

Luxury Bus

Luxury Bus

We headed back to Kuala Lumpur on a direct bus about six hours to the main bus station and checked into the An Casa Hotel and Spa centrally located next to the bus station and close proximity to an mrt station, China town, and the Central Market.

We decided to reward ourselves and proceeded on a gastronomic tour to die for. Many of the food critics have labeled Malaysia as the best food choices in the world.  And to prove a point my partner Perla gained seven pounds in twelve days. To try to communicate how good the food is nearly impossible. The main reason is the diversity of the food from many Asian backgrounds including, Chinese, Malaysian. Singaporian, Indian and local mixed cultures.  You can choose to eat street food which is quick and tasty and many ways the way to go if on a budget or go to traditional Chinese and Malaysian Restaurants with  fancy menu’s an upscale service.

Green Curry Fish Filet

Green Curry Fish Filet

You could make a point about eating your way through Malaysia and you could come away a died in the wool believer that the Food Gods gave everything they had with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and sauces to die for.

Mangrove Tour Langkawi

Mangrove Tour Langkawi

So there you have it!  If you want the city life of Kuala Lumpur and also take in the historic sights of Georgetown on Panang Island and travel to Langkawi Island to watch eagles soaring over pristine rivers, pack in a mangrove tour feeding wild monkies and discover hidden lakes… then all you have to do is book your flight and The World is Your Oyster!

Aquarium Kuala Lumpur

Aquarium Kuala Lumpur

QUOTE: Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land.—Tariq Ramadan  

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

  • Malaysia is located between 2º and 7º north of the Equator; Peninsular Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. To the north of Peninsular Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbor is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia in Borneo while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: ORANGUTANS…YOUR VANISHING RELATIVES NEEDS YOUR HELP.  Dig deep Grasshopper or this game is over…EXTINCTION IS FOREVER.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Create your own Gastronomic tour of Malaysia eating a sampling of the best prepared foods in the world…not to mention chocolate covered GRASSHOPPERS.  Look out Grasshopper or you will end up on the menu.

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 easy meditation!

Anyone can have instant success at meditation and with the stressful world we live in could you find 30 minutes a day to be totally relaxed and watch a kaleidoscope of colors float by as if watching a three d movie. Your brain is like a motor in a car but revved up to the top without a break.  We all know you can’t run an engine full-out without something blowing up.

This easy to learn secret to meditation not only leaves you fully relaxed, but you now will have a lifelong system that can be employed anywhere. People fly all over the world on a supposed vacation to try to relax.  They join groups, they try yoga, they watch movies, they drink alcohol, they smoke marijuana…and some drift into hard drugs with a dead-end life.

If they only knew the Universe has a unique system already installed in the human model and all you have to do is tap into  it. You could sit by the river for 20 years, become a monk, live in an isolated cave or om hum till  the cows come home , have a guru teacher, move to India or join some cult where your leader decides your destiny. Since the average modern day humanoid has a retention span of a mosquito and this is a new year… I will now give you the meditation secret that  will streamline your life.

By simply reading you will have the secret and the cost is zero.  Whats the catch? The catch is you actually need to do this as a part of your daily routine for optimum results.

Here it is THE SECRET TO EASY MEDITATION :  You start by putting on some soft music.  You then lie down on your back with comfortable pillows if you like and close your eyes.  No cheating keep your eyes closed.  Your brain will try to fool you by bringing up all sorts of memories and will interfere at will.  Just let all of this brain noise pass by…its fun and don’t try to meditate…just be! I told you this was easy…no pressure just lay back with eyes closed and soon you will begin to see purple and green colors floating in and out and lightning strikes of bright lights. The brain and ego is pissed and tries to interfere..just laugh and watch the show.  You may see a rainbow of  lights flashing or moving like pulsating jellyfish.

The soft music continues and you are amazed at what the Universe gives you if you know the secret! So there you have it! An easy way to meditation that leaves you fully relaxed for thirty minutes a day.  What if I fall a sleep during meditation? It’s ok your body and brain probably needs it. Don’t try to hard using western standards to see these colors or be disappointed in your meditation…just be!

QUOTE:“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Meditation enables us to enjoy whatever we do in our lives more fully and happily—whether that is playing sports, taking care of our family, or advancing in our career.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your Brain!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Use the easy method of meditation on a daily basis!  Grasshopper you are exempt… you sit around in the field meditating most of your life.

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 super typhoon Yolanda!

Just when life seems to have some logic and meaning out of nowhere you are hit with the greatest typhoon ever to hit land in the world.

With winds in excess of 300 miles per hour the word DEVISTATION  would be light compared to the reality of peoples properties and lives.

Rather than boar you with the details I have to say it is a real luxury to have fresh drinking water, electric or a generator, any internet connection and food on the table.

I waited in line for two hours with my laptop only to be disconnected after four more laptops showed up plus over a hundred people lined up in the street to charge their devices.

At this point I would like to give thanks for everything and anyone who shares a sense of help for the people of the Philippines.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ZENTRAVELER

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Zentraveler on virtual travel.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum Paris France

Maybe you hit the travel wall and are tired of taxi-cabs trying to rip you off, delayed flights, buses and train schedules, cramped seating, miss representation of hotels with fancy pictures on the internet, immigration hassles of getting to and from airports, bus, airport and train depots, lousy bathroom conditions, Montezumas revenge, mosquitoes and sand-flies using you for target practice, plastic everywhere and smells that would challenge the human imagination.

If so and this applies to you grasshopper… sit back in your easy chair and begin the virtual travel itinerary.  There is a story about a man who wanted to impress his new girlfriend… so he spent hours studying the virtual tour of the Louvre art gallery in Paris, France.  He has never been to France so he went on-line and learned some quick French, took his girlfriend from San Francisco to Paris and when they went through the Louvre Museum he was a walking encyclopedia of information about all of the famous artists and paintings. You can start your virtual travel by taking the Expert Guided Louvre tour at: www. viator.com/Louvre-Museum.

Over dinner that night with him ordering in French… complete with frog legs, sweet breads, brains, and a bottle of Pouilly-Fuisse white wine he proposed marriage and they have lived happily ever after.

Native Dancer

Native Dancer

In the Age of Disinformation this man could easily be trained to become a politician as he hadn’t told his girlfriend that he actually visited France or been to the Louvre Museum before.  However using this an example you can literally travel around the globe with a few clicks of the mouse or twitches from your new apple tablet…and maybe even impress your friends.

There are over 10,000 travel videos on the internet something to interest every type of traveler.  Sit back in your easy chair and begin your virtual sightseeing travel experience with the following websites.

Travelistic, Trip Films, Geobeats, Zoom and Go, Videomap, Compulsive Traveler, Travel Channel, Overlander TV, Traveler Videos, and Lonely Planet TV

So there you have it!  There are many types of travelers:  some like to travel from point A to point B, others want discovery, pure adrenalin junkies, and others want to learn the culture and arts of a new country.  You too can join the ranks of seasoned travelers with a few clicks of the mouse.

Virtual Travel Image

Virtual Travel Image

QUOTE: “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: While the name “virtual travel” may conjure up ideas of virtual reality machines and time travel, the truth is really not that glamorous, but it is very interesting nonetheless. The concept is really a fairly simple one. Using a computer and an internet connection, a person goes online and finds virtual destinations and tours from the comfort of their own home. For anyone who has ever used the internet take a 360 degree tour of a home, hotel room or house, the idea should seem familiar. There are a variety of sites on the internet which are geared specifically to providing internet users with a lifelike travel experience without even having to leave their homes.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your computer files!  Download free Dropbox and your good to go with all of your files saved and can be accessed anywhere in the world.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Its all in ZEE travel or is it! Try some virtual sightseeing travel…it could really open your eyes and expand your imagination!

Virtual Travel Photo

Virtual Travel Photo

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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