Zentraveler on the Universe!

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. Albert Einstein 

In random numbers we now have 7.4 billion humans on this earth and I think therefore I am almost positive that less than one millionth of the human population understand what this above paragraph really means.  We are selfishly destroying the earth in nano seconds and it really wont matter what you think or do into the future unless we put the brakes on and design a worldwide software social system like Facebook to save our earth from impending disaster.

Food for thought…now that’s a mouthful.  Its our role in the Universe to embrace all living creatures and save nature not destroy it.  Since we have dug such a deep hole with wars, bombing, destruction of the environment, global warming, toxic waste, chickens with antibiotics, genetic modified foodstuffs, and development of the nuclear bomb…we are living on borrowed time.

We are losing animal and plant species in record numbers and as a reminder EXTINCTION IS FOREVER.  Is it too late to care about the Universe?  The quick answer is YES.  However if we could start a movement where we would plant a billion trees per year we could improve air quality, increase rainfall and beautify the world.   We could Shut down big business polluters and like Richard Branson appeal to every country in the world to get on board to save the Universe…

Heck if you could come up with a social media software program to save the universe Richard Branson would probably kick in a few billion dollars himself…  Just saying.

So there you have it!  To save the Universe or Destroy the Universe….even a first grader would choose the correct answer…how can we be so dumb over such a big issue?   Can you say corporate and personal GREED!

Smokey the Bear used to say:  Only You can prevent Forest Fires  and now Zentraveler says Only You can save the Universe.  Grasshopper shudders when a crop duster airplane spreads toxic chemicals over the clover fields…he says it makes him puke with just one bite…and sometimes knocks him silly …UGH!

QUOTE: “It’s funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man’s greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon’s desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.” -John Stewart, Earth (The Book): A Visitors Guide to the human race.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Our universe is an amazing place full of amazing facts. Every day new discoveries are made and we’ve come so far in a relatively short period of time toward understanding our surroundings, where we originated from and where we may be heading. Even quantum physics has been scaled to layman’s terms. Lively discussions take place around the world on everything from String Theory to Dark Energy. All we need to do is look up at the night sky during  specified times to see constellations of stars, alignments of planets, meteorite showers, eclipses of the moon, visiting comets and so much more. Gravitational telescopes have made so many more observations possible for us and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The Universe.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You cannot live alone in the Universe…we are all connected so quit your fighting and struggling and help save the Universe.

From here to Infinity 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 the secrets to Longevity.

Longevity

Longevity

If you would like to live to be a hundred maybe you can follow some of the secrets of my ancestors.  Uncle Irvin lived to one hundred four and worked outside trimming and growing things.  Grandma lived close to a hundred and planted her own garden every year plus had a room full of flowers and green interior plants, My mother lived just shy of a hundred and learned not to worry…answer the question what good does worry do? Great Uncle Russel’s occupation was  hunting for wild ginseng and mushrooms in the mountains. At age 96 he asked me to bring him a new beagle pup  as he wanted to start training the beagle to be a top rabbit hunting dog. It takes approximately two years of training in the field.  He planned to go hunting at age 98 with his newly trained beagle.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 84,000 centenarians currently live in the United States and the number continues to grow. By 2040, this fast-growing segment of the American population is expected to reach 580,000–a seven-fold increase. How can you boost your chances of one day joining their ranks? By learning the secrets to a long life and healthy aging.  Using the lucky number eleven we have listed eleven secrets to longevity.

1. Stay current.
One key to longevity seems to be keeping up with the times. Though it goes against the stereotype that the elderly are unable or unwilling to learn anything new, an increasing number of centenarians are embracing new media and technologies and are constantly learning new things.

2. Stay connected.
Daily communication with loved ones may also contribute to living longer. A large percentage of those polled–82 percent–talk to a friend or family member every day, and nearly 80 percent feel that an active social life is more important to maintain as you age than an active sex life. Some studies have shown that those with satisfying social relationships (including a stable marriage) experience less mental decline due to aging and remain more mentally alert than their more isolated peers.  People with pets also live longer.

3. Eat, sleep, and exercise.
Eating right, sleeping enough, and exercising regularly are at the top of the to-do list for people who have made it to 100. Three-quarters of respondents make it a point to eat nutritious, balanced meals and get eight hours of sleep every night. Nearly half walk or hike once a week for health benefits, and more than 30 percent get weekly exercise from activities like gardening. Focusing on these areas can help you maintain a healthy weight over your lifetime and feel better mentally as well as physically. The “New England Centenarian Study,” conducted by Boston University’s School of Medicine, found that few centenarians are obese and are almost always lean, especially men.

4. Stick to routines.
Many of those who live the longest have a fondness for daily and weekly routines. In addition to healthy habits formed by connecting with others and staying fit, nearly 75 percent say it is important to have a good sense of humor make it a point to have a hearty laugh daily. More than 60 percent meditate or practice  “spiritual” activity each day to help keep them centered. Be in the now…easier said then done.

5. Volunteer.
Giving back is another avenue to longer-term health and happiness. Close to 90 percent of centenarians believe that volunteering helps improve emotional health and can make people happier. Seventeen percent have volunteered in the past six months.  Not just volunteering simply helping anyone improve their life via teaching or demos is a win win situation.

6.Have a hobby.

And if you don’t have a hobby it never to late to get one and make sure its something you like and enjoy. Many hobbies to chose from in today’s world which include card playing, bingo, walking, golf, swimming, working crossroad puzzles, reading, stamp and coin collecting, growing herbs, music…and the list goes on.

7. Feel satisfied.
It’s often said that the secret to happiness is wanting what you have. Centenarians seem to prove this point, with the oldest Americans harboring few regrets and expressing contentment with the lives they’ve led. In an impressive show of strong adjustment and coping skills, nearly 80 percent said there was nothing they would have done less of; over 60 percent said there was nothing they would have done more of in their lives. In the end, what more could you want from a long life than that?

8. Be your own Best Friend.

Sounds easy enough, but you would be surprises how many people fall into the trap of self loathing and the poor me complex.  Snap out of it Jack and Jill.  Do you want me to push you off a 300 foot cliff bungee jump with native vines tied to your feet…  I didn’t think so?  Friend or Foe its your choice.

9.  Forgiveness

Forgive any and all of your possible enemies…they didn’t know any better. And it like lifting the biggest weight and ball and chain from your person and soul. Now that’s something to crow about.

10. Gratitude

Wow that’s a mouthful.  Give thanks and appreciate the little things in life including saying something nice to everyone you meet.

11.  Be active and keep busy.

Unless you were born in the animal world and are a sloth where you hang upside down all day watching the world go by then just because your getting older doesn’t give you the right to be a sloth and a couch potato.  Bottom line get off your duff and  get with the program

So there you have it make sure you have a good nights sleep, get up early with the birds, eat a healthy breakfast, do your daily exercises, have an early lunch with lunch being your largest meal and an early dinner using small portions and if hungry take  a few apple snacks a day plus drink plenty of  water also drink at least three cups of green tea daily try to eliminate fast foods and a meat diet and  most of all stay away from doctors and chemical laden Pharmacies.

Now that you have all of the secrets you can live like Moses …you might double the 100 year mark and live to 200…then freeze yourself and start all over with  a new batch of DNA.  Whats not to like?  Paying those  taxes and such.  No worries mate… just instruct your personal robot to handle the details and kick back and relax.  And don’t forget to hug your friends and pets…they like that.  Grasshopper you can skip the longevity lesson.  Grasshoppers have a short life cycle especially when a hungry bird spots you lounging on your backside in the tall cool grass.

QUOTE: The secret to Longevity is to keep breathing. (Quote by – Sophie Tucker)

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: He who gives food, gives longevity, pleasant complexion, happiness,
stamina and intelligence.Buddhism advocates generosity as one of the main virtues accumulated even by the potential Buddha. Feeding poor people is one of the duties of a Buddhist. One who is capable of earning more with ethical means shares his/her surplus with others. Food, clothing, shelter and medicine are four essentials that a person needs. Buddhism emphasizes the fact that everybody lives on food and that is the main requisite. The Buddhist generosity is culminated when one sacrifices his or  her own life for the benefit of others. According to Buddhism, before asking the person to follow the teachings of the Buddha, one should check whether the person had enough to eat because the hungry cannot comprehend the essence of the teachings. The Buddha mentioned that hunger is the worst disease in the Universe.

THINGS YOU CAN SAVE: The earth is a good place to start.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Live each day as if it is the only day you have.  You would be amazed at how that can jump-start an entire lifespan.

From here to Infinity 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 comments on Bantayan Holy Week, Philippines

Every year the Bantayan Holy Week  located on Bantayan Island , Cebu approximately five hours from Cebu…attracts more Filipino locals, tourists and world travelers.  This year is no exception.  All of the buses and ferries are filled with Holy Week seekers who come to celebrate this great Easter Celebration.  The dates start on Thursday March 24, 2016 and go thru Sunday March 27 with the main attractions celebrated in Bantayan Town with a Easter themed parade. Located at the town center circle you can witness the ancient church and see hoards of people along with many vendors selling every type of tasty snacks and trinkets.  Other visitors rent rooms, hotels and guest houses and lounge on the white sandy beaches of Santa Fe , twenty five minutes from Bantayan Town.  Santa Fe has excellent swimming on the turquoise blue waters and offers many excellent restaurant ventures.

If you have never been to Bantayan Island Holy Week… grab your backpack, pack some sunscreen and travel snacks and hop aboard the many buses leaving North terminal, Cebu.  As a reminder it would be a Cardinal Sin not to bring your camera.  Enjoy!

 

Holy Week Bantayan

Holy Week Bantayan

Can you imagine over 50,000 visitors will descend on Bantayan Island to witness and celebrate Holy Week.
This years event will be celebrated on March 24, 2016 Maundy Thursday and March 25, 2016 Good Friday. Filipinos from every province of the Philippines will trek here by private car, buses, motorcycles, and eventually make the ferry crossing from Hagnaya port to Santa Fe. Bantayan Island is approximately three hours by bus from Cebu plus one and half hour by ferry. From Santa Fe you can take motorized tricycle or jeepney to the town of Bantayan where the religious activities take place.

crowd scene

crowd scene

HOLY WEEK OBSERVANCE
“The ancient customs of observing the traditional religious festivity during the Lent is drawing bigger and bigger crowd of devotees every year to Bantayan. The main attraction is the passion and death of Jesus Christ well illustrated in life-size figures, mounted on high, richly decorated and brightly illuminated “carrozas””. These are paraded along the main streets on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Besides the passion and death of our Lord, images of saints as related in the Bible are also depicted. To this date, the scenes are complete from the Last Supper down to the scene when Jesus was being laid to His tomb.” source: Bantayan.Gov.ph

Fountain and Church

Fountain and Church

Since most of the resorts are fully booked well in advance you are advised to make your hotel and resort reservations at least six months in advance to insure you have a place to stay. Most of the people will stay in Santa Fe since it has many resorts and restaurants and is located on a beautiful white sand beach with palm trees swaying in the wind.

Magellans Cross

Magellans Cross

Almost every square inch of the beach is used for family get togethers and celebrations with many sleeping on the beach. Santa Fe has several tent rental vendors leased out on the first come basis. Some of the more seasoned visitors bring their own sleeping gear and equipment.

The main event is in the town of Bantayan and centers around the central park and historical church. They have daily parades which include life-like portrayals of Jesus and the Stations of the Cross. Vendors sell everything from candles to snacks and balloons and cotton candy for the kids.

Historical Church

Historical Church

While in Bantayan many visitors visit the fresh fish wet market, the vegetable market and the dried fish market. There are also many local businesses along with individual booths selling everything from used clothing, to the latest video releases. Many visitors purchase bags of dried fish for future personal use or as gifts to their friends and family.

Balloon Vendor

Balloon Vendor

If you get hungry one of the favorite hangouts of the locals and foreigners is Kermits Restaurant just off the central square. They are noted for the best cheese burgers on the island along with great burritos and homemade cakes and pies of every description. Don’t know what to order… try their Halo Halo special ice-cream with ice and hidden treats. Yum Yum!

Candle Lady

Candle Lady

So there you have it! Holy Week is quite a spectacular event to witness and celebrate the teachings of Christianity. So why not join in the festivities and contribute to the new Filipino public relations promotion which states: “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” As a reminder don’t forget your camera grasshoppers… you will have many photo opts while on Bantayan Island.

Veronica

Veronica

QUOTE: “We ought to fast, and to abstain from all vice, and from all that will lead us into sin, as well as from extravagance and superfluity. We should often visit the churches, and venerate and reverence all ecclesiastics on account of their office, and because they distribute the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ, which they offer in sacrifice, receive themselves, and administer to others. And let everyone know and hold for certain that we cannot be saved except through the sacred Words and the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which priests preach, announce, and distribute, and of which they are the sole ministers.” -St. Francis of Assisi

Candle Ceremony

Candle Ceremony

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:The Holy Week is one of the biggest, most colorful and most theatrical festivities of the Catholic Church along with Christmas. In the Philippines, the ‘Semana Santa’ (original Spanish name) or ‘Mahal na Araw (literally ‘dear days’) is the week preceding Easter Sunday. In this predominantly Catholic country, the focus of the celebrations is not just on the resurrection of Christ, but also on His crucifixion and the events that led up to it. In fact, given the penchant of Filipinos for everything heart-tugging, the crucifixion of Christ has always been more colorful than the other activities of the Holy Week.

Colorful Celebration

Colorful Celebration

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Religious Cards.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Make a special trip to Bantayan Island and experience the Holy Week celebration.

From here to Infinity 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.

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Zentraveler arrives in Vung Tau, Vietnam

 

Vung Tau Seascape

Vung Tau Seascape

Vũng Tàu is the port capital of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province, on a peninsula in southern Vietnam. Once a French colonial town, it’s now a popular seaside resort that draws tourists from around the world. Because of its close proximity to  Ho Chi Minh City, many visitors day-trip and arrive by hydrofoil or bus. Its long, busy stretch of beach has the verdant Small and Big mountains as backdrop.

Sidewalk Dragon

Sidewalk Dragon

A few hour bus trip from Mui Ne I arrive in the petroleum beach town of Vung Tau.  Not having great expectations of a paradise beach town I was presently surprised as I checked into by beach view hotel.  After check in I walked along the main beach street and meandered upward on one of the best sidewalks in all of Vietnam.  As an older traveler this is a big plus for me.  I want to be able to walk, take my time, take in the scenes and stop at a coffee shop along the way. As I neared the top of the hill  there is a huge statue of Jesus perched on top of the mountain overlooking the bay and the city.  With approximately two hundred steps you can climb to the Christ statue and feel like you are the King of the Universe.

Jesus Statue

Statue

Vung Tau will definitely not disappoint.  Approximately one hour into my walk I started to descend down hill toward a long scenic bay  and of course as if a genie appeared there was a great coffee shop perched on the cliff overlooking the bay.  If you have never drank Vietnam coffee…it is to die for.  With coffee in hand I order a plain baguette with cheese and egg and I was good to go.  Total cost one dollar.  This is a good time to reflect and give thanks to the travel gods and whoever is running the universe these days.

Seaside Restaurant

Seaside Restaurant

After my lunch break I crossed the road and  walked back up the scenic sidewalk overlooking the bay and ocean with many green shade trees planted strategically along the walkway.  What a great place to take some pictures, no lines no shoving and pushing… just you alone able to capture the seascape for your personal memories and to share a few  for  fellow travelers on the Zentraveler blog.

Offshore Island

Offshore Island

So there you have it!  An excellent city with long scenic beaches, French Colonial architecture that has some of the best seafood restaurants in the world,  a choice of hotels to fit any budget and many activities for the tourist to chose from including: island hopping, scuba diving, jungle trekking, or just lazing on the beach. I personally liked the wide sidewalks, the small outdoor tables where you could always get a good cup of coffee and to me the feel and vibe of the city was great.  Vung Tau has some big plans for future tourism development and if you were looking for a possible retirement heaven Vung Tau just might fit the bill. What are you waiting for Grasshopper a personalized invitation from the King or a swift kick in the pants to move you off center!

Beach Whale

Beach Whale

QUOTE: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Vung Tau Beach

Vung Tau Beach

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: When you’re headed to Vung Tau, the world feels like your oyster. Whether you’re off on a romantic escape, family holiday, or solo excursion, you won’t want to miss any important local landmarks or the best cuisine in town. There is perhaps no better way to take in the city than by staying at an ideally located Vung Tau accommodation. You can also arrange jungle treks, surfing, off shore diving, a round of golf or just hanging out at the beach.

coffee and tea time

coffee and tea time

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:  Travel memories….like long term batteries their everlasting.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: When you travel often times the best experiences are not planned and you simply go with the flow.  Some travelers are so busy with their electronics and precision time tables they end up looking like possessed robots on steroids and completely miss the point of travel.

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 Chinese Zodiac Year of the Monkey!

Two thousand sixteen {2016} will be the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Monkey will start from Feb. 8, 2016 CHINESE NEW YEAR and last to Jan. 27, 2017.

The monkey is a clever animal with an IQ of 174.  It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finance, career, business relationship and people relationship.

 

QUOTE: “Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.” Mark Twain

 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Capuchin monkeys are very careful and intelligent. To identify different types of predators, Capuchin monkeys use different vocal sounds.Some organizations train Capuchin monkeys as service animals to assist quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility impairments.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Monkies!  With loss of our rain forests the wild monkies are being driven into extinction.  EXTINCTION IS FOREVER!  At this rate of animal abuse the GRASSHOPPER could be next.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t monkey around with monkies or the Chinese zodiac.  These furry long tailed animals are your distant ancestors and deserve your respect.

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 Prostate, PSA, and Proscar.

I will start with mi cheeky inside joke.  When I meet with mi God I want to praise him  and tell mi God I am a great fan of his work, but I have only one question why did you make mans prostate so small?  Was it a material problem or a design flaw or was it so urologists would have a hefty income.

Every man forty years plus will have to deal with his prostate until he dies.  Your great grandfather didn’t even know what a prostate was.  Lucky Fellow!  As you age  your prostate grows larger and eventually causes a variety of problems which include frequent urination, inability to urinate, BHP benign prostatic hypertrophy, Prostatitis infection of the prostate, and Prostate Cancer.  The bad news is it is possible to have all three, however most simply haveBHP enlarged prostate which wraps around your tubes restricting eurine flow, velocity and causing many nite trips and makes you search out every toilet on the planet..this is especially nice when taking a five hour bus trip and you have to piss like a racehorse.  Preying with jaw clenched that the bus will actually stop for a break.  Glad you have your tennis shoes on because now its an out and out race to the toilet.

Most people in the civilized world who can afford it get annual medical check-ups.  Not sure why but they do.  My mother lived one hundred years and never had an annual medical check-up.  One of the tests for males is the PSA test which has recently come under scrutiny in the United States, because they discovered there were too many unnecessary prostate biopsies.  No matter which side your on on this issue.  Early detection of a high PSA, plus a DRE digital rectal exam and a detailed questionnaire has saved many males from dying of Prostate Cancer.  If you are dark skinned, have relatives who have or had prostate cancer, overweight, have a high diet of red meats and processed foods like hot dogs and live in a cold climate with limited vitamin D sunshine you increase your probability of having prostate cancer.  Asians who live near the equator whose main diet is fish, vegetables, olive oil and red tomatoes have the least amount of prostate cancer.

So what to do?  A very good question.  I was doing great after having many PSA tests with different results and eventually quit getting PSA tests and even thinking about my prostate until without me knowing it I had an executive medical checkup in Philippines and the doctor said my PSA was elevated and should probably have a biopsy.  I am still on the wait and see mode.  If no more PSA elevation  I won’t get a biopsy.  The root question is should you get a PSA test or not.  It depends on what you want to do based on your prostate symptoms and research…there is no clear cut answer. The short answer is it is probably better to have a eurologist or medical clinic schedule a PSA exam and blood test…so you have a baseline of information.

Now it gets messy and expensive if you have prostate cancer there are at least ten different possible cures and outcomes and the procedures without insurance cost in the neighborhood of fifty thousand dollars depending on where and how you get the procedure done.

Bottom line three of my friends have prostate cancer, one is cured from a clinic in Korea, but still has prostatitis which is not cured and has almost the same urination difficulties, other friend had  a radical prostatectomy, where they surgically remove prostate, and my other friend has been going through chemo-therapy for three years and his prostate cancer has metastasized into his bones, after the doctor said he was cured.

What to do, what to do! What to do?  You can try natural herbal cures which includes saw palmetto, zinc, selenium and some Chinese prostate pills.  You can chew raw pumpkin seeds, watermelon rind and one fellow is his nineties eats an avocado every day and has no prostate problems.  The other alternatives include taking an 5-alpha reduuctase inhibitor brand name Proscar 5 mg daily which will reduce the size of your prostate and also lower your PSA score which after six months as an example if your prostate PSA was ten and is now PSA five…your real PSA is still ten.  The formula is to double your current PSA while on Proscar and the doctor will factor that in as your real PSA.  The other choice is to take an alpha blocker brand name Flomax, which works immediately and does not lower PSA but increases urine flow.Some doctors have their patients on both drugs which helps with their urination and prostate problems.

So there you have it until someone creates a synthetic prostate that can be replaced at your local clinic…you will just have to grin and bear it!  I have been told bears don’t have prostate problems because of their high intake of salmon and blueberries.

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: “We can reduce these cancer rates – breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer – by 90 percent or more by people adopting what I call a nutritrarian diet.” Joel Fuhrman

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Most men do not know where the prostate is or what it’s for, so here’s a snip of information. Named by the Greeks as,‘that which stands before’, the prostate lies just below the bladder and surrounds the top part of the urethra – the tube that drains urine from the bladder. The size of a pea at birth the prostate gland grows to the size of a walnut in the male adult, that’s about one inch by three quarters of an inch by one and a half inches (2.5 cm by 1.9 cm by 3.75 cm).

Function of the prostate:The secretions from the prostate keeps the lining of the urethra moist. The prostate also produces most of the semen and seminal fluid that transports and nourishes the sperm. Prostate enlargement occurs in 43 per cent of men over the age of 60.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your PSA scores.  What else would grown men talk about if  they exhausted the topics of golf, politics, and women?

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t worry grasshopper…you lucky devil.  Grasshoppers don’t get enlarged prostates, prostatitis or prostate cancer.  You can also skip the sometimes painful and embarrassing Digital Rectal Exam and the PSA blood test.

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 travels to Mui Ne Vietnam wind surfers paradise!

 

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Mui Ne Beach

Mũi Né is a resort town along the South China Sea in Southeast Vietnam. With a long, palm-lined beach, it has steady wind conditions (in the dry season) that make it a top destination for windsurfing, kite-surfing, sailing and other water sports. It’s also a popular weekend getaway from Saigon with a busy strip of hotels, restaurants and shops.

After arriving by a double Decker sleep in bus I was ready to stretch mi legs and check out the adrenaline junkie town of adventure.  I walked up a rather steep grade and checked into Mui Ne Hills hotel perched on the hillside with stunning views  overlooking  the town and the sea .  After checking into mi hotel I was informed I could use their large swimming pool at their new hotel  up the hill and adjacent to mi hotel. You almost had to be a billy goat with sharp hooves to traverse straight up the side of the mountain.  Flip flops were too slippery especially coming back down so I reverted to bare feet for a better grip.

Luxury swim Pool

Luxury swim Pool

The sister hotel was luxurious with a great outdoor pool  and bar complete with tables for eating and drinking beverages and lounge  chairs.After receiving their complimentary drink I figured this is it… lounging in a five star pool and paying the price of a backpacker in your own hotel.  I thought to myself maybe I will just stay here…this is incredible.  After finishing your complimentary fruit jazzed drink I watched the orange sunset drop dramatically into the azure blue ocean.

After trekking down the hill from the five star hotel I took a quick shower at my hotel and walked about three kilometers to Joe’s Cafe where I was to meet Leo another fellow traveler from Australia.  We were invited to the owners table who was an American from New England and shared a few beers and travel stories.  As  I looked around another American joined us and he told us he farms passion fruit for his livelihood.  A local five piece band was tuning up their instruments and started to play Hotel California.   Three men were sitting at a table facing the band drinking local beer with the well dressed attentive staff taking care of every detail.   Joe’s Cafe is well known to the locals and expats and is a  great looking large restaurant with small swimming pool overlooking the sea.

Water Sports

Water Sports

As Leo and I walked the three kilometers we passed retail store after retail store and only saw one customer.  I was ready to write my blog entitled:  GHOST TOWN OR KITE SURFERS PARADISE…you be the judge.  The following morning I walked past three Kite Surfing schools and there was no-one on the ocean kite-surfing…maybe wrong time of the year. This was somewhat of a trend Leo and I discussed throughout Vietnam…all of these magnificent resorts and businesses and no customers.  We figured all of these were really tax heavens for the wealthy…since most were certainly not busy enough to make a profit.

The following morning I took a jeep tour where I could spend some quality time and see some interesting sites in and around Mui Ne.  Our tour guide pulled off the main road and walked us to The Fairy Stream.  We took off our shoes and walked ankle to knee deep along a meandering stream silhouetted by lush green bamboos and over shadowed by red, clay brownish, white cliffs.  As we marveled at nature’s landscape we felt like we were entering Jurassic Park or the land of the dinosaurs.  I could have easily spent the entire day here photographing nature’s wonders.

Fiery Stream

Fiery Stream

We traveled on a scenic route out of town and arrived at the White Sand Dunes recreation area.  They had a nice lounge area and restaurant.  You could rent quad trikes and head straight up the white sand dunes wind sculpted mountain of sand.  As if in a James Bond chase scene in the Sahara Desert you were definitely in the moment and quite a few tourists had some pictures to prove it. Just seeing this wind swept mountain of white sand was almost an illusion and definitely an artists canvas.

White sand Dunes

White sand Dunes

Leaving The white Sand Dunes sculpted wind swept mountain we arrived at a fisherman’s hangout village where we witnessed the locals paddling toward shore in small round doughnut boats that they use in their daily pursuit of fresh fish.  After meeting the locals and taking some photographs we headed near town to Red Beach Mountain.  At Red Beach Mountain you can rent boggy boards and pieces of cardboard from the kids. Tourists and locals alike are sliding down the sand mountain having the time of their life witnessed by their big smiles and lively chatter.  All that is left is to drink a glass of chilled wine and watch the sunset explode into the sea yielding the  perfect setting for a day in and around Nui Me.

Local fishing Boat

Local fishing Boat

So there you have it!  If you want a beach town that has good hotels, good restaurants and water sports then why not book a trip to Mui Ne.  Might be only you and the grasshopper unless a bunch of over zealous bloggers open their big mouths about another off the beaten path gem.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction

QUOTE: “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

Mui Ne Beach

Mui Ne Beach

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: One of the most beautiful places of Mui Ne is the arroyo de las hadas, called Suoi Tien in Vietnamese and Fairy Stream in English. A miniature version of the Grand Canyon The Fairy Stream
is a small stream that runs through a forest of bamboo and dunes close to the village to zig-zag mode. The dunes of reddish color, coupled with the erosion of the passage of time look prehistoric and are a geological wonder.

Pre-historic Fiery Stream

Pre-historic Fiery Stream

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Sand….it has many uses.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: The only two bugs I like are The Travel Bug and the Camera Bug.  All of the rest of the bugs can bugger off as far as I am concerned.

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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