Zentraveler showcases Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia.

Monks Angkor Wat

ANGKOR WAT-THE 7TH WONDER OF THE WORLD.

Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometers (four miles) north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom.  Entry and exit to Angkor Wat can only be access from its west gate.

Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC). Estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), replica of Angkor Thom  style of art.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

Large Temple

Wat is the Khmer name for temple (the French spelling is “vat “), which was probably added to “Angkor “when it became a Theravada Buddhist monument, most likely in the sixteenth century. After 1432 when the capital moved to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was cared for by Buddhist monks.

Angor Wat

It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.

Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. The central tower rises from the center of the monument symbolizing the mythical mountain, Meru, situated at the center of the universe. Its five towers correspond to the peaks of Meru. The outer wall corresponds to the mountains at the edge of the world, and the surrounding moat the oceans beyond.

Entrance Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat Temples are so amazing I can honestly say words cannot describe this experience, however If you can’t visit Angkor Wat there is a plethora of excellent research from scientists, paleontologists, geographers, photographers, scholars and historical architects.

Even though Angkor Wat is the most photographed Khmer monument, nothing approaches the actual experience of seeing this temple. Frank Vincent grasped this sensation over 100 years ago.

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The general appearance of the wonder of the temple is beautiful and romantic as well as impressive and grand it must be seen to be understood and appreciated. One can never look upon the ensemble of the vat without a thrill, a pause, a feeling of being caught up onto the heavens. Perhaps it is the most impressive sight in the world of edifices.

Entwined Trees

Angkor Wat occupies a rectangular area of about 208 hectares (500 acres) defined by a laetrile wall. The first evidence of the site is a moat with a long sandstone causeway (length 250 meters, 820 feet; width 12 meters, 39 feet) crossing it and serving as the main access to the monument. The moat is 200 meters (656 feel) wide with a perimeter of 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles).

Female God

There are several options available for viewing Angkor Wat which include a tuc-tuc pickup at your hotel who will take you to the ticket office to purchase your ticket. They will photograph you and will be embedded on your ticket useful for various checkoff points amongst the many temples.  Your tuc tuc driver even though quite knowledgeable about the temples is not a licensed guide.  He will stay with you all day and drop you off at various temple sites and pick you up later as you walk through the historical temples.

Buddhist Monk

This was the choice I used, however his signage or communication says Tuc Tuc tour Angkor Wat approximately $10.00 us dollars, which does not include your entrance ticket another $10.00.  Make sure you have loose cotton clothing, extra bottles of water, and comfortable walking shoes…as you will be doing some serious trekking on a one day outing.  They have local eateries for snacks, water and going to the toilet.  Did I mention maybe a good idea to take your camera or cameras and take digital pictures till the cows come home. Also don’t forget to give your tuc tuc driver some bottled water and a tip…they provide an excellent service.

Kings Swim Pool

Other options include a guide which would be very informative, a three day pass which is still not enough time to photograph, and grasp the grandeur and enormity of these temples. Second day you could bicycle out… have lunch and just kick back while taking in the sites.

Temple Outdoor

So there you have it!  If you want to experience one of the greatest world heritage sites in the world…jump on an airplane, bus in from Thailand, take a river cruise or arrive on a water buffalo and just like that you are now a part of the wonder itself. Tip: Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise should be on anyone’s must-see list. You won’t be the only one there, however. Expect a lot of tourists! It’s still best to go at sunrise, as more tourists arrive later in the day, and the heat becomes stifling anyway.

Contour Temple

QUOTE: God is in the details.  If our people can build Angkor Wat they can do anything.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The sun rising behind the five signature lotus-like towers, combined with the artificial pools situated in front of the temple, creates a perfect mirror perspective that enhances this heavenly and colorful natural display.  It’s a beautiful sunrise and a magnificent sandstone temple worth seeing twice, at the same time.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Old Temples and such they are a goldmine if preserved.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Add Angkor Wat to your travel and bucket list and enjoy one of the seven wonders of the world.

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 views explosive Asteroid to destroy earth!

Using telepathic wave lengths magnified fifty billion times there is a huge odd shaped asteroid dead reckoning directly toward earth. The actual date could be light years away or with just a minor adjustment could hit within the next few years.

I believe theirs something catastrophic that will happen whether its this asteroid or another that will teach human beings a lesson to be remembered because we have reached a limit of deterioration in all aspects of life. We have taken earth for granted in everything. We destroy whats innocent and pure and we place value of money over the value of human interactions , we put a price tag on everything including humans so something must happen to restore equilibrium again.

Should I call my Insurance Agent and purchase Asteroid Insurance or just go with the flow? It all depends on the size of the Asteroid.  A relatively small asteroid could wipe out an entire city and a extremely large one would destroy the earth as we know it.

QUOTE: Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision with Earth.  That is the equivalent of what we face now (with climate change}, yet we dither.  James Hansen

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

What Is An Asteroid?

Asteroids are small, rocky solar system bodies that populate interplanetary space out to the orbit of Jupiter. There are millions of them, and they are often grouped by their composition. The planetary science community refers to them as minor planets, a general term applied to solar system bodies smaller than moons. Asteroids are mainly made of materials left over from the formation of the inner solar system words. Most of them orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, although there are groups of them that orbit closer. Asteroids come in three composition classes. C-types (chondrites) are made of clay and silicate rocks. S-types are the so-called “stony” asteroids and are made mostly of silicate rocks and nickel-iron mixtures. M-types are metallic nickel-iron. These categories indicate how far from the Sun they formed in the early solar system.

Facts About Asteroids

Asteroids are clues to the formation of the rocky planets of our solar system. The objects we see today are leftover from a time when the solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago. There are a LOT of these leftovers out there. Let’s learn some cool facts about them.

  • Asteroids aren’t the only things that hit Earth. Each day, more than 100 tons of material from asteroids and comets falls toward Earth. Most of it is destroyed by friction as it passes through our atmosphere. If something DOES hit the ground, it is known as a meteorite.
  • While asteroid impacts were more common in the past, they aren’t as frequent today.
  • An asteroid impact some 65 million years ago contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs. (It was one of several factors that affected all life on Earth at that time.)
  • Earth suffers an impact from an object the size of a football field about once every 2,000 years.
  • A car-sized meteoroid (a piece of asteroid) falls into Earth’s atmosphere about once a year. The result is a beautiful fireball, but the meteoroid usually burns up before reaching the ground.
  • Asteroids are rich in precious metals and other metals, as well as water.
  • Some asteroids are actually blown-out comets. The ices are gone, and all that’s left is the rocky material.
  • Some asteroids have moons of their own!
  • Most asteroids orbit the Sun in the Asteroid Belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter.
  • Asteroids are also referred to as minor planets or planetoids.

Near Earth Asteroids & Impacts

Earth and the other planets formed as objects in the early system smacked together and made larger worlds. The process of collision and impact continues to this day, although with smaller objects (since all the larger ones became the planets we know).

Asteroids continue to come close to Earth in their orbits. They are called near-Earth objects (NEOs) or Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs). If orbital conditions are right, it’s possible that a NEO could crash to Earth’s surface. Depending on the size of the impactor, the damage to our planet (and us) could range from very little to catastrophic. A small incoming object would likely break up in our atmosphere. A larger one could rain very large pieces down on the surface or into the oceans. There are groups of astronomers searching out and mapping the positions of these NEOs in order to predict possible impacts weeks, months, or years in advance. Several organizations are making plans in case something should hit and cause damage. The chances of something hitting Earth are very small, but also depend on the size and orbit of the object.

So there you have it!  You could build a bomb proof cave bunker like they have in Afghanistan. Prepare your body to be frozen with the flip of a switch or fly with Branson to another planet…or just hangout to things cool down!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The Earth!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Make sure to store semen and DNA so future historians from other planets can study humanoids from Earth.  You should include a plastic bag of grasshoppers as they are an important part of Zen.

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 on Forest Bathing!

Forget the Norwegian Strong man contest, the Gamers Marathon or multi-tasking in the electronic age and go back to the caveman environment if you want to be smarter not dumber.  Studies have proven that multi-tasking slows down the brain and can even burn out the brain.

Enter the new field of FOREST BATHING which simply means you learn to hug the trees, listen to the trees and watch your stress level drop out of site. You don’t need a new pair of Michael Jordan Tennis shoes for $375.00, jock tight bicycle outfits, golf clubs, helmets, designer jeans  or even high tech bird watching binoculars.  All you need you already have in your closet or if you don’t have anything… you can Forest Bathe in the nude.

We live in the virtual world, but we need the wild is even more true in today’s chaotic lifestyle.  We all heard the phrase stop and smell the roses, can’t see the forest for the trees.  This is all leading up for you to save yourself from burnout by spending more time in nature.

It doesn’t matter where you live you can always find a green area, city park, national parks, river walks, Appalachian trail and even the Darien Gap for the adventurer.  Each tree is special and has its own Aura.  A  colored emanation protective circle above the tree.  Simply stare at the top of the tree against a blue sky and soon you will experience the trees Aura.

A new study suggests that by talking to trees and getting away from the technical age the brain can be fifty percent sharper by Forest Bathing.

So there you have it.  If you want to save yourself and society take up Forest Bathing and can even be a great pick-up line.  You introduce yourself and invite whoever on a Forest Bathing outing.  Who could possibly turn you down on such an offer.  Maybe the Grasshopper he’s been Forest Bathing so long he’s  smarter than the average bear and has been hearing this pick-up line for years.  However there’s always a chance you could get a Forest Bathing date with the Grasshopper.

QUOTE: Shinrin-yoku The Japanese practice of ‘Forest Bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Forest Bathing is defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest. What sets forest bathing apart from simply taking a walk in the forest is that we consciously take in the sights, sounds, smells, and the whole experience, rather than allowing our minds to do the things they habitually do, like putting together a mental grocery list.

Results of a study of 280 subjects conducted  found that forest bathing was associated with lower levels of a stress  indicator called cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure. The participants of the study had decreased activity in the part of the nervous system that activates when we are stressed and increased activity in the part of the nervous system that activates when we are relaxed. Relaxing like this is crucial for good health if you consider the fact that chronic stress reduces immune function and makes us more prone to depression, heart disease, and other disorders.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Trees…They are a lot more than they appear.  Watershed, Shade, Human, Animal and Bird feed, natural antibiotic, shelter, bird nests, wild honey bees, ants galore and more.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: STOP BEING A TECHNICAL GEEK AND GET BACK TO NATURE.  HAVE YOU HUGGED A TREE TODAY, IF NOT GET WITH IT AND GAIN SOME BRAIN POWER.

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 buses to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 

Angor Wat Temples

After spending a week in Phnom Penh the bustling capital of Cambodia I went to a travel agent and purchased a bus ticket on Mekong Express Limousine Bus lines to Siem Reap on the northern part of Cambodia.  You never know what you are going to get when you book a bus as the travel agents are biased to certain bus companies and often offer a lesser less convenient service.

All aboard as I am picked up at my hotel and delivered to the Limousine Bus which was as the name implies.  After adjusting my very comfortable seat with ample leg room the female bus attendant gave each passenger a sandwich and a bottle of water and the bus had a toilet in the back of the bus…which is really a nice luxury to have especially on long trips.

Local Tuc Tuc

You can tell immediately If you have a good bus driver as he shifts smoothly and keeps the bus at even speed without passing on curves, blowing his horn. as if that would make a difference to a water buffalo or turned over tractor trailer truck on a blind curve. This bus trip was absolutely amazing and gave  passengers time to enjoy the scenery consisting of  huge rice fields, water buffaloes, cattle egrets and small towns as we proceeded north.

Elephant Hotel

We had a twenty minute snack break with local foods and a sit down restaurant. We arrived in Siem Reap in five hours even though the agent said it was six hours.  Bus stations are a challenge worldwide…you never know exactly where the bus might stop and then get your next mode of transport to the hotel district.  Thank god for the internet since it told you to either take regular taxi (expensive) or take local tuc tuc with the exact fee to pay.

I hopped in the first tuc tuc and negotiated the price to the tourist area and off I went like royalty in their well appointed tuc tucks with comfortable seats and open air to take in the sights as you motored along.  Siem Reap is a bit of a mystery as you cruise along wide treed streets with French Architecture and well appointed corporate and local buildings nestled into the landscape.

Pub Street

Immediately you think to yourself this city has style and would be an excellent place to hang your hat for a while.  It has fresh bakeries, many excellent restaurants, coffee shops everywhere, many churches and religions, hospitals and local clinics, and an entire block called Pub Street which is a great place to take a beer, eat in its many restaurants, ideal for a night out of bar-hopping, enjoy local bands or just people watch.  It reminds me of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but here the party goes on every night of the year.

Another plus factor about Siem Reap is the cost of living is quite reasonable and a retiree could easily live here for under $1000 per month.  Hotels run the gamut from cheap to expensive and I found a brand new boutique hotel with a large room for $300 dollars a month and had its own bar and healthy cuisine located in the green area only five minutes from down town.

Angor Wat

What draws millions of visitors to Siem Reap is their ancient temples called Angor Wat. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO Archaeological Site and is listed as the 7th Wonder of the World.

Buddhist Monk

Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and its incredible detail.  Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometers (four miles) north of Siem Reap.  Listed as one of the best travel destinations in the world… Angkor Wat will not disappoint.

Stilt House River Tour

Another adventure which should be on your list is a river tour to Tone Lake Sap area where you can take a local boat and  experience river life at the small town of Kampong Khleang which feels genuinely untouched and peaceful.  You will see stilt houses as far as the eye can see. More than a village, Kampong Khleang is a small town with its schools, its 3 pagodas, its clinics and everything such a large community requires to function. For those of you who have never seen such things before, it is a truly mind-boggling experience.

Travel like the Natives

Once your boat navigates away from the stilt houses, you will enter the “actual” floating village: several dozens of wooden houses floating on the river. The village moves along the river according to the seasons, and even sits on Tonlé Sap lake during the dry season. Just amazing.

One of the best things about Kampong Khleang is that the boat service is still owned by the locals, which means that the money we spend on the boat trip gets back to the community. We really hope it remains this way.

Zentraveler

So there you have it Siem Reap is a hidden gem that has something for everyone and should definitely be on your bucket list as a travel destination.

Magnificent Culture

QUOTE: “If a picture is worth a thousand words, why did God invent captions?” -David Mellonie

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Angkor Wat ( or “Capital Temple”) is a temple complex in Cambodia  and the Largest Religious Monument in the World, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres).[ It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Our Historical Temples…they are a reflection of who we are.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you plan to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia you should be dressed like the famous Indiana Jones, carry a professional looking camera, some round spectacle glasses and a leather bound copy of poetry in your back pocket.  Also Beards are welcome as you mingle with the pseudo-intellectuals who are sipping strong coffee, munching on French croissants and vividly re-living past civilizations.

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 reflects on Holy Week Bantayan Island 2017!

Bantayan Holy Week

The small tropical island of Bantayan located in northern Cebu province in the Philippines sheds its laid back atmosphere like a snake as more than one hundred thousand people from around the world come to celebrate Holy Week… Which is celebrated from April 13 Maundy Thursday to April 16 Easter Sunday in the year 2017.

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.

Most of the accomodations , restaurants and beaches are located in the town of Santa Fe and almost every square inch of its white powdery sand  is covered with people who are here to enjoy the beach, good food and religious activities.

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is from Palm Sunday to Black Saturday, then Easter Sunday. It is traditionally a solemn occasion in the Philippines,  a time for serious atonement.

Holy Week Celebration

Holy Week is when many people perform holy rites in fulfillment of a vow they made when they asked God a favor, such as a cure for an illness. Priests and religious statues are dressed in purple to symbolize gloom. Devout Catholics go to church everyday; some fast.

Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, Filipino Catholics bring (palm fronds) to church to be blessed by the priests.  Then they bring the fronds back home with them.

Fountain and Church

For most of the week, especially after Tuesday, the towns are eerily quiet with TV and radio stations going off the air and no loud noises or revelry whatsoever. Catholics stop eating meat, turning to fish, and the more devout ones go on a completely liquid diet. Many businesses are closed, so make sure you have supplies, especially food, stocked up and make your hotel reservations well in advance as the hotel accommodations fill up fast.

The traditional  “reading” or chanting of verses about the suffering of Christ starts on Sunday and ends on Maundy Thursday, which is the day when the washing of the feet is celebrated.

Good Friday  commemorates the crucifixion and death of  Christ. On this day, you will see religious figures being carried through the towns on top of  carriages. The religious images and statues are veiled in black in mourning of the death of Jesus.

The most striking feature of  Holy Week celebrations in the Philippines is the sight of Filipinos publicly whipping themselves. These are reenactments of the torture and death of Jesus. Some Filipinos not only whip their backs into a bloody mess, they also have their feet and hands nailed to a wooden cross. Tourists come from all over the world for the sight in the Manila area. Bantayan Island does not practice this reenactment, but has an impressive parade and reenactment of the Stations of the Cross in Bantayan Town.

Among Filipino superstitions on Good Friday is the prohibition against children playing. This is because they might injure themselves and not have their wounds heal. You will always be reminded that during this time when Jesus is dead, and so everything is awry and bad things are apt to happen.

Black Saturday is when Christ is entombed. Filipinos spend the day preparing for the night vigil leading up to Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. At  four o’clock in the morning, Filipinos do a  ceremony commemorating how the Virgin Mary met her son Jesus who has come back to life. Her image will be brought to the image of the Christ at the local church. Flower petals will be rained down on them.  Everyone is happy that Jesus is alive again and that the world is back right. On Easter day, grocery stores re-open and you can buy food.

In contemporary times, these Philippine traditions are slowly disappearing. Young Filipinos now use the Holy Week to vacation at the beach. Modified from Tagaloglang.com

So there you have it!  If you want to celebrate and enjoy Holy Week you are only approximately five hours by bus and ferry from north terminal Cebu! Pack a big lunch, relax in the sun, go to the beach and swim or island hop, sky dive or have some quiet time to reflect about the real meaning of Holy Week!

QUOTE: Let this season of LENT remind us all that this life we have and the material possessions we hold are just being LENT to us. We’re all passersby. We’re not immigrants here. We’re all pilgrims on the road. We bring nothing when we die. But we can leave behind the love we’ve shared, the hope we have given and the goodness we’ve done. May we all have a meaningful HOLY WEEK. GOD BLESS.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The real meaning of Easter…it’s not rocket science.  It is a religious celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: A collection of inspirational quotes.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Come to Bantayan Island and discover a hidden Paradise.  Grasshopper has been lounging on the beach and has a wonderful golden tan to prove it.  He also never misses going to Mass and says his prayers every night at bedtime.  Who knows maybe Saint Grasshopper is in the cards?

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 discovers longevity pill.

What if I told you that I know of a little white pill that can add years to your life and its dirt cheap would you be interested?  It reminds me of the psychiatrist who has about twenty diplomas in his office waiting room and in bold letters it says: “IT’S AMAZING WHAT I DON’T KNOW.”  Who knew?

Today they have cults who are trying to live one hundred seventy years and any number of snake-oil salesman claiming they have a cure for this and that, but as research gathers steam there is a cure for everything including living longer.

In Japan there is one town that has more people living over the age of one hundred than anywhere in the world.  Some of the things that contribute to this are a close knit society with many friends, a diet consisting of fresh fish and vegetables and daily exercise.

What if there is a break-thru study by accident that discovered this small white pill can add years to your life and it truly is a miracle drug with no known side effects.  This sounds like its strait out of Orsen Wells book 1984 or a playbook from outer-space.

Since curiosity nearly killed the cat and you are still with me… the little white pill which you can take daily is called METFORMIN.  Hey wait a blooming minute isn’t that a drug to treat diabetes?  The answer is yes and when they experimented with animal studies those who took this pill lived significantly longer. Martin-Montalvo A. et al. Metformin improves healthspan and lifespan in mice. Nat. Commun. 4:2192 doi: 10.1038/3192 (2013).

Metformin is a drug commonly prescribed to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. Here we show that long-term treatment with metformin (0.1% w/w in diet) starting at middle age extends healthspan and lifespan in male mice.  Treatment with metformin mimics some of the benefits of calorie restriction, such as improved physical performance, increased insulin sensitivity, and reduced low-density lipoprotein and cholesterol levels without a decrease in caloric intake.

At a molecular level, metformin increases AMP-activated protein kinase activity and increases antioxidant protection, resulting in reductions in both oxidative damage accumulation and chronic inflammation. Our results indicate that these actions may contribute to the beneficial effects of metformin on health and lifespan. These findings are in agreement with current epidemiological data and raise the possibility of metformin-based interventions to promote healthy aging.

So there you have it… if this drug Metformin increases the longevity of mice and helps with other crippling diseases this might be the answer people have been seeking since the dawn of civilization… including: Ponce de Leon searching for the fountain of youth.

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:“You know what I think prolongs life?” Harry has said. “Art and Music. Beyond that, it is to have a heart full of love, That is the most important thing”.” -Neenah Ellis

 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

“There is increasing interest in exploring how drugs for one use might be repurposed for another. It is exciting to discover that a drug already known to be safe and effective in humans might be further studied for a possible, alternate use for healthy aging.”

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Mankind

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Metformin might add years to your life.  The grasshopper says his prayers, lives a healthy lifestyle, and takes a Metformin daily.  After giving him a mirror and taking some selfies he definitely looks and acts younger and even has an extra hop in his step.

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 arrives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cambodian Temple

Cambodian Temple

 

After studying and reading about Cambodia it was a no-brainer to pack my bags and see the many sights, smells and people of Cambodia.  My first impression after flying into the Phnom Penh airport was being delivered like royalty in a fancy motor tuc tuc directly to my hotel room just a few blocks from the river!

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

First things first… after you check into your hotel make sure you take a few hotel cards with exact address and look for some landmarks which will identify your hotel.  I call this the awareness stage.  Next step I carry a travel wallet with no credit or debit cards, a colored copy of my passport, small amount of money and my personal cards to give out to interesting travel people you may meet along the way.  My other wallet with money, credit cards and debit cards fits with my passport and is either locked in hotel safe or locked into my small travel bag hidden somewhere in the hotel room!

The first thing you notice is the hotel staff is friendly and anxious to answer your tourist questions and to my pleasant surprise most Cambodians in the tourist areas have a fair amount of English speaking abilities.   Also even though the US Dollar is not the official money of Cambodia, everyone wants and uses US Dollars for most transactions over a dollar.  If it is a small transaction example two pieces of bread expect to get change in Cambodian Riel or carry some loose Cambodian change for small transactions.

Golden Buddha

Golden Buddha

And when you go to the ATM machine you simply choose US dollars.  If you select $100 dollars guess what you get a $100.00 bill and no-one can change it?  So what I have learned to do was to go to the ATM machine located outside a major bank during weekday business hours get your $100.00 dollar bill and go inside the bank where any teller will be glad to give you change.

Don’t know who taught this to the Cambodian merchants but at least three times they refused to take my US dollars after holding them up to the light and they report to you “old Money”  cant take.  Bear in mind if there are tears etc I would understand, however if you got this money from local bank should be OK.  A small hotel operator after paying daily three days in a row  refused my money because he thought it was old.  I boldly said:” take it or leave it we can have the police settle this matter … I just got this money from the bank”!  He grumbled and took the money!

Buddha

Buddha

 

Now that we have security issues and money out of the way I take my first stroll in Phnom Penh down the sidewalks on to riverside drive where there are a plethora of excellent restaurants, pub bars, tourist travel agencies and gift shops and  I might add they have excellent draft beer on tap at many local restaurants and bars for fifty cents.

Religious Image

Religious Image

Phnom Penh is buzzing with energy.  They are building condos everywhere with supply trucks, tuc tuc’s, motor scooters, and buses running bumper to bumper during most business hours.  This is the time to choose a local eatery and sit back and watch the world go by.  Wait long enough and you will see everything… five or six people on one motor cycle, a few panhandlers, people hawking and selling all sorts of things all immersed in a Buddha society with lavish lawns and temples where you can just hang out eating homemade ice-cream or photograph everything that walks, flies or runs.

 

Cambodian Leaders

Cambodian Leaders

I spot this French cafe and order their coffee Lat tee and their house specialty a spinach crepe. Just watching the chef make this on a hot griddle using buckwheat flour with spinach is an art into itself. As I await my luncheon I  look around at well dressed intellectuals like the Hemingway days.  One man with a proper bow-tie gives me the local paper and says he is a professor at several local colleges, another is a photojournalist on assignment from Australia.  A few well dressed ladies from the wealthy set approach giving cheek kisses to their group of friends leading their poodle dogs to their favorite table and a few bohemians with beards and berets are smoking something with strange smells.

Golden Buddha

So there you have it…The people of Cambodia are friendly, they have every style and every budget for restaurants and you can find anything from a backpacker hostel to a five star hotel to fit your budget.  So if you would like to see Phomn Penh before it evolves into another mega-city for the rich this might be a good time to book a flight into Phnom Penh and see for yourself a city on the move…yet with enough French architecture, Buddha temples and interesting people to make it a worthwhile trip.

Street scene

Street scene

QUOTE: “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”  Sir Richard Burton

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: In 1979, the Khmer Rouge was driven out by the Vietnamese who established the People’s Republic of Kampuchea, essentially a socialist puppet state of Vietnam. In 1992, the UN stepped in. In 1993, the monarchy was restored, a parliament was elected, and the name was changed to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: People…They are some of the best treasures left on Earth!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: What are you waiting for Grasshopper?  Why not book a flight and see if the grass is greener in Cambodia.  One thing I can tell you most of the soil in the entire country of Cambodia is reddish in color.

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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