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Zentraveler on Miracle Vegetable Moringa!

Just when you thought there was nothing more out there in the health industry I was walking past a storefront in Bantayan, Philippines when I saw a poster in the window describing the benefits of Moringa!

The storefront was closed but a young man saw me looking and asked if I wanted to buy something. I indicated I would like to know a bit more about the Moringa plant. Just then a smiling person showed up and started telling me about the many benefits of Moringa. It’s name in the Philippines is Malunggay. He went to say that: “Malunggay is called ” The Miracle Vegetable” because it is not only a food, it is also a medicine.

He then volunteered he was a doctor of medicine and also a practicing surgeon. He uses the plant in capsule form and prefers the root but also recommends Moniga leaves as well depending on your indivudal situation. With the Moringa Leaves capsules they help with detoxification, enchances skin health, normalizes blood sugar, strengthens immune system, normalizes blood pressure, vision improvement, improves wound healing, reduces wrinkles/age lines improves digestion, and increases energy. Is also an appetite suppresant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-ulcer, anti-depressant, anti-cholesterol.The moringa root capsules are a circulatory tonic, nervous debility, intermittent fever, spleen enlarger, skin infections, kidney stone, rheumatism, purgative, and delirium. Is also used to treat diabetes, lumbago, asthma, hysteria, drowsy, fatty liver, cough, epilepsy, and gout.

As an anti-oxidant components of Moringa Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B (Choline) Vitamin B1(thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3(niacin), Vitamin B6, alanine, Alpha -Carotene, Beta -sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic, Acid, Campesterol, Carotenoids, Chlorophyll, Chrommium, Delta 5 Avenasterol, Delta 7 Avenasterol, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indoleacetonitrile, Kaempferal, Leucine, Lutein, Methionine, Myristic-Acid, Palmitic Acid, Prolamine, Proline, Quercetin, Rutin, Selenium, Threonine, Tryp-tophan, Xanthins, Xanthophyll, Zeatin, Zeaxanthin, and Zinc.

Antii-inflammatory components of moringa include: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1(thjiamin), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Arginine, Beta-sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic, Acid, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Copper, Cystine, Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, Fiber, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indolacetonitrile, Isoleucine, Kaempferal, Leucine, Magnesium, Oleic-Acid, Phenylalanine, Potasium, Quercetin, Rutin, Selenium, Stigmasterol, Sulphur, Tryptotphan, Tyrosine, Zeatin and Zinc.

So their you have it a Miracle Vegetable that contains the chemistry compotents of the earths pharmacy. I can say only after taking the capsules for only three days I could tell a difference in my energy level and defintely felt better on my overall health.

As an experiment I am going to get rid of all of my other vitamins and only use both the Moringa root and the Moringa leaf capsules.
Not only is this a new beginning—but think how simple it will be to take only two capsules and feel like you are covering all of your bases.

The above was adapted from DR Lydia M. Marero, and has a hold harmless clause as the health effects upon taking these capsules. It is always advised to consult with your physician before undertaking a new regimen in herbs and vitamins.

QUOTE:”Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one’s own rules–this is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.”
– D. T. Suzuki

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Corals in the Ocean! Just like timber, disappearing animals and plants our corals are being destroyed by an alarming rate. Maybe it’s time to become pro-active and either help by volunteering or giving some cash to help save our planet. It’s never to late to start!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Take Miracle Vegetable Moringa to supplement your daily intake.

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 wishes everyone Mabuhay!

Why not start out the New Years by wishing every single person on the planet Mabuhay (ma-boo-hay). Mabuhay is a Philipino verb in the form of a command which simply means live. It is also used as a wish… May you live and is given as a great gift for a long and full life.

Secondary uses of Mabuhay include: welcome, congratulations, thanks, godspeed, hello, good luck, cheers, posit, sante, viva, kambei, and aloha…all a part of life.

Mabuhay is an invocation and a celebration of life itself. Why not tell every single person you meet throughout the year Mabuhay. With taking the time to utter the word Mabuhay you may help someone have a good life. If every single person followed this advice we could be instrumental in creating a better world in which to live.

I will end this blog by simply stating MABUHAY.

QUOTE: Less is more! More or less that is.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Davao, Philippines is the largest city in the world. (in geographical size)

THINGS YOU WANT TO SAVE: The Philippine Eagle! One of the largest eagles in the world the Philipine Eagle is one of the most magnificant birds in the Universe. It has a wingspread of over seven and one half feet and naturalists are making great inroads in saving this species.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Mabuhay! Need I say more.

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 on the Philippine Balut!

Just when you thought you have heard of every aphrodisiac you are suddenly confronted with a smiling waitress who just consumed what I thought was a hardboiled egg. She said: “Would you like to try one?” And of course my reaction was why not. As I was beginning to peel the hardboiled egg my friend Wolfe informed me this was a Balut Egg famous in Asia and the Philppines for increasing your libido.

Eggs have long been a symbol of fertility including the Easter traditions celebrated world wide. Sparrow eggs as an aphrodisiac were used in ancient Greece (where birds were associated with Aphrodite) and in India where the KAMA SUTRA lists bird eggs as a potency builder and specifically to strengthen the Libido.

In my travels I watched the people from St Croix, US Virgin Islands rave about drinking Coconut water and we have have all heard stories of raw oysters, sucking the heads from crayfish in New Orleans and just about every weird food you can think of to give you that extra power and potency.

Balut is one of those foods like Scottish Haggis or Icelandic fermented shark. The yuck factor is rather high so maybe you should have a shot of spirits in order to down your first Balut egg in the Philippines. Wolfe went on to say after you crack the top of the egg you simply suck the juice out and then proceed to remove the shell and eat the rest as you would a hardboiled egg. The embryo has developed enough so that beaks, wings, and bird bone structure add to crunchyness of your taste sensations.

That being said I ate my first Balut egg and am now a member of the weird food eating fraternity. They have also conducted a rather unscientific blind study and have found the Balut Egg that is fertilized by a rooster actually helps with testostrone, old age issues, and of course boosts your libido.

The Balut Egg usually comes from ducks, but most of them come from chicken eggs and are consumed 16 to 20 days after they are laid. And because of the shelf-life it is best to find a restaurant that specializes in this Asian delicacy.

Bon Appetit!

QUOTE: Do you know what an EKG is and do you know what is an MRI is then what is an EGG? It’s an egg of course!!! Eating Balut Eggs may actually help in dancing the Funky Chicken!

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Bantayan Island is regarded as the Egg Basket of the Philippines. As you travel around Bantayan island you can see many small farmers involved in raising chickens and eggs. They supply millions of eggs to nearby Cebu and eggs are one of their most important resources.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: EGGS! You can even bury them for several years and show up as a rare delicacy in the Asian markets. The way the economy is headed this might be a great hedge against currency.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee egg!

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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Zentravelers New Years Resolutions!

As Father Time marches on Zentraveler flipped the coin of destiny and headed for the Philippines for his New Years experience. On the road again I recently met one traveler from Norway who has been traveling continously for eleven years and has worn out several passports. Just when you think you are really out there just around the corner may be a New Years suprise.

Since we never know for sure what may either settle us down or keep us traveling the answer my friend is written in the wind. After having some dental work in Manila I headed for Bantayan Island to the beach town of Sante Fe where I spent Christmas and New Years.

Not quite used to the Hello Sir saluation and the bright smiles of the Philippine people I finally realized that what they have in many cases is not money and they give of theirselves their own form of hospitality which is currently not very prevelant in the United States because all of our values are tied to the allmighty dollar.

Hello Joe is a throwback to the GI Joe who had a strong presence here during World War 2. I was told the military set up English language schools which accounts for some of the elder citizens in the rural areas speaking an excellent version of the American English language.

I have taken a room one hundred yards from the beach with a Philippine family for one hundred dollars a month and will learn about the culture and be able to travel throughout Bantayan Island, which is four hours from Cebu. It’s approximately three hours by bus for about 100 pesos and approximately two US dollars and anothjer hour by ferry to Sante Fe….. a typical beach town sprinkled with foreign xpats running a few restaurants and just hanging out. It;s not unusual to sit in a bamboo bar and hear at least five different languages simultaneously.

The town is full of adventurers, would be novelists, people just lost in time and everyone has an unusual story. My favorite new character is from Denmark and looks like MR. Clean ….earrings and all complete with hulu-girls dancing across his chest as a permanent tatoo.

My new friend Wolfe from Sweden had a New Years party on his birthday which is January one
and invited over one huindred fifty of his local neighbors. He had a roasted pig, twenty five barbeque chickens, 50 kilos of rice and all the beer and Coca Cola you could consume. In typical tradition over three hundred locals showed up and all sang Happy Birthday to Wolfe as he sent hundreds of brightly lit fireworks into the unknown.

The generosity of one x-pat who reminded me we are mere guests in their country certainly set the stage for all citizens of the world to share anything with the less fortunate….and as the Buddah would remind us. This little bit of gifting will come back a hundred fold.

You could see the majic in the childrens faces and the pride of the grandparents as they smiled, laughted and danced into the night.

Happy New Years from Zentraveler!

Zentravelers Top Ten New Years Resolutions:

1. Treat others as you would like to be treated
2. Be a positive example when you travel
3. Share your knowledge and technology
4. Practice following your breathe Zen meditation
5. Be a steward of the Earth
6. Smile more often it takes less muscles than a frown
7. Don’t be a boring know it all
8. Volunteer your caregiving services in a foreign country
9. Convert to green energy
10. Keep on traveling—it’s amazing what you might learn

QUOTE: It’s latter than you think or is this just the beginning:—–Zentraveler

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Using the Karma formula the more you give the more you receive. With people trying to hold onto to Earthy things they are actually causing more strife in the world. As the great Buddah would say….. let go and go with the flow.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The ocean! We are losing our fishes royal (local expat speech.) I only hope the new year will cause every single person to take some postive action to save the earth and ourselves… creating a better world to live in.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: HAPPY NEW YEARS and may every single human being experience a wonderful year.

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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