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Zentraveler discovers the Filipino fruit Chico!

Chico Fruit

One of the most delicious fruits I have ever eaten. It tastes like a cross between the best ice cream you ever had and an award-winning desert at a five-star restaurant. It has a distinctive sweet taste and is even better when served cold.

The Chico fruit is originally from Mexico and the West Indies. It was widely spread throughout Southeast Asia as the Spaniards brought it along with them on their way to find and explore new territories to be colonized. The Chico, also known as Sapodilla has many names such as Chico or Tsiko in the Philippines, Chikoo or Chiku in India and Pakistan, Sawo nilo in Malaysia and Indonesia, Sapoti in Brazil and Haiti, Sapote in Mexico, Hawaii, Southern California and down to Southern Florida.

The Chico is an Energy Fruit containing so much sugar that people with diabetes are advised to avoid eating it. However, the Chico contains Vitamin A, B complex, C, and minerals like; Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, copper and Zinc. These Vitamins and Minerals found in the Chico fruit are essential for bodily health.

Many fruit lovers prefer the Chico due to its sweetness, malt-like flavor and soft flesh. It could be served as sherbet, jam or syrup, mixed with ice cream or simply just eaten as it is.

To eat simply break the fruit in half with your hands, spoon or knife, and remove the hard black seeds and eat!
Bon Appetit!

So there you have it if you want a fast energy boost and a delicious tasting fruit add chicos to your menu!

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: There is a Cree proverb that says, “Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Growth Habit: The chico is an attractive upright, slow-growing, long-lived evergreen tree. Distinctly pyramidal when young, with age the tree may develop a crown that is dense and rounded or sometimes open and somewhat irregular in shape. It is strong and wind-resistant and rich in a white, gummy latex. In the tropics it can grow to 100 feet, but grafted cultivars are substantially shorter. A 40-year old tree in La Mesa, California is only about 12 feet tall.

Leaves: The leaves are highly ornamental, 3 to 4-1/2 inches long and 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide. They are medium green, glossy, alternate and spirally clustered at the tip of forked twigs.

Flowers: Chico flowers are small, inconspicuous and bell-like, approximately 3/8 inch in diameter. They are borne on slender stalks in the axil of the leaves. There are several flushes of flowers throughout the year.

Fruit: The fruit is round to egg-shape, 2 – 4 inches in diameter. The skin is brown and scruffy when ripe. The flesh varies from yellow to shades of brown and sometimes reddish-brown, and may be smooth or of a granular texture. The flavor is sweet and pleasant, ranging from a pear flavor to crunchy brown sugar. Fruits can be seedless, but usually have from 3 to 12 hard, black, shiny, flattened seeds about 3/4 inch long in the center of the fruit.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Chico seeds!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Those who have not tasted the bitter cannot have the sweet. Eat more Chicos —you deserve a sweet treat!

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 Holy Week in Bantayan!

Holy Week


Bantayan Island is an idyllic paradise known for its excellent beaches, friendly people and magnificent sunsets. Located approximately five hours from Cebu… go to the North bus terminal and take the direct aircon or standard bus to Hagnaya Port about three hours where you will board a ferry and another one and one half hours arrive at Santa Fe port terminal. From there you can take a tricycle to Santa Fe (a few minutes) or a van or motorized tricycle to Bantayan. (20 minutes)

Bantayan Island consists of three municipalities which include: Santa Fe, Bantayan, and Madridejos. Those who are more adventurous can rent a motorcycle and circumvent the island in about a half day. A good stopping point would be Kota Park in Madridejos with its historic pier extending into the sea and a vintage fortress museum with artifacts… making this a great photo opportunity. Kota Park has a small restaurant for snacks and drinks. Other activities include camping out on the white sand beaches in Santa Fe, swimming, biking and exploring its many resorts… plus a host of restaurants to choose from.

A migration of 70,000 to 100,000 people arrive by ferry-boat to celebrate Holy Week in Bantayan! Nearly every square inch of beach is utilized in Santa Fe as folks from all over the globe celebrate. My friend Ian rents over 100 tents and all of the local vendors try to out-do each other by offering delicious bar-b-que chicken and pork, fried bananas, seafood specialities, and local delicacies.

Burning Candles Tribute

Candle Lady Vendor


Most of the resorts are fully booked six months to a year in advance and anyone who has a Filipino relative will have more visitors than they can count.The actual celebration takes place around the town square in Bantayan and consists of religious parades, featuring the stations of the cross, Jesus replica of the tomb, balloons, food vendors, and burning candles at the historic Sts Peter and Paul Parish Church.

Jesus Replica

Jesus Grave


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.” —www.bantayan.gov.ph website

Holy Event

It’s easy to get around in Bantayan which has a great historic church, central park, wet market with a wonderful selection of seafoods including: whole squids, large prawns, clams, mussels, scallops many types of fish such as tunas, lapu lapu, and local varieties which I cannot pronounce. In another covered market nearby, next to the vegetable market, they have a large selection of dried fish from the very small to golden-brown whole fishes. Many tourists take large bags of dried fish home to their relatives and for personal consumption.

Life Size Image

While in Bantayan you can get the islands best cheeseburger, mouth-watering helo helo with home-made ice cream, delicious fresh baked apple pie, chocolate cakes, and some sweets so decadent you will be forced to take a tak-out order for the trip home. The name of the restaurant is KERMITS named after “Kermit the Frog” located just off the plaza down the second street as you enter Bantayan… close to Allied bank and immediately behind Pebachi Speciality store. If you can’t find it… just ask any local and they will be glad to help you out and don’t forget to say hello to the owner -operator Emuel. bon-appetit!

You can also check out the NEW Bantayan Weight Management Club adjacent to Allied Bank and behind two sari sari stores and Ralphs Internet. Signs are posted above stores and on the backstreet behind Allied bank. Ask for Perla or Bebe and get a FREE CONSULTATION and learn to live a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition.

Historic Church

Celebration

Bantayan has the oldest church in the Visayas and Mindanao and is named as the Lenten capital of the Visayas . Many people from the Philippines and abroad go to Bantayan not only for a swim and relaxation, but also to witness the Holy Week procession and to observe the most solemn practice of faith. You should experience this for yourself as the crowds build and everyone is in a celebrant mood. It’s a time to worship and give thanks for the many things we have on this earth ….AND REFLECT BACK TO WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT!

Magellans Cross

QUOTE: It’s a celebration of life over death. The whole message of Holy Week is the message of God to join him.
~ Glenn Duffy

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. It reminds Christians of the journey Jesus made into Jerusalem on a donkey. Jesus was going there to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach). Jesus chose a donkey to show that he had come in peace. On that day many people welcomed Jesus by shouting, waving palm branches and throwing branches down in the path of the donkey. They hoped that Jesus was the Saviour who the Bible had promised.Palm Sunday is both a happy and sad day. Christians are happy because they are singing praises to Jesus but also sad because they know Jesus died less than a week after his arrival in Jerusalem. In churches on Palm Sunday Christians are given small palm crosses made from palm leaves. Left over palm crosses are kept to be burnt so that their ashes can be used in a special service on the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday) the following year. This ash is put on people’s foreheads.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your personal religious beliefs!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Use this valuable time to give thanks!

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 Empty Mind Beginners Mind!

Quiet Beauty


The entire world is your oyster at birth and just gets more cluttered from there!
THERE IS A COMPUTER SAYING: GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT. AS we develop as human beings we are products of our surroundings and if we only hear fighting and negativity this has an enormous impact on our future!

They once did a study in the deep south and learned that the children who were rocked and loved by their black nannies were very well-adjusted… since they simply told the children how beautiful they were and were rocked to sleep with fairy tales and soothing folk songs.

We are all products of our self-talk. The good news is you can change that immediately! One of the zen methods is simply to say: change pegs every time a lousy or negative self talk evolves in your life. Simply say change pegs as if you lift a big wooden peg from the negative hole and put it in the positive hole. Imagery is also very important!

Beginners mind is free, very clear and uncluttered. We have worked an entire lifetime trying to get free and we were already free at birth. Meditation is the antidote to a cluttered mind. You can spend quality time going to that secret island in your mind as many times as you want during the day or night. After enough of this very practice you can again gain a Beginners Mind which is open and free and connected to the universe.

Minds Island

QUOTE: “If you have a sense of caring for others, you will manifest a kind of inner strength in spite of your own difficulties and problems. With this strength, your own problems will seem less significant and bothersome to you. By going beyond your own problems and taking care of others, you gain inner strength, self-confidence, courage, and a greater sense of calm.” –Dalai Lama

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: What is meant by his term ‘beginner’s mind’? The purpose of Zen practice is to have a simple, pure mind, open to possibilities. Our normal mind congratulates itself for achieving certain things, but such self-centered thoughts prevent us from really learning and seeing. The beginner’s mind goes beyond ‘me’ to the realization that it is just an expression of the larger universal Mind, and this naturally produces compassion. It ceases to think in a dualistic way, in terms of polarities such as good and bad, or agreeable and disagreeable, and consequently can focus on the fullness of the moment, as it is.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your ram and memory chips!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Empty you mind grasshopper…it could be on data over-load!

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 hooked on Wachichao Herbal Tea!

Wachichao Herbal Tea


My mother used to say drink your castor oil it’s good for you. We have all had the peppermint teas and all the pleasant tasting teas from around the world that you now get in most upscale coffee shops… including the ones from Ceylon that come fancy packaged, but here in the Philippines they have a GREEN TEA Organically Grown in the Philippines Since 1979 that is 90% green tea with 10% flavoring that makes you stand up and notice when you drink your first cup of green tea. THE GREEN TEA is packaged in a hardened tea bag and can make up to 10 cups.

Curative and Preventive Powers of Wachichao Tea!

1. Cleansing Tea/ Anti-toxins/ Diuretic
2. Arthritis / Anti- Uric Acid
3. Diabetes / Anti-Sugar
4. Slimming Tea / Lower Cholesterol Hypertension / Heart Ailments
5. Kidney Stones / Gall Bladder Stones / U.T.I.
6. Goiter / Throat Infections
7. T.B. / Asthma/ Sinusitis / Colds / Migraine / Hangover
8. Ulcer / Gas Pain / Diarrhea / Other Stomach Disorder
9. Menstrual Problems / Dysmenorrhea / Irregular Menstruation
10. Hemorrhoids / Anti-Constipation
11. Cancer (Beast,Ovary,Cervix,Bones,Prostate, etc.)
12. Anti-Ageing / Improves Memory and Eyesight / Tooth Problems
13. Skin Problem / Psoriasis / Smoothens Skin / Complexion (Apply Hot Tea Externally & Drink 5 cups daily)
14. Sexual Potency, ETC.

For maximum benefits, drink 5 or more cups everyday, preferably after meals, snacks and before going to bed. Optional –You may add honey and lemon to desired taste. Can be taken either hot or cold and the Powder inside the tea bag can be eaten.

So like ma says anything that tastes like this must be good for you. The box contains 12 tea bags and says: scientifically tested, proven effective, no preservatives, and no caffeine.

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: “There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” ~Bernard-Paul Heroux

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: There are four main types of tea: white, green, oolong, and black. But depending on the influence of culture, these four types can turn into thousands of varieties. The most interesting of tea facts is that all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. This tea plant is an evergreen which can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild. Did you know that tea can help abate your appetite? Good news for people who are dieting.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Tea Plants! Plant your own tea garden grasshopper… what are you waiting for?

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Drink at least five cups of Wachichao Herbal Tea each day…and like ma says just drink it… it’s good for you.

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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