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Zentraveler on making a Travel Photo Collage!

Photo Collage

Photo Collage

If you want a neat way to display some of your travel photos you simply set up a free account with Picasa… download Picasa 3 and upload any or all of your travel photos in folders or not.  From there you chose a group of travel photos.  Go to file on top left corner, select new album, name it, highlight 7-10 photos, hold down Ctrl key, right click any photo, select add to album (new one you just named)  click first photo, hold shift key down, click create at top, Done.

From there you can chose settings where you have six different ones starting with:Picture Pile ( scrambled), Mosaic (most popular), Frame Mosaic with a center picture, Grid,  Contact photo sheet, and finally Superimpose. Click on any setting and it will automatically change the collage.

You can also edit and crop any of your photos and move them around in the order that you like and make them smaller or bigger, select all for border around photos,  plus many more choices.  Using the collage of travel photos is a good way to put them on a slide show and show your friends a kaleidoscope of photos from any of your travels or photo ops.

So there you have it!  If you want a simple and quick system to place your travel photos in a collage… Picasa is definitely the way to go! There are also many other websites that offer similar photo collage services.     Only one thing–too many  green grasshoppers could ruin a good photo collage.  Picasa Collage credits:  My friend Tody from New Zealand.

Time Travel Zentraveler

Time Travel Zentraveler

QUOTE:  “The best Valentines Day gift I’ve ever received was a personalized photo collage.”  —Candice Swanepoel

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:A collage is a work of art composed of numerous materials, such as paper, newsprint, photographs, ribbons or other objects attached to background support, such as plain paper. A collage can even be made with physical materials or electronic images, attaching them to a digital background. Originating from the French word “coller”, meaning “to glue”, the collage allows you to experiment with a wide range of materials to achieve amazing end results. There  are many possibilities limited only by your creativity and imagination.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your newly created Collages..Picasa does that for you and you still have your original photos.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Turn off the TV, throw away your cigarettes forever, get off the couch grasshopper  and start making your photo collage.  This could be one of the questions before you enter the pearly gates!  Have you made a photo collage? Yes!  OK show it to me on the big computer…kool you can now enter…  it’s like having your own Easy Button.

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 origin of Zen!

ZEN

ZEN

As words and translations and historical research merge there are many theories on the origin of Zen.  I have found one that seems to be so simple yet complex that it is no wonder a flower and a smile are the essence of Zen.

Like all vital traditions, the origins of the School of Zen are shrouded in myth and legend. The whole movement is alleged to have taken its start from  Buddha himself. Buddha Shakyamuni was lecturing to a great multitude gathered on Lin-shan or Spirit Mountain. After his lecture, he picked up a flower and held it before his audience without speaking a word. Quite mystified, the whole assembly remained silent, pondering as to what Shakyamuni wished to convey by this unexpected action. Only the Venerable Kashyapa broke into an understanding smile. Shakyamuni was pleased and declared, “I have the secret of the right Dharma-Eye, the ineffably subtle insight into Nirvana which opens the door of mystic vision of the Formless Form, not depending upon words and letters, but transmitted outside of all scriptures.

It is fitting that Zen should have begun with a flower and a smile. This episode, you may say, is too beautiful to be true. Yet it is too beautiful not to be true. The life of Zen does not depend upon historical truth. Whoever has invented the story has caught the very spirit of Zen—a flower that smiles evoking a smile that flowers. Research credits: thezensite.com

So there you have it!  Is it any wonder why we are drawn to the beauty of a  flower.  The answer my friend is not written in the wind …it is just a flower and a smile.

QUOTE:” Flowers are silent, Silence is silent, The mind is a silent flower, The silent flower of the world opens.” —Ikkyu Zenji

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:   Zen is the Japanese form of the Sanskrit word dhyana, “meditation,” and is a school of Buddhism which has had significant impact in Japan and Europe and America. Founded in China in the 6th century C.E. as the Ch’an school of Mahayana Buddhism, it was exported to Japan in the 12th century C.E. and gradually developed its own unique, indigenous character. The Indian scholar/monk Bodhidharma is traditionally attributed with transferring the tradition from India to China.

The essence of Bodhidharma’s teachings is that one does not need to study sacred texts, worship deities, or do elaborate religious rituals to achieve enlightenment. Rather, one needs to break through the boundaries of conventional thought using meditation and experience the world as it truly is in the moment. Zen maintains that this was the way the Buddha himself attained enlightenment. Zen teaches that all humans have the capacity to attain enlightenment because we all have an inherent Buddha-nature; indeed, we are all already enlightened beings, but our true potential has been clouded by ignorance. Research credits: patheos.com

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Photos of flowers.  make a flower collage…and then smile

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You be the flower grasshopper…now lets see your Zen smile!

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 health benefits of Herbalife Niteworks!

HERBALIFE NITEWORKS

HERBALIFE
NITEWORKS

If you want a healthy cardiovascular system and optimum nutrition while you sleep… you need to look nowhere else.

The NITEWORKS Food Supplement was developed by Herbalife in collaboration with Nobel Laureate Dr. Louis Ignarro PhD, who has dedicated his life to researching the properties of Nitric Oxide.

Nitric oxide is a naturally-occurring compound which keeps blood vessels young and flexible and is important for proper blood flow and circulation. However, the production of Nitric Oxide declines with age and if cholesterol-laden plaque builds up in an artery, shrinking its opening, the results is decreased blood flow, which may even be blocked with the formation of a clot, causing heart attack or stroke.

Niteworks contains a special blend of L-Arginine and L-Citrulline to help the production of Nitric Oxide. D-Alpha Tocopherois are fat-soluble anti-oxidants that help neutralize free radicals and sustain Nitric Oxide production in your body making Niteworks a unique product. Nitric Oxide fast facts: (1) Helps keep blood vessels toned,  flexible and youthful for improved vascular function. (2) Helps promote a healthy cardiovascular system. (3) Helps enhance blood flow to support function of the heart, brain and other organs. (4) Helps slow down the impact of age on health for optimum performance.

Scientists have discovered that Nitric Oxide dilates or expands arteries and regulates cell function throughout the body. Increased Nitric Oxide production improves circulation to the body’s vital organs, including heart and brain. Niteworks has a great taste and has lemon balm to soothe and relax you…lets you wake up feeling rejuvenated.

For a refreshing lemon-flavored drink simply mix mix the Niteworks Powder with cold water and  drink. If you want to purchase NITEWORKS in the Cebu, Philippines area contact Perla Illut by cell: 639 236 714 674 or tel: 63 32516 0598  or email: perla_illut@yahoo.com and if you want to purchase Niteworks in over 87 countries: Google Herbalife and search for distributors in your area. If anyone wants to learn more about Perlas discovery of the Herbalife Company and Products and how she lost an amazing 37 pounds in four months you can check out her new website at: http://www.perlasamazingweightloss.com

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: “It does everything, everywhere. You cannot name a major cellular response or physiological effect in which [nitric oxide) is not implicated today. It’s involved in complex behavioral changes in the brain, airway relaxation, beating of the heart, dilation of blood vessels, regulation of intestinal movement, function of blood cells, the immune system, even how fingers and arms move.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:  The magic that is inside your blood vessels. It comes in the shape of a molecule, one of the simplest molecules found in nature. This molecule is nitric oxide, or NO, a substance so powerful that it can actually protect you from heart attack and stroke. Best of all, your body can make it on its own. NO is your body’s own built-in, natural protection against heart disease.  Best of all you can augment nitric oxide by taking the Herbalife Food Supplement: NITEWORKS.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your good health!  Take Niteworks Nightly…for an improved cardiovascular system.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  If you want a long healthy life… drink your Niteworks every night before going to bed! Remember grasshopper someone up there is watching you… so get cracking and drink your nightly Niteworks.

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 pumpboats to Estancia, Panay Island, Philippines

Estancia Pumpboat

Estancia Pumpboat

We left Bantayan port and took a four and one half hour pumpboat to the town of Estancia, located in the province of Iloilo. The town of Estancia is famous for its good seafood and has been nicknamed Little Alaska because of its abundant seafood.

Estancia is a good jumping off point for travelers from Bantayan Island traveling to Roxas or Illio City and beyond to Boracay. Estancia has a huge wholesale wet fish market where the workers are often paid in fish who they give to their familes or sell. Estancia is a typical Filipino town with many small shops and eateries and motorized tricycles to take you to your resort destination or bus stop.

There is an excellent island excursion approximately one and half hours by pumpboat which is primitive and hasn’t changed much for centuries. You can arrange to take a public pumpboat or hire a tour guide to deliver you directly to Gigante Island. As accommodations are very limited it is important to make arrangements ahead of time to ensure you have a place to stay. Reportedly, you’ll find no resorts beyond simple beach huts, no restaurants or stores so you’ll have to bring what you need. But, you will find unspoiled white coral beaches, climbing and hiking opportunities and great photos just waiting to be taken.

Paon Resort

Paon Resort


We chose to stay at the Paon Resort and Beach club just on the outskirts of town. It has a great restaurant and large swimming pool with many accommodations to handle large groups, conventions, weddings and the like. The staff was very friendly and helpful which certainly helps any traveler have a memorable stay and the fresh seafood meals were exceptional.

Olympic style swim pool

Olympic style swim pool


From there we traveled to our next resort Villa Consorcia about 25 minutes from Roxas and settled into a great vista and large swimming pool with the largest sliding board in the province. They also had several good restaurants, a local bar and a friendly staff.
Villa Consorcia Resort

Villa Consorcia Resort

We took a bus to Roxas City deemed the Seafood Capital of the Philippines where we elected to shop, take photos of historic churches and try out a few eateries. We headed to restaurant row along the seaside famous for it’s seafood. Baybay Beach is where you could dine and eat fresh seafoods from the restaurants by the beach. They have a wide array of fresh seafoods to chose from. There were Diwal (Angel’s wing), Talaba (Oysters), Scallops, Tahong, Blue Marlin and many others. The beach is very rugged and has fine gray sand. While, the People’s Park provides a very nice view of the beach and the nearby island of Mantalinga. It would be best to visit it during sunset as you could just watch the sun simply disappear in the horizon while the sky turns into multitude of colors.

Seaside Restaurant

Seaside Restaurant


From Roxas at Banica wharf there is a remote island only one hour by pumpboat, Referred to as the “Mini-Boracay” and named Olotayan Island. The island is blessed with serene shores with white sand mixing with corals washed ashore by strong waves. Olotayan beach offers a tranquil and relaxing setting ideal for adventurers, honeymooners, or businessman who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

We then traveled from Roxas City to Culasi Port approximately 20 minute tricycle ride past the airport which is the jumping off point for one of the most undiscovered islands in the Philippines. It is called Sibuyan Island, also well-known as the Galapagos of Asia because of all of its diverse fauna and flora and has a myriad of natural wonders. Located in the Visayas, in the heart of the Philippines and is described also as green ‘pearl’ in the center of the Sibuyan-Sea. Be prepared to go on a pumpboat during good weather… approx five to seven hours and make sure you have made accommodations ahead of time as they have very little in resort facilities.

Port to Island

Culasi Port to Sibuyan Island

So there you have it. If you want to see and learn about the Real Philippines… why not spend some time traveling around some of the most undiscovered areas and natural wonders and if nothing else capture the moment!

Jeepney

Jeepney

QUOTE:“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” —Dalai Lama

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:The abundance of marine life makes Roxas City the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” This environment-friendly city is home to one of the richest fishing grounds in the country. Being a recipient of the Cleanest and Greenest Component City in Western Visayas Award in the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK) Cleanliness and Environmental contest is a clear testament of its people’s commitment in ensuring a healthier and brighter future for all its residents and visitors as well. Recently, Roxas City has been a recipient of major awards from various government agencies. The Department of Health (DOH) awarded this city with the Red Orchid Award for being “100 percent tobacco-free.” It has also gained the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal of Good Housekeeping and lauded the Best Police Station in the region by the Philippine National Police.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Save the Planet! Plant a tree: It’s good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling and they can also improve the value of your property. Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:If you got the travel bug…bug spray won’t help 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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