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Zentraveler on the origin of 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:

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:

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 the Laughing Buddha.

Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha

Sometimes when life seems to bog you down a bit you could use a hug or a lift. We often times see the laughing Buddha in our travels and wonder what does he know that we don’t…since he seems to be laughing at the world: Guess what I think he has it all figured out and is laughing at our constant struggle in the developed world. So here’s a dude that seems to be way ahead of his time and is willing to laugh at the world…helping you along the way. That’s my kind of a guy.

There are those beings who have vowed not to enter Nirvana until they have helped all others realize enlightenment. Hotei is this kind of Bodhisattva. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the Seven Japanese Shinto-Gods of Luck. His fat stomach, which protrudes from the robes he wears, symbolizes the largeness of his soul. It is also a symbol of happiness, luck, and generosity. His large elongated earlobes are a sign of wisdom. Hotei as a wandering monk who goes around and takes the sadness from the people of this world. Just his appearance has the ability to cheer anyone up from a bad day. His largely exposed, pot-belly stomach protrudes in front of him as he continues to laugh through never-ending-time.

He is admired for his happiness, plenitude, contentment and his loving and cheerful character. This deity of abundance, children and joy is often shown carrying a cloth sack (That Which Never Empties) filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. Tracing his origins from a mix of Buddhist and Shinto religions, Hotei is from the time of the Liang Dynasty. Tradition has it that a Buddhist Zen monk by the name of Pu-Tai lived then. Because of his benevolent nature he was regarded as a bodhisattva, but due to his large protruding stomach, he was caricatured as the “Laughing Buddha.” He is also dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. Some sources affirm that he was an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Miroku, the Buddhist Savior of the Future.

Chocolate Deities’ Laughing Buddha travels the world spreading joy and happiness wherever he goes. His whimsical spirit reminds us to always keep our sense of humor. There is a tradition that if a group of strangers gather together on New Year’s Eve and ask Hotei for the same gift, provided they truly believe he will grant it, Hotei will indeed give them what they ask for.

Many believe that rubbing the Buddha’s belly brings joy, luck and prosperity. Research Credits: They have a great website be sure and check them out…

So there you have it …sometimes you have to rely on the masters rather than trying to do it all yourself. If you want a mentor that is even larger than Justin Beiber you could not find better advice even if you were looking for it. Or could you?

QUOTE:“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:According to Feng Shui theory, for instance, the ideal placement for the Laughing Buddha statue in your home is directly opposite the main door in the living room. This way, the Buddha will be the first thing a person sees as he enters his house. Additionally, it is said that the Laughing Buddha should be positioned on an elevated surface, since placing it directly on the ground would be considered a sign of disrespect.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your frowns and your lousy persona…learn from the master and laugh all the way to the bank. Which bank? You figure it out grasshopper and then you will know.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:What are you laughing at grasshopper? You are going to die anyway. Maybe a better reason to laugh…since it doesn’t cost anything more and uses less facial muscles than frowning.

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 making the perfect Ginger Tea!

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea

If you really want to be healthy during cold and flu season you simply need to drink one or two cups of Ginger Tea each day. Not only is the tea good for any respiratory problems, flus and colds, but can drive away the winter blues without taking expensive tranquilizers with many harmful side effects.

Ginger Tea is also cost-effective saving you many dollars trying to discover the perfect health tea. You need to look no farther. Simply go to any market and purchase fresh ginger root and begin to make your own Ginger Tea. My partner Perla washes the ginger root, slices it into small pieces, and then boils the ginger in mineral water for fifteen minutes. She then pours the ginger tea with some of the Ginger slices into a large thermos… which makes about four cups and can stay hot for at least one day.

You start each morning with a hot cup of ginger tea and can sweeten to taste with pure natural honey and add a bit of lemon for zest. Ginger Tea has many health benefits and can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day.You end your day by taking a hot cup of ginger tea just before going to bed and you sleep like a baby all night long or if that doesn’t conjure up sleep… how about sleep like a hibernating bear.

Ginger root is known for its medicinal properties and it is used in many traditional medicines. The healing benefits of ginger are mainly due to its volatile oils and the high oleoresin content. A lot of research has been going on to find out the herbal benefits of this herb and so far, the researchers have found many health benefits of ginger roots. Ginger is native to Asia, especially India and it’s been used in the traditional Indian medicines (Ayurveda) and Chinese medicines for more than three thousand years.

The health benefits of Ginger Tea includes: Helps boost the immune system and promote cardiovascular health. Treating Nausea: The brew has been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat nausea. Pregnant women report relief from morning sickness after consuming small amounts of ginger root, ginger tea, and ginger ale. When given in large doses, ginger also relieves chemotherapy-related nausea.

Relieving Joint Pain: Ginger has been used to treat joint pain by stimulating blood circulation and has been used to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and Raynaud’s syndrome.

Digestive Disorders: The herb can be used to address flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. It does this by mimicking some digestive enzymes used to process protein in the body.

Treating Colds: Drinking ginger herbal tea is sometimes recommended for relief of cold symptoms because it is said to loosen phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling throughout the body.

Promoting Heart Health: As little as 5 grams of dried ginger a day has shown to slow the production of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver.

So, as we can see ginger tea is excellent for the health as it can offer you so many health benefits. But you should be aware of some the side effects of it as well.

Caution: Do not take ginger or ginger tea during pregnancy without consulting your doctor. If you have a medical history of gallstones you should consult your doctor before taking ginger tea. Ginger tea should not be taken before any kind of surgery and should be stopped at least a week prior to the day of surgery. The high amount of ginger intake can cause stomach problems as well.

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:Money can’t buy you love, but it can get you some really good chocolate ginger biscuits.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Ginger was widely used by the ancient Romans and it was a very expensive spice, one pound of ginger was equivalent to the price of a whole sheep. Ginger almost became lost in history after the fall of the Roman empire but became popular again when Europe re-discovered it. Ginger has influenced the history of man since ancient China, wars were waged and entire dynasties rose and fell with the objective of seizing it. The trade of such spices were the root of the world’s economy for centuries.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Ginger!Ginger is good for your health and has been said by some to be a plant directly from the Garden of Eden. It is also said that consuming Ginger before taking a plane flight can prevent motion sickness. It can make good tea, or you can use it as a spicy addition to almost any recipe.

Drink a Cup of Ginger Tea

Drink a Cup of Ginger Tea

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Drink several cups of Ginger Tea daily and live to be as old as Moses!

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 Travel Research.

Boat Travel

Boat Travel

Half of the fun of a travel destination is the research. Thanks to the internet we have excellent sources on almost every travel destination in the Universe. And if you discover a new travel destination… you have many readers anxious to read about your travel experiences.
Travel Light

Travel Light

Depending on my travel time, I start with a simple outline of where I want to go. I begin my search by googling the area and look for travel hot spots and off the beaten path destinations. I then bookmark those pages of interest and copy and paste onto my personal Gmail, which I can view if the hotel has a computer or print them out in a folder… and I am good to go.

I then start looking for travel special deals, and if traveling by airplane, I key into website, which is very fast to get a number of comparative quotes. This is quick and easy and can save lots of time. From there you can choose to go to the airline webpage and look for special prices. Book it print it out… and your good to go.

The next step is to choose a hotel, which can be tricky and time-consuming. One such hotel showed the ocean right next to their swimming pool and it was a fifteen minute ride by taxi to the ocean. If the hotel destination is in a beach town for example… you might ask how far is the hotel from the bus station or airport and do you have free pickup–and if not, how much should I expect to pay for transport?

When a hotel requires an upfront deposit… don’t give them more than two nights in case the hotel turns out to be “The Hotel from Hell”… which I have stayed in quite a few times. These hotels had decent reviews, but were not fit for a dog to sleep in.

Upon arrival I always ask to see the room before signing in. Some chemical salesman must have sold the same bad-smelling spray to about 65 percent of all of the hotels in the world.

Of course they are trying to mask the smell of spilled beer, and smoke even in a non-smoking designated room. My nose is so intense I could probably get a job as a Hotel Room Sniffer and make a handsome living. I can smell three-day old smoke, stale beer, and a myriad of other smells not polite to mention.

Other things to look for… is the exact location of your room. One time I hiked more than 600 yards through treacherous steps, with no hand rails in the rain, to find my room, however the hotel had a modern beautiful reception area and you had no clue you were staying at the other end of the earth.

Morning Dip Camotes

Morning Dip Camotes

I also choose to stay on the first or second floor in case of fires or disasters so I can get out. I know this may be a bit extreme and those who like the penthouse view may think this is just plain crazy, however this is one thing I have made a point of always doing and rarely make an exception.

When I was a single backpacker on a very limited budget.. I would seek the best hotel in the town or city and then find cheaper accommodations just two or three blocks from the Ritzy Hotel. In the morning I would return to the fancy hotel, order a cup of coffee and toast, and enjoy the ambiance of real waiters and waitresses, white tablecloths, fresh flowers, matching silverware, cloth napkins, and watching a kaleidoscope of people dressed in safari outfits, beach shorts, Polo embossed shirts, Rolex watches, business suits and some women in their finery… with elaborate hats to match their outfits.

Often times music filled the restaurant with a live guitarist or piano solo. After people watching and enjoying a real cup of coffee… I would plan my travel day for the next destination, just hangout exploring the sights, take photographs of the local culture and architecture, and refresh in their elaborate clean restroom.

 Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

Essentials for any Travel Trip:

One lightweight backpack or canvas travel bag
two copies of your passport in separate locations
security wallet for your money and lock on your travel bag
small flashlight and plastic whistle for emergencies
sensible cotton clothing you can roll up plus 2 sets underwear
comfortable walking shoes, hat and sunglasses, swim suit
small pill-box for prescriptions or vitamins
small first aid items like band aids and sunscreen
lightweight sheet/blanket can use on plane or cover on bed
cell phone with wake-up capability and digital camera w/extra battery and extra memory card plus battery and cell phone charger. And finally hand wipes, toilet paper, and mosquito repellent.

Thailand Floating Market

Thailand Floating Market

FOOTNOTE: Almost every traveler brings way too much stuff… which is not only hard to handle and costs more on the airlines. Think of this way… you may be riding an elephant, walking on a bamboo bridge, wading in the water from a pumpboat and hopping in and out of tricycles, buses, jeepneys and taxis, riding a horse… maybe even a water buffalo or camel. You can always purchase a few nice t-shirts… if your travel mate is tired of looking at the same outfit.



QUOTE: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Many people are afraid of the world beyond their door, yet the vast majority of humans are not thieves, murderers or rapists. They are people just like you and me who are trying to get by, to help their families and go about living their lives. There is no race, religion or nationality that is exempt from this rule. How they go about living their lives might be different, but their general goals are the same.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your travel memories.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Travel with your eyes wide open grasshopper… don’t be a techie junkie locked onto your cell phone, laptops, tablets, and your ears covered with blaring headphones.

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 open your mind!

Open Your Mind

I met with an old friend recently and asked what he was up to. He reported he likes to watch western rerun movies. I asked is that it? He responded: “I watch a ton of football games on the sports channel.” Wow I thought to myself! He has plenty of money and time and could travel anywhere in the world and learn so many interesting things, but he like so many other couch potatoes have closed shop so to speak and continue with their old ways… not to mention their closed minds. Get a grip grasshopper and let’s get moving and find out how to open our minds.

I recently found this quote: “Open mind, open heart, open tab, open book, open eyes, open to ideas… I could go on forever! Being open to things is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Don’t miss out because you were too busy being closed up and sticking to what feels comfortable. Get out of your comfort zone and be more open. There’s so much good stuff out there, you don’t want to miss out!”—

I then set out to do some research and find out how we as people can be more open and responsive to life and here is what I found. To understand open mind we shall first look at closed mind. The first definition of closed mind is:Intolerant of the beliefs and opinions of others; stubbornly unreceptive to new ideas. Wow that’s a mouthful in todays rapidly changing world.

Another definition of closed-minded is:having a mind firmly unreceptive to new ideas or arguments: It’s hard to argue with, much less convince, a closed-minded person.

Lets look at open-minded definition:Open to new ideas, listening and understanding other people’s perspective, non judgmental. Willing to consider alternative solutions, to try a new approach. Not bad is straight forward and concise.

Now lets look at zen open mind? Open Mind Zen is a unique form of Zen practice based on long-standing methods such as sitting meditation and koan practice, but also incorporating more modern modalities. We believe that the core of Zen Practice is realization and actualization of Awakened Mind in everyday life.

Zen is a true Science of Mind, a Selfology, in which the student uses his or her own body and mind as the laboratory to engage in the experiment of spirituality. This science includes working with the mind, body and spirit for a complete experience of freedom and awakening.

Be Willing to Change

Change is scary for many of us, but growth and advancement is impossible without it. In order to open your mind and prepare yourself to reach a new level, you will have to accept the changes that will happen at the same time.

Get Ready to Be Proactive

Goal setting is about figuring out where you want to be and going for it. Nothing good will happen if you’re stuck in stagnancy, waiting for change to come to you. Be willing to commit to your goals and do what it takes to see them through.

Practice Open Thinking

Start practicing acceptance of new ideas, listening better to those around you, and giving every possibility an equal chance. If you can avoid writing off any one idea or dream as unrealistic or unachievable, your open thinking will bring about more possibilities.

Face Your Fears

Everyone fears something, and your fears could become one of your biggest obstacles in the goal setting process. Instead of ignoring them in an effort to get around them, take time to face them head-on, get an idea of where they’re coming from and come up with a plan for conquering them so they don’t impede your planning process.

Let Go of Control

This is a big one for many of us, myself included, but in order to truly experience an open mind, we need to give up some control. Once we stop trying to mold the world to fit our outlook, we will experience a powerlessness that can lead us to new insights and ideas.

What do you typically do to open you mind and prepare yourself for setting new goals and intentions for your business and your life?
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So there you have it. Let’s take some time to open our minds to what’s possible and prepare ourselves to break free from our routines and see what the wind blows in.

QUOTE:“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Diggers

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Being Open Minded. The most logical thing a person can do is hold doubt toward the facts supporting their own reasoning. Even though you may base your actions on logic, you should also stay open-minded to the possibility of being wrong.
Be open-minded about faith. Be open-minded about culture. Be open-minded about science. Once you do, you’ll realize almost anything is possible.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Frozen trapped mind.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Open your mind grasshopper… it’s a free ride to Nirvana and a return to the cosmos.

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 anti-ageing supplement Carnosine.


Carnosine is a naturally-occurring amino-acid, which has powerful immune boosting and antiageing properties. Although Carnosine has been known about for some time, its popularity as an antiageing supplement is relatively new – sparked by dramatic discoveries about its antioxidant properties.

You can get a certain amount of Carnosine by eating red meat, however after five hours it dissipates. If you are a meateater or vegatarian you may want to include the supplement Carnosine to help with the free radical amino acids and cell buuilding properties.

How Does Carnosine Work?

The proteins in our bodies are the substances most responsible for our ability to function and sustain life. Glycation causes the destruction of these proteins. Once too many proteins lose their ability to function, the body becomes prone to degenerative diseases and premature aging. Carnosine has been shown to specifically protect against age-related degradation of protein.

Protein degradation occurs as a result of cross-linking and the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These changes figure prominently in the process of aging and in its typical manifestations, such as skin wrinkling and brain degeneration. Carnosine is effective against cross-linking and the formation of AGEs. Glycated proteins produce 50 times more free radicals than nonglycated proteins, and carnosine may be the most effective anti-glycating agent known.

An example of carnosine’s defense against protein degradation can be seen when proteins are exposed to toxic malondialdehyde (MDA). Similar to formaldehyde, MDA causes protein cross-linking and formation of AGEs. Carnosine has been shown to inhibit MDA-induced glycation in blood albumin and eye-lens protein. Carnosine has also been shown to keep MDA from inducing protein cross-linking. One study showed that carnosine actually decreased MDA levels in mice.

Carnosine has been found to be a potent antioxidant that reduces and prevents cell damage, as well as improving cell function. As a water-soluble free radical scavenger, Carnosine protects against accelerated brain ageing by preventing lipid peroxidation within the cell membrane.

Beyond anti-aging, this amino acid can help keep you healthy in several other ways. Here are some of the main benefits of adding carnosine to your supplement regimen:

Diabetes Prevention — It can help lower blood glucose levels and make the body more susceptible to insulin, preventing type 2 diabetes in particular.
Cholesterol — Carnosine may prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries as well as blood vessel damage.
Hypertension — This molecule works to inhibit the sympathetic nervous system to prevent hypertension.
Heart Protection — Carnosine protects your heart against free radicals as well as toxins that can damage the tissues of the heart.
Vision Improvement — Because of its anti-glycation properties, carnosine can help prevent the formation of cataracts that can lead to impaired vision.
Wound Healing — The dipeptibes in carnosine promote tissue strength and collagen synthesis to help wounds heal faster.
Carnosine is also being studied for its possible role in cancer prevention. It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect DNA from damage and can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Anyone with a history of vision problems or even dementia, as new research suggests, can benefit from adding more carnosine. It’s a reminder that the fight against aging is more than skin deep.

Taking carnosine supplements may help to extend the life of every cell in your body. Carnosine benefits include flushing toxins from the body, boosting the immune system and preventing cell damage. Carnosine is quite possibly the best natural defence against ageing you can buy.

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:”Most over-the-counter and almost all prescribed drug treatments merely mask symptoms or control health problems or in some way alter the way organs or systems such as the circulatory system work. Drugs almost never deal with the reasons why these problems exist, while they frequently create new health problems as side effects of their activities.” -John R. Lee, M.D.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:I believe, that given the right tools, the body, combined with a strong belief system, can naturally heal itself. Unfortunately, it is a very sad fact that more people die from chemotherapy than die from the cancer that the chemotherapy is trying to get rid of in the first place. It is not only toxic to cancer cells, it is also toxic to your body’s own good cells; as you will have seen if you have ever witnessed the terrible effects that it has had on anybody who has gone through chemotherapy.

Much research is beginning to show that Carnosine supplements may aid in the reversal of cancer damaging cells. If it was me, I would certainly try to find an alternative treatment to cancer…and would consider seeking out a alternative treatment medical doctor when faced with such a crucial medical decision.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Trips to the doctor and hospital.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Taking the proper anti-ageing supplement can add years to your longevity calendar.

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 Bohols chocolate hills, eco park and more!

Zentraveler stretching exercise to climb Chocolate Hills Viewing Area

We elected to arrange a full day tour with one of the tour operators at the Bohol sea port. The tour guide drivers are very courteous, good drivers, and provide lots of information about the different tourist spots. The tour vans are relatively new with aircon which makes the trip more enjoyable as you cruise through the countryside.

We left early in morning at six am as the famous chocolate hills were first on the list. Not only were we the first group there it was almost heavenly as we were surrounded by fog and clouds till the sun came bursting through… giving us an incredible view of the chocolate hills.

chocolate Hills

We took the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill providing many photo opportunities. They have safety rails, however if you are afraid of heights and not in good physical condition you may elect to stay at the base where they have a restaurant, bathroom facilities and many great views of the chocolate hills..

At the very top is a liberty type bell which I guess they use to call in the gods or to announce important events and holidays throughout Bohol.

chocolate Hills Bell

Exiting the chocolate hills we headed to the Loboc Eco Adventure Park which has a large reception center, clean restrooms and a magnificent zip line crossing the Loboc river. This is an excellent well-developed tourist destination for the adventurous.

Loboc Eco Adventure Park

Driving through the scenic mahogany forest and curvy roads we arrived at the Tarsier Conservation Area where we trekked on primitive trails with helpful guides to point out the mostly sleeping Tarsiers. As part of the parks guidelines management requests: if you have a flash camera digital or otherwise to please turn the flash off as this would disturb their sleep sequence. The guides are helpful and will assist with your camera if necessary. Tip! Wear good shoes… if the trails are wet they tend to be quite slippery.


The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.

Tarsier Native Gift Store

From there we purchased some native carvings had a snack of the local fruits and drank fresh Buko “coconut water” and headed off to the Simply Butterflies Center which is highly educational as our tour guide told us about many types and styles of butterflies including their reproductive cycle molting stages. As you walk through the screened in outdoor room you are amongst a colorful tropical garden with hundreds of butterflies resting or flying… just waiting to be on Facebook.

Simply Butterflies Center

We headed to the Bohol Python and Wildlife Park to complete our tour for the day. The wildlife park is a fun place to visit and see some of their different animals, birds, and reptiles and photo the largest snake in captivity in its own cage. You can also purchase homemade cakes, snacks, and souvenirs and take interesting photographs.

Bohol Python & Wildlife Park

We ended our evening by going to the newer shopping mall where we just hung out and took a leisurely dinner.

So there you have it. If you enjoy travel adventure, like to see some of the wonders of the world and enjoy taking photographs… Bohol should definitely be high on your list as a tourist destination.

Perla Learning to Fly

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

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women’s breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child’s drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate-brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they were formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Old black and white photo postcards…nostalgia.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:It’s all in zee travel…get off the couch grasshopper and keep moving…you never know whats around the next curve or corner.

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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