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Zentraveler arrives in historic village of Hoi An, Vietnam

Inchanting Hoi An

Inchanting Hoi An


Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

Japanase Bridge

Japanase Bridge

I took a taxi from Da Nang Beach to Hoi An which took about 30 minutes and cost $12.50.  You can also take a direct bus or van for around $5.00  The taxi delivered me directly to my hotel along the river and I was good to go.  As I made by way past the bus station and meandered  slowly on the other side of the river I felt like I was on a discovery mission on the magical way of yesterday and the modern.  Where am I came to mind…am I in the land of Oz?  Faded yellow plastered yellow houses and shops and restaurants with red tile roofs  lined both sides of the river.

Hoi An Old Town

Hoi An Old Town

There were magical lanterns everywhere and sea dragons limning both sides of the river making it a part of the really big magic show.  Junk boats and small wooden dugouts manned by elderly Vietnam women dotted the river.  A large handcrafted mahogany boat did sunset cruises with dinner included in the price.  Tourists in every size and shape from around the world walked, rode pedal bikes or were transported in cycle trikes and took pictures of everything including selfies and the most popular Japanese Bridge.

Magical Lanterns

Magical Lanterns

Hoi An is considered the clothing tailoring capital of Vietnam.  In the historic district as on the main streets there are wonderful looking design and tailor shops everywhere.  You can have them measure you and have as many form fit outfits as you desire normally one day service.  There are literally reams of pure silk and every other type of fabric you can imagine.  I met one female traveler from New York City and she said she was here to make purchases for her shop in New York. If you want an Elton John type red tuxedo or want the soft white cotton  look from Panama… step right up and get measured and  you will have your new wardrobe by the time you finish your candlelight dinner.


Tailor Shop

I have traveled a short time in both Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia and to me this is the best food in the world.  They have cooking schools in many top notch restaurants and whether you get your food from the street stalls or in a sit down five star restaurant all of the food is fresh and delicious and pricing for every travelers budget.

Local Cooking School

Local Cooking School

There are many tours available from your hotel or travel agency which are relatively inexpensive and a good way to meet fellow travelers. I took a one hour river tour which cruised along historic Hoi An river where you had many photo opportunities and cost $7.50 USD.  The following day I took the “My Son Holy Land Tour (highly recommended ) since the cost was only $15.00 and we had a personal tour guide who gave us valuable historic information on the temples and the effects of the Vietnam war.

The trip included a new air-con bus travel time one hour and a return trip halfway by river where we visited the island of handi-craft carpenters and boat builders and a veggie lunch served aboard the boat included in the price.  Many people rent motorcyles and take the motorcycle tour, some visit herb gardens, fishing villages and others take a one day speed boat trip to Cham Island …excellent for snorkling, diving,  swimming and just hanging out on white sand beaches and cool turquoise waters.

My Son Holy Land

My Son Holy Land


So there you have it!  If you like shopping till the cows come home, magical lanterns, adventure and awsome epicurean food delights you will have everything you need for a great tourist destination.  Start packing Grasshopper life is short!


Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon

QUOTE: “because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” –Jack Kerouac, On the Road

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Everything!  Who do you think you you are Grasshopper….a know it all?

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Historical Sites Worldwide….when they are abandoned, destroyed and bombed into obilivion ….they are gone foreever.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  Got the travel Bug and wanderlust from birth…I don’t need to tell you what to do since it is incureable.

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 Zen Health Massage.


Zen Massage

Zen Massage


Living in Asia you have so many choices to get a massage and so very cheap… ranging from $2.00 to $20.00 plus.  In the United States and Europe massages are quite expensive and reserved mostly for Hollywood, the sports world and the wealthy.  Choosing a massage parlor can be done on the internet, however word of mouth is always a good choice.  Just like checking out a new hotel its up to you to choose a trustworthy massage parlor.

Massage is an intuitive healing art that has been around for millennium.  Massage therapy is based on our instinct to rub areas that hurt.  We rub our belly when our stomach aches, parents rub their children when they scuff themselves and mothers rub and rock their infants when they cry.

Massage therapy is a field that takes that very basic principle and evolves it into a science.  The word “Massage” comes to us from the Arabic root “mass’h” which means to touch, knead or squeeze.  Many believe that massage therapy is the precursor to all other forms of manual therapy; including physical therapy, chiropractic and orthopedics.

The oldest written record of massage is approximately 4000 years old. It was found in a Chinese medical text, Con-Fu of the Toa-Tse, dated at about 1800 BC. These early accounts detailed the application of massage techniques for therapeutic purposes.  Specific massage modalities, such as Reflexology, have been depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphs  as forms of hand and foot therapy.  Unfortunately, much of the healing knowledge and wisdom of the ancients has been lost through the passage of time.

Trained massage therapists spend many years learning their trade and you might inquire about having a seasoned therapist on your first visit.  If you inspect the massage parlor and they have mats on the floor with sleazy curtains and massage therapists with short skirts or sexy leisure wear you better run for the hills and politely opt out.

Over the years many of these so called massage parlors are a front for the sex trade and you will be surprised when they start to massage the wrong body parts.  You have been forewarned.

A proper Zen Massage parlor is attractive inside with zen waterfalls, rocks and natural wood, smells good , has continuous streaming soft zen music.and has proper massage rooms with elevated clean massage tables where the therapist has plenty of room to work.  Upon meeting at the reception desk you can choose the type of massage they have available the length of time (usually one hour or more) and they will normally soak your feet first then usher you to your room where you will disrobe naked or just your undies and some places give you loose fitting shorts and shirt.

The massage therapist will introduce themselves and ask you if you want strong, medium or light pressure. They will normally begin with you face down and begin oiling and massaging your back, legs and arms.  Just like getting acupuncture a professional zen therapist knows your bodies meridians and will work very hard to loosen stuck energy and CHI making you feel like a new person.  When the massage is finished  you lay there and relax.  As a nice bonus after you get dressed and head to the reception area they normally give you a hot towel and a hot cup of zen tea.

Some of the Zen massages available include: Zen Swedish Massage, Zen Thai Massage,Zen Hot Stone Massage, Zen Cupping, and Zen Aromatherapy.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

Benefits of Zen Massage
  • Increases circulation
  • Flushes body of metabolic wastes for faster healing time and detoxification
  • Decreases muscle spasms
  • Breaks up tissue adhesions
  • Releases endorphins to promote relaxation and pain reduction
  • Mmmm,  feels so good!

So there you have it!  Today, with the emergence of ‘preventative’ medicine and the rising cost of health care, modalities such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and yoga are no longer ‘alternative’ but rather a cornerstone of every good health practice.  Don’t just sit there Grasshopper book a zen massage today…you will be glad u did.

QUOTE: “A zen massage  will provide you with an escape from the rigor and stress of life and  restore you in body, mind, and spirit.”  –Grasshopper

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Oriental Massages have been around for thousands of years, and it is believed that in ancient Chinese history, men would gather in areas and the women would massage them before going to battle.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Relax Mode….feels good after a Zen massage

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You want to maintain good health…its simple get a zen massage on a regular basis and even you grasshopper will leap for joy…now that your legs are rubbed out.

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 Zen Travel!

Travel Light

Travel Light



Zen travel can be summoned up in three words: Keep it simple and engage in some of the Zen Things that can make this  a better world.  Volunteer, do a home-stay with a local family, smile a lot, get involved in their history and culture and set an example of Zen Travel by being a Zen Diplomat.

If I could some up one thing about travel that will save you time and money it would be to Travel Light!  Have you ever been in the line at the airport and actually witnessed the amount of stuff the average traveler has.  Unless you are a professional golfer or play the bass horn in the international symphony there is absolutely no reason to lug all of that stuff with you.

Travel should be a fun experience not an exercise in seeing how much weight you can manage as you trek through the jungle on an elephant, ride a jungle river boat, hop on a bus or subway or walk the streets looking for lodging. My friend Raymond who I met on a backpacking trek in Venezuela travels with the maximum size metal suitcase with wheels which is too large to fit in the luggage department on a bus and requires an extra seat…they should charge him for the extra seat or make him manhandle the metal suitcase on his lap as the bus rolls over potholed terrain.



1.  PACK LIGHT Pack a small sturdy backpack with one set of shorts, one pair of jeans, light sweater, rain poncho, two t-shirts, two sets of underwear, one pair of socks, one swimsuit.  Small bottle of shampoo, toothbrush and tooth paste,travel camera, cell phone with alarm and flashlight, plastic whistle, small notebook and personal cards with your name and contact information to give to interesting fellow travelers.

2. RESEARCH A BRIEF TRAVEL OUTLINE  Spend some time on the internet and print out a travel outline showing points of interest, accommodations, and noteworthy travel advice.  The key to Zen Travel is not to have a travel agenda but to go with the flow.

3.  ASK THE LOCALS AND FELLOW BACKPACKERS FOR TRAVEL TIPS This is key… so many times we are our own worst enemies since we fail to ask the locals and rely on Lonely Planet or what some blogger wrote. We stayed at a local pension house and asked the clerk what would be a good day trip.  She pointed out just follow the path and it will take you to an amazing waterfall where you can swim take photos have lunch and relax.  Was not in any of the travel books.

4.  IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LOCAL Culture This is not so easy to do, but if you follow the flow you might experience street art, fire dancing, local music, street food and most of all people watching.  Visit some art galleries, museums and learn about their history. Ask a local to cook you their special dinner with you paying the tab of course.  I experienced this in Belize going from town to town eating with the locals and experiencing great food and new friends.

5.  TRAVEL OFF THE BEATEN PATH Don’t fall for the same tourist traps designed to lighten your pockebook plus throw you in the mix of other tourists just like you.  Strive to be different, engage on a working farm, plant some trees learn about being green and reduce your carbon footprint.  If you get off the beaten path you might run into the well educated BIG FOOT…and have an engaging discourse about the origin of man.

6.  WALK A LOT If we continue with the sedentary lifestyle we will soon have to carried from travel spot to travel spot.  Seriously just by walking you can see so much more…and see things you could never in-vision, plus walking is the best exercise for your cardiovascular.

7.  EAT WHERE AND WHAT THE LOCALS EAT This is a no-brainer don’t fly to Paris, France and order a cheeseburger and fries.  Learn to appreciate what the street vendors can cook for you.  You will be in for a treat plus you won’t break the bank.  Always ask what do you recommend and be ready for a culinary surprise.

8.  DON’T BE A TRAVEL JUNKIE BY TRYING TO DO AND SEE EVERYTHING.  This is the major mistake many travelers  make when they go on vacation.  They try to see and do everything as if their life depended on it…causing a greater degree of stress as if stress was the wanted result.

9. TAKE TIME TO RELAX  Isn’t our normal life stressful enough trying to keep up on technical devices, monetary changes, wars and crazy governments.  This is your time and give yourself permission to relax.  If you like you can call it a zen thing and let the world zoom by.

10. BE IN THE NOW  Ok I challenge you to be in the now.  Its possible and why not train your self and mind to be in the now and receive its many benefits.  Discourses have been written on how to be in the now.  For now…just make it a zen thing and be in the now.


So there you have it!  Make your travel a fun and relaxing experience by involving yourself in the local culture.  Take a one week language course, take a cooking course, sit by the river and watch the world go by.  Shed pounds of stress by learning to smell the roses and most of all don’t be an internet junkie. You don’t have an obligation to Facebook, twitter etc.  You have only one obligation and that is be the master of your travels and your life.

QUOTE: ‘A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ – Laozi

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Travel is much like art; it makes you think, it makes you uncomfortable at times, often it can cement your beliefs, sometimes it challenges your entire world. Whatever the outcome – it’s done its job because epiphany or minute alteration… you’ve changed since you traveled.


THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Money…comes in handy

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Travel light, travel often and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

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 Intravenous Vitamin C for Miracle Cures!

For years you have heard take a Vitamin C daily to offset colds and boost your immunity.  My Dentist fishing  friend kept a large bottle of Vitamin C in his kitchen and the first thing he did in the morning was pop two 500 milligram vitamin C’s . If he did feel a bit congested he simply took more Vitamin C and he told me he hadn’t had the flu or a cold in over 20 years and didn’t miss one day of work due to illness.

Is it now time to really think about the miracle of Vitamin C and the human body.  We spend an average of several thousand dollars yearly on doctors visits and prescription drugs without including going to specialist doctors and hospitals.  Bottom line… all you really need to stay healthy is a good supply of Vitamin C.

A lot of our so called modern diseases are not helped by our most aggressive antibiotics of today…simply because the strains of bacteria are stronger and have outsmarted the average antibiotic.  So while you are suffering from another flu bug or pneumonia type infection and hoping the doctor picks the correct antibiotic…its a crap shoot and you are the human guinea pig, while the large companies like Merck and modern doctors are making a killing.

So if taken Vitamin C in capsule form is so effective why would I need to take Vitamin C Intravenous?  Its a good question.  The short answer is Vitamin C Intravenous is many times stronger and can tackle everything from a sports booster, to a beauty treatment plus eradicating horrible diseases like aids and cancer.

Of course the medical community and big pharmacies have nothing to gain by promoting this well researched Vitamin C therapy which is helping thousands of people around the globe.  In fact they spend billions of dollars to try and discredit the usage and success of vitamin C and try to pigeon hole the entire Vitamin C therapy into modern quackery. How convenient for them .

Case in Point:In 1986 Linus Pauling first raised the possibility that high dose Vitamin C (Vit-C) can be used to treat cancer. This hypothesis was met with intense skepticism by the scientific community and prompted Mayo Clinic to conduct two randomized controlled trials. The trials showed that Vit-C was totally ineffective. These findings account for the residual resistance and doubts in medical community regarding the use of Vit-C as a cancer treatment. It  was not recognized, though,  that Dr. Pauling administered Vit-C intravenously while the Mayo Clinic study included only orally administered Vit-C. There is a profound difference between the two routes of administration.

Vitamin C given intravenously is another story. When delivered in a “drip,” much higher concentrations of C can be attained. At these higher concentrations, vitamin C has different characteristics than if given orally. While oral vitamin C boosts immunity and assists tissue repair, it is too weak to do much to kill or inhibit cancer cells. But at high doses delivered directly into the bloodstream, it may act to increase levels of hydrogen peroxide deep in the tissues where cancer cells lurk. Peroxide-mediated killing is one of the white blood cells’ key mechanisms for fighting infection and cancer. Research currently under way has shown that high concentrations of vitamin C can stop the growth or even kill a wide range of cancer cells. Only intravenous administration of vitamin C can deliver the high doses found to be effective against cancer.

So there you have it!  Based on renewed interest on vitamin C Intravenous therapy it appears Linus Pauling was on the right track to help eradicate horrible diseases and allow more people to live a healthy life.

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: “Vitamin C is the world’s best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine.  Orthomolecular (megavitamin) therapy concentrates on vitamin C. Let the greats be given their due. The importance of vitamin C cannot be overemphasised.” —Andrew W. Saul, Fire your Doctor: How to be Independently Healthy

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Due to its function as an antioxidant and its role in immune function, vitamin C has been promoted as a means to help prevent and/or treat numerous health conditions including:  diseases and disorders in which vitamin C might play a role: cancer (including prevention and treatment), cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts, and the common cold.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Pharmacy and Doctors bills!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Take your Vitamin C pills daily and if you have a hard to treat disease take a series of Intravenous Vitamin C therapies. Hop to it grasshopper might even help you in the grasshopper special Olympics

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 explores famous white sand beach resort Boracay!

Boracay Paradise

Boracay Paradise


Everyone tried to send me to Boracay including my dentist from Manila…and I simply said that island looks too touristy and plastic.  I will NEVER visit Boracay and waste my time mingling with a bunch of loud mouthed tourists and beach touts trying to sell me dive packages, trinkets, souvenirs, massages, and island hopping boat tours. There are over 7000 islands in the Philippines with natural beauty where I could learn about the history of the different cultures, meet the locals and actually have new experiences from a diverse and interesting country. Zentraveler is talking off the beaten path… discovering areas and sites that are new and exciting and blogging till the cows come home.

Boracay Sailboats

Boracay Sailboats

The question is NEVER SAY NEVER!  As it turned out my partner Perla had a Herbalife Seminar in Boracay at the Shearton Hotel and had a package deal with the airlines and the hotels. I was invited and said: “Why not!”  Fast forward pack my bags with two cameras one laptop and some bright jamming swimwear, a couple pair of beach shorts, a few vintage t-shirts and one flowered Hawaiian shirt so I wouldn’t get lost in the crowd… and I was good to go.

Kitesurfer lost in time

Kite surfer lost in time

My travel rule… try to get to your travel destination (if possible) in the daylight…so you can get your bearings and get settled into the hotel.  We had a flight at 8 am about one hour more or less flight from Cebu to Boracay and arrived at airport at 5 am to be sure we had plenty of time.  They then announced there would be a delay as a tropical storm was approaching.  We left the airport after four more announced delays at 6 pm in the pouring rain.  The pilot also announced the closest airport to Boracay was closed so we would land at another airport.  We circled the airport for a half hour and finally dive-nosed through the storm onto terra firma.  Lightning and thunder had us running to our designated bus which would cruise for another hour or so in the maddening tropical storm only to be dropped off at the ferry terminal which was closed.  We then hop on a tuc tuc with plastic hung over the windshield and arrived at another ferry location where we paid some kind of entrance tax and walked down  slippery wooden steps in the dark to craw on a pump boat heading to Boracay.

Beach Beauty Pagent

Beach Beauty Pageant

Soaked  to the gills we hopped on a travel van with the driver asleep who wakened and he must have thought he was in a James Bond action movie as he floored the travel van through several large mud holes and knocked me on the floor.  I was so mad I said you are in the transport business…let me drive the van and I will get us there safely.  He dropped us off in a side street where we stepped in about 15 inches of rushing water and checked into our hotel.

Coco Loco Restaurant

Coco Loco Restaurant

Next day I had all you can eat buffet breakfast and Perla headed to her seminar and me being the perfect tourist took off with large camera around my neck  and was ready to see the real Boracay for myself. The weather was a bit overcast and as I stepped onto the beach walk the bright sun popped out displaying a picture perfect sky against the aqua blue water superimposed against the longest white sand beach I have ever seen in my life.  I just stood there and said OMG  thats what all of the travel writers are talking about.



I had the entire day to reflect and take in the sights and aside from the fact that people were trying to sell you those long armed selfie camera extensions and invited you for some island hopping or diving… if you  gave a firm polite no or just signaled with your hand no…that was it no more hassle and they went about their business.

I enjoyed looking at all of the sailboats swaying in the wind and watching the athletic kite-surfers race along the ocean floor demonstrating jumps and backwards somersaults as if they didn’t have a care in the world.  Talk about beeing free…these dudes really had it and I said to myself thats what life is all about isn’t it…freedom.

Rock Formation

Rock Formation

Walked to the rock formation at the end of the island where I took lunch and had french onion soup and grilled fresh fish of the day with fried veggie rice plus a cold beer as a tribute to this beautiful island.  I meandered along the rest of the beach walk taking in the sites of the many bars and cafes and hotels directly on the beach.  They also has lifeguards on beach stands and the white sand beach was clean with not one scrap of plastic or paper…that’s refreshing!

Lifeguards on Duty

Lifeguards on Duty

That evening we walked along the beach front and cut into the outdoor mall where we discovered a grocery store with three floors that had an excellent rooftop outdoor restaurant looking over the entire island of Boracay.  We ordered the local grilled fish along with a special  baked squash dish recommended by our waitress. The ambiance and  food was excellent.  We clicked our glasses as  the sun disappeared with a red glow and thanked our lucky stars we got to share this day.

Pumpboat Travel

Pumpboat Travel

So there you have it!  Even thou my mind was jaded to begin the journey I would rate Boracay as a great tourist destination with many excellent restaurants and hotels at all price ranges and one of the best beaches in the world.  There is something for everyone, you can bring the entire family, adrenalin junkies can find all sorts of water sports and the purest of the pure can simply hang.  That’s what I’m talking about, laze in the sun , munch on some freshly baked fish tacos, drink fresh buko juice from a fresh coconut and hit all of the happy hours if beer and spirits are your thing, plus get a beach massage and my friend you have just reached Nirvana…need I say more!

Island Hopping

Island Hopping

QUOTE: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain


THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Travellers used to be okay with being called ‘gypsy; until the word ‘gypo’ became a common insult. The term ‘pikey’ is also very offensive to Travellers (comes from the word ‘pike’). They often call each other ‘pavees’ among themselves.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your travel experiences!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Pack your bags Grasshopper you are going to Boarcay…pack your camera and suntan lotion since you are going island hopping. Be careful you don’t fall overboard…fish love fresh grasshoppers!

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 7 reasons to write a blog!

Zentraveler says: Don't just sit there write a blog

Zentraveler says: Don’t just sit there write a blog

People are always asking what is a blog and what is its purpose?  I like to simply things so I say a blog is something that you write about that you are passionate about.  It can be about anything… a few examples might be: How to grow bean sprouts.  How to tie trout flies.  How to make the perfect egg omelette. Things I hate.  How to take travel photographs that make you money.  The list is endless only fueled by your creativity and desire to share these ideas on the internet.

1.  By writing a blog you are virtually placing your writings as a part of your history.

2. By writing a blog it keeps your mind active and engaged.

3. By writing a blog you are sharing your content with the internet.

4. By writing a blog you can engage with like-minded folks.

5. By writing a blog you could help shape the universe.

6. By writing a blog you can insert contests and questionnaires for feedback.

7. By writing a blog it might go viral and you end up a billionaire.

So there you have it! What are waiting for grasshopper get off of that easy chair and start blogging.  Your first blog might be: Why its not cool to eat chocolate covered grasshoppers!

QUOTE: . “Create a blog or a website of your own depending on what you want to be recognized for. Share your experiences through  media.” -Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream


THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Its amazing what we don’t know.  Not a bad idea for a blog! Royalties please or at least you heard it here at the Zentraveler blog on WordPress.

THINGS YOU WANT TO SAVE: All of your blogs… its like writing a history of your thoughts and research.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Get involved share your ideas with the world and maybe I will take my tuxedo out of mothballs and see you on the podium for the NOBEL PRIZE.

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 publishes spy-novel Blowfish!

If you cruise any singles bar or for that matter any place in the world where people congregate…you will hear in the buzz I am going to write a novel.  The reason most people would not go through the grind was fear of rejection.  Now with the electronic age anyone with desire can self-publish via create space and have a paperback version for sale on Amazon and digital version at Kindle. What are you waiting for Grasshopper?

BLOWFISH A spy novel by Van Scott Fulton

Blowfish Synopsis

Blowfish is a spy-thriller with a group known as Powertron on a mission to destroy the world.  As the clock ticks down a privately funded spy team steps into stop Powertron dead in its tracks. With the United States spy network in gridlock and denial, it takes a totally committed private network to attempt the impossible.

The novel begins with Brook Scott, a retired special agent, concentrating on fly-fishing on a small trout stream in Pennsylvania.  He receives an urgent message from his close friend and fellow agent Keith Robinson inviting him to to meet at the Airway Club in New York City.  A third agent, Robin Brown, intelligent and beautiful beyond words, escorts Brook and Keith to a hidden communication center where they are briefed on the Powertron project.

With surround sound and state-of-the-art visuals, an authoritative voice explains that Powertron is an international cartel with the objective of overthrowing the United States Government and taking world control with a sophisticated form of subliminal brainwashing, futuristic weaponry, and germ warfare—buttressed with a high-tech computerized cyber-terrorism program designed to cause havoc throughout the world. “With less than a year to meet their objective, we have no choice but to derail their world takeover plan!  Have I made myself perfectly clear?” In unison the private team answers,“Yes!”

Instructions from the New York office send Brook and Keith to Las Vegas, where Patsy Buconi, an Italian-Jewish casino owner, plays an important role in assisting the private team to gather information on some of the Powertron Players, a mix of communication specialists, martial arts experts, and world leaders. Matsumi surfaces in a martial arts demonstration swallowing batons of fire and holding five trainees around his body.  He gets a standing ovation when he bows and touches his head to the mat seven times while displaying his polished teakwood leg.  Katseko, a communication specialist from Japan, emerges from a private stealth jet camouflaged as a United States military plane.  Brook and Keith are busy marveling at their casino winnings, interfacing with Patsy Buconi, and collecting intelligence at the local horse-race track. To complete the cast of characters, Kuwait Charlie escorts Katseko to the martial arts demonstration.  He leaves the martial demonstration to be rushed by private limo to his private jet hidden in an abandoned airstrip in the Las Vegas desert—exiting the United States airspace undetected.

With the coordinates of the Powertron gang updated on the spy team’s main New York computer, they head to Kentucky to learn something about the horse business.  Just as things are beginning to get interesting at the Kari Morgan residence, their temporary spy headquarters, Kuwait Charlie shows up to purchase one of the high-priced thoroughbreds at the Keenelande Horse auction. Kuwait Charlie, smooth and debonair, turns on the social charm enough to briefly throw the private spy group off the trail.  Brook, the more experienced of the private spy team, recognizes that Kuwait Charlie is heavily involved and continues to track his every move.

With time running out the private spy group discovers an organization called The New World Order, adding still another dimension to this spy-thriller.  They soon learn that it is just another shadow organization set up to divert attention from Powertron.

Powertron next abducts dozens of corporate America’s black sheep, and by using mind control at a training camp in Papua New Guinea promises them a role in world peace.  They become fully hypnotized and walk around with the blank expressions of zombies. The private spy group travels up the Karawari River where they confront the Karawari natives and get involved with Katseko.  She flies them in a high-speed flying saucer to North Korea where Robin is instrumental in breaking the virus-infected Powertron code.

The private spy group uncovers a weapons stockpile on the border of Iraq and Iran with acres of high-tech missiles and germ warfare laboratories staffed by some of the brightest scientists in the world who have been co-opted by the Powertron program. After demonstrating a newly developed zombie virus, they demonstrate their scientific prowess by having the spy-group sleep in decompression chambers that stop the aging process.

The militants use cyber warfare to cause havoc around the world.  The newspapers read like a who’s who in destruction.  Red tide and other disasters hit almost daily as the world begins to crumble one step at a time.

As if the private spy group didn’t have enough on their plate, they watch in horror as Wall Street crumbles bringing the nation to its knees.  The United States looks like a cratered moonscape with its electrical grids totally destroyed. Americans know what it feels like to live in a third world country with little hope for the future. The United States, once the most powerful nation in the world,is now under military rule. Survival encampments serve as a temporary band-aid to the catastrophic conditions.

With an all out effort to stop Powertron’s world takeover, the private spy group is successful in capturing Kuwait Charlie down under in their super atomic submarine.  He demonstrates to the spy team how he can communicate with his brainwaves by receiving a hard copy on the submarine’s printer from Patsy Buconi in Las Vegas.   A Pakistani freighter mysteriously shows up and sends its special diving team down to capture the spy group who, during a heavy storm, break loose with their prize Kuwait Charlie transported back to the submarine for interrogation.

By wiring Kuwait Charlie to powerful electrodes, Robin takes him to his breaking point by teasing him with sexual tricks and torture—yielding Powertron’s secret code for destroying the Universe. As the tension builds, Kuwait Charlie gives the command to begin the detonation. But out of desperation, he aborts the program, thereby sending shock waves of information bits rolling throughout the Universe.  The novel concludes with a spectacular movie type surprise ending.




Blowfish Author Van Scott Fulton

Van Scott Fulton

Van Scott Fulton received his from West Virginia University. He is co-creator of Ribet Productions, wrote the movie script Rural Outlaws and  authored the book Coco Loco. His interests include photography, fly-fishing and incognito travel around the globe. He writes the blog Zentraveler  and is currently living on Bantayan Island in the Philippines.


The novel Blowfish has just been published and is available at Amazon in paperback and digital at Kindle. Thank you for viewing the website.  If spy novels are your thing don’t tell a living soul about this book.


BLOWFISH is a fast-moving spy-fiction, action thriller packed with exotic characters, International Intrigue, terrorists tricks,  state of the art weaponry and communication lines— yet to be discovered by our United States Intelligence. As protagonist Kuwait Charlie likes to say: “We are light years ahead of the Western Worlds Communication Systems.”

If you like the fast action, oddball characters, and the sexy models in the James Bond spy thrillers— then the novel Blowfish is for you.



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