Saturday, December 3, 2016

Free yoga Rishikesh

There's many various free classes which are easier to find out about by word of mouth, but here's one I know should have it at Parmarth Niketan Ashram [map] at 6am and at 330pm.

If you know of more please write them in the comments

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Travel book - A journey through every country in the world

I came across this book while browsing the value village near me at the time (over a year ago) and was contemplating buying for way to long. When I finally got it, I now realize this was the best purchase of a book I had ever done.

The story:

The map:

In alphabetical order all the countries in the world; (Slowly scaning them as they come)





Antigua & Barbuda






Aruba & Netherlands Antilles











Czech Republic










Friday, September 30, 2016

Be like Agile Gibbon, be a frugivore!

This cute little ape First described: By the French zoologist and palaeontologist Frédéric Cuvier in 1821. Found in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, Malaysia, and southern Thailand. Generally frugivorous but subsists also on leaves, flowers, and insects. Featured species of the month on

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bitcoin and Resource Based Economy

I first learned about RBE and the Venus project from Zeitgeist documentary series and later the movement by Peter Joseph. Instantly was amazed by Jack Fresco and his ideas, thoughts and architecture.

Now that we have bitcoin here to stay, I see the connection between blockchain and decentralized technologies that will help us move toward a resource based economy. Bitcoin is basically based on resources; the machines are specific and have to be acquired somehow, the knowledge it takes to set those up (I am technical and it wasn't easy to setup) and finally the electricity it takes to power the machines (as well as the internet connection) and of course the space. All those resources come in to play to prove that you have them and did the computational work to gain more bitcoin and secure the network.

So with this, we democratize money and can help shift the power to the early adopters as the value of bitcoin rises every year. And those people that have the power will probably have a more open mind toward new ideas. And changing the future.

Scariest phishing email

Today my colleague got an email titled "Are you at your desk?" from MY email!
This means they know my email AND her email and asked her if she's at her desk.

Asking to wire money somewhere.

Thankfully not only is she not able to do it but she verified with me by phone first!

Stay vigilant and stay safe everyone.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Proteins - The whole truth

The term “protein” is used to designate a structure created from chained amino acids. We tend to use this word in general when defining the needs of the body, but is important to understand that your body is not designed to use and metabolize “structures.” Since your body is designed to use only the simplest of compounds and bio-available elements, it must break down (digest) these “structures” into the elements that comprise them, and then use these simpler compounds for its own needs.

Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are made up of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, lots of nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and iron. As noted above, your body cannot use a “protein” structure. Therefore, part of your digestive process will break these structures down into their simplest form— into amino acids, the basic building blocks or material that your body uses to build its own protein structures. Amino acids are used to make repairs, to create new structures, to enhance immune response, to act as transporters and to serve a multitude of other purposes.

Digestive and metabolic By-Products of Protein


Amino acids = for building, repair, immunity, hormone production, transport, etc. Water Carbohydrates = secondary response Fatty acids = secondary response

Nitrogen compounds (nitrates, etc.)
Purines, pyrimidine, etc.
Uric acid, uratinim, etc.
Phosphoric acid
Sulfuric acid
Glucogenic acids
Ketogenic acids
Carbon dioxide


IN THE STOMACH VIA GASTRIC JUICES — HCL (hydrochloric acid) causes the conversion of pepsinogens to pepsin, which breaks down complex protein structures to proteoses and peptones.
IN THE PANCREAS — Pancreatic enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin convert peptones to polypeptides.
IN THE INTESTINES — Intestinal enzyme peptidase converts peptones, polypeptides and dipeptides into amino acids.

“Protein” is a word meaning a “structure.” Like a house, it’s already built. It has form to it, like muscle tissue. However, like a house, it is built from various types of building materials. Protein structures are built from building materials called amino acids. Amino acids therefore are the building materials that your body requires and uses for building (growth), maintaining, and repairing itself. It also uses proteins (amino acids) for immune factors, transporters, and catabolic factors. A protein is also a general word for the total nitrogenous substances of animal or vegetable matter, exclusive of the so-called nitrogenous fats.

Proteins, or the total nitrogenous (nitrogen-based) substance of a food, consist of a variety of chemical compounds of two main types: proteids and non-proteids. Examples of proteids, both simple and complex, are albuminoids, globulins, proteases, peptones, glutinoids, etc. Examples of non-proteids, or simple compounds, would include creatine, creatinine, xanthine, hy-poxanthine, amides and amino acids.

The human body requires numerous amino acids, and these are divided into two groups. First, are the essential amino acids, of which there are eleven. These are said to be mandatory for proper growth and repair. (Personally I do not agree with this conclusion as I have seen people with extreme cases of neurological weakness, repair and rebuild themselves solely on fruits.) Secondly, there are many nonessential amino acids the body also uses. The list at the right will show you both groups.

Protein structures also include carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur and iron. As you can see, then, the word “protein” is actually an arbitrary word giving a “structure” to building materials. Protein is actually an arbitrary word that is assigned to any building material that the body needs. However, its factual definition is that of a completed structure, like tissue itself.

Amino Acids


Aspartic acid
Glutamic acid
Hydroxyglutamic acid

Digestion is necessary because the body can only use simple amino acids— the kinds that are found abundantly in vegetables and nuts. The liver can also produce its own amino acids and can synthesize even smaller nitrogencontaining compounds. The proteins found in meat must be broken down (hydrolyzed) into simple amino acids before the body can truly use them. I call meat “second-hand protein” because of the extensive digestion process needed to break down the “building” into simple “building blocks” or amino acids. Fruits, vegetables and nuts are much simpler for the body to break down, as these are basic amino-acid structures. It has been proven that a vegetable diet supplies more available nitrogen than a meat diet.

It is important to understand that nutrients act differently in an anionic (acid) environment versus a cationic (alkaline) environment. Amino acids become free agents for growth, maintenance and repair in an alkaline or cationic environment. In an anionic (acidic) environment they tend to bind with minerals, metals and fats, causing further toxic conditions in the body. This creates a loss of available amino acids, starving your body for building materials. You can eat all the proteins you want; however, your body cannot rebuild itself properly without proper bio-availability of amino acids.

“Bulk” type muscles, put on by high protein diets, will be lost during detoxification, as these are “stacked” amino acids not necessary to normal body functions. When protein breaks down, it creates sulfuric and phosphoric acids, which are highly toxic and damaging to tissue. It burns up our electrolytes to convert these acids into salts (ionization), thus neutralizing their damaging effects. Carbohydrates and fats create lactic and acetic acids, which require the same process, but are not as damaging. This is why we must replenish our electrolytes daily. The ionization and alkalization process is vital if you wish to save your kidneys, liver and other tissues in your body. Those who deplete their electrolytes without replenishing them fall into heavy aci-dosis, which can cause convulsions, coma and death. Cancer and other highly acidic conditions of the body use sodium and other alkalizing electrolytes at a very fast pace. This is just another reason to consume as many raw alkaline fruits and vegetables as possible.

Foreign proteins from meats, dairy products, grains, eggs, and the like, are abrasive to the mucosa of the body. This causes a lymphatic (mucous) response that can cause excessive mucus to build up within the tissues and cavities of the body. This mucus build-up, with the trapped proteins, fills interstitial areas as well as lymph nodes, sinus cavities, brain, lungs, etc. Pimples, boils and tumors are expressions of this congestion or toxic buildup. Some of the final digestive stages of protein-matter result in the production of uric acid. Uric acid is abrasive and irritating, which inflames and damages tissues. Uric acid deposits can create arthritis in the joints and muscle tissue. Uric acid causes gout. The more flesh protein you put into your body the more you work your immune system, and the more you invite the parasitic “kingdom” to grow inside of you. Many parasites (including many viruses, bacteria, and some “big boys” such as worms and flukes) feed on wastes from flesh-protein digestion.

Eating meat causes body odor from the rotting (putrefying) flesh within us. Meat can become impacted on the intestinal walls causing our mucosa and intestinal lining to decay along with the meat. It is important to note that putrefaction changes proteins into toxic chemical by-products. Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, do not cause body odor.

Proteins are acid-forming, which can create inflammation and can cause tissue breakdown —the opposite reason to why we are supposed to eat them. I’m not saying to avoid proteins— just to be warned about quantities and certain types. Diets rich in nuts, vegetables and fruits yield a very strong and healthy body, supplying plenty of amino acids.

The body cannot use “flesh-type proteins” (grouped amino acids) until it breaks them down into simple amino acids first. This process starts in the stomach where gastric juices of HCL (hydrochloric acid) convert pepsinogen into pepsin. Pepsin starts to break down these protein structures into peptones/polypeptides. This is an acidic process. After the stomach moves this “pre-digested” process into the duodenum (small bowel), the proteolytic enzymes in the pancreas (which are alkaline) start changing the polypeptides into peptides. Finally, as these peptides are moving along the small intestines, your intestinal wall secretes enzymes (peptidase), which finally convert these peptides/peptones into amino acids. This extensive process robs the body of vital energy, only to achieve “secondhand” building materials.

Plant proteins are simple structures of amino acids which are considerably less energy-robbing. Plants, being full of electromagnetic energy, counter-balance this energy need. Meat protein, on the other hand, is much more structured and electrically dead. This requires a much more radical digestive process, which robs the body of vital energy. Because of the high acidic content, too much meat protein has also been linked to colon cancer, the second largest type of cancer in America today. Thousands of people die each year from the accumulated effects of eating high protein diets. The liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestines are destroyed when protein consumption is too high. Twenty to forty grams of protein a day is plenty, but most people eat 150-200 grams a day.


It has been said that meat gives you energy. Since this energy is mostly from the adrenaline found in its tissues, this is only a stimulated energy, not a dynamic energy. If you’ve ever visited a slaughterhouse you will see and sense the fear that these poor creatures experience just before they are killed. Physiologically, this fear pumps the medulla of their adrenal glands, producing epinephrine or what’s commonly called “adrenaline.” Epinephrine is a neurotransmitter, stimulating energy through the nervous system into the tissues of the body. This is mostly what gives protein-eaters a heightened sense of energy. However, after years of eating meat full of adrenaline, your adrenal glands become weakened and lazy at producing their own neurotransmitters. This begins to lower your blood pressure. (A systolic blood pressure of less than 118 is low.) As we begin to pass our adrenal weaknesses down genetically, future generations may see multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Addison’s Disease, and other neurological weaknesses develop from a chronic lack of neurotransmitters.

High blood pressure can also be a result of adrenal gland weakness. When the adrenal glands become weak, we also begin to fail at producing adequate steroids (our anti-inflam-matories), because meat is highly acidforming (which creates inflammation). The body will use cholesterol in place of steroids where this inflammation is present. This becomes a serious problem because lipids, in the presence of aci-dosis, stick together and plaque themselves “in” and “onto” tissues.

Energy from eating meat can also come from growth hormones fed to the cattle (or other animals) for rapid growth. Energy should be dynamic or cellular, not created by stimulants. Dynamic energy comes from raw-food eating where alkalization, proper electrolytes, electricity, amino acids, proper synergistic compounds and complexes (vitamins, minerals, flavons, etc.) are found.


It is time for humans to stop the toxic consumption of animal products, which today are so laden with toxic hormones, antibiotics, chemicals and the like, that they have become time bombs just ticking away inside of us. We can lift ourselves up from decay and toxicity and enjoy the vitality and internal cleanliness that a raw fruit-and-vegetable diet will bring. Such a diet breaks the chains of anger and despair, freeing us into the light of vibrancy and health.

Try a six-week diet free of animal products and see the difference for yourself. It’s one thing to read and form opinions from conditioned thought. However, it’s quite another to experience it directly for yourself.

All life transmutes compounds and elements into other compounds or elements, although this process is not well understood by the scientific community, as of yet. Your body can and does create amino acids from carbohydrates and fats. Your body uses the constituents in your foods, especially those biologically suited for you, to maintain and repair itself

Nature will always have mysteries for us to seek. The mind, which is forever over-reacting, can keep the soul’s attention here in the physical world indefinitely. The mind is like the seeker after God, forever looking for truth when it is always right in front of him. The mind (intellec-tualism) always likes to tear things apart to try to understand how they are made. Soul already knows how things are made. Break free from in-tellectualism and enjoy the simplicity of nature and God. It will free you from a lot of wasted energy. Become a raw-food, living-food eater and enjoy vitality and robust health. You will be much happier for it


Research studies done by some of the world’s top educational institutions (including Simmons College and Harvard University, as reported in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Archives of Internal Medicine) have proven, over and over again, that meat protein is toxic to us when it is absorbed through our intestinal walls. This creates acidosis, affects an immune response and invites parasites. The following list will summarize what we have considered in the previous sections about the basic reasons to avoid meat and high protein diets.

  • A protein structure is not useable by the body as such, and must be broken down into its simplest compounds, called amino acids before the body can use it at all. This process requires energy instead of yielding energy. 
  • Many acids are created during the digestion and metabolizing of proteins, including uric acid (which causes gout), phosphoric acid, and sulfuric acid. These acids are irritating and inflammatory to tissues. They also stimulate nerve responses leading to hyperactivity of tissues. 
  • Protein is a nitrogen compound, high in phosphorous, which when consumed in large amounts, will deplete calcium and other electrolytes from the body. 
  • Proteins are highly acid-forming, lowering the pH balance of the body. This causes inflammation and tissue weakness, leading to tissue death. 
  • Proteins are not used as fuel by the body; they are building blocks and carriers. When proteins are broken down by digestion into amino acids, their main function becomes growth and repair of tissue. Simple sugars are the main fuels for the body besides oxygen. When we try to lose weight by burning proteins for fuel, this causes fat breakdown. However, it also causes tissue breakdown. You can destroy liver, pancreatic and kidney tissues by burning your building blocks instead of using proper fuels
  • In people who have adrenal weakness, a high protein diet causes the liver to create large amounts of cholesterol, which then begins to plaque throughout the body, especially through the vascular system, liver and kidneys. Stone formation also begins to take place in the liver and gallbladder. 
  • Animal proteins putrefy in the body causing body odor. This putrefaction causes a cesspool of toxins to build up in the intestines and the tissues of the body, both interstitially and in-tracellularly This not only creates a base for parasites to grow, but the acidity creates inflammation, which blocks cellular respiration, eventually causing cellular death.
  • High protein consumption does not fit our species, nor is it physiologically sound. 
  • Animal farming, as a food source, has devastated us economically, environmentally and spiritually. We are destroying our forests and green land to create pastures. This is destroying our planet in many ways. It affects the production of vital oxygen, diminishes heat protection, destroys beauty, limits erosion protection, limits our fruit and vegetable farming, increases toxic by-products of animals, robs topsoil and oxygen levels from grain farming, and destroys wild animal habitats. We waste thousands of acres in raising tons of grain needed to feed cattle and other animals.
  • High protein diets contain excessive amounts of epinephrine (adrenaline) and thereby create aggression, anger and adrenal failure in humans who consume these foods. 
  • Meat has been proven to cause intestinal cancer. It is suspected in liver and pancreatic cancers, as well. The cesspool of putrefaction that builds up in the lymphatic system is possibly the starting cause of lymphomas.
  • Meat-eating societies have a much shorter life span. An example of this is the Intuits of Northern Canada and Alaska whose average life span is approximately fifty years. Meat is nothing more than dead or dying cells, living in their own cesspool of stagnant, putrefying blood. And humans call this good nutrition.Meat stimulates, irritates and inflames the sexual organs, especially the prostate gland, leading to prostatitis. 
  • Today’s animal meat is full of growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, nuclear wastes, high levels of adrenaline, and other toxic chemicals from air and ground pollution. All of these compounds are considered carcinogenic. We find more cancer in cows, pigs and chickens today than ever before. And humans eat this. Some meat producers (farmers and ranchers) have also lost their integrity and sense of decency, and are grinding up their sick and dying cows, pigs and chickens and mixing this “dead,” often “diseased,” meat into their regular animal feed. This leads to “Mad Cow” and “Hoof and Mouth” disease. We see this now, especially in Europe, where meat growers have been feeding dead sheep meat to living cows. Cows are vegetarians. Hogs are not true meat eaters, either. This eventually leads to acidosis and disease within these animals, just as it does within humans. 
  • High protein diets lower manganese levels resulting in spasms, convulsions, neurotransmitter issues (myasthenia, S.O.B., heart arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, etc.), neuromuscular problems, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. 
  • Meat is full of dead blood cells (hemoglobin), which are full of iron. However, iron is a mineral, which if consumed in abundance can become toxic, especially oxidized iron (not plant iron). Iron toxicity creates a multitude of reactions within the body, including: 
  • Decrease in chromium (needed in insulin transport issues) 
  • Decrease in zinc (needed in insulin and energy production) 
  • Damage to liver, pancreatic and kidney tissue 
  • Lowering of calcium and calcium absorption and utilization Increase in sodium levels (hence creating edema) 
  • Increase in nitrogen and phosphorous levels (thus increasing acidosis) 
  • Dizziness, equilibrium and spastic conditions by decreasing manganese levels 
  • Meat eating leads to high blood pressure from sodium retention and lipid coagulation. 
  • Meat eating with vitamin C supplementation enhances iron absorption, thereby magnifying iron toxicity 
  • Red meat eating is linked to the increase of N-Nitroso compounds from intestinal bacteria, which can be cancer-causing to the intestinal walls. 
  • Meat eating is known to be one of the chief and most direct causes of tooth decay. 
  • These are just a few examples of why high animal-protein diets are destroying the human race. Wake up and enjoy life without animal products. Your body will love you for it, as it becomes odor-free and vibrant. Love your planet and its animals too. 

There is a myth about the need for “complete” amino acids or “complete proteins” in the human diet. We have struggled with this misinformation for years. Basically, the misinformation says that unless you eat foods containing all the essential amino acids in one meal you will not have what you need to create a “complete protein” and therefore your body will be protein deficient. This is one of the primary arguments for the consumption of meat and dairy products, or the consumption of soy products, beans, and white flour. Consider, however:

  • What is the diet of a wild horse, an elephant, or a cow? These are herbivores and their strength is well known. Their diet is 100 percent grass and vegetable matter. If they needed the “complete protein” that is claimed, they must be getting it from plants.
  • 70 to 80 percent of a grizzly bear’s diet is grass. Bears don’t eat much meat. When they do, it’s generally the fat (not the protein) structure that they’re after. Bears are omnivores.
  • We are the highest species in the frugivore category, which is not designed to eat meat.
  • Raw foodists who eat a balanced variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts are never deficient in the amino acids necessary for health. Quite the opposite. Plant amino acids are more energetic and easy for your body to break down and use. Meat requires a more radical and energy-robbing digestive process to obtain the amino acids that comprise it. The other important factor here is that meat protein leaves an acid reaction in the body, creating more acidosis, whereas vegetables leave an alkaline reaction, thus cutting acidosis. 
 Your body requires live foods to make it alive. If the components are not in fresh, organic fruits, nuts and vegetables you don’t need them! And besides, there’s nothing healthy about eating old, rotten, dead tissue—dead cells in stagnant blood

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to check which Google analytics you are using

Step 1: Right click on your website and click "View page source":

Step 2: Click Ctrl+F and search for "analytics", press enter a few times until you locate the code used for Google analytics

And now you know.
Please comment if you have any questions. 
Let me know if this helped.

Friday, August 12, 2016

3rd party integration for contact form 7 API style

I was requested to fix the issue permanently because every contact form 7 update would cause erasing of the custom code and I need to fix it everytime. Not good. So I did a quick search and found the plugin: forms-3rdparty-integration.

Once installed, the basic setup is binding your fields;
1. Input the fields you need to send to your application under "3rd party service: service 1"
2. Add your custom URL (try to include something very unique - I use a ?key=<randomkey>)
3. On your application, using the <randomkey> you can take in the values using $_POST


Let me know if you would like any expansion or anything is unclear, etc in the comments below.
Thank you

Thursday, June 30, 2016

How to embed google maps street view PHP based on latitude longitude programmatic

If you want to embed custom made google map street view based on programmatic dynamic PHP code first you must make a separate page for the map, like so THIS based on the google documentation at the time of this writing.

Second you can embed the code in your site like this:
$lat = $result['lat'];
$lng = $result['lng'];
echo '<iframe width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="ADDRESS/TO/YOUR/streetmap&lat='.$lat.'&lng='.$lng.'"></iframe>';

The iframe will show the map in the size you indicate with the lat and lng given.

If you want to know how to get the lat and lng based on read address read google maps api.

Let me know in the comments below if anything is unclear or any feedback, or if you would like more tutorials/how-to on those or other topics.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

George town and Penang Island Malaysia

After a great time in Koh Phangan I head to Penang leaving Thailand for the second time as the visa came to an end.

The boat ride was fun, and inspiring to get the wheels in motion again after such a relaxing time on that magical island.

Here I had some health troubles which led me down an interesting path. My motorbike injury in Pai has reopened yet again and infection persisted. Several days after arriving I went on some basic treks that could have been partially responsible for the worsted condition and I had a fever. I was admitted to Gleneagles hospital and two fellow travelers I met in Phangan as well as the hostel owner had been extremely kind and helpful for the situation.

The travelers brought me little sweets peanuts and even mango that brought up my emotion instantly. as well as their presence and finally when I got my laptop it helped a lot. The hostel owner had forgave one day and organized my stuff (which I was too weak to do myself before leaving for the hospital) and stored it under the stairs in a safe location.

The time alone and in the clean environment was great for my healing physically, mentally and even emotional disturbancce that helped push further my well being once I left the hospital. I spent more time at Love Lane Inn and eventually felt healthy enough to get to the national park in the north west side of the island with a girl I met from couchsurfing site that I decided to use when in the hospital. after the trek we did, I met a french guy that is raw and mostly fruitarian and showed me the guesthouse where i spent 3 nights. treked the second day and road trip on motor bike third day.

Finally returning to Love Lane Inn where I write this now, and this being my last night here, which makes for a good conclusive post. Next I will head to KL capital.

The lessons learned here, and collective wisdom: raw eating is the optimal human (or any animal) nutrition. Humans will do what they feel or like or want without always considering the best option for reasons of health or otherwise. The diversity of humans is large and so is the opinion.

The journey continues.

Friday, June 24, 2016

git push, pull, clone not working without error

I have a bitbucket repo, on rackspace centOS linux (redhat) server and the git push, pull and clone don't work without any error messages.

The version of git 1.7.x which I updated to 2.9.x and the issue remains the same.

I have tried cloning from other machines, servers with similar setup and it worked. something individually wrong here.

I will update when I find a solution.


This error is due to a bug in the last update of the NSS packages on CentOS/RHEL 6.8.

Here a few links that discuss the issue:

We have reported it to RedHat and we're waiting for them to release a fix for both CentOS and RHEL 6.8. Until then we have rolled back to the previous working versions of the NSS packages and marked the ones you had as bad so that yum will skip them and update only after newer versions of the packages are released.

Bad versions:
[root@econoline-perf]# yum versionlock list
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, versionlock
versionlock list done

Good Versions (now installed):
[root@econoline-perf]# rpm -qa | grep nss.*3.21 | sort

I assume git has been using libraries from this package and so this should resolve the problem.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ko Pha-Ngan/Koh Phangan Island of beauty relaxation and spirituality

Being the original full moon party island it gets a lot of tourism. As with most places in Thailand of certain fame. I prefer the yoga town of Sri Thanu where you can relax better and enjoy various holistic activities. If you stumble upon mystical creatures you can end up taking LSD or mushrooms.

I tried freediving for the first time and had been disappointed with the lack of satisfaction I got. Sure I learned some techniques for breathing and diving deeper faster. The psychology is what changes when you actually have enough oxygen but feel the need to be at the surface. In any case I felt the extra cost was not valued and would have preferred diving with tank (scuba) for about half the price to see more wildlife.

In any case this place has magic and if you get with local rythem you can get decent price and quality fruits, to continue the fruitarian lifestyle, cheaper gas than most gas stations (can be found close to the main town Thon sala)

For now I stay here, after a heartbreak I carry on and see what the rainbow can show me.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Travelling is my part time job

I have found another passion, and as with passions you tend to like the work that goes into it. Because let's face it, travel is work.

Sure, there were moments when I felt like it's work and didn't want to do it; from making the decision of where to go, how to go there, and what to do when there.

But then I found that I enjoy this work, and want to continue doing it as long as possible. The exploration of this plant has just began for me.

There are many more places I want to see and discover for myself and I am blessed with the time and financial means to do this. Mainly the savings and also the continues work I can conduct remotely from any decent internet connection (doesn't have to be very fast but solid is ideal - text file transfers as with the coding I do)

I know the places that I liked, where I will certainly return (sometimes I know when other times not sure yet). I know the places that I will visit (again, some I have a rough idea when, others I am not certain yet).

So far the journey has been a great one, filled with self-discovery, exploration of the inner and outer world, and some of the spiritual one as well. The cultures, people, foods, languages, customs and religious. Finding inner peace in nature or city chaos in rush hour traffic. Flights, overnight buses, trains, ferries, road trips in cars as well as motor bikes and many more adventures to come.

Let me know what you think about a life of travel? Would you picture yourself doing it in such a way?
Where do you recommend I visit?
In the comments

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pakse, Laos to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

I woke up around 6:30am to get last coffee from Ms. Ning's homestay and hit the road. Stopped by street fruit vendors to get bananas for the long journey to Thailand.

I arrived around 7:05am to Ms. Noy's rental shop as Mr. Yves rides in a few minutes after my arrival. I returned it and paid my bill for the motorbike rental - 110,000KIP for 2 days not charging for the 3rd because it was before 8am, as well as the bus ticket - 80,000KIP for a total of 190,000, when he returned the 10,000 he told me to keep it as they require when leaving Laos.

A tuktuk picked me up after I exchanged my last remianing KIP to Thai Bhat (I got around 600bhat)/
At the bus station I got the final ticket and waited for the bus. A few goats passed by and I think to myself what a cool scenario, I see goats in the bus station.

Finally got on the bus as it arrived and we're on the way, reletaivly smooth ride as we arrive at the border we get out and start the confusing process. First we must get through market areas to get up to an office in the heat and hand in our passport and give the 10,000 kip. Finished this and now the bus is gone, no where in sight. Confused again we must continue on foot to cross underground then to the entry of Thailand. Fill out the form and get screened by the immigration officer, he didn't know I had made a tourist visa for additional time and almost didn't give me the proper time. Good thing I mentioned this to him and he corrected the expiry date. So make sure you tell them right away if you do this.

Finished this and now I go to the awaiting bus where my bags are on the ground waiting for me with another officer which asks which ones mine. I have to take this back inside where it goes through an xray machine which didn't seem too sophisticated.

Finally take this back to the bus and load up the bags. Away we go.

I get the phone signal from my Thai sim card (True Move H) and the roads feel much smoother already. I'm back in civilization.

The bus stops to refuel, probably because the gas is cheaper and we continue to the central bus station in Ubon Ratchathani.

Taxi drivers want my business but I ask the tourist information how to get to the train station and there's a 10bhat truck that goes directly

 several hours before taking the night train to Bangkok

Friday, April 8, 2016

Pakse Laos and small loop of waterfalls, coffee farms and village

Now that I got my passport from Vientiane I am free to go, but Since I am in Laos I should at least see something else. It was relatively easy to get further south. Even though on the way there's recommended places to visit with 8km cave (Thod Lor) with a loop of their own,

I headed past it to the very southern town active for tourists called Pakse. In the Chompasak region which is generally more elevated and cooler. It is a nice change from the inferno of a city in Vientiane.

I arrived around 8am and headed straight to meet a fellow traveler I met in Vientiane, we got a breakfast and headed to the motorbike rental - Ms. Noy.

I was approached earlier on the way to meeting my friend by French speaking fellow on a Honda Wave (the most popular semi-automatic bike in Asia) asking what I was looking for. It turns out he was Mr. Yves and he is partnered with Ms. Noy, she's a local and he's a Belgium guy that lived in the area for several years.

He explained the two possible loops we can do in the region. Small and big, the small can be done in 2 days and the big in 3 or 4. He gave us a quick lesson on how to drive the semi-auto and a lot of information about what to do in which case scenarios when we get to various places and the general tips.

Easy enough, I was on the road by 11am off to get lunch with another traveler that wanted to do this loop. A young Dutch fellow that was eager to travel the world even though he's very interested in studying in Sweden to finish his masters in biology.

Had our soup in a local stop along the way and carried on to the next stop which was around 40 minutes of motoring later at a coffee farm. I had a coffee but am not so much into it so did my best to enjoy it before continuing with our new found friends from Sweden.

It wasn't long until we got separated again since we saw a Buddha picture pointing 1km to the right on a dirt road. Of course I couldn't resist. So the dutch guy followed me and we went into the forest Buddha area where celebrations were on their way of the Lao new year.

We were the only foreigners and got stared at quite intensely by some, they all seemed friendly and curious so I walked to the Buddha and relaxed for a minute. I decided that was enough for me and wanted to continue. I saw the dutch guy getting into the party so I carried on but not to worry we would surely meet again at the next stop.

I forgot the exit points and had to make a U turn to get back to the waterfall. When I saw the waterfalls we saw some being washed in the river, I headed to the recommended hostel (homestay) called Mama Pop and had dinner there as well. She's a really good cook. We all reconvened there from earlier and it felt like a nice group now. We went for a short walk at night but lack of flashlights ensured that we returned early. Not to worry about the local dogs, they are all friendly.

In the early morning the dutch guy and one of the Swedes and I went for a walk to the waterfalls and they also swam and did some workouts. I thought the water was too dirty and returned back to use some internet for work.

After a nice fruit breakfast we got back on the road and hit the next stop which was a village with coffee growing. There we met an Italian girl that got a bamboo traditional tattoo on her arm and was unable to get back to town because of the pain from the tattoo. The group joined for a tour but 30 min of coffee details was too boring for me so it would be the last time I see anyone from this group.

I continue my journey and make a stop at fruit market for coconut, mangosteen, dragon fruit, and other delicious fruit. I also bought nice avocado being sold by the road which probably means they are in season. I made some stops at waterfalls and eventually stopping at Ms. Ning's homestay (hostel) for the night, half hour from Pakse. Had a dinner at Ning's and used her phone to ask Ms. Noy if the bus to Thailand can be arranged in the morning, she confirmed I can arrive at 7am and be on time.

I work up around 6:30, had a coffee with Ms. Ning and paid my bill for last night's bed and dinner. Got back on the road. I love the feeling of freedom. The road was very flat and straight so I had no problem maintaining 70km/h or more most of the way.

When I approached an intersection with various fruit vendors I made a stop to check my direction and made a purchase of bananas, looks like the jackfruit is in season too, they were huge!

I continue into town and get to Ms. Noy 5 min after 7am which is also around the time I see Mr. Yves coming in and he was very helpful with setting me up to get to Thailand, even the changing of my last KIP to Thai Bhat and even the tip to keep 10,000 KIP for the crossing.

Read more about crossing the boarder to Thailand.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng and Vientiane

First impression of Luang Prabang was... well a village. We didn't get to the center because as you see in Laos the bus stations are nowhere near the city. We refused to get on the tuktuk since we thought we can walk to town but it turned out to be 10km away, and a tuktuk eventually dropped a price to more reasonable one that took us in to the town center.

This is what really surprised me about Luang Prabang, that it's much more a town than a city. And being second largest population of Laos I thought it would be larger. But you get to know the size is more spread out. There are plenty of things to do and from the touristy western bars and coffee shops to more local shops and markets, you can find lots of nature around and wats (vats?) as well.

We went to see the "Whisky" village, ride elephants (ethically) and the famous caves (not all that special). This place, like many others in the region (including Pai, Thailand) are easy places to just be. Can do something, or nothing and still feel relaxed. Spent about 5 days here, walked around, had local fruit, local dishes, a few touristy specialty drinks and entered some wats. Enough of this town and next I head to a famous party town that is surrounded by waterfalls and caves - called Vang Vieng.

Located half way to Vientiane, the capitol of Laos where I will go after. Which was my main goal of this trip, visa extension.

Vang Vieng is surrounded by nature small town that ballooned into a party central area, filled with reggae bars with "happy" menu which includes 3 items in various forms: weed, opium and mushrooms can be on pizza, shake, omlet or tea. Take your pic, or simply buy a joint for 30,000 KIP (~$3.75US) which will be large enough for at least 3 people  and has no tobacco added.

Around there are plenty of caves and waterfalls to explore, I only made it to the "blue lagoon" which is not really worth a visit unless you like to see a bunch of tourists jumping into water. The cave above it isn't bad for a cave but I have seen a much nicer one in Pai, Thailand area and was not impressed.

All-in-all I didn't spend long enough or do the fun outdoor activities in this town as my condition wasn't so good and the heat was intense this time of year. If you can find a cheap motorbike rental I heard of a small one day loop around the local caves. Keep in mind there are many small fees to cross bridges and enter the nature so take change with you or find alternate routes when possible. Speak to fellow travelers or tour guides.

Next I found a 40,000 kip bus ride to the capital Vientiane and took the rough ride there. 4 hours later I have arrived, thankfully in the city center this time and not the far off bus stations that I heard fellow travelers getting dropped off at.

This place feels like a city, it's probably the only place in Laos that feels like it is a little more modernized with plenty of western style food and cafes. I even saw a DQ (Dairy Queen). First stop after I found a decent priced hostel was the embassy. Getting around is really convenient with a bicycle. 15 min after renting one (10,000 KIP) I was at the Thai embassy learning that they only take visa extensions 8:30am to 11:30am. So it meant another day.

Next morning I did the filing for visa, relatively painless. 2 passport pictures (my last 2!), filled out the form and hand in the passport. Now we wait, and it turns out I had to wait 2 days because of a holiday. That's fine because I can just relax and see the place. There's not much to see, but can cool off in the mall, see the golden roof temple and monument resembling Paris. Fast forward to getting the passport and next I head south to Pakse.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Luang Prabang, Laos - fastest internet

After a long journey to get here to Laos I had to do some more work. I found fast wifi connection at Dao coffee just up the street crossing the walking street, across from Dara market on Kitsalat Road. Good coffee for decent price.

Also for cheap accommodation - check "Mixay guesthouse" take a right after the above coffee shop (going away from the center - walking street) and continue stright. Just before Jaliya guesthouse (which turned out to be more expensive). I was able to get a room (with two beds) for 30k KIP (about $3.75USD)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Crossing from Chiang Rai to Huay Xai and Luang Prabang in Laos

I was finishing my time in Pai, mainly because of visa expiring. And I know I don't want to go over, mainly to avoid complications when getting further visas in the future.

So I headed to Chiang Mai for a few days. Had a great time, rode around with automatic moped/scooter/motor bike. Ran a few errands; took money using bitcoin to avoid ATM fees and reap the benefits of the profit I made. Changed for some USD for entry visa into Laos. And sold North face backpack my brother had left me a month before at a hotel. I didn't like the size and weight of it and am already happy with the ones I have. 

All in all a good time before going to Chiang Rai for only 120bath greenbus (+50 for tuktuk to bus station). Spent one night in Chiang Rai (completely forgot that I met a traveler in Morocco that was in town volunteering! sorry). I liked the night market and vibe of Chiang Rai and got decent priced private room - even though I normally prefer dorm, but the price was the same. So I got good sleep instead of crowding in a dorm.

Walked around and also went to see the white temple, which was very worth a visit, a must see if you are in the region. Very unique artist work and unlike any other. Make sure to also visit the gallery. All of that is free, only costs 20bath from the central bus station in Chiang Rai (each way). Enjoyed a papaya salad lunch just outside the "mall" type area before the temple entrance.

And then I went to the station headed to Laos - cost 65bath and they go every half hour. Red bus with all the windows open - not so good when feeling a little weak. I believe the cold I caught was from that. The bus drops you off near the bridge. From there the only way to get to the exit point of Thailand is using tuktuk that costs 50bath (or walk) but at my condition and with the bags I had - I couldn't imagine walking.

Once you get there, the exit is very simple. but then comes the annoying part. the bridge has dedicated bus service that costs 20bath (25 on weekends - which of course it was for me) once you go about 4 minutes over the bridge, you have the fun time to enter Laos. First fill out a form and give your passport + picture. Now you wait. They call your name and you pay the price (30-40 USD depending where you are from) being Canadian I paid ~$43, extra dollar after 22:00, which it was. 

Finally you get through and now you are on your own (unless you paid for complete journey somewhere) there's tuktuks that will take you into town which is around 12km away (why? this is a foreshadow into how the bus stations of Laos cities are very far from the actual city - poor organization) cost me 100bath

I had the tuktuk stop at the bus station so I can buy the ticket to Luang Prabang. This is where I got confused since I had no local currency yet, I paid 1,000bath and received 75,000 KIP. Scheduled for 6pm the next day, means I got to spend some time and relax in town of Huay Xai. 

Didn't expect to have so many travelers in the town, but it makes sense being so close to the border of Thailand, a common stop off. With many guesthouses, Gibbon excursions, restaurants and even a nice temple overlooking the Mekong river. Tomorrow comes the terrible overnight ride to Luang Prabang.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Why I might become a fruitarian

First, let me start by saying that I have never been vegetarian. Most vegetarians I ask why they don't eat meat told me it is because of the bad conditions or the bad of killing animals. I simply never agree with this. I do know about the terrible conditions farmed animals are kept in sometimes but the killing of animals is not a problem because it happens in nature.

So why would I agree with being frutarian? Because of the logic behind eating fruit, being the best and most nutritious food for human consumption. We as humans are meant to eat it, everything in our body is designed for it. From our hands that fit fruit perfectly, to our eyes that can see when fruit is perfectly ripe and our stomachs that observe it perfectly. As opposed to green leaf vegetables, root vegitables and meat or animal products which our stomachs and teeth are not designed to eat raw.

This to me is a much better explained reason that comes with many benefits to the environment as well as ourselves if we consume only (or at least mostly) fruit.

Am I going to only eat fruit for the rest of my life? probably not, but I will focus my majority of the diet on fresh raw fruit unaltered by humans - not shakes or smoothes, not dry or salads type.

I still don't think I will even be vegetarian though, the last time I ate animal products was yesterday, seafood 3 days ago and meat about 1 or 2 weeks ago. I don't see the need to buy any animal products nor vegetables but if it's offered I will not turn it down (generally).

What do you think? do you agree or disagree?

Let me know

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

North Thailand for a month. I've done yoga and got massage.

Staying at a place called funhouse in exchange for help with computers, tablets and technology like website, Google maps , WordPress, airbnb and hostelworld.

I got injured in my way back from Mae Hong Son immigration office to extend my visa for 30 more days, this cost me 1,900 bhat plus 5 for photocopy if passport. Also I got passport pictures done earlier in town at rate of about 140 for 4. Only one is required but it's good to have more for other visas that I may want to get when I continue my travel.

While injured I did a lot of work at the house. My own and for him.

Now waiting for the stitches to be removed at the hospital costs 200. But to get the stitches cost me 1000 plus the bike damage was around 3000.

Was at shakina community lunch today, they are fantastic people always happy and very open to share anything.

To be continued