Back almost a week from my trip to Burma and I am realizing some beneficial side effects.
- The extremely bumpy roads on the trip – the constant rocking back and forth, which I thought would hurt my lower back – in fact actually helped it – like getting a great massage – when I got back i had little or no lower back pain and it did not start coming back until several days later. So I am trying to make sure I do not sit for long periods of time and always do some movement and stretching.
- Before I went on the trip I was experiencing constant joint pain especially in my knees. But on the trip, because almost all the dishes served for lunch and dinner were spicy, I opted only for rice and mixed vegetables – which was mostly cauliflower. When I got back I noticed almost all joint pain was gone. At home I was eating a lot of potatoes, tomato, egg plant and bell peppers – NIGHTSHADES – and some researching of the Internet showed studies that indicated nightshades can product allergic reactions in many people similar to arthritis. – which is apparently my case – after the trip I had no joint pain but after coming back and going on my normal diet – the aching joints came back. Now I will stop eating nightshades and see if the joint pain goes away again. I had thought it was from mostly old age.
- And thirdly, since I began taking a daily dose of Cialis for prostate, blood pressure and ED control, I have had relativity strong edema in my feet, very noticeable and commented on by several of my friends. So, since I didn’t imagine that this trip would produce any amorous situations, I stopped taking the Cialis. Sure enough almost all the swelling in my feet subsided. For obvious purposes I don’t want to eliminate the Cialis from my daily meds now that I’m back – unless I can find a substitute that is – a natural method if possible. I am still working on that, but for the near future I will just put up with the slight edema so I can gain all the other benefits. LoL. At least now I am sure what’s causing my edema.
The trip also has re-ignited my travel interest and so I am planning a future trip to Laung Prabang, Laos – hopefully next month, maybe for Songkran. They celebrate it there and I understand it is a wonderful experience, similar but not the same as Thailand. I am now checking Planet Romeo for possibility of contacting new friends in Luang Prabang, who could serve as my guide and companion for a visit there. Having someone who is familiar with the area would be quite a blessing.
One can only speculate what benefits another trip might reveal.
On the second day we left Keng Tung and headed back to Mong Hpayak where the monks could get their lunch. The tiny market there had all kinds of bugs for sale , but I opted just for some fried rice and cauliflower and then we went on to Mong Yawng where we would spend the next 2 nights. This would be the most rugged part of out trip – and I mean rugged. From Hpayak to Mong Yawng is 80 KM of which 1/3 was just single wide crushed rock roads – the rest was under some kind of construction. Not too far up the road we lost the right mirror on our van – hit by a passing truck on the narrow road it ripped off the mirror but did not damage the side of the van. The dust and bumps were amazing – we had to cross over a mountain range where we came to a full stop because they were widening the road by cutting the hillside away – but we did get through and ultimately got to our newly opened “Nant Khat Guest House” in Mong Yawng. Sparse but adequate. The next morning, 5AM, we all headed to the local area market – still dark, but it was a full moon which was the biggest market day of the month – there must have been over 300 people there – go early get the best deals – all vendors were gone and the market was closed by 7:30.
Next we headed to a temple high on a hill overlooking the valley, here as with all the temples we visited, they did the usual blessing and chanting. Back to town for lunch and then on to a temple which had a original India Bodhi Tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment. From here we headed to a “forest” temple and a dedication and then back that evening to deliver a full set of “Buddha Bibles” to the local Mong Yawng Temple. All the roads we were on this day were just dirt and extremely bumpy making travel speed about 5-10 KM/hr. Quite a day. The next morning up again at 5AM for market – Here the lady offered to sell me some “Shwe le maw” very strong Shan alcohol. then breakfast and on the road back. Got hung-up once in a new rock road area – the roller crusher hadn’t gotten there yet – but we made it through that area and on to the the major construction site where we were stopped coming in. It was passable but slow and then on to Hpayak for lunch. Here is where we spotted the deer heads, I had never seen any wild animals in all my travels in Thailand so this was a great surprise – we did pass several Burmese with homemade long barrel rifles but with my slow camera I couldn’t get a shot. Next time. Time to go home now. And I did get my passport back at the border crossing, all stamped and ready to go.
All in all great trip – meat is scarce and expensive so most Burmese meals are rice,fish and vegetables. I am amazed that although I ate very little each time, how much better I felt when I got back, tired but much more energy – in addition, all the rough roads and bouncing around actually massaged my back and all my back pain was gone. I was also worried about having to use the squat toilets but at all our major stops there were western sit toilets so that worked out ok too. Great group of people on the trip, although most spoke very limited English and I limited Thai, we did manage to communicate and actually they took special pains to see I was ok. I am looking forward to the next trip and will bring my high speed camera and opt for a front seat in a van so I can get more specific images.
Tomorrow I leave for a 4 day trip into Shan State, Myanmar with a group from Wat Suan Dok to visit 2 towns – First Keng Tung then I think our final destination will be Mong Yang. This is a goodwill trip by the Monk (Advisor) for Monk Chat – Phra Saneh Dhammavaro. I am told there will be at least one European with us and his Thai wife. However the Shan tour guide may not speak English just Thai – hope that isn’t the case. I also understand that recently there has been some border trouble with the Chinese and shooting in the border area – But I think we are far enough away from the affected area to miss that, at least I hope so. I am told that Mong Yang is similar to what Chiang Mai used to be like 50 years ago, so I am looking for some good photos. Anyway, start packing tomorrow and leave at 4AM Friday morning. They tell me the hotels are air-conditioned but that also remains to be seen – everything included in the 9,000 Baht price.
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I just went to my first meeting of “NVC” at Sangdee Gallery on Soi 5. Great meeting and boy am I starting to learn and find that I really need the process in my daily life. Here’s a great poem from the start of a book on the subject “The language of Life”
Words are Windows (or They’re Walls)
I feel so sentenced by your words,
I feel so judged and sent away,
Before I go I’ve got to know
Is that what you mean to say?
Before I rise to my defense,
Before I speak in hurt or fear,
Before I build that wall of words,
Tell me, did I really hear?
Words are windows, or they’re walls,
They sentence us, or set us free.
When I speak and when I hear,
Let the love light shine through me.
There are things I need to say,
Things that mean so much to me,
If my words don’t make me clear,
Will you help me to be free?
If I seemed to put you down,
If you felt I didn’t care,
Try to listen through my words
To the feelings that we share.
I am so grateful to have been introduced into this Tuesday afternoon meeting at the Sangdee Gallery and have a chance to develop my communication skills – When the student is ready the Teacher will arrive – now to stay alert and learn.
Thanks Mark for this fashion update – you are so right – one’s eye immediately goes to select the perfect purse – I particularly like the over the shoulder style but all are very nice. Enjoy your trip to the States and be safe and fashionable. Click on the image for the show.
If your studying ACIM – this song tells it all – Stardust into Men by Ocean Deep – Rhonda Bellamy otherwise its just a great emotional and relaxing song – check it out.
Here one I found that I really like. so true, but sad. it’s usually not possible to re-hang any picture – the shadows on the wall will almost always show through and detract from the original. Great observation.
Be sure and check out and bookmark the new “Gay in Chiang Mai Guide”
Thanks to Peter, Bonton Productions, and www.Radchada.com
The law allows for a 5 year prison term and a fine of up to 100,000 baht for those convicted of obscenity. What has to social media – political hate – false stories – and now troublesome public behavior.
Thanks Jerry for this insight into the original “Birth of the Internet”.
In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?” And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?” And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew to the People (HTTP).
And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drum heads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.” And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).