Mae Hong Song Trip–Simon

Sawadee Khrap

Avoiding Songkran here in Chiang Mai,  Simon and I headed for 2  Days 1_MaeSheThaPathanaChitChaloenPhraKiatin Pai and 2 days in Mae Hong Song.  We tried to visit “Unseen” Thailand this trip and so when arriving in Pai – 2_NextBridgePaivisited a female monk meditation area- Mae She Tha Pathana Chit Chaleon Phra Kait.  Then we went to the Memorial Bridge on the entrance to Pai with it’s unique statues.    We were very4_PoiSangLong-Pai lucky 3_PoiSangLongPai-WatSriDonChaito visit Wat Sri Don Chai in time to view their Shan – Poi Sang long Festival – great and  colorful. And while in Pai stayed at the Phaewdao Resort – very very nice. Excitement did happen as a neighbor 2 doors down from Simon’s 5_PraewdaoResort-PaiDSC04440room was robbed and the police were there investigating in the morning.  One great site, South of Pai, was this (not on the map) hot water geyser, on the side of the road.    L6_NgamtaHotel-MaeHongSongeaving Pai and on to Mae Hong Song and booked into the Ngamta Hotel, next to the lake.  From this base we explored the surrounding countryside looking for “Unseen” sites. Gravel collection site from the river by Shan people, a river-floating restaurant, burning along the side of the road, and went to visit a 106 year old Monk – but he seem to be at the Poi Sang long 7_GravelCfromRiver-8_Riverside Resturanat9_RoadSideFiresfestival in the area, so we missed him.  We did visit several more Temples 10_Wat106yoMonk11_Watonhill12_DhammagiriChildrenFoundationand a special Children’s home for Shan refugees called Dhammagiri Foundation.  Great, relaxing trip – little traffic, lots of water throwing but only in designated areas and along the roads by little children – So I have made this Slideshow of the best images – Enjoy. 


Great accomplishment

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I just have to post congratulations to Team, who just 1524546134933got back from the US , he set up a trip to visit a Professor he met at a Toxicology Conference in  1524546108536China last year.   The Professor  works at Beth Israel Hospital in the Nephrology Dept. (Kidney Transplant Section) in Boston.  Team obtained his 10yr. -US VISA and arranged to visit the Professor for 2 weeks at the hospital.  Quite a accomplishment. kidney brochure  Although we are not together anymore – I sincerely wish him all the best in the future and I am sure he is capable and will be a ultimate success in what ever path he chooses to follow – at the present time he is working on completing his theses for his Master’s Degree in Toxicology at CMU.

Loss of a friend – Wit

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_MG_5337-EditIMG_6540-EditI am very sad to have heard that a long time friend had been involved in a motor accident and passed away.  Wit – [ Lengwan Hsenkham     Tiger King of Shan State].wit

   He will be really missed – Services will be held Today- 3/21 to cremation on 3/23 at Wat Pan Tan, Chiang Mai.  I will attend the final services and will post images – Wit’s mother has arrived from Myanmar and I met her today – very sad moment.  Prayers will be Friday 23rd  start 11AM – cremation procession at 1pm.

Caio

Ashwagandha–it seems to be working

Sawadee Khrap

6Continuing my health saga and research.  I tried to take Ginkgo Bilbao, it did amazing well – helped the Glaucoma and circulation in my legs – BUT, I am apparently allergic to it – developed a large skin rash and it was getting worse at each dose.  Damn, works but cannot take it.    Himalaya Ashwagandha from iHerbs to the rescue.  Even my kidney Doctor was surprised and is researching the herb himself.  I have been taking a capsule a day for 3 weeks now and seem to  have better vision and the circulation in my legs is amazing.  All walking pain is gone.  In addition, I have been able to stop taking Olmersartan for HBP and my BP is running about 140/70.  I continue to take Madiplot, 10mg morning and evening, but soon I may be able to stop that with proper food consumption.   I have also noted that my blood test have show that my urine is very acidic.  That indicates that my diet needs to be change to a more neutral one – increasing vegetables and fruits while cutting down on carbs and protein.  This will also help the kidneys function.   So in addition to the diet change, I have also started on taking 2 tbsp. (garlic-apple cider vinegar- honey-lemon) mixture each morning before  I take my meds and during the day drinking a glass of lemon aid each day in the afternoon.   Now I need to get some pH papers to pee on to test alkalinity.  The garlic-apple cider vinegar mixture is also supposed to clear out blocked arteries and reduce BP – we will see but so far it seems to be doing something and my BP is coming down.  Hopefully I can eliminate the Madiplot and that will make me Pharma drugs free – just taking natural foods.   More to come.

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Doi Mae Salong and back trip

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Just got back from a weekend trip to Doi Mae Salong – Thaton – Fang DSC04189-Pano-Edittrip with Simon. First leg of trip, we went to the temple high on the hill above Mae Salong.  Great view.  Then we stopped by the old Chinese Army camp – actually we were told it was a special place for amputees- all the families living there are from injured soldiers.DSC04175-PanoDSC04207DSC04214

Some great shots here, then on to Thaton and Doi Angkhang.  On the DSC04244DSC04231way stopped to watch some women loading potatoes in a truck and then 20180225_081226found a place to stay overnight at Mae Ai –  The next morning, headed to the mountain park, we stopped by a noodle stand Xishuangbanna operated by Chin and his brother, after a quick Chinese breakfast we headed  to the Royal Project at Doi Angkhang – wonderful flowers and a place to DSC04273-PanoDSC04286DSC04289visit – here they have a marvelous camping ground setup with a view of the surrounding area.   It was the first chance that Simon and I had to take a photo exploring trip together and what a success – already planning on going back to spend more time at specific spots to capture the true beauty and splendor of the northern Chiang Rai-Fang area.  Next time I’ll produce some slideshows of the photos taken

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