Category Archives: Dreamers and Skeptics

Have the World and Eat it Too!

Christmas 2010 was incredible! A short year ago, the coconut palms were decorated with lights, the live music was excellent and fire dancers performed under the stars.  The many tables laid out with the freshest seafood’s on  ice, pick your desire and have it grilled to perfection, chase it with a beer and a fresh mango shake for desert!

Hop on a motorcycle Christmas day and ride until your hands go numb on the handle bars. Seeing everything on the way, feeling it, smelling and touching. The world and its beauty, the people who live and play, laugh and love.  Take it all in and eat your fill, take a big bite out of Chocolate Hills, it reminds me of playing Candy Land as a child, only for real this time!

Spend some time on the reef, diving in the underworld. It’s a different world,  you float down and drift with the current, just observing. Time, space and gravity don’t apply here, wonderful and magical, the sea beings dance for you in a garden of multicolored splendor, a true display of “Special Effects!”

Time stands still almost, just another magnificent sunrise, watching the boats go out to sea. No news, politics, disasters, riots or mindless refuse to infect your spirit. Feeling the warmth slows everything down, especially my blood pressure! Feeling the sun in your soul, as it drops beyond purple clouds on the horizon, signaling the end of yet another day.

It looks like I’ll be spending Christmas in Kansas City this year, my next trip to paradise won’t come until Valentines Day! It’s okay though, a couple months pass and before long, I’ll be back where I belong!

Happy Holy-Days to all, and to all a Great Night!

Thanksgiving Day and Here come the Holy-Days!

It’s that time of year again, the Holy-Days!

Black Friday is here, except this year they renamed it “Blue Friday.” Why not call it what it is, “Black and Blue Friday?” People seriously getting beat up and pepper sprayed over saving a few bucks! Only in America!

Kicks off the holidays spending spree from now until Christmas, when most everyone goes into debt in the traditional buying frenzy. At least their putting dollars back into the economy!

It’s my bit of insanity and I have to chuckle, anyway, I’m going to buy a comforter for $9.99 at K-Mart Friday morning, (between 5am and 9am only,) for the long, cold, winter mornings that are just around the bend. I may even get a cordless drill for half price off the “Special,” because I’ll have the 50% coupon off anything under $30.00, good only on Saturday.

I won’t be going into debt, if I do any Christmas shopping it will be after New Years when “the stuff” is dumped for pennies on the peso. Shhhhh!

What ever happened to the Christmas Holy-Day Season? I remember it well, spending Christmas week in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, back in 1987.  It was the Christmas week of my life, non-stop partying in the streets, where total strangers would take you by the arm into their homes and stuff you full of Christmas Tamales, Tequila, and dancing the night away with a beautiful Senorita!

Non stop fireworks and regular parades of the Catholic faithful, marching through the streets with effigies and candles. The party and festivities didn’t end until January 1st and there was no noticeable emphasis on material things. The season was all about the Celebration of the Birth of Christ.  Santa Clause was a stranger, in fact I don’t think I saw him during the whole week, not even once! It was a long time ago…

I’d like to go back to Tapachula for Christmas and New Years Eve and see how things have changed over the years. I wonder if its still the same, or if it too has become a victim of the times. I’ll have to put that on my re-bucket list, been there, done that and have to do it again just to see if it was a dream or reality!

I have faith in the human heart and spirit, hanging on to that which has substance, in fact I crave it! Last Christmas was experienced eating fresh grilled fish, drinking Mango Shakes, and watching fire dancers on Alona Beach, Panglao, Philippines!

Hey, come to think of it, I didn’t see hide nor hair of Santa Claus there either, WOW! It was pure magic,  anyway what did you do for Christmas?

A better question is, “What would you like to be doing for Christmas?” All comments are welcome, as always!

Happy Holy-Days Friends!

 

 

 

 

Are you really “Living the Dream?”

I’ve always had a knack for finding ways to do the extraordinary. I’ve  had meals with tribal members in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, soaked in hot springs on active volcano’s in Java, Indonesia. I’ve run races through the streets of Singapore and eaten fresh picked Cacao fruit in Chiapas, Mexico.

I’ve found ways to travel and see the world, work, laugh and play with people and cultures in far away places, (without spending anything but my time and usually getting paid in the process!)

Now that I’m older and wiser, working in the jungles, deserts, and mountains has been transformed into something more in tune with my present life style.

The biggest challenge I had working for companies and seeing the world was I was always on their time clock. I didn’t  have the freedom to see and do things when and where I wanted to, but I still had fun!

Now I’ve discovered a way to travel first class for literally pennies on the dollar, I make regular trips to exotic, far away places! Watch for my Special Report on how you can do the same! I guarantee you’ll find it a great value, and the cost is right! (free)

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Pause the World, Another day in Paradise!

Another day in Paradise

Three weeks in Paradise! The best medicine for what ails you, your stress levels melt away in the mid day sun, blood pressure drops and you smile a lot. I needed this trip!

New life, new beginnings. Start my day with a fresh green coconut (buko) and half a papaya, maybe a sweet banana or two. Bacon and eggs don’t even sound appetizing. The neighbor brings a pail of fresh fish by, caught the night before.  A pot of rice cooking on an open fire. Nothing weird in this cuisine, everything is organic, fresh, chemical free and delicious!

Sitting under a bamboo Palapa and reading a great book, the hours go by. Kids drop in to see what I’m doing. They work and play, laugh and love all day long. Families are tight in paradise, older kids helping the babies, cousins, sisters and brothers exist as one. Families are born, live and die together, generation after generation.

Life is hard here, no machines to wash your laundry, its done by hand, one piece at a time. Water is hauled in 5 gallon containers from the tap down the way. There’s food to gather, Cassava root to dig, peel, wash and shred. Piles of white powder to dry overnight and then sift again the next day. It makes a fine sweet cake when mixed with green buko jelly and baked in a pit of hot coals! Not an extra ounce of fat on anyone, even the seniors have six pack ab’s, lean and muscled, they can outwork any twenty year old from the good old U.S.A!

There’s nothing like hiking down to the beach during low tide and digging clams and conch shells! Food is everywhere in Paradise, paid for with sweat and toil. There’s value in everything, nothing is wasted or taken for granted. Life surrounds you and embraces you. Music plays, people sing and the day goes by.

Evenings are spent sitting together and telling stories, laughing about this or that. Someone brings you a glass of buko wine, tastes a bit vinegary but gives a warm happy feeling! The sun goes down, chickens fly up in the banana trees to sleep. Everything winds down, its 8pm and time for bed. Sleep and dreams come quickly under a ceiling fan on a warm tropical night.

The roosters start crowing about 4am and they don’t stop. It’s time to wake up and do it all over again, the music and singing begin and its a new day. Same as yesterday!

What moves you?

Don't bite!

Another beautiful sunny fall day and all is well.  You can spot a smile most anywhere these days. Like a yawn, smiles are contagious and help us feel the joy in that brief moment, when two souls communicate in wordless greeting!

I see hundreds of faces every day. A good many will hang their head or turn away as they walk on by. Whats to fear in a smile or friendly hello? I won’t bite!

I’m happy these days, not only for the perfect weather. I have a new adventure before me, like a crystal spinning rainbows I reach for it in anticipation and longing. Loved ones to join and play with, white sandy beaches and blue water.

It’s time to pack my bags again and embrace my existence. I live for the next adventure!

New life baby! What moves you?

Fear won’t set you Free

If you don’t live in a cave, you have probably noticed just how much negativity is being poured on us from every direction,  from our caring and concerned buddies, the mainstream media or what I have labeled, “the dark side.”

If like attracts like and we are attracted to the fear that’s plastered all over modern media, we become victims of fear. We won’t find peace, sleep well, nor will we be content. The beast has us right where it wants us my friends and it will strip us of our motivation, confidence and power to live our dreams.

We must fight the fears and media demons with the positive power of faith, motivation, and positive action, to move forward into the light. We will have to cut ourselves off from that which binds us to fear, not an easy thing to do in this media controlled and saturated world we live in.  It takes a conscious and consistent effort to tune out the negativity that steals the life force from within us.

We must connect with the energy of positive souls who can enrich and nourish our lives. Mastermind the actions and ideas that are supportive to growth and advancement of humanity. Disconnect from the dark side and plug into pure potential of truth, freedom and abundance! When enough people decide to stop the insanity and take the path with heart, the world will be transformed in an instant!

Claim your Abundance, Or Don’t

A little bit goes a long way!

There are numerous stories in history that address Abundance, the Law of Attraction and Prosperity Principles. The Old and New Testament are filled with them, as are the writings and stories in every spiritual work. What did these Millionaires of Old have that we don’t have?

Unshakable faith is a key ingredient to a world of plenty and focus. It’s difficult to focus on anything good when your world is filled with doom and gloom in the form of The Public Media. The teachings say what we focus on is what we attract, if so, how can watching and listening to the media, TV News, movies and negative programming bring anything good to the table? If the Law of Attraction holds true, what we focus on becomes our reality, even on a mass scale. No wonder the world seems to be going down the toilet, right before our eyes!

Faith the size of a mustard seed can move that mountain! Just how big is a mustard seed anyway? Its seriously tiny on a scale of things. What would happen if everyone on the planet had faith the size of a mustard seed? Like a seed, its easy to lose, drop, blow away in the wind of some negative news report or the constant ramble of mindless politicians.

The mind machine would have you believe the end is near, maybe a week or year from now.  If what you focus on becomes your reality, are you focusing on the good in life? Are you focusing on your dream?

Peel a Coconut with your Teeth?

The Buko King 

A Man who peels coconut with his teeth!

While crossing a bamboo bridge in Bohol, Philippines, we came upon a sign hanging from a coconut tree.

“THE BUKO KING”

A man who peels a coconut with his bare teeth in less than fifteen seconds, ten seconds on a good day. He’s a local legend for sure, people from all over the world come to see him doing his thing!

Watching this impressive feat in person gave my creative mind something to ponder.  Did the Buko King start peeling coconuts as a child, or was this skill developed by careful practice and repetition in his adulthood? Most people I know use a machete, yet here is someone who can do the job in less time with nothing more than his teeth! Now that he has developed his skill, can he make a living by doing live performances for adventurous bamboo bridge crosser’s like myself?

The answers to these questions will probably never be revealed, unless I go back to the bamboo bridge in Bohol and interview this incredible fellow. One thing is certain, any skill can be mastered whether it be building relationships on the Internet, or peeling coconuts with your teeth, although the latter may have something to do with excellent dental genetics.

The Buko King has mastered something few can duplicate and he’s built a brand that travels the globe. How hard would it be for you or I to sit in our comfortable computer chairs and do something spectacular? Relationships are where its at folks.  Its a good beginning for anyone who’s wanting to build a worldwide web of influence online!

 

 

Wrestling an Alligator?

An alligator is a creature known for having a big mouth and small brain and they are not afraid to use them. They can inflict injury, death and destruction to your dreams if you let them,  so when it rears its ugly head, remember this!

If you live in Florida, alligators are everywhere, as you drive along the highways you’ll see them sunning in the canals and ditches on the roadside.  They exist in human form, laying along the pathway of life, ever ready to open that gaping mouth and take a bite of your dreams, your ideas and progress. Happiness for an alligator is living a routine and predictable lifestyle.

Most of us have friends and family members who have to let us know that our dream building is risky, dangerous, or downright stupid. I like to think of these well meaning advisers as “Alligators.” Don’t get me wrong,  I love my friends and family members.  I’m posting on this topic because dream hungry alligators appear in many forms as you move forward into your dreams and start to make progress. They would like you to think they are looking out for your best interest…

“Hey alligator,” that may be your dream, and its okay! Live it and love it, be happy! Allow others the opportunity to live their dreams and encourage them to do so.  Let them make their mistakes and learn from them.  It only took Edison around 10,000 tries to invent a working light bulb.

Personally, I don’t get much pleasure sitting on a couch with the TV on. I might miss out on something much more interesting, something called life!

 

A room with a view

Five Trips to Paradise!

Whats your Paradise?

“Living the Dream,” my dream anyway. Whats yours? What drives you to stay up late, get up early and out perform the desperate masses? I’m no Guru, but here’s a  snapshot of my year so far, it goes like this…

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays scuba diving off Balicasag Island, Bohol, Philippines,  some of the best natural reef and marine life in the world! My dream world is under the water. I’ve made personal friendships with huge Hawkbill Sea Turtles.  Whale Sharks as big as a school bus patrol the clear blue waters and pristine reef sanctuaries. There are tiny sea horses, clinging onto beautiful sea gardens that burst with every shape and color imaginable. The scene makes a typical Christmas light display pale in comparison as these colors are alive! Can you imagine swimming in a school of florescent tropical fish?

Paradise meals consist of fresh tree ripened tropical fruits, fish that were caught only hours before landing on the grill, huge mounds of steaming rice, garden grown vegetables that actually taste like something. There’s nothing quite like lopping the end off a coconut when your thirsty, sweet water that’s a great thirst quencher and packed with nutrition. There are so many coconut trees, they can’t give them away fast enough, and kids show off by climbing the tall palms to cut you the biggest and freshest ones. The coconut jelly inside makes a meal in itself!

There’s something incredible about looking out your bungalow window over the white sandy beach and watching the boats prepare for action, with the colors of a rising sun as the most glorious backdrop!  The cost of such a view is usually around $15 a day, when you take advantage of  scuba divers package rates. You can find low season deals and discounts by doing a little comparison shopping online.

Christmas eve on the beach, the music is fantastic and fire dancers perform for you, children sing carols to earn some spending money. Missing is the barrage of western advertising that take something special and make it cheap and stressful. The fisherman have no idea about the latest catastrophe, murder or world disorder, they just do what they do best, go fishing!

A tropical vacation is the best blood pressure medication there is, try it and see! I live my dream so much that I’ve been back to my tropical paradise again and again, five times already this year. There are ways to do it and I’ll show you how!

There’s a way to live any dream, whether its a tropical vacation, or a trip to Minot.  Some people dream of having time to spend playing with the grand kids. Each dream is unique and as real as you make it. Why not take a few moments and close your eyes, create your dream, write it down. Post it where you can see it many times a day. Believe in it long enough and strong enough,  you’ll find a way!