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The Last Resort

Rising from the deep blue of the Indian Ocean are more than a thousand islands and thousands more reefs that form the Maldives

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The Last Resort

Rising from the deep blue of the Indian Ocean are more than a thousand islands and thousands more reefs that form the Maldives

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ZAMM-Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Holy Cow- Near Miss- My karma ran over your dogma, I mean Brahma cattle
Wack-tose Intollerent

Rules of the road when driving a motorcycle-
The horn is your friend. Use it often, use it well.Lanes don’t exist. Do not pass. Wear a Helmet! Cows have the right of way.
There seem to be cows around everywhere I go. I am not sure if they have a chamed life, the ppl don't seem to worship them. It is, however,  revered as the source of food and symbol of life and may never be killed.  They seem to be walking neglected around  Goa city streets, living on garbage from the gutters.

Sacred cows may make the best hamburgers, but I don't eat my friends. As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. As for milk and cheese- they are an utter delight.

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ZAMM-Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Holy Cow- Near Miss- My karma ran over your dogma, I mean Brahma cattle
Wack-tose Intollerent

Rules of the road when driving a motorcycle-
The horn is your friend. Use it often, use it well.Lanes don’t exist. Do not pass. Wear a Helmet! Cows have the right of way.
There seem to be cows around everywhere I go. I am not sure if they have a chamed life, the ppl don't seem to worship them. It is, however,  revered as the source of food and symbol of life and may never be killed.  They seem to be walking neglected around  Goa city streets, living on garbage from the gutters.

Sacred cows may make the best hamburgers, but I don't eat my friends. As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. As for milk and cheese- they are an utter delight.

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Hippies, Hedonism and All Night Bollywood Booze Cruise
Go Go G0a-On the Hippie Trail to India

As Allan Watts, points out--Everyday you have to go out of your mind in order to come to your senses.

John Lennon and The Who used to show up and give free concerts. Inspired by Kerouac, Ginsberg and the Beatles, any self-respecting hippie  headed overland for Goa, especially around Christmas when  full-moon parties, trance and psychedelic hell broke loose.  Now An enduring haven for global nomads, Goa has been welcoming dropouts to its shores who missed the 60's and 70's.

Before the hippies, however,  there were the Portuguese — and it’s their long period from 1510 to 1961 of colonial influence, that makes Goa such an alluring place. This rich -- if not always peaceful -- encounter between East and West gives it a  globalised-homogenised vibe enveloped by the land's pockets of  idyllic landscape.

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Hippies, Hedonism and All Night Bollywood Booze Cruise
Go Go G0a-On the Hippie Trail to India

As Allan Watts, points out--Everyday you have to go out of your mind in order to come to your senses.

John Lennon and The Who used to show up and give free concerts. Inspired by Kerouac, Ginsberg and the Beatles, any self-respecting hippie  headed overland for Goa, especially around Christmas when  full-moon parties, trance and psychedelic hell broke loose.  Now An enduring haven for global nomads, Goa has been welcoming dropouts to its shores who missed the 60's and 70's.

Before the hippies, however,  there were the Portuguese — and it’s their long period from 1510 to 1961 of colonial influence, that makes Goa such an alluring place. This rich -- if not always peaceful -- encounter between East and West gives it a  globalised-homogenised vibe enveloped by the land's pockets of  idyllic landscape.

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Signal and Noise

It's fast, crowded (in a good way), the people are friendly and it's full of  cars. My eyes started burning from the wood fires and incense, and pollution.  I had a good time hiring  a cab  for three hours ($5 bucks!) and buying some paint for one of my projects.

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Signal and Noise

It's fast, crowded (in a good way), the people are friendly and it's full of  cars. My eyes started burning from the wood fires and incense, and pollution.  I had a good time hiring  a cab  for three hours ($5 bucks!) and buying some paint for one of my projects.

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I've heard about "the Elephant in the room" but  an elephant in the road- what are the issues here?

Everything Coconut

Coconuts-it’s not just for Pina Coladas- These folks manage to use every part of the tree- the husk for rope that they weave; the palm leaves for brooms and roofing material; the juice for kootay, a fermented drink; not to mention drinking the water- an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal elixir.
 "It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks." 

At a certain level, buying a cell phone is more representative of day-to-day Indian life than buying Shiva statue or silk scarf (though, admittedly, a  cell phone  would not look as good in your living room).  I am so souvenired -out...the expereince, however, of going through these shops is better than the souvenirs themselves.

 

Is he a righty or Lefty?


Namaste

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I've heard about "the Elephant in the room" but  an elephant in the road- what are the issues here?

Everything Coconut

Coconuts-it’s not just for Pina Coladas- These folks manage to use every part of the tree- the husk for rope that they weave; the palm leaves for brooms and roofing material; the juice for kootay, a fermented drink; not to mention drinking the water- an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal elixir.
 "It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks." 

At a certain level, buying a cell phone is more representative of day-to-day Indian life than buying Shiva statue or silk scarf (though, admittedly, a  cell phone  would not look as good in your living room).  I am so souvenired -out...the expereince, however, of going through these shops is better than the souvenirs themselves.

 

Is he a righty or Lefty?


Namaste

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The science of stress-Live life in the present like these guys



 Voyage 6 March 29th to April 17th.

Me Tarzan. You Jane

In our privileged lives,  we are uniquely smart enough to have invented  stress(ers), and uniquely foolish enough to have let them, too often, dominate our lives.

Zebras don't suffer from the long-term side effects of cognitive stress. I had never planned to become a Zebra  when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a flying man with a loin cloth. That's the the trouble with testosterone.

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The science of stress-Live life in the present like these guys



 Voyage 6 March 29th to April 17th.

Me Tarzan. You Jane

In our privileged lives,  we are uniquely smart enough to have invented  stress(ers), and uniquely foolish enough to have let them, too often, dominate our lives.

Zebras don't suffer from the long-term side effects of cognitive stress. I had never planned to become a Zebra  when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a flying man with a loin cloth. That's the the trouble with testosterone.

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 Sticky wicket= I am wearing a cricket shirt, and don't know the first thing about the sport




One of the great misfortunes of traveling first class is the want of any sudden surprise, and the absence of all adventure. Everything is so well arranged on board the cruise . Once I stepped outside the gates of this safe port, it was sheer madness- cars, people, chaos. I guess this is a good warmup for India.  I gave a tuk tyuk driver 150 rupees or whatever and he drove me five miles out of the way. Geo-arbitrage (Strong Dollar weak local currency) was in full effect.


Going to places like  India isn’t an act of rebellion these days, it’s actually a form of conformity-- when all you have is a hammer everything is a nail, and when all you have is money,  life options are consumer options,  and buying things is the only way to play an active role in the world, and  the only way of purchasing  a long-term travel experience. Unless of course you work on a cruise ship like me and "get to" go to work, and get paid for it too.




 Anyway, I tried to upload to Youtube my videos from Mynmar and Burma but I got blocked because of the weird location(Columbo) I was accessing my stuff from.

I have some goodvideo  of street footage today  and a speech  I gave in a Burmese temple two days agobut they will have to wait until I get a solid internet connection


Discussing my personal experience with the 12th son of the lama...I jump ship in Oslo and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking.


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 Sticky wicket= I am wearing a cricket shirt, and don't know the first thing about the sport




One of the great misfortunes of traveling first class is the want of any sudden surprise, and the absence of all adventure. Everything is so well arranged on board the cruise . Once I stepped outside the gates of this safe port, it was sheer madness- cars, people, chaos. I guess this is a good warmup for India.  I gave a tuk tyuk driver 150 rupees or whatever and he drove me five miles out of the way. Geo-arbitrage (Strong Dollar weak local currency) was in full effect.


Going to places like  India isn’t an act of rebellion these days, it’s actually a form of conformity-- when all you have is a hammer everything is a nail, and when all you have is money,  life options are consumer options,  and buying things is the only way to play an active role in the world, and  the only way of purchasing  a long-term travel experience. Unless of course you work on a cruise ship like me and "get to" go to work, and get paid for it too.




 Anyway, I tried to upload to Youtube my videos from Mynmar and Burma but I got blocked because of the weird location(Columbo) I was accessing my stuff from.

I have some goodvideo  of street footage today  and a speech  I gave in a Burmese temple two days agobut they will have to wait until I get a solid internet connection


Discussing my personal experience with the 12th son of the lama...I jump ship in Oslo and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking.


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People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think this is what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.~ The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

This world cruise has been one  of the most rewarding forms of introspection. It is one stage of my “re-entry” in Hotel @nyware, continuing my extended break from Normal Life again to travel the world on board another cruise ship. I’m living my dream of PT-Permanent Travel, also known as "Mini Retirements". I haven’t been everywhere, but it is on my list.

As I document this adventure, this  a round-the-world travelogue, I say to myself "Roam Sweet Roam". Home is not where my heart is but where my computer is- I remain a digital nomad, where  Anywhere becomes @nyware, location neutral, as there is no such thing as a bad piece of real estate when you use technology and social media. As I make my way to Sri Lanka, in the middle of nowhere, but the center of everything, thanks to a reliable high speed Internet connection.  I am doing pretty much everything I would do in the USA, only with the economies of scale, at a less greater cost.

Consequently, I call home a feeling not a place-I’ve never confused  a street address for where I  actually lived. My destinations have  never been  places , but  new way of seeing things:  the journeys themselves have been the destinations.

It has never been about resources, but more about resourcefulness.We're never  too poor to buy our freedom.In fact,  we are  all “time millionaires ”and when we  who choose to use this commodity, the less  we put a cash value on travel, and  the less  we think that money is what we need to have an adventure  and live, and the less we associate money with life in general.

 
The elephant  represents good luck, longevity and peace and  strength;  and mostly here in SE Asia, joy. A laughing Buddha riding an elephant with children on his lap is an excellent symbol for happiness and prosperity in the family.

Surely it is the right wish that draws us to the right places. Nothing of importance happens accidentally in our life.


Hotel @nyware is  about choosing experiences and travel adventures over working away your life for material things.
It   is different from being a tourist- different from  buying  a package vacation to find a simpler life is kind of like using a mirror to see what you look like when you aren't looking into the mirror. Staging Authenticity and Encounters,The march of stupidity and the routines of tourism are even more monotonous than those of daily life.When you have taken enough of these tours, however,each additional one you may ever take again, is both unbearable and trifling. 
But beyond travel, Hotel @nyware is an outlook on life.  Hotel @nyware is not a lifestyle, It's just an uncommon way of looking at life — a value adjustment from which action naturally follows. And, as much as anything, Long term travel is about being deliberate. It has nothing to do with demographics — how old you are , what is your belief system, how much money  you make — and everything to do with attitude...and attitude affects altitude.

 If I do nothing unexpected,   nothing unexpected happens. Yet I’m not  simply seeking  interesting surroundings, but I am  continually interested in whatever surrounds me.


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People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think this is what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.~ The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

This world cruise has been one  of the most rewarding forms of introspection. It is one stage of my “re-entry” in Hotel @nyware, continuing my extended break from Normal Life again to travel the world on board another cruise ship. I’m living my dream of PT-Permanent Travel, also known as "Mini Retirements". I haven’t been everywhere, but it is on my list.

As I document this adventure, this  a round-the-world travelogue, I say to myself "Roam Sweet Roam". Home is not where my heart is but where my computer is- I remain a digital nomad, where  Anywhere becomes @nyware, location neutral, as there is no such thing as a bad piece of real estate when you use technology and social media. As I make my way to Sri Lanka, in the middle of nowhere, but the center of everything, thanks to a reliable high speed Internet connection.  I am doing pretty much everything I would do in the USA, only with the economies of scale, at a less greater cost.

Consequently, I call home a feeling not a place-I’ve never confused  a street address for where I  actually lived. My destinations have  never been  places , but  new way of seeing things:  the journeys themselves have been the destinations.

It has never been about resources, but more about resourcefulness.We're never  too poor to buy our freedom.In fact,  we are  all “time millionaires ”and when we  who choose to use this commodity, the less  we put a cash value on travel, and  the less  we think that money is what we need to have an adventure  and live, and the less we associate money with life in general.

 
The elephant  represents good luck, longevity and peace and  strength;  and mostly here in SE Asia, joy. A laughing Buddha riding an elephant with children on his lap is an excellent symbol for happiness and prosperity in the family.

Surely it is the right wish that draws us to the right places. Nothing of importance happens accidentally in our life.


Hotel @nyware is  about choosing experiences and travel adventures over working away your life for material things.
It   is different from being a tourist- different from  buying  a package vacation to find a simpler life is kind of like using a mirror to see what you look like when you aren't looking into the mirror. Staging Authenticity and Encounters,The march of stupidity and the routines of tourism are even more monotonous than those of daily life.When you have taken enough of these tours, however,each additional one you may ever take again, is both unbearable and trifling. 
But beyond travel, Hotel @nyware is an outlook on life.  Hotel @nyware is not a lifestyle, It's just an uncommon way of looking at life — a value adjustment from which action naturally follows. And, as much as anything, Long term travel is about being deliberate. It has nothing to do with demographics — how old you are , what is your belief system, how much money  you make — and everything to do with attitude...and attitude affects altitude.

 If I do nothing unexpected,   nothing unexpected happens. Yet I’m not  simply seeking  interesting surroundings, but I am  continually interested in whatever surrounds me.


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Cnn verses The Alphabet
Yangoon's  analog eyes don’t see our digital world. But does it matter. Internet or InterNOT? Traveling in places with out electricity with TCN's, Third Country Nationals, are not voyages of discovery, but  rituals of reassurance- "I won the lottery". As Bruce Springsteen says, "I was born in the USA". So with,curiosity, vulnerability and vocabulary, I will articulate the Myanmar sound bite.
These ppl in Burma, aka Golden land, are so sweet, Yet they are the digital homeless, who couldn’t tell you the difference between google and facebook, a laptop or an ipad. The largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had is not the internet, it's Mynmar. My conscious, however, permits me to love them.

No TV. Few cell phones-a sim card costs $500 and the phone system is broken. Few  cars. There is no CNN, 24 hour news cycle, no tivoization to time shift your day, no napsterization or digital downloads-­this is the "axis of evil" the millions of ppl who make less than $2 bucks a day. Countries, like ppl however, are loved for their failures. It's a shame I can't spend any money in this place and help the dam economy.

What Happened to Downtime? Deep Thinking & Sacred Space in the United States of Uncoinsciousness is extinct  verses the real deal--- Living in a quasi  “airplane mode.”For the uninitiated, and digital homeless- setting their lives to “airplane mode” disables phone calls, text messaging, wi-fi, Bluetooth,  and GPS. It is distinct. It's their blisscipline.
 
Traveling is a  Life Sentence--We yearn for journeys like  prisoners dream of rooms without bars. And we all want time off for good behavior.
Raman Noodles 2.0 Choosing between the digital and the analog.


Be Brave And Shave!
I visited today one of the seven wonders of a shrinking planet-Google, and came up with this  comment,  Iw rote on my 1995 trip to Cambodia, where I made the astute comment--Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day-Give him Raman noodles and you don't have to teach him anything! 
The fact that there is no refrigeration and everybody is  hustling to eat someting for the day, Yangoon will stick with you like gum in your hair until you get it out with peanut butter.




Eat Your Colors


Cuteness
English.  I used to have a "drug" problem, but now  I make enough money, and found my voice.
Tune in Turn on Drop Out! and Be Here Now.

Freedom is what you do with what has been done to you. As I said, I was born in the USA, and being born there-my life has to be my message-Star-spangled happiness,: because love is a responsibility and I love America, and  its A list language, American.

The messianic metaphor of  the American Dream becomes the lottery and game show mentality – that outside chance that the planets will line up  to liberate us from financial worries once and for all. Yet we were all born(in America) having winning tickets as a mere circumstance of birth – and cashing them in is a simple matter of choice.

Hugs and Drugs

The joke goes, you call a person who speaks 3 languages trilingual, 2, bilingual, 1, American. What is the most powerful drug known to mankind? American English. I used to have a "drug" problem but now I make enough money, and found my voice.

Write? Right.

Blogging is literature in a hurry. People climb mountain because they are there. In blogging there is no there there. Why do bloggers blog ? Because it isn't there. It's always  shifting and changing and the searching that makes it fun.

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Cnn verses The Alphabet
Yangoon's  analog eyes don’t see our digital world. But does it matter. Internet or InterNOT? Traveling in places with out electricity with TCN's, Third Country Nationals, are not voyages of discovery, but  rituals of reassurance- "I won the lottery". As Bruce Springsteen says, "I was born in the USA". So with,curiosity, vulnerability and vocabulary, I will articulate the Myanmar sound bite.
These ppl in Burma, aka Golden land, are so sweet, Yet they are the digital homeless, who couldn’t tell you the difference between google and facebook, a laptop or an ipad. The largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had is not the internet, it's Mynmar. My conscious, however, permits me to love them.

No TV. Few cell phones-a sim card costs $500 and the phone system is broken. Few  cars. There is no CNN, 24 hour news cycle, no tivoization to time shift your day, no napsterization or digital downloads-­this is the "axis of evil" the millions of ppl who make less than $2 bucks a day. Countries, like ppl however, are loved for their failures. It's a shame I can't spend any money in this place and help the dam economy.

What Happened to Downtime? Deep Thinking & Sacred Space in the United States of Uncoinsciousness is extinct  verses the real deal--- Living in a quasi  “airplane mode.”For the uninitiated, and digital homeless- setting their lives to “airplane mode” disables phone calls, text messaging, wi-fi, Bluetooth,  and GPS. It is distinct. It's their blisscipline.
 
Traveling is a  Life Sentence--We yearn for journeys like  prisoners dream of rooms without bars. And we all want time off for good behavior.
Raman Noodles 2.0 Choosing between the digital and the analog.


Be Brave And Shave!
I visited today one of the seven wonders of a shrinking planet-Google, and came up with this  comment,  Iw rote on my 1995 trip to Cambodia, where I made the astute comment--Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day-Give him Raman noodles and you don't have to teach him anything! 
The fact that there is no refrigeration and everybody is  hustling to eat someting for the day, Yangoon will stick with you like gum in your hair until you get it out with peanut butter.




Eat Your Colors


Cuteness
English.  I used to have a "drug" problem, but now  I make enough money, and found my voice.
Tune in Turn on Drop Out! and Be Here Now.

Freedom is what you do with what has been done to you. As I said, I was born in the USA, and being born there-my life has to be my message-Star-spangled happiness,: because love is a responsibility and I love America, and  its A list language, American.

The messianic metaphor of  the American Dream becomes the lottery and game show mentality – that outside chance that the planets will line up  to liberate us from financial worries once and for all. Yet we were all born(in America) having winning tickets as a mere circumstance of birth – and cashing them in is a simple matter of choice.

Hugs and Drugs

The joke goes, you call a person who speaks 3 languages trilingual, 2, bilingual, 1, American. What is the most powerful drug known to mankind? American English. I used to have a "drug" problem but now I make enough money, and found my voice.

Write? Right.

Blogging is literature in a hurry. People climb mountain because they are there. In blogging there is no there there. Why do bloggers blog ? Because it isn't there. It's always  shifting and changing and the searching that makes it fun.

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What's cooking?

The menu is not the meal

In Burma, where  this is the season for electricity-well brown outs occur at 4 hour intervals, the family's menu consists of two choices:  take it or leave it. They curry things up because of their borders with India and spice things up because of their  trade with China, but Hunger is the best sauce in these parts, and ppl will eat just about anything with wings except airplanes and anything with legs except tables. 

In Burmese, they we have a word for sushi:  bait. They like to heat things up- not only with spices but fire They cook with charcoal, but  here  I am "cooking with gas".

 The food was fresh veggies, and prawns. . In the United States of Unconscious eating, we are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.
Graduation Day
First there were the options, the three month monk, the three year monk, I took the three minute monk. Once again, another crash course, this time a day trip to a local resturant for some authentic Burmese cuisine. I am now a bonofide chef. Next, I will be getting my surgical degree at the hospital tour tomorrow as well, followed up by a Ph.D. in Physics, hosted by Mynmar's university facilty.

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What's cooking?

The menu is not the meal

In Burma, where  this is the season for electricity-well brown outs occur at 4 hour intervals, the family's menu consists of two choices:  take it or leave it. They curry things up because of their borders with India and spice things up because of their  trade with China, but Hunger is the best sauce in these parts, and ppl will eat just about anything with wings except airplanes and anything with legs except tables. 

In Burmese, they we have a word for sushi:  bait. They like to heat things up- not only with spices but fire They cook with charcoal, but  here  I am "cooking with gas".

 The food was fresh veggies, and prawns. . In the United States of Unconscious eating, we are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.
Graduation Day
First there were the options, the three month monk, the three year monk, I took the three minute monk. Once again, another crash course, this time a day trip to a local resturant for some authentic Burmese cuisine. I am now a bonofide chef. Next, I will be getting my surgical degree at the hospital tour tomorrow as well, followed up by a Ph.D. in Physics, hosted by Mynmar's university facilty.

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Buddha Boy: We will need to make an offering.
Ed: What kind of offering?
Buddha Boy:That would depend on how much good karma you want for your next life.
Ed:Hmm, I can't plan that far ahead.
Buddha Boy:Then some fresh fruit from the market will do.

My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon ... luge lessons



Promises Promises.

 How do these monks  pray?  They don't ask or talk to god, they listen to god inside themselves. That's taking your meditation, cultivating the witness, and Namaste, the god in me says hi to the god in you.

Buddhists   are taught that suffering is one promise that life always keeps. So that when happiness comes we know it is a gift, and it is ours only for a brief time.

The elephant  represents good luck, longevity and peace and  strength;  and mostly here in SE Asia, joy. A laughing Buddha riding an elephant with chiIdren on his lap is an excellent symbol for happiness and prosperity in the family.

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