Green Transportation – How it Helps the Planet Against Climate Change

Usually, public transport and car pooling is considered a green mode of transport, compared to private vehicles, although for some people a better definition of green transport is one that does not involve non-renewable energy.

Indeed the scope of green transport cannot be limited to electric vehicles and hybrid cars alone. It may also include walking, cycling and other forms of human-powered transport, green vehicles, solar energy transportation, wind energy transportation, water energy transportation, electric transportation, and other forms of renewable energy transportation or alternative energy transportation.

A transportation reform group called the Transportation Alternatives has inspired a green transportation hierarchy which rewards the low cost, space efficiency and zero environmental impact of cyclists and pedestrians. Trucks get priority over personal cars due to scarce curb side parking and for eliminating double-parking problems. The green transportation hierarchy include congestion pricing, the pricing of all on-street parking in Manhattan south of 96th Street, tolls on bridges and tunnels, and parking policies that prioritize commercial needs over personal cars.

The year 2008 had been a good year for green energy transportation. It was in this year when lots of competitors came up with cars that competed with the hallmark hybrid vehicle Toyota Prius. Among these cars include the Ford Fusion, the Mini-e, the Audi A1, and the Honda Insight which had all left a good impression on auto owners who also liked living green. The green car that got the most raves, however, was the Chevy Volt. The Chevy Volt was built by General Motors with the goal of building an electric platform that can be deployed first in the Volt, and then later on to cheaper cars. Many have commented on the irony of having a company that killed the electric car which is now building one to survive.

Key characteristics for a green car can also include being small and efficient. For compact green cars, Nissan’s Nuvu and the robot-assisted Pivo 2 had been launched. Meanwhile Chrysler developed the GEM Peapod while Mitsubishi came up with I-Miev.

Other green cars that aimed to battle global warming that were launched in 2008 include Mazda’s Kiyora, a car that cleans water, BMW’s hydrogen-powered car that cleaned the air as it goes through the city, and the Eco-Elise from Lotus, an energy-efficient vehicle that was created with green materials.

Hungary also introduced their own efficient car -the Antro, which has 150 miles per gallon mileage. Volkswagen, on the other hand launched a 235 mpg concept with the VW 1L. French Microjoule is also hoping to produce an 8923 mile-per-gallon vehicle in the near future.

There are many other means of green transport out in the market. Here are some basic green car tips to remember:
1. Before getting in your car, consider whether you could reach your destination by other means. Walking regularly can reduce your risk of heart problems and other illnesses.

2. Identify your most common destinations, and investigate whether you could get there by bus, train, bike, or walking.
3. Travel to work or school by public transport, walking, or cycling once a week.
4. Investigate the possibility of car sharing. By sharing with one other person, you could half your costs of driving.
5. When driving, get rid of any additional and unnecessary weight, like roof bars or bike racks.
6. Use air conditioning carefully, as this increases fuel consumption by 15%.
7. Change into a higher gear as soon as possible.
8. Accelerate and brake as slowly and smoothly as possible.
9. Drive at slower speeds – driving at 70 mph uses 30% more fuel than driving at 40-55 mph.
10. Have your car serviced regularly – an incorrectly adjusted carburetor can waste up to 25% of fuel. Incorrect tire pressure can increase fuel consumption too.
11. Switch off your engine at short stops (more than one minute).

Sunshine Chen is a seasoned writer, having travelled around the world, largely putting all her experiences and the sights and sounds she has come across to paper. She now writes extensively about topics related to green news, mostly on renewable energy, but also on a variety of related topics as well. When not travelling around the world, she is based in Central Hong Kong, taking in the myriad colours, flavours, and scents of the melting pot that Hong Kong is known for.

Visit Sagada, Philippines

How to go to Sagada?
There are 3 options:
Manila – Baguio – Sagada Route:

Manila – Baguio (6 hours)
Buses like Victory Liner, Dagupan/Saulog Transit, Philippine Rabbit and Genesis have frequent trips to Baguio. In fact Victory Liner has 24/7 services to Baguio. The fare ranges from P350 – P450 depending on which bus you take.

Baguio – Sagada (6 hours)
Lizardo/GL Trans has trips to Sagada about 5 trips a day. First trip is at 6:30AM, then 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 11:30AM and the last trip is at 1:00PM. The bus departs on time so you have to be there at least 30 minutes earlier to make sure you get a seat and you do not miss the bus. From Sagada back to Baguio, the bus trips start at 5:30AM and last trip at 1:PM
Manila-Bontoc-Sagada Route:

Manila – Bontoc (12 hours)
Cable Tours operates a direct trip from Manila to Bontoc. Fare is at P650. Their bus terminal is located at E. Rodriguez Sr. QC. front of Trinity University of Asia. Right Side of Garcia’s Supermarket. You can call their reservation hotline at 09298194688 in Manila and 09185215790 in Bontoc. Manila-Bontoc trip is at 8:30PM and Bontoc-Manila is at 3:00PM

Bontoc-Sagada (45 mins)
There are frequent trips to Sagada by jeepney. First trip from Bontoc to Sagada is at 8:30AM and last trip is at 5:30PM. From Sagada to Bontoc, the first trip is at 6:30AM and last trip at 1:00PM.


Manila-Banaue (9 hours)
Two buses operate trips from Manila to Banuae everyday. One is Auto Bus with terminal at F. Cayco, corner S.H. Loyola Sampaloc, Manila. The fare is P400 and the schedule of trips are 6:30PM for Manila-Banaue and 10:00PM for Banaue-Manila. Reservations hotlines are: +63 2 493 4111 or +63 921 2685526 in Manila and +63 926 7301931 in Banaue.

Another bus which is more comfortable is Florida Bus with terminal at Earnshaw St. Sampaloc. It has single daily trips to and from Banaue for P450-P500 depending on the class of the bus. Their trip schedules are 10:45PM from Manila to Banaue and 8:00PM from Banaue to Manila.

Banaue-Bontoc (2.5hours) by Jeep
Officially, there is only one trip going to Bontoc daily at 8:30AM near the Banaue public market. Alternatvely you can catch the bus that passes through Banaue to Bontoc but timing are not fixed. Buses like Cable tours ( 5:30AM to 7:00AM), Bonbon Bus (10:00AM-12:00PM) and Emmanuel Trans (12:00PM to 1:00PM) Fare is P150 for jeepney and P170 for Cable Tours.

Going back to from Bontoc to Banaue, there are vans and jeep available and the terminal is located near the new Cooperative Bank – walking distance from Municipal hall. last trip is at 1:30PM but if you miss the jeep you can take the cable tours back to Banaue at 3:00PM.

Bontoc-Sagada (45 Minutes)
Please refer above.

Where to Visit / What to do?

Sumaging Cave
Tour a whole new world underneath the cave and experience spelunking at Sumaging!

Echo Valley
Take a tour to the limestone valley, St. Mary’s church and the great Hanging Coffins -one os Sagada’s unique tradition.

Bomok-od Falls
Have a trek to the rice fields and villages going for a cool swim at the base of the waterfall.

Kiltepan Peak
Have a glimpse of the rice terraces and great mountain ranges and the majestic sunrise with mystic clouds lying in between mountains.

Mt. Ampacao
Trek on top of the mountain ranges overlooking central Sagada.

Underground River and Bokong Falls
Dip, dive and swim on its naturally hollowed pool.

Demang Village
If you want to know more about Sagada’s culture and traditions, you can pass the place or have a guided tour.

Marlboro Mountains
Take a trek to the bald mountains located east of Sagada.

Balalangan Cave
Trek and explore the wonders of the cave.

Other Attractions:
Natividad Cave
Crystal Cave
Mount Polis
Trek Mount Sisipitan Camping and Trekking

Where to Stay?

Guest House
09185480406 / 09206070994

Traveler’s Inn
09207992960 / 09195171833

Canaway Inn0
918 2915063

Sagada Kanip-aw View Lodge
09282847507 / 09298162233

Yabami Bed & Breakfast

Yellow House Inn

Mary Hillz Homestay

St. Joseph Rest House

Sagada Guest House
09189385601 / 09193002763

Gecko Inn
09202895471 / 09197261114

Green House

Ganduyan Inn

Residential Lodge
09296257419 / 09196728744

Where to Eat?

Yoghurt House – you haven’t completed a tour in SAGADA if you missed its home made yoghurt.
Lemonpie House – serve lemon, blueberry and apple pie.
Shamrock Cafe – complete your Food Trip adventure by tasting Ms. Connie’s lots of wide range of breakfast options.
Rock Inn Caf and Restaurant – Taste the Best and Original taste of Orange Juice.
Masferre Restaurant – Pancake is what they serve best, take your time also in viewing one of the oldest photo memories of SAGADA, taken by the late Jaime Masferre.
Log Cabin – French cuisine at its best. Sight of the ever popular Saturday night Buffet served by a professional French cook named “aklay”
Bana’s Cafe- taste the best coffee, grown, grounded, and served by this establishment
Cusina Igorota – if you are curious enough to taste the dish the natives love. You can find it here. They also serve Filipino dishes.
Blue Sky Snack house – this establishment specializes in preparing pre booked snacks.

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Return To Tucson

Nearly 15 years have passed since the Deserts of Tucson helped prepare me for a path to meet the initiations of finding the Ascended Masters and Saint Germain.

Here, back in Tucson and this time present for the funeral of my beloved Uncle Mike, gave me much perspective on the long term nature of assimilating the mystical energies that forever have changed my life.

I decided to re-visit Tucson in some of the earlier fashion i would discover this city and the self-exploring nature the desert afforded in my consciousness.

Tucson has a public Transit system called Sun Tran (a bus system) that i often used to take when i lived here. Much was different then, especially in my outlook to life. Though i was eager to find my purpose, especially a more defined sense of the spiritual direction of my soul, i was cautious too.

Funny, how we can entertain two levels of thought, almost in a dual nature. One was i seem to be drawn to an introspective awareness of my role in life, or the as yet, undefined role i might play.

I carried around an almost brooding sense of feeling that i might be abandoned to solitude in the desert and yet i also found a comforting resiliency returning to me as i would often take long walks in the drying washes abundant in Tucson.

Early on back then, i had not known, consciously i would come to meet the path and awareness of community and service i was to discover regarding Saint Germain and the causes of the Ascended Masters, but clearly looking back on it, i was already immersed in the course of preparation and personal initiation.

Now, i had become a markedly different man, made by experiences and setting forth in life to both discover and prove the path of an Ascended Master influence in the practical world of form.

While dedicating myself as a student, I always hoped to be an asset to the fabulous tapestry of a Spiritual Presence and realm of guidance to mankind as taught through Saint Germain teachings.

Yet here in Tucson i would be able to re-evaluate my “progress” or the energy i would need to increase to expand my work and to personally re-energize my mission.

We all reach places where through circumstances or as the Masters might describe it, by toiling through our Karmic responsibilities to life, we can experience a sense of being bogged down by the densities of the planet or through our own repetitive cycling or undisciplined energies.

So Tucson again became a welcomed shift from a city like San Francisco, which I live in and I dialed down my excess energies through walking before I boarded the Sun Tran.

I almost automatically re-called how i used to board these buses with landscape tools when i had no truck as a way to get to jobs i created for myself. Even by some of the bizarre people and things you see on the Tucson bus system, a man getting on board with a pick ax is somewhat unusual, which is what i had to do, take my tools with me.

I had pretty good sales skills from my background in professional sales, though in those times i was not able to mentally apply myself, having undergone a deep transformational change in my psyche.

Landscaping was a way i could physically approach life and regain and express latent strengths that were serving me as i pounded away and cleared rocks, debris and weeds not only literally but as an exercise in resurrecting and healing my being.

At one point i met a successful business owner with a lighting and fixture store, who took kindly to me and a solid work ethic i had and provided me a constant series of jobs and projects that kept me busy and physically exerted. It was both hard at times and re-invigorating.

I have often felt Tucson is a locale i have lived before in and even by the standards of those accustomed to the searing heat of summers i was acting unusual in my work outdoors.

As a matter of fact i remember some of my contemporary workers in the landscape business would drive by the intersection of this man’s business where i was working and laugh at me, sometimes say this expressively in Spanish i did not understand in words, but i got the jest of what they where saying through their mannerisms.

I like to work strenuously without a shirt or hat in the full sun, which in itself is not that wise. Maybe that is where i got the tag, “Los Lobos loco” or the crazy wolf. My zeal did not always work for me, one time i had a dis-orienting sun stroke as i was digging a hole for a large shrub, more like a tree and found myself pretty deep in the hole as the high sun reflected off a newly constructed house’s painted finish and was literally baking me.

But on another level i was immersing myself in the searing energies to accelerate burning off the dross in my consciousness and the desert was more than willing to help. It too seemed to at times be laughing at me and some of my silliness, but the desired purpose was being accomplished.

During one of my journeys in Tucson i came upon a tall Indian named “Pipestem,” i met at an AA meeting, a far throw from my previous partying days and frankly not too exciting. “Pipestem,” would become my helper.

I used to like to listen to Pipestem’s stories about how life was recounted to him by his relatives, his aunt and grandmother and about how they spoke to him as a man who would discover his meaning to life. I saw things that way too and I had an affinity to the American Indian culture and a sense that life was more than meets the eye. All experiences had meaning, even the weather, the animals that would cross your path and the singing of the birds and the sounds of the desert hidden in the bushes.

It was a perfect place for me to come alive, but did I think I would find the path of Saint Germain, no way! Maybe some sweat lodges and more desert inspired visions of mystical life, but cosmic significance, I didn’t think so

This time period was around early to mid 1993 and by summer late June, July ’93 i would make my first formal contact with learning about Saint Germain. It was through a mystical organization I learned about on a cable TV show while I was visiting in L.A.

I found out all the time they had a small group right here in Tucson, but I had to find the path first, I had to open my eyes and it all began by asking what was truth? What was the reason for my wanderings, my times alone, the periods of being apart from an ordinary sense of consciousness about the world and my place in it?

I will admit what I found out had some surprises but when I finally experienced things that were going to happen to me in my near future it made more sense of all the odd, seemingly displaced and isolated experiences I was having and that had happened in the near past. I would learn there is an order to them, there was continuity to them, an almost invisible guidance and energy that was directing me, but I still did not have a lot of the picture I would come to know. This would also make it easier to help others who might be experiencing a similar quickening, a similar shift.

Looking back on it i was clearly being prepared for that way by all the purifications i was going through.

So I’m riding on this bus in Tucson in current times, November 2006 and I’m having all these flashbacks, but there more than just re-visiting memories, they’re helping to re-establish in me the necessary disciplines needed to keep our path growing.

I started to depart from the bus and walk again, giving out exhortations and invocations to the Violet Flame to clear the records of energies and re-establish the patterns of perfections i had found there in the earlier part of my path. I was also invoking new light, another of Saint Germain’s teachings to help out that region. Even if i had felt i had digressed recently, i still had come a far way in knowledge and understanding of the path since 1993 and i felt a great love for Tucson, those four mountain ranges that surround the city and it is very much a home for me, energetically.

My “role” in life had been altered dramatically by my inner tutelage with Saint Germain and his emissaries. No more, was that clearer, than the “reason” which brought me back to Tucson this time. I have learned definitely that the Ascended Masters take a great interest in the purposes of the soul; even a single soul and they always strive to place you in roles of service to that end. I often got the words in my mind, “God’s ways are not always man’s way,” when I would be puzzled by actions I would be led to take.

I got the feeling being here in Tucson was for more reasons than the funeral arrangements of Michael Hager or as affectionately called him, “Uncle Mike, ” though he was not a true biologically linked relative.

Uncle Mike’s story nonetheless was significant.

Uncle Mike had succumbed to throat cancer and its complications, but not before a long, drawn out and clearly courageous episodes of trying to survive. He clearly did not want to leave this plane and he had a more than average understanding of cosmic truths like the continuity of the soul, re-incarnations and karma, but he was very hesitant to make his transition and from what i understand somewhat fearful.

Michael was very key person who helped sponsor me to come to Tucson originally, which in many ways became the genesis of my adult spiritual re-birth.

I don’t feel like i owed Michael which i might have but i very much loved him and wanted always to gift him and share many mystical precepts of understanding that the Masters revealed to me and subsequently through me to others. He is and was such a soul, that the light pointed me towards him to give freely and especially in the latter part of this lifetime he was freely and abundantly receptive.

Another strong and certain insight about my divine plan (and we all have them) came to me in one of those early 1993 walks in the Tucson washes, was that my “life” as one might practically view it, was not my own.

Now, we can take that to mean whatever we decide, but i knew this “insight” which might also be a premonition was a key that on some level of my being i had made a promise, even a vow to walk this path as a ministering servant (to the light) of cosmic purposes, yet unknown to my outer mind.

I think we all get certain insights that are really fastened in a profound way to our path and its up to us to accept them. We can always take back through our free will and make choices we want to, but these understandings that come to us in such a clear way when we are able to hear them are very significant indicators about the nature of our path…. and mine is service.

This was clear in my regards to coming back to Tucson for Michael’s funeral and a new role i would be a part of in his transition.

Another indication of progress we are making on the path is when we are called on to be of service in some area of life we may not necessarily feel qualified to do or even in another sense, worthy.

Part of this came up for me when i was asked by Uncle Mike’s surviving wife to deliver the eulogy (testimonial) at Michael’s service, which took place incidentally, under the auspices of a Catholic Priest and traditional Catholic service. For some reason i do not know what I was thinking, but it hardly entered my mind this service would take place in such a traditional, orthodox environment.

Michael had been a lot of things in this life and though he was fond of calling on the Catholic Saints when praying for assistance in his life, i hardly ever remember him going to church. He was in many ways quite, un-contemporary, even in the mold of modern outlaw mystic, never quite extracting himself from various pulls, vices and means of supporting himself.

He did posses a certain respect for some of rituals and recognitions that over the years i had efforted to advise him of the journey of the soul and we talked about the Ascended Masters views of transition.

For me i had never participated in death so directly, other than twice before being at funerals, which summoned little of the attendant emotional grieving often expressed by people.

It was more of a coming of age that i would have to mature in the sense that i could have been the one present who could give the significant invocations, necessary to assist the passage of the soul to the octaves of light and beyond some of the difficulties a soul can encounter.

These weren’t my teachings, for i have prepared myself in study and research on very specific instructions the Ascended Master path has released, that a representative could give on behalf of a soul entering and going through the change called death.

It was no mere coincidence that i arrived early at the funeral service alongside another friend who knew Uncle Mike and lived in Tucson.

Right away we can upon Michael’s casket still contained in the transporting vehicle and i proceeded to travel in a clockwise fashion around the vehicle giving audible prayers on behalf of Michael’s soul to be cut free and escorted by Angel’s to the highest place of light prepared that his soul can gravitate to.

A part of the Ascended Master teaching on the transition of the soul and the consecrating of the body to a physical fire (cremation) were very specific. This also included the necessity of someone in physical embodiment to give the appropriate calls (direct and specific actions) that would help the soul to surrender to the next level of preparation that the soul could accomplish. Thus helping the Soul progress, with a minimum of fear and without overt ties to remain in a discarnate existence to the earth and those here.

So it is very much an important role that someone of sufficient Spiritual understanding must undertake on behalf of that soul. This was also occurring while the services begun by the Catholic Priest and the attendant rituals that most of the people there, Michael’s family and many others i never met were, I’m sure more accustomed to.

Michael, while he was alive in the last weeks often instructed me and implored me to give these ” calls ” for him, especially Violet Flame invocations and mantras. I know he felt assured and comforted that they would be given on his behalf.

Of course this goes to a certain supplication to the effectiveness of many of those “invisible realms” of Ascended Master presence and what might be termed, phenomenon part and parcel of this path, that has been come to known and experienced by myself, personally and in the lives of other students, and those who practice the paths presented of Saint Germain and Jesus.

Though i was only in Tucson four days, it felt like a capsule where time became a less than accurate measuring rod of my experience. The things i went through, the recollections, the going over places i had initiated spirals of creation and also seeing the out-picturing of cycles in the life’s of others was multi-dimensional. Saint Germain talks about how the Masters have learned to master, time and space.

In a relative sense I began to perceive what that meant. Things, events, people began to be as glimpses of reality, past present and future.

I humorously saw myself, seemingly in present times, older, a little more tattered, recently and in need of the comforting feel of the corduroy pants i like to wear nowadays.

There was also a cumulative sense of my life history and it included the perspective of these wisdoms, no doubt due to my associations with Saint Germain and the realm of cosmic understanding afforded me.

But i found those perspectives and others, here again in Tucson, peering out its mysteries through the window of the Sun Tran buses.

So it’s like that i guess, kind of like getting lapped on the Spiritual path by another part of yourself, that has caught your attention in all the familiar ways.

I came here for Uncle Mike’s passing, though that is spiritually speaking, really about the Soul’s next step on its journey. Maybe we even are getting clues about that. Mike’s wife Sherry inherited Michael’s cell phone and he has my number programmed in the phone. Several times after Mike passed on, i would get a “call,” from Michael’s phone. It was Sherry using the phone but she said she wasn’t trying to call me, “that, the phone likes to call you, Ro!” That’s interesting i thought.

When i got back to California, there was another call from Sherry, no, she wasn’t trying to call, i guess…I guess somebody is, and the meaning keeps expanding and the story continues.

God Bless you Uncle Mike, for all of your influences on the many lives affected by your love. Thank You too, beloved Tucson and the many ways your borders have cared for my own soul, Keep on calling me, I will come again and thank you the blessed flame of Freedom in Saint Germain that continues to guide my path, revealing and sustaining me in Mysteries and awe of the Sacred.

In Gratitude


SAN FRANCISCO, CA December 26, 2006

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How Fat Can Make You Cleverer, Healthier and Slimmer


Source of energy
Building blocks for cell membranes
Building blocks for homones
Help vitamin and mineral bsorption
Control blood pressure
Regulate body temperature
Boost immune system
Optimum brain development & performance


– Monounsaturated fats:

Nuts (not peanuts!) pecans, almonds, seeds, avocado, virgin olive oil

– Polyunsaturated fats (omega-6 & omega-3):

walnuts, hazelnuts, salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, kiwis

– Saturated fats:

Dairy*, poultry, meats, egg yolks, coconut oil, palm oil, butter

– Trans-fats (hydrogenated fats):

Fried foods, commercially baked foods, processed foods, take aways, margarine


A study published in the journal Diabetes Care in July 2007 found that diets rich in monounsaturated fats prevented the accumulation of belly fat, without even any additional exercise! Rich sources of monounsaturated fats are raw nuts such as almonds, avocado, virgin olive oil.


Your brain cells crave omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. We typically get enough omega-6 acids, but most people need to consume more omega-3 fatty acids. The body cannot make these fats on its own so omega-3s must be obtained from food. These strengthen the brain’s synapses, which provide the pathways for neural communication. They also help molecules on the synapses directly related to learning and memory.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in raw nuts, such as pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts, flaxseed, dark green leafy vegetables, kiwi and most importantly, fish. The consequences of a deficiency in humans include brain disorders such as dyslexia and schizophrenia. Physiologists have speculated that fish consumption by early man is what spurred the human brain to get so big in the first place!

The positive effects of Omega-3 consumption include anti inflammatory and anti blood clotting actions, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure. These also reduce the risks and symptoms for other disorders including diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, some cancers, and mental decline.

Keeping your brain running smoothly by fueling it with the right energy is one step to increasing your smarts.


Saturated fat is naturally occurring fat found predominantly in animal products such as meats and dairy products, and have been associated with harmful cholesterol. Palm oil and coconut oil are high in saturated fats and are really good for you!

Coconut oil has antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also boosts the immune system, increases metabolism, provides rapid energy, and helps normalise cholesterol levels.

A false myth is the belief that saturated fat increases your risk of heart attack. The truth is, saturated fat from animal and vegetable sources provides a concentrated source of energy in your diet, and they provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone like substances.

New research shows there is no clear link between people’s intake of saturated fat and their risk of developing heart disease or stroke

Take a steak and a piece of cake. Which one do you think is going to make you fat? Which one do you think is going to negatively affect your health?

When you eat saturated fat with your meals, it slows down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. It also acts as carrier for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat is also needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes.

As we get older we often consume more fat than we burn, and we get fat. When we are overweight, getting into last year’s jeans should be the least of our worries! Excess fat contributes to coronary heart disease, which can result in heart attack or stroke. Storing too much fat also increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease and even cancer.


Trans- fatty acids such as those found in fast food and junk food, can decrease cognitive ability, increase the risk of diabetes, and cancer. Trans-fats are manufactured fats created during a process called hydrogenation, which is aimed at stabilizing polyunsaturated oils to prevent them from becoming rancid and to keep them solid at room temperature. They are particularly dangerous for the heart and pose a risk for certain cancers. These fats, sometimes called hydrogenated fats are used in margarine, fast foods, commercial baked goods (donuts, cookies, candy bars, crackers, pizza dough…), processed foods, and fried foods.

Trans-fats raise cholesterol (low density lipoproteins) to harmful levels, to the point where your arteries get hardened and clogged. That type of fat builds up as plaque on the inside of your artery, and it’s not very stable. One day, a little piece of that plaque breaks off, your body tries to clot up the nick in the artery, and you have successfully produced a heart attack!

The US Food and Drug Administration recommend that you eat less than 2 grams of trans fats per day. To put things into perspective, one donut can have as much as 5 grams of trans fat!

If the ingredients of the foods you buy contain shortening, partially hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, put them back on the shelf!

If you really want to improve your mental and physical health, it’s vital you start to scan the labels of the foods you purchase. As you scan the ingredients and dietary information you might realise that some of the products you thought were harmless are actually not.

We’re all going to die sometime. We could get hit by a bus tomorrow or be shot by a lunatic. I hear this excuse all the time. Life is for living indeed. But, what is the point living it in a hospital bed? What is the point in popping pills full of chemicals every day to treat body and mind ailments we can easily prevent? What is the point in spending your hard earned money on diet pills, or slimming treatments when all you have to do is eat right? What is the point in getting through life feeling tired, confused or depressed when you can be full of energy and zest for life, and live your life to the fullest?

Understanding FAT can be the difference between you leading a mediocre life or a great life!

Anna Aparicio is regarded as Ireland’s top female NLP/Hypnosis Life Coach. A Self-esteem and Confidence Expert and former Health&Fitness Trainer, she has helped hundreds of women all around the world feel empowered, super confident, and lead happier more successful lives. With a unique blend of Neuro-linguistic Programming, cutting edge personal development tools, and a contagious sense of humour and zest for life, Anna is renowned for getting results fast. Now you can get her free report WHY YOU’LL NEVER GET WHAT YOU WANT UNLESS YOU DO THIS at

Bus, Plane and Motorbike to Paradise in Vietnam


The excitement started minutes after leaving the Ho Chi Minh International Airport. With my Vietnamese welcoming party-of-three, I walked to a parking lot expecting a car. But no car was in sight. Instead I saw a sea of scooters as far as my eyes could see. Gaggles of scooters – one of the quirky, endearing characteristics of Vietnam. Next I was told to wait at the curb. Moments later up zips my gracious host Win on a scooter, her mom and aunt doubled up on one behind her. They first strapped my 2 bags onto the two scooters, one of which I then mounted behind Win. No helmets – this is Southeast Asia after all – we headed out into the stifling hot exhaust fumes that flow into the arteries of Hoh Chi Minh.

Venturing Out

After a day to chill and get acquainted with District 3, the neighborhood my hotel was nestled in, I was glad to have made online reservations with a local tour company, Sinhcafe, to explore a bit of Vietnam. Sinhcafe rocks with its efficient, economical, and reliable company. It is the go-to tour company for Vietnamese travellers and international backpackers.

The journey to the coastal city of Nha Trang, 350 Km. north of Ho Chi Minh and 1000 Km. south of the capital Hanoi takes about 10 hours. This city is known by many Vietnamese as the best seaside resort in the country. I had other beach plans though; Nha Trang served as a perfect base for my journey to the remote Paradise Resort.

Along the way you can see vast fields of lush green trees and plants, refreshing to view until your eyes get tangled in the patches of land here and there plagued by the chemicals of warfare. At that moment, you realize you are looking at wasteland where no living organism can ever exist again – evidence of the devastation of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. But that’s another story.

The moment the bus reached the Nha Trang bus station, I grabbed my bag out of the compartment under the bus and stepped onto the chaotic street. I was immediately swarmed by drivers offering to motor bike-taxi me to a hotel of their choice. Fortunately I had reserved a room in advance; it simplified the task of dealing with the swarm.

When my driver turned onto the beach-front road Tran Phu, I recalled the website photo of the waterfront view from my pre-booked room and smiled. We had driven into the picture.

Get Me To The Beach

I awoke early to the sun’s warmth as it poured in through the floor – to – ceiling windows of my hotel room. Well rested and happy, I leaped out of bed and into the shower. Out on the street, I found no shortage of eateries for breakfast. I went to a favourite among travelers – Good Morning Vietnam – on Biet Thu Street.

Next I hit the street to find transportation to my final destination of Paradise Resort at Doc Let Beach. The trip would be 45 kilometers north of Nha Trang. While I felt relief knowing I had already booked a beach hut online, anxiety about how to get there set in. Public transit was not an option and I was on a tight budget.

That anxiety was short lived. The limited possibilities made choosing a breeze. A motor bike driver had convincingly promised to take me to my destination comfortably, safely, and less costly than a regular taxi could.

Paradise Resort at Doc Let Beach

This ultimate bargain starts at $US30 (single) or $US50 (double) a day with 3 meals and a clean, well constructed and designed beach hut. Vladimir, the proprietor, hails from Europe and does his best to maintain a laid-back, hassle free atmosphere. His ‘Paradise’ has 170 meters of beach front, and is located in rural Ninh Hoa, in Khanh Province.

If you seek peace and quiet with ample time and space to sit and look out at the wondrous aquamarine sea, read, write, meditate, get a massage, play solitaire, this will be your slice of Heaven for as long as you wish to indulge yourself.

Contact Vladimir via his website in advance and for a modest fee you can arrange for a lift to his paradise. Otherwise, when securing your transportation to Paradise Resort, unless you are driving yourself it is advisable to make sure your driver speaks English. At the time of writing, the locals did not commonly wear helmets when riding motor bikes, so it is also advisable that you insist your driver provides helmets if you go by motor bike. It will cost a few dollars more, but the peace of mind is worth it. The law requires riders to wear helmets; the local police simply do not enforce the law. But beware – police have been known to stop and charge unsuspecting foreigners without helmets on random days, and the penalty has been substantially high.

The route from Nha Trang to Doc Let Beach area (the setting of Paradise Resort) is an inspiring drive on windy, coastal roads with a few very steep grades. You’ll love riding on the back of a motor bike – the open air allows every fibre of your five senses to be stimulated. It’s a dynamic start to a memorable stay at Paradise.

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How Does Automatic Transmission Change Gears

As drivers, we know how the transmission works: we push the clutch in, change the gear and then continue driving normally. Manual transmission also teaches us how to perform clutch control without stalling or rolling on an incline. So how does an automatic car change gears?

There are more parts in this system that makes it a more complicated system. An automatic car has something called a torque converter. For the car to move forward, whether manual or automatic, torque is needed for the initial momentum.

The torque converter is a fluid link where its job is to connect the engine to the transmission and the transmission to the driven wheels (Front Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive).

The engine is connected to the transmission in a bell housing. This is where the torque converter is. The transmission also contains something called planetary gear sets which provide different gear ratios.

The engine’s flex plate is also connected to this torque converter. So the torque converter basically takes the place of a clutch in an automatic car. When the crankshaft rotates it also rotates the converter. This is how the torque converter will disconnect and connect the engine’s power to the load being driven.

The torque converter has main components that make automatic transmission successful. These include:

  • The impeller – connected to the engine which is responsible for driving the turbine using viscous forces on the transmission fluid.
  • The turbine – connected to the transmission input shaft that sends the torque force to the transmission.
  • The stator – which sits between the impeller and the turbine. It lessens churning losses.
    The lock up clutch.

During the compression of the fluid it returns from the turbine that works against the impeller and its rotating movement that also acts on the engine.

The stator redirects the fluid so that the majority of the velocity gets driven towards the impeller which then adds to the torque produced by the motor. It can only rotate in one direction if the impeller and turbine are moving at the same speed. Stators do not apply torque when on a highway, only when coming to a stop or accelerating.

A planetary gear set consists of a sun gear and planet gears which rotate around the central sun gear, like our solar system. A planet carrier gear connects the planet gears with a ring gear that meshes them. The planetary gear set prevents certain components from moving when using clutches and brakes. This alters the input and the output of the system that changes the overall gear ratio.

Depending on which component is fixed it will determine the final gear ratio. If a ring gear is stationery or fixed, the ratio will be shorter than if the sun gear is fixed or stationery.

Brakes Noises Solutions

There will come a time whilst you are driving that you will have problems with your brakes. You might not notice it immediately but once you start to hear the noises, know that there is something wrong.

First thing’s first. Slowly pull over to the side of the road as soon as you start to hear these noises. Make sure that you keep a good distance from the road in case you have a flat tyre instead and need to change it.

These are the different noises your brakes make that you should be fully aware of:

Grinding – grinding is usually the sound of two metal pieces rubbing together. So know that this means that you have a severely damaged brake pad. Without a brake pad, there is nothing that is stopping you safely. It is recommended that you do not continue to drive as it could prevent you from stopping at a traffic light.

Knocking from the rear – this constant annoying sound you hear when applying brakes indicates that there is a problem with the rear drums. There could be a possibility that the brake or rear drum has been resurfaced which is causing that knocking sound. Fixing this problem can be done by yourself but it would be wise to get a technician to fix it.

Squeaking – this is a sign that wear has been done to the brakes. If not fixed it could be dangerous to you. The squeaking sound is usually caused by a wear indicator. This lets the driver know that wear is being detected. Make sure that you get the brakes replaced immediately. You can still drive a good distance before being in danger but make sure that they get replaced soon.

If you are aware of the problem whilst you are driving and know that the problem is dangerous to you and other drivers make sure that you switch your hazard lights on and drive slowly and calmly. If your brakes don’t work at all, release the accelerator and slowly move into the side lane. With the car losing momentum you will eventually come to a stop. Engine braking will also assist the car to slow down. Engine braking is achieved by gearing down.

When you are close to coming to a stop, pull up the hand brake slowly so that your wheels don’t lock up thus making you swerve around dangerously.

The Mercedes Tuning – What Are The Reasons To Tune Your Vehicle?

We are very well aware of the shooting fuel prices in the market. Hence, it is crucial to tune your Mercedes, so that it delivers great mpg. There are many reasons of the Mercedes tuning like better acceleration, enhanced torque, great economy, more power, healthier engine etc.

We have seen rapid growth in the technology in the field of automobiles. The super chip tuning technology is developed especially for the premium cars like Mercedes. The tuning is efficient for both the petrol and diesel version of car. It will ensure that your car gives best performance without any hassle.

Importance of tuning

Once the vehicle is tuned, it will reduce the emission and improve the performance by 15%. It is quite obvious that tuning will help your vehicle in multiple ways. However, you must tune the vehicle timely to avoid any inconvenience. The experts recommend visiting to the mechanic once in three months. The professionals will make sure that none of the part needs repairing.

As the fuel prices have increased, so does the dependency on vehicles. It is crucial to keep your car in good shape. If you maintain the car properly, then the car will run efficiently for long years without any hassle. Else, it would require regular repairing that will ultimately lead to lower mpg and reduce the performance.

What to consider while tuning the exhaust system?

The exhaust system of the Mercedes includes a front pipe, exhaust manifold, catalyst converter, silencer, exhaust tip and tail pipe. While tuning the system, muffler is the easiest to deal. The professionals will replace the stock muffler with high performance muffler.

As a result, you will get a free flow exhaust system. You must keep in mind that the inlet and outlet pipe of the muffler is of the same size as front and tail pipe. Check out the diameter of tail and front pipe. They must have same dimensions for better performance. Other terms of the exhaust system is a little complicated to understand. You must have knowledge of the engine’s power band, exhaust back pressure and usable RPM.

If excessive pressure is produced by the system, then it will have a negative impact on the performance of the engine. This will restrict the flow of exhaust gases. As a result, the engine will be inefficient to expel exhaust gases. Ultimately, it would lead to much reduced engine power.

Dos and the don’ts

Make sure that you never attach pea-shooter instead of the exhaust system to the engine. You must also not install a 10 inch wastewater pipe. In case the exhaust pipe is big enough, then it will lead to much reduced flow velocity of the gases. You have to keep in mind to get the exhaust back pressure perfect.

While tuning the exhaust system, the professionals aim to increase the power of the engine by the right exhaust tuning.