Science is confident that we will soon be able to time travel. I suspect one of the reasons religion is ubiquitous today is because in the future humans do learn to time travel. I’m not disputing that God exists, perhaps he does in the other dimension where time travel exists. Maybe in the past people have experienced visitations from future humans but couldn’t interact with them in a 3rd dimensional way. We cannot comprehend experiences that are not tangible. Indeed when we learn to time travel there will be no such thing as death. Time might only be a property of the 3rd dimension. I have often heard that time is the next dimension. My insomnia continues, the very next day I think there must be something to do so I continue to write this post. It’s just after 5am and I return to the local MRT coffee shop, lucky it’s open 24 hours. I think it was probably natural for primitive man to sleep 4 hours a time, with the development of our mental abilities and the creation of bedrooms, beds, blankets and employment et al our sleeping patterns changed to the 8 hours it is today. Probably our time traveling descendent’s know this. Indeed bed is warm and comfortable, wish I could return to an 8 hour sleep pattern, probably need a job to do that.
I feel I must be honest and include everything significant that happens to me in this blog, for memory and the outsourcing of it. My various problems are returning after coma so well my recovery progresses. My ear condition, wax and blocked ears, Tinnitus and Meniere’s disease. I get pains in my ear all the time and can’t hear properly again and have problems balancing, my leg already has issues, not another problem with balance. A condition that I visited doctors and hospital’s for. I again have become obsessed with cleaning the wax from my ears using drops and a water pump. I thought I had finally found the cure after years but alas, I needed to go to the hospital again the other day as I couldn’t sleep or eat due to my right ear. An injection for pain relief helped and drugs for infection are slowly returning my ear to normal. Not there yet and the infection also spread to my jaw and neck. I can’t understand why it’s so bad now, at its worst I can’t eat or sleep. I’m just waiting for my brain to remember Meniere’s disease again. That condition trouble me greatly before coma, I often couldn’t walk because of my balance. Please brain don’t remember my various problems, but I guess you can’t have recovery both ways remembering this and not that. Actually just before coma I went with my sister to see a specialist about these problems, I had gone for help many times in Melbourne and Singapore to doctors and hospitals, here we go again. The whole right side of my body has been effected by coma and the brain must learn the sensations of these body parts again, I live in hope. The loss of Meniere’s disease was probably the best thing to happen from coma, oh brain don’t give me Meniere’s again…
Arriving home from Ho Chi Minh I have less than 2 weeks to wait for my next trip overseas. We again go to one of my favourite places in Asia, Jonker Walk, Melaka, Malaysia. Ho Chi Minh was good for 4 days but Jonker is better in my mind. To consider which is my favourite destination in Asia is hard but 3 of them immediately come to mind, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, and Jonker. Before coma my absolute favourite was definitely Luang Prabang but I haven’t been there since I came out. I know I always loved Hoi An and have been there about 3 times since, but Jonker being only a 3 hour drive from home and such a historic place steeped in Peranakan culture is probably the best destination I’ve been since coma. Can’t wait to go back, and i’ve caught it again, the travel bug. My wife loves the place too and also has the bug, one of the many reasons we’re together.
I feel I should post for important events in my life so that I remember, I am traveling again, in Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam right now. It’s been a while since we’ve been here, about a year, one of my many favorite destinations of Asia. My memory is so terrible that I had forgotten Australians need a visa to come here, Singaporeans don’t. My wife thought these things were in train but enquired about it the night before flying. I tried to arrange a visa online at 3 in the morning, just 8 hours before our flight. After repeatedly calling and emailing the visa provider we finally spoke to someone about an hour before our gate closed at the airport. I then received a required document via email about 15 mins before the gate closed, it was necessary to have this document of visa approval to board the plane. Amazingly we are here now in Ho Chi Minh about to go to an old favourite haunt, the Continental Hotel for a Vietnamese coffee. We are staying across the road at another good hotel, the Caravelle.
Watching CNN recently there was a program called ‘believer’ which considered L Ron Hubbard’s scientology. What interests me about the religion is the belief in reincarnation and also that we originate from aliens. That and an activity called ‘auditing’, perhaps as significant to scientology as confession to catholics. For Hubbard the purpose of auditing was to show a hypnotized person that their actions were derived from their past, of course, but the suggestion was more subtle than that. In the development of auditing Hubbard realized that people had lived many lives and that this past too influenced their actions. That was the first step. Having said all that I have been disturbed by scientology’s door knocking and street walking advocates. It seemed more like a business trying to expand rather than a religion, I’m not one. The CNN program also showed scientologists who had been excommunicated because of money they received from other followers not being forwarded to the central body. Suspicious. All I can say is good luck to the many people from all walks of life that follow scientology. I wouldn’t be surprised if we originated from another planet though, quite likely I suspect, but then again it all points to humans evolving from monkeys, or another theory from dolphins when the waters receded. But I believe in aliens…
Fellow coma victims, once again I dwell on recovery. I think one of the best things to do is to keep a calendar or diary for memory. I’m keeping a Google calendar on my iPhone in which I religiously record my activities present and future. I often use it to remember what I did yesterday or any day. I suspect that the use of technology in this way helps quite dramatically, outsourcing memory. Just the act of remembering to update a calendar helps, and through your records you can admit that these events actually occurred. Clearly we must make use of the memory function in the brain regularly, to clean out the cobwebs. I use the calendar to recall what I had for dinner almost everyday, and to check if my recollections are accurate. Indeed they have improved and are back to normal now, maybe three months ago I had no idea what I had for dinner last night.
The climate is changing., I can’t believe the U.S government (Trump) no longer accepts scientific evidence or reason…
My other posts on the same…
I only write this because I’m watching the debates about the healthcare bill being put forward by Trump in the US. In Australia we only use health insurance for extras and to reduce waiting times and maybe choose doctors and hospitals. If you have lots of money you can get first class hospitals and healthcare but health is regarded as a fundamental right of any living individual. It is much the same system in other western countries. The US should remove the concept of insurance from health and tax more to provide health as a basic right. Focus on life rather than money.
I should mention that the tax system in Australia is graduated depending on how much you earn. It gradually goes up as you earn more money, the top rate for earnings over $100,000 is 49%. If you earn below $18,000 it’s zero tax, say 30% on earnings between $30,000 and $50,000 and 40% on earnings between $50,000 to $70,000 etc. In Australia the individual tax rate is up to 49%, in the US it’s 39%. These are all estimate tax rates but it’s graduated and quite a fair system in Australia which also has unemployment benefits if your out of work. And the pension if your too old to work but still need money for food etc all covered by the tax system. The country hopes to provide for all people in need but then again there is also Superannuation which is deducted from your income, partly for retirement. Citizens should financially care for the poor and in Australia they try to.
Since I have made a habit of posting when traveling, it’s good for my memory, my wife and I went to Melaka in Malaysia again this weekend. To one of my favourite places there, Jonker walk. Quite old world it is, the buildings, even the hotel in the middle of the dilapidated town, everything about the place. I often compare Jonker to one of my other favourite destinations, Hoi An in Vietnam. In both places it feels like you are in another time period, maybe 100 years ago, except for the cars. Apparently developed by the Chinese and Portuguese, Melaka is a city derived from the harbour many years ago, circa 15th century. I reckon everyone would love Jonker walk, not just romantics like me.
Fellow coma victims, how to recover? By my research there is no clear path but at least everyone thinks I’m recovering quite well. Can we become the person that we were before coma? I think not. By my experience it takes so long for the brain to communicate with body parts again, to develop the new pathways. Also non physical defects like memory can be difficult, I have been religiously trying to remember what happened yesterday. Thankfully my memory is improving perhaps through use, it wasn’t for a long time. I know that I’ve been to Japan before but I still can’t remember anything about it. I knew my way around Bangkok quite well from being there before, Khao San road and the likes stimulated memory. But I still have trouble with body parts on the right like toes, the foot, and my hand etc… and get cramps in my foot. I always consider my defects with every step, trying to normalise my gait. The eye sight in my right eye isn’t perfect either. Certainly my walking dramatically deteriorated about 2 years after coma, perhaps the new pathway became primary at that point, but the new pathway still needed to relate to the subtleties like feeling and balance. So can we become the person we were before coma? I suspect not but we are always the same person to others, maybe a little less capable to ourselves. The photo above is about 1.5 years after coma, I’m out of the wheel chair now and past the walking frame but still need a stick, slowly improving. There was no damage to my leg, just coma. So I am recovering awkwardly. I sometimes feel embarrassed by my defects because I suspect people don’t believe I’m trying. Coma is not like a typical injury where we see regular sequential improvement. My only advice to other coma victims is to encourage the brain to relearn the subtleties by using the limb in strange ways, the human body is a very complex thing. Regularly I try to balance on my bad leg and use my bad arm to hold onto something as I lift the good leg. When I started doing this I would fall. After 2 years it’s much better, not perfect. We must always push our bodies, perhaps the same can be done with the non physical defects. I always try to remember yesterday, even now that it’s improving just to keep using that part of the brain. So just focus on stimulating your defects I suspect, the only advice I can offer.
Parts of Kyoto are the old Japan, a must visit. Walking around the temples yesterday my mind tried to imagine the people of the past here, 500 years ago, among others Samurai and Geisha. I discovered today that there is a free shuttle bus every 15 minutes to JR Osaka station from our hotel. My Wife told me about it and so we caught a super express train from JR Osaka Station to Kyoto. It was good to see Japan out of a train window. In Kyoto, first stop was the Kiyomizudera temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 780AD. We had to walk through a very old village, traditional old Kyoto in the Higashiyama district, to get to the temple. We walked across the slope of a hilly area where the temple was atop. Then down to Gion and into the most well known Geisha street, the Hanamikoji for dinner.Today was the journey to Fukuoka, to stay near the airport for one night to catch a flight home tomorrow. A last ride on the fast train, the Shinkansen. Really Japan is very modern, the trains and the stops, everything. I suspect this is the future way to travel because of global warming, although there are still many cars here. Once solar energy is well established and there are magnetic trains we can be cleaner in respect to our carbon emissions. Train departed 13:42 arrived 16:11 travelling 611km with about 6 stops.
Like most tourists to Osaka I visited the castle today. My walking was terrible however, probably about 1km / hr. Nothing for it fellow coma victims, just time for the brain to rebuild. Japan is a most excellent country, the people appear quite friendly, if only I could understand them. First stop was Hiroshima, a nice place too especially when one considers the atomic bomb. My word you wouldn’t know now what happened there. Centrally the city has been rebuilt, there are places however that remember the past, the peace memorial for one. The first hotel in Osaka was appalling and I had to change. I’m now at the Imperial hotel which is great compared to the first. Sashimi dinner here last night was absolutely fantastic, amazing. I have always thought Japanese food the best in the world, along with French, both cuisines are so focussed on flavour and presentation, artistry. Travelers often say that the best way to experience a culture is through the food. I’ve always been interested in trying local delicacies when traveling and love the food here. Sashimi is one of my favourites dishes in the world. Last nights perhaps the best I’ve ever had, can’t wait for tonights dinner. Same again I suspect, but I also had a French inspired dish last night, foi gras, I love that dish too.
The following day I went to Dotonbori, another great place, a little like a Chinatown in many cities, alleyways with street level shops, my walking only slightly improved from the castle. It always goes up and down my walking, after 5 years I still can’t relate to my right leg although the downs seem to be becoming less severe, the ups more frequent.
There are several news stories about fake news of late, just saw one on CNN, oops it was BBC, this is fake. They talk of technology companies like Google, Facebook, Wikipedia among others providing fake news. All these sites merely provide opinions not fact, people choose to say something on them. Perhaps they should use a different colour font to discriminate between opinion and fact. Clearly just because you read something in print it doesn’t become fact! Perhaps a consequence of Trump there is all this worry about human interaction with the world, I don’t just believe everything I read otherwise I’d have to thank Tolkien. Perhaps these internet companies should discriminate between opinion and fact. When they talk of fact like the distance between earth and mars perhaps use blue font. Maybe we all need to be more discerning in the modern world, we need our leaders to be truthful, Trump? This is merely opinion not fake news. I’m sure there are some sites that claim to be a news websites that are steeped in opinion, discern…
The issues confronting the world today as we move towards a global government are symptomatic of human evolution I think, so interested we are globally in the outcomes of the US election. In the time of Plato his theory of forms suggested that to see wasn’t merely the act of observation but also of knowledge, gnosis, to know. That word represents non material observation. That was our last significant leap forward I believe. It gave us the modern world of thought, education, politics, art… I think human thought is changing again. Perhaps todays populist movements of Brexit and Trump provide a clue, the collective is taking charge. Having said that the United States is going to prevent muslim immigration creating an us versus them mentality, hardly evolution. It’s terrible whats happening in Syria right now. Maybe we’ll have a new understanding of immigration and care for all human beings, for existence and life, when we evolve. I think we live in a very important period in history, so here are my thoughts.
We should move away from the human invention of money, economic value is such an abstraction from reality. We are also destroying our planet and climate change should be our focus. Space and science offer much and can possibly solve the global warming problem too. Space might discover another world we can live on and other intelligent life, actually I suspect we have already interacted with aliens. On Mars we will be able to focus on life itself, there will be no room left for human mundanities. And science might be able to alter particles that cause global warming, remove the carbon from the atoms. Sciences entanglement theory and 3D printing are profound. They say we will soon be able to travel time. Then there is technology, the internet provides us with the ability to share information immediately. Soon Artificial Intelligence (AI) will provide us its precise evaluation, it already does. Indeed there is so much for us to discover in the universe we only need to evolve before we become extinct by our own hand.
Happy lunar new year, the year of the rooster begins tomorrow… ‘Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái’ which means ‘respectful happiness become wealthy’ or ‘happy new year’ in Chinese. It’s a massive event here in Singapore, a few days of public holiday and a unique thing called ‘lo hei’ or ‘harvest fortune’ where together with the people you are celebrating with you toss food with chop sticks. The food elements representing various things including wealth of course.