Broward Sports Bar – Rickey’s Sports Bar & Grill of Pembroke Pines

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A Favorite Broward Restaurant serving all the South Florida

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Happy Earth Day fellow Earth-ians! from EcoSimplista

EcoSimplista - Happy Earth Day

Maybe ride a bike instead of driving or plant a tree or have lunch outside or join in on a beach cleanup or turn off the running water while you brush your teeth!

Whatever you do, you’ll

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Google made some serious changes – should you?

‘Mobilegeddon’ could be bad news for 40% of top websites by  USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — If your website traffic plummets suddenly Tuesday, you can blame it on “Mobilegeddon.”

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Classes at White Crane Healing Arts, Ft Lauderdale, FL

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices  NutritionHello Students and Friends,

I hope the energy of spring is bringing you renewed interest and enthusiasm for practicing qigong on a daily basis and for attending classes to build on what you know. Spring energy, which symbolizes growth, outward movement, healing energy and new beginnings, is the perfect time to develop a consistent cultivation practice, or to more deeply explore the benefits of communicating with your inner world.

For some, new beginnings will come in the form of shock, like thunder, breaking through the dark clouds. This is the awakening energy in the spring that the I Ching speaks of. In ancient times thunder was a phenomenon that brought fear to some and a deep message from nature to others. This message was to be aware of complacency. Remove stagnant energy, clear the stuck places and allow change to take hold, so that you can accomplish what needs to get done.

This energy emanates from the East direction, and its spiritual guide is the green dragon. You can absorb this energy and gain assistance from nature if you do your movement practices, quiet sitting or meditation facing East, especially in the early morning hours. Breath from your nose into your belly and “see” the green hued energy entering your body as you practice.

Following is information for late spring and early summer classes at the center.

  • The on-going Saturday morning classes will continue. “Opening The Energy Gates” is the entrance into the entire Nei Gong Qigong system. Class begins at 9:00 AM.
  • The short form Wu Style Tai Chi begins at 10:00 AM. The 27 sequential movements are a beautiful, flowing, mind/body practice. Wu style tai chi heals the physical body, calms stress and strengthens your capacity to be more aware of your inner and outer world, in a way that conventional practices and movement, such as calisthenics, is not able to accomplish.
  • The next several TAO Quiet Sitting Classes will be on Tuesday, April 21st, Tuesday, May 5th, and possibly on May 19th.(this date will be confirmed at a later time), from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Combined breathing and dissolving can resolve congested and frozen energy throughout the mind/body continuum that prevents growth.
  • A New Sunday Series will begin on Sunday, April 19th thru Sunday, May 17th. There will be 5 classes in this series. Each 2 hour class will introduce you to the Taoist version of yoga, which is a highly internalized system that is very yin in nature. This practice gently stretches the body and integrates the various physical systems and multiple layers of energy. I’ve taught this yoga to students and patients to help repair very recalcitrant injuries with good results, and to discover the areas where chronic imbalances reside deep within the being.

Energy Gates Wu Style Tai Chi
Saturdays, on-going
$10.00 individual class
$15.00 both classes – same day

Quiet Sitting
$10.00 a class

Sunday TAO Yoga
$25.00 a class

The White Crane Healing Arts Center is located in Broward County, Florida
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
Phone 954.721.7252
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Anti Slip Application for Stamped Concrete by National Sealing

ANTI SLIP APPLICATION - STAMPED CONCRETE - 2014-08-07 18.22.02-600 This customer in New Orleans had a large, newly installed stamped concrete deck. The deck had been sealed by the contractor which created a very slippery surface. A novice attempt was made to apply a sand-type non slip which was quickly worn down. We combine our durable coating process (vs. sealers), and our durable nano grip beads to deliver a long lasting, non slip surface.

Or coating process on average last 4-5 times longer than sealer. This is a three part formula with hardeners that results in durable, long lasting slip protection. Our process is applied by our trained professionals and is not sold. We’ve witnessed sealer processes that combine sealer with shaved plastic or ‘shark grip’ particles. This process is good – however only lasts about 6 months. The tops of the imbedded plastic wears, and you’re left with only a ‘sealed’ surface. This actually compounds the issue and actually makes the surface even more slippery. Our coating process combines small glass beads that are broadcast onto the surface and then ‘locked in’ with a top coat. The result is not only a durable coating, but a durable non slip aggregate as well.

We mobilize throughout the US as well as international applications. Currently we know of no other process that will match the durability and longevity of the coating process combined with our anti slip application.

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We market and apply a unique, clear, inorganic coating that protects a wide array of different surfaces and is one of the most durable products available today.

Journey to Paradise in Panama

By Jay Stafford

Helicopter trip from Panama City to our house in Paradise, Ocean Ridge Estates, Panama

Panama is one of the fastest growing property and investment opportunities in the world. While the real estate in Panama offers tremendous value – it is the low cost of living that really attracts people to Panama. Panama’s pristine beauty, near-perfect weather, friendly locals, world-class fishing and outdoor activities makes owning land in Panama an excellent choice.

At Ocean Ridge Estates you can truly have it all – a top quality lifestyle for a very affordable price. Contact us with any questions you have, and start finding out how you can have your very own piece of paradise.

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New All-Natural Soaps from EcoSimplista

New all-natural soaps are now in stock. Give your skin a break from harsh detergents try some great new organic scents like Activated Charcoal, Mountain Air, Lavender with Flowers, and Chocolate Cinnamon.

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We believe it is possible to live life ‘green’ regardless of one’s income or position in life.

It takes a step by step approach to transition to a less selfish, clean, sustainable lifestyle. Each step becomes its own reward. Let us all try to leave this planet, our home, cleaner than we found it for the future of all humanity.

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As Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of EcoSimplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will update and enhance your home, while bettering our world. For us home design is a combination of functionality, style and endurance, combined with a moral, social and environmental responsibility. At EcoSimplista design is about creating solutions from natural elements. EcoSimplista is here to help you to live, create, and innovate an environmentally responsible lifestyle.

 

A Travel Location – Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon today-Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon today

“THE AMERICAN WAR” IN VIETNAM

Having grown up in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States at a time when we were engaged in a military conflict in Vietnam, the Vietnam War (or as referred to in Vietnam as “The American War”) was overriding our daily lives. Whether we served in active duty in the military, we had family members serving our country, whether we were in college and excused from military service due to our college deferments, or whether we supported or protested the war, it consumed our minds and our lives every single day.

Each day did not go by that during the thirty minute evening newscasts on the major television networks, we would learn from Walter Cronkite and other network news anchors of the latest battles which had just occurred in Vietnam. We would hear of the gains and losses in territory, the number of deaths that day in lost American lives, North Vietnamese army regulars and Viet Cong soldiers. We would also witness videos of the battles, losses, atrocities committed, and the anti-war protests which were gaining in momentum at home following the 1968 TET offensive.

Following the loss of over 54,000 American servicemen and servicewomen in our military during the Vietnam engagement, many thousands of wounded soldiers and civilians, and those who remain missing in action today, it was a challenging, divisive and sad chapter of American history. Ultimately, American and Allied forces were withdrawn from South Vietnam, a peace treaty was signed in Paris in 1973, and history illustrates the eventual unification of both North and South Vietnam under the circumstances we all witnessed.

Although I did not serve in the military and was a college student during the war, I became so very aware of the country, its geography and the political and military landscape of Vietnam by watching these daily news presentations, speaking with those who had served overseas and returned home, discussing the issues with the “hawks” and “doves” of the 60’s and 70’s and listening to the protest songs of the Woodstock generation.

It was in 2012 when I had the first opportunity to extend a business trip in Macau and Hong Kong and to travel out and explore more of the region. Vietnam was always mystical to me as I had heard so much about the country and people for so many years and watched so many movies based upon the wartime experience. I felt the need and desire to connect the dots of the past to the reality of today. So, I decided to travel to Hanoi and immerse immediately myself into the former North Vietnam.

US Aircraft Wreckage - IMG_0210

US Aircraft Wreckage

Wartime poster at Lake B52 in Hanoi

Wartime poster at Lake B52 in Hanoi

War destruction in Quang Tri

War destruction in Quang Tri

I didn’t know what to expect upon arrival. How would the city look? Would there still be remnants of the war? Would there be a heavy military presence? Would the people remain resentful toward Americans and toward me personally? These were some of the first questions that I sought answers for.

How the opposing forces hid and then appeared in battle

How the opposing forces hid and then appeared in battle

Hidden soldiers

Hidden soldiers

DMZ Map

DMZ Map

This was my first of many visits to Vietnam and my first excursion was limited to three days in Hanoi and Haiphong province. During this first journey, I stayed in 4 star lodging facility located along the West Lake of Hanoi, the general location of where John McCain’s fighter jet was shot down during the war and where he was captured.

Air Force Survival Manual

Air Force Survival Manual

POW pajamas and personal items

POW pajamas and personal items

John McCain's flight suit and parachute at Hanoi Hilton

John McCain’s flight suit and parachute at Hanoi Hilton

When walking the streets of Hanoi, you do not sense or feel the presence of any war time era, nor do you sense any resentment towards yourself as an American. In fact, you are recognized as a Westerner rather than an American. The war ended over forty years ago, and the younger generation is more interested in business and development opportunities for their country than being held back into the history of war era. However, if you seek out remnants of the past, you can find them.

Hanoi Hilton

Hanoi Hilton

During my first brief visit to Hanoi, I visited the Hanoi Hilton where most of the US POW’s were held after their aircraft were downed over the North. You can see some of the prison that remains standing and also witness John McCain’s flight suit and deployed parachute which is on display there. You will also witness some framed photographs of captured US POW’s in prison with their staged smiles and expressions being very evident.

There are military museums in Hanoi which display captured US planes, tanks, helicopters and other military hardware. There is also a display of US aircraft wreckage which is presented in a court yard setting as a stoic reminder of the war time era in North Vietnam.

Captured US transport helicopter

Captured US transport helicopter

Captured US fighter jets

Captured US fighter jets

US Tank at Military Museum

US Tank at Military Museum

In a dense residential neighborhood of Hanoi is a small pond which is referred to as B52 Lake. It sits tightly within a courtyard of residential apartments located down a narrow street. When you arrive at the “lake” you immediately notice something that appears to be wreckage of a large metal object, which has rubber tires protruding from it above the water line. There is a small café nearby which reads “B52 Café.” The lake or pond is referred to as B52 Lake as it holds the wreckage of a B52 bomber which was shot down over Hanoi in or around 1972. There are propaganda posters displayed nearby which portray the military aviation battles of that day and era.

On future trips to Vietnam, I have traveled to the DMZ and to battle sites in and around Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. It was interesting to note that the international airport in Ho Chi Minh City is the former U.S. Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base. You can still see some military protective barriers and aircraft hangers which remain from the war.

Surface to Air Missle System

Surface to Air Missile System

Remnants of a B52 Bomber in a residential area of Hanoi

Remnants of a B52 Bomber in a residential area of Hanoi

Military Display of US Aircraft wreckage

Military Display of US Aircraft wreckage

At the Da Nang International Airport, works continues besides a tarmac area where work teams continue to decontaminate the soil from the remnants of Agent Orange. Da Nang Air Force Base was a staging area for deployment of Agent Orange which caused so many major medical challenges to both Americans and Vietnamese for current and future generations.

Vietnam Poster

Vietnam Poster

U.S. Helicopter on display

U.S. Helicopter on display

Tail Section of a B-52 Bomber in Hanoi

Tail Section of a B-52 Bomber in Hanoi

I ventured out to Tay Ninh province located near the Cambodian/Southern Vietnam border to witness the Cu Chi Tunnel system used by the Viet Cong during the wartime era. The shooting of AK-47 rifles by tourists on a nearby shooting range added to the realism of what this site represented. What impacted me most from a history and military reality check standpoint was taking an eight hour journey from Hue into the heart of the former Demilitarized Zone or DMZ.

Destroyed Structure in Quang Tri

Destroyed Structure in Quang Tri

Chu Chi Tunnels near Tay Ninh

Cu Chi Tunnels near Tay Ninh

Bridge over 17th Parallel

Bridge over 17th Parallel

The DMZ is located on both sides of the 17th Parallel which once separated North and South Vietnam. It was the site of many military battles and engagements, and due to the intense conflicts which occurred there, it is still unsafe to walk off of established roads and foot paths due to unexploded explosives and ordinances which remain today though out this region.
On a more recent visit with my daughter, I wanted to share some of the history of our country and what Vietnam represented to her father’s era and childhood. We traveled through the DMZ for many hours until we reached Khe Sanh near the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Khe Sanh is the site of one of the major military battles of the war between entrenched US ground forces and North Vietnamese Army Regulars who surrounded and attacked the compound for many weeks, and whose overlooking mountainside positions were targeted by US military aircraft, which combined caused countless casualties to both sides in the conflict.

Khe Sanh Military Site -IMG_0891

Khe Sanh Military Site

Khe Sanh military battle site in DMZ

Khe Sanh military battle site in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Today, Khe Sanh is a military memorial battle site located in a quiet valley. You can still observe C130 transports remaining generally where they were left at the end of the battle and war. You can observe a US military helicopter, bunker positions, a museum and even remaining bomb casings which are displayed on the ground. The surrounding mountains are becoming more covered with vegetation following war time defoliants having been sprayed upon its former thick undergrowth. Khe Sanh is a somber place to visit for veterans and civilians alike.
When you visit Vietnam today you will witness an emerging nation of new young professionals and business people as you would anywhere else in the developing world economy. The focus in Vietnam today is on tomorrow, maintaining some important ancient traditions, while also quietly recognizing its past. You will not see any military presence and you will engage people to people with many people who want to learn about you and your culture and the history of your own nation.

It is a wonderful country to visit and to explore its culture, its history, its people and its vast and beautiful scenery and surroundings.

Glenn Wichinsky
Marketing Director, Silkstar Holidays
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ha Long Bay -Vietnam-

Ha Long Bay -Vietnam-

Da Lat - Vietnam

Da Lat – Vietnam