Giving in to a hobby of mine, which is watch history, let me briefly introduce you to the world of watches. A lot of types of watches exist. It is impossible to name them all here. Regardless, here are a few:
-Diver’s Watch: A dive watch should have a stand-alone time measurement movement, should be luminescent, have a bracelet with an extension for the wetsuit, have a unidirectional adjustable diving bezel and be sealed for at least 100 M depth. Here’s a good reference for the top diving watches or the best dive watches under $500: http://www.rangermade.us/best-dive-watches/.
-Mono-hand Watch: It is a watch with a single hand
-Toolwatch: It is a watch that can take everything you throw at it. Whether it’s water, mud, dust, shocks, G-forces … etc. In this category we can include the tactical watches from the world-famous G-Shock line (check this resource for the top G-Shock watches), or aviation/pilot watches (read on here for some good pilot watches)
-GMT Watch: watches that bear the sign GMT. This abbreviation means Greenwich Mean Time. A GMT is a watch equipped with a movement capable to indicate a second time zone on its dial.
-Regulator Watch: A regulator is a watch with hours, minutes and seconds on separate dials.
-Alarm Watch: this is a watch equipped with an additional mechanism to ring automatically at the desired time.
-Mechanical automatic: an automatic winding watch is a mechanical watch whose rewinding is done through a mechanism that allows you to rearm the spring in the port of the watch.
-Mechanical watch with manual winding: A manually winded watch is a watch whose winding is done manually.
-Pocket Watch: the first watch ever invented was the Pocket Watch. It appeared in the 16th century. The Pocket Watch is actually a jacket or trouser pocket watch, suspended from a chain or Ribbon.
I had already spotted the G-Shock GA100-1A1 for some time, and a sudden price drop convinced me to take action (got it from Amazon). It is a great watch, but because it is black and matte, it’s not too bling-bling! At the technology level nothing special, it does what it announces, which is already not bad. It was designed – according to what I could learn – for the army, so it is ‘low visibility’, so do not be surprised by the lack of visibility at night! In summary, if you like large watches somewhat “manly” but still rather discrete (which was what I was looking for), this one is perfect.
At the pool or at work, I wear it all the time now! Even in the evening, it gives the most beautiful effect! No matter my activities, either professional or personal, sports outing or relaxing at the swimming pool, it fits in perfectly! I have no fear see it take on water, since resistance to pressure and shock is the feature that I’ve primarily looked for.
It’s got the perfect, beautiful design, entirely black with analog and digital time – I could not ask for better. This watch is really great, it really meets all my expectations. It is a watch that I recommend to all those who love the G shock watches. For a good review of the best G-shock tactical watches, head on to http://rangermade.us/best-tactical-watch/
In this watch, ruggedness meets class without the bling. At work, it gets noticed. This black screen with brushed aluminum hands can’t leave people indifferent. And the readability is faultless.
In the beginning, this watch was solely destined to accompany me on sports activities, but ended up replacing all my other watches. I wear it 24 hrs a day.
Some slight disadvantages I could find (show me a thing that doesn’t have them):
– A little too big, not easy to wear with long tight sleeves. I would like to contrast the watch with a casual shirt, but that’s no biggie.
– Not that light in the dark (I would have preferred a backlight of the digital part). That’s however a planned design, since this watch is made for the army, and you don’t want to have a very bright watch when you’re around the enemy.
Choosing the right backpack is an important decision. If you are going to travel for a long time you should choose one that is actually comfortable. If you don’t have one already, it is worth buying it new. Backpacks that sell today are far more comfortable than back in the hey day, allow a better access to their interior, are made of the better materials and are more waterproof.
Carry one or two Backpacks? There are people who like to travel with a large backpack, and a medium-sized (school type or mountain). The advantage is that you can leave the big one in your hostel and use the size medium for short trips or to visit cities. The main drawback is that when you travel you will have to carry a backpack on the back and the other in front, something that won’t allow you to do much more than walk. I usually carry a big backpack (65L) and another very small, handheld, which I always carry over with my money, cards and passport.
Size: You rarely will need a backpack more than 65-litre in capacity. Even if you’re travelling in different climates, with 65 L you should have enough space to put everything you need.
Material: Waterproof and more durable is better. If you are traveling in countries such as India, your backpack will suffer enough of wear and tear, so it has to be strong or won’t survive. Check if the rucksack has waterproof cover, it’s very useful to have it.
Comfort: backpacks with a strong structure, which does not bend and does not smother you too, normally have metal bars and a network that prevents the full contact with the back and leaves room for it to breathe. It is also important to have adjustable fasteners at the waist and chest to distribute throughout the body weight, and not to overload the back. The more ergonomic the better.
Check out the backpacks section on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/field-keywords=backpacks. For some good reviews on 3-day and handheld backpacks and arguably on the best tactical backpack, check out http://www.rangermade.us/the-best-tactical-backpack-in-2014/. If you’re into hiking and survival stuff, www.Rangermade.us is a good resource for you.
Making the case: what to wear?
Now that you have the backpack what to Pack? I would say that you first make a list of all you think you need and you eliminate some 25% of the stuff on the list, which works well for me. When we haven’t traveled in a long time, we have the feeling that we are going to need a lot of things once out there. Actually you don’t need much. When you’re traveling, you arrive in a town or village, and you’re looking for a hostel, you will appreciate greatly that you have packed light. If your backpack weighs little, you won’t bother you take some time to check more than one hostel before deciding, so you end up choosing the best and cheaper places.
Since I’m on it, I will leave a fairly logical list of what I usually carry: (you always can buy what’s needed in the destination country…)
-5 or 6 t-shirts
-1 Texans (2 in winter)
-1 sports or hiking boots
-1 long sleeve t-shirt
-1 jersey or something a little warm
-1 light towel that dries fast
-1 waterproof light IRA
-Underwear and socks
-Sweatshirts or sweaters (winter)
-Scarf, hat and gloves (winter)
-Another type of long trousers (winter)
-SOAP and shampoo
-Blade razor, aftershave and foam
-Brush and toothpaste
-Plugs for ears (almost essential if you’re going to sleep in dormitories)
-Bandages, gauze and tape, iodine, aspirin, pills for diarrhea and anti-mosquito.
-Mosquito net (useful in some countries in tropical climate)
-Some of the laundry SOAP (depends on where you go and for how long)
-The phone and its charger
-The camera and your charger
-A book, a notebook and some pens
-Knife (not in the tote bag if you’re flying, clear…)
-A small summer sleeping bag or silk cover (useful in some countries)
-A padlock and a couple of good smaller ones: useful in some countries to close your room without fear that anyone has a copy of the key, as well as to close some zippers on long journeys by train or bus.
-A cover for Backpack: can be useful to be sure, moreover, that nobody will open any pocket during long trips.
-A small rope: can be used to hang the mosquito net or your clothes.
-Passport and some copies of the same (or digital photos)
-Two or three credit and/or debit card
-International Driving license (in case you want to rent a car)
-Some pocket money (30 or 40 dollars to pay for visas or setbacks)
-International Immunization record
And that’s my list. Add your own thoughts in the comments!
Here’s the story of a young man from Romania who tells the story about how he got rid of gall stones, not just the ones visible with ultrasound in his gall bladder, but also many more from his liver. As it turns out, this is a condition that affects all of us. The reference to the ‘Formula AS’ magazine mentioned in the article may be of little use to the English-speaking reader, but the Andreas Moritz book is a great resource and actually available in pdf format if you search for it.
Here’s the story.
First, I will tell you how I came to discover what no doctor will ever tell you. During a medical check required by the company I work for every year, a doctor recommended me to have an abdominal ultrasound scan done. I decided to get it done the same day, as there was no harm in it. They had taken me blood and I was famished anyway. Only, I was totally taken by surprise when the doctor told me I had the stones.
-I Beg Your Pardon?
-Yes, two 13mm stones in your gallbladder. He also told me sort of amused that I needed to have surgery and have my bladder removed.
You might imagine, from the bored young man that I was, whining because I had to give my time and blood for the company, all of a sudden my boredom was removed and I became a very vivacious young man. I was really taken by surprise.
-Why? Me? Surgery? But I’m a healthy dude…
Once the initial shock was gone, after I consulted all the physicians that I could find, and after I took three more ultrasound tests, I finally accepted the situation.
Was I going to have surgery? No way! I started looking on the internet for alternative methods for the removal of bladder stones. “I will drink every distasteful potion I can find, but will never have surgery,” I vowed to myself.
I searched for a week through the website of the magazine that all housewives in Romania read, I mean ‘Formula As’ (formula-as.ro). Eventually I found a natural method by Valeriu Popa in the number 379 of the magazine. Oh, how long it took me to find! Everyone was thanking on that page for getting rid of the stones without surgery, but no one was sharing the recipe. Eventually I found it. In short, one had to drink oil with lemon juice and apply warmth to the bladder area. The cure sounded alright to me, but I still kept looking. I found that in ancient Greece they cured stones with olive oil and lemon juice. The Greeks were eliminating some green stones and also cured other diseases in the process. I scoured the entire Internet, the whole of Youtube. I saw many outrageous things, from recordings of laparoscopic surgery, to guys filmed by their wives while they were keeping diets and cures, to experts in gall stones.
Eventually, on Youtube I came across an interview in English with a guy, an American, who had a show on TV about 15 years ago. What I liked about him, was that he looked serious and with common sense. I mean, the man just seemed very well documented. At the same time he showed slideshows and he seemed logical in everything that he said. I learned a lot of new information about the liver and gall bladder. He said the stones actually are in the liver, are invisible to ultrasound scans, and then they fall into the bladder. He said that we have thousands of such stones in our liver and that these become a bottleneck and the source of all disease, because the liver can no longer remove toxins, which are stored in other organs. The guy seemed very well documented. Anyway, what was of interest to me, was that he seemed to know how to pull the stones out of the gall bladder painlessly, and had experimented the method on many people and even wrote a book. So I searched for the book, I read it and I realized that it’s the same cure that I had seen in Romania, on the ‘Formula As’ site, but the guy was also using a substance that dilates the channels, so that the stones go out easily. The substance was bitter-salt, or magnesium sulphate.
Then followed weeks of research, plans for emergency surgery in case something went wrong, etc. I tried to discuss with doctors, but all were categorical – nothing but surgery. When I said that I had seen something on the Internet, they got angry at me. They scared me away and warned not to try a cure like that, because a lot of terrible things could happen to me (from getting yellow jaundice, to emergency surgery with 10 centimeter incisions, and more). The conclusion was, if something went wrong, I had up to 3 days and then I was bound to have surgery.
Well, I thought, I had to eventually have surgery anyway. So, I crossed myself and prayed to God, fasted for one day, then drank that bitter salt and oil. After I drank the oil I did not feel too good. I had no pain, but it was a bad feeling, nausea from the oil. That lasted until I eliminated all the stones. After that I felt like a new-born baby. I had so much energy, I felt I could fly. I thought, that was a sign I had eliminated the bad from inside me. I mentioned already that I had two stones of 13 millimeters. Well, to my surprise, I eliminated not two, nor three, but some 50 greenish stones with sizes between 13 and 15 millimeters and another couple hundred tinier ones.
Of course, the next day I had an ultrasound scan, to see if there was any stone blocked somewhere. Everything was in order, only the liver had shrunk in size by some 3 centimeters. The next day, I started feeling even better, and be much livelier, to think much more clearly, and have more energy overall.
So, I tested and proved it on myself that we actually have the liver clogged with a bunch of cholesterol stones and we function at half capacity all the time. In the next article I will give more information about the liver, and then the cure. I am posting it up on the Internet, so it can be found by anyone who needs it.
For more information: Formula AS No. 379 or the book “The Amazing Liver Cleanse”-author Andreas Moritz.