I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT .. http://babakaps.net .. TO SEE MY OTHER WEBSITE.

Monday, 4 September 2017

SEP 4, 17 .. ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA .. THE TEMPLE MUSEUM OF CHOIJIN LAMA


The first two photos below show one of the more famous scenic views in all of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

Each photo was taken from outside of The Temple Museum of Choijin Lama. This museum is also, and more commonly known as, The Choijin Lama Museum.  These two photos show part of the museum in the foreground and The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower in the background.


I have been looking at, and photographing, and 'oogling' over, this magnificent scene for better than two years.



The below photo shows the proper and the official name of the museum.



Immediately to the West of the museum is Millie's Espresso.. Thanks to Gullible, Millie's has become one of my favorite restaurants in Ulaanbaatar.




The Veranda, another of my favorite restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, is also immediately to the West of the Choijin Lama Museum.




When I dine at The Veranda, I like to sit outdoors and look across at the Choijin Lama Museum from my table.




Why have I mentioned these two favorite restaurants of mine? 

Because I have been dining at them, and photographing the Choijin Lama Museum from the exterior, for over two years and, until three weeks ago, I had never ever once entered the museum.

Then, one sunny day, I suddenly, on the spur-of-the-moment, decided to explore the museum and its temples and grounds. Being a sunny day was a huge part of my decision. We had a very wet, rainy and overcast month of August.

Below are several other photos that I snapped from outside of the museum.




Below is a photo showing the wall that completely surrounds the museum. The below photo also gives you an idea of the size of the museum grounds.


"The time has come the Walrus said to enter The Temple Museum of Choijin Lama."

In the next two photos below, we are approaching the entrance to the museum.

If you look closely at the left side of the first photo below, in the far background, you can see Millie's.



When I entered the museum, I happily paid the 8,000 Mongolian Tug (U.S. $3.28) entrance fee. The admission clerk could not make the proper change for me. Finally they were able to do so. Come on kind and gentle folks, get your act together. Oh yes, I did get a small, free postcard. I did NOT get any other information about the museum however.

IF you want to snap so much as one single interior photograph inside of one temple the charge is 50,000 Mongolian Tug (U.S. $ 20.49). If you do pay this ridiculous and, in my opinion, exorbitant fee. you can take interior photos in five temples. This was a real turn off for me and I did not pay his 'photo fee'.

We are now inside the museum grounds. I am not going to say much about the below photos because I feel that they speak-for-themselves. 



Yet a third manner in which they name the museum.


A very modest Buddhist Prayer Wheel. Unlike many, if not most visitors to Buddhist venues, I never just idly turn them as a matter of course. I turn them slowly with reverence.



Ahead is the major temple.




Exterior views looking to the sides of the above temple.






Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. 

I absolutely love these next four photos taken from within the museum grounds with The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower in the background.






More small temples. Five of the temples were open to be entered. Yes you could enter them but you were not 'allowed' to snap photographs. I did not think seriously about attempting to sneak a photo or two.










The time has come to leave the museum grounds.





Am I happy I visited The Choijin Lama Temple Museum? YES. Am I thrilled I went? YES. Was it wonderful? YES.

For me it was a REAL .. Ah-h-h-h-h .. At last .. I have seen the museum from the inside out.

Smiling .. Cap

Friday, 1 September 2017

SEP 1, 17 .. MEDICAL SUMMARY.. MY LEFT KIDNEY..

Today, Friday, September 1st at 2PM, Patti and I met with my doctor here at the Mayo Clinic.

Basically my Mayo doctor agreed with my Mongolian doctor with regard to there being a 'mass' in my left kidney.

He gave us a very thorough run-down about his findings and concluded that..

In his medical opinion, we should do absolutely nothing at this point in time. The 'mass' in my left kidney is a cyst that contains primarily water. There is about a 1% chance of the cyst being malignant. If we were to do a biopsy, the risk of complications being 12% far outweighs any benefits.

He asked me to return in 6-months for further evaluation. 

I have total trust in the Mayo medical team.

Sign us as being extremely relieved. 

I am not willing to say that this was much-ado-about-nothing. I am extremely pleased that I took this seriously and now have an idea of what I am dealing with.

Patti and Cap

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

AUG 30, 17 .. SAFE IN MINNESOTA..

If a woman could remember all of her pregnancy, and the birth of her child, and the issues of rearing the child, totally and accurately, there would be more 1 child families.

But most, certainly not all because there are indeed 1 child families, do not recall the process with enough force to say to herself, "No I am not going to go through THAT again."


If I, your Captain, could remember all of the process that is involved to travel back and forth from Asia to the United States, I might think twice about undertaking another trip.


Patti and I are now safely here in Rochester, Minnesota, ready to find out what the doctors at the Mayo Clinic think about my doctor's findings in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, about a possible tumor in my left kidney.


I successfully made the flight from Hong Kong to Seattle, Washington. Patti and I successfully found one another in the Seattle airport and flew together from Seattle to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tiger Tom drove our GMC Suburban from Detroit to Minneapolis and we successfully met up at the Minneapolis St Paul airport. We stayed in Motel '6'. And this morning we drove down to Rochester, Minnesota and found our Super 8 Motel here.


And I am just about dead-on-my-feet as is Patti from all of her work to get all of the above travel arrangements in place.


Now I am not able to sign into my Dot.net website so Google Blogspot is bailing me out.


This will be the Big IT for now.


As I said, I am one step past total exhaustion.


Smiles from Cap and From Patti. 





Sunday, 27 August 2017

AUG 27, 17 .. HONG KONG STORM PAKHAR..

A severe monsoon rain storm or typhoon came through Hong Kong today, Sunday the 27th of August. When I was up at 2:30am the rain had started. By sunrise the city was basically 'shut down'. The storm, named Pakhar, was given a very high Tropical Cyclone Rating of T-8. T-10 is the highest storm rating in this area.

Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar wreaked havoc at the airport.

  42 Incoming flights were aborted.
206 Flights were cancelled.
471 Flights were delayed.

All bus service was stopped. Residents were told to stay home and avoid going out.

I stayed the day at the YMCA but I did venture out about 5pm in the late afternoon when the storm rating was lowered to T-3.

My reward was to get absolutely drenched by torrential rains. When I stepped out of the YMCA it was only a heavy mist. Safe for me to take a walk. Within five minutes the skies opened-up and the winds again swept through the city and sheets of rain drenched everyone outside, umbrella or not, the wind made sure we all got very wet.

I did enjoy a very nice meal at Dan Ryan's fancy restaurant at Harbor City.

"What's that you ask me 'Zilla?" .. 
"Why is this Post over here on blogspot?" .. 
"I am not able to access Dot.net so it was this or nothing."

I won't comment further (my mind is thinking something like THIS IS nothing Captain).

I fly to Seattle this upcoming Tuesday (the day after tomorrow).

Still Smiling .. Cap

Thursday, 17 August 2017

AUG 17, 17 .. FROM ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA WITH LOVE..

In all of this wonderful world, the below scene, here in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is easily one of my very favorite views.


In these first two photos, you are looking at..

In the left background, you see The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower.

In the near foreground, you see the tops of several very historic Mongolian buildings in the Choijin Lama Museum, located in the very heart of downtown Ulaanbaatar.



Below I am showing a few photos of each of the above two main features.

Exactly like the Taj Mahal in India, every time I get near The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower, it whispers to me..

"Dad! Take my photo." .. "Thank You Dad."


"Dad, snap another photo please."


Below are a few photos of the tops of the buildings in the Choijin Lama Museum. 

To attempt to orient you to the next photos below.. 

The first two photos at the beginning of this Post, were taken facing the Choijin Museum from the right.


In these three photos, The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower is behind me and to my left.




Now to the REST OF THE STORY.


When I am hungry for a real tuna sandwich at one of my favorite restaurants in all of Ulaanbaatar, where the owner immediately comes over and sits down at my table to visit, and to eat his own lunch.. I head straight for.

MILLIE'S ESPRESSO. 



As I walk to, and return from, Millie's Espresso, I pass the above scenes of The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower and The Choijin Lama Museum.

Often I snap a few photos of what I have just shown you above.



To enter Millie's, you first enter the below very pleasant Art Gallery and then turn to your right.



In the below photo, do you see the lady smiling at me and posing for her photo in the center left? There is no missing her interest and pleasure. Do you suppose we know one another?



Looking back towards the entrance at Millie's Espresso. The above lady's back is now facing us.



"What's to eat Captain?" 

"A tuna sandwich with a nice salad instead of french fries?"




I love their motto.

We Don't Serve Fast Food
We Serve Fresh, Wholesome Food
As Fast As We Can




Daniel. An owner. A friend.

As he sat down at my table to join me..

The first words out of his mouth were.

"I thought you were coming back to U.B. last winter."



Need I say that we two had a long, very pleasant visit. Daniel then told me that another friend of ours from Switzerland, also a senior citizen, himself had a hip replacement recently. We got him on the phone and his was arthritis relief motivated. I hope to see him before I leave Ulaanbaatar on the 24th of August.

There sure is a lot of joy in this world isn't there?

"Captain?" .. "Yes?" .. "You manufacture joy Captain." .. "Thanks For That Gift My Mind."

Oh yes Patti was on the phone with us several times.

Smiling from ear-to-ear.

Cap

And?.. 

Now..

THE REST OF THE STORY

In November 2015, Gullible and Patti and I visited Ulaanbaatar together. 

Gullible, who had never been here kept saying to me..

"Cap! Trip Advisor highly recommends a restaurant here in Ulaanbaatar called Millie's. I would like us to go there Cap."

We never went to Millie's back in November of 2015.

For one thing, we were swamped with things to do that stood in our way. For another thing, I, the driver of our bus, had never ever heard of Millie's, had no idea of where Millie's might be let alone how to get to Millie's and did not have a clue as to what in the heck Trip Advisor was. 

I did not have / nor could I take the time to research this Millie's issue.

Out of my deep respect for Gullible, when four months later, I returned back to Ulaanbaatar in March of 2016, I educated myself about Trip Advisor and I found Millie's.

Both, Trip Advisor and Millie's have become part-of-my-life.

Thank You Gullible for these gifts.

Cap