Step Six – Flames of Providence – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Step Six – Flames of Providence – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Li Bai was hunched up, with head down and neck tucked into his shoulders as he walked through a mountain pass, for the rain was driven by the wind, and he was drenched. Suddenly he came across a patio or court yard type area, which had been hewn from the solid rock. It was worn and rutted by centuries of unshod and sandalled feet treading upon it. Straightening up and lifting his head, with his black gauze hat sodden, Li Bai saw a temple by the side of the mountain, It had a set of steep stone steps leading up to a pair of stout wooden doors. Either side of the steps there was a channel chiselled in to the rock which let the rain water run down from the steps, adding to the pool of water in which he was standing. Hoping for shelter from the weather, he climbed the steps.

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Step Five – A Little Magic – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Step Five – A Little Magic – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Dawn was just approaching when the city gates were opened. Upon entering Li Bai sought out a tavern, where he took a room. After filling his leather pouch with mu zhu, he then placed the rest of the coinage on top of his bamboo box. His other belongings he placed nearby. Then picking up his magic bottle, he went in search of a bath house. Not only to clean his body, but also to clean his soul, and apart from a bath and shower, he would make use of their back massage and nail cutting service. ‘And afterwards I will partake in a breakfast of fruit and cakes.’ he thought. When he was finished bathing and had his breakfast, he went to the market to buy provisions and to use some of his time sightseeing.

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Step Four – Throw of a Dice – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Step Four - Throw of a Dice – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

After leaving the giant and villagers, Li Bai carried on with his journey, after a few days he found himself on a hill top, looking down at a large city. Dusk was setting in, and he knew the city gates would be closed before he reached them. For there was yet a couple of hours to travel, but he was in no hurry. Had he not survived the crossing of a hostile land, underneath a blazing sun. Where if it was not for his magic bottle he wouldn’t have made it to where he now was. Three times the dragon came to his aid by breathing into the sky and making it rain. The only three times in his life that he was thankful for water.

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Step Three – The Challenge – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Step Three – The Challenge – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Li Bai had been puzzling on a thought for a few days, so taking out his magic bottle, he addressed the fenghuang. ‘I have been thinking about what you told me when we first met, but I am a little puzzled at what you said about four other creatures. You said the dragon, qilin, turtle, and you divided the world into five and you each are responsible for one part, but if there are only four of you. How can you each look after a fifth.’

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Step Two – Friendships – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Step Two – Friendships – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Li Bai had been walking all day without meeting any other wayfarers, dusk was approaching, so he decided to camp where he was for the night. Looking around, he found a small cave in the rocks, well it was more of a grotto than a cave, but it gave shelter from the wind. Taking off his backpack and placing his bamboo box next to it, along with his staff. ‘I will just have one mouthful from my magic bottle, before I gather some kindling.’ He muttered to himself. So raising the bottle he swallowed deeply.

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Introduction: The Pointless Journey – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Introduction: The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

‘What is that pretty bottle?’ asked my daughters friend, one evening last winter, whilst we were all sitting around the log fire. My daughter and her friend were enjoying a glass of shandy, lounging on the sofa, my wife was sitting opposite me in the easy chair, sipping a vodka and coke, whilst I had a dram of my favourite tipple. It was all warm and cosy there in the living room, but outside, the snow was falling fast and thick, driven by a ice cold wind that was whistling a mournful dirge.

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Chinese Baijiu Health Benefits? V.I.P Jiu 8 And Gamma-Terpinene

Chinese Baijiu Health Benefits? V.I.P Jiu 8 And Gamma-Terpinene

What is Gamma-terpinene?

Gamma-terpinene is most pertinent in citrus fruits, though it is also found in various essential oils and spices such as coriander oil, cumin oil and celery oil it is also present in grapes, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seed, ginger, pepper and tea. The primary purpose of this ingredient is to add a refreshing, spicy flavour and scent, making it popular in tea. It also has numerous health benefits.

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