One of my favorite speakers from WDS

a few weeks ago I went to an event in Portland called The World Domination Summit (WDS) and it was awesome. Everyone asks me what the event was about and the best response I could come up with is that its a group of people who come together to “think different”. we are all there looking for inspiration about living our best lives and not the lives that are prescribed to us. its like Burning Man for business.

here is one of my favorite speakers. this unassuming guy wanted to seriously challenge his attitude about rejection. he was charming and funny and truly inspiring!

his name is Jia Jiang and this is a must watch video!!

Jia Jiang from Chris Guillebeau on Vimeo.


Nyepi Celebration – Bali

from wikipedia:

Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.


i stayed in Jakarta for a few days in early March. these are random pictures from one afternoon.


the haircut interview

so i went to the mall today (which if you did not know is the center of the universe in the philippines. i just moved into a new hotel and the selling point for my room was that it has a view of the mall). after my morning starbucks i stopped at a place to get my haircut.

now since i had never been there before i expected some kind of interview… you know like when was your last haircut and how short would you like to go? not this haircut. never was the actual cutting of the hair discussed. the questions were:

what country are you from?
how old are you?
are you married?

surprisingly they took my answers to those questions and gave me a spiffy little cut! thanks philippines!!


getting stuck while traveling – davao, philippines

Davao City


so i’m still in davao. i’ve been here for the last week or so and i can already see how easy it is to get stuck in a place.

when i left San Francisco in search of a simpler place i had visions of beaches and hammocks and as you can see from the photo, that aint davao. but what i did find here was a few western friends who have been incredibly welcoming and have taken me out on the town a bit. a few local people who are also warm and friendly. a gym and trainer that i like to work out with. a vision of decent living in PI.

i can see already how easy it is to get stuck while looking for the right place to call home for a while. do i get a place here and make this my base for exploration? do i continue to pack my bag and explore each new place as a beginner? are friends and warm welcomes limited to this place or will i find that wherever i go? is this good enough? is any place going to be good enough? will i find that idyllic place with a beautiful beach, bikini model women, peaceful hammocks with access to blazing fast internet, epic mountain biking options, a posse of awesome friends, bright shiny nightlife opportunities, cheap and awesome cuisine? am i asking too much :) probably… but that’s what i’m looking for.

davao is on the list. sure its not that tropical island paradise i had envisioned in my dreams but i can see that with a little effort all of that is available (except maybe the food…). do i dig into a place and make it what i’m looking for or do i continue the search for the place that immediately captivates me? these are my luxury problems at the moment and yes i am in complete gratitude!

i’m leaving davao in a few days. it will be interesting to find out what thoughts my time here will provoke in me. i can definitely see coming back whether its permanent (which means 3 months tops) or if its just a trip to visit my new found friends…

more will be revealed :)


pipe the fuck down

i will not be telling people telling people here in the philippines to pipe the fuck down in order to avoid a knife in my back BUT the opportunities are endless! i sort of love this chick!!


views of the philippines : davao

view from the balcony of my hotel. the park across the street is called Peoples Park. its a beautiful place to relax and people watch. yesterday i got interviewed by some local college students who were convinced i should meet and marry a filipina!





searching for “home”

searching for home

so i’ve been in the philippines for a little over a week now and it has occurred to me that before i can start to really dig into this place i need to find a “home”. what is home? just a place where i can feel comfortable living for one to three months. i want to unpack my bag and put it away for a while. i want to stay in one place and feel what it might be like to be here for a bit. this is different from any other “vacation” since i’m not in vacation mode. i want to arrive at a place and say, “yeah… this could be me for a while”.

currently i’ve checked out Cebu City and Dumaguete neither of which really resonated with me. despite all the blogs and forums i’ve read from other expats saying they like living in either of these two places, neither has given me that “homey” feeling. I have no disillusionment that i’m in a foreign country and that home will and should feel a lot different from what i’m used to but i can say that i’m happy to be moving on tomorrow.

tomorrow i head to the souther island of mindanao and in particular davao city. will this be home? don’t know but eager to find out.



da ben der?

so i just got a “cab” from in front of my hotel and asked him to take me to a well know shopping center. he of course had no idea what i was talking about so i asked him to take me to the ferry which i think is next to where i want to go.

he asked me, “da ben der?” which i think is bad english for something but am afraid if i ask him any questions he will just drive away. so i nod and get in.

should be fun to see where i end up!


home address sir?

where is home?

I keep getting asked for my “home” address… this of course completely confuses me every single time as I don’t have a home address.

I’ve forwarded all my mail to my parents (very grateful mom and dad!) but thats not home. I’m tempted to use my old address in San Francisco but I don’t live there either. yesterday while enjoying a mango juice at the pool bar I just said “here” which of course was met with confused looks but it really is the best answer. this is home and when I get somewhere else that will be home.

home is where my suitcase is :)


[image courtesy of Jessica]