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Hello blog. Its been a coons age since we’ve spoken.

I’m sitting here in my new “home base” and feel inspired to write up a little post.

Here is the quick summary… I’ve been living in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 6 months now. When we moved here from the Philippines we did a bit of condo shopping and I ended up picking one at the higher price range that was pretty stylish (upper price range here being just under $1000 / month). When we were looking though we stumbled upon a place that was a diamond in the rough… A spacious 1 bedroom with a HUGE deck. This place is full of students so the price is reasonable but the trade off is that its furnished with rock hard beds and painted a very sad shade of green. Although I could see the diamond under all this, it would have meant I would have had to commit to buying all new furniture and styling it out in a way that I could live with. Since we didn’t know if Chaing Mai was going to be a place we wanted to stay long term we passed it up.

Very quickly we fell in love with this place. Its got an amazing community. Tons of events. The food is amazing… I could go on and on. After about 3 months in our fancy condo we revisited this place and they condo we looked at was still available and they were willing to reserve it for us 3 months ahead of time so we could finish our lease!! How crazy is that!

Anyway, I’m now sitting in my new leather sofa and already loving the place. The view is amazing!! I think I will love being here. Oh and did I mention the rent is only

$287 per month :)

Yep. Not a typo! What I love love love about this place is a that price I can afford to just keep it as a “home base” while we travel around a bit more. I left the stated in order to explore and I’ve done quite a bit of that but to be honest, picking up all my possessions and dragging them somewhere new, unpacking them all, getting settled, and then doing it all over again is super tiresome. Having this place means month long trips with only a small suitcase. Where do I have in mind?? Spain, France, Hungary, Tibet all sound really nice :)

Here are picts of what you can get for less than $300 bucks a month here in Thailand:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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da ben der?

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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!

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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]

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i’m over here somewhere-ish

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Thanks for all the support!

i’m in the Philippines!! i actually made it!!

being back out traveling has been a goal of mine for the last year. after the software startup I worked on ended in March of 2012 I’ve been working my way to this point (sitting poolside in Cebu City at the moment) for the rest of the year.

the experiment begins

first there were a few experimental trips. i went to Nicaragua for 6 weeks and had a blast. i chose Nicaragua for a few reasons…

1. i had never been there or to central america in general

2. it seemed to be pretty exotic while still fairly close to home and in the same time zone

3. if being back out of the country long term again didn’t work for me again i could be back in SF in no time

i wanted to see if i could manage a dream i’ve had for a long time which was to live and work from anywhere. i figured if i could do it from nicaragua i could do it from anywhere and it was a big success. it turns out that i am completely content to plug away on my computer earning a living from a hammock. i dont need to know anyone wherever i go because i make friends with the people around me. in nicaragua i connected with the other people living in the condo complex and the staff. they invited me to join them for dinners and conversations and we shared a lot of laughs.

success!

the experiment continues

next i went to live in the mountains of colorado with an old friend of mine. each day was filled with breathtaking views and nature. i rode my mountain bike almost everyday, spent time in boulder, and reconnect with a good buddy. it was epic.

as i was driving back to san francisco i had a lot of time to think and it turns out that i did not miss SF. not that its not a great place and i’m grateful for all my friends and experiences there but i simply was never homesick. i still wanted more.

another success!

and even more experimenting to come

i got home from colorado and immediately went into action to prolong the experiment. i sold everything i owned. i let go of the beautiful loft i lived in for the last 9 years. i bought a one way ticket and now am writing this from the previously mentioned poolside in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines!

so much gratitude

i did not do this alone as i had a TON of support from friends and family. as i unfolded my plans and ideas to the people i love i got nothing but love and support back. people helped me decide where to go, helped me sell my stuff, brought me travel gifts, took me out for dinners, gave advice, let me store a few things at their houses and 1 gave me a ride to the airport and a final hug in the US!

to all of you i want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

i especially want to thank mom and dad and my sister cynthia who listened to this idea and NEVER discouraged me from doing it. in fact i have no memory of anything but complete support and encouragement. i’m a lucky guy to have such a great family :)

and now for the credits

thank you to: bob, james, carol, chris, courtney, jonathon, dave, anja, anya, melanie, dave, rachel, greg, mike, andre, joseph, quinn, nick, chris, bob, bob, everyone at hotel xalteva, ali, tyler, heidi, cheryn, benjamin, ylva, art, debra, linda, karl, heather, sean, brian, robert, and erich just to name a few.

stay tuned

stay tuned for more photos and stories from the philippines :)

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