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.
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.
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 for more photos and stories from the philippines