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Byebye Dengue

Update: So, I was admitted into the hospital last Tuesday night and ended up spending 3 nights there. If you ever need any sort of medical attention in Bali, check out BIMC Hospital! Everybody speaks English and they take amazing care of you. My little plug aside, those 3 days were absolutely excruciatingly boring! Watching TV day and night, getting poked and prodded for countless blood tests and eating bland hospital food is not very fun at all. Although I suppose if you were to do any of those things, you should do it at BIMC but that’s besides the point. The point is, don’t get sick, and definitely don’t get dengue fever. And, check out Groomer Has It– it’s hilarious!

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Learn to fly

Today marks 3 weeks that I’ve been back in Bali and I think I’ve finally settled into a daily rhythm or routine. It feels good to have a sense of order and structure back in place – loose as it may be. Truth be told, even though having absolutely nothing to do feels great, it only feels great for so long. As such, I’ve decided to put pen to paper and write down a few priorities that have been floating around my head for the last while. This way, you’ll be able to hold me accountable 🙂

  • Finish my teaching course
  • Spend at least 15 minutes a day learning/reviewing Bahasa
  • Polish resume/CV
  • Work on devising a method of income (e-lance, P/T jobs etc)
  • Drink more water
Out of all these, earning a source of income is definitely the most stress inducing (no surprise there – spending $$ without any coming in isn’t very fun). I’m not sure what the best course of action is yet but I’m definitely going to keep my eyes and ears open in case an opportunity arises. Who knows, my dream job may pop out of thin air and give me a job on the spot. All I know is that I have to be ready to dive in, holding nothing back. Sort of like jumping off a cliff without a parachute…
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Life Nomadic Pt. 2

I finished Life Nomadic a few days ago and I’ve got to say, if you’re thinking about traveling at all, you must read this! Tynan does a great job at showing a whole other side of traveling, extreme as it may be. While I know I can not be a minimalist in the strictest sense, I’m going to definitely try to keep my packing to a minimal for Bali. I mean if Tynan can fit everything (plus a cot!) into a 28L backpack, I’m sure I can fit what I need into my backpack… which is slightly larger at 90L.

Also, I’ve recently learned that Tynan has downgraded even further to a 22L backpack!!! Hmmm, maybe I should think about moving to a 75L? Nahh


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Life Nomadic…

I was glancing through my friend Allen Trottier’s site when I came across a blog that he had posted the link to. The description read: Tynan with a meta tag that included phrases like ‘ignoring common sense’ and ‘want more out of your life’. Naturally I clicked and have been intrigued ever since. Tynan, who was once a professional gambler and (interestingly enough) room-mates w/ the writer of The Game, is all about living life outside of the box and encouraging you to do the same. The blog itself is quite interesting but he also offers a few pdfs for download – one of which is entitled Life Nomadic – How to travel the world for less than you pay in rent. You can choose to pay for the pdf or not – it doesn’t really matter. His mission is for you to simply read the darn thing.

So I downloaded the 157 page long pdf and started to read. I’m only on page 30 but I’ve got to say that a lot of what he has said so far resonantes with me. Maybe because I’m also in the midst of packing up my life but I feel a certain kinship to him and even found myself nodding in agreement to some of his points (dorky, I know). He does have a section on being a minimalist and I’m not sure that I have it in me to be one – those closest to me will attest that I’m a hoarder and a pack rat and come from a family of them. I don’t think I can physically ever give up all of my possessions – not that I have a lot of valuable items, just that I’ve placed a lot of sentimental (undue perhaps) feelings on many things. I just don’t think I could ever get rid of it all!

Anyways, if you want to read along with me, download Life Nomadic here. I’ll let you know what I think when I finish…

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New chapter

It’s crazy to think how different my life is now compared to 6 months ago. If you had asked me a year ago whether or not I could imagine myself where I am now, the answer would have been a very loud NO. It’s a little disconcerting because my entire life plan has been derailed… which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s simply the end of a chapter in my life… the end of a relationship, the end of a job, the end of security..

However, with every end comes a new beginning (deep I know). This new chapter includes getting my motorcycle license (!!!!), experiencing unemployment for the first time in 2+ years (a good thing), visiting China for the 1st time, renewing some relationships that have fallen by the way side and even starting new ones. In short, almost everything that once was is no more – or at least a little different.

2010 has been such a crazy and amazing year so far. I gotta admit – I’m pretty excited (and slightly nervous) to see how it will end!

And I know I took a break from blogging but I’ll try to start it up again.