I decided to create a podcast on what’s happening in the life of Arsenio Buck in Bangkok, Thailand. Here’s a rundown of today’s topics in short and what’s been happening since my “Wheel of Life” podcast.
I pre-booked some spots in my schedule for next years traveling because, of course, I need to have traveling + Spartan competitions, and traveling just for the sake of seeing wonderful countries.
Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan are both an 80% go at this point, unless withdrawals happen because my lack of depositing into a developing relationship. Honestly, some of you are probably thinking now, “omg! Those countries? Why?” Well, I’ve always wanted to travel to Central Asia because I believe like Georgia and Azerbaijan, its the best kept secret. I’ve seen how open-minded just about everyone is there just being online and how friendly they are and willing to meet. My heart is telling me to go there; and on top of that, I have a brilliant friend who’s urging me to visit. So, expect a April landfall, podcasts, and crazy blogs + videos coming up during that time.
Cairo, Egypt….yes, yes, YES! I went on a day trip when I was in the Maldives to one of the islands in proximity to Hulhumale, and on that boat trip on over…I locked eyes with a specimen. A gorgeous specimen, but she gave me an unresponsive stare. However, when we got to the island, she unwittingly grabbed my empty glass and placed it on a plate that the concierge was collecting. I said, “omg, thank you!” It was the sweetest gesture ever. 10 minutes later – her, myself, and her friend were chatting it up, under the sun, in the most gorgeous, turquoise waters ever. She’s a soon-to-be dentist and he’s a soon-to-be engineer. They said Egypt, especially Cairo, is AMAZING! And that I should visit. They also told me that September was the perfect month to visit, too. Therefore, September is when I will set air (not set sail) to Cairo!
With those two massive trips looming in the New Year, I still need to fit in America, and my short Spartan holidays (Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and possibly Melbourne, Australia if my friend becomes a friend again between now and February). It’s an action packed year approaching!
Boy! I listened for probably 30 minutes last night and about 30 minutes this morning. The keys and things he said in the podcasts I listened to relate so much to my podcast in general. For instance, there was a girl talking about, “I’m not thinking so much of the present right now because our business is losing money…I’m thinking more of the future.” This struck me because just a few days ago I was pretty down on my podcast plays before I made a podcast + blog about not giving up. Within 24 hours, I got the best back-to-back day in my podcast history in terms of plays with countries such as China, Mauritius, Hungary, Uganda and others coming on strong. The thing is you’re going to encounter a lot of setbacks, but those setbacks are needed for the process called “growth.” Never forget that.
Two Days Ago & Dealing With Ignorance
Wednesday was a head scratching day. It first started with going into a 7-11. There was a man standing just a few steps back behind the counter. I, unknowingly, stepped in. After that, this same man took four giant steps back into the middle of the aisle, standing there with a blank look on his face. What my historical self would’ve said would be something around the lines of, “oh, you’re acting like an asshole. I didn’t know you were in line. Come up here? You don’t want to go?” However, I invited him to come before me and he still had a blank look on his face. I won’t fight with ignorance, so I decided to just pay and go. I win, he loses. Done.
However, later on that evening I had some students laugh and make fun of the Vegas massacre. Ignorance like that cannot be tolerated, and it often happens here in Thailand, unfortunately. The lack of sympathy, empathy, compassion and heart runs real deep within 90% of the beings here. I erupted and some of the other teachers in nearby classrooms heard the commotion. I said, “do you think that’s funny? 59 people dying is funny to you?” One shrugged her shoulders and I went on a rant, threw some paper at them and that will be the last time ever facing those individuals again. Now, of course I’ve been reading so much on dealing with people, but that’s a whole different level of ignorance that can only be handled by fury.
Inhale……..exhale. Everything is perfectly fine. I feel that the situation last night had to occur for a reason. My guess is something, or someone, is trying to emerge in that time-frame. It took a comment from a few individuals for me to say, “find someone else to deal with your ignorance.” These things happen, people. Despite my reaction and them, words and pettiness comes and goes a dime a dozen with no value whatsoever. State what you have to say, and when you say it…know the ramifications of what might happen. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for having yet another opportunity to teach and speak in this country filled with opportunities. See, you can change your state-of-mind pretty quick, if you want to.