Ramble of Positivity: 5th Anniversary In Thailand

It’s been an unbelievable 5 years.  Wow, how can I even put it into context. I will try highlighting this through pictures.

First Three Years

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You understand where my focus was, right? 2013-2015 were the rough years with lots of racial influences, advertisements, and me focusing on “what I didn’t want.” I had a woman from Thai Airways threaten my life, stating that she would get dangerous people to kick my face in.  I got the “ewww black man! Low-class! Pimp!” comments from lots of women.  I was denied jobs for being black.  My language center (New Education World if you must know the name) denied me dozens of jobs stating, “ohhh, they want a white teacher.”  All of these culminated for three years (and even well into this year after cutting off the unknowledgeable job)…..until the beginning of 2016.

Then this happened…..

Last Two Years

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And just like that, within two years time, I was able to overcome all of the ignorance — ignorance that I saturated myself in.  Let’s look back at the years that transformed me into the influential figure I am.  It’s time for the ramble!

My first photo, which was taken at a night safari deep in some forest in Bali, is possibly the best trip I’ve ever had in my life.  Bali, an alluring island that’s tucked away in the bottom of Indonesia, was one of those chips that changed me as a human being.  It should’ve been the trip that made me quit my current job, but it never crossed my mind.  This island is inhabited with white sandy beaches, quiet beachside fronts, jungles, monkeys, and a rich history.  The indigenous people there are full of smiles, big round eyes, and possess such a wonderful heart.

The second Spartan Race, which took place in Chon Buri, Thailand, was a memorable WALK.  I’m kidding.  However, I’m not kidding about it just being a long walk.  Regardless of laziness and the willingness to push yourself, this was one of my favorite runs because the amount of smiles and people pushing each other.

Maldives.  I’m laughing while writing this because this was a country that featured no currency.  That’s right.  I went there with Thai currency, only to be turned away and had no means of getting any currency while I was there.  Until I was met with the most incredible gesture anyone has ever given me.  This trip, which could’ve been a hell of a lot better, taught me a lot about myself in general.

Ho Chi Mihn City – the city of beautiful souls.  Well, not all.  I got cussed out roadside by a Vietnamese boy who was soliciting me for services *curling eyes*.  Going inside the remnants war museum and seeing the pure destruction the USA Army unleashed upon all Vietnamese crippled me inside.  Not only that, but it made me realize how strong-willed the Vietnamese are.

First Spartan Race in Malaysia (and the one just two weeks ago) were FUN! Wait, I’ll take that back. The first Spartan race SUCKED.  Ok, yes….it was near public transportation (versus the last one that was in the middle of a damn jungle), but there weren’t comedians or anyone cheering each other on – on the course.  Get what I’m saying? But a Sprint and Super have been achieved.  It’s time for the BEAST!

Moving into my new condo and leaving a place that was killing my insides…was a monumental feature.  I believe I brought all the pain from the beginning of the years to my last job and it held me down.  I took the leap of faith, left, and I could finally breathe again.

Anyways, enough of that.  How about checking some things off my list! Sheraton Hotel, which is a five-star hotel in KL, was put on my 101 goals list in 2015 — ACHIEVED! It wasn’t the only one to join the “checking” list with several others being highlighted.

And last but not least, the trip back to Arizona — a place I haven’t been in years.  I competed in a Tough Mudder after fighting off food poisoning (courtesy of Singapore Airlines – Thank You!).

All in all, when I was looking in my camera roll on my iPhone, I began to tear up.  How was I able to overcome all of it?

Personal development, of course.  5 years in Thailand and I still go through the craziness of it all.  So, I want to just say THANK YOU to no only my loyal followers and supporters, but the fact that I never gave up.

Darren Hardy: Disassociations, Limited Associations & Expanded Associations

I had to weed out some people in my life who aren’t trying to cultivate the right mindset.  I can’t be around complainers.  This is why I ended up getting scrutinized at work because I was no longer part of the “ain’t it awful” club, which is the older Gen X and B men who literally sit in a circle and complain about the country’s woes.

This was the beginning.  When I started removing the garbage from my life, I had so much more time to focus on the good.  Remember the conversation I had on my podcast when I told you about a particular individual (the snake who tried getting me fired 2 years ago)?  Yeah, finished work at 5pm and left with him back to the other side of town.  The amount of bitching he did for the ensuing 45 minutes made me feel so horrible about life, yet he had a girlfriend was was less than half his age and he was also anglo.  I needed to draw the line once and for all, and when I did just that, everyone began ignoring me.  Shit.  Happens.

Another individual I have to mention is the “apparent best friend” who decided to get into a relationship before I bolted to America.  This individual got so angry at me that she stopped talking to me.  This was mid-October – and later – I had yet another one of those difficult Thailand moments that she wasn’t there to support me and guide me through because of her ego.

I told myself, “it was first October 2014 when she rarely spoke to me.  Now it’s October of 2017? She has failed to come through again? She’s off the list.”

I cancelled my ticket based off instinct.  Days later I got removed from a terrible company and threatened by someone who has never liked me to this date.  Did she shove her personal wants aside to encourage me through the dark clouds? Absolutely not.

I’m quick to remove people.  If I feel someone no longer serves a purpose or becomes very bitchy, I’m done.  You need to also put up those boundaries.

Limited Associations

Gary Vee spoke about this recently.  If it’s very difficult to just remove someone in the entire form, just reduce the amount of time you spend with them.

You have your three minute, three hour, three day, and vacation type of people.

It’s hard for me to go into the teachers room with teachers in there because those are three-second beings (lol).  Look at the three minute people in your life.  When does the conversation go completely south? Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and you wanted to kill them by it’s end? Because they’re not a vacation type of person!

Expanded Associations

Reach out to the people who have or influence you in different ways.  A great example of this would be investor/influencer that I workout with.  She’s an amazing person.  Yes, she’s Thai — and her husband is — too.  However, being around them just makes me so incredibly happy and inspired.  Seeing her successful FB photos of her being in Bali inspires me like crazy.  Another girl, by the name of Praew, has some of the highest energy I’ve seen in five years living here.  I would love to go out with her to a lounge and talk business.  Look for people who have those “attractive” personal qualities.  Join organizations, businesses, health clubs (such as what I joined to meet the above people) and be around these people who can ultimately be mentors.

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Friends & Family Goals For 2018

I literally have my best friend in New York and a good friend in Australia.  The others come and go as they will…more labeled as acquaintances.  2017 was a rough year.  There were days of emotional turmoil and even a three-day-period when I fell under a trance of melancholy.  Not good.  I pushed for dead-end relationships and that’s what needs to be cleaned up going into the latter stages of the year.  Sure, I met two friends (before one vanished) and I still have one that’s up and running.  In terms of meeting people around Bangkok, I think it will happen in due time, but I’m preparing for that massive change now.

Family

Yikes! What a disaster of a category this is.  Haha! A brother who has always hated me (thank you), two sisters who don’t speak to me (typical), a mother who has never tried calling me in the last five years of living here in Thailand (why so serious?), and an entire family that’s completely jealous of what I’m doing with my life.  However, they can do the same thing.

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Terry Crews’ Section In Tribe of Mentors Struck A Nerve

Voluntary Relationships

Terry Crews, in his excerpt in Tim Ferris’ ‘Tribe of Mentors, said something that really struck me.  He said all his relationships must be voluntary.  If his wife wanted to leave him, so be it.  Grandparents and family members suddenly don’t want to call him anymore, ok.  However, he said the same thing should work for him, too.  If he doesn’t want to be friends with someone anymore, that’s how it should be with no equivocations.

After last year and seeing how so many people have come and gone, I knew I prolonged the inevitable with a handful of relationships.  One girl, who said ‘yes’ to our dating, didn’t even want to date to begin with? But she felt obligated to say ‘yes’ because she didn’t want to destroy the relationship we had before.  That’s something I don’t want the other individual to feel.  Don’t say ‘yes’ because you’re afraid of the future; rather than just living in a day-tight compartment.

Another one is the complete break-up and fallout of what was one of my close friends.  After visiting America and establishing an 11-year relationship, the bond felt damn near impenetrable.  With my own money, I booked another flight to America.  However, leading into the latter months of the year, I saw potential danger – danger in terms of her getting into a relationship and that two-week vacation having the potential of being a catastrophe.  With my money, I cancelled the trip.  It’s my money.  Voluntarily cancelled the trip…so the other party should not be mad – period.

I was wrong.  Not only was the other party mad, but it was a friendship ender.  It’s funny because yes, we see the true colors of individuals through hard-times.  On top of that, it goes to show you how selfish some human beings can be.  If I had a gut-feeling about not traveling to America at the end of the year, so be it.  Who’s money did I blow? On the other hand, because I made it a life-lesson to my listeners around the world, I was told “it’s a damn shame you put it on social media.”  And what does social media have to do with the origin of the problem?

Fast-forwarding to one of the most difficult months of my life just two months ago when I was banished from a company due to racial discrimination, she wasn’t there – just like she wasn’t there in the darkest month of my life in 2014.  So, the voluntary approach to this is that was strike number three.  Because the ego of you and you in search of your prince charming, the friendship is no more.

Another notable story is a student who attended the University of Sydney to become an epidemiologist.  This student would ask me grammatical questions for a year.  Did I answer them? Sure.  When I needed some translations, she helped.  When I needed to talk to her, she was gone.  Literally – she vanished and I never heard from her again.

This then brings me to the story of the extremely-odd-and-bizarre-individual whom I met a few days ago who said, “why don’t you have any friends?”

Well……

I held my tongue.  I didn’t need to explain.  From the beginning of 2009 to the madness that happened last year.  Friends.  What a term, right?

This is why when I believe a friendship is going sour, I end it.  If someone is pleading to make things amend or salvage what little may be left, I have flashbacks of what my ex-girlfriend did almost a decade ago.  I tried resuscitating something that was completely dead.  She didn’t let me.  She then started to say, “stop calling me!”  When that happened, I realized I fell to “wackest” and most pathetic form of a man possible.  When you have to plead for a friendship, it’s already dead.

Terry Crews went on to say that he always imagines his grandchildren.  What they would be saying to him in present time? One example was, “Grandpa, you shouldn’t do this, or you need to leave these people alone because we will be affected negatively, or worse, we won’t exist.”

Think about it next time when you’re around that “grimey” group of people.  Think about what your grandchildren might be saying.

What we go through in our life is always just part of the process.  Learn from those mistakes and look for those “hairs” of people who will make a profound difference in your life.

Wheel of Life: Merry Christmas! The Most Successful Year of My Life!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD!

Yes, did it in caps because it’s a big deal.

Guys and gals, Christmas is celebrated in some cultures as a religious holiday, but I celebrate it as a day to live, love, and laugh.  I don’t go to church, nor do I have a religion.  My religion is universal (like the universe) unity.  I try to spread as much love into the atmosphere as possible…..so for those of you with different customs, cultures, creed and other things, don’t let people say to you, “you can’t celebrate Christmas because it’s a Christian holiday.”  No, it’s a holiday at the end of the year whereas you can look back and enjoy how much you’ve progressed.

This year has been a year of change, progression, obstacles, and unbelievable rewards.  If I talk about countries I’ve traveled to, it’s been the biggest success in my life.  Personal development has definitely been the best EVER.  Career, although with the current blockage going on for the next couple of weeks, has been on the rise.  How so? Because life doesn’t revolve just around a primary job.  My podcast, YouTube, speaking, writing, etc., has gone up significantly.  Better yet, let me just break down each one by category.

Career – 9.5

I think the majority of this came at around May when I began to rebel against the primary “job.”  I felt that the job had gone stagnant.  It was the same thing happening over and over.  Same bs wage while the upper folks make hundreds of thousands/millions of baht….so then I got a phone call.  That “thing” was accepted, that lead to two projects, that’s leading to two massive projects in back-to-back months (February).  Just get this – everyone.  If I hadn’t accept that job on the weekend, I wouldn’t have gotten all these opportunities to begin with.  That moment they told me they had someone of power….I hurried to say, “ok.”  I accepted it, and I had to battle with this lose-ended, primary job (pretty much finished) to keep it.  That lead to three massive projects throughout the year that lead me to million baht earners.

Enough with that.  Podcast? I think over 100 countries listened to me worldwide.  YouTube? So many countries tune into my videos around the world.  Book? Twitter? Instagram? Interviewing people all over America? CHECKS ALL AROUND!

Hobbies & Fun – 8.5

It wasn’t even the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race (2x), and going to Maldives that made this an 8.5, but it was more of the decision that I made just a few weeks ago, cancelling a morning class to be around entrepreneurs and great people. I’ve been neglecting “fun” in my diet for so long.  I would work 9 hours on Saturday and Sunday, but ultimately make the same wage for the last four years? I mean I had no idea I can work two hours in Bangkok and make the same wage in 2 there compared to 9 in the outskirts.  So, now that my time is free(ing) up, and now that I’m preparing for my new life, I’m definitely going to incorporate “fun” into my life next year on a routine basis.  Now, does that mean going out? Nope. I hate going out unless it’s a business meeting and socializing to make connections.  I’m talking about meeting likeminded people and having time to myself and for my my projects.  No more 8-11 hour days on garbage wages.  It’s time for 2-4 hour days and have the rest of the day to do big things.  Nonetheless, It’s beginning to happen!

Wealth – 9.5

Look, I was able to to go back to America, travel to Sedona, layovers in Korea, Singapore and Japan, Maldives, Malaysia, do two Spartan races while staying at the Sheraton for the first time in my life.  These are massive accomplishments; and with all of with being stated, I still have the most saved up at the end of the year at any point in my life.

Yes, Crypto currency is what I’m going to start looking into to top off the year (so I have extra money on the side), but the wealth will come when I start looking.  Well, that has come and gone.  Why?  I realized that I can get paid 450% more per hour working in Bangkok then my current job.  I want to make more money in less time.  If I can work two-hours a day, amassing a total of a nine-hour work day at my present job, it’s time to go!

Big ideas, projects, jobs, and places to grow is coming up!

Personal Development – 9.5

Dale Carnegie’s ‘How To Stop Worrying & Start Living’ helped the HELL out of me this year.  I’m going to tell you why.  If I think about the current job situation going on – the company having a ‘secret santa’ without me, although they employ some of the most malicious teachers….what’s the worse that can happen? They fire me, and then my work permit automatically cancels and I can begin the new life at the beginning of the year.  That worse case scenario is a golden case scenario.

Physical Environment – 9.0

Because I was able to take the risk of be ostricized at my present workplace, I was rewarded with three massive projects, two unique students, and the teaching of millionaires.  This is what made my physical environment skyrocket.  The things that happened the way they did were suppose to happen.  Because they did, I decided to move to a very gorgeous area of Bangkok.  If I can just sit here and close my eyes, envisioning how it would be spending Christmas at my old condo, I would be depressed.  Same neighborhood, same people, same lifestyle.  Enough was enough…and now I just went running down these gorgeous streets where everyone was smiling.  It’s out there, people.  You just have to search for it.

Health – 8.5

Tough Mudder in Phoenix, Spartan Super in Malaysia, Spartan Sprint in Chon Buri, Thailand.  My body has transformed, I workout at the best gym ever and I’m around a supporting cast of people, and now that I’m living in my new place, I cook more often because I have an AMAZING kitchen.

Family & Friends – 4

This category took a massive hit.  From a best friend completely disappearing on me after cancelling my trip, to two individuals who I thought were developing friends vanishing.  What to do in the new year? In the podcast. 

Romantic Relationships – X

Although I did have a couple of opportunities this year to make something happened, it ultimately failed on me.  Funny stories in the podcast down below!

 

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Was Not Going Back Home Suppose To Happen? How The Universe Truly Works

Late October

Told my friend that I had an ominous feeling about going to America.  Without consulting her, I took the matter into my own hands and trusted my gut-feeling, cancelling the trip and throwing our 11 year relationship into disarray.

November 16th-18th

I received an email from a coordinator regarding my removal from a company where I taught.  I was completely confused by the ordeal, and my students were the one that ultimately suffered the most because of personal preferences.

Later realized that the excuses to my removal were controversial.  I began to believe that I was the epicenter of a racial attack, and then the verbal threats from my coordinator began.  It’s hard to see eye-to-eye when one is Anglo and another is African American.

November 18th – The Evening

After hearing such disgusting remarks, I didn’t look at the insults by face-value, but rather by the emergence of something so wonderful and so magnificent that was trying to make way into my life.  I applied for about 50 jobs in over 6 different countries.

Monday, November 20th – WHOA!

Ten jobs in China, one job in Honduras, another job in Costa Rica and others scattered around the planet — begging for my services.  Unsung hero came into my life the morning of Monday, asking me if I was still working at my present job. LOL! Was that a coincidence?  She told me about a very significant project she would like me to do.  Three hours later, I was given another project.  Three hours after that, around 2pm, I received an anonymous text message from someone giving me the biggest project of my life, teaching people from an embassy.

The week of the 27th…

I was offered a job and now the attachment with my present job no longer matters.  If something does arise, and it will, I can leave without any equivocations.  Just a few days later, I looked for high-rise condos in the heart of Bangkok since that is going to be my next point of living (Costa Rica job never contacted me back after emailing initially).

Today

I will be moving into my new condo the 22nd of December — marking the best present I’ve ever received in my life.  I have four new jobs who will want my services very shortly.  I got new projects, viewership, and so many other unbelievable things happening in my life.

Get this, everyone.  This all came from what? Being removed from a company because I’m African American.

Now ask yourself…….”wait, how? Another racial issue that’s about as common as seeing a bird came roaring into your life, and now you have 6 projects, a job offer, and four other suitors? How do you do it, Arsenio?”

Not only that….if I had gone to America this upcoming December, I wouldn’t have been able to move into my new condo, negating a big move to Bangkok which would’ve resulted in losing some of my projects and possibly even a job opportunity.

Breadcrumbs.

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Turning Points (Finance): Part 2 of 2

Enough is Enough

I was laughed at, talked badly about by Thai teachers (they make examples out of you real fast), students flipping me off in my face, disobedient.  On a number of occasions, I lost my voice.  Regardless of the money, I woke up one morning and said, “keep the 900$ USD….it’s not worth my peace of mind and voice.”  I collected my last check, left, and never looked back.

Testing The Waters

After going full-time at a place (while beating out another teacher for the position), it took a hell of a long time to get respect.  So many “happenings’ took place at this specific language center and there were times that I was as dry as the Sahara Desert — literally.  What I mean by that was work and work allocation.  There were plenty of times when it was very controversial and work would be distributed unevenly amongst teachers.  So one teacher can have up to five-classes in a day and another would have just one.

Towards the end of the year, there would be big arguments with other teachers; teachers holding meetings – pointing fingers at others because they don’t have work; and even my name came along as being an inexperienced teacher.

Well within my rights, I started looking at other places and other opportunities.  There were times that specific individuals looked me dead in the eyes and said, “too be honest, Arsenio, it’s actually difficult to get a company when we model a black teacher.  It’s easier when we have a white teacher.”

I looked elsewhere and found really abominable beings.  I was scraping the bottom of the barrel with the process. There was one specific Japanese individual that literally switched her seats constantly to avoid looking at me.  That was not only harsh, but demoralising.  Another individual said, “Arsenio, I understand.  I saw the looks on my students eyes when you walked by the classroom.”  I can’t make these stories up.  This was not only inexcusable, but simply revolting actions from Thai and Japanese students.

I kept looking — telling myself that my calling would be somewhere.  I knew there were opportunities and money to be made, but it was the bread crumbs that I needed to look out for.  If I didn’t find them, they would pass me by.  Language Center 1 wasn’t worth the racial hatred, number 2 was about proving grounds…..then there was the big shabang.

The Big Shabang

And as the cliché is told: “the third time is the charm.” BINGO! After a phone call on the morning of Sunday, there was an offering that I simply couldn’t refuse and needed to be selfish.  Selfish and Arsenio in the same sentence? Unlikely.  However, I was making other people happy and not taking care of my own self or my own damn pockets.  What stemmed from this were opportunities which will probably lead to my massive calling within the next few months.  Not only that, but throughout this entire process, I’ve been able to travel back home to America in style, Malaysia for my Spartan competition, Maldives, and probably Ho Chi Minh for New Years….all monumental feats and also crossed 15 “101 goals” off my to-do list.  This year….only this year, I’ve worked miracles.  Seeing Maldives on TV, movies, and dreams – became a reality.  Doing a ridiculous difficult competition while befriending the most awesome Malaysians and Pakistani’s ever = accomplishment — all on top of saving so much money.

As I look at my bank account, look at what I’m earning per month, and looking towards the future….all I can really do is cry.  Honestly.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/financial-turning-points-5-7-plateau-was

 

Putting Dale Carnegie’s Book To The Test: Round 1 – Travel Dynamics

People! Welcome back to my blog and it’s going to be HAD!

I’ve been under-the-weather the past couple of days and couldn’t focus whatsoever on typing because of my constant runny nose, so I apologize for being away (somewhat).  With that being said, I had a situation that came up in regards to a couple of voice notes that could help some of you analyze worry situations.

Best Friend + End-of-The-Year Trip

As some of you may know, I’ll be hopping on a Cathay Pacific flight to head back home to Phoenix, Arizona to spend the holidays — or am I?

A troubled situation came into full-circle when I heard from my best friend that she could be in a relationship by years end.  Now, some of you are probably wondering, “how is that a situation?”  Given the fact that I’ll be staying at her house, spending Christmas and New Years with her family, and even a snowboarding trip on the horizon…..this could be a recipe for disaster.  The dynamics could be completely thrown off because someone is being added to the group; and not only do I not know what his personality is, but also the fact that he’s my best friend’s boyfriend.  So, what did I do to figure this out?

Put A Stop-Loss On Your Worry

This is the most critical when it comes to friendships.  Putting your feelings out there and calling it for how you see it.  If you don’t do this, you can let things fester which then leads to a debacle.  Get out on the table and then the “ball is on their court.”

What’s The Worse That Can Happen?

Well, if I cancel a trip that’s already book, it could possibly make the relationship regress.  Why? Well, cancelling a trip it not only offensive, but having already booked it….that means I seriously believe that something is imminent.  So, I asked myself this question and well….the worse is that her and I will not talk as often as we do now.  In the future, who knows if I ever go back to America to visit (within the next five to ten years) because she has been the only person worth saying (the story about my family is a hefty one). That’s about it though.

Also, I’ll end up going to UBUD in Bali for a getaway in a sanctuary….that’s literally the worse.  Or, I’ll go to the bustling heart of HCMC in Vietnam.  Funny how I deem those two options as the “worse case scenario.” LOL

How To Analyze And Solve Worry Problems.

What am I worrying about?

What can I do about it?

Here’s what I’m going to do about it.

When am I going to start doing it?

These techniques are GOLD! Start implementing them in your daily life!

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Spartan Race Looming Large!

This will be the first ever Spartan Race in Chon Buri, Thailand and I’m not even worried.  For the most part, there’s a huge underestimation of the race happening within my mind that will sneak up on me.

Malaysia Was A Rude Awakening

I thought the Spartan Super in Kuala Lumpur was going to be relatively easy.  Even halfway through the course, my legs were sound and I didn’t have any tension in my upper back.  However, things got pretty difficult when I had to carry a bucket of rocks for almost a quarter mile – leaving my back in a good amount of pain.  I had to also carry a sandbag over my head into a ravine and all the way back up.  By the end of the race, my knees were buckling on the outside and it was difficult for me to go down anything.  I recall coming across the 3rd to last obstacle and seeing another contestant who had given up on doing burpees.

Towards the end, it was just pain.  It being in Kuala Lumpur probably didn’t help because there wasn’t a sense of comradery and fellowship between everyone running.  Everyone either just looked out for themselves, or their group.  There was no cheering each other on and no speaking to one another.

Thailand – I’m Just Praying To Any Entity In The Universe

That prayer is simply hoping that everyone will work together to achieve the goal, just like Tough Mudder.  This is what separates Tough Mudder from Spartan, too.  In Bali, Melbourne, and Phoenix (three different continents), everyone worked together to battle it out to the finish.  Australia, towards the very end, people just wanted to finish.  America, given the fact that we’re just so warm-hearted (lol), reeled everyone in, regardless if you knew them or not.  I recall helping an older lady over a Berlin Wall with her daughter and son on the other side.  It doesn’t matter who you are and what background you’re from…..

……The goal is to develop a sense of fulfilment, heart, and help one another.  That’s what this race is predicated on.

So, for those Thais who will read this throughout the course of the week, do something for someone without being told to do it!

Travel Is Finished – My Review of Singapore Airlines, LA, Mesa & Sedona, Arizona.

Ahhhh, this American trip has come to an end.  The great thing about this is it’s not like my past life where I had to force myself to go from Australia….back to America and feel miserable.  No.  Times have changed.  I’m literally going back with two big projects on my hand and loads of other opportunities.  This is one of the biggest stepping stones for me because I don’t feel a bit of sadness whatsoever.  What I took away the most from this trip was just being around Americans.  Hearing the “hello” and “thank you” was literally music to my ears.  Time to cover some of the highlights of this trip.

Singapore Airlines Regressing?

Other than my last flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles, it seems like service on Singapore Airlines is slowly regressing….or maybe they’re just getting on the level of every other airline in the world.  From the crazy angry flight attendants on my first flight from BKK-SIN, to the disappearing act and “male nodders” (asked him a question and he kept shaking his head up and down without saying a word) on the second flight.  Going forward, I might still take Singapore to the neighboring countries of ASEAN, but I’d much rather check out Qantas, Fiji Airways and a couple of others.  I will say that I don’t have problems with the passengers, though.  That seems to be the biggest problem with flying on particular airlines.

No Japanese Food On Flights

My first day on American soil was the worst. EVER.  Having got the worst food poisoning of my life, I was literally by the toilet for the first 8 hours of the day at my friend’s home in Beverly Hills.  What a disaster! The next day I was beyond weak trying to make my way through LAX, but upon landing at Sky Harbour International Airport and devouring some Chipotle, I was ready.  Not necessarily ready for Tough Mudder, but ready.

Get Out & Life = Movies of the Year!

Get Out was just simply amazing and never, from a vantage point, has there been a character in a movie who’s actually an “audience response” character.  Just remarkable all around.  Ending could’ve been better.

Life makes you think just how dangerous it could be to find life.  Here I am thrilled knowing NASA finds habitual planets throughout the universe yearly (which almost seems like monthly); however, now I’m very apprehensive.  Stunning movie and depressing as hell to say the very least.

Tough Mudder

I didn’t work out for the last four days, no pre-workout….just oatmeal and motivational videos on YouTube before my Tough Mudder.  The first mile was all jitters, but when you meet another samaritan on the course….boy! Does it go FAST! Especially if they’re gorgeous German women.  That was an awesome experience that left me sore as hell….in a good way.

Sedona, Arizona = Not The Same

Sure, a lot of you would much rather travel to Sedona in wintry weather (as I did the first time), but this time was different.  The vibe was off.  I wasn’t that excited and it probably revolves around not making prior arrangements.  DOH!

On top of that, we almost got extorted for a half a grand, but we did manage to climb a wondrous mountain and meet wholehearted people along the way.  Massive shout out to the Italian (family owned) pizza parlour heading outside the town.  Best pizza I’ve ever had in my life.

The Takeaway

The people.  Man, oh man….I’ve missed Americans.  I’ve missed strangers smiling, talking, and the use of basic social etiquette.  Yeah, you might think I’m crazy, but now you have a thorough idea of life in Thailand.  Also, there weren’t any dirty looks (except Globe, which is my friend’s hometown) which are very apparent in Thailand. I think this trip in general has made me become a much more grateful being in general.  Knowing that there are lots of people, including in my native country, who don’t care about skin color.  That’s one of the most wonderful feelings ever.  Going back to Thailand now….I’m just going to completely ignore the nonsense.  The white is better than black endless conversations and playing victimhood.  No more chemical reactions.  I now know my true self-worth, and man, is it amazing!

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