Traveling Podcast: Episode 012 – Cathay Pacific A350 Review, Changi T4, Hotel G

When I saw the aircraft arrive an hour early, the thought that it would be delay for 25 minutes didn’t cross my mind. However, I was more preoccupied with that unbelievably rambunctious Chinese tour group that was around me.

Yes, this is a growing problem in the traveling scape. Are they the younger generation? No. Sorry, Gen B’s. However, I knew that once we sat down, those wild n’ crazy kids would fall asleep. I WAS RIGHT!

Sweating, looking up, scratching my head, past 12pm….maybe this is just a Bangkok thing. Oh, we were only 2 planes back, so that’s like a 2 minute delay…not a problem. However, we sat at our gate well past 12pm. Why? Have no idea, but it’s not the end of the world.

A380 is SMOOOOTH

My goodness! We took off, lifted the front wheel up, and it was the sexiest, calmest ascent to 30k feet ever! Guys, I must say that the pilots and brand new aircraft is spectacular. I love it! I’m grateful for it! However, that’s all you get with Cathay Pacific. 6 of the 10 flight attendants I saw looked depressed. Fake “thank yous” and hey…well that’s every airline in general. Last time I had a wonderful flight attendant was 6 years ago flying Singapore Airlines from Japan to Singapore. Again, will I continue flying Cathay? Most definitely. In-flight entertainment, wide seats, beautiful carpet, gorgeous plane, competent pilots — I LOVE IT. I just have to be careful about rude passengers.

Changi Airport – Terminal 4 – DON’T GO!

Man, I’ve never had this happened. A very long walk, which happens, to immigration. Not a problem. However, when I got to immigration, there were long lines. I’m scratching my head like, “yo, come on. This is Changi Airport! The G.O.A.T!” Well, not this time. In fact, T4 is disconnected from everything, including Jewel. The only way to get a train or get to the other terminals is by waiting 10-15 minutes for a bus. From there, then you can access civility. To be honest, I’m scared to go there for departures because they might not have anything compared to the other three terminals.

Keep in mind, it just recently opened.

People were in the way and then a friend told me, “why are you taking the train? Just a taxi.”

If that’s not the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. That’s the most unnecessary expense EVER. Singapore has the best transportation system in the world, but I should take a taxi? You know what that means? Well let’s just say I was suppose to meet this friend for dinner and realized that she goes to expensive places. Ahhh…she’s a “hi-so” type.

Dropped. Sorry!

Hotel G in Bencoolen in the podcast!

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Fun & Hobbies: Goals for 2019!

Here we go! This is the first of the 8-part series that I’m launching in conjunction with what I did towards the end of last year.  I’m super excited with what’s happening and what has already happened, but I first need to go back to the beginning of the year and see what I said back in my previous blog post (one year ago).

What I said at the end of last year….

For Sures 

  1. Indonesia
  2. Malaysia (possibly this month
  3. Kazakhstan + Kyrgyzstan

Potentials

  1. Australia (high chance)
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Taiwan
  4. Morocco (Tedx)

On-The-Ropes

  1. American Samoa
  2. Japan

Well, i got to Hong Kong, but not sure why I thought about going to Japan.  Australia was a high chance, but then with the visa problems and having to leave all the time this year, everything was completely destroyed.

  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Laos

To be honest, 7 countries in a year was phenomenal.  However, were these real holidays? No.  Aside from the forgettable Hong Kong trip, Malaysia (both times) were the only legitimate holidays.  Singapore was fun both times, but I still didn’t venture out and do activities like I wanted to.  Was it because of budget problems? No, I simply didn’t want to treat it like a holiday at that time.  I was scared because I wasn’t sure where my income was coming from when I got back.

Now with 2019 on the horizon, I know not to overshoot what I plan on doing.

One of my goals, that coordinates with my career, is making more money in less time, and I’m establishing that at this moment in my life.  Building the connections and having big bankers all around Bangkok, on top of ex-teachers getting in contact with me in regards to big money work, will be game-changing.

I want to really dedicate more time to me. I’m sick of working past 6pm at a regular job, unless I’m getting paid over 100$ an hour to do so.  I don’t want to work long hours on weekend anymore, only to make a wage I’ve been making the last three years ON THE SAME WEEKEND.  I would much rather focus on my projects and FUN TIME.

New Activities? No Way! Spartans!

Aside from going to the zoo in Melbourne, Australia in late February (very close to booking this trip) and a few other things, Spartan races are still my fun and hobbies, although related to health.  Yes, I would love to do whitewater rafting and still go snowboarding in the snowfields of Hokkaido, but right now, that’s a bit on hold.  Mongolia/Egypt is surely on board.  I would like to take 2-3 massive trips this year and of course, my inaugural mini trips to Singapore, Malaysia, and the small resort island Bali, which is in Indonesia.

Listen to “Fun & Hobbies: Goals for 2019!” on Spreaker.

The Big 1,000k! Thank You, Everyone!

Man, it’s been a long wait, but after this month, I’ve finally hit the 1,000 visitors mark on my website.  The majority of bloggers on here (and they shouldn’t deem themselves as just a blogger) go after the likes.  However, I rarely get likes on my post; in fact, I get people to get into my website and check out all my videos and stuff.

Yes, premium the premium and business plan are especially expensive, but once you’re able to put plugins from your podcast, Youtube, Paypal, PDF and other things on your website, it’s gold.

While I was looking at the analytics, the majority of my blogs (especially the “remember, no one ever kicks a dead dog”) have skyrocketed in the viewership category.  Also, the outside clicks, search link box, and other sources that people are finding my blog on….have gone up considerably over the past few months.

Just at the beginning of this year, I had maybe 500 views and 300 viewers.  I’m now at 2k views and 1k visitors.  You already know what my goal is…and I’ll keep that coming.

With that being said, I’m so grateful for all of you who have come onto my website.  Remember, don’t think short-term economics; think long-term impact.  Write on and continue looking for ways to grow!

Self Control: Episode II – Thainess & How I Get Over The Racial Humps

Here’s the follow up of what I mentioned in the Ramble of Positivity blog.

Situation 1: Check-In Desk Ignorance

This girl was all smiles and started asking questions to the girl sitting on her side.  I heard her mention months June and July.  She was checking the validity of my passport, which has 11 months left (renewing in October), but it’s the simple fact that maybe she was just being newbie (which is completely fine), or maybe she was told to check “blacks” passport rigorously.  This happens to all colored people around the world, and it won’t stop until medias stop the ignorant berating of black people on their news outlets.

Ok, a rant.  Got it.  Check.  Speaking from the heart here.

After everything was done, she asked, of COURSE, if I was checking in a bag.  After all the supposed fuss, there was nothing left to be done and she smiled while giving me my ticket.

Yawn.  Typical Thainess.  Label the black man as the “Nigerian scammer.”

Situation 2: Ignorant Immigration

Yeah, let it be said.  I have no reason to not call out the racial discrimination that WOMEN dish on black people.  Remember, I was standing in line behind an African just last year and the immigration lady labeled the living hell out of her and took her into an office.  I stood right before her and was hoping she said something to me — didn’t.

Anywho, I go to the window (after telling other people that they’re idiots while standing in line).   Guy before me goes in about 15 seconds, I had to wait three minutes.

She looked at the main face of my passport, browsed through my pages, scanned my page — and then she put on her glasses.  I laughed, shook my head and said “calm down, Arsenio, they’re just time-wasters and seeing if you’re a drug dealer.”  After two more minutes of purely nothing and her looking to get a commission, she was FORCED to stamp my passport.  I slammed my hand on the table where my passport was and scampered away.

After all that fuss and wasting my time, looking to see if my passport was real (which reallllyyyyy pissed me off because I’m American and I have an insane amount of rights in this country), she couldn’t do a god damn thing.

Yes, No More Women Immigration Officers!

Today marked the last day that I will ever go to a female immigration officer.  From 2013’s most racist woman at the southern border of Thailand, to what happens with women on a routine basis…..it’s completely sickening.  Let me give you an example.  Last time I left to Laos, the male officer cracked a joke saying, “last day.” Ughhhh, yeah! Last day of my visa! Sorry, no 33 USD for you, buddy.  I winked and left.

Coming back in there was a young guy and he was cooler than ever.  I’ve actually had the nicest immigration officer EVER at that same southern border.

I know how to avoid ignorance now.  Big check.

But what can be learned from this?  You, the reader, what can you take away from this?

Just because one ignorant mindset, opinion, or adjective gets you ticked off DOESN’T mean the end of the world.  In relations to that, if you get mad, they win.  If you let an ignorant mindset win you over, you no longer have control and you make your decisions based on fight-or-flight.  Your blood pressure would start to climb and your nervousness would boil over into an explosion. Not what you want to do.

Looking back at the situation, I can see how it all happened.

  • Malaysians with thousands of luggages before me makes me irritated.
  • Malaysian, who was clogging up the counter, didn’t move her luggage, which forced me to go to the other counter where the girl acted like an asshole.
  • Family at passport control completely disingenuous and Chinese guy says something to me, waving me behind him before I started yelling.
  • After the confrontation, I get into the wrong lane where a woman looked at my passport for five hours.
  • At security check, a Chinese girl had some flatulence and it smelled horrible.

 

When you connect the dots, you’ll notice how it all happened.  From each event, it got worse and worse.  It all could’ve been avoided if I used the toilet before going home,

LOL!

 

Trust Your Instincts

It was a difficult decision, but because of the intuition I’ve developed over the past several years, I was able to make the best decision.

I had an email one day from a job that I had applied for 3 months prior, and I was shocked to even see that they replied to me.

The first thing that came to mind was, “well, they’re responding two months later, that means they weren’t able to find anyone to suit their needs.”  They had known about my personality already even before the interview happened (that’s why everyone needs to take notes and create an online/google presence). So, the first interview was so promising that it scratched the back head of my mind.  All of this doesn’t come without condition.  It was too good, in fact.  I put at yellow flag above it because they were pushing for me to get my visa.  Normally, here in Thailand, jobs want to see your performance before they offer you something full-time.  If there’s a problem, they wouldn’t give you the full-time/visa/work permit because of your on-job performance.  This job was quick to say, “is this a place you want to work? Ok! Let’s start your paperwork!”

I frequently go to Malaysia (KL) to get my visa because it’s much easier.  The job didn’t want me to.  They wanted me to get my visa here within Bangkok, which is a huge hassle and super annoying.  In Malaysia, I make it into a short holiday, drop off the documentation, and come back the following day in the evening before heading to the airport.  It’s simple.

There were messages that related to “fear mongering,” which is he action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue. 

She sent me photos of immigration officers going to schools while apprehending “illegal teachers;” however, she failed to mention that most of them had overstayed their visas and they were into illegal activities.  She also mentioned it in person to put more pressure on me in terms of getting my visa.  I went to the USA embassy for a BS document, another horrible place to get a stamp, and then turned everything in — finally.

However, the yellow flags turned into red flags and I’ve explained that in my podcast down below.

My Podcast Platforms

There’s been some confusion for some of my listeners to how and where to listen to my podcast.  For example, people in England download my episodes from iTunes; on the other hand, people in California listen to it on their iPhone and iPod.

I’m going to throw a list and links down so you guys can follow me on which ever platform you choose.

  1. Youtube
  2. AppleCoreMedia iPhone
  3. Spreaker, Website
  4. iTunes
  5. AppleCoreMedia iPod
  6. iHeartRadio
  7. CastBox
  8. thearseniobuckshow.com
  9. AppleCoreMedia iPad
  10. Spreaker, iPhone
  11. ampproject.org (have no idea what this is)
  12. Spreaker, Android
  13. Generic Android App
  14. iVoox
  15. Twitter
  16. ivoox.com
  17. Chrome
  18. Podcast Addict
  19. Stitcher

Here are the media platforms from the top-to-bottom that my podcast is on.  Here are some links, too.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/53-The-Arsenio-Buck-Sh-28582208/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzp4EdbJVMhhSnq_0u4ntA

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-arsenio-buck-show/id1181794790?mt=2

Operating At Peak Performance

Operating At Peak Performance

So I was in something called a minivan riding from a place called Hua Hin to Bangkok when suddenly I was in a trance.  A trance of high-peak performance.  Some of you are asking yourself, “well, what does that mean?”

I’m not going to say it’s some kind of esoteric or metaphysical thing “out there,” but it certainly had me peaking at the right time.  Because the Traffic Jams happen in Bangkok at 4pm, I knew I was in for a long-haul.  I had a fully charged MacBook and a phone with some good battery life.  I strapped myself on to some tunes — which rarely works while typing — and I banged out 5 blogs within 1.5 hours.  Not only that, I wrote down my entire week’s schedule in my planner and it feels DAMN GOOD highlighting things that I’ve finished.

Three years ago on something like the same trip…I would be engaged in looking at rhetoric online.  I didn’t have a purpose, but right now there are people waiting for my services all around the world – and that’s what makes life so exciting!

I needed to train my mind – my subconscious mind – to attain this.  This is considered “downtime” to me, but I turned it into “performance time.”

People commute to and from work everyday.  These are the moments that are pivotal because if you’re able to listen to inspirational audios and prepare for the next day/week, you win!  Yeah, I can be at home making videos for YouTube, FB, and a potential new job, but right now I’m creating everything for tomorrow.

How can you do this.

I’ve been preaching a lot on my podcast and blog about Darren Hardy’s book and installing new habits.  When I wake up tomorrow, I have to take my pre-workout, get in a 20 minute workout, go home, cook eggs and bacon, do my podcast, create a thumbnail and head to work before 8am.  What time will I wake up? 5:30am to do my meditation.

A lot of you think that al of this might just come naturally, but your brain is just designed for survival.  You’re the one the implements the either good, or head trash on a unconscious level and a routine basis.

Start doing the things — the ugly things — in the early morning.  This will get the Big Mo going.  The mundane tasks are the first thing you need to take out, as I’ve stated in my Napoleon Hill blog.  Also, a good night of sleep will go a long way, too.

Become more effective during the downtime hours and prepare for core days.

Ramble of Positivity: Episode 19 – The Emergence of ??????

Man, oh man! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a ramble of positivity, and I’m super grateful to be back! Two weeks into the New Years….it’s definitely at a surplus in terms of projects, teaching and learning.  However, there is a little bit of an issue.

Now, I told myself I needed to live in these day-tight compartments because I have no idea what’s going on in the future.  Honestly, within the next three months, there’s a massive chance that I might experience a major transition (leaving from Thailand).

At the beginning of the New Year, I thought I was destined to land a job with a 65-year-old language school in Bangkok.  The interview process was superb and everything went well.  However, after a follow-up email and a week later, I got scared.  I felt that something was happening, but wasn’t sure what.  That feeling lead to me not getting the job for VERY OBVIOUS THAI REASONS and then there was the question: “should I keep doing this?”

I’ve preached so much about going after your purpose.  I’m getting ideas now about developing a curriculum online that students can easily access and learn English all over the world – a system that can trump language centers in a heartbeat.  This is going to take some massive pondering and setting up, but I’m pretty excited about it.

There comes a time in life, however, when you just get sick and tired of nonsense.  I’ve dealt with racial degradation for five years already.  In the beginning, it was new.  I needed to go through the amount of hell for me to become the influential person I am today.  On the other hand, the things that I continue going through today is just — boring.  I already got the point.  Yes, I’m a brown guy living in one of the most anti-brown guy countries on the face of planet Earth….which brings me to the questions….

Am I still learning?

  • Hell no.

Am I still growing?

  • In terms of my podcast, YouTube, Herbalife, speaking, etc….absolutely.  As a teacher in my primary job – absolutely not.

Are there still opportunities?

  • The only way I stay in Thailand is if I work at a multi-national country and make over 100,000 baht (3,300 USD). Other than that, side-projects are great, but they don’t provide anymore than just that – a side project.

Do I still want to live here?

  • Well, lets just say in a perfect world everything goes well and I can work in Bangkok….my max is one year — this year.  After that, I’m finished.  Unless something miraculous happens, I’m over Asia.

Is this a place to live for the next ten years?

  • I don’t know what opportunity Thailand provides anymore because of the amount of obstacles I have to go through.  The proving grounds and continuous (can you send us a video of how you teach) versus other teachers getting the job because of the color of their skin — it’s just pointless.  I don’t have to prove myself anymore.  With Facebook pages in the education and podcast sector totalling over 10,000 likes and constant content creation: “you said I needed to make a video because?”

What’s the end goal?

  • True happiness.  True fulfillment.  That’s why I do my ‘wheels of life’ on a monthly basis.  However, if there’s one area that’s causing 80% of my unhappiness, it’s the constant “needing a job” and trying to figure out the process.  My end goal is to obvious have my website up and running, posting videos on Facebook regularly, creating blogs, putting out content, doing things with other students and creating videos on a multitude of platforms.  On top of that, I still absolutely love teaching, but other than the money, what’s the point of staying here anymore?  I need to be smart about the process and see what situation I’ll possibly be heading into.  If I can make residual income on a monthly basis, Thailand would be finished.  Let’s just put it that way.

I’m so happy and grateful for being able to teach wonderful students a language and an idea with that language over the last three days.

I’m truly grateful for the present I got from a Deputy Prime Minister last night – and also knowledge along with that.

With all my heart, Im thankful for all areas of my life.  I’m extremely thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met the past few days and the dozens of new friends I’ve made.  I’m grateful for the posters on my FB pages who want more.  I’m thankful for my friends who tune into my blog, along with other bloggers; and I’m also super happy about my podcast and everyone viewing my videos on YouTube.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Now, I just added in the emergence….and you will be amazed who this person is.  17 years…..and he decided to add me on FB.  Oh, what a story this is going to be!  Only in the podcast!

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/the-ramble-of-positivity-episode-19-the-

 

Podcast Through The Years

Man, I looked back on some photos over the past 1.5 years in my phone, and I couldn’t help but notice an amazing trend.  After the first six months of my podcast, I had only accumulated just under 1800 plays.  A year and a few months later, I’ve amassed a whopping 24k plays + downloads from so many different countries around the world.  Here are some photos and a podcast on my journey.

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MOST RECENT

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The trials and tribulations I had to endure on the way were insane.  At my job, during the month of July (when my plays sparked dramatically), the majority of the teachers were listening to my podcast to infer and implicate who I MAY have been talking about.  I got a lot of s*** for it, threatened, warned, and the teachers began to hate my guts (can’t handle the truth).  Teachers would walk by stepping on my shoe without apologizing, chatter on so many different levels about who I am and how come I have so much work – all this culminated into the biggest success EVER in the history of my life.  How? I never gave up!

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Final Book Review: Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying & Start Living + Podcasts

Ladies & gents, we have reached our last podcast and full review of one of the most awe-inspiring and life-transforming books in the market.  The best kept secret.  A book that was written over 70 years ago has changed the way I approach situations now.  For those of you who have followed me podcast-by-podcast on this extraordinarily long journey, special thanks to all of you! This is the end, and for those of you who are just tuning in, here are my favorite fundamentals + podcasts!

Principle #1 – Live In “Day-Tight Compartments”

“Our main business is not to se what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” – Thomas Carlyle

It’s funny I put that quote because at the time, I was in a relationship.  A relationship whereas we weren’t very sure about the future.  Writing this now that relationship ended, but the both of us did so in an agreement since she’s moving abroad to study piano pedagogy and my future is here in Asia.  She listened to this particular podcast down below and asked me at the gym, “I think we should live in day-tight compartments and stop worrying about the what if.” That what if did become reality, but we’re venturing out on magnificent journeys now.

Principle #3 – What Worry May Do To You 

There was a study done years ago on 15,000 patients which were treated for stomach disorders at the Mayo Clinic.  Four out of five patients had no physical basis whatever for their stomach illnesses.  Fear, worry, hate, selfishness, and the inability to adjust themselves to the world of reality were largely the causes of their stomach illnesses.

Principle #7 – Don’t Let The Beetles Get You Down

Back in 1945, under 276 feet of water, a Japanese mine layer began dropping depth charges on us.  Six depth charges exploded all around us and pushed us down to the ocean floor – a depth of 276 feet.  We were terrified.  To be attacked in less than a thousand feet of water is dangerous – less than five hundred is almost fatal.  And we were being attacked in more than half of five hundred feet of water.  For fifteen hours, bombs went off relentlessly until the mine layer exhausted its supply of charges.  My life was passed by me in review.  I remembered all of the bad things I’ve done as a child.  From my wife nagging at me, to my boss complaining at a job I absolutely hated.  I was worried when I got a scar on my forehead – a nasty cut from an auto accident.

Funny how big all those worries seemed years ago! I promised myself then and there if I ever saw the sun and the stars again, I would never, never worry again. NEVER!

Principle #8 – A Law That Will Outlaw Many of Your Worries

From Bangkok-Phuket, and from Honolulu-Maui, I’ve been apart of some of the scariest plane rides imaginable that literally “up the ante” on how scared I was of flying.

When I was a child, I saw the planes hit the towers.  5 years later, I got on my first ever plane ride from Las Vegas to Phoenix to check out a college and boy, I was in tears while my friend slept.  What am I trying to say, the averages of a plane going down, especially in America, is unbelievably minute.

Principle #10 – Put A “Stop-loss” Order On Your Worries

Two years ago, I had two friends: Mook and Ploy.  These two individuals were notorious for showing up hours late, and I would just sit there, looking like a clown, as if they were actually going to show up.

Two years later I came across this particular chapter and said, “man, if only I had known this at the time! I would’ve given them a 10 minute grace period before taking off instead of hanging around for an hour!”

Principle #16 – Find Yourself and Be Yourself: Remember, There Is No One Else On Earth Like You

Your hair, freckles, weight, color, height, gender, nationality….doesn’t matter.  These are all labels that society has given us.  However, there will never be another Arsenio Buck, and there will never be another YOU! Yes, the reader of this blog….so you have one life, and I dare you to go roaring in the dying of the light ‘Dylan Thomas Quote.”

Another notable podcasts to listen to

  • Don’t Try To Saw Sawdust
  • Eight Words That Can Transform Your Life
  • The High Cost of Getting Even
  • If You Do This, You Will Never Worry About Ingratitude
  • If You Have A Lemon, Make Lemonade
  • How To Cure Depression In Fourteen Days
  • Remember That No One Ever Kicks A Dead Dog
  • How To Add One Hour A Day To Your Waking Life
  • What Makes You Tired
  • How To Banish Boredom

And that’s it, folks! This has been a stellar ride filled with ups and downs and lots of chatter. I want to thank you guys so much for staying with me and remember, like it and share it if you find it valuable.

Next Book: Dale Carnegie’s How To Influence And Win People

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