Expat in Thailand | Questions & Answers

I recently had seen a blog featuring some really good questions about life in Thailand since the dawn of the pandemic, so I decided that I wanted to take a crack at it and answer some of these questions to put perspective on it.

In general, how do you think Thailand has handled the pandemic up to now?

Thailand shut down for 3.5 months last year with a mere 30-100 cases a day (nationwide) and applied strict measures on everything. However, the second shut down they were far less lax without any control measures, and the third shut down being from the governors themselves going to brothel bars in Sukhumvit, saying they pussy-footed this one would be a severe understatement. What’s happening now is there’s total chaos in this country and it almost feels like what America did last year — which was NOTHING.

If you were put in charge of things right now, what would be the first rules or things you would change?

We need to know WHERE the virus is. They push numbers but no locations. The majority of the cases are coming from Migrant/Construction camps, but yet they’re completely annihilating the food and beverage sector of Thailand. Restaurants need to be open at at least 50% capacity with distancing. All other businesses should also be open, except bars, nightclubs and where COVID had originated from.

Let’s talk about you personally. What is the most regrettable thing that the pandemic has robbed you of or changed about your life?

My Vietnam trips. I have no reason to travel to America for the next decade plus, but being able to visit the likes of Singapore and try something new is a thing of the past.

From a work point of view, how has your situation changed (if indeed it has) and has there been any significant financial impact?

When it comes to significant financial impact, COVID has made me finally bet on myself rather than working these dead-end, part-time jobs which never looked out for my well-being. Trying new things in Korat last year before I squashed the last-past business associates free’d myself from the shackles of dependency. Now, independency is here. With clients coming in from the podcast, I realized YouTube, Instagram and others are directing so many potential new clients my way. Also, now that classes are online, what’s the point of a middleman? Especially a middleman that boosts his prices and only takes work away from you? I’m fully capable of making my own money now and I will never have to rely on a tutor to do anything for me anymore.

Has the pandemic had any positive impacts on your life?

The pandemic allowed me to do a transformation program, healing sessions and life-coaching. After that, it was developing in a variety of ways through personal development. If the pandemic didn’t happen, I would still be the same, jealous, limiting belief possessing teacher who was going nowhere but in circles. When the pandemic is over, that’s when the real takeover begins!

When do you predict the world will return to some sort of normality and we will be able to travel abroad and maybe get to remove these damn face-masks, etc?

Oh, America took a hard 600k deaths, but they’re back to normal. Also, Europe is back to normal, as you see in the football matches. There’s definitely a glimmer of hope, but most Asian countries, except for the virus-origin-country, are now going through what the European countries went through. The problem with this is most SE Asian countries are not financially stable to combat it, and now it could be an egregious slow burn for many of them, including the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia especially.

When we get to the light at the end of this long tunnel, have you promised yourself to make lifestyle changes or do some things differently?

No promises needed. I took action from March last year until now so that when the pandemic does finish, I’ll be ready to start flying around the world for business coaching and presentations. I’m not a dabbler. I’m not someone who says “ok, when the time comes, I’ll do it then.” There’s no such thing as a “when the time comes,”….it’s always now.

For someone who doesn’t know how to get through the days and is perhaps suffering mentally, what would be your advice?

Trash in, trash out. Your head is not a trash can, so stop treating it like one. At the dawn of the pandemic, USA ran rampant with conspiracy theories in which their beloved #45 pushed around so often. However, in Thailand, the fear is still constantly pumped out with insufficient vaccine totals, the thousands of cases everyday, and of course, the occasional racial hatred towards specific groups of people that will get you angry and depressed at the same time. The world is just fine, but those who have power and make poor decisions are the problem. CONTROL YOU. There’s a quasi lockdown currently and I wouldn’t know because it has nothing to do with me. I’m executing my plan, setting up deadlines for my courses, doing podcasts, connecting with individuals from around the world, and dedicating time to my other half. Medication and personal development (learning) and establishing my morning mindset, evening journal, monthly review and weekly review has really put everything into perspective.

Transformation Tuesday | Mira Butler | The Revolt for Change

This is a BANG! In the wake of mass protesting around the world for equal rights, Mira and I, both colored in our respective countries, have taken to the mic and share our experiences + root causes of why people possess these monolithic perceptions of life. There are some things that were said in here that I had never told anyone, and there are bound to be some things that will irk you.  If they do, you really have to ask yourself “why is this bothering me?” Figuring out the root-cause will help you switch your mindset on controversial topics and step in the light.  Without further ado, let’s dive into this long one!

Podcast

Ramble of Positivity: Episode 030 – Kicking off The New Year on Fire

First and foremost, the majority of you need to understand how to be grateful. When I do this particular podcast, I love to outline just how to do that, so here it is!

Actionable Steps

Give me a list of 5 things you’re especially grateful for — unattached to money.

Give two people compliments throughout your day without being told to do it.

How can you develop a positive mental attitude?

From the beginning of last year, I started developing my mind rigorously — day-in and day-out. For most of you out there, development in general is something of the past. Some of you aren’t even into personal development, and you’ll be doing the same things (if you haven’t already started) this year just like you were doing last year. Same people, same irresponsibility, same habits, same everything. You have to train your mind, and it’s one of the most difficult things to do.

I recall going to Australia back in 2017 and a friend told me, “you’ve changed. You mention being black and you have a thing against caucasians like I’ve never seen before.”

Still carrying the weight of how society, as a whole, has treated me in this country….I was still a victim. In order to escape victimhood, you have to to hone in and own up to everything that has ever happened to you. The University of Hardknocks loves giving out degrees to just about everyone in the world; regardless of race, creed, color, religion, etc.

At the beginning of last year, and as desperate as I was, I came across Napoleon Hill’s Positive Mental Attitude and that was the beginning of the change.

From actionable steps, to habits….you have to train your mind. I’m done with the “I will” and I love “I’m going to” more…because that’s a plan. Will is in the future and will forever be in the future.

  • I’m so unbelievably grateful that I’m living in an age where ample opportunity is everywhere.
  • I’m very thankful for the support group I’ve created that constantly gives me feedback.
  • I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to develop my mind to the point that I get amazing ideas to improve my business and give back to the society.
  • With all my heart, thank you for the process last year….a process which was so desperately needed.

Listen to “Ramble of Positivity: Episode 030 – Kicking off The New Year on Fire” on Spreaker.

Ramble of Positivity: Episode XXIII – Wheels Up! Vacation In Malaysia Begins!

First and foremost, I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s listening to my podcasts in Albania, Latvia, Algeria, UK, USA, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, Austria, Netherlands, Japan and so many other countries around the world.

I want to also say thank you to my ESL Podcast listeners worldwide who have made my podcast a massive hit in only two weeks time! Big thanks to Mexico, Turkey, USA (funny how folks in USA love my podcasts), and China!.

This is a time just to be grateful for all my hardships and success.  This day, April 13th, marks the day of the Songkran festival.  This is the Thai water festival where people celebrate by splashing others with water all up and down the streets, and across the nation as a whole.

For the last three years, on the other hand, I’ve been taking vacations.  I initially took these vacations because I wanted no part of Songkran after being gravely disrespected and seeing Indians racially spewed at by Thais back in 2015.  I said, “I’ll never celebrate this festival again for as long as I live.”

When April 2016 rolled around I went to Vietnam, meeting some of the most magnificent individuals who I still keep in contact with today.

2017 was a trip back home to Arizona and a Tough Mudder.

This year….Spartan Race!

You know, at the beginning of the year, it was pretty bleak.  It was a tough transition and very emotionally exhausting going from one job to another.  Having a slew of emails come into my email box which were threats from my previous employer and removing me as a teacher from multiple classes so he can stop the cash-flow from going into my bank account, was tough to deal with.

However, this is the day that my visa is officially cancelled with that old job, and this marks the beginning of a unbelievably exhilarating lifestyle that’s going to bring so many experiences into my life.

Guys, this morning I’m going to my favorite Southeast Asian country (Malaysia) for a Spartan Race, meeting with a new content writer who’s coming on board my website, and a wedding.  I mean this is probably marking the beginning of “2018.”  All the goals I’ve written down have now come into fruition, and I really can’t wait for the wheel of life episode to let you all know you can claim that life you’ve always wanted.

Oh, on this day is the beginning of what’s going to be the most unbelievable life I could’ve ever imagined.  All these aches and pains of what has happened over the last five years have come to rest, and now this is surely the beginning.

Welcome to my world.

The Big Secret of Dealing With People

There is only one way under high heaven to get anybody to do anything. Did you ever stop to think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it.

Unless you have a gun to someone’s ribcage, threatening to blow them away to kingdom come, people want to feel gratitude.

Appreciation means everything in the world.  And like most of you out there, appreciation seems like it was forgotten long ago.

Well, for most of us…that’s how we feel.  What do you really want? Here, let me make a shortlist.

1. Health and the preservation of life
2. Food
3. Sleep
4. Money and the things money will buy
5. Life in the hereafter
6. Sexual gratification
7. The well-being of our children
8. A feeling of importance
Do any of these relate?  Almost all these wants are usually gratified—all except one. But there is one longing—almost as deep, almost as imperious, as the desire for food or sleep—which is seldom gratified. It is what Freud calls “the desire to be great.” It is what Dewey calls the “desire to be important.

If we look at it from a materialistic aspect, athletes push their bodies to the limit so they can hold that trophy at the end of the season – in whichever sport of their endeavor.  This massive distinction is what separates human beings from animals.  If you look at the Kentucky Derby, for instance, who’s more happier about winning the race? Who’s more happier about the silverware at the end: the man or the horse? Thought so.

People want to feel that type of love and appreciation because we’re emotional beings.  Have you ever walked into a place and asked everyone how long they’d been working there, only to find out that everyone had been there for more than 20 years?  There was a dental office in Las Vegas where there was one assistant, and one lady….both who amounted more than 50 years of experience.

Whatever the dentist was or is doing, it’s working.  Sincere appreciation.

If there’s a class of 30 students, 26 of them passing a test that was recently given, what is the teacher more predisposed to doing? Scolding those who failed or hailing those who achieved? This is the problem with society.  We’re unable to show appreciation to one another and that’s part of the Golden Rule.

Podcast: Part 1 – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/12238217

Podcast: Part 2 – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/12246516