Preachy New Year Wisdom Post

As a millennial know-it-all blogger that sometimes reads books, and listens to podcasts, and reads blogs of other know-it-all bloggers, and consequently has life all figured out, I’d be remiss to not end this spectacular shit-fest of a year with a smattering of wisdom. On a personal level, it was a year of great changes.  I moved to Thailand …

Sleigh-thaew Diaries NUMBER THREE

Gratitude   Gratitude is one of those concepts that people with a vague participation in the world of self-development, like to riff on. “I’m practicing Gratitude!”, they say.  Except, are you actually doing the practicing part? ARE YOU? To me, gratitude is something you either feel DEEP inside your guts, or is otherwise just a lazy self-affirmation …

53 Steps To A New Thai Visa In Malaysia.

There comes a point in every Farang’s year when he or she begins zooming out on Google Maps beyond the 100 square metres in which he or she spends his or her days. Such behaviour can be attributed to wanderlust, but also the inevitable feeling that life inside a Thai bubble is just way too freakin’ easy. …

The Great Digital Nomad Identity Crisis

Fellow remote workers, bloggers, vloggers and builders of funnels – it saddens me to announce that we have an emerging crisis. An internet based crisis.  An internet forum based crisis.  Which means that it isn’t really a crisis, but more an ego driven mud-slinging match. This crisis – it pertains to who we are. How we …

Songthaew Diaries 2

  Topped Up Good news, everyone.  I’ve topped up my phone.  I’m all topped up. With what, exactly? Ah well, now there is a question which I cannot answer. All I know is that I used the handy orange machine outside 7-Eleven, and asked to top up 50.  And once I’d put a 100 note …

Songthaew Diaries 1

Songthaew Diaries is a NEW feature, borne out of necessity rather than ingenuity. Writing long-ass theme-driven posts filled with quips is fun, but also time-consuming.  They require structure, and structure is hell for me. So this is the void, in between. It’s mostly me talking to myself in the back of a red van.  I …

How To Not-Get-Fat. In Chiang Mai.

I was going to title this article something boring like ‘How To Be Healthy in Thailand’, but quickly remembered that discussing health is an infinite black hole of despair. What is health?  How is it measured?  Healthy to one person might be approaching death to another. And every health cult will tell you something different; …

The Outsourcing Hole

Ellen and Sean are both white people, and they’re standing next to each other at an expat meetup in Hanoi, Vietnam. By chance, they both speak English. Two white people in an Asian country?  Standing next to each other?  At a meetup?  And they both speak English? Determinism insists that a conversation will break out …

A History of Digital Nomadism, Reimagined: Part 1

It’s been an entire month since I entered the hallowed gates of Chiang Mai, Thailand.  And I gotta say, I love the place. It absolutely lives up to it’s billing as ‘Digital Nomad Capital of the World’. Living is cheap, the food is tasty, and the weather – biblical rainstorms n’ all – is absolutely …

Hit Refresh: Prevent Your Head From Exploding

  Here’s a brief overview of what my mornings have looked like in the past few days, weeks, months years: Wake up.  Any time will do. IMMEDIATELY LOOK AT MY PHONE IN CASE SOMEONE HAS LIKED SOMETHING I DID, OR DONALD TRUMP TOLD A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL TO GO SHAFT HERSELF, OR SOME 17 YEAR OLD …