What Makes You Smile? – South East Asia

A journey to South East Asia to find out what makes people smile. Along the way I learned about the things that me smile and I hope by watching it you will be reminded of some of the things that make you smile. LiveLifeLoveLife.Smile A special thank you to my good friend Erik Wilting who…

Walking towards a cliff

We’re all on a path but where does it lead? Are we just headed towards a cliff only to fall to oblivion? Depends how you choose to look at it. Maybe beyond those plains something greater awaits. Beyond this cliff I discovered the most beautiful cove which I hadn’t expected at first but I took…

It was all a dream

When people tell you their travels have finished and they’re headed back to real life, what does it mean? I kind of understand it now. I’m heading back tomorrow and everyone I met and everything I did seem like it didn’t happen. But why? There’s a certain norm that surrounds travelers. The normality of packing…

Be you

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned on this trip it’s been to be me. We  think that we are but really we’re not us 100% of the time. In our daily interactions we have a tendency to act a certain way or say certain things so that we are accepted by our peers. I’m not…

The Western contradiction

It’s really interesting to experience how highly the young generation in Asia regards foreigners. From their clothing preference to music selection and even their choice of cuisine, sometimes even treating who would be common folk back home as celebrities. Requests for pictures are rampant. The eagerness to start conversations are endless. And all the while…

Lacking familiarity. Life before school and work.

Before I left I thought I knew that the nomadic life was for me. It seemed glamorous. It seemed free of worry. It seemed like it was something anyone would want. I was wrong. Not that it’s not an amazing experience or I haven’t learned immensely it’s just that I can’t see myself doing this…

ART…It’s in the name

I’ve spent the last week in YogyakARTa, Indonesia. It’s been a chance to slow down the pace and stay in one place for a while. I couldn’t have chosen a better place. If you’re into art then this is the place to check out. The city’s soul breathes with creativity whether is Batik traditional art,…

Malaysia and Singapore in a flash

I spent very little time in Malaysia and Singapore not because I didn’t like it but they were too developed and it felt like I was back in Canada. It didn’t make for as much of a cultural experience as other countries in South East Asia but I still recommend seeing it. One memorable place…

A dive a day keeps the doctor away

How can I explain diving? Frightening. Free. Serene. Tiring. Getting your open water ticket is one of the best things you can do. I find myself swimming with fish, turtles, but not sharks yet. I received my PADI training in Koh Tao, Thailand which is probably the cheapest place to get certified. I was able…

An unexpected journey

As I was on the bus heading to Ranong for a visa run I looked up and noticed a couple looking for a seat. As we got to talking I learned they were headed to Koh Phayam which they told me was one of the few islands still relatively untouched by tourism. I flirted with…

Where do you live?

I’m constantly meeting people here who have  “organized” their lives in order to live partially on the islands and partially at home. I’ve been asking questions and learning. The one thing I’ve realized is that each one is doing it in a different way. Some have worked for years and established residual income streams while…

Angkor Wat

I forgot to post photos from one of my favourite experiences so far. Angkor Wat temple. I won’t go into detail about is rich history and how amazing it was because you can read up on it on Wikipedia but I will say that it’s unbelievable that it took 37 years and hundreds of thousands…