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Hey there

Please have a look at the new word press site for my new adventures in Asia and Thailand.

http://lostbearings2.wordpress.com/

Thanks so much.

Wayne

 

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No More Space

Hey all

My blog has run out of space, soI  had to make a new plan. Please visit me here for more stories from Thailand.

Thanks for reading!

Wayne


The Versatile Blogger Award

Okay so this is a little weird, I won something. You can be proud mom! I must say, this is a little bit of a surprise, I’m very new to the blogging world and have much to learn, but a big thanks to Rory for this award.

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
  2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination
  3. Share 7 random things about yourself
  4. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award Pic on your blog post.

Here are 15 blogs I frequently read:

1) http://captaincarey.tumblr.com/

2) http://whiteyinchina.wordpress.com/

3) http://thaimeofmylife2.wordpress.com/

4) http://tingbudong.blog.com/

5) http://longwayhome1.wordpress.com/

6) http://wolongnu.blog.com/

7) http://tingbudong2.blog.com/

8) http://openlotusgarden.com/

9) http://hortophile.wordpress.com/

10) http://101cookbooks.com/

11) http://thaimeofmylife.wordpress.com/

12) http://eatlikeagirl.com/

13) http://saffronstreaks.wordpress.com/

14) http://asianstreetfood.com/

15) http://travellingdad.quivertreeworld.com/

Here are seven things you probably don’t know about me:

1)  I love pizza, and make it at home as often as I can.

2) I grew my first vegetables this year.

3) I’ve eaten a scorpion.

4) I ran the great wall of China half marathon in 2010.

5) I like making electronic music.

6) I nearly got altitude sickness hiking to Everest base camp.

7) Visiting waterfalls is one of my favorite things to do.

And thanks to:


A night out at the Grand

So my sis came to visit for a little bit in November and among some of the things to do in Thung Song, going to the Grand is one you shouldn’t miss. It’s the only nightclub I know of in this town (I think there might be more, but can’t be sure), but the nights we have, always seem to go in one direction. Down hill!  Now you must be thinking, one nightclub, this must get lame, but it just doesn’t. It seems we find ways to make each time at the Grand something special, often waking up with sore heads and mild memory loss (not all the time, it’s the dam tequilla shots, thanks Henk). So anyway I had to take my sis through to experience this once in a life time opportunity. The chance to be exposed to an authentic Thai nightclub, no one could turn this down. Well, she was up for it, so we rallied the troops and made it happen. Thai nightclubs, well most nightclubs in Asia are a little different from we what we are used to. There are no dance floors (lots of tables), most have stages for live music and dancers (most of the time they’re highly entertaining, but sometimes a little over the top), and then there is the amazing service (your drink always seems to be full, and I’m not complaining).

Mostly, people are just standing around their tables drinking bottles of whiskey that they have bought at the club (this is a common thing to do, buy your own bottle from a shop , bring it in and thats that, no waiting at overcrowded bars, everything is where you need it, when you need it), the odd table will have people unenthusiastically dancing, lifeless (to the extremely lively music I might add) and then there will be us. The ‘farang’ (foreigner). Now I must admit there is only one way to get through a night at the Grand and that is to just go with the flow. I actually dont know what we do in there most of the time. The music is so loud it’s difficult to make an audible conversation (I mean we speak to each other but I think half the time no one really knows what the other person is saying, there are a lot of blank stares going around). We seem to be like the energizer bunnies in there, dancing like crazy people in a country where no one seems to care, making dance moves that will last an eternity. We do have a lot of fun though and all the Thai’s seem to enjoy us being there. We sometimes make new friends, some who speak English and some who don’t (the conversation where a smile, thumbs up and a nod mean a lot), we get onstage and get kicked off (it only happened once and harmlessly I might add, I did make friends with the manager doing that), we sing and dance and then it’s all over. The lights come on and it’s time to leave.

Before we do this eating is a high priority, well for me at least. Getting a meal when you really need it isn’t a problem, as most restaurants seem to stay open until some ungodly hours in the morning. I’m talking full on sit down restaurants, where you can order everything on the menu at 4 in the morning. If you want a steamed fish you can have it, but mostly I order fried rice (kao pad), because I don’t know how to say anything else. Speaking Thai aint easy especially when you have a few whiskeys in you. No doubt your confidence is high and you’ll go at it all night, trying to practice your Thai even if it’s not relevant to what you’re trying to achieve at that very moment. She will always look at you with that empty stare thinking ‘what the hell is this fool saying’, ‘what do I look like here?’, ‘just give me your #@$^& order please, it’s 4 in the freakin morning’. This is when I say ‘Chan ow ning kao pad mungsawelaat sai kai krap’ (I want one vegetarian fried rice with egg please), time stands still, ‘does she understand’, I think to myself, and then the nod of approval, she does, mission achieved. Food is on the way! Great Night at the Grand.

pre drinks at Poms (great live music)

Eugene, Ang and Henk going strong

booze on the table

you see what I mean

more crazy moves

Eugene breaking it down


Into the Unknown

Hi everyone. Wow! I finally have a blog. It’s a good feeling. After many years of procrastination the dream is finally a reality. Another dream is also on the horizon. I’m about to embark on a magical odyssey across some of Asia. I will be traveling with my girlfriend, Angela and a good friend of hers, Laura.

Here’s a breakdown of what I will be doing over the next few months. I have been in China for nearly a year now, teaching English, who would have thought. It has been an interesting year and I’ve learned a lot about myself. I have made some great friends and met a lovely lady. Some might say this was impossible, but here I am and It’s all true. You have my word, if that means anything these days. I have two weeks left and then I’m off on a spiritual journey across the globe, well not really across it, but I’m going to be visiting a few places.

I start my journey in Kunming, China, where I will hike Tiger Leaping Gorge. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a contender for the world’s deepest river canyon. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres wide), and this is where the name comes from. I will be travelling with an Irishman and a Scottish lass, so it should be entertaining. I spend 5 days trekking the dangerous terrain where many a man has lost his life. No no no. Just kidding. They say the hike is challenging but nothing to be worried about.

From there I fly into Kathmandu, Nepal, where I will meet up with my beautiful girlfriend, Angela and her good friend, Laura and do some adventure activities. We’re thinking about some bungee jumping as well as white water rafting before embarking on the mother of all hikes. We will endure a 8 day hike, until we reach the mighty of mountains, Mount Everest. Everest is the world’s highest mountain above sea level at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). It is located in the Himalayas in Asia. I will only be doing base camp( 17000 ft.), so don’t praise me too much. Haha. It should be something that will change my life forever. Let’s hope for the better. Once you’re up there, you got to get back down, so another 6 or 7 days decent. After the gruelling 15 day hike, I will jet off to India, where I will stay at a yoga ashram for 10 days.

The ashram is situated in Kodaikanal and is hidden away in the remote mountains of this area. If all goes well, I will discover true enlightenment and spiritual healing and become the person I was always destined to be, well, this is what I’m hoping for. I then spend another 20 days traveling across magical India, before heading off to Thailand, where I will chill out and relax for a couple weeks. Hopefully I will be meeting up with my mom and sister and another old friend of mine, so I’m really excited.

I  will keep you all updated along the way.Thanks for being a part of my life. I cherish every moment spent with all of you.

So the travels happened but the blogging didn’t. To make up for it some photo’s might miraculously appear. Hope you enjoy!

view from monkey temple in kathmandu

kathmandu

singing bowl meditation

landscapes of nepal

pokhara

paragliders in pokhara

the big wait (3 days at the airport)

our plane finally ready to go

lukla airport (it has been called the most dangerous in the world)

ready for the hike

rinji (our porter)

phemba (our guide)

'stupa' buddhist religious monument

what a view

the big walk

a kiss in the mountains

khumbu glacier

old everest base camp

the team (laura, angela and wayne)

one of those is mount everest

‘The Universe favors the brave. When you resolve to lift your life to its highest level, the strength of your soul will guide you to a magical place with magnificent treasures’.




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