Visa Runs and Sleepless Nights
"Zengo Saidan... Do what you need to do without delay... Never put off what you need to do till tomorrow, enjoy each and every day."
-A Monk's Guide to a Clean House, Shoukei Matsumoto
Preparing for New Adventures...
This week has been very different. I've been riding my cheap scooter all around Phuket. Printing documents, getting photos taken, visiting offices and consulates. Visas are a pain but all the trouble should be worth it to have greater adventures. On top of that, I've still been getting some training in. Running when I can. Doing Muay Thai when I can and participating in BJJ. I'm hoping to get two Muay Thai sessions in on Saturday but... we will see what happens.
Action makes the Days go by...
The big issue I've been dealing with is horrible sleep. I go to bed around 10 or 11 most nights. Sometimes midnight when I'm working on stuff. Going to bed so late definitely is part of the issue, but the thing I don't understand is why I'm waking up so often. 2:30 am, boom I shoot awake. Sometimes I just sleep for an hour and I'll shoot wide awake.
When this happens, I normally stumble around the room trying to understand why I'm awake. I might wash my face or drink some water before I crash back into bed. It's really odd. This lack of consistent sleep has made it hard for me to wake up on time for morning Yoga. (I gave up evening Yoga so that I could start practicing BJJ)
Reeling in the Budget 🎣
Another thing I need to work on is getting my budget under control. This week I've been spending a lot of money. Visa stuff, plane tickets, food, gifts, and more. Before, I was spending about $100 a week and this week has been close to $400 (minus the plane tickets).
Still, living in Phuket has been pretty cheap. After meeting some new folks from BJJ class, I learned that Chiang Mai is as cheap as they say. I was talking to a guy named Brandon (Brenden?) who is just travelling around Asia with his friends. He said that he enjoyed Chiang Mai way more than Phuket. So I'm glad that I'll get to see Chiang Mai soon.
Reflecting on what I need...
One thing that is always on my mind is what will I need in order to train, edit, take videos, and to enjoy my journey. So far, I think I brought everything that I need. There are some things that I'd like to have to make things easier. A better laptop, an extra monitor, a weather sealed camera, and a consistent income. Those things would make my editing work more convenient.
Through these restrictions, I've been learning a lot. I have a better understanding of my camera and video editing software. I've learned that my equipment also needs care and rest as much as I do. The biggest thing I've realized is that there is so much for me to learn.
The point is, I don't need more. I'm pretty content with where I'm at.
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