These Pay Our Bills
Hey look at that, I’ve been in Asia for 3 months!
Wowsers, I had to check the calendar twice to make sure as it only feels like less than two weeks have passed since I last wrote one of these posts. The confusion in time probably has something to do with my horrid insomnia that I ended up taking advantage of by flipping my sleeping schedule – work till 6AM and sleep during the day. For some reason I just can’t sleep at night but during the day I can get better quality sleep. Not proper sleep though. Oh well. Unfortunately that also means that I kinda miss out on experiencing my surroundings but the good thing about slow travel is that I’m in no rush. I’m about to finish up on a project that I’m doing with a team in California so I won’t need to deal with 3AM Skype sessions. Hopefully I’ll be able to reset that nasty sleep cycle and start enjoying more of Thailand before I leave.
For those asking, there is plenty of Japan content still in the works and then after that there will be all my adventures to upload as well as some special treats that are in store for you next year. In the meantime if you do use the Snapchats, you can find me there under the unique name of thatgrumguy.
Let’s see how I went over the previous month (26/10/2014 – 26/11/2014):
I don’t think I’ve traveled more than than 5km from my apartment. There won’t be any long-distance travel till January – knowing me though, that may change. A small part of me keeps wanting to head down to the islands in the southern region of Thailand. Bit of a silly idea at this time of the year. But y’never know.
As expected, nothing much to report here. The highest altitude I’ve been this month was probably on the day when I wasn’t paying attention on an elevator and got off one floor too high at the local shopping mall.
Hooray! Not only have I slowed down the devouring of my savings with some cashflow but I’ve also pulled my average spend below the $50 a day mark – $46.72. Over the past month I’ve spent an average of $26.88 a day thanks to settling in and figuring out a moderately good routine. There were a couple of impulse purchases that I perhaps shouldn’t have made and I did break my rule of eating at western-priced restaurants for more than 2 days in a row but I don’t think I overdid it and am quite pleased with my progress. Next month’s expenditure will probably jump up as I’ll be extending my Thai Visa and buying plane/bus/train tickets to my next location(s). Right now I could fly to Singapore for less than $40 on the week that my visa expires so I’m kinda tempted in getting those tickets right now. But that will also be peak season, meaning hotel rooms will be in short supply. Decisions, decisions!
Ruhroh! With all this working and reversed sleeping I’ve been very lazy and barely done any extra adventuring aside from the daily walk to the office and back. It is still a good walk, more than I used to do when I was in Australia so that’s pretty ace. According to the tally, I should hit the 1 million steps mark within the next week or two. In the below graph you’ll see a nice jump in steps (red is total accumulated steps, blue is my accumulative goal) but over the past two weeks I dropped considerably. Laaaazy!
Regarding my health in general, there are a couple of issues that have been bugging me over the last 3 months. I’m starting to entertain the idea of heading back to Australia for a month or two and getting that all sorted out. Although doctors in Asia are much cheaper and equally as qualified, I still have an internal struggle with the idea of getting my insides poked at outside of Australia. Don’t worry, its nothing serious – just annoying.
It is absolutely wonderful to get into a routine. Thailand has been a lot harder to settle into due to the language barrier but I’m at a stage where I’m comfortable with my blundering. I’m quite used to dealing with unknown languages in my travels – mobile Internet has made translation of signs, menus and whatnot a helluvalot easy but when you’re dealing with script that you can’t type into your phone, its a whole different kettle of fish. At least when I make mistakes, it’ll cost me tens of dollars, not hundreds.
I may have to review this whole $50 a day thing. Although it is easy to accomplish once I’m settled down in location, the first few weeks of arriving can be very costly and I’m planning on heading to countries that aren’t so cheap in 2015. I might just take transport and accommodation out of the equation as the goal of the limit is to force me to go outside of my comfort zone, not put me in a world of poverty. Anyhoo, its almost December meaning that I’d better hurry up and pull my finger out regarding my next destination. I think I’ll hang around Chiang Mai till after Christmas and bounce then. My Visa expires in a few days but I can extend it for a month by jumping through a few hoops. Hopefully the government won’t change their rules again otherwise I’ll be making a very quick exit!
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