SlowTraveler's Journal

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:03 pm

I have realized I am paying a premium for cleanliness.

Last night I saw a cockroach inside a home. Interesting. Couldn't kill it before it hid in the wall but unexpected still. Haven't seen that in any of the places I'm at. Assuming a small house will come with the same situation so maybe duct taping any cracks in walls can stop that once I've found a place. I'd use plaster and paint but it's a rental.

Month stays are much cheaper than week long stays but a month is a long time to stay in 1 home.

Realizing even my fancy heat clothes aren't as good as basic cotton shorts + shirt here. Brute knows his shit. Likely buying 1 set of shorts and 1 shirt at some point in the coming week. I am over long sleeves and non cotton in this weather. Cotton takes forever to dry which is why 1 set isn't enough. It won't dry overnight here.

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:15 am

Was told I could find a shirt or shorts for about $1.7 today but found $3.4 as best price and didn't like any enough to buy them today.

Is it me or are Asians badasses at spending less money. Here I am trying to ERE and I've already been told multiple ways to cut my expenses in half. How was I considered cheap back in Silicon Valley? My $11/day condo with rooftop pool and gym is expensive because the room is small and it lacks a kitchen.

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My First Rat

Post by slowtraveler » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:56 pm

I was sitting in a restaurant, having a $1 mango lassi and when I finished, I got up to go to the bathroom. As I walked there, a see a fat rat dart across the floor in front of me into a pile of clutter. The long pink tail and fat central portion are what made it obviously a rat.

I felt somewhat sick. Should I let go of the drink to ensure I don't get sick? I did go to this spot because the restaurant I was just at tried charging $3 a drink and the $1 version was more than good enough. I got some comfort in knowing it was not my first time there, plenty of other ate there, and some random online article told me rats are everywhere and it's not really a problem. I relaxed, and today, I realize it is not a big deal, I am healthy.

Still haven't found a shirt/shorts I like in my price range.

Still no plans to leave the country, but quite a few within the country. Settling in for now. Going to the beach in a week or so. Entirely possible I will spend some time on the beach getting my dive master cert in a month or so. This trip is purely for fun.

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:14 am

<$40. That's a kick-ass date, including transportation to and from everywhere. A huge amount of ubering. Sushi. Some Korean ball of ice cream, cheesecake, and strawberry. Temples.

$10 housing: will get cut in half, 1/4 if we move in together.
$8 health insurance: cancel at year end, likely self insure but will compare my options and may get my new state's health insurance if it makes sense when accounting for HSA.
$1-2 phone: I can immediately cut this into a fraction and get better internet. I do need to update my security numbers then but I see $10 phone locally. Update the sim. I'll have to cancel Fi. Considering how slow I am moving, that should be okay. Airport wifi to get my Uber and I am good. I'll have to cancel Fi.
Will add in scooter at $5/day some days purely for fun, Uber actually seems the most financially efficient choice here.

And I hit my $60 average today while splurging on everything I could possibly want.

On health: feel better. Feel I may gain some weight but I eat once or twice a day so probably not. And I walk everywhere 6 days a week.

On relationships: feel good here. Simply want to keep enjoying and exploring the town and country with my love. If we keep getting closer through a week straight together, will likely move in and eventually take her around the world with me.

On wealth: keep beating targets set for self. Next year will be on fast track when lose old health insurance and the absolutely amazing Foreign Earned Income Exemption kicks in.

Towards the future: see the beach, enjoy love, settle in, find a home, likely settle down here for a while and learn the language at the local University. Also on the books is to take some salsa classes and get dive master certified once settled in. I know better than to create distance when I feel certain emotions so dive master is on hold even once settled in. If it keeps calling me strongly, I'll find a way to make it work. First thing is to settle in and listen to my gut from there. One thing at a time. Big world, many adventures. Salsa in Latin America sounds like a blast at this point.

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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:02 am

Health: today was first day not working out. Very late night last night.

Wealth: on track, having old car in states sold for me soon. Likely cutting down on massages soon, or maybe not, maybe get 4 hand massages instead for shorter time.

Learned about sunk cost fallacy and denial first hand.

Relationship: My gut told me something was wrong. Thank God I listened. My poor initial judgement at least helped some others.

Likely scuba diving rest of my time once lease runs out. Maybe I can teach scuba as I travel the world. That would be easy way to get visas. Now to see how the idea compares to reality.
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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by Jason » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:06 pm

Am I connecting the dots correctly here: that within the span of 72 hours, the girl that you were calling "my love" and contemplating moving in with and traveling the world with is no longer in the picture?

If so, sorry to hear. I'm assuming there was some type of bunny boiler revelation.

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by BRUTE » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:42 pm

not to shit on Felipe's dreams, but most scuba coaches/dive masters brute has met say that the incrementally more expensive trainer system is kind of a scam. they recommend staying at a lower level and not teaching, as that makes almost zero money, but just doing it for the fun of it.

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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:53 pm

@Jason

Thanks for the condolences. After looking up boiler bunny I would say this is not that. More siren. And knowing myself, I should leave town before getting too deep as there is some persistence.

I keep thinking of this Buddhist quote on a tree saying: When you have a problem, don't escape it, because there is always a solution.

The answer from that is say no and then change my number, stay out of certain neighborhoods, practice some boxing, get better at motorcycling, get massages, see mountain temples, and all that till my time runs out but disappearing seems simpler and with a higher likelihood of success.

Scooters are everywhere so I can practice elsewhere. I already said no and then a closure talk ended up becoming extended, at least I slept better than the previous night. At this point, relationship is completely open due to previous deception. She still won't admit everything other involved human told me which concerns me and does not work for me.

@Brute
Please tell me more, you have so much wisdom on this travel domain. I wasted money in past on fancy wool clothing only to realize the disposable $2-5 cotton clothes are actually more effective.

Are you saying just do for fun dives without progressing to advanced, rescue, and master?

Volunteering seemed a way to at least offset cost but fun dives seem cheaper. And I'm sure practice > class time.

Cost update:
Trying to get cheaper phone service. $10 unlimited data here. But I'd lose my old number and it would not work Internationally. Right now I have $10/gb after $25 base for unlimited text and unlimited USA calls. $.20/minute international.

That's over a 100% premium for flexibility. Too exhausted right now to update it since I likely am out in 2.5 months and will keep moving countries every 3-6 months.

Likely not buying tailored clothing until wool clothes break since I already have so much clothing. Bought a $4.5 shirt.
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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by BRUTE » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:08 am

brute knows J. Shit about diving himself. but he's met a dive master who says that after the first few levels, it's a pyramid scheme. apparently pay is terrible even at high levels, and certifications are very pricey. brute doesn't know any of the details.

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by dagiffy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:17 pm

Brute enjoys access to a wide variety of experts and masters of certain disciplines. This is a time and money saving approach to enjoying the benefits of expertise.

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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:26 am

I have been living like a hyper consumer (in my eyes).

Still within budget. Life is better than ever before (likely due to living on my own). I rebound from pain quicker than before.

Base cost around $20-30/day+ that much or more in entertainment/travel expenses.

Updating phone number is slowly happening. I am slowly transitioning to G voice.
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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:11 am

Froze old plan. $10/month for unlimited data to use WhatsApp, maps, and all the more free communication methods while on the go.

Keeping a steady decreasing of expenses as focus. Switching insurance at year end and cheaper housing are next on the list, assuming I stay in this town.
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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by Viktor K » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:40 am

The interesting thing about you moving abroad is that your work is largely independent of your resident country, excluding concerns over internet reliability. It seems you may not be super stoked on your current town, at least that's the tone I'm getting. What, then, would be your criteria for the perfect city/town in what country/culture to live in, excluding internet connectivity?

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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:27 am

@Viktor
Interesting perspective. This is actually my favorite city I've been to so far. Better than SF, Athens, Honolulu, Seattle, NY, etc for me.

I think that was more of the relationship stress than my feelings on the town itself.

I am loving Asia. I do not want to leave the continent for the foreseeable future. Walking everywhere is important to me. I'd prefer slightly less tropical weather but a rain storm isn't bad when using a good jacket. My sandals probably won't cut it when monsoon hits in June, assuming I stay here and learn the language. I could always bounce to Taiwan and Australia at that time till the rains calm down.

Update:
Health: Condition had from sitting too much has mostly disappeared. Haven't touched alcohol or other drugs (not counting sugar, second hand smoke, or other socially not counted drugs). Definitely want a kitchen next month so I can cook some burgers, I miss good cheese and meat but not much else. Haven't weighed myself in a while but sure it's going down.

I eat once a day typically till I'm stuffed and done. Twice a day often when I do dates.

Relationships: Dad is sick. Time difference makes talking harder. Feel worried for him but I know there's nothing I could do to stop what happens except for convincing him to go get a scan.

Wealth: Keep beating goals. Investing has treated me well. Spending is slightly higher than expected but life quality is the highest it's ever been. Will make this more efficient in the coming months by finding lower cost housing. I e joy living on my own or with 1 more person. Do not want to couch surf at all any more.

Uber is massively cheap here. Cheaper than local shitty taxis. My app messed up one day and using grab was a hassle as it would not load our address. Got my Uber fixed very next day.

Seeing some other towns in the country soon. Likely scuba diving at some point, may get to rescue diver, may not but I am definitely seeing the reef.
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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by JeanPaul » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:29 am

Yeah, decent cheese is definitely the most important thing that's impossible to find in Asia (here in Japan, good meat is cheap). I thought I might find something acceptable in the Philippines, with its Spanish (and American) influenced cuisine, but definitely not.

Still, one of the underrated pleasures of living in an exotic place is the inordinate pleasure at finding familiar (overpriced) foreign goods which would be completely mundane at home. In Malaysia, that didn't happen so much, since Tesco (the real one, not like that crap in Thailand) had a pretty good regular Western selection, but here in Japan, I was thrilled when I found that an international liquor store also carried international goods like foie gras, muesli, stuffed olives, canned garbanzo beans, even some pretty mediocre Polish raspberry jam, most of which would have cost about 1 Euro at Lidl.

Since your main expense appears to be food (unusually high relative to housing costs), seems like getting a kitchen would be a huge savings.

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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:34 am

Food here is still cheaper than in the states. But damn I am still spending like a madman. Savings rate is still high and I'll ere by my 30th bday.

I found a spot that offers good cheese, a good school, and a cheap home (~$170/month) that is walking distance of everything in a more fun neighborhood. I will get on all that when I return to town. Currently seeing other parts of the country so actually paying for 2 places but my stuff is at least safe and I am realizing my dream of seeing the world.

I packed way too much, I seriously want to declutter but some stuff will be very useful in colder weather. The stuff I can buy here is better anyways.

Planning to stay a year or so here, with a break in there when I get a student visa. Probably see Taiwan or some other nearby country then. Direct flight only though. I found some for under $200 so that's a good place to use some of my travel hacking points.
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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:08 am

Found 3 homes in funner part of town and away from temptation, but temptation has a way of following me so might as well keep cutting my base costs. They all have a kitchenette, which basically means a microwave. I'll check them all out to see if any offer a full kitchen since I am realizing my food spending is out of control here.

Also, may drop November-December health insurance since we are allowed a 2 month gap and it's been useless to me. Even going in the states, all I got was- you're kinda fat, followed by a shit consultation with a nutritionist. I fasted twice a week and lost the fat, didn't find anything useful out of it.

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by Jason » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:08 am

I honestly don't think temptation is following you. It's omnipresent. I guess taking certain precautions, like not renting a room in a brothel could help. But ultimately, you can't flee it physically. Martin Luther suggested farting in its face. I don't know. Maybe your shit consultant knows more about that.

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Re: Felipes Journal

Post by BRUTE » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:47 pm

Felipe can simply buy an induction or gas stovetop for all his cooking needs. Tesco (was that the name?) carries them. brute doesn't remember the price, but not too much. $30-50 or so. some places don't allow gas, some do.

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Re: SlowTraveler's Journal

Post by slowtraveler » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:15 am

@Brute
That is a damn good idea.

I will go there to pick one up if I stay in the area. At this point, there is a chance I will run to the beach, then Taiwan, then Mexico/Peru until winter finishes, then to Spain/Italy/Iceland/Morocco, then back to Thailand once I have cooled down a bit.

@Jason
I was unaware that you could rent a room in such a place. I do not use a consultant, it was a one time meeting. But damn was she cute. If she didn't have a ring on her finger...

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