Bangkok, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
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Travel Asia as much as I can while living in Bangkok and being contracted for the most amazing and fulfilling project of my life so far
I recently finished a couple years living in L.A. via my last cross country road trip from RI to LA, and am now living and working in Asia for the first time out of Bangkok.
Look out, rest of the world, here I come!
A little about me ...
In short, I'm a rogue IT Professional who started his Digital Nomad lifestyle roaming around the U.S. in a fine Dodge Ram Van.
I love finding potent phrases or lyrics that express personal sentiments in such a poignant way that it render my doing so in my words pointless.
I also love collecting them. This is my favorite at the moment:
"...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"
~ Jack Kerouac
I like to think I'm one of those people ...
This, however, is an all-time favorite that resonates strongly with who I am:
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
~ Calvin Coolidge
I could share many more that I read regularly to keep me focused, but I won't. Instead, I'll finish the section off with my favorite piece prose which satisfies the 'Life Philosophy' part of the section:
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Check out my Facebook for more photos and life-as-it-happens anecdotes: www.facebook.com/kdelbonis
And check out my OKC to see how I emotionally and interpersonally tick, at current; www.okcupid.com/delbonk
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Being hosted by, and meeting, people all over this country was actually an essential part of my first plan.
I really put this site to the test during my initial nomadic adventure around the country, and was overwhelmed with the response during my first trip.
Since then, I've looked forward to every new host or surfer I meet.
I want to make the most of meeting every person I encounter, sharing stories and experiences with them, learning new things, everything ...
I want to share a slice of my life with my host, go out and see their hometown with them, and hopefully brighten up their lives a bit with my presence.
I certainly aim to give more than I get at all times, but I'll take an even trade =D
But now, I'm read to give back as a host - so let's see those couch requests!
Excellent so far.
I've met many surfers and hosts, and they all have had a positive impact on me.
They have reassured me of the kindness, generosity, and selflessness that can be found in people.
It has given me that much more hope in humankind, and that's more than I could have ever asked for.
Traveling, Writing, Muay Thai, Strength Training, Sprinting, Roller Blading, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Reading, Video Gaming, Photography, Dancing, Breakdancing, Karaoke, Bongo drums, Guitar, Making New Friends, Learning, Eating, Nutrition, Living Primally (www.marksdailyapple.com) =D Rafting, Bungee jumping, Dreaming, Standing on My Head, Making People Laugh, Creating intricately groomed playlists, Vintage Fashion, You!
Well, I'm just going to list what's in my head right now, rather than copy my stale FB lists. That's cool, right?
update: this is sorely outdated
====== MUSIC ====== Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, The Killers, Hurt, Led Zeppelin, Electric Six, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Deftones, Broken Social Scene, Team Sleep, Finch, Arcade Fire. Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Muse, Nirvana, Thrice, STP, Alice in Chains,
Yea, I'd say those are my favs right now. And so does Last.fm
====== BOOKS ====== The Art of War, Fight Club and everything by Chuck Palahniuk, The 4-hour Workweek, the Primal Blueprint, Siddhartha, The God Delusion, The Dune Series (gotta finish the last two),
I am sorely behind on reading, and ashamed of it. This is something I plan to fix during my trip!
====== MOVIES ====== Fight Club, Boondock Saints, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, American Splendor, Snatch, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Donnie Darko, 21 Grams, Traffic, Brick, Little Miss Sunshine, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, The Fountain, Primer, Pi. The Darjeeling Limited, Lost in Translation
=== TV === Sopranos, Brotherhood (wish it didn't get cancelled ...), Conan O'Brien (same), The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, South Park, Family Guy, Sealab 2020
Free-swimming with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef at night
Well, I've trained at the best Muay Thai school on US soil for nearly two years and would definitely be more than happy to impart some basic technique.
In addition, I'm quite adept at the philosophy of living Primally (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/) and would be more than happy to discuss the aspects of exercise, diet, and lifestyle pertaining to it.
I've also been an IT Project Manager and Business Systems Analyst for the past 5+ years.
And I've been playing video games all my life and love getting into discussion about, and playing them, with other enthusiasts.
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