Per standard routine a new blog post arrives more later than sooner and is filled with some photos and random copy paste writing from my own bestselling book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time (now 9.99 USD on Amazon).
I have done a good job of staying alive for 30 years now and was awarded with a visit from my parents in Tokyo, not too far from Vietnam. Japan will always be close to me as the first stop of my small adventure around Asia. It introduced me to many things I am grateful to, such as the obvious stuff like meeting new friends, travel, experience cultures etc., but I also found some clear short term direction of what do to in the next upcoming years.
April updates: I am still living in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. I have been thinking for a while now about getting my 2nd Hong Kong post up. As it is Monday today it means I am on an extreme blog mode, us usual. It also means I have to go to work. In Vietnam people normally work on a classic Monday to Friday schedule (while some companies still work half Saturdays). Monday mornings (and all other mornings besides Sunday’s) routinely starts with my personal wake up alarm – the kindergarden outside the building that blasts music on 120 db (no kidding!) playing for the whole city district at 7 AM in the morning.
Had a nine days Lunar New Year (Monkey) Holiday in the beginning of February. Many people went back to their home town. My hometown was a bit far away, so instead I went for a trip for three days to Hoi An and Da Nang.
As the majority at the people who visits Hong Kong escaped the city crowd for some hiking. It was end of December and, as in most parts of the world, people were out in the nature to do their final hiking before Christmas. Young kids sang songs about the Finish Santa Claus all around us while we were on our way to master the peak of Man On Shan – the mega mountain north east of Hong Kong.
Christmas is around the corner. In Vietnam one can get some hints by finding x-mas decoration outside and inside shopping malls, bars and restaurants – everyone is getting pumped up for the big event, even our office got a magnificent five meters tree installed in the lobby. Snow is unfortunately, or logically, not around the corner. The weather is still warm and pleasant in HCMC, but there is a possibility to experience colder wither by travel ling to Dalat, a hill station 320 km away.
Today was a very horrific day. It was not just because Saturday is leg day, solely including 30 deadly supersets in the gynaecology-machine as usual, but because I was almost burned to death while being trapped inside the gym (video).
Getting used to moving around by now. My first experience involved moving 1 km from my parents house to my own apartment when I was 20 years old. After that I took the big step and moved from the country-side to a (“big”) Swedish city (i.e. the size of a Chinese village). Later it was time to move between continents and countries.
After some silence, the blog will be updated a bit more frequently from now on as I just moved to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Besides my only life purpose of writing blog (or making promises that I will write), my other priorities are to learn to become an expert scooter driver, eat Vietnamese food, apply sun screen, preach about Sweden, and work. Well, work is the main business, besides Swedish ethnocentrism, and I start already in less than 48 hours
Time for island hopping in Malaysia. After months of consideration between how to rank the only three islands I visited I have finally reached a verdict. People who dislike stunning beaches, crystal clear water, and other island stuff, should stay away from this post.