If there’s one thing that being a nomadic entrepreneur for the last ten years has taught me is that you’re either in the “work mode” or “tourist/relaxing mode.” My several months living in Chiang Mai were purely in the work mode. I woke up early, had breakfast, and then drove my motorbike to the amazing coworking space. For lunch, I went to the nearby restaurant, had delicious and cheap food, and then continued to work well into the evening, sometimes staying until closing time of ten o’clock.
I credit that routine with helping me finish a couple of long overdue projects, projects that will undoubtedly become bigger as the time goes by. Hard work also gives me a certain sense of accomplishment and satisfactions, it makes me feel that I’m alive.
After leaving Chiang Mai, I flew to one of the tiny islands in the southern part of the country. My goal was to continue working and hustling, but no matter how hard I tried to get into the “work mode,” I just couldn’t do it. The Internet was too slow, and there wasn’t any cool co-working spots (or coffee shops). So, I switched back to the “tourist mode.” Instead of working, I caught up some reading and perfected my kayaking skills.
After relaxing on the islands, I flew to Bangkok, the bustling capital, to round out my Thailand stay. I rented a nice apartment with all the amenities in the trendy Sukhumvit neighborhood. The purpose was to focus on work, but, alas, since I knew I won’t be staying long in Bangkok, and it’s a city with so much to offer, I couldn’t concentrate on my work and reverted into the “tourist mode.” I’ve been spending lots of time sightseeing and hanging out with a couple of digital entrepreneurs.
What I like about Bangkok is the energy and hustle, something that was definitely lacking in Chiang Mai, which I feel is responsible for the complacency with a lot of people I’ve been meeting. Chiang Mai is so cheap that you really don’t need to work hard to get by. However, in Bangkok you need to make money. Most people I see here are really well off, dressed to the 9s, and spending their time in trendy and expensive restaurants.
Bangkok is special. There’s something in the air in this city. Everything is possible. The energy. The synergy. If you haven’t been here, you haven’t lived.
Next weekend, I’m leaving Thailand and making a quick pass through India, a country that I’ve been curious about for a long time. (if you’re in Mumbai, hit me up and we’ll do a meet up).
After that, it’s a long flight to a Western country that I’m not particularly eager to go to. The good news is that as soon as I return to the West, I’ll be duly in the “work mode.” There will be no distractions, no sightseeing, no having fun. Just hard work. I look forward to releasing a project that I’ve been working for a while.
Although I haven’t been publishing as much as I liked to, I haven’t stopped writing altogether. I’ve been gradually working on some new posts about some of the current events that we’ve all been experiencing. A lot of them have to do with my experience traveling, especially here in Thailand, which is giving me a unique perspective on a lot of things. There’s also going to be a couple of pieces on self-improvement, too.
I guess it’s my longwinded way of saying that it’s time for a small hiatus. Check back in a couple of weeks.
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