First it was the Sneezing Panda now its the Red Panda Surprise. A baby red panda gets the scare of his life when a zoo worker stomps his foot in front of him. I used to want a pet monkey, forget that, I want a baby panda pet!
8:22am, free wifi, breakfast and a bottomless coffee cup… I sit here flipping through craiglist ads and trulia looking for the ideal housing situation to rebuild what I left behind 2 years ago when I left to Asia. This time, however, I promised myself I wouldn’t come back until I found a place BETTER than what we had before.
It’s been a week… the mansion that I originally thought was THE ONE didn’t end up as perfect as it appeared online. The house itself was great, but it was in a high end residence with a security guarded gated community with strict HOA’s. Not what I’m looking for. The last 7 days I’ve been looking all over town and still haven’t found it.
I won’t settle for anything less than perfect. Fantasy Mansion… I will find you!!
I’m back in Bangkok after vacationing in Hua Hin. My decision is between Bangkok and Vegas and since I’m having a little trouble finding the right place for the right price in Bangkok, I’m starting to lean more towards making Vegas my home for the next few years.
Here is the location of the house we are looking into. It’s very close to 2 major highways and Fremont street, the old strip. The main Las Vegas strip isn’t very far and easily accessible by a bus line very close to the house. This is one of the best locations you can have in Vegas excluding being directly on the strip- which I wouldn’t want because then you are always having problems with traffic. So, I’m loving this location personally.
A friend was kind enough to go by the Vegas mansion and take some pictures which I have included below along with the pictures from the original real estate post. This appears to be a 6 bedroom house with lots of space downstairs as well as some big open areas upstairs to create plenty of fun social environments in different parts of the house. Looks like we have 4 of us total wanting to move in as soon as soon it’s finalized and that’s with keeping everything on the down low.
Me, Ryan Parker, A new friend from Netherlands, and Allana McOsker from Las Vegas. Ryan and Allana are awesome people and the new friend from Netherlands seems pretty chill as most people I have met when I used to live near Amsterdam.
After spending the last 2 years traveling and living in temporary condos, I’ve decided it’s time to settle down somewhere and call it home… at least for a couple of years. It looks like my final two choices are either Bangkok (Where I’ve currently been living in a small condo) or returning to Vegas, where I have many friends I haven’t seen in forever.
Both Bangkok and Las Vegas have their pros and cons and whichever would I choose will be a little different set up. With Las Vegas, I’d recreate what we had last time, in a huge party house but with a newer and better location, style, and bonuses. With Bangkok, I’d find more of a shop house type town home and create a public lounge and hostel in a busy location.
Las Vegas Mansion
5000+ square feet
Game room with pool table, table tennis, dartboard, beer pong and anything else you can image.
Full size in ground pool + jacuzzi
Large backyard with 4+ cabanas and seating with lots of extras turning into a pool party area
Master BBQ set up
Just a few ideas I’m set on with finding the ideal house in Vegas. Once the house is found, many other things can be added.
Bangkok Hostel & Lounge
I would need to find a multiple story 3 or 4 with a rooftop in a location near the BTS that may get some foot traffic. The bottom floor would be an ultra lounge with couches in a relaxed but social environment. Upstairs would be a combination of bedrooms for monthly rentals along with my own as well as rooms with bunk beds and private rooms for nightly stays.
The purpose of this is to meet travelers from all over the world and have a place to through small parties and host events. The roof would be turned into a rooftop bar and hopefully have a nice view.
Spent most of the day playing with the monkeys on monkey mountain in the south part of Hua Hin in a place called Khao Takiab. Hundreds of monkeys inhabit the small mountain and wait around in an attempt to steal from food from tourist, ladies purses and anyway they came.
Monkey tried to steal my camera. Those cheeky bastards!
I’ve heard they are much tamer here than in other places around Thailand as they are used to tourist and the monks who also live in the area keep the monkeys in check.
Adam Feeding the Monkeys in Thailand (Khao Takiab)
Just woke up after an insomniattic sleep session. That’s a cool word, insomniattic. I think it was all of the tramadol I took yesterday while enjoying an day massage session.
It’s nice to have a blog when you’re traveling alone, just making a post like this makes me feel like others are with me. I’m not alone today though, a girl from Bangkok is visiting me here for a couple of days, but she is Thai, which means our communication is limited since the Thai I speak and understand is very basic and her English isn’t great.
There are 3 ways people tend to live their lives….
In the Past…
I don’t have much experience with this personally, but I imagine it’s the type of people who are stuck on the same routines, doing the same thing everyday rarely venturing into anything new. When they do make a change, it’s only to do something or go somewhere they’ve already been.
In the Future…
I found myself doing this at different periods throughout my life and it’s a place where I feel many Americans are today. Living in the future is where you put things off all of the time. Waiting… to do something when something else happens. “Yes, I always wanted to try that” …I’ll do that after Halloween when I have more time.
OR … I’d love to go do that… I’ll wait and do it in 2 months when I’m in better shape, or when my next pay check comes, or when I have someone else to go do it with.
Partly they are excuses, other times, BUT MOSTLY, it’s about making PLANS, you live to make PLANS in the future instead of living the present and just doing it. Plans are okay, I make a lot of plans, but I don’t want to get caught up in it where I’m living today thinking about my future plans. Which brings me to
In the Present…
Living in the present is hard and I don’t see too many people do this. Just do it. Doesn’t mean you have to do something amazing all the time, it just means that you live in the moment. Focus on what you want to do now, enjoy what you have and what you can do in the present. Be in the moment. Whether where you are right now is amazing, or is average or completely sucks, that’s okay, experience it, feel it, be it.
Speaking of the present, this video just came on MTV here in Thailand and has been playing a ton lately. I like video.
What’s up for today?
I don’t know, I’m in a beautiful city. I could make a bunch of plans right now and create an awesome day, but then I’d following a schedule and that could get in the way of living in the present. I’m okay with having an average day as long as I’m in it.
So after extensive research between houses in Las Vegas and beach cities around the world, I finally found a place that I’m excited about. It’s Hua Hin, a beautiful beach town about 2 hours south of Bangkok.
This city seems to have everything I’ve been looking for as well as some things I didn’t know I was looking for. Flying to Phenom Phen, Cambodia tomorrow for a Visa run and will get a double entry tourist visa if I can. Should be back on Friday and will plan to check out Hua Hin for a few days after than. James and Ryan both said they’d join me for the trip down, so I’ll make a post with some pictures and thoughts later. For now, here are some pics I found on Hua Hin on the internet.