Reflections on a Month of Travel 

In classic fashion some thoughts at the end of my trip. (4th to Japan) (And of course the trip was enjoyable)

At this point I’ve basically lived in Japan at multiple points. I’m comfortable in Japan for a bunch of reasons and overall can see myself coming back multiple times/year for business/pleasure. 
This brings me to my next point- since I left 2 years ago, I’ve only planned to build an international life. NY will always be my home but I enjoy adding other spots. More interestingly I pursued a life path fairly difference from my academic training. Even the way I used Japanese has evolved over time. 

More pressing a matter, I have friends all over the world. I think my lifestyle crafting is in line with my values – it’s just weird to realize this 🙂 
I hope I can use this not to brag but as a conversation starter/thinking out loud to help others improve and have great experiences. Literally I’ve monetized my hobby to support a lifestyle and build experiences. 
I’ve had doubts but this trip hit it home. This shit is a reality and … Basically I can build..maybe not an empire but something to not only help Magic as a game but the international community and players as individuals. Not to toot my own horn but I think my problem solving skills could definitely be of use to share the ‘travel hacking’ mindset. 

Ultimately I want to use this reflection as an invitation. Let’s talk travel, Magic, life.. Anything. I think real success for businesses and people now comes from collaboration that helps both get become stronger and more resilient. So I hope I can ride the wave with some friends along the way to enjoy the view. 
Interestingly, ONe Piece (probably one of the bigger influences in my life) has recently made it clear the ‘pirate King’ isn’t ‘it’ only because of himself. Rather it’s the work of him, his crew and allies that makes it work.

Until next time, 合縁奇縁

Birthday Post Yay

It’s funny. Blessing come in some many shapes in form. Does it really matter the type of act? I don’t think so, since everyone has their own way to express their kindness/thinking of you. I thought of this from my birthday since I got so many kinds of gifts.

But most of all was to see people. The most fun was just having people over. The same for all the wishes from FB.

It was a weird feeling of contentness and completeness. Devoid of any wanting and just enjoying the moment for what it was and who was there. No emotion attached to people being there or not. Probably the most serene birthday I’ve had.

Friends old and new, just enjoying some time together, just being.  Interesting with the FB wishes, great to get them from people all over. I also want to be careful not to judge nor expect anything. Whatever gift someone is willing to give, to willingly and happily receive and be thankful for it.

From Starbucks latte, to time with friends, eating and drinking with friends. A thanks to everyone involved and who wished me a happy happy, came by or did anything!

Going Out and Trading into Success

I recently went out for the first time in a long time to an old bar I used to go to frequently. Honestly, I can’t imagine why I used to go out. Actually I can and understand why, but now, I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t really have interest in drinking, nor eating overpriced food, nor talking with strangers in a place with loud music’. So I wonder if that’s antisocial or just preference.

It was kind of interesting to just sit around and observe the place. Recently I think I’ve been avoiding some things, but it’s a constant circle or journey. Somethings are hard but you have to face and deal with eventually.

There really is nothing like the morning walk followed by coffee!

Other stream of consciousness includes… I’m using my hobby as potential investment for the future, so that’s fun. Yay trading card games. Great success with the ‘Pucatrade’ site! It’s been a wonderful experience so far. In other news, I’ve stepped back from my career as a brewmaster of coffee. It’s a fun job but it’s ultimately kind of ….ehh with people barking and being a little too particular about coffee. I get it and understand, but I don’t want to be the guy doing that for slightly more than minimum wage. There are plenty of ways to skin a cat for profit, I’ll take the remote working from home. Which has been an up and coming endeavor!

Switching Coffees and Switching Life

Well, I’ve gone from Toasted Almond to Hazelnut and now French vanilla. I’ve mixed and matched in the past, but now it seems I stick to one and change it. I think coconut will be the next switch. (Funny the screen just switched from night to day mode. It’s called F.lux, and it’s supposed to decrease the strain on your eyes at night and not disturb your bodily rhythms with ‘light’.)

It’s funny how we switch things in our lives. Habits switching out other habits. Foods swapping other foods. Hobbies, jobs, family/friends. Wow, it really is more or less for everything! It’s a call to just appreciate what you have at each and every moment. People, experiences, places, family and friends. Jobs, not jobs, education, laziness, energy.

I’m in a transition phase. And compared to before Japan, I think things are very different. Actually a lot of things were really different when I first got back. That’s 3 months ago! It honestly feels like more, actually each day feels like so much more. Even days I’m not doing much or being ‘productive’ feel super long. I’m definitely more aware of my urges and am working towards traveling.

Recently unplugged from FB as an experiment. It’s possible to reactivate your account. Actually, I’ve already caught myself a few times, as well as trying to play games on my phone (I deleted Ascension, the main game I…’m slightly addicted to.) Maybe this new feeling is the lifting of the ‘social media’ burden. In hindsight, I should maybe have not deactivated so that my account could still receive messages. But that’s hindsight and maybe messages will be there when I get back. Of course extremes are …not good but it’s something to try. Just like my ‘no alcohol’ or rather being mindful and limiting alcohol. (this includes soda and sweets. Success with soda, but I still have been snacking. Lately it’s the midnight snack that’s been getting me. I’m very good at rationalizing trying to keep my metabolism. But I really shouldn’t worry too much about it, since my metabolism will start again in the morning. Greek yogurt with cinnamon is my new indulgent.

Another philosophy that I employ is ‘don’t give a fuck’. And I’ve noticed I do it more in certain types of situations or after I reach a level of frustrated-ness. Guess it’s all a process.