Updating my 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days

Couple more days and this will be down to exactly 1001 days. I still have things to add to my list. I kind of failed on the last reset. Being stuck inside and thinking about life and approaching being 50 years old soon… makes you think that you need to get some stuff done.

I have some entries that I need to think of still and add to my list. I need to blog more… so this list will allow me to make some blog posts of things I want to do and it will give me the opportunity to blog them after they are marked completed.

They all don’t have to be epic. They can be simple. Simple as connecting with an old friend or a restaurant to try or a simple day trip somewhere that I’ve been meaning to get off my ass and explore.

You can view my list of 101 Things: HERE

You should make a list also. (just saying)

All you have to do is get some paper. I’m sure it will take you about 5 days with little pockets of time writing down things and ideas. Maybe you will think of 130 things. Maybe 90 and you will keep 11 spots open to add later.

TIP: Think of categories: Health, Family, Kids, Finding/Keeping Love, Money, Minimalism, Around the house, day trips, bigger trips, Food, Journaling, Gratitude, Work, Organization and pets. If you have some categories you can think of small things or big things and put them into categories.

If you make a list and want to share. Please do! Message me and share it. You can set up a free WordPress blog by signing up and creating one and you can have your list there and you can blog about each one that you complete. It’s fun. It’s how this blog started in 2012 when I created my first list and started blogging to bookmark things on this quirky, silly blog.

#2 of 101 Things To Complete: Explore Thailand + Vietnam | The Big Leap in 2021

In 2014, I posted this Vimeo Staff Pick called “Somewhere in Vietnam” and that started it for me.  Follow that up with Casey’s video called “The Vietnam Notebook”  which he took with his son in 2012 to Vietnam to rent a motorcycle and travel the countryside.  That video made me want to rent motorcycles and travel the countryside and not get killed with my kids and have them expierence a way different culture, beautiful sweet friendly people and eat food that is outside their comfortzone of pasta with butter.

With what is happening in the world with the Pandemic virus, it would be wise to push this trip and keep saving for it.

The yummy street food of Hanoi

I thought it would be fun to fly into the old formerly named city of Siagon, which is now called Ho Chi Minh City (map) (Kara & Nate Vlog) and sleep off some jetlag and venture out and see the busy city sights and taste some yummy food. This city is in the south of Vietnam and I thought it would be fun to travel up the coast to Hanoi in the North. We would have to do a sleeper bus for fun and also by train (YouTube Video) & more videos to watch. There are some beach cities along the way to stop and explore. By the time we get to Hanoi in the North, the kids will be a little more settled with the food. Before going on this trip, we need to dine at a Vietnam and Thai restaurant in Toronto and sample some food and I don’t mean taking a bite. I mean eating 25% of four different dishes and we will do this about 5 times. I’m not going to force them to eat bugs and things on a stick that looks like they are still thinking inside. If you want to watch Kara & Nate’s Vlogs in Vietnam… you can find them here.

So travelling north along to the coast to Hanoi would be fun. Hoi Ann & Hue are two nice spots to explore. In the North, I would like to Hike in the mountains near Sapa before making our way to beautiful Halong Bay for a little cruise and explore the incredible bay and islands.

Vietnam Sleeper Train
Halong Bay above

In Halong Bay, you have to do a little 3-day cruise and visit some of the floating villages in the bay and do some kayaking. Boats will shuttle you to beaches and also take you to some places you can hike and climb up the cliffs on paths to the top to see the views of the bay. I decided to post two Kara & Nate’s Vlogs showing the cruise they took in the Bay to give you an idea of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Then move to Thailand to rent some motorcycles and do a loop in the northern part of Thailand.

We would then fly over to Thailand which is right beside Vietnam to the West. In the North is Chiang Mai. We will rent two motorcycles. Chantal will have one and Noah will be on the back of mine. We will buy and strap a pillow to make it comfortable for Noah. If he is sleepy like he was on our Europe trip then I will tie him to me so he doesn’t fall asleep and fall off.

The hardest part of renting motorcycles is finding our way out of the city and dealing with the crazy traffic which is like the start of a marathon when you get a red light.
If it’s safe for 62 fishy’s and a family of 6 on one… then the 3 of use should be fine on two bikes.
Northern Thailand is not that crazy to ride a bike and this loop should be fine once we are out of the city.

The Mae Hong Son Loop can be done in about 4 days. This trip in total we would need about 3 weeks to do all the things we want to do. Flying there is the most expensive part. Vietnam and Thailand are super affordable for logging, eating and visiting things. After northern Thailand, we will fly down to Bangkok in the south and explore the city before going south to the incredible Thai beaches down near Phuket. Maybe I and the kids should have not watched this movie together. Hopefully, the kids don’t remember the opening scene of the movie (The Impossible from 2012)

After southern Thailand, it would be to fly home through Vietnam or maybe when booking we could come home via Bangkok back to Toronto. All I know is that it would be a wild trip and after taking the kids to Europe for 19 days last August… a trip like this to the other side of the world would be crazy fun and such a great experience for them and myself. I already have a Trip Planning Book all set for this trip to fill with ideas and information.

If you want to watch Kara & Nates Travel Vlogs filmed in Thailand… you can view them here.

First Quarter Update | 2020

Looking back… I didn’t do a good job of updating this blog with infrequent updates. the last one was the same time last year. The last 12 months have been a bit of a blur. 2020 for me has a focus on health in many aspects. This new year brought with it a new focus on meal planning and watching what I eat. I’ve been very happy with the first 3 months of 2020. I have to now step up my gym game. I’m basically up 17lbs from the same time last year. I will do a fitness blog post soon as we get into April.

Raptors are second in the east. So many injuries this year and it’s the next man up mentality and they have done so well. I have cable at home so this year is the first year in so many… that I can set the PVR and record games and watch them. The Bucks are crazy deep and is who is standing in the way of the Raps this year. The Playoffs start in less than 40 days. Kobe’s tragic accident with his Daughter hit hard. I never really followed Kobe, but with the outpouring on Twitter and the stories that came out of him and his drive is remarkable. It reminded me of the passing of Anthony Bourdain who passed away in June of 2018. Both of them touched so many people in person and virtually. With music, so many new tunes are flowing into my earbuds. My playlists on Spotify are reaching a little over 80 public playlists. I’m always dumping albums into a playlist to sort and decide if any songs deserve to go into a playlist. Since I’m always asking people what five artists would they listen to on a road trip across Canada… so I thought I would type mine out. I fell off the bandwagon of posing my songs of the quarter, so I thought I would list my song of the year for 2019. Banff Film Fest hit PTBO again, and I went for the third straight year.

A new laptop helps to work and organize things virtually. London Fog’s at Cork & Bean in PTBO is the drink of choice with Soy Chai Tea Lattes. My man-crush Roger is still working on the court. Can’t wait to see some Tennis this August in Toronto at YorkU. 8 years ago was the split of my marriage and I always enjoy the little reminders of living alone with my empty fridge above. A year ago at this time, I was boarding a flight for a business trip to Seeheim, Germany for a Conference and after that conference was a little side trip to Italy by myself to check it out and scope out the Amalfi Coast. My travel planner always has room for more adventures.

Jennifer (above) still is lovely. Currently single and working on me. I will be actively looking for someone sweet to spend time wth soon. Breakfast at Whistlestop is a nice treat. Ben Howard still is #1 and if you ever want a little concert at home to play… here you go. I wanted to plan a trip to Vietnam & Thailand this summer with the kids, but with the outbreak sweeping the world, it’s better to say away from any virus and probably push the trip to the following year. One trip that is creeping into my mind from watching some little docs on YouTube is completing the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail) and I think this would be a great goal for 3 years in time. Completing the trip would take about 4 months and would be an incredible trip to plan, train and complete. I’m sure Chantal would be up for it and not sure if Noah would be up for it since there is no Xbox on the trail. My new bike is itching to get out this spring.

I’m in the process of resetting my list of 101 Things in 1001 days. I fell asleep on this current version and a reset is needed. I’ll do that over the next two weeks.

I set up reminders to type like this on a quarterly basis. I can see this blog changing more to show my work with getting healthy. I want to vlog the process on a little bit of a regular basis since it’s a slow process. I miss making little films. Until the next time, I type… I hope you are well and catch up soon.

89 of 101 Things To Do | The Pacific Coast Trail | Planting Seeds for 2023

The Pacific Coast Trail Map

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It is a National Scenic Trail. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States.

Pacific Crest Trail | A Walk Across The United States from Serge Pikhotskiy on Vimeo.

Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season. Tying the trail together is a community of volunteers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Together, we explore, create and support one of the best experiences on Earth.

Above is a young woman’s hike and documenting her journey in 2019. She covered the hike in 137 days. My goals are to watch this series with Chantal and see what she thinks about the hike. Her playlist of the hike is here. I think a good goal is to do this in three years’ time. We will also watch the other docs that cover this trail. She needs to know that this hike is extremely difficult and it’s not all Instagram posts every hour. It’s incredibly challenging mentally and physically challenging and it would be a crazy struggle for both of us to finish this trek without injury that forces us both to quit.

Update: March 31, 2020 – Chantal and myself finished walking the nine-chapter vlog. Elina aka Tip Tap shown above on the summit of Mt. Whitney. Chantal is in. She wants to do it. “My friends won’t understand when I tell them that I’m going for a walk with my Dad for four months”, she said. If I could pick her trail-name now it would be “Cheese-Eater”. She wants to watch another series with me and I picked out another woman doing the PCT that we will start watching virtually online.

Plane Spotting | Yes it’s a thing | How do you tell them apart?

Toronto Pearson Airport Layout + Runways

Working for an airline, you get worked up about planes. The types and the specs of them. Some planes are easy to spot and understand the types of them. But some of them are super hard when just looking at them. There are little tips on figuring out what they are.

In Toronto, there is a couple of spots you can go watch the planes come in or take off. The most popular is Runway 23 where planes come in from the east and fly over the Petro Canada Gas station and land. Over by the Fed Ex complex you can watch planes on Runway 15. And you have planes landing on Runway 6L or 6R. It’s tricky since planes will be diverted to different runways depending on the winds and also the time of day. Runway 23 is Toronto’s longest, so that is where you see the big heavy’s come in and you can park your car behind the gas station and there is a Wendy’s if you need a snack. Quite not like LAX’s In-Out Burger where you can eat yummy food and plane spot. Download Flightradar24 to check out where the planes are coming in from. If they are coming in the other direction on runway 05 the vantage on Dixie Road is not the best like Airport Road.

Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-400 on final approach at Toronto Pearson on Runway 23

Boeing 747 vs Airbus A380

This is the easiest of planes to tell the difference between these two “heavy’s”. These two planes have upper decks. The Boeing 747 has it for the first 1/3 of the plane. In the old days, Pan Am made this a popular plane since the first class passengers could go up the stairs and enjoy a drink in the bar and lounge in the upper deck for intercontinental flights. The Airbus A380 has an upper deck that goes the full length of the plane. YouTube has a great documentary on the Airbus A380 from National Geographic which is worth the watch. If you want to watch another documentary on the A380, you can view this 3hr doc here.

The A380 was launched in December in 2000 and basically 10 years later Airbus has decided to stop production in 2021. It’s the largest commercial airline in the world. Check out Sam’s channel and his video about the rise and fall of this incredible plane.

So with these two… you just have to see if it has an upper deck and you can easily figure out if it’s a 747 or A380.

I flew on the Boeing 747 with Lufthansa (Class / Seat: Economy / 37A | Aircraft Type: Boeing 474-430 | Aircraft: D-ABTL / 17 Years Old)

I really want to fly on the Airbus A380 and I will have to get my ass to a city to fly Lufthansa at a discount to experience this flight. (LAX, SFO, NYC)

Boeings Queen Of The Sky + my personal fave the Boeing 747

Basics: Airbus vs Boeing Plane Spotting Tips

Let’s cover some basic tips before we start getting into some plane comparisons. Below you will see the nose differences and the cockpit windows. The Boeing windows have more of a “v” shape on the bottom and the Airbus is more straight and you will see the last window has a slanted edge in the top right corner.

Airbus on the left and the Boeing on the Right has a dorsal fin with more of an angle.
Airbus engines on the left compared to Boeing on the right
Airbus on the left is round and Boeing on the right is flatter at the bottom

Short Haul Aircrafts: Airbus A320 vs. Boeing 737

I’ve flown on the Airbus 319, 320 and 321.

Long Haul Aircrafts: Airbus A330 vs 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s sexy jagged engine will help you determine it’s the Dreamliner with its big GE engine.
GE Boeing 787 engine with the sexy jagged design.

A year ago on a business trip, I was upgraded to business class on Air Canada’s Dreamliner which was my first experience to fly business class on an intercontinental flight.

Date: March 19, 2019 | Route: FRA YYZ | Flight No: AC877 / Operated by Air Canada | Class / Seat: Business / 8A | Aircraft Type: Boeing 787 Dreamliner / 3 Years old | Aircraft: C-FGEI

Airbus A340 vs Boeing 777

Airbus has four engines for this long wide-body plane. Boeing 777 has two big engines and no wingtip where the Airbus A330/A340 has a large wingtip.

Flew on the Airbus A340 from Lufthansa from Toronto to Munich on my way to Lisbon. I’ve flown the triple 7 once on a flight from Frankfurt to Toronto on my way home from Lisbon on Air Canada. I was told at the last minute to get on the plane and I had no idea what I was boarding till later.

Airbus A350 vs Boeing 777

Airbus A350 with it’s unique “Zorro” mask cockpit windows.
Airbus A350 sexy rounded wingtip.
Lufthansa’s A350 arriving in Toronto over Airport Road with it’s two big engines. 50% quieter and 25% more fuel-efficient making this aircraft the world’s airlines want to purchase due to its long-range and efficiency.

Wanna Try Plane Spotting?

If you want to try it. You can watch planes come in at London’s Heathrow Airport by watching this video on YouTube. I’m working on my personal notes and I’m going to update this post with more information and add some other aircraft that I didn’t mention. I’m looking forward to going plane spotting with my kids and see if I can get them to understand some of the differences. On our trip to Europe… Noah was making fun of me everytime I could hear a plane landing and I had to stop and watch it.

Craig Cardiff | Peterborough

 

Craig rolled into town for a sweet set in Feb in Peterorough.  Born in 1976 and from Waterloo.  He has released 16 albums.  A great Canadian folk singer.  His PTBO show was recorded, so I’m eagerly waiting for the release on Spotify.  His banter in between songs is lovley and his travels have given him many intimate connections throughout North America.  

I created a little playlist of the songs that I enjoy of his.  I’m slowly going through his older releases and will be adding to it.  I will put in his PTBO show recording when it’s released into this post.  If Craig rolls into your little town or city… please grab that special someone and go and see him live.  It’s a nice little intimate set and his wit in between songs is lovely.  He is a great storyteller.

 

Looking forward to supporting him again the next time he rolls into town.