#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.

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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.

Delayed | #73 of 101 List | Give Blood Twice Per Month For 8 Months

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I won’t lie.  This scares me.  I hate needles.  Hate.  I remember when I was in Grade Two and I was in the hospital to take out my tonsils and it took 3 nurses and 1 doctor to hold me down to give me a needle in my leg before surgery.  I’m a big suck.  So I thought about giving blood two times per week for 8 months straight.

So I added it to my 3rd list of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days!

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Update:  Just waiting for the Covid Virus to be finished with.  Will reach out and see if I can donate blood during this crisis. I’ve signed up and registered on the Canadian Blood Services website.

#10 of 101 | See 30 Live Concerts Over 1001 Days

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The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ Wilderness Of Manitoba + Matthew Barber / Peterborough Folk Festival

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The Paper Kites w/ Old Man Canyon | Lee’s Palace

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Dan Mangan w/ Royal Wood performing before him. | PTBO Folk Festival above

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Dan Mangan at the Hayloft Dancehall in Picton, Ontario.

Goal:  To see thirty bands live over the next 1001 days

Now in 2020… it’s time to see some concerts again and see some bands live.

Artists on my wishlist:  Polica, Kris Orlowski, Stu Larsen, Matt Corby, The Barr Brothers, Leif Vollebeck, Damien Rice, Frank Ocean, Dope Lemon, Ry X, Toe, A Blaze Of Feather / Ben Howard, Caamp, Island, Jon and Roy, Khruangbin, Sun Kil Moon, The Tallest Man On Earth, Wild Rivers, First Aid Kit, Bahamas, Daughter, City In Color, Of Monsters And Men, The Decemberists, Colin Meloy, Bear’s Den, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, Frank Turner, Japandroids, Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, Lord Huron, The Middle East, Mumford & Sons, The National, Oh Wonder, Stars, Tennis, Timber Timbre, Willy Mason, The xx

Completed:

1/30: Craig Cardiff in Peterborough / 07Feb20

#66 of 101 | i suck + i will get better | i can’t quit

( Goal is 220 pounds on my 101 Things To Do in 1001 days. )

this is one of those rambling posts that happen late at night with no punctuation or capitals.

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enough is enough.  i’ve only played ball once last year.  very disappointed in myself.  many days i think about doing something to get into better shape.  many days i do nothing.

that is changing.  being active is now the rule for my health and well being.  not happy with where the last 12 months has taken me.

this has to stop.  i’m not happy with myself.  i’m not happy with how i look and feel.  i don’t want to be fat anymore.    i tried before and fell off the bandwagon.

i want to be strong.

i want to be healthy.

i want to eat more clean foods.  no more fucking pizza late at night when i’m alone.

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i want to be a good role model for my kids.

i want to be alive to see them grow up.

i want to be confident in the clothes i wear.

i want more upper body strength.

i want to loose weight around my mid section.

tennis, walking to work, biking to work, swimming, hoops, running, yoga and watching what i put into my pie hole will be the key.

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the last woman i was with was stunning.  absolutely fucking beautiful and i was so lucky to spend time with her.  i need to be healthy and fit for me but sometimes we all want to feel confident in our skin and want to look good for the others we spend intimate moments with.  when i was with her nothing in the world mattered.  we had the craziest weekends together.  the craziest sex.   i want to be better and going in the right direction for whoever is in my life.  i want to do i for them… and i want to do it for me.

time to get serious and be on the record and accountable to me.  i wish i really pushed myself one year ago at this time.  can’t go back.  only can work on the “today” and nothing else.  forward progress will happen if you focus on the “today”

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i need to improve my conditioning.

i need to improve my footwork.

i need to improve my handles.

i need to push myself.

i will be 50 years old in April of 2021 and i’m not going to look like i’m in high school weighing a buck sixty with size 34 jeans.  i’m not going to be a great basketball player either… but i want to be able to run and defend and jump and attack.

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i will post one of those embarrassing at the moment full body in a mirror selfies in 1 year of the before and after.

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i’m jealous of runners.  purely jealous.  i will try and catch you.

i will post my measurements down below.

my focus: yoga, basketball, running, tennis, swimming and weights.

I’ve signed up for Fit4Less and I need to be committed to a better eating plan.

Today I weigh 285 pounds and I’m 6’1″ male that is 48 years old.  My heaviest was 30fucking4 and that was the turning point.  I’m embarrased to type all of this… but I was 268 two years ago and I was not happy inside at that amount.  I was 255 in 2012 and I was not happy with that… but I want that amount back as I type this.

That will change!

Embarrasing as it is… if I don’t type it… it won’t give me the motivation.

I want to be attractive to someone.  I will be.

Start of 2020 has been a big improvement with eating and I’m going to keep going.

All my posts regarding my journey about weight loss can will be found here

Tobermory | 51 of 101 Things To Do / Bruce Trail w/ the kids

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Tobermory, Ontario

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Stormhaven and High Dump are the two backcountry camping areas in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Located along the Bruce Trail on the scenic Georgian Bay shoreline, they offer a tranquil camping experience in a beautiful and remote setting.  It would be great to hike into the campsite and set up camp for a night and set off the next day for the next campsite.  To spend an extra day exploring the caves and swimming and exploring the Grotto, Overhang Point and Flowerpot Island.  After the adventure it would be nice to take the Chi-Cheermaun over to Manitoulin Island.

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I’ve always wanted to explore this part of Ontario and I’ve never been north of Blue Mountain before.  I think the kids would love it since we will have to carry our gear so we will pack light and be creative with our food.

Already starting a Notebook in Evernote with gear needed and ideas and resources.

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In Progress: 1 of 101 Things To Do in 1001 Days | 100 Loans By Me + 1,000 Loans By Others Invited By Me

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As of the beginning of 2020, I have funded 40 loans that totals $1,000.00 to people who use Kiva in 21 of 75 countries Kiva exists.  I’ve been a member since January of 2012.

I’ve invited people to try Kiva and also I help fund money into my kids Kiva accounts for them to lend out.  As of the beginning of 2020, the people that I invited to try Kiva have made 156 loans to people.   My friend Kirk in California is kicking ass since he represents a little over 100 loans himself.  That’s awesome.  So I’m going to put more of my money into Kiva and also get more people into it.

So my goal is to fund 100 loans myself and have the people I invite into Kiva… I want them to total 1,000 loans!

Step 1: Watch the Video to see what is Kiva.

Step 2: Click the link and try and do a little $25 loan to someone to see how it works..  http://www.kiva.org

Why I Use Kiva & You Should Join Me Also from Dan Deveau on Vimeo.