As I cross the one year living in China mark, I am grateful for all that has been given to me. With Angie having arrived, it's the start of a new era.
To start off, she found a great apartment in a central area and I moved in with her. It has a lot more space, is close to my best friend Kelly's apartment, and 1/3 of the way to my day job.
Hopefully this is a turning point for the uncertainty in my life about what to do and where to go next. I've been listening to The Pilgramage by PAULO Caulho and really aligning with being on a journey to discover ones self.
My close friend Angie has just arrived after a delay in Shanghai! It's been a year in the making, now she is finally here. We had a lot to catch up on, managing to drift onto the topic of economic/political slaves and how artificial intelligence will benefit those who are already in the top financial class. That is, until the technology becomes so mainstream it will liberate the masses to self-sustainability.
Having completed my one year contract with Kings, I contemplate some of the upcoming changes in my life.
Where to go next with my girlfriend being in London for internship interviews, my best friend moving here in a week and my visa about to expire?
The notion of an adventure across South East Asia using a variety of transportation means continues to be enticing though I'm waiting for Angie to finish her year in China before starting.
Considering I'll be backpacking, my diet will need to change. A few small tweaks are already taking place, but more could be done to prepare my mental attitude about my food choices, changes in volume and frequency of meals.
Since I returned back from India, and subsequently decided to not re-sign my contract, there have been some big changes in my life. I've started seeing someone, my friend Angie received her visa to come work in China, and the girl I'm seeing just left for an interview in London, England.
With King's contract about to end, the visa departure date looming and my good friend about to arrive, I've come to trust such events are happening for a reason. They're happening to make way for what is coming next. I've grown in my ability to identify when such occurrences take place, knowing it is appropriate to continue waiting.
Yesterday was my birthday and it was an amazing time! I'd like to express my thanks to all who messaged me and wished me well, Cheers.
The past year has been explosive! There have been plenty of opportunities, growth, adventure and new people. I have visited a few Chinese cities, had 4 different jobs, taught hundreds of children English, discovered giving and receiving unconditional love, seen smog so thick you couldn't see anything out the window, visited India, Singapore and Malaysia, became a certified yoga instructor, discovered Paulo Coelho, made international friends, started a blog, bought three paintings to start my art collection while abroad, met online international friends in person, made a new best friend in China who lived 2 hours from Toronto and plenty more.
My material possessions with me now include a few days worth of clothes, toiletry bag, yoga mat/blocks, iPhone & iPad, jacket/shoes, two physical books and the backpack itself (50L or ~2.5 school sized backpacks). I can even fit the yoga mat and blocks inside the bag!
At the end of June, my resident status expires, and I'll have to find a new country to live in! Whichever one is right, Im sure will present itself when necessary. When living abroad, there are always possibilities to go anywhere and at any time. Things my not go according to your plan, but they always work themselves out. An intentional effort is made to live in the now and trying not to plan more than 3 months ahead. You'd be surprised how much you can accomplish.
I believe everything in our life happens in order for what's next to be possible. With a positive mindset and good energy, the events and circumstances which are of most benefit will enter our life. Trust in your intuition and lead with your heart. Breathe. Use the mind only for fixing and solving the problems that arise along the way. It makes a dedicated servant but a harsh master.
This past year has been about understanding I can build a life for myself, anywhere I want in the world. There are many beautiful people and they will enter my life at the appropriate time. I accept my life, the place I'm currently in and thankful for all that has happened to me.
Finishing up with the last of my time in Singapore, I leave the hotel, check into a hostel, explore Chinatown, briefly see someone I met online, and head off to wait for 4 hours at the airport due to the flight not leaving on time.
Once I landed in Kota Kinabalu, I camped on an island for the night. Thanks to a strong sunburn and the noise from the beach, most of the night has been sleepless. Live and learn I suppose. We must try new things before we can improve them and now I know a little more of the specifics to address if I'm sleeping on the beach again.
Singapore, the mid-point of my first ever trip down South to Malaysia. The direct flight was smooth, having three seats to myself. The weather is warm and the city is beautiful!
Today, I'll explore the city on foot and visit a few local attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, before flying to Malaysia tomorrow. Listen to my adventure so far below!