As I float through another week, I'm thankful to be personally and professionally developing. Life in Nha Trang is gathering steam; I continually recognize how easy it is to build what you love when you think and feel positive.
I've climbed the mountains behind my apartment twice now and feel there is more to come. The novelty of having a hiking trail along the ridge of three peaks, right beside the ocean, continues to baffle me.
Up next, I'll be climbing at different times of day to best capture the sun, stay tuned for more photos at sunrise and sunset.
This photo below was taken on iPhone 7 Plus, and I think it's the best photo I've ever taken. What do you think?
Living in my apartment is great, I'm very happy. The complex is comfortable, I'm meeting the other tenants, socializing and relaxing on the roof.
The area is calm, my necessities are within easy walking distance, and proximity to the ocean keeps my mind at ease. I'm grateful for the way my life has come to be. The less I struggle and try to make it the way I want, the more it becomes the way I want. Friends, apartment and a job, they're all coming together. The pieces fall into place at the right time.
Whether in Toronto, Tianjin or Nha Trang, I've come to experience possession causes suffering, thanks to an Indian philosopher in India. Having a positive mindset and broadcasting your feelings to the Universe shares your intentions. Let it take care of the rest. What I've learned in the process is to prepare your emotional, mental and financial self to be open to whatever falls in your lap. Because life presents opportunities for a reason and luck favours the prepared.
There are enough reasons for me to want to stay here a while. I can feel myself growing roots, habits, favourite shops, understanding the geography of the city, learning about the surrounding area and meeting many different kinds of people. Those individuals entering my life are reflective of my thinking, thankfully, and most importantly, I recognize these people have something to teach me. Now, the quest begins to find out what exactly I'm supposed to learn from these new key people. I look forward to this next adventure.
Last week I wrote about my iPhone getting liquid damage from driving in the rain, after an attempted camping trip. This was a direct external manifestation of my internal feelings. The frustration, disappointment and anger I was feeling, attracted a situation manifesting those emotions and thoughts.
Returning to Nha Trang, a contact of mine encourages me to read a book she's read numerous times. How Life Works by Andrew Matthews is a simple read and very clearly explains what we think affects how we feel, and how we feel manifests the physical world we live in.
One day, earlier this week, I attempt to journey out deep into the Vietnamese mountains and do some solo camping. An item on My 50 + 100 bucket list, and something I want to do so I can detox from society for a bit. You know? Relax in a valley with nothing but my tent, a fire and a gorgeous backdrop of mountains to keep me company.
Thus, I venture out past a puny village — further and further into seclusion. Nearly out of gas, 15km downhill from the nearest hand pumped gas tank, no cell service and everything I own on my back. I find a valley that looks promising. It's just down this strongly eroded mud slide, roughly 80ft tall. No big deal. I make my descent and am nearly at the valley. First, I need to clear this brush, and climb down a few large rocks.
Setting my bag on the ground, I navigate my way through the brush. Making some headway on clearing a path, I'm nearly at the valley. Just as I'm figuring out how to overcome the last bit of brush, it starts to rain, a lot. I spin around and start rushing back up to my bag.
While travelling over the last year and a half, I've been practicing my writing skills on both this blog, and a private update. Sharing all the experiences, in detail, with my family and closest friends in a twice-monthly document, I call Solo Trip Report.
As more people express interest, I set up a way for anyone to subscribe. An excerpt of the latest edition, Solo Trip Report 33 — Exploring Vietnam, is attached to provide a glimpse of what they are like.
For more detail, visit the new Solo Trip Report page, read the outline, and subscribe! Archives of the last couple reports are also available.