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Day 2 In Saigon; Real G’s Don’t Smoke

I need video. and sound. Let there be lights, and then let there be rock! I am listening to G Shit by T.I. and Jeezy. It’s not impossible to write while I listen, but it’s not easy lol. I do love rap music, and sometimes I wonder if it’s not good for my mental health. When I was in Da Nang I got to spit some freestyle rap and I realized how much I missed that shit. I could have been a profiting rapper if I had put my life to it; still could. Things are different now. I don’t even drink anymore. The song has stopped. I am not as pumped as I was ten seconds ago.
There is a gentleman sat in front of me hunched over some papers, presumably doing math equations. I saw him run back to get a calculator. His name is Nichola and he is from Germany. We are staying in the same hostel, but I am writing to you from the coffee shop up the road called ToGo. It aint bad here, but I’ve only had the Vietnamese milk coffee.
Today I will be switching hostels to a place called Flipside, which is on Bui Vien [street] in Saigon. I went there with Will yesterday because his girl Alex and him have a room there, but once I discovered there was a rooftop bar with a chill area, I went downstairs and booked a dorm bed for myself. Totally the move for me. I will stay a couple of days until I figure the situation out, and then I will move onto someplace cheaper. I think being around the travelers will allow me to learn a lot, and very quick. I won’t have that same opportunity at my current hostel because it’s not as busy, forsure, plus there is no good area to chillax. I am excited to head to the new place. Think I’ll post this before I go? I’ve already written two articles from this city that have gone unpublished lol.
The ice in my Vietnamese coffee isn’t melting fast enough for my liking. On a separate note, I think I am going to smoke a cigarette. I’ve been going ham; smoking over a pack a day for like two weeks now. I have decided my best option would be to quit the week before I leave Vietnam, but if I fuck that up then my plan B is to remain very strict in San Francisco, because after almost two years of not smoking cigarettes I am not going back to that shit. I am an alcoholic that has traveled 3 months on the South East Asia backpackers circuit and not drank a drop, I’ll be damned if I get stumped by these fucking tobacco companies. Willpower is there, I just need to summons it…jury duty fucking mandatory.
I am sitting here with my cigarette now; it’s almost gone. Now it is gone. I listened to that T.I. song again, and I went to the artist radio so now I am listening to Pimp C. I like UGK but I have not dove into them deep. Once I am rich and have a license again I will whip my Ferrari from SF to NY and bump some UGK on that journey. I greatly look forward to driving across the United States…probably by myself. I need to keep that shit at the front of my mind to maintain my discipline. I am excited to get back to San Francisco and get to work! Making a little bit of money…I will have circumnavigated the globe this time around, so I confident about finding contentness in the city I now call home. When I was in SF the first time it was an overload. So much of the world was still becoming new to me. Now? I will be 27 in eighty-nine days, and I am about to enter a 10 year quest to become a better version of myself. I know what I want. Before, I wanted to travel, and meet new people. Now, I have traveled, and I have met new people, and I will be a traveler for my eternity. I still haven’t made any money however, and so that’s next on the list.
As I am sitting here smoking another cigarette, and the time is 09:50 in Saigon, I am realizing I want to work with a group of other bloggers. I have been scared to talk about my ideas with anyone in fear they may get stolen, but then today Nichola told me he heard in Silicon Valley the way people go about building projects is different, and that everyone encourages open discussion in an effort to make the most optimal product/service. This is what I desire: open conversations to benefit both parties, but being as I have nothing [relatively] at this point, I would like to contain that conversation to other individuals who are in my similar position and working toward similar goals. Okay. I am going to write an email to Chris from TravelSizedRobot.com, and ask his opinion. He also runs a blog for car enthusiasts, so he would be someone I consider in my position. He’s better off than I am, I believe, monetary wise, but he is still one of the small fish in the pond. I also don’t believe he is a bottom feeder, which is what I need to avoid. A wise bottom feeder could potentially fuck me right now. I do consider myself knowledgeable in my niche, but I am not yet a master of it. I will be. I would like to be the premier source of asmr knowledge and insight…we shall see. Okay. That’s it for now. I am going to edit, publish, and then work on some other stuff. Peace!
Chris

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Day 23 In Da Nang…The Final Morning

For the final time I am writing to you from Factory 43 Coffee. The time is 09:10 and I am sitting right under the air conditioner in the upstairs of the building. I am a little cold. Soon will arrive a cappuccino and a croissant that I ordered. If I am not mistaken this is the first time I have tried the cappuccino here. I almost got a brownie, but I am sure there will be plenty of brownies in Saigon; I arrive at 05:00 in the morning tomorrow.

This guy I met in Ha Noi, did I tell you about Will? Well he is trying to come to Saigon too. We discussed many different plans last night, but I think I am just going to make him come to the train station with me, and hopefully there is a ticket available so he can get on the train. If there isn’t, maybe he can get a ticket for later in the day, and then he can just go cool in the large part of Da Nang until his train leaves. I looked up the refund situation online, and it doesn’t seem easy to change trains or get a refund. If I could switch my train to a later train and ride with Will, that’s probably what I would do, but I can’t lose the $40 I already paid.

The time is now 09:19. Really I shouldn’t kill too much time here. I probably should hit an ATM and buy some snacks for the train and shit like that. Apparently I could have paid by credit card for my ticket! I should have totally done that. Talk about a fail. Now I am talking about going to the ATM again. Lame. Plus Will has to hit the ATM and pay for his room before I can even get him to come to the train station. Yeah. I should just kill this cappuccino and dip outta here. The cappuccino is good! It’s a little milky for my tastes, but certainly it’s better than most that I’ve drank[I hadn’t really drank cappuccino’s before I left America]. Okay…here I go! I only just arrived at this cafe, and I haven’t done much…but that’s okay. I’m going to edit, post, and leave. Peace.

Chris

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The Switchup

I often find myself wondering what I should do next, and today is none different. Dare I say I am thinking of bending my plans to the graces of someone else? It is certainly possible. Patience must be applied.

I met this girl last night, and she’s still asleep, but I want to hangout with her again, and there inlies the problem: We’re going to be in two different cities. I did manage to find a hostel bed in Hoi An for 130k, but I just don’t know if this is where I want to stay tonight! Right now the plan is to return to Da Nang about 17:30 and then move right back into the hostel I was at for 20 days. The difference is that this time, my plan is to catch the train to Saigon the following day. But wait! There’s more.

What if the girl wants to hangout? Welllll shit, then I guess I should be sticking around. When she awakes I am going to talk to her about it…so it’s either catch the train to Saigon, or keep my room in Da Nang and come down in a grab and spend the day hanging out with her. I actually gave it some significant thought. I will be in Vietnam for another three weeks. That’s enough time to get to know someone, without question. At the same time I don’t think I want to stay in Da Nang another three weeks! I could come and chill in Hoi An, but first of all it’s more expensive than Da Nang, and second…it’s not as much of my scene as Da Nang.

All of this said, transportation between the two towns in 100k with a Grab Bike, and 300k with a Grab Car, which really isn’t that bad. It’s not something I want to do everyday…but I could do it several times before it impedes my progress. In truth…I’ve spent quite a lot of money since my arrival, and I forsure won’t be able to keep that up. At this rate I’ll arrive in San Francisco with almost nothing, and that is not the come back I need to make! If I want to show up with $420 [at least] in the bank, then I need to be a little more cautious of how I spend my money the rest of my time in Vietnam.

Other problems? In fact I was just talking to Will about this last night. When you try and follow someone, or bend your plans to accommodate someone else’s life, you almost always end up unhappy. Ahh! So the slick move? See is this girl can meet me in Da Nang, and we can chill out there for the day. That would at least be a good start.

The reason I sat down to write is because I have nothing to do, and a lot of decisions to make. Oh, I suppose it’s worth mentioning that Will is heading to Da Nang tonight, so we were planning to split the car [I need a car with all my stuff]. If I hadn’t run into him again this morning? I was actually prepared to go rent a room across town…but I actually like the idea of commuting much better. In fact! If I took the bus it’s only a measly 20k, which means I could stay in Da Nang and come down here for the rest of my trip and it wouldn’t break the bank lol. I don’t think I would get to much done on the bus, but I would do my best practice being efficient.

Okay. That’s all I got. I guess I am going to edit and post this now, otherwise it will get lost to the abyss of documents. I will probably talk to you next from Da Nang, but at this point anything is possible.
Chris

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A Hot Day In Hoi An

Today is a hot day in Hoi An. Have you ever been here? Vietnam is so nice, and this is a rather cool little city, with a surprisingly wry nightlife scene. I ordered my first, second, and third nitrous gas balloon last night after this girl Steph showed me what it was all about. I guess it’s legal here, and in fact I have heard of these balloons before, but this was the most opportune time I have had to try it out.

As soon as I did it I was like “Oh. Whippits.” Back in America that is called a whip-it, pretty much anytime you’re getting down with that stuff, and I guess I never knew it was n02. It was pleasant. I got a little high for a second and then it faded. What’s more impressive than that? I also smoked a whole pack of menthol cigarettes last night! WTF is going on with my life?!? Seriously. Here I am, living the non smoker life for 2 years, and then I’m smoking a whole pack of squares in 12 hours flat? I’m falling off the wagon my dudes! I kid. I am steady in it for the money, and smoking cigarettes isn’t part of my plan. I might keep smoking for a little while, but I’ll kick the habit soon, and hopefully for good this time…I obviously didn’t quit smoking when I left Da Nang.

I met a group of totally cool people last night. Steph, Chelsea, Lena, Daniella, Raphael, and then this dude Will I spent two hours talking to at the end of the night. It was more people than that, but I’d say became the core group. We started the night with good ole fashioned conversation over some free beers at the hostel, and then moved [much later] into the nightlife of the city. We went first to the Mr. Bean Bar…which was a trip. Then we went to Hair Of The Dog, and that girl Steph told me it was gonna be…I believe she said filthy? I remember her telling me something, and at the time I didn’t know how to process the information, but I could tell she thought it was gonna be lit. It was lit. I had only been one place similar [I don’t get out much], and that was a place in Seattle. Filthy, grimy, low-life spaces I’d say, and I couldn’t help but feel quite at home. I lied. I had like 6 NO2 bLns.

There is much more I could tell about last night, but not today. It is far to hot in Hoi An to be going into the complicated proceedings of last night; ephemeral camaraderie, if you will. Just know that I only got two hours of sleep! The time is 10:27 and I have written this to you from Mia Coffee. The Cappuccino was quite good, but I reckon I’d have rather gone espresso.

Chris

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Day 19 in Da Nang. Poof.

I have made a spreadsheet of information relating to asmr, and I have reorganized all the files in my Google drive and on my computer. I still have not made a proper plan for going to Hoi An, but I might leave this afternoon still.I have everything I need at my hostel, I just jump in a cab and go! But idk. I feel rooted to Da Nang at the moment, so who knows. I could just fucking fly to hcmc if I wanted, and strictly dominate the two cities [I’ve visited].

The espresso this morning was good. I forgot to order a double shot…but it seemed the same nonetheless. After I finish this I will return to my hostel and likely pack my things together, and then I will probably sit around avoiding a decision for a while before I finally go to Hoi An. I am excited. I think Hoi An will be a nice city, and even if I only spend a couple of day there I think I will enjoy myself. Then I will either take a longg bus ride to the next city, or I come back to Da Nang and fly to Saigon. Both are good options.

I don’t have much to say today…in fact, that’s it! So peace for now, and I’ll catch you soon. Peace!

 

Chris

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Day 18, Morning

I am literally waiting for my website to load so I can post my writing from yesterday titled: Day 17 In Da Nang. Ferocity. I actually just made that title up right now, but I am going to move forward with it when the website loads, lol. Ferocity…it’s what I quest. To be ferocious about life in 2019 is to be exiled from the past. The future is here! I don’t know how much different shit is going to get, but I know it’s going to change fast, and everyday.

I was talking to this guy staying in my room at the hostel, Chris, and he is a nice, tall, lanky white guy from South Africa. For those of you that know Sacsha at the Green Tortoise in Seattle, this gentleman kind of reminds me of him…in a way. Carefree about life, but also very hardworking. I know Chris is in town to teach English, and he told me he works six days a week.

Last night I asked Chris, seemingly out of the blue, if he had ever owned any businesses. He told me yes, he had owned 2 businesses and been partnered in a restaurant. We talked for some time about his past in business, and then I whittled my t-shirt idea right there in the air in front of him. I think he liked it. He told me I had a good idea. He also told me to make a budget, and to work hard, and to never give up. I gathered that his father might have some money, but that also means his father could have taught him a few things. I listened to what Chris had to say and I took it all in. It’s interesting to meet the many individuals from across the globe that come to Da Nang, but Chris turned out to be especially cool.

There’s a tiny dog across the street taking a poop. That dog seems to enjoy pooping over there, I saw the dog do it alone last night…but now I see it these people working at the hostel that just leave the shit in the middle of the sidewalk! Ha! It’s crazy now that I’m really thinking about it. She just watched this dog take a shit on the sidewalk, and now she and the dog are walking back into the hostel. I almost step in that tiny shit everyday! I never put it together until just now that that shit is this tiny dog’s tiny shit! Wow…I am staying at the most savage hostel in the neighborhood. I respect, but I can’t say I would do the same.

The time is 07:44 in the morning here in Da Nang, and I am stizzoned like usual. I have been getting lifted everyday here and it’s…pretty lit, I can’t even lie about it. Da Nang is my favorite place I’ve been on this journey, and it’s pretty damn westernized where I am at [am I a wimpy traveler?]. I live by mostly western style restaurants. Like Factory 43 Coffee that I am probably going to go to in 20ish? minutes. That shit would not survive in Laos. Not even in the capitol city I don’t think. Vientiane was large, supporting a lot of people, and there was  Common Grounds coffee shop there which was really good, and really turned out to be one of the best cafe’s I’ve been to on this trip. 43 Factory is maybe the most modern place I have been though. It’s got to be only months old, it’s so damn clean in there. It’s in a less dense area of the city than downtown too.

I can get so much writing done in one day…I will have written a whole page in just a moment here, and I’ve been writing for about 45 minutes. Do I really like writing? If I do then I need to do it more often, but with more focus. I need to write about asmr! See I should post this article, then write some asmr content, and then I could even write a second post later. I could have that all accomplished by noon, forsure. Editing takes a while I guess, and with these post’s I’m just fucking rambling, but with the asmr content, my focus is more exact. I can’t lie, I actually did write my first piece of content yesterday: My Top 3 ASMR Videos To Wake Up To. Is that a good title? Too cheesy? I am trying to produce highly-edible, easily digestible content, that still carries weight as merit is there. I will produce a few more articles and then see what I think about posting them. I could post the content on hoz to see how it looks. I need a program that I can layout a blog post on. Right now I just use word and then the editor within WordPress. The WP editor is generic, I would say. Plus, I am just editing words. Like now.

Chris

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Day 17 In Da Nang. Ferocity.

I just got my Burundi Espresso at 43 Factory Coffee, and either I just love espresso, or I love this Burundi espresso. I haven’t drank very much espresso in my life. Damn this place is nice, and even the outfits they wear are hella flattering. The girl at the counter gave me 15% off on my espresso this time and I feel real good about it. This is the second time I’ve come here today, but damn it’s just so good I can’t stay away! Okay…it’s not like that good, but the atmosphere is nice, and they have air conditioning, which is the victory maker. Don’t tell anyone but I brought Oreo’s with me today…and I plan to eat them at this coffee shop! Should be interesting. I don’t know if I am allowed to eat other food in here. In most establishments out here no one is bothered; if you’re spending money it’s not a problem that you’ve brought items with you. This place I’m at right now though is high class. Okay. I just took my first bite of Oreo. It’s strawberry flavor, what you got to say about that?

I wrote a long letter to Kalen today talking about possible business prospects. I didn’t send it, and in fact when I am supposed to be editing it and finishing it, I am writing this. Damn this espresso is so good…anyway. I think I know what to do in regards to money…I need to save some money, to invest some money lol. I wonder what kind of money I’ll really be able to save in SF [I talked to Kalen and he believes he can save $1000 a month, and his room is a buck too]. It could be substantial, but I also don’t want to work myself to death. However I also think now is the time to start this business, and so I will have my cake, and sell it too.

I suppose my tax money would be a viable source, except that MAC’D has not given me my tax documents [UPDATE! My tax docs are here!]. I should actually double check on that again. Although I will be back 3 days before tax day, so I might be able to get it sorted. I’m going to end up eating all these Oreos. Okay. The atm was out of money today, so I’m just chillin…I can only go places where card is excepted. Okay! I am going to look up about my MAC’D tax docs, and I am going to edit that letter to Kalen…then edit this, and post and send…and then hopefully get some real work done! [I sent the letter, but it’s 07:21 on the 18th, and I am only now finished editing this article].

Chris.

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Day 16 in Da Nang. A Fresh Look.

Today, I am just going to open a word document and let whatever fly. I am messaging Kalen at this very moment. It looks like he keep deleting what he’s saying and starting over. We shall see how long the message is. It’s a hot day. My coconut iced coffee just arrived. It is pretty good.

I just found out my friend Casey switched jobs. He always bogging down on life, when he should be speeding up! Oh well. He’s still working. I have a weird thing going on with my eye today. Kind of like seeing sun spots…but more psychedelic than that. Man, talking to Kalen I’m super excited to be back in sf. The possibilities I have are endless. I’ve come to realize how great a life could be here in Vietnam, especially in Da Nang. I just want something different right now. Would it fulfill my exact terms and conditions of life to settle into teaching English in Da Nang while I write a city blog in my free time? YES, that would fulfill my exact requirements! So why am I going home? I suppose I just feel called there. I feel like going back to SF is going to open some doors up to me that I just wouldn’t have access to if I stayed here.

I just smoked a fucking cigarette. Man! I put it out not even 10 seconds ago, and I am already disappointed in myself. Once I leave the city I’m certainly not going to smoke anymore. I was feeling good, and then I fucked it all up with that cig. Okay, I think I am being a little hard on myself. I know I am not going back to smoking, it’s just going to end up being a Da Nang thing, but still… At first it seems like a good idea, but then I smoke one and I feel a little tired. Not the move.

I am messaging Futura4200 on Instagram some questions I have about opening a forum website. If you have never heard of the Futura blog, I suggest you check it out. I don’t follow his website as much as I follow his IG, but just to be following what the guy does is to be learning from him. The time is 10:42 in Da Nang, and after that cigarette fiasco I am not feeling as bout it-bout it as I was 10 minutes ago lol. Now I will return to my hostel…cool out for a little bit, and then maybe venture back out into the world. It’s a hot day in Vietnam, but I am getting used to that. Only gonna get hotter as I go south! Okay, peace from H-Coffee.

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I am back at my hostel, and I had just ordered a smoothie and had begun to write a letter to tarotreaderasmr, when a young lady approached me selling peanuts. She said it was a donation for her school, and the price was about the same as the ones I had seen at the store so I bought some peanuts from the lady. She also had cashews and some chicken fry things, but I feel in a peanuts mood. Well anyway, I just thought I’d give a little update before I forget about the peanuts lady. I am going to write my letter now, and then probably continue this. I need to plan my trip to Hoi An [forreal forreal]. I’m gonna get stuck in this fucking city. Oh! I can’t forget to tell you about the guy I met from Colorado making $1000 per video shooting music videos, and he lives in Da Nang.

Okay, I am back. The time is 13:06 now. Writing that letter probably took 30 minutes, and I already sent it out. Woo! To getting work done. I am pretty set on an asmr blog. I keep talking myself out of it: “it’s already being done,” “there aren’t enough readers,” “people only watch asmr, they don’t read about it,” but you know what? I am ready to take a risk. I have visited other asmr blogs and websites, and I don’t think they are putting in as much elbow grease as I am going to put in. I don’t really see much competition in the field, honestly. What is going to separate me from the other asmr blogs? My approach to marketing, and the high quality content I will be continually producing. I am already wondering where I can get writers for this project. It matters a lot to me that quality is maintained on my websites, relative to what is expected of said site, and for that reason I will hold heavy scrutiny over who I allow to write for my new asmr blog. Maybe SF will be the place I find writers. Maybe I won’t even find them in the United States.

I know what my next move has to be though? Save Money. That is what made it so easy to buy a ticket back to SF; I know my goal. It is true, now that I think about it, that I could have probably saved more money teaching English out here in Vietnam. Also however, I think I can accomplish more in SF as I will be surrounded by successful, motivating individuals in my field. There are bloggers here in Da Nang, and that pass through Vietnam, but it’s not the same as what I am trying to do.

While I stack the money, I also need to be writing. I need to write 2 or 3 asmr articles a day, and I need to make as many connections in the community as possible. I need to maintain focus, and I will succeed. The first steps were these blog posts [the recent ones, basically so I can keep track of my journey, and hold myself accountable], and sending out that email to tarotreaderasmr. I am interested to see what she replies with on the topic.

I really am running out of things to do in Da Nang. We know I should just be sitting and writing, but all I do is sit around, period! I really feel that way. It’s such a lax city. In the next two days I really should head out to Hoi An. I can catch a grab in the morning and be there in 45 minutes. I will find a hostel in Hoi An and a coffee shop near it, and I will continue working on this project with a fresh mind.

The time is 13:21 now, and I should really just go to the beach. I don’t feel like the beach though. It’s very hot, and with the sun I can’t stay out there long or I get crispy. I am excited to see what HCMC is like. I might still try and get some shirts printed while I am there…but maybe not. I might just save all my efforts for when I get home. I can’t believe I’ve been here for two weeks and never rented a motorbike. I still can’t ride a motorbike! I would think about riding a motorbike up the Hivan Pass, but I don’t feel I am up to the task. Learning to ride the bike, and then doing the pass, only to take a bus back down south anyway [probably]. I will go to Hoi An, and then just take a bus to another close city. I might try to travel through a town called Plieku, but we shall see how out of the way it is for me. I don’t want to get to HCMC too early though, and then all the sudden I’m bored and I still have two weeks before my flight. April 12th…it will come. Then it’s back to the normal job, and the normal life out in San Francisco.

I’ve realized I need to start by compiling a list of all the ASMR artists I can find, that way I have at least a general idea of what I am working with as a whole. What will be blog do? Talk about who has new videos so you can find all your asmr in one place? Yeah probably that. Plus more. Interviews, and linking other news that talks about asmr. Mhm, I think I’m on to something here.

Okay, the list is fucking huge. I just looked up “asmr artists a-z” on Google, and I was brought to a reddit page with the top 100 artists [idk if they are really the top 100 though]. I went through one of my YouTube accounts and unsubscribed to everyone that isn’t an asmrtist, and I am going to follow everyone on the list from reddit. Then I am going to go through and follow more and more artists until I think I have followed everyone I need. Then I am going to make an information sheet of how to contact the ones I believe would be best equipped to work with my project, and I am going to go down the list. At this point I will have enough to start a daily video section [about new videos] on my blog, but I probably won’t be ready to go live as I’ll want to compile more written content. Once I have my list, I am going to start writing articles involving the artists from the list, since I’ll have a base to look through now. Then I work on printing some shirts, and seeing if I can get some artists to wear the shirts. Boom! My computer is going to die so I need to find a plug.

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The time is now 16:29. I let my computer charge in my room for a while, while I played chess and ate a sandwich from Bros Kafe next door. It was a pretty good sandwich, but I need to start considering my health. The sandwich had a lot of cheese, and over all I’ve just been eating a lot of greasy and cheesy food here in Da Nang.

I’ve realize it’s all work from this point out. It feels like I have nothing to do, but there is tons of work to be done! I gotta get this blog rolling. This is going to be tough. I should make myself a schedule and an agenda, so I am accomplishing tasks, and so I can keep track of how much I get done. Then I can start to figure out logistics and stuff. I just put a video on my Instagram story asking people if they want to get involved with this. I wouldn’t shy away from some help. I am going to need help with WordPress, and graphic design, and writing. I might need to hire someone who has worked for a blog before, or something like that. I think this is stuff I can worry about when I get back to San Francisco.

Whew. I am losing my mind again. When I get too far out, I get a little emotional about things. I really want to succeed on this one, that’s all I know. I am picturing being able to go on vacation with my grandpa; actually showing him I am doing something with my life. My mother too, I should talk to her, it’s been a few weeks. I should let her know I’m coming back! I look forward to hanging out with my family and not being a kid anymore. Having the kind of financial independence that would allow me to invite the family over to my house… Right now I don’t own a house, but that is my goal. In fact, one of my driving goals in life is this: I want to own four pieces of property at the end of my life. I recently changed from the “I just want to be rich” mindset, to the “I need realistic goals” mindset, and I decided owning four piece of property by the end of my life is a good goal to have. If I have that goal now, is it not likely I will maintain my sanity and my certainty when money comes to me? Also, is it not true that a goal will help set the future in motion, and that a goal of four properties is not an unreasonable life goal? Real estate seems like the real deal, and I just want to have a business, that I can love because it will take awhile to get to the real estate level, that helps take me to that level. Then I can watch the business go on for my lifetime, and see what becomes of it. I will have time to write and live in leisure. It could be the good life by my 30’s or 40’s!

listening to Tai Lopez on YT has inspired me to think outside the box. He talks over and over again about starting a social media marketing company. In this one elongated advertisement I saw of his, he was practically giving away the secret formula. He went to the website of a restaurant in LA, and he cited all the things wrong with it. Now, he got paid to use their site as an example, but as I was watching this video I was thinking “I agree with the flaws he is pointing out. I guess all the old-time business owners aren’t 100% caught up with the times. I think I could do what Tai is doing. I think any millennial with practical business sense and a base education can look at a website and determine things about it that are not helping viewership.” Tai was literally just going through this website and pointing things out, and I guess if I took time to assess a website, I could find things wrong with a great number of websites for a great number of restaurants in my home town. “Some of these places might actually pay me to help straighten everything out,” and then it hit me. Tai’s right! An smma [social media marketing agency] is the way to go for the millennial who is really hungry to get out of the struggle. Those guys who would have become great car salesmen if this was the 80’s? Those guys probably rule at running an smma. It’s getting out there and meeting the people, and actually getting a long list of people you have contacted. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but with the initial money you making doing an smma, you can move into a different sector, and of course Tai thinks real estate. Boom. That’s what I want to do. Except I am not going to run an smma, I am going to run a blog, and I am going to apply some good business principles to running the blog from the get-go. Do you see what I am saying? If I can dismantle a website…I can build one, or at least pay to have one built [I built my current site, but I might not be able to keep up if I try to build the new site to new standards]. I can use what I know about advertising! I tell random people I meet to advertise themselves on IG all the time, because they have a service or own a businesses or whathaveyou. I am hungry ladies and gents! and I am going to get myself a bite of the action, and I am going to make it in an industry I love being a part of, and that is asmr. The blog might not go off without any hitches, but if I stick with it I know I will succeed. This article is my reminder to myself that I need to see this one through; that I have too many ideas that will all work, I just need to choose one, and there is a reason I am choosing asmr. I will always be listening to it, and if I don’t try to build a blog about it in my lifetime, I know I will look back later and feel extinguished.

Chris

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Day 15. Two Weeks in Da Nang!

Yet another day in Da Nang! I really like it with the exclamation point. It was something I came up with upon my arrival and I still like it. I was so giddy when I first arrived to this city; the first few days were beautiful, containing majestic adventures. From forward things became plain-jane, but I wasn’t arguing with the lifestyle. Now I am officially exhausted. I chart course to move on from Da Nang soon, possibly tomorrow. From here I will go to Hoi An, and I am excited to do so. After that I am not sure what my move will be. I heard about this music festival in Hanoi, and honestly I’d love to go, but that is far more traveling then I planned to do. I really feel like I should venture to northern Vietnam, but I am not sure I will make it on this trip.

I just received an espresso with fucking banana smoothie on top. It’s so lit. I definitely have banana smoothie in my mustache, but I ain’t complaining. It’s a little more than I really wanted in a morning coffee, overall; probably a lot of sugar, but I was so enticed by it on the menu, I just had to try. There is quite a bit of banana on this thing, and since the banana is cold it cooled the espresso down, and so it’s not exactly what I was hoping for lol. Okay…I mixed it all up! and now I really don’t feel great about it. Imagine, literally, a hot espresso, and now pour in cold banana milkshake and whisk it; that’s what I have in front of me. I give this Kafe two high-fives on attempt, but the execution here has something to be desired. I got this thing from Bro’s Kafe, in Da Nang. I haven’t even properly had their coffee! So I can’t even tell you if it’s good. Wow. That was fucking crazy that I just drank that. I am going to…order another one.

Just kidding, I ordered an espresso this time. I also moved to the Kafe instead of sitting at the hostel, because the lady is sweeping up the front area. This cafe is pretty popular and I have been slowly embracing it. I started with a sandwich one day, and a fruit yogurt the next, and now I’m a custy. I actually had lunch here with my friend from Germany. Good times those were. He said he’s coming back to Da Nang next month, but idk if I will still be here…since I was just talking about going south in the last paragraph. I could always go to Hoi An for a week and then come back here, and then go south. It would be better to give myself a boost on my schedule though. I’m getting caught up in the good life here in Da Nang, and you know what? I don’t feel like I have earned the good life yet, and that in turn if I settled for the good life now I would feel like I didn’t hustle hard enough in the future. [I am actually smoking a fucking cigarette while I am editing this, can you believe that! It started with the spliffs, spliffs everywhere! and then I wanted to do it myself. Then I just wanted something to smoke one day, so I ripped the filter off a cigarette and then smoked it…makes me feel like I’ve not gone back to the traditional habit that way. I’ve smoked like 15 filter-less cigs at this point. Once I leave Da Nang NO MORE SMOKING!]

I am reading this article from Viper Chill about the future of blogging. I feel that I could be at a pivotal point in my life [although I often feel this way] where if I really give my all to a blog, I might actually be able to walk away with something. What I give my all to, that matters a lot to me. Recently I have been considering ASMR, and I talk about all of that in the article prior to this one, but now I am considering the nomadic life vs the urban life, and I am considering ease of monetization and I am considering what do I actually like doing. I have come to realize I need to do more research, and in fact, I think I will take a break from writing this article while I read some of the one cited above[it’s pretty long, I’ve yet to finish.]

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The time is now 18:03 in Da Nang. It’s almost dark, and I am at Surf Zone. If you have been in Da Nang in the last two weeks you would have been able to catch me at this bar, as it is the bar next to my hostel, and they are chill and let me cool out here. There are two dogs, Aikido’s, and there are two cats, or kittens if you would because they are so tiny it’s incredible. There is actually a video here of the kittens playing, the most recent thing on my YouTube page. I can’t believe I moved right into this neighborhood full of expats, and all I did was choose a hostel on booking.com. I didn’t pick at random, I picked a spot that looked good on the map. This place was close to the beach, and the area was a highlighted urban section on Google Maps; the price is only 75,000 vnd per night, which is just over $3. I arrived in Da Nang on a Friday, so this must make it exactly two weeks.

I sit here and I write, because otherwise I know not what to do. I can’t imagine being a writer one-hundred, or even forty-five years ago. The pen and the typewriter? Fuck that. This is easy. I always hold the pen to firm, you know? I hurt my fingers in the process. Strain the muscles. I can’t imagine the typewriter because I make a lot of mistakes, and I’d have to white-out a lot of shit if I used my current style with a typewriter. I wonder if it would be better for my writing, because I would be spending more time writing each thing, so I would be more exact. Then again, I produce so much work with a keyboard I think it’s like comparing apples to paintballs. Only children use apples.

There is a DJ from Japan performing here tonight, and where I am sitting now should theoretically be boppin in about 4 hours. Right now it’s dead, but it’s only getting dark now. I…kind of think I just saw one of the resident dogs eat another dogs poop. No good. I am pretty blind, so I can’t really tell, but it looked like he was sniffing another dog while that dog was pooping, and then I swear I saw him eat something off the same spot. Okay. These mosquitoes are killer, so imma go somewhere else quick. Peace.

Okay, I went to Le Petite cafe up on the corner. I am the only person on the premises, except for the workers of course. I wonder if they were about to close or something. It’s only 18:30 now, and they aren’t supposed to close until 22:00, so I would guess no. This place doesn’t exactly sell ice cream, but they have blended drinks that are pretty good, and I consider it ‘getting ice cream’ in my head. Today I got the ‘mint cookies’ frappe. There might be milk, but there is no ice cream. I think there is ice.

After this I will get some proper food, but I wanted to finish this article, and then post it, as well as an additional one I wrote the other day. It’s a little crazy I have been in Da Nang for two weeks already. Two weeks. Poof! Gone. My mint cookies dealio is here. Oh shit! It’s pretty good. This place isn’t the cheapest, but it certainly doesn’t fail me.

I guess that’s it. I should wrap this up. Got a lot of editing to do, and all I do is sit around all day and think of what blog I want to start. But I want to start a new blog, I know that. Okay…I will leave you with that.

Chris

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ASMR Hostel Life VIETNAM Working Hard. Hardly Working.

Day 14, I’m still here

It’s March 14, and that’s basically my 14th day in Da Nang. I arrived February 28th at about 4:30 in the afternoon, and have been basically chilling in the same place the last two weeks. It has been refreshing. At first I was in love with the place; the beach, travelers, locals, and just a general sense of activity here in Da Nang, especially as I am staying in a very touristic district. My hostel is only 5 blocks from the beach.

A new idea has budded in my brain, and I have been very excited about the prospect. Yet, as I sit here, I wonder if I am doing the right thing. This is a reoccurring feature of my life. Always wondering if I am doing the right thing. I was thinking about writing a blog about asmr, but the more and more I think about it the more I reconsider. Here’s what I do know: I want to dedicate myself to a purpose, and I need it to make money. I also know that if I am true to my purpose, I will find success. Do I watch asmr videos? Fuck yeah, a lot. I think I would find success if I write a blog about it. However, I can’t get away from the opinion I have of myself which prevents me from moving forward at this time, and that is my belief that any purposeful blog I write has equal opportunity to be successful.

I stumbled on okaywhatever.com this morning, and it’s a blog! I found it because the first reference relating to the world of asmr was made on a forum by a person with the handle: okaywhatever. However, the website I found today I don’t think is related. It is an interesting blog however! It kind of reminds me of what I do here at HeartOfZeus. The person from OkayWhatever seems to just ramble, and we all know I am always down for a ramble.

So here’s what I conclude. I want to start a new blog, and I want it to be successful. I am going to pay people to do the stuff I can’t do, which might include some work on the computer, but it could be anything. I have diverse interests, and that is making it hard to decide what to blog about. For the last week I have been thinking blogging about asmr as the answer to my problems. Today I considered writing a blog about blogs. Tomorrow I might consider a third option. What will I end up doing? Gotta stay tuned to find out.

What I can tell you is: I bought a plane ticket back to the states. Woo! Right? I leave from Ho Chi Minh City on April 12th at 05:00, and I arrive 19.5 hours later at 10:30 in San Francisco, on the same day. I have spent a long time looking at flights, and in the end I don’t think I got that good of a deal, but I also don’t think I over paid. I dropped about $460 on a flight that has a 4.5 hour layover in Hong Kong, and I am flying with Hong Kong airlines. My other option was to buy a flight from Philippine Airlines and fly through the Philippines, which had only a 1.5 hour layover, but I decided to go with Hong Kong. The price was the same, and I think Hong Kong will have a better airline. Plus, I get to gaze upon the vastness that is China. From a distance, yes, but I am still proud to say I (will have) had a layover at the HK Airport.

The time is 14:14 here in Da Nang. So we know I have about a month left in Vietnam. We know I need to go south, and so I will probably decide to skip the whole northern part of the country this time around. That is rather sad, because a man I met named Greg (also happens to be from Wisconsin) told me that I should definitely go north to appreciate this country properly. Whichever direction I go, I am happy to be traveling Vietnam. First things first, I am going to take a Grab (owned by Uber) to Hoi An and chill there for a couple of days. From there? I don’t know! I will have many days. I was supposed to have a whole three months here, but impatience got me again and I’m leaving early! Granted, if I want to change my airline ticket it’s only $50, so I could really change my mind if I wanted, but I bet after 4 more weeks away from home I will be extra ready to go back.

I am excited to travel America. Not how I have in the past, but for the purposes of money! If I find out I can make more money in NJ, for example, I am just going to go there! In the future, I am just going to go where the money is! That is one reason I think this blog thing might work out for me. If I can get it rolling a little bit, and if I can sell some t-shirts to generate even a little extra income, I will be able to keep on the road, and in all honesty I think I need that because of my…habits…It doesn’t feel devilishly out of reach though! staying nomadic. It’s okay to want a life that isn’t static, I know this forsure! So as I move forward with my longg talked about monetary development, I will not shy away from doing what makes me happy, but also avoid that which plagues me.

I am going to research headphones sold in Vietnam online now, and then maybe do a little more research about shopping because I get 2 free checked bags with my flight and I might consider bringing some stuff back with me. I will edit this later. Peace!

Chris