Where is Trinidad and Tobago for dummies (with no access to internet)

When people ask me where I’m from my first response is usually a dramatic sigh. “Not this again..” is what I’m almost always thinking. “This” being the endless double-takes, puzzled looks and assumptive questions guessing at where Trinidad and Tobago might be.

So you’ve met someone from the Caribbean, wait, some people don’t even know where that region is, so…let’s go with close to America. That gives a person a little more than “Somewhere on Earth, possibly Africa.” to go on. How else do I direct them geographically if no phone with data or wifi is available?

I use some sort of object like a napkin or a book or failing having any of these, my own palms. I have the person imagine North, Central and South America to the left of what I’m using. I ask them to imagine Central America as having a sort of “C” shape. I then say that the Caribbean, which has a lot of countries, is in the ocean a little further out from that “C” shape and that Trinidad and Tobago can be found all the way down, next to a country in South America called Venezuela.

It’s all well and good if the person speaks English. In the eventuality the person does not, I just say Mars. Why, because…….(I really wanted to write “YOLO” but I’m too dignified for that mess…)

 

 

Or am I?

 

 

YOLO.

Young nerdy boys of the world, COME OUT OF YOUR SHELLS!!!


bromanceOriginally, I was going to call this post something like “10 reasons why it sucks to be a single guy in Sydney”, dedicating it to a couple of young boys I know and deeply love like my own younger brothers that I never had. Then I realised that the other is in another country and in the same situation.

So, what’s this rant about you say?

I will try to not bore you with too much details. The thing is, it sucks to be that guy who is technologically savvy but has no / little clue when it comes to interacting with girls his age. The fact is, while the boys are playing their “Scrap Mechanic”s and watching their “One Piece”s, girls their age are constantly going out to clubs learning the ropes of becoming masterful manipulators (in a positive way). Finally, when these boys come out of their shells, walking into these clubs for the first couple of times, they soon realise they are out of their league. It’s too harsh of an environment. It seems like every other guy is cheating by doing Roids and gyming 24/7. Soon, they realise they’re too behind in “night club” race. They decide, “if a girl truly likes me for who I am, then appearances don’t matter” or something along those lines.

The wake-up call!

The reality is, both these boys are at a disadvantage at their home cities. Just like I once was. Everyone these days wants to be special, they want to be “unique”. Whereas these boys are as common as stock roms that come with your brand new phones (nerd terminologies, hehe). This is why I push the message to them, “get out”, “get as far as your home as possible”, because only then you will arrive at a place where no one knows who you are. The people around you are different, YOU ARE DIFFERENT to them. Different is good, different makes you special and interesting. It won’t be long before the girls you considered to be an 8 (or, in other words, out of your reach) who considered you to be a 5 (or treated you like you weren’t in their league) appear to act differently. At this new location, a magic trick happens, all of a sudden, this girl you see who you think looks like an 8 thinks she looks like a 5, at the same time she thinks you look like a 7 OMG!!! (note that the numbers here don’t relate to girls’ self confidence, but to the novelty of you being different in their location)

This exact scenario happened to me multiple times as I was traveling (before I met you ofcourse Leshanta… please don’t kill me *shivers with fear in the corner* ). It’s so sad that this sort of thing is happening all around the world. Boys and girls are setting such high expectations (appearance wise) of their future potential partners that they are spending more time alone than with someone special.

As I have mentioned this You Only Live Once idea in other posts. But, truly boys, I know you’re both young and everything – please, please, I’m begging you – don’t waste a single moment of your lives. Life is way too short and there are so many girls out there who would be lucky to have you. They just don’t exist where you currently residing. I know you all have your issues to deal with. But solve them as soon as humanely possible and get out there. This world is yours for the taking!

Conveniences of Thailand! (What is Thailand like?)

Let’s get straight to the point.

Are you 18+ and you can’t do your bed / cook your own food / wash your own clothes without your mother holding your hand? No Worries! Are you looking for a place to travel to but have little to very little money? No Worries! The answer is here and it’s called “Thailand”!!!

What is Thailand like?

I might be exaggerating a tad, but the reality is, Thailand is so darn cheap to live anyone can potentially come here, start working at a job (most jobs are for teaching English but there are other jobs out there) and before you know it, you’re eating like a local, you’re dressed like a local and you become a local. There are so many people from all around the world here in Thailand (especially in Chiang Mai) that sometimes I wonder if I bump into more foreigners than Thai locals while walking along the street.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking “I’m not a tourist, I don’t want to be a tourist, I can’t afford to be a tourist”. Again, let me emphasize, there’s a very big population here in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) where expats from all over the world have come here, fell in love with this place and decided to make this place their new home.

So my advice to you is, do some research (shameless plug of our YouTube channel here: A Pair of Nomads (APoN)) and don’t get discouraged. Find the resources to get over here and before you know it, you’ll be living independently and having a very chill lifestyle.

The cost of living.

As I said earlier, Thailand makes living independently SUPER EASY! As I am writing this post, me and Leshanta have rented a serviced apartment close to our school. We paid 6000 Baht for our room for the month (electricity is extra, and it can vary 0-1500 baht per month depending on usage). Now, if you came here and decided to live here on a long term basis, it wouldn’t be difficult to find a long term lease that would be cheaper and of better quality at the same time. Meanwhile, we do enjoy getting our room serviced for 100 Baht, getting our clothes washed and ironed for 5 Baht a piece (why bother washing your own clothes when it’s so cheap). So what’s left? You can’t cook? Oh well… such is life, you’ll have to starve to death. 555555!!! (Thai joke, you’ll get it once you get here) The fact is, there’s so much access to delicious food no matter where you are in Thailand, you’ll need strict self-discipline if you don’t want your waistline multiplying. For those of you who love your fresh fruits and veggies have a look at this!
This is what Thailand is like!Now some of you might be thinking, it’s just avocados (just like Leshanta), but none of you get it. I grew up in Australia, where avocados are so expensive that they are sold individually. So, as much as I loved eating them when I had the chance to, the chances were few and far in between due to their cost. But now, here in Chiang Mai I found them at 50 Baht per Kilo!!! That’s a little less than 1.5 USD a kilo (the lady who sold it to me gave me more than a kilo, more like 1.5 kilos for the same price) and there’s so much more of the fruits and veggies that would cost an arm and a leg back home.

Anywhos… Chiang Mai is a cool, laid back place that doesn’t make me want to go anywhere else. But, we must travel as much of the world as possible so that you and our friends can find out about all these different awesome places to live and travel to.

Final words of advice, don’t be afraid to take small risks. Pack yourself a bag and hit the road. Life is so much better when you are making your own decisions and stepping up to the consequences and feeling the pride of your achievements. You only live once, so go out there and LIVE!