Post image for The Day 5 Police Men With Shotguns Stormed A Karaoke Bar

I’m sitting in a local karaoke joint with a cute girl. Life is good.

In front of me is a bowl of delicious Lomi (a Filipino noodle dish with pork) and a bottle of Red Horse.

Red Horse is a very strong beer with 7.9% alcohol. It’s the most popular beer with Filipinos and guarantees a hangover if you have more than one bottle. There are even rumors that it contains the same stuff that is used to conserve corpses (and the frogs in science class).

There are 3 Filipinos sitting at the table in front of me. They’re singing and are drinking a few bottles of Red Horse.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, 5 police men armed with big shotguns storm the place. The music shuts down.

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Over the last weeks, I came across a few great posts that all relate to SEO. Time for an “Awesome Posts You Should Check Out”-roundup, SEO edition.

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We never run out of fun things to do in the Philippines. Today, Dan Andrews and me decided to steal a 30ft boat.

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“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Jim Lovell, April 14, 1970

The crew of Apollo 13, bound for the moon, indeed had a problem. An oxygen tank exploded, causing massive damage to the spacecraft’s electrical system.

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Post image for The Time Of My Life: 6 Adventurous Months In Asia

Exactly 6 months ago, I left my beloved Austria and hopped on a plane to Bangkok.

Doubt started to creep in a few days before I left. “What am I doing in Asia, alone? Why did I only buy a one-way-ticket? I’ve never been away from home longer than two weeks  – on a package vacation.”

Of course everything turned out fine. Not only that, the last six months have been the best of my life.

The last six months have been the best of my life.

My plane-ticket purchase was the single best decision I ever made.

Are you also dreaming of exploring exotic places or breaking free? I encourage you to take a risk and start living the life you truly want. It can be scary sometimes, but it’s so worth it.

What follows are some of the best photos from the last six months. I hope they inspire you.

Amazing Landscapes

Lonely Beach, Similan Islands, Thailand

Sunset, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Twilight, Similan Islands, Thailand

Tropical Island, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Small Boat, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ricefield, Palawan, Philippines

Elephant Island, Palawan, Philippines

Rice Terraces, Banaue, Philippines

Homer Simpson Island, El Nido, Philippines

Badass things I’ve done

I visited awesome bars

went on a roadtrip

learned how to ride a motorbike

took a bath under a waterfall

went nightswimming

saw monkeys in the wild

tamed a wild bird

explored caves

climbed steep tracks

went diving with a whale-shark

dove Japanese WWII-wrecks (there’s still a bomb left inside one of the wrecks)

Amazing people I’ve met

What would be travelling without the people you meet? The following pictures include only a fraction of all the incredible people I’ve met.

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I can only repeat myself. Living the life you want can be scary sometimes, but it’s so worth it. Life is short and you never know, it could actually be over tomorrow. Don’t worry about other’s opinions and start taking action today.

If you still need more inspiration, head over to this post by Jonny from thelifething.

Did you like this post? If so, I’d appreciate a Retweet or Stumble.

David

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mule

The biggest mistake I made while traveling is packing too much.

It is so easy to pack to much. Looking at the “what to pack?”-section in the Lonely Planet doesn’t help either, their recommended packing list includes everything imaginable, including about 40 different types of medicine.

The reality is,  you can buy almost everything anywhere in the world. Including medicine. The Philippines may be a third world country, but there are more pharmacies here then in Austria.

“But David. I was in the army and I’m used to carry a 35kg backpack plus a 5kg assault rifle around my neck. I just want to play it safe.”

Nice. Me too. But even if you enjoy carrying too much stuff and sweating profusely, there are two other reasons why you don’t want to bring too much stuff.

  1. You waste time at airports because you have to check your luggage in.
  2. You waste money on stuff you don’t need.

So how should I pack? There are already a few good  packing lists around the web. Check out Wandering Earl and Tynan.

Instead of showing you what I pack, I’m going to show you 12 common things that I (and most other travelers) brought to Asia and didn’t need.

12 Things That Made Me Sweat

Mosquito Net

Money Wasted: 45€

Why I didn’t need it:

Many guesthouses and hotels that are mosquito infested already have mosquito nets in their rooms. Additionally, it’s a pain to install and not fun to sleep under a net. The whole mosquito issue is completely overrated by European and American doctors.

Mosquito Repellent for Clothing

Money Wasted: 15€

Why I didn’t need it:

Apparently mosquitoes sting through your clothes. You are supposed to need this spray to impregnate all your clothes every few weeks. They never stung me through my clothes. (And, the mosquito issue is overrated.)

Gorillapod DSLR Tripod

Money Wasted: 35€

Why I didn’t need it:

Although it’s not a bad piece of equipment per se, I just never had any real use for it. It’s also quite bulky.

Physical Books

Money Wasted: No waste of money. Just wrong medium.

Why I didn’t need it:

Never bring physical books while traveling. If you want a guidebook, get it for your iPhone/iPod touch. If you want to read books, get a Kindle.

Sleeping Bag/Sheet

Money Wasted: 25€

Why I didn’t need it:

Even the shittiest places come with sheets. If not, go to a different place.

First Aid Kit

Money Wasted: Didn’t buy it for traveling. Taking it with me was a mistake though.

Why I didn’t need it:

There is a pharmacy at every corner. Put the few 1st aid things that you still want to bring in your toiletry pouch.

Leatherman Knive

Money Wasted: Didn’t buy it for traveling. Taking it with me was a mistake though.

Why I didn’t need it:

Altough I love my Leatherman multi tool, I just never had any use for it. Every restaurant has knives. Plus, you have to check it at the airport.

Travel Towel (small)

Money Wasted: 15€

Why I didn’t need it:

There’s one at every hotel (in the worst case, you have to pay a few cents to borrow one).

Travel Towel (large)

Money Wasted: 20€

Why I didn’t need it:

See above.

Windjacket

Money Wasted: Didn’t buy it for traveling. Taking it with me was a mistake though.

Why I didn’t need it:

It never gets cold in SE-Asia. If it does, you can buy a pullover or jacket for 1/5 the price you would pay in Europe or North America.

It was useful once though: In a freezing cold night-bus where the AC was turned to below 15 degrees Celsius.

Overpriced Medicine, especially Malaria med and multi-purpose Antibiotics

Money Wasted: 58€ (Malarone) + 30€ (multi-purpose antibiotics) = 88€

Why I didn’t need it:

There’s a pharmacy at every corner. The price is about 1/5 to 1/10 of what you would pay back home. If there’s a chance of getting Malaria in the country you’re visiting, they probably have some medicine for that.

My oversized Backpack

Money Wasted: 180€

Why I didn’t need it:

This enormous backpack was the result of packing too much stuff. It is too big and weights almost 2kgs on its own.

Total Damage = 423€ (580$)

I spent all this money within 1-2 days. That’s about 2 month of rent in the Philippines

What about you? Did you ever bring too much stuff? Did you ever feel like a mule? Did you actually ever forget to bring something and weren’t able to find it abroad?

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how to come up with ideas

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein

I wouldn’t describe myself as a completely uncreative person, but one thing that I always struggled with is coming up with ideas. Especially when it comes to naming things or coming up with business ideas. Actually, I didn’t even come up with this domain name myself (thanks Sean).

A few weeks ago I decided that it is time to get over this sticking point. So I picked up a book called The Idea Book. The book opened my eyes. I would recommend it to anyone having trouble coming up with ideas.

Here are 3 ways to come up with more (and better) ideas:

1. Write everything down

That’s the thing that helped me the most. I sometimes had good ideas, but never wrote them down and forgot them immediately.

“It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.” – Isabel Colgate

Seriously, write all your thoughts and ideas down. Even if you think the idea is bad, write it down. You might be able to develop your bad ideas into great ideas when you go back to them. Or maybe you can combine them with another bad idea into a great one.
Thomas Edison, the greatest inventor of all time, wrote every idea down as soon as he had it. After Edison’s death, 3500 notebooks full of ideas were found in his home.

2. Force yourself to come up with lots of ideas

The best way to come up with a good idea is to have many bad ones.

“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” – Thomas J. Watson, Founder of IBM

Sit down and force yourself to come up with 30 ideas. Yes, the 1st one will be bad. Actually, 90% will be bad. But there is a good chance that some of your ideas will be good. If you found a good idea, try to come up with a few more ideas. Maybe you find an even better one.

3. Where do you come up with ideas?

Chances are, you don’t come up with your best ideas in office meetings.

“No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.” – Sir Frederick Banting

Find out where you come up with ideas. I get ideas in the shower or sitting at the beach with a notebook and a pen. Other people get ideas while walking or running. Do more of that. I’m going to take a shower after I finish this post, to think about a project.

What about you?

I’m still no expert in coming up with ideas. What about you? Is it easy for you to come up with ideas? How do you come up with ideas? Are there any good books on this subject? Any tips?

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Post image for Video Post: Why the Philippines are awesome

I proudly present my 1st video post. In this video, I tell you what I love about the Philippines. I even managed to not mention the hot Filipina girls. Ooops, I never said that. =)

I have been traveling the Philippines for 1 months and will stay for at least another 3 months to work with TropicalMBA.


  • More than 7100 tropical islands
  • Friendly people
  • Scuba diving
  • English skills of locals
  • Everything is cheap

PS: I shot the video in really bad light conditions with my iPhone, hence the quality.

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I did not post as many updates as I wanted to on this blog (especially over the last few weeks). But don’t worry, this is about to change.

I applied for the Second Semester of TropicalMBA and am happy to announce that I was chosen. Basically, I will live on Mindoro, an island in the Philippines, for the next months and will work on some Internet projects with Dan. If you are interested in Internet businesses, make sure to check out Dan’s awesome LifestyleBusinessPodcast.

Besides working with Dan, I will have plenty of time to focus on my own projects. LiveLifeBig is one of them, so you can expect lots of posts about my adventures in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. I will also start to write about (online) businesses and Lifestyle Design.

David

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