Regular Live Streaming
For the past month I've been giving live streaming through YouTube a go and it seems to be popular. I believe IRL, or In Real Time, is the next big thing. Who knows, perhaps streaming from Thailand and other destinations is what I should be concentrating on. National Geographic brings lion pride hunts and kills from various countries in Africa. So far in addition to live streaming from behind my desk, I have also streamed from The Mall Bangkapi, Chinatown, EM Quartier and Sukhumvit Road. There are many more streams to come, so stay tuned. I am streaming 2-3 times per week and once on the weekend. I'm still trying to iron out the best days and times, however during the week I usually start the streams 9AM BKK time. Weekends may or may not be at different times, however follow me on Twitter or Facebook where I provide the dates and times of the upcoming streams.
This weekend the family will be traveling to Koh Kood (เกาะกูด), which is near the Eastern island of Koh Chang. The island is the fifth largest in Thailand and is situated approximately 40kms off the Cambodian coast. We had planned to go to Khao Sok (เขาสก ), a national park in Surat Thani, however, Beau was given a three night comp at a nice hotel on the island so it looks like we're headed to the beach instead of the jungle. I admit, I am looking forward to getting away and livin' the island life, even if only for a few days.
Three weeks after we come back, I'll fly to Yangon, Burma, where I'll spend a few days before heading to Dawei. Another night or two there, and then I'll work my south before cutting back through Kanchanaburi where I'll take a train to Bangkok. A few days after I return I'll head to Hanoi in Vietnam. I'll work my way down the coast, up through HCMC and into Phnom Penh before flying back to Bangkok.
If you haven't been watching my videos or don't know yet, in April2018 I am off to Africa with my pal Chuck. I am rarely nervous or apprehensive when traveling Asia, but this is Africa, the Dark Continent! We plan on going to six countries; Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania (plus Zanzibar), which logistically is quite a challenge. Every day we work on a few aspects of the trip and slowly but surely it's coming together.
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August 29, 2017 — Day 15/365
Two weeks ago I produced a budget video for the member's section. I covered how much it costs to live a decent lifestyle, where a person or persons can live without counting every satang. No living off $300 or $500 dollars and no eating rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Living here in Thailand as you might in the US or Europe — for less. I also include our budget so viewers had someone to compare to who is living here in this manner.
Unfortunately, there was an issue with the audio portion of the video, so I had to scrap the entire 45-minute vid. This week I have time to reshoot the video and once finished, it will go up in the member's section. It won't be going up in YouTube or Facebook or anywhere else. Only in the member's section.
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August 28, 2017 - 14/365
It's been a long day. I'm going to get some sleep.
Bangkok, August 27, 2017 — Day 13/365.
With the weight of the boxing world upon his shoulders, twelve-time boxing champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather implemented a perfect game plan, dismantling UFC champion Conor Mcgregor en route to a tenth round stoppage. Mayweather rises to 50-0, surpassing former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano's record of 49 victories without a loss, and immediately confirmed his retirement after the bout.
The result of this bout may have been a foregone conclusion, which is precisely why people watched — to see if Mcgregor, an incredible athlete with an iron will from a different sport, could pull off the incredible upset. If anyone could, he could.
Not this time. This would be Mayweather's night.
Say what you will about Mayweather, he knows how to win. Fifty fights against the elite of boxing, without a loss. The pressure was all on Mayweather and had Mcgregor defeated him, his stock would have plumetted and his legacy destroyed. He took a huge risk, albeit for 350 million dollars, and he has earned his place in the boxing Hall of Fame. I didn't always enjoy his fights and certainly didn't like his fight with Pacquaio, but there have been many great boxers with a number of stinkers on their ledgers, so this is forgivable.
Was he better than Sugar Ray Robinson? No way.
Bangkok, August 26, 2017 — Day 12/365.
From the time I was in my early teens, I watched every prizefight shown on television, went to any fight I could or could not afford, and spent the majority of my time in boxing gyms or martial arts studios. Forty years ago, fights were shown every weekend on regular TV. Once cable TV came to fruition, there were fights on ESPN and every Tuesday night, on the USA Network. Boxing fans almost had as many fights as they could watch. On Saturdays, CBS would show a title fight at 2:30 and ABC would have one on at 3:00. There were fights on all the time and I rarely missed a fight.
In between fights, I read boxing books and magazines. I bought The Ring and Sports Illustrated. I studied boxing history. To this day, the older fighters remain my favorites: Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb, Stanley Ketchel, Mickey Walker and Sugar Ray Robinson. These guys were animals in the ring and the very definition of the word fighter. Sure, they boxed, but they were fighters in the purest sense of the word. They kept fit fighting, sometimes once a week, sometimes two, even three times. Boxers now may only fight once or twice a year.
During the 80's and 90's I watched Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, Michael "Little Hands of Stone Carbajal, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, Cornelious Boza Edwards, John "The Beast" Mugabi, Nigel "The Dark Destroyer" Benn, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Ricardo "El Finito" Lopez, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran. As I watched them fight I never dreamed I would meet them. Years later, I met them all.
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