Montag, 9. April 2018

Bali Part4? First stop of the #fuckbackpacking tour

Hello boys and girls!

I started the big TimStone asia #fuckbacking tour about 2 weeks ago and my first stop in Bali comes to an end so why not update the good ol blog abit!

Apart from my bday bash there wasn't much happening the last days in Manila that I ended up leaving the 27th of march with destination Bali!


bday steak dinner 
club wishing me a happy 29th


belvi art

Arrived with brilliant weather and moved into the villa which would be my home for the next 2 weeks. The good thing with Bali is that there are shittons of small villas with decent sized pools for fairly good prices. If you rent something like a 2bedroom villa with pool for longterm you get them starting around 1.5k usd/month which isn't so bad compared to what you get in Europe for that price.


rooftop





I think this was my 4th time in Bali now after living here for 6months back in the day and alot of stuff has changed quite abit. When i was living here it was mainly during wet season and I can only suggest to avoid this as good as you can. Traffic was always bad but it has become even worse now. However they have alot of motorbike taxis now which decrease your travel time (and life expectancy) by quite abit so it doesn't matter too much... Food and service did improve quite abit as well since I was gone - especially if you coming from Manila where restaurants overall are just a disaster you are in heaven here once you land because everything is just on an entirely different level. Definitely had some of the best breakfast meals I had in my life here and I really don't know if there are many destinations worldwide where you get this quality of food for those prices. Indo currency took a huge dive since 2014 that overall things probably became cheaper if you make your money in USD or Euro while quality increased - I'm not easily impressed but here i really really was impressed often.
Also some smart Harward guys decided to do a company for Indonesia like Uber only better. Imagine you can order everything: Massage? They send a bike! Cleaner? They send a bike with a cleaner! Groceries? They buy... Food? They bring. And so on. You can literally order anything besides hard drugs to your villa with that company and they are quick... I tried to browse the restaurants participating and I couldn't scroll through the entire list because it's just to fucking long. When I wanted to order food in 2014 I had a big magazine and had to call the restaurants directly while being able to choose from 10 restos or so - what a difference! Also noteworthy that internet improved alot, way higher speed and more reliable compared to back then when we had to get our own connection built to the villa to at least get 4Mbit... It's reasonable though since Bali is becoming more and more a hub for digital nomads. I'm also getting very interested to do some property stuff here because I cannot see how you aren't making money renting out a nice villa in a good spot here - definitely will look more into this and what options I have... Just so many spots here popping off: new restaurants, companies, beach clubs everywhere, just incredible!

Overall I didn't do too much stuff while here (also was air con sick a couple of days which didn't help) - all the sights I pretty much already visited back in the day so it was mostly lazying around the pool and enjoying good food every day after that 5months hiatus! For an espresso lover like me there are also some of the best spots you can wish for - coffee here is just insane and if you should ever find yourself in a Starbucks in Bali I can tell you that you lost control over your life and please delete me on social media because I don't wanna be friends with you - thanks very much!

Independant of that I took it pretty easy here I liked it alot overall which lead to my decision to most likely leave Europe end August and come back here in September for 6 weeks or so, rent a nice villa, do alot of sports, clean eating and maybe abit of detoxing. There isn't really much which keeps me in Europe after August and I really want to spend some more time here - it's also peakseason in september while weather in Manila is still crap so I like my plan.

If you have never been to Bali I can only urge you to give it a shot but you probably should go at the very least for 2 weeks because everything else is just too short. Especially if you make your money in a "decent" currency it offers incredible value at the moment.

Not much else to say. Business is going great, Crypto could moon abit moar but what you gonna do? I'll be on the road for another 4 weeks now and flying to KL tomorrow to visit my australian ex roomate for a day and then it's time for Bangkok and Songkran which is the Thai New Year where everybody is getting wet! Main goals here are models and bottles, making it rain alot and avoid nice ladyboys as good as I can... Haven't been in Thailand since I left in 2015 so gonna be interesting to see if/how things changed. From the looks of it I will be with myself and I, so if you are around and wanna go for party just holla!

peaze


one of many dinners w friends from Manila 
New Dayclub Omnia


wakey wakey eggs and bakey

Omnia

Why would you work in a cubicle if you can work here?


CooCoo Poolparty

Catchup with former roomie

Finns Beach club pregaming

Omnia

shake and vape after gym in the country club

lizard selfie

last dinner b4 the boys left

espresso paradise

knocked out

dreamy



El Kabron Cliff club


traveling is no excuse to not hit teh gym



Donnerstag, 15. März 2018

Time's up! (for now)

Since my time in Manila is coming to an end and my last post and the return of the blog was received with great interest (obviously) here we go again!

When I left Europe end of october my plan was to check out Manila until NYE and then move my shit to Bangkok most likely. It's mid march now and I'm still grinding Manila - so what happend?!
Actually it's quite easy, I really really like it here. If you like asian cities and you know where to live within Manila I don't think there are many better places when it comes to lifestyle (at least when it comes to my lifestyle). 3gyms, 3pools, countless restaurants and coffee shops - all within 5minute reach. Supermodern and nice, yet pricey flats, decent service, alot of green areas and parks and a variety of bars and nightclubs at your doorstep. This sums up where I'm currently residing in Bonifacio Global City. Manila so far isn't very famous around expats and the backpackers avoid it like the plague (thankfully) but if you are fairly flexible in choosing your residence I can only recommend you to check it out here for a month and see how you like it!
Weather is pretty seasonal which means that it was very rainy end of last year and got alot better with the start of this year. Temperatures are always same same though around 30degrees so unless you plan to spend alot of time in casinos there isn't any need to bring a longsleeve or a jacket.

For the most part i stayed in Manila BGC during the last 5 months with 2 short holidays visiting the islands:
I went with a group of spaniards to Boracay for NYE which was good but the weather was the nutworst I have seen here in all 5 months and if you are on an island and it's raining pretty much 24/7 it's just not optimal. Also mass tourism is getting the best of it so if you want a nice and clean beach experience there are probably better options than Boracay (my boy Duterte even thinks of shutting it down for a while to recover) but if you wanna go on a one week bender Boracay will be your place for sure ;)

good place, average weather

breaky at the pool

some light posing before departure

with the spanish maricons

wakey wakey eggs and bakey

our modest villa in Boracay

more posing

NYE dinner in my finest clothes

reunion with another Tim from Germany

NYE outfit no2


My 2nd holiday took me to El Nido or better said a small private island in front of El Nido called "Pangalusian Island" at the end of january. Was expensive as fuck and overall definitely very good but probably noteworthy that for the price I paid for those couple of days you would get a little more bang for your buck in a similar place in Thailand. Definitely would go again though! Nature is still intact here and given the high pricetag there won't be too many people you have to share the island with.
Had a pretty nice treehouse villa here and after spending two incredibly relaxing days on this island I went to another resort in El Nido Town. Already a huge difference because you go from nice and quiet to full on backpacking united. Arguably El Nido itself is still in much better condition than Boracay for instance but probably will go down the same road in future if they don't change some stuff. Was fairly interesting though to see small private eco-friendly island vs. main island where nobody gives a fuck...

bfast with a view

Poolview 
Pangalusian Island Resort Reception



sunsetaments

Terrace/balcony of the villa

villa part 2

Laguna hopping

cheeky bathroom selfie

(almost) private beach

poolboy


Only 2 short holidays in 5 months isn't too crazy but my aim was to travel alot before going back to Europe for summer so I didn't wanna overdo it.
In general Philippines have a near infinite amount of islands and alot of those are up and coming but not as overran by tourists already like Boracay or El Nido town so I recommend you to check them out but to some research beforehand to find something nice.

Gonna celebrate my 30th bday on the 27th of march and going on a 6 weeks travel tour around Asia which I will probably call the #fuckbackpacking tour. You can expect that hashtag to be trending at a certain point in future if my calculations are correct!
Schedule will look like this:
27.3-10.4: Bali
10.4-12.4: Kuala Lumpur
12.4-17.4: Bangkok for Songkran
17.4-18.4: KL part 2
18.4-22.4: Sihanoukville
22.4-23.4: Siem Reap for Ankor Wat
24.4-02.5: Seoul
02.5.-07.5: Shanghai
--- back to Vienna from Shanghai

If you are in one of the places I'm going to I'm always keen to meet up, have a coffee, night out or whatever so just let me know! I also might update abit more frequently especially from the places I haven't been before so maybe we get some traction on the good ol blog again!

Besides all this I worked quite abit over the last couple of months and things are going fairly well. My main pillars at the moment are still poker & crypto. I don't really grind much myself anymore but am more on the affiliating side of things (alot less swingy) and in regards to crypto I'm trying to get more and more involved with good ICOs. If you wanna have an invite to my announcement group just drop me a message.
Looking at Bitcoin & co. overall I already said that I expect it to go down to 8k or maybe even 5k when other people still talked about the moon and lambos. My stance on this hasn't changed, I expect 5k before we attempting any new highs. Take note that this is personal opinion and not financial advice!

Bitcoin - what I see

!!!!!11!!!!


Why do I think we need 5k and we will go this direction? There was a massive breakout mid october 17 through 5k and this area was never tested again. Trading instruments almost always come back to those points and "test" them. After all I have seen from cryptos so far they behave in a similar way to traditional instruments (like stocks or indices) even though alot more exaggerated.
Also noteworthy that when Bitcoin is doing bad all other coins doing bad in general as well so if my 5k prediction is somewhat correct it would be advisable to be very cautious in regards to buying any other coin until BTC hits that 5k.

Plans for the rest of the year?
I'm quite sure now that my time in Vienna will come to an end very soon. Those 6 months in Asia were pretty much a test run for me to see if I want to move my shit back here and I can affirm that I want to! Probably will get rid of my flat as soon as I'm back in Vienna and then spend 3-4months in Malta where i just have better weather and more action compared to being located in Vienna. End of the year I most likely will return to Manila, get a nice flat and make this my main residence spending 70% of the year here and the rest in Europe during euro summer or possibly even somewhere else in Asia to not get too bored of being in one place all the time. If I go ahead with this plan I probably have to get rid of the car as well because it doesn't make too much sense keeping it for 3-4months/year but maybe I find a workaround for this, we'll see. (doing stuff which makes sense isn't always one of my strongsuits...) Over the next years I also consider getting involved in realestate and building my own Airbnb empire but this is probably a story for another day...

As usual, at the end of a post some more pictures. No graph today but I can assure you I'm doing ok. And if a bloke like me is doing ok you can/could do to! Just have to put in some work and run good when it counts ;)

peaze!

PS: I'm always looking for highly motivated and reliable pokerplayers to stake for very soft NL & PLO games. Stakes will be mainly NL/PLO50 & NL/PLO100!

1tabling in Valkyrie 
2nd condo pool



some casual drinks in ShangriLa Makati

misbehaving at the Cove Opening with Steve Aoki 
bfast at my favorite spot



having a look at the other side of Manila, check out Smokeytours 
pool no3 all to myself


my favorite day with alot of noise! 
dinner with same gaming friends


view over Makati at night 
no pain no gain


interesting toilet in the sky 
China here i come



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