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Lovely Planet tv has had a facelift! A new mobile friendly design plus the gradual introduction of awesome new features to transition the site into a one stop resource, advice and help centre for the independent traveler who may wish to travel on a budget or earn money while traveling to ultimately experience the freedom lifestyle.
I`ve still got the travel videos on the site but now the focus will be much more on helping independent travelers to achieve self sustainable travel. Soon I`ll increase the amount of content about the many ways to earn an income online for those who fancy the digital nomad way of living. Useful resources will be accompanied by relevant blogs and vlogs full of great ideas and helpful advice.
And, for those travelers who wish to visit or stay long term in Thailand, I`ll show you exactly what you can expect when you arrive. Advice, tips and your questions answered will all be part of the of the offering.
My aim on the new look Lovely Planet tv is to share my own and other seasoned travellers experiences with you and to provide for you help, advice and encouragement and the resources I and others use so you can become a free spirit too, whatever age you may be.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to contact me and I`ll be more than happy to help you out.
All the best
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"My dream was to live in a paradise, working online doing something I could be proud of. And now that dream has come true. My only regret is I wish I had done it earlier on my life." - Peter 'Quest' Crooks. online English Conversation Coach, Film Maker and Digital Entrepreneur.
Have you ever dreamed of giving up everything and traveling the world making a living with your laptop?
Well today it is a distinct possibility that you can! I can confidently tell you this because I am doing exactly that now. And I`m over 60 years old, so there`s no excuse for you younger guys.
In these 4 bite sized video lessons, I`ll show you exactly how I did it...
With loads of online resources at your disposal, many of which are mentioned in this video class, there is no better time like the present to pack that bag, book that flight and go travel the world.
Experience other cultures, open your mind to a new way of living, live the life you`ve always wanted to live.
Watch this class and you`ll discover just how easy this can be.
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The Age of the Digital Nomad - How we can work together to bring about success.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter how old you are. You can still do all the things the younger guys can do, in fact, because of your lifes experiences, you can possibly do them better."
My travel website / video blog is for the adventure traveler who is, like me, over 40 but still young at heart. Not exclusively of course. Age has nothing to do with it really. It's just that the majority of travel websites and travel blogs seem to be created by and written for the younger guys. There is however an older, more experienced in life, kinda digital nomad too. I know because I`ve met a few of them during my travels.
At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter how old you are. You can still do all the things the younger guys can do, in fact, because of your lifes experiences, you can possibly do them better.
So, maybe you`re of a more mature age, shall we say. Infact I`m now 62 and I didn`t begin to travel and follow the digital nomad lifestyle until I was 59.
Here then is a description of what I would imagine to be my ideal website / blog follower.
You are over 40 (but it doesn't matter if you`re 18 or 80). And it doesn't matter if you are male of female.
You love travel and learning about other cultures. You have an adventurous spirit and are not afraid to take well considered risks.
You would love to earn money as you travel so that you can keep on traveling, experiencing new things, meeting new friends and living life as an adventure. Life is too short not too!
You feel that there is an alternative to the normal way of living in the 9 to 5 rat race and maybe feel that you can live a more fulfilled, satisfying life learning about other cultures and helping others.
You are generally of a happy disposition, quite outgoing, sociable and have a positive outlook.
If this is you (whatever your age), then this website should be right up your street.
Because what I have described above is me! (in fact, its probably you too - except for the age thing).
In the past few years I have followed a digital nomad lifestyle. In early 2015 I travelled from the UK to South East Asia where, to cut a long story short, I am now based and have been for the past 2 years.
And this is why my take on digital nomadism may be a little different to what others perceive it to be. I have a base. An apartment in Bangkok. But from that base I still travel and can earn an income during my travels. I guess then I`m maybe more of a Digital
Entrepreneur than a fully fledged nomad. But we are all in this together, whatever we call ourselves.
Following my departure from the UK, I travelled around Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand. In the early days I mostly did voluntary work because, although I had a small private pension, I wanted it to last as long as possible and the voluntary work provided me with free accommodation and meals.
I knew that I couldn't get my UK state pension for another 5 years and that my private pension would run out before it kicked in. As indeed it eventually did. And I still have 3 more years to go! This is one of the reasons I chose to come to SE Asia. I had done my research and found out that the cost of living is much cheaper here and therefore my money would go further.
You may be thinking that voluntary work has to be physical. Well, I can tell you that it doesn`t. I had a lot of experience as a videographer and enjoyed social media. I therefore combined the two and helped overseas charities and other businesses with their social media presence by creating films for them focussing on their aims.
I also enjoy English language teaching so I then enrolled on a course in Bangkok as a teacher of the English language and, after a short spell in a Thai primary school, I eventually began to tutor online as an English Conversation Coach so that I could continue to travel.
Meanwhile, during this time, I was also building up my online skills in those areas I had experience in or was enthusiastic about. This allowed me to create a number of other possible online income streams.
Whatever your skills are and, particularly where your passions are focussed, you will find there are plenty of opportunities online to be able to utilize these as a possible income stream.
For instance, I had experience as a radio presenter and actor so I found platforms to sell my services as an online voice over. I also enjoyed making videos and found which platforms to promote this service on.
You may be more into website design, app creation, proof reading, translation, website testing, photography, writing or any one of the many hundreds of services or products that are in demand and can be delivered online.
So, how do I currently make my income? As previously stated, I tutor online. But I also create video courses and sell video clips. I've also been attempting to improve the contend on this (my) website, which is based around my travel experiences through video and travel resources for independent travelers. You`ll see a few travel related adverts on the site also which brings me onto the subject of Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate marketing is another avenue of income I hope I will eventually succeed at and this is something anyone with an ounce of determination can do if they have a website or blog. It is just a case of building up the number of regular visitors to your website or blog, creating trust and, of course, finding great products or services that will be of use to your visitors. In short Affiliate Marketing is where you advertise other products or services on your website or blog for a commission if they sell.
In order to do that, to build a loyal following of regular visitors, one has to find a niche. Travel is such a large subject and so a niche is vital to your success.
And this is why I started off this article with my reference to age. My uniqueness is that I can identify with you 'more mature' independent adventure travelers and my experiences, as an mature traveler, may be of interest to you. Of course, even if you`re younger, there are many things we can learn from each other.
You see, I`ve also learned the importance of networking. Finding others with similar mind sets, hopes and dreams, particularly in the realm of Independent travel and how to make an income with a laptop.
With this in mind I have created a 'guest blog' page on my website with the aim of sharing links and promoting each others work.
Please take a moment to visit http://www.lovelyplanettv.com/lovely-planet-guest-blogs and if you want to join with me in this joint initiative to help each other out I`d love to hear from you. Just drop me a line. Why work alone when together we can achieve even more.
While you`re there, take a look around. Maybe there`s something on my travel resources page or one of my videos which might interest you.
Thanks for reading this. And I hope to hear from you soon.
(62 going on 26 and getting younger everyday).
"At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter how old you are. You can still do all the things the younger guys can do, in fact, because of your lifes experiences, you can possibly do them better."
(This blog post, originally published by the author at www.lovelyplanettv.com on 18 February 2016 is freely available to share, embed, distribute by anyone on the understanding that a credit is given to the author and a live link to www.lovelyplanettv.com .
How to change your life from mediocre to marvelous through travel even if you`re broke!
By Peter Quest
Just two years ago back in 2014, my life was at an all time low. Then I decided to travel the world. I only got as far as S. E. Asia but the experience I gained there was enough to give me a new outlook on life.
Unlike a 25 year old, for a 60 year old, the thought of just packing everything up to travel the world isn`t as common an occurrence. But, even at 60, if the circumstances are right, then why not? Circumstances in my case were that I had no job, no prospects, no wife and my children had grown up got married and fled the nest. I was also suffering a bit of a depression having lost a long time ladyfriend and then almost losing my home. With no sign of the tunnel, let alone the light, I took the decision to do something I was passionate about while I still could, before it was too late. That something was to travel the world.
The only problem was, with no job and no money, how could I afford this new lifestyle?
It was then, through sheer determination, that I stumbled upon Workaway, a website which puts travelers in touch with non profit organisations and charities (called NGO`s) and individuals across the world who needed a little help in exchange for a free bed and often free meals too.
I`ve since discovered there are more websites of this nature such as HelpX who can also put you in touch with those who need help in return for free accommodation and meals. And Woofing. WWOOF organisations connect people who want to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
Alternatively 'couchsurfing' is another method of finding free accommodation overseas whereby you can find a host to put you up in their home in exchange for nothing more than friendship and them getting to know someone from a different culture. And Global Freeloaders is a network of people willing to accommodate travelers completely at their own convenience, in any way that they can. Completely free of charge.
I was also a keen videographer and website designer so my profile on workaway explained that this was the kind of help I was able to offer and I targeted those NGO`s who were asking for help with online marketing. I also did some research and eventually found numbeo, a website which enabled me to find those countries around the world which offered a much lower cost of living than here in the west.
Within a few days, I`d had half a dozen or so invites. Most of the invites were from NGO`s in South East Asia which I`d targeted anyway because of the lower living costs. In the end, for my first project, I opted for a few weeks on a remote farm near Lanchang in Malaysia.
This farm was owned by the Malaysian arm of an organisation called Iskcon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) simply known by many as the Krishna`s. Although I wasn`t a religious person, I was a spiritual type of guy and, more importantly, I was eager to learn about new philosophies and cultures . And so the prospect of joining the Krishna`s in Malaysia was very appealing. During my stay I was also invited to film at their Malaysian headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and at their temple in Penang and I made many new lifelong friends along the way.
The other problem I had was how to pay for my flight and so I set about trying to find a part time job. Luckily Christmas was approaching and so I managed to obtain temporary work in the local branch of a large computer and electronics store and saved like crazy for my airfare.
During this first lone travel experience to the other side of the world, I discovered hospitality and kindness and a much gentler way of life. Not only that but at 60 years old, I also discovered myself. Traveling alone in a foreign country makes it vital to overcome any problems you encounter. There`s no one else but you to solve the problem. It teaches you to think on your feet and act accordingly. Having said that, traveling alone, does not mean being alone. You naturally meet and chat to all kinds of people along the way. If you`re naturally outgoing you`ve got a head start. If you weren`t outgoing at the start, you certainly will be after you`ve done it for a while.
I mixed with the locals and learned about their culture on my first adventure and I also met fellow travelers, mostly younger than I but occasionally around the same age and discovered that most long term travelers have a similar mindset to my own. They are often disillusioned with life in the west, want to help those less fortunate in the developing world and attempt to find ways of making a little online income to help fund their travels.
There are many websites that one can use to facilitate making an online income such as... Freelancer and Upwork or , if you have a talent you can turn into a digital service, you can create 'gigs' on Fiverr.
Since that first trip I`ve been back and forth to SE Asia, often for periods of 3 months or more and have been to projects in Thailand and Cambodia too. In Thailand especially, I discovered a gentler pace of life, wonderful, hospitable people and now travel to live there more often than I live in the UK.
Travel certainly turned my life around and, if you give it a chance, it could turn yours around too..
About the Author:
A Digital Nomad, Peter Quest films as he travels and has a personal Vlog at www.lovelyplanettv.com . He has also developed a new website for backpackers and other tourist visitors to the Khaosan Road area of Bangkok - www.khaosanroadtv.com - Khaosan Road, Bangkok, Thailand and the surrounding area brought to life on video.
Peter`s ramblings on facebook in the last few days...
From Peter in Thailand. Thursday 2 July. Local Time: 11.55am... Good Morning... Sawadee Ka (or Sawadee Krab if you`re a man)... I don`t know whether it makes their day as much as it makes mine but every time I walk past the firm of accountants next door to the English Club here in Trat with its huge glass window behind which are a dozen or so computer desks with young Thai ladies sitting working at them we always have a wave and a smile smile emoticon I`m uploading my latest video as I write this... A stroll through Trat Town Centre and Market. Packed with interesting stuff about the town and curious goodies on the market stalls. It`ll be available to view soon. Then I`ll set to work editing the film about the young men here who took their place as Buddhist Monks in the fabulous Temple ceremony I was invited to yesterday. By the way, the week after next when I return to Bangkok, depending on how well my leg is recovering (Seems ok so far), I`ll decide on whether to risk moving onto Malaysia followed by my 3 month filming tour as originally planned, or whether to head back to the UK for a while. Tough decision. My extended Thai visa runs out on the 15th anyway but I could always do a visa border run (over the border into Cambodia for a few hours and then back into Thailand) for a little longer. ..Hmmm...Decisions ...Decisions.
This afternoon I took the opportunity to talk about a few of the issues effecting the planet with one of the older Thai teenagers who comes here to the English Club for lessons. Good to find that for such a young man, environmental issues were one of his concerns.
Peter`s update from Thailand. Tues 30 June. Local Time: 10pm.
Well, it`s been another hot, humid and sunny day here today so I took myself off with the camcorder down the road a little way and into Trat town centre. There is a huge and busy market with lots of interesting local foods and other curiosities that I wanted to film. Naturally, with it being so hot I had to call into one of the local hostel bars (lol) which is where I met and got chatting to Mark, 50 something, who`s been traveling over here for the last two years. An interesting chat with another like minded adventurer. He`s a software developer and works online and so can work from anywhere in the world as long as there`s an internet connection. He drives a car which has tinted windows, like 99% of the cars over here, and was telling me that when he drove over the border into Cambodia recently, he was pulled over by the police. Apparently tinted windows are illegal in Cambodia. When it came to pay the roadside 'fine' the police captain asked him, "How much have you got?". This, unfortunately, is often how it is over here, particularly in nearby Cambodia. Beer money for the 'mafia police'. He offered then the equivalent of a fiver but was told it wasn't enough. They eventually settled on £10.
My crazy Thai friend Thip and I ready to leave hospital.
Mask to guard against the MERS outbreak in the hospital.
Posts in reverse date order - latest first, working backwards.
Update from Thailand Thurs 25 June. Local Time: 8am. I intended to send the following post last night when I arrived in Trat but it has been raining almost non stop here for the pat 3 days. Just as I was about to press 'post', there was a power cut and the town was plunged into blackness. However, this morning it is still raining but at least the power is back on. Here is the post... Safely arrived in Trat and back at the UV English Club at around 6pm this evening . It was dry when we left Bangkok but as we drove further south it got wetter and wetter. Massive tropical downpours since arriving here. Never seen rain like it before. But it is the rainy season here after all. Thank you to my good friend Sirinthip (Thip) for driving me down here. I have some video of our journey down here which I`ll edit and post soon. On the way here we called into he local hospital in Trat to get my stitches removed. Cost just 200 Bht (£4) and all done in about 15 minutes from arrival. Good to see my friend Meaw, owner of the English Club, again. There are a couple of new volunteer teachers here, one from the U.S. and from from England. I`ll introduce you to them later on here when I finally get settled back in.
Exhausted... think I over did it with my little shopping trip to the local mall with Thip this afternoon. Needed some footwear and clothes though as all my stuff is still in Trat, Southern Thailand. I`m still in Bangkok but around 20/25 minutes drive from the centre and the local shopping mall is just up the road and around the corner. Thip drove me there and then we spent around a half hour shopping. I was drained when we got back. Obviously I`m going to have to take it easy for a bit. Major knee surgery and almost an entire month in bed has certainly taken its toll. Enjoying the change of scenery here tho. Thip`s condo is on the 5th floor and there`s a balcony with some great views over Bangkok. Off back to the English Club in Trat tomorrow for a couple of weeks. I`ll take it easy down there and see how things develop before deciding where to go next. I reckon it`ll probably be back here to Bangkok for a while and then onto Malaysia to film the Krishna temple openings in August. I then have a 3 month filming tour around SE Asia booked but I can put that back a few weeks if needed.
That`s it!... 6.40pm here and all ready to escape. lol . All cleared with doc now. Medication to see me thru currently being packaged... should be out within the hour. Just waiting to get drip needle removed from my arm. Initially being looked after by my Thai friend Thip who has spent the last 3 days by my side in the hospital. Nothing too much trouble for her and doesn`t expect anything in return because she`s Buddhist and Thai. A smile is enough
Nurse from the Philippines, my friend Almyra brings yummy pizza.
Phew...Notification from my travel insurers that they
would meet the cost of my treatment.
(Almost £20,000 for 3 operations
and 4 weeks in hospital).
It has been a month now since I was admitted to hospital with what turned out to be a rather nasty flesh eating disease which had entered my right leg through a small cut just below my knee. During this time my plans and arrangements here in S E Asia have had to be put on hold. However, I think (hope) the doctors here have succeeded in removing the infection and I will soon be up and out of here. Hopefully I will be getting out of hospital within the next few days.
Whether or not I will continue with my plans here in SE Asia or return to the UK remains to be seen. The general consensus (from UK Doctors who are following my case, my insurance company and close friends) seems to be that I return to the UK for aftercare. But I am not so sure. There are pluses and minuses to both sides and right now the pluses are stacking up slightly in favour of staying and continuing my journey here.
I came here to experience other cultures, to help NGO`s, to further my filmmaking experience and to share the story with whoever was interested through blogs and video`s on my website at www.lovelyplanettv.com. I wish to continue on this path and sometimes feel that if I were to simply come back to the UK because of a setback that has now been eradicated (so long as it has), I would be giving in too easily.
I`ll let you know the final outcome soon.
Saturday 13 June. Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok... Local Time 2pm...
I`ve been in trouble today. I took it upon myself to go walkabouts as I was feeling pretty chirpy and I only get restrained by the drip feed for an hour or two twice a day now. Keeping my right leg, the one that`s had the op, as straight as possible as I`d been told, I went down in the lift to the next floor and out into the roof garden. Really nice with some spectacular views over Bangkok. I was just about to go and find the internal cafe to get a coffee when I was collared by one of my nurses. Apparently, my Doc says I should not be walking yet, so I was sent back to bed. lol. Mind you I do feel a bit knackered now I must admit, so it is probably for the best. I got the impression it was ok for me to go for short walks as I was out of bed for a short while yesterday. Obviously I was wrong. A communication problem I think. That`s my excuse anyway :)))))))))
Update from Bangkok.Thurs 11 June. Local Time: 1pm.
My friend Thip left this morning to visit her mum in northern Thailand. She stayed here at the hospital for the last two nights sleeping on the couch in my 4 person ward as friends or family of patients often do here at Bumrungrad International Hospital. She mothered me of course, making sure I had everything I needed here at the hospital. I only wish we could communicate a little easier as my Thia and her English are not good. However, we still manage to get on and have a laugh. I`m looking forward to seeing her again next week when I should be in position to walk again. Today I had a visit from the visa extension department here at the hospital and it seems I`ll be granted a further 30 day visa when my original one runs out on 15 June. This is good because, subject to my leg making a full recovery, I intend to return to the English Club in Trat in South East Thailand for a week or two to finish the work I had started there.
Update from Peter in a Bangkok Hospital... Local Time: 11am Wednesday 10 June.
What a bizarre night (Part One)... My surgeon thought I was joking when I commented to him this was like a dream turning into a nightmare. But it was, in a funny sort of way. I hadnt been asleep long when at just before midnight last night, my surgeon and a couple of nurses woke me up and started poking around at my leg. My surgeon apologised for the late hour and, looking at my leg, added, yes, I think we can do this now. Meaning my leg was ready for the next stage. He then simply started to rip off the cling film over my knee which had been there to protect the stitches and hold the two tubes which had been inserted into my knee, in place. As I screamed, he apologised and blamed my hairy legs, which, to be fair, was true. I was just being a big baby. lol. There then followed a few comings and goings to my knee with surgical instruments like knifes and scissors and scalpals, followed by the sizing up, cutting and insertion of a what I assumed to be a piece of my own skin, taken from the previous skin graft I`d had a few days ago. The leg was then bandaged up and I was told not to bend it for at least a week otherwise the whole proceedure he`d just done would fall apart. The reverse has just been told to me this morning by a nurse, by the way. I`ll no doubt find out whether to bend or not to bend in due course. All I can say is that I am glad I was laying down flat and therefore could not see what was happenning last night. Although it didn`t hurt, apart from the removal of the cling film, I could tell by the face on my guest at my bedside, that it wasn`t very pleasant.
Update from Peter. Friday 5 June Bangkok. Local Time 12.30pm
I hate this sitting and waiting around. But that`s all I can do really. Apparently my knee has to be looked at again to see if there is need for a skin graft which I had assumed had already been done on the last operation because there is now a dressing over part of my thigh as well as my leg. Then, I`ll have to build up the muscles again to enable me to walk. The physio has given me some leg exercises to do but I really need to get out and walk on it. Communication a bit of a problem here which is a little surprising for such a well known international hospital. I think I`ll put a notice on the staff notice board offering English Lessons when I get better. Anyway, hopefully not too much longer - only so much you can do laid in a bed 24hrs a day. Actually, I`ve been allowed to sit on the seat at the bedside today and am enjoying my cold orange juice straight from the fridge which Thip and Yohann bought me yesterday. ...the orange juice that is. Not the fridge. :)))))))
Having not posted anything, neither video or blog on this page since I was hospitalised on 25 May, I thought it would be good idea to share a few of my recent facebook posts. All will be back to normal in due course. In the meantime...
Update from Peter in Bangkok`s Bumrungrad International Hospital. Mon 1 June. 7am
I can finally say, with complete confidence, that I HAVE A HEART! I know this because I finally saw it bobbling about on an xray monitor screen last night. In fact, I`ve met so many of my inner organs for the very first time, this way, in the past few days. I might even find names for a few of them, like Larry the Liver, Harry the Heart and Kevin the Kidney. I had another operation on my leg last night. I think it is now a case of open it up, remove any of tne infection remaining and repeat until all is safe to stitch up. But just how long that`s going to take in anyones guess.
I really just want to get all this healed and be on my travels again. But at least I`m in the company of fabulous nurses, friendly doctors and a great hospital for now.
The one bug bear I have is that each time an operation is scheduled, they tell me (half hour before) that the insurance company have not authorised payment yet. Could I let them swipe my card, just in case? Errrrrrrr. I don`t think so!
May 30 at 11:41am · Hurworth · Edited ·
This is the hospital Peter is being transferred to.....I think we have no need to worry he will be in one of the best hospitals in the world!
Bumrungrad International Hospital
This is a private International hospital in Bangkok. It has an excellent reputation worldwide! The travel insurance company have arranged the transfer.Peter has said he will skype me, when he has arrived safely, it is a four hour road trip from Tratt where he has been staying.
Update from my hospital bed in Trat ,Thailand. Sat 30 May. Local Time 10.15am.
You know how I thrive on spontaneous adventure? Well, this morning I`ve been informed that my insurance company have arranged for me to be transferred to a specialist hospital in Bangkok later today. I`m yet to find out 'specialism' in what tho? Infections ...or Mental Health :-))))))))))))
May 29 at 8:40am ·
Good afternoon. Well ...it is here anyway. Just coming up to 2.30pm.... Friday 29 May. Pleased to say I am back to my cheerful self again today smile emoticon And thank you for all nice comments. I shall reply to them all within the next day or so. I felt quite sad yesterday at the position I found myself in. I had always tried to respect other cultures even those cultures who were not only different but looked to be a little strange and unreasonable to my own. And so, yester...
May 28 at 8:24am ·
The smile is slowly slipping frown emoticon Leg op didn`t work and it is getting worse. They want another go at it. But my confidence is slowly running out. KIdney problem op on hold as insurance company too damn slow. Day two with no food or water while I await some sort of action. I knew I`d run into the disadvantages of being out here sooner or later but this is a little too soon.
May 27 at 10:17am ·
Right now I have just 2 words to say to you. Actually, it should be 3. But one of them begins with the letter F and I seldom use this word (on facebook). lol. The 2 words are... COLONIC IRRIGATION. At least they could`ve warned me so I could`ve at least attempted to keep my posture smile emoticon Seconds before the pretty Thai nurse shoved the pipe up my rectum she said to me, something like, sing, sam, song, which I took to mean 1.2.3, a sort of get ready warning. Probably nothing of the sort. I`m still delirious.
It`s just after 1pm, Wednesday 27 May here and a couple of hours ago I thought my time in this mortal body had finally come to it`s end. One of my young Thai Doctors here came into my room with a stern face and an even sterner looking nurse. And it`s very unusual to see a stern Thai, unless he`s a policeman and you`ve broken the law that is. But yesterday, during the scan of my kidney`s, I`d already seen what appeared to be the eyes of an alien peeking out from within my body, Maybe if I`d been a woman it might have been less fearful... But I don`t think babies live inside kidney`s.
Can we turn the TV off? Inquired the nurse.
I quite like some of the older Harry Potter movies but dubbed into Thai seems to take away the understanding a little, for me anyway, so I simply said, "Yes. That`s fine by me".
But then the Doctor spoke. A serious, carefully thought out statement had been prepared. Seven words that would change my life ...forever!
"I have some bad news for you!"
"Yes, I though so", I replied.
"Kidney Stones", he said.
I almost wet the bed with delight. I think I may have even smirked a little. I know a few people who`ve had Kidney Stones removed. Can be a little uncomfortable I`ve heard. But all are still alive. I think! So, another private hospital for a specialist op it seems. That`s after an op to retrieve samples from my kidney`s this evening. Having Kidney Stones can be life threatening but as long as you act quickly by removing the stones, most people are fine.
I`ll tell you more tomorrow.
May 26 at 1:23pm ·
Well... I never imagined I`d be writing a post from a hospital bed in South East Thailand. But you know me ...full of surprises. And I always end up in paradise. I`m thinking of course about the spectacular view from my private room high on the 6th floor. Well, actually, have I mentioned the nurses here. Oh yes ...I will have done. lol. I`ll tell you about the craziest person I have ever met on my travels tomorrow, Augusto Santana! from planet ...errr... Brazil. :))))) Got a couple of recent video to upload to www.lovelyplanettv.com too
Peter`s update from Trat, Thailand. Wednesday 20 May. Local Time 11.50am.
Well... it looks like facebook has well and truly scuppered my profile as the won`t accept my ID and the account remains locked. So I`ve now reverted to my old Peter Quest profile and have now tied it to this website and the lovely planet tv twitter page. It`s a long story why I had two PQ profiles but there is a genuine reason for it and to be honest, it`s a good job I had another one to fall back on. Not nearly as many friends on it tho but hopefully it will increase in time.
Anyway... it`s another hot and humid day here in Trat but we had a little rain this morning. The rainy season is approaching, by the way, so I`ve got that experience to come. Fortunately Trat has a lake and a good drainage system so I don`t think I`m in any danger of flooding here. Time will tell.
This morning I cooked an English breakfast for Meaw (the owner of the English Club where I`m staying for now), Yohann (one of the volunteer teachers here), Thip (one of our adult Thai lady stedents), Magda (a Polish friend of Meaw`s and local English teacher here) and myself. It`s ages since I cooked one but all went well and I think it was enjoyed by all. I forgot to buy some bacon though but the sausages were big ones so there was plenty on the plate.
Needless to say we`re all petty full up right now. I was however just about to do the washing up. But I see Thip and Meaw are over by the sink so I may as well leave it to them. :)))))))))
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