Majkiboy's forum posts

#1 Posted by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

Just heard about it as well. It feels weird, no one on the GB crew can be replaced, they all just leave empty holes. I hope Patrick will end up somewhere he is comfortable and doing what he loves.

Kudos on the post, it shows that there are parts of the community that really cares.

#2 Edited by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

Walking around Tokyo I see this and immediately think of @Jeff.

Domino's represent.

#3 Edited by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

@sweep:

Thank you for the input mister! I definitely appreciate it. I'm not the aggro type so I hope I won't end up in fights. Also I can run really fucking fast :D

The status: My bag was lost and is now being transported to my residence. I am super duper jetlagged and tired. I've been walking around Shinjuku and areas around there quite a lot and it has all been fantastic. Today though I've mostly been chilling and catching up with the world. Walking around in the suburbs just a bit and buying cup noodles.

Here, take a picture (not from the suburbs)

And one from the suburbs (haah that orientation though, well it has to do for now):

#4 Posted by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

My flight leaves Sweden in less than 24 hours. The first stop is Tokyo and Shinjuku, maybe not the most chill first stop, but hey lest start of with major sensory overload!

Thank you everyone for your input. I will try to post something here during the trip :)

#5 Posted by Majkiboy (996 posts) -
@tyrrael said:

@jothel: I'm compelled to agree with you, at least about it being hard to replicate tone in text, but the poster didn't seem to take offense at all. Anyway, maybe I should just delete it all so as to avoid any further misconceptions.

I am that kind of person who is rarely offended. I am hardened by many years of bullshit in my life. I guess someone else might really have taken offense though. But maybe we have said enough about that stuff now.

#6 Posted by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

@hankrazorbeard: Oh, that is cool. Are you a teacher or is it just because you know English well? Do you know Vietnamese?

#7 Edited by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

@mcplated You definitely are inspiring me and thank you for the suggestions, really appreciated! I am happy to have lured you out of the lurking shadows. And regarding me standing out as a tourist, yeah I know that it will be the case for sure. I am the whitest dude ever with blonde hair and blue eyes. When I was in Namibia some people called me a shining angel! That is how much I was standing out, even with a bunch of other white buddies :D. I will be cautious :)

@andrew2696 said:

I have no real tips but boy do I envy you. I'm Vietnamese and I've only been to Vietnam once when I was like four and all I remember was getting mosquito bites all over my body (which in retrospect seems dangerous) and not getting to really take it in. My family doesn't exactly have travel money so we've never been back. Kind of depressing since I have the thought I ruined it.

Anyways hope you can share some of the experience I'm fascinated by how it is now and how non Vietnamese people see Vietnam.

I am prepared with mosquito nets and repellant! My family didn't have travel money as well, but I always wanted to. In Sweden it is so common for people to go abroad every summer. We couldn't do that. So now when I am a grown up man, I save money to be able to travel. I will definitely try to update here, I don't know how much I will be able to during my trip. But at least something afterwards. And let us hope that Drew has some stories to tell us after he is back. I loved his North Korea coverage!

Also @tyrrael, If you follow the site you might have noticed Drew talking about going to Japan and Vietnam as well. That is pretty much why I even thought about posting my story here. I also understand that you didn't insult me and I can actually understand your point of not seeing the point of traveling there. Even though I think that you can be more open minded to the rest of the world (no insult intended, just my honest opinion) and be a bit easier in the tone regarding such matters. Come to Sweden and I'll show you around a bit. We have different opinions about travel you and me, that is ok. I have friends that don't like the idea of going to Thailand, but in those cases it is clearly just a locked state of mind of something they have heard before and they usually say "Everyone is going there". There are as you might know many people not liking America, and they might even say that they dislike all Americans. But for me that statement is flawed in its core. You can't really judge a country that way. Especially not a huge country with so much diversity. But some people don't really see a bigger picture. I've been to the US and it was fantastic. I see it the same way with Thailand. People might have stories about weird stuff happening there, about crime rates, about all sort of things negative. But many also have good stories, and I focus on the good. Because even here in Sweden there are many things that suck. I try to see a bigger picture.

Well, I hope that you some day get to travel around more and I hope you will be able to appreciate it, when or if that happens. It does everyone good to see new places.

@vinny_says said:

make sure to put a sock on the pickle

If I would partake in the pickling business, I would. You don't need to worry ;)

#8 Posted by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

Whoooa the formatting dissappeared when I edited the post on my phone D:

#9 Edited by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

My trip actually starts of in Japan for a Week, in Tokyo. I will be staying with a friend there so all my questions are aimed towards him :D.

Then 3 weeks in Vietnam, from the southern parts to the northern parts.

Then 5 weeks in Thailand, from the northern parts to the southern.

So this is how it looks for me now

  1. Japan, Tokyo for a week
  2. Vietnam, Ho Chin Minh city for 4 days.
  3. Then my plan is to find something nice at Mekong delta, like a family house or similar.
  4. After that I'll take the train up the country to see some of the national parks. I don't really have the destinations planed out yet.
  5. Lastly in Vietnam, Hanoi, I only have some ideas of what to do. Here I have a booked flight to Chiang Mai,Thailand
  6. Chiang Mai, I am just about to book my first accommodation here. The plan here is to find some nice off beaten tracks (like you mention) and I have gotten some good hints from my guidebook.
  7. Bangkok ~4 weeks later with a booked flight to Sweden. Nothing really planned :D

@sinusodial: Thank you for the suggestions, My goal is to see the off beaten path. I don't really plan to go to the southern parts that much, maybe in the southeast, some places there seems chill. I don't like partying like crazy but I'll take a beer or two thus Pattaya has not even been on my mind. Phuket I might try just for the heck of it. I will check Koh Chang out! And it is nice to hear that my choice of Chiang Mai as a starting point seems to be a good one :)

@fallen189: I wrote more about my plans now ;)

@thaijedi: This is very much appreciated! Do you live in Laos now? Do you travel between Thailand and Laos for work? I don't know if I will be able to go to Laos this time around but it has certainly been on my mind.

@shinjin977: Thank you very much as well for the suggestions! That family run hotel seems very nice. It looks like there is one room left, I might go for it :D. Yeah I will avoid the southern parts. The Swedish department of foreign security don't recommend going to the faaar south either. I will try many kinds of food and street stands.

@nictel: Thank you for your suggestions! They will be of use, I'll try to find Boot Noodle Bay in Bangkok and I'll see if i take a cooking class in Chaing Mai! I'm not really a coffee drinker, I love me some tea though and am a hobbyist fine taster of some sorts, but hey Miguel's might be cool to try anyway. I have never been diving though, I guess there are beginner courses to take? I have the latest edition of the Lonley Planet guide, good to hear that it is recommended :D.

@tyrrael: I am very interested in the world. I will be traveling a lot more in my life. I love different cultures and different settings. The best thing you could spend money on are experiences and travel. Since it is my first trip alone, I chose places that are well regarded amongst backpackers. I also firmly believe that an open mind towards different cultures are the way to go. Have you been to Thailand yourself? Do you have any other travel suggestions for me? What do you like to see in the world?

#10 Posted by Majkiboy (996 posts) -

As some people already said, don't worry. I am Swedish (not natively) but I am pretty chill with this although I have no sympathies with the Swedish Democrats at all (they have so crazy ideas about many things). I mean we live in a democracy, what people vote for is what people vote for. Apparently many people don't like our policies regarding asylum issues. And if you are from a small town in the midst of Sweden you might understand some peoples thoughts regarding this. Immigrants in many cities are very poorly incorporated into the Swedish way of life. Many go without work. Thus many want a simple solution to this. Thus they vote for a party talking about simple solutions. The truth is that there are no easy solutions but this development might actually be good. Not for the Swedish Democrats getting more power, but in the sense of our society talking about these issues and maybe doing something better for everyone coming here.

Also, we vote like crazy people because we already have it so fucking good here. We are leading the world in gender equality issues but still people feel the need to vote for a feminist party.