Anthony Galli Keywords: Self-Improvement Blogger, Founder of Goal-Setting/Bucket List Website, Goal & Habit Challenger
A blog about improving your life through setting goals, forming good habits, taking on personal challenges through sharing my life journey doing all-of-the-above.

MY LIFE IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

ADVENTURE


In 48 hours these events transpired:

I decided, "F*ck it, I'm going to Bangkok", got my visa approved, bought a plane ticket, booked an AirBnb for the month, and was in the air flying from NY to Thailand.

Bangkok Thailand Visa Embassy

Keep in mind, before this stint I didn't even know how a visa worked (read on to see how this became a factor later on).

I got asked a lot, "Why Bangkok?"

No, it wasn't for the sex tourism, which I think a lot of locals assume since it's a big part of their economy.

It was because I wanted to go somewhere exotic, inexpensive, and friendly to digital nomads (aka people who work remotely).

Things I quickly learned upon landing...

1. No phone service, but at least I don't get a monthly phone bill or nonstop calls from Grandma.

2. There are a ton of "lady boys". I met a "straight" guy who likes "lady boys" and explained it to me as such, "lady boys are like women, but with a man's brain."

3. They drive on the wrong side of the road here. I don't just mean the left side because that is wrong in itself {wink face}, but sometimes the scooters drive on the opposite direction of a one-way road or they just drive on the sidewalk. Overall the traffic congestion here makes the L.I.E. look like an airport tarmac.

Bangkok Thailand Traffic

4. The homeless people here make the homeless in America look more fortunate than a Wheel of Fortune contestant who guesses all the correct letters for the jackpot spin. In all seriousness it's heart wrenching to see a grown man with no legs crawling on a dirty sidewalk with people passing him on all sides or a teenage girl holding a malnourished baby.

I lived in Bangkok for 3 months.

Overall this was my daily routine:

Go to 7-11. The girl at the counter would laugh because I always got the same two things - a banana and chocolate.

I would eat the banana as I walked to a local coffee shop.

I'd work on Live to Challenge until 1pm and then walk to the co-working space.

Bangkok Thailand Coworking Space Digital Nomad Remote Working

After dinner I'd either head back to my place or go back to the co-working space to do more work into the wee hours of the night.

When I first arrived to Bangkok I ate my usual American diet, but newly made friends pushed me to try the local street food, which was definitely tastier and easier on the wallet.

*Although the guy who sold me beef on a stick looked remarkably similar to a guy I saw picking out of trash hours later.

When I first arrived I saw a "Long Live the King" sign. I seriously thought it was referring to Elvis Presley.

I later learned it was referring to their royal king who was the longest reigning king to ever live and who passed away a month into my stay.

His face is all over the city. In the span of a mile you could probably catch his face plastered on 15 different billboards or portraits.

His face is also on every money denomination. And before every movie in the theaters a short biographical film comes on that you must stand for to pay your respects (and this was all before he died).

After he died the city was covered in white and black and everyone was expected to wear black for a month and all entertainment was expected to tone down.

Talking to my Thai peers, they didn't seem emotionally distraught by his passing, which if you watched the media you'd think everyone was on their hands and knees crying in the streets.

Bangkok Thailand King Death

*Interesting Fact: The Thai King was born in America, which therefore also makes him an American, which therefore means the longest reigning king in history was an American.

I designated at least one day of the week to explore and possibly party.

I partied on the infamous Khaoson Road.

Bangkok Thailand Nightlife

When we lost one of the girls we were partying with I decided to join the search party.

One of the women's bathroom stall’s were locked and no one was responding inside. I climbed to the top to peak over. There she was knocked out cold.

I told everyone to back away from the stall, “I’m a professional!”, but the bathroom attendant stopped me from kicking down the door.

They didn't know what to do because our yelling and knocking wasn't waking her up.

I dumped the flowers out of the bathroom vase, poured water into it, and then chucked it over the stall. That woke her up.

Upon trying to get home later in the evening, I saw the subway station was closed. I walked toward a cab, but there was no one inside.

The driver was sitting on a blanket taking shots. He insisted I join him and his lady friend.

I didn't want to be rude so I took a seat and we toasted to America and then to Thailand!

The night finally came to a close with me slowly & repeatedly telling a Thai gentlemen who insisted on paying for the cab, "We are just friends" and "NO you can not come home with me!"

With a 6 month tourist visa, which I have, you have to leave and reenter the country after 90 days… so I thought.

You actually have to leave after 60 days.

I learned this from customs 10 minutes before my flight was set to take off!

She called over a Thai solider and as he was swaggering toward me I was replaying a scene from Batman Begins where Bruce Wayne is locked in an Asian prison fighting off gang members.

They hit me with a $400 fine.

I was definitely pissed at myself because that’s more than the cost of my monthly rent, but I was also grateful I didn’t have to use my combat skills in a prison yard scenario.

I also recognized that I’m a man of action, specifically trial-and-error, which can have the downside of getting me into a predicament, but the upside of getting me into an adventure.

Visit Bangkok Thailand

100 THINGS CHALLENGE | TIPS & BENEFITS

CHALLENGE

We came out of the womb naked and afraid, wishing for nothing more than milk and love.

We are natural born minimalists!

But as we got older our demands got more extravagant - we wanted the coolest kicks, the graphic tees, the computer, the car, etc...

But as of 6 years ago when I started reading minimalist blogs, I became a born-again minimalist.

In college I had the barest room with a few fake plants and framed posters.

After college I bought a 21 foot RV, which also minimized my ability to own a lot of stuff.

Today I live out of a suitcase, which makes it easy to live with 100 things (90 as of this moment). Here is everything I own:

• 9 socks
• 4 underwear
• 4 gym
• 3 bags
• 2 belts
• 1 wallet
• 1 passport
• 2 pants
• 1 polo
• 2 dress shirts
• 3 t-shirts
• 1 long sleeve
• 1 shorts
• 1 towel
• 1 armband
• 1 stack of change
• 6 office supplies
• 1 action figure
• 1 sleep mask
• 1 set of ear plugs
• 1 pepper spray
• 1 bottle opener
• 1 Mac computer
• 1 Mac charger
• 1 Kindle
• 1 Kindle charger
• 1 earbuds
• 1 Fitbit
• 1 Fitbit charger
• 1 pen
• 1 iPhone
• 1 iPhone charger
• 1 lock
• 1 shampoo
• 1 body wash
• 1 mouth wash
• 1 floss
• 1 detergent
• 1 scrub
• 1 comb
• 1 retainer
• 1 nail clipper
• 1 tooth brush
• 1 toothpaste
• 1 gel
• 1 shaver
• 1 hair clipper
• 1 hair clipper accessories
• 1 scissor
• 1 toilet paper
• 1 deodorant
• 1 camera
• 1 camera accessories
• 1 camera charger
• 1 camera mic
• 1 camera light
• 2 camera tripod
• 1 running shoes
• 1 casual dress shoes
• 1 sandals

Minimalism Quote

What you own reveals a lot about who you are. It's a direct signal of what you value most.

What do your things say about you? If someone walked into your house would they think you're disciplined, organized, caring, loving, happy, focused, smart, adventurous, etc?

Tips

1. Ultimately there is a subjective nature to this challenge when deciding what counts as a "thing". Do you count each piece of paper you own or all your paper as one? Choose whatever works for you!

2. If you live in a big home with a lot of family members - only count your personal possessions.

3. Box all your stuff, then take 1 thing out that you use. And then after a set period of time you get rid of what is still in boxes.

4. Whenever you buy something new, throw something out.

5. Read minimalist blogs

6. I put everything I own in a pile. Organized it and then started tallying off each thing I own, coming out to 90 things.

BENEFITS

Focus on What Matters: Ultimately minimalism is not about owning 100 things or less. It's about only owning those things that bring you joy (or are necessary). "Possessions = Stress"

More Time: When you aren't spending a ton of time packing and cleaning you have more time to do the things you really enjoy. And happiness research is clear that people derive more satisfaction from spending money on experiences.

More Freedom (risk taking): When you have more stuff, you have more expenses, which means you are more dependent upon the income from your job.

Give this challenge a try or start your own minimalist challenge by clicking here:

Start 100 Things Challenge

MAKING THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM

SPECIAL


Why did Trump win?

A HUGE reason - negativity drives down numbers.

negativity drives down voting numbers

When candidates “go negative” they're not increasing voter turnout, but decreasing their opponent’s turnout.

Negativity is especially effective for republicans, based upon U.S. demographics, because in order for them to win the presidency they must decrease democratic turnout, which means as a republican candidate you want to attack the democrat HARD. Trump was effective at this.

I would argue democrats shouldn’t focus on attacking their opponent because let’s be honest, Grandma will still turnout to vote on her way to King Kullen to take advantage of the 2 for 1 sale on raisin bread.

Obama was effective in 08 because he offered a hopeful message to America, he went negative at times, but overall his message was positive.

If Hillary had a more positive message, I believe she would be the one putting her hand on the bible to give the oath of office.

How can democrats win in 2020?

Election Optimism

Focus on the positive.

Don’t tell us why 50% of Americans are racist, sexist, and homophobic for supporting Trump. This negativity will ensure Trump wins again.

Tell us your more optimistic message for America.

When Trump supporters shouted, “BUILD THE WALL”, “LOCK HER UP”, or my personal favorite “DRAIN THE SWAMP.” Democrats should have shouted, “LOVE TRUMPS HATE”, “SMASH THE GLASS”, and “LIVE THE DREAM”.

In your daily life choose optimism over pessimism. Love over hate.

As my main man once said,

be the change 2016

It might be hard to be optimistic right now as a democrat, but there are a million reasons to still be so.

If Hillary and Obama can find optimism so can you.

Ultimately we don’t know what Trump will do - the only thing he's consistent about is attacking Rosie O'Donnell - so maybe he actually does love "the hombres and the blacks and the muslims."

How can you stay positive?

By being grateful because it's impossible to be grateful and angry simultaneously.

Anger may make you feel empowered in the moment, but will quickly subside into despair and division. Let's work to move beyond this. And it starts with you.

And recognize that many of the things you feel grateful for, whether it be the air you breath or your family's happiness, is a byproduct of our constitutional system, the very system that has now produced Trump.

Take the good with the bad, and recognize at the end of the day, it’s still mostly good.

30 DAY BODYWEIGHT EXERCISE CHALLENGE | TIPS & BENEFITS

CHALLENGE

I’ve consistently exercised the past few years.

I prefer to run, but because the streets of Bangkok are so congested, I'd be asking for injury.

"Eyes on the road buddy!"

The gyms here are also far and in-between so I decided to make the best of my situation by working out in my room.

Bodyweight Exercise Quote

Overall I live an active lifestyle.

I average about 10,000 steps a day and try to take periodic breaks away from my computer to stretch.

My point is that I don’t think fitness should be reserved to a 20/30 min portion of my day.

People in "blue zones", a.k.a the areas in the world where people live the longest, don’t go to the gym. They incorporate activity throughout the day like gardening or walking.

And that’s my goal. I’m not trying to get 6-pack abs, or be a certain weight, or bulk up like Schwarzenegger.

I just want to live as long (and healthy) as possible, 100+ years. A boy can dream, right?

Now with that said, I'm hunched over my computer much of the day so to compensate I do reserve 20/30 min of my day for a more intense workout.

My two primary exercise goals are to get my heart rate up and break a sweat, my secondary goals are to have fun and work out for at least 20 minutes.

STEPS

  1. Get my shorts on as quick as possible before I rationalize my way out of it.
  2. *I might do 2-3 rotations of something like this:

  3. I always start with jumping jacks.
  4. Then push-ups. By the end of the challenge I was able to go from 23 push-ups to 33.
  5. Squats or Wall Sit
  6. Tricep-Dips
  7. Hold out a heavy object for a prolonged period of time, and depending on the weight, do some bicep curls.
  8. Shuffle (& Dance) Across Floor
  9. I always end with a minute long plank.

BENEFITS

I definitely recommend this challenge. And if you want to give this challenge a try click here:

Bodyweight Exercise Challenge

30 DAY COLD SHOWER CHALLENGE | TIPS & BENEFITS

CHALLENGE

No hot water!

That was my surprise when I turned on the shower (I'll be here for 2 months).

I decided to turn a negative into a positive by committing to a 30 Day Cold Shower Challenge, which will be 60 days when it’s all said and done, because I don’t have a choice.

Take cold showers habit

But nonetheless after these past 30 days, I can say that I’m committed to cold showering as a life long habit.

Now, when I take a cold shower I start by spraying my legs and feet, then my arms, then my hair.

I save the neck and the rest of my body for last because it’s the most sensitive.

Right before I spray my neck I may pump myself up by shouting, “F*ck it, we’ll do it live!” or “The hard is what makes it great!”

Once my whole body is wet, I find the longer I’m in the shower the less the cold bothers me (up until a point - you don’t want to be in there longer than an hour unless you’re the Ice Man).

Taking a cold shower builds good habits

I usually take two showers a day - the morning one is the most difficult, but also the most rewarding in terms of the energy I feel once I come out.

In addition to more energy, I feel grittier.

I think in modern society we’re too soft, especially when it comes to the elements - hot, cold, rain, snow, etc.

Taking a cold water shower challenge tips and benefits

And I believe by doing little challenges like this I’ll be able to expand my comfort zone and withstand discomfort longer, which will translate into other areas of my life.

According to the research, cold showers are also good for your hair and skin. I remember when I was young I’d take such long, hot showers that my Dad didn’t believe I was showering because he felt my hair looked greasier than when I went in.

He had me stand in the shower in a bathing suit with hot water hitting my body for an extended period of time to see that I could withstand it. Little did he know, nor did I, that my hair looked greasier BECAUSE of the heat.

I also read that cold showers are good for weight loss (the act of shivering burns fat), muscle soreness, stress relief, and relieving depression.

Overall I definitely recommend this challenge.

Taking a cold water shower challenge tips and benefits