The “Asia New Year 2014” trip starts in Bangkok and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. Peter will spend the majority of his trip living and working at his home base in Bangkok. He also will spend significant time in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India and Turkey, with an additional country or two to be announced later. For exact dates, see Peter’s Schedule and Location page.
Peter will be working as normal both with his freelance writing and his relationship coaching work. He also will be active with the Ramakrishna Vedanta Association of Thailand where he is an assistant secretary, spend significant time both at Vedanta and Theravada Buddhist monasteries in the region, continue building his home base in Bangkok, add to his knowledge of the Asia Pacific region, and reconnect with friends and colleagues.
This will be Peter’s first time in Australia, Laos and Turkey. You can follow Peter’s adventure by signing up for his updates.
Currently I’m writing this from a chaotic, messy café in downtown Yangon, Burma. I’m wrapping up work before I head off for 12 days in Burmese monastery starting Sunday. I return to Bangkok on February 27.
For those who have tried to reach me lately: Yes, I’m safe. But I’m almost completely inaccessible because Burma still suffers from daily blackouts and extremely poor Internet.
While the good news is that coffee and a snack only runs me about $2.50 in Burmese coffeeshops, the bad news is that you get what you pay for when it comes to the Internet in these places. This is the best Internet going, too, despite paying a little extra for hotel accommodations in Yangon (accommodations are very pricey here, and there’s not much a hotel can do done when the government shuts off the Internet).
I’ve snuck in a little sightseeing, including visits to several Buddhist monasteries, a Catholic church, and several Chinese and Hindu temples. But much of my time is work, as I stockpile stories and handle last-minute tasks before I become inaccessible on Sunday.
While I may seem inaccessible now, there’s a big difference between spotty connectivity and not electricity at all.
I’ll write about my thoughts on how Yangon is changing in early March when I am back in Bangkok. I’ll also post photos then. For now, uploading a 3 megabyte photo is a luxury that’s hard to find in Yangon.
This was expected, however. In terms of Internet connectivity, at least, Burma has not changed much since 2013.
The next flurry of activity starts next week when I head to Burma (Myanmar) for a few weeks.
I choose an unconventional monasticism on my 36th birthday.
Now starts the heavy lifting. The past couple months have been intense. First there was preparing for my trip in November. In December I set up my apartment in Bangkok, attended a Theravada Buddhist retreat in southern Thailand for half
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