• Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

Tobbe

Tobbe Becomes a Yogi

Recommended Posts

Yoga

 

buddhist-monk.jpg

 

On January 3rd me and my family will travel to Southeast Asia. More specifically we will first fly to Thailand for a week, and then continue to Vietnam where we will stay for almost two months. It will be the first time any of us go to those countries, or even Asia at all. I'm super excited! We all are! :) 

 

The first week is pure vacation, but after that I'm supposed to get 6 hours per day of work done. I work remotely as a software developer, so as long as I have wifi, a wall outlet, and a place to sit I should be fine. We will be living five people in small hotel rooms though, so it will probably be a challenge to not be disturbed in my work. And I know it will be tempting to go out on exciting adventures with my family. But the last challenge I did was on being productive. So I know what my weak areas are (hello Facebook), and I know what keeps me motivated and focused (deadlines!). So hopefully I can stay productive for those six hours, and after that have plenty of time to spend with my family and on experiencing the place I'm visiting.

 

Besides getting to know new cultures and seeing new places I also hope this will be a chance for me and my wife to wind down. To get plenty of rest. To get away from the stress of our life here. Which kind of brings me to the main topic of this five week challenge. Becoming a yogi. What better place than Thailand and Vietnam to get in to doing yoga more regularly? I've gone to a few yoga classes here where I live. And I've tried a couple of guided YouTube yoga sessions. But I want to get more in to the online guided yoga stuff. My wife said she was interested too, so hopefully we can do it together 🙏 Someone posted a 30 day yoga challenge in one of @Salinger's threads, and I immediately thought that was something I wanted to do. 

 

I'll do this one

 

 

My goal is to do 20 or more of those 30 days during this challenge.

 

I want to add more goals. But with all the traveling/sightseeing/swimming in the ocean/photo taking I'll be doing I'm just not sure how much time I'll have to devote to any more goals. Had I been at home I would have made it my goal to do all 30 days, on the days they were posted. But for this challenge I'll give myself some extra slack.

 

🙏 Namaste 🙏

 

EDIT:

Added another goal: Post at least one photo from every day of my travel

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, Tobbe said:

I want to add more goals.

 

I just thought of another goal that I'll add. I'll make it a goal to post at least one photo from each day of my travels. I might not post it the same day that I take it, but I will make it my goal to at least eventually post it 📷

 

This will serve at least two purposes.

1. Make this thread more interesting 

2. Make me not forget to update people back home about what we're up to while away

  • Like 2
  • That's Metal 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got a Welcome-email when I signed up for the 30 days of yoga

 

Read this in that email

Quote

Build strength, shed weight, get clear, beckon growth. 

 

 "shed weight" :(  It makes me sad that they try to sell this as a weight loss tool. I was hoping this would be a safe place from crap like that :( 

I want my yoga experience to be about stress relief, calming down and connecting more to my body. Physically I want it to help me be more flexible and give me better balance.

 

  • Sad 1
  • Angry on your Behalf 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey tobbe! Yes, I’m kinda sad they used weight loss too. Bit frustrating actually... 

 

ill be starting on the 1st hopefully, excited and scared :) 

 

have amazing time on your travels x

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope you have fun on the trip.

 

Doing that 30 day challenge too. I've done a few before, but never as they came out.

 

It shows how focused on it society is that they have to use it as a marketing tool. But I'm not as worried since I've done plenty of videos from her and I know she herself has a good outlook in the videos, so I'm hoping that hasn't changed.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Salinger said:

ill be starting on the 1st hopefully, excited and scared :) 

 

1 hour ago, Echoceanic said:

Doing that 30 day challenge too. I've done a few before, but never as they came out.

 

Yay! More people doing it together can only be a good thing! :) 

 

1 hour ago, Echoceanic said:

It shows how focused on it society is that they have to use it as a marketing tool. But I'm not as worried since I've done plenty of videos from her and I know she herself has a good outlook in the videos, so I'm hoping that hasn't changed.

 

Thanks for reassuring me :) I've heard of her before, but never watched any of her videos. So I have no idea what to expect.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
58 minutes ago, Tobbe said:

I've heard of her before, but never watched any of her videos. So I have no idea what to expect.

 

A great example is how her 'core' focused work (one I think is called Belly Love but don't quote me on that) is always both really intense, in a breath focused way, and about connecting and accepting that part of yourself as a good one, instead of the usual "get a six pack" talk. You can want to be strong without hating every bit of jiggle.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That sounds like a fantastic way to start the year! 
 

and ooh - I’m on a yoga-a-day challenge myself; might just loop this in as part of it - thanks for posting! 
 

Also can’t wait to see pics - Asia is on the travel list for this year, and it’s looking like Thailand or Vietnam will be the place! 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not the most exciting photo maybe, but getting these in the mail today was a huge weight off my shoulders.

 

20191230_200509.jpg.745cc5fe082472eababf691239a022f2.jpg

 

We sent our passports to the Vietnamese embassy a long time ago to get visas. And then we didn't hear from them. And the days went by... We were getting more and more worried we wouldn't get our passports back in time before we had to leave. With all the holidays and other days when people don't work today and Thursday were the last possible days to get our passports before leaving on Friday. And the postal service in Sweden Sweden has gotten a really bad reputation lately for not delivering things on time (or at all...).

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi following along!

 

4 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Not the most exciting photo maybe, but getting these in the mail today was a huge weight off my shoulders.

Out of all the passports I've seen, those look really pretty. I can't imagine waiting so close to the trip. 

 

Following along, exiting to see what photographs are made. 

Glad you will get a bit of vacation, but interesting in working at beautiful places. 

 

What I've heard: 

I don't know if you drink coffee, but I did see a video on Vietnam coffee shops where you have to wait a while before you are served...  That I wonder if like Korea could be work time... 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

Hi following along!

 

Hi! Nice to have you here 👋

 

10 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

Out of all the passports I've seen, those look really pretty. I can't imagine waiting so close to the trip. 

 

Yeah, it was pretty nerve wrecking waiting for those passports!

 

10 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

Following along, exiting to see what photographs are made. 

Glad you will get a bit of vacation, but interesting in working at beautiful places. 

 

I'm no master photographer. It's just me and my cellphone camera. But that's good enough for me 📱📷 

Strong sun and laptop screens don't go too well together, so probably not too much job getting done in a sunbed at the beach. But hopefully also not only hotel rooms... That's parts of what makes this so exciting. I have almost no idea what to expect, or how this all will work out for me :) 

 

10 hours ago, LovelyBouncer said:

What I've heard: 

I don't know if you drink coffee, but I did see a video on Vietnam coffee shops where you have to wait a while before you are served...  That I wonder if like Korea could be work time... 

 

What? Waiting in line for your coffee to be poured at a coffee shop counts as work time in Korea? Strange :) 

But no, I don't drink coffee (but I do drink buckets of tea 🍵) And where I work we also don't have a strict "you have to work eight hours per day" policy. It's more along the lines of "you have to get this work done". Doesn't really matter if it takes 6 or 10 hours. That's all up to you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Whoa! that sounds like it will be an amazing 2 months, even with work added into the mix. Smart to keep the challenge 'minimal' :) 

 

Right now it's all pretty stressfull. Getting ready for a trip like this was way more work than I thought it would be. Two days ago we moved all our chickens to my wife's sister. Building a new coop at her place. Yesterday we had people over here that will check in on our house, showing them how to operate the heating to make sure it stays around 10℃ while we are away. Tomorrow we'll relocate our cats. We've had to empty out the water heating system in our guesthouse so that it doesn't freeze in the pipes while we're gone... etc etc...

 

I'm still staying positive. And I'm 100% sure it's all going to be worth it once we're there. My wife on the other hand is more doubtful :(  But I think she'll come around too as soon as she's on the beach in the shade of the palm trees  🌴 🥥 ⛱ 🏖

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congrats on the chance to travel to Southeast Asia! We haven't had much opportunity to travel out of the country, but my wife is planning a few cruises for our family as a start. I know it's not ideal, but it's a step in the right direction. I'm not opposed to the bohemian style of travel or staying with other people in hostels or air bnb, but that's not practical with four daughters and a wife who wants luxury when she travels. 😁

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, WolfDreamer said:

Congrats on the chance to travel to Southeast Asia!

 

Thank you. I know I'm very privileged to be able to travel like that. And I'm super grateful for the opportunity ✈ 

 

Quote

We haven't had much opportunity to travel out of the country, but my wife is planning a few cruises for our family as a start. I know it's not ideal, but it's a step in the right direction.

 

Why do you say it's not ideal? Any chance to get away and see new places and meet new people is great! 

 

Quote

I'm not opposed to the bohemian style of travel or staying with other people in hostels or air bnb, but that's not practical with four daughters and a wife who wants luxury when she travels. 😁

 

💯

 

If I was traveling on my own I would have booked the flight and grabbed a backpack, that's it. I would love to do some backpacking around asia. But like for you, my wife need to know that hotels are booked, that there is access to a shower every day, that she'll have her own comfy bed every night, etc...

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So today is first day of the 30 day yoga series. I haven't watched the first video yet. Going to ask my wife if she wants to watch it with me as soon as she has finished putting our 1 yro daughter to bed. Can't believe she's not sleeping yet, it's almost 10:30 pm!

 

Anyway. Back to the yoga stuff. This year's theme is HOME. Previous years it's been "30 Days of Yoga", "Yoga Camp", "Revolution", "True" and "Dedicate". Not sure what to feel about the theme this year. Kind of silly, but it just doesn't sit quite right with me. Probably because we're going on a trip pretty much as far away from "home" as we possibly can. So one one hand we have that. On the other hand I'm curious about how I can turn this around and somehow see what "home" represents for me and how I can tie it in to the traveling...

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Arkania said:

Hey, this sounds really cool and I am excited what you experience in Asia :D

 

Hallo, nice to have you here :) 

Yeah, I'm excited too!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Tobbe: I’ve spent years and years away from “home” - so long that it’s not that anymore. For me, what’s “home” is more a feeling - and as sappy as it sounds, home is wherever my husband and I are together. 
 

 

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, darkfoxx said:

@Tobbe: I’ve spent years and years away from “home” - so long that it’s not that anymore. For me, what’s “home” is more a feeling - and as sappy as it sounds, home is wherever my husband and I are together. 

 

Despite being the complete opposite - as in, I stay in one place a lot, I still have a similar attitude about it - home is a feeling I get at certain times with the people I care about (I include me in that group).

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wanted to write a bit more to that photo above, but I was just too tired. Could barely keep my eyes open long enough to post what I did... So a bit more context comes here instead :) 

 

We got up at 5 am to pack the last things, and do the last preparations in the house before locking it up for two months. We then drove to the train station to catch a train at 6:50 to the airport. Flew from Copenhagen to Beijing (9 h) where we had a 12 h layover (as I mentioned). Traveling with three kids where the youngest is just 1 you don't get a lot of sleep on the plane. So when we got to the airport we were all super tired. The boys crashed immediately while my wife tried to get our daughter to sleep. Thankfully she fell asleep pretty quick in her stroller. After that I decided to watch the kids and our luggage so my wife could get some sleep as well.

 

I figured I could use the time to book transfer and to let our hotel know we would be coming late (2 am). That turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. I have all our booking on my gmail account. And after beating my head against the wall for like an hour trying to figure out why my wifi wasn't working properly and why just some pages would load I realized we were in China, and China has all Google stuff blocked. So no gmail, no google maps, no regular google web searches... Makes it really hard to get anything at all done online when you're not used to it... When I figured out what was "wrong" I could easily work around it by connecting through a VPN. Phew! 

  • Like 2
  • Wow 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today's photo is going to have to be a pool photo

 

20200105_132122.jpg.61462dba81358e9e4383db6963221362.jpg

 

We don't have a pool at home, so the kids love it! 

 

I love this life :D A chance to sleep in in the morning. Fruit and smoothie for breakfast. Noodles and more fresh fruit for lunch and now I just had rice and a "hot plate" seafood platter for dinner. Took a long walk before lunch and played in the pool for a few hours after lunch before heading out for dinner. An air conditioned hotel room and decent wifi. What more can one ask for than all of that? :) 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.