For the first time since this project began i’ve had time to spare. Joulurauha (christmas peace) has come and gone and the breeze is flapping on the hammock.
A few days ago i had a nightmare. I’ve had one nightmare like this before and its not the usual kind. This was a nightmare where one of my childhood deamons was shunned from my life.
In the other likewise dream i had a few years back i actually shot one of my deamons, and since then that fear, that idea has never come back. The next day an old injury opened up from my pelvis/lower back and started the healing process. The pain has also never come back 🙂
This time the dream was very biblical. An angel wrapped me in her arms to protect me and shouted, ‘get the #$/& away from this one and never comeback. If you come back i’ll kick your ass!!’. And the deamon just walked away 🙂
This time a 15y old injury in the middle of my spine opened up and i can feel the healing process has begun. 5 years i’ve been trying to fix it in many different ways and finally!
I guess this is part of the tuk tuk process. I can feel my body preparing for a 3 month journey in a tuk tuk and i’m glad its doing it!
Oh, it’s time for tea! Out of the hammock and to the cooker. Internet’s a bit difficult here so if you don’t hear from us before, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
These days the term ‘Empower Yourself’ has risen into the consciousness of the masses. The ever growing need to get meaning into ones life has become a huge business especially in the western world. But why is this not so in the east?
Why does the east not need empowerment and the west does? Isn’t the west more civilised? Do they not have everything better? Are they not trying to tell the rest of the world that their way is the way everyone should live to have a better life? Are they not kings of the world? Let’s look at this empowerment from a few perspectives.
If you look at the amount of food and the quality of food people eat in Finland compared to here in Thailand you see that it’s double the food and less than half the quality. In the western world food is processed over and over again losing nutrients all the time. The natural milk is processed into margarines, cheeses, yogurts, creams etc. etc. etc. The one milk that used to have all the needed nutrients is now a lot of by-products with the nutrients spread out and mostly lost in the process. Then it’s advertised that low fat and processed food is good for you. The company gets more money, and the people get more waste products. People need to eat more biomass to feel content and even that is an illusion made by added chemicals.
In Thailand the street food portions are small, but always enough. Every time you eat you feel like you get what you need. There’s no processing, no advertising and no need for all the civilised mumbo-jumbo. Eating nutritious food makes you feel content from a small amount. Your body only needs what it needs and thats it. No extra is needed. This can be seen in every other part of life as well.
In the east the people who eat street food smile and help each other without the need to get anything extra. Some don’t even have houses and they’re happy. There doesn’t seem to be the mentality where ‘I need to be better than my neighbour’. This doesn’t seem to be the case in the west.
Which is more important, to be happy, or to be wealthy?
In the west everything must grow all the time. Houses need to get bigger, cars need to be faster, economy needs to grow, technology must go forward and plates need to filled with excessive shit. People don’t seem to get what they want even though they have more and more and more and still more. Nothing seems to be enough. Inflation keeps growing and people feel they have less and less and less. Less is more in the east, more is less in the west.
So let’s go back to this empowerment thing. To be empowered is to be content, so you can live life with freedom from the need to make yourself content. Hmmm. I need to write that again.
‘Freedom from the need to make yourself content’. Interesting.
Lets look at freedom. In the west when you can support yourself financially you have money and you are well off. Money gives you freedom to do what you want. Freedom to buy food, freedom to buy wellbeing, freedom to buy this and buy that and buy all the things that you think you need to live life happy. So in the western logic money is freedom. But whats the price of this money-freedom?
To get money (Freedom) you need to get it from someplace, usually someone. So following logic, you need to take someone else’s Freedom to get some Freedom for yourself, because Freedom doesn’t grow on trees you know. When you earn yourself some Freedom, the taxman wants some for himself so that he can share your Freedom with others who aren’t so well off as you. And as we all know, all of our Freedom is slowly climbing up the ladder to the 1% that controls everyones Freedom.
In the eastern philosophy content comes from all the things that money cannot buy. Content comes from health, peace of mind and most of all from Family. In the east Family is such a big thing that its not just your relatives, but the community around you, even the strangers that come across your way. They have no homes for the elderly where grandparents die of loneliness. There they take care of each other from beginning to end and the new beginning.
Now let’s look at empowerment from the medical point of view. In the west when you are not healthy you get a pill. This again gives you the illusion of being well. In the east when a medical man diagnoses a patient, they correct their diet. They know that there’s a reason why the term ‘you are what you eat’ has been around for thousands of years. Your body needs nutrients to be able to do what it does. And let’s just be clear that nutrients ARE NOT the same as calories!!
In the west they have found surgery and again, the pill. The body is not given the chance to fix itself because that would be bad for business. In the east medical people have found acupuncture, qi gong, tai chi, martial arts, yoga and all of these physical things help nutrients buzz around your body so that the body can do what it does best, fix itself.
Don’t get this wrong. Western medical science is fantastic when the shit hits the fan, but the money men have realised it into a business. And making money out of healing means you have to convince people that they can’t heal themselves. This is plain bullshit.
Empowerment. Taking control of your own life. Do what you can to be all that you can be. Support yourself.
Everyone, and I mean everyone has a built in support system called the skeletal structure. It is designed to support the weight of your body and actually the weight of your world as well (Your world, and the way you see it, is actually your mind). The better your skeletal structure supports you, the less muscle work is needed. The less muscle work, the less energy you use, and the less stress gets put on you mind and body. This is a huge part of empowerment.
Jorgos Supporting Family Photo: Lotta Pitkänen
Mind effects body and vice-versa. Tension in the body makes tension in your thoughts, and tension in your thoughts makes tension in your body. So the term of the day is ‘let go’. Let go of your tensions. Let go of your presumptions, let go of your fears, let go of your hopes and dreams, let go of everything. What you have left after letting go is true freedom.
Freedom from yourself, from your thoughts from your tensions. This freedom allows you to have everything. It allows you to do anything you want and to be everything you ever wanted to be and more. When you let go, nothing, and I mean nothing, changes, except your view of the world and the way you feel about things. Don’t limit yourself because you’re used to it. Learn to trust yourself. Learn to trust other and learn to trust life. Circus.
Circus is family. Circus is eating right. Circus is qi gong, tai chi, yoga and everything else all put together. Circus is getting to know who you are, mind and body. Circus is a way of life. Its a way to get to know what your mind and body needs. Its a way to live without boundaries.
Circus teaches you to be more than you ever thought you could be. It teaches you trust in your support system i.e. trust in yourself, your family and life. You learn to be content without needing anything extra, because you already have all that you need. Nature gives us everything we need to live life in content. We don’t need to make ourselves content. We are content if we want to be content.
Here’s Freddy summing it up:
Circus, street food and the will to live, is empowerment. Let yourself be empowered, don’t try and make yourself empowered. Let us all be winners.
Warm, smiling Thailand. A few days getting used to jet lag and getting adjusted to local life. We arrived on Friday the 13th with no problems what so ever. On the contrary we had the best of luck. I guess with a positive attitude, you attract positive things.
In Helsinki we were late for the check in. Less than 1 hour till the flight left and the women at the counter were afraid that our luggage will not make in onto the plane. No worries we said. Our luggage will make it on the plane or then it won’t, but don’t stress we said.
In the end our plane was broken and they needed to fix it so our flight was delayed for an hour. No fault of anybody. I guess others thought its Friday the 13th and we thought Thank God It’s Friday, the 13th.
Upon arriving at Suvarnabhumi International to our surprise we were greeted with two tickets to the Immigration pace lane, and a quick lane for children. Immigration was over in 7 minutes. Pyry’s bag was the first to come onto the conveyer belt and the others followed soon after. Never has immigration and baggage claim gone so quickly. And the warm hug that Thailand gives when you walk out the airport is amazing.
Now it’s been two days in Bangkok and we’ve been checking out many of the street food places and comparing them to the non-street food restaurants. We’ve had many nice dishes and some not so nice dishes. One really good dish was fried frog (the recipe will soon be on www.tuktuktravellers.com. We will tell you when we get it started)
Flied Flogs Photo: Pyry Kääriä
Swapping between street food stall and restaurant quickly shows you the differences. Street food is by far better food for less money. Cheap restaurants are mostly for tourists who are afraid to eat street food or for people who want ‘Thai food’ made for western taste. Their food doesn’t taste fresh since they have a fridge and they keep food for the next day. They need to pay rent so the ingredient are chosen with money in mind. Expensive restaurants are better quality fresher food but they need to have some special fusion recipes and an expensive interior so they can justify the price. In short, more expensive means less taste for money and nicer materials around while you eat.
Street food on the other hand is always fresh because it has to be. There is no fridge, just ice to keep food cool. Every morning they get fresh ingredients from the market because yesterdays have been eaten (otherwise they would go bad). They pay no rent so they need not shimmy up the price. The food is made for local people with local taste, so the price is right and the food tastes the way it should! They buy the food with people in mind, not money in mind.
And about atmosphere, street food stalls are for the local community where everybody knows each other and takes care of each other. Everyone is seen and accepted as a person and nobody is seen as potential for money. This feels great in the modern world where people have become numbers. And when you add this to the thai love for children, you get the perfect experience with the family.
Yesterday Juho and his wife got to eat in peace because a homeless man played with their child leaving them free to eat. The man even shared his fruits with the kid and fried caterpillars with the adults and didn’t want anything in return. Sharing the moment with someone and being allowed to play with a child was enough of a joyful experience for him. He had a mohawk and was missing the front teeth but he was a super nice charismatic man with a super nice charismatic smile.
And for those who are thinking about an upset stomach. Millions of people eat street food everyday, and I have never heard of anyone actually getting sick from it. People that make food for their community care about the food. They have the same people eating everyday and bad food is not an option.
So if you want to taste true Thai food, don’t go to a restaurant. Pop by a street food stall and enjoy food made with love for people. It’s always served with a smile. This is what we aspire to bring with us back to Finland 😀
Kaikilla on omansa, jollakin enemmän, toisilla vähemmän. Osa tekee ne tiedostamattaan, osa ei saa tietoisuuttaan irti niistä.
Lähtörutiineista. Lento lähtee 17 tunnin päästä ja sain juuri pakattua. Vielä on liian kiire että ehtisi jännittää, mutta nyt huomaan lähdön lähestyvän, huomaan sen omista lähtörutiineistani. Tässä on minun rutiinin, mitkä ovat teidän? Tiedostamanne ja ennen kaikkea, ne joita ette teidosta?
1.Pakkaan nopeasti, periaattessa pyrin mahduttamaan kaiken käsimatkatavara reppuun. Tällä kertaa on hieman enemmän kamaa.
3. Pakkaan puhtaat alusvaatteet valkoiseen kangaskassiin ja otan mustan likapyykin varalle.
4. Flip flopit tulevat rinkan päälle, että ne saa kätevästi heti lentokentällä jalkaansa.
5. Mukavat lentovaatteet, reisitaskuhousut joiden taskuihin saa kaiken oleellisen, villasukat ja broidin tekemä corto maltese -paita.
6. Tankkaan suklaata varastoon. Tänään mennyt levy sinistä, toinen Lindtiä ja vähän praliineita päälle.
7. Suihku, seuraavan kerran pääsen sivistyneeseen suihkuun vappuna. Tässä, jos jossain, Suomi on maa kehityksen kärjessä. Kävin ystävien luona kylässä ja kulutin heidän kerrostalosuyhkuaan 20 minuuttia. Parasta.
8. Jumppatuokio & venyttely lentoa odotellessa. Mun kaltaiselle hongankolistajalle ehdoton ennen lentoa, kaikille muillekin, suosittelen.
9. Kirjoitan jotain juttua vaikka pitäisi olla nukkumassa että jaksaa huomenna säätää.
Ollaan tehty Pyryn kanssa järjetön määrä duunia jotta tämä seikkailu voisi alkaa. Seuraavan kerran kotona keväällä, mikäli tuk tuk suo.
When travelling around the globe on a motor vehicle, there are a few things that all motorists should know. First and foremost, and the most obvious, is to be prepared for anything.
The real world is full of potholes, gravel roads, no roads, steep climbs, steep downward slopes that overheat the breaks, rocks that hit and break things, twigs that jam and scratch, rainfall that makes some roads into huge mud cakes etc. etc. etc. It takes just a moment for the wrong thing to happen at the wrong time and suddenly you can feel all your hopes and dreams slipping away as your motor vehicle comes to a stop, or refuses to move.
Prepare as much as you can for everything, and then let it all go. Don’t be stupid and take a truckload of stuff just in case. Take tools that can do many things, get a good understanding of physics, try fixing something before you go, think of many situations that might happen, use your imagination, and trust yourself to find a way to keep going.
The fact is, If you thought of it, it probably won’t happen. Life doesn’t want to do things the way someone thought it would go. Life is full of surprises, and thats the best part. And when it comes to breaking down in the middle of nowhere, there’s a 99.9% chance that there is at least one person around willing to help. It’s human nature, it’s life.
But then there’s bureaucracy. It’s not the real world, it’s the world on paper. If per chance you are driving your motor vehicle from New Zealand to Europe, around Africa or along the west coast of South America, it is mandatory to have a piece of paper called Carnet de Passages.
The Carnet allows you to temporarily import your vehicle without having to leave a cash deposit at the border. It is, in essence, an international guarantee for payment of customs, duties and taxes to a government should the vehicle not be re-exported from that country.
In other words you give around a few thousand € (depending on the price of the vehicle) as a deposit and you get it back when you import the vehicle into the final destination.
The Carnet de Passages en Douane can be obtained from the national automobile association or touring club of where ever you might be.
For more info visit the wiki @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnet_de_Passages
Other bureaucratic papers are of course Visas. There are a few options for this. Transit Visa, Tourist Visa and for those filming something you might need a Press Visa.
A transit visa is usually quite easy to get, but it’s for a very limited time. Iran gives 5 day transit visas, Azerbaijan gives 72 hour transit visas etc. It depend’s on the size of the country and your route. A transit visa cannot be renewed or lengthened.
A tourist visa can be obtained for a much longer time and thus you can enjoy the country a little better while driving around. In both cases Point of Entry and Point of Exit must be given and some countries want the whole route with all the names of the places you want to visit. If you stick to the plan you should be alright.
Usually the Carnet and Visas will suffice, but some countries have places called restricted areas. For example north eastern India is mostly restricted area. If you want to pass through these, you must obtain a special Restricted Area Permit.
This can be obtained along with the visa, if they see you fit for going through. Restricted Area Permits in India are for a maximum of 2 weeks, even though the tourist visa is for six months. You MUST have the Permit with you at all times while in the restricted area, and you MUST leave before it expires.
Then there’s of course the international driving licence. This is just a passport photo and filling in a piece of paper. It’s as easy as frying an egg.
Bureaucracy is a bunch of obstacles designed to milk money from your nipples. Its annoying, but if you comply and go with it, it’s easy. Try and fight it or lose your nerve and the bureaucratic cow kicks you in the face.
Apart from these you should be alright. So if you prepare and get the paperwork you’re all set.
And the rest is up to you.
PS. If you have more good tips, give us a comment.
Viikko alkoi kuten kaikki muutkin viikot edellisen 8 kuukauden aikana. Maanantaina meillä oli aamulla selvät suunnitelmat viikon duuneista ja lounasaikaan mennessä kaikki menikin sitten uusiksi. Maanantaina mentiin viemään viisumihakemuksia Iranin-suurlähetystöön. Meiltä uupui eräs lippulappunen eikä homma onnistunut. Sen sijaan että oltaisiin voivoteltu tapahtunutta, laitettiin suunnitelmat uusiksi. Varmistettiin että voidaan hakea Iranin-viisumit tien päältä ostettiin lentoliput ja alettiin valmistelemaan lähtöä; käsikirjoituksen tuunaamista, yhteistyökumppaneiden tapaamista, byrokratiaa (viisumeita, kansainvälisiä ajokortteja, rokotekortteja jne.) aikataulutusta Thaimaahan, tuk tukin suunnittelua ja yhteydenpitoa tehtaaseen, tavaroiden hakemista ja niihin tutustumista, kontaktien tapaamista, kirjanpidon järjestämistä Ja Niin Edespäin.
Tähän päälle vielä normaalit matkavalmistelut, kirjaston kirjojen palautuksesta ystävien näkemiseen. Duunia riittää sen verran ettei matkakuume pääse iskemään.
Tänään Pyry lähti Tukholmaan hakemaan Paklistanin viisumeita. Minä tonttuilin yhteistyökumppaneiden luokse. Oli aika amerikkalainen olo kun lappasin paketteja kiesiin. Rakkaat sponsorimme verkkokauppa.com sekä Chez Marius (www.chezmarius.com) muistivat meitä kaikella tarvitsemallamme. Pyrimme karsimaan kaiken ylimääräisen pois. Meillä on aika pieni budjetti ja vielä pienempi Tuk Tuk. Vähemmän on enemmän ja sen pitää olla laatua.
Mutta kyllä sitä kamaa silti on, ja hyvää kamaa onkin.
Kaiken tavaran otin stoalaisesti vastaan. Pitäen mielessä ettei tavara tuo onnea. Itse petokseni kantoi aina siihen hetkeen kun kokeilin Chez Mariuksesta saamamme Yaxellin Zen santoku-veistä. Ensiviillon myötä menetin sydämeni ja sieluni. Enää ei ole paluuta. Onni on hyvä keittiöveitsi.
Ihan oikeasti, katsokaa nyt kuinka kaunis. Eikä se ulkonäkö, eikä edes terä. Vaan se miltä se tuntuu käteen ja mikä ilo sillä on leikata.
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