Moving to Southeast Asia and back
In late 2015 having prepared everything there is to prepare for I moved to the Philippines. I flew to Manila on October 1st, arriving the next morning. For the first few months I stayed in a place called Puerto Galera to get my bearings and get over the first culture shock and then moved south to Iloilo City, Bacolod to sort of end up in Dumaguete City on Negros Island. Where I have lived for almost 2 years in total. Meanwhile I have explored a lot of the country and have been on most major islands all over the country.
In late 2018 I visited Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. There I discovered, much to my frustration, what a crap country Philippines really is. Seeing a more developed country you suddenly realize how low I sunk in my living standard and the daily frustrations I had to deal with. Malaysia was a huge eye-opener in that regard. After returning to the Philippines it quickly became apparent that something had to change yet again. And after some contemplating I left the Philippines for Southern Europe with the idea to roam around southern Europe for a bit and finally to secure a visa for Mexico.
To Mexico and...
The plan was to stay in Spain for a few months to recharge and plan for the next move, but the shock of Europe was so great I skipped Spain completely. As planned I spent a few weeks in Italy then ended up in Milan where I got on a train to the Netherlands for the Mexican Visa and in early 2019 I moved to Mexico. From the Mexican embassy I did manage to get a permit to apply for a Temporary Resident visa. While waiting for the residency status the world kind of ended...
In these times of 'social disfunction' and 'irrational flu' everything goes slow. Including the Mexican government. But I finally have my residency status. In January of 2021 I finally was able to buy a motorcycle and explore more of the country. Over the next few years I hope to do just that. Finally get to know the country and see more of it than just Quintana Roo and its tourist traps. Hopefully I'll find my footing and maybe even stay here permanently. I kinda like Mexico so far.
But if not, I'll probably head south towards Panama or something. Or go see the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty and more of such attractions.
Will code for Tacos
Since 2012 I have been a fulltime freelance web developer. During the first few months I spent most of my time on making a more professional website and turning some plugins I maintain into paid products. Usually I'm working on something WordPress or WooCommerce related.
Working online and occasionally traveling, I guess that makes me something of a Digital Nomad. But I'm not all that Digital. Just being a Nomad is enough for me. I don't follow the hype and never visited a co-working space like those hipster types you see on YouTube. I rather focus on doing my own thing.
I've been making WordPress plugins since about 2005, back when WordPress 1.5.2 was hip and cool. Before that I attempted to make my own Content Management System. And did odd jobs for local businesses. At the time I wasn't sure where I wanted to be with web-development... In 2012 I turned my hobby into a fulltime job. And I have been lucky with it so far.
Adventure on wheels
I love exploring on a motorcycle. All my possessions on the back, and just go. Following the road, or path or trail. And just ride to the next interesting looking place. Where I'll then probably stay for a while. I like to explore everything I want to see and discover. There is no plan other than a general direction and some cities or areas I want to check out. Most of the time planning doesn't go much further than about 1 to 2 months ahead while traveling.
In January 2021 I bought a brand new BMW F850GS Adventure motorcycle. And in July 2021 I started a 9500+ Kilomters long journey and adventure through Mexico. I've spent about 3 months on the road before finally finishing in La Paz in Baja California Sur. I'm sort of sitting out the pandemic here and am eyeing a recession which seems to be taking over the world. Misery never stops it seems. Anyway, on and off I'm planning a larger adventure to other parts of Mexico while exploring Baja California Sur.