Road trip to nowhere

In our part of the world, there used to be cruise ships that take their passengers out into the “high seas” and then seemingly follow a circuitous route back to port. Did you know what these passengers were aboard for?

Heheh.

Well, in this part of the world there is a penchant for wager. And with few licensed gambling venues (back in the day), gaming on ships out in international waters was one way. But you know we are not delving into this subject although it can an intriguing area to debate. Rather, it is about the fact that one could simply be on a road trip without a destination.

We wrote sometime back about how some folks are meticulous planners, yet others are more spontaneous (here). It can be ‘hilarious’ when folks of very opposing end of the spectrum come together for a journey…. trust us. Been there, done that. But we managed to emerge stronger which explains why this blog exists with all the constant sharing of photos from travels past.

But we can also be in a journey to nowhere in life too! Would that be what jumped into your mind when you first read the title of the post? SO let’s pause here.

And re-direct the question back to you who is reading this. Have you been on a journey to nowhere before?

Can one buy antiques in China?

Yes you should know it. Or at least if you had been reading previously, you’d know that while Mel works as a corporate drone in the day (and quite some nights), at other times he turns into a antiquities and history buff.

And lest you think it was just stuff that he is interested in, get this; Mel also looks at the places where vintage stuff are offered as part of antiquities. The sights, sounds and smells (really? Yep, try old furniture…) of an antique market in itself IS a piece of heritage in itself. Don’t you agree?

For all the folks who congregated in those spots, coming weekly, daily or even living in the same spot offering passers-by a piece of history. They constitute something that cannot be easily described. Last year (July 2017), our little red dot’s oldest flea market closed to make way for redevelopment of the site it was located.

Having lived in the metropolis of Shanghai for four years, we were witness to many a change that occurred on a near daily basis. Quite some relocated to “swanky” new premises that despite modernity seem to us austere, sterile and devoid of the ‘flavor’ of the original markets. What do you think? Should preserving heritage take precedent over development?

Read here all about another piece of old heritage in Shanghai having vanished.  Do you enjoy looking at “old” stuff?

Travel Blog topics

When you first started out blogging, what grandiose plans did you have? Or was it all spontaneous creativity that you believed you had that prompted you to make the leap into blogosphere? Did you have a plan at all?

A number of weeks back, we touched on the subject of writer’s block (here). Somewhere in that post, it was postulated there were a few reasons for the blockage and some ways to overcome them. We also shared how we seem to have an endless supply of posts which is published every 2 days (more often too if we wanted). And it does not include photos only posts… that’s for our instagram account. Even though we are actually very actively working folks. Very. We emphasize that.

So today we are continuing that conversation with the thought of having pre-prepared topics. Sort of like meals ready to eat. Simply heat. Wow, did you see that slogan coming? Would you consider any of the ideas Sabina wrote about here?

Of course one needs to be more creative than simply copying these topics. Remember we also said previously that the things you love to do the most can be an endless source of inspiration and creativity? Well, the trick is to make it so. Tweak these topics to suit your own interest and come up with your own list. Expand them as you go along. Be observant and write your thoughts down. Some of them can be topics too!

Before long, we are sure you will not only have your own reservoir of topics and ideas, but also some to share with others!

You budget for travel?

Yep. This is one of the most critical things in our opinion. You see, there are many folks out there who have traversed the world on a shoestring and lived to write about it, share about it etc… Great stuff. Some of them will tell you that they did all that without inasmuch with much money. You know, the best things in life are free?

Sure.

And at the other hand of the ring, we introduce the luxury boxer traveler who seems to live it up very well, all the time running an online business and maintaining a blog to tempt teach you how to emulate their lives… easy right? Sell some stuff, get paid and live a privileged life…

Certainly.

Now if you are like us born with wooden spoons in our mouths (if there was even wood for it) plus not being awfully smart, then obviously we need to work and budget for almost anything we wish – if it includes a monetary exchange in order to obtain it. Otherwise, life sucks right? Heheh… no today it’s not a rant. And no we are not talking about getting into debt either…

It’s about pulling the wool away from your eyes and remind yourself what it really is. Someone told us that the amount we’ve spent on our travel handprints would have gotten us another piece of real estate… or that it would be a good chunk of retirement change available during our old age. Frittered away… oh imagine the dollars flying away…

True.

So the question being posed today is this: do you budget to travel? Or do you travel because you budget? If you have already set aside something for say retirement, do you not ‘budget’ the rest to live you life? Just a thought.

Can you make money from blogging?

Heheh… This post can either be extremely very short, or it could be a windy one. As in a long and winding road, nothing to do with the wind that might ruffle your hair. Wow. Making money from just spinning content onto blogosphere. A dream perhaps?

Anyhow. Can you?

Can one write blog posts and strike it rich? We mean rich from the sense of being remunerated for the words that one strikes on the keyboard. It all sounds so simple isn’t it? And there will be no shortage of bloggers out in the world wide web that purports to be that person. Yep, the one who is successfully making a good living out of bluffing blogging… and/or running an online business… where have you read about this before?

We on the other hand have been paying to blog.

Yeah.

You see, we opted for the “premium” plan with wordpress because we extremely dislike (politically correct form for ‘hate’) ads that appear on web pages. So to save you dear reader from being distracted by that ad, tempting you to look for a boyfriend or girlfriend online we pay a price for it… how gracious of us right? Heheh. But as you would have noticed a few months back, we stopped doing so… hence those pesky ads might have started…

Back to blogging for money.

With the “clutter” of blogs and websites out in the web these days. Is it that easy to capture an audience beholden to the words of a false prophet social influencer? Have you secretly wished that you are that blogger that earns a nice living from just writing?

Cruising the polar regions

Well climate change is probably here. Set aside the arguments for a while. The ice is melting faster and earlier in the polar regions. And nowhere is that more evident than the arctic where more shipping activity has been taking place of late.

If the article here is to be taken as a reference, it would appear that the waters of the arctic is likely to see regular cruising by tourists and transport of cargo within the next few years. You know, there had already been container ships making that journey to test out how much time is saved to transport goods between Asia and Europe.

It is known that arctic ice reaches its minimum every September. And using that as a benchmark measurements have concluded that the amount of ice remaining has declined by 13% over a period of 30 years measured from 1980. And it seems to be a trend too. Might not be too far into the future that low lying regions of the world start to see the effects of the sea swamping over them. Coastlines will change and some places will be lost forever. Seafront real estate owners beware! Heheh.

We know this will cause concerns and heartaches to some. And it pains us too. Unfortunately climate change is here to stay it appears. Whether the activities of humankind is the main cause is no longer the debate to us. Because instead of pointing fingers it is time to do something. Climate change may open up a new travel routes, but it comes with a price.

What will you do about it?