- Passionate about life, family, Tasmania and the 'Internet of Everything (IoE)
- Producer at Wisdom.To: Wisdom.To is the Zero Marginal Cost path to Society Growth. It's about accelerating the evolution from Industrial Economy to Network Society and achieving the Global Village with 50 networks in 2-5 years. We stumbled into a project that changes the world!
- Settled, happy, content and focused. Daily meditation. Gym. Walking. Intermittent fasting.
- Freelancer: business plans, financial models and forecasts, strategic/financial investor research, transaction projects ... and technology
- 4 point plan: living (minimum cost, maximum life, maximum health), work (productively and creatively), Life (with purpose), Love (passion) .... see tabs below for details, videos and links
4 point plan (a few details in the tabs below)
I try to pursue as simple a life as possible. I focus on a basic 4 point plan (living, work, life and love) which provides money, time and clarity to contribute to family, purpose and contribution. All four elements need to be optimised and balanced to achieve life.
Like many others, it is difficult to achieve 'life' given the demands of the Industrial Economy on people and their families. This perhaps my underlies me passion for a Maximum life at minimum cost strategy which provides time for contribution.
Life. Why are we here? I am not on an existential journey. I simply believe we all have a purpose and an opportunity to make a contribution. My purpose is (1) parenting my child, and (2) advocating wisdom networks as a means to organise society as networks (ie Society As A Platform).
My secondary purpose is Wisdom (wisdom.to) and I am fortunate to have found kindred spirits that share my passion and excitement about the possibilities of using networks as a means to structure society.
What is Wisdom? It was hard to articulate for a very long time. It's getting easier!
For deeper details on wisdom, I recommend one of the 20+ country plans (like Malaysia), many sector pages (like health) or our 250+ articles. I also belong to the 'Open Data Working Group' within the Open Government Partnership which allows me to share 'Wisdom' with more than 1,100 people in 85 countries all working toward 'Open Government' around the world. The OGP Wisdom page provides a specific summary for my OGP colleagues.
People don't choose dreams. Dream's choose them. Do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you?
The Meaning of Life (in 60 seconds)
In every moment, there is a choice between love and fear
The Perfect Country
I focus on a simple life and structure life to achieve maximum life, creativity and productivity at minimum cost. I have 'homes' in Phuket, Thailand (Dad's place) and Hobart, Tasmania (mum's place). Family is my singular priority.
Health and well being
I neither smoke nor drink alcohol. I practice intermittent fasting (eat 8 hours; fast for 16 hours every day) and have high quality food everyday. No additional sugar. No snacks (except 1 icecream every now and again). Chocolate (an occasional weakness!) No coffee. Daily tumeric. A focus on clean living!
I exercise regularly - gym, trails and walking. Life is fabulous!
Settled ... but lucky to have lived internationally for brief periods
I have lived in Malta (2005-2007) and South-East Asia (2014-2016; 5 countries)
It was an adventure for a brief period, but I have returned and settled. If you are interesting in Maximum Life at Minimum Cost, I recommend International Living as a resource.
In Praise of The Quiet Life
A quality place to live provides a foundation for creative and productive work.
We all work! I read somewhere that 80% of people believe that their work could be automated and they will finish their lives feeling unfulfilled.
I want fulfilling work. Selfish? Probably! A lower cost structure provides the opportunity to move from survival to contribution much faster.
I have worked in some amazing places that have inspired some 'flow' creativity.
How to find Fulfilling Work
How to find a Meaningful Job
I have been fortunate to experience being single, married, divorced across various chapters of life.
There are also good reasons to stay single (as explained in the Youtube video on the right) and good reasons to 'love and be loved'. I feel fortunate to have had the experiences I had had.
Loving and Being Loved
Reasons to remain single
A journey from crazy to nirvana?
Fabulous video! (on the right) .... another unique, pragmatic and practical insight into being human and relationships from Alain de Botton. He playfully argues that love needs to be reinvented from the naive, mutual mindreading inspired by an unrealistic 'Romanticism' to a commitment to mutual education with each partner guiding the other from their crazy insanity to nirvana. A fun and profound presentation.
Alain de Botton - The Future Of The Way We Live, Love And Work
A menu of places to live, travel and experience - family, friends and my daughter
I generally stay in the same places. I love the familiarity. The places I stay include family homes (Parents in Phuket Thailand and Hobart Tasmania), friends around the world and hostels. In the last 18 months, I have traveled to Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, Cambodia. Interestingly, these places are some of the best places to retire. Malaysia (#5), Thailand (#7), Cambodia (#17) and Vietnam (#19) offer high quality living, health care and infrastructure.
These 'Favourite places' offer a quality and safe place to live, work and share quality experiences with family and friends. This page also serves as a way to share experiences with my daughter and offer her a menu of places she can come and visit. Oh! What fun!
I have 2 'family' homes - Phuket, Thailand and Hobart, Tasmania
My mum and step-dad has a home in Hobart Tasmania (see details below). My dad and step-mum have a home in Phuket, Thailand (see details below). Like homes everywhere in the world, most bedrooms in houses are empty and family is always welcome. There is Wisdom in sharing accommodation.
Phuket, Thailand ... Dad's place
Phuket is where family comes together
The most fabulous time of my life was Christmas in 2014. Family from Australia (Queensland and Tasmania), Germany and Malta all descended on Phuket for a fabulous Christmas dinner hosted by Mamie, my step mum. Mamie is a fabulous step-mum, cook and host for all.It was a very special time for all. My step brother from Brisbane had recently had a baby and my step-brother from Malta also made a last minute trip to join us all. My dad and step-mum decided to renew their wedding vows with a impromptu buddhist blessing at the local temple. It was a very special time!
As an added bonus, the family doctor is an ex-head of trauma surgery for a large group of Bangkok hospitals. Very handy, just in case you need some emergency surgery (like stitches, brain surgery or a kidney transplant!). Although, world class medical care is available at International hospitals 20 minutes away. It's also gated expat communuity and the house is surrounded by a high wall.
30m tourists visit Thailand and 10m visit Phuket
According to the Phuket Gazette, “As 2015 drew to a close, the Kingdom was preparing to welcome its 29 millionth visitor at Suvarnabhumi Airport, a new record that even exceeded the country’s official target of 28.8 million visits for the year. A large number of these visitors – roughly a third by official estimates – paid a visit to Phuket. ...'Tourists simply don’t care about Thai politics,' ".
Hobart, Australia ... Mum's place
After a lifetime of hard and continuous work, my mum and step-dad retired to Tasmania. They have a 3 bedroom home on the side of a hill at Kingston Beach in Tasmania and a remarkable 180 degree view overlooking the ocean, golf course, valley and a mountain (on the left). A few years ago, Kingston Beach was named as the best suburb in Australia. A beautiful home and easy retirement is a just reward for a life of hard work and prudence. There are also solar panels on the roof that mean they never get a power bill. In fact, they sell power to the grid! Amazing! Like all home in the western world, there is plenty of extra space for guests. Family and friends are all welcome to stay!
Tasmania is one of the most beautiful and pristine places in the world.
Mum and stepdad's house in Hobart
Other places to live, visit and experience
Hanoi is one of my favourite cities in the most interesting and vibrant of countries. It is truly amazing and highly recommended. I stay at the most amazing place and, in the low season, at an amazing price. It's probably 4 star accommodation at a budget price (in low season). I could live in this place.
Green Mango Hotel - high quality, unique accommodation at a ridiculous price
Koh Chang, Thailand ... the best place I have ever been?
Koh Chang is, quite possibly, the most remarkable tourist destination and place to live I have been. It is a real jewel. I unique blend of island, mountains, beaches, jungle, rainforest, waterfalls, supermarkets, quality accommodation (cheap and unique experience). This place is truly unique. This can be added to the places I visit regularly every year.
A day at one of the waterfalls is my most memorable (see Facebook for photos and videos).
The first photo below is the best photo I have ever taken. It is of Klong Prao beach and the sunset.
Sapa, Vietnam (Where heaven meets earth!)
Sapa, Vietnam lives up to it's nickname of 'Where heaven meets earth'. The most memorable event in my life was watching a view of the valley during sunrise at the Go Sapa Hostel in Sapa Vietnam. The clouds that had settled in the valley during the night danced around in the swirling winds and slowly disappeared over an hour. The colors went from orange to gold to yellow. I think I have a video ... I'll post it!
Sapa is Awesome
Sapa: Where Heaven meets earth?
Things to do in Sapa
Tioman Island, Malaysia (tropical island, swarming fish off the beach, turtle nesting grounds)
Tioman Island is exquisite. It was named the world's best island in the 1970's. It is realtively undeveloped. The most remarkable experience is Tioman is walking off the beach into waist high water about 50m from shore and have hundreds of fish teeming around you. The water is crystal clear. You can hike across the island through jungle over about two hours. On the eastern coast, there are some more remarkable beaches and a turtle nesting ground/refuge. Internet is poor and intermittent. There are monkeys that walk around the pathways. It is a tropical island! Beautiful, and relatively undeveloped.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia (tea plantations, 14 trails, 2 waterfalls, cool climate)
I spent 6 weeks in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. The Cameron Highlands is about a 4 hour bus ride north of Kuala Lumpur. It is much cooler than KL. There are 14 trails that encompass a diversity of hiking/walking experiences. Each is about 2-6 hours hike. Over 6 weeks I have done them all. Remarkable!
One hike stands out. I joined 10 other people for Trail #1. It was a hike up the the tallest mountain/hill in the area for about an hour to the mobile phone tower at the top. We then followed the road down. We visited the Mossy Forest, strolled through vegetable gardens, strawberry farms and tea plantations. We visited the commercial Boh tea company which has a large facility for tourists. This particular area was in a beutiful green valley with tea growing on all sides. We then strolled another 4 km to the third and most northern town of the Cameron Highlands and returned to our starting point in Tanah Rata. Tanah Rata is the southern most town in the Cameron Highlands. A truly magical day full of diversity of landscape and experience.
Kuala Lumpur (a great city connected by cheap flights to everything else)
Kuala Lumpur could be considered just another Asian city. That was my impression for the first few weeks I was there. However, I really grew to appreciate it. It is very modern and offers a diversity of interesting experiences. The Botanical Gardens in the middle of the city are beautiful. Public transport is all integrated with one smart card. It is easy to get around.
It also offers the cheapest way to experience a Formula One Grand Prix. I didn't make it last year, but hope to get there in 2016.
Chiang Mai (Romyen Garden Resort)
Chiang Mai is meant to be a cooler Thailand destination. It is a little cooler, but not by a significant degree. It is a worthy destination for a few days.
I stayed at the for a few weeks. Romyen is about 20km from Chiang Mai and is a very quiet place. There are a few things to do. The most memorable experience is the food cooked by the owner of Romyen every night. I took pictures of dinner every day for 30 days ... you can see these pictures on the Romyen web site!
Hiring a scooter is always an amazing experience full of adventure, particularly if you have someone to share the experience with. An impromptu scooter ride up the mountain to the temple was rewarded with impromptu participation in a Buddhist cermeny and a personal wat blessing from one of the monks. I will never forget the temperature change as I rode down the mountain that night. A strong contrast in temparature between top and bottom.
Additional points to the plan ... built upon the foundation!
The 4 basic living, work, life and love points create a strong foundation. They provide a foundation to love, creativity, productivity and contribution. I am excited by the possibilities and my other points of focus are below.