Update from Tonsai

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Jan 01, 2011

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Adaman Forest Resort

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

          Time is an interesting thing, I lost my watch the other day and with it, all conception of time. Now, I control time in this dream world of mine. I can speed it up or slow it down. A day can be as fast or as short as I want it to be. Life in the dreamworld is good, I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and nothing matters here, because nothing is permanent. People come and go constantly. Intimate friendships are built and lost within a day. Nothing here is real. That is what paradise is, a dream. It is perfect for a short period, but one cannot be truly happy making a permanent home in such an impermanent place. In retrospect, some of my readers have commented on my posts with their own perceptions of paradise, little bits of a paradise that they are able to find in their lives on a daily basis. That, my friends, is the key! One does not need to travel across the world to find the closest representation to a textbook definition of paradise, one merely needs to find what truly makes them happy in their own lives, and incorporate that into their everyday lives. This way people get their daily dose of a dreamy paradise in their permanent perception of reality.

    The wildlife in the jungle is really amazing, the bugs aren't as bad as one would think, the mosquitoes are annoying, but luckily they are so big they sting when they bite, making it quite difficult for them to silently suck my blood. On the way to the internet cafe I came across a large family of monkeys. Their ages were ranging from newborn to much older. I began taking pictures when I noticed one of the baby monkeys was stuck in a garbage cage. He was crying and trying to find a way out. I immediately dropped my stuff and went to help him. At one point I got to close and he screamed in fear, an older male monkey ran up to me with a roar and made a very aggressive territorial expression of anger. I stepped back and averted my gase, trying to appear as submissive as possible. It was incredible to watch these creatures interact with each other. I approached the cage again and found a door to open, freeing the baby monkey from his confining predicament.

    Living in the jungle isn't always dandy. The other night I was sleeping at one of the bars and I woke up to a cockroach crawling on me. Or a few nights before my fan was positioned in such a way that it was blowing mosquitoes right into my mosquito net. I was getting eaten alive, it was like a horror movie. I kept on killing them while trying to fix my mosquito net, and my sheets ended up being covered by streaks of blood from smashed mosquitos. I ended up surrendering and setting my my hammock (with attached mosquito net) outside to get away from the bugs. But of course the second I turned on the light and opened my door, my bungalow was swarming with some sort of flying bug that I assumed were termites. That was a rough night, but luckily these situations are rare.

   I am thoroughly enjoying my stay on Tonsai Beach. It really is a dream, and while I love this lifestyle, my conscious is beckoning, reminding me of what I set out to accomplish. Tonsai beach is a place I will return to often through-out my life, I have a job that will always be here, the best climbing and scuba diving in the world, and a community and lifestye that I never knew could exist. i will stay here until the end of the month, come April 1st I will be headed up to one of Thailand's oldest temples, where I will become a Buddhist monk for 10 days. i will have to take a vow of silence, I will get 2 meals a day, one at 4:00 am and the other at 11:00 am, no eating after noon. Tonsai has completely satisfied my desire to find paradise, but I am truly looking forward to pursuing my spiritual and internal enlightenment. After I plan to head up to Chang Mai for the Thailand new year and the famous water festival that takes place there.
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Carl on

It looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy the adventure. The rocks and beaches are spectacular. Stay well. Playing with monkeys can make you smile.

Marlene Caldes on

hair raising! great writing! great respect in the monkey department! blessings on your journey.

Ellen Bradley Ganus on

Wow!!! Monkeys, mosquitoes, and jungles...oh my! You are one brave guy!! I am so excited to hear about your silent adventure...wish I could do it with you...! The photos are sooooo beautiful...I can feel the warmth of the sun above the tranquil blue waters! Blessings....and looking forward to the next entry!


Hi Quest!

Wow 10 days of silence. That is impressive. I am speechless about your journey. Just wanted you to know we are all thinking about you.

Love Dennis and Jill

Reggie Henkart on

Wow! I have to say that the combination of your outstanding writing and your photos makes you a potential travel writer that all travel magazines will be looking for, especially the "outback" style. You will have an awesome portfolio at the end of that trip. Keep up the good work. Love, Dad.

Rob on

Thailand is a great place to play with the monkeys and stay in the jungle. And I'm sure your visit with the monks will be inspirational. As for the visit to Chiang Mai for Songkran well that will be an experience you will never forget trust me. If you would like some more details of Songkran and what to expect check out this site I found www.letsgopattaya.com there are some great photos and videos of Songkran.

journeyh on

Truly inspirational Quest! I am taking your advice and finding ways to create my own paradise in my everyday life. I am learning how to meditate and realize my true spiritual being. I love hearing from you and reading your blogs! I love that you saved a monkey, that's adorable! Let's Skype again soon. Love you xoxo

Ronda on

Hi Quest.....great writing my friend. It all looks and sounds amazing. I can't wait to hear from you after the 10 days of silence. How blissful! Love and hugs from LA.

Lenny Evans on

Dear Quest, you are my hero! I'm so blown away by your courage and committment to your personal greatness. Rock on brother! You are in my prayers!!

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