When I started my Sihanoukville Journal, everything about Sihanoukville was interesting to me. I’ve been here almost ten years now and it just feels like home to me now. That’s one reason why I’m not updating my journal as much as I used to.
I write a lot of opinion pieces here, but steer away from stories that aren’t related to Cambodia or Sihanoukville. Those stories I publish on my other blog, Expat Journal. As you can see, the subtitle is, “life from a different perspective.” That has a nicer ring to it than “life from a weirder perspective,” but may not be quite as accurate.
Why is “life from a weirder perspective” more accurate? Well, it may not be, but my perspective on life is weird when compared to the perspective of a lot of people. I don’t believe happiness can be found in things, for example, and I think happiness is a choice. I’m a little obsessed with that subject because I see so many unhappy and angry expats here in Sihanoukville. I used to think it was limited to Sihanoukville, but I’ve met expats who have lived in places like Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica who say the same thing. It’s the one thing that bothers them about expat living.
Sihanoukville is growing faster than I would like, but I have a choice: I can let it ruin my day or I can live with it and find reasons to enjoy life here. There are plenty of reasons I can think of off the top of my head:
- Life is a lot cheaper here
- I can afford to go out for dinner every night
- I can go out for a cappuccino every day
- The water is warm
- Transportation is cheap on my motorbike
- Not all expats are unhappy here
Sihanoukville Journal versus Expat Journal
Now, back to my Expat Journal. I don’t get many visitors, but two articles seem to be the most popular. I wrote The Crazy Wisdom of TDA Lingo so long ago I’ve forgotten when. That one gets a lot of traffic because not many people write about him and it ranks near the top in search engines. The other one that gets a lot of traffic is The Best Brainwave Entrainment Products.
I rarely do brainwave entrainment any more, but I used to and found it worked for a lot of things. I could use it to calm me down or to speed me up. I wrote the article for two reasons. The main reason was because I let myself get suckered into buying an expensive product when I first discovered brainwave entrainment. When I found Transparent Corporation, I discovered what a sucker I was. Their product is cheap and gives you more options. The other program was kind of cultish and you had to pay a high price for their CDs. The other reason I wrote it is because I get a commission on the sale of their products.
Those two get the most traffic, but others are starting to get read as well. Someone from Athens, Greece read Meditation versus Amygdala Tickling about four hours ago. Here’s a quote from that post:
The experience I had on my way to work was exactly like a deep meditation, but I remained functional and it didn’t take half an hour or more of meditation in an ideal environment to achieve it. It happened instantaneously and remained even after I went to work in a boat factory where working conditions were so bad, even “work for the dole” counselors told their clients they didn’t have to apply for a job there to keep getting unemployment benefits.
The little known technique works wonders for me and is one reason why I am able to feel happy most of the time. I don’t meditate much any more, but I can do amygdala tickling anywhere and it always works to some degree. Of course, I get angry and a little depressed from time to time, but I don’t let negative emotions rule my life and I have that simple technique to thank for that.
I don’t think my Expat Journal will appeal to everyone who reads my Sihanoukville Journal, but I couldn’t think of anything else to write about today and it’s been awhile since I posted here. I’m not abandoning this blog, but I’m more interested in the other one right now. Next time, I promise I’ll write about something here in Sihanoukville. I just have to remember not to let the kids take my phone. I need it to take photos when I’m out and about.