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Letting other do what they want to


On one hand — I want to argue with people who I think is clearly wrong.

On the other hand — why would I care? The more idiots there’re, the better it’s for those who aren’t such or not that much idiots.

Consider people eating in McDonalds, KFC, drinking Coca-Cola and similar shit. Those who don’t eat there are better off. Why? Because those who do will eventually end up, if not already, sick, weak, with fat and sugar diabet. And probably cancer. And it’ll be easier to compete with them.

It’s funny that some even argue that fast food isn’t harmful.

Nonetheless, it’s their choice: if they want to eat there — let them do that. Why would I spend my time and energy convincing them otherwise? I have other things to do.

How to speak English in SE Asia and Asia


The simpler you speak, the better. No need to use long complicated phrases such as “Do you know how I can get to Jatujak market?” Instead: “Jatujak?”

There’s the common wisdom that in India and Phillipines everyone speaks English. Perfectly. It’s not true: it’s not perfect, it’s pretty far from being perfect, they won’t understand idioms and slang. Add to this their accent. It’s actually basic English. And moreover, not everyone speaks it. I had a girlfriend from the Phillipines who wasn’t aware that the word “were” existed, neither was she able to pronounce it.

Using japanese-style grammar in English can help also. Instead of “I’m going to the airport, where can I find a bus?” — “The airport, bus, where?”. Without ですか ending your question, though :)

5 years of traveling, non-stop


Today is 5 years since I began traveling: I left Russia for Thailand with one-way ticket and since then have been on the road.

An intention to be happy is an obstacle to happiness


One will never become happy by making a commitment “I want to be happy by all means. It’s my ultimate goal and I’ll pursue it”.

Longing for happiness itself is an obstacle because happiness isn’t a goal, it’s a by-product.

The true happiness is when you’re not certain if you’re really happy or not — you’re not happy and not unhappy.

A woman inside a man; a man is inside a woman


Osho says that a man isn’t only a man - it’s a half man, and a half woman. Likewise, a woman isn’t 100% woman: it’s 50% of a woman and other 50% of a man. In a man the woman’s part is hidden deep inside and the man’s part is visible, and thus the opposite goes for a woman.