The Next Adventure

So things moved pretty fast once I got home. I arrived in Choiceland on Wednesday and barely had enough time to recover from my last adventures when my next was set into motion.

Photo Credit: Tour Guide Canada
I have been trying to sell my car for over a year now, I had felt it was time to move on from it, and right now I am in the process of setting up a new endeavour that will require greater cargo space.  So I threw it up on Kijiji knowing I’d be back soon and before I even arrived in Choiceland I had a guy wanting to come see it. Friday he showed up cash in hand and within a few minutes I was officially without a car. So long little Focus. You were a great ride!

Not long after an alarming fact hit me. I have no car. Uh oh. In Choiceland, no car, limited budget. This could be interesting. Luckily I had already been perusing Kijiji in search of an appropriate vehicle to create VanLife 2.0. Last summer I spent 6 weeks touring Western Canada living out of this beauty and with some of the adventures I have in development for this summer I was anxious to find a vehicle which I could customize to take the Van Life experience to the next level. 2016-05-12 14.45.02

Last years model was comfortable, great for driving but not really set up as a camper and too nice to destroy by camperizing so I decided to sell it at the end of the season and start from scratch this year.

So, As I said, I had already been looking and had found a few contenders, one of which I had messaged about the previous week and hadn’t heard back from. That is until that Thursday before I sold my car, no wanting to get ahead of myself and not wanting to look to eager I waited to call the guy back but now with the sale of my car complete I needed to get things moving.

But was I really going to buy another van? I live an unusual life, I accept that. Most days anyway. Some days I question my own sanity and really facing another summer living in a van is not exactly conducive to being a grown up and there is a part of me that after 2 years of school and 2 months of vagabonding my way around the world is craving stability. However, let’s be real I am pretty good at quieting that part of my soul. In reality, I just said a prayer, the same one I often say “Lord if you want this to happen make it straight and clear” So I set up a meeting for the next day, convinced my fabulous parents to go for a drive, and early the next afternoon we were on our way. Going in I had preconcieved deal breakers all set in my head. I had a price in my head that I wouldn’t budge above and told myself if I had any reservations I would bail immediately and try to forget about this idea. We got there, checked it top to bottom, needs a windshield, pretty dirty, but the right size for what I want to accomplish and really not in bad shape over all. Turn the key and fires right up, take it for a test drive, shifts nice and has V8 power, not bad at all. OK it passed the reservations test. Let’s talk price – “So what are you looking to get out of it?” “Well, I’d take $2500 for it” CRAP THAT’S EXACTLY THE NUMBER I WANTED. Now I debate pushing him further but really that was the price I felt I was going to pay ahead of time and so my response… “Write it up!”

Well looks like I am doing this! The guy selling turned out to be a pretty good dude too. Runs an importing business bringing in tires and batteries from China, gave me a few tips about the process after I mentioned that my new endeavour involves importing. Pretty cool experience all around.


So now I have a van! My hours of Pinteresting ideas are about to pay off, but where to start? We stopped at Canadian tire on the way home and I picked up some supplies to start with. They had touch up paint and also a power inverter on sale so I picked those up.

The next morning I went at it making a trip into town to get the necessary supplies to add a bed to my new project. Once home, I started ripping the seats out but what a gong show that became, I ended up ripping all of the trim off of the sides to get to the seat belt bolts. Was missing the right tools to take some of the support plates out. By the time it was getting dark I was sitting semi defeated amidst a pile of rubble. (Displayed in the video below lol) SO I decided to give up for the night and run into town the next day for the right tools.

The next morning I went and got the tool I needed got most of the pieces out and then put the trim back on. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to take it right down to steel or if I should work around what is there for now. Working with what is there is more budget friendly, but stripping it will give a way cooler finished product. So will see, I flip flop on the subject daily ha.

But also that morning I got a call from my old accounting firm and they needed some emergency coverage for tax season and knew I was available, so out of that conversation I ended up with a contract doing tax for a couple weeks. Which on my end is a huge blessing. I live pretty low key financially but its been a while since I have had steady work so this will be a great little boost financially. So since then I have just been in Regina, working my buns off trying to raise the start up capital I need for my next venture.

I have also had a few “interesting” opportunities pop up so stay tuned in the next few days who knows where my next post will be from! haha

Cheers for now





Canada – Around the world in 65 Days

65 days ago I took off from Edmonton International Airport on a journey that would see 18 flights through 16 different airports (Edmonton, Toronto, London, Athens, Mytilene, Athens, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Krabi, Bangkok – BKK, Bangkok – DMK, Phuket, Bangkok – DMK, Bangkok – BKK, Shanghai, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Saskatoon) Yesterday when I touched down in Edmonton on my way to Saskatoon I had successfully circumnavigated the world by air! Bucket list – CHECK, haha.

Now as I sit here on my parents couch and reflect on the journey I am absolutely overwhelmed at the entire experience, my heart is full with amazing memories and incredible friends old and new that have journeyed with me along the way. Thank you to each and every one of you, this adventure has been one for the record books. Thank you, Jesus, it is exactly what my Spirit needed after 16 months of beating my brain with academia.

I left Thailand early in the morning on March 31, en route to Vancouver. Along the way though I had a stop over in Shanghai, China. This was the first time I had ever been in China and it was interesting to say the least. First off, because I was only there for about 10 hours I decided not to get a local SIM, this… was a mistake, haha, as the availability of public WiFi was pretty tough to find without one and so Google Maps ended up no use to me. I must admit, it’s a bit alarming at what a crutch Google maps is for me when I travel as without it I was more than a little lost at times, haha. Thankfully, some screen caps and research I had done earlier combined with the help of a friendly concierge at a random hotel I was able to maneuver my way through this adventure unscathed.

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My Shanghai adventure begins with a trip on the MagLev train, a high speed train that got up to 431 KM/h how crazy is that! We were zipping by! And most importantly it turns a long trip downtown into a manageable hour as it took me a good 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down the regular transit path. Arriving downtown I attempted to find a dumping house that a friend had recommended, I wandered for a bit using my screen caps on Maps but in the end this is where I discovered that WiFi for tourists without a local SIM is pretty much not gonna happen, oh well. I wandered some more finally consulting the concierge at the Park Hotel on how to get to the Oriental Pearl which as was only a train stop away thankfully. It definitely was a cool sight, but I didn’t go up as I was being cheap and it was foggy/smoggy anyways so I was not confident on the view I would get from it, that and I was already hungry and should be heading back to the airport soon. So instead I went to a little Ramen place and got some food, which was ok but I got the feeling this was like the McDonald’s of ramen and dumplings so I won’t judge China’s cuisine by it haha. From there I got back on the train and headed back to the airport. I did go the wrong direction for 2 stops first (a pretty typical DaveLife move) but eventually I did make it back to the Maglev and Airport. Onward home!

Arriving home in Canada did not stop my adventures. I got in Friday night and had set myself up at the Holiday Inn Express at the Vancouver Airport, nothing beats a comfy bed after a long flight and to my joy they upgraded me to a King bed, ahhhhh. I instantly crashed, only to be woken at 1am with the jet lag hunger pangs, oi, so there I am searching the hotel for food at 1:30 in the morning, but it is a new hotel so none of that has been set up yet, no room service and not even a vending machine. So there I am ordering and subsequently gorging myself on pizza at like 2:30 in the morning.

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The next day I laid around in my comfy accommodation till check out, hoped back on the airport shuttle to the car rental place and after some minor confusion (FYI Alamo YAY, National Nay), hit the road to North Van to meet up with my buddy Kevin where I would be staying for the night. Looking for a mini adventure Kev had tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and I had never been so off we went! Great little park there, I love BC, it is so green and air so crisp it really is a fabulous place to spend time. (TRAVEL TIP: There is another suspension bridge not to far from here called Lynn Canyon and I believe it is FREE, so if you are not lucky enough to know someone who has tickets to Capilano and are looking for a little more budget friendly experience I would recommend it because as cool as Capilano was I don’t quite see the value of $40 per person)

After, I met up with my friend Alana for a coffee (ALWAYS a delight) before returning to Kev’s for an evening watching sports. You have no idea how much I missed hockey while overseas. Super pumped to come home to my Flames in the playoffs! Haha, way to go boys!!! We did do a little tour of North Van though, man this town is gorgeous! Definitely not opposed to the Lord moving me out here.

The next morning I headed off to Langley, to check out Sunday morning service at Sonrise Church where my buddy Chris is the lead pastor. GREAT SERVICE! Holy Spirit was kicking some butt this morning. Was so grateful to be able to worship with this crew, definitely felt the love.

The next few days, I were spent fighting jet lag, contemplating life and moving my existing blog posts over to this new venue. If you haven’t noticed yet, I was pretty unhappy with Bloggers user interface so have shifted to a WordPress site. Please let me know what you think of the changes. Hopefully this one will work better for all involved. I have really enjoyed blogging and intend to continue, so please click follow down below and make sure you never miss a post ūüôā

Anyways that takes us to yesterday where my touch down in Edmonton completed my circle of the world, and my touch down in Saskatoon ended my journey. Props to my pops for driving the 2.5 hours to Toon town to pick me up.

Thanks everyone for following along and stay tuned for posts sharing all the things I have learned along the way.



Thailand РBeach and Bangkok Adventures 

Originally posted –¬†April 01, 2017

Well, as I post this, I have just spent my first night back in Canada. AHHHH!!!! So good to be back on home soil. I love to travel but also definitely have a full appreciation of being back where everyone speaks english and I can drink the water. Haha!

The final 3 weeks of my journey were spent across¬†Thailand.¬†I arrived in Krabi and click my brain into arrival mode – bought another new sim, got money and figured out how to actually get to my hotel on Railay Beach as it can only be reached by boat. I figure out the bus/boat system (sort of anyways) buy my ticket an hop aboard. Easy peasy, or so I think…
A good 30 minutes into my trip I am chatting away with my random new friend (I’ve had a lot of those) when the bus pulls over on the side of the highways and the driver yells at me this is my stop, I am very confused as it is the edge of the road, not at a pier which I thought we were going to and there isn’t even any¬†water anywhere in sight which makes no sense to me because I am supposed to be taking a boat the rest of the way. It’s also dark now so that’s not really encouraging me to leave the safety of the bus but he shouts again in broken english that this is my stop so I grab my bags and cross my fingers that he knows better than I do (usually the case). I check in at the little office my bus driver friend was pointing me to and yes he was correct the pier is about 50 yards in from the road, no crisis, whew!

I get the boat ride settled and after a short wait the long boat we are taking arrives and takes us on our journey through the pitch black waters towards Railay. A cool little town I quickly find my hotel, praise Jesus it’s nice, well nice enough, there were some REALLY nasty trip advisor comments so I was concerned but for the cost it was definitely nice enough. I shower and freshen up then decide its time to wander. It’s a very low key town, lots of ¬†little shops but very few people on the whole. I wander the beach front to the end of the board walk where there is a little beach bar where I was able to find a hammock and a cold drink and sit back and listen to the ocean waves crash into shore. Pretty much perfection.

Having enough of the quiet, I left again on search of more adventures, on my previous roaming a promoter in front of the towns night spot “The Last Bar” had stopped me to inform me about live Thai boxing that would be happening that night so I made my way back to it. IT WAS AWESOME! And then to close the night off there were was a fire show, I am super sad that my phone died before I got video as these guys were intense! After that though I was done, bed time for this kid, so back to the hotel for me.

Day 2, I spent wandering the rest of the area, there are 3 beaches each more beautiful than the last, lots of little shops. I figured out where to go rock climbing and where some cool hiking spots were, saw monkeys and also saw what a longboat actually looks like as it had been dark when I climbed aboard the previous night. (They look like a bit like a death trap FYI so I am a bit glad I was kept literally in the dark haha) Spent some time at the beach, by the pool and in my room with the AC (its super hot here) and just generally relaxed, ate some great Thai food, and got a Thai massage. Super chill day. (My favorite kind haha)


The 3rd day is where it gets a little dicey unfortunately. I had planned to get up early and do the rock climbing but instead I lazily spent the morning enjoying the last of my AC comfortable living before moving over to my much cheaper but MUCH less comfortable accommodation. Don’t get me wrong I have long held a dream of laying in a hammock on the front of a grass hut near the beach pecking stories into my laptop, so this was very much my choice, but I knew I would miss the AC. Leaving just before noon I got to my hut and moved in, very simple just a bed and a shelf, bathroom with “basic” plumbing (a cold water line to a sink, a shower head and a bucket which was to act as the toilets tank). Lots of creepy crawlies but it had a fan and a mosquito net, ¬†so I would be fine. ¬†After grabbing lunch I was hit with a restless mood so decided I would spend the afternoon hiking up to the lookout and lagoon. I was told it was beautiful and it definitely was, but the hike itself, wow! It was not what I had expected. One of the toughest I have done, but totally worth the efforts as you can see from the pictures.

Fantastic adventure… Check! But, this is when the dicey starts. About 3/4 of the way back down the trail I start feeling “off” I just assumed I was dehydrated, ¬†I had drank a water before I left but this was a tough hike so I was pretty low on fluid. Anyways, I decide to forgo wandering the caves which were just down the trail a way and head back in search of water. I get back to my hut, get water, rest in my hammock but progressively and quickly deteriorate. I am still not sure if it was the food from lunch or the heat that sent me spiralling, perhaps a combination of both, but the next 12 hours would be spent with the porcelain throne my body fully rejecting anything and EVERYTHING I had put in it. Legit Hell. Being sick is bad, being sick in a smelly foreign country all alone in a hot bamboo hut with no real plumbing, that was just the worst (great literary term, I know) by the next morning I had enough so I messaged my friend Niamh in Bangkok. I had previously planned to stay with her the following week but she took pity on my sorry soul and invited me to come earlier. The girl is a God¬†send, a legitimate hero. I did temporarily feel ok for a bit of that day an opportunity I used to go find nausea meds, but it would seem that I over did it and ended up paying for puking in an alley just before my hotel. (TMI? sorry) The meds did help over all but I had had enough of that muggy smelly little town (Sick David has a bad attitude lol) and caught a boat out the next morning even though my flight wasn’t until afternoon. Thankfully the airport was and I found a quiet corner and just sat and waited for my flight.

I got to Bangkok about the same time Niamh was getting off work so I was able to connect with her at the Metro station near her place. There I just basically rested the next couple days watching A LOT of Netflix (How to make a murderer is freaking creepy, yo) Back on my feet my days in Bangkok have been spent using the condo’s office space to work on a project I have on the go for when I arrive back in Canada, relaxing by the pool and using the gym, Asia knows how to set their tenants up right thats for sure. Like myself Niamh enjoys an active social life so most evenings have been spent out for dinners and drinks with friends from Bangkok and across the world. One restaurant called Above Eleven is located on a rooftop patio of one of the sky scrapers, the view was tremendous.
I also did a lot of mini adventures, toured around Chatachuk market one Saturday morning, wandered the crazy huge malls that are in Bangkok, as well as founds some cool coffee shops. I even went and had a suit custom made for me. (Best decision ever!)

It also sounds funny but one of my favorite Bangkok adventures was my trip to see the Logan movie. The theatre had these crazy big comfy seats and the lobby looked super classy I felt like I was going to see a play on broadway or something. Was SUPER cool.

My friend Darren from my university days also lives here. He was a party promoter at one point so he took me out the first Friday I was here and showed me the night life. This place gets crazy thats for sure, there was a time in my life when I would have gotten into a lot of trouble in this town haha. Nowadays however… ¬†we were home by 11. #oldmen
Last weekend Niamh and I met a couple of her friends from teaching at a resort in Phuket called the Cassia. Gorgeous place, I have discovered that I much prefer nice hotels to grass huts near the beach. Amazing what you find out about yourself when you travel haha. It was a great time Mitch and Rachel were great to hangout with and had an awesome little dude who helped keep things interesting. We did a workout on paddle boards at the beach as a group from Niamh’s gym was there the same time. And I got a nasty sunburn, but hey cant win em all!



The final week there I spent a lot of time in the office working on my new project but I did manage a few adventures! It was Niamh’s birthday, so we went out with her work friends for that and then for my last night in town we went SURFING! Little known fact one of my biggest disappointments for my trip was when I discovered that there was no surf this time of year in Thailand, I mean what is the point of having an ocean if you can’t surf it, seems like such a waste ūüėõ So this for me WAS AMAZING! I want one of these machines in my back yard. It like shoots water up from the bottom simulating a wave, definitely different to ride but was so much fun, I wish I had more than an hour with it lol and didnt want to share :-P. ¬†On the way home we stopped at a Bangkok landmark that is about to be torn down, Cheap Charlie’s is a little dive bar just off Soi 11, it has no walls just a rope that separates the “bar” from the street, its always packed too, partially because the rent was super low so he passed the savings on to his patrons I think. Anyways, the entire area block is being torn down to make room for a new condo (tonnes of new development around here) this week so end of an era. The final Bangkok adventure was a tuk tuk ride the rest of the way home, lol just a few blocks but I had to get in one at least once.

And from there I went home, finished packing ,and hopped an UBER to the airport first thing the next morning. So long Thailand, HELLO CANADA!!!