Exploring Dhamma | My 10-Day Vipassana Experience

Exploring Dhamma | My 10-Day Vipassana Experience

(This 3000-word article is a brief summary of my 10-day Vipassanā experience. An experience like this is hard to put into words but I hope it gives you an idea what it's about and inspires you to consider trying it yourself) Ever since I heard about Vipassanā meditation from Tim Ferriss (I think he mentioned it in his book or on his blog) I knew I had to try it out. Ten days of silence seemed like such a massive personal challenge, not to mention the fact that I'd also be giving up writing, reading, and all electronics. Plus, I'd be meditating for more than 10-hours per day! Extreme? … [Read more...]

Buy a T-shirt and Make the World a Better Place

Buy a T-shirt and Make the World a Better Place

That's right. I started a clothing brand. The company is called COZ Apparel. What makes COZ unique is that we work with renowned artists to create limited edition designs to raise funds for wildlife causes around the world. Here's how it started. Back in 2013, my wife and I travelled through South America for three months. During our last two weeks, we volunteered at an animal refuge called La Senda Verde. Nestled near the Bolivian Amazon, La Senda Verde started out as a simple stopover for mountain bikers, but after a baby capuchin monkey arrived in a shoebox, La Senda Verde's fate … [Read more...]

Flight of the Butterflies | Experiencing the Longest Known Insect Migration on Earth

Flight of the Butterflies | Experiencing the Longest Known Insect Migration on Earth

(Note: Visiting the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries of Mexico was one of my 100 things to do before the age of 31 list. Ever since I learned about it, I wanted to make it happen. I've since been twice and have also completed all 100 things from "the list". Want to see the list? click here.) Deep in the forests of central Mexico's mountains, a natural phenomenon takes place each and every winter. The forests become absolutely smothered in colourful monarch butterflies that have migrated all the way from Canada. … [Read more...]

Speaking in Front of 100+ People

Speaking in Front of 100+ People

Two weeks ago, I got a message from my friend Steve asking if I wanted to give a talk at an event called Pechakucha. He sent me some links about the event and told me that the theme was about less. He knew I travelled for less and therefore would be a good candidate to speak. I always wanted to give a talk in front of a crowd so I said yes. Later I found out that I would be in front of over 400 people. My biggest talk prior to this was in front of maybe 35 people. Needless to say, I was both excited and nervous. Perfect. Pechakecha events consist of a slideshow presentation with 20 … [Read more...]

Eating a Tarantula in Cambodia

Eating a Tarantula in Cambodia

It's not like I grew up wanting to eat a big hairy spider but when I was looking through The Travel Book getting inspired for my trip to Asia, eating a tarantula in Cambodia popped out as something really unique and cool to do. I have a fear of spiders so eating one seemed like a stretch, which is what I love to do. Cambodia was our first stop on our 10-month Southeast Asia trip we did back in 2012. From day one in Phnom Penh to the next week in Siem Reap and Battambang, I asked everyone if they knew where I could find fried tarantulas. No one had them. There were other fried bugs all over … [Read more...]