So I haven’t written an entry in a while and I apologize. To be honest, I just haven’t been motivated. I sprained my ankle a couple weeks ago and since then, I’ve spent most of my time in my room watching bootleg DVD’s. I want these entries to be timeless – something people can read in a year or two from now and still enjoy. I just didn’t think you guys wanted to read about how I watched “old school”, “American pie” and about twenty or so other movies – which I had already seen – all throughout the week. Some of you may have thought that the past caught up with me and one of those Pattaya girls ordered my “hit” here in Phuket. Fortunately that’s not the case.
While I’ve been watching movies, I’ve been multitasking and writing articles to submit to article directories. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been researching ways to earn money online and someone in the message boards turned me on to “article marketing”. To sum it up, you basically research highly searched, yet non-competitive keywords in Google, write an article on the topic emphasizing those keywords and submit it to the article directories. Somewhere within the article (usually at the bottom), you insert a link to a product you’re promoting. The goal is obviously to get your article listed on the first page in Google. If you can manage that, you can potentially get a lot of page views and as a result, you increase the likelihood that the reader will follow the link to whatever product you’re promoting and make a purchase – as you then earn a commission.
It doesn’t take much to live here in Thailand. The cost of living here is about 4 times less than what it is back in Canada. To put that in perspective, if you earn 50 dollars a day while living here, your lifestyle will be similar to the lifestyle you would have back home if you were earning 200 dollars a day. The reason I’m even mentioning this is because I know a lot of you guys are considering coming out to Thailand to train at some point. If you were to generate some sort of income while you’re here, you could then stay longer – because trust me, you’re not going to want to go home. I know I don’t!
Anyway, I’m still in Phuket and as you can see from the photo – it’s beautiful. I’m actually still living at Tiger Muay Thai and aside from the injury, things are going well. There’s no new crazy Thai girl stories since there really isn’t any girls around. Chalong – where the camp is located – is a very uneventful area. Me and my buddy went to “Chalong circle” the other night to get some food and we came across the “nightlife” area. It’s nothing but a few raggedy bars with a bunch of old, ugly ladies hollering at you when you walk by. Did I mention how old they are? It’s so bad that it’s almost laughable. For me though, that’s a good thing. There’s absolutely no temptation to go out and get involved with anything other than work and training.
And Speaking of my Training
Even though I injured my ankle, I’ve still been doing what I can. I obviously can’t kick so I’ve been doing some western boxing. The trainers have all been really good about working around my injury. However, today – for the first time in 2 weeks – I was able to throw a kick. I can only kick with my right leg (as my left foot is injured), but when you’re living on-site and you constantly see people kicking the pads – it’s just a frustrating reminder of what you can’t do! Needless to say, my workout today felt good.
However, one of my workouts last week didn’t feel so good. Not because I got hurt physically – although I do have quite the black eye – but rather, it’s the ego blow that hurt more than anything. I was paired off with the biggest guy at the camp for sparring. This guy is about 6’7 or so and weighs about 270lbs. It was just light sparring and nothing was taken overboard (luckily for me). I usually do well when sparring against people my own size but against this guy, I just couldn’t get by his reach. I basically ate jabs for 3 rounds. It certainly makes me appreciate fighters that are able to overcome their opponents reach advantage like Mike Zambidis and even Fedor Emelianenko in his last couple fights.
Speaking of professional fighters, Jon Fitch is here – but I’m sure I already mentioned that. Here’s a video of him doing his early morning padwork (I was most likely trying to sleep in the room to the right of the motorbike when this video was shot.)
As you can see from the video, the pad-holders here are incredible. I’ve worked with about 4 of them now and they’re all amazing. It certainly beats the group Muay Thai classes back at home where your pad-holders are your fellow students.
Anyway, now that I’ll be spending more time training and less time watching DVD’s now that my foot is getting better, hopefully I’ll have a lot more to write about.
Also, if you want to learn more about that internet marketing stuff that I’m trying (start of the entry), check out these two resources.
Fat Cat Blueprint
– To this day, the “fatcat” blueprint is considered to be the best guide on the Google Adsense program that was ever released. This is extremely detailed and it’s helped me out a lot. Highly recommended!
– This is the biggest internet marketing forum and it’s free. Any time you have a question about anything, just throw a post up in here and you’ll have an answer within minutes.
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