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Old 03-11-2017, 04:12 PM   #426
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There are 3 meals a day, despite the last one in the evening being quite frugal. The food is vegetarian, yet very diversified, tasty and obviously healthy. You are actually not allowed to fast ; I witnessed a new meditator past out in the meditation hall after fasting for 4 days

They strive to maintain a balance in between concerted effort (gong at 4am, 10h of mediation daily, 10 days of complete silence, monastic conditions) and comfortable dispositions for a layman (walking area, abundance of food with frequent desserts, a teacher to talk to when in doubt etc.). So even if it might appear to be quite monastic at times, the purpose of this 10 day course is to introduce a simple meditation technique.

Anyhow, I wouldn't worry about the living conditions (quite comfortable), but moreso about the gravity of the inner journey : we have a lot of shyt inside of us
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Enjoy your posts. Don't read all of them, but check this thread semi-regularly.
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:49 AM   #428
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With regards to mind-altering substances & meditation, someone once made the following analogy to me:

Psychedelics are like being shot out of a cannon to the top of the mountain--you get there very quickly and easily, but you can't stay there for very long. Meditation, on the other hand, is a long, slow, strenuous climb to the summit, but once know the route, each climb get's progressively easier, and you can stay and enjoy the view for a much longer time. Sound about right?
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Enjoy your posts. Don't read all of them, but check this thread semi-regularly.

Just watched an inspiring video on youtube pertaining to vipassana retreats and ayahuasca journeys (courtesy of rickyt88 that linked it in his PG & C : http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/17...-100k-1625893/)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuZ-CINx1pA&t=5s
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Old 03-27-2017, 04:51 AM   #429
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A Look Inside

1 last month in Vietnam before heading back to Montreal for 2 weeks then Dawson for some time. With the skies being grey outside and all, I thought it was the perfect timing to sit back, stop the flow of time and examine, you know, life and stuff (punctuated by pics of Vietnam)


Writing : This was meant to be prioritized coming into this winter and while I am totally fine with the turn of events, my volume has nonetheless taken a hit If initially my target was 2 years to complete a solid draft of my novel, I have since extended this (unrealistic) prognostic to 5 years

Let's be honest here folks : while the process of writing can be satisfying, it remains a tedious task, highly onerous with negligible short term rewards and the pay, well, sucks if existent at all In all likelihood poker will remain the core of my income for the feasible future, so straying TOO far away from my bread and butter was never going to be the best of ideas.




Vietnam has some great French restaurant, albeit overpriced as far as value goes when compared to the much cheaper-yet-still-delicious local dishes







A local teenager fished out this little monster late in the evening when we were hanging out at the beach This little jelly-fish-of-a-beast is worth just under 25$ when sold to the local restaurants


Da Pokerz : OHHHH, how one year to another changes things drastically If the beginning of 2016 saw me downswinging like never before (think 450k hands), 2017 has put me in the midst of my biggest upswing ever Think north of 90$/h, a number that is most likely unsustainable, despite me having moved up in stakes... (but here is to hoping it is not too far north of expectations...). Nevertheless, I do find myself with a very solid winrate in a day and age where the online ecosystem is rapidly deteriorating Of course, I have doubled down on the studying, my concentration is impressive and my mental balance has reached a nice equilibrium

This said, I have been putting in the least volume ever (barely 20h/week when coupled with the meditation retreats), I am now thinking in terms of the end game (saving 300k in the next few years in order to semi-retire) and oftentimes find myself exhausted after grinding a mere 2h online Yeah folks, I am getting old Nevertheless, it is quite the luxury to commence thinking about retirement in my 40s (of course, 300k + a paid house equates to much more for a rustic meditator that takes joy into the simple aspects of life then it would for, you know, normal people ).











Meditation : As previously mentioned, my 20 day retreat was absolutely splendid, yet I find myself with more shiit inside myself that I originally suspected. You know, many of us look around, contemplate the world and come to the conclusion that "the world is a bad place". Well, if everyone could look inside themselves and truly observe the crap that inhabits them, the trashy state of the world would suddenly all make sense Conclusion : there is still so much work to be done, but am contenting myself with a slow, steady walk on the this lifelong path that is my journey




Health : Losing 8kgs this winter has put me on the write track, which was quite necessary, given that your margin of error becomes more limited the older you get Really looking forward to hitting the tennis court 2-3 times/week when I get back to Dawson

Upcoming are posts about the third part to the Eastern Sunrise followed by a synopsis of the 5.3k Party Millions held @ The Playground in Montreal


Run good all

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Old 04-26-2017, 06:09 PM   #430
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The Eastern Sunrise, Part 3

Perhaps the biggest distinction in between SEA and the West, lies not deep down inside (where similar intrinsic qualities are enrooted regardless of the ethnical background), but much closer to the surface, one might say...

The Asian Facade : What images pop into your head when I say an Asian man? Do you think of a smart, polite and introvert fellow, capable of cracking any computer code... What about an Asian woman? Do you picture an adorable and feminine woman who's compassion knows no boundaries... Whether these (western) stereotype hold true or not, is beside the point ; what matters is that an inherent set of social conventions governs the way in which most individuals chose to (socially) present themselves.

For those of yous that have spent time in Latin America, you probably have come to accept that Gringos (or any non-Spanish foreigner, for that matter) are not exactly put on a pedestal (this dynamic does change if you pick up Spanish though...), while the opposite can be said in SEA. Well, in appearance, at least...

Back in Canada, we pride ourselves in being welcoming, friendly, polite which, when put into perspective, is not always a genuine sentiment, but one that bares more importance than our personal intake ; you see, the general harmony transcends our personal opinions until - of course - all hell breaks loose

The same can be said about SEA, me thinks, yet, beyond this polite and oh-so-Asian-public-persona, lies a world of tension, of confrontation... What happens when this bubble bursts? What happens in the alleyways, inside the Asian homes, beyond the walls of identity... What happens when tension is unleashed and the facade falls...

When I first set foot in Asia 2 decades ago, I came with the preconception that Asians were happier than us Westerners (and that perhaps the East transcended the West in many aspects...). My time over here has shown me that there is an underlying tension, oftentimes on the brink of explosion (especially in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines...).

I like to joke around, when speaking of the differences of tourism in Latin America as opposed to SEA, that the latinos directly mock you in their mother tongue (which I understand), blatantly calling you a (dirty) gringo in your face, their disdain transpiring through their body language ; on the other hand, Asians will happily greet you, say "hi, how are you", maintain a semblance of civility while slowly muttering in their mother tongue "what an ******* he is ".

This will be a 4 part post after all. To polish it off, a few pics of Danang, as seen from the 23rd floor of a rooftop restaurant :














Run good all

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Old 05-02-2017, 09:54 PM   #431
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The Eastern Sunrise, Part 4

Soooooo, are we going to be done yet with these Eastern Sunrise posts


Social Conventions : Many of us, Westerners, initially come here seeking a mind-opening journey in our early 20s, a way to fill the void that the Death of God has left us with in the West

note : well, perhaps (much, much) less so in SEA (and in these-here forums) then in more spiritually-inclined destinations like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Myanmmar, for instance...

The West meets the East phenomena creates this interesting dynamic where the former seeks to fill its existential emptiness, while the latter envies the material security offered by first world countries. Again, this dichotomy is less present in SEA, where stuff like women, beaches, warm weather, partying, value for your $$$ largely outweighs any spiritual quest (you sure as hell will not find the same travellers in the Philippines than you will in India, for instance) Nonetheless, the Death of God - sorta speak - has given the Western Society the right to say "f*** you" to religion, institutions or even family values - #LandOfTheFree -, a social phenomena that is much less prevalent in SEA, where a simplicity of life and conservative values are still in full display.

Following this frame of mind, it is pretty rare that you encounter people that stray too far away from the imposed social conventions in SEA, people like my gf that after messing around with Catholicism and Protestantism, stuck her middle finger up to Christianity Or my tattoo artist, the lovely Kun, who has her body covered in rebellious tattooed-ink, happily indulges in smoking da herb - #LightItUpYo -, a criminal act that, if caught, can easily nail you 15 years in prison (she also listens to tunes that are not your usual club cheesy shyt that Asian women listen to ).

I remember when I first arrived in India back in 2003 and it felt as if I just opened a time warp into France's 19th century society... (or at least from what I gathered from all dem classic French books I read ). There was a clear distinction in between social classes ranging from the upper Brahmans to the lonely pariahs A disparity that also transpired through their respective social customs (the act of eating and touching/physical contact), demeanor (the pride with which some Brahmans hold themselves vs the poor "untouchables") or in their general behavior (think of Asian whales splashing the monies around at the poker tables #BecauseTheyCan).


Resilience : Before putting an end to these SEAsian posts, I feel that one cannot but mention the character with which locals go on with their daily lives over here. Think pushing through the omniscient heat, the financial burdens, the intrusive government (Vietnam)… Yeah, these guys were never, EVER going to lose the American war in the 60-70s ; with this resilience though, comes a general underlined tension spread throughout the country…

Suffering : I will never forget that afternoon when that Filipino man got his neck fatally ripped out of a jeepney in Bohol… I will never forget that story of that Filipino mother, in Argo Cebu, who jumped to her death with her daughter because she was unable to provide… I will never forget the incommensurable agony of that homeless pariah Indian woman when she was shrieking in the streets of Kolkata in absolute distress… I will never forget the heavy sadness in my gf’s eyes when I said goodbye, putting an end to our 3 years relationship… And **** the entitled expats here that are oblivious to the omniscient suffering of the locals here.


#IWillNeverForget


Which brings up the question, is there more suffering in the East then in the West? I think that Maslow was on to something when he established a minimal financial security cushion as one of his layers on the happiness echelon thingy of his… Also, Maslow is a ****ing idiot.


Adios South-East Asia, love you much
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Before departing, a few pics attesting to the at times disheartening daily struggle of these parts... We were strolling down the beach, my gf and I, when the intriguing agglomeration of a few locals pulling on a rope got the best of my curiosity.





Not sure how long these folks had been going at it, but we watched attentively as the fishermen pulled meters upon meters upon meters upon... of the net.





Needless to say, but after 90 minutes of watching them laboriously pulling on that damn net, I expected a better catch then the following...





I must admit, I felt crushed and completely disheartened by the frugal result.

#ToughTimesInSEA


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Hey folks, a brief update. Am in Dawson for the summer - once again - and in the midst of a 50k challenge which will be updated daily in my PGC :

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/17...onths-1665329/

As far as this thread goes, outside of the Party Millions post (coming soon...), I will most likely put it on hiatus for most of the summer... But since we are 80/20 on going to Eastern Europe next winter for the WSOPE, expect some new material/pics in the near future, ladies and gents
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Through the Infinitesimal Prism

It was never about the nice car, the expensive gf, the flashy clothes, the suburban house...




It turned out to be a comfy trailer


It was never about success, about conquering every women in the world, about puffing up the ego...




Grinding Quarters


It was certainly not about the Mcdonalds and Walmarts of the world, or the access to instant gratifying - yet ephemeral - pleasures...




The bed is actually comfy as frack, home of the best sleep I had in years/decades


It was not about making a name for oneself, leaving a glamorous trace, a bestseller story or even a heritage...




It comes with a bath, fridge, heater/A.C., water, power, 2 wifi signals, kitchen etc. I was promised a satellite tv, but have yet to see it...


It was about being one with nature, losing oneself, transcending...





Winter Plans : Well, it is appearing more and more as I will be spending a few months in Eastern Europe this winter, most notably in Czech Republic (where the WSOPE will be held) to then travel around some, probably by train and renting a vehicle, doing some meditation retreats, and going with the flow, really. I think I will also hop over to the US of A for a couple of months, visiting the folks in Florida and then checking out Nola


That's it for now folks. Peace Out Yo

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hope you enjoyed lehhbron's destruction at the hands of kaydee!
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Great reading as always, you can count one buyer for your eventual book Hopefully WSOPE at Rozvadov will be success, but end of October - start of November is not best time for tourist in Central Europe, with some luck end of October can be not awful but November is worst in all year, no sun, dark, rain and too early for snow.
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Great reading as always, you can count one buyer for your eventual book Hopefully WSOPE at Rozvadov will be success, but end of October - start of November is not best time for tourist in Central Europe, with some luck end of October can be not awful but November is worst in all year, no sun, dark, rain and too early for snow.
Yeah, perhaps it is not the best season to go visit that part of the world, but the WSOPE is the perfect opportunity to do so, I will also do a meditation retreat (don't know which country yet), and when I get fed up of with the grey skies/****ty weather, I will just hop on a plane to Florida/Nola (or Latin America?). Anyhow, looking forward to this new experience

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