Jamaican in China…and Beyond!



Can a single, Jamaican, minimalist, vegan, author and nomadpreneur escape the rat race, reinvent his life, live true to himself, find love, happiness, organic food, but more importantly, an apartment with a kitchen, sunshine and a wi-fi connection in China and beyond without paying the ultimate price….the foreigner’s price?

Blog Mission: ” To create an alternative travel narrative to encourage people who can identify with me to break free and see the world fearlessly (and inexpensively)!”

Where is Walt? The photo below shows where I am!



spacer I am on Saipan! (This is actually Tinian!)

The Jamaican has been in:
New York!
Saipan!
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China!

Laos!

Singapore!
Kingston!
Virgin Islands!

Pagan!
Macau!
Hong Kong!
Vietnam!
Thailand!

 

Learn MY secret for achieving the freedom to ESCAPE!

 

Why China? Vietnam? Asia-Pacific? An answer in allegory!

I came across this short allegory online and immediately thought it was the best answer to why I had to leave New York City and why I’ve found my bliss in China, Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific region. The story was credited to Joshua Crouch, though I’m not sure if he’s the original author. (I’ve changed the speaker’s child from “daughter” to “son.”)

• WHY I ESCAPED FROM MAINLAND AMERICA·

A father said to his son “You have graduated with honors, here is a car I bought many years ago. It is pretty old now. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it.”

The son went to the used car lot, returned to his father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because they said it looks pretty worn out.”

The father said, now “Take it to the pawn shop.” The son went to the pawn shop, returned to his father and said,”The pawn shop offered only $100 because it is an old car.”

The father asked his son to go to a car club now and show them the car. The son then took the car to the club, returned and told his father,” Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it because “it’s an iconic car and sought by many collectors.”

Now the father said this to his son “The right place values you the right way,” If you are not valued, do not be angry, it simply means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you……Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.

Setting up my youtube studio

As part of the Pandemicpreneur™ series, I’ll be creating video “courses” with information, inspiration and instruction about survival strategies in the age of Corona: Subscribe (and see the other channels) here: https://www.waltgoodridge.com/youtube-courses

1. Here’s the high-speed video of me actually setting up the in-home studio (Fans of Benny Hill may get a kick out of it!)

2. To prepare for the launch and re-branding,  here are the 5-second animated intro videos for each of my channels*:  https://www.waltgoodridge.com/youtube-courses

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*I used www.introbrand.com to create them. You can create as many as you like for yourself free of charge! (I paid for the high-resolution 720p version without the watermark, for $19.99)

Re-living Thailand! A food, friends and fashion photo gallery

Here are some highlights from my 2018 trip to Thailand to help pass the time during the pandemic lockdown of 2020! For those who’ve asked where I get the cool shirts I wear, see one of the actual stores below!

On the flight to Bangkok. Yes, I was wearing masks on airline flights back in 2018 before it was a thing…

Bus ride from the airport to the part of Bangkok where my hostel was located.

A friendly stranger notices the lost look in my eyes and offers to help me navigate the city

Taxi drivers have no idea where the hostel is, so I stop inside a Tesco to ask them to make a call on my behalf

During the trip, I visit Yanhee International Hospital for a colonic! Yep, my idea of a fun vacation!

Mango Vegetarian Restaurant, one of my new favorite spots in Thailand!

Go ahead, carnivores, admit it! You’re tempted! Say it! I won’t tell anyone!

 

 

Every day was a different culinary experience at Mango

 

 

The view from inside my usual spot

 

Friendly wait staff!

 

Getting a tour of the night markets from another hostel manager….

…he and his wife even invited me into his home…

 

On my way to Bobae Market for my once a year shopping expedition

 

 

 

As we say in Jamaica, “Reggae gone international!” Bob Marley clothing is everywhere!

 

The shirt I’m wearing in this photo was actually a gift from a friend in Macau, but similar styles are available here in Thailand, so I bought about a dozen!

 

Next time you’re in Thailand, find Bobae Tower and pick me up a few more shirts, please.

 

Bus rides every day from one end of the line to the other, just to see how regular folks live and commute

 

 

Chatuchak Weekend Market, another world famous tourist and shopping spot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visited a high-end tailor shop….don’t ask me why. They don’t carry my style of shirt

 

 

Okay, send the kids out of the room, things are about to get hot!

My home for two weeks in Thailand, Amarin Inn – Khao San Road Guest house, Bangkok. Tell them the Jamaican sent you!

 

 

 

Fatima at the Amarin Inn front desk!

 

 

 

One last view of Bangkok!

Walt’s Table o’ Food!

Just finished a 14-day extended, water-only fast (details here)! During that time, the stores here on Saipan had quite a few sales, overstock sell-offs and other deals on some of my favorite items. So, even though I wasn’t eating anything, I was stocking up in anticipation! Now that the fast is over, here’s what my “table o’ food” looks like!

In this shot: Arrowhead spring water, barley, grated local coconut, Follow Your Heart® Vegenaise, Spectrum® virgin coconut oil, Newman’s Own® tomato&basil pasta sauce, buckwheat noodles, Terra® plantain chips, Terra® taro chips, Wild Harvest® Blue corn chips, Lightlife® original tempeh, Green Vibrance® super food, Now® Flax seed oil, Sun Warrior® Liquid Light Fulvic Minerals, Inka® plantain chips, Bob’s Red Mill® TVP, Kirkland® maple syrup, local (scallion, sweet potato, bananas), Mestemacher bread, fresh malunggay aka moringa, Lara® bar, Bragg® coconut liquid aminos, Bragg® Apple Cider Vinegar, Wholesome® Organic raw unfiltered honey,  Bob’s Red Mill® Pear Couscous, Diamond G® brown rice, Culinary Circle® grapeseed oil, Lucky® Epsom Salt (for liver&gallbladder flush in a few days) + copy of Fast & Grow Young

BY REQUEST: AVAILABLE ON SAIPAN: (Leave your own comment or question below)
▪ Arrowhead spring water (Costco aka “Joeten Superstore”)
▪ barley (Joeten)
▪ grated local coconut (Garapan Public Market)
▪ Follow Your Heart® Vegenaise (Payless)
▪ Spectrum® virgin coconut oil,
▪ Newman’s Own® tomato&basil pasta sauce,
▪ buckwheat soba noodles (Joeten and other locations)
▪ Terra® plantain chips, Terra® taro chips (Joeten, Payless)
▪ Wild Harvest® Blue Corn chips (Joeten)
▪ Lightlife® original tempeh (Payless)
▪ Inka® plantain chips (Joeten)
▪ Bob’s Red Mill® TVP (Joeten)
▪ Kirkland® maple syrup (Costco)
▪ local (scallion, sweet potato, bananas (Garapan Public Market)
▪ Mestemacher bread (Joeten)
▪ fresh malunggay aka moringa (any street corner, backyard on Saipan!)
▪ Lara® bar (Joeten)
▪ Bragg® coconut liquid aminos (Joeten)
▪ Lucia’s whole cassava (Joeten)
▪ Bragg® Apple Cider Vinegar (Joeten, Payless)
▪ Shaman Shack® Sea Clear
▪ Wholesome® Organic raw unfiltered honey (Joeten)
▪ Bob’s Red Mill® Pear Couscous (Joeten)
▪ Diamond G® brown rice (Multiple locations on island)
▪ Culinary Circle® grapeseed oil (was on sale at Payless)
▪ Lucky® Epsom Salt (for liver&gallbladder flush in a few days) (multiple locations on island),

Tip: Speak with Gemma or Darlene at Joeten, and Morgan at Payless with any special requests.

ORDERED ONLINE
▪ Green Vibrance® super food,
▪ Now® Flax seed oil,
▪ Sun Warrior® Liquid Light Fulvic Minerals
▪ Shaman Shack® Sea Clear (kelp, miso, fermented chlorella)

 

 

A 2020 Saipan COVID Update

OCT 2020 UPDATE:

 

 

MARCH 2020:
In case you’re curious: I recently shared a “Saipan Update” with my previous tour clients. I thought it might be of interest to the HappierAbroad network! In case you’re curious:

Here on Saipan…

▪ Things are quiet.

▪ No school.

▪ No church services.

▪ restaurants are closed.

▪ No tourists driving bright pink Mustangs (not sure if that was a thing when you were here)

▪ Air is cleaner (It was always so, but I suspect it’s even better now!)

▪ Supermarkets are open, and other such essential stores have been asked by the government to close at 1pm.

▪ There’s been no panic buying–except a bit of a run on hand sanitizer,isopropyl alcohol,garlic and ginger! So, shelves are stocked and shopping proceeds as normal, albeit at a 6-foot spacing.

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[i]Well stocked shelves[/i]

▪ Mail delivery to the post office continues.

▪ There’s an 11pm to 5am curfew

▪ I canceled my March and April tours back in Feb since I wasn’t comfortable encouraging folks to travel and possibly put myself and others in the community at risk.

On another note:
No international flights coming or going.

No guests in hotels.

No tour buses around.

So, those businesses and individuals who relied 100% on tourism-generated income might be a bit challenged.

Hermits and recluses can cope. The incurably gregarious might be going stir crazy.

In general, though, I’d say things are pretty civilized….The nice thing about life here is that we’re more in touch with nature and less dependent upon supermarkets as the single source of food. (People fishing more, others have fruit trees on their properties, etc.) so I think that sense of desperation is less here.

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p.s. I believe I’ve read somewhere, “1 confirmed case in the “hospital” at Kanoa Resort.”

*If it wasn’t a thing when you were here, I’ll explain the Mustang phenomenon:
It must have started about 2 years ago, then. The growing wave of young Chinese tourists were all renting Mustang and Camaro convertibles to sport about the island and (most importantly) take photos posing on the hood for uploading to the latest social media sites. The most popular of these “skittle colored cars,” as one my guests called them, was hot pink, but you could find bright green, blue and an occasional red! They were everywhere! And, the kids must have purchased their driver’s licenses at the same rental companies because they quickly garnered a reputation of doing odd things like driving on (and getting stuck in) Saipan’s sandy beaches, stopping in the middle of the road to read maps, raising convertible tops while driving and all manner of mayhem! (Fun to watch the trainwreck!)

I’ve included a photo of a Mustang convoy at Banzai Cliff.

[i]I don’t know if they knew each other before they arrived, or if the meetup was spontaneous![/i]

p.p.s. With an inordinate amount of time on my hands, I’ve been devoting more time to growing my 5 Youtube channels (feel free to subscribe and click the alert bell to help raise my numbers and future income):
▪ The Passion Prophet channel features a new “Turn Your Pandemic into Profit” series”
https://www.youtube.com/passionprophet

▪ The Ageless Adept channel features a new “Cleancell Optimized Vitality, Immunity & Detox” series (I’ll spare writing the obvious acronym) for folks who’ve asked what I eat and how I boost my immunity as a fanatic vegan of the past several decades!
https://bit.ly/AgelessAdept

And, if you were losing sleep worried about me roaming the deserted streets of Saipan to do my shopping, fear not! I did get a car a few months ago. Hmmmm.. “The Streets of Saipan” (I’ll probably do Covid Edition Drive Through Saipan to add to the video series) The first one I did when I first arrived on Saipan now has 20,000 views:

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Coming Home by Motion lyrics

Take a ride through the streets of Saipan a few minutes before the 7pm COVID curfew: familiar landmarks, a beautiful sunset, Saipan facts and trivia…share with those who miss home!

BONUS: If you hang out until (or jump to) the end, I’ll treat you to one of my favorite songs–a beautiful track I used to play to end my Reggae Riddims radio show way back when I was “Sir Walt” the deejay on WKCR-FM, New York!

 

I’M COMING HOME by Motion

Sitting in a railway station
with my suitcase in my hand
Going back where I came from
I’ve had more than I can stand

Of watching them destroy my dream
They picked my brain ’til it was clean
When I was up, they knocked me down
Ain’t gonna hang around, I’m going home

I’m going home
I’m going home
Send someone to meet me I’m going home
I’m going home
Send someone to meet me I’m going home

I came to this ol’ town
seeking fortune and some fame
I never had the chance to prove myself
Though I tried to play their game

But using people just ain’t my thing
and I won’t _________________ (please help out in the comments)
to please some fool I don’t care about
They turned me inside out, I’m going home!

I’m going home
I’m going home
Send someone to meet me I’m going home
I’m going home
Send someone to meet me I’m going home

Going home!

The Streets of Saipan! (a C.O.V.I.D. Drive Through Saipan Edition)

I filmed a video yesterday to update my previous tour clients about what things are like in lockdown here on Saipan! Check out “The Streets of Saipan!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULdEtBPaoio

2. Over the years, I’ve filmed a series of popular “Drive Through Saipan” videos (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2A6EAE46C908CD89; the first one now has 20,500 views). I decided to do a C.O.V.I.D. version after sending out an update to my previous tour clients. FYI: C.O.V.I.D. stands for “Car-less, Open, Vacant, Inactive & Desolate!”

3. One of those tour clients, a travel writer named Fran Bryson, reposted my update email to her blog! Fran has some cool posts from her own world travels as well as peeks into her regular life on Flinders Island, “largest of the Furneaux islands, in the treacherous waters of Bass Strait in Southeastern Australia.” Check out Fran’s blog: https://www.franbryson.com

Read Fran’s post of my Saipan Update:
https://www.franbryson.com/travels/lockdown-life-on-sapian-island-northern-marianas-pacific-ocean-by-walt-goodridge/

A Skype interview during my 6 months in China

My buddy, Winston Wu, founder of www.happierabroad.com, suggested I post my archived radio and skype interviews for the Youtube audience. Great idea, Winston!

Several years ago, as part of my 6-month adventure through China and beyond (Beijing, Kunming, Hainan, Laos, Singapore), I found myself in a small hotel room in China, Xishuangbanna, being interviewed via Skype by KY of the KYShow Podcast. We talked about turning passion into profit, the nomadpreneuring lifestyle and much more! It’s one of my favorite interviews from that time! Check it out here as part of the Passion Prophet channel’s “Turn Your Pandemic into Profits” series!

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Everyone has a passion.
Every passion has value.
You CAN make money doing what you love!

Take the Personality Test: https://www.passionprofit.com/itest

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WHO IS WALT?

Who is Walt: https://www.waltgoodridge.com

Media Kit & CV: https://www.passionprofit.com/cgi-bin/new/redirect.pl?LL=mediakit

Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/author/waltgoodridge

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1. PandemicProfits-1: https://youtube.com/watch?v=EpsNndvFU-0
2. PandemicProfits-2: https://youtube.com/watch v=yP3WGmKTdsA
3. PandemicProfits-3: https://youtube.com/watch?v=QQSDf8F8Kgg
4. PandemicProfits-4: Radio Interview-When I was in China https://youtube.com/watch?v=sSYfGIl7YvU

An alternative travel narrative: Pursue Passion! Break Free! Cross boundaries! See the world!