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A Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Temples and Waterfalls




I’ve been taking some time to relax, contemplate life, and catch up with my good friend Nic Gabriel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Nic has spent months at a time in Chiang Mai, and I can see why. He’s also been showing me around, and today we took motor-bike rides up into the mountains to check out the Doi Suthep temple.

When traveling I enjoy doing cardio rather than weight lifting. Lifting weights is too taxing. Cardio gets blood flowing and helps sweat out the bloat we acquire from flying on planes and eating.

I did a 30-minute hotel workout.

how to exercise at a hotel gym

Hey there handsome.

Nic Gabriel BJJ

The ride was uphill into the mountains with a lot of twists and turns. I’ll risk my life for a great pic, but not until I know the terrain.

There’s a temple on the way towards Doi Suthep.

Chian Mai temple buddha

A dragon guards the temple.

dragon Chaing Mai temple

The gorilla was permitted to enter, after promising to pay proper respects.

Chiang Mai temple Mike Cernovich

Onward to Doi Suthep.

Doi Suthep temple entrance

There are small shrines throughout the Doi Suthep temple.

Doi Suthep shrine

Please ring bell for meditation.

Doi Suthep meditation bells

There were small gardens everywhere.

Doi Suthep gardens

The view from the top. Even ancient temples are often under construction, as evidenced by this re-bar.

View from top of Doi Suthep

It’s hard to appreciate how detailed the engravings are.

Doi Suthep engravings column Chaing Mai

Each engraving tells a story.

Chiang Mai doi suthep wood engravings temple

Your soul needs to be watered and cared for, as with any plant.

flower garden doi suthep chiang mai

I did some meditation. There were pillows available to sit on.

meditation Chiang Mai temple doi suthep

After a long contemplative walk, where I considered the future of me and those in my life, it was time to leave.

I was hungry and these fried eggs/fried coconut things looked delicious.

food in Thailand Chaing mai

Still hungry, I had some coconut-fried chicken, which was splendid.

coconut friend chicken street food chiang mai thailand

On the way down I stopped by the national park to cool down at the waterfall.

waterfall meditation chiang mai

Open your heart and mind up to new possibilities, let the water flow through you.

chiang mai waterfall

My life is pretty great right now, but that’s not how it all started. To find out how you can live the live you dreamed of, read this.


National Security

Report: Israel’s Wall Is 100% Effective At Keeping Away Outsiders



President Trump has often used Israel as an example of how effective a border wall can be at keeping illegal aliens out of a country. He now has some hard data to help support that claim.

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority released a report on Sunday, showing their southern wall to have been 100 percent effective at preventing infiltration over the last 12 months.

However, there are some notable differences between Israel and the U.S. project.


Israel’s southern wall is only 143 miles in length where the U.S. southern border spans 2000 miles and four states.


The Wall Street Journal pegged the cost of Israel’s wall at $416 million or $2.7 million per mile. The U.S. wall would be considerably more expensive.


Israel’s southern border is mostly open desert and easy to monitor. The U.S. border runs through some remote and rugged terrain, and contains several towns situated right along it. It would also require additional technology like sensors, drones and robots to help monitor.

Still, in 2015, only 220 illegal migrants managed to infiltrate Israel’s border with Egypt and only 18 were successful in 2016.

So it appears a wall—if properly done—can prove to be highly effective at controlling unwanted crossings.

A country also needs the political will power to enforce its immigration laws.

According to the report, over the last 12 months Israel deported 2,431 people who infiltrated the border illegally, including 2,245 Eritreans and 186 Sudanese.

Last month, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the state may deport illegal migrants to a third country with consent, but added that the government cannot detain those who refuse to go for more than 60 days.

Furthermore, according to the African Refugee Development Center, some 46,437 Africans have sought asylum in Israel. The majority (73 percent) are from Eritrea, and around 19% are from Sudan. Israeli authorities maintain that there are 40,000 illegal migrants in Israel, most of whom are economic illegal immigrants and not refugees seeking sanctuary

Israel Hayom
Wall Street Journal

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Unwinding on the Island of Koh Samui, Thailand



As much as I enjoy the busy streets of Saigon, my mind requires large open spaces. I do my best work near the ocean or mountains (ideally both). Koh Samui, an island in Thailand, was just what I needed to relax and unwind.

Like all of Thailand, Koh Samui is hot. Heat has pros and cons. I love swimming in the ocean, but the oceans in Los Angeles are frigid.

In Thailand the water is warm, even first thing in the morning.

Mike Cernovich Thailand Koh Samui Sunset

The sunrise was, well, see for yourself.

Koh Samui Thailand sunrise ocean

In Thailand, keep applying that sunscreen. Even if you think you’ve applied it frequently enough, you likely haven’t.

My face and arms were too red for me to go outside swimming the next day.

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Koh Samui has excellent local cuisine, with a lot of places offer an Italian-Thai fusion.

Koh Samui thai food

You can also grab a burger.

Koh Samui food

Or some sashimi.

sashimi in Thailand Koh Samui

Koh Samui is home to several temples, including the Big Buddha Temple.

I hopped on the motobike and took the drive to check it out.

Koh Samui temple

I found a dog meditating. Who, after all, understands more about gratitude and getting into the moment than dogs?

Koh Samui dog meditating at temple

The sign says:

Buddhist monks are for
Bidden to look upon
The Exposed Bodies of Women!!!
Please Respect These Holy Men

Thankfully I’m not a monk…

Koh Samui monks temple

I told you the food was good!

Koh Samui curry Thailand food

The hotel offered an ocean view.

Koh Samui hotel view

The pool was also relaxing.

Koh Samui hotel pool

Ordinarily an airport would be of no notice. Yet the Koh Samui airport was more comfortable and spacious than many luxury hotels.

Koh Samui airport

This is an airport?

Koh Samui greenage

Now I’m back in Saigon

Mike Cernovich Cigar Aficionado

You can read some of my other travel entries here:

Enjoying the Beaches of Hoi An, Vietnam – Riding Motos Down the Coast of Vietnam – Exploring the Caves of Phong Nha


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Living Vietnam

A Day (and Night) in the Life of Saigon



I’ve travelled enough to not get goo-goo eyes for each new city. We all know the type, “OMG! THIS PLACE IS AMAZING I AM GOING TO LIVE HERE.”

Well. Oh my.

Saigon is amazing. I. Live. Here.

Saigon has a vibe as all cities do.

Saigon has a fair amount of chaos and disarray, which excites me. I approach each new day without expectations.

Here are some photographs of Saigon I’ve taken.


Saigon is humanity.

Light traffic in Saigon

Saigon is narrow streets.

Saigon street

Saigon is work.

Coffe shop and cafe in Saigon

Saigon is a lot of coffee.

Vietnamese coffee Saigon

Saigon is traffic.

Moto in Saigon

Saigon is new games.

Chinese chess

Saigon is walking.

Saigon streets

Saigon is riding.

shark moto bike saigon

Saigon is good food.

pho in Saigon Vietnam

Saigon is service.

The Saigon Cigar Club

Saigon is open air.

Tran Hung Dao statue Saigon

Saigon is water.

Saigon river at sunset

Saigon is a city.

Saigon sunset city skyline

Saigon is life.

Saigon is whatever you want it to be.

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