Moving to and settling down in phuket was one of the best decisions i’ve ever made in my life. The island has everything you can wish for. Although most people think of and wish for the sun so they can frolic around the beach, I, for one, pray for rain for DAYS. Phuket rain is something i simply can’t get over!
It might be my condo’s window view that makes me want to just stay in, sit on my ass and just enjoy the beauty that’s right there on the other side of the glass. Yes i can’t swim at the massive pool downstairs, and sometimes for days, but i’m okay with it. Make it rain harder, longer…i’m simply in love with it.
While we tend to box ourselves in during rainy season, there’s always a lot to be done.
Workout: Rainy weather makes us lazy af. I say, use the opportunity to clear out an area in your living space for only workouts. You’ll need a yoga mat, maybe a few dumbells and you’re gold. I personally use my body weight to exercise indoors, but you do you!
Food: I love cooking at home, which means i don’t eat the ever-popular streetfood Thailand has to offer. So i’ve set up my kitchen to make quick, healthy (and a lot of times unhealthy), meals that make me happy. Something about the rain always gets me experimenting with food, and that’s what you can do. Make something you never have before. Last time I baked bread for the first time, and it was fucking delicious.
Youtube: This glorious website has come a long way and become a massive hub of entertainment and knowledge. It’s difficult to not find what you’re looking for. Why not learn a new photoshop skill? Or watch a documentary, quite like this crazy, unreal short documentary on a ‘marriage market’ in Roma, Bulgaria (click here). All I’m trying to say here, is that there are a lot of things to watch on youtube other than reruns of friends’ bloopers and whatever else we all end up binge-watching till our eyes start getting droopy.
Making music: We spend hours and hours on youtube, spotify, pandora, tunein radio and so many other apps listening to music – our creative juices are always flowing, and we never make use of them. What about making your own music? A guitar is hard on the fingers for some, so even something as simple as a harmonica can make things pretty interesting. Humming added to a simple music beat, once recorded, and looped, can be added to so many videos to make them interesting. I myself recorded a song being played on a fisherman’s radio player, and added some generic guitar strums, messed around with it…and voilà! You can check out the music on this video.
Editing videos: Video editing is a weird thing I do, and I’m not sure how many people would do it the same way as me. But i have realized recently that making a video for private or public use is the best way to detox your mind from so, so much. The night I made the video ‘Ups & Downs’, I felt like I was drowning while holding on to SO much baggage. By the time i was done, I ‘saw’ the baggage in my video instead. And my head were clear as day. It’s easy to learn movie edits by playing around with imovie and youtub-ing a few tutorials.
Reading a book: We tend to use screens nowadays for pretty much everything, which tires, unbeknownst to us, our eyes and brain. While i’m not an avid reader, I like to open a book from time to time. Binge watching shows on netflix provides a lot of entertainment, and with it headaches and bad eyesight. A little light reading throughout the week never hurt anybody, especially if it is to take a break for staring at a screen.
There are a lot more things you can do, but i could write all week and the list will keep on going. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment, and i’ll be sure to get back to you.