How the Best Ping Pong Table Changed my Life

Yes, the title is in jest. But there is an element of truth in everything. I spend a lot of time on the road and I think it is safe to say that not all of that time is enjoyable. I am sure many people will agree. I love reading about references and I found that humans spend approximately 1/3 of their life sleeping! Considering we also spend 1/3 of our lives working that does not leave much time for fun.

I’m lucky in the sense that most of the time I don’t even feel like I am working. My job involves to much travel that I can pretend that I am on vacation wherever I may be. But the reality is that most of the time I am not in control of this. I still have to go to a specified destination and still have to complete a task for someone else.

This is why I have taken a few steps to grab some time for myself whenever I can. I stumbled across and began reading the best ping pong table reviews on their guide and I took the plunge and purchased one. Since then I have been playing ping pong almost constantly, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone (the ping pong table I purchased can be used solo). It has made me think about how to incorporate more fun into my everyday life.

Every second that I have is mine and mine alone, and I am free to choose what to do with my time. Now much of that time is actually spent sitting 0n a plane, riding in the back of a taxi and getting from destination to destination. This is why I have started doing a few things that not only keep me occupied but also make me feel like I am accomplishing a larger task.

Firstly I have started keeping a diary. I read some notes on how to keep a diary to get me started. I am also hoping it well help with my blogging skills. Sometimes I feel like my writing sucks and I also get nervous about people reading this! My life is literally on display for the world to see, and whilst this is cool it is also scary! A diary is different in that I don’t have to withhold anything. It is for me and me alone. I hope this means I can be myself and feel comfortable expressing how I really feel. I will let you all know how it goes.

I have also started planning things I want to do in each destination before I arrive. Before recently I would pretty much wing it whenever I got to a destination. I would be so focused on work that what I wanted to do would be secondary. This is no longer going to be the case. I work for an organization that just so happens to be based all around the world and requires me to travel. This does not mean that my weekends are no longer my weekends.

Another thing that has helped, although entirely out of my control, is getting older. I can feel myself becoming more mature and less willing to accept other peoples lack of acceptance. I have decided to take control of my own life and do as I please.

This probably sounds pretty standard for most people, and I suppose it is. But for me this is a new revelation and I am excited to start living the way I want.

I have also started cooking! Okay, so for many of you cooking is a chore and the last straw at the end of a long day. It was always like this for me too. But lately, I have started really appreciating good food and the fact that I can make something taste amazing all by myself. It is like doing a science experiment and when done correctly the outcome is better than you could ever have hoped for!

It is also giving me a newfound appreciation for food. It is not only a part of living but a huge part of our culture. It brings people together and creates an almost instant sense of comfort and community. Many people will agree that their fondest memories of their childhood are centered around the dinner table.

Finally and maybe most significantly, I have started to learn a language! I am now half way through a Portuguese course that I downloaded on my phone (god bless technology!). Learning a language is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now and I am so glad that I have finally started. I feel like I am committed now and nothing is going to stop me. Plus it is just so easy to learn using my phone that there really is no excuses.

I guess this is my equivalent to new years resolutions. I am excited about the year ahead and will update you all with my progress.

Cancun, Mexico: Food Poisoning and Love

For most people Cancun is a place to take a vacation and relax. In previous years this would have been true for me too. But for now it means it is time to work again. It was another day and another destination and I was excited to reach this place. I understand that many people would think I am incredibly lucky to travel to these places to work, and I am. But in reality, when you spend all day inside an office you hardly see much.

Having said that I did get out quite a bit whilst I was here. I do wonder if working from these beautiful destinations actually prevents me from enjoying them. I fear that forever I will associate this beauty with the work to be done. This is why it is so important for me to detach myself whenever I reach a destination. I need to focus on the job at hand rather than the destination itself so that this does not happen.

I certainly wont be associating Cancun with work however. I must say it was beautiful and I really did enjoy my time working from there. The weather was perfect and I had a couple of experiences there that I do not think would have happened had I not visited.

Unfortunately my main memory is not a pretty one. It is a memory from the first night I went out. After work a colleague invited me to join her at the bar just down the road from the hotel we were staying. It was not somewhere I would usually associate food poisoning with. We had a fantastic range of food and I can not fault it at all. It was simply delicious.

We headed back to the hotel and I was feeling fine. A little woozy but I attributed that to the second glass of wine I had. I showered and went to sleep, only to be awoken at 2am with a stabbing pain in my stomach. This was actually one of the most painful food poisoning experiences I have had, but I knew straight away what it was from the cold sweats.

I made the mistake of googling my symptoms. If I can offer you all a word of advice it would be to never google symptoms. What I found on Food-borne Illnesses scared me and made the pain somehow worse. Because it was so painful I decided to go to a 24 hour clinic that was conveniently located just down the road. It was not an emergency room but they do see emergency cases and luckily enough I was able to get straight in. They gave me some pills to sort out my stomach and I felt better almost immediately after taking them.

It also helped that I was speaking to a lady in the waiting room. She had experienced a similar thing and almost immediately we bonded. I am usually too shy to talk to strangers (something my work colleagues can not believe), especially in this type of setting but we seemed to really hit it off. She was staying down the road from me and we even exchanged email addresses and had a coffee once I felt better.

I was in Cancun for an entire week so I was lucky enough to see many of the main attractions. I was desperate to tick a few off my list and I took my inspiration from what I read on Lonely Planet. I took a heritage tour which was definitely the highlight for me. I learned so much about the rich history of this place and got a sense of what it was like in the past. Plus it is always interesting to hear about the evolution of our culture and how it has changed over the years. I am thankful that I was born in this generation but part of me still longs to have been born in the past. Maybe I have a past life.

Work itself is getting better and better. I can safely say that I have the best job in the world. Half the time it really does feel like I am on vacation and I need to pinch myself to stay focused on the task at hand. I am sure if I was married and had a family I may feel differently, but I am lucky to have this job whilst I am young and I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I can say without a doubt that I had a wonderful time here. I will certainly be coming back for a vacation of my own one day.

Not sure where I am off to next. I am pretty certain I will have a week at home before flying out again. There is talk that there may be a change of management soon so anything can happen. I’m choosing to focus on the present and am going to continue enjoying myself whilst I still can.