I just came back from Kuala Lumpur after a 4 day trip to do my student visa thru the Thai embassy there to pick up a one year course in Thai language and culture, and the reason why I am mentioning that is because the past week I couldn’t concentrate on my work nevertheless do any writing “even though everything is scheduled and prepared and just needed some final touches”. However, it gave me some time to think and reorganize “prioritize” things in my life, realizing at the same time, how really important the “environment” in which you undertake, to be your comfort zone. and its amazing when I get to think back and remember, how in every and each stage of my life, I couldn’t “force” personal development to support my overall development in life unless I first go through the proper experience required for the next “planed stage”. And that, in general applied to all the past years of my “City” career life.
Being in Kuala Lumpur “reminded me” how to some sort of “fact” that “global pattern developed cities” limits your abilities as well as your opportunities in “certain pursuits” in life which is a key factor to those people seeking self acknowledgment and take “total” control on their lives., especially the ones who have a creative “artistic” perspective to their path, as most “entrepreneurs”, and its not just the “cubicle” life of every day “9 to 5 pm” routine, but the fact that you have “no control whatsoever” over this “globally” controlled cubicles we waste our time and energy in.
Last year when I first moved from Dubai, after 3 years of operating my own brand company, and even though it was a very amazing experience that I have learned a lot from “especially from my failures” and realizing that it was not “my natural environment” because it was actually not “A” natural environment anyways. Most of you heard about Dubai’s “bubble burst” which I am pretty sure they can recover from “due to the huge financial support from its neighbor emirate “Abu Dhabi” a finer example on “long term future investments”. But it doesn’t stop their, the effect on me was more on the social and cultural side of Dubai, in a market controlled by “a handful of shaikhs”, and where creative concepts has no place “unless you play by their corporate rules” which is basically the same story in any other “global attached markets”.
and that’s where Chiang Mai “stands out”, as a naturally artistic boutique tropical city, filled with hills and mountains that is home to various “Gem spots” from waterfalls to hot springs, and streams. And where an originally “inhabited” by “hill-tribes” developing it from a “farming village” to a naturally and “local cultured” developed city. Not only the uniqueness of its people “Local Thai’s or Resident foreigners” but the peaceful nature filled with all sorts of art related professions, from wood carving to painting, cooking to trekking, photography to inspirational writing, this city has it all. However, this city is only suitable for the people who are looking to take “a leap of faith” rather than “an organized plan”.
A year ago, when I came to Chiang Mai for the first time, even though I was just starting the launch of my new travel concierge concept, I just knew that this city will be my next stop and “probably my final resting place”, and i knew back then that “my third visit” will be “to stay”. “the traditional city life” is no match to this “bohemian lifestyle city”, especially if you’re comparing “Dubai’s desert” to “South East Asia’s tropical forests”. But still of course there’s the people who do prefer the traditional “busy” city life as part of its adrenaline, for them, this city is actually their thoughts of “retirement” rather than “creative entrepreneurship”.
Today, after a 4 day trip to Kuala Lumpur, I was reminded by a friends saying “you have to leave this city from time to time, to “wake up from the dream” reminding your self of the positive energy you have enriched your life with and the self satisfaction you developed just from being here.