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Joseph Pidala

What I’m Pondering – Pushing Forward

Remember the last time you found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? You are not alone. But the key word here is “seemingly.” No situation is impossible. You may have thought it was impossible at that time, but think about it now. You’re here, you survived, and you LEARNED from the situation. You are stronger […]

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Arriving on Coconut Island

Home Sweet Home I think I found my home for the next few months! So far, I absolutely love Ko Samui, Thailand. Samui is a smallish island of around 60,000 people off the coast of SE Thailand. Why is called Coconut Island you ask? Well, there are coconut trees every five steps! So, getting here. […]

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What I’m Pondering – Slow Down

Something that stands out to me in Southern Thailand (as well as when I was in Sicily) is the slower pace of life. No one is in a rush to get anywhere; family, friends, and community take the highest priority. Closing your shop/restaurant unexpectedly for a while is a completely normal activity. While this can […]

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The Land of Smiles

Bangkok, Bangkok, Bangkok. What are we going to do with you. Well, it’s definitely one of the more interesting places I’ve been to! First, yes what you hear is true; Thailand is so cheap!! You can easily live here for less than $15 a day, including food and rent! And like most of Asia, the […]

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What I’m Pondering – Good and Bad

Due to the number of positive responses from sharing the parable on the Mexican Fishing Village, I have another favorite to share! It’s about a farmer who is presented with a series of fortunate and difficult circumstances. As we go through life, we all experience our ups and downs. The key is to remember that […]

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Pit Stop in Korea

Well, Japan was a blast but on to the next adventure! The next stop on The Expedition is Thailand – but pit stop first! Flights were very expensive from Fukuoka, so I decided to hop on the ferry over to Busan, Korea (the second largest city in Korea after Seoul) and take a flight from […]

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Ramen, Street Stalls, and Beautiful Women

Hakata-ku is one of the oldest cities in Japan. In the middle ages, it acted as a port and trading hub between China and Korea, and it was officially renamed Fukuoka-shi in 1889.¬†Nowadays, Fukuoka is known for three things: Hakata Ramen – considered some of the best ramen in Japan Hakata Yatai – the famous […]

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What I’m Pondering – People Have to Want to Change

Westerners, especially in America, tend to think that everyone else in the world wants to be like them. And, this is not just for the poorer parts of Africa, South America, and SE Asia. I’ve heard plenty of people say it about modernized Europe and Asia as well. Just because something is different, doesn’t mean […]

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Island Life on Okinawa

Ahh, nothing beats the island life. And I have to say – Okinawa may just be my favorite island in the world. I planned the trip with my friend Nico, who lives in Tokyo. We stayed the first couple nights in the city (where no tourists go) to get a real sense of the lifestyle […]

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The Ancient City

Temples, temples, temples, and more temples! That’s pretty much how to describe Kyoto, Japan. Known as the Ancient City, Kyoto was the former Imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years, and you can’t walk for more than five minutes before running into another beautiful temple or shrine! For those not “in the know,” […]

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