10 Priceless Blogging Lessons I’ve Learned from the Jolly Locals Here in Stunning Savusavu Fiji

July 25, 2014 35 thoughts
Another epic sunset from the front porch here in Savusavu, Fiji. Check out the contrast.
Another epic sunset from the front porch here in Savusavu, Fiji. Check out the contrast.

No worries.

No worries folks.

Never worry.

My main man William McPherson told Kelli and I not to worry after we chatted for a few minutes at his computer store in Savusavu, Fiji. We were ordering a computer and told him it’d be at least a day before we could pick it up.

He didn’t mind.

KC and I are living here for another 3 months; 1 down, 3 fun months to go in what may be the most beautiful place on earth.

I don’t know if it’s the awe-inspiring beauty of Savusavu, or the fact that the locals are so isolated from much of the world, but they get it.



I’ve soaked up more blogging lessons here in a few short weeks than I’ve picked up in months while visiting other tropical hot spots.


Beauty, Silence and Blogging


I’ve been imploring my friends – that would be you, my readers – to spend time in silence each day, by meditating, or by observing nature, or by simply sleeping more frequently. Silent moments have the supreme potential to wind up as “Eureka Moments.”

Being detached, calm and at peace inspires one to create good things for others. Your most inspired moments are usually borne of a chill, still mind.

Well, our multi-million dollar view from the porch here – overlooking Savusau Bay – is about as good as it gets when it comes to observing beauty and being in silence.

I feel grateful to be here, but more importantly, I view this trip as my responsibility to create in-depth, inspiring, helpful pieces of content to bring you along for the ride.

Living in paradise has taught me a lesson; admire beauty, and spend time in nature’s silence…..and as you’d imagine, the Fijians are quite adept at following this tip.

On to the lessons.


Do Not Worry


Don’t worry, William stressed. We noted how we couldn’t walk back into town later in the day. We already walked 10 miles on a prior day and 5 miles was enough for this day, so we promised we’d be back bright and early the next day to pick up Kelli’s new computer.

Don’t worry. No worries. William drilled home this point. The Fijians don’t worry much, and for good reason; being surrounded by pristine, clean, awe-inspiring scenery instantly dissolves anxieties and kills stress.

Bloggers, worry does you no good. Worry kills your creativity and stifles your inspiration.

Don’t worry.If you feel worry coming on, do one of a few things. Laugh. Smile. Take a break. Spend time with the family pet. Help someone. Do whatever you must do to stop worrying. Be at peace. Proceed to create inspiring posts, and to connect with authority bloggers.


Sunday Is God’s Day….or Simply Take a Break


Fijians set aside Sunday to visit church.  The locals head out to church early and stick around for most of the day. Sunday is a day of rest.

Fijians also take nice, long, relaxing lunches to sit beside stunningly beautiful Savusavu Bay. I see more than a few locals chowing down or enjoying some Fiji Bitter while soaking up the beauty during my walks into town.

Resting is as important as working. Taking breaks is as important as posting. Why? Breaking frequently calms your mind, relaxes your body and makes you receptive to creative ideas.

I took a 2 hour mid day nap today. On waking I generated 2 creative blog post ideas for Blogging From Paradise. This is one of them.

Take off 1 day a week from online work or if you do work daily, spend 2, 3 or 5 hours offline enjoying the day away from your laptop. Watch how quickly your creativity increases.

Take breaks.


Be Generous


I recall the scene well. Kelli and I were sitting in Nadi, Fiji, waiting for our flight to Labasa. A Fijian lady sat down by us. She offered us her coffee. No, not a cookie, nor did she offer a sip of her coffee before she downed it. She offered us the coffee she initially purchased for herself.

We found out from our British ex-pat buddy Malcolm that sharing in this fashion is common among Fijians. What’s theirs is yours.

Yesterday a few guys noshing by the bay asked me to stop by for a bite to eat. Yet another instance of genuine Fijian generosity.

Be a generous blogger. Think of the blogging Golden Rule. Give freely to receive easily. Promote authority bloggers from your niche freely. Publish generous, in-depth, insightful comments to add value to authority blogs.

Simply give what you have to never want. Does that make sense? Bloggers who never want aren’t greedy for money or traffic or comments because:

  • They’re too focused on giving to be worried about receiving
  • They’re receiving quite enough traffic, and comments, and money through blogging, due to their generosity

Help freely to receive easily. The Fijians I see are damn happy because they give freely of themselves, and this giving leads to a certain feeling of joy which can’t be reproduced through any other means.

Generous bloggers get requests to be interviewed – just like this interview I did with Catherine Holt earlier today – and expand their presence quickly by giving freely.


Be Happy


OK, maybe I learned this lesson from me. Some bloggers feel I’m eternally happy. False. I am sad like a few minutes here and there but if ya ask Kelli, I am happy and smiling, and joking, and laughing, most of the time.

My Fijian neighbors are jolly folks. Kids, adults, teens, older women, senior men, and just about any Fjian you come across will offer you a smiling, “Bula!”, when you pass them on the street.

I even started chatting weather with a Fijian man the other day.

These folks are genuinely, authentically, happy. They aren’t happy to influence you to give them money, or to influence you to hire them for some job. Nope. They’re just happy, kind individuals.

Being around their happiness is quite contagious.

My fellow globe-trotting, island-hopping bloggers – and aspiring GTing, IHing bloggers too – be happy. Good things flow from being happy. Success flows from maintaining a cheery, positive frame of mind.

I’ve been writing for my freelance clients and have been publishing three, 2500-3000 word posts weekly and have been networking aggressively for a good 2 weeks since Blogging From Paradise went live.

How do I do it? I’m happy, positive and cheery. Happy, positive, cheery bloggers attract happy, positive, cheery circumstances.

Be happy, just like my Savusavu neighbors.


Take Care of Your Body


It’s been said that health is the first wealth. Well, some of my Fijian friends are REALLY healthy.

Rugby is the sport of choice here. A fair number of dudes are football-built, muscular as hell, jacked-up, physical specimens.

Then, you watch these dudes sprint on the rugby field for hours on end. Me, being a workout freak, well I stand in awe as I see people who’ve made a lifelong commitment to taking care of their body.

How does taking care of your body relate to blogging tips? It is THE blogging tip.

If I were sick or overweight, or not well, no way in hell could I raise my level of vibration high enough to:

  • Be prolific
  • Run online businesses
  • Run this blog
  • Travel all over the world
  • Publish three, 2500-3000 word posts each week
  • Network like a pro

You must feel good to accomplish good things. You must take care of your body to create a fertile ground for your mind.

Whether you’re physically challenged or more free of movement, taking care of your body will make you a better blogger.


Over Deliver


KC and I purchased 6 large, ripe bananas for 1 Fijian dollar today. That’s roughly 50 cents, USD. Not bad. Not bad at all. Sure we’re in a spot with a lower cost of living but the women at the market offer you some serious bargains.

We also buy a medium-sized bag of tomatoes for 1 FJD each day. Not bad, again. Shopping at the market has introduced us to the concept of over delivering. Most Fijians are not into driving hard bargains.

We paid 4 FJD for a taxi ride to our home, from town, and have noted that outside some expensive imported items – like the $45 USD, 2 pound canister of mixed nuts – that most Fijian products in the market or grocery stores are inexpensive, yet of high quality.

We dig that. Everybody likes receiving serious value at a discount. Everybody likes folks who over deliver, and the Fijians, well, they over deliver.

Bloggers, over deliver by:

  • Creating in-depth, helpful blog posts…I mean, resource, pillar-style posts
  • Creating thorough, insightful newsletters
  • Posting colorful, attention-grabbing imagery to your blog posts
  • Publishing in-depth, thorough comments to authority blogs
  • Giving more and more value each day

Then, after you’ve over delivered, you’ll note some cool things happen. You’ll attract more readers and more sales and more interviews, and you’ll grow your blogging community, and success will snowball throughout your blogging life.


It’s that good old Golden Rule, again. Over deliver. Give freely. Receive easily.


You Better Be Social


Did I mention that if I really got going, chatting-wise, I’d never arrive anywhere in Fiji? Fijians are really social. I’ve chatted weather, life, vacation talk, travel talk, where we’re living – the house, “way up on the hill” to many locals – and just about anything with passerby on the street.

Granted I do a ton of walking. Kelli and I cover 5 miles daily. Some days, if we do 2 trips into town we cover 10 miles. So we do see many folks yet I’m a social animal and many of my Fijian brothers and sisters are social too.

Because they’re social I learn so much more about them, and they, about me, and we form a nice little bond because we both open up.

Really tough one in the home office today. My virtual assistants keep falling asleep.
Really tough one in the home office today. My virtual assistants keep falling asleep.


We build a connection because both parties open up and chat.

If you want to succeed, fellow bloggers, you better get social in the comments section. You better share your thoughts on social networks, through emails and through newsletters. You may not be the most social person on earth but being shy, or a shut in, is absolute online suicide.

People will fuel your blog’s growth. If you don’t talk to people you’ll be publishing a diary instead of a blog. Talk to people to grow your network and to become successful.

Be social to gain readers.

I’m blogging from Fiji now not just because of my efforts alone but because of my blogging buddies too.


Slow It Down


Fijians move slowly. No worries of course, and no hurries either. Just today I recall walking back from the town center in Savusavu. Things were slow. I mean, the guy in front of me was moving at a snail’s pace.

Since I get my cardio in during my 5 mile run-jog-walk I high tailed it and passed him but you better believe I’ve learned my lesson.

Slowing down helps you see where you’re screwing up as a blogger.

As a Fijian, or a human for that matter, slowing down helps you enjoy the ride, and it helps you savor the moment, and it prevents all manner of mistakes which lead to unpleasant situations.

As a blogger I really screwed up for like, 5 years. I had success for sure but I made 1 fundamental error; I was in a rush. In a rush to publish my next post, and to share it.

****I did not proof read posts.****

Re-read that line. A pro blogger – allegedly – didn’t proof read his posts. I can only imagine how many errors I made in my mental hurry. My readers were either kind or blind.

Either way, my hurry, which I’ve largely conquered, caused me to miss out on so much traffic, and so many sales, because I missed all the juicy details.

Now I slow things down. I proof read posts once or twice. I promote posts intelligently, writing longer lead ins on sites like Facebook or Google Plus.

I pay more attention to detail to simply become a more aware, calm, focused blogger, who’s enjoying the ride more than ever.


Don’t Panic when the Black Out Hits


OK, here’s the deal; we are located in a remote area of a remote island chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Sure, people are around, but there ain’t too many of them.

To make things interesting, there are no street lights. We’re 50 to 60 meters above the bay, on pretty much a cliff, and at night, if the moon isn’t shining, we’re living in pitch black conditions when the lights go out.

We’ve had one blackout so far. It was interesting. I’ll leave it at that.

Yet the Fijians walk back and forth some 50 meters below on the road, at all hours of the night, and when I’m saying it’s pitch black down there, I mean it’s pitch black!

These folks don’t panic though, laughing, taking their time and simply strolling down the dark, well, PITCH BLACK road at night.

Bloggers, you know when a blackout hits.

You experience the white screen of death. Or you delete all of your comments, or you delete your theme, or your database is gonzo, deleted.

We’ve been there in some way, shape or form.

How do we cope?

Handle the blackouts. Don’t be afraid of the dark. Don’t fear failure. Don’t fear everything going wrong at once, because whether you fear it or not, it’s gonna happen.

The only way you don’t experience blogging blackouts is if you never start blogging, and if that’s the case…..why are you bothering to read my blog?

Embrace change. Change is the one constant in life. Each blogging blackout, or scary, seemingly dark moment, carries opportunity with it. Each obstacle is borne with seeds, for you to harvest and grow into spectacular blogging wins.

Just last week I learned more about blog themes and coding than I ever learned before. How? I updated my theme, making a boneheaded mistake, and erased all the neat customizations I had designed by my developer Phil.

So instead of flipping out, I learned more about my mistake, and possible ways to solve my theme problems, so I could become more well-versed in explaining and possibly solving the problem.


Admire Beauty


As I hear the bay gently lapping the beaches of Fiji across the street, I’m learning to admire the beauty here more than I ever have. I’m seeing a pristine, pure, clean, jaw-dropping paradise for the first time, in that this place REALLY IS pristine, and clean.

I’ve seen other stunning spots with breathtaking views but none has been so unspoiled.

The Fijians know this. They treat their islands with respect and can often be seen simply staring out onto the bay, admiring the handiwork of the Universe. They admire beauty, and beauty expands in their lives.



Bloggers need to admire beauty too before they can grow, and progress, and evolve, and succeed.

Take a moment to admire the beauty in:

  • The fact that you can reach the entire online world at the click of a “publish” button
  • Your blog comments
  • Your blog design
  • Your readers
  • Your loyal subscribers
  • Anything related to your blog

Can you see it? The blessing in blogging? You can never grow AND be happy as a blogger until you appreciate your blog, and the beauty in all things blogging.

I’m stunned at how much I’ve changed over the past 4 years. To think I went from fired security guard in Jersey to guy living in a home with a million dollar view, on the ocean in Fiji, is overwhelming. I tear up thinking about this sometimes.

How did I do it?

I was a grateful sonofagun, and admired the beauty in my blog, and all things related to my blog. Doing so inspired me to act, to create and to connect, and of course, more beautiful things moved into my life as I admired the beauty around me.


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  1. Lyn, love it. We’ll see you there.

  2. lyn barden Says:

    So much good advice. In this day and age most of us are stressing about things we don’t have any control over, need to relax and enjoy the day. I’m packing my bags and coming to Savusavu, the pics are great looks beautiful spot. I’ll let you know my flight – ha ha!

  3. Emma no I did not….neat! Thanks so much for sharing and see you in Fiji.

  4. Emma Greed Says:

    Did you know “savu” translates as “smoke” (the noun) in Finnish? Savusavu is an adorable name for a place!

    Interesting post, thanks for it. And Fiji has been added to my places-I-must-visit-list.

  5. I have no idea Suraj, I’m not a fan of trying to get backlinks. Or writing a big number of articles. Quality counts my friend 🙂

  6. suraj Says:

    sir can i take 20 backlinks in a day and write 5 articles a day then in how much time my site will rank sir please tell me

  7. Nisha, thanks SO much for your comment and kind words. I can see you’re genuinely happy which pours over into all that you do 🙂

  8. Nisha Pandey Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Awesome post. i love to read your article everytime. It is totally different from others. You always write what you have experienced.

    Amazing lessons you shared here. Being happy, worry-less, slow-downing our self is a part of blogging. I don’t even have a word for praising you that how are you converting your real life experiences to blogging experience/tips. Like you did here at the “Over deliver” part.

    I always try to publishing in-depth comments to authority blogs and I am enjoying this too. I learned so many things from here.

    Thanks for sharing with us. KEEP SHARING.

    Have a great week ahead!

  9. Darlyn, thanks so much for the kind words. Being generous opens many prospering doors for us, if we’ll only just care, share and help others out. The key to getting, whether through your freelance writing business or through any channel in life, is giving freely. Thanks again Darlyn, see you soon.

  10. Darlyn Says:

    Hi, Ryan.

    I love this blog post, not only because of your great advice but also because of the pictures of Fiji. The place looks beautiful.

    I completely understand what you said about trying to worry less. As someone who’s starting out in the freelance writing business, I have so many worries–finding clients, creating content, and starting a blog that people will actually want to read. Like you said, I should chill out a bit, and stop worrying… a little.

    I also really liked what you said about being generous, and I’m definitely going to follow your advice. I look forward to reading more blog posts from you. Your blog is amazing.

  11. Hi Gauruv, don’t go for number, go for quality. 10 to 20 comments, and if you write 5 paragraphs or more – check out my comments on problogger.net – you won’t have enough time in the day to do 50. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Gaurav Says:

    sir really that’s really good but can you tell me one thing that if i will take more then 50 backlinks in a day then it will be spam or not ? will it decrease or increase my ranking in search engine

  13. Hi Andrew, Learning how to do this too. I do take many breaks throughout the day, but 1 day a week off may work. I just feel o enthusiastic about my blog, and love keeping up with my freelance writing duties. Fiji is paradise Andrew; definitely swing this way. Well by the time I’m responding – right now of course – it’s Monday morning at 7:31 AM but I’ll still accept your kindness 🙂 You too!

  14. Hey great post here Ryan,

    That thing about Sunday is something I really have to do. If not Sunday, then at least some other day that I just take off from being online. I’m much better than I was before though and don’t spend that much time
    actually online – I’m mostly offline but writing my content.

    “I was in a rush. In a rush to publish my next post, and to share it.” I never made this mistake before. It’s not good to try to rush a post out just for the sake of getting it out, yet I find many bloggers doing just that. What I find my mistake is, is not getting a second set of eyes to go over my content – like a copy editor. Maybe something I’ll look into in the future.

    Great post Ryan. Fiji sounds like paradise … maybe I’ll go there for a vacation next.

    Have a great weekend (if it’s still weekend there.)

    – Andrew

  15. Rest up Catherine 😉 I mucked up my blogging career for years because I tried to get a million things done instead of slowing down, calming down, and doing things from an effective space. I learned my lesson the hard way. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your Sunday evening.

  16. There is a lot to be said about slowing down, taking a rest and actually stopping to think.

    As bloggers we are constantly on the go: wanting to have new content, publish content, promoting content, then there are the other blog comments, social media connections etc etc etc. It seems like a never ending list.

    It can be very easy to get caught up in the “go go go” of blogging and as a result fail to step back and see what is actually happening. A break is good for sooo many reasons and a refreshed blogger is going to be far more productive than one that has a million things buzzing in their head and none of them actually coming out right.

    It’s Sunday…I should be relaxing…lol. Off I go!!!

  17. YF, thanks so much for the awesome comment! The proofreading thing, it’s funny, right? We start running a content mill instead of putting out quality, helpful, well-written content. Ever since I started proofreading I feel much better about my blog, and my posts. It’s all about slowing down, putting out stop shelf content, proofreading, and tailoring your sharing according to the social network. Thanks so much for the share. Appreciate it.

  18. Hoorah Sylviane! It finally went through for you 😉 Happy, and I feel grateful you kept trying. Getting rid of the one spam plugin and going back to Akismet did the trick methinks. Yep, I know you’re a cat person. How is your cat feeling? I recall the other day in a recent post you noted kitty was a little sick….I hope kitty’s better now. Awesome spot here in Fiji, you’d love it. Thanks so much Sylviane.

  19. Lawrence thanks so much for subscribing 🙂 Well said. Meditating and being generous are 2 simple, easy to follow ideas, on a daily basis. What we give out freely does bring us joy, and it usually brings us neat physical things to, like money, if we so desire them on any level. Thanks so much again, and have a great weekend.

  20. KC, the stifling word is descriptive, easy to visualize, and frankly, a perfect explanation of how the attachment and detaching thing works. When you don’t care about the money, or the number of readers, or blog traffic, or social shares, all of your creative energies are focused on the task at hand, instead of trying to reach some goal. This creates some awesome opportunities for you. Thanks for sharing, as always. Looking forward to your next post on Monday.

  21. Kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    Amazing post as always, and being right along with you, I can totally see each and every point you make. The part about detaching is so important because when we are detached, we feel good and are open to experience. Attachment stifles energy, and it closes us off to the million different things that can give us the feelings and experiences we are after. The Universe is a mysterious place, and detachment lets us tap into that.

  22. This is inspiring. These are very good inspirational tips that you learned from Fiji. I agree with you that in silence, the best ideas come into play. Sometimes, I have to sit back and meditate. It brings so much inner peace and it truly sets your mind free. I admire the fact that you do this in some of the most beautiful places. I also agree with the being generous part you wrote about. Being kind and generous brings you joy in return. I have subscribed to the blog and look forward to reading more!


  23. Great insight Ryan, and I love your virtual assistants being the cat person that I am 🙂

    While reading how you describe Figi people, I would love to go there. I love friendly people who say hello, smile and know how to share. I would feel totally at home there.

    The way you used what you’re learning there and applying it to bloggers is really great and does apply so well.

    I hope this comment will go through this time, but saving it just in case.

  24. YourFriend Says:

    Interesting post , sure I learned couple of lessons from it 🙂

    Slow Down
    Yeah , slowing down helps you observe things more efficiently.I did the same mistake as yours.Just hitting the Publish button without any proofreading, I was being a Content Mill.But now I have slowed down and I focus on minor details of my Content.

    About Panicking
    After all those Google’s Animal Updates.You should be ready for any kind of blackouts but don’t get obsessed with them. Troubles come in the life of living person ; only dead persons are Trouble Free.
    So face problems and failures calmly.

    Admiring Beauty
    I agree that Blogging takes time, it takes enerygy , it demands devotion from your side etc and etc.
    But you should focus only on the Brighter side.Blogging has tons of benefits if you sit down and really try to figure them out.

    Health is Wealth
    Health should always be your 1st.What you are gonna do when you can’t walk,when you can’t run,when you can’t eat properly etc ?

    Stay Generous
    Blogging is all about being helpful, being generous,making other people’s life Easier.If do all that, you will sure get the Favor returned.

    Thanks for writing this Article.I have never been to Fiji by the way 🙂

  25. Andrew, good to see you! Hahaha….yes they chilled out quite a bit. Really, you are spot on. When we slow, we are balanced, and put out much better work. Wow, 6 days? Bravo Andrew. Exercising lifts our energy, makes us feel better, and improves every aspect of our lives. I’ve been walking 5 miles each day, 10 miles on some days, carrying a bunch of groceries back from town. Exercising rocks. Thanks so much for the awesome comment!

  26. What a great post.

    I really like the idea of writing longer posts less frequently and in the process, slowing down. We are all often in a rush and slowly down can lead to a greater performance and more balanced state. I can see that your management ethos has successfully influenced your virtual assistants!

    You mentioned a huge tip in this article which was about keeping a healthy body. I was always heavily into sport but along the way neglected that. About six months ago I was having success in my business but I always felt like it was a struggle. Blogging felt like a pain and I felt pretty lost. Something inside me got me back into the gym and since then everything has transformed. Seriously transformed! I’m happier, more balanced, have way more energy and am enjoying life so much more. I’m doing 6 days a week weights and cardio and loving it! It doesn’t take six days a week or intense exercise either, just getting moving creates a healthy body and healthy mind.

    Love the blog, love the articles. Nice one!

  27. Shahzad, it’s so funny…but I have no desire to travel blog. Weird, right? Kelli – my fiancee – and I were chatting about it yesterday. We love the experience, but don’t like writing directly about it. I like writing about blogging, and relating to travels. Thanks for the idea though, and the comment!

  28. Hi again Ryan,
    You travel to a lot of countries man. I feel like in addition to this blog, you should have a travel blog exclusively for sharing your travel experiences. Or do you have it already?

    It would be an awesome project man. I am sure then, I’ll be referring to it if I am planning to visit those countries. What do you say?

  29. Thanks much Sunday. The happiness bit is just so, so simple, and it carries over to all areas of your life. Thanks again Sunday, and have a great weekend!

  30. Richard, I love your running regimen, and smile regimen too. Awesomeness. It really makes an incredible difference, right? Honestly, me coming out of my shell, and smiling, and saying HI, has changed my fortunes as a blogger, and it’s also changed the direction of my life. What a fab comment. Thanks so much for sharing, and you do the same.

  31. Sunday Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Its interesting to know of the different priceless blogging lessons from the people of Savusavu in Fiji! The lessons shared here are blogging related. I admire your tact in organizing these lessons. My best takeaways include details on be happy, take care of your body, and admire body!

    I upvoted this post in kingged where it was shared for online marketers and bloggers.

  32. Hey Ryan, Fiji looks and sounds absolutely amazing.

    The stand out item from this post is this: “Good things flow from being happy….I’m happy, positive and cheery. Happy, positive, cheery bloggers attract happy, positive, cheery circumstances.”

    It is so damn true.

    I say this:

    “If you can walk down a street, shoulders back, head up and smile at people, then your life will be infinitely more happy and positive”.

    I don’t mean smile at every man and his dog like some crazy, mentally instable stranger, but I mean stuff like this:

    I go running 3-4 times a week. I live in a coastal town in the North West of the UK. My runs are always early doors – between 5am-8am. When I get onto the seafront, there is the odd dog walker or fellow runner.

    I make a point of looking at them, smiling and saying ‘Good morning’ as I run past. Most people respond with a ‘Good morning’ back.

    When I get back from my run, not only am I super charged because I have just done a good session of cardio, but i have made the effort of actually being positive, polite and happy – to total strangers.

    And this then sets me up for the rest of the day. I am positive. I have energy for life. I am happy. And what you say just doesn’t apply to blogging – but to life in general. Happy, positive people attract happy, positive people.


    And you can instantly tell from all your posts, you are one happy guy. In life. In blogging. In everything. Which is perhaps what makes this blog one of the most endearing blogs out there.

    Keep up the stellar work brother.

  33. Renovations Ken? Way cool….where are you in Bali these days? T – 3 months and counting, so excited to be in Ubud soon. Fiji really is something else dude. The people are awesome and the beauty is unparalled, compared to anywhere I’ve been. I dig your networking tips too. Hit the local gym and network from there. Really neat. I dig that idea Ken, go for it. With my new blog and brand, I have been thinking about doing the same. Much appreciated Ken, thanks for sharing the awesome comment!

  34. Ken Kai Says:

    Man, I have to add Fiji to my last, seriously! We’re talking a lot more on other places to visit and I keep forgetting about it!

    Haha, one way of networking in a new country, for me personally anyway, was joining a popular gym and identify what social networks and chat messengers people are using. In my case, blackberry messenger is really popular across South East Asia and you can keep in touch really easy! You ask for a spot, start a chat going.. Then network with them and their friends. It’s great fun.

    I’m going to do a lot of this kind of networking after I finish my house renovations in Bali. That thing is a pain in the ass, but also a lot of great things come from it, as well as a lot of great learning experiences.

    I’ve been thinking of having a nice simple little business card as well, later on. What do you think of that Ryan? There’s a lot of interesting little things.

    Nice post Ryan and glad you’re doing well in Fiji.

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