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So who is this Lauri writing these posts :)?

Since today is my birthday I decided to share a short summary of myself :). It was interesting to write and I hope that by reading it you’ll get a better picture about who is that guy behind these posts :).

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I was born on January 15th 1988 in Tallinn, Estonia. I don’t remember the exact time of day besides it was morning. Have to ask my mom :). I never went to kindergarten, instead I was quite often staying with my grandparents in Taevaskoja in southern part of Estonia. It was not a farm as such but still a proper countryside place and I really liked it! And I still do :)! As I’ve been told for most of the time I behaved myself properly and didn’t cause much of a mess. I liked playing with cars, me and by brother (who’s 3,5 years older than me) collected cans of various drinks and I have nothing bad to say about my childhood. I also recall that I loved to play with lego and other lego-like construction sets building all sorts of different things. Besides Taevaskoja we had a countryside place in Saaremaa and also near Haapsalu so all my summers were spent in these different locations. In addition it was common in our family to take weekend trips to different locations in Estonia and at least once or twice during the summer we went tenting.

I started my school at Tallinn Technical Highschool and as a matter fact I spent all 12 years of my school time there. I really liked it and I did quite well. Until the 9th grade I got only strait 5’s with some 4’s mixed in during high school. My favorite subjects were PE, geography, physics, history and English. Around 1st of 2nd grade my affection towards sports, especially basketball, started. Although I must say that I wasn’t very consistent. During my school years I attended different trainings such as handball, track and field, basketball etc. but I never stayed in one place for very long. I think I just liked the freedom of doing things on my own. One thing that has stuck and I can honestly admit that I truly love it is as already mentioned basketball. At peak times I played it 4-5 times a week and even on some semi-professional level. Of course in the past years it has gone down to 1-2 times per week. And actually it’s one of the main things I miss here traveling in SE Asia. Hopefully I’ll find some basketball buddies in Bali :). During the last 6-7 years I have enjoyed hitting the gym with more effort in this field in past 3 years. Of course there has been ups and downs but whenever I can I try to use a gym while traveling and I’ll definitely continue my workouts back home. I’m a strong believer that some sort of exercise is always needed and actually I can’t really imagine my life without it. Everything starts from a healthy body.

But coming back to my school years after the school day was done for most of the time I was hanging around with my friends doing some sports, playing computer games, watching movies or just fooling around. At that time I didn’t have any hobbies as such, only the coming and going trends that most of the kids took part of. I also wasn’t in reading, I have found that for myself only during the last 5-6 years. Whenever possible I skipped reading a book and just took a glimpse of a resume to get a test done.

After graduating from highschool I went to study logistics in Tallinn University of Technology. The reason I chose this speciality was that we had some logistics classes during the 12th grade and I really liked it plus the course setup included very different useful subjects from economics to physics ending with of course transportation. After the first year I did my 11 months military service at Logistics Battalion in Tallinn/Paldiski where besides everything else I got my truck driving license. Those were some fun times :)!

By the time I was in the middle of the first year in university my parents got divorced and a long line of moving and living in different places began. Throughout the next 8 years I lived in 10 different apartments which is a story of it’s own. But most of the moving was related to home owners wanting to sell their apartments or just bigger changes in my life. 2014 I bought my own place downtown Tallinn which I’m currently renting since I’m living together with Anna in her apartment. And not to forget Sipsik, our cute (and sometimes annoying) cat :)!

I have been with Anna now for roughly 2,5 years and it’s been the best time of my life! And I can honestly see my future together with her all the way to the horizon! That being said I must admit that I have had several more and less serious relationships through the years but only good memories are recalled from those times. Life is just in a constant change and that’s normal 🙂

My first job was summer 2005 when I was helping out at a construction site at my dad’s company. Besides that I have worked in a sports equipment store, for 2 summers I was assembling different stages, tents and tribunes at open-air events and in 2010 my career in Nefab began. At the end I was a product manager with a small team to work with and all in all it was a really interesting time filled with tons of new experiences! I wouldn’t change it for anything! I have also been a part of a few network marketing companies from where I have also had numerous great experiences, friends and maybe most importantly my interest and passion towards self-development.

At the moment I’m currently so-to-say looking for new interesting opportunities and at the same time working on several different side-projects and hobbies one of them being writing this blog. In addition I lately just created my own small Amazon based e-commerce business, I’m working on a strategic board-game I made up a while back, I plan to start renting out different fun sportsgames equipment and also arranging various events related to that plus photography/Photoshop is growing on me more and more with each year! I love being in the nature, traveling, playing geocaching, keeping my eye on the latest science advancements, communicating with people and organizing events so people could come together. I also run a Meetup group in Tallinn with get-togethers at least once a month.

I’ve been blessed with many good and great friends whom with I’ve shared many great moments and I know that that they’re there for me if needed an vice versa. Although in nowadays fast moving pace of live it can be months without seeing each other a true friendship always lasts :).

I love animals and I truly don’t understand people who hurt them. As already mentioned we have a cat called Sipsik (and several fish in 2 aquariums) and basically the first thing that we’ll do when back home is get ourselves a dog :). I’ve been waiting so long for this and hopefully we can offer a loving home to one more furry friend.

I enjoy eating and I especially enjoy eating sweet things :). You can probably call me a sweet lover but I can’t help it. I try to hold the line but some things are just too tasty :). I’ll balance it off with moving and exercise!

I believe that most important thing in life is always moving forwards. The satisfaction and happiness in our lives comes from an inner feeling that we’re making progress towards something. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new and start from a blank sheet if needed. Too often we are stuck in our past although we should be living in the moment and gaining energy from our goals that inspire us. I often read different self-education books, attend online or offline seminars and follow great minds of our times. From my point of view you don’t have to follow anyone’s teaching’s if these don’t suit you, you have to find your own way. I think that from each book, article, seminar and so on you’ll find some pieces of the puzzle that click to you and from that you’re building your true self!

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All the best!

Lauri

Chiang Dao caves and beautiful Nong Buak park

Yesterday we went to see Chiang Dao caves. To get there we took the local county bus which was an experience in its own. The bus was probably from the 70’s but after a fun 1,5h ride we arrived at small Chiang Dao town (one way ticket was 40 baht per person). From there it was supposed to be 1h walk to the caves but we managed to walk only for about 1,5km when a very lovely couple picked us up and took us the the cave entrance. Big thanks to them! Although walking in this beautiful countryside was a great experience. There you could see the true country life of Thailand. Rice fields and farmers everywhere, majestic views of the nearby mountains and much more. At the cave once again our friend fast floods greeted us. The nearby river at the entrance was flooding and water was covering the park benches and pathways. Luckily though we could still get into the caves. Entrance fee is 40 baht which allows you to see the lit part of the area with small shrines and walkways. This was definitely worth the money! But there’s also an option to hire a guide for 100 baht per person (+ a tip at the end, usually 50 baht) and then you can go and discover the darker areas of the cave system. The pros of this was that you could see a lot of different bigger halls, beautiful stone figures that water has formed through thousands of years and also get a small adrenaline rush climbing through the small passages (rather I would say crawling, and there was quite much of it so be prepared to get dirty) joining the different parts. The cons are that the guide has a rather small gas light and it’s difficult to see much (since there were hundreds of bats in the cave, maybe small light is so that they wouldn’t be disturbed) and our guide seemed to be in a rather hurry. It would have been better to discover this place on our own but sadly that’s not allowed. Some areas were closed once again because of the high water but either way it’s definitely worth a visit! Sadly we lost Anna’s sunglasses somewhere in the darkness of the cave.. but we will buy new ones :). By the way the first picture in the beginning of this post is when you try to take a picture in the dark caves with a flash but at the same time you are sweating and there’s a huge amount of vapor coming from your body. In the end it turned out to be quite an artistic capture :).

To get back it was supposedly a 5km walk but once again we could manage to walk only for about 1 km when we were picked up by another great couple. People in the countryside seem to be very very nice :)! So we got the experience riding in the back of a open pickup truck and it was fun :)!

Today we went to see a local Nong Buak park in old city Chiang Mai. It was really nice and most of the time we spent feeding the fishes. There were several ponds filled with them and also some very big and beautiful Koi fish. We had never seen so huge and magnificent Koi before! It was truly relaxing spending time there. In addition I could through some hoops after a long time. There was a basket and a basketball in the middle of the park and a couple from Sweden were playing 21. They were also travelling through SE Asia planning to visit Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. So I joined in and it was fun :)!

I also made a video of our adventure in Chiang Dao and some clips of our pool visit in nearby Eco resort (you pay 150 baht per person and you get access to the poolside for the whole day) plus of course I had to include our Hostel hamsters :). Go and have a look!