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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

First week in Phuket

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So we’ve been in Phuket for a week already. Time flies fast :). But we really really enjoy it and although we will be here for 4 more weeks approximately I can already say that we will definitely want to come back! Our usual day here looks like something like this. We will wake up around 9, have a light breakfast, then do about 20 minutes of stretching/pilates and after that about an hour at the pool swimming, reading a book or just relaxing. Then it’s either going for a lunch (we already have a a few of our favorite places, I will talk about them in one of the later posts) or getting on a scooter to discover some new part of this beautiful island. Driving a scooter has by now become a norm and a part of everyday life :). During our stay we have visited The Big Buddha (which is really big also in real life, height about 34m), Chalong temple, Phuket town and the night market, Rawai and many other great places.

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We haven’t yet went to Kata, Karon and Patong – the 3 main tourist areas but we will do that soon. No hurry :).

At about 3-4 in the afternoon we usually go to the beach since by then the sun is lower, it’s not so hot anymore and you can really enjoy the seaside. If you plan to go during the midday for example then without a shade you can last max only about an hour or you just have to be in the water constantly. Otherwise you’ll just get a sunstroke. Our favorite beaches here are Yanui and Nai Harn, both about 10 minutes drive from here. And in the evenings we will go and have a dinner (naturally), on some days go to enjoy a steam sauna (located nearby, a great place to end a day) and then back home either we will watch a movie, invest time in the world wide web or read a book. Nearing the nighttime I’ll usually spend a few hours behind my laptop working with pictures, videos, gaining knowledge in Youtube or dealing with on one of my different projects.

Quite often we are spending time with our friends who are currently also living here in Phuket. We have already had a card playing + rum and coke night :), traveled around the island together and tomorrow we plan to go kayaking for example.

And actually we’ve seen quite many Estonians around here, basically you meet some new people every day. It’s a small world 🙂

Here are some additional thoughts:

  • In Thailand there are small reddish ants everywhere where there’s food lying around. If you forget something edible to the balcony for example it wont take long before these little guys are there to have a lunch on your behalf 🙂
  • Sometimes when swimming in the sea you will feel a small burn on your skin. It will go away quickly and it’s nothing bad but still an interesting sensation. No-one knows exactly by whom these are caused but I’ve read that it’s either very small jellyfish or sea lice. Don’t worry, nothing harmful. Just don’t be surprised getting that feeling if you end up swimming around here 🙂

 

All the best and sunshine,

Lauri

AirConsole – a fun way to spend time with friends

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A while ago we were visiting our friends and they proposed we should play AirConsole. I had no idea back then what it was but I’m glad that they introduced us to this game :). Thea idea is very simple – laptop/TV or something similar is the screen and your smartphone is the controller. All you basically need is an internet browser. There’s quite wide selection of different games which acquire teamwork, knowing each other or are just plain fun. Be warned, some of the games can be quite addictive :)! To use it just visit https://www.airconsole.com/ and press start. You will be prompted with 6 digit code which you can insert to your phone to join the session. For more comfortable usage I would recommend installing an app to your smartphone although you can just use the browser. Different games can be played from 1 up to 8 people. The only minus is that in free version a lot of choices are limited and you will get commercials in between. In order to avoid it one of the players (not all, only one) will have to purchase the Hero version which is 3 dollars a month + there are free trials. In that way all the other players in the session will also get a commercial free experience. Go and try for yourself :)!