Here I Go Again!

I started blogging when I first moved to Singapore in April 2001 and it’s truly amazing to see how much has changed since that time.  I started blogging through Xanga (and purchased a lifetime subscription) as a means to keep in touch with friends back home and found it an easy way to share photos and stories of the life I was living overseas.   The main challenge was that this was a one-way communication mechanism and although my friends and family knew what I was doing… I had no way to feel connected to their lives.  Technology, namely Facebook, has done an amazing thing for allowing me to both share about my life and read/learn about others’ lives in real-time, and perhaps is one of the reasons why I hesitated less when moving back to Asia in 2012.

So much has changed over the last twelve years, and it already feels like I’ve lived a lifetime.  In the past twelve years, I’ve lived in Singapore, Los Angeles, Charlottesville, Kansas City, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and now, Bangkok.  I’ve met so many amazing people along the way and consider myself lucky to have already seen so much of what life has to offer.

I’ve come to another crossroads of my life at the age of 35 and have moved to Bangkok to become an entrepreneur and start my own business.  In a nutshell, I’ll be building an experiential learning business based around urban encounters with artists, entrepreneurs, social business owners, NGO workers, and the like.  Targeting people from the US, Canada, Europe, and expats living in Asia, it’s a different way to see a city or travel altogether.  I’ll be bringing groups of 8-10 people through the city and introducing them to people who I know (and have met), and allowing those locals to share their stories with the guests that I bring through, in the hopes of opening people’s eyes to the great things that are happening in Bangkok, but also to challenge people to examine their own lives and see what sorts of opportunities personally they can seize in their own lives and drive towards personal growth.  Some of you may be interested in learning more about what this is all about, and please feel free to send me an email.  I’d be happy to share with you.  Although, once the website is ready, I’ll be sure to shout it from the mountaintops, so fear not. 🙂

I was spending some time with one of my best friends, Dan, who I’ve now known for almost twenty years.  He, and many of you have heard many of my stories, many of them being quite outlandish and ridiculous.  However, there were a number of them that he found filled with wisdom about life and encouraged me to start writing this blog.  It’s my hope to share some of my stories, experiences, and thoughts about life with a larger audience in a medium that’s more accommodating than Facebook for sharing such as this.

So here’s to sharing stories and life with you all.  I’m thankful for each of you and the time that we’ve spent together.  I’m excited for what this next stage in my meandering life has to offer and thrilled to have you along for the ride.

  1. Coral Stegman McDonnell

    June 17th, 2013 2:33

    Great idea. I'll be checking in!

  2. Julianne Kanzaki

    July 4th, 2013 9:37

    Hi Mac! I was always curious as to what you were up to...I didn't know you had this blog! I am excited for the change you are creating and for all the lives you are changing through your inspiring work! You're like the Asian version of Jonathan Fields- doing your own "Good Life Project!" Cheers to you and chasing after your dreams...

    • Mac Ling

      July 4th, 2013 9:42

      Thanks Julianne! I just started writing about a month ago. Thank you for the kind words! It's taken me a long time to get here, but it's been a really interesting and colorful journey. Really glad you're following along!


    July 12th, 2013 19:49

    Wow, Mac - so good to hear your words. I can't wait to see the website and connect (in person perhaps on your side of the world)! Sounds like life is swimming and fantastic! be good. love, Cherbs

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