Christmas Discussion – DD44

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Dom sits down with Tracy again, and this time they talk about Dom’s favorite time of the year.

They talk about what Christmas was like in the U.K. and in the U.S.A., about what Christmas was like for them growing up, the foods that they had at Christmastime when they were growing up, what some of their favorite Christmas songs are, their favorite Christmas movies, or for Tracy, what movies were on TV in the U.K. when she was growing up.

They also talked about what it was like having their first Christmas away from home, for Dom, when he was in the Navy, and for Tracy, what it was like for her for her first Christmas in Singapore.

They also talked about what their first Christmas with each other was like, and for Dom, meeting Tracy’s parents for the first time.

And lastly they talked about some special Christmas memories they have.

 

 

 

 

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A Journey Through Photography – DD28

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canonpowershota620Dom takes you on a journey of his time in photography.  He talks about how he started out with a Canon PowerShot A620, and how he was taking crazy angle pictures with it, and how Tracy helped guide him into taking better pictures by looking at the lines, angles and framing his pictures better.

 

nikoncoolpixl820From there, Dom got a Nikon CoolPix L820 and how he was inspired by his friend Eric when he visited in 2013.  Dom also talks a little bit about how he used this camera to record video and used it for recording one of his belt tests and how it didn’t work so well because it only recorded about thirty (30) minutes.

 

goproheroNext, Dom talks about getting a GoPro Hero Silver 4+ to help with his video recording and recording video for his belt tests and for the podcast.

 

PanasonicTo go along with his video recording, Dom also uses a Panasonic camcorder to record his podcast.  He talks about getting the camcorder when he and Tracy were living in Chiang Mai, Thailand and how lucky they were to get it.

 

pentaxkmLastly, Dom talks about learning to use Tracy’s Pentax K-m, and how excited he is about taking better and more interesting photographs and videos.

 

 

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Yoga – DD27

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In this episode, Dom talks about his journey through yoga.

 

He talks about his first time every in a yoga class and how long it took Tracy to get him to try yoga.  He talks about how he felt through his first yoga class, and how he felt after his first yoga class.

 

Dom also talks about when he and Tracy moved back to Bangkok and they decided to go back to yoga, and how the people at the place they studied yoga at, Yoga Elements, and how Adrian and everybody at Yoga Elements treated them when they came back.

 

teachertrainingNext, Dom talks about doing his yoga teacher training course and the things he experienced while on the course.  Dom also talks about some of the problems he had with yoga and why it kind of drove a wedge between him and yoga.

 

CerissaLastly, Dom talks about having going to a yoga class with Cerissa, one of his favorite yoga teachers, and how he felt doing yoga and after doing yoga.

 

 

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Riding Motorcycles – DD15

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Dom loves riding motorcycles.  He has been riding bikes since he was a teenager.  In the episode, Dom talks about the types of bikes he has rode and the types he doesn’t like.

 

ChopperCrusing BikeTo the left is a chopper and to the right is a cruising bike.  The difference between the two (2) bikes is that a chopper, the frame of the bike has been cut or modified in some way, usually the forks are extended.  Dom has never ridden a chopper, but he loves riding cruising bikes.

Mini BikeDirt BikeTo the left is a mini bike and to the right is a dirt bike.  Dom has never ridden a mini bike, but the first bike he ever rode was a dirt bike similar to the bike on the right out at his great uncle’s farm.  He used to ride this bike all through the fields and all around his great uncle’s farm.

Touring BikeBullet BikeOn the left is a touring bike and on the right is a bullet bike.  These two (2) types of bikes Dom isn’t very fond of.  He’s never ridden them, but for him, they just don’t look very comfortable.  Everybody he has talked to, they say that at least with the bullet bike, long road trips aren’t comfortable at all and cause people lower back pain.

Honda WaveTo the left is a Honda Wave 100cc.  Dom and Tracy used to own one of these also, and Dom was teaching Tracy how to ride a bike on it.  They also owned a Honda Phantom 200cc motorcycle, which is what they used for their two (2) road trips around northern Thailand.

 

Dom spends the remainder of the show talking about their road trips around northern Thailand.

 

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American Football – DD9

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In this episode, Dom starts off talking about his experience playing football as a kid, with friends in the schoolyard, neighborhood, and in organized leagues, and the positions that he played.

 

Next, Dom talks about getting into football as a kid and being a Vikings fan, watching games with his dad, going to a game with his mom, watching games when he was in the Navy, and after the Navy. He also talks about losing touch with football, and touching base with it again when he was living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  He also talks about after he and Tracy move back to Bangkok, and watching games, and then getting the NFL package through NFL.com.

 

The Vikings have been to the Superbowl four (4) times, Superbowl IV, VIII, IX, XI, and haven’t won it yet.  Only one team has been to the Superbowl more times with losses, but they have won a few Superbowls, and the Vikings are tied with the Buffalo Bills with most Superbowl appearances without a win.

 

Dom talks about some of his memories with football, from watching that game with his mom, watching Randy Moss‘s & Randall Cunningham, Brett Favre.  Struggling with Christian Ponder, watching Matt Cassel doing well then flounder.  Watching Teddy Bridgewater come to lead the Vikings.  The struggle with what happened with Adrian Peterson, and coming around to loving watching him play again.

 

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Back to Bangkok – DD4

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Reason to Move Back to Bangkok

 

Dom starts off the show by talking about what prompted them to move back to Bangkok from Chiang Mai, which was Tracy being promoted from a part time teacher to Head of Kids in Pinkloa in Bangkok.

 

Finding a Place to Live in Bangkok

Bathing SpikeThey take a trip to Bangkok to find a place to live that will allow them to have a dog and 2 cats.  They find a nice two (2) story, three (3) bedroom house that has two (2) 3/4 bathrooms with a nice sized yard and a really nice landlady named Parn.

 

They did eventually move from there when Parn had her house torn down to build a new one, but they are still friends and talk.  They now live in Sukhumvit.

 

Work

Dom goes back to work at Elite when he moves back to Bangkok, which he becomes the head of kids, designing courses, assessing reports, and teaching for them.  Dom and Elite do eventually part ways, but Dom still works with them from time to time.

 

Yoga

Teacher TrainingWhile living in Bangkok, Dom gets back into studying yoga.  When he started studying yoga again, Dom weighed about 260 pounds (117.9 kg).  It didn’t take long for Dom to get his weight down to about 225 pounds (102 kg).  His goal is to eventually get down to 200 pounds (90.72 kg).  Dom also went on to do a yoga teacher training course at Yoga Elements.  Dom does eventually move away from yoga.

 

Tai Chi

Dom finds a Tai Chi instructor through studying yoga at Yoga Elements.  He really enjoyed this, but he is eventually dismissed from studying tai chi because his teacher because the teacher thought he was too angry.

 

Mixed Martial Arts

Grappling 07A friend Dom has from yoga brings him to Chulalonkorn University, where he learns mixed martial arts (mma) and practices with the team at Chulalonkorn University called Burn Shell and trains with the team and meets a guy named Shannon Cai, and trains a few times with him.

 

Karate

Belt Test ClassDom finds a karate studio near where he lives Samurai Dojo, where they teach JKS Shotokan Karate.  The instructor at the dojo Kagawa Sensei, which is  the son of the head of JKS Shotokan Karate world head.  At the time of this podcast, Dom is 3rd brown belt, which is 1st Kyu, and his next test will be for his Shodan, which is first degree black belt.

 

 

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Living In Chiang Mai – DD3

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Visiting Chiang Mai

 

Before Tracy and Dom moved to Chiang Mai, they went up there to have a look around first.  They rented a bike and got to know the city a bit and looked at places to rent.

First place was dangerous for Dom, as he would have smashed his head going up and down the stairs.  The second place was too massive and too far out for both Tracy and Dom to live.  Third place was perfect, had a small yard with a parking area, also, Tracy and Dom bring their two (2) cats, Roso & Lily with them to Chiang Mai, which the landlady says is fine.  Dom also explains a half bath, three quarters bath and a full bath for those that don’t know.

 

 

Moving To Chiang Mai

 

PhantomWaveOnce Tracy and Dom move to Chiang Mai, the first thing they need to do is get motorcycles.  Dom gets a Honda Phantom 200cc and Tracy gets a Honda Wave 110cc.  Dom talks about what it was like to try find a job by emailing language schools, but they don’t respond to him.  Tracy and Dom adopt their dog Spike.

Dom finds work at a few places in Chiang Mai before finally being hired by Tracy to work for the British Council in Chiang Mai.  Overall it was a good place for him to work, and was a great learning experience for him.

 

Motorcycle Trips

 

domphantomDom talks a little bit about their motorcycle trips.  They did two (2) trips around Northern Thailand.  For the first trip, they went from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen to Thaton to Chiang Dao finally back to Chiang Mai.  The second trip went from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen with a day trip to Chiang Khong, from Chiang Saen to Mae Sai to Thaton to Chaing Dao for lunch then back on the road to Chiang Mai.  Dom also talked a little bit about their motorcycle trip to Lhamphun and their motorcycle trip to Pai, and he talks about their time in Pai.

 

Friends

 

dombeardDom finishes his show talking about some of the great friends they had while they were in Chiang Mai.

 

 

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