Going On an Adventure

I have equated this journey to Odysseus and his 20-year quest around the Mediterranean.  But I haven’t really felt like I was on an adventure.  Not until now.  This story is about the time I took a detour to chase a girl.


I found myself in Cilicap, a small industrial coastal town in central Java, alone, watching episodes of Rick and Morty.


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What to do when Couchsurfing in Jogja (Lots of awesome Pics!)

So I took a plane to Yogyakarta (otherwise known as Jogjakarta, Yogya, Ngayogyakarta or more simply, Jogja) scrapping my plans to go from East Java to West Java via train.  I did it because there was a biennial Couchsurfing event and I thought it would be a good place


The event was over three days but I got there a day before and I messaged the group and they immediately sorted me out with some free accommodation along with some other Couchsurfers.


The event itself was exactly what I thought it would be.  Good, old-fashioned, clean fun.  The first night we were treated to some shows by other Couchsurfers.  We saw various different performances of Silat, the Indonesian martial art, and, my word, the performances were fantastic with backflips in tow.  After we were treated to an animation depicting the poor Indonesians in North Java during the 1990’s economic crisis.  In that part of Indonesia, Dangdut music is very popular.  That night we all slept in bunk beds at the Youth Center and your bathroom was your standard bucket and water situation.


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Dancing with Hippies – Ecstatic Contact Dance


Jason! You’ve got the hair, you’ve got the look, when are you going to do some hippy shit, or play in a band?  Well, today is your lucky day.  This post is about how I joined the hippy community and did some weird hippy shit.


It all started when I did a free life coaching session (I was the client).   I got the word from the life coach that there was an Ecstatic Contact dance class at Paradiso, the local community space, and she was going.  With very little information I decided to give it a go.

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The Negative Effects of Screen Time and Tinder

So I reinstalled Tinder after a year after a Couchsurfer told me that it’s worth while doing in Bali.  For those that know me, you know that I hate Tinder.  It’s mainly because it doesn’t work for me.  I hardly get any matches and the ones I do get are just time wasters.


However, I reinstalled in Bali to great success.  But with success comes a dark side…


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How I Got On To Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Part 2

For part 1 click here.


So it’s game day and I am nervous as hell.   I get zero sleep and I wake up before dawn.  My buddy Geoff comes to my house and we take the train to the city.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the city before 8 am.  The light hits the buildings in different ways and everyone is rushing off to work.  Not me though, I have plenty of time and I am soaking it in.


As we enter Channel Nine studios, I am separated from my buddy and get told to sit at my allocated table.  I am going to be on show number 6, the last show for the day.   Yes, that’s right folks, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Hot Seat isn’t filmed live, neither are any of the other game shows for that matter.


There is a person missing from my table and the producers are scrambling to find the person on call.  Whilst they are doing that, they make us sign a contract saying that we can’t say anything about what happened, not even to friends and family, until the show is broadcast.


If you want to see the show you can view it here on this link.

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White Girls with Local Boyfriends and Jason’s Theory of Cool Places

There’s something in the water at Kuta Lombok.  This small surfing village, famous for its glassy waves in the wet season, has another thing it may be famous for, European girls and bad boy locals.  I stayed for three nights and partied for three nights.  I couldn’t get over the disproportionate number of girls, especially from The Netherlands and northern Europe.


I couldn’t quite understand it.  Where were the Australians?  Where were the guys?  Could this be part of Jason’s Theory of Cool Places?

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Living in Poverty and Coping with Realities (With Pictures!)

A week ago I spent a couple of nights in a village and it was the most eye opening experience I’ve ever had.  I had gotten the contact through Couchsurfing and on his profile, his English was pretty good and he had 6 references so I was pretty trusting that I’d have a good experience.  However, good probably isn’t that adjective I would use.


As I approach the house, if you can call it that (the place didn’t have any doors), there was a commotion between the local villagers.  Kids just started appearing out of nowhere.  There were free range chickens everywhere pecking rubbish for food, talk about organic.  Everyone was looking at me, from the children to the old ladies.


My contact, Ruslan, doesn’t have a good a grasp of English as I’m lead to believe.  As we talk I discover that he is a father of two small boys but he seems to be somewhat of a father figure to other boys in the village.  He is poorly educated and works in construction.  That is when he has work.  He says his favourite hobby is to work.  And as I enquire further he tells me he only works about once a month for $15 a day.

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Rest Day 2

It’s time for another rest day.  I was going to write about the heartbreaking poverty I witnessed whilst staying at a village in Central Lombok, Indonesia but I got tied up talking to some San Franciscans.  I need some R&R and chilling out whilst drinking a juice at a cafe watching the day go by is exactly what I need.  Now I just need a book and I’ll be sorted.


Until next time!


Jason (Now in Indonesia for the next 2 months.  Hit me up if you wanna hang out or recommendations.)


P.S. I cut my armbands which have some sentimentality you can see the video below.




It’s been six weeks and finally I am leaving Malaysia, finally leaving Kuala Lumpur.  As I sit in an airport restaurant waiting for my 6 hour delayed trip to Lombok, Indonesia, I reflect.  The original idea was meant to be a month in each city to use as a base and then go in and out of the city.  The reason for staying in the one city for so long was to make connections and to see if I could network.


I did end up going places and getting some networking done but I really connected most with one particular person, my Couchsurfing host, Nuraini.  We went to Cameron Highlands and Sibu Island together.  Inevitably, when you spend so much time with someone a connection is bound to happen.  What I didn’t expect is how comfortably I slotted into her life, despite a minor freak-out, to the point where I feel a bit sad to leave.

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How I Got On To Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Part 1

So, I did Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Hot Seat, which aired tonight.  You can view it here if you are in Australia but how did I actually get to be on a game show and why it’s relevant to you.


Normally to get on a game show you need to fill in a form online or send a video etc. to be, maybe, contacted.  Some auditioners take months or years to be contacted and fly in from interstate.  I did none of that.  Instead, I happened to be working in the building where the auditions were.

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