Becoming a Monk; Shaving My Head and Eyebrows

Posted by SammyK on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:05 AM | Comments

I'm Monking It Now (sort of)
I'm officially on the 8 precepts:

1) Refrain from causing harm to any living creature.
2) Refrain from taking what is not given.
3) Refrain from sexual immorality.
4) Refrain from false speech.
5) Refrain from becoming intoxicated.
6) Refrain from eating at the wrong time.
7) Refrain from dancing, singing or beautifying...


Chanting and More Cute Kids

Posted by SammyK on Mar 20, 2010 at 06:50 AM | Comments

Today is Saturday and I'm supposed to have a bald head by now. Unfortunately the novice monk "barber" in charge of shaving heads decided to spend a few extra days out-of-town. So I still have my full head of hair. But as soon as he comes back, it's gone!

I recently had the opportunity to witness the novice monks during their chanting exercise...


A Glimpse of Thai Culture; My New Temple Home

Posted by SammyK on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM | Comments

The uncomfortable 2.5 hour bus ride came to a stop in front of the temple gates just outside of Fang, Thailand.

I was greeted at the gate by Graham, a Scottish buddhist in charge of the Monk For A Month program. He grabbed one of my bags and lead me inside the temple walls.

I had to lean in to hear what he was saying despite the fact that...


The Quest to be like Aang

Posted by SammyK on Mar 14, 2010 at 05:33 AM | Comments

I'm Back In Travel Mode
After almost 6 months staying in my hometown, I'm back out and traveling the world again. Looks like I'm a bit addicted to new places.

But I'm starting out with a familiar country - Thailand. I was here this time last year with my buddy William.

For the first few days here in Chiang Mai, I've settled down into the same...


I've Been Nominated by Lonely Planet!

Posted by SammyK on Feb 26, 2009 at 02:19 AM | Comments

My travel website Two Guys Around The World was just nominated into the top five video blogs of the Lonely Planet 2009 Travel Blogger Awards.

Lonely Planet is is one of the largest travel guidebook publishers in the world so this is a pretty big deal.

Help me out by giving me a vote (with two clicks of your mouse). Just go to the Lonely...


Our Travel Story Made The Local News

Posted by SammyK on Sep 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM | Comments

Our plans to travel all around the world under $10,000 made it to the local news. Check this out:


Cornerstone Recap

Posted by SammyK on Jul 07, 2008 at 01:52 AM | Comments

I got to be Rex at Cornerstone 2008 this year. Rex is the XXXChurch mascot. He is the answer to the playboy bunny.


Soon to be World Traveler in September 2008

Posted by SammyK on May 19, 2008 at 10:09 PM | Comments

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Man, I'd love to just leave the country and travel all over the world." Have you ever convinced yourself to do that? Maybe you thought you were going to do that when you graduated college but then got distracted. One thing lead to another and now you're having a mid-life crisis wondering why on earth did...


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