Dan and Qiang: How we met!

๐Ÿ– ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ:
https://vagabondbuddha.com/

๐•๐€๐†๐€๐๐Ž๐๐ƒ ๐€๐–๐€๐Š๐„ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐•๐š๐ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ง๐๐๐ฎ๐๐๐ก๐š.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ

Facebook Page for Vagabond Buddha:
https://www.facebook.com/vagabondbuddha/

๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป ๐๐‹๐„๐€๐’๐„ ๐’๐”๐๐‚๐‘๐ˆ๐๐„ ๐“๐Ž ๐๐ˆ๐€๐๐† ๐‚๐‡๐€๐๐๐„๐‹๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐‡๐Ž๐๐Ž ๐•๐„๐๐“๐”๐‘๐„๐’ – ๐๐ˆ๐€๐๐† ๐‡๐”๐ˆ
ใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธใ€ฐ๏ธ
๐Ÿ“น ๐™”๐™Š๐™๐™๐™๐˜ฝ๐™€ ๐˜พ๐™ƒ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐™‰๐™€๐™‡: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmXq0ZRIyR3eX9OhTrNHisA
๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ฝ๐™‡๐™Š๐™‚ : https://hoboventures.com/
๐Ÿคณ๐™„๐™‰๐™Ž๐™๐˜ผ๐™‚๐™๐˜ผ๐™ˆ : https://www.instagram.com/qianghui
๐Ÿงถ ๐™๐˜ผ๐˜พ๐™€๐˜ฝ๐™Š๐™Š๐™† ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™‚๐™€: https://www.facebook.com/qianghui.hoboventures/

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’Œ๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’†๐’™๐’•๐’“๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’• ๐’˜๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’–๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’–๐’” ๐’Œ๐’†๐’†๐’‘ ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’”.

โœˆ๏ธ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—™๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ป๐˜†๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ:
https://vagabondbuddha.com/Skyscanner

๐Ÿ› ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ป๐˜†๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ:
Booking: https://vagabondbuddha.com/booking
Hotelscombined: https://vagabondbuddha.com/hotelscombined

๐ŸฅŠ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ:
Getyourguide: https://vagabondbuddha.com/getyourguide
Viator Tours: https://vagabondbuddha.com/viator

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’Œ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’•๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ,
๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’

๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—ง๐—”๐—–๐—ง ๐——๐—”๐—ก : https://vagabondbuddha.com/contact/

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐— ๐—ข๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——๐—˜๐—ข๐—ฆ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAVbRUbuq1ZekZoOfUZzesw/videos

117 comments

  1. Dan was very fortunate to find someone that age ( 25 years younger! ) with no children. Qiang was very fortunate to be able to retire at the age of 32… They look like a happy couple!

  2. You both have great stories, and it is enjoyable to see a happy couple.
    I know you have a fixed format for your travel videos, checklist of data and great photography, my feedback is the best parts are where you are sharing more of yourselves too like in this shoot. For example I commented on your KL review how the Airbnb tower apartment was so cool. I would like to see a day in the life video of living there, with walking around the neighborhood, going to the supermarket, taking a bus or train, walking down alleys, talking to vendors, etc, so I could imagine actually living/visiting there. Perhaps it doesn’t meet the needs of your business, and I’m not saying to change your format, but I think it is an additional kind of video people would enjoy watching, and you would be good at it!

  3. Great couple and great video ๐Ÿ‘ I gave a thumbs up! Thanks for sharing.

    I appreciate the info about Malaysia being a good base for 90 days. How do you pick a place to stay for 30+ days? What’s your strategy? Airbnb or hotel first then scope the place for month to month apartments?

    Also, I enjoy your videos when you talk about walkable towns. I agree that walkable is key. Don’t like taxis to do basic things like restaurants and nearby things to do.

    Also like the $900 per month living expenses (or cheaper but SAFE) videos. Those are interesting to watch because it’s a fair budget. Possible long term living country.

    1. Yes, walkability is key. The most charming places are walkable. Yes, that is a good strategy. Get a base and then find your favorite area of town. Then walk it looking for rentals signs. That is how you get the best deals in the most walkable area. Airbnb often costs too much and this is how you get to the lower prices in the best places … from landlords that don’t know how to do Airbnb. Just be flexible because sometimes things don’t work out perfectly.

  4. The series of souvenir shots of you in various countries at about 2:25 are just fantastic; you both look radiant and happy. You are also lucky to have each other for great company in this virus mess, the quarantine somehow won’t be so bad by spending it someone special. Stay inside, be safe & stay healthy! and…stay together!! <3 <3

  5. Cute ๐Ÿ˜. In 2016 I also met my wife who’s Pinay. We chose a different lifestyle for now as we have two babies. But we plan to travel as a family if that be possible these days as things are quickly changing.

    1. Hello guys,
      I live in Southern California, near Laguna Beach. I travel to Thailand and the Philippines often. I have been to Malaysia, and love the culture there. As soon as the virus situation is over I am flying to Phuket.. please take care and be safe.

  6. Great to get to know you both better. I’m American and fiancee filipina. Is it possible to then to live 90 days in Malaysia, exit to Thailand, back to Malaysia, exit to Philippines and back again? It seems you are saying that Malaysia allows this. Thanks and keep the great information coming!

    1. Yes. In 5 years, they stamp my American passport 90 days each entry no matter when I was last there or where I before entry. Even better than that … they never ask for exit flight details or where I will be staying while I am there. They treat Americans with more respect than US immigrations when I enter the USA. They really are a peach. And the people are lovely there.
      Sadly I can’t speak to what the entry conditions will before your filipino gf, but it is worth a try to see what they do. I bet they give her at least 30 days.

  7. What is it like when you are able to go out and shop for food.? I understand lockdown is being strictly enforced by the President now
    I have a friend there up in Luzon and he said itโ€™s really become serious in the last week . Any concerns about food and basic supplies ?

    1. Yes. We are under advanced community quarantine now in Dumaguete. But no troubles so far. We are just enjoying this downtime while we have it. When the gate lifts, we’ll be back on the road, so might as well be here now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Great video. My wife and I agreed that it was like sitting across from you at a table listening to your story. Loved it.

    We love you both. Dan, your thoughts on spiritual things have been helpful. My favorite books right now are Christianity Must Change or Die” by Bishop Spong and “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. @Vagabond Awake I am seeing a girl much younger than I. We spent a good 10 days on Siargao and 2 weeks in CDO… I left on March 3rd and been trying to get back since. Two flights cancelled and well you know… I have a feeling I will not be able to return until June sometime. Wish I was stuck there now… Stay safe and stay happy!

    1. @Hobo Ventures I Qiang Hui I่–”่•™ There are not a lot of single mom running around with a bunch of mistakes that she cant afford, the street in vn are way cleaner than phillipines.

  9. Great interesting story! I like to know how to live simply and travel. I own a house with a lot of stuff. It feels like the house owns me. But I have a hard time letting go of my stuff. Need some advice. Mostly books and music instruments.

    1. When you first leave … put stuff in storage. Not everything. Just your most favorite stuff. Then when you get back in a year or two. Go look in the storage. You’ll realize that you have let go psychologically. That is when you will really understand that life is for experience not things. Things can be in memory too. You don’t have to actually keep them.

    1. Malaysia has a higher per capita income than many other nations in SE Asia, except for Brunei and Singapore. For that reason, woman are generally able to find local men with incomes for a middle class life. So they have more choices in general than other places in SE Asia. That said, there are fewer westerners in general in Malaysia than other parts of SE Asia, so you are more novel and interesting to them. Singapore is one of the richest countries in the world so you aren’t going to turn many heads there just because you are western. Thanks for commenting.
      Best, Dan

  10. hi dan. can you vlog about your travels in places and how you get around being vegetarian. i remember in a vlog you mention in philipines how it was challenging and you mostly cook at home. also vlog some of your simple go to recipes for travelling. thanks have good day

  11. Hi, This was great, i always wondered about chung hoy’s life, [phonetics] have her tell us more on schooling experiences, early and HS years, any college. What did she like dislike about modeling? Behind the scenes stories of how it all works hiring, training, managing models, show productions, etc.
    i would like to hear about your challenges faced on the road with your lifestyle?
    Will you ever own a piece of property, why-where?
    Do you experience corruption that would cause problems for english only speakers. How friendly are people compared to the burbs in the US.
    On the places you travel, about food quality and sanitation, food poisoning instances and why it happened if ever. The cheap eats does not interest me as much as quality safety of the food supply. I cook myself every meal so wonder what items are available and what cities had the best selection.
    What changes do you see happening over time in the places you both have been? How are your location tastes changing for you both as you age?
    I have seen most of your videos over the years also, A+ job giving us ratings for my Cultural Explorer interests.
    Thanks

  12. ๐Ÿ– ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ:
    https://vagabondbuddha.com/

  13. How’s it like to date Malaysian women? I was in KL but didn’t get a chance as I was there for only over a week but I enjoyed it and saw many beautiful ladies.

  14. Why Did you Pick the Philippines to live ? I lived there from 1987-90 and It was such a Different place. Its not a Country that is Foreigner Friendly when it comes to banking or daily life.

  15. This was my Biggest Issue in the Philippines was the Food…I do not eat pork or Chicken all that much. Maybe I would eat Fish once a Month here in the U.S.

    1. Yes. She is 3rd generation Chinese in Malaysia. She has a great family in Malaysia. Check out our Ho Chi Minh videos if you want to see her Mom and Dad visiting us from Malaysia.

  16. Thanks guys, I quite enjoyed hearing how you found each other. Very endearing. Your journeys make me think of Cavafy’s poem Ithaca as you seem to be living it.

    As you set out for Ithaka
    hope your road is a long one,
    full of adventure, full of discovery.
    Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
    angry Poseidonโ€”donโ€™t be afraid of them:
    youโ€™ll never find things like that on your way
    as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
    as long as a rare excitement
    stirs your spirit and your body.
    Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
    wild Poseidonโ€”you wonโ€™t encounter them
    unless you bring them along inside your soul,
    unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

    Hope your road is a long one.
    May there be many summer mornings when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you enter harbors youโ€™re seeing for the first time;
    may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
    to buy fine things,
    mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
    sensual perfume of every kindโ€”
    as many sensual perfumes as you can;
    and may you visit many Egyptian cities
    to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

    Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
    Arriving there is what youโ€™re destined for.
    But donโ€™t hurry the journey at all.
    Better if it lasts for years,
    so youโ€™re old by the time you reach the island,
    wealthy with all youโ€™ve gained on the way,
    not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

    Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
    Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
    She has nothing left to give you now.

    And if you find her poor, Ithaka wonโ€™t have fooled you.
    Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
    youโ€™ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

    Stay safe
    Jaap

  17. You are a lovely couple! Very happy for you that you enjoy traveling together. Qiang is a very stunning woman. I wondered why she never seemed to have a bad picture. The modelling explained it a bit but seems to have a natural beauty. Dan is a great guy too! I see you love what yo do!

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Qiang has a beaauty that comes from within, that is why she takes amazing photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks foir commenting Martin. Best, Dan

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