In Chiang Mai – 1 month

It has been 1 month already since we settled down in Chiang Mai. We have used this time to discover a lot of things and we are get to used to live like a Digital Nomad.

Our work life balance has been increased rapidly although our financial situation is going down. It is the first time in my life that I have spent more money than my earnings. That does not surprise me. I told myself, that I cannot be successful only when a night just passed. It is a process or it is a long process. We can shorten this process with different ways for example by outsourcing some works like manage social activities on Facebook, Twitter, Play Stores, answering emails. So that we can do other works that are more important.

Work related

We have discovered working places and where to meet other digital nomads. We have attended the following meetings:

  • Digital Nomad summit 2016 in Chiang Mai – this was cool. Main target of the conference, I think, was for new-comers or someone who wants to be a digital nomad. We did not have a lot of opportunity to talk to the speakers and the visitors with who have the same interests.
  • Digital Nomad coffee and lunch in Chiang Mai – a smaller group of digital nomads who come to have lunch or drink. I like this group as I can talk to other people, learn what they are doing. They also tell their stories such as what they are doing and what are their experiences.
  • Chiang Mai Language Exchange facebook group. Different types of people are coming here, students till expats. A range of ages varies.

We also have searched for different places to work. As I wrote about this last time, my favorite place is at the Main Library of the Chiang Mai university. However, we still look for other places 🙂 It is a lot of fun doing this.

For working details, we have used tools to manage our project. Although we are a small team doing a small project, we need to manage it. My husband is the developer and I am doing everything else. I am a project manager, finance manager, HR director, content manager, marketing executive and I make Simon happy 🙂

  • Project timeline – use Google spread sheet see picture 1 below.
  • Project requirements/issues management – Bitbucket.org. We have classified all the entries with different types: new requirements, bug, task. Each of them have a priority see picture 2 below.
  • Git version control – Bitbucket.org
  • Finance and Cost – Google spreadsheet template see picture 3
  • HR and marketing – Google spreadsheet
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Picture 1 – Timeline. As you see, we missed some releases already! The green color shows our first vacation. We are invited to my best friend wedding.

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Picture 2 – Bitbucket.org to manage requirements and bugs

expense

Picture 3 – This graph shows our income and expense every month. We have not track any expenses in January. We start in February!

During the day, when we come to work, we have introduced Scrum. Both of us are very familiar with this methodology. We do a daily stand up for 15 minutes to discuss

  • What we have done yesterday?
  • What is the impediment?
  • what we will do today?

It helps us a lot as to know what the other is working on. 🙂

Personal related

Let’s come back to our story. Until now, we have got

  • 1 year house rental with internet for 1 year contract
  • water delivering (In Thailand, it is much easier to let the water car come to your house every week. They will bring water for you. This water got approved from Thailand Food and Drug Administration (อย) 
  • laundry place – 100 m. from our house
  • a motorbike
  • 2 sim cards with a year contract
  • places for exercise
  • different markets to buy raw food
  • different restaurants to have lunch and dinner
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An organic food restaurant. The food is very good and the price as well! A post regarding this next time!

That is for today… 🙂

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Digital Nomad and our lifes in Chiang Mai

You already have heard from me that we are ‘Digital Nomad’. But what are they doing or who are they actually? Also for me, I just learned to know this word first time back in 2015. My husband told me that he wants to be a digital nomad. And I asked him, ‘What are you going to be?’

Then, he explained. For me, digital nomads are folks who earn their living digital or online. Lets assume, internet is broken, all my businesses will corrupt. Hmm, I hope, that this would not happen 😉 So how do they earn money? Some digital nomads are freelancer and deliver their work from home. Some nomads blog and earn by affiliate marketing. Some nomads are doing drop shipping in Amazon by buying stuffs from China and sell the products in USA. There are so many possibilities out there. We were at an event ‘Digital Nomad Summit 2016 in Chiang Mai’. We have learned to know many people and how they build their business. It was great to be there!

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Us with other 200 ppl who are either digital nomads or going to be one

So what are my husband and I doing then? Our plan is being a digital nomad who is  doing things that are scalable and will generate passive incomes.

Time Freedom + Financial Freedom + Happiness 

We have not have them yet but I think we are on the way. It could be a difficult way but we are ambitious and passionate going this path! You know already that we have a business going now ‘Simply Learn Solutions‘ on mobile application.

We decide when and where we work. When we will have vacation and when we are ill we just make an appointment as we want to. I can work from where I want to. Now I am sitting in a coffee shop in Chiang Mai, watching tourists passing by. I eat when I am hungry and in the restaurant I want to. I am already feel free!

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On Valentines day we did a fun run for 5.1 km 🙂

It sounds great right? However, since I quit my job, I do not know when are weekday and weekend as we work everyday from 10 am – 8 pm. It is not much at all. So we need to increase our working hours though.

Earning money is not difficult but earn money passively is a big challenge for us. We do sell mobile apps everyday but they are just little. We are now doing other mobile apps to extends our income. We have now

We are working very hard on it but somehow we are not tired at all. It makes us proud that people can use our app for traveling. And the story below has made my day!

One customer sent us an email on Valentines day to thank us! We got sometimes such an email but this one is very special. The customer has proposed his girlfriend and he uses our app to talk to her and her family. I am very very happy!

It is maybe too early to say that I am living my dream 🙂

Our cheapest daily expense

Today, I would like to share what we are doing everyday and how much we spend. This example shows the day that we have smallest expenses. Normally, we have more…

Morning

Every morning, my husband goes to swim (I sometimes go jogging) at the 700 years park. On the way back he buys 2 take-away dishes at one shop that always has a long queue. The cooker provides 6 different dishes each in a big pot. At home, I cook brown rice.

After breakfast, we go to work with our motorcycle. We live the digital normad life so we only need the followings:

  • High speed internet
  • Comfortable place to sit for a long time

What we doing in the first few weeks is, we have been searching for our perfect working space. We have been in some coffee shops, working spaces, libraries. These are some pics

These are my favorite coffee shops on Nimman road so far. The left pic is Pai Yan Yai coffee shop. I like there as they do not use air condition and the tables and chairs are really comfortable. They have many menus for drink and eat. But the internet is very slow, unfortunately…

The right pic is nine one coffee shop. I like there as the price is quite cheap. They use organic coffee and I love their dry banana!

When we work there, of course, we have to buy drinks. So as our income is a little, we have to come to these places in the future but not now.

My favorite working place is the Chiang Mai Main Library! It costs nothing and it has everything you need. As you know, that the best position of working is, your arm should be 90 degree to the keyboard, your eyes should look ahead not down or up. So, I have found my best working place. The opening hour is fine for us as we finish work around 8 p.m.

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This is me writing on this post ^_^

Afternoon

For lunch, we go to the canteen. There are several canteen and we want to visit many. The food is good and also the price.

Dinner

Around 8 p.m. we leave the library (or I finish my work-out), we go to the market in front of the university. This market is called ‘Gad Naa Mo’. There are many shops for cloths, drinks, and eat. After that, we always go to another market called ‘Talad Boriboon’ to buy soy milk. I love soy milk and I like to drink it everyday if I can!

Now we come to the calculation

Morning: 2 dishes a 10 baht = 20 baht

Afternoon: 2 dishes a 35 baht + snacks 30 baht = 90 baht

Dinner: 2 dishes a 35 baht + 2 soy milk a 10 baht = 90 baht

So we spend 200 baht (around 5 Euros) and we are very happy. We have food to eat for living and they are delicious and healthy.

We also spend for other stuff e.g. going to Thai massage (I will write about it next time), expensive dinner e.g. grilled fish for 120 baht.

If we spend money like this example, we could save around 20 Euros per day!

REGISTRATION OF FAMILY STATUS – ทะเบียนฐานะแห่งครอบครัว ค.ร. 22

Bureaucratie in Thailand I would say is very complicated but maybe other developed countries also have complex systems. Anyway.

Any marriages or any relationship in a familiy will be recorded in Tabian Kropkrua ทะเบียนครอบครัว in Thailand. If a Thai marries a foreigner in a foreign country we must register the family status in Thailand. So that this marriage is legal in Thailand. I do not change my last name and my title. I am still miss Kanyarat! 🙂

I married in Germany so the process is the followings:

  • Ask for international marriage certificate (Heiratsurkunde)

It was 15 Euro each and we asked for 2 of them. I will keep one and my husband will keep another one.

  • Legalize the marriage certificate at regional council (Regierungspräsidium)

This does not take a lot of time. You could get it within 1 day. I think it costs around 20 Euro per document.

  • Translate the document no. 2 in Thai

Translation is quite expensive. For marriage I have paid around 40-45 Euro per page. We have paid around 150 Euro totally. But this time, my friend has translated it for me. She is a teacher at the university of Frankfurt. Thanks to her we got the translation quickly 🙂

  • Legalize the document no.2 and no.3 at Thai consulate

It took around 1 week to get the documents. I found it a bit strange that you pay by sending your money with all the documents. I thought, maybe you could just do bank transfer.

I have done this the same day I arrived Thailand. I landed in Suvannabhumi around 5 am. At 8 am. we could leave the airport. We took the Airport link to Makkasan and the transfer to MRT to Hua Lamphong. Then, we left our luggage at the trains station. I think, it is maybe a lot more convenience to take taxi directly. But I am scared of taking taxis as they drive quite fast.

We arrived the place around 10 am and we have to wait for 4 hours to get the documents. We have paid 800 bath for 2 pages as we asked for express process. Actually, we could also do a normal service and let the documents be sent to our home for a cheaper price. But at that time, we had a bit jet lag.

  • Registration of family status in Thailand

We went to the district office in Chiang Mai although I am registered in Buri Ram. I took all the documents + my copy of house registration + my ID card and my husband passport to the office and get the Registration of family status done for about 1 hour for 70 baht.

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My husband needs this document for apply for a non-migration type o visa that will last for 1 year.

The whole process took us some time as we did everything our own. If you want to save time but not money there are agencies to do this for you.  🙂