Preface

Preface

“The Simple Life Gambling Journey” x “Confession Letter to the Parents” is an adventure travel encyclopediafor the people who are bold and planning to have an adventure travel trip safely as reference.
I love to travel alone. I wouldn’t have to think or be too concerned; I could simply go whenever and wherever I wanted to. On my solo travels, I am always aware of my capabilities and everything around me, I get along with people, I’m friendly, and everything is safe. Don’t bother or annoy others, and even if language and gestures are not accessible in different places in the world, sometimes a simple smile is enough.

In my experience, the people I have met in Europe and America, South East Asia, Mainland China, and it seems like everyone around the globe, are nice and kind to me.
Take adventure-travel trips when you’re young, and have no regrets in your life. Be bold and brave! When you have gone skydiving, car camping, hiked through a national park in the U.S. with flip-flops in the snow, lived in a vehicle for two weeks, challenged the “death road” in Bolivia, cycled alone from Chengdu, Sichuan (China) to Lhasa without Tibet Travel Permit during the June 4 politically sensitive period, Tibet (China), stayed in a rural hospital, and climbed Mt Merapi, the active volcano, in Java, Indonesia, during the heavy raining day, you will know you can overcome increasingly challenging paths.

Solo travel allows you to experience local cultures, with no walkman, discman, CD or MP3 player, i.e., all kinds of music, game consoles, or computers. Look carefully at the surrounding people and things, and the vigilance of local people will be reduced for a foreigner—that’s you. Chit-chat or ask for help; it’s no problem to them. And just say thank you to show your appreciation for their help. In my case, I traveled alone and got a freedom journey, shaking off all the fetters.

Many people have their adventure-travels all over the world, and many of them are even bolder and braver than me. I wish everyone who read my story would have an amazing journey and share with me your thoughts about it. This journey is about the fun and joy of solo travel, so go your own way and write your story.

At the same time, this online edition of “The Simple Life Gambling Journey” x “Confession Letter to the Parents” is my first journey, and planning to publish the printed version in different languages. It’s also my last adventure-travel journey. This is because I’ve grown up and have a clear estimation of myself. Living in the moment, I will not waste my days; I will leverage my knowledge, techniques, and capabilities to contribute to people around me, society, and people in need across the globe.

I will not gamble my life anymore. “I will not commit suicide, but die vigorously” I thought years ago. This is selfish thinking and behavior. There are always people who care about and love me, especially my family members and elders who worry and feel distressed about me.

簡序

簡序

《簡單玩命遊記》《致親愛父母的懺悔書》,乃一本讓無畏無懼、能夠勇往直前,打算安全地玩命的人們,作參考用途的 ── 冒險旅行百科全書
我喜歡一個人旅行,不用想太多,顧慮太多,簡簡單單隨心想到哪就到哪。其實一個人在路上,只要保持一定警覺,知道自己的能耐,細心留意身邊事物,友善地與人相處其實也可以很安全。只要懂得一般不會惹人討厭的交流方式,語言未必全球通行,手勢也不是每個國度一致,但簡單如微笑往往是全球通用的語言,就我自己的經歷而言,不論歐美、東南亞、中國內地,我遇上的人大都十分友善。

趁年輕時作個小冒險,不要讓人生留下遺憾,勇敢闖一下會變得堅強,當你跳過降傘、玩過滑翔傘、在美國黃石國家公園汽車露營,穿拖鞋在雪地上遠足、一個人在車裡住過兩個星期、挑戰過波利維亞傳說中的死亡公路一個人踩單車,由成都踩到拉薩、 沒有「入藏證」及臨近六四這個政治敏感的情況下,順利跨過金沙江大橋入境、在山區醫院住過,大雨下攀爬印尼爪哇的活火山等等……更崎嶇的前路都會走過。

一個人到處走往往更容易融入當地文化,一個人不帶隨身聽、不帶遊戲機或手提電腦上路,細心留意周遭人和物,當地人看見一個外地人在走,戒心也會減低,聊聊天幫幫忙絕對不成問題。如是者,我一個人在到處走,擺脫羈絆,享受著自由自在的旅程。

世界各地有很多人在做著同樣的事,比我更勇敢的也有很多, 我希望讀者看過我的故事後會更勇於自己一個出走,希望有人踏出比我更精彩的旅途與人分享。這本書,想說出一個人旅行的樂趣,走著自己的路,寫著自己的故事。

同時,這本遊記網上版是本人第一本《簡單玩命遊記》暨《致父親母親大人的懺悔書》,不久將來會有不同語言的網上版及實體書,但也應該是最後一本。因為人大了,長大了,有自知之明。活在當下者,能夠運用自己的知識、技術、才能,貢獻身邊的人、社會,以至全世界有需要的人們。由是我不會再玩命,當年想的是:「不會自殺,但要轟轟烈烈地離世。」此是十分自私的想法及行為,因為會令身邊關心及愛自己的人,尤其是家人、長輩等擔心和痛心。

活在當下,約略講吓近況

活在當下,約略講吓近況

遲來的夜光大象

遲來的夜光大象


每次一個人旅行都有點得著和反思,今次超速駕駛以時速二百公里(原來錶板上嘅130係Mile⋯⋯)、沉醉於Alicia Keys嘅Falling時,又真係有一大篤雀嘅便便,猶如子彈般Fall落車窗,扭軚失控撞向公路圍欄。

閻羅王話唔收我住。

回想起出世以來廿七載,多次大難不死、大膽玩命後,依然生勾勾嘅經歷:
• 未滿月就被患有肺癆嘅叔叔強吻,傳染咗肺病畀我,媽咪抱住我睇幾個醫生都話應該係咁大;
• 小學仲未識游水就被阿姨老點,跑上深水池滑梯滑下遇溺,救生員咁啱泳褲乾咗,落水打撈返我上嚟(還記得,在池中的漆黑一片時,好像有爺爺過來撐我);
• 探望親友時在屋邨電梯大堂踢波,被精神病患者抱起帶到窗台嚷著要掟我落街;
• 美國交流時喝得太多Vodka Red Bull Jello shot(大概一晚20-30 shots),回港後痾拔甩,腸同胃出血,幾乎失血過多不治;
• 夜晚在里約熱內盧貧民窟派對上,與場內唯一的白種拉丁女人纏綿,她的男朋友原來係睇場的,被人拔槍指著背部的腰間;
• 畢業旅行瞞著家人,一個人踩單車從成都到拉薩,路上吃了藏粑,急性胃炎住了晚山區醫院;
• 在斜坡於兩輛解放軍軍車之間穿梭,爬頭後擰轉面、拍拍屁股扮個鬼臉,被軍車突然加速撞埋一邊,腳骨跌得有點歪了,(回港應診跌打才知道),仍堅持繼續上路;
• 到納木錯騎犛牛,輕拍吓佢個頭後被拋落地,左腳被腳踏纏住喺沙地拖行,直至我個頭就快撞到石頭時,先擺脫倒腳踏 (頸亦除之而跌傷了,像企鵝一樣回港,幸好獲跌打師傅糾正了)。

未買Go Pro前唯有靠Peter Kan (我弟弟) 畫當時個畫面啦!

未買GoPro時,唯有靠健哥Peter Kan (我弟弟) 畫當時個畫面啦!


拍攝這張相片的數分鐘後被拋落地,逗得在場圍觀的藏民歡笑。

拍攝這張相片的數分鐘後被拋落地,逗得在場圍觀的藏民歡笑。


我會再來的。

我會再來的。


Favela in the day time

Favela

以上當然還未計簽生死狀去玩跳傘、滑翔傘;搭通宵巴士來回拉巴斯、 烏尤尼鹽湖旅行後,不眠不休朝再簽生死狀去每年死兩、三百人的玻利維亞「雲駕路」,乾一杯Vodka shot,高速在濕滑的七十多公里路上騎行;上年到印尼爪哇深夜冒雨(五十年一遇,當地報紙話雅加達要遷都的暴雨)暫時最後一次簽生死狀,攀爬默拉皮活火山等玩命之旅⋯⋯

La Paz-Coroico road

La Paz-Coroico road


通宵Jailbreak十幾部第一代iPhone賣番香港後第一件要做的事

通宵Jailbreak廿幾部第一代iPhone賣返香港後第一件要做的事


Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi

出發去巴西時,乘搭飛機上望著身邊的吉凳,的確有點失落。回程時,其實都冇咩所謂。旅途上雖然遇上一點小意外,但亦讓我卸下心裡糾結已久的包袱。

生命無常,人生苦短,活在當下,更要及時行樂。

有遠見的短期目標清單:
1. 學好國語、葡萄牙及德文;
2. 出版講咗好多年有多嘅遊記(已揀咗啱心水Wordpress template,準備推出適用於手機、平板介面嘅免費電子書);
3. 閒時喺石先生嘅Berspective.com撰稿;
4. 不斷增值做一個「Integrated marketer」;
5. 兩年後去另一個冒險之旅前,買隻Rolex Submariner/ Daytona孝敬我唯一的偶像—老豆;
6. Revamp個blog、定期寫吓嘢⋯⋯
7. 當然唔少得繼續努力增肥啦(無論食幾多嘢,179cm的我依然維持130lbs左右⋯⋯)

熟悉我嘅朋友大概都知道我是一個訂下目標後,便會不顧一切、奮不顧身去達到嘅男人。嘿嘿嘿⋯⋯

題外話,之所以有「OKan、奧簡」呢個筆名,純粹受舊公司啟發,為每位員工額外分配一個簡短嘅電郵地址,而我被派咗「okan@xxxxxxxxxxx.com」,Oliver Kan變成OKan,自己再譯個中文就係「奧簡」喇!

OKan冇咩特別意思,而「奧簡」正好反映我其中一樣專長,就好似將旁人眼中艱深嘅企業科技(Enterprise Technology)「奧」妙,唔賣弄業內、技術辭彙,以「簡」單淺白文字表達出嚟,務求令「呢民」都睇得明我代筆撰寫的專欄稿。

奧簡大概係「簡單複雜化」的反義詞⋯⋯

當然,啱啱入行時要理解咁複雜的東西,少不免下點苦工,晚晚漏夜睇Webinar同聽Podcast⋯⋯

之不過,兩個字嘅名點都型過三個字吖嘛!

I was born and survived for HAPPINESS!

工作上代筆撰稿時,悶悶哋會嘗試起個唱得嘅題,寓工作於娛樂。 John Lennon《Imagine》、容祖兒《刻不容緩》改篇版只係冰山一角。

工作上代筆撰稿時,悶悶哋會嘗試起個唱得嘅題,寓工作於娛樂。
John Lennon《Imagine》、容祖兒《刻不容緩》改篇版只係其中兩篇。