Moving on

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32 thoughts on “Moving on

  1. Good luck! I was first "huh, Dili? Where on earth is that!" :) But seems you have hotten your way open there already with contacts. Well, I am one who on the other hand is moving in to Bangkok. My plan is similar to yours in Dili, to send out a lot of emails and establishing networks to land a job for little while untill I feel the way you feel right now. :)

    Good luck, to both of us! ;)

  2. Good luck, Matt.

    You accomplished a lot. You should be proud of your work in Thailand. If you move on to bigger and better things, all the better.

    What is Matt is a blog institution.

    It will be a strange transition from Thailand to Dili. I keep asking myself and wondering WTF is in East Timor. I guess I will find out soon enough.

  3. Congratulations on decision and good luck in your new adventures. Sadly, I came to this blog late, but enjoyed what I read.

    What is your plan for the Top 100? Looking for a new host for it?

    If you have the time, please drop me an e-mail as I'd like to inquire about whether your current employer is seeking a new journalist to replace you. I haven't been a full-time editor for about 5 years, but if the conditions were right, I might like to jump into it again.

  4. Wow…I have to admit I had no frickin clue where Dili was. I am so showing my ignorant Americanness. Anyway, you will get your FLIP before you leave:) Good luck. I have a feeling I'm going to be too exhausted to come out with you on the 2nd, which is a shame because I would have loved to have met you, but best of luck and I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures. I am leaving Colorado in 12 hours. Feels surreal. I'm excited but also really sad to have to say goodbye to family and friends. Ugh.

  5. Good luck in Dili!
    You won't be losing this reader. Dili is an exciting prospect, I know very little about except from news Headlines and the book The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo

  6. Matt,

    Sorry we won't be reading your take on Thailand. Count me as one who stays subscribed to your RSS to keep up on your writing though.



  7. I thought this was a joke, but no, Dili really exists :)
    Sounds like a last minute decision, I bet you'll be back to bkk before the next Google danse ;)

  8. Oh Matt! And last night we just decided on visiting Phuket for our November trip, and I was thinking, "Oh cool, I would get to meet Matt in person now." Darn it!

    Good luck with the new gig. Much like your other readers here, I'll stick with you wherever you go, bro.

  9. Guess you wont be wanting that turntable and mixer then?
    Hope we can have a beer & blag before you depart, but if Im not back before you leave we all wish you the very best for your next intrepid adventure.

  10. Matt, I know you've thought long and hard about this and I wish you ALL the success in the world with the next step in your life. This isn't an end, more like the start of a whole new something in your life. Good luck mate.

  11. Hmm, and we never actually met. Good luck, but I do believe you cannot call yourself "Thailand's Lost Boy" after August 26th… And what of Phuket Vogue?

  12. Hi there,

    we've never met but i do read your blog pretty regularly (i have a keen interest in everything thai!) and it's a pity to hear u're leaving thailand!
    anyways, the reason for me to come out of the "shadows" and actually leave a comment is because i live in singapore and if you would like to check out the most awesome chicken rice there is on our little island, i'd be glad to show the way.

    hope to hear from you soon! :)


  13. Well, you do know that wherever you may be, I'll be stalking you senseless, right? Thank God for Facebook! LOL. Seriously, though. I'm sad you're leaving, and we still haven't met!

  14. You have made the right decision, you are too young to become one of these rancid old expat pontificating on a life they have not lived.

    Good luck in Dili! I'll still read your blog and expect to learn a lot a bout Dili!


  15. After Googling Dili and finding out that there's not a whole lot going on there, the question I have is: Why Dili???

  16. Good luck, Matt.

    I reckon we'll see you in Australia soon enough. If you hop around Melbourne let me know and I'll buy you a beer guaranteed. I moved here from Bangkok a year ago and think you'd fit in well here. Good arts scene, vibrant downtown, plenty of jobs. The only thing that sux is the weather, but you're from England, right? should be ok then.

    Anyways, never met you in BKK but had some friends who did, so just want to say good luck with whatever you decide to do.


  17. hi matt,wow your leaving we haven't meet but I love thailand and have really enjoyed reading your blog.

    I must agree with you re – phuket,it doesn't grab me either I just think its way too touristy these days.

    I have found a new spot hua hin went last year and going back this november.
    and of course absolutely love bangkok.

    i will miss your blog on thailand,as you are living my dream life travelling and living someplace else other than your native home

    all the best on your safe
    I will keep reading your blog though
    cheers kim

  18. lol what readers?

    maybe they wont have as many internet cafes there, so you wont be able to post comments on your own blog

    the majority of comments on this blog are from lostboy himself

  19. Dili, gosh, Matt, wish you the best of lucks.

    Ran there for my life before the August referendum and revisited regularly – a most interesting place if you got something to do.

    Fantastic untouched landscape and completely different people than Thais.

    Again, best of lucks, and looking forward to your Dili-blog!

  20. Methinks Dili won't be any more "exciting" than Phuket town – let alone Bangkok …

    However, it's definitely a fresh start in a relatively new country that do need foreign assistance and expertise. Perhaps, a great deal more substantive to write about given its past history too. Good Luck & Bon Chance!

  21. Good luck to you squire. I've been following your progress for quite sometime, although this is the first comment I have made.


  22. Oh lucky you !!! I will continue reading your blog probably with more interest now that it won't be about Thailand lol Good luck Matt!!!!

  23. timor is one of the poorest countries in the world

    its like a blank canvas in many ways, might head over there myself and get citizenship.
    In a few years i'll prob hold a top goverment job

  24. Oh. I feel like I've missed the boat a bit…

    I've only just discovered this blog and immediately felt a sense of relief(?)… akinship(?)… something connected anyway. I think I was just glad to find an expat out here that has rounded views and isn't a dysfunctional misfit like the vast sea of others that I've met along the road.

    Good luck in your adventures, I'll keep reading regardless.

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