When I was in new zealand my main motivation for quitting was the money. In thailand that motivation was virtually non-existent. Cigarettes are $2.50 a pack and cigars are 4c each. I have had to re-wire my motivation to quit for health reasons. I've been virtually smoke free over the last week but and slowly building up my motivation to quit for health reasons. Today that motivation is strong and so my official release quit begins today. I feel strong in my resolve and confident of success and that's all I have to say about that.

Today is our last day in pai, tomorrow we heat back to kung thep (bangkok) I've really enjoyed my 10 days in pai. It's similar to nz in a lot of ways but it's in thailand with street stalls and temples everywhere. When I have a holiday in nz I usually get out of the city and go to somewhere like pai so I feel right at home here. It's like home but it's better cos it's thailand. I will be in bangkok until Thursday to do city stuff. I'm going to try and arrange a passport and work visa so Mao can come and work with me in Australia. The money she will earn in oz will be life changing for her so as much as I hatell beaurocracy and paperwork I will endure the ordeal because I live Mao and really want to help make her life better.

After that I'm off to India on Thursday. That will be a whole new adventure/ordeal/mind blowing experience. Sweltering heat and 500 million people that have no toilet. I have no idea what it will be like for me bUT I think it will be mostly enjoyable. Wish me luck.

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    Blondene said:
    20 June 2017

    Good thing Manu...smokes are so cheap over there it can be tempting but stick to your guns change your reserve and you will go far...keep at it Manu😊😆💪

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    PokuruGirl said:
    20 June 2017

    I won't go back over your 1000 blogs Maanu and count how many times you have said "I've got this". What I will do is say to you one time is this. Until you accept that the rules of addiction apply to you (yes, clever Maanu, you are not exempt), then success will not be the outcome. The rules of addiction are this. 1. Accept you are addicted. 2. Chose abstinence. Simple but brutal. So long as you never puff, you are free. Stop the rationalisations Maanu and get free.

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    Nana22 said:
    20 June 2017

    Maanu, i wish there was something i could say that would make a difference for you.
    You manage to quit okay - but seem to struggle with the staying quit.
    The staying quit can be every bit as tough as starting the quit, but PG is right. Once you break free, you have to very deliberately make the choice every day to be an addict choosing not to use. It means white knuckling your way past the temptations and opportunities no matter where or how often they present themselves. Eventually the smokefree choice will become the new normal.....but it takes time.
    I don't know Maanu......do you need a break from quitting to get yourself in the right head space? Can you give it your full commitment while you're on this adventure? You do need to be fully commitment and bloody minded about it. Something to think about maybe.
    Most of all.....never give up on quitting mate.