Today I want to write to you about something totally different. This blog has been around for almost two years (we started around January 2011) and I’ve realized that we haven’t shared much about who we are. So I’m going to change that.
If you have read all of our posts, you will have a good idea of who we are, what we stand for and what shoe size I have. On our About page we have a couple pictures of us just so you know we’re not aliens or Skynet-like robots who write about time management, productivity and personal technology (people have tried to verify we’re not aliens or robots because we get work done almost too efficiently sometimes).
Aaron and I are big proponents of transparency. If you have been a newsletter subscriber for a long time you already know this (you aren’t a subscriber? Head over here now.)
We haven’t been personal on the blog at all but if you are a newsletter subscriber you’re already aware how personal we get. It’s because we only share personal stuff on there, but we want to slowly start opening ourselves up on the blog too.
Starting with this post.
Where do I start? Let’s just start with the past summer. Before summer started, Aaron and I were talking a lot about AE, its current state and where we wanted to take it.
We want to make this blog the top resource for time management, productivity and personal technology. From day one, we have always taken the approach to write evergreen content. If an article is not useful a year from now, we won’t write it. The value we put out there has to pass the test of time.
As we started talking about this and other stuff, we’ve realized that we need to be together in the same vicinity. Working remotely is great but it’s hard to take things to the next level when you are far away from each other. The value of being able to discuss things in person trumps remote working any day.
So in the beginning of June I booked my ticket, hopped on the plane in Amsterdam and half a day later I was in Bangkok. For the next 6 weeks I would be living in Aaron’s apartment and we would work together on AE.
Aaron has been living in Bangkok for the last couple of years. He really likes it there and I visited him a year earlier. It was my first time in Bangkok and I could see right away why he likes it. Bangkok is fun.
Around that time we gathered some of our friends Micha, Charles and Vince to come too, and we formed a little mastermind. This past summer we did it again but without our dear friend Micha (who is in Sweden recovering from surgery).
Random fact: One thing I love is coconut juice. It’s healthy, it tastes great and it’s really cheap in Bangkok. Not to mention easily accessible. All I had to do was walk outside the building, turn a corner and I could buy fresh coco juice.
Speaking of, we love eating. We like eating at nice restaurants and trying out new things. Bangkok is a great place to try out lots of foods and exotic fruits. It’s one of the reasons I really like Bangkok.
From all the food pictures you would think we didn’t get much done. Luckily we did get stuff done! We produced a lot of content, recorded podcasts and worked on the website.
A lot of this work is not published yet, but we are going to release it soon. Very soon.
For fun and business, we also went to Hong Kong for a couple days. It was my first time to HK and I immediately liked it too. Why? Because the way the city is set up is very efficient.
Everything about it is efficient. There is almost no time wasting in that city. For example, you can check-in for your flight in multiple places within the city.
We had our flight back to Bangkok at night and instead of carrying around your luggage for the rest of the day, we could check it in at a nearby station. After we explored the city, we hopped on the train that exits right in front of the entrance of the airport. You literally get off the train, walk about 100m to outgoing immigration and then onto the boarding gate. Very efficient and AE-approved.
What’s In Store?
The main purpose of this summer was to get together and figure out what we want to do with Asian Efficiency. Do we want to keep blogging? Do we want to take our consulting services public? Should we release a book? Do we want to create software? These and many more questions were brought up.
After hundreds of cups of green tea, sushi rolls and conversations later, we figured it out.
And we’ll reveal it soon. Very soon. To be continued.
Is there anything you want to know? Ask us in the comments below and we’ll let you know!