As some might have read in the about page, I have the intention to move to Thailand. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve accepted a job in Thailand and will be flying out this year. So with that news, I’ve switched gears into preparing to be ready to leave once my visa comes around. So over the last few weeks, I’ve spent very little time on my pet projects as I have to spend as much time as I can on preparing to leave. Which I can tell you now, you’re never as ready as you thought. It’s been a few tiring weeks, and I still have quite some to come until it’s time to fly out.

I’m very excited to move out. But at the same time, the reality of leaving my home country behind is starting to hit. Also, the time to see everyone for the last time is quickly reducing. I’m still considering in which area of Bangkok I want to be living. But with the current busyness, I have little time to think about it. One choice I had was if I’m going to ship a container there or pack some bags. I decided to pack a few bags. So I won’t be able to carry over my server hardware. So now you might be wondering, then where is this hosted?

My flight sim tooling is hosted in the Google Cloud. As my credit card will be revoked in November (as it is provided by my current job), I have to shut down that project down until I have my thai bank account. Meaning I can’t use those resources to host my small blog thingy. I needed a cloud provider who accepts credit-based deployment. After a little searching, I found that Digital Ocean accepts prepayments through PayPal. So I’ve asked a friend for a referral link and charged some credits on the account.

I’ve created a simple droplet which will host as a web server through nginx, a quick Lets Encrypt setup and the flight sim data collector. As these few services will be the surviving services, I’ve named the droplet “Noah’s Ark”. Once I’m settled in Thailand, I’ll be restoring the usual services. Likely with worse availability (although my current provider is taking a piss lately too) and lower bandwidth. But that will likely be either near the end of the year or in the first two months of 2020.