In this episode, we chat with solo house sitter Ryan Patey. So much of the discussion around solo house sitting centers on solo female house sitting (check out episode 3 with Kelsey Frey for more on that!). But what about the solo dude house sitters out there? Is it possible to house sit as a guy alone? Sam speaks with Ryan about exactly this topic, which has lead to some interesting experiences around the world, like having to pretend to be a family member of a pet owner! We talk also about: How Ryan first started house sitting in his native Canada Experiencing cultural differences house sitting in Turkey House sitting around Southeast Asia Exploring different pars of Saigon through house sitting The difficult parts of house sitting Funny parts of house sitting (aka poop stories)His book, This Job is Sh*t much more! Links + Resources Mentioned: Connect with Ryan on Instagram @ryanpatey or on Twitter @ryanpateySnorble, better bedtime routines for kids (project Ryan is currently working on) Ryan's WebsiteRyan's Interview for our blogRyan's book, This Job is Sh*t Ryan's Facebook Live series turned podcast: #OurNewNormal 20% off TrustedHousesittersOur book: The House Sitting HandbookClick to stream the episode on our website (Also perfect for sending to folks who are not yet podcast listeners and don't have a podcast app!)Connect with us:Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/Follow on Instagram: @housesittingtravel
#OurNewNormal | Ryan Patey of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T.O.F.U. Talks: #OurNewNormal
Originally streamed live on Facebook on June 17, I decided to share my current experience in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) during the COVID-19 pandemic before wrapping-up the limited T.O.F.U. Talks series. Find out what life is now like in Vietnam and learn what’s coming next now that I’ve finished documenting the lives of vegans around the world in our new normal. Podcast Although the interview was originally done as a video chat, you can now listen to it in an audio-only format available on most podcast platforms, as well as below. Transcript Ryan: All right. Hi, everybody and welcome to what I guess will be the final episode of the #OurNewNormal series, a T.O.F.U. Talks limited series that I started what seems like a year ago to document the experiences of vegans and vegan businesses and vegan organizations around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Near the beginning, I jokingly did an interview with myself, which maybe some of you picked up on? I’m not sure if the podcast version made that clear, but, yes, episode three, I think, was me interviewing m. In this case right now. I’m not going to do that. I just wanted to have a quick little livestream here to maybe connect with some folks. If anyone had any questions or wanted to share their experiences, and to also kinda give a final update on what life is like here in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and just say thanks to everybody who tuned into the #OurNewNormal series. Obviously, as I’ve mentioned in posting the last couple of episodes, things have kind of shifted. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely not disappeared, in many places it’s gotten worse probably, the focus of the media and people in general has shifted to, I don’t wanna say more important things, but to definitely things that also need attention, and, partially in an effort to not sort of detract from that, I felt like continuing the series was, I don’t know, kind of not right. See? This lives stuff leads to just not sounding nearly as intelligent. It just seemed inappropriate to continue the series. Plus, in all honesty, I’ve done, well, this’ll be the fortieth, the thirtieth episode and that’s more than I thought I would get when I started, and, in fact, I actually turned down a few people because, like I said, I decided to end it. So, I think ending on thirty is okay. And, on that note, I guess, here’s a rough idea of what things are like in Saigon, Vietnam. I know I’ve touched on it in some of the episodes while talking with people, but I guess I haven’t done, I haven’t recorded another episode since, like, the end of May. So, not much really changed here in the last few weeks. Sometime in May, they lifted most restrictions, and that’s not just because the government got bored or the people got restless. It’s because the statistics basically support it. Right now, we haven’t had a community involved case in over two months, and, I believe, I’d say at least 90-95% of the cases that have been reported have now been cleared. So, pretty much, the only people that are testing positive at this point are quarantined and have been quarantined for a while. They’re mainly people that came in to repatriate to Vietnam, and there’s also a British airline pilot who has kind of been, like, I guess the biggest case. He was incredibly sick. Has been in the hospital for, I think, about two months now. Was expected to have to undergo a long transplant as kind of his only sort of option to possibly get better, and he actually ended up recovering significantly, and as of, I think, this morning, maybe yesterday, he was up and walking with the help of hospital staff. He’s been taken off of some pretty serious life support measures, and has recovered. I don’t know how much he has of his lung function, basically he’s doing really well, which is amazing to see and hopefully his recovery will happen in full. Vietnam still, as of right now, has recorded no deaths from COVID-19 and I think that’s it, but, needless to say, it feels very much like a different world here. It was, you know, kinda strange to talk with everybody around the world about their experiences. I know a lot of people I talked with, through various privileges similar to mine, were working from home. So, their life hadn’t been changed drastically, but I obviously did talk to some people who had some significant changes in the way they went about their daily routine, how they were able to do their work, how their kids were able to go about their lives. But for me, right now, I’ve been going to cafes. I’ve been looking at the movie listings to see if there’s anything interesting. Not surprisingly, there’s not really. Cinemas here, and in a few other countries, I guess are kinda bringing back some old blockbusters and showing maybe more Asian films which I’d be okay to go and check out some stuff, but a lot of my friends are not really interested. So, I guess that’s not really going to happen, but, yeah, anytime I go and check the news about back home or say in the States or other parts of the world, it’s kind of a reminder that things are not back to normal for everybody. And, I mean, when I started the series, I had kind of hoped that, maybe, you know, I’d be able to kind of document the end of it too for people, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. There unfortunately isn’t much of an end for a lot of my friends. I know restrictions have been eased. Hopefully, that’s not gonna lead to more serious spikes. Unfortunately, according to some statistics, it is. Despite, you know, suggestions by say the president of the United States that maybe they should just lower testing and then the numbers will just miraculously get better. You know, obviously, if you go back and listen to the series, you’ll know that pretty much everyone I talked to is not supportive of his ideas and various other policies of his. And that in itself is a whole other issue, which thankfully more attention is being paid to and obviously there’s protests going on in the States and other parts of the world that relate to so many other things that need to be addressed. So, I guess, in a way, this our new normal involves more than just life from COVID-19 pandemic, and I hope that involves a lot of positive change. I also touched on that with people during the series. About how the pandemic has led to some interesting changes. Obviously, not quite as drastic as some of the things that are being done through the Black Lives Matter protests, and I hope that, you know, this sort of stuff just continues to progress, and there is no regression like with some other measures that we’ve seen come into place because of the pandemic. And because of the protests. And I don’t know, I could continue on. I don’t think I’m going to because like I said I don’t want to take much more time. I want to thank everybody who was involved with the #OurNewNormal series and, you know, in terms of people who took the time to talk with me and share their experience in the world, and in terms of people who decided to check it out. All the episodes are, well will be available through Youtube and Facebook, and as well there will be a podcast version. That was a whole learning experience. I’m glad that I did it with the series and, you know, obviously I kinda had to rush a lot of episodes out at once. That’s not really the way you normally would do podcasts, but these are all kind of time sensitive because the longer I wait in releasing them, the longer they’re kind of not really valid and sort of snapshots of the moment. However, I do hope to do a more general T.O.F.U. Talks podcast series, which I guess for those of you interested, if you found the #OurNewNormal podcast interesting, please keep an eye on the magazine’s social pages and website. Probably more the website because I’ve run into more issues with Facebook and I don’t know if that’s gonna continue. It lasted about three months last time, so we’ll see how long it goes this time. But the website is a great place to check that stuff out. Also Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr, and there’s other alternatives to Facebook, but whatever, either way, hopefully I’ll be doing the T.O.F.U. Talks podcasts in, I don’t know, maybe later this month, maybe the next month. That will probably first involve some past episodes that I have done because I have been doing a T.O.F.U. Talks series about general topics around veganism and other things, and then eventually I hope to do more interviews with people, and maybe I’ll do more conversations myself around certain topics. I have had, like I said, I turned down a few other people that I approached to interview about #OurNewNormal. Hopefully, I will be able to follow-up with them to do a T.O.F.U. Talks chat, and, like I said, that’ll be a podcast. I think I’ve got most of the kinks worked out from watching the #OurNewNormal podcast, maybe? I don’t know. But, yeah, I’m interested in the format, even though I don’t really partake in it myself to listen to things. I think it’s an interesting way to get information out to people and I will hopefully be continuing it. For now, though this is kind of it. It’s early in the morning here in Saigon. I thought maybe some people would be awake on the other side of the world where most of my audiences, and I figured I’d say: Alright. Gonna end the #OurNewNormal series here. Thank you for checking it out. Thank you to those who got involved. Above all else, please stay safe, wash your hands, whether or not your restrictions are being lifted, you should still wash your hands frequently, and, you know, maybe keep up with that twenty seconds thing because, if we learn anything from this, it’s the fact that most people were washing their hands in a fairly ineffective manner. Hopefully, we’ll learn more than that from this whole, pandemic, and, hopefully, we’re continuing to learn from things like Black Lives Matter protests. Please get involved. Like I said, stay safe, do whatever you can within your means, and I guess I will see you around in some other way. For now, that’s it for me. I’m gonna get out of the sunlight that I thought would provide good lighting, but maybe doesn’t quite do it. And maybe I’m gonna go get breakfast because the markets and everything are opened here. I know it might sound weird to you and it probably induces some anxiety, I apologize for that, but I assure you that what’s happening here is more based on statistics and reality than a desire to go back to the old ways. So I feel safe. I hope you do too and see you around.The post #OurNewNormal | Ryan Patey of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam first appeared on T.O.F.U. Magazine.
Although I’m certainly not running out of people to interview for #OurNewNormal, a T.O.F.U. Talks limited series, I did decide today to chat with a very close friend about his experience here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Not surprisingly, a lot of what he mentioned is similar to what my new normal is like here in Saigon. Basically, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Speaking of saying things, you can find more of Ryan’s thoughts on the pandemic and Vietnam’s place in it on his Medium page here. To find out more about Ryan, check out the following: Website | Twitter | Instagram Podcast Although the interview was originally done as a video chat, you can now listen to it in an audio-only format available on most podcast platforms, as well as below. Transcript Ryan #1: Hello everybody, and thanks for joining me again. For another one of the #OurNewNormal sessions as part of a T.O.F.U. Talks limited series that I’m doing to try and give people a glimpse into the COVID-19 pandemic experience from around the world. I’ve been talking to a lot of vegans that I know, and some people that I’ve actually never even been able to meet, but I communicate with online and I’ve also been able to catch-up with some close friends and people that I’ve known for a long time now. In fact, today I’m lucky enough to be able to interview someone who I’ve probably known the longest and I’m happy to hear from them, and I’m hoping that what they bring to the table for their part of the world will maybe be something you connect with or learn from. So, on that note, could you please introduce yourself? Ryan #2: Sure. I think we do have a lot in common like you said. My Name’s Ryan Patey, and I’m the publisher of T.O.F.U. Magazine and a full-time traveller. Ryan #1: Yeah, no. I think we do have a lot in common, and I definitely agree with you on that. So, where are you now? Ryan #2: I’m in Saigon, Vietnam. I’ve been here off and on for about three years now Ryan #1: Okay. And so, since you’ve been there for a bit, what sort of measures are in place in your area, and do you feel that people are complying with the stuff that is being put out there by the government? Ryan #2: Compliance kind of depends on who you talk to. And, as for the measures, there’s been stuff in place since about January. It’s been kind of a long-term sort of bunch of changes, but the numbers have been really good. And so, hopefully things will continue that way. But I mean, yeah, masks are mandatory. Lots of travel restrictions… Ryan #1: It sounds like, yeah, stuff has been happening there for awhile now. I’m happy to hear that things seem to be going relatively well. On that note, how have the measures impacted you? You know, obviously, you’ve had to deal with some changes. So, you know, how have you been coping with this? What is your secret to keeping yourself sort of positive and motivated during this pandemic? Ryan #2: To be honest, things have been pretty good. Because of the low number of cases, I’m not too afraid. Otherwise, I’ve just kind of trying to be productive. Talking with a lot of friends and family, and trying to keep things going with the magazine. Yeah, I think that’s about it. Ryan #1: Okay. I’m glad to hear that things are going relatively well. I hope that continues. So, looking forward to kind of, you know, when this all ends, which obviously it’s going to happen in different ways in different countries and everything. Maybe, hopefully, Vietnam is kind of closer to that than some other places that I know of, but when this does end, when we kinda get the green light to go out into the world and act, you know, normal, what do you, what do you think you’re gonna take from this experience? What do you think you’ve learned? And what do you hope that the world learns? How do you think, or, how do you hope things change after this tragedy is kind of, just a part of history? Ryan #2: I think for me. I’m going to try and talk more with friends and family. Being socially isolated has kinda pushed that importance for me, and I really hope that the world, kind of, learns to appreciate, you know, frontline workers and so many other people a lot more. More compassion, basically. Ryan #1: Yeah I, not surprisingly, I agree with you. I think, I feel like we’re on the same page in a Lot of ways. Hopefully, hopefully, that’s true. Hopefully that stuff like that will happen. Ryan #2: Hopefully. Ryan #1: I’m glad to hear that, you know, that you’re gonna maybe take something from this positive. For now, I guess I just want to say thanks for sharing your part of the world with everybody and I hope that people get something out of it. Maybe sometime, when we’re able to go to cafes and stuff, we’ll cross paths. We can grab a drink and chat more. For now though. I guess I could maybe offer you this. Ryan #2: Yeah, sure. Thanks. Ryan #1: It’s the least I can do. You’re so kind to join me for this interview. Ryan #2: It was my pleasure. Ryan #1: I hope the rest of your day goes well. I guess, yeah, to everybody else, I’ll see you for the next episode, Ryan #2: Bye.The post #OurNewNormal | Ryan Patey of Saigon, Vietnam first appeared on T.O.F.U. Magazine.
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How do you travel around the world for five years and not pay a cent for accommodation? It's called Housesitting. In this episode Ryan shares with us what it takes to be a Housesitter, how to get into it, what to look out for, and what it isn't. There are some very useful tips to make it easier for you to commence or enhance your Housesitting experience. Does one get lonely housesitting and only talking to animals most of the time? Do you need to be good with animals to be a good housesitter? What happens when you lock yourself out of the house? Check out Ryans site here https://ryanpatey.ca/
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Grab a cup of (fair trade, almond milk) Hot Cocoa, put on your favorite (wool-free) flannel pajamas, hit mute on the hockey game, and tune into Red Radio Episode Thirty Nine! Listen in as Erin Red has an in-depth, casual conversation with Ryan Patey of T.O.F.U. Magazine, everyone's favorite digital vegan periodical. Ryan and Red talk music, activism, feline YouTube sensations, PETA, authentic Canadiana, and much, much more - you'll be all aboot it! ...and don't pretend you're not singing along with the outdo song. Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting erinred.com and clicking the DONATE button, and subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes today! If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review, or drop Erin Red a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.