You could accuse me of having the wanderlust for the simple reason that I have never stayed in one place for too long. Living in vibrant cities like London, Paris, Barcelona, New York and KL, with career changes from hotel management, advertising to journalism and corporate communications – society would call me fickle and hardly reliable.
But each decisive factor that has occurred in my life has purposely led me to this amazing point where past experiences have greatly enriched me to the point that now I feel it’s time to put my ideas and energy into a life-changing venture, an entrepreneurship with my other half. I may be “Jack of all trades, Master of none”, but there are no regrets and plenty of anecdotes. I have met intriguing people, immersed in different cultures and tasted (oh yes) gorgeous food. I wouldn’t change that for anything.
Paris is the city where I truly found myself. An incredible city where romance and elegance plays out in the tiny cobbled streets to the leafy boulevards. Paris welcomed me with open arms and I was prey to her charms. But there was a darker side. Many at home feared my move to a foreign city.
Unemployment was at a record high so what were the chances for a non-European? Brushing aside all negative criticisms, I hung onto the hope and self-belief that anything could be possible if only I committed myself. Paris was my dream and nothing would stop me. The chance came when I was offered a fantastic opportunity in a leading CAC40 company with a Magna Cum Laude Master’s degree in my pocket. I had left behind a promising career opportunity at home for a dream, and it paid off – in spades.
As I turn to the next chapter, I say merci Paris and don’t let anyone turn you away from your dreams.