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The Comeback

Writing took the limelight in the last two years.

Not of flowing poetry and captivating prose but of precise instructions and comprehensive descriptions.

Because I was already caught up with my role as a technical writer, all personal writing came to a halt, with only the occasional journal entries interrupting my otherwise writing-free leisure time.

Recently, I have decided to get back to writing because:
  • It's a great exercise for exploring and expressing your thoughts.
  • I have learned a thing or two from my profession and I would like to apply those in my personal writing.
  • It's the best way to share stories

A recap from 2016 onwards

I have accumulated much perspective in the last two years that it will be too much to unpack in one post. Here's a shot at a rundown:

Vietnam 

In 2017, I moved to Vietnam. In hindsight, this was a result of the clarity I gathered from my freelancing days. Before those days ended, I felt like the only reason I was freelancing was to prove to myself that I can work and travel at the same time. And when I knew the answer, freelancing lost its charm.

Little did I know that freelancing paved the way to a new career discovery. Again, all of this in hindsight.

In the midst of the organized chaos of scooters and neon signs, I found  a career I deeply care about, lifelong friends, and a wonderful man.

The Netherlands

In 2018, I moved to Amsterdam, leaving the land of hot bowls of pho and spring rolls for bitterballens (Dutch meatballs) and stroopwafels. 

Moving to Europe was similar to taking a cold shower. It felt like suddenly waking up, realizing that it is refreshing to hear yourself think after being desensitized to the sounds of bikes honking.

These days I am still adjusting, still marvelling, and still finding it amusing to compare life here with how things are in Southeast Asia.

Changes coming up!

Frozen sea in Finland

It's either I have changed immensely in the last two years or age has finally crept up on me, but I no longer feel like a person capable of sharing travel stories.

I have taken on different interests and while I hold travelling dear, it was not and will never be my end goal.

Because I am now in different headspace, this space will take a different form.

From today, you'll find changes in this space.
  • There will be no more ads and promotions. 
  • This space will focus on storytelling and sharing ideas. Possibly travel-related, most likely not.
That's it for now! 

Happy New Year! 

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