The crazy French man has arrived! I have now almost spent more time abroad than living in my own country, can you believe that? At 21 years old, I had one dream in mind to work and travel the world at the same time. I could not speak English and the furthermost destination I have been was the “South of France”
I studied marketing for two years, got my diploma, and attempt to get a degree. Knowing that what I was doing at that point was not the right path for me. I quit school after three months. It was time to “step up” and work hard to get where I wanted to be. Waking up early, and working different jobs including long shifts at the bread factory was my daily routine. Being part of a “non-wanted” life, I could not get stuck there forever. Eventually, I got a certificate that allows me to work with children & also became a lifeguard.
After two years of hard labor, I had enough and had to find a solution. I could not find a job abroad because of my poor English. I wrote a fake resume and sent it to different agencies hoping to get “the Phone call” that will change my life. One week later, a tourism agency called and asked me if I will be interested in working in the “Bahamas” for a period of 6 to 7 months.
They urgently needed someone that could speak French and had to leave within a week. (Can you imagine how my parents reacted when I told them that). They required someone that could speak French, but they also mention English. Did I told to them that my English was sucked? I did not, and they were pretty pissed when I land in the Bahamas. They gave me all that I was looking for, an opportunity! They give me three months to learn English, and I worked my A** off to get where I am today.
This job in the Bahamas allows me to find work in Spain, Cyprus, Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, and more. It also allows me to travel. So far, I have worked in eight countries, travel around forty incredible destinations, and cycled 21000km across 16 of them.
I worked as a professional photographer in New Zealand, (on and off for six years). When we decided to come back to Malaysia, I opened my own photography business: My Little Moana. Everything started to kick-off, and it was great until the Covid arrived. Creating a travel blog was not something I had in mind. In July 2020, after not receiving any income, I had to do something about it.
I started a Youtube channel and a website that could help others to realize e their dreams and see the world. (I know that the Covid has affected us badly. But don’t worry, it will be over soon, and we all going to be able to travel freely).
Never give up on your dreams.
When you fall throughout life, remember this, fall forward so you will know when you hit the ground. “Denzel Washington”
HOW DID WE MEET?
As you already know, traveling has always been part of life. Sharing my adventures with someone & discover a new country with a person that has the same interest as I was complicated. In 2013, I was on my way back to New Zealand, but before to restart working, it was time for me to grab my backpack and chill out for a while in Malaysia.
At that time, I was on a website called “Travbuddy” (This website no longer exists). It was a great tool to share your travel experiences and chat with people from all over the world. As I was going to Malaysia, I sent a few messages around to meet locals, and “Fizah” replied and even offered me to stay at her place for three nights.
Some people will tell you that love, at first sight, happen only in movies or fairy tale, and I can assure you that it does happen when you are less expecting it. I have always say – Me, I will never get married nor I will never settle down. This woman bewitched me and fell for it. Three days became a month; it was time for me to flight to New Zealand without knowing if I will ever see her again.
I did not want to lose her so I did what I think was the best to do at that time. I asked her to join me and stay with me. Fizah had a good job, a kid, an apartment, and just purchased a brand new car one month before we met.
She accepted my offer and within three months, a car was sold, she quit her job, sold all her furniture, and asked her father to take care of her son until she finds a job. As she was over the age limit to apply for a working holiday visa, the only way to be able to work was to find someone that will sponsor her. Luckily, we met Cherry from the local bakery in Hanmer Springs that gave her an opportunity, and allow us to be together.
One week after she landed in the country, I went down on my knee and asked her to marry me. We now have been together for almost eight years, I love my wife more than anything in this world, I love her more than my own life and I am so glad having her close to me.
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