After finishing my studies in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Ghent in Belgium, I started working for a theatre company. Here I worked as a Front of House Manager and as a guide that showed people the hidden world behind the stage.
Later, I was given the opportunity to work for various magazines as a freelance-journalist. I wrote articles about a variety of subjects on fashion, culinary trends, culture, music, city life, wellness, theatre and music festivals and so on. A fun job to do that gave me the possibility to meet a wide variety of people who had one thing in common: they all had a story to tell.
I continued working in this position but I soon discovered my ambition drew me elsewhere. I wanted to look for new horizons, discover new countries and meet people from different parts of the world.
This has brought me to where I stand today: I am living as an expat in Cambodia. A country I fell in love with upon my first visit in 2004.
My job as a Tour Leader in Southern Asia and South-East Asia gives me the opportunity to broaden my experience in direct customer care whilst working in a multi-lingual environment on a daily basis. It is a job with many aspects that are all of equal importance.
When you are on a trip with guests you have to know about the do’s and don’ts of hospitality and service. A must are good translation and negotiation skills that make it possible to make diplomatic, quick and good decisions that satisfy every guest’s needs. At the same time you have to be knowledgeable about places to be and about the history, culture and geopolitics in the regions and countries visited. Every group of guests is different and every individual has his or her own wishes and questions but that is challenge. Perhaps needless to say that I’m enjoying this to the fullest.
When I am not on the job and exploring some exotic place with my guests I enjoy exploring parts of Cambodia where I haven’t been yet or I am travelling on my own or with friends to countries that fascinate me. The combination of professional and personal travels has brought me to places like Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Iran, Bangladesh and China, not to forget my earlier travel experiences in the USA and Europe.
When I’m not travelling, I enjoy strolling around the local markets in Phnom Penh looking for good ingredients to satisfy my passion for cooking. Apart from my kitchen experiments I like to read books on history and culture and I am a big fan of contemporary Chinese literature. And although I am not working as a journalist anymore, I still like to write articles and short stories on occasion.