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Nobody likes to be an April’s fool. Everyone enjoys playing a prank on someone else. Well, in the fairness of it all we sometimes have to laugh about our selves and give in to the quirks of life.  Happy Fools Day!

Today I am starting a new chapter in my professional carrier. I’m possibly leaving Asia soon, after a truly incredible time and lots of beautiful experiences richer. Having lived in many different parts on this side of the globe I come to conclude that I like the variety of food better over here and I embrace the simplicity of community care with a warm heart. Although here is a lack of commonly products i.e. healthcare and modernity that make life in the US so comfortable, I have enjoyed the “wildness” of eating and living closer to nature. I have been taught wonderful ways of surviving and in return encouraged a many young souls to “go and get it…” – the chance to get ahead; a courage to try something new. To approach life with joy, reason and a strategy. I have build a house for a stranger and helped a family to live a dream; that really prides me. Life is significantly different here while having to battle for ordinary items, which we take for granted in the home-land. I have become more humble, respectful and within a richer man.

I do crave the convenience of “normality” and I am looking forward being closer to mom and friends I have abandoned for too long. Foremost, I am missing being closer to Q; he has been passionately supportive during my “wondering” years. Once more in my journey I am uncertain about what and where my next steps will carry me to. The opportunities and my multiplicity are in my favor.  Now I have new friends and responsibilities that will stay with me for the rest of my life; that is a blessing.

Hey, I miss driving a car! Oh, the idea of my own place is comforting. I will reach back for the memories of my days in Indonesia and find joy from afar having done a heck of a good deed!

Since my resume is “out on the float” again I will take this chance and explain what I do the best: I’m the guy a Boutique Hotel or High-end Residence brings aboard when in need of implementing either new Management or simply when in need of someone re-organizing structure, team building and implementing a clear-cut strategy. I come aboard a business that needs a multi-tasking independent thinking strategist that quickly can steer a commerce back on the track of success without interrupting operations. I’ve been contracted by a new business to translate and develop an idea into reality. Within my work I have come across every character in the hoteliers business and taking on the challenge of recognizing and correcting structure, HR, F&B and cost control. Clearly used to the “shooting of the messenger” – I care little about individuals ego when hired to “put right” an operations. I’ve been called the “hotel-fixer” and this title flatters me; In the end I’ve always managed to leave a place in better shape than what it was before I came aboard. The most gratifying compliment was from Appetite Magazine characterizing me as having the serenity of a monk. Indeed, I don’t see need for confrontation what could be solved with communication and usually I stay away from negativity, since any approach to reach success is only possible with the investment of kindness and encouragement. A simple logic; but often the very core point that causes a business to go astray.

I would not mind being placed as Private Chef again. I do enjoy family life, catering to the specific needs of my client and enhancing their life with the best I have to give. Let’s see what’s next on my horizon… Happy Fools Day.


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