Adventure is in my blood

Ever since I was young, my parents have taken me on trips to various places in Asia and Malaysia. My father lived for years as an expat in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, and my mother in Tokyo. She worked as a travel guide in Japan. During my school holidays, I would stay with my father in different cities, and often join my mother and her groups on their travels through Japan. Quite an education, and very special for such a young girl to get both an in-depth peek into the life of other cultures and experience what it was like to live like a local.

Without mulling it over for too long, I decided to immigrate from Singapore to Goes, the Netherlands when I was 12, to live with my mother. After a year and a half of intensive Dutch lessons at the Montessori school, I went to the Atheneum. Being eager to learn and curious about the world around me, I felt quickly at home in Dutch society. I loved getting acquainted with the Dutch and Zeeland landscapes, varying seasons, typical Dutch food (endive stew, herring, snap, croquettes, stroopwafel, oliebol, licorice, Zeeuwse bolus, chatter, mussels) and the Dutch festivals, such as Sinterklaas and Queen’s Day, now King’s Day.

I collect moments, not things

Between the ages of 16 and 20 I was quite active in the promotion of indie music, mainly from bands out of Rotterdam and Singapore. I have set up exchange projects between different countries and coached the musicians, creating more fame for the bands. During that time, I was fortunate enough to have regular contact with both international bands and editors of fanzines worldwide. Next to supporting music events, I also had a monthly show on radio Patapoe together with a friend.

In recent years I have been able to experience many things, such as horseback riding in Costa Rica, cooking classes in Bali, salsa dancing in Cuba, safari in South Africa and a spiritual journey to sacred power places in South West England.

Travelling gives me energy and an enriched feeling. By getting to know other cultures and other parts of the world, I gain wisdom and learn how to understand the world better.

I view my work as an adventure

I am not one to sit and wait for things to happen. Over the past 20 years, I have asserted myself and acquired experience in sales, account and project management and product development in the financial and oil, gas and wind sectors. Working in an international and a technical environment together with expats and foreign clients has opened my eyes to a broader view. I enjoy the challenge of delving into new and different subjects.

However, in life there are times that one incident or a conversation is certain to trigger the spark which if channelized properly can become a roaring fire. I listened to my heart and took a leap of faith to set up my own company. It gives me loads of energy when I can contribute to the happiness of my customers through my services. In short, I found my ikigai.

And so, on to new adventures!

Ling Chan

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