Like everyone, I grew up having a lot of dreams. Until these days, some dreams are long gone and some remain. One of the dreams I have always have since I was so young is to travel the world.

As a kid, I dreamed of hoping of an airplane, traveling to different places, and talking to different people. That dream has been a good friend of mine until now.

I did not travel much as a kid due to financial situations and parents’ profession. My family has a business (photo lab and studio) at home that used to open 7 days a week from 7 am to 9 pm. My days (well, and my parents’ too) were spent at home. We rarely went out even on weekends. I grew up spending a lot of time with mom and friends in the neighborhood. Once or twice a year, my mom would take my brother and me to visit our relatives or family in neighboring provinces like Koh Samui, Phang Nga, and Phuket. That was so much fun for a nerdy kid like me.

Long after that when I was in college studying at Chula, I started to travel with friends to nearby provinces like Pattaya, Rayong, and Lopburi. Of course, with limited budget back then, my friends and I had to save up to spend on our trips. It was worth every trip and experience we had though.

My dream came true when I started working at Suratthani Rajabhat University. Since the second semester I worked there, I was appointed as the head of the Office of Foreign Affairs and that was where all the fun started. Since then I had to work and travel for work in Thailand and to several countries in different parts of the world. But wait, it was work and work really means A LOT OF WORK.

My colleagues and I as a team had to work hard at least 3–4 months ahead of each trip. That means complicate, cross-national and cross-cultural communications with multiple parties both in business and academic areas. That took a whole lot from me in terms of planning, organizing, managing and communicative skills. Not only did I learn so much about work, people and myself during those almost 4 years in that position, but I also travelled a lot for work as well.

The Pyramids, Egypt in 2009
The Parliament, Romania
Anatara Rasanada, Koh Pha-ngan
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Washington DC, USA
The Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul
A temple in Taiwan
Japan
Innsbruck, Austria

These photos might look fancy from others’ point of view. To me, these photos lie a tremendous amount of teamwork, countless phone calls, hundreds of complicated problems, and myriad sleepless nights. Somehow they perfectly sum up my work-life experiences in a nutshell.

Today I look at these photos with the deepest appreciation. I am thankful for the opportunities I received to work in new challenging environments with numerous inspiring people from different races, professions and backgrounds. I have learned so much about life during those precious years in my life.

More importantly, these photos remind me of one of my dreams, to travel the world. Despite the hardship and challenging work, I always found business trips memorable and fulfilling.

1/30/2018 11.01 pm

Revised 1/31/2018 12.53 pm

a part-time teacher, an amateur PhD student, and a full-time world explorer #YouMeandYork #TowardsaPhD