Having lived in New Zealand for 11 years, I returned home to Indonesia in 2005 to have a go at living in the capital city of Jakarta. After working in one of the top 5 tier accounting firms back on the Kiwi land, I tried my hands on the Indonesian consumer banking industry with one of the biggest banks in the world and I grew to like it.
Blogging since 2005 as a way to channel my talkativeness, I realised I found joy in writing. I then discovered photography and found joy in that too, especially when done while traveling. I discovered scuba diving and alas, I fell in love with that too. Realising that life is too short not to pursue my passions, I finally found the courage to quit the 9-to-5 rat race in 2011 for a sabbatical to spend time on the things I love and see where the road takes me.
Why the name “Miss Lai Lai” you may ask? An old junior high school teacher used to tease me by calling me “Lai – Lai” (in Chinese, it can actually be translated like a calling “come here, come here!”). It grew to become a nick name from my closest friends in high school, till this day. Later, close friends at work in Jakarta started calling me affectionately,”Lai” and “Lai Lai” – and before you know it, “Miss Lai Lai” is my identity.
I love the smell and taste of good coffee, food, and wine. I love exploring new places. I love learning new ideas. I love connecting with people and expanding my horizon through talking to them and listening to their stories – everybody has one. Most of all, I love life and always try to put on the positive-but-realistic-pair of glasses when looking into it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just said it would be worth it.
So worth it, that one would want to document her experience through words and pictures. This blog shall be that. A record of my rants and musings on everything the good life has to offer, be it travel, food, photography, and other things I find worth sharing.
Even if some of them are just random rants, raves, and musings on life from this little exploring soul of mine.
“I don’t know where I am going, but it sure won’t be boring, and let’s hope it is nice when I get there”Follow @misslailai