About Mees

Getting ready to be part of a traditional post-wedding celebration in Lombok, Indonesia

Sue-saw-day (“hello” in the Cambodian language Khmer. If you’re from Canada, it’s pronounced “soosdye.”)

I’m Meesa a.k.a Coconut. I meant to name this blog Marco Coco but it was already taken so that’s why I called it Marco Koko.

I’m taking some time off work to volunteer and travel for about a year and this is something I’ve always wanted to do for the past decade. I was very happy working and volunteering in Vancouver, Canada but I owed it to myself to take some time to explore parts of the world, make new connections and follow the winds. You know that urge you get when you feel you’re meant to be somewhere else in that point in time? That’s what I had, and I had to honour my intuition.

I’m starting my journey as a volunteer intern  for six months with a fantastic organization. After that, I’ll be going to neighbouring countries and ending my travels to visit my family in Mauritius, the island country where I’m from. Easy memory trick . . . Delicious Mauritius.

I want to be very clear that I’m not volunteering to “help” other people or to teach Western definitions of knowledge and practices to Cambodians or other people around Asia. I came here with the intention to learn from people here and be useful wherever I can according to their own self-identified needs. I’ll be writing more about this because “voluntourism” and responsible tourism are big topics that the organization discusses pretty openly.

In this blog, I’ll write about anything from random thoughts, enlightening moments, best practices in community development, tasty eats of the day and so on. I’ve asked permission from all the people who are in any pictures or videos on this site to make sure it’s ok if they are profiled on this blog.

2013 is a big year of change for many people. I hope this blog will continue to encourage you to honour your intuition and act on any changes you want to make in your life but feel afraid. Life is like bungee jumping: the longer you wait to push yourself to make the jump, the more time you have to convince yourself not to and let all the negative outcomes dominate your mind. Close your eyes, take a breath, jump, survive, laugh about it and move on to the next challenge.

The content of this blog reflects my own views, not that of any organization. I hope you hear your thoughts as well, please add to the conversation and enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “About Mees

  1. Dear Marcokoko,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Mauritius, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  2. WOW! It was great to read what you are doing and up to. I think this is fantastic and you will have many life adventures and learning. Siem Reap is a place on my list to visit. I really do appreciate watching where all my alumni wind up and what they do. Proud of you for taking this leap and i will be watching your journey. Please keep in touch!
    Sam

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