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.