Though I’ve been offered positions in numerous prestigious publications, I’ve never been tempted to put down my roots anywhere – so far.

As a freelancer, you get unlimited freedom to choose the type of assignment you want to do, and where you want to do it.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be sent to Queensland, Philippines, the USA, Mulu and recently, The Andaman in Langkawi, for work.

Langkawi is saturated with luxury seaside resorts, but even among this constellation of hospitality stars, Andaman stood out.

It had a lot to do with the people.

Francis Samuel, the guide, told us amazing stories that made the flora and fauna along our rainforest walking trail come alive.

Kamila Delart, their then Spa director, moved me to tears when she impulsively packed a breakfast muesli at the buffet that I was nuts about, into a tupperware as a goodbye gift – what a lovely personal touch!

And Anne Scott, the General Manager, got me soul-searching when she shared how a passionate crusader converted her into a
conservation advocate (see anecdote below).

Months after my assignment, I still recall the place with fondness.

You know what sets Andaman apart from just another five star resort?

It puts its heart where its mouth is.

Here’s the link to the article Retreat and Recharge in Going Places, July 2011