I used to daydream all day and stare out the window where my mind showed me the world on a magic carpet ride. Yeah, it didn’t get me anywhere.
But working at a startup, I grew into a person of ideas. My imaginations took me from Chile’s Atacama Desert, the dryest place on earth, all the way to the humid Macquarie Island of Australia in seconds. But a Sunday’s 3-a.m. idea actually put me on a turbo jet to Macau seven hours later.
A thought is: I will go to Macau someday.
An idea is: I will leave at 10 a.m. and get there on the boat an hour later.
Nothing was really planned out. Everything was new. I was not prepared. But sometimes the best travels are on the whim like a new business.
The counter at Shenzhen’s Shekou Ferry Terminal only took cash. Of course, I only had balance in my WeChat Pay. The ATM would not take my MasterCard.
But help always comes from an unexpected source with awesome sunglasses who didn’t understand a word of my English, but was super cool about giving me his cash in exchange of Wechat Pay.
I even passed by the long bridge between Hong Kong and Macau waters. This view was super exciting for me because once it is done, our Easiway rides will be on them. Look at how endless it goes just like our future! Cheers! For better days to come!
A few minutes in, voila! The iconic Macau’s burning sunlight ray touched my skin red.
From St. Paul’s Ruin, I worked my way down to Patio de Chon Sau, St. Dominic’s Church and Senado Square. The ruin is a good starting point especially on a hot summer day because it is way up the hill.
This travel that started on a whim led to me think how much I have change during my stay at Easiway. I used to be someone who didn’t really embark on adventures. But something snapped in me after college. I was tired of always being “almost there.” Playing it safe didn’t better my life.
I went to a good school and thought my life would start after I graduated. But nothing really happened. The world was not excited to show me wonders. It didn’t owe anyone anything.
So I did something a little out of the ordinary from my peers. I left a good paying job and started to work at a tinny tiny company which was the definition of CHAOS (at first). I didn’t even know what questions to ask then.
Here, I learned that being scared (for too long) was not okay and it gets me nowhere. (Boogie Man is only in your thoughts, remember?)
Someone else will never get the job done. So by taking action after telling myself “Screw it! I’m doing it!!!!” I got a mile further, even though it always felt impromptu. It was like fearlessly wandering the streets of Macau.
I had to learn this along with my coworkers for the product and service to be complete and it is getting there now.
Years into this company, a lot has changed. The business is growing. I am changing. I now book tickets to random places the second I have enough saved up, I am no longer afraid to talk to new people and I can say life is fun. I was a person whose world was inside my head and now I realize the real world is also exciting.
Like travelling the world.
Written & Photos by Euna, communicator of Easiway