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Before I met this paper bashing, uniformed stamping machine at departure terminal in International Airport in Kuala Lumpur I believed that I couldn’t get a job on land because nobody would employ me. But real reason is that it has been a subconscious ploy to remain at sea, to earn a more than sufficient tax free income, to visit strange and wonderful lands, to get absolutely drunk at seemingly frequent intervals and to be paid to see world in style. And now why would anybody want to put a halt to that? And so during my heart rendering searches for a land based career that I have applied myself to with my usual vigor, enthusiasm and energy that I typically give to all projects in my life, some unmentionable companies have upset applecart by offering me positions on land. Certainly looking back these serious offers of employment have placed a spanner in works and have left me stumbling at start line, unsure which way to run.
How dare they actually offer me a job when all I am doing is looking for one and then leaving me lurching in unknown territory trying to work out how to turn down job without actually refusing offer!
But my new found Malaysian Official has put into perspective all that has dictated my past existence for so long. I love sea, I love earning loads of cash, I love adventure and exotic places and I love fresh air of sea and all that surrounds it (more sea). And in actual fact last thing that I want to do is sit behind a desk, day in day out, staring at a screen and dreaming of what life used to be like on high seas.
But that is what I have to do now. I have to find a steady career on land because if I leave it for much longer I will be too old to start a new life. I have to do it now because my first son is about to enter world. And I have to leave sea because my wife hates me being away. I have to leave sea, I have to find a job on land and I have to do it now. Thanks Mr. Malaysian Immigration Officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport departure terminal, you have made me realize that next time somebody offers me a job on land I am going to have to accept it.
Well, see what happens in next fifteen years anyway!
Ieuan Dolby is the Author and Webmaster of Seamania . As a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy he has sailed the world for fifteen years. Now living in Taiwan he writes about cultures across the globe and life as he sees it.