TRAVEL: Would you move to a remote island?

(Originally written for Cluster Cluster.)

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I got posed a question one night in Phu Quoc, an island just an hour away from Ho Chi Minh City.

“Here’s a scenario: At 25, you’re presented with the decision of moving to a remote island with your current partner, to help fulfill his dream of running a seaside beach café. You’ve been an urban city girl all your life. Do you move?”

Before I got to answering the question, I had many of my own. Will I be continuing to pursue my personal passions on the island? Am I already positive that he’s The One? Will this be permanent or will I be away from my home and family for a couple of years, tops? Most importantly, does he have what it takes to run a café on the beach?

The last point got everyone thinking because really, other than having a brilliant business vision, what would taking on a role like that require? As I looked around Rory’s, I was convinced someone had gotten it right on Phu Quoc.

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Located at the La Veranda side of the island, the eatery is dressed up in colorful lanterns and easy chairs. Patrons seeking a quick escape from the sun can dine in comfort in a more rustic, sheltered section. With the bar on one end and the kitchen on the other, I never once felt my peace disrupted in spite of the busy happenings in either rooms.

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We were sat in shelter with beers in hand and when as dusk arrived, we moved closer towards the sea. We had two options on the sand: colorful, plastic chairs with a side table, or wooden, reclined beach chairs with a dining table. We opted for the latter and enjoyed our pizza.

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At 9pm, the nightly bonfire was put on and the midday heat was exchanged for a cool, midsummer night’s breeze. We left with happy tummies and a calm in our hearts, something only the sand, sea and a good time can deliver.

“I’d gladly marry Rory,” was my answer.


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