The Endless Summer


My wife, a retired investment banker, and I have sold our beautiful house, sold both the sports car and the SUV, and I’ve also quit my job as an airline pilot. Now, homeless and jobless, but with cash in pocket, there’s nothing holding us back. We want to see the world and, maybe, I can make a little money as a travel and adventure writer and photographer.

At 42, I’m considered to be in the prime of life. And, as a Boeing 777 Captain working for one of the best airlines in the world, I can think of no other job I want to do. Leaving it all behind is one of the scariest things I have ever done.

I don’t know what lies ahead. That’s the adventure.

A message to my colleagues:
The past 19 years with Singapore Airlines have been the best in my life. I joined the airline as a young man, and have grown up and matured here. My best wishes to all of you, and hope that your lives continue to be filled with joy.

Photo: Dawn, somewhere over Australia. Taken with a Canon 350D, 10-22mm lens, fill flash.

15 thoughts on “The Endless Summer”

  1. hi Ken,With your personality and determination, I am sure you will succeed just as you have been so far.Best wishes to you and your wife. Dzul Basri

  2. Hey Mr IronMan,I’m inspired just browsing thru your blog.I’m looking forward to more of your future adventures.Maybe you’ll be the next Bear Grille? Wahahahah(hope I got his name rite…)Hoping to see more of you soon….Aprene

  3. Thanks guys. I won’t really be ‘retired’. That to me implies doing nothing, or not having to work ever again. I guess I could call myself a writer/photographer. Hmm… I’ll have to give this some more thought.

  4. I just caught a super interesting program on Discovery Channel called ‘Man vs Wild’ hosted by, you guessed it, Bear Gryll. Aprene, this guy is way beyond me. It was a great program. I got to stay in more and watch more TV…

  5. I envy you both, Ken. You are living my dream. I’d stayed in “non-profit” for 7 yrs to be able to travel but never had the gut to quit to do it all the way like you do. Now, I’m stuck with family and kids 🙂Best luck to you and your wife. I’m looking forward to see more of your works.

  6. Thanks Kiki,Quitting my job was one of the scariest things I’ve done. Other than the loss of a regular paycheck, it is also the loss of a life that I know and have become comfortable with. Not having any kids makes it easier to do 😉

  7. I was attracted to reading the rest of your blog by that tag line “I left my job as an airline pilot for a life as a travel and adventure writer/photographer.”Did you wife quit her job too? What places would you like to visit? Are you going to set off on a trip after April next year? Where do you see yourself in 2-3 years from now? Will you come back to Singapore, or Singapore will be your base where you will come every once in a while to charge your batteries? Many questions..probably less answers 🙂Nevertheless, I wish you a safe journey wherever you may roam. Maybe one day our paths cross.

  8. Hi Mario,Those are good questions. Firstly, yes, my wife quit her job earlier this year. She has been traveling with me this past year while I was still a pilot (travel perks).We pretty much have trips lined up for the first half of next year – Trail running in Nepal, for example. I’ll have to write and photograph the trip,so it will be a little work.The beauty of not having a ‘real’ job means we can take expedition style trips of a month or more. Like in 2009, we plan to travel overland to Tibet and then mountain bike to Kathmandu, Nepal.The next 2-3 years will see if I can survive as a writer and photographer. If not, well, I’ll have to beg for my old job back 🙂I’ll probably be in Singapore over the next 3 years. After that, who knows…Ken

  9. Good day !.
    might , perhaps curious to know how one can reach 2000 per day of income .
    There is no need to invest much at first. You may start to receive yields with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

    AimTrust is what you need
    The firm incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

    Its head office is in Panama with offices around the world.
    Do you want to become an affluent person?
    That`s your choice That`s what you really need!

    I`m happy and lucky, I began to get income with the help of this company,
    and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to select a correct partner utilizes your funds in a right way – that`s AimTrust!.
    I earn US$2,000 per day, and my first deposit was 1 grand only!
    It`s easy to join , just click this link http://ymahikuxo.angelcities.com/ukyfak.html
    and go! Let`s take this option together to get rid of nastiness of the life

  10. Good day !.
    might , probably very interested to know how one can collect a huge starting capital .
    There is no initial capital needed You may start to get income with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

    AimTrust is what you haven`t ever dreamt of such a chance to become rich
    The firm incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

    It is based in Panama with offices everywhere: In USA, Canada, Cyprus.
    Do you want to become really rich in short time?
    That`s your chance That`s what you really need!

    I feel good, I began to get income with the help of this company,
    and I invite you to do the same. If it gets down to select a proper companion utilizes your funds in a right way – that`s AimTrust!.
    I make 2G daily, and my first deposit was 1 grand only!
    It`s easy to join , just click this link http://owenuqit.100freemb.com/idujas.html
    and go! Let`s take our chance together to get rid of nastiness of the life

  11. Hello everyone!
    I would like to burn a theme at here. There is such a nicey, called HYIP, or High Yield Investment Program. It reminds of financial piramyde, but in rare cases one may happen to meet a company that really pays up to 2% daily not on invested money, but from real profits.

    For several years , I make money with the help of these programs.
    I don't have problems with money now, but there are heights that must be conquered . I get now up to 2G a day , and my first investment was 500 dollars only.
    Right now, I managed to catch a guaranteed variant to make a sharp rise . Turn to my blog to get additional info.

    http://theblogmoney.com

  12. Hi!
    You may probably be very interested to know how one can make real money on investments.
    There is no initial capital needed.
    You may begin to get income with a money that usually goes
    for daily food, that's 20-100 dollars.
    I have been participating in one company's work for several years,
    and I'll be glad to let you know my secrets at my blog.

    Please visit my pages and send me private message to get the info.

    P.S. I make 1000-2000 per daily now.

    http://theinvestblog.com [url=http://theinvestblog.com]Online Investment Blog[/url]

  13. Glad to materialize here. Good day or night everybody!

    We are not acquainted yet? It’s easy to fix,
    my name is Nikolas.
    Generally I’m a venturesome analyst. recently I take a great interest in online-casino and poker.
    Not long time ago I started my own blog, where I describe my virtual adventures.
    Probably, it will be interesting for you to read my notes.
    Please visit my diary. http://allbestcasino.com I’ll be interested on your opinion..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s