Who Am I?
I’m Michael R Blinkhoff. You can call me Mick. I was raised in PNG and educated in Australia. A bit over a year ago, my mother passed away. Few weeks later, I was taking part in my first Ironman 70.3 race on the Sunshine Coast (my then home). It was during that race that I had an epiphany that I needed to stop everything I was doing and change my life, again.
Two weeks later, I landed in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and surprised my girlfriend by telling her that I'd quit my job, sold everything I had and had come to join her. This decision gave me time to work on a personal project that I had been working on for a few years already - my first fiction novel. So I toiled away at that whilst living a relatively cheap existence in Saigon until I completed the book in March. The novel eventually becomes a two-part series.
Soon after I completed the novel, I felt I needed to travel. The next 4-5 months, I spent time travelling through Europe. Later, my girlfriend and I headed to Indonesia and Australia to commiserate my mother’s 1st year anniversary. My girlfriend then returned to Vietnam and I pushed on to Sri Lanka and Thailand.
I’m sick of the 9-5 status quo lives everyone seems to think they should be living. So I’m travelling for as long as I can, hoping something will keep me sustained whilst I travel. We are born into a world and that world is ours to do with whatever we wish.
Till date, I’ve been to over 50 countries and more than 150 cities. I’ve also worked in numerous countries before such as England, Ireland, PNG, Vanuatu, Egypt, Vietnam and Australia. Photography is something that I have grown to love more and more as I travel. The two seem synonymous to each other. I am currently in DaLat Vietnam and looking for publisher to publish my novel. If you want to find out more about my work and photography, follow me @elblinko on Instagram or visit my website http://blinkhoff.com/.
Go out there and stop not living the mundane existence. Open your mind to the world. There are so many things we have to learn from it.