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Saturday, 3 May 2014

French expat not letting age dampen his adventurer's spirit

Glavas is a lover of art

Glavas is a lover of art

AT 65, Savo Glavas shows no signs of slowing down, choosing to remain on the move with his career.

Glavas was born in the former Yugoslavia but his family moved to France when he was young and he lived near Paris for more than 30 years.

“There was an opening for a project in South-East Asia and, being open to the idea of experiencing different cultures, I decided to take it,” said Glavas.

He works for a company that manages engineering and construction projects for the oil and gas industry worldwide and is thus required to travel to places where new projects are being carried out.

“One thing I really like about Malaysia is the people.

“The Malaysians I have met are naturally polite and courteous,” he said.

“When I first came to Kuala Lumpur, I found it a little more lively than my home in France, but it did not take me long to adapt,” said Glavas.

He is a rather easygoing man who does not seem to have any complaints about the country, whether it is the climate, traffic congestion or difficulty that locals have in understanding his accent.

He first set foot on Malaysian soil in 2000 and has been moving around South-East Asia every few years, according to the projects that he takes on.

“I like the constant change. Why settle down in just one place?

“Life is more interesting this way,” he declared.

He currently lives with his wife in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and has two sons.

Glavas, who is quite proud of his young grandson, said they travelled home to Paris regularly to visit the family.

“When I am not working, I enjoy playing golf. I love the golf courses here and I normally play at least once a week,” he said.

His love for the game has helped him make friends with many avid Malaysian golfers who regularly join him at the courses that he frequents.

Glavas loves being amid nature and enjoys trekking with a group of friends from time to time, citing the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in Kepong as one of his favourite spots.

He recalled one of his most memorable moments vacationing in Malaysia was his visit to Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Perak.

“I was quite amazed to find this castle with such unique architecture in the middle of nowhere.

“The designs did not look like anything you would find in Malaysia,” he said.

Glavas is content with the way things are for now and has yet to feel that his job is too tiring or challenging for him.

“But if and when I do consider retiring, I think I will most likely return to France, where most of my family is,” he said.

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