by Filipino World Class Teacher


Get ready to embark on an extraordinary voyage infused with romance, adventure, and captivating narratives. We are delighted to present to you a compilation of stories that will transport you to enchanting destinations, immersing you in the realm of love and travel.

Within this series, you will discover the crème de la crème, the finest works from the Love Lust or Bust Dating and Travel short story contest.

Each week we bring you a different story from the entries of the Love Lust or Bust Travel & Dating short story contest; some full of passion and romance, and others, tales of heartbreak and regret. We hope you love each and every story as we do.

These remarkable tales have been meticulously chosen from a pool of gifted writers who poured their passion and creativity into crafting narratives that whisk you away to far-flung corners of the globe.

As you delve into this collection, you will encounter vibrant characters, diverse cultures, and awe-inspiring landscapes that form the backdrop for unforgettable love stories. Each narrative possesses its own distinctive allure, providing profound insights into the intricacies of dating in unfamiliar territories, the exhilaration of spontaneous encounters, and the transformative magic of travel.

Join us in celebrating the literary brilliance of the top 20 winners of the contest. Allow their words to sweep you off your feet and transport you to a realm where love and adventure intertwine in the most exquisite and profound ways. Prepare yourself for a literary expedition that will linger in your heart and mind, and hopefully will inspire you to be open and courageous to go on your own journey.

Today, we are thrilled to bring you this intriguing story below. Enjoy, and please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.




by Filipino World Class Teacher


It was a sunny day in Kuwait when I first met Simo. I was an Overseas Filipino Worker and a homeroom kindergarten teacher at Kuwait Bilingual School. I had been in the country for a few months when I met him, and it was love at first sight. We talked for thirteen days, and before I knew it, we were dating.

Our relationship was perfect.

We spent every weekend together, and he would pick me up from school every Friday. There were no strings attached, and it was just fun.

Or so I thought.

As time passed, our connection grew deeper, and so did our emotions. We were in love.

But one day, everything changed.

The day I found out that Simo was married and had three kids, I was absolutely devastated.

Initially, he had told me that he was separated, but that was a lie.

I decided to leave Kuwait and not renew my contract. I went to stay with my sister-in-law in the province, trying to avoid any drama and keep my situation a secret.

I tried to move on and begin a new life. I used my savings to buy a fishing boat and tried to make a living, but it didn’t go well. Eventually, I went back to my hometown in Cebu and started a new life there.

Simo kept trying to communicate with me, and we stayed in touch.

Being a second wife was never my plan, but I loved him. And he convinced me to be with him, in spite of the fact he already had a family.

In 2019, we got married online, and in September 2022, we arrived in Morocco. (For information on getting marrying someone online who is from another country, click here.)

Simo’s first wife didn’t know that we were coming, and it was a surprise meeting when she saw us. She was angry and shouting, asking why things had to happen like this. I didn’t understand my situation as a second wife, and I was confused about what was going on in my life.

Simo again convinced me to try our life together in Morocco and tried to make me comfortable.

But I was grateful because I now had a son, and he needed a father to look up to.

We had our own place to stay, and my husband provided for all our needs. He showed love and responsibility for everything we needed. We even started a new business, and I was thrilled. It is called WOW Beauty Center in Morocco.

I have been in Morocco for about 6 months, but I’m still confused about our relationship. Moroccans are mostly Muslim, but polygamy is rare. I still don’t understand everything or how being a second wife is supposed to work. (Read this about the challenges and consequences before agreeing to become a second wife.) But what matters to me is that my family is together, and we have our own privacy. We are making a new life in a new country, and I only hope that everything will work out.

If you found out you are a second wife, you can click here for advice.

For another story about what it’s like to be the second wife, click here.


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