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Going Home Soon

January 16th, 2013 · 10 Surrendered

It’s really heavy to leave Adelaide but at the same time I’m glad to be leaving. How contradicting?!?!? I love Adelaide but I also love Kuching. Once I leave, coming back in near future or even in the future is rather impossible.

There’s so much memories here, good and bad. I made lots of new friends here from many countries and even those from other states of Malaysia.

Besides that, I had fallen in love here too. Even though it was a short one but it’s good and sweet enough to be part of my experience that I will never forget.

I had also worked in a restaurant which I would never had done so in Malaysia.

What’s most important is that, I had finally fulfilled my dream of studying overseas.

In fact, finding my other half here is also part of the plan but oh well… I guess my other half is not here after all. Maybe he’s in Kuching or some other place waiting for me? Who knows?

While I’m here, I also managed to travel a fair bit. I’ve been to Gold Coast and Brisbane (AUS), Busan (Korea), Christchurch and Queenstown (NZ), soon will be Melbourne. I don’t think I’ll have the chance to visit other places such as Perth, Hobart, Sydney, and all the other major places in Australia. Maybe next time but it will mean more money required and won’t be in near future. However, these are good enough for me as I’m using my own money which I earned here working casually and my own efforts without asking any from my parents.

I’ve been staying here in Adelaide for more than one and half year and came across websites that provide massive discount using services vouchers or restaurant vouchers. Never heard about such thing in Malaysia. It was very interesting and I had signed up a few Australian based ones but didn’t buy any of them hahaha…

These days, I’ve been seeing friends in Malaysia talking about such vouchers. I had checked the site called Groupon and the deals were all amazing! I’m going home in March, most likely early March. This means I get to enjoy all these amazing deals and save lots of money! Friends are all so excited whenever they bought the vouchers.

So Kuching! I’m gonna be back in March and I’m gonna haunt you again! Hopefully can re-established myself in Kuching’s blogsphere again after going missing for quite a period of time.

Categories: Finding Myself - Adelaide · Personal Events

10 surrendered so far ↓

  • 1 Lee // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Hi Irene, I guess its always like that, when you come to love a place, then time to leave.
    Anyway, you going home to your loved ones.
    And I am confident you’ll meet your Prince Charming before long.
    Have fun and enjoy your life….you’re young only once.
    Lee.

  • 2 sweet surrender // Jan 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Uncle Lee, I hope I will meet my princce charming soon 😉

  • 3 Manly Man // Jan 18, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I think you will be much more successful in Kuching than in Adelaide. It is good to live in a developed country if you are ready to retire and have tons of $$$$. If one is starting out, there is more opportunities in Asia.

  • 4 sweet surrender // Jan 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Manly Man, problem is I’m not just starting out, I’m in the middle of nowhere ;p I don’t even know where I stand but one thing for sure, just like you say, Asia does have the opportunities which I agree ;).

  • 5 William // Jan 19, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Nothing beat a concrete foundation and working hard. It is time for you to focus on your career and plan for what you want to achieve. With you new gain skill, you will suceed.

  • 6 William // Jan 19, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Since you got your MBA you have a lot more prospect in your career. Kuching migth be too small and the opportunity is limited and also it is unlikely for a established company to employ an MBA graduate wihthout management experience.

    Why don’t try company like BHP Billiton. They have one of their gloval head quater in Singapore and a share facility office in Kuala Lumpur. They are looking for IT personnel and marketing personnel in both locations. Visit the website under career. It the experience that they request you don’t possess, you could opt for their graduate experience. If you are brave enough, try cold calling to their office in Adelaide. The might be something there just for you and if they need you, they can arrange for work visa. Otherwise, their door is still open for you in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.

  • 7 William // Jan 19, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Try their graduate program. Link below:
    http://www.bhpbilliton.com/home/people/graduates/Pages/default.aspx
    Once you get in the company, there will be more internal job opportunity.

  • 8 sweet surrender // Jan 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

    William, thanks for sharing. In fact I had checked them out long ago and a few big companies. Unfortunately I don’t fulfill any of their requirements even with my degree LOL I didn’t do MBA. Nothing in the company that interests me at all. I have no plan to climb any corporate ladder too, it’s not what I want to do. I’ll just go back and enjoy whatever I like to do even though it might mean I don’t earn much. My plan is to go back to teach in private colleges and see how it goes from there.

  • 9 William // Jan 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    If you go back and teach, you are basically where you are before you study here.
    The different between labour requirement in Malaysia and Australia is the skill requirement. Australia require highly skilled workforce. This is not something that you can learn by completing a degree. This is experience that you gained on hard work, on the job learning and training provided by your employer. That is why you never heard of labour shortage in Australia. We call it skill shortage.
    Contrary there is labour shortage in Malaysia and only very recently, the work skill is mentioned due to the brain drain. Malaysia is pretty much still relied on unskill work force.
    I work for more than 10 years in Malaysia and I am not developing much of my skill. I think that I am qualified and I do accepted as very qualified by employers and BEM/IEM as I am a registered professional engineer. The Malaysian mentality is you are qualified if you have the degree and you possess the work experience. Professional are not developing skills but look for opportunity (Kan Tow). We hope to strike it rich by having the right connection.
    It is only when I work in Australia I started to develop skills and improve. The more highly skilled you are, the higher the demand and the better the paid.
    BHP Billiton employ all sort of people, African, Asian, European, Australians etc. I see a lot of there graduate recruits from Asian and you can always bump into Malaysians. If you don’t mind to be based anywhere (could be remote), there is always opportunity. when you are in, there are internal opportunites that are not advertised. They paid well too almost double if you are doing the same work in the city. It is worth a try.

  • 10 sweet surrender // Jan 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    William, I know all these very well but I’m not interested with them at all after doing a lot of soul searching while I’m here. From the beginning, I’ve never thought of staying at all until at one point everything seemed to fall into places but few months later apparently all went haywired. I just want to come out and have a look outside and go home. Work and lifestyle here is good, no doubt about it but it’s just not what I want. I don’t find myself very happy here too. Also, I’ve never want to work in huge company or get big income from it. Maybe I might change my mind again when I go back, who knows… Then again, like you said, worth a try, it’s an option and I’m keeping it open.

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