Friday, February 17, 2012

KL Expat Mom Goes Back to Work

Thanks to hubby, I enjoyed months of bliss. I quit my job last year 2011 and transformed into a housewife. It was all new to me, the "nothingness" and the empty calendar schedule on my mobile phone. I was used to back-to-back meetings and hundreds of emails per day. Suddenly, silence.

During those months of slow emails & empty schedules, I was full of happiness beyond words. Seeing my daughter develop every day is priceless. She is 2 years old now. I noticed the big difference and improvement in our relationship the day I quit my job.

Let me share a secret. In all those months, I did miss going out socializing and having busy schedules. I was lucky enough to know people from a training company. I was doing some freelance work for them helping out in delivering training to the companies they have engaged with. It was interesting and I met so many new people! Plus, picked up some new skills which are totally different from my past life in corporate.

The freelance work allowed me to have intelligent and adult conversations, which allowed me to stay in touch with the working world. That also builds confidence and keeps me on my toes. I also took up French lessons at Alliance Francaise.

After many, many happy months... it was time. Time to go back to the working world, but with a difference. I didn't go back to my hectic corporate life. There was an offer for a job which is totally different from my experience -- broadcast media (radio). It is just a 6-month contract and it seemed exciting. Like I always say, life is short, do something new every day! 2 weeks into the job, I have mixed feelings. Happy because once again I am learning new skills (like editing sound files, uploading podcasts). Yet I miss those lazy afternoons napping, enjoying the outdoors with my daughter.

Let's see where this goes. All I know is that one should keep moving. Keep innovating. Keep changing. That is the best way to live your life. No regrets.

Oh, and of course, this is all thanks to Talent Corp who granted me that Resident Pass. Now I can work anywhere!


  1. Yippee! Congrats on the new job.

    I'm an expat myself - a currently unemployed one, at that. I've been enjoying 5 months of making a home for myself and my guy, but when the time comes, I'll be happy to go back to work.

  2. Thanks for dropping by Dot. Enjoy every moment.. whether it's at home or work. Living the moment is the most important :)

  3. Hi, I'm an expat too, currently thinking about getting RP, i was checking their requirements, and i found out they require quit high salary.!
    do you have any idea or have you heard from any body that are they accepting ppl with lower salary too?
    Tx in advance for your reply.

    1. Lower salary I am not sure at all... Beat if you call them directly to speak to someone there. Sorry not able to help u....

  4. Hi.. I just happen to drop by your blog while googling some places to visit with my toddler. Happen that you lives nearby too in Hartamas area. I just move in few months ago and also just quit my job after delivering my baby beginning of the year... I used to work in corporate for 7 yrs and so somehow a bit weird feeling sometimes... Hope to get in touch back with the world but just don't know how!! Haha...I also wish when my daughter about 1.5 yrs, I can go back to work!!

    1. hi Joan, thanks for dropping by. Congrats on having a healthy baby-- one of the best things that God can give! Taking time off to spend with your baby is such a special moment and a big sacrifice. I know there will be tough days when you will long for adult conversation, even corporate discussions -- or simply adult chat. Seek out some friends, even better if they are moms. Talk to neighbors, join groups like IBU so you can meet other moms... go and eat lunch out with baby at FIT FOR 2 in BANGSAR ... just to get out and see people. I am sure that in time, you can get back to work if you wanted to ... meantime, enjoy every moment you have with your baby. Perhaps one of these days we can even meet for coffee just to have a chat! I stopped working by the way -- after a month of vacation in Europe, I am now taking time off -- and hopefully my next adventure will begin soon.


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