As luck would have it, I landed a job in Singapore!
I’m so excited to start this much needed new chapter in my life. It feels like this past year or so has been quite the rollercoaster and I deserve this second chance now that I’m steadier on my feet and readier for bigger things.
I’ve already had one opportunity there about 4 years ago, but I (stupidly) turned it down, because I was naive and new in love. Well we know how that turned out! But fortunate me, another opportunity presented itself just when I thought I wouldn’t get it again, since certain circumstances make it harder for Singapore to accept new foreign workers.
What happened was that as you may know, I spent two weeks and three days there just recently. I went to visit friends, and they did say that I might as well plan it out and use this to apply for a job as well. I updated my curriculum vitae and portfolio, and with a little bit of courage I suppose, I added some creative bosses on LinkedIn, then engaged by letting them know that I’m up for a chat during my stay there. I did get some interviews, which was more than I know a lot of people got during their first time applying.
I didn’t exactly land a job right then and there, and I returned to Manila with nothing but new contacts. I shrugged it off, c’est la vie, and resorted to continuing what I was doing here. And then days later my friend Chandra messaged me saying that her art director partner just resigned and that she told her boss about me. This boss was one of the people that I contacted, but he was literally too busy to meet me.
So this guy gives me a call minutes later for a 10-minute or less interview. Obviously I was ill-prepared for a surprise interview, even though he couldn’t see how haggard I was through the call. And surprisingly I got the job the day after! Everything was suddenly moving so fast, like my life pumped on adrenaline + crack, multiplied by ten. (Maybe not the best analogy, but ANYWAY.)
And now, I’m here, preparing for life abroad! Looking at the broad trajectory of this life decision, Singapore might not be the best place to retire, obviously. But it definitely is one of the best jump-off points to get anywhere in the world! Traveling, here I come! Suddenly, my dream of touring Scandinavia isn’t too farfetched a thought! And I’m very excited about not being too worried about traveling on a tight budget, too.
For some reason I’m not really too sad about leaving people behind – maybe because I know there’s always the internet to bridge such gaps in relationships; I am quite active online, and it’s my primary way of connecting with folks anyway. Also because I have so many friends there! And if anything, I think I’m more nervous about being an independent individual in a foreign land. It’s like the need to prove my worth and creativity has been magnified, especially now that I’m going to be working in a regional setting. But I don’t know, maybe that’s just my personal take on things.
Ah well, I wish myself good luck! I know I’ll do great things, and grow into a greater person with such experiences abroad that are so within my grasp!