Saturday, October 24, 2009

Should I Quit My Sibu Job to Work Overseas?

21st October 2009 might well be the date that changed life, for the better, I hope. I received an important call, an offer to work overseas.

It was on 11th October, at the Sibu Job Fair organised by the Labour Department at the Civic Centre, that I learnt of this position. I expressed my interest to apply for this position to an officer of the company concerned. I knew her, and we talked casually about this position and life working overseas. On Friday, 16th October, I submitted a few questions to the company head office in Sibu asking for more details about this position. The questions were conveyed to a member of the top management at the overseas office, and he called almost immediately. I was really caught off-guard at such speed. He offered me the position straight away, and was expecting my answer by Monday, 25th October 2009.

There have been so many things going through my head since the call. Who is going to take care of the house? What am I going to do about all the furniture, home appliances, personal items, utility bills, etc.? I have no family members in Sibu to take care of things. So, who shall I entrust the house to, and everything in it, while I am gone, maybe for the rest of my working life? How do I dispose off my three year old car? There are so many questions and no answers. I am in a big dilemma. Help!

If everything goes as planned, I shall be reporting for work at the overseas office by 1st December 2009. That's just a month away. Time is moving too fast, and I hope it will slow down a little for me to pause and think.

This overseas posting will also mean that I shall not make it to Guilin/ Yangshuo this year as I shall not be able to take leave until after a year of service. Furthermore, the air ticket price from there to KL will be prohibitively expensive for me. The total amount I paid for the tickets from Sibu/ Kuala Lumpur/ Guilin and back was RM331. I was thrilled to get that bargain price but now, I have to throw it out of the window. Oh! That's painful.


  1. I know it is a hard decision to make. Just follow your heart and go overseas as you have no family member in Sibu. That is an opportunity! I too like to work in overseas but I have family members to take care of here in Sibu. By the way, you can sell your house.

  2. Jam: Thanks for the encouragement. I have made up my mind! The offer has been accepted and I shall be reporting at my new workplace by 1st December 2009.