Will Work For Travel. Especially In Cambodia.
If not now, when?
The decision to move to Cambodia was inevitable ever since I changed the city status on my Facebook to Phnom Penh. You can call it a self-fulfilling prophecy but ever since I left this charming city, I knew that I would be back again one fine day. Despite its’ unhappy and depressing history, the locals are as charming as ever, always smiling whenever I see them on the streets, in the shops or from the moto ride. The kids especially would often look forward to candies and giggle profusely when I said hello.
When I first broke the news to my family, they were excited at the prospect of me moving on to a new city and absorbing new experiences. They knew how I had been struggling for awhile to find a job after submitting my resignation letter to the Agency. I had applied for a few places even before I decided to resign and even then it was hard, mostly because these company would either tell me I had too much experience for the position they offered or I lack of it. This made me realize how much I had gained in this industry and what was expected of my skills. It was hard to swallow and after not getting any good news, I decided to take the risk and tendered.
To move forward, one must let go of the past.
I was afraid yet I knew it had to be done. As soon as that happened, I felt relieved because now I could slowly search for jobs while figuring out what I wanted to do. Should I move to the Client side, stay on with the industry or just focus on writing and see how it goes from there? These questions stuck with me for weeks while I browsed through career options until I decided it was no point to worry about this or that. At that moment, I just had to let go of everything, the fear, the concerns, the many what-ifs. As soon as I did that, wonderful things started to happen.
This is the beginning, of anything I want.
Agencies started to call for a chat, a bank wanted to see my portfolio and there it was, this opportunity to go back to Phnom Penh for a few months, to work and start a brand new adventure. That’s right, I will still be working and I feel that I still need to do so even though I want to travel badly. Work does help to support the passion too. Perhaps from there, I could make my way to other parts of Cambodia and learn to love it like my home in Malaysia. Anything is possible when there are ample opportunities to discover.
Trust my journey.
A lot of questions came up when I first mentioned Cambodia such as why head to another SEA country when I could have gone to Europe or Oceania? My first assumption on why that question came up was that heading to another Asian country is no different than being in Malaysia. The food was similar along with the climate and parts of the culture. Expats from the western parts of the world would enjoy living in SEA due to the vast differences in climate, food and culture. Some even said that I will get bored there and that there’s no shopping malls. I cherish these point of views but I will have to trust my journey, despite them. In the end, wherever we go, we will have to make the best of those moments. I’m also highly grateful that family and friends have been extremely supportive of this decision. It may be out of my comfort zone, it may be unfamiliar but it will also be exciting and meaningful. Wish me luck!
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.