Monday, August 29, 2005

Reader Email I

Have been busy working every night at the pizza place to make enough money to buy food, pay rent, and buy fuel for the car. I clocked over 35 hours at the pizza place last week - almost a full-time job! Not enough time to keep up jobhunting without having to sacrifice precious sleeping time. And I still need to make enough to pay for the car registration due in about a month's time.

Still delivering pizza. Still job hunting with no success. Still need to improve current situation. Will blog more later when I get some breathing space.

In the meantime, I share an encouraging email (reproduced with permission) from a fellow emigrant. Hopefully this will encourage other fellow-emigrants to share their stories publicly as well.


To: singaporeserf
From: erahnan
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005
Subject: Hope this encourages you!

G'day and greetings from Melbourne once again !

First of all. Thank you ! You might not realize how much your article inspires and also allows other migrants who've made the trip from Singapore relate to what they went through. My wife and I are totally keeping you in thought and know that your big break WILL come!!

I did pretty much the same thing. Coming here to Melbourne and not being able to find work, initially, I too had to resort to working in a cafe brewing coffee, mopping floors, cleaning dishes and doing basic counter stuff. Grew to like it as like you said, it was so different and "liberating" from other white collar positions back home. Did that for 6 months then, had the confidence and some experience to jump back into the job market to look for something I was originally trainied for. Thankfully a good opportunity presented itself and having had experience dealing, working and relating to Aussie teams really helped. Your current experience now is truly priceless and will open up doors for you, really!

Truly it is tough to break into a market without any local(Aussie) experience but not impossible. The best advice someone gave me when I first set foot in Melbourne was, "Just get your feet in the door. Other doors will open...." This was given by a Malaysian IT professional with ANZ Bank.

Anyways, just wanted to give my 2 cents worth to say that if we are determined enought, (which you definitely are), you will make it. You have taken a step in a journey which will totally change your life and that of your S.O. and like one of your readers said, you will look back fondly at this experience once it is over and you have progressed, (which you will) !!

For whatever reason, this feeling of liberation is worth its weight in gold.

The experience of driving to a nearby peak, park or reserve and sitting in solitude is priceless, so is seeing my kid see and play with snow for the first time and learn new and exciting things in school, as well as just enjoying the "silence" and beauty of where we are at. These give us reason and reassurance that the momentous move was worth it.

Not being defined by status, pay, money, position or NAMECARDS is something we too appreciate.

Someone else also told me that, we need to go through a "trial by fire" in each new experience we take. This is your trial at the moment. But is makes us better off and opens doors and opportunities.
Every victory you have, every experience you have and every person you meet will play a vital part in you finally settling down.

Stay strong. You WILL be ok.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've been lurking on this blog for quite a while now, but I really have to say today, that I find KoP's experiences extremely insightful, and more importantly, I perfectly can relate to how you feel!

I'm currently on the final leg of my studies, and I find myself increasingly asking myself the same questions, having those similar thoughts... except one difference is, I'm probably going to make it a continuous stay (ie: I'm not even returning to Singapore at all).

I guess I'm going to be in for hell of an exciting time too... ultimately life is meant to be composed of various ups and downs. In Singapore there aren't really any ups to speak of, and the downs can be just so unforgiving.

Anyway... Hope everything works out well for you. :)

August 30, 2005 7:19 AM  
Anonymous astropup said...

It's so encouraging to read these accounts from fellow Singaporeans who've migrated here. My brother's gf just got an accounting job recently, and I'm hoping to break into the real estate industry here. Optimism is not exactly high but like they say, once you get your foot in, it's not that hard from there. Melbourne's indeed a nice place, and hopefully I can find some balance between here and SG.

August 30, 2005 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering, did you guys apply for your residency by yourself or through a migration agency?

August 30, 2005 4:58 PM  
Blogger seowleow said...

anonymous (30 august 2005 4:58pm),

i did it myself and got my pr earlier this year. if i can do it, so can you! :)

imo its not difficult. no point wasting $3k for some jokers to fill in some forms for you.

August 30, 2005 5:25 PM  
Blogger Venitha said...

Cripes! Great to be tomorrow'd, but then they have to add their own snarky "let this be a lesson to all you ungrateful Singaporeans thinking about emigrating" type of comment.

FWIW, I'm really impressed with what you're doing and how you're handling all the stresses involved. I've practically had a babysitter in being moved to Singapore by the company my husband works for, and it's still really hard.

In the long run, all the hard times will have been worth it, and you'll look back on these days and smile. Keep it up, and remember that there are lots of us out here reading about your life and finding you very inspirational.

August 30, 2005 7:09 PM  
Blogger The Legal Janitor said...


just so that you guys know, the comments underneath the Tomorrow submission wasn't put there by us, but by the reader who submitted this post.

As far as possible we do not interfere with the reader submitted comments unless it is clearly illegal.

August 30, 2005 11:05 PM  
Anonymous loyal said...

Aiyoh dunno why tomorrow waste time recomand tis post!

This loser talk big only but cannot do anything big. Complain and whining about sg cant find job and now go Aust and become pizza boy. xia suay his parents only! Singapore is better w/o losers like him lah. Might as well give his pink ic to those 1000s of ppl who appreciate sg!

At least migrate also make sure got job first what. Got ppl so stupid one meh? Really cannot make it. Got good life in singapore dun want and go and deliver pizza to those angmos....

August 31, 2005 2:06 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...


You've got some serious cojones.


You're in my thoughts and prayers always.


Just a thought - perhaps the reason KoP is there and I'm in California is precisely because of people like you.

August 31, 2005 2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


what's wrong with making an honest living by delivering pizza? he probably makes more in perth delivering pizza than working in a stressful office environment in sillypore.

there is more to life than just work. australia gives a nice balance in life. plus lots of open area and clean air for all to enjoy.

all work and no play makes loyal a dull boy. not to mention all sillytimes and no freedom press makes loyal myopic.

August 31, 2005 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is really sad that you have such a view about people who dare to build something for themselves. It says alot about you as a person. KoP should be applauded for his tenacity and peserverance. By noting your highly myopic opinion, my suggestion is that you continue to lead your trapped and misguided life and stop putting others down.

August 31, 2005 12:31 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

hi.. i think your blog and your sharing of the challenges in emigration is going to help others in making a similar move.

totally agreed on the comment about's submitter's comment..

this post should be a good example of how singaporeans can survive in the whole wide world out there.

just make the first step!

August 31, 2005 3:17 PM  
Blogger Beach-yi said...

I came back the other day after a long day and guess what I saw on TV, some TV drama about some earth quake in California.

The quake was so bad that a huge piece of landmass broke off from the rest of the mainland. Finally California can be reclaimed by the Mexicans!!

When the day comes, Loayal, I hope you are standing in the middle of the split plunging into the ocean...muahahaha!

August 31, 2005 3:33 PM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

imho, the best way to deal with a troll is to ignore it.

(Actually, an even better way to deal with a troll would be to zap the bait before others respond to it.)

August 31, 2005 11:37 PM  
Anonymous jean said...

Just stopping in to say hi and hang in there!

September 14, 2005 10:44 AM  

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