When I chat with people from Vancouver, I’ve often been asked if I’ve met a lot of people or how the food is. I think my friends think my life is more exciting than it actually is. I can’t say I’ve met a lot of people. I’ve met some people and it’s mainly through Couch Surfing. I do not eat out often and I only go out every once in a while right now. And I really mean every once in a while.
It seems like people are surprised to hear this because I am in Malaysia afterall! I rated Malaysia as my favourite food destination; what the hell am I doing not eating out all the time?
Well, the simplest answer is, I am not travelling nor am I on vacation here, despite my friend remarking to me that I’m on a working holiday. I am very much not on a holiday. I watch my expenses closely and eating out is still a quick way to drain your wallet and health. I came here with a purpose: not to party all the time.
So what’s a typical day for me?
Depending on when I slept the previous night, I usually wake up between 8am-8:30am (although now I’m pushing my days earlier). I play some online poker, have breakfast, check all my accounts and then start my day at about 10am or so. I usually write out the outline of my day a few days in advance. So if it’s Wednesday, I’ve usually outlined my general to do list for Thursday and Friday.
Most of my day is rotating between different projects/areas of study. I will spend a few hours on something (e.g. working through a tutorial) while taking occasional breaks and then move onto another project (like some of my paid work). These past 2 months, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and analyzing code logic or how to do something. I make lunch and dinner at the appropriate times and that about sums up my day.
I enjoy doing all the “life stuff” like laundry, getting groceries etc. as I find simple pleasure in doing these chores. People watching at the KLCC and watching the afternoon shower are also among the top random things I enjoy doing in KL. While I technically do not have a real schedule right now in terms of deadlines, I’ve mapped out monthly goals that I work towards and I check on them regularly to look at my progress.
Another thing about my schedule is that I don’t have a weekend. The days blend together like when you’re traveling. I spend time doing work related stuff everyday (for most of the day). I control my own time and I can take my breaks whenever I want. If I want to play badminton for 2 hours for a break, I go do that, then I come back to work.
After spending many years having a weekend and a set schedule, I have found that this type of work schedule gives me a good sense of freedom. I honestly can’t imagine working again on someone else’s clock.
It’s funny. It sounds pretty unexciting but yet I wake up everyday excited at what I get to work on/learn next. I consider that pretty lucky. I know not everyone gets this choice.