The last two months and where I’m going

It’s been all quiet in the blogging front these past two months. Of course, it’s not because I don’t have anything to say, nor is it because I’ve been too busy to write.

Everyone has been asking me about let’s chill and “how is it going?”. It was going well! However, some may have noticed that since mid March, I have minimized promotion and the updates to the project stopped. And only last week, I announced that I’m suspending let’s chill Vancouver.

“What’s going on?”
“Are you giving up?”
“Are you quitting?”

Woah, woah. Let’s take a step back for a second. When I first came back to Vancouver, I had a meeting with a senior developer who runs one of the rails shops in Vancouver. We talked a bit about startups and how to progress as a developer.

While he gave me a very honest and blunt opinion on the startup world, it helped me focus my next 6 months. My focus was to build let’s chill, learn and use it as a stepping stone. I didn’t know what would come of it but my primary goal was to learn. I knew that this would lay the foundation for other things to come. After all, if I can’t follow my own blog’s mantra, what hell am I going to tell others?

My sister’s wedding fell in late February, so I knew that I would not make any decisions until March. In early March, I posted to a ruby group and said I was looking at options for work.

A few people reached out to me but there was one company that asked me to go through the interview process. The company itself had an interesting setup and I was very intrigued. It was a situation that would be beneficial for myself and let’s chill.

And so, I went through the first interview stage. Then the second. Then finally the third.

The process became lengthy due to delays but two weeks ago, he informed me of his decision.

After much consideration, he decided not to hire me.

I was very close, but I knew I did not do well enough on the third interview. The tech interview process is completely new to me and it was the lack of experience in the process that hurt me the most. But despite not doing well, he still heavily considered me. While disappointed, I was far from discouraged.

As you may have guessed, the company that I interviewed for was not local by any means. It was an Australian company based in Melbourne.

Since writing my first code test for an Australian company, my attention has shifted almost entirely to code practice and honing skills around the interview process. Moreover, I’m now on the radar of Australian companies.

Putting two and two together, it becomes fairly obvious that the reason I’m suspending let’s chill Vancouver is because I am working out the logistics to head to Australia. This is my ideal situation as it gives me what I wanted all along: a scenery change and a chance to bring let’s chill abroad.

I want to say a quick thanks to everyone that supported let’s chill’s beta in Vancouver and all the people who have been involved with the project (participating, sharing, helping etc.). You will receive a dedicated post of thanks before my departure.

I’ll write a separate post about what I expect from let’s chill Australia later and how this move will differ from the Malaysia move.

Until then.


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  1. You know? I read this when you first published it. And somehow never commented. Good luck in Australia! I see you have a separate post up now..gonna go read that NOW!

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