Happy (Early) Birthday To Me!

December 18, 2007 / Daily Life / 15 Comments

I will turn 22 tomorrow. Time really flies by. It felt like only yesterday that I was an ignorant 18 year old that stepped into the ‘cool’ world of university. Yet now in 5 months time, I will be exit this world of over-protection for the world where adults live, thrive, dive.

It’s scary but I’m itching to leave.

I’m tired of school, where education only resides in textbooks. I wanna see what learning in the real world means. The pain, the stress, the challenges, the rewards. I am eagerly waiting to see what lies in the future for me – like a child peeping for his Christmas presents before due time.

My original plans were to stay in Toronto and try to find a job. My reason was simple; I have made bonds with people that I would rather not break. However, the realities are harsh. International students have an extremely difficult time finding jobs in Toronto. For a country that is in need of labor, they treat their best resources like trash. They leech off all the money we handed them for 4 years, then in turn, reward us with a piece of paper and and ungraciously drag us out of the exit. Some immigrant country this is.

So I have decided to go back to Asia. Not to my home country. I like Singapore but it’s just not the right place for someone like me to kick-start a career. Ideally, I’d like to go to China. I like the thrill of working in a rapidly developing nation where every industry still has so much potential to grow and challenges to meet. I’d like to be part of the movers and shakers for their progress. And of course, I’d like to know that the 4 years I’ve spent slogging through Chinese classes will be of some use.

Actually, I think I’ve subconsciously prepared to work there since graduating high school without even realizing it. After all I took political science because I wanted to use its knowledge to help bring developing countries power. And I forced myself to learn the language I hated most as an elective in university and continued it no matter how hard or ridiculous it was.

Layout Delays: Going to Montreal
Vectoring the designs have taken a lot more time than I expected, so I will not be able to complete the new design until I come back from my trip to Montreal. I will be back on Christmas Eve so you can expect a layout before New Years! BTW, the links, about and contact pages have been updated with some content.


  • I would honestly love to give you reasons on why Toronto would be great to stay in, but I doubt I could. Aside from international students, I think that people in general are having trouble finding a job at all in these days even if they may be fully qualified. Although I do wonder, if the prospects are better in possibly the other large cities – Edmonton (which is growing like mad alongside with Calgary), Vancouver, and Montreal.

    If I don’t get a chance to tomorrow, I’ll just tell you now: happy birthday!

  • Yeah, I have hard time thinking you are 21/22 because I always thought you were same age as or one age behind me. 21/22 sounds way younger. Hahaha. Hey, that’s good. Keep getting younger!

    Oh, in Chinese reckoning, you will be 23! Sounds right to me.

    International students having difficult time finding jobs in Toronto, really? Same here with international students…. China? Maybe you could check out Shanghai so you can survive there with nice foreigners. 😀

    I admire you.

  • Congratulations and good luck!

    I think moving out is a smart move, especially since you’re already 22!! This isn’t Italy, you know.. or is it? I dunno. just stopped by on accident 😛

    Anyway have a nice birthday!

  • I wonder, what does nanyate mean?

    Ivy: It’s Kansai dialect for the normal Japanese “nan da te?”.. like “What?!” as a form of surprise.

  • Iva

    First of all…dear Ivy T, happy birthday from Iva T (hehe, so similar). You were born on a great day, 19th January is st. Nicholas here, according to the revised Gregorian calendar that our church is using:)

    From what I heard about Toronto, it’s one of the most international cities in the world and, even though I’d be sad to be that far away from home, I think it’s a place one could fit in. But, on the other side, as someone from a country many people literally run away from; I wouldn’t want to be anywhere where I’m considered a lower form of life…I’d rather stay here in Serbia and be someone than go to a super-developed-amazing-cool country and be a no one. So, I salute your decision to go back to Asia and your incredible bravery to work in a developing country. It takes a human to do that, I think many people chicken out from it and therefore…kudos.

    Either way, I’m glad to see a blog of a like-minded person who’s also a fan of poetry, from what I understood. I’m definitely bookmarking you.

  • Toni

    ooo new blog :). very nice! Happy early birthday!! and Have tons of fun in Montreal! 🙂

  • metwin1

    I found your blog! Or rather, you found me. 😛 Another blog into my blogroll… which remains invisible, accessible only from my wordpress dashboard. 🙂

    Happy (early) birthday to you!

  • You gained a couple of visitors through my site as it appears which is always good.

    Anyhow, yeah, good luck with you in the real world!

    If I was ever given a choice and the means, I would have gone to Korea. With my degree and English, I’d have been pretty popular there. Oh well, that’s life.

    Life is what you make out of it, I learned, so do your best… and don’t get married too early. It’s difficult to juggle a career and a family — especially if you aren’t going to settle in one country.

    Well, that’s just my opinion of course. 🙂

    Ivy: Yes! You’ll be worshipped in Korea for your English skills but then again, whether you enjoy it or not will be a different thing. I have a friend who is doing the same in Japan – and he’s really unhappy because it’s hard to relate to people there sometimes. We may be of the same ethnicity but our backgrounds are worlds apart. Bridging that will be quite challenging for a lot of people I think.

    And don’t worry about getting married early. Marriage for me is out of the question until I hit late 20s/early 30s – especially since I absolutely hate little kids.

    Merry Christmas!

  • And Happy Birthday! 😀

  • With a command of 9 languages, you can just about go any where in tthe world, can you not ? :]

    Good luck with the job search !

  • Well, I grew up in Korea until I was 13, so I doubt I”ll have a culture shock.

  • Oliver Zheng

    Happy birthday! Good luck with your decisions whatever they may be. (Always include coming to Vancouver as an option!)

    How many sites have you had now? mezza-9, ivytan, miss ivytan, nanyate 😛

  • Mike is Legion ’cause he’s many LOL.

  • I’m Legion? Eh???

  • i know it’s hard looking for a job. i actually did a study on immigrants, foreign students looking for jobs.


    yup…employers favour native canadians.

    but you should not give up though. i suggest hitting the career centre and take advantage of the opportunities there.
    i found my job through the career fair in sept.