Kuala Lumpur - I am old, and my clothes are ugly, but I still got a job offer!

in teammalaysia •  4 months ago

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One of the things most people do not know about me is that I am Canadian. My family went back and forth to the US a lot. Some of us were from the US and some from Canada. I was in the states for more years of my life than Canada, and most people just assume I am American. After 911, Americans who knew I was Canadian liked to tell me to “Get Out!” so I laid low as much as possible and did not tell anyone who did not need to know.

I never went for my US citizenship even though I lived there for many years. I often felt bad about that and thought I should go to the effort of getting US citizenship, but I just never did. There are a lot of hoops to jump through and I just never did it.

Well, not now! When I am overseas, I wear my citizenship proudly and thank God I was too lazy to get the US status.

I travel on my Canadian passport and my nationality has turned out to be a huge blessing as people in the places I have traveled seem to be more favorable to a Canadian than someone from the US. I first found this out when I lived in Belgium in 1979. There I learned to say I was Canadian in the first moments of meeting anyone. It was a shocking revelation to me to see the visible relief when people know I was not American.

And more importantly than the personal issues, people from the US are now cut off from opening bank accounts and crypto exchange accounts in many places now. This is due to the strict financial reported required by the US. Many countries and institutions are opting out nightmare of regulations by refusing to open accounts for US citizens at all.

When I open accounts in various countries, I see the list of excluded countries and there they are – all the “terrorist” type countries, the US, and US protectorate countries. This is such a strange grouping and I am so glad not to be a part of it. Often their will be a separate check box you use to confirm that you have no second passport for the US. I am always so grateful to be able to click it.

Now my Canadian passport has come through for me again in Kuala Lumpur. My landlord works for a company that helps Malaysian citizens emigrate to Canada and they want to hire me as a consultant! Here are some details:

What will I do?

  • Malaysian people come in for a free consultation and need to understand how to qualify. There are multiple factors as to age, finances, education, English language skills, and others. I would walk the person through this information to see if they qualify.
  • At the same time, I can answer any questions they have about Canada.
  • Once I have done some of these interviews, I can start working on the packages of people who are in the process of qualifying. This would be a matter of showing which areas are “done” and which need to be completed.
  • I have a possibility of tutoring clients of the firm who need help with their English language skills. They need to pass the IELTS test, which is quite rigorous. Although most of them have strong English language skills, some have difficulty passing the test. I have experience in helping others to pass standardized tests, so I think this would be a good fit.

What will I get?

  • I will be paid $100 CDN in MYR for any client who signs up for the full consulting package after meeting with me for the initial free consultation. I will need to sit in to consultants interviews to learn the ropes and this will be unpaid.
  • Other payments are yet to be determined and will be determined at the time I start do the work,
  • The firm will arrange for me to obtain a Work Visa for my time here.
  • The firm will help me open a Malaysian back account.

Those last two are huge benefits for me. A Work Visa is for a longer period of time than a Tourist Visa, and I will not have to keep coming and going every 90 days. In Thailand I could open a savings account with a tourist visa, but it has a lot of restrictions on it. In Malaysia I cannot even get that. Having a local bank will help my in many ways.

Why me?

  • My Canadian Passport is the biggest benefit to the firm. It gives them legitimacy to have an actual Canadian on staff.
  • My advanced years (I’m 58) work in my favor. The people applying for this program are generally 30-45 year old professionals. The firm wants an older person instead of someone fresh out of school.

What about those clothes?

My clothes are comfortable, worn and not professional but any means. The person I interviewed with told me I look like I am walking around in a house dress and that this will not do! Additionally, my shoes and purse are also not acceptable. I need to look highly professional due to the clientele I will be meeting with.

So now what?

I ended up going to this interview two days in a row. Yesterday, I waited 1.5 hours and was never seen before I gave up and left. I guess a paying client showed up unexpectedly right before I was to have my meeting. Over email we re-scheduled for today.

I have been in a very bad arthritis flare for about the last two weeks. I do usually get a few flares a year, but this is by far the worst for many years. These two outings have been very difficult and I am pretty much sleeping to try to recover.

Somehow I am going to need to get clothes and shoes that are suitably impressive to a professional Malaysian person. My interviewer told me I can wear a pant suit since I have edema and need to wear socks. If I do not wear them, my feet and lower legs blow up into big balloons of fluid.

My shopping skills are weak in the best of times. Please God, give me strength. Do they have thrift stores in Malaysia? Can I determine what is a good outfit for this purpose? Can I cram my arthritic and broken feet into something acceptable for a migrating engineer to gaze upon? Do they even have professional looking shoes in this giant size of my feet?

I think I will rest and worry about all this in the morning. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and of course it is going to work out. I continue to say moving to Kuala Lumpur was an excellent choice for me and I only wish I have done it sooner.

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Woohoo glad you got a job and are very resourceful to them!! Hope you can find some clothes with help from the KL steemitmamas!

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lol - my jumping skill ergh. But I am really excited about this!


hahahhhah you cracked me up!


lol - lets see how I do and you will probably laugh even more!

You are such an amazing human being. :) and i am so happy You got that. Not only it will be helpful to make a living but also sounds like it is something You would love to do. :) congrats. You are amazing ❤


Aw! Thank you my friend. This will help me settle into my new home better and I am so grateful!

Yayyyyy Sharon!!! ❤❤❤ so very happy to hear such good news on a rainy morning! Definitely warms the heart! Congratulations, your employer is blessed to have you!

Nice! Although I have no idea whether that job scope is easy or difficult, i bet you can do it!


Haha! I like it will be a good fit for my skills. I hope there are enough hours to make it pay well, but THe visa and the banking are a critical need :)

Really happy for you! I will be away for this weekend... Working outstation... Going to be a little bit busy till after mid September. Glad that both @happycrazycon and @iamjadeline are staying nearby and be able to drop by and check on you... ❤️❤️❤️

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The two of them have been a miracle for me and really everyone here has been such a help. I hope everything goes well for you in your work and that we can meetup again soon :)

Actually my english is bad but
i try to read
i understand you had a many difficulties in earlier time
now you have a good thing
i wish you have many many good things

Good luck for the job in KL and I'm glad you are Canadian.


Haha! You are not alone :)

good for ya...


Thank you very much!

I'm glad things are turning around for you. Congratulations on your new job!


Thank you so much! I feel like coming to Kuala Lumpur has been my best move lately :)

Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

You are an inspiration! You have just proven that age is just a number, if you really have the will to do something you can really do it.

Good luck on your new endeavor!

Good luck on your new endeavor!

Good to hear your stay in Malaysia is panning out for you :)

hi @fitinfun ,

I am so excited for your new opportunity!
@gtpjfoodbank where I help once a month may have some old work clothes donated but I need to check and see if they still have it.

They were relatively new but last Charity Bazaar we took out some to be sold off cheap to raise fund.

Alternatively we have off season and slightly off stitched rejected clothes in my church premise we called as the Glad Shop . We have clothes range from MYR5 - MYR30 from dresses to full suit.

(90% are from branded outlet in Malaysia - I personally have bought mine there too for about RM15 - 25 a whole dress, and a jacket for RM10)

I have an old brown suit (professional dress piece) that I don't wear anymore. Tell me your measurements and see if I can get you fitted in.

It's about L size if not mistaken and it's a bit old (about almost 17 years old) but still kept zipped up.

I'll take a picture later tonight or tomorrow night.

(I really hope I still have it because of the recent move house! LOL)

If you like it I will bless you with it, because I hardly wear it anymore as I am more on technical side and I hardly wear full suit with long skirt because I need to move about a lot and squat a lot.

If you don't mind, let me know or DM me in our TM discord.



Thank you so much! I am thin for the west, but big in SE Asia :) I think I am about 36-32-38 in inches and I have broad shoulders compared to a similar sized woman from here. I'm at least large in woman's sizes here and my feet are bigger than most men when I look to compare!

I'm sure anything slightly off will be fine. I just need to look presentable.

I will contact you on Discord. Thank you again!


Ok. I am going to dig into my packed clothes and measure and see if that fits you.


You’re awesome @littlenewthings! Hope you girls have some fun finding some good clothes for @fitinfun!

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I wish I could @vincy ; unfortunately my car broke down yesterday with the intention to meet up with @happycrazycon and @fitinfun to pass her the suit I would like to bless her.


Aww that’s a shame, hopefully your car can get fixed and you guys can arrange another meetup!

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Congrats on the job @fitinfun! Praise God for this awesome opportunity! It is so wonderful that they will get a work visa for you. There is a Bless Shop in Midvalley and a few other places too which is similar to what @littlenewthings described started by my previous church. Just in case you need more options. Happy for you!


Thank you so much @khimgoh. I am really happy about this and I'm going through the steps for it now.

God is good! So happy that you've gotten this job. Bless ya with grace and miracle earnings beyond your capabilities!