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Thursday, May 5, 2011


After much contemplation/negotiation/discussions, I finally signed 2 agreements last week that will have a pretty huge impact on my life....

a) Agreement 1 - new job
b) Agreement 2 - new maid

One makes me an employee while the other makes me an employer! Both are carefully made decisions, but to a certain extent there is a leap of faith for both.

New job -
-Will I like it?
-Will it be difficult to adjust to working life after an almost 9 month career break? (well, more like 6 mths career break and 2 mths+ maternity leave)
-Can I adapt to the work culture?
-Being a regional role involving 10 Asian countries + Malaysia, there's some travel involved - can I adapt ?
-Smaller company compared to the two major MNCs I've worked before - can I adapt?

-Expectations will be high since they are keeping the position vacant > 5 months to wait for me. (I start in mid Sept)
-On the plus side, my instincts tell me it's good and the direct boss is really down to earth but but but..... still so many questions in my head !!!

New Cambodian maid -

- What if I get one of those "cuckoo" maids?? Have heard sooo many horror stories!
- I hate the thought of having a stranger in my house. Can I adapt?
- Worth the $$$ ?? With the clampdown on Indon maids, agency fees for maids from all countries have gone sky high. Grrrrr!!
- On the plus side, the maid will mostly be at my parent's place on weekdays and since both my sis and bro's Cambo maids (both are excellent!) will be there too, hopefully the two existing maids will be able to instill good working habits on mine.

Two huge changes there, and not forgetting the other huge upcoming change - new baby !! In a way, the next 7 weeks or so will be like the "calm before the storm" and then it's gonna be - **BANG** - new baby, new maid then new job.

So, I am trying to ENJOY the next few weeks of my break as much as I can. (yeah, while tending to the the needs of a whiny 3 year old with my huggge belly. No fun when I have to go down on all fours to clean up remains of her lunch etc..)

And sometimes, I choose to turn a blind eye when it comes to parenting these days. Let's see, like now - it's almost 11am, Elyssa is still in her pyjamas as she still haven't taken her morning shower AND she's watching her favourite DVD in this position -

but What The Heck.....
I'm just gonna enjoy whatever moments of peace and quiet I can have before the trio of new baby, new maid and new job comes!!!! ;)


Alice said...

Adrine, it's such huge changes. I would suggest you fully prepare to avoid nervous breakdown. all the best yeah......

the little prince said...

Yup...there are lots of changes that you probably cant foresee at the moment....but like what you said, enjoy while the changes awaiting!! :-)

Am having too many changes that I still do not know how to handle at the moment, but now am in the confinement period, just cant think too much now! :-)

Enjoy first!! :-)

Luciana said...

Hohoho...take it easy, everything is gonna be alrite :)

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Mommy to Chumsy said...

So many good things to look forward to... another baby, a new job and a helper. Yay!!

アンゼエリン said...

Many good news is a baby gal or a boy?

Alice Law said...

Congratulation on your new undertaking, such big chnages tht I'd be hardly digest but I'm sure you can over come it, good luck!^^

Stacy said...

Hahh told you a maid would be useful to clean up after Elyssa. Getting on all fours isn't easy either for an old man (aka Papa)!

Definitely enjoy the calm before the storm and maybe things won't be bad at all.

I suggest you bake more bread and other nice things to distribute. :)

ChloeRuoyi said...

Here's wishing you all the best in your new roles as a new mother, new employee and new employer :) You can do it!

MayChing said...

well at least your life won't be boring :)

Mummy Gwen said...

Best of luck to the trio. I know you will be able to cope. Take care. Elyssa oh Elyssa...must listen to Mummy ya.

Sue said...

Wah 3 Cambo maids at your mom's place at 1 time will be too much boh... they will start talking and exchanging notes (not all will be good), you'll need to keep a close eye on her :S

MeRy said...

Huge changes...but i believe u can make it.

Zara's Mama said...

OMG! You are expecting no.2? Has it been so long since I last visited?

And wow, that's a lot of changes.

Hope you'll be able to manage the change, and Elyssa too. She too has to manage having a sibling soon.

All the best!

Irene said...

You are right, and I like the way you put this all down. Will be challenging, but I'm confident you can handle it.

Oliveoylz said...

As the saying goes, "the only constant is change". Likewise, changes for the better are awaiting you. You're lucky to have your mom to oversee your new maid. All will be well:) Congrats on your new job!

prince n princess mum said...

Hope you can adapt with the changes well......

How much for hiring cambodian maid now? Heard from my friend need 10k.. Gosh! The inflasion is geng leh.. if it's really this amount now...

Adrine said...

Alice - yeah, trying to prepare as well as I can!

Little prince's mummy - try to enjoy your confinement as much as you can. Again, congrats on your little princess :)

Luciana - thanks!

Barbara - I like the way you look at things. Yup, good stuff indeed!

Angeline - gonna be a baby sister for Elyssa :)

Alice Law - thx for the good luck wishes!

Chi2 - ahem, I brought up the topic of maid since 3 years ago but got vetoed each time, remember???

HL - thanks!

Adrine said...

May Ching - ha ha.... yeah, boring is definitely not the word!

MummyGwen - yeah, if only Elyssa will listen to mummy more often!

Sue - def not easy for my parents to "jaga" the 3 maids. But after think, think, think, got no choice either. The other 2 are good and they are pretty happy there, so fingers crossed that the situation will be the same once my maid comes along.

Mery - thanks...I hope so too!

Agnes - ha ha... yeah, time flies! and you're right that it's gonna be a big change for Elyssa too. I'm trying to prepare her as much as I can, but am still expecting some tough times ahead since she's so used to be the centre of our universe!!

Irene - thx for the vote of confidence :)

Oliveoylz - hopefully, all will be good changes :)

Prince n princess mum - yes, agency fees alone comes up to almost that. Crazy huh??? All those that quote lower amounts have no maids available :(

Health Freak Mommy said...

Oh, so many NEW things in your life. I hope all will go well with you. And I can't wait to see your new baby's pix :)