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Time to Say Quit?

I knew the moment I decided to take this job, to move to the Middle East, the nature of my job would change forever.  I used to worked in a nicely designed office, for an Architectural Company.  Now, even though I still work as an architect, the position is irrelevant, I work in a PM/CM company where office locations move around according to where the project is, this is what people used to call a ‘site-office’, and instead of working from a proper office building, I end up working from a porta-cabin, and it’s been going on for more than 7 years now. Moving from one porta-cabin to another. From an acceptable structure to a shed as an office.

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Shed as an office

However, there are times that I question the decision I made almost 8 years ago:

  1. I left my network that I’ve built since I graduated.
  2. I left behind the job I loved not to mention high profile position.
  3. Even though I was single when I left the office, I still had my immediate family/relatives.
  4. I don’t like the nature of the job; changing project after project every 2 weeks to 3 months confused me and demoralized my spirit.

On the other hand, there are good things that I learned since taking this job:

  1. This job gives different exposure, and meeting different people and nationalities instead of working in Indonesia.
  2. Instead of working very hard almost 11 hrs a day, and lots of overtime, I work ‘only’ 8 hours a day, very routine with no unexpected overtime.
  3. I met my soul mate, and got married, instead of being a lonely spinster.
  4. I can help my family financially very easily, as well as together with my husband, we can easily  save for retirement.
  5. As I caught the travel bug, this job also pays for my very nice holidays.
  6. The longer my husband and I stay with our jobs, the better lifestyle we can achieve once we both retire.
  7. While other people are losing their jobs due to the current recession, we are still fully employed and have a regular income; we should be great full with what we have.

I know that there are slightly more positives to this job than the negatives. I should be more realistic and persevere with this job regardless if I like it or not…. but what about my blogging hobby that requires full time work and attention? And how about my husband who’s already well into his retirement age, but still working full time?

Other things that cross my mind is my passion to travel that is put on hold till now. The plan was once we both retired / quit from a normal job then we are going to travel full time and off course carry on blogging about our travels. And I think we should start traveling now when physically my husband is still strong enough to endure the hot and humid temperature of South East Asia. The question now is when is the cut off time? Now? or the end of the year? or next year? or the year after that? One thing I know is that we are not getting any younger and we only live once….

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I used to live as an expat and travel around the Middle East. After 10 years working in the Arabian Gulf I am now retired and living in the UK but still retain my interests of further travels and exploring new horizons.


  1. Hi Nin. I also work in the ME. Left family behind 5 years back and each year is now a mix of them travelling out and me travelling home. What to do! I look at the site workers every day and consider their position. Hard graft under intense heat, agents taking unfair commissions from them, very often salary issues, and not seeing their families very often during their contract periods out here, if at all. I manage to take short travel/camera break each year, normally during Eid Al Adha, and of course go crazy with the camera when I am in my homeland. Have much to be grateful for when I stand back and look at it all. Best wishes for future.


    • Nin

      Yes, I do need to look at the bright side of it and hopefully it can lift up my spirit again and get inspired with my job :))
      Thanks for the attention.


  2. We retired because Don was well over retirement age and just couldn’t work any more. We just took the plunge. Sometimes living is just more important than money. Good luck. Follow your heart. Do what *feels* right, not what’s “logical”.


    • Nin

      Thanks for your advice. Currently we try to make the decision. I am still a bit too young to retire, but we are nearly ready to go.


  3. Hani

    Enjoy and appreciate what you have now. Judging by the list, the “positive” list is much longer and that says a lot. Re. retirement, dont go by age but more by your health and what you can still endure – just take care of your health all the others will follow……life is short so enjoy every minute and live to its fullest.


    • Nin

      Thanks T. Han, I appreciate your advice. We are currently reviewing it big time….


  4. You spend and a lot of your life at work, so if you are really disliking it day in and out, it’s probably not worth the money.


  5. These are tough questions to answer, Nin. But it’s GOOD that you’re asking them! I think it’s so easy to life life in a “default” mode — where you end up doing whatever’s next because that’s what everyone else does or because of what others expect of you. You are living life with intentionality, and that will lead to good, regardless of what form it takes.


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