Job Loss AGAIN. Next stop ASIA.

Well wouldn’t you know it, the “Getting Canned” blogger is about to deal with job loss again. But this time around, I won’t classify it as truly getting fired because this is more like a contract wrapping up. Nevertheless, this is the end of a job and time to move on to the next thing.

At the time of the time of this writing, it looks like my current contract gig will end around November 26th. The death of this income stream is in line with my timeline and plan to get out of the Midwest by mid-winter to avoid the impending deep freeze.  Chicago winters get COLD.

I’m planning on getting away from the Midwest as far as possible and leaving the country to head to Asia for the winter or longer.  On the itinerary is

  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Guangzhou, China
  • Laos

I’m going to travel the world a bit and hit a few spots in Asia.  I’ll make sure and do some recon on potential retirement destinations and report back here.   Subscribe below if you want a reminder.

But before I go, let’s take a look at a few memorable pics from the times I lived in Taiwan in the past.

 

There’s the famous “Toilet Restaurant” where you sit on toilets and eat out of little toilet shaped plates and bowls.  Good times.

Ximending "Modern Toilet" restaurant
Modern Toilet Restaurant – 便所歡樂主題餐廳 in Taipei Ximending area.  Sitting on Toilets!

 

You eat from little toilet-shaped bowls.  Yum.

Yum Toilet shaped bowl
Modern Toilet Restaurant – 便所歡樂主題餐廳 hot pot bowl shaped like a toilet.

Oh, how I miss Asia!  What other distant memories were captured? Let’s take a look. It was often the little things that were amusing.

Quaker Oats Drink
These were a favorite of mine. Some type of quaker oats drink. Why not drink your oatmeal?

In Taiwan, the majority of people get around by scooter. It’s an economical way to get around. The streets are flooded with mostly scooters although some people do drive cars. The first time I saw a parking lot packed with scooters it was pretty wild. It reminded me of that scene in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” where he knocked over the motorcycles and they went down like dominos.  I had a fear of scooters tumbling down in this way.

 

Scooters Parked
Don’t tip these scooters over, lest they fall like dominos

So Just What is My Plan Anyways?

Travel.  Exploring.   Earning side gig income through a variety of income streams.   I’m doing some consulting for CRM databases.   I imagine I’ll do a bit of remote English teaching here and there.   I have a few clients that need WordPress sites managed.   And then there’s this blog which has a little income potential.

The Risks

There is, of course, the risk that my income will fall short of what I’m hoping. This is a bit of a trial break at life abroad and I imagine, I’ll likely return in the spring. Although nothing is written in stone. There is a chance that I’ll face a different job market from what exists at this point. Right now it’s a glorious market with plenty of opportunities. In six months that could change.

Another concern of mine is that our Western culture seems to really frown on time spent not working.   “You haven’t been working for six months?  Well, the only possible explanation is you’re incompetent and your skillset it now outdated…”No job for you!”

 

2 thoughts on “Job Loss AGAIN. Next stop ASIA.”

  1. Hey Rob, I’m excited to follow you on your journey as you travel and explore side gig income 🙂 I hope you take these few months to rest as well before jumping back into the job market!

    In Asia, employers also do frown upon time spent not working. I had a friend who spent 3 years volunteering in the Middle-East. When she came back, employers actually turned her away because they assumed she was “running away from real work”. It’s quite sad, but she eventually did find a job. So don’t let that keep you from living the life that YOU truly want. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your words of encouragement Liz. Glad you enjoy the blog.

    I think it’s interesting how different cultures view work or more accurately taking time off from work. US working culture also kind of frowns upon the idea of taking some time off work to live. I believe this type of mindset is less prevalent in some European countries.

    I think this is unfortunate because in my experience, taking some time off allows you to appreciate life, and then also re-energizes you to come back to work with a new perspective and appreciate for work and earning a living. It’s hard to develop as an employee if you can never lift your nose from the grindstone and actually process things from a different perspective.

    Taking some time does entail risk for sure. But I want to live life so I’m doing it.

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