09/01/2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all. I'm now back in the UK, and have been for over a month now. Had a great Christmas, catching up with relatives, getting in touch with friends, and jobhunting. Nothing sorted as yet, probably because my website is a bit... well... lacking. In everything. A lot of vacancies ask for a list of URLs, and samples of previous work. This is something a little difficult to do when sites change constantly, as well as get taken over by new teams, eager to throw out the old and bring in the new.


I've had a chance to see how things have changed in my home country. Some stuff hasn't changed, except the web design jobs market, which has matured markedly since 2001. A real contrast to Malaysia, whose market has shrunk to graduate level vacancies, offering appalling starting salaries (I guess they all live with parents until the age of 30?). Middle-level vacancies don't appear to exist, unless you want to run a call centre. No thanks.


Beggars can't be choosers, so I'm applying here, there and everywhere across the country. In the meantime, my Jobseekers Allowance came through, so I at least have something coming in. However, most of it is going on quarantine expenses for our cat Ewok, who we've brought over with us. She's been in a month now, and doing wonderfully. Obviously, we don't like quarantine, no animal should be imprisoned for so long, especially with bird flu and other airborne diseases prevalent today, but she has settled in very well, even growing a winter coat in the process, so she's extra fluffy and more at ease with herself. She is effectively more settled in than we are.

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