Solo Trip Abroad has been a little project of mine since departing from Canada with the intention of being a creative platform which allowed me to build, experiment, and learn. The entire project was designed, conceived and established all on iPad Pro (90%), and iPhone 6 Plus (10%). I've been using Weebly to develop my website and run this blog. The experience overall has been beneficial, however, it has come with its own set of learning opportunities.
The job market is pretty bleak in many areas of the world on its own, let alone for those who are in or fresh out of school. It can be really challenging to get experience in your field of study. Competition comes from others your age, and Baby Boomers who aren't leaving their jobs as readily. This is due to their decreased financial positions since the Great Recession. Thus, normally those who are in upper positions would retire and internal promotions would occur allowing new hires, young people, to get their foot in the door and repeat the cycle.
I'm sure many of you, at some point or another, have contemplated, voiced or otherwise expressed, in some form, one of the following statements:
Each of us has a core group of friends we're closest too. These people are dear to us, and having them in our lives makes life just that much better. Having several close people can really help out, and I feel each person should have at least two of three.
Anyone reading this likely is of the millennial generation and knows defined benefit pensions (payouts for life or a defined period based on term of employment) from companies have gone to shit and aren't returning. Gone are the days of putting bolts on a car at GM for 35 years and then earning $50k/yr until death... unless you already hold this job or other unlikely scenario. But who really wants that?
A few weeks back I was talking with a new friend and asked about going camping and rock climbing in Beijing the weekend of August 06. I made arrangements to get the time off work, and had the Monday/Tuesday off like normal.
Once the camping plans didn't pan out, I decided yesterday, to make an impulsive trip to Philippines on Aug 06 in the evening, spending Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Manila and take a super early 5am flight back home to Tianjin, China in time for work in the evening. The idea was to make the trip similar to my trip around this time last year to Vancouver. On that trip, I arrived at 8am on a Wednesday spent a couple days doing my own thing, and left the Friday evening. Short trips like this are great for getting a change of scenery for a few days, and motivating you to prepare for what's next.
About 15 years ago, while living in a tiny town, before my parents moved to the East side of the Greater Toronto Area, my family started fostering young children. After moving across the GTA, this continued and the first kids we took in were these two young brothers. Several years after we started fostering them, they were adopted. Having arrived at our home when the younger one was just a few weeks old, and now he's a pre-teen meant I was involved in various parental aspects of their growing up.