Well, would you look at that. It has been four months (four months—eek!) since I last blogged. My last post went up not long before my fiancé was offered a job in Malaysia. Since then, I’ve been consumed by Malaysia-related prep, as well as a few major client projects.
The client projects were, incidentally, very cool. I’m proud to have helped Samara Canada put together their latest Democracy 360, and to have worked with the great Digital Opportunity Trust teams around the world to support them in developing the content for their new websites. (Here's DOT Tanzania's site, as an example.) Between client work and prepping for the return to Asia, blogging fell by the wayside.
I am so excited to return to southeast Asia, after living in Cambodia from 2013-2015. Those two years were among the best of my life, and I am looking forward to returning to the region and sharing the experience with my fiancé.
So, what am I going to be doing in Asia?
Mostly, what I’ve been doing in Canada, except I’ll be eating more tropical fruit as I do it. I’ll continue copywriting and editing for American and Canadian clients (mostly charities, particularly working in the areas of civics and international development—if that sounds like you and you need a copywriter, get in touch).
I’m also hoping to do some more freelance writing for publications—I have some ideas that are demanding to be committed to the page.
And of course, I’ll be travelling! (First stop after Malaysia is Cambodia. I’ve also got my eye on attending a writers’ festival in Indonesia, and so, so much more.)
Moving to Cambodia in 2013 had an incredible impact on who I am today. It changed the way I think about language, as I’ve previously discussed, and it gave me the confidence necessary to jump into the adventure of self-employment (which is every bit as difficult and gratifying as a move to a foreign country).
I’m looking forward to learning more about language and writing in Malaysia. As a former British colony with tons of different cultural influences, where English is spoken widely, Malaysia will give me another perspective on the English language. I’m also looking forward to learning Malay and experiencing the thrill of learning another language from the ground up.
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Next week, I’ll arrive in Asia. I feel fortunate to be able to embark on this new adventure, and to be able to continue doing work I love to do.
Been to Malaysia? Where's your favourite coffee shop? Best snorkelling spot? What are your must-sees? Leave a comment and tell me everything!