Remember that job?

That I interviewed for ages ago?

So I had already given up on it, and then last night I got this on my inbox…

Congratulations.  Attached is a conditional offer of employment for the Consular Biometrics Facilitator (part time) position.

So I got it.  And after a loooong talk with Karl  with him reminding me how miserable I was at my last job and do I really want to risk being that miserable again, and me reminding him that it’s not the same job or even work schedule, so nothing says I would be just as miserable, and maybe the extra money is good?  Even if we don’t need it, savings have never hurt?  And if do end up miserable, I’m no longer attached to a work-visa, so I can just quit if it doesn’t work out?

The salary, even when based on a full-time schedule, is a lot less than what I used to get before, but again, this is a job not a place where I would have any career prospects, so it’s understandable that it wouldn’t be anything great.  And it’s a job created for spouses, so they also know there’s no rent to pay, or health benefits to worry about.  In our case, it’s basically extra spending savings money.

But I still hesitated…  I am finally settled in a routine, I love going to Muay Thai 3 times a week, I love hanging at the pool afterwards on sunny days as my reward, I love sleeping in until 9am, I love that I’m finally getting back into shape and that I’m starting to lose some of the weight I packed on this last year, and I love that when I have guests I’m all free to go frolicking around town (or SE Asia) during their visits.

But the extra cash, even if it’s not much, does add up, doesn’t it?  And I would still make it to some Muay Thai classes, even if I will end up missing most of them.

On facebook it was an unanimous decision:  GO FOR IT!  (Apparently everyone likes extra cash.)

So tomorrow, I’m signing that acceptance letter and sending it back to the embassy.  Guess I better start taking those high heels out of retirement.  Flip-flops:  it has been fun!  I’ll still see you on nights and weekends!

(Of course, this being an embassy job it can take weeks, maybe months, until I get my security clearance.  So I still have a few more weeks – months? – to enjoy this life of a bum that I so easily adapted to.)


Filed under Foreign Service, Manila, Philippines

16 responses to “Remember that job?

  1. Congrats! I bet in the long run, you will be happy you went for it 🙂

  2. vadoporroesq

    Congrats! I noticed that when I started working, I lost a lot of weight – just because having structure and routine is helpful for that, so maybe that will make up for the fact that you can’t go to Muay Thai all the time. What are the hours? Surely you can still go to the pool after work as your reward for going to work! (I know I plan to come summertime.)

    • I have thought of that too, but I know the job will cut into muay thai, so we’ll see. The hours are full-time 2-3 days a week (each week is different).

      Sadly, no pool after work: Our pool gets a total of 2 hours a day on the sun, so it’s freezing any other times (and the sun is behind the buildings after work hours…) Sucks!

  3. Congratulations 🙂 Fantastic news!

  4. Congratulations! That is really cool! I still wear my flip flops to the office, pop on the heels then put flip flops back on when I’m going home.

    • I used to do the same back when I used to commute, but now I’ll be getting a ride to/from work, so sitting in the car with heels is no big deal. I used to have quite a collection of shoes under my desk though!

  5. Nomads By Nature

    Congratulations on the job! I think you may find that having a schedule gets you more organized to fit in all that you want or need, plus the extra cash to cover it. 🙂

  6. Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll find a way to get a new routine in no times. As you said it’s only a few days a week. And having a set schedule might even help with your weightloss
    Good luck

  7. 3rdCultureChildren

    Congratulations on getting the job! And you’re right about the extra cash…. it’s a great reward… 😮

  8. Carla – I have an EFM job in Bangkok and love it! Congratulations!

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