I’m sorry to all three of you monthly visitors for my lack of updates.
As you may know, I’ve been living in Kuala Lumpur for the past 2 months working at a company called iPrice (silly name, I know). It’s an e-commerce platform operating in 7 different countries in Asia. With a recent Series B round, I felt this was the best move for my career moving forward as their Head of Design & UX.
I posted a few times on Facebook regarding my job search: a possible future in Berlin, IBM, Bangkok, Manila, or keep Apical Design running for another year. Shutting down Apical was not an easy call, as my head was plagued with second guessing my decision to hang it up after only one year.
Looking back at it now, I’m not sure why I was so scared. Moving here has been such a great decision. Kuala Lumpur, as I had seen firsthand back in 2016 during #QuarterLifeCrisisTour2016, is a wonderful place to live with a surprisingly low-but-quality cost of living. And Malaysians have been nothing but welcoming and accommodating.
One of the best life advice I ever got was, “what kind problems do you want? What kind of problems do you want to solve? Direct your career towards that direction.” For most of 2017, I had the wonderful privilege of working with amazing organizations trying to crack the code of UX culture, process, and investment. And throughout these training, I always had this inkling desire to be back in the fray, solving these challenges I loved talking about.
The challenge of leading a department, solving designer-dev relationships, navigating stakeholder politics, nurturing UX talent, and trying to change the culture within an organization was exciting to me. The thing is, I don’t know if I’m the right person or if I have the right skillsets for this, but I knew it was something I wanted to try. So far, my team has been fantastic.
I don’t know how long I’ll stay here, but if the past two months is an indication of what’s to come, I think I’ll quite enjoy Kuala Lumpur.