Prior to our youngest girl “Ymir Thea” moving to Singapore to work last year, she had a job with a large Japanese Electronics Firm on Subic Freeport, as an assistant administrator in the main office. Her supervisor tasked her with updating the company’s instruction manuals. She brought them home and worked on them, on our computer.
I asked her if she would like me to proof read them and correct the English. “Of course Daddy!” she exclaimed. As any former military person knows, writing manuals and instructions are what we do at every duty station.
She wrote in a very lengthy and flowery style, and all I did was condensed them and tighten them up. It took about four months for her to finish, and she submitted them to her supervisor. Two months later her supervisor received a commendation and a cash reward for all her hard work. My daughter got so upset she quit the job after five years.
When I talked to her and asked if she had informed the Boss from Japan that she was the one who re-wrote all of the manuals? She then explained to me that she was too shy to say anything. She didn’t get that trait from me!
She decided she wanted to work out of the Philippines, and picked Singapore to hunt for a job, which she found on the World Wide Web. Wow! That Al Gore again. I fronted her enough money to get there and live for three months to insure her well being. I also told her that if for any reason she wanted to come home, I’m only a phone call away. I had her send me, a hundred dollars a month to pay me back; I had my wife deposit the money into my daughter’s bank account every month. I’ll tell her about it someday.
She is working as a manager of a bicycle sales and supply store, I explained an old Navy trick for getting promoted, which is to teach your employees everything you know, and work yourself out of that job, leaving the boss with but one option left, to promote you. That advice was contrary to all that she had learned, while working in the Philippines. She was taught here to never tell her employees anything, but what they absolutely had to know, to do their job.
She followed my advice and trained her co-workers well, and is now the manager of three stores. She loves living and working in Singapore and has made many friends from all parts of the world. She refuses to band together with a click from home, yet still has many friends and college mates from the Philippines. But is still enjoying the rich cultural experience that is Singapore.
Her shyness is disappearing quickly, and she has become a strong independent young lady. That makes me very proud of her. Since she and her mother talk on the phone every day, (There is only so much independence one can stand) and that is fine with me, albeit the monthly cell phone charges are a tad high, the benefit is on our monthly plan with Globe we get a the newest style cell phone free every year.
When she was home on vacation a couple of months ago, we spoke about her reasons for why she made the move, and I asked “Did she really need the extra money she was making?” She just smiled at me. That’s when I knew; that all the time I’d spent with her and her sister talking about all the places in the world I’d been to and had seen when they were young had paid off.
She told me that it was more about the adventure, of making it on her own, and living in a foreign country.
Sometimes, our children listen to what we say.