What Do You Do For Living?

Often when meeting new crowds of friends, we’re prone to ask, “what do you do?”. The obvious answer for me is a Web Developer, and I personally feel it’s down right cool.

But there’s always a follow up statement that bugs me, “so you’re a freelancer”.

Trying my best not to bore people with what I do and how much fun I’m having, I nodded.

Somehow I get the feeling people look down on my job description. Partly because it sounds cheap, or maybe they’ve always thought that website is like blogger.com or wordpress.com, it’s free.

Is it so hard for them to see, that web developer has so many considerations before making it live? For instance, web usability and interface. It is always our best interest to provide the easiest solution, so layman can use them.

Another example is looks. It’s art and it’s abstract. What I like, you may not like and vice versa. And the amount of time needed to photoshop the images provided, sometimes back to retracing the whole graphic. It take years of experience, and considering the cost of software itself, some costs a left pinky.

Not to mention making it slim, so that your sorry ass streamyx loads faster.

Nah, people don’t care about these details. A web is like a words document. Open, Edit, Cut and Paste, Save as and Close.

So where does my job land me in the social status? Better than my previous job?

No matter how much I’m proud of my passion, a web developer isn’t marketable, especially if your future in laws ask you. I guess I have to bring my bank statement everywhere I go, especially to blind dates.

Oh well, typically Malaysians, JUDGEMENTAL and materialistic 🙄

ps: I got an offer to re-track my steps in Engineering. Sadly, I F*CKing love my job. Sorry.

pss: There’s RM304.45 on my bank balance. I guess I have to bring my ASB book and my degree certificate as well 😮

psss: I have an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications from Nottingham. Top 100 in world! So can I marry your daughter, Uncle? ➡


I am web developer, who's main concern is to save the trees. Nonetheless

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  1. Eddie, web developer sounds million times cooler than freelancer. I’m not petting you just because I know you (?) but that’s what my dad always tells me about. And I just believe so.

    Orang Rusia kata: Bud kem ti hochesh esli eta ti lyubesh 🙂

  2. I’m more like a business owner actually. I get job, I outsource half of it.

  3. I tried, Babelfish and Google Dictionary, I couldn’t find the meaning. Tell me please?

    Yeah it is cooler to be a web developer, but not marketable.

  4. Yup. I understand. My dad does the same. It’s about business owning. Just that he’s in networking, you are in web developing.

    Trans: Be what you want to be if that’s what you love.
    (Russian always has rhythmical ending. That what makes it sound good)

  5. bro…everything you do, i’m proud of you..i prefer people looking at me like i’m nobody although i think i’m somebody..i love low profile life instead of a glamorous one…it’s the passion that drives you in what you do and money will come along the way… 😉

  6. “Oh well, typically Malaysians, JUDGEMENTAL and materialistic” <– yup, agree2 (angguk2 kepale)

    I guess, org kite tak open minded. Its either u are a doctor, an engineer or an accountant, or else,u r not fit enuf to be called ‘good’. Young intelligent ppl (like you) need encouragement and support to bloom, baru Msia boley maju.

    Beza kan dengan orang sini? (=_=)

  7. love and passionate with what you do in life..you’ll have a bright future!!

    cheers mate!! :up:

  8. Top 100 tu kena mention.. Better than local university. Giler kentang.. patutlah hebat

  9. Yeah, and yet I choose to stay here.

    (I have company in UK, when I was still a student there, not anymore.)

  10. ➡ for me you have to stand proud of what u are. Other people “pegi jahanam”. Head-up bro..!!

    ps:wicked man doesn’t care all this bullsh*t

  11. I like that Russian Proverb.

    In that case, I want to be Spiderman. I’ll sell my expertise in Civil works or maybe aerial photography.

    BTW, you learn in English or Russian?

  12. You do have to care if the future in laws care. Else, say bye-bye to that girl.

  13. :up: typical malaysian. hehehe. a web developer sounds really good. what if one says he works as a full time blogger. negative aura are going to surround you

  14. I will think he’s RPK. Cooler and notorious.

  15. English (100%) in preclinical. English+Russian in clinical.

    Ecli hochesh snakoisvye, naidyosh schastye. 😉

  16. :XO: ni kes jiwa kacau lani ahak.. :XO:

  17. the degree from notts,that my friend,will seal the deal 😉 in fact, anything from Notts Uni will do, we’re the coolest. 😎
    but hey, remember how cool my NLE is? now thts a web developers job surely.
    oh wth stick to what you love id say. and if its web developing, be it 🙂

  18. me just somebody’s slave. i’m selling my time for money. nothing to proud off.

    you? the owner of yourself. have full control on your time. money is nothing compare to time dude.

    ps: RM 680.48 in my bank account. so it makes me 2 times richer than you. wahahaha… 😮
    pss: May I marry your daughter Uncle? I have hundreds ringgit in my bank account and I’m a slave ➡

  19. wah should have passed down the company to me! Bley buat duit poket tambahan. LOL

  20. I stopped selling myself. To the question, what do you do for a living?

    “I am a modern slave”.

    No further questions entertained 🙂 If I am naughty that day, probably I would say..

    “I am a modern slave and I pay people to prick my body with needles every now and then..”

    Sounds good? 😛

    I have no bank account to show, it’s irrelevant after minus the debt hahahahaha! Actually it’s still very much negative.

    Freelancing is way cooler than those office 9-5, trading their time for a salary, just like what Syam said. Freelancers are in control of their time, and they do what they choose to do, they have the freedom, while people like me, we do whatever shits given to us. Cool? Definitely no.

    And, you are too modest my friend, you are running a business, call yourself a businessman for god’s sake, if you want to impress 🙂

  21. taukey, you are a full time blogger and a ‘taukey’ at that.. no amount of negative aura is going to get you 😛

  22. ed,

    bapak die kata web developer tu cool.

    ada can?

  23. ada chance nak ‘rembat’ si sarah ni NH. after she graduated and became a real doctor, propose her to marry you immediately. 😮

    in the mean time, just let her finish her study first. please don’t ‘poisoning’ her mind. walah! 😕

    ps: based on her father, web developer millions time cooler than freelancer.

  24. hahahahaha. we all are bloggers. If not for the sake of money, it would be for the sake of giving information and be wicked like you guys. I don’t that kind of guts yet but maybe in the future surely we will know

  25. Don’t let ppl “look down” on you as they are just judging you by their own standards.
    Most of the time they are at a loss as to how to “survive” what more “succeed” without being employed as a modern day slave.
    Freelancing is liberating as my hours are not tied to some office, job, sometimes doing nothing much except checking mail or being assigned inane tasks just to “make the hours”.
    Right now, I am a journo/photographer and still have time to help my mom out at her florist shop along with other things.
    Most ppl also dun appreciate ART, esp erm, a certain group obsessed with $$$.

  26. better have something than jobless… as long we work smart and hard, life will still continue.. slave or no slave, money can still be earned…

    better status create better happiness? I wonder.. ❓

  27. aku dulu pernah berangan nak jadi software developer. Hackers macam Richard Stallman…tp bila aku dah x guna UNIX, angan2 tu pun melayang entah ke mana. haha. apa2 pun kerja dlm bidang IT ni mmg cool.

  28. Web Developer. Sounds impressive enough to me. :up:
    All the best NH!

  29. When you work as freelancer, you’ll come to realize, Time = Money! That’s the best part about it for me.

  30. Aku patut blush atau memukul kau dgn racket badminton aku? Don’t rush things. Ko pon amek mase 11 tahun

  31. Web developer is a proper job – just because people in this industry don’t have a degree or whatsoever to prove themselves, people look down at them scornfully. When my grandparents asked me what I wanted to do as a part time job and I said web designer, they told me that I’ll die of hunger and not warm in my bed 😈 maybe they don’t know what it means heh.

    It’s not easy to become a web developer, seriously 🙂 you need to have a lot of expertise and skills, way more than a web designer (like the amateurish me). I couldn’t even grasp the entire web designing thing, not to mention web development, so I have nothing but all praises for your job and your dedication *salutes*

    People have this misconception that being a web developer means doing some basic scripting and designing, and your job is done. I wish they could put themselves in your shoe for just one day – and they’ll understand that it is not only a profession but also a challenging one 😛

    All the best, and take care!

  32. Hey NH

    There are lots more for me, like
    1. Realising that I can make more money in less time and hence having more time for other activities or if I wish make more money. 😉
    2. Being in relative control of my work.


  33. Very true.

    So where is this florist shop? 😛

  34. You maybe cooler, QMC is top 3 in UK.

    I love the NLE. I want to use it again some other time bole? Promise I won’t send messages to other female medical students 😉

  35. Tade gf, tade tunang = tade jiwa kacau 🙂

  36. You’re pulling my leg! I’ll pull your chair next time ➡

    😀 😀 😀 😀

    Don’t put it that way. I admire her writings, she admires mine (?). I admire your writings too, do I ‘rembat’ you?

    fuh, pantun plak.

  37. love it!

  38. I’m gonna be a journalist. That’s right….a journalist…I’m gonna end up living in a box.


  39. itulah orang kita. If they looking down to us. Just ignore them. Believe it or not. They will come to us. Asking us to borrow some money. Haha. Its happen a lots in this world,,

  40. “Freelancing is liberating as my hours are not tied to some office, job, sometimes doing nothing much except checking mail or being assigned inane tasks just to “make the hours”.”

    I read NH to ‘make the hours’. Hehe!

  41. Kee Kee.
    Yeah but now some companies BAR blogs/MToday/etc except over lunch.
    You know lah. Kiasu mentality. 😉

  42. You probably know that, like you, I get the same amount of holier-than-thou attitude when people ask me what I do for a living. Well bro, at least you’re a “Web Developer”, and while your potential future in-laws might not get that, the rest if us sure do.

    So what category do I fit into?

    Scientist? Not really.
    Business woman? Errr not quite there yet. Environmentalist? (Typical question: “Boleh dapat duit ke jadi enviro-apekebende ni?”) 😥

    Usually I just tell them, “Saya jual baja organik.” And then they go, “Blaja tinggi-tinggi, pastu jual baja je?”

    😡 Typical shit.

  43. *rest of us, sorry typo.

  44. hmm..dulu ko penah trim ws ni supaya load faster..mmg laju skit load selepas tu,tapi sejak bulan lepas dia lambat balik mcm dulu..takes about 1-2 min to load..maybe sbb aku dok jauh kot.ko guna server msia ek?

    ps: aku kata slow sbb compare dgn ws2 lain yg aku selalu visit (youtube,ebay,utusan,the star,blogspot,etc) ws ni la plg lama nk load..hehe sorry.just kritikan membina..

  45. Oh, ko duduk mane? Mmg sentiase Trim. Sepatutnya load dalam 30 saat. Kadang shit happens, 5 minit pon tak abes lg 🙄

  46. europe,germany. (karlsruhe)
    aku assume ko ada tambah script baru ke lately..kot2 nk test ke..
    ntah la..maybe aku je kot..tp mmg significantly slower..
    try tanya org lain. ❓

  47. Karlsruhe? Adek aku kt situ. Aku rase ko kenal die kot.

    Paling kuat aku tukar pon cache system. Sepatutnye lagi laju.

    Tp sekarang TMNET mmg masalah skit bile international ni.

  48. I think it’s the advertisement. It’s slow.

  49. yup..bro ko kat bilik sebelah. 😀 dia yg bgtau blog ni lama dulu dah…tapi sejak 2-3 bulan ni je aku baru tgk2 blog ni

    maybe kot.xpe not a big problem..bukannye aku guna dial-up ke…

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