• Kimmy Pang

Q & A

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

Finally answering the questions you lovelies have posted to me! Keep reading to get to know me better x

A few of you have been asking me questions in the Tell Me section on my blog page. So here I'll be answering a few of those questions including those from my instagram.

1. Can we get a mobile friendly version for your blog?

Initially, I did set up a mobile friendly version but after testing it out, a lot of the features I wanted people to see on my blog wasn't available. So I decided to stick to the desktop version instead - to give you the complete viewer experience!

2. How do you maintain such radiant complexion? Share some skincare routine!

In addition to my day-to-day skincare routine on my blog post Feeling Fresh, I add in some mini spa sessions at home with facial masks from Korea. I do this 2-3 times a week and a day before events to make sure I have that extra glow! If you want me to talk more about the types of Korean beauty products I use, let me know on my Say Hello page.

3. What brand of contact lenses do you use? At what age did you start wearing them, and how often do you wear them?

I use monthly Bausch + Lomb contact lenses, and have been using this brand since I was 13/14. I used to play sports competitively so it was more convenient to use contact lenses. Back then, I would use them almost every single day in high school and college. When I got to university, that’s when I wore glasses more often (every day in fact) to classes, then obviously lenses on days out.

When I’m travelling, glasses are my go-tos, cause the air in the plane is so dry; it just gets uncomfortable having lenses on. So I pop them in once we get to the hotel/AirBnB when I have some time to freshen up and start exploring!

4. Is Jae your first boyfriend? If not, can you share how you got over your ex and some relationship advice?

He wasn’t exactly the first; but he was the first one I was committed to in a long-term relationship. To get over exes/crushes, the one advice I can give you is to love yourself. Do what makes you happy even when you don’t feel like doing anything. Food for the soul feeds your strength and you will find comfort in taking the time to discover yourself.

Time heals all wounds, and eventually it will heal yours

Don’t do something just so you think someone else might like it, to get them to like you. Cause if they end up being your other half at the end of the day, it’s going to be tough to constantly put on a facade.

5. How do you maintain your relationship with your boyfriend?

Understanding and communication.

Being in a relationship doesn’t mean that your happiness depends on your other half, but he makes you happier when you're with him. To allow each other to grow, both of you have to understand the commitments you have to your own life.

He was completely supportive in me working in another city, knowing that it's for my career and our future. He knew what I needed to do in this short timespan to solidify our future plans.

It's natural to have fights too, I mean you're only human. But don't let that get the better of you. Talk it out. Communication is absolutely important to make it work. If you don't like something, say it at the right time. Don't choose to say it when a heated argument is going on, cause nothing's going to change. Trust me.

6. Any tips/opinions for long distance relationships (LDR)?

LDR is just like any other relationships. Just that it takes more effort cause you'll miss their physical presence more and somehow that sparks fights. I didn't exactly experience this too much except during summer when I was in college and university. He and I are from different parts of Malaysia, so from spending almost every week together to being three months apart made it a little difficult when we experienced it for the first time.

So we always made a promise that we'll never sleep angry. No matter how heated the arguments get, just think whether it's worth losing each other over. It's not a sign of weakness to apologise first (if you know you're wrong); just calm down before talking it through. And from personal experience, the distance and what we've gone through helps build a healthy relationship. Having the time apart, I was able to spend time with my loved ones and develop myself; and when I saw him again, we would just pick up from where we left off.

7. A pharmacist's work life?

Background on how I got here:

  • Complete a Master of Pharmacy degree

  • Decide on community or hospital pharmacy (I chose hospital)

  • One year of Pre-registration training in hospital

And now, I'm a band 6 hospital pharmacist. As a hospital pharmacist, I have normal working hours, except when I'm on-call. I chose to become a pharmacist in the UK because there were more clinical opportunities in being a part of patients' care. I'd like to think that hospital pharmacists act as a safety net to prevent things that can go terribly wrong.

I enjoy working on the wards with doctors and nurses - contributing in brainstorming sessions to decide what is best for each patient. And the fact that my opinions/advice matter and can make a difference is the reason I chose to stay in this field. But every job has its downsides, and that for me includes coming into pharmacy in the middle of the night (when I'm on-call) for urgent medicines; but when you realise that could potentially help someone, I guess it's not too bad after all.

8. Can you tell us what you think of Malaysia vs. the UK?

I grew up in Malaysia and it will always be my home. There's so much to say between the two but both has its pros and cons.

People: Building a network is important; and by doing so here, I was just in awe of the vast experiences people my age have through their jobs and life. Most of the people I know push much harder being an international in this country; Knowing about how much they've sacrificed to be here, and facing the inherent struggles living in a foreign country. Hence, most of the people I've met here have gone through so much and grown in such a little time, and that's something I'd like to take after.

Jobs: As a fresh graduate, the experience of working here seemed much better back home in the first few years of my career. In all honesty, Malaysia is growing, but it is still slower when catching up to the advancement here in the UK. It's said that the healthcare system here is one of the top (if not the best?) in the world, so I wanted the experience of being a part of that here.

Food: I'd say the food here is amazing, but it's something you can probably find elsewhere too. Fresh produce here is great, and I do love the idea of being able to source for it easily. It is definitely easier to eat healthily here as compared to Malaysia; but I do miss my local delicacies back home too. If you're talking about cost, Malaysia is the winner.

Transport: Getting around in London is easy with public transport, and having a car means you're gonna be spending money on congestion charges that just wouldn't make it worth it. Truth be told, I haven't properly taken public transport in Malaysia before cause there wasn't a need to when you have cars. But even so, I can see the efficiency in the transport system here as opposed to back home.

However, not having a car in Portsmouth is a pain, cause the bus routes seem so limited and some places are just extremely difficult to get to. So I guess it just depends on which part of the UK you're in to fully enjoy its perks.

9. How did you get a job in the UK? How long did it take you to get a working visa and those hard times you've gone through?

I had to make sure I was colourful enough on paper to at least get an interview. So that means extra-curricular activities in university, anything I could do to make sure I was more than enough. I made sure I had work experiences in pharmacy (and I had extra bits to cover soft skills too) so I wouldn't seem like I was lacking as compared to other applicants.

Sorting out work visas is a nightmare. Working in healthcare, I don't get sponsors for visa application fees like the many working in corporate companies would. There's different fees you can opt for depending on how fast you want an answer for your visa. I went for the premium the first time (yes, that means premium fees too) because I couldn't start work without a Biometric Residence Permit. The second time round was easier when I had to renew my work visa, but that time I went for the standard service which meant that I had to wait 6-8 weeks for an answer.

The waiting period is the worst. There's no point in trying to call to check on the progress of your application because you wouldn't get an answer; only extra cost on phone bills. I received my visa on the 9th week because apparently, it's 6-8 weeks for your visa to be processed; not to be returned. Shock.

One of the biggest challenges working as an international in this country is that most companies would choose a local over you cause there's the hassle of needing to get you a visa. So the competition is much tougher than expected.

10. What camera do you use for your shots?

Most of my pictures on Instagram were taken using an iPhone 7, and my recent photos in my Turkey trip were taken using the Canon EOS M50. Upcoming photos of my trip to Iceland were taken using the iPhone XR.

Thanks for staying till the end! Hope that I answered most of your questions, and keep them coming if you want to see a part II of this post. Much love xx

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