Meet Ain McWilliams, League City's Multimedia Specialist. She moved to the United States from Malaysia only three years ago after meeting the love of her life through an online video game. Learn more about this adventurous gamer and how she is adjusting to life in Texas.
You’re a Multimedia Specialist, what are some of the projects you work on?
So far, I’ve been working on the City Manager’s update that goes out every Friday and revamping the layout design and graphics for City Matters. I also work on all the flyers for our events and graphics for our website.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part would be that I can use my creative juices and come up with many different ideas for publications and digital graphics. Each project is different and depends on what people you’re targeting. I also like that my job involves me going around the city taking photos and promoting events.
How did you become interested in graphic designing?
I found out when I was 8 years old that I was good at art and art classes were my favorite in school. Graphic design is a mix between working on computers and the fine arts. I like working with computers, so it’s like the middle ground between those two interests. I went to MARA University of Technology in Malaysia.
You’re from Malaysia, when did you come to the United States?
I was born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. I lived there for 25 years and then I moved to Houston in 2015.
Why did you come to the U.S.?
It all started when I met my husband in 2012 on an online video game. A game called Guild Wars 2. We belonged to the same guild and played together a lot and then fell in love! Then we decided to meet in Munich, Germany in 2013 for a vacation. After that, we met again in Italy and then in 2015 he came to Malaysia and proposed to me on a white sandy beach. After that, I moved to the United States to be with him and we got married.
What is Malaysia like?
Malaysia is a hot and humid country, it feels like summer all the time. There are mountains and lush tropical jungles, and it’s also a melting pot where there are different ethnicities in one country.
How have you adjusted to your new life in the U.S.?
There were a lot of different things here. The highways here are huge, food portions are huge. I had never seen a four-way stop until I came here because we have roundabouts in Malaysia, so that was confusing. I had to acclimate to the temperatures here when they dipped below 90 degrees, especially in the winter.
Hobbies outside of work?
Video games, duh! And I love traveling, too. It feels romantic when I get to the airport and get on the airplane because it reminds me of when me and my husband met. I also love nature. I’m trying to become a Texas Master Gardener. I have a few volunteer hours to complete before I graduate in 2019. I’m also a big foodie, so I like to try different types of food.
What is the part that you miss the most from your home country?
I miss authentic Malaysian food. The food there is very spicy, half the dishes you eat there taste like there’s habanero in it.
Fun fact about yourself?
I’ve traveled to 12 countries and my goal is to travel to 50 countries before I hit 50. The next country I plan to travel is back home. I have a cat, who has a passport so he can travel with me. His name is Barry!