A woman who left her home in the Philippines for a better life in Taiwan climbed the career ladder from being a bartender to becoming a restaurant manager and shareholder.

Melina Imperio Lim, who has a degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, arrived in Taiwan at age 25 and worked at a restaurant as a bartender, Taiwan News reported.

Lim said she came to Taiwan to seek a better life and for better opportunities. After a short time working as a bartender, she found it draining and realized that the job did not suit her. She decided to return to the Philippines temporarily to take a break.

While there, her colleagues in Taiwan called and asked her to come back as soon as possible.

“The restaurant needed my help. My friends asked me to go back, and I gave them a hand to manage the place. So I came back to Taiwan,” Lim said.

Lim returned to Taiwan and stayed there for more than 20 years. She became the manager of the restaurant in Taipei and soon became a shareholder.

She said she could have chosen to live in the United States as some of her relatives are US citizens, but she chose to develop her career in Taiwan as it has become her second home.

Now that she is a boss, she thinks there is too much protection under Taiwanese law for workers, and that there should be more protection for employers.