It’s officially been 6 months since I’ve been back in Seoul. I’ve been familiarising with the local Korean lifestyle and I’m at the point where I feel comfortable being by myself. Hoorah. This also means that my 6 glorious months of unemployment (or as Jordan calls it- ‘Funemployment’) has come to an end. Due to Covid I’d travelled far less than I’ve hoped for, but it was a great for me to tune inwards and reorganise my goals and priorities.
Jeju Island trip
Mum, Smol & I took a girls’ trip to Jeju in February, right around Lunar New Year. I’ve heard amazing things about Jeju island and was looking forward to get away from the cold, snowy weather in Seoul. Unfortunately, a snow storm hit Jeju island from the first day of our trip and it actually snowed more than Seoul the whole time we were there. But when it was clear for a brief moment, we did catch an amazing view of the sea which glimmered like sapphires. I wouldn’t really say that the food was good (wasn’t bad either), but I’d go back for the ocean and hills. Can’t wait to go back again during the summer!
We stayed at 2 different hotels- Shinhwa resort and Grand Hyatt Jeju. Shinhwa resort is on a massive compound, with an amusement park and a mini mall. With the effects of Covid it was empty and creepy. Rooms were average, clean and minimal. Grand Hyatt on the other hand is located in the city, just beside an Emart (Try to separate me and grocery stores 😂). I believe it just opened a few months ago after a revamp and it didn’t fail to impress. The room was massive, and service was immaculate. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a staycation.
I have 2 goals in mind- headstand and splits, so I’ve been concentrating on stretches and poses that would help me strengthen and stretch the required muscles. I so desperately want to achieve the poses ASAP, but I know that pushing myself too hard will not help in the long term. It’s so frustrating honestly. The frustration is what brings me back to the mat every night though. Sigh. Don’t get me wrong, I still do love practicing Yoga. But when I watch videos of people effortlessly executing headstands and splits I am so jealous. (It’s been a while since I’ve felt jealousy, hah) I’ll get there one day. 💪🏻
My goal is to read 30 books this year. So far I have read 5 books. The most recent one I’ve read is Free food for millionaires by Min Jin Lee. Although it was a little more like chick lit than I’d hoped it’d to be, it was still a great read that brought the characters to life and highlighted the issues of immigrant lives. This book made me realise I don’t enjoy reading about romance, love stories & sex, though. (Also the reason why I don’t enjoy reading Dan Brown novels 🙄)
March 2nd marks the first day of my graduate studies. I’m excited to pursue International Relations because I plan to utilise this when making future decisions. I want to be in a position where I understand why things are happening politically, socially, and economically, rather than taking news or information as they come. The ability to make judgements for myself is a liberating experience and I appreciate that because the biggest thing I value in life is freedom. Freedom to make my own choices, and go wherever I want. But this also means that I am accountable for my own decisions. Therefore, I am preparing myself with education and research.
I’m happy to say I am quite satisfied with the choice of courses I made this semester. I’m taking:
- Understanding East Asia
- Jobs in the era of AI
- Current issues in Chinese society
- Research methodology (Mandatory)
I’m also planning on signing up for a mentoring program as a mentor to local students. Although my Korean isn’t that great, I hope I can tell them my story and inspire them to be brave.
I’ve started trading stocks. It’s not going very well. 😒 One thing I learned is that everything affects share prices. It’s insane how you read a news article and the prices of related companies shares rise. I just find it astonishing that people can make that connection instantly, like, pandemic breaks out, buy shares in vaccine- medical supplies- medical disposal-??? I’m just like… oh a pandemic. Scary. Shares would be the last thing on my mind. 😂
Jordan got me a Macbook air as a Valentine’s day/Grad school acceptance present. I’m loving it. He’d teamed up with Smol to surprise me at the Apple store and I was so touched. He’s used his first bonus to treat me and I’m so grateful. 🥰
Kilho sent me a book and a CD as a surprise gift. It actually got delivered to the old house and I was so confused when I got a call from the courier that my package arrived at the wrong address. It reminded me of the time a necklace was delivered to my office (with my name and phone number!) and I still have NO idea who sent it to me. Thankfully this time Kilho’s name was on it so I texted him right away to thank him for the thoughtful gift. I’ve yet to start reading the book but I’ll get to that soon. What a pleasant surprise!
Jordan’s just completed his interviews with 2 B-schools for his MBA, and we are still waiting for the results. I’m still super proud of him no matter the results, but if he ends up going for either one of the schools, he’ll be based in the US for at least 2 years, and maybe more. In that case I will probably join him in the US after 2 years which by then I would have completed my Master’s degree. There are still many things that are uncertain but things are happening. The important thing is not to be swept away by the uncertainty, but to remain present and focused in the moment. I’m excited for what the future holds though. 🔮