As one door closes, another one opens. Today, I said farewell to my 20s and greeted my 30s rather . . . grudgingly for two reasons: 1) My Kansai trip ended and 2) I am not ready to be a 30-something adult. However, I cannot stop time, so I’m doing my best to accept the fact that I’m OLD.
Old or not, I still woke up at 3:30am to catch my flight back to Seoul. Waking up was super rough since I’ve already not been getting enough sleep, but I persevered and got ready. I had no problems with my travels, other than losing my boarding pass under my seat, which was a lovely little thing . . .
I never expected to get a birthday greeting from a boarding pass. I’m deeply saddened by its loss.
Eventually, I made it home without any other issues (well, I discovered that my broken suitcase became even more broken X___X), and I unpacked and went to my ENT appointment. After the horrendously pricey visit and medication, I decided to treat myself to getting a sterling silver bracelet with my leftover trip money to replace my old bracelet from years ago. I bought my new bracelet at Lloyd.
After all that fun stuff, I made it home in one piece, despite having an icy fall somewhere. By the time I got home, my mum had made me my birthday dinner — budaejjigae aka base stew or camp stew. This is one of my favourite Korean dishes that I have to beg my mum to make. My aunt made it for my birthday last year, so this year my mum took on the cooking. It was NOM, superbly delicious to where my palate sang in happiness.
Then it was time for cake. This year, my uncle’s birthday fell on the same day as me (he celebrates by the lunar calendar), so that was why there are two cakes. One was like a whipped cream cake designed in different styles, and the other was a sweet potato cake. I much prefer the latter.
And that’s my birthday. I’m bloody knackered from my trip, but I’m also happy and content with all the wonderful love people have shown me. So many people have wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, Twitter, KakaoTalk, and email. I got a $50 gift card from my best friend in Guam, Tales of Xillia and Legal Drug Omnibus from Knownickname, and money from my mum, dad, and aunt. I know I’m super lucky to be surrounded by so many great people. And now, let me end this with a photo of one of my other gifts — a Snoopy pen from Universal Studios Japan, given to me by my travel companion! ^^
Anyway, I’ve got one more tasks to conquer before I post about my Kansai trip. Stay tuned!