Recent Realities Vol. 1

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I’ve decided to start up a new column called Recent Realities. This will be a dump post of all my “Life Lately” occurrences. There are times when I want to summarise all my happenings, and I figure this new column will help me. This column will not be as regular compared to my other ones; I’ll just post this when I have a lot to cover. Like right now. Life’s been really kicking my butt lately, and I’m so tired. My summer work schedule is easier than the other seasons, but it’s just way more exhausting. The heat and humidity doesn’t help, either. I am so ready for winter. Aside from work, these are some of my major happenings since I do have a life outside of blogging, haha!

A Potential Job Change

Since end of March, I’ve applied for about 80+ jobs. My current workplace has a shaky future, and I’ve been wanting to move to a different organisation for a while. I practically lived in the job website since then, and it reached the point I neglected some of my side projects like my blogs. However, I think all my hard work has come to a fruition. I only had three interviews amongst those 80+ applications, but I managed to get tentatively selected for one of them. Nothing’s official yet — everything is still in the works — but I’ve started the process of filling out multiple forms. I do not have an official start date, but hopefully I will get one soon.

This new job is located an hour away. It’s a little bit farther than I prefer, but there is a bus that takes me directly there, so I’ve accepted the idea of commuting 2 (or more, depending on traffic) hours every day. I made an impromptu overnight trip at the location this past weekend. I was able to get a room at the hotel, and I explored the area to get my bearings straight. I even managed to find my potential workplace. It was a nice getaway for me. Even though it was only one day, I needed this huge break in my routine.

11/22/63 & Streaming Shows

I read 11/22/63 by Stephen King, and I have to say it was one of the best books I’ve read this year. I had a difficult time putting it down. The fact that it’s a time travelling story that involves changing the Kennedy Assassination had me hooked from page one. Until now, I had no love for Stephen King. I liked him for creating the world of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but I never could get into his writings until I read this. Seriously, this book’s on my recommended list.

The book made me curious about its mini-series adaptation, and that had me looking at Amazon Prime again. I managed to finally get the videos to play on computer, and I decided to try the trial. I think I may get into television shows after all these years of not being interested in them, haha! Right now, I decided to re-watch the first season of Sex and the City. I hope to watch all of the seasons. Watching them bring back a lot of 90s nostalgia!

Health Updates

I’m still working out Master Yoda once a week, but because of all the things that’s been happening, I haven’t worked out much on my own. I’ll have to get better at it . . . Anyway, Master Yoda has me trying out a scary exercise machine every week. Let’s just say, our one-hour sessions turn into a horror story session of a sort from my perspective. I do not have any love for the ladder machine or the get-on-my-knee and slide-up-and-down contraption that nearly gave me a heart attack. Those aside, I’m still loving my workout with Master Yoda.

Back in April, I saw this counsellor, but it wasn’t really working out for me. I’m planning to see another one tomorrow, and I hope this lady will be a lot better than the previous one. There’s a special going on, where for 10 sessions, I only pay 20,000 won ($18 USD) per session. I decided to take advantage of it and try them out. Plus, I think with all the changes going on with me, it will help me.

The Act of Socialising

Other than all of the above, I’ve been hanging out with friends here and there. I still meet up with Chibitoaster at least once a month. The infamous Eddy and I still meet up here and there, and I’ll be hanging with him later today. Then there’s Holland. She’s visiting Seoul this week and I’ll finally get to meet her! Yay for that! I also took leave from 13-17 and 20-22, so I will be able to spend some time with her.

Whew! That’s all from me on this first volume of Recent Realities. I’m not sure when the next one will be posted, but hopefully I’ll have some new news to share then! I hope everyone is doing well!


  1. I know the feeling of applying to a lot of jobs and only hearing from a few. Personally, I applied to thousands since January and about 20 of them replied to me (some with a rejection) and roughly 5 invited me to an interview including telephone or Skype. Although nothings official yet, I hope you get it! Job hunting is a long process that seems bleak but after going through the whole process more than thousand times, it gets easier and I do believe we get better at them.

    I’ve not read that book but I have heard of it. It seems really good, reviews are glowing! Haha, I’m exactly the same with TV shows. I was never really into them (except Friends) but then my boyfriend introduced Netflix to me and now I watch TV shows more often but still at a controlled level for now… xD

    I hope once everything straightens out, you can incorporate working out and counselling better into your schedule. I have had a few sessions before at University and I found that it helped me with my anxiety a lot but then I found meditation so I didn’t bother attending again! But group ones especially, I found were great!

    Haha, have fun with Eddy! Tell him his YouTube videos are awesome :D

    I like this new column, I think it’s great to put everything thats been going on into one post and let it all out! I hope everything goes well for you Tara!

    • I’m glad you like this new column idea, Pauline ^^

      Yeah, I try to keep my TV shows streaming controlled. But knowing me, I’ll definitely binge out on them LOL But only when I have the time XD

      I am not sure if I’d like the group sessions. They seem so intimidating to me. I’ll consider it, but I have to boost myself for it first, haha!

  2. Hmm, I’m like you. I’ve never really been into Stephen King’s writing but I just read the synopsis for 11/22/63 and it seems very interesting. I’m into 60s history and pop culture so maybe I can stick to reading it!

    And yes, Sex and the City gives me nostalgia too!!! There are always reruns on television during the weekends and I love seeing how everything was back then. The giant wireless phones and cami dresses with big hair are EVERYTHING! hahaha I also like that it makes me think about how young I was back then and how much things have change.

    With everything that’s happening, I’m excited for you! And hopefully things [err, the government] move a little bit faster!

    I feel like I talk to you everyday now ^ .^ and that’s so awesome!! I can’t wait to hang out with you! =)

    P.S.: I’m going to Lush on Friday and yesterday I picked up some other goodies for you at a local shop!! Less than 3 weeks left!!! =)))))

    • I really do recommend the book :3 And yeah! Those huge wireless phones and all the 90s technology?! Hahahaha! I’m going down memory lanes XD

      And eeeek! I can’t wait to meet you! :D We’ll have a blast! ^^

  3. Ahh! Wish I could just drop reading HP books, so I’d start with 11/22/63 already! Everyone who’s read it or seen the series say it’s so good!

    P.S. Your site is loading fine here at home! :D

    • Good to know that it loads fine at home! :D

      I can’t until you read it! We can discuss it when you do ^_^

  4. I love your love for alliteration. xD This sounds like my Georgie Gazette, which I also created to fill in general life updates that weren’t going to suit individual posts.

    It’s actually strange to me that you spent some time overnight in the area you will be working in. I commute an hour to work every day, and an hour back home, but to spend one night in the city sounds absurd when it comes to Sydney. Sydney’s rate of urban sprawl is huge. Maybe two-and-a-half hours away would deserve a stay overnight, but one hour is normal, sometimes 90 minutes is normal for some people. Ever since university I have travelled an hour to work or study, and I learned to be productive on my commute. I actually dread wasting my time once I move closer to where I work, because I might do things like sleep in. :P

    Congratulations on the new job, though, sometimes it can be difficult and time consuming to get there. But you made the right choice especially since your previous workplace was not looking like it was going anywhere.

    • Yes, I’m a big fan of alliterations XD

      And yes, it’s a bit bizarre to spend overnight at a place only an hour away, but I’d explained my reason to you on Twitter :) I totally get you about wanting to be productive during the long commute. And I’ll try. But knowing me, I’ll spend most of my time sleeping LOL

  5. I hope the new job works out and that it’s one that will be good to you! :)

    I only used to catch bits and pieces of Sex and the City when it was still on TV. As a kid, there was nothing in it that interested me (except the clothes) and there’s always the pre-judgment that the show title attracts. But lately, I’ve been dreaming more and more of New York, and loving Sarah Jessica Parker, and I’m thinking of giving this show a chance!

    • You should give the show a chance :) At least watch season 1! That one’s really a good intro to the series.

  6. That’s exciting about the new job!! I hope everything goes smoothly.

    I haven’t actually read 11/22/63, although I did start it. For some reason I couldn’t get into it but maybe I’ll try it again, especially after hearing how much you enjoyed it!

    How did things go with the new counselor?

    • Things are going well with the new counsellor! I feel that she’s working out better for me :)

      And I understand 11/22/63 not being for everyone, but I hope you will give it another try ^^

  7. Good luck with the job change! Hope you will find a place where you can grow and enjoy working at. Even though there is a 2 hour commute, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of things to do during the ride!

    I’ve been seeing how much you’ve liked 11/22/63! It must’ve been really good to get you to consider subscribing to Amazon Prime again xD.

    Oh my goodness, I’ve tried the ladder machine before. It can be pretty challenging for beginners but once you get the hang of it, it’s not that bad. The only problem I have with it is that I feel that I can burn more calories on the other machine than this one @__@.

    Hope you’ll have fun meeting Holland!

    • The ladder machine is super tiring. I can see the benefits, but uhm . . . I’ll stick to other things XD

      I’ll probably end up sleeping during most of my commute XD;;;

  8. I hate trying to find a new job. It’s tough to find a temporary one in the summer because a lot of people are looking for something more permanent. Plus I’m not the best at talking to people. But good luck on your new job!

    I’ve never read any of Stephen King’s books but I’ll have to a few to my list. They sound fun to read!

    I’m glad you’re getting back into counseling and doing some exercise! I’ve seen counselors from time to time but they’re always so expensive here in the U.S. I’ll have to try and see one at some point.

    Enjoy your time with your friends!

    • They are pretty pricey, yes. Perhaps ask if they have a sliding scale policy? Those helps a lot since otherwise I’d not be able to afford it.

      Stephen King’s books never interested, but 11/22/63 was an exception XD

  9. That’s great that there’s a direct bus that can take you to work. Hopefully you’ll get used to the long commute, and there are so many things you can do during that time. Podcasts, audio books, reading, maybe even gaming! Well, I hope everything goes smoothly for your new job hopefully.

    11/22/63 sounds like such an interesting book. I’ll have to add it to my reading list. I also have a fear of trying out new exercise machines. XD

    • I’ll have to try my best to be productive during that commute, but knowing me I’ll be sleeping XD;;; But we’ll see :3 I may be awake sometimes to do do more brain stimulating activities XD

  10. I hope the new job works out! That sounds like a far commute, but it’s nice that you have a bus that takes you directly there, and you can probably get some things done during the commute. Driving to and from work makes me feel like I’m wasting so much time, since I can’t do anything else.

    I’ve never been interested in Stephen King books, but that one sounds interesting. I didn’t know there was a mini series for it too. I usually use Netflix for TV shows, but I’ll use Prime once in a while for movies.

    I’m glad working out with your trainer is still going well! That’s too bad your counselor wasn’t though =/ I hope the new one is better!

    • The new one is definitely better :D

      And it does make sense that I can be more productive on a bus or train since I’m not driving! If I were driving, I’d definitely have less options to stay productive . . .

  11. Ahh I love people’s life-lately kind of series! I once did something similar too but I had trouble just blogging about my life.

    Now I know what you meant when you mentioned a job change! I’m impressed by your patience to find that new job. :) My last job as well as my classes are 40 minutes away (though both are 3-5 miles away because I spend most of it walking to the subway). Perhaps you’ll find the change in routine to be refreshing and that you’ll be able to get alot done on your commute (gaming, sleeping, reading).

    Stephen King scares me!! The moment I knew about Carrie … but he seems like a very interesting writer.

    I’m glad you are getting healthier both physically and emotionally! :) That’s a very very good rate for a counseling session. Friends are also good for emotional health.

    • I had to have patience LOL There was naught else for me to do XD;;; But it paid off eventually ^^ I’ve a feeling I’ll be sleeping a lot during the commute . . .

      Friends are definitely great for mental health! But sometimes you just need a therapist, too XD

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