Things have been so crazy for me since my first volume of Recent Realities. I’ve been in this transitional stage with work, so I’ve been keeping myself busy with various tasks to prepare for my new job mentioned in the last volume of this column. The potential job change has become reality. I feel like I’ve gone through a huge whirlwind of changes from that news. I’ve also experienced some negative incidents; however, for this post, I’ll focus on the positives because I need more of that in my life. Looking back, things have been hopping for me. I find myself wanting a little vacation now, haha!
Future Solo Trips
After thinking about it for a few weeks, I decided to book a two-night return trip to Sokcho in November and stay at the same place from my previous trip. I decided to keep this trip short because the four nights I stayed last time did feel a bit long. But I really want to see the East Sea again and I want to just unwind and relax. Things had been difficult while I transitioned out from my old job, and I’ll definitely be experiencing more stress while I acclimate to my new job, so this mini-trip is something I can look forward to and keep my sanity together. I just hope my trip won’t be rained on like it did last time!
Along with Sokcho, I also booked my flight to Hakodate, Japan! Hakodate is on the southern tip of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is a place I’ve been wanting to visit, and I chose Hakodate because of Goryokaku, a fortress-turned-park with a historical significance, and one that was featured in the otome game and anime, Hakuouki. The more I looked into Hakodate, the more I wanted to see and experience there. Ergo, I booked my flight for April 2017 — I can’t wait!
Last Day at Work
August 19 was my last day of work. It felt quite bittersweet saying goodbye to the place I’d been at for over four years. I wanted to make a quiet escape, but I found out that nothing stays a secret in my organisation! I spent most of the my last day running around trying to get last minute tasks done. Then I went to the farewell party in my honour. Fourteen of us gathered at one of my favourite restaurants (who also allowed me to make a reservation), and we all had a blast. I was presented a plaque and a card signed by my co-workers. This is a great team, and I will truly miss them. I start my new job tomorrow, so I hope this new change will be a good one. The next few topics are merchandises I bought to sort of prepare myself for this new job . . . XD
Kate Spade Purse
I decided the time came for me to get a luxury purse because I wanted one that will last me for a long time. I’d been eyeing some of the Coach and Michael Kors bag for a while, but nothing had caught my fancy. Then I happened to look on the Kate Spade website, and I discovered the Cameron Street Small Candace purse, and it was love at first sight. Actually, I first saw the larger version of the purse, but I decided to get this smaller version because the larger one would have been way too big for me. I managed to find a seller who sold this bag for $258 instead of $358, and I applied some of my reward points and bought it for $200. However there was some major shipping issues, so shipping alone cost me $55.10 . . . oh, well! I still managed to save $100 on that purse, haha!
I really am loving this purse. It’s not perfect, but it’s good for what I need. The size is actually great, and it fits enough of my essentials (minus my small umbrella) for me to carry around. The strap isn’t long enough for it to be a comfortable cross-body, so I’ve been using it as a shoulder bag. This is a real classy bag, and I’ve received some great compliments! Heck, even my male boss who’s not into fashion noticed my bag, haha!
I’ve been wanting a Birkenstock for a while, and I finally found one I wanted for 70,000 won, down from 100,000 won! I chose the Florida Birko Flo sandals in blue. I was surprised that I fit into a 230 (US women size 6) instead of my usual 240 or 245! Either or, I look forward to wearing these. My friend, who was with me, also bought a pair of Birkenstock herself!
I needed a nicer looking pair of shoes, but I also wanted something comfortable. I turned to Crocs to see their selections, and I found the Women’s Marin ColorLite Loafer in black. Thankfully, it was on sale and was marked down 30%, so these cost me 59,430 won. I think I’m good on shoes for a while now!