Before I go on, I want to thank everyone for their supportive comments on my previous post about my cerebral palsy. I really wasn’t sure what sort of comments I’d receive, but I appreciated every single one of them. Thank you for reading and commenting on one heck of a difficult entry!
Moving on — it’s time for a new Recent Realities post. The last month or so kept me busy. I could say the past few weeks have been exciting in an understated way. I upgraded something, tried out an experiment, and had some delicious food. Amidst all that, I’d been slowly getting used to my new workplace and the commute. With it being a month, I feel that I can say something about it now . . . along with all the happenings in my life, haha!
Tesla the Phone
After owning a Samsung Galaxy S3 (named Sapphire) for the past 3.5 years, I decided to upgrade to a new phone. Sapphire still works all right, but I’ve been having a lot of issues; it would crash and freeze on a regular basis, and that just proved to be nothing but a hinderance. After some thoughts of switching to a Samsung Galaxy S7 or an iPhone 6s, I chose the iPhone SE for two reasons: 1) with that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion going on, my trust in Samsung went way down and 2) the iPhone SE is much cheaper than an iPhone 6s. Regarding the second reason, I nearly fell out of my seat when I found out it’d cost me almost $90 USD a month for 3.5gb of LTE data transfer and unlimited domestic texts and calls with an iPhone 6s. With an iPhone SE, the cost is about $70 USD instead for the same amount of data transfer, texts, and calls. That’s about $10 USD more than what I pay for my previous S3 plan, so I could live with that. Therefore, I chose an iPhone SE in silver with 64gb of space.
I named my new iPhone “Tesla” after Nikola Tesla, one of my favourite inventors/engineers in history. I am so far liking Tesla. I’ve only had the phone for about a week. Switching from an Android to iOS wasn’t difficult, but I do have several annoyances. I find that the touchscreen doesn’t cooperate well with me, and having that “#” symbol on the second page of the symbols keys instead of the first page is driving me nuts! Regardless, I am loving the camera on this thing. The smaller screen took a bit for me to adapt, but I’m glad I went for a smaller phone instead of getting a larger one.
Work and Commute
After that first difficult week, I’ve adapted to my new workplace. I have so much tasks that I am always kept busy. I find that doing administrative tasks suit me, especially the ones that involve repetition like data entry. I’ve learned how to take payments on carbon paper and how to operate a credit card machine. I’m also doing the staff timecards with an ancient software that involves a floppy disk (don’t ask). I’ve also had to clean and re-organised my work area. In fact, it was so filthy that I went and bought Clorox wipes to sanitise my own desk! All in all, I’ve managed to impress my bosses with my work ethics, so I think things are going well work-wise.
Commuting-wise, I am not doing so hot in that department. A normal day for me involves waking up by 6:00am at the latest and catching the 7:00am bus. On a good day, I’ll get to my destination by 8:10am. I work 9:00am to 6:00pm with an hour lunch, and then I have to wait two hours to catch the 8:00pm bus. This means I do not get home until 9:30-10:00pm. Needless to say, I’ve been quite exhausted by this schedule, even with all the times I sleep on the bus! So this led me to try an experiment . . .
I found a place on Airbnb near my workplace, about 15 minutes away by foot. This place gives a private room while sharing the bathroom and common areas with the host. I gave it a try this week, staying Monday to Friday. This arrangement proved to be a lot more ideal for my physical state. I was less tired and I found myself really enjoying the fact I didn’t have to commute everyday. However, despite me only being away for 4.5 days, I became terribly homesick. I missed my parents, my auntie, my bedroom, my comfortable bed, my desktop PC, and my beloved city, Seoul. It’s weird. I can go away on trips and not feel homesick, but this time it felt completely different. My emotional and mental health took quite a beating this week. Take it from me, mates — there’s no place like home!
Despite my unexpected homesickness, I took the time to explore the area I stayed in and try out some new restaurants. Couple of my experiences were pretty bad (including a pineapple fried rice that didn’t come in a pineapple like it was pictured in the menu!), but there were a couple of good food experiences!
I had this awesome chicken teriyaki and tonkatsu set with miso soup the day after that horrible pineapple fried rice experience. This place surprised me quite a bit. They give you quite a bit for the price. The chicken had a good flavour to it. The miso soup tasted more like Korean soybean paste, but I ended up liking it. If I ever crave teriyaki, I know where to get my fix!
After that fantastic teriyaki, I tried this chicken fried rice at a different place that just tasted sweet and bizarre. Until then, I’d been spending $8-13 USD on my meal, so I was desperate for some good ol’ cheap Korean diner food. For some reason or another, those cheap diners were all hidden and tucked away in this area. I finally found it after wandering around the marketplace area, and I managed to find three diners right next to each other. I went to one and had a bibimbap for about $4.25 USD — way cheaper than what I’d been spending! Honestly, this bibimbap wasn’t anything special, but after eating those those expensive, subpar meals, this bibimbap was pure heaven!
Last, but not least, I discovered this skillet toffee fudge brownie at Chili’s, and this is my new favourite dessert ever. That toffee in the concoction really hit the spot! I am not a huge fan of Chili’s, as I tried their sliders and was not impressed, but I’ll definitely return for this indulgence!