Welp, after an unplanned hiatus that went on far longer than it should have, I have — more or less — returned to blogging! So much has happened to me in the past . . . *counts on fingers* five months. My work commute had finally caught up with me (it’s amazing how exhausting bus rides can be), and then work had just exploded in my face starting in June, so my mental and physical energy had been depleted. Oh, then a massive heatwave known as “hot hell” came to Korea in mid-July to August and that just made me not want to go on my computer at home. Amidst all that, I focussed on having a social life with so many different people and event . . . and then another big change threw my life into chaos . . . but for the better in the long run. Instead of rambling on in cryptic tones about the past five months, let me give you all the condensed version of my disappearance.
My friend and I went to The Phantom of the Opera concert. It wasn’t a full musical, but there were still people singing on stage and acting out the story. It was actually really good!
I reunited with Shayne and we met up twice! Once was to hang out in Itaewon and the other was to visit Asan. We had a blast, and I am so glad to have seen her again.
Work hell entered my life. Our summer programme started and the clerk at the other centre resigned, so my workload had tripled at the end of the month because I had to take over her duties as well.
Work hell worsened because another programme started in my centre, on top of the previous events from last month. I was utterly swamped, but then . . .
. . . Entered the heatwave hell. Korea’s monsoon season was shorter than usual, so that horrible heat that we have towards the end of July to end of August started two weeks earlier. Needless to say, I was absolutely miserable from multiple fronts.
Thankfully, at the end of the month, I reunited with my friend C.! I got to visit Suwon Station area for the first time and stayed at a decent motel.
I stayed at a hotel near my work twice — once with a friend, and once by myself. I enjoyed blasting my AC during the heatwave.
Work was the same. Combined with my commute and the heat, I was utterly exhausted.
With the heatwave finally ending, I made a return trip to Sokcho for the third time. This time, I travelled there with a friend, and we went during Labour Day weekend to see the sea and the mountain. I had a lot of good food on this trip, and my friend and I enjoyed the scenery there.
Next, there was a huge all-class high school reunion in Seoul. I attended the icebreaker event, the hail banquet, and the farewell banquet. It was a reunion full of alumni from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I’m a 00s alumni, and we were the smallest group there, and we were known as the “babies”, haha! It was wonderful to attend this gathering and to see several people I know. It was impressive considering how 98% of the alumni who attended came from the US.
I attended my third Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Concert with a friend! After eight years, they returned to Seoul. Nothing beats a live orchestra and choir concert!
And the big change that threw my life into chaos? My parents bought a flat in Songtan, and we moved there in mid-September. After living in Seoul for thirty-one years, it was bittersweet to leave the city of my heart and soul. The move went a lot better than the move from last year, and our new place is a lot bigger and better. I like the fact that it’s close to my work, but Songtan itself is . . . a piece of work. Suffice to say, Seoul will always be better than Songtan!
And we are in October. I attended another concert in Seoul with two friends, and it was the Kingdom Hearts World Tour Orchestra Concert! Two video game concerts in one year — don’t know how that happened, but this made me a happy Tara! This concert was amazing, and Shimomura Yoko was present and performed in the finale!
To conclude, I finally feel settled in our new flat, and I feel like my equilibrium has stabilised. No more waking up early to commute to work and return home late because of said commute. I can easily walk home in about 30 minutes, so that also allows me to get my exercise. Songtan is not winning any points for me, but I am far happier than I was in the past two years. And with me being happy, it’s time to return to the blogging world. I’ve missed you all, and I cannot wait to read what you all have been up to! <3