SKIP if you’re here for korean related post only because the following is just personal ramble.
Now, why I was late for my hangul day post was because…… I’m going to go to Seoul next week. Alone.
I was planning to do double trips this year to gear me up for solo trip to Korea sometime next year.. Since I’m not naturally independent, and I surround myself with independent friends who always have no problems doing lots of things.. it’s a very attractive quality, I feel. Something which I lack, I hope to have. So right before my trip, I knew of my friend’s dad being hospitalised for tests.. Thinking it could be an omen, I decided to meet her to plan for our trip anyway..) It turns out on Hangul Day.. when I was typing this post.. I received a message from her, saying that her dad has cancer and she won’t be able to make it to Seoul with me. She’d have to forgo her plane tickets and hotel accomodations.. amounting to 1+k. .. to go consult doctors. So I saved the post and waited.
When I first heard it, I had no reaction. Then time trickled by.. and I slowly got the sense of impending doom… On one hand I feel really bad for her dad, because I was also worried for my parents.. my mom naturally has bad digestion and vomits and feels full easily.. The early satiation is one symptom for stomach cancer. In fact, I did research just the week before about stomach cancer.. And I have a higher risk for it just by being blood type A. People with blood type A have a higher tendency feel more stressed. Instead of my friends who have relaxed attitudes, I would be the worrier. In fact, I am probably over prepared for the korea trip. But it still is not enough. I slept late each day trying compile info for the trip, I felt less excited. People who smoke too have a higher risk for cancer. I don’t smoke and hate smoke passionately..
But then Solo travel was something I always read bloggggssssss and blogs about. They fill me up with hope and inspiration, thinking one day I’ll try my own.. the day before I had a chat with my mom about this exact topic. She suggested I go to nearby countries to test it out first.. but the month before I just came back from Osaka (have to blog about this) and it was supposed to be my ‘practice trip’. Oh well, I found it tiring.
Now I have to go alone, I’m slowly feeling reexcited about it. Even preparing the itinerary I wasn’t really not interested, constantly looking for alternatives and things to do… It was boring when I had to plan for Osaka trip though. I dunno. What happened to my passion for Japan?? Maybe the prospect of having many things to buy plus kpop in seoul is just appealing. I’m not even planning a kpop centered trip. I’m just going to visit the JYP and Cube cafe for a short sit in and then go my way and look at the sights. Perhaps my interest in S Korea extends far beyond the music and seeps into the culture too.
I can’t wait to see all the stores, try some korean food (I will be so intimidated with the menu), go to cafes, see the hongdae night performances, visit the rivers, watch their TV, use their internet, push around in the subway – actually i don’t want that.. meet people,
In fact, yes, meet people. I actually RSVPed a languagecast meet up in Hongdae, during the time I’ll be in Seoul!! So exciting! To meet the cast of Talk to me in Korean, and meet up with english speaking people practising various languages! I’ll definitely have problems finding the place (I don’t even deal well with directions in singapore..), but one of my dreams is to meet inspiring people who will spur me to improve myself. I think it’s going to be good! Going to bring a note book to learn new stuff. 😀
I’m surprised, because I’m not usually a doer. I talk, think, imagine, say but seldom take action. This time I’ve been given the chance to do this solo travel.. (Still feeling sad for my friend though) gosh, everyone please eat healthy, no salty and preserved foods, or stuff rich in sugar, don’t smoke or stay by people who do (Gonna have problems in seoul)
And just now I went to apply for a credit card(s).. one bank’s lady was so kind! she offered to expedite things for me so I can get my card asap before my trip. whether I get a card or not will affect if I will have Olleh egg wifi to rent at Incheon lol. If you don’t, you’ll have to leave a 200kwon deposit. Which is lame. who wants to leave extra money until the end of their trip and collect it before going back? Haha. The second bank Citi bank is quite amusing. The sales guy there was especially chatty and friendly.. and quite shy? I dunno. He switched between moments of professionalism ‘Miss I need you to sign here’ and just plain friendly ‘Oh you stay here, me too actually. Is your office the one near this this and there’s lots of xx bank staff there?), and I wanted to laugh because it was kinda amusing. In the end, with his help I was signed to a lot of random cards. 😀 Yeah well. I can feel rich now. Without actually wanting to. Haha. I actually feel like being social. Which is so rare.
These moments are normal for a sociable person, but you have no idea how much I treasure moments where people treat me nice. 원래 나는 별로 사교적인 사람 아니니까.. ^^; 아무튼! I’m also going for another meetup tomorrow. With a group of locals learning korean. Hopefully it won’t be like japanese meetups, where basically almost everyone is pro at it, and they make me feel inferior.. :< Is that why I don’t have much good feelings for Japanese (except for this really handsome guy OMG I MUST BLOG ABOUT THIS – *RAMBLE) I’ll update about the meet up tomorrow! 😀