All plans and no follow through

I’ve got a ton of posts in my drafts and I make plans to write about so many things, but then I procrastinate, and then time passes, rendering them all irrelevant in my mind. I’ve barely posted about all the places I visited while on exchange in 2014, when I travelled to Jeju, Geoje, Tongyeong and also Japan. So many beautiful places and experiences I never wrote about! Then I swore to myself I’d do better and update when I went to Korea again earlier this year. That so didn’t happen… I even brought my laptop there and everything!!

I think the problem with me is that I don’t know how to edit. When I get all absorbed writing a thing, I get so into it and I end up going on and on until it becomes this monster of a post. It’s too long to finish in one go so I vow to continue it another time, but that usually never happens so I end up with a bunch of 1000-word essays that never see the light of day.

So I realise it’s probably best to do my life updates in point form so here I go:

1) I finally have a full-time job!!! After I was done with FYP, I started freelance writing for Mediacorp whilst also doing part-time work at Jurong Regional Library as an Assistant Library Officer (lol that makes it sound so much cooler than what it actually is. Basically I (wo)man the customer service counter for a measly hourly wage). During this time, I was still looking for a job but I think I was being too picky / not trying hard enough because I wasn’t hearing back from anywhere. Anyway, point is, I heard about this position from a friend, applied, and 3 days later, I started work as a Marketing Executive for this company. I’m currently on a three-month contract so we’ll see how that goes. Fingers crossed, because I really enjoy what I’m doing so far!

2) I went to Korea again in August for like… 4 days. Short because I wasn’t working full-time then and had only about $1000 saved up for this trip. But the main aim was to go for 2 days of Elysium. It was something I’ve been thinking about ever since the concert was announced but when I couldn’t get tickets, I was like aww shucks, I guess it’s not meant to be. But then one week before the concert, Cindy was like Should we go? and I was still a little torn until finally, I was like, you know what, YOLO and so we got our tickets from some Starlights on Twitter, booked our flights and our accommodation and off we went.

Yes, I totally get that it’s kinda crazy to fly all the way to another country just for a concert but at the same time, I felt like I would have regretted it if I didn’t? If you thought the K-pop concert experience in Singapore’s good, wait till you see your faves on their home ground. They’re so relaxed and comfortable on stage, and the banter with the fans comes so naturally since it’s all in Korean. The sets also look so much more grand. It’s just a whole different experience! I really don’t regret it because at this stage in my life where I’m at, I don’t have to worry about bills and mortgage yet, so VIXX is something that I’m willing to indulge in on such a level. They bring me happiness and supporting them makes me feel good so that’s what I’ll do until there comes a time when my priorities shift and I have to reassess the way I spend my money. I’ve seen VIXX so many times this year and I still miss them. LOL *whines sadly about my first world problems*

3) I’ve started watching RuPaul’s Drag Race again since All Stars Season 2 has been airing and honestly, we need to have words, Show. Ru changed it up this season so that instead of the bottom 2 having to lipsync for their lives to stay, the Top 2 would lipsync to win $10,000 each week and then the winner would have the added responsibility of sending someone from the bottom home. I like that the queens (minus Phi Phi) this season are goodhearted people and genuinely nice to each other but come on, this isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friend Race!!! It’s honestly pissing me off how the good ones are being sent home week after week in favour of friendship (R.I.P my queens Tatianna and Alyssa). I swear to god, if Roxxy stays over Katya, I will burn with the rage of a thousand suns. #TeamKatya

Ok, I guess my point form is kind of a cheat since it’s basically 4 full paragraphs that I’ve ordered into a numbered list… Told you I suck at cutting down on words.

Travelling and other things, but mostly VIXX

April 19 is the date of my final presentation of my final university semester but April 19 not only means freeing myself for good from the shackles of school life, because now it also means a new beginning in more ways than one…….VIXX comeback!!! *sad trombone anti-climactic sound* Sorry, if you were expecting something more profound and philosophical. Feeling just a little overwhelmed here because finally, a comeback! But more importantly, it’s happening as the same time I’ll be in Korea!

It’s just so amazing to me, how of all the times to make their comeback, it happens to coincide with the 4 weeks out of the 52 weeks in a year that I’ll be in Korea. There can’t be any other explanation for it… it’s… it’s fate. My destiny to see them during a promotion cycle. I guess I have no choice but to accept this fate. *proceeds to rewrite entire itinerary and plan it around VIXX’s schedule* Okay fine, I guess I’m only half-kidding…

I’ll be in Korea from April 27 and fly back on May 24, but will be spending the first few days in Busan with my mum. I’m actually really excited to be going back to Busan! I wonder how much it’s changed… It’s still quite unbelievable to me that I spent an entire four months in this beautiful city.

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All the huge lilac clusters that stretch out for miles are all cherry blossom trees!
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Igidae Park was torture to climb but holds some of the bluest seas I’ve ever seen

This place will always hold special memories and it’s gonna be that one thing that’ll likely bond Kiat Jiun, Gen and I for a long, long time, even despite not meeting up as often as we’d like to now. Busan will forever be what connects us together, and I love that. Sometimes I’ll see Kiat Jiun in class and we’ll catch up now and then, but most of the time, I have no clue what’s going on with her… which is kinda strange. To think, for a period of time, we spent practically every single day together as both classmates and roommates. We took almost all the same classes, had the same circle of friends and went everywhere together – even travelling to Japan! Life can be so amazing and unpredictable sometimes.

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Three Musketeers teehee

But I digress. After my mum leaves, I’ll spend a day and a half by myself (hopefully VIXX has something on or maybe I’ll try and make it for Leo‘s Mata Hari arrival just for fun) before Cindy, Fel, Alex and Mel arrive in Seoul. Squotongs, unite! Buuut if I’m being completely honest, I’m a little wary about travelling together as a group of five because I feel like there’s going to have to be a loooot of compromising.

Because I’ve been to Korea, I’m quite clear about what I want to do or don’t want to do (not that the list is very extensive), especially since I’ll already be doing some of the things with my mum the week before. So I’m afraid I’m gonna end up feeling like the bossy hard-ass that tries to impose her opinions on others (which is kinda a new feeling because on most travel trips, I’m pretty hands-off when it comes to the itinerary). Either that, or because two of them are first-time visitors (and thus willing to try everything) and the other two can be more free with their money, I may end up feeling obligated to spend on food or activities that I would probably prefer to spend elsewhere. Team player and all that. And I’d hate to keep harping on money, so I might just go along with it (as I weep on the inside).

Of course, I’m still really, really excited about spending time together in a place we all love, but I can’t help but worry. Travelling and living together for two weeks is a lot different from occasional outings to the mall and one another’s houses. But now that VIXX has entered the (love) equation (hurhur), I think it does make things a little easier! We can bond over that no matter what, and we’re all keen to try and make it for some schedules while we’re there so that does fill up a chunk of our two-week itinerary. Yep, gonna be lugging all my official Starlight merch there. No doubt about it.

And if anyone’s been counting, yes, that does leave quite a few days where I’m by myself (hashtag HanSeoulo). It’s mostly an opportunity to prove to myself that I can do it. I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do during this time but I’ll probably try and go to all the places that I didn’t manage to in the three weeks before that. And if VIXX happens to have a schedule too… well. :-)

Seoul Sunday (Part 1 of my Korean adventure)

I thought I’d write a little about my Korea trip, if only for myself, and to preserve the memories a little. I had such a great time there, but I think I didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have, until I actually returned home. I was there from May 11-18 2012, so a whole week in beautiful, beautiful Seoul. It was a whole four months ago, and I just want to return there ASAP because I miss everything about it, especially the food, and the sheer convenience of fansigns.

So many highlights in the trip, but Ying Xin and I aren’t exactly picture people (though I’m slowly becoming a selca-whore) so we don’t have a lot of photos to speak for themselves. My memory isn’t the best, so I’ve forgotten all the little little details, so this is mostly an overview of my trip there. I’ve only just watched the 8-10 videos we filmed with my cheap $30 video camera while we were there, and I swear besides sounding like a chipmunk (not helped by the fact that the thing distorts my voice soooo bad) and looking kinda gross in them (what is it about overseas air? I swear I usually don’t look that terrible), I really do crack myself up.

Pre-trip/1st day

Seoul marks my first ever trip abroad without the company of teachers or parents, so woohoo independence! We flew on SIA, and it’s something I always tell people whenever I talk about this trip because how insanely lucky was I to actually score a round-trip ticket to Seoul for $700? *pats self on back* I had the most mouth-watering donut once we landed at Incheon airport from Dunkin Donuts. It was one of those cream cheese and strawberry stuffed ones and homg what I’d do for another right now.

We stayed at Zaza Backpakers Hostel and it was the accomodations that Rachael, Vanessa, Melissa and I picked out when we were initially thinking about going to Seoul together as a foursome. But I guess they were kinda half-hearted about the whole trip, and so that fell through, but I’m so, so glad I ended up going anyway.

The building our room’s in a walk away from the actual office so that was quite odd, but it’s a stone’s throw away from Myeongdong station – super convenient, and we were quite literally in the heart of Seoul. The room’s tiny, but sufficient for the two of us. We didn’t need a luxurious, fancy place anyway since we’d be out most of the time. It was SGD70+ per night for a double room, so I would definitely recommend it, if you’re looking for a decent no-frills place, that’s both affordable and great, location-wise.

We were in a bit of a rush on our first day because I wanted to catch LEDApple‘s concert in Hongdae, which was at about 7 or 8pm. We landed in Seoul at about 4ish, so it was a rush to bus down to our place, settle in a little and then head out to figure out the whole transport thing. Their versions of EZ-link cards are just about the cutest things ever. I guess they also use normal cards to tap in at the train stations, but if you fork out a little bit more, you get cute little plastic cartoon character faces, like the Hello Kitty one I got, which basically serve the same purpose.

Once we reached Hongik University station, which is the station you’d get off at if you’re heading to Hongdae, we were all ready to get to LEDApple in Seoul Vol. 1, but we ended up walking quite a bit. It was at Soundaholic, which if you were to ask me now how to get there, I wouldn’t be able to tell you since I was basically tailing Ying Xin and letting her lead the way. I’m not the most uh, street smart… Okay fine, I’m a directions idiot. We got there right as the opening act, Toxic, began, and thankfully managed to get tickets at the door. They were 20,000 KRW (about SGD22), quite cheap for an idol band performance.

LEDApple isn’t in my top 5 K-pop groups, but I do love them quite a bit. They’re underrated, and I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to finally see them in their comfort zones and playing their instruments live. Hanbyul has such an amazing voice, and it’s just ‘nother whole experience listening to it live. He and Kyumin both got solo stages and the boys all looked so good too. I’m glad I saw KeonU before he left the group. Besides the club being a little stuffy (me being in my fluffy fleece-lined jacket totally did not help), I really enjoyed myself. And because they’re more idol than band, of course they did the typical fanservey thing and came out dressed as girls in one of their performances. And when they slowed down ‘Time Is Up’ for their ending performance – ugh it was perfect, I can’t even.

Dinner afterwards was basically whatever we could find while walking along the streets of Hongdae and we ended up eating fried rice. Mine was seafood, and it was honestly quite blah – not exactly the best meal to start my day in Seoul with. But still a good, good first day overall! One k-pop related thing down, a couple more to go!