Monday, August 21, 2017

KGSP - The Second Last Week

Man. Three years ago I set off on this crazy journey to go halfway around the world to learn a new language, experience a new culture, and do my master's. It seemed like such a long time then but now here we are, my final week in Korea.

There's just, a deluge of emotions going on right now. It's really hard to explain. I'm excited to go home of course. I miss my friends and family and of course I miss my home country. But at the same time, it's kinda sad that I have to leave now.

I have a lot of issues with Korea, but regardless of that this has been my home for the last three years. I've settled into a life of my own with knowledge of where to go, what to do, who to meet, etc. And now it just feels like I'm ripping up that life to bring it back to the one I had three years ago.

So yea, this last week has been kinda rough and I'm sure this coming week will be the same, if not worse.

The last week saw two trips to Seoul. The first was a short day trip because I went to do a programming test for a job application. The test itself wasn't exactly easy, but it was made even more difficult due to the fact that it was all in Korean. Needless to say I didn't do well.

But they compensated me for the trip there and hey, free trip to Seoul. So I tried to make the most of it and meet some friends as well, considering how my time here is limited. That was a nice night, but I failed massively on time that day and somehow all my temporal obligations that day was off.

Then, I went back to Seoul on the weekend to see more friends. Another one of our friends who left a year ago came back to visit, so it was really nice to just hang out with him and the others once again. But again, bittersweet cause who knows when I'll see these people again.

I'll probably do a more in depth blog post sometime on my other blog about my experience with this program. I'll likely also do another post here next week as well, even though I'll be back in Canada. Honestly feels weird man. I've already done like 150 posts with the KGSP tag.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

KGSP - Big Waves

So this week was a bit more interesting than the previous weeks. I say this because I actually took pictures of stuff this week, meaning there was some visually interesting things worth recording for the future.

The week started off pretty standardly, but then a few days ago me and some of my friends suddenly decided to do a short trip to Busan. The weather was hot and we haven't been to Busan in a while so it seemed like a good idea to make a trip out there to swim in the ocean.

The ocean. And a lot of people.

So just our luck the day we went to Busan actually wasn't that hot, rather it was kinda cloudy and windy. Still, there were a lot of people at the beach. But, since it was windy there were also some pretty big waves.

Some of the waves went up a couple feet so it was actually pretty fun to be in the water. You couldn't really swim because there were so many people with the donut floaty things that every time a wave came everyone got knocked back a couple feet.

This kid is just taunting the ocean.

It was fun though. The water was nice and the waves made it fun to play around. After swimming we went to grab some food and hung around Gwangalli a bit before calling it a night and coming back to Daejeon today.

Overall fun trip. Short, but fun. Busan is definitely still my favourite city in Korea and every time I go it just reinforces this idea. It's just so nice to be in a big city by the ocean. City actually feels alive and interesting, unlike Daejeon.

Unlike this men's section in the Busan H&M, which is just an empty room.

Another thing that was of note was that the lab invited me for their summer barbecue. It's crazy to think that it's already been a month since I last went to the lab. Felt good to see everyone again though.

Although I had to give back my keyboard which sucked.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

KGSP - Relaxation and Reflection

So the last few posts here have been pretty bare. I'm afraid to say that this one is also going to be somewhat lacking in content. This week was a lot of mostly just staying in my room doing unexciting things so I have a distinct lack of photos to back up my posts with.

After coming back from my trip I got hit by a pretty bad case of jet lag. Normally I'm used to the "12 hour flip" ones where you just feel deadly tired after like 8 or 9 and end up waking up at 6. But this time it's not like that since I went from Europe to Asia.

So instead I'm stuck with a weird case of "can't sleep until like 4 in the morning and then wake up at 2". It's kinda sucky. I've spent most of the week just waking up sometime in the afternoon and it really does kill the amount of time available to you in the day.

Granted I haven't been doing much anyways. Mostly just organizing my life and thinking about how I want to take it in the future. Essentially just a lot of job and soul searching really.

The main highlight of the week was a short trip to Seoul. Friday was a pretty fun day because it was the only day this week where my Magic friends were free. One of them is leaving Korea tomorrow so that was the last time we could play together.

So as a result I woke up early on Friday (which, was a pain cause of the jet lag), and then went to Seoul to draft the cards me and another friend won from previous events. That was fun. It was nice to play again, but there was just this.. air of finality in the room so the usual cheer was missing.

Afterwards we grabbed dinner and some drinks to wrap up the day. That was fun too. It's always a good time to go to Seoul and see everyone again. It just sucks cause we're at the point now where every time we meet up there's less of us. But that's how it goes I guess.

I see the upcoming week being pretty similar to the last week. Just more life stuff I guess.

Why is life so complex?

Monday, July 31, 2017

KGSP - The Final Month

So the posts have been pretty sparse lately. Mostly due to the fact that I haven't really been in Korea the last month or so. At the end of June I went to Japan for a trip and then I came back to Korea for like a week to wrap up my lab stuff before heading to Europe for my grad trip.

I just got back over the weekend and the trip back has been pretty tiring so I've been resting a lot. As such, I forgot to write a blog yesterday. But I mean, I literally just got back to Korea so nothing much to report about.

I'll be writing about trip to Japan and Europe over on my new blog over the next month, so make sure you follow for updates!

Monday, July 10, 2017

KGSP - The End is Coming

Doesn't seem real but, the end actually is coming. Friday was my last official day in the lab. All of my stuff (barring a hard drive) has been moved out of the lab and well, I'm actually done. Well, mostly. I still have one small thing I have to deal with, but that's minimal.

Feels surreal. Two years have already passed. Just doesn't seem like that much time has passed, but I have actually done a decent amount in the last two years once you stop and think about it. Still, it doesn't feel real yet.

Got to keep my keyboard though!
The week was pretty calm. We got back from our trip to Japan on Sunday, thus the lack of post for the previous week. Then I just spent the week wrapping up my work, cleaning up my stuff, and doing random stuff in the lab.

The most random, but most interesting, thing I did this week was definately a short video shoot. One of our lab projects found it's way to Daily Planet, which is a science show for Discovery Canada. They wanted to feature it so they came to our school to record stuff.

Let the awkwardness commence.

It was cool because I actually used to watch the show back in high school, so it was really neat. I wasn't the dude in charge of the project, but they asked me to be the main actor in the initial opening segment, which was kinda awkward but kinda cool at the same time.

The rest of the week was just finishing up my work and packing up. Friday was my last day and honestly it was a pretty bittersweet moment when I left the lab. Regardless, I went to Seoul for a job interview and then followed that up with hanging out with friends and playing Magic.

Went 2-2 at prerelease but I won one of the raffle prizes!

So overall it was a nice week. Lots of emotions though. But the next week is gonna be fun cause I'm doing my grad trip on Tuesday. Going to a bunch of different countries over the next two and a half weeks, so that's gonna be awesome.

I'll be writing about that trip (and my trip to Japan too) on my other blog, so make sure to check that out if you're interested.

Monday, June 19, 2017

KGSP - The Monday After

So that was another fun filled weekend. I went up to Seoul again for the weekend because I had a friend come visit from Canada, and a few of my friends in Seoul wanted to do a meetup before they leave Korea forever.

It was a pretty fun weekend. Although pretty tiring, hence the Monday blog post. My friend that came to visit was one of the guys I met due to my internship in Hong Kong, and it's pretty cool cause this has been the fifth country we've hung out in.

I don't get why this country is 5000 years in the future though.

So it was a pretty eventful weekend. Some sightseeing to show my friend around of course, but most of the time was just spent eating and drinking with friends. It honestly was a pretty fun weekend, but man, tiring. Haha.

It was kinda sad though, in a way. Cause it really was fun. The last three years has been a pretty big adventure and a lot of it was spent with these guys I met at the language institute. So it's kinda weird how some of them are leaving now.

Who else would drink all of the Queen's Ale?

I'll probably save my thoughts about this for a future blog post though.

The rest of the week has been pretty bland. I submitted my thesis for printing so my school work is 99% done at this point. Still have some paper and presentation stuff I have to prepare for conferences, but it's hard to get motivated.

Trying to go to random events to network too.

Right now though, I have a job interview coming up. Tomorrow, actually. We'll see how that goes. Could very well decide my immediate future.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

KGSP - Defended

So the end is finally in sight.

Wednesday was my defense so I spent the most of the beginning of the week just preparing my defense. I wasn't really nervous but my presentation was a bit long, so it annoyed me more than anything. Regardless, the presentation went well and well, I'm done!

Unlike this ant war which never ends.

Doesn't really feel right to be honest. I'm glad that I'm almost done with my studies, but it's also a bit of a bittersweet feeling too. Don't get me wrong, I'm really glad that I'm almost done. But now the real world is calling again you know?

Looking for jobs and stuff, not very fun. Plus so many of my friends are also graduating too and heading back home, which is also not very fun. Luckily I had a chance to see a bunch of them in Seoul over the weekend though.

It feels like I've been in this country so long I've stopped appreciating it.

In celebration of my successful defense I also went and book a trip to Europe as well. Hitting up Russia, Germany, Czech Republic (Czechia?), and Austria for sure which is gonna be awesome. I'm really excited.

Russia requires a visa though so I like rushed through so many things in order to prepare that visa. That was an experience in and of itself, readying the documents and actually applying for it. First time applying for a tourist visa so that's kinda a neat thing.

You know what's also a neat thing? This.

So yea, my near future has some pretty exciting events. I still have to finish up a paper for a conference and another paper for a class, but they'll both be done within the next two weeks and then I'm off to Japan for a conference and workshop.

Then I come back to Korea, rest up a bit, and then off to Europe. Gonna be sick.