Monday, December 26, 2016

KGSP - Multi-Cultural Christmas

So today is Christmas, yay. I really like Christmas. It might honestly be my favorite holiday of the year. Obviously it's not really the same when I'm in Korea, since part of the Christmas experience is being at home with family, eating good food and opening presents and stuff.

Plus there's also the issue with the weather. Having it be a bit colder and have some more snow would be wonderful, but alas, things do not always go according to plan. Despite the amount of work I have, I decided that Christmas weekend was going to be time off for me.

Pictured: Work. The next few weeks are going to suck.

Leading up to the weekend was pretty ok too. Our lab had a lab dinner where we had some non-Korean meat dishes which was pretty good. I also conducted a pilot study for my lab project and finished all of my class work for the semester, so this week was also quite notable.

But the most important part of the week was definitely the weekend. Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I went to Seoul to meet up with some friends. After going shopping a bit, I ended up going to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. 

Aww yes. Best vegetables.

Normally in Korea the Chinese restaurants are very disappointing. Mostly because it's not really Chinese food, but kind of a fusion of Korean and Chinese cuisines. But this one restaurant was a giant chain that exists worldwide, so I had some more faith in it.

It wasn't bad. Normally not the same as the stuff you can get at home or in Hong Kong, but it was definately acceptable. I really wanted Choi Sum, which is my favorite vegetable. They had it, but it was so damn expensive. But hey, it was Christmas. Totally worth it.

Decorations in Seoul.

The next day, today, started off pretty well too. This time, I went to a Canadian restaurant. I heard a lot of things about this restaurant before, and finally I decided that Christmas would be the time to go and check it, so I went.

It was pretty nice. The food tasted pretty legit and the atmosphere of the restaurant definitely feels like a place back at home. Having some poutine in Korea was pretty nice. I ended up buying some to go as well because I was heading to a friend's place.

Only thing that was weird was that they were showing football instead of hockey.

Having both legit Chinese and Canadian food in one weekend was honestly super awesome. It's really great cause it satisfied both sides of my cultural identity. I really wish they had this stuff in Daejeon, but unfortunately they do not.

After lunch, I went to my friend's place for their Christmas party. I couldn't stay too long because I had to go back to Daejeon, but I had about five hours of solid fun, food, and holiday cheer. Honestly, being away from the lab and just having fun was a great change.

Started from Daegu and now we'e here.

I gotta head back to the lab tomorrow since I have user studies this week for my lab project. This kinda cut shorts my holiday celebrations especially since Christmas was on the weekend. But hey, it was still really fun. New Years is next week but I don't have any plans yet.

Monday, December 19, 2016

KGSP - The Crunchiness of the Season

Man time is just passing on by isn't it? It's been a while since I've done a Monday post (I think), but yet here I am once again. The last week has kinda been a blur really, my perception of time is really weird now since everything is just kinda fusing together.

It's like how in Final Fantasy VIII they had the whole concept of time compression. I'm still not really sure how that was supposed to work but maybe it feels like this. Time kinda just passes by and there's no real indicator as to where it's going.

I got this package from home sometime last week but it honestly felt longer than that.

It's like time is both really long and really short at the same time. I don't know how to explain it. All I know is that I'm probably spending an unhealthy amount of time in the lab. Days now are pretty much wake up, go to the lab, ??, leave the lab, sleep.

It's actually kinda fascinating because I don't even really remember what I'm doing in the lab. People ask me what I'm working on and I just say I'm working on my lab project. And I am. But I honestly don't remember what I'm actually working on, I'm just droning away.

I also got this package the same day as the other one too.

I end up relying on just looking at my commits to remember what I've done, which is a bit of a weird feeling, especially since things feel like they were done so long ago despite it only being a few days. Honestly this entire thing just doesn't feel right.

But anyways, other than lab stuff, this week was ok. Classes have been wrapping up and so I had a bunch of stuff due. Can't wait for the semester to end, but again, lab work is really the thing that's killing me right now anyways.

At least I'm not ghettoly attaching Arduino buttons to a mouse like this other team in my class.

Outside of school I hung out with some friends over the weekend after lab. It's nice to hang out and be social, but it also takes more energy. That's actually why I'm doing this post today instead of yesterday because I went out last night and was too tired to write a post.

I'm still tired now too actually. I hate crunch.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

KGSP - The Spirit of Christmas

So, we're well in December and you know what that means, Christmas. Honestly, December is probably the worst month for me. I normally really like December because the holiday season is what I live for.

But in Korea, it's a bit different. I'm not at home so I can't spend time with family. It's cold enough that it feels cold, but there's no snow in Korea. And also it's the end of the semester so deadlines are stacked against me so hard.

As stacked against me as the voting to impeach President Park.

So all in all, it's just kind of a miserable time. Obviously I try to make the best out of it, but it's hard when I'm just spending all my time in the lab everyday. I thought I had a lot of work so I was spending a lot of time in the lab.

I was wrong, I have more work than I thought. So I need to spend even more time in the lab working. Which is wonderful you know, pulling like 60 hour weeks in the lab only to find out that you're still behind on all of your work.

Trying to stay festive in the middle of the mess I'm in has me like this.

Not a fun feeling. But who knows. I'm trying to stay optimistic and maybe take some time off in January or February after the conference deadline and just like, have fun. It'll be nice I think. But I haven't had a chance to plan anything yet but that's the goal.

I do have things to look forward to in the immediate future though. For one, I'm expecting some packages. My family back in Canada mailed me some stuff for Christmas, and my friend from Japan forwarded a toy I got shipped to her house.

Gotta try to fit stuff under this tree somehow.

Silver linings right?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

KGSP - Escaping Reality

So normally time just kinda passes and I don't really pay attention to it much. I just keep focusing on the next deadline and next deadline and next thing I know another week has passed, another month has passed, a year has passed.

It's a bit scary in a way, because it just seems like well, time is passing. And what am I really doing with this time? Most of the time the answer is just "more lab work". And this week really doesn't break that mold. However, it was lab work that really hit home that time is passing.

It's also a special week when you have tiramisu pizza.

I had my thesis topic presentation on Tuesday. It's the first of four presentations related to my thesis and honestly in the grand scheme of things it's not really that important. However, the fact that I had to do a presentation on my thesis is already a pretty big milestone.

At the very least it's a sign of things to come I guess. This is really it. The beginning of the end. My thesis represents the culmination of my studies, and the fact that the progress has officially started really does mean my studies here in Korea is coming to an end.

Picture: the end. And no that's not me.

It feels weird. On one hand there's so much work awaiting for me, but on the other, I'm almost done. Hopefully. Regardless, it is a milestone in my studies here so that was interesting. My topic is going to be related to augmented reality, a technology that I personally find pretty cool.

Speaking of cool reality altering things, our lab also got a HTC Vive this week. For those that don't know, a Vive is a virtual reality headset similar to the Oculus Rift. Essentially, it's like a helmet that has two screens, one for each eye, so that you can play games like you're in them.

It also makes you look like a random B movie science fiction character from the 90s.

It wasn't my first time with virtual reality, but I've only ever used the Oculus DK2, which is an older version. This one has a much higher resolution and tracking and so the experience was really cool. Not only that but the Vive comes with two specialized controllers.

The demos I've tried all make great use of the controllers and so you can just kinda play games and experience a completely different world through this device. It's kind of amazing really. Our lab is planning on using it for some projects, but I don't think I'll have a chance to work with it.

But what's more amazing is that these chips exist in our reality.

But that's fine, it's cool that I get to play around with it anyways. Having the chance to just kind of experience something new and have fun was really nice. I miss playing games and having fun.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

KGSP - Winter is Here

Even though it's technically not winter yet, it's certainly feeling like it. The temperature in the last few weeks have been in the single digits, dropping below zero during the night. But, as we all know it's not really winter until it starts to snow.

And snow it did. We had first snow a few days ago and despite it not accumulating at all, it was still nice to see snow. I missed it a bit. Too bad it doesn't really accumulate here in Korea. I wouldn't mind it being like 5 degrees colder or something if it did stick around.

Snow is also notoriously hard to capture in a camera from a distance.

So yea, it's starting to feel cold. Other than that, this week has probably been the most "graduate student"-esque in a while. I was conducting user studies and working on thesis presentations and stuff so that's been different.

One of the classes I'm taking is a Game Studies class and we ended up deciding to do a study on the GUI of League of Legends. Which is like, ok I guess. I'm not the biggest fan of League of Legends, but the study itself is kinda interesting.

I'm getting kind of sick of watching it over and over again though.

The big thing though is that my thesis topic presentation is coming up. Overall it's not too exciting, but it's the beginning of the long process of actually doing my thesis. The first thing is just presenting about what I actually want to do my thesis on.

I'm pretty excited about it actually. For one, I'll be using the HoloLens which is like my favourite device right now, and it's also gaming related which is always a plus. I'm a bit worried about the work load though, since I have a lot of stuff to do in addition to my thesis.

It's gonna be explosive.

I still need to prepare my presentation a bit though. Slides are done but I need to make sure I don't go over the time limit. Which is tough because I need to talk slowly because my normal talking speed is apparently too fast.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

KGSP - One OK (Rock) Weekend

So despite having my thesis topic presentation coming up alongside a bunch of the end of the semester work shenanigans, and aside from the fact that I went to Seoul last weekend already, I went to Seoul again this weekend.

The week itself was pretty bland. I held some workshops for a study I'm doing for a class, and made some serious progress on my lab work. But I feel like my thesis work and my other classes work is falling behind a bit. Hopefully this will not be a problem.

Pictured, watching League of Legends (ugh) for science.

But by far the best part of the week was the weekend. I had three friends who all have their birthdays in November, and since everyone was busy with school and stuff they couldn't properly celebrate their birthdays. As a result, they decided to hold one party on Friday.

So I left the lab early and made it to Seoul to go hang out with them. That was a really fun night actually. It's been a while since I've seen a lot of my friends in Seoul so being able to just hang out was really refreshing.

We had sparklers for some reason.

Needless to say it was a tiring night. But the next day, Saturday, I went to do some shopping because Daejeon sucks for shopping and I wanted new clothes. After that I went to a concert that I've been looking forward to for a while.

One OK Rock, a Japanese rock band, is a band that I've been following for years, and I really like their music. Their style is a bit different from a lot of the other music I listen to, but they're up there on my list of favourite bands. And, they're big enough that they actually play in Korea!

Unlike pretty much any other Japanese band I listen to who never leave Japan.

I just think it's kind of funny because people ask me if I've been to Kpop concerts in Korea. I tell them no, but now I can also tell them the only concerts I've actually gone to are Korean metal concerts and Japanese rock concerts. I roll against the grain like that.

It was by far the biggest concert I've been to. I'm used to like, sketchy concert venues in the middle of a warehouse district or some random basement in a tattoo building or something. Some dark grimy place that fits like 50 people max. This was not this type of concert.

I think this fits 3000?

I couldn't get standing tickets, and in fact, I couldn't even really get good tickets. But still, being at the concert is still better than not. And the silver lining was that despite the hall being big, it wasn't that big.

It was a pretty amazing concert overall. People cheered so loud, granted I guess that with 3000 of them it should be loud. The production quality of the concert was so great too, granted I guess that's what happens when tickets are a hundred bucks each.

Pretty epic stuff really.

The band played all the songs that I liked, and he played the crowd pretty well too, throwing in the random word or phrase in Korean too. But the weirdest part was that despite the vocalist's English being pretty top tier, he spent most of the time talking in Japanese.

Which is like, yea I get it. You're Japanese and it's your native language. But people in Korea don't (normally) speak Japanese. But, there were a lot of Japanese people at the concert. The last time I saw so many Japanese people I was actually in Japan.

Such a good show.

Overall it was a pretty good show and a great way to mark my last night in Seoul. I probably won't be going back to Seoul until the semester is over, so it was the last hurrah I guess. I really need to start working on stuff more.

Oh, speaking of work. My old lab keyboard was causing discomfort because I type too much and having the keypad throws off the angle of my arms so I asked for a new keyboard. They obliged so I ordered a Razer Blackwidow Chroma.

Click. So. Click. Many. Click. Colours. Click.

So overall this was a pretty great week actually.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

KGSP - Global Connections

After the festivities of last week, this week at the department was pretty uneventful. Just working on stuff as usual. However, I was tasked to export all the videos from the design forum last week, so I had to like, export nine hours of video over the week.

So when that happens my computer is working pretty hard so I didn't really have the chance to work on any of my programming. I feel like I'm falling dangerously behind on my project work. The upcoming month or two is not going to be fun.

But hey, free food for exporting videos.

Other than that I've been working a bit on my portfolio a bit more. I've come to the realization that I need to update my portfolio a bit since it's getting to the point where I should be looking for jobs again. Applying for jobs is never fun, but gotta do it right?

Speaking of jobs, I had two friends take some time off work and come to Korea for the weekend. I went up to Seoul on Saturday to go meet them and hung out with them before coming back to Daejeon today.

A selfie latte is very necessary.

Both of the guys that came to visit are very well-traveled. They're always out and about and always post pictures of them in random places in the world on Facebook. One of them is up to sixty something countries and the other is in the forties.

Much more than the teens that I'm currently in. As usual, it's always nice to see people from home. Just being able to talk a bit more about the past is nice, even though that sounds like a super old thing to say.

I found this KAIST optical shop in Seoul. Why does this exist.

We just kinda went sightseeing for a bit. It was their first time in Korea so I just kinda showed them around and introduced them to Korea. They seemed to like it though, which is good. Especially since they've been to so many places and still think Seoul is a cool place.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

KGSP - IDKAIST 30th Anniversary

After coming back from Dubai, I really wanted to (well not really, but) just work on my ongoing projects. I got ahead of my school work prior to going to Dubai, but after coming back I've realized that it's caught up to me again, so I once again have homework.

Not only that, but Thursday to Saturday marked the 30th anniversary celebrations for my department. Since turning 30 is a big deal, they decided to have celebrations that required the attendance of the graduate students.

Day 1: A design forum.

The first day, Thursday, was a design forum where they invited a bunch of people from around the world to join in on some discussions about design. It was ok I guess. The highlight for me though, was the 6000원 discount coupon they gave us for the school cafeteria.

It was still cafeteria food, but hey, free food. Plus there was enough to cover both my meal and two slices of cake, which made it totally worth it. Day 2 marked the official grand opening of the new lounge on the first floor of our department.

Complete with ribbon cutting and everything.

The lounge was under construction for months now, so having it officially be over with was great. I was tired of the construction. The lounge itself is pretty neat too. The layout is a bit weird, but the space is pretty comfortable. I could see myself using it sometimes.

The highlight of the day once again was the food. They had an all you can eat buffet for the faculty, students, and guest. It was pretty fancy looking food too. Plus they had a table full of wine and champagne, so it was overall a pretty good lunch.

Free fancy food and wine. I am very ok with this.

Finally, day 3 was homecoming, with alumni from IDKAIST's 30 year history showing up and reminiscing about the past and checking out what the department is doing now. There were short demo sessions too where I had to demo someone else's project.

But between the demo sessions was another bout of free food. This time, it was more Korean style food and they got the owners of one of the craft beer places to distribute beer. So again, free food and free craft beer for lunch. These are the school events that I am ok with.

I wish we had these type of meals more often.

Seeing all these alumni show up was an interesting experience. For one, a lot of them did more than one level of education at KAIST, like bachelors and masters, or some even all the way up to PhD. And since it's been 30 years there's a lot of parents now too and they brought their kids.

That's very different than the experience I had at UOIT, seeing how the school is barely a teenager. It was interesting to see all these people reflect on fond memories and even have a chance to bring their family to check out what was essentially an important episode in their lives.

I didn't win anything in the raffle unfortunately.

It really made me think about the relationship I have with KAIST and the industrial design department. If UOIT had an alumni event (and they did), I would go to it (but I didn't because I'm in Korea). If KAIST invited me to one X years down the line, would I?

Excluding the fact that I might not even be in Korea X years down the line, I'm not sure. The event made me kinda realize that I'm not really all that attached to this school. I mean yea, IDKAIST is alright, but there are definitely less positive emotions when compared to UOITGameDev.

But I got to throw a small bag of beans at some random confetti filled container at KAIST.

I dunno. I guess I just felt like I was more a part of the community at UOIT. There's definitely a big difference in that regard.

Monday, October 31, 2016

KGSP - Desert Delays and Branching Blogs

So I skipped a week of posts and am making this one a bit late too. There's a reason for this though. Last week I went to Dubai for the Dubai Design Week and so as a result I straight up just wasn't really around to make a blog post.

The trip to Dubai was actually really awesome. I got invited to present some work at the event so it was extremely tiring but overall a really good experience to get some feedback on my work as well as to meet new people and see new things.

Deserts, technically one of the oldest things, but super new for me.

I really want to go more into depth on my experience there, but I don't think this blog is appropriate for that anymore. For the past few years I've essentially been using this blog as a weekly diary for the things I do when I'm abroad.

That's fine and all, but I wanna write in a different style and it doesn't seem like that would fit here anymore. So I've decided that I wanna start a new blog. I'll keep this one going for weekly entries, but I'll have a "cleaner" blog that will be posting more in depth stuff.

It'll finally let me dive into more detail into events too.

For that blog, I'll be using my own domain. It'll be at blog.garykcng.com which is currently super under construction. But when I have posts, they'll be there. I'll try to get a few posts in there soon about Dubai and I might even do some retroactive posts about my previous travels too.

I essentially see it as less of a diary and more of a real blog. So I'll talk about my travels, events, life, etc. But I'll do posts less frequently as compared to this and just go more into detail since I've been glossing over details sometimes on this blog. Should be a fun way to write I think.

More fun than carrying fish onto trains.

Anyways, since I just got back from Dubai, that project is pretty much over for now. There was a lot of positive feedback so I might go back to it sometime, but right now I have to focus on my thesis project and lab project. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

KGSP - Brief Busan Visit

So work has been piling up as usual. I had two presentations last week but one of them got delayed to this week so now I have three presentations this week. Wonderful. In addition to that I still have a lot of work to do for my project by the end of the coming week, so I just have a lot to do.

You'd think with the amount of work I have I'd essentially just be living in the lab again. But you'd be wrong. My parents came to visit again so naturally that means that I had to spend time with them instead. This was good because working sucks and spending time with family is great.

But spending time in Daejeon though.

They came to visit on Thursday so we spent Thursday and Friday just hanging out in Daejeon after I finished with my lab work for the day. To be honest there really is nothing to do in Daejeon so we didn't do that much those two days.

However over the weekend we decided to go to Busan. My dad went to Busan once before but my mom hasn't been before. Plus it's just more fun that Daejeon anyways so I figured it was a good idea. Would be a lot better than Daejeon anyways.

What would also be a good idea is giving that PacMan eyes so it doesn't just look like a moon.

So we went on Saturday morning and went to check out the skywalk by Oryukdo. The weather was ok actually, but it was a really windy by the water. The view was ok but there wasn't much to do there. The actual skywatch was a bit unspectacular. Kinda small, but ok.

Afterwards we went to Gwangalli to check out the beach and have some dinner. Gwangalli is still one of the best places to visit in Busan imo, but after having been to Busan so many times it's finally kinda hit me how long it takes to get there.

Also, the rationale for why it's called five-six island is kinda lame once you see the islands.

Unfortunately, it was raining a lot today. It was like pouring the entire day so we couldn't explore more outdoors. Which was a shame because Busan is like, 90% outdoors. There's not much to do inside, but I guess that's kinda true for all of Korea.

We went to do some shopping at Shinsegae before we decided to hit up Busan Sea Life, the aquarium they have in Busan. I've never been there before and aquariums are kinda neat too. It seemed like a good idea anyways cause it's indoors.

Aw yea, sharks.

The aquarium itself was ok. Pretty average I think. They had a big tank with sharks and stuff with a walk-through tunnel, which is always kinda neat, but I don't think I'd go again. But yea, it was a short trip and we returned to Daejeon today.

They're heading back to Seoul tomorrow morning before leaving Korea so our time together is up. Always a bittersweet moment, but now it's back to work.

Monday, October 10, 2016

KGSP - The Fake Holiday Season

So last weekend was a long weekend because it was a Korean holiday. As a result we had a shorter week this week. Today is also a holiday, but it's not really a holiday because it's a weekend and apparently Korea doesn't believe in making up public holidays if they fall on a weekend.

Whatever, it doesn't matter that much. Even if they did make up the holiday it only means that I skip an extra class and go to the lab later. And it's not like I do much in that class anyways so work wise it's pretty much the same.

My desk right now is just a mess.

As far as lab work goes, I had to do a workshop on my lab project on Friday so I had to make sure the application was relatively working well. I was really worried actually because there was a lot of issues with it, but the workshop went surprisingly well.

The last workshop we did in June was really rough so I needed to make sure this one was better. Thankfully it was. Still not that great, but progress is really showing. This is good because it means I get to spend time on a different project now.

And trust me, that's a mess of a project right now.

I still have to work on my lab project, but I have a demo for a different project in two weeks and I really need to start working on getting that ready. So now it's back to actually balancing two projects. It's work, but I also have a lot of random other things to deal with too.

For one I totally forgot but a friend of mine came down to Daejeon from Seoul today. He's here until Thursday for a conference. Forgot he was around really. Plus, my parents are coming to Korea again too. They'll be in Daejeon on Thursday for a few days.

Speaking of dealing with random things. Check out how this bar dealt with a lack of electricity in the bathroom.

So a few more social obligations on top of my existing workload. Fun times really. I'm really glad that people are visiting though. If you really think about it there really isn't a great time for people to visit anyways, so anytime is good.

Oh also I managed to secure One OK Rock tickets for their concert in Korea. That was actually a pretty cool thing because I really like that band and so when I found out that they were going to be in Korea for a show, I had to make sure I had tickets.

I also managed to secure a recipe to fry spaghetti. It's actually not that hard.

They had two sites that you could use to buy tickets. I've used one before to buy something else so I already had an account so I decided to use that. I was refreshing the page like mad when ticketing opened but the site was incredibly dumb.

You couldn't "reserve" seats until you actually went through the payment page. So you were essentially trying to select seats, and then raced other people to fill in your information. If you were slow, too bad, back to the beginning.

If only everything was as easy as frying spaghetti.

So after about 2 minutes the standing tickets were all sold. And at that point I just wanted anything. Unfortunately it wasn't looking very good. After about half an hour of fighting with the system, I didn't have any tickets.

But I just couldn't give up. I went to the other site, signed up, and they had literally four seats remaining. Managed to refresh a few times and I got myself tickets cause that system didn't suck as much. Wasn't the tickets I wanted, but hey, something is better than nothing.

Monday, October 3, 2016

KGSP - Blackout Long Weekends

So normally when you have the words "blackout" and "long weekend" together, the image it invokes is probably a weekend of excessive drinking and partying. This was not the case. It was literally just a long weekend that also involved an actual blackout of electricity.

Not that exciting really, but it's given me some forced time off from the lab. The department is under renovation and this weekend they decided to turn off the electricity, so no computers. It's good cause I get to rest, and thus the Monday post cause I forgot what day it was.

We got the wood in for one of my projects though. Pretty hype.

Overall the week was pretty standard as far as weeks go. The long weekend was probably the biggest deviation from the standard. Just more working in the lab and doing stuff for class really. Nothing too special.

On the other hand, I tried to cook different types of food this week. I don't really cook as much anymore because I typically spend most of my weekday nights in the lab so I just eat in the cafeteria. But man I'm seriously getting sick of cafeteria food.

So I went and cooked this spaghetti dish with some weird Japanese sauce I acquired.

I miss home cooked food.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

KGSP - Fun in the Frenzy

This last week has been pretty brutal. I've slowly realized over the last few weeks how much work I actually have to do, and how much time is actually remaining. It always seems like a lot of time when you first have to do something, but then time passes and kinda just slaps you in the face.

As a result I've been trying to spend more time working, mostly because I just need to get stuff done. Classes don't really help either since they just clog up your time with lectures and homework. But you know, life goes on.

Unlike my bike's pedal, which after taking this picture broke in half after a sharp turn.

Regardless, I've been trying to have fun when I can because life is no fun without fun. All this week there has been festivities going on around campus because there's the yearly competition with POSTECH, the school I was also accepted to but turned down cause KAIST is best.

I didn't go to any of those festivities. However I heard them from my spot in the lab. But on Friday I went to the Fall festival at Chungnam University, which is like a 20 - 30 minute walk from KAIST. It was like any other university festival really.

Lots of people, loud music, expensive food and drinks. Classic.

That was ok. Chilling with some friends was nice, but I couldn't stay very long. Reason being was that on Saturday, yesterday, I had plans to go to Seoul for the day to play some Magic. Yes, I know. I'm busy and poor but I still decided to make the trip out to Seoul.

Was worth it though. It was pre-release for Kaladesh and I always try to make pre-release. Despite it being an expensive ten hours in Seoul, it was really fun. And despite not doing very well in the tournament, and opening garbage, I had a good time.

My prize pack was cool though, two dark (misprinted) cards.

Wish I could've stayed longer though. But I ended up deciding to forgo the Sunday in Seoul and instead went back to Daejeon Saturday night. Missed some StarCraft action but I really do need the time to work, so alas, went back to the lab today.

In the last few years I've felt like I can manage my time and work load well. I hope this sticks true for this year too!