Monday, June 27, 2016

KGSP - The Final Third

So before I came to Korea, I thought "Wow. Three years. That's a long time." and in a way, three years is a long time. But as a person gets older, perception of time also changes. The next three years will normally feel shorter than the previous three years.

That's kinda how I feel right now. With the semester pretty much at an end, it's starting to become quite apparent that my time in Korea is coming to an end. Yea, we still have a year to go, but it's the final third of my time here.

And yet Korea still manages to surprise me with random visits to our lab to promote detox products.

It's getting to the point where it's now like, the final summer before the final fall semester before the final winter before the final semester. It's a weird feeling to know that there's still a full year, but knowing that it's gonna pass by just like that and next thing you know it'll be over.

One thing I'm definitely gonna miss about Korea is my friends here. We were brought to Korea from all around the world to study here, and when we're done we're likely going to return home and we'll probably never all be in the same continent, let alone country, at the same time ever again.

These freaking people.

It's sad, and even sadder knowing that some of my friends are already leaving. For some, their exchange or study in Korea has finished. For others, they've realized that Korea just isn't right for them, and it's just time to leave.

That's the case with one of my buddies up there, which is why I'm writing this post on a Monday cause I spent the weekend in Seoul to hang out with people. It was a pretty eventful weekend, but at the same time you can't ignore the fact that time is passing.

Hell, this band I saw over the weekend was celebrating their 10th anniversary.

But yea I dunno. This blog post turned out more depressing than intended. However in lighter news, this weekend was fun cause I also got to watch the WarCraft movie, go to a sick concert, see friends and play Magic. Top tier weekend was top tier.

This week I gotta wrap up some stuff then it's time to head home for a short vacation!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

KGSP - Imminent Summer

So the last few weeks have been pretty rough. School work has just been complete chaos trying to get everything done and with a satisfactory quality. I'm over the halfway mark now though, so my classes are wrapping up.

All that remains is the final submission for projects I'm already done, and then I can focus on my lab project. But getting things to this state though was a total mess. So many projects, so many hacky things. I'm actually kinda surprised I'm still alive.

Also the soldering iron I used was like dirty or something so it kept exploding the iron on me.

My thesis proposal is this week too, so I've been working on drafting that up. It's going to be a fork of the current lab project I'm working on, and I'm pretty excited for it. Unfortunately I won't be able to work full time on it until the next semester cause I still need to finish the current project.

But now that my course work is pretty much done, I also have more time to work on the lab project. Which is good cause I have to get a working alpha done for a workshop at the end of the month. Luckily things are going ok with it right now.

I don't have a picture of that so here's a sunflower seed with a ton of salt.

As you can probably imagine I haven't had much time to relax over the last few weeks either. But oddly enough it wasn't that stressful, but I'm looking forward to some actual time to rest and relax for a bit.

I went to the card shop for the first time in a long time hoping to play, but I was literally the only one that showed up to the event. It was a bit depressing so I bought a pack of Eternal Masters as compensation. 16000 KRW for a pack of cards is way too damn much.

But hey, the Chrome Mox made it worth it.

It's a little hard to believe, but in two weeks time I'll be back home. Really looking forward to it. Before I go though I have another weekend trip to Seoul planned to see some friends. Should be a fun time.

Also I'm an uncle now yay.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

KGSP - Rollercoasters

Man this week has been one hell of a week. For starters, all of the stuff I need to do is due soon. So I've spent like 80 hours in the department this last week. Between that and other reasons, this week has been one giant roller coaster ride. I feel so physically, mentally and emotionally drained.

Regular updates will maybe resume next week. This week was a bit too much.

Monday, June 6, 2016

KGSP - Memorial Day Long Weekend

So technically, Memorial Day is tomorrow, but this is still the long weekend. A long weekend that's long because the Monday is a day off is much better for me than a long weekend that's long because the Friday is a day off.

Reason being cause I have no classes on Friday and two classes on Monday. So hurray, two classes I don't have to go to. But despite being a holiday, it's not really a day off for me. Yea, I can wake up a bit later, but I still have a lot of stuff I need to do.

Like building a case for this.. thing.

I did the math, and in the next three weeks I have three final projects, one paper, and a lab project I need to get into a working alpha. That's essentially four things I have to program and make, on top of the random stuff I need to get done.

There's an exam in there somewhere too, but I'm more worried about the projects. I've been spending a lot of time in the lab this week just working on stuff. I have a lot of stuff I'm working on. I just try and spend a few hours on whatever until there's a natural break, and then do something else.

I even found time to make some adjustments to my AC water pipe thing.

I wouldn't say I'm very stressed. In fact, I don't really feel stressed at all. It's a bit weird. I feel an occasional bout of pressure, but then it goes away and I just feel fairly neutral again. Tired, sometimes hungry, but fairly neutral.

Not sure if that's a good thing or not. Maybe I'm actually slowly going insane from the workload. Maybe I've finally broken. I like to think I can balance my life pretty decently. I try to still get some rest and relaxation in, but I somehow just end up more tired. Funny how that works.

I was insane enough to try this pork belly on miso cream pasta though.

Regardless, I think I'm ok. The only thing I'm worried about right now is the quality of the work. I can get it all done, just whether or not it is good. So priority is on the lab project obviously. Also while writing this it passed midnight so it's Memorial Day now. If my workload kills me remember me.