Monday, May 29, 2017

KGSP - Seoul Searching

So when I first got to Daejeon, I used to leave the city pretty often. I'd head to Seoul or Busan, or sometimes even Daegu, maybe every other week, or at least once a month. But once I settled into my school and lab work, my trips have gotten more and more sparse.

The last time I left Daejeon was about a month and a half ago to go to a concert in Seoul. But that was literally a day trip so I didn't really spend much time there. But now that my work is winding down a bit, I finally had time to go, so I went for the weekend.

They opened up an old highway as a new park, which is kinda neat.

It was a pretty tiring trip, but fun. On Satuday I got to Seoul and walked around the new highway park they opened up. It was a pretty neat idea, and they had some water spray things to cool down the park, which was awesome to just walk around cause it was a pretty hot day.

Then I went to buy some stuff and met some friends for dinner and drinks. That was pretty fun. It was good to see some of my friends again. Unfortunately a lot of them are busy with their own schoolwork so not everyone could come out, but it was still nice.

Got to try this Armenian cherry wine though. Random right?

Then today I went shopping a bit again, and then went to meet some friends at a board game cafe and play some games. So overall it was a pretty good weekend. Just lots of relaxing and socializing, which is a great change of pace.

The school week was alright too. It was the spring festival week, so we had a bunch of events at the school. The highlight of the festival was probably the international food festival, which was on Friday.

They even had a Canadian booth. I was not involved.

I went last year as well and it was about the same this year. A bunch of international students cooked some of their traditional food and sold them. Some decent food, but nothing super special. Best thing I tried was probably the plov from Kazakhstan.

So yea this week was pretty eventful. I feel like a lot happened this week and I could write a lot more about it. But I just got back from Seoul and I'm tired, so it's stunting my writing creativity haha.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

KGSP - Green for Go

So I thought that last week was a pretty relaxing week but man, that was nothing compared to this week. The week started off similarly to how it ended off last week, but that was only until Wednesday, the day I did my greenlight presentation.

I practiced my presentation a bunch of times and was a bit worried because my presentation went over time. I ended up going over time in my presentation too, despite speaking quickly, but it turned out it didn't matter. I ended up getting news that I passed the presentation the next day.

Celebrating with a (probably dirty) bucket of popcorn.

So that's a huge relief. In my department we have to do four presentations before we graduate, and the greenlight is the third, and arguably the most important one. Since if you fail that, you can't even do your defense and it essentially acts like the gatekeeper to graduation.

So it's great that that's done with. I still have two and a bit weeks before my defense so I need to be preparing a presentation and my second draft, but I really don't feel stressed anymore. This is a wonderful feeling.

Also finally got a chance to eat this chicken that was grilled at the back of a truck, which was also wonderful.

So yea, things aren't over yet. But it's just great to be able to relax a bit more. Just like, play some video games, watch some shows, and just work regular hours again you know? 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

KGSP - Yellowlight

So this week was actually quite, unproductive. Relatively speaking of course. I still managed to get a lot done, but it was a lot more relaxing and slower paced than previous weeks. That just happens to be because it was a weird week where I'm just waiting for stuff to do.

My greenlight presentation is on Tuesday, and that's essentially my pre-defense where the result decides whether or not I get to even do my defense or not this semester. The thing is, we had to get our thesis and presentation materials printed and submitted by last Wednesday.

I present to you the first draft of my thesis.

So that meant that I had a lot of stuff to do getting ready for Wednesday, but once everything was submitted, I hit a bit of a lull. I had to still make some of the videos for the presentation (luckily videos aren't printed), and obviously I have to prepare for my actual presentation.

But it was still relatively more peaceful than previous weeks. I couldn't really do too much because I can't change my materials, so I'm just waiting to get the feedback and results from my presentation on Tuesday, which is a nice change of pace.

These random food trucks came by to serve food too, which was nice.

Our professor wasn't around either since he was at a conference, so it really did feel super relaxing. I almost feel like an actual person again. But it's still no time to fully relax though, the upcoming presentation is important, so I need to make sure I do it right.

Outside of school the week was pretty standard. I had a bit more free time at night so I ended up cooking a few more meals which was nice. The air quality was really bad earlier in the week so that was gross though.

Seriously, you know it's bad when air pollution turn into water pollution when it rains.

But yea, life is alright I guess.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

KGSP - Not So Golden Week

So in Japan, the week we just had would be called Golden Week. It's called that because they have a string of holidays during the week and so it's just a fun week full of celebration. The last time I went to Japan was during Golden Week actually. Not a great time to go, but still was a fun time.

But obviously I do not live in Japan. In Korea, it's not called Golden Week, but it's kinda similar. They both have Children's Day, which was on Friday, but they also have two other holidays throughout the week, making it essentially a two day work week.

Here's the Cheery Hoegaarden I didn't take a picture of last week.

So what does that mean for me? Well not much really. I got my phone fixed (again) on Tuesday and it hasn't broke yet, so that's a good sign. Other than that it's pretty much just been a lot of thesis writing. The first draft of my thesis is due on Wednesday so I've been spending most of my time on that.

It's actually coming together I think. 99% of the writing is done and now I'm just working on the figures. Soon enough it'll be done and I can focus on getting ready for the actual presentation, which is the week after.

I didn't really take any pictures this week so here's my study timeline.

So life really hasn't been that exciting. While everyone's been celebrating random holidays it's just been business as usual for me, albeit a bit more relaxed since people aren't really around. It's actually been quite relaxing actually, despite the looming deadlines.

In other news, the air quality is really bad. It's that time of year again when the air is worse than usual. I've been meaning to take pictures but I haven't gotten around to it. But all the pollution and dust and pollen and stuff gets out of control for a few weeks every spring, and we're deep in it now.

It's just kinda gross you know? Everything gets caked with this yellow powder and it just doesn't look healthy. It'll pass in another week or so though, so it's just a bit longer. But until then I'm just wearing my mask a bit more often.

Oh, another sad thing happened this week too. Remember how I posted last week saying how my fish has been acting weird? Well, he didn't make it through the week. It's a bit sad really. Even though he was kinda just like, on my floor, it was nice having something alive in the room.

RIP 12/23/16 - 5/5/17.

I don't think I'll get a replacement. Just doesn't seem right, especially since I don't even know how much longer I'll be in Daejeon.