Jillian R.
Today is our first anniversary as a married couple.

January 23.

Spending our final 2 nights in an empty apartment;




(We still have a bed at least)

And a simple card which Eric made for our paper anniversary;



Oh and of course, there's no way I'm leaving Korea for the desert without having strawberries - lots of it. Who knows how much they would cost in Oman!



The sad thing is, in a few weeks, we could get bigger, juicier ones at the market for the same price, or less. Oh well.
Jillian R.
I'd say yesterday was quite emotional. The shipping company movers came down, packed everything into boxes (very efficiently, I must say) and within a couple of hours they were gone; taking with them four cubic meters of clothes and other odds and ends which we accumulated over the years in Korea.


I remember moving houses quite often as a child; once when I was 5, then again at 6, 8, and finally settling down at my parents' current house (in Penang) when I was 10. Not only did we move houses, I had to change schools too. It wasn't that we moved to a different State or anything. Penang is a small island, you could probably drive around it within 2 hours. My dad however, did not believe that a school should take more than 5-10 mins to get to in the morning. My parents drove me to school every day.


Anyway, my point is, I'm used to moving; but moving as a child is nothing compared to moving as an adult. 
Jillian R.
You know how it is when you're about to leave a job or a place and everything turns out exactly how you wished it would ever since you could remember?

Yeah Irony's a b*tch! (heh!)


For me, I've spent the past year complaining about how no one speaks English anwhere here in Daegu and how difficult it is to get a message across. This past week however, as the moving date draws nearer, everything seemed to have picked up on us leaving and took a turn for the - better!


Take for instance our apartment internet connection. It comes free with the apartment and ever since we moved in 5 months ago, every month, at least once we would have to have the engineer come and fix it because apparently the students living downstairs would yank out the cable so hard that the entire connection for the building would be lost. Also, the kids probably play World of Warcraft or Starcraft (
or some similar Korean game) all the time so our bandwidth is affected. We sometimes have to wait 10 mins to watch a 3 min Youtube video. Yesterday, after complaining of another outage, the engineer came and replaced the building modem AND gave our apartment a separate outlet from the students - but we're leaving in 2 weeks!

That's not all.


Today, we were at the hospital to change an appointment date. Changing an appointment date is usually a very complicated process. It usually involves lots of confusion and having several other people getting involved because we don't speak Korean. For some reason, today, we happened to be at a counter with a new guy. He handled us and we had zero problems. He spoke perfect English and got everything done quickly. Again, but we're leaving!


Another depressing fact about our impending departure is my job. I have an angel of a boss who pays me on time and buys
Dunkin Donuts and coffee for all the teachers in the academy. Not only that, she gives us (me, at least) freedom on the classroom lesson planning. This is very rare for a Korean hagwon (private academy or institute). When I gave her the news of our departure, she looked genuinely upset and kept asking if she could contact her friends in the education industry to help Eric's job situation. This is such a far cry from my monster ex-boss who had someone call me after I left work one night and told me they hired someone to replace me. Apparently, it was cheaper to hire a Korean teacher than a foreign one - me. I have been working at this hagwon for nearly a month and already I know it will be on my list of "Best Jobs I've Ever Had".

At this point, 2 weeks from departure; we're still in the "sorting" stage in terms of things around the apartment. Things are moving along quite slowly I must say. It's really hard, with such short notice, and I really ought to be sorting instead of writing this. I will keep you updated as much as I can.


But before I end this entry, let me share with you a few things I am definitely going to miss:-


("Slow Food"? How long exactly do we have to wait?)


Taking pictures of funny signs; to be fair, the sign is not all that wrong. The picture was taken in front of a restaurant selling Korean porridge/congee. It just means the food is slow-cooked to delicious goodness!


(Makeup Street downtown - as I like to call it)



Nature Republic has become one of my favorite brand if Korean beauty products. They have everything a girl needs to look um, herself...and at very affordable prices. I sure hope they have Nature Repulic outlets in Oman, or else...I suppose it's back to paying over the roof prices for good makeup.


I will end today's entry leaving you drooling over our dinner today



(Seul-long-tong [Bone soup] with all the fixings)
Note: Original picture have been deleted accidentally without any backup. The source of this picture is http://www.plateoftheday.com/374/ 
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