I never thought that I actually reserved this blog page from as long as two years ago… which is when I started dreaming of a life on an idyllic island, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Then I was still living in Singapore and now I’m actually living in Seoul, so I guess its one step closer to the dream of the move.
This one year which I’ve spent in Seoul National University trying to get proficiency in the Korean language has both been challenging yet rewarding. Challenging in that learning a foreign language is never easy, learning one with the sentence structuring the complete opposite of English – suicidal. Yet it is in this time away – one I call my work sabbatical that I’ve met so many interesting people of different nationalities, formed friendships that are kind and loving in nature and having carefree time to take long walks in parks, checking out new nooks and hooks of Seoul and enjoy having seasons – a luxury to some, bane to others.
Best of all now I can actually argue over some small injustice I face in the subway, bargain down clothes and things I find in an interesting marketplace, hold conversations with foreigners from different parts of the world – ALL IN KOREAN. Hah!
P:S – This year I celebrated my birthday in style with all 11 of us representing a different nationality each from Ukraine, Barbados, Indonesia, Pakistan, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Kazakhstan, Russia, Korea and Singapore. The global footprint, the stories I’ve come to know, fills life with the most interesting perspectives 🙂
This sabbatical has also given me the geographical advantage to visit more often, children from an orphanage in Gimcheon – a 3 hour train ride from Seoul. Happy faces, chuckling from the background, incessant crying, playground happiness, all part of a good weekend adventure.
They have so much love to give, eagerness to interact person to person, juxtapose this to a growing social interaction-less world we live in is definitely quite a change, If I ever get to adopt one of these kids, I hope he will have a life outside of an iPad/computer, one dominated by the great outdoors, hiking, fishing, running through the green fields without a care in the world just appreciating the wonders that God has made… that will be my biggest wish for him and for myself…
Jeju… to be continued…