Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas!! 

I cannot remember when was the last time I spent Christmas in Singapore!! Ever since I were young, mum would always bring us back to Taiwan to spend Christmas with our maternal family.  And the year I met Kimchi boy was the first year I'd stopped going back to Taiwan because I had to visit him in Korea instead...

Well, Christmas in Singapore was ..... Boring

Humid and rainy weather, crazy last minute Christmas shopping, crowded streets of Orchard Road, no where to go on Christmas Day, spent lots of money on Christmas sales... Etc. I actually spent Christmas morning eating a bowl of tofu soup at a random hawker centre in Ang Mo Kio. That's how bad it was. But at least I got to spend time with my parents, which might be the last time I get to do that. 

Anyway, look what my lovely boyfriend sent me for Christmas!!

Laneige White Plus Renew Set

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1 year count down

Hello.... It's been a while. 

This will be his first winter without me (ever since we met in December 2012) but it might very well be his last too!! 

This is a one year count down because next year could be my last year in Singapore. COULD. Although we have done some planning, there are still many adult questions to think about:

1. How/when to get the F6 foreign spouse visa - I heard its a torturous process with different people from the embassy/government bodies saying different things on what is required for the application. Definitely one of the to-do things that I am NOT looking forward to. 

2. Can I really be a "non typical" Singaporean girl and marry a guy who is just starting out in his career (i.e a guy without a fat savings account)?

3. Living in Korea, period. 

Here's a photo of us taken in December 2012, it was the first time seeing each other in real life. This December will be our 3rd anniversary ^.^

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Early autumn in Korea

Finally back in Korea again!! 

Just for a short one month this time. Ever since I graduated from NUS, I no longer have the luxury of using the 3-4 months of university vacation to visit him. In our ~3 years of long distance relationship, I've been to Korea about 5 or 6 times already. It's always the same food, same warm family, same streets, same house but much more love for my boyfriend! 

Now maxi is all grown up...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pictures to sum up Week 1!

It's the end of kimchi boy's first week in Singapore! His trip is almost ending now :( 

@swensens having dessert with family. 

@swee choon's having dim sum 

Lady M @ Merlion Park

Watching a concert at esplanade. 

Nus commencement 2015

Sis grad ceremony happened to be on the same day as mine! 
Lucky parents just have to take one-day leave. 

So many moments fitted into this tightly-packed two weeks. Amazing how this relationship has been working for us all these while. This December will be the end of our third year together & still loving !

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A New Chapter.

Nope, we are not getting married yet! Still very much in love and making this tough LDR work.

I have finally completed my undergraduate studies at NUS, back from a usual long Korean trip and joined the workforce. It is funny how as a student, I'd always thought that I would prefer working. Now that I've started working, I realize that it the absolute opposite. There are more responsibilities as a working adult - you meet difficult colleagues (vs. lazy project mates), you face unreasonable bosses (vs. fierce/strict teachers), people are less forgiving towards mistakes.. and most importantly, as a person in a long distance relationship, you don't get to travel whenever and go on long trips. Your holidays are restricted to the number of annual leaves you get, and they have to be approved before hand. Unlike in school where you can just don't turn up for a few days or use the 3-month university vacations to travel.

Recently I've been getting more and more stress about living in Korea in the near future. How can I live in an environment that I dislike so much? How can I go about my day to day activities without being able to speak Korean? It's been almost three years and I'm still procrastinating about learning Korean properly.

Well, the only happy thing now is that Kimchi boy is visiting Singapore this July!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Singaporean parents meet the Koreans

Last week my parents visited South Korea. This is their second time in Korea and the first was more than 10 years ago with a singapore tour group. It was a short 10-day trip (4 days in Fukuoka, Japan). I really enjoyed spending time with my parents, together with kimchi boy and his family. My parents' trip to Korea made me realize that I am still a mummy's girl and I just cannot imagine life without my parents if I ever have to move to Korea :( 

Kimchi boy's parents were great hosts.. Always making sure that my parents are comfortable. His father even took time off work to bring us around Daejeon and sometimes, waking up at 4 or 5am to send us to the train station. 

Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul. 

Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

Lunchbox meal at Tongin Market, Seoul.

Bubble man at Insadong, Seoul.

Nami Island. 

Seafood meal at Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan. 

Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan. 

Gwanganli Beach, Busan. 

Hanok Village, Jeonju. 

Hanok Village, Jeonju. 

Jeondong Catholic Church, Jeonju. 

Hanok Village, Jeonju. 

Hanok Village, Jeonju. 

I am so thankful to my boyfriend for being such a wonderful tour guide and itinerary planner. He couldn't have done it without me. Hahahaha!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Home cooked food

I probably have mentioned how difficult it is to find non korean-fushion western/international food in Korea. Even in pasta shops, there would be kimchi or radish on the table. We once went to a Mexican restaurant that did not serve kimchi! Imagine our excitement. 

Ever since I saw kimchi in pasta and pizzas, I no longer trust western restaurants in korea. I've started cooking with very very simple ingredients:

Tofu Patty

Meatballs in cream sauce

Lastly, here are some mandatory pictures of our cute dog, Maxi. He should be almost a year old now. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Public Transport in Daejeon, Korea

These days I've been learning how to take the public transport alone. It's been something I've dreaded for almost two years each time I visit him in Korea. Public transport in Korea is efficient (at least in Seoul and Daejeon), BUT what I do not enjoy is the travel experience - ahjummas pushing and shoving their way, non-existence of a queue, unruly commuters rushing for seats etc. As a Singaporean, I've seen a lot of ungracious people - I admit that I do brisk walk a little to get seats sometimes - but Koreans (sometimes) bring it to a whole new level. Just sometimes, because I've met nice Koreans who bother to queue up or say excuse me when passing through too. But some don't seem to understand the concept of intruding into a stranger's personal space. Sure, I know.. there are unruly commuters everywhere around the world. 

So these days while riding the subway, I started to wonder if this is the kind of life I want to live, and the kind of society I want my kids to grow up in. I cannot imagine taking the public transport on a daily basis. Then I think about how I get to pursue hobbies and do things that I enjoy without having to work after I get married, and conclude that this relationship is still worth holding on to. Haha I'm just kidding! I believe whatever society or culture it is, the important thing is that my child be raised in a loving environment, and an environment with the right values and morals.

This is my second time celebrating a birthday with their family. It was kimchi boy's father's 59th birthday a few days ago and once again, we had a whole table of Korean food and cake!