So an old WP friend messaged me here on one of my posts, kinda cool. I decided to check out the 2019 stats as I’ve not really done anything here for 2 years…..boy was I surprised at my findings.
Who knew that my “How to Swear in Korean” post would be so popular?
Maybe I’ll start doing stuff again here. Won’t be about Korea, unless I go back and visit(which would be cool) but I do plan on travelling. Keep an eye out. Might still find some interesting use for this blog still :)
I started working for this promotional company. They used to have a motto that said “Print Anything”. You know, t-shirts, pens, posters, business cards but also Embroidery, displays, banners. Since we also have a laser cutter, now things can be made/etched. Anything from wood to steel(Well, technically can’t cut steel, just etch it). You can do some really cool stuff with a $30K laser ;)
Now, the business has just shifted towards the whole ‘makerspace movement’ and will allow people to come in and use their equipment after they’ve taken a proper training course. We are also getting a 3D printer and a CNC machine.
Now the motto is “Make Anything, Print Anything” and it is meant quite literally :D
Since we also have a vinyl cutter, I can make some cool decals. This is what I did today for my car.
Heh, he who dies with the most toys wins! :P
It’s been awhile since I posted here, let’s catch up a bit.
Before I left South Korea, I went to the UK for two months. Then came back, spent the rest of the time in South Korea before returning to Canada. Then after being for a while, I decided to go BACK to the UK for another 5 months(just pics) and had a great time there.
When I came back to Canada, I moved to Ottawa as my Ex(more on that) had gotten a job there. I’m always up for trying new cities so off I went. 7 months later I realized that our marriage just can’t work anymore. So I left and returned back to Hamilton. Been here ever since.
It seems that I’m not collecting Volvos. Ever since owning my 2002 S40, I kinda had this idea of getting an older Wagon. While that job market here for me has sucked big time, I just couldn’t go out and buy one. Yet life is funny, some guy actually gave me one!
So here is my 1990 Volvo 240DL Wagon
She needs a lot of work. Here’s the basic list so far:
Now you see why I got it for free. :D
So the goal with this car is to get it fixed up and take trips in it. The rear is rather huge (75 cubic feet with rear seats folded forward/74 inches(6ft)/188cm) length). So sleeping in the back will work for me as I’m just a bit under 6ft. :)
So my ‘story’ will continue :)
I’m mostly over reverse culture shock. Subtle things are the worst. Like I’m still a little surprised when people hold a door open for me, or say sorry when they just happen to be in the area I’m walking towards.
Then there is the food! Oh it is so nice to have variety once again. I can once again walk over to a deli, ask for “some of this and some of that”. There are tons of foods that I want to grab when I’m in a grocery store. I’m trying real hard with not over doing it. Just but one thing different/extra each week.
I’ll try not to grumble too loudly about the f’ing insane cost of my 10GB mobile data plan…..>:(
I also bought a car. You really do need one in Canada unless you are a hermit.
Is a 2002 Volvo S40. Only had 159K on it. Need to attend to some minor issues but once the weather is nice out. It’s a good car and the turbo is fun to play with :)
Also, each week a connect with another friend/family member. I realize this is a good plan as trying to contact every single person I knew at once would be hard.
Yes, it is nice to be home. Good to catch up with family/friends/food/cars again. We’ll see how long it lasts ;)
I think finally back on track with proper sleeping schedule. I picked up a cold when I got back, it’s finally down to a niggling cough and McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes such these days.
Sigh. I’m really trying to like it back home…. honest!
Friends are nice to see, Tim Horton’s coffee is still good. Family is always good to me. Hmmm, need more time to plan my next move.
Made it here without any real issues!
Being in Korea for nearly 10% of my life has been one hell of an experience. It has given me a perspective on life and the world that could not be had any other way. Having visited Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia/Singapore, the United Kingdom and obviously South Korea, I learned that it had always been the people you meet that makes the journey memorable. Oh sure, petting a live tiger in Thailand is pretty freaking awesome, and a tough act to follow, but reality, he never answered his emails or wished me happy birthday…. So, he gets second place to the people I have met.
Saturday night we had our one last blast at a meat buffet place in Jinju called SelfBar. Basically you grab a plate, pick your own meat, cook it yourself…. no limits. All for a whopping 11,000 won(about $10). We had a few friends come down from Seoul and it was great.
With 17 people there, we pretty much dominated the place.
Then we went to Starbucks and owned that place too! Must have been quite a sight for the local Koreans with so many of us all on one place.
Everyone signed a book for us too.
Well, I am writing this from our hotel room by the airport. Tomorrow afternoon we fly back to Canada. Thank you Korea, it has been an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives! Hopefully you won’t make the mistake of ” I didn’t realize how powerful the stove is in the place. I put the kettle on it and… ” “Dude, it’s an electric kettle…”
In any case, our sun sets this land….. I’m sure I’ll always more to write about in my “story” here.