Yes, I know. It’s been too long. I’ve been drafting over and over again trying to figure out what to say as my ‘update’ post but it all ended up sounding too heavy and wordy. So I decided, I can update you slowly. For now, I’m going to go with a light post. You all know I’ve decided to settle down in Korea after 18 years of living abroad so I thought a perfect post would be to show you my memory of Korea before leaving (back in 1997). So, this weekend, I decided to go back to the neighborhood I spent 2 years in before moving to Cambodia. I was surprised at how much I still remembered. I didn’t even need a map to revisit all the places.
The house we used to live in. I remember visiting the neighbor’s everyday since both of my parents worked.
The daycare I used to go pick my sister up at everyday. She graduated from University today.
That uphill looked MASSIVE when I was 7 years old.
The house in front of ours – I used to play by those walls under the shade.
I used to collect coins and go to the small hole-in-the-wall store at the bottom of the hill. Looks like they’ve been closed for a while. :(
The only school I’ve been to in Korea. I was here up until half of 2nd grade.
It’s always bitter sweet revisiting old places. It definitely brought back a lot of memories. So, with this post – I promise you more regular updates.
Sorry for being MIA! I’ve been busy in Berlin, not doing any touristy stuff, surprisingly. One of the reasons why I’m traveling and in Berlin for 2 weeks is because I am here to be reunited with two of my best friends from high school back in Cambodia! I’ve been staying with my lovely friend and host, Milena who I haven’t seen in 4 years and Xenia, who I haven’t seen in 2 years, flew from London so all three of us can have a massive sleepover :P It’s been 6+ years since all of us have been in the same place at the same time so you can imagine how much catching up we have to do.
Although it’s been more than 6 years, being reunited doesn’t feel strange or awkward at all. In fact, it’s so normal that Xenia came over and took a nap right away without even having time to talk (she came in on an early flight). So, we’ve been hanging out and spending our days talking nonstop for hours, cooking and having fun. Although, we are clearly not 16 year olds anymore since none of us can barely stay up past midnight and we haven’t really had any night outs! Haha.
I guess we’ll just carry on drinking coffee and eating, spending all day in the kitchen, chatting away. So awesome to see everyone and how much everyone’s lives have changed. We are still the same old 16 year olds at heart though (not physically, clearly) and it’s just awesome to have my girlfriends next to me again. Although we have to go our separate ways back to reality again soon, it definitely reenergized me and made me happy to know that I always have friends to fall back to if I ever needed help. Love you both! <3
Thank you for all the experiences, people and the memories; the good and the bad. Thank you for all the life lessons I learned though obstacles and opportunities. Thank you for teaching me to appreciate everything around me; the good, bad and the ugly. Thank you for allowing me to gain invaluable skills I hope to use to enhance my career. Thank you for teaching me to be independent and helping me realize what it is that I truly want out of life. Thank you for being my temporary home. Although I always new that my stay here won’t be permanent, you managed to make me feel at home and give me a sense of security during the past 4+ years. But most of all thank you for all the amazing people I’ve met throughout my time in here.
To those of you that are endear to my heart, thank you for being there for me when I needed you and being the best friends anyone could ask for. Clearly this isn’t a good bye because I will make you travel and come see me soon. Without all of you, my time in Boston would’ve been very different and without your support/encouragement, I wouldn’t have gotten through the past year and also wouldn’t have made a brave decision to go after my passion. I am truly sad that I have to go for now but I’m also excited to see what the future holds for all of us. We’ll be in touch :).
Love you all and once again, thank you for the amazing years in Boston.