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Summer of procrastination (on thesis)

At the time of blogging this, I’m finally officially having a summer break. Yessah!

I was tempted to spend the summer exploring more of the provinces of Korea. I figured a month would be more than enough to slowly travel and experience the different provinces. However, I had errands and matters to attend to back home and hence off to Singapore I went!

So I’ve been back in Singapore for about 2 weeks now. It has been a busy two weeks spent settling things, trying to catch up with people here and also, just to rest.

In between, I caught a flu bug that has been making its rounds among the people here and I’ve been trying to drive away the runny nose, scratchy throat and dry cough since last week. I’m heaps better at the time of writing this but yeah, my lungs still feel irritated at times. The air in this western part of Singapore I’m staying at is really polluted that it has triggered my asthma thus prompting me to use the inhaler EVERY SINGLE DAY since I got back. I probably need to get myself some new supply of the inhalers soon cos the current ones are almost empty.

Health-issues aside, I’ve been telling myself every single day to get my ass working on the thesis. Honestly every time I open my laptop, I have all intentions to start on my research or email some people who would be helpful in allowing me to get access to some data. But the reality does not pan out that way for every time I’m on my laptop, I will find a million and one other things to occupy myself with which has no relation to my thesis such as the following:

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Instead of working on the thesis, I’m spending time googling for memes related to it and laughing my heads off at some of the funny captions. Some of these memes are so funny I.just.can’t!

#queenofprocrastination

I hope that the next time I blog, I’d have some updates about the progress I’ve made on my thesis. Amin.


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Sunday in Seoul

If I had spent the Sunday last week largely indoors (due to the rain), solo-shopping and hanging out at Coex, this Sunday’s was the total opposite. I spent it outdoors having a picnic at the Han River with two visiting Singaporeans!

I really love being able to be out in the sun again like this. I always feel that being outdoors does wonders to yourself. Always after being outdoors, I feel so energized!

I’ve never had a picnic by the river for obvious reasons like how Singapore does not have a river where you can do that (and no, Singapore River doesn’t count cos that water body is dotted with development along its sides so no one ever does a picnic there!). So this was my first time and I really loved it a lot. The fact that the skies were cloudy and weather windy makes the atmosphere just apt for a picnic!

To make it fuss-free, I had arranged to have food delivered to the Han River. I turned to the ever reliable ‘Halal Kitchen‘ to order my food. Hassan (the Muslim Korean who owns the shop) is a friend of one of my Thai classmates and it is through the latter that I got to know about this shop. Orders are delivered on time and food’s pretty decent too! I find myself having a growing liking for Japchae Rice ever since I first started ordering from the shop and like any food which I like and will eat repeatedly, I ordered this yet again (oh surprise surprise!) for the picnic. Meantime, the two friends who were with me ordered Dakgalbi Rice. As something to munch on, we ordered some Spicy Fried Chicken Balls as an add on.

As we strolled by the Han River after the picnic, I’m made to realize just how much rain Korea have been receiving these past three to four weeks. I don’t realize it since I’m mostly confined to the mountains where my campus is but looking at some of the trees that were almost fully submerged by the river water which had risen, I’m made aware that we really have been receiving lots of rain! Thank goodness Korea has a good drainage system and its land have a lot of water storage capacity otherwise it’d have flooded!

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We stumbled upon some people from YTN News. Not too sure what they are reporting but it’s cool to see the news people at work nonetheless. Once upon a time back in my growing up years, one of the ambition I had was to be a news journalist! The other two ambitions on my list were to be a teacher or a lawyer. But I had to choose one because each of the career aspirations I had needs me to pursue a specific professional knowledge path. Alhamdulillah, I chose teaching but I still wondered sometimes where I would be now had I chosen to pursue being a lawyer or news journalist.

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We made our way to Garosugil which is like one of my most favourite places in Seoul. Garosugil is replete with materialism from its focus on looks (tons of plastic surgery clinics and hospitals. Yes, HOSPITALS for plastic surgery) to fashion. Basically, the place is just reeking with money and consumerist culture.

Despite that, Garosugil has a lively vibe about it which greets you as soon as you walk down its street. It is this vibe that makes Garosugil one of my most favourite places in Seoul and admittedly, one which I will superbly miss once I’m back in Singapore for good.

Anyway, I wanted to share that I always stumble upon something new when I’m at Garosugil. The ‘something new’ takes the following form this time:

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For reasons unbeknown to my small and unread mind in the aspect of plastic surgery, seems like there is a market for vaginal surgery. My ever curious self would like to know what this is and why people have to do it and hence I’m ever ready to google for it.

But I also know that the internet BEING the internet, I’d probably be thrown unwanted images of the female private parts as well even though I did not request for it (the typical Singaporean reaction in me is actually going “So sueh leh pagi2 buta nampak gambar gini!”). So erm, until I could psychologically overcome that, I’ll hold off my curiosity for now!