Friday, September 26, 2014

Getting an EMS from Korea!

Receiving EMS from Korea has been a huge part of our long distance relationship. Besides seeing his face on skype every night, it is possibly the only joy in this miserable LDR. When he sends an EMS, the package goes from Daejeon --> Seoul (Incheon) --> Singapore (Changi Airport) --> Singpost. The whole process usually takes 2-3 working days, unless its the peak periods like Chinese/Korean New Year then it could take a week. It has taken a week before - unfortunately this one time, Kimchi boy sent it during Chinese New Year and I went crazy and called Singpost like a mad woman everyday to demand them to send me my package. Can you imagine how horrid the package smelled when it arrived at my house? (it contained Kimchi, kept at room temperature for almost a week!!!). Was amazed the delivery man did not suffocate.

Korea Post has ALWAYS been on time, even during peak periods. As usual, Singapore's "efficient" services are always the problem. I know that because I track my packages and Korea Post never fails to get it to arrive in Singapore within 2 days, even during peak periods. Even a big country like Korea can be efficient, why can't Singapore?

Anyway, this time I got the package on time! It was my recess week so I was at home everyday to wait for this to come:



 Fruits, snacks, seaweed... 

 There were even chestnuts!! His mother is really sweet, always grilling seaweed for our family.

Huge Korean pear.

Tofu Chips!

Waiting for EMS can be really stressful because someone has to be at home. If not Singpost will gladly make you collect it yourself, no re-delivery is allowed.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Flying to Korea in December

It is a challenge getting a December air ticket to Korea.

December is the month where school kids are having their holidays and many families are traveling to winter countries to escape from the heat in Singapore. Tickets are expensive and many cheap fares are sold out. It is the only time I can visit Kimchi boy because NUS gives a one month break in December for all students.

This year is my final semester as a student of NUS, it will be the last time to have the freedom to travel more than a month in Korea. When I start working, I will probably only get a week of leave to travel and when that time comes, I will once again have to make the tough decision of choosing between seeing Kimchi boy in Korea, or visiting my family in Taiwan. I haven't been a very good grand daughter because for the past two years, I have chosen Korea.

This year, I have chosen to fly with Vietnam Airlines because they provided the cheapest fare and the shortest transit duration. I'd paid $600 for a return ticket (~2 to 3 hours transit time for both flights), while last December, it cost $1,200 with Asiana Airlines.

Can't wait to see Maxi & Kimchi boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 (See how much maxi has grown in 3 short months!)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our pets in Singapore and Korea


Maxi, our four months old puppy whining. Kimchi boy and I adopted him when a neighbor's dog gave birth to a litter of puppies. We've no idea what breed he is, except that he is a mixed. Pretty smart dog that listens to both Korean and English. This is a video of him going crazy. Kimchi boy should bring him out more often!



This is Latte, my family's pet. She's with us for almost 10 years now.  Really sweet cocker spaniel mix.. (how cute is her bed!!) This is a video of me trying to surprise her but she surprised me instead.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn Fest is celebrated differently in Korea and Singapore/Taiwan. If I ever move to Korea the only thing I might miss (during mid autumn) are the moon cakes!

Baked moon cakes from Goodwood Park. (I like the snow-skin kind better)

A Korean thanksgiving meal - at Kimchi boy's house. The whole family would gather early in the morning and after some morning rituals(?), they will all have breakfast together. 

It is so funny how I always dread korean food when I was in Korea. Now that I am back in Singapore, I occasionally crave for korean food. Most convenient & cheapest way is to get it at Utown, NUS. Decent but not authentic.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Random

I've not lost my motivation to blog. 

Kimchi boy & I are going through a tough period right now.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to reality.

I can't believe its been two weeks in Singapore already!

I still can't get used to the humid weather, I crave for rice and seaweed everyday, and I miss my pup. The first two weeks were all about catching up with school work, meeting friends and dieting (again). I put on weight whenever I am in Korea because of the huge serving size compared to Singapore's.

Typical home-cooked meals consist of a mix of Korean & Taiwanese.

 Hua Nam Dim Sum at Upper Thomson Road.

Cheap Thai Food at Pasir Panjang Food Centre.

I miss our puppy alot T_T

I think he is waiting for me.

Kimchi boy sends me videos and pictures of Maxi daily. I feel sad knowing that I am missing out alot because puppies grow really fast and he is changing everyday. I'm probably not going to be able to see Maxi enjoying his first snow...