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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Drowning in the deep.

自从马来西亚回到韩国以后,心情不曾好过。
一直很想把各种事情都做好: 把新来的学弟教好,把论文做好,把 paper 写好,把实验做好,把 presentation 发表好,把私事处理好,等等。
东西多起来心情也跟着着急起来,到头来发现一切有心无力,很想一切都做得很好但是好象什么都做不好,就欠缺什么,感觉到很没有把握,很没有自信,很失落,心情很不好。
举例: 很想把 paper 写好,但是没自信 paper 会被 accepted。
举例: paper 欠缺一些实验成绩,但是无论怎么试都还 debug 不到,找不出失误在哪里。
举例: 很想多做几个实验,但是不会做,不明白,而且 paper 要先写,因为赶着要交。
举例: 很想把论文赶快写好,但是 paper 还没写完,不能继续专心写论文。
举例: 很想把东西都好好传给 junior,但是好像很多东西都不能充分地了解,要怎样跟人家说呢。

心情不好得错把 Adele 《Rolling in the Deep》 记成 《Drowning in the Deep》,这就是我心情写照吧。
今天荷尔蒙泛滥导致腹痛导致我必须去病房拿 painkiller 然后突然伤心得眼泪竟然不受控制在楼梯间哭了好久好久。
要不是你帮我,要不是你在我哭的时候陪在我身边,我想我已经崩溃了。
你每次提醒我做事情要一步一步来,我有听,这句话仿佛成了我的人生指标。
所以我哭完了还是把眼泪擦干化了个妆,然后去发表 presentation 了。

还有五个月,五个月过后我在这里的生活就结束了。
所以我也不管这么多了。
不想让他随便多喝我的 Coca-cola 两口就把它抢回来。
不想看到他在的场所就干脆不出席。
只选择我自己喜欢做的,去做,不喜欢的就头也不掉的走开。

Anyway,了解自己这么 emo 其实主要是因为生理期的问题。
相信一切都会好起来的。

爱上 Olivia Ong 演绎的《梦一场》:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A glimpse of our new nest ^^

Spent one week in heaven... in our cosy little nest, doing nothing, worrying about nothing, just enjoying each other's company and doing some little decorating touches to our nest. Baby had supervised the renovation, painting, furnishings a few months back and now I'm so glad I'm able to see it with my own eyes... touch the fresh new glossy paint on the walls, bounce on the comfy bed that feels like sleeping on miles and piles of thick fluffy clouds, have home-cooked meal on the wooden dining table, playing with the lights on-and-off, blasting K-pop on our brand-new Samsung LCD TV system, wasting energy from the air-cons, and luxuriating in the beautiful swimming pool... haha

Fresh paint and new wall clock I bought from Korea
Living room with DIY wall art by my baby
Birds-on-a-tree-branch wall sticker which I bought from Korea

I like our house better after adding the wall stickers... feel like the interior is more lively, extending nature into our home. There's actually 2 more stickers on the glass pane in front of the kitchen sink area of a potted herb garden but forgot to take picture of it. :P  

Dining area and kitchen in the background. Hanging lamps from IKEA.

I love, love, loveeeeeee how the kitchen had turned out! The old kitchen cabinets were taken down and totally refurbished, I still remember my baby spent many months designing and re-designing the kitchen layout and wood varnish design till perfection! Gonna be a comfy, nice area for me to sharpen my kitchen skills when I get back... gonna learn how to bake and cook all those yummylicious food and Jamie Oliver recipes!~ Love the dining table too, it's so lucky that me and baby readily agree on almost all the same style of furniture (except that when I want something he almost always vetoes it :P)... the dining table chairs a bit too hard, *makes a note to buy soft cushions from IKEA later. 

Our comfy bedroom
And the view from our condo!!!!!!! Gorgeous, luxurious view... I woke up one morning to birds chirping on the balcony and caught the sunrise at 7.30am~

Sunrise
Bright golden orange sun rising from the horizon
And the night view of the Penang Bridge

I spent one week in heaven, yet forgot to take more pictures of heaven...
cos I know I'll be back soon...
5 more months...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Catching the last bus...

From Incheon Airport to Busan.

The airplane touched down at Incheon International Airport at 9.47pm last night, after flying 6 hours and 25 minutes from KL LCCT.

The last bus which I was rushing to catch was at 10.20pm.

I bounded out of my seat as soon as the seatbelt warning lights went out. Got on the first airport transfer train and rushed through immigration check (the kindly officer said.. "ah.. Pukyong.. u have Mr. Pizza and subway station there right?" and i was thinking: "doesn't every university street have it?"). Arrived at the baggage claim area, used the waiting time to go to the girl's room, and was surprised to see my brown luggage among the first five to fall out onto the conveyor belt. Thanking my lucky stars, I picked up the bag and rushed through the green lane at customs. Reached the airport bus counter and enquired about the bus to Busan. The lady looked at me impatiently and yelled in Korean: "3 minutes left! RUN!!!!!!" So I ran all the way with my 19.7kg luggage and backpack and handbag from Gate 3 to Gate 10. Made it in time at 10.23pm to Gate 10 to see the bus driver already locking up the baggage compartment and going up the stairs to his seat. I said, "I wanna get on the bus!" He asked me, "do you have a ticket?" I said no. He asked me to go grab one. The ticket-selling counter lady was equally impatient, she asked me to HURRY!

By the time I got on the bus, I was sweaty even though it was a cold autumn night, the first of many long cold nights to arrive. I ate a charsiewpao, drank a bit of water and tried to relax, thinking, I had made it after all~ 9.47-10.20pm... quite an achievement! Thank God~

Reached Busan Nopodong bus terminal at 3am. Took a taxi back to my dormitory which cost me 23,000won (1,000won extra for taking the Gwangan Bridge) and was snugly back under my duvet before 4am.

Good night Malaysia and good morning Busan.  

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Can't wait to be home ♥

September is a happy month for me for I will be going back home to Malaysia in two more days to be with my hubby and family!~ ♥ Really looking forward to going back... this will be my first time to see my lovely new nest that my hubby decorated... and also see my dad and my mom once again...! 

It will be a de-stressing trip for me because I forgo-ed my summer holidays so that I could go back on Chuseok. I'm rushing all my work now (thesis, experiment, journal) so that I can go back and fully enjoy one week of holiday~  

Also I booked morning KTX to Seoul so imma gonna dump my luggage either at Seoul Station or Incheon then go sight-seeing!! Am thinking Deoksugung and Insadong hehehe!!

Enjoying the last few hot days of summer end/ early autumn... oh this was when my hair was still long...

Having my favourite latte in Angel-In-Us, Haeundae!


Discovered this makkoeli (Korean rice wine) place at the back gate of my university where they mix these yummylicious flavours along with the makkoeli - honey, banana and milk!! The name of the place is 꿀통 'kkul ttong" which means Honey Pot. The place is decorated with fairy lights and has a Pooh bear and honey bee theme to it... so cute. ^^ I love sitting there with friends, just soaking in the char-grilled aroma of the place... drinking the sweet-flavored makkoeli while the workers BBQ the meat for us... simply love it and can't wait to try out the milk makkoeli....!


Also, my fifth time to Intractor restaurant Seomyeon! I love the reaction from the first-timers after they step out from the rickety lift... "WOW!!!" when the live atmosphere and interior design of the place hits them hahaha. Again, comfort food - pasta and pizza... took a photo of the entrance which is decorated with a variety of different-sized chairs...


Last Sunday, I visited Busan museum which is just 10 minutes walk away from my university. Good place to spend time and learn more about Korean culture without needing to pay any money...  the best thing is that it is so near but it was my first time to visit it... However I wouldn't dare to visit there alone at night... lest the scary-looking life-sized human dolls come alive at night.......... grrrrrrr...

They had this glass platform underneath my feet which has a miniature layout of Busan town during the post-Japan occupation days...


It's starting to be autumn again......... red leaves at the Busan museum......... like to play around with online photo-editing these days, making the photos look more interesting ^^


Also, quick update about my life here at the lab. There's 4 new students - 2 are from Malaysia, a girl and a boy, and 2 boys from Africa, one is from Botswana (which he says are famous for diamonds) and another is from Sudan. Was busy giving them some advice about course choice and helping them get started in the lab... I'm feeling happy and good for the refresh of environment in the lab! I'm anticipating some good vibes from the "clash of cultures" in the lab... may be a good thing! Let's see how it plays out........... also hope I can get along well with the Malaysians... and erase all the bad memories of past winter, then I'll be home!

Last but not least....... perfect summer song to end it all!~

Do As Infinity - Summer Days





Friday, September 02, 2011

Finding Mr. Destiny/ Finding Kim Jong Wook (김종욱 찾기)


Took a time-out from the lab and snuck out for a movie night with some girlfriends at her apartment. Love her one-room apartment, it looks so cosy and nice with family and friend photos and FT Island posters stuck on the wall and stacks of books and DVDs lying around. It looks like a college dorm room. Oh wait, I live in a dorm room too and have piles of books lying around but why doesn't it look half as cosy? I should really start sticking up photos and posters on the wall but then I remembered I'm trying to be minimalist and I've got half a year left so I shouldn't be doing that... hahaha. 

Anyway, back to the movie. We started out watching Ryan Reynold's "Just Friends" but the script and acting was just so typical and boring and filled with slapstick humour and stupid sexist jokes that have been repeated time over time. We decided to switch to a Korean rom-com instead. I just feel that Korean rom-coms are so much more funnier and original and something just tugs at your heartstrings after watching. So out came the "Finding Mr. Destiny/ Finding Kim Jong Wook" (김종욱 찾기) DVD. It was a movie that I had wanted to watch in the cinema but didn't have subtitles available. 

Synopsis:

김종욱 찾기 is about a girl (Ji Woo) who employs a "Find your First Love" agency guy  (Gi Joon, the same actor in Coffee Prince) to find her first love, a guy named Kim Jong-Wook. Ji Woo met Jong Wook 10 years ago while backpacking in India, and spent many romantic and memorable moments together in an exotic place called the Blue City. They were supposed to meet again on the return flight back to Korea but Ji Woo pulled out at the last minute, deciding to "leave their relationship to fate". But after that, Ji Woo could not forget her first love and even rejected the marriage proposal of her boyfriend, a pilot. Therefore, under pressure from her dad who wants her to marry fast, she sought out the services of Gi Joon to find Kim Jong-Wook.

Ji Woo is a sentimental girl who is really very insecure and afraid that endings do not turn out as what she imagines. Therefore she has many quirky habits such as not finishing the last snack in the bag cos she doesn't want the memory to end, and reading books but not reading the ending cos she doesn't want it to happen differently like what she imagines. On the other hand, Gi Joon, the agent who is helping her, seems dorky, timid, uptight and is a neat freak compared to Ji Woo who is always a mess. However during their many trips together to find the Kim Jong Wooks all over Korea, they somehow "find each other"..............

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Love this movie so much cos it's so sweet, cute and funny. Especially the title Kim Jong-Wook...  it is such a common name in Korea... I even have a friend in DSP lab who has the same name. I laughed out loud when they were trying to find all the different Kim Jong Wooks over Korea! I guess romantic moments are always unforgettable especially when you're on vacation, carefree and in an exotic location and need to rely on each other for help during travel. Some of the moments being with my hubby which I remember the best are the ones on vacation - in USA, in Taiwan, in Jeju, in Korea... 

If you have time, I highly recommend you to watch this rom-com. I borrowed a DVD from my friend which has the same actress (Im Soo-Jung) in it, acting opposite Hyun Bin. Movie name is called "Come Rain, Come Shine" (사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다). I hear the movie is sad!!!