Thursday, February 22, 2018

Some people deserve each other...

So after a long time, we are finally free of our old boss Mrs. Cho. Wow what an odd strange relationship we had. It was not all bad but there are clear indications that our relationship was toxic.

Being paid late, want more but not paying a proper salary. Claiming that she was helping us when the reality was we were helping her.

I am so happy these days. It makes me smile everytime we remove a toxic person from our lives. We gain so many good relationships. Moving to Iksan I have become friends with Josh, his wife, Paul and his wife, another guy Steven and his wife. I could not be happier. There are other people like Nicole Ms. Choi, and Ms. Jo to name a few others.

On another note, I am finally going to get my damned health check done. UGH. I procrastinate about such things. Oh well, it will be done fast then Yogi and I well head over to Iksan. In the evening tomorrow, I will have  2 exams to make. Then the WEEKEND!

Ok, I have to go and prepare for my late night adult class.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Visa Renewal ...UGH

So it is that time of year. I need to renew all of our visas. I wish this process could be made easier. I think I need to check out an option where you can just send your documents in. I hate going the office because usually I get unlucky and there are dozens of people (who are members of a single group). Who arrive seconds before I do. UGH.

Oh well, we will take of the visas Tuesday next week. Time to enjoy a bit of off time.

I wish these visas could be 2-year visas.

/tata

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday a rather rough week....

I hate snow. I know it looks nice when it is falling and when it has just fallen. Despite that I really hate snow. It makes driving very unsafe. Tuesday night I had to stay overnight in Iksan with my bro Josh. We had a very good time. I just wished I had brought down a better computer that day.

Driving from Gunsan to Iksan started out with me in a panic. You see I always check the weather. I take a peek outside every now and then. That is it what I did Wednesday morning. Well, just one hour after checking and everything was clear, about 4-5 inches of snow was on the ground. This was 10am. I rushed and got dressed and forgot to bring my most prized notebook with me an Alienware 15 R3 equipped with a gtx 1070 GPU, and a very sexy i7 7700 CPU and 8 gigs of very fast ram at home. I knew that I would be staying Josh that night. I was in a panic because the snow was falling so fast that if I got stuck I might end up missing a day work.

I also knew in the back of my mind that I had to stay in Iksan so that I could cover my classes. Anyways, I am clearing snow from the car, and after some time (the apartment parking lot is a real mess), I get out of the lot and head to the road that takes me to Iksan an intercity road. Only to get stuck there for 40 minutes!!!! Why? Well, some idiot does not know that when you are going up a ramp you need to build up momentum got stuck halfway up the ram. It is a narrow ramp so we could not just pass him.

When I finally get to the road I got stuck in a few jams that took 20-30 minutes of waiting to get through. No car accidents just trucks that are driving on bald tires and getting stuck. I spent over 4 hours on the road. Ugh. Now my back is paining me.

Moral of this story never forget prized laptop once in this situation again.

/tata

Thursday, January 04, 2018

First post of 2018

Well, we just finished our winter vacation. What a time we had! First, over the Christmas holiday, I became really sick. Basically, I just rested in bed with a high-grade fever that would come and go along with body aches. As I was getting better Yogita became ill with the same bug. Her symptoms were exactly the same.

So she basically started to get better (she had a lot of phlegm), the boys got sick. First Jeyo, then George. So our holiday was spent sleeping, watching movies, and sleeping some more. I am now better just clearing some phlegm from the lungs, and sinuses. Yogita still has congestion in her lungs but it is improving. Jeyo and George I expect will be totally fine on Friday or Saturday.

The worse holiday I have had yet. I saw on facebook that an uncle passes away. Apparently, he had some illness. I hope it was not of the mental variety and he took his own life. I really hope it was not. I feel that those deaths are the most preventable.

This week will be a very short work week. Apparently, I came to work way too early. Oh well, at least I met a student who had a dream that I was getting married to Yogita, only that I was wearing a dress. He had a nice laugh out of it. What does that mean? We will get married again except I will wear a dress, and Yogita a suit?

Ok I should go now....

/tata

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A very Monday feeling Monday...

Of course, it is Tuesday here in East Asia but wow did it feel like a Monday! I was sick for the entire holiday. I could not go to Kwangju with Josh and his wife.I could barely move. Yogita caught the bug as well. We basically stayed in our room and rested hoping the next day would be different. It wasn't. We slept, woke, slept again. I had strange feverish dreams that I can remember but describing them is impossible.The boys were worried about us. They don't have t worry it will take more than a seasonal bug to do me in. Besides if I do succumb my computers become theirs. No, they were worried.

Today I am feeling better. Body temperature isn't fluctuating every 30 minutes. I still don't have much of an appetite. My co-worker Carmel made me some tea, very nice of her. I surprised some people at dinner time. You see dinner is the usually the first meal of the day for me. I am always chowing down. Today...I could only manage a few spoons of soup. The Tea is good though boosting my blood sugar levels.

I am afraid Josh will get hit hard by this bug. He started showing symptoms today. It could mean that he will be out of the woods when our vacation starts this Friday. On the other hand being sick during a workweek yuck!

Jed seems to have had the same type of Christmas holiday I had.

So we have 3 days, no 2 days left in this workweek. Solider ON!!!!!

/tata

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sometimes Bullies need to be stopped!

Last year around this time our boiler in our apartment started leaking. I was in Iksan at the time and Yogita was alone with our boys. The family downstairs basically ganged up on Yogita. Calling her bad names using swear words, even pushing her several times.

The main issue is that this happens on a yearly basis because the landlord does not want to fork out the cash and buy a new boiler. They are not expensive...200-300 bucks. What happens though is that the people who live below use this as an opportunity to "complain" and ask for money due to damages.

In Korea, if you notice any water leaking into your apartment you are supposed to take care of it asap. Well, Yogita did not notice our boiler was leaking. Neither did I. Actually this was about a year and a half ago. It was not even winter, perhaps late summer when this took place. According to people who live below us, they claimed that the water damage was great that they wanted money. Interestingly enough they actually said they wanted money for repairs. Only that basically it was stressing them out they would have family members coming over blah blah blah. They took pictures and showed Yogita the damage. It was minor. However, they claimed that it had been leaking for a long time.

So they rush upstairs banging on the door and shouting at the top of their lungs. An argument ensues and basically, Yogita is outnumbered. She feels overwhelmed and even starts to cry.

Fast forward to this year. We have been keeping a very careful watch on the boiler this time. It is a daily routine. However, on Monday the boiler suddenly started making hissing noises. We turned it off properly.

Right away minutes after the leak we get in contact with the landlord. She takes her good old time and we have to endure the freezing cold for 2 nights. Finally, the water that was in the boiler has started to leave downstairs...again. This happens while we are asleep. We wake up to someone ringing our bell nonstop. Well, when I open the door I see it is the guy from the apartment below. I think he is surprised to see me. Too bad for them now that I am in the picture I knew that I would not let Yogita get bullied again.

The next day the landlord tries to blame Yogita, when it was the landlord who took her good ole time to come. We called the service number on the boiler and they wanted the landlord to contact them to give them permission to start working. The stupid landlord took her time. In fact, she never called.

So when she arrived at the apartment ready to shout and go on and on. She ran into me. I started by telling her to lower her voice. Every time she raised her voice I told her (quite loudly) to stop shouting. In the end with me basically telling her to buy a new boiler she gave it. Yogita kept hugging when they left. In Korea, group bullying is a way to win an argument. When there is a car accident people usually call family and friends to back them up. Actually, nowadays it is hard to see such scenes. It was common several years ago.

In Korea older men and women tend to take an "I can do whatever I want to approach". People who are around my age tend to really hate this. While people in their 20's and early 30"s will speak out and address older people when they try to do this. I hate this mentality but I am happy to see it dying out very fast!

/tata

Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday!

Wow, this week has been quite a week. Josh has been sick as a dog for 2 days in a row! I feel an itch in my throat which is a telltale sign of some bug already in my system ready to attack me. I am all good because the weekend is here. I ought to get some good rest.

Yogi and I will meet some friends we made a few months ago...might result in some extra work coming our way. We will meet them tonight.

The first snows have arrived in our region.....ugh. My car is doing really well these days. Since I bought the car I knew that there was some issue with the fuel system. Either the fuel pump, filter, or some leak allowing air into the system. This would result in the car stalling when refueling, or be stalling when the car was sitting for a couple of days. This went on for months. A good quality car you can do this with. A piece of junk will fail almost as soon as these symptoms show up.

So I took some time and had the system checked out over a period of a year to save money of course.
End result it was a bad fuel pump. Really cheap to fix too. Now my Equus is running very nicely. I need to paint her and get some minor body work done. I love how she starts on a time.

Now I just need to replace the fan belt as it is a bit worn. It makes me laugh when I talk to Korean men and if they have no professional experience with auto manufacturing or repair, they have NO clue about their cars. In fact, many do not even understand their transmission.

Anyways hats off it is Friday tomorrow!

Erm actually I am writing this at 3:54 am so mentally I feel like it is still Thursday.


/tata