Friday, September 21, 2012

Hmmm Chusok around the corner!

Wow already september is passing us by. At the end of next week we will have chusok (a Korean holiday where families get together, it is similar to thanksgiving in the states). The holiday is very short but that is ok because our institute will be shutting down for 2 more days (one of the days is another holiday). For us once again we have critical Embassy work that needs to be taken care of. Namely getting George's passport renewed, and starting the process of getting PIO cards for George and I. PIO stands for person of Indian orgin. This card will give me more freedom to work and live in India. I feel that Korea should have a similflied version for expats who live in Korea for long periods of time. Instead there is a slightly complicated point system which can be argued if it is fair or not. So once we have those documents I will rest easier because then we will have a nice backup plan for India. Back in 2008 when we had to go to India I did not have the PIO card and it made things more difficult. In addition I have decided that I will take all of my vacation days. I still have about 5 days left so I will use them the week following chusok, which means 1 week off! However, the work I mentioned above will be taken care of during that time. Wow time sure does fly!! /tata

Monday, September 17, 2012

Changes are coming!

This year has been quite a big year in many ways. Firstly with the death of my mother who past away mid summer, I have started to take a frank view of my life. I always sort of expected Mom to always be there, like a constant in an equation. When we saw her on skpye thanks to Lanya it turned my world upside down. It made me think about she lived her life. It made me think about the events leading up to her death. She did things as she wanted. She didn't let her disease control her. She went out to family gatherings. She didn't just sit down and die. In Korea this has helped me to see some things that really need to be done. For example Yogita and I have been in the same position for many years. Granted the money is ok, but we are not living our lives. We are living our lives for other people. Its time to wake up and smell the coffee, and take control. I will no longer work unhealthy hours just to "help out". I will make sure that vacation days are used. No more well....its ok maybe next year. You heard it here from me....early to mid Jan. there will be some major changes. As of right now Yogita and I regularly work out. This is something that we feel needs to be a habit, a regular part of our routine in order to maintain our health. The Motto for 2013 is "Don't live your life for others!" I know it sounds a bit selfish but I don't mean not to help family, or friends. I mainly mean no more over working for someone else's gain. Ok I have to sign off for now. /tata