A dip in our current favorite beach – Haeundae beach (해운대)

The summer heat in South Korea has reached dangerous levels. People are finding ways to cool down even though it’s tough to stay outside for more than ten minutes.

Fortunately, Busan, the second biggest city located in the south, is surrounded by beautiful beaches and on the plus side, these beaches are accessible, too! By train, you can take the green line and take off at Haeundae. It’s a fifteen minute walk from the station.

The beach has lots of beach tents for everyone. You can even set up your own camping tent for your comfort. Lots of people were just enjoying the summer feel of the beach. Others, especially the kids, were bursting with energy dragging their parents to swim with them haha. There are also services offered such as floater rentals, showers (for a fee of 2000 won), and an air hose to blow off the sand off your feet after strolling.

Here are some pictures of our beach-y day.

 

At first, the weather was hot and sticky, but as you walk nearer the shore and away from the angry sun, you’d get to appreciate how beautiful this place is situated. The air became fresh and the water is cool! My son enjoyed playing in the water with my husband. As for me, I just enjoy watching them together. Momma needs to be the pretentious photographer, no?

Summer doesn’t have to be boring and expensive especially when you have a little man who is always ready for ANY adventure. Sometimes, as a mom, I would rather rest than go outdoors. However, I can’t just let this fatigue ruin my son’s aching love for discovering new things and new experiences. I’m happy that my husband is supportive of this and despite him being tired from work, he, too, finds ways to amuse our little pebble.

 

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Golden.

Sometimes, you just thank God and His angels for these small moments. What I am talking about is the time that you can have for yourself without the guilt and the pressure. Today, I have two hours for myself and this is more than what I could ever need to recharge my batteries. The previous week was a busy and tiring one. It never ceases to cause so much fatigue and yet here I am, still doing those tasks because that’s what I have to do. I have to juggle work and home and self care — all in one hand. That’s how hard it was.

However, this is not written to be complained about but to rejoice! My husband was kind enough to give me this two hours that he willingly looked after our son despite being tired himself.

There’s really a silver lining at the end of a long, dark tunnel. I use this time to reminisce and look ahead while living in the present. All dimensions of time are in my hands and head. Today is a happy day.

Disconnection

I have never felt more disconnected in my life. In this time and day of modern technology and fast-speed internet, there is a tendency to shut oneself of reality and instead immerse in the virtual world where we see what we want to see and strive for that artificial perfection to be a mirror of our own.

You see, it was simpler back then. It was way, way simpler than this.

I loved to watch my favorite series online but I still had time to do other things for the day. You can say, it was a productive one when things DO get done. Nowadays, I reminisce how my life was and in order for me to see what I have done in the past, I need to look it up in an internet vault of memories. This brings me to my dilemma: Am I not making new worthy memories because I am too busy to look back on what I used to be? Am I wasting my precious time looking at a screen when I can do something to really make a change in my life, in my son’s growth, in my personal growth?

I can’t help but feel disconnected despite all the virtual connections that are available. Facebook has just ruined it for me. It wants to be everything but in essence, is nothing. It wanted to cover interpersonal connections, news, business, and other matters but it fails to see the consequences of trying to fit everything in one platform.

It raises cases of depression among people.

It basically does more harm than good.

As for me, I need to curb my usage of this time waster.

I have to sort out how my life should be and not through someone else’s.

Plastic every time, everyday

Where do I start.

Some weeks ago, I was segregating our trash for recyclables. Here in Korea, recycling is a serious matter and it should be followed strictly. Back from where I came from, we didn’t really have these strict laws for recycling and segregating which is why I was really glad that I can do it them here.

But. (there’s always a but)

I have noticed the extreme use of plastic in everything. I noticed it first when we went into a restaurant and the server handed us some packets of wet wipes. At first, I thought it was so convenient and cute and hygienic way of giving us tissues. The, I saw it in individually packed straws. I mean. Straws. As well as spoons and forks in cafes and restaurants. It started to bother me. It bothered me all the more when they have this plastic gloves. Oh my goodness, who would do such thing? Apparently, it’s so normal here. People here use it for disposing trash without making their hands dirty. What a waste, right?

So, I asked my husband where do all these plastic materials go? Do they get recycled here or elsewhere? As far as I remember, we haven’t really found the elixir of plastic recycling. If so, then it wouldn’t wound up in our oceans. My husband’s response was “maybe. Why would we be recycling them then?” So I accepted that reason believing that these plastic materials go to a factory to be recycled.

Last night, I watched the news and the plastic materials were all just piled up neatly, in square shaped form, but not reformed. They were still the same as they were made. It made me very sad seeing this. I have been using plastic mindlessly and I am just adding more and more damage to my environment instead of minimizing and totally eliminating it.

It is high time for a wake-up call to everyone. It has been like this some decades ago but it’s becoming worse even without us knowing it.

It infuriates me how this society loves how everything is very much ‘disposable’. I believe it is up to me to change a bit of mindset in my own family. Showing a better example to my students and also exposing them to the effects of plastic usage will make them become more aware of looking after their environment.

Ideas, ideas, ideas.

This is what I am about to do next. Stay tuned.

Facebook: A modern virus

It has been happening for months now, or even a year. The mindless scrolling started out as a harmless way to kill time, to browse the recent activity of a friend or a family member, or even to read news tidbits.

But.

I noticed something odd about the new version of Facebook. After reading enough in my newsfeed, naturally I just press the back button. This time, the app didn’t close. It refreshed the page instead. It’s comparable to a pinball game. Thus, the endless scrolling has begun.

And this happened for quite some time. I didn’t notice at first but the more I do it, the more that I can’t put my phone down. It made me lose time for myself, my focus for work, and precious time with my son.

I tried to limit my facebook usage by deleting the app, only to reinstall it later in the day. I really needed to address this situation.

When something is already becoming a nuance, the only thing to do is to cut the roots of what’s making you inefficient. As for me, I know deep in my thoughts that I will not stop using that stinking facebook app because it is my only window to the life back home. Also, there are many groups that help me in a number of ways like the minimalism group, moms group, and other community groups out there.

Maybe we all have to stop sharing our lives because we are not merely existing to just seek validation from what we post online.

Maybe internet has so much more to offer than wasting our time mindlessly scrolling our lives away.

The fact that I have seen the problem makes me more encouraged to deal with it and talk about it. The app itself is not helpful to curb one’s growing addiction to social media.

My life is not dictated by these sites. There is so much more to life.

And now, I end here. These are my 1:30 a.m. thoughts with a slightly feverish baby

The Weeklong Chuseok Holiday

Most families have their usual thanksgiving rituals and practices that require ample hours of preparation and some families choose to spend their holidays going somewhere to rest and relax. My family is a bit different and I see this set-up in a good way. I’m a working mom with two jobs plus I have to look after my little one when I get home. Thank heavens my mother in law lives with us so most of the chores are already done by her. This chuseok holiday, I took the time to really rest and spend time with my son. I know most moms can relate. Spending time with our offsprings is priceless. In my case, the need overpowers the want so I am here trying to balance both as a working mom.

I feel somehow that this holiday is not really about spending a lot and going somewhere lavish. I saw so many posts on facebook about families who go abroad or having vacations elsewhere. I used to feel sad that I couldn’t have vacations but looking at my situation now, it’s more of a breather that I stay home with my child. I bring him outside and have mini-dates with him. Those moments are indeed precious and I would never trade them for anything else. My husband also had the privilege to have this vacation. We both try our best to give time to our child. He is growing up and he would soon go to daycare. We will definitely miss the moments that he would always wait for us to get home from work or to even give us a goodbye kiss before we go to our respective workplaces.

I am happy with my chuseok holidays. I hope the other daughter-in-laws are having some quality rest too.

The start of September

Recently, I haven’t had the time to do some writing therapy or blogging or whatsoever related about writing. Good thing is that the little human is asleep and I have some minutes to spare!

Let’s start. Today has been a productive and fun day. My husband fetched me after work and we wandered around my workplace. Quite honestly, I would love to live in this neighborhood and everything about it is plain perfect. I took a few shots of where we walked. 
These skyscrapers are facing the beautiful sea and a peaceful looking island. It’s like a hidden place because it’s not visited by a lot of people. Mostly residents are the ones you can see wandering about in this area. 

As the sun was about to set, I caught a glimpse of how beautiful the scenery is. It’s more breathtaking in real life. We wanted to spend more time here but the seats in the restaurants were already reserved. Probably because it’s a Friday so we figured out we can just dine out somewhere else. 

This place is located in Marine City, Busan. It’s beside the famous tourist spot Haeundae. 

Two weeks worth of binge watching TV series

After two weeks of binge watching “The Flash”, I found myself in a state of catatonia. I was hooked with that show until the very last episode. Now, my life is thirsty for more episodes of that show. The next season is going to air in two months and I need another TV show fix ASAP!

I got some recommendations from friends and I got a few ideas from them. I’m into the hero-type of shows after watching the movie “Wonderwoman”. Somehow, watching those types of shows releases creativity and fantasy in my brain the way that routine activities do not. I now understand why most people are into fantasy sci-fi games and such! I think I am  becoming one of them without being too obsessed about it. 

Of course, with every post, I will relate how all of these affect me as a mother. It’s the highlight of every guiding force that’s happening around me. Lol kidding. Seriously, I would love to watch as many shows as I could if only time could allow this. However, it is impossible to do many things at one just as impossible as being in two places at once. Unless you have dopplegangers. 

As a mom, we need to have our own time to release the stress and worries of everday life and struggles. I have found one channel to release these and it is through watching TV shows. Here in Korea, English TV shows and movies are a rarity. But there will always be a balance. Fortunately, they have really fast wi-fi connections. It’s such a blessing, I believe. I am still currently searching for ways to maximize my time wisely without having to sacrifice my quality time with my child. Believe me, it is possible if you try to make amends. 

Aside from watching TV shows in netflix or online streaming videos, you can also do blogging as a way of keeping track of your daily activities! In fact, what I do is both typing and writing down what happened during the day and as I do it, I also scan through previous writings and entries to do a self-check. I want to make sure that my mind and my soul are in check. It helps to talk to someone as well. In my case, I would rather type or write or read because sometimes, silence is indeed the answer. 

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Throwback Thursday

Whenever I hear the word Thursday, I often associate it with the word “throwback” without really knowing what it means. What is the etymology of such word? My guess is that it is a compound word made of “throw” and “back”, which basically means “throwing back memories of the past”. The lingo of words are so creative that if we trace down how it came to such morphology, we would figure out why such words came to a reality.

Speaking of throwback, I was on my way downtown in the subway while listening to music. As usual, my playlist is on shuffle. Funny thing is, I like skipping songs to listen to a few of my favorites (like just two of them). But today, I didn’t mind skipping some songs. I went with the flow. It’s as if my mind was on autopilot or something. Then this specific song came up. It made me feel a whole lot of feels. I listened to this specific song last winter and after that, I haven’t heard it for quite a long time. After I have listened to it, the feeling of cold in my skin, the fiber of clothes I was wearing, the wind blowing on my face, all these came into my senses as if I was living in that moment again. I guess it is really my personality – I am a nostalgic person. Anything that can evoke any nostalgic emotion appeals to me. It’s not odd but I love looking into the future as much as I love looking back in my past.

Now that it’s a throwback thursday, I think I’m going to post an old photo in my digital diary album a.k.a. Instagram
Ciao!

Multiple wordpress accounts

I have just used my laptop after so many months. This laptop of mine was bought last 2012, making it 5 years old today. It’s still as functional as the sun. I won’t bother selling it or buying a new one. Unless I really need a faster OS speed.

Well, as I logged in to my wordpress account, I noticed that there were multiple usernames on the drop-down menu. It appears that I must have drunkenly or soberly made them like one to two years ago. It’s so funny what motherhood can do. You really forget what you did and if you already did that.

So… I will be using this as my sole public wordpress account.

Time check: 12:00am and the husband has arrived, too. Baby also sleeping soundly.