The Obligatory Birthday Intercourse
I am a stay at home with 2 toddlers who are 15 months apart in age. While blogging is very new to me, I found that this could be a healthy and productive way (I get to practice my storytelling skills) to get things off my chest without seeking a willing yet time-constrained pair of ears from my friends.
You came home from school one day and proceeded to tell me about a Korean boy who approached you in your class. He is the only other Asian boy in your class who happens to be Korean but this boy asked you, "Are you from South Korea or North?" to which you responded, "I don't know....maybe South Korea?" He then responded to you, "I am North Korean."
since I last posted. November 2007? Really? We were in Singapore for 15 months. Mike was laid off by his company on December 2008 as the world economy spiraled downward. We returned to the U.S. with our tails tucked between our legs. From the logistics of packing up yet again to finding Noreen another employer who needed to be an expat family rather than a local one, to extending our home rental another month and a half so that Mike can explore other possible options so that we can remain in Asia in some capacity, our family weathered each situation like pros riding the waves on the beach. Each wave of circumstances kept coming and coming until one night I bolted up in the middle of night (jet lag in system) to realize I was in the guest room of my in laws. They also weathered our chaos with supportive encouragements and good grace. They even allowed Rex and Fiona to stay at their condo knowing full well they would not be able to face the children who will silently blame grandma and grandpa for sending the dogs away to a kennel.
The container truck arrived with all our worldly possessions from the port of Singapore this morning at 10am sharp. I never thought I'd be happy to see dog and cat fur stuck to furniture in my life. Noreen dug out all the framed pictures that lined our stairwell platform and sideboards. As I looked through them after not seeing them for 2 months, I couldn't help thinking how grateful I am for the beautiful family I have. There were pics of the dogs as puppies, children as babies and portraits of me and Mike pre-kids as a newly married couple. We've built a wonderful life together full of memories to last anyone 3 lifetimes over.
Yup, Mike just left for the airport. He'll be in Bangkok, Thailand for the remainder of the week. This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the US. And our furniture is due to arrive in a vessel from the port of Portland tomorrow. It will take a few days to clear customs before they can deliver it to our home. I'm not in despair. I'm just bummed because I was hoping to meet him in Thailand this weekend, but instead, I will be home to receive our household move and unpack as much as we can with the gracious help of Noreen our live in help from the Phillippines.
While I was in Seoul for 3.5 weeks, I was able to hook up with an old classmate from my days as a student at Yonsei's Korean Language Institute. He is originally from L.A., and was there for the same reasons as me...to learn Korean. Well it turns out that after his stint in Korea for a number of years, he finally went back to UCLA to finish up his degree only to return to Seoul with a job. He is now working and living in Seoul as a single high rolling expat with his own bachelor pad and a car to boot. Apparently, he is just so the swinging bachelor that he has a list of girls for late night bootie calls lined up. I was extremely bothered by this transformation because when I knew him 15 years ago, he was essentially a short, ugly, fast talking geek boy. And now he acts like he is what Koreans would call a "king car."
I'm averaging about SGD$45 a day on taxi fares. At this rate (multiply $45 x 30 = $1350) you'd think getting a car would be more economical, right? WRONG!!! Purchasing a used 4 door sedan Japanese model like a Toyota Corolla here is SGD$60,000 which is not quite triple but more than double what it's worth in the US. They give out 10 year loans where the depreciating value of the car is not only lost in nebula but you have to cap the cost of the value when you are ready to get rid of it. So basically, you can either pay a down payment at the beginning of your loan, or at the end. I never heard of such crockery!!!