First day of work

My vacation is over. Today is my first day of work and I’m a bit nervous.

I must admit, I got used with staying home and doing nothing but chores and taking care of our pets. It was easy. I’m nervous on this first day of work, because I’m going back to a place where people know me. It’s different from starting in a new place.

At least I know it will be fun seeing them again. Also, I’m curious to see how things have changed in almost one year. I guess I’m happy. I’m in a much better place than I was two months ago. I don’t have that feeling of dread/repulsion as I did with my temp job.

It shall be interesting.

I am also aware that my personal time will be reduced to nothing, taking into account the household chores, cooking and the pets. Still, I am happy.

And on a different note, at least Pluto has grown up and he doesn’t need so much attention as before.

Pluto and Maya

That, and I can trust Marlanu’ to take good care of him. Oh well, what’s the worst thing that can happen? After all, we basically changed the entire house just so we wouldn’t have any surprises with the dog.

House of Bluebird

House of Bluebird or 파랑새의 집 as it’s known in Hangul is my first Korean Drama for this year.

House of Bluebird

I was watching KBS World one day and they were airing it. I really loved the connection/relation between Jang Hyun-do and Kim Ji-wan and decided to give it a try.

Below is a small sample from Tumblr:

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I’ve reached episode 10 and as I found out from Wikipedia, it will have a total of 50 episodes. That means I will have to be patient since only 14 episodes have been aired so far. That or watch a second drama to fill up my time.

I’m really grateful they uploaded the episodes on their official Youtube Channel: KBS World TV. It makes things much easier for me, and I get an email every time they upload a new episode.

I like this drama because the characters are cute. Yes, they are cute! You can tell from the beginning that there’s going to be trouble later in the series, with all the tension between the older characters. It’s also plain as daylight that things are not straightforward and there are deep secrets between the two main families.

But, the thing that got me was the main plot:

“House of Bluebird addresses the differing inter-generational attitudes of Koreans towards work; and the conflict between the desire to fulfill personal dreams and the need to make a living.”

It’s a drama that hit home with me. I am trying to make a living but also trying to find myself/fulfill my personal dreams. I’m currently in-between jobs and truthfully, I’m back where I was last year. I decided to go back to my old job. It was a hard thing for me to do, but it was harder for me to stay where I was.

In a way the first 5 episodes of this drama kinda helped me realize certain things. It will be interesting to see how things evolve in the drama as well with my life.

Dogs

Dogs!

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Who would’ve thought that getting a dog would open so many doors. We’ve managed to make new friends because of Pluto. Not only that, but somehow a small dog club was created.

Each day, at 7 PM we get together and chit chat while our 4 legged friends play around. We also get together during weekends, if the weather allows us and we go to the park.

It’s great fun!

It’s also refreshing to have someone to talk to about certain subjects that non-pet owners will never understand. It’s always nice and comforting to have new friends.

Pluto and a Black LabradorDat asssss!

I was really thinking a couple a weeks ago that if I cannot find a decent job, till summer comes, I will start my own dog walking company. I would do it for free actually. I am also happy that the weather is turning nice (even if we have some rain from time to time) and that we can have weekend outings to the park.

The only thing that annoyed me regarding to dogs, is the police. I’ve been stopped twice so far by police in less than 2 weeks, just because I was walking my dog. They are trying to make sure all dog owners are aware of the new laws:

1. All dogs must be kept on a leash, except for special places meant for them to play in,
2. All dog owners need to clean up after their dogs.
3. All dogs that are not a pure breed need to be sterilized.
4. All dogs need to have that microchip implant.

I agree with all of the above. We’ve always cleaned after Pluto. We walk him on his leash (he has 3 of them). He is a pure breed so we don’t need to sterilize him, but we do need to pay taxes because of it. And he has that microchip implant.

Yet, because he is a big puppy and that I am a girl, the police actually stops me every time they see me. They never stop me when I am with someone else; they never stop John even if he sometimes plays with Pluto without a leash in front of our apartment building and they never stop people with small breeds.

I guess I’m special like that. Either way dogs are great.

Spring, is that you?

Spring, is that you?

Spring, is that you?

It’s been raining for almost 2 days now, but that doesn’t bother me anymore. I’m just happy that we finally have some color in this gray city.

I actually can’t wait to store all my winter clothes, boots included. I just can’t wait for everything to turn green. I miss taking sunny pictures and I miss going to the country side and not worry about the mud and cold.

I just miss warm and sunny weather in general.

3 months are down and 9 to go from this year. Truthfully I haven’t accomplished anything and I am sure it has something to do with my mental state. I have become a grumpy person. I just can’t find my happy spot. I really need something to cheer me up.

I guess I let life get to me.

I am hoping that things will change in April. After all, we can still work hard and catch up with our plans. I’m going to turn April into a positive month. I shall not complain. I shall not sulk. I shall not be a downer.

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Yup, I can do this. I miss having fun and just being happy for no apparent reason.

Plus, I have a short list of things I want to catch up on:

Getting a good job.
Reading.
Learning.
Having fun.
Photos! 

And of course, blogging! Blogging is also important to me. It’s my way to keep track of everything and being motivated. So, Spring come quicker so I can get my mojo back.

03.09.2015

03.09.2015

I’m sure most people don’t need to know what date it is today. I just couldn’t find an appropriate name for this latest update on how things are going.

I’m full of mixed emotions. I could be a complete pessimist and just complain that nothing goes as it should, but then again things could be a lot worse. After all, we are healthy, I got a job and we are still able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

But, it’s a really long tunnel we are going through. And with that I shall end the pessimism.

So, today is 03.09.2015. Things in our life are neither good nor bad. There is so much room for improvement and I swear I will not give up under pressure. I will work hard to make things better no matter what comes my way. I’ve had my fun, now it’s time for me to get back into the game. I shall not complain, nor shall I cry. I will make the best of things.

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami

I’ve always wanted to become a stronger person. I guess there’s no better time like the present.

Update

I guess it’s time for an update.

First of all, I finished my ChicKawaii cross stitch miniature. I am happy with the project, but I am not happy about the quality of the floss I’ve used on it. I am thankful it was a miniature, otherwise I would’ve given up on the whole project.

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I shouldn’t complain since it kept me busy this week. Stitching helps me calm my nerves. In fact now that I’ve finished it and I have absolutely nothing else to do, I feel restless.

I also have an update on my job hunt. Tomorrow I have an interview and it’s not for a call center. It’s a secretarial job. I’ve tried all week to not think about it, but now that it’s so close I’m a bit scared. The only reason why I feel this way is because I really want this job (and I actually need it). I actually spent all day refreshing my memory in primary accountancy, picked up an outfit (I’m going for casual office, because of the bad weather), cleaned my boots and just role played in my mind (you know, how I would answer this and what I would ask).

The lady on the phone was really nice and gave me a lot of details and they sounded serious about it. I know I’m being silly about it, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

There is one good thing about it, if it goes good or if it goes bad, on Friday night I’m going out with friends from my old job (the call center one). And the funny thing about it is that none of them actually work there anymore. Yup, they’ve all moved on and found new jobs. I’m really happy about them, they really did deserve something better. And that’s about all I have to say right now. I shall post an update after the interview.