Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Another 4 months...

WARNING...  This is a very long post! : ) 

On my last post I hoping It wouldn't take me 4 months to write a new one.  Here I am, 4 moths later...

When I first started this blog I was a stay at home Mom of two (still am FYI).  I was new in a very big foreign City. I had no friends. My oldest kid was home and the second was a newborn. I had spent a couple of months by myself (basically) I hadn't spoken a word in English to a single soul with the exception of my husband and my then 2 year old child. I had a lot of time, but not a lot of people to talk to.
I was having the craziest experiences with people that didn't understand me, nor I them. I was facing challenges on a daily basis, even with simple things, like going to the Supermarket. I flooded my FB page with pictures but I still wanted to tell the story behind the pictures, but I didn't want to bother my FB friends so much. I started this blog and I had so much fun and so much to tell... 

A lot has changed since then. My older kid goes to School & my youngest is a very active toddler (she's a handful alright). We do play dates, birthday parties and Soccer (yes I'm officially a Soccer Mom, minus the minivan). I can communicate with the locals and am a pro on public transportation and yes I now use buses... it only took two years to master the bus system. I now have friends and don't feel like a stranger anymore.
Quite frankly I've only felt that alien feeling whenever I'm on FB. Like, I seriously don't know anything that's going on back in the US, but at the same time I know so much.
 I know how much people hate Lebron James or who's the best dressed at the Oscars or whenever The Voice or The Game of Thrones is on.
 I feel more like a stranger on my FB these days, than whenever I go to Emart and ask the produce lady if the avocados are sold by weight or as individuals, (all in Korean btw). I would love to record one of these sessions, so you make fun of my hilarious Korean. The other day the ajumma from whom I get thread from told me, "Wow good job with the Korean"... (AND I understood her saying this). Not a prouder moment!  : ) 

At the end of the day, this is my home & I like it here. Truth is I'm so used to living here, that I don't feel as if my life was any more adventurous or different than anyone else. Maybe this Is why I haven't felt like writing any posts. I mean I've had quite a fun couple of months, but I still get to do my regular chores as anyone else does... laundry, cook, clean, change pooped diapers & read daily bedtime stories. I clean up the house and start all over again the next day. 

Sean and I have this thing that we say, "you know you're old when...". Well, we've been saying this quite often these days. "You know you're old when your eyelids won't respond after 9:00pm. anymore." I mean, seriously, who's gonna stay up to wait for the kids when they go out when they're teenagers"... at this rate, we're in big, deep trouble, to put it kindly
How about..."You know you're old when you have the best date with your husband at the chiropractor". All I can say is, my neck and back cracked like 20 times each, on places I didn't even know existed. I'd do a date there again anytime! 

Anyways... the point is, with this and that and spasmed shoulders, heavy eyelids, dirty laundry and everyday life, there's very little free time to sit down and write a decent post.  
I haven't even stopped by to check here since April, yet it's only the first day in July and I have like 1000 visits. I don't know if this qualifies as a lot in blogging world, but to me it is. Thank you!

I guess I'll have to tell you all about my avocados, chiropractors and how much I hate doing laundry kind of stories. hehehe... 

But before the boring, I'll tell you about the fun. 
Sean started a couple of months in a new job here, but before he started we took a short Holiday to Japan. I looooooved it! We had so, so, so much fun there. If you follow me on Instagram you are very up to date on my pictures and know this was like two months ago. If you don't, then you should : ) I'm there all the time (at all times) "@koyorrican". I mean, it's easy, fun and you kinda in some weird way, get to know people from all over the world. I get so inspired and amazed at how many talented and incredibly creative people are out there. I love Instagram! Now, if you don't want to see a gazillion pictures of my littles, then don't bother. It's all I do, I'm a mamarazzi... I mean like everyday... trust me, I've even had real life friends unfollow me. I guess I'm the annoying proud Mom. Well actually, no, I don't guess, I AM the proudest of Moms! 

 A bit of our trip to Japan...




At the Osaka Castle...


In Kyoto...⬇



Livs on a walk around the Geisha District in Kyoto...


Dotonbori...


At the Osaka Aquarium...


Free the Dolphins! 
A week after we returned, I saw this video about how cruel they are to Dolphins in parts of Japan...
Too sad...



We all had THE best time there. The people were super helpful and friendly, the food was incredible & the shops where super funky, just like I like them. I came back with some awesome Japanese cotton fabric...Yeayy... and I found a vintage panda print I wanted....double yeayyy..

I came back so inspired, I wanted to try making homemade tonkotsu ramen... and I kinda' got it right. But it's tons of work, too many hours of cooking and it's very fatty, so the ramen craze quickly wore off. lol... lemonade cleansing! > <

*All these pictures are the ones I had on my phone. I took some with my camera, but I seem to have misplaced the usb cable, so I haven't been able to upload them. : ( 

Xx
Tania : ) 








2 comments:

Deborah said...

Hi, I'm glad to hear that you are more comfortable in your new home. I'm a Boricua who lives in Cleveland, TN, and I stumble on your blog while researching some things about Korea. I'll continue to pray for your adjustment to life in Korea.

Maria del mar said...

Hola,
Yo no se como te encontre. I just started reading you and I had to say hello. This blog post relates with me and moving in France. It was all a transition and periods of feeling lonely. Today things are so much better and I also feel adequate living here. I feel the same when I'm in FB and trying to keep up with my loved ones in PR or NYC. Being an expatriate is hard at times.
You have a lovely family. Keep using the blog to vent out and share. Hope to keep reading you!
Stop by at my blog when you want!
bisous from Paris,
Maria