Back to reality

My son and I arrived in Korea on Sunday night. We had an exhausting 15-hour trip from Los Angeles via Korean Air with a layover at Narita Airport in Japan. I’m still “hilong talilong” or disorriented from jetlag. I’d sleep at 7 or 8 in the evening and wake up at 4 in the morning!

Anyway, I went to the bank yesterday to deposit a check. That’s when I really felt that I’m back. I couldn’t walk three steps without someone bumping me. That’s Seoul for you. Back in the US, people would walk as if they were in the park and they would avoid body contact with strangers. Personal space is a lost concept here but could get you into trouble in western countries if you’re not aware of it. I kept this in mind while I walked the aisles of the stores I visited.

We only have kimchi and a few side dishes inside the fridge. I suddenly miss all the Filipino food that I had in Los Angeles and Columbus. My mother would cook fresh shrimp and salmon “sinigang” in California and frozen shrimp “sinigang” in Ohio. Here I’ll have to prepare the “banchan” or Korean side dishes by myself. I haven’t gone out grocery shopping yet and I’ve been having deliveries for lunch.

No TFC for the jologs in me and PBS Kids for my son. At least, the internet here is a lot faster than my sister’s DSL subscription. Anyway, it’s good to be back (home) and this early I’m already planning on my next US vacation in three years (hopefully with my husband) 😀

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