What's going on in Seoul, you ask? Here is my answer...
So, unfortunately my new roommate ended up canceling our adventures in real estate land without a translator. I ended up going out with my current roommate as a translator for about an hour, but didn’t find anything. All the 2BR apartments in the Kondae area were too small and overpriced. One place that I looked at might have worked size-wise, but it was 2.8 million won per month, which is way out of our price range. Plus, it was old.
But there is a silver lining. New Roommate is going back to the first area we looked, Gunja, today with her boyfriend to check out apartments. And I’m planning to look around Children’s
I’m FINALLY getting the documents for my visa. After another week of my boss telling me, “Oh, right. We’ll talk about that later,” I finally navigated through the Korean version of the web site explaining how to renew an E7 visa. I printed it off and highlighted the documents the secretary needed to get and handed it to her, motioning at her so that she understand that she needed to get those documents and give them to me. There are a couple of documents that I’ll get, but once she hands over her documents (which should take one maybe two days tops to gather) I’m off to immigration for a 30-minute appointment to get my ARC stamped and hand over my passport for a couple weeks. During which time, my new visa will be stamped in and my passport will be returned and I’m good for one more year in
Work (or Overwork):
I am currently in the eighth day of a (hopefully) 12-day run at work. I was told on Monday that someone would be starting next Monday to fill the open editor position and I’m hoping this is correct. Otherwise, I’m not sure how many days in a row I’ll be working. It’s more money, yes, but it’s hard to stay positive and sharp when you have no day off to look forward to. Not to mention I’ve been filling up the hours before work with real estate appointments and lunch dates and not sleeping well at night. Oi… I seriously need sleep… and some time to spend getting a few drinks with my friends. Life is too tense right now and I need some relaxation.
Sadly, I’m not sure if I’m still getting my band interviews that I was promised. Band Friend with all the contacts had a falling out with my other friend and now I have no way to contact Band Friend since Other Friend was my link (I don't have Band Friend's phone number). Not to mention, Other Friend was going to be the translator for the interviews and Band Friend now wants to have nothing to do with her. I still don’t understand what the conflict was, but I’m sad that this means no interview with Guckkasten at the moment, and that our nights of hanging in Hongdae are over. I suppose this means I’ll have to start focusing my efforts on infiltrating YG’s PR department and get on some sort of press list. We’re hoping to cover Tae-yang’s upcoming solo concert at the end of September, but we’re at a loss as to how to get on a press list and get press privileges. So, it is now my job to figure this out, since I’m currently the only writer located in
I’m not quite that confident in my skills, but we’ll see how this goes down. I’m just hoping that showing up YG headquarters dressed professionally will be enough to get me a meeting with a press contact (that speaks English, preferably). Though, personal contacts are better… I should sweep through my personal network and see if anyone I know can help me first…
Oi… I seriously wish I could take a nap… it’s only been one hour at work so far and I’m fading fast… stupid eight days of working in a row…