Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Rainy Day in Seoul

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 didnt 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 Im planning to look around Childrens Grand Park this week as well. We figured that if we split up and then passed on the apartments we like to the other, well get more ground covered and have a better idea of the apartments in the area. Im confident well find something soon and get settled in. Im already starting to mentally plan how I want to decorate my room. (Crazy, I know. Me decorating insane)

Visa Renewal:

Im FINALLY getting the documents for my visa. After another week of my boss telling me, Oh, right. Well 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 Ill get, but once she hands over her documents (which should take one maybe two days tops to gather) Im 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 Im good for one more year in Korea.

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 Im hoping this is correct. Otherwise, Im not sure how many days in a row Ill be working. Its more money, yes, but its hard to stay positive and sharp when you have no day off to look forward to. Not to mention Ive 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.

Fun Interviews:

Sadly, Im not sure if Im 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 dont understand what the conflict was, but Im 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 Ill have to start focusing my efforts on infiltrating YGs PR department and get on some sort of press list. Were hoping to cover Tae-yangs upcoming solo concert at the end of September, but were 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 Im currently the only writer located in Seoul.

Im not quite that confident in my skills, but well see how this goes down. Im 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 its only been one hour at work so far and Im fading fast stupid eight days of working in a row

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