This post was originally posted to my WordPress account on February 22, 2015.
Seollal started last Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Seollal is the Korean term for Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in Korea for three days. Same with the Chinese, where they celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 19. (I think it’s the same with the Chinese New Year, but I’m not really sure if they always celebrate it on February 19. So, if you know the exact details about it kindly write it in the comment below.)
So, since I am working in a Korean company, we get to take a three-day vacation plus the weekend which makes it a five-day vacation. It’s a have-a (read as haba or long in Tagalog) weekend indeed. But it’s not just a weekend because it’s a very long special holiday for them, so it should be have-a holiday! (Gets?)
It was supposed to be a two-day-vacation plus the weekend but the workload in the office has been piling-up that’s why they gave us another day off to make up for our hard work.
Here are the things that transpired over the holiday:
Thursday: I literally bummed my way to this holiday. I spent my holiday in my boyfriend, Ino’s apartment. I started it by preparing his brunch and making him a cup of coffee, which I don’t normally do everyday. He appreciated my hard work and thanked me for it. I felt happy because he ate the eggs and hotdogs I cooked for him even if the eggs were salty. (It was actually too salty.) The hotdog was okay but the rice didn’t make the cut.
It has been ages since I cooked rice. I did a good job when I tried to cook it for the first time. However, my latest attempt to do it didn’t turn out as I expected. It had too much water in it and it overflowed. My measurement was incorrect. In the end, the rice was cooked but it was soup-ey. In fact, it looks like a porridge. I can’t believe it. We still ate it but I was really embarrassed about it.
After having lunch, Ino went to his office and I spent most of my day watching TV and cooking some Tikoy (ricecake) and some hotdogs.
Then I got a painful scar from cooking tikoy because of the cooking oil that
splattered / tumalsik?? on my left thigh.
I also decided to continue watching “Doctor Stranger.” It is a Korean drama which became popular in China last year. I learned about it when it was featured in the news article in my student’s Newspaper lesson. I really got very curious about it that’s why I tried to watch it. I tried to watch it with Ino but we weren’t able to finish all the episodes because the only time we can watch it is before we hit the sack.
After several months of putting it off, I decided to binge-watch DS because I don’t have anything to do. I was also curious about how the story goes. One of the factors in watching it as well is because my co-worker finished watching it in just two days in the office.
Ino joined me in finishing the last 3 episodes of Doctor Stranger as soon as he got home because his office decided to move their holiday on Friday instead of Thursday. We slept around 5 A.M last Friday because we binged watched until the last episode.
Friday came like a blast. I woke up in the afternoon because Globe called me and informed me that they don’t have a DSL service available anymore. It was actually okay because I just turned down their LTE offer last Sunday. It was also way too expensive for my budget and it also didn’t help that I had a bad experience with them last week.
It was my team leader’s birthday and I wasn’t able to come because of their “scheduled” installation. The agent informed me that it will be installed around 8 A.M up to 12 P.M. I didn’t go to the party because the venue was far and that I might not make it on time for the installation the next day.
Sunday came and I woke up early waiting for their text message. I was hoping that I’ll receive a notification if they will come within the said “schedule.” However, it was already 6 P.M when their installation team called and informed me that they are on their way.
Coincidentally, I received an e-mail from PLDT in the afternoon and they already sent me an account number and the other instructions on how to pay the installation fee. Aside from the cheap installation fee that I got from the promo, I also noticed that I don’t have to pay a lot for their service. So, I turned Globe’s offer and canceled the application right then and there.
One of the reasons why I declined their offer is because I don’t exactly know if the monthly charge for the LTE service that they are offering is fixed or if I have to pay more aside from the P1200 installation fee on the day of the installation. They also said that the activation fee will be billed on top of my account and I have to pay for it in installment for some months. Since they have a very complex installation process, I decided to cancel my application instead.
So when Friday came, PLDT sent me a message that they are dropping by to my place to have my DSL line installed. They arrived at 1 P.M. I was actually glad that they came earlier than they promised because I was expecting that they’d come around 6 P.M just like what Globe said before. It made me feel happy.
Now, I can think about getting a homebase job and other Internet related stuff. I can also go online without the hassle of tethering my tablet to my laptop or my phone.
Ino was not really very happy yesterday. We almost argued about where to place the phone and the modem and the other apparatus. By 6 P.M, we went back to his apartment and had spaghetti with corned beef and hotdogs for dinner. We also watched The Lego Movie, the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory and That Thing Called Tadhana on his new flatscreen TV.
Then it’s Saturday again, we’re back on regular programming. Almost. He cooked and then I washed the dishes. We started watching the first few 30 minutes of the Lord of The Rings (the first one, the one with the fellowship something) until I fell asleep on the couch.
I really suck at watching mainstream movies because it makes me fall asleep in the middle of the movie. I don’t know why, but it really has that effect on me. (Hello Harry Potter and Maleficent!) I also tend to ask questions while watching the movie, which makes Ino feel irritated sometimes. I have this irritating habit of asking him stuff that he knows and since he’s a very good person and a very intelligent movie goer, he tries to explain it and that spoils the fun for him.
We watched “Fated to Love You” this afternoon too. “Fated to Love You” is a Korean drama remake of the Taiwanese drama with the same title. It also became very popular in a local TV network here in the Philippines. However, I watched the Taiwanese version on DVD back when I was in college, because I rarely watch TV shows from that local TV network.
So, Ino and I watched it this afternoon but we stopped on Episode 14 this evening because he wants to watch The Voice Philippines in the local TV network at around 8:30 P.M.
We also ate a lot this afternoon. From pancit canton (fried noodles) to ube tikoy to pandesal to pinipig ice creams to corned beef and rice. Oh! I cooked rice tonight too!
Then, I decided to write about how productive or unproductive my long holiday was. I’m looking forward to going home and spending my time online tomorrow. I will spend my Sunday with my mom too but without Kelly because she’s with her parents for this weekend.
I actually had a great time with Ino this week. ‘Though I realized that he doesn’t seem to show happiness when I have some new stuff. He tends to sulk and act too cold most of the time. I hope that those were just coincidences but it happened several times already. Perhaps, he’s just tired or whatever. Eventually, he becomes okay and that’s what’s important.
I also realized that being a housewife is boring and tiring. I can’t imagine myself as a full-time housewife. Instead, I want to be a working wife. I want to be a working mom. I want to have a part-time job and become a housewife too. I think I can’t handle being a housewife alone. I believe in equality and that’s my realization for this week’s long holiday.