All posts filed under: Mindfulness

In retrospect

I cannot prove everything that I’ve accomplished in the past year nor do I feel the need to. I’ve really understood what are the things that keep me grounded and sane when thrown into a new environment. I’ve grown in so many ways. I’ve learnt to adapt, yet still stay true to myself. I’ve learnt a new city, a new country, a new language and a new culture. I’ve finally understood the power of the English language. Standing in a room of 50+ people and no one has English as a first language (including myself) yet it is the only language that allows us to communicate with one another – that’s pretty amazing. I’ve learnt to love, let myself be loved, and love myself. I’ve travelled to places I dreamt about for years, and other that were never on my radar. I’ve learnt to take opportunities as they come, rather than build expectations. I’ve learnt what it means to feel at home, and to miss home. I’ve learnt to detach myself from a job and …

Three hundred & sixty-five days of adventure

  I haven’t done a great job at keeping this blog active – oops – but I will shape this post to stay true to its purpose; to share my adventures, both through world travels and intrapersonal discoveries. Three hundred & sixty-five days ago I packed my life into two suitcases and boarded a plane to a country I had never set foot in, ready to call it home. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Here goes a year in review through wanderlust and mindfulness~ mindfulness “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally” – Kabat-Zinn Three hundred & sixty-five days later, I can literally say I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. The past year has been a roller coaster of experiences, emotions and adventures. I’ve had to deal with situations I had never been faced with before and it somehow all brought me closer with my own self. It’s amazing how a moment of time can move so fast, or so …

Culture shocked

I always believed that a culture shock was when you didn’t adapt to the local food, felt disoriented in your surroundings or felt unsafe. None of these are true for Korea. However, many things are different to home, which I hadn’t realize would affect me. The language barrier is my main issue at the moment. Online shopping This sounds stupid but in Korea, online shopping is the way to buy EVERYTHING (even though they have huge shopping malls – these malls are usually filled with Chinese tourists). Most sites are not translated in English and your best source is not Google ! They have their own search engine called Naver. It literally kicks Google’s ass from what I understand from it. Oh, and you need a Korean credit card to shop from Korean online websites. Therefore, I cannot search, I cannot shop and I cannot buy by myself. I am lucky enough to have Korean friends and co-workers who help me out with this. So as I said, this sounds stupid, but something that was …

Month one

It has just hit me. It’s already been a month since I left Montreal. Throughout the past month I have been a vagabond traveling across continents for work – not complaining ! I still don’t feel like I have moved to Seoul as I am still living in a hotel. Apartment hunting has begun. I am excited to have a home here. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t had a culture shock. I feel at like this is where I belong. Of course, the language barrier is very present. Restaurants with Korean menus only (with no pictures) are very common. I need to have a Korean friend along if I want to order in these places, as the staff doesn’t speak English either – for the most part. But its worth it. The food is incredible. Time has gone by waaaayy to fast. One month ago I was packing up my life; ready to take on this adventure on the other side of the world. Today, I am in a little coffee shop in Gangnam, with Christmas …