collected thoughts: korea

Visiting Seoul is both familiar and foreign experience for me. Below are some things that made me feel like a foreigner and a local at the same time.

On restaurants

Most restaurants have a bell on the table so that you can holler at the waiter or waitress whenever you need. Along with the friendly bell, there’s also a water pitcher, a utensil box and tissue box on the table so that you can help yourself. There’s something very efficient and smart about the process, but also lacked the level of anticipatory service that I was used to.

Franchising is a huge business in Korea, with almost 4,000 food brand franchises that are in business. Because they are so big, I feel the extra need to avoid at all costs, but I end up going to them because food is reliable and they are convenient.

My husband and I went to Paris Baguette every single day because of their coffee and breakfast bread choices. Nothing was good and bad. A total middle of the road type of place.Read More »

thoughts: june ’19


Friction. I get bogged down when there’s more than one are of friction, whether it be work, life, personal, etc.

And I feel so down and helpless when people and/or processes bog me down. A sample of incidents that brought me down include

  • My manager continuing to criticize me because she has no idea what is going on and sends me blocks of text with weirdly detailed requests.
  • When the friendly clerk at the apostille office tells me that my power of attorney documentation isn’t complete and that I need to go to a different office to authenticate.
  • When customer support at Herman Miller is asking me for additional photos of their faulty chair that I already packed to return.
  • When my sister asks for details / info that I don’t have because this is the first time for me too.
  • When a recruiter, who first reached out to see if I was interested in a role, asks me why there is a gap in my work history.

Today was one of those days when the last thing I wanted to do was be productive.


Waiting to meet a new mentor at the lobby for ten minutes feels like an eternity when you are trying to impress them.

Reminds me of dating days.


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