[5-1] 5th swing, 1st week

by Adam

Not quite the end of the first week, since I only got back here on Tuesday, but it’s the end of the first working week back.  Today was Sunday, and I didn’t do much.

I woke up at 8am, only because the kitchen closes at 8:30, and I didn’t want to miss breakfast, otherwise I would have slept more.

After breakfast, I came back to my room, surfed the net, blogged about my R&R in Seoul, and went back to sleep.  I woke up just before lunch time, and got up to have lunch.  At lunch, I had 2 scoops of icecream. Smile

After lunch, I came back to my room, surfed the net, blogged about my R&R in Seoul, and went back to sleep.  I woke up just before dinner time, surfed the net, and then went to have my dinner.  At dinner, I had 2 scoops of icecream! Smile

I feel well rested after trying to readjust back into the work routine.

On Wednesday night, we had a barbeque at Koniambo hotel.  It was a quiet evening, the food looked good (although not cooked well-done), but had an enjoyable time.  Eric gave a speech, then Benoit gave a speech – it’s entertaining listening to him talk.R0013638R0013648R0013641


As I didn’t drink, I drove us back.  The roads here aren’t too good, with big holes in the road.  It was fun in the car, my co-owners love singing together.

It was a long journey back from Seoul.  I left the house at 7am to the bus terminal, and the bus left the terminal at 7:30am.  Got to the airport around 8:30am, and checked in.  It was very quick to check in as there was no queue.  After going through customs and claiming the duty back on my shoes, I went to the toilet, then headed to my gate.  There was a still a bit of time, so I bought a bun a Paris Baguette and ate it on the way to boarding the plane.  The plane wasn’t full this time, so I had 2 seats to myself.  I watched 4 movies back to back.  The new James Bond movie “Skyfall”, Japanese comedy “Thermae Romae” (which I’ve been wanting to watch since my previous visit to Japan in June/July 2012), a Korean drama “Meet the Inlaws”, and a comedy “Here comes the Boom”.  Then I had a nap.


The plane trip was very comfortable, and the food was good (for plane food!).  I was even handed a pack of kimchi!




The plane landed around 10pm (roughly 9.5 hour flight), I got through customs and immigration quickly and then caught the shuttle to the Tontoutel.  First time staying at this airport.  I asked the reception how I would know when the bus comes, and she said that they would call me and I wait at the reception.  I was given a room which had three beds inside.  It wasn’t very comfortable and there was no light in the bathroom.  I forgot the combination code for the luggage, but later managed to get it.

According to my itinerary, the bus was to come at 11:30am.  I was packed and ready to go by 10:30am and no call yet, so I walked out of my room to waste an hour.  When I stepped out, I was spotted by the hotel staff, who ran to me and asked me where I was going, I told him “Vavouto” and he said that the bus had already left!  So he called the bus back while I checked out.  Fortunately, the bus had not gone too far and was back very quickly.  The bus had left an hour early and they did not call me!

When I stepped into the bus, everyone turned around and gave me bad stares, as if I had done something wrong, when in fact, I was an hour early Smile  Later, I talked to a colleague and he said that his itinerary had also said 11:30am!

I got back to site at 2:30pm, went back to my room, unpacked, settled and then back at my office at 3:30pm.

So glad that the first week is over, 4 more weeks to go!