[5-1] 5th swing, 1st week
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.
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!
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.
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 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!