March 5th, 2005

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March 4th - Shopping in Seoul!

3/4/05 Friday

Today we went shopping with Paul, the head Biz/Dev guy at GoPets, and his wife Kelly. They are expecting their first child in April. Kelly is a native Korean, from Seoul. Paul is from Encino and worked in North Hollywood before moving to Korea a few years ago. It was so nice to talk to someone about familiar places and feelings. He said his plan is to make GoPets really big, sell off portions and make us all rich and able to move back to the US within two years. I liked the sound of that. Gave me some hope that this is all going to be worth it.

Anyway, we spent the day looking for items for our apartment that we were going to be moving into on Sunday. We had to get beds for us and for Maya. Then we needed to get a fridge, a stove top, a washer and some furniture for the living room. The apartment has nothing in it at all. We have to buy a stove top - it just sits on top of a cabinet. And the washers here - they only sell washers. People here hang dry everything. Because the weather is so dry here, things dry relatively quickly. But no dryers - that's going to take a little getting used to. But it should be ok, I just have to do loads more often. We went to an appliance store called Hi-Mart. There we picked up the washer, the stove top, a tv, a microwave with a toaster built in (that's pretty cool) and little things like a hairdryer. It all was to be delivered the next day! That's what I call quick service!

After that, we went to the equivalent of a dollar store. There we picked up some dishes, utensils, pots and pans, cups. And other things like a water/juice bottle, rags and towels. Looking back, we needed a lot more than what we picked up. But it was hard to think of things we need - it is hard moving into a place without anything at all. Starting from scratch, not something you do everyday!

After that (and spending about $140), we went to the furniture district. We picked up a single bed/mattress for Maya, a queen size set for us, a couch and ottomans for the living room. Also, we picked up a microwave cart and a tv stand. That all was to be delivered on Sunday. Again, what fast service!

It was really good to have Paul and Kelly there. Kelly was great at bargaining for us. At Hi-Mart, she got us free delivery and some food containers and laundry detergent thrown in. At the furniture place, again she bargained for us and got free delivery. They were great and so nice to take us around.

After all the shopping, they took us to an Indian restaurant called Chakra. It is a chain here and it was really good. GoPets picked up the tab, Paul said, as a way to say thank you for making the move to Seoul. Well, that was nice, but I just want to see results at the end of this experience. I know that everyone here at GoPets is working very hard for that. That would be the best way to say thanks.
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3/5/05 Saturday

Chris took Maya to the apartment this morning to let the delivery guys in from Hi-Mart. They delievered the appliances between 10am and 11am. After that, Chris and Maya went to the offices. GoPets is about a 5 minute walk from the new place. Chris then left Maya at the office while she colored and played with some of the women at the office while he went to the bank to pay the balances for the appliances and the furniture. They don't do checks or credit cards here. It is all bank transfers. So the stores give you their bank info and you wire the money to them to pay for big ticket items. So Chris got that taken care of and he said that Maya was great about staying at the office while he did that. I think she is getting used to being a "star" here!

While they were off doing that, I got Nadia down for her nap and packed up all the suitcases and things around the hotel room. I liked being here at the hotel. It was nice not having to think about what to get for breakfast each morning (continental breakfast was included each morning for all of us). And having fresh towels each day. Yes, it was small, with only one bedroom, but it was nice. A good way to transition to living here.

After they got back and Nadia woke up from her nap, we decided to go out. We got on the subway and went to Coex, a large mall. We walked around exploring all the stores. We saw a Hello Kitty store, Maya and I explored that. She wanted some pjs, but I couldn't figure out the sizing here!

We had to figure out what to eat for dinner. We finally decided to go to Jackie's Kitchen, a chain started by Jackie Chan. We had to wait outside for about 20 minutes. Outside the restaurant, there was a display for some new cars. They had people talking on microphones about it, doing dance skits and giving away prizes. One of the guys came over and asked if he could take a picture of the girls in front of the car! He was especially asking about Nadia, but wanted Maya to get in there too. She at first didn't want to, but when she saw Nadia standing up on the stage getting attention, she got up there with her too! The guy took two pictures of them, gave one to us and kept the other. Not sure why, but I said to Chris that we should really get Nadia in some modeling or commercials here! She'd make a killing!

We got into Jackie's Kitchen and sat down for dinner. It is so hard here because no one has high chairs for the little ones. Nadia is so much of a hand full at this time (she's only 17 months old) and sitting on a chair is hard for her and for me. I get so excited when we try to get out of the house, but halfway through our outing, I'm tired and upset. I just want to eat in peace, but Nadia is just trying to get off the chair or sit on the edge, or get the cup of water and hold it on her own, or wanting to eat everything in sight, or, or, or! By the time the food actually gets to the table, I'm ready to just burst into tears or yell at someone (usually Chris for moving us out here). But then I have to relax and remember - I've only been in Seoul fora week and a half. Of course it isn't going to be easy. Of course blaming Chris would be the easy thing to do, but it isn't fair to him. And yes, I'm putting a positive spin on things right now, mainly for the journal, but also trying to convince myself that it won't be so bad forever. The power of positive thinking and all that crap.