So last February, my brods and sisses from the UPLB Street Jazz Dance Company paid me a visit here in Korea. Weeeeee! 🙂
I was actually hands-on in assisting them in preparing for their itinerary, being the one who is already here, and being the one who has tried traveling to Korea many times. It was a bit complicated because they will not be arriving the same day, and they will be coming from different places, i.e. Manila and Singapore (and supposedly someone from Middle East, but she had to cancel).
It was extra stressful to me because trip coincided with my internship (not part of original plan).
The original plan was that I had to show them around and go with them especially on a Jeju side-trip. However, in my bid to find a job here in Korea, I had to do well in the internship. I had to compromise. So, my solution was, to simply let them on their own when in Seoul (as it is easier to move around). But I will push to accompany them in Jeju for the following reasons: (1) I have already booked the flight last year, (2) they will be totally disoriented in moving around esp. as there is no subway in Jeju, (3) they need someone who can read and speak Korean a little and who has already been there before (twice). So yeah, that’s me justifying. Lol.
To convince my bosses that I will have to be away for 1.5 days, I had to show them solid progress in my project. This proved to be Herculean though because I had to juggle working at day, meeting my friends for dinner and drinks at night, and spending lots of time in and out the office to do my project. Whew!
Luckily, I was able to accomplish it. I blackmailed my friends to help me in my project, because if not, I will not be able to join the Jeju trip, ergo they will get lost moving around, ergo they will not be able to maximize the experience. Lol.
My friend Geon and his cousin Min Kyu helped us big-time, esp. in getting discounts and in teaching the newbies of the winter sport. My high school batchmate Luningning also happened to be in Seoul, so I invited her to join us (the more the merrier!). Hence, it is only logical to also invite our batchmate, Dale, another winter sport-addict who is now based in Seoul. UGH! Such a fun, fun day! 🙂
Of course there were a lot of blooper moments, e.g. the early morning Amazing Race to the bus stop, the conjuring of “Annabelle” (sorry inside joke, lol) (pun intended), the Big Escalator Fight (sorry another inside joke), etc.
Ahh… always happy memories with these guys! 🙂