About 8 months ago, I made a decision that took my life to a (kinda) new direction. I quit my job (which was one of the bittersweet things that I did by the way), left Seattle, moved back home to Jakarta, spent some time with family & relatives, reconnecting with old friends, and traveled to a couple South East Asian countries. Having living in the States for a good amount of years, back to living in Asia certainly feels very different and definitely took some time to adjust to. Although I miss the comfort that I have when I was living in the States, I do enjoyed being home with all its imperfections — the hot humid weather, the horrible traffic, and super slow internet connection to name a few.
I spent my first part of the year basically doing a great deal of packing and unpacking — for my move and for my travels. My daily routine significantly changed and it's a good change. It's kinda nice having a break from the usual routine, really. Also, I got to see a different side of my family and friends that I haven't seen for a while and also a different part of the world when I was traveling.
Time really does changes everything. People grew, changed, and matured (some special cases, they don't :p ). They started a family, having kids, built their own business, changed careers, relationships broken...and mended, engagements, weddings, graduations, mistakes made, successes achieved, etc and it was very interesting to listened to their stories. Despite of all the changes, meeting some of them felt like we've never been apart. We just picked up where we left off. Almost like we just went away to different places for a long weekend and came back on Monday and shared our stories :)
And now, after having spent half a year back home, I moved (again) to Seoul, South Korea. It's been around two months since I got here and I have to say I'm have a great time so far. Seoul is definitely a charming city. Living in a country that I can't speak the local language is a first for me and I have to say I'm getting better and better at 'playing Charades' with other people around me who doesn't speaks English (combined with my limited Korean knowledge).
With that said, I'll try to catch up on posts about my travels as well as the daily living here in Seoul. I'll probably alternate between posts, depending on how it goes. We'll see. For now, I'm going to end my random thoughts here.