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New-ish computer

I’m not sure, but I think this is my fourth custom build. In the background, you can see a bit of my old, massive ATX case, and big Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler. I’m working on my ridiculously overpriced (because it was in mint condition and out of production) mini-ITX LGA 1150 Z board. My i5-4670K does everything I want at the moment, so no point in paying $$$ for even more overpriced parts.

Rant incoming: Cryptomining has pushed up GPU and RAM prices to a ridiculous level. Walk around somewhere like Yongsan’s Sunin Plaza, especially the ground floor, and you’ll see rack upon rack of furiously spinning GPUs. And although it’s obviously for mining crypto, the shops will pretend that it’s totally not for mining. Yeah, like what else could it possibly be for, an entire wall of hot GPUs spinning nonstop? Are you running an animation studio? Not even Pixar renders 24/7, so what’s this? Okay, I’ll shut up now.

Back to my computer. Anyway, it’s now in the much smaller Silverstone SG13 case! The idea is that I’ll only need to bubble-wrap this and take it with me in a suitcase. In contrast, I had to disassemble my entire ATX in order to bring it from California to South Korea, and then I also had to buy a new case in South Korea.

Cat teeth scaling

Captain – my second cat – has been having awfully smelly breath for a while now. When I first adopted him from the shelter, he was already full-grown, had lived in several places, and already had a teeth plaque problem. The vet said a scaling wasn’t necessary just yet. Anyway, this week I decided that alright, let’s get this stinky breath FIXED. A different vet at the same clinic agreed that yes, it was time for a scaling, and also some periodontal disease meds.

I showed up at my reservation time of 11:30 am, and Captain went off for his blood draw. I stayed at the clinic for about 15 minutes, waiting for the bloodwork to be done. Everything was a go, except for the creatinine levels, which was at 1.9, when the recommended range was 0.8-1.8. Not too high, so it’s fine. But I’m going to have to figure out how to get him to drink more water. I’ve already been mixing in lots of water in his wet food? Ugh, I don’t know. So I signed the authorization papers for anesthesia and scaling (this was surprisingly in English, perfect English!), and was told to come pick him up anytime after 5 pm.

The process is much cheaper than in the US. It cost me 77,000 won for the actual scaling. And 55,000 won for the bloodwork.

Earlier that day, I had just gotten a vaccination for myself. 170,000 won! A bit of a pricey day for both the human and one of her animals.

Done with KIIP

1.5 years later, I’ve completed the program! For some reason, I kept thinking that I had started the program in 2015, but I actually started in April 2016, and have now completed it in December 2017. I guess it just felt so long; I was convinced that surely it must have been over 2 years now. It really is quite the ordeal, spending 8 hours in class on a Sunday or Saturday … and back in Level 2, on some weekends, I did 8 hours each on Saturday AND Sunday! I’m so happy to have my 2-day weekends back.

I have two certificates: KIIP (Korea Immigration and Integration Program), and KIPRAT (Korea Immigration Permanent Residency Ability??Acceptance??Aptitude??idk Test). They were both issued automatically through the Socinet.go.kr website, after I passed my Level 5 (50 hours) exam. The dates on the certificates are different, because the dates will be whatever date I clicked on it print from the Socinet website.

Feels great!

It is a massive time commitment, but it is worth it. I did it because it was the only language class I could take in my area. Almost everything I know in Korean, is from being taught it directly in KIIP classes, or from picking it up through casual conversations with the teachers or classmates. I’m far from fluent, and I make plenty of mistakes … but I get by just fine.

Here’s how my schedule was, from Level 2 to Level 5:

Placement test: 2016.04.30

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Intermediate exam: 2017.08.19

Level 5

Final exam: 2017.12.16

Again: massive time commitment. Not everyone is up to it. But worth it.

Thanksgiving dinner, I guess

I feel like autumn hasn’t really ended just yet, because the leaves are still turning, and haven’t even fully dropped off yet. First snow has come and gone. It’s cold at night, so I guess it’s time to bring out the bak kut teh mix and chicken. And of course, I’m currently nursing a cold, even though I was a responsible little adult and got my flu shot!

Delivery sushi and other midweek adventures

It’s been a sushi week for me. Why? I don’t know. I just wanted to. Delivery sushi seems like an iffy idea, but it’s really not. I had kaiten sushi on Monday, and was still dreaming about it on Wednesday, so I ordered delivery sushi! It was cheaper to have it delivered, and a lot more variety and side dishes. In the picture, you can see some miso soup, some corn or cream of chicken soup (I don’t know?), a salad, and some assorted fried food … I split this up between dinner and breakfast, and it was amazing.

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