Monday, February 2, 2009

Closer and Closer

As the days are starting to count down, I got most of the important paperwork out of the way despite having a nearly fatal mental lapse last week.

I received my visa approval and passport from the Korean Consulate last Monday in downtown Chicago. As I was heading back towards the Metra station, I stopped by at the FedEx/Kinkos on Wacker and Washington to make photo copies of each. As I gathered my important documents into my brown envelope, I made my way towards the train, and quietly assumed that everything had finally been taken care of.

Two days later, I was on the phone with ESL Job Network (the recruiting place that hired me) and asked that I double-checked my visa to see if it allowed me to make multiple entries to and from the country. As I was searching for my passport with my visa, I noticed that it was not in the brown envelope. I looked in my bag, no luck. I searched high and low in my room, and still no luck finding the darn thing. It was then that I came to the realization that I had actually left it in the city.

The next 5 minutes, I can feel the lava boiling through my head, but somehow gathered enough sense to think of where I last placed my passport. Two places: Kinkos or the Metra. I can assure you Metra was not the answer I was hoping for. I called up Kinkos, and to my great relief, they have it in their possession. So this ended my 5 minutes of horror and anguish.

I booked my flight to Incheon International Airport through STA Travel ( I found their rates to be reasonably fair, and their customer service excellent. Their website also provided discount rates on phone cards, international cell phones, and other travel equipment.

I recently threw a farewell party at North Beach in Downers Grove, IL. Thank you to those that took the time to visit and celebrate with me. It was a wonderful time, and I can assure you my debut live band karaoke performance was one for the ages. This Saturday, I will be throwing another farewell party in the city. Before you know it, I will have a little over a week before my final departure date.

Let the good times roll this week......


  1. I demand video clips, especially of you singing Madonna's "Like a Virgin". I can't believe how close it is to when you leave!!!! I am so excited for you and can't wait to hear of your adventures over there. You better have gotten all your shots! And get skype and make your friends get it as well, it is free to make skype to skype calls anywhere on the planet, calling cards and such would cost a fortune I imagine. Keep in touch and stay safe, I'm so proud of you!

  2. i hate those five min. of panic where you're sure you're screwed but you're trying really hard to remain calm even though you just want to start screaming. then that moment of relief aahhhhhhhhh. then the stupid feeling kicks in, but we will ignore that feeling.