I have a friend who always preaches the saying: Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened! As much as I would like to practice that, I still can’t help but latch on to this bittersweet feeling every time I recall those 5 magical days I spent with my Wow Korea family.
In fact I can’t quite believe it was just 5 days; what with the amount of things we saw and the shenanigans we partook in. It was a heck of a ride! I think it would be fair to say that all of us who went on that trip will remember it for the rest of our lives. Being able to bond with such an amazing set of people in one of the countries I so adore is not something to forget so easily. And up until now, as someone who is usually good with her words, I find none to describe how I feel about the whole thing.
I know only that I feel grateful. Lucky. Overcome with joy. Beyond blessed. When I saw Ece tear up on the last day, I did all that I could not to bawl my eyes out. I promised myself I would end the trip on a happy note and so I held it all in. I’m a bit of a sentimental crybaby at times, so much so that I sometimes even cry in the movies! Miraculously, I managed to stop myself from going beyond a few tears, repeating the mantra up above over and over.
Nearly a week after everything, I still find myself thinking about what we would’ve been doing during specific moments of the day. Where would we be? What would we be eating? Sunny would be calling out for Rajesh in intervals, of course. I guess I just really miss being around everyone, and I miss us traversing through beautiful Korea together. I wish we could’ve had more time to get closer; still, all the memories we managed to make are etched permanently in my mind.
This post was just supposed to be about me sharing my video on this epic Wow Korea trip, but I think I should say one more time how thankful I am to have been a part of this. I feel like I will never be able to say it enough! When my Mum encouraged me to join the contest, neither of us expected too much. Truth be told, I was in a state of disbelief when I got the call telling me I had been selected, thinking that it must’ve been some kind of prank!
But God is the one who puts the pieces together, and He decided to place me amongst these amazing people so I could experience the warmth of this Wow Korea family. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to do it too! Korea is as beautiful as the friendships we’ve all formed.
So again I want to say a huge huge thank you to everyone for making this trip amazing, and for gracing my memories with your presence: To the generous KTO and its Managers; to our super cool guide Helen; to our awesome driver (who even shared his drink-concocting skills!); to our extra hardworking PD-nim; to the local Wow Korea Supporters we met along the way; to the ever patient Sunny and the energetic bunny Max; and finally to Debby, Ece, Elizabeth, Ling, Lydia, Nat (my roomie!), Rajesh, Toan, and Verina– thank you all!
I hope that we will see each other again soon. 😘
PS. If you want to check out what we were up to during the trip, here are my visual diaries for each day:
- Day 1 Busan
- Day 2 Oedobotania (Geoje) & Dongpirang Mural Village (Tongyeong)
- Day 3 Yeosu City
- Day 4 (Part 1) Suncheon Drama Set
- Day 4 (Part 2) Suncheon Bay National Garden
- Day 5 Seoul
This post was brought to you by the Korea Tourism Organization.