Days ago, one of the other interpreters asked me if I was coming for the outing. I was puzzled because my boss didn’t mention anything about an outing. That outing turned out to be for the other offices only and ours was scheduled last Sunday.
I arrived at the base camp wearing shorts. How brave of me to wear shorts to a military camp bustling with soldiers. I was a little early so I stayed in our office while the soldiers were having their Sunday service.
My boss came and we left the office together. He handed a walkie talkie to me and told me to give it to the first bus’ driver. I was about to head to the bus but I quickly hid behind a car upon seeing the soldiers. But an order is an order so I did what I was told. Why did I even wear shorts in the first place? Well, they said we were going to a beach. Who on earth goes to the beach on a hot day wearing jeans? That’s just uncomfortable.
I was told to get inside the car with my boss and two other officers then the driver. It felt like I was travelling with my dad because they kept playing songs that my dad usually listens to. My boss ended up telling the other officers about me and my family background. I think he regrets doing so because… well, in Korean culture, the youngest and the new employee must be the one to do the cooking and serving when eating out, right? But the two officers told me to sit down and just eat and let my boss do everything. Haha! Sorry, boss, but I’m just following the orders of the officers who, by the way, holds a much higher rank than you. XD
Anyway, when we arrived at the beach, there were about 5 cottages reserved for us. 3 cottages on one side for the soldiers, 2 cottages on the other side (1 for the officers and the other was for the Filipino soldiers who were our escorts). I was pretty much disappointed because we travelled an hour and a half for it and the beach was like any other beach near the base camp.
Oh, did I mention that I was the only girl in the group? OTL
I’ve never had beer before. I just don’t like the smell of it. But today, I decided to have my first can of beer. Haha! It was… okay. I didn’t like the taste so I only consumed about 1/4 of it, or maybe even less.
After having lunch, the soldiers started grabbing other soldiers and tossed them into the sea. The other beachgoers found it weird to see them wrestle in the water but it was totally normal for me since I know that is how Koreans are.
The two officers left to take a dip, leaving me and my boss behind. My boss cooked some shrimps and told me to have some but I wasn’t in the mood to peel shrimps. And I was still feeling full from the slices samgyupsal that he dumped on my plate. We decided to cook some more samgyupsal and gave it to some beachgoers near our cottage.
Before we left, my boss and I finally decided to get into the water. He went far into the sea with the others while I just stayed near the shore where the water was just right above my knee since I can’t swim. Bad idea. I should have just gone back to the cottage. OTL
One soldier joined me and told me to hold onto his hands. I gripped both of his hands, totally unaware of what was about to happen. Another soldier was approaching. The soldier who were holding my hands turned me around and told the other soldier to grab my feet. That’s when I realized that they were gonna toss me the way they tossed the other soldiers earlier. WAAAAAH! I was screaming in protest, yet laughing because I fell for their trap. Lol! And they gave me a few swings before tossing me into the water. OTL I was out of breath and energy that the soldier had to hold my arm so I won’t trip (the sea floor had rocks, big rocks) as we headed back to the shore.
When I reached the cottage, I noticed I got scratches on my left leg when I tripped on a big rock. The soldiers cleaned up while I washed up and changed into dry clothes. In the car, my boss lent me his Adidas shirt to cover myself with when he felt my arm was cold.
I really had a great time even though I got tossed into the water and got hurt. T^T It felt weird that the officers treated me like I was their guest who they have to treat like royalty. T^T I’m an employee, I should help out but they didn’t let me. Oh well, I enjoyed eating and talking with them.
Thanks to my boss (the topless guy beside me in the photo) for inviting me and letting me have this opportunity to hang out with everyone. ^^