The heart and Seoul of Warwick
YOUNG Yu is a long way from home, but she’s found a new one right here.
For a year and a half Miss Yu has been fixing Warwick’s phones and said the people and the place have grown on her.
“I want to be seen and treated as a local. I talk to people and make friends and try to be involved with the locals,” she said.
“When you work in a shop in a big city, people come in and buy something and you never see them again.
“It’s not like that here and I like that; everyone is linked somehow.”
Warwick is a long way from Seoul, South Korea, a bustling metropolis of 15million people, where Miss Yu grew up.
“I came to Australia in 2006, I was a lot younger and braver,” she said.
“I had applied to study a Bachelor of Hotel Management at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and I got in, so that’s how I came to end up in Queensland.
“I didn’t know anyone here and had no idea at all about the Gold Coast.
“Back then I liked it. It was a nice place to live, but I’m not sure I would live there any more, it’s getting crazier and crazier every day.”
While she was studying Miss Yu said she worked at Conrad Jupiters and went back to Korea after completing her degree to take up a marketing manager position at the Hyatt Hotel.
“I lived on Jeju Island, which is a bit like Hawaii,” she said.
“I came back to Australia for a holiday to see my sister and my brother-in-law asked me to come and help him with his business in Warwick, so I came back.”
Miss Yu said she came to Warwick in 2014 and began working at the Fun Plus shop in Rose City Shoppingworld.
“Warwick is the most country place I’ve ever been,” she said.
“It’s so peaceful and friendly. I was terrified about coming here at first, but compared to the Gold Coast, it was a lot more welcoming.
“It’s a little hard to meet single people in their 30s so I try to keep busy by keeping fit and I also teach English after-hours to Koreans who come to Warwick to work.
“It’s a beautiful town and I’m really happy where I am now.”