2016 Dec JLPT N2 results

I don’t know whether it was a good decision to checked my JLPT results at 11 plus pm, because I’m now sooooo 興奮 I cannot sleep. And I have work tomorrow.  Well, I technically forgot all about JLPT results. Hahaha it reminds me how I got to know my N3 results only when the notification to get the certificate came by the post and I was like eh what is this? Lol.  Ok so here’s the results.  Hahahahaha I’m sorry I’m posting my results everywhere, but I’m just so happy I passed 😀  Although I’ve not been very consistent with my Japanese studies, it’s still an achievement for me 🙂....

We’ve come a long way

Just spent the past 20 minutes on the train reading my own blog 😂. Ok I didn’t know I could enjoy reading my own entries but it was a good reminder of how passionate I was about languages and it helps me not to lose myself and my ideals in all circumstances.  We’ve all come a long way. We’ve all progressed in our own ways and it’s interesting to observe how the Korean language has woven itself in different aspects of our lives. I have friends who are studying / living in Korea, using Korean in their work etc. Even for those who have lost contact with the language, I’m...

[Korean Textbook Review] New TOPIK II 읽기 (중고급)

Personally, I don’t buy “reading” textbooks for languages because I’ll rather read novels / non-fiction in the language and I find that more helpful than doing countless MCQ questions. Besides, for TOPIK, you can just go to the official site and download the past papers. That being said, I do see the value of such TOPIK reading prep books. First, I don’t have to go through the hassle of printing the TOPIK papers. Although I must say that remains as a nostalgic memory and I might still have some of the papers at home when I first prepped for TOPIK intermediate (the old style) back in 2009. Also, if I...

在意很吃虧

人生最重要的莫過於健康和快樂。但往往那不是我們最在意的。 事業,成功,名譽。在追求這些身外物時,偶爾會把健康和快樂犧牲了。把快樂和幸福當成遙遠的目標,認為現在的辛苦會換來未來加倍的快樂。 真的是這樣嗎?時間的流逝代表你將無法回到同一個時間點。青春只有一次,20歲,30歲,40歲都只有一次。太過於追求未來,只會讓你失去寶貴的當下。 抓住當下的快樂。 即使知道該如此,但實踐還是不容易。尤其是像我的個性。我太容易在意別人對我的態度和眼光。太在意,就容易吃虧。雖然我給很多人的印象有點不在乎俗世,不屑一顧的感覺,但我其實在很多事上特別在意。認真的人很好,但活得辛苦。 努力學會放下,放寬,放鬆自己。學習把自己看得重要一些,在乎自己的感受多一些。 愛惜自己。...

Growing up

This must be how growing up feels like.  Feeling a little lousy because my all-time fav Korean actor is in town for the very first time (hopefully not the only time) but I’m unable to go see him because I’m just too busy. Actually, I feel even more lousy about the fact that it didn’t disappoint me as much as I would have thought when it was something that I would have been extremely excited about just a year ago. In fact, I now wonder if I would really brave the crowds to see him even on a free day.  Well, I’ve grown out of fangirling. I guess.  Little by...

Something’s lost

Looking back at the past entries, it seems that my passion for languages burnt the brightest in the years of 2010-2012. 2013 marked the turning point, where i had to recalibrate my life, ideals and goals. 2014 was the year where I tried to rebuild myself, and 2015-16 were the lost years. The past 2 years were rather rollercoaster-like, and I learnt many valuable lessons. I accomplished a number of things, yet I felt that I moved backwards in some areas. There’s this feeling of emptiness and loss, which I couldn’t quite pinpoint until recently. I seemed to have lost that burning passion. Or maybe it was just on the...