It’s all about the moment

Once the moment has passed, it’s gone. For the past few months, I was convinced that I should put in my effort into something else during this year and perhaps I would have time for my hobbies when things “get on track”. But now I think that’s just a laughable thought and a poor decision. And that’s how hobbies die. It’s true that everyone is busy and there’s always more things to do compared to the time we have. Allocation of time is hence important, but no matter how tiny a fraction of time you have to dedicate to something, if you think it’s important, give it some attention and...

滴答滴答

微雨。是我最喜歡的天氣。 雨點打在窗戶邊,滴答滴答,為忙碌的生活節奏中,帶來一絲絲的規律,很順心。 望向窗外,享受著雨天獨有的氣息,提醒自己人生其實可以很簡單。複雜的卻是人心。 太過於投入,傷身傷神呀。...

[Textbook Review] Pathfinder in Korean (Beginning)

Many Korean learners would be familiar with the Ewha textbook series, but have anyone seen this one? It’s an old textbook published by Ewha in 1998 and they had a second edition published in 2009 (which is what I’m holding on to). Textbooks back in those days are quite different (and rather limited choices too). Some of the things I observed are (1) tendency to have minimal English explanations; (2) focus on classroom activities; (3) use of technical linguistic terms; (4) minimal grammar explanations (I assume that’s because it’s designed for classroom use and the teacher should do the explanations?); and (5) a tougher curriculum. The fifth point is harder...

Ebb and Flow

February past by in a blur. It was a busy and productive month but sometimes the hectic schedule made me feel even emptier inside. It has been quite some time since I last neglected my blog for so long, and by association, neglected the things that came to define me and my identity. I’ve written about the difficulties I have trying to balance the different aspects of life and sometimes I feel like I’m so caught up in some insignificant things that I wonder if it’s worth all the effort at the end of the day. While I’m totally grateful and appreciative of the opportunities I’m given and the chance to widen my...

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...