Korean Textbooks from TwoChois

TwoChois is fast becoming a familiar name among all Korean learners and I’m happy for them! Many of my friends have good experience buying stuff from them and it feels nice to be able to share something good!

Another package from TwoChois arrived (a month ago) but I only managed to blog about it now!!! omg.

But I guess most of you would have seen the video by now!

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Books all packed nicely!

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Sorry I’m taking sooooooo long to get the reviews out. I need time to really use the book! :D

I love the notebook (the one one the left!)

Off to Korea~~! <3

떠나자

Probably the last update before I leave for home Seoul. Haha unlikely to update while I’m there, so I’ll see you while I’m back /waves

I’m barely packed. Or maybe I’m all packed but I feel like I’m bringing too few things there. Hahaha. Whatever la. I can look totally out of place in Sinsadong again – t shirt, shorts, flip flops and no makeup hahaha.

Meeting a few new friends this time, let’s hope they are all nice people. :D

I was planning to do some research on new places to visit in Seoul but I hesitate to do it sooo early becos I’ll be like OMG I NEED TO GO THERE NOW NOW NOW and it’ll affect me. But I’ve procrastinated so much that it’s too near to the trip and I don’t have time!!! Hahaha. Whatever la. Go all the old places also ok.

Rot at a cafe also ok.

Here’s hoping Ill run into kdw on the streets :D

Then it’ll be alllllll perfect.

Dim Sum and Cafes

Seriously, I swear Hangukdrama is turning into a food blog. (maybe this is the next phase) One thing I’m very sure is that the blog never seems to talk about dramas.

Obviously I can’t be eating everything in one day, but they shall all go into one post.

Besides L’etoile Cafe, I haven’t found any cafe in Singapore that I really like, but here’s a few new discoveries.

Books Cellar @ Bukit Pasoh

I was very excited when my friend told me about a book cafe in Singapore but come to think of it, the books there are more for decorative purpose lol. Not really a book cafe, but a cafe with bookshelves and books? I can’t pin it down but there’s something lacking in that cafe.

The drinks are decent.

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Order the Minute Steak. The friend and I were discussing whether it’s minute (as in time) or minute (as in size). We came to the conclusion it’s probably the latter? Not too bad though, but expensive :/

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Friend’s teriyaki chicken!

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 Probably won’t go back there again.

d’Good Cafe @ Holland Village

Friend was damnnn excited when she told me about the cafe. I was staring at her in confusion when she tried to explain the amazing lift in the cafe. LIFT?!

But ya the lift turns out to be awesome. Please go there to take the lift. :D :D

This is the said lift. I’m very amused because it looks like a fridge and you open it the same way.

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So old school that you have to keep pressing for the lift to move. If you stop pressing, the lift will stop. SO FUN.

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The cafe is very pretty!! Very crowded on a weekend but still worth going. They have 3 floors and each floor’s decor is very different.

THIS CAKE IS SUPER GOOD. If you like chocolate and you like cheesecake, that is. Usually I’ll like to nibble on cakes and take very long to finish but for this one I was like NOM NOM CHOMP CHOMP.

this is why i dont write food blogs. i dunno what to say hahaha

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Stayed there for really long so we ended up having dinner. Friend’s potato salad. Very egg-y. And mayo-y.

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My seafood linguini. The pasta was rather over-cooked but still quite good!

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I may go back there again. Maybe

Department of Caffeine @ Duxton

Very hip and cool cafe. :D Their staff give off the cool vibe too.

Very delish cake. It’s chocolate but slightly sourish because there is raspberry (?) I think in it. Some kind of berry haha. MUST TRY. The bottom crust holds a surprise too :P

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My elderflower and lemon (i think) drink! Very refreshing :D

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The bff doesn’t think much of their hot chocolate though D:

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 Will go back again to try their food!

Too many cafes right?

Here’s some tim sum photos to balance it!

Red Star Tim Sum @ Chinatown

Had Tim Sum Breakfast (brunch?) with my favourite girls!

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The fried stuff are more yummy.

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The chicken thingy is very nice!! (the one with a random chicken wing)

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Their steamed stuff quite normal though. x.x

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Probably won’t go back there again haha.

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But I had great company! 

Hope you guys enjoyed the photos. Please reaaaaad very slowly because the next post is probably not so soon :P

Choupinette & L’etoile Cafe

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Cafe Hopping is probably the in thing these days in Singapore. Rainbow cakes, fancy latte arts – you name it, you get it. I’m not a fan of either, neither am I a fan of cafe hopping. I just want to sit in a comfortable cafe and ROT. And I did just that today.

Started off the day with brunch at Choupinette @ Bukit Timah. Situated at the corner of a row of shophouses, Choupinette is a place where you may have walked by several times without paying much attention to it. I’ve been to the area several times but never thought to enter the restaurant. But I’m glad I did today!

Choupinette is a French-style cafe that immediately strikes me as comfy and quaint.

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The decor is simple and it’s hard to feel down in this bright and cheery place.

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They serve a wide variety of French food and also all day brunch! Prices are around $25+ for brunch and it includes fruit juice and hot tea/coffee/chocolate.

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Meet A, one of the friends I’ve met this through this blog (kinda). A is also learning Korean :D I realise that most of my close friends speak Korean xD I guess it’s easier to talk if you have a common interest? I’ve known A for a few years ago (time flies).

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My eggs royale! Poached eggs and smoked salmon on bread, with salad on the side.

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A’s Eggs Benedict!

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I think I can’t ever write a food blog because my vocabulary will be very limited – it’s either not yummy, yummy or mad yummy. And in this case, it’s mad yummy!! :D :D

(It better be, so expensive!)

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Loved every single bite. It’s just awesome to have good food, good company and soaking in the homely atmosphere.

I don’t know how people cafe hop, because I need to digest lol.

Decided to introduce A to L’etoile Cafe, which is now my favorite cafe!

Situated within walking distance from Farrer Park MRT (exit D … I think??), L’etoile is kinda out of the way but definitely worth the extra effort to walk under the hot sun to get there hahaha. When I first went to the two-storey cafe, I was immediately reminded of cafes in Japan. The same “feel”!!

A had some work to complete, so I just read my book (: It’s a nice view if you sit near the windows, but DAMN HOT in the afternoon. This is why Singapore can’t really follow the big windows-no curtains-open space with fans style – it’s just too hot.

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A’s lemon tea and my lemon honey soda.

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L’etoile Cafe has EXCELLENT pastas and they do change their menu every now and then. Currently, the salmon cream pasta and seafood tomyam pasta are worth a try!!

(obviously I didn’t eat again, but these photos are from a previous trip!)

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Looks super good right? ^^

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The interior (: I love how every table is different! There is also this “loner” table for 1. hahahaha. I’m always amused when I see it. Maybe one day I’ll go hahahaha.

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Truffle fries! This is super good and we almost finished it all hahaha

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A much needed break

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Choupinette 
607 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269708

(walking distance from Botanic Gardens MRT)
L'etoile Cafe
160 Owen Rd, Singapore 218953

(walking distance from Farrer Park MRT)

Share your favorite cafes in Singapore :D

[Review] Korean Made Simple

A Korean textbook for Korean learners by a Korean learner. How awesome is that? Writing your own book is no mean feat – I started writing my e-book before Billy Go started on this (I think) and he has completed his awesome book while I’m still.. .. . .

I’ve not met Billy in person but even so, I can always see his passion and enthusiasm for Korean! Received a copy of his e-book and finally I’m getting down to write a review :P

book (image) copy

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2014 KBS World Radio Korean Contest

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KBS World Radio is organizing a Korean speech contest! :D

CLICK HERE

I’m so lazy I’ll just leave you to read on your own! ^^

Basically for the first round, you get to choose to make a speech on 1 out of 2 given topics and one of the topics is HOW I STUDY KOREAN.

hahahaha isn’t that what I’ve always been talking about this blog (although in English)?

So it didn’t take me that long to come up with a script, filmed it and uploaded it on youtube.

Please watch the video and LIKE IT.

Comments will be much appreciated too!! BUT MUST LIKE AH.

(I haven’t made a video with my own face in it for so long. The last video was like more than a year ago!!)

Too much paper in my life

Brick and mortar bookstores should be happy there are still people like me.

Never really gotten into the whole e-book thingy (says the person who has attempted to write an ebook). Physical books are the best!!!

I’ve always been a book lover since young. And I think it has gotten 4x as bad because now I can read in 4 languages. I shudder to think of the day I can read in 10 languages (nv going to happen)

Mmm ok actually just 3 languages. Cos for some strange reason, I don’t read in English. Oops. #confession

I’m always at the Chinese or Japanese section in Kinokuniya. The last time I’ve really looked for books in the English section? 2008. Lol.

Last English book I read? – reread Harry Potter for the nth time.

Ahem.

Anyway, felt really horrible (physically n mentally) so I went to kino again. 20% sale!!!!!

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I actually wanted to buy a 金庸 novel but my brain probably cant take it. Bought 2nd book of MOZU to remind myself to finish the 1st one. ^^

And L cos it’s L.

Feeling reallllyyyyy sick now (the overwhelming desire to puke) so I’m just lying on the bed.

This is how I managed to finish reading all 20 books of 獵命師傳奇 in like… a few weeks. Feeling sick and tired.

Hehehe.

My brain is mush, so please don’t expect any informative posts these days.

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Awesome friends, common interests

You guys should know that I don’t usually post personal stuff here.

But I’ll make it an exception this time.

Because this precious group of friends are people I’ve met through this blog – all with a common interest: Korea / Korean

It’s really amazing how I’ve got to know most of the first via the blog <3

We all have different personalities but somehow we can mix very comfortably and I really value the friendships.

It was MJ’s birthday that day and we went for Korean food at Big Mama Korean Restaurant (near Tiong Bahru) and drinks later at WA bar in Tanjong Pagar.

To be honest, I don’t think the food is all that nice or authentic. :/ Definitely does not make my list of top favourite k-restaurants in Singapore. Perhaps I had high expectations – seeing how you need to reserve 2 days in advance o.O

The birthday boy (:

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반찬 at Big MaMa.

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We had 닭갈비 (with 볶음밥 at the end), 수육 and 해물파전 (unpictured). The 파전 was not bad!

This is the 수육. Not very good and quite expensive. :/

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They are famous for 닭갈비. This was okay, but I guess I’m just too used to having people cook it in front of me in Korea lol. The 떡 is good though – chewy and yummy.

 

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볶음밥 at the end.

 

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Picture of the girls!

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I have really shaky hands hahaha.

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Obviously with this group of friends, we needed to go for 2차! Drinks! ^^

The camera does well at low lighting.

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We had 소맥 :D :D Too bad the liquor prices here don’t allow us to keep doing 한 병 더. lol.

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One more photo of the birthday boy.

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술이 들어간다~~~

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An awesome evening ^^

Seoul I’m coming!

19 – 26 July.

I’m going to Seoul!!

(Ok not like you guys care right hahaha)

Damn excited because it’s technically the first time I’m going there on a short trip or holiday! (Well not really I have stuff to settle but still..)

Everything feels so strangeee. Cos I have no idea what accommodations to book (i only know gosiwons!!) or how to do tax refunds or what not. Hahaha I’m so unaccustomed to being a tourist there lol.

I haven’t even book my air tix :D

In case you are curious, yes I’m going there alone.

It’s funny how I always seem to have a lot of places I wanna go, food i wanna eat, events I wanna attend etc but now that I’m going, there’s nothing on my agenda.

Oh I have one. Anyone can help me tryyy to buy tix for a movie’s premiere? (Those with 무대인사) I’ll love you forever and ever if you can do me that favor. Please let me know if you can help and ill let u know which movie. I’ll pay for the tix and buy you a meal. ^^

I’m looking forward to blogging!! I’m mainly going to be in Seoul. If there are places you wanna me to check out, let me know!! I’ll “go on your behalf” if that makes sense! ^^

Recommendations will be appreciated!!

If anyone wanna meet up, let me know!! I need lunch or dinner buddies. I’m not looking forward to 김밥천국 every meal lol.