Books and joy

Friday night and I’m down with a bad stomach flu. Decided to give myself a (well-deserved) break and dedicated the evening to my books. Books bring more joy to me than anything else. When I’m feeling down, a book haul cheers me up more than any other type of shopping. Maybe that’s why I have too many books at home ><. But I never learn, I just bought more stuff off g-market and I’m super excited to receive the items. No prizes for guessing what the haul contains. I have quite a number of books that I read halfway and then stopped for one reason or another. But I’ll eventually...

Memories of youth 

It’s dusty and scratched, and the buttons may be faulty at times, but my trusty iPod from 2005 (or so) still works! It’s been 12 years.  It’s one of my most treasured items because it contains so much of my youth. Some of the songs I have on there can’t be found on iTunes, and I have so much memories of listening to my favourite albums as I studied for my A Levels ><.  Just scrolled through the photo album once again and I was transported back to my teenage self. Haha photos of my idols and ahem crush(es) hahahaha, as well as other memories.  The iPod saw me through...

城市

出国在外,其实让我印象最深的不是旅游景点或是吃喝玩乐的回忆、而是气氛。静静的坐在落地窗旁,俯瞰着城市。耀眼的灯光,熙熙攘攘的人群车辆,每座城市都有它的魅力。 望着远处的摩天轮,迷人的彩色灯饰,让人沉醉在片刻的寂静。突然觉得世界之大,和渺小的人生是无法比的。在这陌生的城市里,我的烦恼顾虑显得特别渺小。 感触特别多,很想多看看这世界,听多一些故事。...

Onwards to the N1 journey!

Hello! It’s been a long while since my last book haul and I think it was high time to have one to cheer me up and add some motivation 😀 Since N2 ended some time back, it’s time for the N1 journey. Books make me motivated!! So does stationery! Bought an interesting mechanical pencil which apparently has some system to protect the lead from breaking (?!). (sorry this is such a half-hearted blog post, because I’m more keen on using the time to do some actual studying today)...

TOPIK, JLPT, HSK

I love my spontaneous, stationery and language loving geeky friends hahaha. That or I’m very good at convincing people 😂. Because somehow I managed to get two of my friends to be interested in taking the HSK (Chinese proficiency exam) this coming July and while at the bookstore, the three of us bought guidebooks on the spot to study for the exam together hahahahaha. This totally happened out of the blue and it was so random (but so awesome!). Ok I have been thinking of taking the test since last year (and bought a book on sample tests) but somehow I left it aside soon after. Now I’m super motivated!...

Finding comfort in the familiar

For a period of time, I was always looking into the future. Everything that I did was based on a future goal, and I was too eager to embrace the future and leave behind the present. And now, I keep looking backwards to the past. I guess I just don’t know how to live in the present moment. I think I must be growing old (?). Everything about the past seems better to me and I’m starting to say things like 想当年 (lol). I miss the places I frequent as a teen, I listen to the music I loved back then, and I re-watch the dramas that captivated back then....