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

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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...

Hello 2017!

Wow it’s 2017 already. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that the past year sped past in a blur. Personally, 2016 was an interesting year, in that I gained a lot of new experiences, most of which I would never have dreamt about. There were many ups and downs and it feels like I did not have time to ponder and reflect over things before the next change (and year) came. On the language side, 2016 was a year which I used and applied the linguistic skills I had and the learning came from those experiences. The passion I had for languages has somewhat subdued and taken...

A wish came true

Merry Christmas!! Finally, after countless of half written posts, I’m finally back here again. It has been a very busy year end, and while I would like to say that everything has been great and awesome, er not really. But never mind, let’s not talk about that. On a (much) happier note, I’m blogging from Japan!! 😀 In 2015, I told myself that I would want to spend New Year 2017 in Japan. For a period of time, it felt like an impossible task. I experienced many downs in this period, a lot more than I did mention here in this blog and it was a tough time. Many lessons...