8 In Korean learning journey (:

Motivation present from Korea


I’ve been feeling a little demotivated and tired these days, and I needed that push to get out of the funk and start working hard again. April has been a tiring and busy month, but I’m sooo glad to end it on a happy note! Really happy to receive a package from my friend!! 😀

Happiness in a shoebox ㅎㅎ


As some of you may know, I’ve been eyeing ELLE KOREA MAY 2013 ever since it was announced the Kang Dong Won will be gracing the covers. 😛 And even more so after I realized that Han Ye Seul (my all time favorite actress) will also have a pictorial in the issue. Was just randomly saying on Twitter that I really really wanted a copy of it. Wasn’t expecting any response so I was really surprised and touched when Barbara told me she will send me one!!!!!

A bit of back-story! First got to know Barbara back in early 2011 on twitter. Finally got to meet her at an event in Korea some time late 2011 😀 Kinda amazing how we were connected through the internet!

Had to visit the post office 3 times before I could collect the package (haha long story there) but I was really surprised at the size and weight of it xD Turns out that Barbara included some Korean snacks in the package too!! OMG THANKS ❤


hehe and they were some of my favorites too!!! Haven’t had a choco pie for ages!! 😀


More importantly, THIS!!!!!

I was totally like ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ all the way while opening the package 😛


Flipped through the magazine and I’m SUPER HAPPY. Firstly, I haven’t read a fashion magazine in years. Secondly, this is a KOREAN fashion magazine. Call me biased, but I love Korean fashion magazines. There’s just so much to see in there. Seriously, what kind of magazine is SIX HUNDRED PAGES thick? 😛

Besides going gaga (haha) over Han Ye Seul‘s Lady Gaga inspired photoshoot and Kang Dong Won‘s Paris Fashion Show spread, there’s still SO MUCH to see in the magazine. Really love this issue, because it’s full of my favorite artistes! I mean, what are the chances, given that there are so many celebrities in Korea? hehe I spot some photos of Joo Won, Choi Kang Hee, So Yi Hyun (from Alice in Cheongdamdong), Yoo Ah In etc! 😀


hehe super love this magazine!! It’s kinda amazing too, it being the 2nd magazine that I own. The first magazine I had was a backdated (2008) fashion magazine I bought in 2009. It was totally overwhelming for me at that point of time, since I was in the early stages of learning Korean. I could read a little, but most of the time, I stumbled through the sentences and even something simple took reallyyy long to read. I did have an awesome time flipping through the thick magazine and it just feels like a treasure trove, with so much to see and so much to read! Super 신기하다!! Still remembered that the issue included an interview with Choi Jin Sil and I made the extra effort to highlight and read the article because I really loved the actress.

Fast forward to 2013, to my 2nd magazine. Reading in Korean is now a breeze. I can now enjoy the magazine for its content and it’s kinda of amazing to see how much I’ve progressed in these few years! (:

Mmm I wonder if I should highlight this new ELLE magazine. Part of me wants it to be in pristine condition (hahaha cos of kdw), part of me wants to study with the magazine too and another part of me is simply lazy to use the highlighter. MMM I’ll see.



Thanks again Barbara!! ❤ Really appreciate this! Shipping must have been expensive ><;;

Mmm yeah I should also thank 강동원 for indirectly being a motivation to me.

감사합니다. ^^

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  • Reply
    30 April, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Whoa, that is very motivational! It was a very nice gesture from your friend. I’m kinda jealous of all the snacks. XD

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      1 May, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      yeahh I’m still super happy now XD nom nom!

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    30 April, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    wow I loved your entire box!!! yay! I wish I could get one of those here but the shipping fares are so expensive that I’d better go and buy myself some stuff there kkk
    Love your blog!
    Cheers from Peru! 🙂

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      1 May, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      thanks for reading the blog! <3

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      1 May, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      What would you like in a shoebox?

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    1 May, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I totally feel you!! I received a huge box from a korean friend and I was like SUPER HAPPY and when I opened up to find all the yummy goodies from Korea. The most heartwarming part was a handwritten card from my friend. Sometimes we just ought to be grateful that we have such sweet friends, no? 🙂

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      1 May, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      absolutely! ^^

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    7 May, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    haha if u ever need anything u can let me know too 🙂 my office is just next to the post office so it’s pretty convenient!

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