초심

The concept of 초심 is interesting. The dictionary translates it as “original intention/resolution” but I feel like something has been lost in translation.  For me, the word encompasses not just the original intentions, but also attitude, feelings and motivation at the point when you first embark on something. While we always resolve not to lose our roots / forget our humble start, we often don’t keep to our promises.  I always tell myself to cherish opportunities or things that I’m able to have but it’s not easy.  When things go well, there is a tendency to be complacent, or even unhappiness as you look towards other in better positions.  When...

[Review] TTMIK News In Korean

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Some books don’t need long reviews. Like this one. It’s so good. Please go to TTMIK’s My Korean Store to purchase it now. But if you would really like to read the review, please stay on for a minute or so. News In Korean is basically the book that I wished I had when I first started learning Korean and was attempting to read news articles on Naver. First all, reading news articles is an absolutely great way to improve your language proficiency. Because it helps in the following: reading, grammar, writing style, vocabulary, general knowledge etc The only downside is that news articles doesn’t come with audio files. Also,...

JLPT N2 experience

1. I’ll very likely fail it, or in the best scenario, scrap a mediocre pass.  2. The listening was really tough.  3. I was not prepared at all. Woke up with a bad cold that had me sniffing all the way until now. It’s so me, to fall sick at the worst moments. I had a cold on the day of a speech competition and TOPIK too. I really don’t think it has anything to do with nerves, given how I wasn’t planning to go to the exam until 2 hours before. Oops. I sat through the exam feeling really sleepy. It wasn’t so bad during the reading part, but...

正能量

最近因為某些因素而漸漸累積了不少負能量。無形中開始懷疑自己的能力,讓自己變得很不自信。 但!!今天獲得了很多正能量! 相信認識我的人都知道我最喜歡九把刀的小說。除了小說,我非常欣賞他的人生理念,特別是敢於挑戰,追求夢想的部分。 「人生就是不停地戰鬥」等等。 有好多他的名言都是和我的理念相似,或是我嚮往的。 我喜歡的明星不少,但我從不追星。可是九把刀第一次在2008年左右來到新加坡時,我是每場演講簽書會都去 😂,還特地搬了一堆書給他簽。 繞了一圈,重點是?我想說的是我的正能量來自於我今天去了他的演講和簽書會!!雖然他這幾年好像都有來,但我最後一次看到他是2009年。 隔了好多年,同樣的會場,但我從一個學生變成了上班族。突然有很多感觸,有種回到年少的我的感覺。那時的我比現在勇敢,比現在更勇於挑戰自己。那時的我一直在追求夢想,很想知道未來的我會是什麼樣的。 年少的我會對現在的我感到滿意或是敬佩嗎?我是否有朝向夢想邁進一大步?這幾年我的夢想似乎有些改變。道路雖然有些不一樣,但大致上還是在往前走,慢慢的摸索著。 那是好事。 但是在生活態度方面,好像有些慚愧。2016年的自己似乎不如年少的我。顧慮多了,累了,煩了。不夠自信,不像那個排除萬難向前邁進的那個我。變得過於散漫,不積極。 必須反省一下! 每次九把刀的講座都會帶給我一些啟發和動力。這次也不例外。 會好好珍惜這些正能量,做更好的自己!...

D-4 to JLPT

Uh.  So. It’s less than a week to the exam and I’ve given up even on last minute studying (which is of no use too). Despite many promises to myself, I haven’t been doing much for my J-learning journey for the past year or so. So at this point in time, I can only convince myself that I should just go into the exam hall and test my “real proficiency”, whatever that means.  I tried to bring a novel to read on the way to work, but uh it didn’t work (and I left the book on my table).  But I had some listening practice when I watched 君の名は the...

A year older 

And hopefully a lot wiser.  Birthday wishes:  to have a good year ahead to be happy, healthy and contented to be calm and composed at all times  Life works in funny ways, but there is always something to be learnt everyday.  This blog has seen me through a good number of years of my life; the times where I’m carving out my own identity, figuring out what I enjoy doing and what to do in life and piecing together the puzzle of life.  It’s always a journey of growth and development. While I can’t be sure if I’ve definitely found an answer, I think I’m getting really close to it...