Until Next Time

It has been ages since I last updated this blog! I can’t believe that I’ve been putting off writing for 4 years now! I knew deep inside I won’t be able to do so. Well, technically I really haven’t. I just don’t want to leave the blog hanging (actually just for my own sanity and peace of mind as I know it is pretty obvious that this blog is in a coma). So finally, I’m officially closing this blog – for now. Maybe… just maybe… sometime in the future I’ll decide to write again. I still have gazillion of things I’ve wanted to share regarding my Korean language learning journey.

Many things have happened since my last post. Life happened. And a gazillion of things happened in terms of my Korean language learning journey.

As a final update, I still am on level 3 of TOPIK (and still trying to show up on an intermediate TOPIK exam the soonest). I now work for a company where I use both English and Korean. And I’ve been to Korea 6 times and counting.

Cobwebs, spams and ads are crowding this dusty blog now. But I still receive valid comments and messages every now and then. And my sincerest apologies for not being able to respond to any of them (I’ll still try to do so!). But feel free to leave a comment or a message and I’ll still try to answer them. But I can’t promise anything.

So, until next time! My sincerest thanks to everyone who dropped by.


100 Happy Days: Day 008


커피, 케이크, 인터넷, 좋은 책, 시원한 곳. 좋다!
오늘 기분이 좋아졌다.
아마 한국어 능력시험 준비한것 때문에… 그리고 6일간 내내 회사에서 계속 일해야 해서 너무 피곤해나보다. 피곤해서 마음이 약해졌나보다.

오늘 괜찮아졌다. 회사 입할 때 부터 처음으로 쉬는 날 때 행복한다. 원래 쉬는 날 싫었다. 오늘 쉴 수 있어서 기분이 좋아지고 마음도 괜찮는 것 같다.

게다가 오늘 좋은 곳에서 글을 편하게 쓸 수 있어서 좋았다.

기분이 좋아서 자신감와 용기도 생겼나보다. 오늘 혹시 계획대로 정리 할 수 있을까? 암튼 해보고 싶다.


Thinking about it, I guess I was just too tired the last couple of days that’s why my mood was bad.

I was sleep deprived while cramming for TOPIK. I also spent a couple of nights in the office. On top of that I’ve been working for 6 straight days.

I finally get to sleep comfortably last night because I don’t have to go to the office today. And for the first time since I started working in our company I was happy that it’s my rest day.

I finally don’t have to dress-up and commute. I finally don’t have to talk to clients. I finally can do what I want (keep up with my Facebook, blog and emails more than anything else).

I woke up feeling better despite the scorching summer heat.

To escape from the heat, I went to a nearby coffe shop with my laptop, tablet and book in tow. And I felt happy. Being able to comfortably rest like this today and write to my heart’s content makes me happy.

Hanging Out with Alodia

만나서 정말 반갑다~ 다음에 너의 살고 있는 곳에 갈테니까 그 때 다시 만나자!
건강하시고 행복하세용 친구님!

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I woke up this morning feeling a little weak. I was so stressed preparing for TOPIK that I’ve been deprived from sleep for quite a while now. After taking both beginner and intermediate exam yesterday, I went to sleep earlier than usual because I was physically and mentally exhausted.

I really should have listened to everyone who adviced against me taking the beginner TOPIK. It was so easy, it didn’t feel like I was taking an exam. The intermediate exam was so-so. I don’t know if my skills have just improved or I was just lucky that the 34th intermediate was easier than some previous papers. If I do pass intermediate TOPIK, I’d definitely give myself a pat on the back for passing it without taking any formal lesson. Learning a foreign language on your own from the very beginning is not an easy task.

Before I went to sleep…

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100 Happy Days: Day 007 실패 # 2


오늘도 별로.
어젯밤에 많이 올어서 기분이 좀 가벼워졌다. 그래도 기분이 좋아지지 않다.
오늘 다시 외럽고 다뜻함을 찾고 싶었다.
그리고 기분이 안좋아서 많이 먹었다. 아무리 먹어도 기분이 풀어지지 않았다.

피곤하고 불행한다.

It was so-so today.

I was no longer angry and my heart felt lighter because I get to cry a lot last night. But still I’m not okay.

I’m not angry anymore. I was sad. Again I felt alone. Seeing other people spending time with their loved ones, family or friends makes me jealous and sad.

Work was not any better either. Same irrational clients phoning in.

I also ate and spend a lot on food because nothing I ate makes me feel good. And I just ended up being more depressed because I ate a lot.

I thought I’ll be happy because I finally finished downloading the last episode of God’s Gift 14 Days but the ending disappointed me ㅠㅠ

Today, I failed again. I was not happy at all.

100 Happy Days: Day 006 실패 # 1


오늘 실패!

일어날 때부터 기분이 안좋았다. 출근할 때부터 회사 일할 때까지 생각 많이 했다. 다시 울지 않을 줄 알았는데 오늘 다시 울었다.

다 다시 떠올리고 마음이 아퍼졌다. 그리고 화가 났다. 너무 많이 화가 났다. 그 사람한테… 내 자신한테.

너무 너무 답답해서 밖에 나가고 싶고 소리를 치고 싶다!

아무리 느력해봐도 오늘 행복한 순간 하나도 없다. ㅜㅜ


I thought I was already okay that’s why I took this challenge. I guess I’m still not.

I woke not feeling okay and as I go to work all I did was think think and think. I suppressed my tears as hard as I can.

I was angry Very angry.

Work was not good either. I was in midshift and usually there’s not much work during those time. I often take it as a time for me to rest and destress. But for some reasons, work was being cruel as well. Irrational clients phone in one after another making me angier.

I ate a lot today but none of the foods I ate made me feel better. In fact it made me feel worse.

I came home seeing my mom and aunt’s happy faces. They finally had our main door repaired and they both seem happy about it. I thought, “My family’s happiness today is my own happiness as well.” I was planning to think of it that way and end the day but merely 10 seconds have passed and I found myself crying crazily the moment I hit my bed.

It felt as if the anger pent up inside of me the entire day I was trying to suppress my tears. I cried and cried and cried. I took a shower but the tears won’t stop. I tried watching dramas but they were also sad so it doesn’t help. I remember crying myself to sleep again.

Just when I thought I’m no longer going to cry… Just when I thought I’m now okay… It’s all a cycle… it just doesn’t seem to end.

Today I failed. I’m not happy. Not at all.

100 Happy Days: Day 005


한국에 대한 소설을 읽기 시작했다 한글으로 쓴 책이 아니라도. 읽다가 그 사람이 다시 떠올랐다. 한국의 역사를 어떻게 생각할 지 궁금하나보다. 읽다가 그 사람 계속 떠올리고 떠올랐다. 떠올리면서 속었던 내가 다시 싫어졌다. 또 자책하나보다. 싫다. 싫다. 싫다.

혹시 난 너무 너무 빨리 했냐? 그래서 빨리 정리해야지! 근데 아직도 고민한다. 그것이 진짜 좋을까? 할 수 있을까? 견딜 수 있을까?

그런데 어제 한국어 능력시험 정답표를 나온다는 소식을 들어서 오늘 확인해봤다. 확인해 봤더니 점수 좋을 것 같다. 쓰기는 잘 하지 않아도, 다시 실패하기도 해도 이번에 내 답을 다 기억해서 설렜어. 지난 번에 하나도 기억을 못했잖아. 진난 번에 시럼볼 때 많은 것을 알아 못 들었잖아. 이 설려는 마음이 행복이라고 생각했다.

Not wanting to look at any Hangeul for the meantime after cramming for TOPIK for the past few days, I started reading an English novel Yoko Kawashima Watkins’ So Far From The Bamboo Grove. Although not in Korean, it was about Korea during World War II.

And once again, I started thinking about him. We once talked about Korean history. I was curious of what he thinks about the book. It started that way until I can no longer stop my flow of thoughts and it went on and on and on and on almost ruining my day.

Was I going too fast? I started watching Korean dramas again. Then I started poring over my Korean books. And now a novel. Maybe I should slow down a bit?

Anyway, the 34th TOPIK answer sheets were the saving grace of the day.

I heard from Meloncreme that the answer sheets were already out so I excitedly downloaded them.

I’ve taken TOPIK a number of times and I’ve never checked the anwer sheets because there’s no way I can remember what my answers guesses were. But this time it’s different. I was so excited to check things out because I think I can remember my answers this time.

And I was right. I remembered 90% of my answers; thus I was able to gauge what my scores are going to be. Though the writing part worries me, the rest were much better than what I was expecting. I don’t think I’ll get a Level 4. I may even miss getting a Level 3. But the fact that I was able to remember most of my answers makes me happy. It means I didn’t guess my answers this time. As I go over each item my heart was skipping. And I want to think of it as happiness. 🙂

100 Happy Days: Day 004


오늘은 잠깐 우울한 느낌 또 느꼈다. 나랑 같이 있고 싶은 사람이 없다고 생각했다. 나는 왜 애정같은 걸 필사적으로 찾아보고 있냐? 나는 왜 좋아하는 사람을, 친구들을 그렇게 붙잡고 싶냐?

그리고 또 안좋은 생각 했다. 예전에 받았던 다뜻함 그리워졌다. 근데 의심했다. 그 다뜻함이 진짜 다뜻함인가 그냥 습관인가?

자기가 절망적인 사람이 된다고 생각하기 전에 Angeli 씨랑 만날 약속 생겼다. 기분이 풀렸다.

만나기 전에 회사에서 같이 일하는 동료들이 장난쳐서 내가 웃게 만들었다. 그리고 퇴근한 후에 좋은 마사지를 받았다.

그리고 제일 좋은 것은 Angeli씨를 만나는 것이었다. 그 친구와 늦게까지 수다를 떨었다. 난 행복한다.

그리고 오늘은 우리 집에 다시 돌아올 수 있어서 좋았다. 내 침대야!!! 오랜만이야!!! 오늘 밤에 행복하게 잘 수 있다.


It was not a good day to start with. I was once again starting to entertain useless and senseless thoughts. I guess I’m still not entirely okay because every little not-so-good thing can trigger depressing thoughts and the moment it’s been triggered it just won’t stop.

Good thing, before the day ends, I get to meet Angeli and being with her made me really happy!

I’ve known her from this blog but since she lives far from where I live we haven’t met. The first time I saw her was at KCC – the testing center for the last TOPIK exam. I’m so glad she approached me because I might have not recognized her if she didn”t.

We didn’t get to talk much before and after the exam. I’m glad she agreed to meet me this day.

Even if it was technically the first time we sat down and talk with each other in person it doesn’t feel, in any way, the first time we’re seeing each other.

We talked and talked and talked and talked until it’s almost midnight.

We talked mostly about Korean – the TOPIK exam, learning Korean, blogging, other bloggers (ehem), Korea, fangirling, books, etc etc. It was really fun and if only we both don’t have to go home that day we can probably stay up until morning talking.

*Meloncreme, I’m stealing this photo! The ones I took weren’t as good.

100 Happy Days: Day 003


오늘 한국어 능력 시험을 보는 날이였다. 중급 시험을 이미 3번째 봤다. 예전에 이해 못하고 알아 못 들은 부분이 많았다. 근데 아까 본 시험을 대부분 알아들었다. 오늘 제일 행복한 것은 바로 그것이었다. 내 실력이 높아진지 아님 그냥 시험이 쉬워진지 잘 모르겠지만 이번엔 더 많는 것을 이해할 수 있어서 신기하다.
게다가 오늘 친구들을 만나서 좋았다.
또한 댕긴 떡볶이를 먹어서 좋았다.

Today was TOPIK day. Strangely I’ve been anxious since early morning. My heart keeps pounding, I don’t know why. I’m taking the exam just for fun. Nothing is at stake nor am I gaining anything out of it (aside from experience and a piece of paper). I mean it’s not like I won’t be able to apply for a job or a scholarship or whatever if I failed the exam. So I don’t know what’s making my heart race like that.

As expected, I’ve tried cramming everything within a few hours. There were still so many things and materials I want to go over with before the exam but I didn’t have the time to do so. Probably I was stressed because of that?

Surprisingly I was able to understand most of the exam content this time as compared to the last time I took the exam. I could be two things. Either I’ve improved or the exam was just so easy this time. I want to think that it’s both. Anyway, whether it was only because the exam was easier I was really happy I get to understand a lot, if n0t all of it this time. It really made me happy! Very happy!

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*edited post – I was too sleepy when I wrote this post I have no idea what I was trying to say

100 Happy Days: Day 002


우리 팀장님이 나에게 용돈을 주셨다. 내일 한국어 능력시험을 봐야 돼는데 성주간이라서 전철이 운행되지 않대. 우리 회사에서 한국문화원까지 택시를 타야 되는 것을 밖에 없는 것같다. 그 말을 듣고 예상치 못하게 나에게 돈을 주셨다. 택시비로 쓰라고 했다. 좀 놀랐다. 놀라고 감동을 받았다. 감동을 받은 나는 해복한다.

팀장님, 감사합니다. 이 글을 이해가 못해도 고맙다고 말하고 싶다. 합격하겠다는 약속 못해도 덕분에 더 영심히 해보고 싶다.

I was having a bad day at the office. I failed an evaluation just when I was getting perfect scores one after the other. It even merited a memo. I also received a verbal warning for my one-minute tardiness (not that I mind, but still). Was so damn busy today I have no time to sneak at my TOPIK reviewers. I was starting to get depressed again –  just when I waa just starting to get better. Then my boss gave me a hundred pesos to help me out in my taxi fare tomorrow for TOPIK.

It was unexpected and it made me smile. I was getting annoyed at my work but I realized that somehow I’m lucky. I have to report for work tomorrow but they were considerate enough to adjust my schedule so that I can take TOPIK in the afternoon. To think that Korean language have nothing to do with my work.

Im thankful to one of our supervisors. His kind gesture not only touched my heaet but it made me realized that despite the things I do not spectacularly like about my work, there are still a number of things I should be grateful for.

Tomorrow. TOPIK. I’m so not prepared. Cramming whatever I can while I can still keep my eyes open.

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