Archive | December 2011

고고씽~

I just learned this expression yesterday through this blog. It means ‘Let’s go!’ or ‘Let’s do it!’

Funny thing though, Kim Sun Ah used it today on her me2day. Cool!

여향일본프로모션보고서 #0.5……!첫날 잠시 나홀로 탈출!성공! \(^o^)/!택시타다 머리안이계산기로돌변.. 약 3분45초정도에 내린듯.ㅋㅋ그리곤!전철로 고고씽.!이런 잠시나마의자유~잠깐의 자유~얼마만인가?
전철셀카 나름 스릴만점인뎅? ☆김슷하☆의보고서는 쭈~욱 ..! 헷갈리시는분들을위해! 2011년12/18-21…여향프로모션! in Tokyo!

2011.12.22 http://me2day.net/sunnys_scent

ADDITIONAL

Hmm, our Unni posted on her Facebook too. And guess what? She used 고고씽 again. ^_^

오랜만이죠?전 바쁜일정속에 잘지내고있답니다..ㅎㅎ^^

2011년 우리 수고한 킹콩가족분들을 소개할께요…
먼저..배우님들..
이동욱,이진,성유리,박민영,김범,이광수,유연석,송민정,윤진이,참석못한..두배우님은 따로
얼마전종영한 꽃미남라면가게에서 양은비양으로 열연한 이청아 그리고 중국에서 열촬중인.지일주……&저 김선아…!!!!(King Kong STARS~~Lee Dong Wook, Sung Yuri, Kim Bum, Park Min Young and Lee Kwang Soo ,Song Min Jung,Yoon JiNy,Lee Chung A, Ji Il Joo………….&Kim Sun A*^^*)

우리 킹콩보스~이진성대표님!ㅋ표종록대표님..과

우리 열혈매니져님들..
김종훈,이동욱,김용준,박원배,박원준,정중근,최우진,추승표,안영준,이경호,김민수,이승희,

그리고 쵝오 홍보팀 최희영,윤선희,이나영,장인서,이달임…님…

모두모두…토닥토닥..우쮸쮸,,,

올한해도 열심히 달려왔고…
고마웠습니다…

내년에도 모두가 행복하며… 더 원더풀한 식구로…

그래서 많은분들께…사랑을 나눠드릴수있고..사랑받는 한해로 고고씽.합시다…..^^

http://www.facebook.com/OfficialKimSunA

Now, I don’t know if she only started using it, or she often used it and I just didn’t notice it since I don’t know that slang before O.o. I better browse through her older messages… 🙂

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Thank you Korea Exchange Bank Scholarship Foundation

This post is long overdue.

Last November 2nd 2011, I, along with about 20 other students from different universities in the Philippines, received a scholarship from Korea Exchange Bank.

Our 선생님 encouraged us to apply for the scholarship and fortunately 5 of us from the University of the Philippines got selected.

With 2 of my schoolmates and our lovely 선생님

I was also asked to deliver a short speech during the awarding event. What I prepared was a bit long (I really have problems editing!). And I ended it with 2 or 3 sentences in Korean to the surprise of fellow recipients from other schools (the scholarship is not for Korean language students).

I can't remember which part of my speech is funny to make the bank manager laugh like this.

With my baby (pronounced as 베베) Riel.

God knows how thankful I am to KEB. I probably would not have been able to enroll this semester if it was not for this scholarship. 앞으로도 열심히 공부하겠습니다.

Once again, my sincerest gratitude to Korea Exchange Bank and to my lovely 선생님.

[NOTE: This scholarship is not an exchange program to Korea (how I wish it was), it’s financial support (but definitely very grateful)]

My Speech for KEB Awarding Ceremony

I guess most of us here have our own dreams, right? A college degree? A stable and high-paying job? A house? A car? I have my own dreams too. Growing up in a single-parent home where my mother had to work very hard every day to make ends meet has made me dream big dreams for me and my mom. But due to financial problems, I had to quit school and take a permanent job in order to support our family financially. It was difficult for me. And at the age of 19, I stopped dreaming.

But during that difficult time, I accidentally came across My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. Yes, the famous Korean drama. More than Hyun Bin’s killer smile, it was the main character, Sam Soon, that strikes me the most. She is just an average woman – not pretty nor attractive, not earning much, unmarried, not even young…  yet she did not let anything nor anyone get in the way of her dreams and goals. She made me realize that I can also keep on dreaming despite difficulties and hardships.

My fondness for Kim Sam Soon and the actress who played that character, Actress Kim Sun Ah, has sparked my interest in anything and everything Korean and I also started learning Korean language and culture. Somehow I also learned how Kim Sun Ah has worked her way through college by taking all sorts of part-time jobs; how she has to quit school to support her family; and how she, despite her age and busy work schedule, still managed to finally get her bachelor’s degree at the age of 34. With my rediscovered passion in learning and armed with newfound hope, courage and inspiration gained from actress Kim Sun Ah and her drama characters, I realized the value of education and I found my way back to school.

Going back to school has been both exciting and challenging. It is, and will always be, a constant struggle especially for a self-supporting student like me. But I am blessed to have met wonderful people in our university. Like my Korean language professor who has encouraged me and taught me that I should not limit myself from great opportunities.

For the past semesters, I have been doing well in my studies and I have managed to balance studying and working at the same time. But as I further my studies, academic demands are starting to get more and more difficult that I have to cut back on my working hours. Unfortunately prices of books, boarding and lodging, and other educational needs keep getting more and more expensive that I actually even thought of quitting schooling again, even for just a semester, so that I can make our finances stable first, before I continue with my studies again. It makes me sad that I have to resort to that decision, but this time I thought am no longer 19. And I have my dreams of become a Korean language educator and translator to hold on to and I am still determined to fulfil them, no matter how long it will take me to do so.

I was actually in the middle of contemplating whether my decision to stop schooling temporarily is the right way to go, when I received the news that I got accepted in the scholarship program of the Korean Exchange Bank Scholarship Foundation.

Words are not enough to express how glad and honoured I am to be a recipient of this scholarship. I saw it as a real miracle. The financial assistance that the Korea Exchange Bank Scholarship Foundation provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses. I will no longer have to struggle with tuition or books this semester and it has lightened my financial burden which will allow me to concentrate more of my time for studying.

The Korea Exchange Bank Scholarship Foundation has not only allowed me to continue studying, but it made me realize that it is worth pursuing high goals and believing that you can achieve them.

From now on and moving forward, inspired by the “fighting” culture of Korea, I too, will continue “fighting” each day as I pursue my dreams. And I look forward to the day when I can “pay it forward” and be able to give encouragement, motivation and inspiration to future students like myself.

Once again, in behalf of all the recipients of the Korea Exchange Bank Scholarship, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Korea Exchange Bank Scholarship Foundation for giving us this great opportunity.

Meeting the Producer of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon OST

 

Last December 9th, Korean Night was held in our university. I love attending Korean Night. It’s an annual event held at the International Center Dormitory. Korean exchange students perform and share the Korean culture with the rest of the dormitory residents and university students. This year is quite special for me since a number of my Korean friends are hands-on with the preparation and performances. I was also involved a little because I translated (Korean to English) the first draft of their skit – Boys Over Flower-Secret Garden parody – which was extremely hilarious.

But I was actually not supposed to be there that day. I was supposed to be on a wonderful vacation. However, due to some unexpected things, I had to cancel my vacation and I ended up documenting for the event instead.

Though I enjoyed the night and loved all the performances by my friends (and was so proud of them), I’d be lying if I won’t say that I’d rather be on the vacation that I’ve been looking forward to for months.

But when my friend informed me that the man manning the sound system is actually the producer of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon OST, I can’t stop giggling, like a proper fangirl.

Here’s our 인증샷.

And oh! I forgot his name. Was it 김상헌 선생님 or 김진석 선생님? O.o

[드라마] Why I am so attached to “My Name Is Kim Sam Soon”?

Since I’m a terrible writer, I really find it hard to write something about things (or people) that are close to my heart. Thus I can’t write a proper review of most of Kim Sun Ah’s dramas, I can’t write a good personal post about Kim Sun Ah, and I rarely can write good letters to my closest friends. Whenever I attempt to write, it’s like my heart is overflowing with emotions and my mind can’t keep up in organizing my thoughts thus I end up giving up.

But this time, I want to try writing something about My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. I don’t think this is anywhere close to a review. But I just want to try answering why I’m so attached to this drama.

It’s been 5 years (close to 6 now) since I first saw, and got addicted to, My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. But no matter how many years have passed and how many good dramas come my way, I still hold My Name Is Kim Sam Soon special and close to my heart. And I guess it will forever be the number one drama on my list.

Five years ago this drama aired in our country, dubbed in our native language. It was the hype of the first wave of Hallyu in our country (when K-pop is still unheard of and Filipino girls scream not for Super Junior or 2PM but for Cholo (Kwon Sang Woo), Julian (Lee Dong Wok), Justin (Rain) and Martin (Lee Dong Gun).

I was apathetic over Korean dramas and the hype it created. 또? After Mexican dramas, Filipinos are going crazy over Korean dramas. It’s just another fad, I thought. As you can see, I was not into Korean dramas to begin with. It was Mom who’s the real and original K-drama fan in our home. She watched Korean drama one after the other on television – My Name Is Kim Sam Soon included.

I happen to catch the first few episodes because I was in between jobs that time. It was funny. The kind that is quite different from the other dramas that my mom watched/watches. But it was not enough to catch my attention.

I remember that a few months after my mom told me that Kim Sam Soon has ended. Fooled by how prettier Kim Sun Ah is on the title card than the Kim Sam Soon I saw on the first few episodes, I said, “So she became pretty, sexy and got married to the guy, right?”. To my surprise, my mom said, “Neither”.

It sparked my interest and got curious. Thus when the re-run started, I watched it. Casually at first. But eventually Kim Sun Ah’s amazing portrayal of Kim Sam Soon the way Kim Sun Ah gave life to Kim Sam Soon got me. And I was hooked. I grew up seeing dramas with ridiculous plots and the most unbelievable characters on television (aka Filipino dramas circa 80s, 90s, 2000s). So seeing a meticulously produced drama (compared to the crap we have) with a not-so-typical heroine (not pretty, not sexy, swears to her heart’s content) amazed me.

I enjoyed watching the show, but it was Kim Sam Soon’s confession that made me crazy.

At that time, for many reasons, my confidence is at its lowest. But there in front of me, inside a 21″ black box, is a chubby, unattractive 30-year-old woman, who can swear a lot, confessing bravely to the guy she likes. Something I wish I can do, but I know I won’t be able to do. I can’t help but adore her braveness and confidence. And since then, I’ve been cheering for her (especially whenever Sam Shik is being a jerk).

I’ve laughed and cried with her. I cheered for her. My heart fluttered when hers did. I adored her more and more.

But what struck me the most was the scene when she was talking to her Dad in her dreams.

Even before that scene. When I saw Kim Sam Soon sleeping peacefully next to Jin Hun, I started being sad. When a lot of other viewers would have been all giddy and happy for Sam Soon for she finally found her happiness, I was sad. Because it was too good and too perfect and I worry what if her happiness won’t last long? I was afraid that Sam Soon MIGHT get hurt and be devastated – because everything is so good NOW. O.o Those were the foolish thoughts that I have.

So imagine how stunned I was when, after a few minutes, Sam Soon started crying and put my thoughts into words.

Sam Soon: It’s just that things are going so well right now. I am so happy right now… but… I am so afraid that everything will just disappear.
Sam Soon’s Dad: Sam Soon ah.
Sam Soon (crying): What if everything goes away? Daddy, I’m so afraid.
Sam Soon’s Dad: You dummy. Getting hurt, not getting hurt, why are you worrying about things that might never happen?

– copy-pasted from Dramabeans

Bulls eye! It’s as if Sam Soon’s Dad was talking to me and not to Sam Soon.

My weakness is always worrying things, that, as what Sam Soon’s Dad said, might not even happen. And that foolishness often ruins my TODAY. My NOW. And I realized, as Sam Soon started realizing it too, that we should stop worrying too much and live our lives to the fullest.

It was during a point in my life when I was really down. A time when I felt like, and believed that, nothing good is going to happen anymore. I watched My Name Is Kim Sam Soon out of the curiosity why the ugly duckling didn’t turn into a beautiful swan. But I ended up seeing life differently. I became happier and I started “living” again.

Thus I will be forever grateful to the lessons I’ve learned in My Name Is Kim Sam Soon – a Korean drama that has changed my life.

Lessons learned from Korean Dramas

If you’ve noticed, I have some Korean passages on the upper right-hand side of my blog.

The first one is not really a Korean passage, but was popularized (in the K-drama world) through My Name Is Kim Sam Soon.

춤추라, 아무도 바라보고 있지 않은 것처럼.
사랑하라, 한번도 상처받지 않은 것처럼.
노래하라, 아무도 듣고 있지 않은 것처럼.
일하라, 돈이 필요하지 않은 것처럼.
살라, 오늘이 마지막 날인 것처럼.

Dance like no one’s watching.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Sing like no one’s listening.
Work like you don’t need the money.
Live like today’s the last day of your life.

And the other one is a rough translation of what girlfriday wrote on her Scent Of A Woman recaps on Dramabeans.

오늘이 인생의 마지막 날인듯 사는게 아니고,
내일이 또 오듯이 하루하루를 살라!

Don’t just live each day as if it were your last.
Live each day as if you have a tomorrow.

These are what keeping me going for years (actually the first one only, since the second one is a recent one). And I started “living” again while holding unto these inspirational quotes.

But it looks like I’ve forgotten these words and I’ve been getting more and more depressed these past weeks (or months perhaps). I’ve been depressed because I was worrying about many things. I was worrying about my mistakes. I was worrying about the future. I was worrying what other people will say or think. I was scared of failure. And most of all, I was scared of possible disappointments. I was so scared of getting hurt without me realizing that I’ve been hurting myself by sulking, and wasting my precious days by being anxious every freaking minute – over something that is not even happening yet – and worst it may not even happen at all! I’ve tried many things to lift my spirit up but my depression was just too bad that nothing seems to work.

How can I fail to notice that what I needed most is glaring at me at the upper right-hand corner of my blog!

The hell to what other people will say, I will do the things that I want to do. If I make a mistake, then I’ll correct it. If things won’t happen the way I want it to, then so be it. If I get hurt because of it, then I’ll cry. Plain and simple. I really don’t understand why I have a tendency of complicating things. O.o

I’m way better now. I haven’t had a good cry, but I don’t think I need it. I really feel better and my heart feels lighter. Thanks 지구고냥이님 for reminding me these important lessons we learned from 선아언니의 드라마. I will try my best not to forget these anymore. ^_^