Brrrrr...

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Wow, seriously, last warning to this weather and all the air-cons in the buses. I don't usually complain when we get cold spells, especially since countries in the Northern Hemisphere get to experience winter in the truest sense and it's always so hot here, but this month has been really very cold! Winds have been howling away like nobody's business and I find myself scrambling for warmer places in shopping centres (seriously, last warning to the shopping centres too!!!) or drinking soups lol.

And and and, dafuq are the bus-drivers thinking? It's so cold out there and they still have the air-cons switched on so strongly. I boarded my bus this afternoon and found that the temperature in the bus was only 17°C AND the worst thing was I was dressed in shorts and slippers zZz. Never have I felt so underdressed here. -.-'''

Temperature dropped to 21°C on Wednesday/Thursday.

Anyway, since we were talking about the weather, Meepy finally asked me something.

Meepy: So when do you intend to go there?
Me: As soon as possible.

I think Meepy wanted to throw me out of the train heehee, but as the remaining days of the year tick by, I'll be closer to realising my dream.

P.S. I swear I'll really grow fat this holiday season, and it doesn't help that CNY is only a month after New Year. 2 buffets coming up fyeah!!!! Our Sydney clique (OK part of) will finally get to satisfy our sashimi craving lol. I really miss the fresh seafood from the Fish Market so much. T_T

Cousin's wedding

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Christmas tree at the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel.

Christmas decorations at the lift lobby. It looked so magical that I thought it was from some storybook. ;_;

Yesterday was my cousin's wedding dinner. It's been really a very long time since I've last attended a wedding dinner. The dinner was held at Four Seasons Hotel, which is really a very atas hotel lol. Even the Christmas decorations were so good. o.O''' Food was really good as well; I think the only thing which I didn't really enjoy was the dessert 'cos I was probably too tipsy to enjoy it LOL, which will be the main reason for this post. ;P

I think I drank about 7-8 glasses of white wine throughout the whole dinner yesterday. Even my parents thought I was drunk because they said I talked too much, but I thought I have always talked a lot, especially to people whom I'm super close to. I didn't buy their logic lol, but I did finally experience what being tipsy was like. No, I wasn't drunk, because I was still perfectly aware of my surroundings and I could still understand what people were saying. I just felt that my head was spinning a little bit and I couldn't really walk straight, though not to the extent of knocking into people etc.

Anyway, being tipsy isn't an experience I'd like to repeat, because my head felt really quite heavy and though I was quite glad to be lying down on my bed (we reached home in 20 minutes), I couldn't really sleep well because of all the alcohol in my body. x.X But really, I can finally understand why one shouldn't drink and drive. It's really very dangerous.

My mum ended up nagging me about my alcohol intake and she's so afraid that I won't be able to survive in the place where everybody-drinks-alcohol-for-happy-or-sad-occasions. ._.

내 마지막

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I think I tend to take many things for granted. I've been using English for almost as long as I have lived, and it is my first language. I can speak and write in English very fluently. In fact, English is just part of my nature. However, learning another language has made me realised that as much as I can proclaim myself to be really good at one language, there is still so much that I do not know about my so-called 'native' language, and so much more to learn about English.

My teachers are not native English speakers, so they have been taught English in a way that is so different from me. They really started from the very basic fundamentals which I did not have to go through since everybody here speaks and writes English, so there are really many fundamentals which I have missed, and therefore, do not know. Thanks to them, I now finally know more about English, in addition to whatever they have been teaching me.

Which is why people who know many languages have my utmost respect, and I am striving to become multilingual as well.

I have really learnt a lot throughout this past 1 year, and I'm really very thankful. It is now time for me to end my journey in Singapore here. A new journey awaits.

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오늘 D-Day 입니다. 난, 정말 끝났어요. 시험이 넘 얼마나 어려운지 모르겠어요. 마지막 잘 하는 기회가 없어. 마지막 인사하는 기회도 없어. 넘 슬프더군요. 선생님, 난 여기에서는 인사해... 안녕히계습니다. 친구들, 난 보고 싶을 거!

싱가포르의 겨울?

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요즘 날씨가 정말 좋아서 기분도 좋아. ㅅ.ㅅ 아침부터 밤에까지 비가 많이 왔어서 요즘의 날씨가 조금 추워. 물론 한국 지금의 날씨가 더더더더 추운데 한국에 지금 가면 난 죽겠어. ㅋㅋ

아이고, 넘 무서워. 긴장 많이.

D-3.

오늘부터 시작되!

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오늘부터 시험을 끝나까지 난 한국말 사용할 거예요. 아니, 오늘부터 한국말 꼭 자주 사용해야 돼! 최근에는 생각이 넘 많이 있어서 지금 블로그에서 쓰다. 그 사람이 진짜 바뀌어졌어. 바뀌어지니까 사람을 못 알아보더군요. 지금 모르는 사람처럼 있어. 옛날에 알아는 사람이 아니죠. 넘 슬플지? 네, 넘 슬플죠. 세상에서 사람들은 바꿀 거야. 하지만 그 사람의 바꾸기는 난 정말 싫어. 그 사람의 인생 왜 이렇게 합니까? 난, 아직 모르겠어, 대답도 없어.

오늘 학교에서 마지막으로 두 번째 수업이 있어. 교실에 갔을 때 넘 조용한데 내 기분이 정말 슬프다. 한 선생님을 정말 잘 가르쳐요. 선생님 덕분에 지금 한국말을 더 연습, 더 잘 했어, 더 이해할 수 있어, 더 사랑합니다. 한 선생님은 내 싱가포르에 마지막 한국말 쌤이 있을 거야 내 진심으로 감사드립니다. 내 계획을 쌤도 알아서 나에게 수필이 많이 도와되었어. 난 쌤께서 다시 진심으로 감사드립니다. 여러분 정말 보고 싶을 거야. 한국 학교에서 한국말을 배운지 1년 쯤 되는데 모두 선생님들을 좋아합니다, 사랑합니다.

방금 대학교 친구를 만났어. 우리의 계획 덕분에 오늘 내 기분이 조금 좋다.

9달 남았어.

D-7.

學識控制自己嘅感情

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失落,失望嘅滋味,天知我知但佢哋唔會明。我恨自己嘅幼稚,恨自己嘅脆弱。恨佢哋點解唔一早聽我話,就唔晒搞到而家噉樣。

唔好做出守唔住嘅約定,畀我咁大嘅希望及期望。 我最憎呢噉嘅人,因為我係一個講得到,做得到嘅人。

今次,可唔可以畀我任性一次?

而家頭真係好痛,我要应該瞓一個好覺。

今次係對你失望到十​​條街都唔夠。

Life is as such.

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I really, really can't believe that should nothing go wrong, I will be graduating next year. It's not even a year. It's only about 6 months before I say adieu to mainstream education proper. Time flies really quickly, especially when you're getting older. It's kind of scary to think that once I start working, there will really be no end to it. I may work till I get married, work till I retire or maybe work till I die. ;X

To be honest, I'm not sure if I will really stay on with accounting until the end. I have heard of the horrendous hours that accountants and auditors (especially) put in. The money will definitely be good, even more so for auditors because they are the revenue-generating centres whereas accountants are more like cost-cutting centres. I want, and need money definitely, for all sorts of reasons, frivolous and essential. Without money, you literally won't be able to survive in SG 'cos we don't have such thing as a welfare system at all. I don't exactly love accounting and its related subjects, but I can say that I won't mind doing it too. I mean, I've done pretty well on the most-dreaded modules like FM and MA, and I like doing MA too actually, even more so than FA.

I don't know. I have more interest in PR-related events since I love meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life and can write well (when I'm in the mood). I had spoken to a career counsellor recently and she told me to forget about my CPA and just work in a PR company. I have a company in mind (I won't disclose it here for my family's privacy reasons) but it's all the way in HK. I don't mind working in HK to be honest since I am able to assimilate there quite easily, but really? PR? Should I really go for it and forget about my CPA? Haiz... and I have to find a way to enquire about working there. So many things to think about.

I'll definitely find a couple of internships before I set off. All I feel like doing after my final exams end is just to travel the world and do whatever I like, but I know that won't be possible at all. People say that you should do whatever you want when you're still young and have the energy. It's not all possible, but I can say that I won't regret not applying to work immediately after graduation, because I have so many other things I have not done and will wish to fulfil all these so as to set my heart at ease when I'm older.

P.S. Online shopping is really my addiction! I've found so many pretty cases for my phone! Thankfully sissy is now using the same phone as me, so we can share and I don't feel as guilty for just swiping my card indiscriminately. ;P

What is life?

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My Audit Whatsapp group is really huge. In fact, it's only 8 people shy of hitting the limit for group chats. That group is really super active and while I used to chat in there occasionally, I have now stopped and just looked through the conversations going on between other members in the group. We don't just chat about Audit (in fact we rarely do LOL), but about other things in life as well. And this is where I feel irrelevant, inexperienced and insignificant.

The reason why I stopped chatting in there is because I feel like I am not able to contribute much to the ongoing conversations between the other few active members, for I have not personally experienced anything they have experienced. But I appreciate the fact that I'm inside, because I learn from their mistakes and try to make sure I won't do commit it should such things ever happen to me. I think I did make a post about me still not being able to 'grow up' a few months back, and I still feel the same way. People in the chat are around the same age as me, some perhaps maybe 3, 4, 5 years older, but I feel that everybody in there (the active ones who always join in convos) are already way ahead of me in terms of thinking, mentality and outlooks in life. How is it possible that people who are around my age are already so ahead from me in terms of mindsets?

난 울었어요.

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최근에는 난 불후의 명곡 2 봤다. 몇 주 전 SG 원너비의 김진호 씨가 이 프로그램에 출연했어. SG 원너비의 가 너무 좋아하지만 난 장기간에서 자신의 노래를 듣지 못했어. 불후의 명곡 2가 아주 재미있어지만 본 공연 중에서 강민경 씨와 김진호 씨의 부른 노래를 제일 감동했어, 특히 김진호 씨 부른 "살다가". 그 고연을 볼 때 내 눈물을 흘러내렸어. 넘 감동했어. ㅠ.ㅠ 지금 영어 자막이 있어서 여러분 함께 즐길 수 있어요.


강민경 부른의 노래.


슬픈 "살다가". ㅜ.ㅜ

USS Halloween Horror Night + RG's 21st!

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It has been awhile since I've had such good weekends, the last one probably being 2 months ago. Anyway, Zoey got us 4 tickets to USS for the Halloween Horror Night. Since the tickets were free, I decided to go for it. Anyway, I've always wanted to go for Ocean Park's and HK Disneyland's Halloween Nights since they did look really very cool (as seen on Facebook haha), but I still have school in October, so there's literally no chance for me to go there during that period of time. =X

Anyway, Michelle and I met up with Jennie at Vivo City and we had dinner there while waiting for Madeline the slow-poke haha. We only reached USS at 8 pm due to waiting for Madeline hmph. To think we were supposed to meet for dinner at 5.45 pm. ._. Anyway, thanks to Michelle we beat the horrendous queues of people who were waiting to board the monorail to Sentosa. Heehee. ;3

This is really my first time attending an event that is solely Halloween-themed. I must say that USS really had the "eerie" feel to it, 'cos it was really very dark and I couldn't see what was in front of me. That's where all the devil horn headbands and light-sticks came in useful. Unfortunately, the queues for the rides and attractions were horrendously long zZz, but thankfully because it was already night time and it did rain quite heavily before that, so the weather was quite cooling. But but but the amount of humidity, especially when we were queuing with other people in the open-air space was still too damn high LOL. There was this couple queuing up behind us for the Transformer's ride and they kept PDA-ing around. I felt like telling them to get out of the queue and just go up to a hotel room instead. -.-'''

I thought I wouldn't be scared but some of the "walking dead" still did manage to scare me. -.-''' I guess it has to do more with the element of surprise. If they had already scared the person in front of me, I would be more prepared and not be as scared, though I still freaked out at their make-up. The amount of make-up they had was too damn high (and realistic) lol.

The main reason why I wanted to go to USS was because of Battlestar Galactica, but according to my K class friend who works with RWS, that ride has been closed since I-dunno-when, so I was quite disappointed. When will it ever open? =/ I really want to ride that again.

Despite the waiting time, I still had a great time with the girls. Too high liao haha! The event ended at 1 am, so we made our way home after that. I slept at 4 am 'cos I was waiting for my hair to dry, then woke up at 12.45 pm the next day LOL.

I went out again at about 4.45 pm to celebrate Michelle's 21st haha. But when I was in 67, it started raining damn heavily and Bukit Timah was literally flooded, as usual. My Toms got terribly wet and I swear that wearing wet shoes is not the most comfortable thing in the world. I should have worn sandals instead. -.-'''

Anyway, we had dinner at La Petite Cuisine, which sold really affordable French food. The people and chef there were also really very nice and jolly. They kept walking to our tables to ask whether we enjoyed our food or not, which I really liked. It was also my very first time eating foie gras and wow I swear I really LOVED it! I know there's this whole controversy about foie gras but since the goose has already died I just might as well eat it right? I will go back to the restaurant again just to eat the foie gras! ;D

The escargots with croissant were also really good! The croissant really tasted buttery and the sauce from the escargots just complemented it really well! I had the medium rare sirloin steak as well which I really liked, especially the gratin potatoes. Mad love!

The pan-fried foie gras with orange confit. It's really damn damn damn nice! Up till now I can still taste the buttery-ness of the foie gras. I can now understand why so many people love eating foie gras despite the price! ;O

Escargots with croissants. I loved this as well! The croissant was really buttery and it went really well with the sauce!

My medium-rare sirloin steak. They tasted quite good as well. I loved my gratin potatoes the most! Love the sauce! ;D

We celebrated RG's birthday with a cookies and cream ice-cream cake from Island Creamery. I swear that was like one of the best cakes I've ever eaten! SUPER DELICIOUS I SWEAR! Even the cake looked so pretty! ;_;

The cookies and cream ice-cream cake with gummies! Best cake I've ever eaten! I want to cry. ;_;

After eating, we went to Marina Barrage to walk about. Gosh, it was really very cold and windy 'cos it rained really heavily before that. But I really enjoy walking around Marina Barrage on Sunday nights, especially when there are not many people around. The darkness also makes it good for couples to display PDA around (ahem ahem). Madeline kept shining her handphone light around to 抓奸 heehee. We went over to the hawker centre to have sugarcane juice (courtesy of RG heehee) and had some HTHT. Really love talking to them. I seriously don't mind going out for impromptu supper dates with them since RG heehee... *looks at her*

Anyway, this is just a short post. I had too much fun these past 2 days so I have quite a lot of work to catch up on. I've just finished my eBiz assignment and I need to continue with my FR as well. Ciaos! ;'(

I3

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Today was the start of another K term, and it will most likely be my last term here in K school. The moment Ms Hong walked in, I had another shock. I thought Ms Yeon had come back to teach us. In fact, Ms Yeon was the scariest teacher I've ever had, not only because she had extremely high standards for her students, but also because of her rather cold demeanor. Ms Hong gave off exactly the same vibes as her, and I really felt super stressed out. However, Ms Hong gave a lot more encouragements to us and I did really learn a lot from her within those 3 hours. I felt a lot more at ease after that, but I think Ms Hong also expects the best out of us. I have to write an essay on my future plans, IN KOREAN no less. *cries*

Anyway, it is quite scary to think that I'm already thinking for myself. I don't know. Maybe I'm finally growing up LOL. Should everything go to plan, I won't be in SG for a period of time a year from now. I have to further discuss my plans with my friends who may/will be going with me, but I'm glad and thankful that my parents are supportive. Should everything go to plan, it'll be a start of a really exciting (and potentially stressful) journey for me. Since things are still in its primitive stages, I won't reveal anything for now, but I'm already so hyped just by thinking about it. It'll be something I can finally strike off my bucket list.

And... if I really love it there, who knows? I may consider living there. It's time to be independent!

Jigeum buteo ggok yeolgong haeya dwae! ;)

흔들리며 피는 꽃

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I've been catching up on School 2013 for the past two days when I should have been doing my work, but given the messy state that my table was in, I had no mood to study. OK, excuses, excuses, excuses. Anyway, I started on this drama a few days before I started work. After that, due to work, I was just too tired to continue watching.

This drama is really so poignant in its portrayal of school life that I can't help but to think back on my own school life. The numerous conflicts between students and the educators, the teachers. The camaraderie and back-stabbing between the classmates. The desire and need to get into the best universities. Granted, since RV is a premier school, there aren't any gang-related incidences, unlike what the students in Victory High School faced. Students in RV really have it a lot better than those students in School 2013, but the conflicts faced by students still very much resonated with me.

D-10

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Soo-jin and Tae-san, please pull through! ;_;

I have been watching MBC's Two Weeks (TW) recently. It is very unlike me to start watching a K-drama while it is still running in Korea 'cos I still have to rely on subs, which is not the case for HK dramas. However, the premise of TW did intrigue me (though it is said to be similar to Mandate of Heaven, which I didn't watch) and for starters, my favourites, Lee Joon-ki, Kim So-yeon and Park Ha-sun are all inside.

By the end of episode 1, I knew I was already on board the TW train. Some dramas have really boring starts, which is why I give up watching them halfway, unless I happen to watch them again on Channel U, like Secret Garden. I gave that up after 2 episodes 'cos I found it boring, but when Channel U started showing it, I gave it another chance and found myself enjoying quite a bit. Maybe I wasn't in the mood to watch it the first time I started on it.

DAMN. KIM SO-YEON IS SMOKING HOT AND SO BADASS IN HERE. She rocks the eyeliner so well. The more, the better. Unni!!!

Jang Tae-san is your average bumbling gangster with no aim in his life. He creates trouble, but not till the extent of spilling blood because he has a phobia of it. One day, he is being framed for a murder which he did not commit. When he was nearly killed while in detention, Tae-san then decides to become break out of detention and so begins his fugitive life.

The flashbacks that Tae-san had with Soo-jin and In-hye while being on the run seriously breaks my heart, and I really have to give it to the little girl who managed to steal my heart with such a heartfelt performance. Seriously, why are Korean kids so bloody good in acting?! I also have to hand it to Lee Joon-ki for portraying such a nuanced performance of Tae-san. Joon-ki is widely known as the Flower Boy of Korea due to his looks (he has really high cheekbones for a guy and I thought he looked quite girly during his early years, especially in My Girl), but wow, he totally blew me off here. In this drama, I don't find him girly at all. He looks so gritty and handsome here and I love how bastardy he was towards In-hye. He is really not a perfect person, but his imperfections are totally what makes him human, not superhuman.

And Joon-ki's acting here touches me very deeply. All his emotions are so well-portrayed out I could really cry. ;_; Those eyes, those expressions. That heart. That anguish. That tears. All the praises on his acting in this drama are definitely well-deserved for him.

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Every single scene that involves Soo-jin and Tae-san just breaks my heart so badly. ;_;

How is it possible for Tae-san to save his daughter when everybody, black and white, are wanting to either kill or catch him? As young Soo-jin crosses 10 off her calendar, it is time and the world against Jang Tae-san. And so, the countdown for Soo-jin's life begins. D-10! *cues intense music*

P.S. Ms Sung used me as an example for K class today. She really likes Chinese very much and since Korean is really very similar to Chinese in terms of pronunciation and the meaning of words, she uses Chinese quite regularly during K classes, though with the wrong intonation/pronunciation and the class frequently has to correct her, after which she'd hide her head in shame. She called me a 小妹妹 and then later a 나쁜 동생 LOL. I can't take her seriously. She's too cute for words kya... =D

Happy weekend!

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Last weekend was really a blast. Though I now feel very tired due to the lack of sleep, but I just love it when I have things to look forward to after 5 days at work.

So last Saturday I attended my first make-up class together with Girly after rushing down to Dhoby Gaut from my K class. I'm glad I went for it 'cos we were really taught the basics of make-up though I am still not very comfortable with putting powder on my face. I am also not very used to using the mascara 'cos I can see my own lashes, which is very disconcerting for me.

We went down to Ion Orchard after that to eat some yummy Japanese dinner at some Ginza Bairin. The food was really good but I paid nearly $20 for my unatama don. -.-''' So expensive man. If I ordered the exact thing in Aussie, I think it would have been much cheaper 'cos I won't have to pay for additional taxes. ;_; On top of that the restaurant prices in Aussie are really much cheaper though food there is generally more expensive. *sigh*

$20+ unatama don. ;_;

We went over to Sephora after dinner (and getting my free Starbucks) to look for a suitable birthday present for SL. Saw so many make-up brands and holy, they do cost a lot. I wish I don't have to spend so much on make-up, but unfortunately, I don't think any working woman can do without make-up. *sigh*

Felt really tired after all the shopping so when I reached home, I fell asleep almost immediately and only woke up at 11 am the next day.

Slacked the first half of the day away by watching the new MBC drama, Two Weeks. Go watch it if you haven't! There are so much action in just 4 episodes and it kills me 'cos Korean dramas usually only have 2 episodes per week. One week did feel very long for me when I watched the first two episodes last week. I'll talk more about it in the later posts.

M became our full-time chauffeur yesterday haha. I really want to get a driver's license but Meepy thinks I'm really clumsy and she's so scared that I'll get into an accident. Cars in SG are so freaking expensive too. The amount I have one has to pay for a mid-range car here is more than enough to buy you a luxury car (like Lambos etc.) elsewhere. ._.

SL's birthday party was held at A for Arbite, which is pretty inconvenient to get to if you don't have a car. Anyway, the food there is AWESOME though it is a little pricey if you go there to eat. I think we all stuffed ourselves full over there. I especially loved the Caesar salad haha, main reason being 'cos there was egg. The cherry tomatoes, prunes and sauce in the salad made it so delicious! ;_; The other food were really good too, though I didn't really enjoy the salted peanut butter tart. Ho yit hei ah!! ;( I took 2 lamb steaks LOL. Haven't eaten such rich and good food ever since I returned from Aussie. For those looking to hold birthday parties, please hold it at A for Arbite and invite me heehee. ^^

So much food! Imagine how much I ate. I think I went for 3 rounds, and took many, many portions of salad 'cos it was really damn good! ;P

Desserts! ;D

OK, I have no idea what I'm talking about now. I'm about to fall asleep. Till then!

Awesome Australia

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I'm finally back after nearly 2 weeks in the land of kangaroos, koalas and other cute animals. My initial grumpiness and nonchalance about the trip disappeared by the time I reached Changi Airport and I must say that I really had an awesome time there with my travel mates! ;D I can't emphasise how lucky we were to have free accommodation on both our trips to Sydney and Melbourne. We were still agonising over where to stay in Melbourne 'cos the hostel we had wanted to stay in was already fully booked when we tried to book it. Thankfully, Zhi Yi's aunt came to the rescue and we got to stay in their house. I'm really so very thankful for their hospitality and generosity, not to mention that I have saved a lot on this trip because I didn't have to worry about accommodation at all. Thanks Bro! =D

I really did enjoy the food I had there. In my 13 days there, there were only 3 meals that I didn't enjoy at all. Despite me eating ice-cream/yoghurt/froyo/smoothies and consuming so much good food every single day, I actually lost 3 kg there. At first, I thought that probably the pull of gravity in Aussie was less than that in Singapore (I weighed myself in both my friend's house and my friend's cousin's house using the electronic weighing scale LOL!). I wasn't convinced, so straight after I came back home, I weighed myself and I DID REALLY LOSE WEIGHT!!! O.O''' Must be the cold weather heh. Oh ya, all prices quoted here are in AUD$.

Procrastination

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Kim Nam-joo and Kim Seung-woo. One of my most favourite K-celebrity couples which includes Yeon Jung-hoon and Han Ga-in. ;P

I can't believe that I'll be flying off in a few hours' time. My luggage is still not packed at all and I'm still in front of the computer blogging away and watching dramas LOL. I feel pretty 'chill' this time round, not sure why. Maybe because I had wanted to go to Korea more but because of some reasons my trip there couldn't materialise and I'm just sulking and going green with envy behind the laptop when I see other people posting photos of themselves in Korea. T_T OK that was a pretty long sentence but I don't give a damn 'cos I'm still feeling bitter. *pouts* I swear that I'll visit Korea next, you just wait. I hope that I'll enjoy my trip. May be paying a visit to my cousin who is now in Melbourne. I may make him bring me to Lake Mountain to ski since the rest are not interested in it. I saw so many photos of my senior skiing in Snowy Mountains and boy, it does really look fun! ._.

I had intended to pack my luggage yesterday but I ended up doing frivolous things like watching dramas (AHEM!) and more serious things like cleaning up the house. I did everything I could do in the house except to pack. The thought of packing just thoroughly puts me off I swear, especially when I can't imagine how to squeeze all my winter clothes into the luggage without exceeding the said weight.

Anyway, I wanted to take a cab to the airport 'cos I wanted to finish watching today's episode of My Husband Got A Family but my mum refused to let me watch it 'cos she's so afraid that I'll miss the flight or something, so I have to be out of the house by 10.30 pm to catch the cab (I think I'll take the train instead). See see, other people are so much more 'gan chiong' than I am about my trip. Haiz, I can't even watch my current favourite drama in peace. 2 weeks without my Korean dramas. Right, so I'll just watch it online now.

Did I mention that I love Cha Yoon-hee and Bang Gwi-nam loads? I love the entire cast in My Husband Got A Family. How can such a cute family exist?!?! I can't find anybody to hate in that show, although the youngest sister-in-law is a bit annoying 'cos she's always bullying Yoon-hee, but heck lah, she's still cute. ;3 Not to mention that I'm currently loving Kim Nam-joo loads! She's such a fashionista and she's the wife of my ahjussi crush. Aigoo, what a perfect couple! <3

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I swear that the gap between I1 and I2 is HUGE!!! It's been only 2 lessons and I am already clueless about what is going on in K class. I thought informal speech was just about speaking informally, but there are still so many rules to follow when you speak in informal speech. It gets really hella confusing and it's really very difficult for us non-natives to grasp it well. 반말 진짜 너무 어려워! Missing a semester of K lessons is really bad and it shows because I have forgotten the grammar structures and have difficulty pronouncing the words out even if my mind knows how to read them. Should I miss another semester of K classes, I'll make sure I go to South Korea and practise my Korean everyday.

Ms Sung cut her hair heehee. Somebody tell her to stop being so cute, pretty please! I am always GL-ing her in class though, haha. I would never have done it back in 2008, no matter how cute my teachers were. I did start GL-ing teachers a little in 2009 and subsequently more in 2010, but not to the extent of this to my K teacher. ;P OK, she's GL-ing me too, 'cos she uses formal speech with the rest of my classmates but informal speech with me. U.U

I2

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Last Saturday marked my first K lesson in erm, 3 months? I haven't been speaking K properly and hence my rusty pronunciation and weird sentence structures. As expected, my teacher wasn't the teacher that my previous classmates had 'cos they told me that their teacher would be returning to her home country for awhile. Instead, my teacher is a new teacher in this school. Shucks man, I was so looking forward to being taught by November (that is really her name LOL!) due to her semblance to Fierce One in terms of looks. Anyway, we will be reunited again once I2 passes. My dear friends are so nice to skip one semester in order to wait for us. ;_;

Anyway, Ms Sung is really a very pretty, cute and high teacher. All lingering thoughts of wanting November to teach me immediately disappeared LOL. I came in to class late due to the stupid shuttle bus not arriving, so I ended up cabbing in with another girl. Ms Sung was already asking the people in class to do a self-introduction. This term's focus is on informal speaking, which is really very weird and hard for me because we were taught to speak formally for the past 3 semesters. Imagine speaking informally to my E3 teacher. ._. Anyway, speaking informally is like the way you talk and behave with your friends. It's very hard to talk like that to your teacher, no matter how close you are to her, and especially to Koreans who are still so deeply entrenched in their Confucian beliefs. But but but, Ms Sung is so different. The moment I sat in front of her, she was already commenting on how cute I was. LIKE WHAT?!?!?! O.O''' I don't recall any teachers saying that to me when they first see me. Correction, I don't recall any teachers saying that to students whom they are seeing for the first time. And I didn't even introduce myself to her yet. Anyway, she was really very high, but cute too. It's so hard to believe that she already has a 4-year-old daughter. >.<

I'm really looking forward to the subsequent lessons, but to be honest, things will really get tougher from here on. Informal speech does really take some time to get used to and the sentence structure will change as well.

Anyway, my contract will end on the 9th, which is about one week from now. I'll definitely miss all my colleagues and the friends I have made here. It's hard to believe that I had so much complaints earlier on, but as days passed, I grew quite close to almost everybody in our division even though we don't see each other everyday. Work itself is still shit haha, but the company I have had for the past few weeks were definitely great. I really enjoyed talking and bullshitting with them in order to pass time.

I'm not sure if I'll continue to look for other jobs before I leave, but I think if I work, we won't have time to plan where we want to go. A trip to Snowy Mountains sounds great though. ^^

I'll update soon!

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Oh gosh, working life is really terrible. I now really know that money is hard to earn. I'm now working for a big company located in the heart of Orchard Road. I did tell some friends about where I am working but I guess I won't say anything here.

The working culture of this company is pretty lax, but it kinda shocked me. Too lax until I think most of the people there are ah bengs and ah lians. Most of them smoke and put on make-up which aims do outdo each other in terms of dramatic effects. As one who doesn't smoke and doesn't put on such dramatic make-up (I don't even use eye-liners, foundations, blushers and whatnot), I felt like a total misfit in this company.

One more month!

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Yay! I booked my tickets with my friend yesterday! So I'll be away from this furnace for about 2 weeks, which I really need to get away from. The weather here is atrociously atrocious and I really can't wait to bask in the cold winter air. I think this will be the longest holiday trip I've ever been on. I'm kind of surprised that my parents actually allow me to stay there for such a long time, but when you don't have to worry about accommodation, why not? xD I was planning to go to Seoul this holidays but because of various reasons it didn't materialise. Anyway Seoul is so freaking hot right now so I guess I'll leave it till next winter? It'll really be a nice feeling to eat hot ddeokbokki, hoddeoks and kimchi hot stew in the cold wintry weather of Seoul.

Anyway, the most coincidental thing is that on the 2 weeks I'll be away, there won't be any K classes at all (according to the time-table that the school put up), which means I don't have to worry about having make-up classes. This really saves me on a lot of trouble because before that, I was still fretting over when to have my make-up classes. Let's hope that the time-table stays this way.

The only thing left for me now is to find a job, which seems so hard now. I need some money to spend there since the things there aren't exactly cheap. Sigh...

Growing up

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It's been awhile since I last blogged. Exams were done some time ago. I think the papers this year were alright, but I'm not sure whether I can get my A or not. I made quite a lot of stupid mistakes. I guess the most disastrous paper was still my weakest subject, Microecons. I just hope to do decently for it, which means I need the rest of my subjects to get A in order to stand a chance for FCH, if not I'll HAVE to get all As for my third-year modules, which is pretty much close to impossible. ._.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to rant about exams, but rather to reflect on myself? I don't know, but I'm super reliant on my parents, to the extent that I can't imagine a day without them. It goes beyond living off them. I know they will leave me one day (unless I go before them) and the thought of it just scares me so much. I just can't imagine life without my parents. That, is just too remote for me. I don't know if I'm termed as a "mummy's girl" or "daddy's girl" because such terms usually have a derogatory meaning to them, but before I do anything "big" or "important", I will always make sure I tell them. I know of friends who usually do things without asking/telling their parents. I don't know, but it makes me feel that they're more independent. I know of friends who don't care about what their parents think and just go ahead with their plans, but I can't do that. It makes me feel that they have aged ahead of me.

I've watched my friends around me grow up into adults before my very eyes, but I can't seem to find myself growing up. Friends have all grown prettier, more handsome and they look like they're having the time of their lives. Me? I just sitting down here, looking and listening to what they have been doing. And then I look at myself and ask: What have I been doing? o.O''' Friends are now driving cars, going to clubs, going on overseas trips with their boyfriends/girlfriends (two people alone; my parents will never allow this), organising lavish birthday parties and having staycations at 5-star hotels/beach resorts (especially prevalent now 'cos most of us are now 21, which marks the start of adulthood). Me? I'm just sitting down here looking at the world go by, watching my friends having the time of their lives. No, I don't envy my friends for having such a life. I just... feel that we're not of the same age anymore.

I know people of my age who are already married and pregnant. I know of friends who are already intending to get married. I know of friends who have already "been there, done that". I mean, they have already planned for their future. Me? I'm just walking aimlessly. I'm just like a leaf, landing wherever the wind blows me to.

When I was growing up, I had always wanted to grow up sooner and be an adult so that I can make my own decision. As I grew up, I realised that growing up is not as fun/carefree/unrestricted as I thought it'd be. I can't say that I've grown up because I really don't feel that I've grown up, especially when looking at what my friends are doing. Is it because I can't grow up or I don't want to grow up?

I think I should start worrying for myself. =X

Keep the positive vibe!

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“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

― Roald Dahl, The Twits

This should be my last post before my exams. I'm really determined to do well 'cos the subjects this time round determines my degree classification. Having quite a bit of trouble with Micro but I believe I will prevail and can do it.

And I miss my K friends. K school sent me an email invitation to the cultural event but it's held 3 days before my Micro exam. Micro is apparently my weakest subject so I don't think I should go for it.

I need a getaway after my exams end. To Sydney maybe?

마지막 수업을 끝났어요.

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지난 주에 내 마지막 수업이 있었어요. 한국말 시험을 잘 했지만 부주의 실수를 했습니다. ㄱ.ㄱ 학교의 중요한 시험을 준비해기 때문에 다음 학기의 한국말 수업을 참여 할 수 없어요. 난 진짜 싫어요. ㅠ.ㅠ

우리 반 친구들은, 내가 보고 싶거예요. 여러분, 화이팅!

난 언제 한국에 가습니까? 이번 여름이나 겨울? 여름에 한국으로 가면 날씨가 너무 더워하고 습기가 많이 있습니다. 싱가포르의 날씨가 항상 더워하고 습기가 많이 많이 있습니다. 진짜 싫어요. 하지만 겨울에 가면 날씨가 너무 추워요. 날씨가 너무 추워면 난 좋아하지 않습니다. 가을동안 좋아합니다. 난 단풍 구경을 하고 싶지만 학교 학기동아 시간이 없어요. 아이구... ;(

어제 친구의 생일 파티를 갔습니다. 아침동안 6시가 수업이 있었어요. 수업을 끝난 후에 집에 돌았어서 세수했어요. 파티는 밤 늦게 끝났기 때문에 내가 많이 안 잤어요.

오늘 아침에 다시 수업이 있었어요. 진짜 피곤해... x.X

시험을 끝났어요!

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김치찌개를 어떻게 만들어요?

Wow, I'm so glad that this week is finally coming to an end. OK, to be honest it's not really that bad, but I had to study for both my Microecons (which I totally didn't touch at all ever since lecture ended 'cos I was busy revising for the other subjects) and Korean. Now that my K test is over, I can finally revise for my Micro wholeheartedly (is this the correct word to use anyway?).

K test this time round was easier. Way much easier than my E3 paper. I think my E3 teacher was out to KILL us the last time round, because a friend who was retained told us that the paper that she sat for this time round was 4 times less difficult than what YH gave us. ._. The only difficult thing about the test this time round was the speech part. M sat for the test early since she was going to Seoul for a holiday (walao I want to go too!! >.<) so she gave us quite a number of hints, but when the actual test came, it was quite different from what M told us. I think M sat for a slightly different paper from us. o.O''' All of us were freaking out from the speech part 'cos unlike the previous 2 classes, Ms Im didn't really tell what to prepare for the speech (she just said food and etiquette, which is so darn vague LOL) and what she was looking out for. Even YH did tell us what we were supposed to prepare during the last test, so the speech part this time round was kinda impromptu, though Ms Im did give us some class time to prepare for it. My conversation part with the other M went well haha, though we were only given about 5 minutes to prepare. My individual speech on making bulgogi also went well but I think I didn't do that well for the etiquette part, though I was glad to have chosen those two topics (it was by luck 'cos teacher told us to pick two numbers before she gave out the questions) instead of the other topics which seemed more difficult to talk about. I stumbled on the etiquette part and of all parts it must be the last part. Even my teacher (who was smiling all the way) suddenly asked if I have forgotten what to say. Haha GG. T_T I'm so glad to be done with my K test, and I hope that my marks this time round will be higher than what I got for E3, though my E3 marks weren't that shabby either. Now I can free up all my brain's memory space for the rest of my subjects.

I think methods of making kimchi jjigae has become our class's 口头禅, like last semester's hobby introduction. ;P

My dreams

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I had a dream yesterday afternoon when I was taking a nap after my MA paper. I dreamt that I was in South Korea with my family for Christmas. We were feeling really very cold so we went into a convenience store to get some warm food and drinks. There was a Santa Claus mascot who beckoned to us to take a photo with him so we obliged. Haven't felt that happy in such a long while. After we went out, we felt cold again, but the thought of breathing out smoke while talking really thrilled me haha. Then I suddenly felt very hot and was wondering what was happening to the weather. I awoke and found myself back in Singapore. So much for such a good dream. -.-'''

Fast forward 3 hours later, I went to bed pretty early yesterday, at about 10.30 pm. I was feeling really very tired even though I had a nap earlier on in the afternoon. I didn't really study much for my FM paper which was going to be tomorrow (today, in fact) but I was too sleepy to continue studying. I had another dream again.

This time, I dreamt of the Running Man (RM) members in Singapore HAHA. It was just a normal day for me, taking the MRT to I-dunno-where. I suddenly saw Jackie Chan in the train together with some of the filming crew from RM (must be 'cos Jackie Chan was one of the guests in the upcoming RM episode). I was shocked beyond words and so were the people entering the train with me. If Jackie Chan was on the train, so should the rest of the members. I immediately ran down the carriages and true enough, I spotted Lee Kwang-soo and Yoo Jae-seok, but they were preparing to alight at the next stop with their VJs. xD I immediately got out of the train with them and they were picking random people to join in their "missions". Oh my tian, I was so ecstatic that words failed me. It was a pity that they didn't pick me to be one of the participants but my Secondary 4 friend got picked! I was so happy for her haha! ;D I was about to get out of the station to stalk them and I bumped into Kim Jong-kook LOL! He was having trouble with his EZ-link card so I helped him with it. He was really super nice and kept thanking me for helping him. He asked me if I wanted to be a participant in their mission and I agreed immediately! ^^

AND, my dream had to end HERE. What a good dream it was. How I wished that it was really true. I think it must have been because I watched too much RM that the places they have been and the things that did "appeared" in my dream. Aish. T_T

Anti-social?

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Am I becoming more anti-social as time goes by? I feel that I don't make friends as easily as I used to back in my secondary school days. I could just strike up a conversation with strangers (given the fact that we'll be CCA mates/classmates for dunno-how-many years, it's better to be friends right?) and we'd become friends soon after.

A few new people have joined my class. As much as I want to make friends with them, I can't bring myself to talk to them without feeling a sense of hostility towards them. WHY?! My class survived well with 9 people. Because there were only 9 people, it was really very easy for us to bond and talk due to our one common love for a country. We went out for lunches, dinners and complained about everything under the sun. I don't feel comfortable when somebody tries to cosy up to us and tries to be a part of us. When random strangers (not those perverted people) smile at me I just stare at them as if they're crazy or wonder if they know me and I've forgotten them. When I try to smile back, I think I do scare off many people when my smile ends up looking like a scowl or a smirk. I have no surprise as to why my smile turns up like that 'cos I don't feel the need to smile LOL.

People have said that I'm a nice person to be out with as I'm funny and cute. But I don't think I'm friendly. Maybe I was, but not now. I'm especially myself when I can talk to a person for as long as we both want to without feeling that the conversation is dying or going nowhere. Now when I go to school, unless somebody talks to me, I won't even bother talking to the person sitting next to me during lectures. I wasn't like that in the past. I used to take the initiative to let people warm up to me.

I think as time goes, I don't really feel the need to have as many friends. My closest friends were made in secondary school, which is why I don't see the need to keep in touch with my primary school friends, except maybe via Facebook. To be honest, I don't even message or wish them a "Happy Birthday!" at all. I just stalk and see what they're up to. Same goes for majority of my friends on Facebook. I only bother to meet up with people who really deserve my time.

As for some friends whom I felt really close to the last time, I don't really feel the need to talk to them anymore. I'm not sure, but I guess we all now have different priorities in life, so I guess that's why we don't talk as much (that's if we do even talk). I even feel a sense of hostility towards them. I have the urge to unfollow them on Twitter or unfriend them on Facebook since I don't feel the familiar connection between us anymore that made us friends in the first place. I have really thought of doing that, but then again, I'm afraid of offending them, especially if they don't feel the way I do. It'll make me feel bad for thinking this way.

Since I've left school in 2010, I've met many of my ex-schoolmates/classmates etc. Singapore isn't a very big place to begin with, so the odds of bumping into someone you know is actually extremely high. Unless that person is someone whom I'm really close to (i.e. I know what to say when I see him/her, I really want to catch up with them etc.), I'd just stare at the person as if they're just people getting to their destinations if they happen to lock eyes with me. If I see someone I know from afar, I'd probably just let the person go first and then continue on my way instead of engaging in awkward conversations that neither of us wish to participate in. Or maybe hurry my way through and look extremely flustered so that the person won't bother me.

Have I become more anti-social? I think I have. I don't think anything triggered this change in me, but it is just a sudden realisation that I can make do with just a few people. I do reminisce the great times I had with my friends, but it's over now. I think this is just part of growing up.

생각

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Ms Im wore spectacles today. I all along thought that the woman in our classroom was a relief teacher and was still telling my friends that we had a relief teacher today until she stood in front of the classroom and smiled at me. OK, I still didn't recognise her until she started opening her mouth to talk. I think she heard me saying that she was a relief teacher. KILL ME NOW. T_T

저는 싱가포르에서 왔습니다. 우리 나라의 복쪽에는 말레이시아가 있고 남쪽에는 인도네시아가 있습니다. 날씨는 항상 덥고 습기가 많습니다. 우기 기간 동안 비가 많이 왓습니다. 우리 나라에는 모든 과일 중에서 두리안이 제일 유명합니다. 우리 나라의 관광 명소는 센토사예요. 바다가 가까우니까 바닷가에서 사람들을 자주 수영합니다. 싱가포르 사람의 성격이 친절하지만 아주 서둘러 있습니다.

이번 여름 방학에 한국에 갈 수 있어요! 난 기분이 좋아서 울 수 있겠군요. ^^

Happy 2013!

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Happy 2013! I can't believe that 2012 is already over! I went to Marina Bay to countdown together with my Klarinutz juniors. Haven't seen them for such a long time and how I've missed them!

The juniors went out earlier to ice-skate but we didn't join them haha. Old liao so not so active lol! Me and Farah met them for dinner afterwards. We wanted to watch Les Miserables at Vivo City but the seats were all taken up. Sad life. I was really looking forward to watching that movie. ;(

We went to eat dinner at Barcelos. I found the food only so-so for the price that I paid. I won't really want to eat there again unless someone treats me haha. Had some HTHT and some crap though. Things have changed so much after we have left school.