Intermediate Korean TV 3 | 중급 한국어 TV 3

Hi everyone. Finally, I finished my Intermediate Korean 1 (3급) through Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, also an accredited Sejong Hakdang Institute (세종학당) where I started my Korean studies way back in 2012. I finished the class after not continuing it before due to work schedule and stuff.

Unfortunately though…

I did not pass.

Which is still okay, since I expected it anyway. I’m actually very lazy when it comes to studying so I know this would happen. I’m lazy in a sense that I shy away from the textbook and whenever I’m studying about the current lessons, I would procrastinate and look up words, topics, or grammar patterns that appear until eventually I’m too far away from what I have to study at the moment. So that’s what happened, and since I think I already reached the point where I can already come up with more stricter study plans and habits, or at least get by without guidance from a proper teacher, I may have to just continue to study by myself through online materials, textbooks, immersion with locals and unorthodox methods. The foundation I got from Korean Cultural Center is definitely unbeatable. Even if most of the self-studying students are better than my level, I have no regrets that I was handled by one of the greatest teachers in KCC, 노옥진 선생님!!

Video Presentation for Graduation

So yesterday’s our graduation. The program includes the graduation of Basic Korean classes, Elementary Korean 1 and 2 classes, and the only Intermediate Korean class which was our class. Per usual, graduation day is the moment when everyone can showcase what they’ve learned for the whole term. Mornings are for language classes and afternoon comes cultural class presentations (K-Dance, K-Musical, Taekwondo, Traditional Music, etc.). The only way we can present how much we’ve learned about the language easily is through video presentations.

Ours is actually the third from the Intermediate Korean TV series which was started by my classmates from the Intermediate class that I was unable to finish. They have tackled about Korean proverbs way back, and since I had previous classmates who took the following Intermediate class, they followed and created the second episode of the series tackling about onomatopoeia and mimetic words (의성어, 의태어) for their graduation video.

This time, we talked about 성격 / Personality and shot the entire show through an iPhone. My classmate, James (second top student 추카추카!!) was in charge of the flow and the script. I edited the whole show, including the selection of music and some of the directing when I’m not editing simultaneously while they were shooting. I had no high hopes for the video since this was my first time to do a video as crazy as this (though in all honesty we had a higher edge than the lower classes since we have a better command of the language), but watching even the video presentations of Basic classes got me surprised. Everyone’s video had it’s certain charm and everyone really did their best.

IMG_9019.JPGBut of course, the Best Video Presentation award went to us!!  We won P5000 pesos worth (about 120,000 KRW) of gift certificates for a Korean restaurant and we planned to eat out with our 선생님 next year at 정월대보름. It was a very pleasant experience anyway, so even if I failed the class, I definitely have zero regrets! And I promise to study better from now on.

 

 

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My 32nd TOPIK Experience | 내 제32회 한국어능력시험 체험

The day before the exam, I slept super late because I had to do some stuff. I wasn’t reviewing though, actually for the whole week before or two, I didn’t actually review for the TOPIK, because I’m confident enough that my knowledge alone would suffice for me to pass the exam.

 

First thing in the morning, I had to wake up super early. It was hard to wake up but it was a mixture of excitement and the thought of going back to bed, and few nervous moments, all mixed into one. I wouldn’t know what to bring. Should I have my notes with me, or Korean Grammar in Use for some light reading? But then I just stuffed my pencil case in my bag, some stuff I need like keys, cards, iPod and some wires, and continued with the rest of the morning.

 

As always, my mom prepared fried rice and something fried for my breakfast. Since I had less sleep, it was hard for me to intake the food happily, but I did anyway because it’s not very easy to think properly when you suddenly get hungry.

 

I thought of asking my dad to escort me to school by car so I can rest a bit without thinking about coins and changes, MRT cards, and transfers, etc., but I did the usual mornings anyway. Rode a pedicab to the train station, took the morning train up to EDSA, and rode the MRT to Ayala and from there, a bus to school. It was a long commute but since it was morning, the sun was super energizing.

 

The moment I arrived there, there were familiar KCC students, some KCC staffs I know, and some others I have no idea who they were, and some Korean people who would probably take the exam too. I said my ‘Hi’s and ‘Hello’s to my close friends and together, entered the room with them and find our seat numbers. It was exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. I was like ‘Finally! It’s the exam day!’ and I was like ‘I’m confident about this exam, but what if I read wrong directions or misunderstood the essay part out of nervousness’. But then I just sat and stopped myself from overthinking.

 

After some minutes, the proctor came, asked us to put our bags and other stuff away, and had only the required items on top of our desks. This is it! I was thinking about the exam the whole time. My classmate who would always drop me off somewhere nearby whenever our class is over was sitting behind me. It gives me the sense of familiarity and security, that even if I don’t know everyone in the room, there were several of us in there taking the exams together.

 

And then the proctor distributed the exam materials, and off we proceed.

 

As I expected it, me answering the exam was just swift, without too much double-checking and hovering on a single question. The vocabulary and grammar part was easy peasy. Then comes the writing part. It was something like, where do you want to go something something, so I thought, aha! Bingo, this is easy! I had to write down quickly through scrap and then transfer it to my provided 원고지 after properly examining my essay if it would fit or if it would exceed. Since I had too much to talk about, I had to delete some of the sentences. It was actually my worry. What if I lose time revising and revising my essay? But I finished it anyway.

 

The listening part was as usual, super slow and super easy, so all in all, I found the exam, quite challenging, but easy at the same time. After the exam, all of us friends asked each other about questions and stuff. Some of them had no difficulties with the vocabs and grammar, but they had difficulties with reading. We also had usual student-type questions like, “What was your answer in this question again?”, etc. And then the inevitable, “Ahhhhh!!! I answered that too!”.

 

Then afterwards, we had to eat somewhere nearby, and spazz about TOPIK and other stuff, since we’re already separated. Some retook Elementary 2 and some of us already at Intermediate 1. But before leaving, we had to give good lucks to some of our classmates who would be taking the afternoon Intermediate exam.

 

I was too tired so I had to get home quickly…

The exam started at 8:30 AM, and that same day, 11:30 AM, I finally woke up, and told myself that…

The above TOPIK experience never really happened. If I just had my slip, the exact same story above would have happened.

The night before, which I was stupid enough not to have thought about it earlier, I prepared my TOPIK things and found out that my examination slip was lost. I had to find every corners of my books and every possible place where I might have put it, but to no avail. I just thought, maybe God had better plans, and the exam’s just not yet for me. Well it was easy for me to accept. I was just trying hard to find the paper up till 2 AM. Not because I’m dead hungry about taking the exam, but just because it’s a waste if I can’t take it. I paid for it, so still, I’m worth taking it. But then circumstances happen. All my previous Korean-related papers from last year, Elementary 1, random lyrics and still ugly Korean Handwriting, every paper I found all of them. Even the 32nd TOPIK guidelines, but that slip… It just slipped away 😐

Anyway, I’m planning to take the TOPIK next year, and I’m praying for it not to change yet, or if it will really change starting next year, I would be happy that I would be included in the first batch to experience the new TOPIK.

There’s always a reason for everything 🙂

[MOVIE] 연가시 (Deranged) | 2012

Still part of the Korean Film Festival 2013 in Manila, this is the third film that I’ve watched. Though I haven’t had the chance to watch the film directly through the festival since we were ‘deranged’, let me tell you about it first.

It’s supposedly our first week of classes but since my 선생님 had to go to Korea for vacation and some errands, our classes were pushed back for a week. Good thing about that though is that I can get off from work because the permission I got from my boss started already. I can only watch the last film per day, and for that Friday, ‘Deranged’ came in last. I arrived earlier than usual since the cinema’s just near the office, but then I still have to wait for my Elementary 1 classmates because we’re supposed to watch the movie together. Just before watching we transferred meeting spots, from the front of the cinema, to Starbucks, then Jamba Juice, when we became complete, we went to the cinema and was not allowed to enter anymore.

IT SUCKS!! I’ve been anticipating to watch that movie, then I can’t watch just like that? It’s sad. So what I did was just to download the movie and watch it by myself. It wouldn’t hurt, right?

Basically, Deranged is a horror-thriller-pandemic film, where about a third of the population of Korea got affected by a strange and morbid disease.

연가시 | Deranged
★☆☆ (8/10)

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Directed by: 박정우 | Cast: 김명민, 김동완, 문정희
Running Time: 109 minutes | Release Date: July 5, 2012

“There must be something in the water…”

Well there were no ‘something’, there were bodies.

Why did I watch the movie?

Well basically, it’s a part of the Korean Film Festival, and I’m really into dark and psychotic films so I have no right to miss it, but then we did miss it so I just downloaded it. I was planning to watch it on a bigger television screen but then I had a boring moment so I decided to watch the movie through my laptop instead.

How did the story started?

Jae-hyuk (김명민), is struggling to juggle tasks to please his superior, assisting his family by accompanying them at the amusement park, ordering foods for them, carrying their bags, and ending the day by going home, energy-less and unable to talk and play with his kids and his wife.

Apparently, he was a former professor with a doctorate in biochemistry. He then worked as a pharmaceutical sales agent after losing a lot of money through a stock market investment as endorsed by his younger brother, Jae-pil (김동완). After a bad investment, Jae-pil seems to get his sentiments by bringing food for Jae-hyuk’s family and trying to persuade his brother to be in good terms with him again.

Then a disfigured body was found floating on a river in a small town. It was then investigated by Jae-pil since he was a cop/investigator, and had a conclusion that it was just an isolated case of suicide. Staying overnight beside the river, when he woke up, he was startled to see several more bodies floating.

How the story went?

Jae-pil got involved with all the investigations. The water seems to be clear from anything worrisome so it was a definite mystery as to why people just wanted to jump into the water.

Then apparently, Jae-hyuk witnessed the water-jumping event when he was, for another time, assisting his boss through golf. The boss’ doctor friend seems to be in heat, sweats so much and drinks water from a bottle continuously. The water seemed very insufficient, then he saw a pond on the golf course and went for a dive. Jae-hyuk tried to save the doctor but when he flipped the body he saw the horrid look on the doctor’s face, instantly dead.

Not when Jae-hyuk’s family showed signs of being infected, that he became more concerned about the issue. In light of the events, the media reported about its symptoms, that the victims tend to become malnourished, eats a lot but does not gain weight, and then the final sign, when they feel dehydrated and they just have to intake a lot of water. He then realized that his wife and kids occasionally eat too much in secret, and then they also showed signs of dehydration by consuming too much water. After confirming that his family indeed went on a vacation, same spot as where Jae-pil discovered the source, he immediately brought his family to the hospital.

The outside world has been chaotic, there’s been shortage of hospitals, people on the streets jump on water sources couple by couple, bunch by bunch. Death toll’s been increasing rapidly nationwide and the government is alarmed. Apparently, it has been found out that the cause has been a ‘Yeongasi variant’ which naturally affects mantises, but then reproduced differently to be able to affect humans. It will enter through the body as eggs, it will stay intact on the small intestine and will function as part of the body, consuming all the food and nutrients, and will eventually come out at a certain period, and that’s when the victim starts to find a larger water source, and dismember and decompose instantly once the ‘Yeongasi’ comes out of their bodies.

The people from the pharmaceutical industry has been outraged by researches, in which they have to find for solutions in the shortest possible time. They tried having a patient consume anti-worm medicines but it just endangered the patient’s life, killing them instantly.

Through all the commotions, Jae-hyuk and Jae-pil searched far and wide for a medicine, when one effective medicine came about. Just instantly, the people bombarded pharmacies, convenience stores, looking for that said medicine in which everyone failed. It was then revealed that the pharmaceutical company responsible for producing that effective medicine pre-planned the pandemic, thinking it would not affect a lot of people. They experimented on dog samples and when they decided it was ready, they released the dogs and had them release the ‘Yeongasi’ through the river on the small town where everything started. They then hoarded and kept the unsold stocks of the medicine, and planned on selling the chemical ingredients to the government for a huge sum of money. Eventually, the government decided to buy the formula but then was interrupted when the real intention was revealed.

How the story ended?

Parallel to Jae-hyuk and Jae-pil’s search for the medicine, Gyung-seon (문정희), Jae-hyuk’s wife is also burdened by the fact that she’s also infected, and as much as she’s thirsting for water, she has to stay strong for her kids.

She had moments of giving up, attempting to break the emergency fire alarm so water will sprinkle throughout the room where they were quarantined. She stood up and tried to break it when another mother interrupted her, asking her to look at her kids, and stay strong for them. But then hundreds of people inside the room noticed the commotion and tried to open the emergency alarm by themselves, too. Gyung-seon endured hardly, covering the alarm after realizing that what she’s doing would just endanger everyone including her and her kids. Good thing, Jae-pil saw what was happening, and hurried to turn off the main valve so even if the alarm was broken, water won’t go through.

In the end, Jae-hyuk and Jae-pil found out about the location where the key ingredients of the medicine were kept. He formulated and shared it with the other pharmaceutical companies so medicines were produced in huge quantities rapidly. Along with the others, Jae-hyuk’s family survived the pandemic.

My thoughts

I have to give my applause to the three main casts for portraying their roles ever so perfectly. The pacing of the movie is quite fast and a lot of scenes, though not particularly gory, sent shivers. It was very heartbreaking seeing a struggling father, trying hard to support his family and by the end part, supporting the whole nation. Though the movie might not really happen in real life, it can sort of be like a commentary regarding money, politics and morality. How people can be so greedy, neglecting their own morale just to gain lumps of money. That there are tendencies for people to be hyperly mad, when deprived of something they need. And how a family can stay together when they just believe in each other, of course with perseverance and love.

The movie is quite disturbing, the acting and the scenes were believable, and it was crafted nicely. Maybe the lack of two points out of ten goes to the ending part, which may be considered appropriately dramatic, but overly pushed in which it seems like there was just no more possible good ending for the film for it to be justifiable. Jae-hyuk’s family seemed like they should’ve died for about three days earlier already, but they held it in and survived till the end, which is half-joke just to be able to satisfy everyone by making it a typical happy ending. Nonetheless, it was moving and I really recommend everyone to watch this movie if you love dark and disturbing films.

[MOVIE] 늑대소년 (A Werewolf Boy) | 2012

This would be my first movie review here. I don’t know how this would turn out, but please be with me till the end ㅎㅎ.

I’m not a good movie critic. Something critically unsuccessful, most of the time, has been very enjoyable to me. Whenever I watch a movie for the first time, I consider my own emotions rather than the movie’s emotional and technical aspects which I consider during the second and following watching times. I just downloaded the movie but I still have to watch it for the second time. I’m not the type of movie person who would download something that has just been released. At least 70% of about 200 movies in my hard drive includes movies that I’ve watched for more than 5 times, hahahaha.

As for Korean movies, I only watch something dark and twisted. One of the favorites would be ‘장화, 홍련 (A Tale of Two Sisters)’ which I’ve watched for more than 10 times. Then comes Park Chan-wook’s ‘Revenge Trilogy’ which includes ‘Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance’, ‘Oldboy’, and ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’. I consider those 4 movies as one of the Korean movies I’ll never get tired of watching. I’m naturally jolly but in reality I’m a twisted, sick and psychotic person ㅎㅎ. Along those movies, I also have the five ‘Whispering Corridors’ movie, ‘Phone’, along some other horror movies.

It was not until 2012, when I first watched a melodrama film. We watched ‘건축학개론 (Architecture 101)’ during one of our Korean class days when our 선생님 had us watch a movie instead of having lessons. I found myself crying inside while watching the film, and though it was, I think, one of the best drama films I’ve ever watched, it didn’t took me into watching more dramatic Korean films.

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Thanks to the annual Korean Film Festival 2013 that we have here right now which was organized by the Embassy of Korea and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, I can watch a lot of highly-praised, award-winning, box-office movies that were shown in Korea for the past year, FOR FREE. It opened with ‘늑대소년 (A Werewolf Boy)’ yesterday, and some other movies that will be shown includes the historical drama ‘광해: 왕이 된 남자 (Masquerade)’, a romantic comedy, dance themed film with Uhm Jung-hwa as ‘댄싱퀸 (Dancing Queen)’, the animated film ‘소중한 날의 꿈 (Green Days)’, the horror thriller film *THAT I SO WANNA WATCH* ‘연가시 (Deranged)’, and the ever sunny comedy drama ‘써니 (Sunny)’.

늑대소년 | A Werewolf Boy
 (10/10)

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Directed by: 조성희 | Cast: 송중기, 박보영
Running Time: 122 minutes | Release Date: September 11, 2012 on Toronto International Film Festival

“Love was the first human language he’d ever learned.”

Why did I watch the movie?

First, I was not planning on watching anything from the Film Festival except ‘Deranged’ and ‘Sunny’ but I did watch ‘A Werewolf Boy’ anyway because the mall carrying the cinema that will showcase the film is just about two splits and two cartwheels away from my office. Second, my Elementary 1 classmates who I love the most, pushed me into watching the film, even delaying their queue three times just to wait for me.

And see, movie festivals don’t happen 12 times a year, so it would definitely be a great experience whether I’d like the movie or not. And since it was chosen to be the first film to open the festival, I thought it would at least be awesome, or if not, way awesome.

How did the story started?

가지마…

Which *spoiler alert* I thought was the only line that Song Joong-ki would ever deliver all throughout the film. The film started in present day, in USA, an old woman received a phone call regarding the sale of her old country house in Korea. She decided to revisit it first with her granddaughter before deciding on the house’s fate. In seeing the house, we flash backward 47 years before present, the old woman apparently was the teenaged girl, Suni (Park Bo-young), unpacking their things, transferring into their new house since her doctor found it better for her to stay somewhere outside the city for the betterment of her lung condition. Life had been very fine in the country until one day, she saw someone, a dirty and animal-esque being just outside their house. That boy can’t speak, nor even act normally (seen eating without manners, and behaving like a wild animal, occasionally 으르렁-ing whenever he felt he’s in danger). They eventually reported the boy’s whereabouts but the police was not particularly helpful and since the boy was about 19, he was too unfit for an orphanage.

How the story went?

Suni’s family had to take care of him instead. Her mom fed him, made him wear his late husband’s clothing, and helped him take a bath. As for Suni, who has been irritated with the sudden appearance of the boy, one day just decided to train him instead, by reading a dog training manual. She taught him how to ‘기다려!’ before eating, to wear his clothes, and to even speak, read and write. After every successful attempts in training, Suni would pat his head, and eventually her mom had given the boy Cheol-su (Song Joong-ki) as a name. Cheol-su didn’t seem to particularly learn how to speak.

Eventually, Suni became Cheol-su’s *we can somehow call it* master. They became very close and we could assume that he already fell in love with her, given the fact that she’s the only one who accepted him and treated him warmly and affectionately. But then, it didn’t end there. A lot of difficulties were yet to happen as the family inevitably found out about the real identity of Cheol-su, in turn the family leaving the house with Suni unable to see Cheol-su ever again.

How the story ended?

The person half-involved with the death of Suni’s father, and he the same person who bought the country house, Ji-tae (Yoo Yeon-seok) has long been waiting for Suni to notice him too. He had gone nuts trying to keep away Cheol-su from the family even going to ends by hurting the other neighbors and even Suni just to keep the boy away. In one instance where he almost abused Suni, Cheol-su saw him and by anger, turned into a wolf. It was the first time Ji-tae and Suni saw him turn into something different, which was not a very big deal with Suni, given the fact that they’ve been close for so long, and that Cheol-su still listens to Suni in his wolf self. And as the end approached, he turned into a wolf again in front of the police, Ji-tae, Suni and her family, finally killing Ji-tae for having caused too much trouble to Suni’s family and the neighborhood. Cheol-su carried Suni away, away into the forest, away from the commotion. When Suni found herself in the middle of nowhere, with the family and police now searching for her, she’s certain that Cheol-su would be killed if they stay together. *This was one of the parts when I’m crying so bad.* Suni had to hurt Cheol-su for him to just leave when finally Cheol-su said his first word… “가지마”. *Everyone in the cinema shouted and whooed, but I was just crying, lol*.

Suni’s family decided best to just move out of the country. Before leaving the house, Suni left a note, she asked for Cheol-su to wait for her as she will be back. But not after 47 years after, back to the present day, when she finally revisited the house. The den beside the house where Cheol-su was held safe was visited by Suni in the night after seeing a piece of candy stacked under the sofa. She saw blooming flowers and a glowing light and eventually, seeing an immortal Cheol-su, same age as how she left him. Suni had been living her life for the past 47 years and Cheol-su did wait for her. This part was super heartbreaking and as I don’t want to spoil at least everything, I’ll leave you to watch it for yourself. One thing though, is that Suni revoked her plans of selling the house to another owner.

My thoughts

As I was saying earlier, I care more about my own emotions rather than how the movie evokes the emotions and about its technical aspects since I would notice it the second time. I can never have the at least exact same emotion when I watch it again. I haven’t cried watching a movie for so long and this movie moved me to tears for at least three times. Good thing about my 누나 classmates though is that they don’t mind me crying even if they’re just all too ‘giggly and fangirly’ about some scenes that were more emotional to me than ‘spazz-worthy’. The movie was a craft assembled very nicely, though not technical about why he was a werewolf, why Suni’s lung condition exists, or how his father really died and what was Ji-tae responsible for about that. It was more on the story-telling, and Joong-ki’s brilliant portrayal of Cheol-su, who only had 5 lines all throughout the movie.

I’ve never fallen in love with the fantasy, the thought that werewolves or vampires might exist. Having watched the Twilight series and other fantasy-related materials, ‘A Werewolf Boy’ successfully had me wishing that beings like them should’ve existed. The movie was hearty, at times funny, and all the more heartbreaking. I can’t seem to think of remakes, how will they ever replicate the same emotion and the same feel of the movie. It was undeniably perfect. The ending was not all that cheesy and general happy-ending styled conclusion but every sad moments were healed. I definitely recommend everyone to watch this as this has surpassed ‘Architecture 101’ as South Korea’s top grossing melodrama of all time, and that fact says a lot how this movie deserves a 10/10.

Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young, other casts, and the director... 잘했다!!!

Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young, other casts, and the director… 잘했다!!!

Finally Enrolled! | 드디어 입학했어요!

Stage 1: 재능과 능력은 다르다

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Aside from the fact that I successfully enrolled my Intermediate Korean 1 (still without asking my boss about it), I’m also happy that in three days, I finally finished ‘Stage 0’ and ‘Stage 1’ of ‘세상에 너를 소리쳐!’ It was GD’s story *I guess?*, and as how I saw it…… 음~  well I only saw Korean characters and aside from just understanding about 10% of it, I haven’t seen anything at all. But honestly, I can say that my reading pace has been quick than before. I think I need to read more since I still have difficulty rapping along with a 가사, but after this book, I’m gonna try and evaluate myself how faster I’ve become.

I actually never had time to read at home since when I get here, I can only do three things, eat, blog, and sleep. Only time I can read is through commute. In the morning while I’m waiting for my train, and just up till the first station, which would roughly be at about 20 minutes? I can’t read longer than that since I remembered from my elementary Science that reading in a moving vehicle can cause damage to the eyes, my vision’s already blurred, and it’s just dizzy-fying and I don’t wanna throw up in my book, lol. I also go home by train so it’s not very possible to read while I’m inside a can of sardines. So I myself was surprised with how fast I read the first chapter. Or maybe some learners can read it in one day, I’m not sure >.<. I hope I get more faster in everything in the nearer future. I’m somehow fast at typing already, now I’m starting to hone my reading speed, next would be listening and speaking, and let’s see what should be improved next.

Enrollment

I had half-day off from work since I have to pay for the enrollment fee, which is still very painful for my pocket >.< Well it’s still super super cheap *super only because super super is 1,000원, lol*, and even if it’s a bit more expensive it’s still gonna be super super worth it. I arrived Korean Cultural Center at about 3, even accidentally rode the bus together with my Elementary 2 classmates on my way there. The other one’s enrolling E2 again since she didn’t pass, and the other one would be taking Intermediate 1 with me. In our class, I bet all of us who passed will be taking this term’s I1. Well it’s good because I don’t have to adjust myself so much. I wouldn’t want to take next year’s I1 because I don’t want too much delay. There were 6 of us who passed, and I’ll be having two of my E1 classmates as classmates again!!! That’s just sooo hooray!! Another’s already an acquaintance so I already have 8 friends from the start, and I heard only 13 students enrolled. It means I’m already friends with more than half of the class which is just sooo much more hooray!!

Enough with the hoorays though…

I don't even know what happened to that face... no amount of BB cream would whiten that >.<

My Elementary 1, 2 and Intermediate 1 IDs.

I don’t even know what happened to that face. No amount of BB cream would whiten that >.< Thanks to that flash I looked highly African. *please don’t think I’m racist, because I’m not. In fact, I really love Africa, and would want to travel there someday*. It’s just that this picture made me ‘Fifty Shades Darker’.

Or maybe I was just darker this day? With my E1 classmates!

Or maybe I was just darker than usual this day? With my E1 classmates!

This day was actually sad *for a bit there*, because our E2 선생님 asked 찰린 누나 if we were planning to go somewhere after the enrollment. Since she was asked and she didn’t even know how to manage the conversation since it’s hard to explain everything to a Korean, it was hard to decline our 선생님’s offer. She actually asked the whole E2 class to have a meal with her *maybe her treat*, but everyone’s a bit carried away since it was not planned, and we had plans (E1) ourselves, and it would be very awkward to go even if 선생님 allowed our former classmates (not her students) to join. My heart’s breaking a bit because she told 찰린 누나, that we didn’t bid her goodbye during the graduation. I don’t know, but after our stage picture, I believe we said goodbye. But….. Anyway, it’s complicated. We asked our 선생님 to have another pre-planned dinner instead, during class days.

We successfully escaped! Had our coffee at Kuppa, with pizzas and pastas go sponsored by 엘리자 누나!!! Some sentiments, nostalgic moments and picture takings, bonding’s never been better with my E1 classmates.

After pre-planning on where to go next, we rode this very cute and utopically sweet, electronically powered ‘E3’ at Bonifacio Global City.

I wish there would be more of this around the metro, but sadly… there are none.

Believe me!!! The picture might look very low quality and stupid, but this is agreeably one of the best things that ever happened to each and everyone's lives yesterday!

Believe me!!! The picture might look very low quality and stupid, but this is agreeably one of the best things that ever happened to each and everyone’s lives yesterday! ( 김재신 in his dark and invisible self at the back)

Then finally, we had another stop at Serenitea, when my other classmate had to go back to work just to open a meeting, and came back after some minutes, just after saying ‘Hello, I’m 벌리’. Cool right? And again we had nonstop talks about Korean stuff, the upcoming classes, Korean travel experiences and tips, and future Korea plans.

We had to go home then since two of them will still be having work afterwards. The two of them (even while working), and 엘리자 누나’s currently on LINE as I’m composing this entry, and we’re still talking about the things that happened earlier. We’re just THAT close.

Maybe next week or later, I’ll finally talk with my boss about my classes. I expect him to be okay about it since I go under time and they don’t pay me for that. If he won’t allow me then work’s finished! I make sure I do everything on time when they give me projects, so I don’t see any deviations for him not to give me considerations. I’m still having my Korean as priority since I’m still young and having this kind of opportunity to study can’t be found nowhere so if my Korean’s not gonna be permitted, then it’s time for me to compose my resignation letter, in Korean I suppose, lol. *BUT WHY AM I RANTING ALL OF A SUDDEN?!*