Get Away Get Away Get Away and Go on a Holiday!

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Yeah it looks short and stuff, but this actually took me 1 hr and 4 tries. OMG.

 

One of my favourite songs to sing or listen to when I feel the incredible urge to escape. You should check the lyrics out for this song! It’s one of the rare songs that has a good study vocabulary. 😀

 

B2ST – Good Luck!

BEAST is back!!

Their new song is Good Luck, and it reminds me of the more mainstream kpop we’re used to, but still retaining that unique beast sound. I’ve ordered an album (white!) as gesture of support as usual. Not gonna give a review (there are more and more people who do those reaction videos of every single damn artist hoping to get popular. *Attentionwhoremongerscough* Yeah no thanks.)

 

In my opinion, they are too kind to wish happiness to the girl who dumped their asses. But that’s Junhyung. That boy writes sappy forlorn love stuff with some obligatory bad English like ‘EH! BABEH! UHH! YEA!’. I’m not so kind. In my opinion, a more appropriate song would also be called ‘Good Luck’ –

 

“Good Luck! Baby good luck to you,

when you are burning in pain..

I hope you choke on your ramyun too

and get bad eye circles and break outs..

 

 

Good luck! Baby good luck to you,

May you be lactose-intolerant, 

having drank lots of milk

and the loo has no toilet paper..

yeah BEST of luck to you.”

 

(BUT IT DOESN’T EVEN RHYME!) See. That’s why I’m not counselling people any more with regards to their romantic woes.

 

My blog may be titled as a 귀찮다/귀차니스트 ie, procrastinator’s blog, hence allowing me to blog on a basis of a whim rather than regular scheduled timings, but truth to be told, I am anything but lazing at any time. Unless I tried to exercise, then yeah for the next few hours I’m the worst piece of lard plopped on my bed. Like I previously mentioned, I’m a huge thinker. When your brain is moving at 100 miles an hour, it looks like I’m not doing anything, but I’m entertaining ideas of what to do, try out, deciding courses of action. When I’m on my phone, it looks like I’m listening to music, but I’m actually memorizing the lyrics and studying vocab usage. I may be surfing the net, but I have 25 tabs open regularly with 7 different things I’m researching on. I read more pages of the korean novel in my phone and secretly memorized the lyrics to ‘Good Luck’ on the bus my way to work. Actually productive!

 

It’s hard work! To look like you’re not doing anything and hide away the piles of paper I’ve been practising calligraphy on.. It’s like an undercover cop pretending to be a hobo. I wonder why I’m so secretive and territorial. Somehow, I don’t really like people to know exactly what I’m doing and thinking and feeling. Maybe it’s me being perfectionist and not ever being ready to let people see what I’ve learnt. Maybe I’m a descendant of a squirrel and a cat. Am I the only one?

 

I’ll badly conclude my blog post as usual, because nobody reads this far into lengthy posts with no pictures.

 

Meaningful Quotes

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“Days will come when you cross paths with people you once loved with all your heart, and depart as though strangers

Days will come when friends whom you used to share all your intimate secrets with will slowly grow apart, till even phone calls cease to exist

Days will come with the people whom you used to hate to the point of death, you will be able to look and smile at

With the passing of time, things that used to matter will fade to insignificance Fault not people who have changed Stop not people who have left

Just as surely as Spring paves way for the Summer, so will life be.”

I came across this meaningful passage on Pinterest a while back. The pinner was a Korean translator and she flipped it into Japanese and I like both versions, but I don’t want to paste people’s work. Times like these I’m glad I take the effort to learn a language and understand things for myself. So I translated this into English and rewrote the passage. (Yup laugh at my handwriting. I can’t do fancy artsy korean :/ self learning asian calligraphy mayyyyyyyy happen sometime next year) I really like the message though.

 

Not sure where it came from, but I think it could be like a confucius or Buddhist kind of saying. (This person said it was the opening comment for some 문화다락방 show but I think it’s not the original source. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, it’s a new source for korean podcast, so thanks .. random kblogger!) I’m sure Koreans would know, but I really don’t want to wade through all the korean search terms to find out.

 

Sorry for ugly photo. I don’t blog at home..and this comp only has MS Paint >_> *YOU SKIVER!!!* 헐ㄹㄹㄹㄹ饶了我吧。It’s gonna be my birthday soon and I’m understandably even more skivery than usual.

 

ANW とにかく아무튼. 이것은 원문것같아요~~Longer version I found is 여기です!日本語翻訳バージョンはここで読めます(写真の下に書いています)。

I really need to find more quotes like these. I normally like meaningful quotes, but I don’t easily find korean ones. And I don’t want the really difficult 속담s. I’ll just see if I come across more~

Webstories / Novels / EBooks from Naver

I always thought I had already posted this. Oddly enough I haven’t, and it’s this secret page of web and self published stories by korean authors wannabes! I say secret, only because I always find it hard to navigate to this part of Naver in particular, and I must bookmark the link in order to return to it. and it’s this ! Image Maybe a year or so ago, when I first discovered this land of Korean readable materials, it had been a little too tough for me to read them so I would print a chapter and take a few months to digest them bit by bit. Then typical of my procrastinator style, I forgot ALL about it and one fine day after taking up 400 different interests and researching into plenty of unrelated things, guilt found its way back to into my conscience and I went back to those materials again, and was pleasantly surprised to find them not quite so tough any more (meaning a needy grip and pawing the dictionary every 2 seconds). I would like to attribute this to it being an indicator of my somehow bumming about passive receptive type lifestyle has improved my Korean language somehow and not that leaving lonely neglected korean books lying around for a year will magically dumb its own language down in a bid to get its owner to perhaps take another interest in it. Image If you know anything about the good quality offered by Naver in their webtoon department, you’ll be pleased to see a similar sort of layout in their web-novel section. Neatly categorized in a weekly calendar layout the releases available on respective days, readers will be able to get a good selection of the latest chapters published from their favourite stories, or if you prefer the traditional sorting by genre, that is available too. Naver keeps the completed novels (much like webtoons) available in archive, so you need not worry if you can’t catch up with the weekly updates from your favorite author. In case you scoff at the idea of ‘pfft, wannabe writers, they must have shit grammar and are not going to contribute to my learning foundation!’ this is where voting scores can help. Each chapter is open to vote as soon as its release, so high voting scores show a general consensus of ‘okay, this author is reliable, writes interesting stories’. Like the Korean drama style where episodes are shot in a chronological order (so the show’s producers can see reactions and alter stories, murder boring characters if need be), you can use the scores as some sort of indicator when you make your selection. However, you should be aware that some writers write colloquial, short form, and I’ve even read one that had dialogue all in Busan dialect!!

You'll need a Naver account for these, obviously.

You’ll need a Naver account for these, obviously, but a google search will yield hundreds of fanclubs with tutorials on how to do so.  (I must admit I haven’t bothered to figure out just what Challenge League means just yet..)

The general list of genre categories are: – 로맨스 (romance)SF&판타지 (SciFi & Fantasy)무혐 (Period dramas) 미스터리 (Mystery)

e-BOOK 서울특별시 전자책 서비스

If you’re a very determined Korean learner, you can scour the lands of the web to find all sorts of books with key search terms like 웹소설, 전자책, e북. I suppose these Naver web books may be too simple for you; in which case, do try the Naver Books section, or if you like the magazine style, then try the whole range of digitized ones offered by Seoul.go.kr

Story about a psychology expert turned teacher named Sumi, who helps a boy named Daehyeon who has the powers to ‘see’ the underwear of girls he touches, and is surprisingly frustrated by it, since it’s not something he can control. Lol

Story about a psychology expert turned teacher named Sumi, who helps a boy named Daehyeon who has the powers to 'see' the underwear of girls he touches, and is surprisingly frustrated by it, since it's not something he can control. Lol Or if you’re into mobile books, there are some free, like this one I’m reading, called 기억의 주인. The first part worth 400+ pages are all free!

You Who Fainted From The Stars

If you aren’t already watching or finished watching 별에서 온 그대 (You Who Came From the Stars) then you probably might have been living in a cave.

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Jun Ji Hyun starring as Cheon Song Yi, THE extroverted Top International Korea Superstar with a penchant for dropping English phrases, is truly the MVP who carries most of the weight of the show with her delightful, embarrassing and dramatic quirks. If anyone can be your (counter) motivation to learn proper Korean, I figure this girl’s broke-down English would be it. 😛

Anyway, she meets an ancient and introverted Alien by the name of Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun), who also has some strange quirks of his own. At the risk of sounding scandalous (it’s really not), one of them happens to be his fainting spells when bodily fluids are accidentally exchanged.

Anyway, since K-drama watching has long been a method of Korean learning, let’s look at some of the stuff mentioned. I’m going to focus on the first part of Episode 16 since there are some fun nuggets to investigate (but parts that don’t contain too much spoilers):

(Vid courtesy of here)

Go to the timecode indicated to see the usage of the following:

00:21

  • “내 인생 (life) 에서 사라져 (사라다: disappear)  줘 (-주다:give/do for me) 요.” (Please (do me the favor) of getting lost from my life

Useful term to tell people to get lost. Every drama uses this line, though if people actually acted upon this command, you’ll end up with many ‘MISSING’ posters pasted on lamp posts in Seoul.

03:20

  • 젠장! (damn! hell! darn!)

Swear word! I seldom hear this in dramas (presumably because it’s pretty standard, and people like SWAG/YOLO contemporary swears), but it’s your basic ‘damn’ equivalent, I believe! Indeed. Which seemingly dependable guy equipped with all kinds of superpowers expects a superstar to drag their woozy-from-a-kiss unconscious ass into the car? Rude.

05:58

  • “그 때 도!… 키스 그거. 하자마자 기절.  이번에 도 하자마자 혼절.  (That time too!… The kiss. You faint as soon as we did it.)

FAINTING SPELLS. 기절 (氣絶) and 혼절(昏絶)  both mean faint, although I don’t think there’s much difference… just a matter of Hanja used, and that 90% of the time 기절 is used when faintings are mentioned.

07:30

  • “할 수 없지.”  (Nothing I can do about it. Oh well.)

From ~(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다. (something is possible/not possible to be done. I can / can’t). See following point for more.

14:45

The terse conversation between Jaekyung and the prosecutor/detective duo. I’m not in the camp that thinks twisting their ring with an ominous look and asking people about their general health (hell I do both sometimes) constitutes to the holy grail of evil acting. In fact, I would even say he’s not a very impressive or smart killer. As *killers go, Jaekyung is your basic run-of-mill rich guy whose primary go-to solution is death, and he orders people to do the dirty work for him.  Shit’s so intense for Jaekyung that he throws out a rap bit that took me back for like an hour trying to figure out his exact words. I think I kinda got it? Their conversation is civil with formal use of language.

Jaekyung: “..문제 됩니까?”

(Has it become a problem?)
Prosecutor-nim: 정확하게 말씀하세요. 한유라씨와 연애관계가 아니었습니까?

(Please tell us precisely. Weren’t you in a romantic relationship with Miss Han Yoora?)

Jaekyung:  아니었습니다. (It was not the case for me.)

전 is the short form of 저는. This might look like ‘I am ___’ , but not quite. This situation also happens in Japanese. Where 저는 or 전 / 私は/僕は etc. appears, it does not always mean ‘I am ____’ but more of a ‘as for me, in my case’. Imagine you’re in a Japanese restaurant and the waiter asks you and your friend for your orders. Your friend quips ‘Fish’ and you might go 「僕は牛肉(gyuu niku – beef)。」’Beef for me.’ and not ‘I am Beef.’ It’s understood that you mean yourself without having to ramble out the whole sentence (although you can! But good food is too important to waste time on. ) Similarly, Jaekyung isn’t saying ‘I am not.’ but more like ‘Not for me’.

Jaekyung: 한유라씨는 그렇게 생각하고 있었을수 있습니다.  (It is possible that she had been thinking that way.)

If you try to pronounce this (saengak-hago isseoseul su issumnida) , you might get what I mean by the rap.

There are 3 grammar portions to this. Now, I don’t trust myself to teach anyone technicalities because I’m intuitive and artistic (ie. just plain lazy and inaccurate) sort of ‘Just feel it. You’ll get it!’ kind of korean learner, I’ll link you to competent explanations.

1) ~ 하고있다 : in the state of doing ~/ ~ing

2) ~(으)ㄹ 수 있다: ~ is possible/ could be possible that ~

3) ~습니다: (formal declarative)

So you add the three, basically you get 그렇게 생각하고 있었을수 있습니다 = It is possible that she had been thinking that way (when she was alive)

There’s a Japanese version, but it’s not so confusing: そう思っていた(had thoughtso) こと (the thing about) が あります(is)。
After I finally got what he said, I practised that chunk like I do for rap and irritated the hell out of everyone by dropping that line in response to everything.

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Person: “OMG. THIS ACTOR IS SO HOT.”

Me: *poetic look* “전.. 그렇게 생각하고 있었을수 있습니다.”

Oh, I’m so annoying. Haha.

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(*Hannibal Lecter the Satan of evil villain – Go watch the drama (Hannibal S1 and S2) and movie (Silence of the Lambs series) if you haven’t already. Meaning hidden in meaning after meaning enshrouded in mysterious symbolic imagery – It’s heaven for intuitive people who likes reading in between the lines. Second prize goes to Choi Min Sik, who makes his gritty villain roles look like second nature. I WILL run if I see him by my window.)

Seoulo Travel..

SKIP if you’re here for korean related post only because the following is just personal ramble.
Now, why I was late for my hangul day post was because…… I’m going to go to Seoul next week. Alone.
I was planning to do double trips this year to gear me up for solo trip to Korea sometime next year.. Since I’m not naturally independent, and I surround myself with independent friends who always have no problems doing lots of things.. it’s a very attractive quality, I feel. Something which I lack, I hope to have. So right before my trip, I knew of my friend’s dad being hospitalised for tests.. Thinking it could be an omen, I decided to meet her to plan for our trip anyway..) It turns out on Hangul Day.. when I was typing this post.. I received a message from her, saying that her dad has cancer and she won’t be able to make it to Seoul with me. She’d have to forgo her plane tickets and hotel accomodations.. amounting to 1+k. .. to go consult doctors.  So I saved the post and waited.
When I first heard it, I had no reaction. Then time trickled by.. and I slowly got the sense of impending doom… On one hand I feel really bad for her dad, because I was also worried for my parents.. my mom naturally has bad digestion and vomits and feels full easily.. The early satiation is one symptom for  stomach cancer. In fact, I did research just the week before about stomach cancer.. And I have a higher risk for it just by being blood type A. People with blood type A have a higher tendency feel more stressed. Instead of my friends who have relaxed attitudes, I would be the worrier. In fact, I am probably over prepared for the korea trip. But it still is not enough. I slept late each day trying compile info for the trip, I felt less excited.  People who smoke too have a higher risk for cancer. I don’t smoke and hate smoke passionately..
But then Solo travel was something I always read bloggggssssss and blogs about. They fill me up with hope and inspiration, thinking one day I’ll try my own.. the day before I had a chat with my mom about this exact topic.  She suggested I go to nearby countries to test it out first.. but the month before I just came back from Osaka (have to blog about this) and it was supposed to be my ‘practice trip’. Oh well, I found it tiring.
Now I have to go alone, I’m slowly feeling reexcited about it.  Even preparing the itinerary I wasn’t really not interested, constantly looking for alternatives and things to do… It was boring when I had to plan for Osaka trip though. I dunno. What happened to my passion for Japan?? Maybe the prospect of having many things to buy plus kpop in seoul is just appealing. I’m not even planning a kpop centered trip. I’m just going to visit the JYP and Cube cafe for a short sit in and then go my way and look at the sights. Perhaps my interest in S Korea extends far beyond the music and seeps into the culture too.
I can’t wait to see all the stores, try some korean food (I will be so intimidated with the menu), go to cafes, see the hongdae night performances, visit the rivers, watch their TV, use their internet, push around in  the subway – actually i don’t want that.. meet people,
In fact, yes, meet people. I actually RSVPed a languagecast meet up in Hongdae, during the time I’ll be in Seoul!! So exciting! To meet the cast of Talk to me in Korean, and meet up with english speaking people practising various languages! I’ll definitely have problems finding the place (I don’t even deal well with directions in singapore..), but one of my dreams is to meet inspiring people who will spur me to improve myself. I think it’s going to be good! Going to bring a note book to learn new stuff. 😀
I’m surprised, because I’m not usually a doer. I talk, think, imagine, say but seldom take action. This time I’ve been given the chance to do this solo travel.. (Still feeling sad for my friend though) gosh, everyone please eat healthy, no salty and preserved foods, or stuff rich in sugar, don’t smoke or stay by people who do (Gonna have problems in seoul)
And just now I went to apply for a credit card(s).. one bank’s lady was so kind! she offered to expedite things for me so I can get my card asap before my trip. whether I get a card or not will affect if I will have Olleh egg wifi to rent at Incheon lol. If you don’t, you’ll have to leave a 200kwon deposit. Which is lame. who wants to leave extra money until the end of their trip and collect it before going back? Haha. The second bank Citi bank is quite amusing. The sales guy there was especially chatty and friendly.. and quite shy?  I dunno. He switched between moments of professionalism ‘Miss I need you to sign here’ and just plain friendly ‘Oh you stay here, me too actually. Is your office the one near this this and there’s lots of xx bank staff there?), and I wanted to laugh because it was kinda amusing. In the end, with his help I was signed to a lot of random cards. 😀 Yeah well. I can feel rich now. Without actually wanting to. Haha. I actually feel like being social. Which is so rare.
These moments are normal for a sociable person, but you have no idea how much I treasure moments where people treat me nice. 원래 나는 별로 사교적인 사람 아니니까.. ^^; 아무튼!  I’m also going for another meetup tomorrow. With a group of locals learning korean. Hopefully it won’t be like japanese meetups, where basically almost everyone is pro at it, and they make me feel inferior.. :< Is that why I don’t have much good feelings for Japanese (except for this really handsome guy OMG I MUST BLOG ABOUT THIS – *RAMBLE) I’ll update about the meet up tomorrow! 😀
TATA.

 

헤피 한글날! Hangul Day

This post was late. I’ll explain why at the end of the post.

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It’s hangul day today! The beautiful characters of Hangul was born on this day, invented by King Sejong.

To celebrate this event, seems like Naver has launched a new line of Nanum fonts! (Thanks to the headsup from 2chois) These Nanum fonts have been redesigned to provide better reading from mobile phones, a very kind gesture may I add. Hangul is a beautiful language, and to see it celebrated like this makes me proud. Even though I’m not Korean. Haha.

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Anyway, you can download these fonts (The Nanum Barun Gothic font),

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(The Nanum Gothic/myungjo font – left right respectively)

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(The Nanum handwritten font)

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and an decorative looking (Nanum Gothic Echo font)

Anyways! They are all on the same page! Just scroll down to download. To download these, click on that black button, which opens the options:

TTF 나눔고딕에코 일반용 (TTF Nanum (name of the font) for normal use | 윈도우용 (Windows) 맥용 (Mac)
OTF 나눔고딕에코 그래픽용OTF For graphic use) 윈도우용 (Windows) 맥용 (Mac)
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Also, they are providing Android theme launchers featuring these fonts!
They are available here, 3 options (each slider’s link is different, make sure you check them out)
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SKIP if you’re here for korean related post only because the following is just personal ramble.
Now, why I was late in this post was because…… I’m going to go to Seoul next week. Alone.
I was planning to do double trips this year to gear me up for solo trip to Korea sometime next year.. Since I’m not naturally independent, and I surround myself with independent friends who always have no problems doing lots of things.. it’s a very attractive quality, I feel. Something which I lack, I hope to have. So right before my trip, I knew of my friend’s dad being hospitalised for tests.. Thinking it could be an omen, I decided to meet her to plan for our trip anyway..) It turns out on Hangul Day.. when I was typing this post.. I received a message from her, saying that her dad has cancer and she won’t be able to make it to Seoul with me. She’d have to forgo her plane tickets and hotel accomodations.. amounting to 1+k. .. to go consult doctors.  So I saved the post and waited.
When I first heard it, I had no reaction. Then time trickled by.. and I slowly got the sense of impending doom… On one hand I feel really bad for her dad, because I was also worried for my parents.. my mom naturally has bad digestion and vomits and feels full easily.. The early satiation is one symptom for  stomach cancer. In fact, I did research just the week before about stomach cancer.. And I have a higher risk for it just by being blood type A. People with blood type A have a higher tendency feel more stressed. Instead of my friends who have relaxed attitudes, I would be the worrier. In fact, I am probably over prepared for the korea trip. But it still is not enough. I slept late each day trying compile info for the trip, I felt less excited.  People who smoke too have a higher risk for cancer. I don’t smoke and hate smoke passionately..
But then Solo travel was something I always read bloggggssssss and blogs about. They fill me up with hope and inspiration, thinking one day I’ll try my own.. the day before I had a chat with my mom about this exact topic.  She suggested I go to nearby countries to test it out first.. but the month before I just came back from Osaka (have to blog about this) and it was supposed to be my ‘practice trip’. Oh well, I found it tiring.
Now I have to go alone, I’m slowly feeling reexcited about it.  Even preparing the itinerary I wasn’t really not interested, constantly looking for alternatives and things to do… It was boring when I had to plan for Osaka trip though. I dunno. What happened to my passion for Japan?? Maybe the prospect of having many things to buy plus kpop in seoul is just appealing. I’m not even planning a kpop centered trip. I’m just going to visit the JYP and Cube cafe for a short sit in and then go my way and look at the sights. Perhaps my interest in S Korea extends far beyond the music and seeps into the culture too.
I can’t wait to see all the stores, try some korean food (I will be so intimidated with the menu), go to cafes, see the hongdae night performances, visit the rivers, meet people,
In fact, yes, meet people. I actually RSVPed a languagecast meet up in Hongdae, during the time I’ll be in Seoul!! So exciting! To meet the cast of Talk to me in Korean, and meet up with english speaking people practising various languages! I’ll definitely have problems finding the place (I don’t even deal well with directions in singapore..), but one of my dreams is to meet inspiring people who will spur me to improve myself. I think it’s going to be good! Going to bring a note book to learn new stuff. 😀
I’m surprised, because I’m not usually a doer. I talk, think, imagine, say but seldom take action. This time I’ve been given the chance to do this solo travel.. (Still feeling sad for my friend though) gosh, everyone please eat healthy, no salty and preserved foods, or stuff rich in sugar, don’t smoke or stay by people who do (Gonna have problems in seoul)
And just now I went to apply for a credit card(s).. one bank’s lady was so kind! she offered to expedite things for me so I can get my card asap before my trip. whether I get a card or not will affect if I will have Olleh egg wifi to rent at Incheon lol. If you don’t, you’ll have to leave a 200kwon deposit. Which is lame. who wants to leave extra money until the end of their trip and collect it before going back? Haha. The second bank Citi bank is quite amusing. The sales guy there was especially chatty and friendly.. and quite shy?  I dunno. He switched between moments of professionalism ‘Miss I need you to sign here’ and just plain friendly ‘Oh you stay here, me too actually. Is your office the one near this this and there’s lots of xx bank staff there?), and I wanted to laugh because it was kinda amusing. In the end, with his help I was signed to a lot of random cards. 😀 Yeah well. I can feel rich now. Without actually wanting to. Haha. I actually feel like being social. Which is so rare.
These moments are normal for a sociable person, but you have no idea how much I treasure moments where people treat me nice. 원래 나는 별로 사교적인 사람 아니니까.. ^^; 아무튼!  I’m also going for another meetup tomorrow. With a group of locals learning korean. Hopefully it won’t be like japanese meetups, where basically almost everyone is pro at it, and they make me feel inferior.. :< Is that why I don’t have much good feelings for Japanese (except for this really handsome guy OMG I MUST BLOG ABOUT THIS – *RAMBLE) I’ll update about the meet up tomorrow! 😀
TATA.
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