Another Birthday

I started the day by watching the final episode of Produce 101 Season 2 and boy, was it a wrong move. I became stressed and more tired watching it. I really wish Samuel and Jonghyun will debut in Wanna One. The show ended at 2AM and I slept afterwards. I think I cried for a bit.

June 17, my day of all the days in the year. The day I am most excited for and give myself everything I want — my birthday.

I woke up around 6 in the morning and went back to sleep. I woke up half past eight and immediately went to the bathroom to take a bath — I had classes. I got downstairs to see my mom cooking Carbonara. I was running late, but I still ate. Nobody says no to pasta.

I left the house rather late and arrived in my class 20 minutes late. The professor seemed nice (although I can feel the guy will be strict once the lessons start) and motivated us.

We were dismissed at 12:30PM and my classmates greeted me. I bought them fries to somehow celebrate, although I really don’t do that on my birthday. I don’t have big celebrations and try to make the day as simple and normal as possible, although I always have a party by myself running through my mind the whole day. What irritated me after class was that a classmate kept on asking me to treat them to lunch. I was fuming.

After lunch, we went to the room for our next class and waited for a few minutes before the professor arrived. A little orientation and we were sent home. Sadly, my classmates wanted to stay for a while. I did get to take photos of the sky and plants, though, so I wasn’t too bored waiting for them.

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I got up and headed home at 3:30. I went around the mall near my house for a while for the air condition. It’s badly hot in my place. I went to the kiosk with the used books and found this book at the top of everything else. I felt like I was meant to see and buy it, and eventually read it.
I decided to go home. While on my way, I saw this newly opened bakeshop a friend told me about and went inside. I looked for a cake and they offered a discounted cake. I was looking at a chocolate cake but decided to take the cake they were offering, thinking I can buy the chocolate one some other time. It was called Strawberry Surprise and my family loves it!

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I arrived home and found only my brother and his classmates were in. I brought home quail eggs and ate it with them. I tried to sleep but couldn’t. My dad arrived an hour later and I was too upset to talk to him. I didn’t speak to anyone and didn’t get out of my room that evening.

I opened my cake a few minutes before midnight and lit and blew the candles by myself. It was nice, quiet and alone. It had a calming feeling. I spent the rest of the night playing the Kardashian game.

Oh, and I turned 21 that day. It wasn’t the best day and I was the reason why but being able to spend the day technically by myself, calmed me down. I enjoyed it. I’m also getting older. It seems unreal. I want to be able to have better and more productive days ahead.

I hope everyone is enjoying themselves and is having a nice day~

An Award in Korean Class

I enrolled to a Korean class last January and it ended last month, April. I was told by a friend that out of 25 students, only 5 of them were able to pass the course and it made me nervous.

Along with not wanting to fail, I was silently competitive. Korean language class removes my stress away and I wanted to do good in it. I did not tell anyone but I was trying to learn more than I should and tried to get high scores on our class activities so as to not fail the class.

Thankfully, all my hard work paid off. I passed the final exam in Korean class.

Although my only goal was to pass the class, on the 21st of April, a day before the graduation, I received a text saying that I was chosen as one of the best students in our class.

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Taking Up Elementary Korean

I started taking Korean language classes in the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines last year in May. I first took the Basic Korean class and it had shed some light. I did not plan on studying furthermore as my main purpose was only to find out how to pronounce the letters right but figured halfway through the basic class that this would give a wider range of opportunities for me.

The basic class I took ended in August and the next term started the next month. I planned to take a class then but they were sold out too fast for me to be able to get a slot.

In January 2017, I waited for the registration for the 1st term of the year. It was supposed to be open by 10AM on the 13th of January but were pushed back twice because of the heavy traffic the site was getting. I was nervous the whole time but thankfully was able to get the class I wanted to enroll in.

The classes went on from January till April. I took the Tuesday/Thursday morning classes. My college schedule clashed with it, making it harder for me to concentrate during the afternoon classes I had in school. I had to travel from the Korean class to my college for about an hour. It was exhausting. It was most difficult when I had major exams. I take a bus and a jeepney to school from the Korean class building.

Our teacher was Teacher Kang and she had a good sense of humor. She told a lot of jokes although she was somehow shy as well.

My seatmate looked a bit intimidating on the first meeting but she was really nice and I enjoyed talking to her. We were able to talk a lot about the classes and my school and her work. And like any other ate, she gave out advises for my future job and even allowed me to put her as my Character Reference on the resume I made.

The first three classes were alright. We talked about Hangul so I found it boring. The teacher was interesting though. The next few chapters were okay as well. But when we got to further into the book, it became harder to understand, much like getting the information to stick to my brain. There were times I could only laugh at how hard it was to understand. My seatmate was in it, too. Some days were days we all went ‘did you understand?’ ‘no I didn’t’ ‘me, too’; more often than it should.

Throughout the term, we studied about two chapters per meeting and we finished the book by the first week of April. We only had 4 quizzes — two vocabulary quizzes and two reading and writing quizzes. I wished we had more.

Coming from Basic Korean class to Elementary 1 was a lot easier than going straight to Elementary 1. Most of my classmates did not take Basic Korean and so had a more difficult time with reading and writing, as well as keeping up with the lessons. So I do suggest enrolling to Basic Korean first before continuing on to Elementary 1.

The part of the lessons wherein I had a difficult time with was using the -bnida/-seumnida rather than using the -yeyo/-ieyo, which we studied in Basic Korean so I suggest taking time to keep them in mind. Nowadays, I am more used to the former than the latter.

See: Korean Final Exam

I passed the subject, by the way. I plan on taking up Elementary 2 by May.

See: An Award in Korean Class

All in all, I had a good experience in the class. I used to compare my former teacher to my current teacher but I shouldn’t have. I like them both. I am now able to translate a few sentences and can also express myself in Korean. This was fun. I want to learn more and hopefully one day, I would be fluent in the language.

Another Movie Alone

Last February 2, I went to the cinema alone for the first time this year. I went alone for the actual first last year, August 2nd, if I remember correctly and I loved the feeling, promising myself to do it again.

I bought a ticket to watch Kung Fu Yoga, a movie starring Jackie Chan. I had to choose between Kung Fu Yoga and Space Between Us but figured I should watch a Jackie Chan movie in a cinema at least once in my life. (I was only able to watch the Tagalized movies shown on local channels.)

Like last time, it was fun. I bought two slices of pizza, a small popcorn, bread, hotdog sandwich and cola. The popcorn-sandwich set had free chocolate, too.c3vhgoxuoae7tve

As the movie watching was not planned, I did not know anything about the movie I decided to watch. I only wanted to have a time alone and enjoy a movie with Jackie Chan in it. When the movie started, EXO’s Lay showed up and the fangirl in me awoke. His white skin and dimples are too much for me.

In different parts of the movie, I couldn’t help but smile over the fact that Lay was there. It was the best when he wore sunglasses. A favorite part was Jackie with the lion in the car part. It was funny. Another was the last part with everyone dancing.

As I am not good with adjectives (yet), I will not be writing a review about the movie. Nevertheless, I can say that I enjoyed the entire movie, though I had a few moments where I only stared at Lay. This would be the most memorable Chan movie for me yet. I wanted to rewatch it in the cinemas but I was short on money the weeks after.

Now, in April, I plan on watching a movie by myself again, considering I was not able to buy a ticket for the Wings Tour in MNL.

Written Ideas

A few days ago, while in class, I felt sleepy sitting in the back of room. I wrote a few verses, a couple of poems, and a few short letters and story ideas I didn’t know whence came. I felt like using the word whence, correct me if I am wrong. It feels nice to use a word you don’t use often, or, in this case, have never used until now.

That time, I felt more alive than usual. Writing gives me the kind of energy that nothing can be compared to. I guess that is how people feel when they do things they are passionate about.

I started writing down ideas. I wrote ideas for stories that I could potentially write. I listed the things I am thankful for. I made a short poem about the class I was currently physically in but was mentally out of. I teared up jotting down why I love and will always support I.O.I, a Korean pop group to disband a year after their debut.

It was fun, writing that is. There are always times when I would write down an idea and come up with no less than five other ones.

While the pieces I’ve written were most likely not good enough, I would be editing and posting them today, in the afternoon (it’s currently 2:26AM!). For now, I’ll be relaxing, drinking hot mocha while watching my dad play the Last of Us.

Good morning.

What I’ve Been Up To

Hello!

I have not been able to write for a while. I feel tired most of the time. I haven’t been visiting WordPress that much either.

I recently started watching the Harry Potter movies. I finished it in 8 days, and, as we, fangirls, say, it snatched me. I have not a day I did not think of Harry Potter and it is kind of scary. I also started watching the Lord of the Rings, and I got into it as well! I still haven’t finished the Return of the King, though. I plan on reading the books when I get the money to buy them. Please talk to me about them, that would be very lovely.

I started reading the Probability of Miracles last month but I started actually getting into it last week. I am currently on page 126.

I bought a bag last December 8th, after my bag of 7 months can’t hold my things anymore.

I had a few problems here and there. I can’t believe I also had a few boy problems which were really hard to handle, considering I don’t have any actual girl-friends I could talk to about them. I’ve ignored all of them, though.

I changed twitter accounts as well, which was such a shame since I loved withkoike a lot.

I updated compilelivekpop as well. I also need a few moderators to help compile live performances, the post about Looking for Moderators can be found at the top of the page.

I told myself I was going to stop buying Korean merchandise but I bought a Taiwan press version of GOT7’s Just Right.

Oh, and I finished all of the GOT7 series available on YouTube a few days before the second semester started. I fell more in love with them. My wallet is both mad and sad. Thank you JYP Entertainment for putting subtitles on your videos.

My group mates last semester has left me, by the way. They teamed up with another bunch of people, which is giving me both stress and a feeling of freedom. I am both happy and sad. Happy because I am finally free of that one guy who keeps on looking down on me; sad because I don’t have any group I can be a part of. I gotta start living on my own again. We’re still friends, though. We’re with each other everyday. I feel worse.

I still have to renew my passport and apply for Korean VISA. We just might be leaving for Korea for a week of vacation before Summer classes start.

Did I mention I am already a fourth year college student? I cannot believe it. After all the tears I have shed throughout the years, saying ‘I quit’ every single semester, all the people who thought I was not worth anything, I am halfway through college. It’s pretty awesome. I just have to tell my lazy self to back off.

Yesterday night, someone sent me these photos of the sky because they thought of me and my love for clouds. It was a nice present to receive.

I’m pretty sure I have done more, but I’ll end it here tonight. Can’t believe it’s already December, almost Christmas, only a few days left for 2016.

Bye Bye~

– Bessie

[PH Group Order] ‘Love You Dear’ by 비마베베 Be Ma Bebe

Hello! This is Bessie (@withkoike).

This is a group order for PH ARMYs for ‘Love You Dear’ by 비마베베Be Ma Bebe. (@taehyung_net), a BTS V Taehyung Birthday Project.

Please take time to read everything carefully before filling up this order form. Thank you!

Please refer to this link for more information and for the order form:

https://goo.gl/forms/vgfXb5VFX927Lea33

PRE-ORDER Details:

Fansite Pre-order Period: 19 September 2016 – 18 November 2016
Submission of Order Form: until 16 November 2016
Payment Deadline: 17 November 2016
Shipping date: December

PRICE:
Set A – CALENDAR Set – ₱1100
Set B – ECO Bag Set – ₱1550
Set C – CALENDAR + ECO BAG Set – ₱2550
* Price includes PAYPAL fees, however does not include EMS Fees, Customs fees that may apply, and local shipping fees.

OTHERS:
* EMS, Customs and postal fees, should there be any, will be equitably divided to all buyers upon arrival of items in the Philippines.
* Prices are estimates only. If, by any chance, the total items + Paypal fees are less than the estimated amount, they will be subtracted from the 2nd payment (EMS and Customs fees).

Birthday Set Details:

Set A – CALENDAR SET (₱1100):
> Calendar (B5/182×257, 30P±)
> (1) Transparent Photocard
> Photocard Set
> Postcard Set
> Anti-electromagnetic Wave Sticker
> Fanart Sticker Set
Overseas Gifts for Set A:
>> Socks
>>Mini brochure (A5, 16P)

Set B – ECO BAG SET (₱1550):
> Ecobag (Embroidery)
> Photocard Set
> Fanart Sticker Set
> Pin-button (Fanart, Design) Set
Overseas Gifts:
>> Socks
>> Metal Batch Set

Set C – CALENDAR + ECO BAG SET (₱2550):
> Set A
> Set B
SET C Gift:
>> Fanart Hand Mirror (Drawing by @bimseom)
>> Mini Calendar

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Please refer to this link for more information and for the order form:

https://goo.gl/forms/vgfXb5VFX927Lea33