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~

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.

Starting again

Good morning!

I had my blog on private for a couple of weeks as I was getting anxious about the people from school who might have been visiting my blog. Visitors are great, but somehow, thinking about my classmates visiting this, especially those that I am not close to, seems like it’s a bad thing. I have had a few blog posts I wanted to publish but hasn’t been able to because of this.

As I have gotten over my overthinking, I re-publicized my blog and here it is now.

For the four weeks, my days have been both great and stressful.

I am currently on my 3rd to the last week of the semester and I am awfully tired due to the amount of school work I have to do. As I am writing this, I am on an overnight for a project in Systems Administration. I also have a thesis this very day. Work has been piling up. I listed them all down and the  list is almost at the bottom of my phone. I also have Korean Language class to think about.

I have a recitation, two project deadlines, and a homework for this week. Another project making is listed down, too. I also have to study for all of my courses. Next week is exam week.

I am glad to have been able to write this much in a while. I have had trouble doing so for the past few weeks.

Last month, I went to watch a movie alone — one of the things I enjoy the most. Last week, I went to a concert with an ate and met a few people before the concert started.

Pocket Seventeen EMW stickers arrived about two weeks ago and I had them shipped yesterday. I am to go to the post office to pick up the Brilliant Moment goods though I haven’t been given a notice yet.

I ordered GOT7’s Flight Log: Turbulence Monograph last month and ordered their upcoming album this month, too. I am broke.

Please do wish me luck on our project and our recitation. I need to pass everything!

That’s it for today. Bye bye~

Korean Language Class

This has long been in my drafts. It would be it’s first anniversary in June. I have to publish this.

I never got to write about it, but I enrolled to a Korean language class in the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines last May 2016. I tried out the Basic Korean first, as it’s always best to start with the basics.

It was okay at first, I knew hangeul and I already had it memorized. My only problem was the pronunciation. When our teacher taught us the pronunciation, it was like the light has shined upon me. What I thought for years as ‘right’ was wrong all along. Most of the Hangeul I knew were pronounced differently than how I used to pronounce it. It felt good to finally understand the difference of (o), and ㅓ(eo) as well a few other vowels I have been pronouncing incorrectly.

We talked about it in three sessions and then continued on to the common conversations and the grammar. It was fun, until we had too many vocabularies to memorize and sentence structures to follow. It became harder every session and, because I was still in school, it was harder to follow everything. I was tired most of the time and had more than Korean language to study.

But I wanted this so I did not give it up.

I had a hard time with listening to the CDs. Our teacher then played the CDs and let us answer the questions on the book. It seemed easy when you know the words, but as the lessons went by, they kept adding vocabularies we did not study — or I forgot. We had to translate what the voices on the CD said and I hated it every single time. It was hard, but I was thankful to have a lovely seatmate who always helped me with them.

I was able to survive the twelve sessions we had, a total of 36 hours. We had our graduation on the 20th of August and I was half an hour late to the graduation if I correctly remember. It was sad because we prepared a video and I was unable to watch it. We did win 2nd place to the video presentation/competition and won a 3000-peso worth of gift certificate to a Korean restaurant.

We were given a certificate and had our photos taken. We ate after the graduation ceremony. It was nice. The food was delicious and I had a good time with my classmates. We became closer.

Overall, it was hard but definitely fun. I had a hard time with the classes as I had school from morning to evening from Mondays to Fridays and Korean language class every Saturday morning but I was able to graduate. I learned a lot with teacher Kim and I thank her for teaching us a lot about Korea aside from just the language.

Today, I am able to understand a few sentences that I hear from Korean shows. I still have a lot to learn, vocabularies to memorize, sentence structures to permanently put in my head (their particles kills me).

If you can try learning another language out, I recommend doing so. It feels great to be able to learn and study another language and it feels like there’s a kind of connection to the country when doing so.

Two Weeks

Fourteen days have already passed since the year started. It’s been going okay for me. I have had a few great experiences for the past two weeks.

I started the new year greeting my family and relatives. We watched the firecrackers they set outside the house although I am still scared of loud noises, making me cover my ears for more than a few minutes. I feel better. I couldn’t watch firecrackers and fireworks before. They bother me and make me nervous with their surprisingly loud noise. I remember praying before I slept that morning. It was fun. I attended the mass in the evening by myself.

I can’t quite remember what happened on the second, we probably had pizza, but on the third of January, we celebrated our brother’s birthday by using up most of our energy to renew our passports. We spent more than five hours in line getting everything finished up. We had breakfast at McDonald’s in the morning and ate our late lunch, almost dinner meal at Shakey’s. I enjoyed the time we had as we don’t always get together and go out. It was nice. I skipped school that day, by the way.

We had classes by the fourth and it was a bummer. The two-week vacation we had was too short. Two of my friends gave me late Christmas presents. We had CCNA classes in the morning and watched the basketball game by the afternoon. Our department team won and moved on to the finals. Also, their win meant we won’t have classes in the evening. I went home earlier than expected.

By the fifth, I went to my only class at 4:30PM. It’s always tempting to not attend class as it was too late in the afternoon. I would rather stay home, but I can’t do that. I got lost as apparently, our classrooms change every meeting. How will I get by this? I got a glimpse of a classmate entering a room and I followed her. When I entered the room, one of my classmates told me I was getting prettier. There was no hint of him just kidding around, but even he was, it was nice to hear. I don’t hear those words being said to me. Heck, it was probably the first time.

It was GOT7’s Jaebum’s birthday on the sixth and I planned on buying cake both because I wanted to somehow celebrate his birthday and I wanted cake so bad. We prepared a few things for him a few minutes before the day ended (in Korea). It was funny. We hadn’t done this in years. c1fsiipucaaztzk

I didn’t attend class on the 7th as I had my check up. I have not been able to go to my doctor for about half a year and I felt the need to that time. My doctor scolded me. My mom was too much. I just wanted to go home that day. Turned out, my professor cancelled class the following week. Bummer.

The eighth day was normal. I slept late then woke up late. I got up past 1PM. I attended the mass in the evening.

The ninth day was tiring and disappointing. We had classes in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. We watched the basketball game but our department team lost. I don’t like watching and cheering for teams as it is awfully painful when they lose, but still, I’m thankful to have seen them play. This one guy from the team wearing a headband looked so good? Hehe~ We had classes and a seatwork in the evening.

What happened on the 10th, I cannot remember. Oh! I got asked if I was serious my name was ‘Bessie’ for the nth time. I was able to talk to a classmate. I need more adjectives.

We had a CCNA exam in the morning of the eleventh day. I got bad scores, sadly. I will do my best on the next ones. We watched the basketball game for the battle of the third place, and thankfully, our team won. I still need more adjectives. We had no classes in the evening because of the team’s win.

The twelfth was pretty busy. I went to school by 2PM as I was supposed to eat out with a couple of classmates but the traffic was awfully slow. I ended up by myself. I was texted by my unni around three and she told me to come with them. We ate at a ramyeon house near the school and it was yummy. It was spicy, which I don’t especially like, but it was good. I ate kimbap as well. A guy I think I’m starting to like high-fived me and I got all these butterflies. It was just for a few seconds but it was nice. We went to class by 4:30PM and was dismissed by 5:45PM. I went to the mall near our house and ran around looking for a cake to buy my grandmother as her birthday was on the next day. I got home by 8:30 and yes, I looked for cake for more than an hours and a half. I was dead tired. I, then, went to my high school adviser’s mother’s wake. I saw my sister’s classmates. I texted an old classmate. We ate out before going home — pagpag.

My sister’s classmates went home past 12AM on the 13th. I slept around 2 in the morning and woke up by half past 8. It was registration/class slots battle day for the Korean Cultural Center language classes so I had to be early. The registration for Elementary 1, the one I was going to enroll to, should have started by 10 but was pushed to 10:30 and ultimately pushed to 10:40AM. I thankfully got a slot! A friend got a slot but it was for the wrong class and it was disappointing. I want her to study Korean the same time as I do. I went to the mall with my dad until 12:40, when I had to go to class. The traffic was lighter and it was nice to arrive early in class. We did an activity about DNS server using Ubuntu. I had a good time and finished early, but something in me told myself that I should reboot the virtual box. It deleted everything I did using bind9 and had to start over. It was a nice experience. I’m slowly learning by these simple mistakes. The next class at 4, we had to present our project proposals but we had a few mistakes and had to start over. Thankfully, the professor was nice and said the presentation was only for him to be able to correct our errors. We went home early that day as well.

As I am writing this, it is the 14th of January, the last day of the second week of the year. It is 3:10AM and I should be sleeping but as this draft has been here for too long, I planned to publish this on the third day, I told myself I was not going to sleep until this is finished, so here I am on my 1188th word. It’s nice to be able to  write again.

I’ll be back with more adjectives next time! Good bye!

Haven’t Had Enough

— Sleep, that’s what.

Today’s the start of the midterm exam week.

I haven’t been able to post much since July and I haven’t exactly had enough sleep. I know I’ve been procrastinating, too, and I have two exams tomorrow yet I am still writing but I haven’t had enough sleep for the past couple of months. Even if I slept at an earlier hour, I’d most probably wake up at 2 in the morning (which is creepy when it happens consecutive times).

What else have I been doing for the past few weeks? I haven’t continued watching Conan and I’m stuck at episode 296. I wish I could get to the latest episode soon. I also hope I could buy the manga available in English.

Recently, I have gotten into collecting again. I feel like it’s really part of who I am. lol I’m going to buy the limited edition stuff I want then save the normal ones for when I get to Korea and hopefully soon, Japan.

I will be passing my application form for the Media Ministry to the local church tomorrow. More work, but I want to serve God.

I got a few penpals recently as well. I have yet to send the letters, but I hope I can send them soon. They’re probably already waiting.

It has been the most tiring semester so far. The Korean class I attended added to the exhaustion, but I enjoyed it so I don’t want to think about it that much. ><

I also want to say that it’s probably been the semester that I have spent so much. I’ve been trying out different food and hanging out with different groups of people who like food. I can’t stop myself from eating because I was told that if it’s food, spend as much money as you can as long as you want to eat. Kinda good, kinda not.

I’ll do my best in my exams and for the last few weeks of the semester. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my CISCO, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Electronics, and Circuits. They’ve made me cry several times this semester already. But I can’t fail any of the classes I’m enrolled to or I have to say good bye to the 2 week vacation in Korea I am planning. Lol. Also, I’ll be doing it for my future, but mainly for Korea 2017.

My Saturday this week is free so hopefully, I’ll be able to publish the stuff that’s been accumulating dust in my drafts.

I hope everyone takes care! Bye~

Where’s the Title?

Wow, I am too tired to actually make a long post these days.

School started last Monday and I feel like I’m going to break these days.

We had a quiz in Advanced Engineering Mathematics and I hope I did well.

I turned 20 last Friday, as well. My sister and her friend gave me a giraffe stuffed toy. They also bought me a cake. Jinky, a friend, gave me sweets. I was greeted by a few people. I got to talk to a few people I haven’t talked to in a while. It was fun. I’ll make sure to love every moment, to enjoy the longer life I was given.

Today was the third session for the Korean language class I enrolled to. We have eight more sessions.

I had fun today and I still have cake!

I will really post about everything tomorrow ><

Take care everyone~~