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Sunday, April 28, 2013
End last year I took a couple of Korean lessons with some of the Nuffies!
I took the lessons at Hankuk Centre, which is located at Queenstown. 
Located at my old estate actually, so I know the area pretty well haha. 
There's a lot of buses that go there!

Anyway I realised I've never really tried learning a new language before!
I have taken lessons in both French & Mandarin (French is my official second language) of course, but these were both languages I grew up with & weren't totally foreign to me. Korean was the first time I was trying to learn a completely new language that I had no prior knowledge of.

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Outside Hankuk Centre!

This was the centre when it was decorated for Christmas!


Hankuk Centre started out in 2009 & provides:

♡ The best teachers. All their teachers are native Koreans, fluent in both English & Korean & with years of teaching experience. You won't have to worry about communication issues!

♡ Small class sizes. No class is larger than 9 students, meaning you get personalised attention & will be able to participate actively in class & will feel less shy when you're trying to learn Korean!

Here's our first lesson:

Starting to learn the alphabet! Korean letters seem quite complicated at first O.O

Showing us how to write the characters! The strokes are always from left to right & top to bottom.
The words "Gieok" & "Nieun" are the names of the characters!
The 5 shown in the photo are basic ones.

More names of the characters.

And here's how you can combine different letters to form words!
Since it was our first lesson these were of course basic combinations! 
Normal Korean words usually consist of 2 or 3 of these letters together.

Chris taking his turn at the board.

We all took turns to fill in some of the combinations on the board!
Very straightforward lah, just combine the two together haha. 
The difficult part is remembering how it's pronounced!

But at least with a small class you'll feel less hesitant to try, especially if you're taking lessons with friends! Like there were 4 of us in total so we formed a whole class on our own haha.

Disclaimer: The romanization (spelling) of the Korean characters in the pictures above & below are different (e.g. "Gieok"/"Giyak") as we wrote it differently to make it easier to remember the pronunciation! So the correct ones are in the previous pictures above.


Melissa went next!

So if you combine the 1st in the top row (Gieok, "G" sound) with the 1st in the left column ("ah"), it's pronounced GAH. Quite simple! Just that with increasing number of letters it becomes harder to remember which is what & how each is pronounced!

Then me!



Pronouncing each one after writing them in!

And lastly Jayne's turn!

Some words you can form already just from the few letters we learnt that day!
Turns out I wrote tree (나무) & singer (가수) wrongly!

LOL see, eventually you can fill up the whole sheet. That's a lot of combinations leh.

Melissa, Jayne & I!



Small class sizes! Makes it more conducive for learning compared to large classes where you may easily feel crowded out. I mean it's like in school, I'm a lot less likely to contribute in a class of 30 & may easily get bored/distracted compared to a class of 10.

Learning more of the Korean letters!
That day we started learning how to combine 3 letters. On the top left you can see how the teacher wrote how the alphabets are combined! Consonant over/with vowel over the final consonant.



The vowels with 2 lines are pronounced with a Y sound instead! 
So if it's "ah" with one line, the two-line version is "yah".

More words!

Took pictures with the teacher!

On the third lesson we learnt a lot more stuff!
Like the Koreans have two different sets of words for numbers, depending on whether it's for quantity or for time. So e.g. a 4 in "4 apples" is different from the 4 in "4pm"
KOREAN Y U SO COMPLEX?!

Was also quite amused to learn how to say "female", because we all remembered hearing Psy say "yoh jah" a lot when he sings Gangnam Style. So yeah it means female haha.

Filling up more of the alphabet sheet!




No pictures of myself that day hahaha. Actually I was dressed up that day lor *sulks*

The other good thing about small classes is that you can progress differently based on your class' progress. With a smaller group you wouldn't be forced to stick to a standard progression that's to fit everyone in a large group. So with like 4-9 of us in class, if we're struggling & need more time/explanation we can slow down the pace, or similarly speed it up if everyone is coping well. Furthermore if you're lagging it's easier to get attention & help in a small class. This is quite unlikely in larger classes where you might easily fall behind or get frustrated by the delay of slower classmates.

At the end of the 3 lessons I think if I have my alphabet sheet on hand I can sorta figure out basic Korean sentences already! I might not know the meaning but I would know how to pronounce them haha. The teachers taught us more important conversational words like "taxi" & "bus" & we would randomly keep asking how to say this & that, so with smaller classes the teacher-student relationship is a lot more casual & personal!

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OOTD

Friday, April 26, 2013
More mirror OOTDs! These were taken sometime in early February I think.
It was pretty long ago hence there is still an open suitcase in the background, which is really no excuse because I got back from Europe on 31st December 2012 haha. And if you follow me on Twitter (I would link myself here but I'm too lazy) you should know that I'm headed to Europe again this summer!

In December I visited mostly Northern Europe - Paris, Zurich, Munich & Stavanger
And froze my ass off.

So this time I'll be heading to Southern Europe, around the Mediterranean Sea!
Going to be heading to Istanbul, Athens, Crete, Rome & Ibiza. Pretty excited!

| Top - Bangkok | Shorts & bag - Online |

| Top - Bangkok | Bag - Chloe | Bracelet - Marc by Marc Jacobs | Belt - Mango |

| Top - Bangkok | Shorts - DIY | Bag - Chloe | Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell |

These are the Jeffrey Campbells too small for me... Sigh. And they're sold out everywhere now :(

| Top - Runway Bandits | Necklace - H&M | Bag, shorts - blahhhh same as above |

| Denim jacket - Online | Top - Bangkok | Shorts - F21 |

| Furry outerwear - Runway Bandits | Top - Flaunt.cc |

Haha I look like a furry... panda... thing. I bought this for Europe & only used it like, once.
And it took up hell a lot of space in the suitcase :/

| Top - Bangkok | Skirt, beanie - Online | Necklaces - Cine, overseas | Stockings - Topshop |
Haha theme that night at Zouk was KPOP! Wore this with sneakers.
OMG AND SPOT ONE OF THE KITTIES BEHIND!
I MISS THE KITTENS <3 <3 <3 <3

All 5 kittens were adopted by the way! 3 went to homes with another cat (it was a priority to me that each kitten go to someone already owning a cat) while 2 were adopted together. So all 5 will grow up with a cat buddy :D Very happy that things turned out well for them! I should try & get an update from their owners soon & blog the massive stock of cute kitten photos I have! 
Aww I miss them, they were so lovely & amazingly affectionate.

| Top - H&M | Shorts - Online | Bag - Balenciaga | Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell | Bracelet - ASOS |

Another time I tried to wear the too-small-for-me-shoes & figured it wouldn't be often so I have to ~ capture this moment ~ & cement it in time. Something gay like that. Also I think I had decided not to go for class so I had time to kill while walking back to my house haha.

Lazy to wear contact lens that day! I've had this top since I was 17.

Disney theme at Zouk!

And tried to wear colorful accessories to match, including a Stitch ring.

| Dress - ASOS | Necklace - H&M | Bag - Chloe |

| Top - Nastygal | Flower - H&M | Outerwear & shorts - Online | Bracelet - Accessorize |

| Top, belt - Online |

A lot of my stuff is from Bangkok & random online shops that I can't remember, which means they're not any that I patronise regularly! And I tend to re-wear a few key items for a period of time & then move on to another set of key items for another period of time... Hence the mint shorts & Chloe bag.
Haven't actually used it in a while.

Random Norwegian shot glass that I bought at the airport to use up the rest of my remaining NOK!
Now it holds my hairpins & safety pins haha.

And a massive bruise on my leg which I have no idea how I got.
And I am also now de-hairified because I just went for a full leg wax! (In case some of you felt like pointing out the fine hairs on my upper leg in the picture above... haha)(People notice everything O.O)

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I had my last day of school, EVER, last Friday. It wasn't exciting or memorable at all because that day I also had my last essay, EVER, due, & in standard last-semester-syndrome, I was still doing it.
But by the way I have never submitted any essay late; always, always made the deadline.
And I write pretty fast (Y). It's amazing how productive you are closer to the deadline haha.

But so yes, I didn't think about taking pictures or doing anything for the last time or anything like that. 

I feel a little sad (quite sad really) because I always enjoyed school. NUS wasn't incredibly exciting, but it was still good. I would definitely say NUS was a positive experience, although I do think I could have done more; like been more involved in school & met more people. That's one thing I do regret.

But well that's that & it's a little mind-boggling to be done with education because THAT'S THE ONLY THING I'VE EVER KNOWN. I have spent my life thus far being educated.

And it's time to go out into the real world &.... not use any of my education.
(Well for real, not much of what we learn has direct application)

Wallpaper French Tip

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Got a new nail sponsor, which is Sensual Nails Spa!
I've heard about them before because they've been featured by a few bloggers & after a... year-long? hiatus from Gelish nails, I decided to start again! Sensual Nails Spa is located at Bishan so that's especially convenient for me since I live in the area & can easily MRT/bus down!

Sensual Nails Spa is located near the KOI shop which is beside the bus interchange.
If you're from our 'hood you should know the area haha.

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So anyway there was a day that I was at 313 @ Somerset with time to kill so I went into a random nail salon there (well it wasn't that random, the window display showed it had won Cozycot awards & what not) & paid $50 for a simple Gelish manicure. Which was quite overpriced :/ And it started peeling not long after! I was quite wtf because Gelish polish very rarely peels! I don't remember the salon name but it's located on the 4th floor (same floor as Salon Vim) >:(

So this is me getting my previous Gelish manicure removed!

One reason why I stopped Gelish for a year was that I noticed my nails were looking unhealthy & that was because the previous salon I went to, simply peeled off the Gelish. I never knew this was abnormal till I one day went into another salon & paid $20 to have it soaked off & was surprised by how nice my nails still looked. The proper procedure is to wrap each finger with cotton wool soaked in a special remover, with aluminum foil around each to hold it. So yeah, when done properly it's completely fine to continuously do Gelish.

Here are my nails prepped for Gelish & square-shaped!
I like Gelish because it's the only way my nails stay long T_T
They normally break easily so with Gelish they're forced to stay er... unbroken.

And here's the design I got!

Throughout all my time doing Gelish nail art, I have ALWAYS gotten French tips hahaha.
Omg I am so boring. I guess it's because I don't like my hands/fingers/nails, so I don't like to draw attention to them? So I usually get relatively subtler designs.

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And ending with some Photobooth pictures... lol



Action #3 from the Gwiyomi song!




A rare look at the other side of my face, which I don't quite like...
Like... my face looks fatter? And I don't know... I just don't quite like it.

And... back to normal.