Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looking Forward To Great 2015

I can't say I had a good 2014, not even close. 2014 was a year which things didn't go as what I expected to be. It was a year I was super lost, did not know what to do with my life. I was unhappy, frustrated and scared. It was also a year where I go for so many Tarot Readings cos I was so lost and I realized no matter how many times of Tarot Readings, things are not going to change if I don't make the change. I couldn't wait for the year to end and now that it is the new year, I still have not found what I want but I've decided. I'm going to leave all these stupid shit behind and find what I love. Although it might take some time as I'm still hanging on these stupid stuffs due to responsibility and also my feelings towards it, I am sure I can do it. I AM SO GLAD ITS 2015 NOW! EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE THIS YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hotel vs Guesthouse in Korea

Was on a business trip earlier this month and during that trip I was hotel hopping. One hotel per day. It was part of my job to do hotel inspection so that is why. All the hotels which I've stayed were really really nice and expensive. Spacious rooms, clean, super comfy beds and awesome facilities. It was a nice stay especially when I get to have the whole room myself. :D

At the end of my work trip I decided to hang around Seoul, well to do some shopping, meet some friends, eat all my favourite food. Since in Seoul, it was my own free time and of course expenses on my own and I'm just a poor employee of course I'll go for cheaper accommodation. My favourite guesthouse in Seoul was Lee & No Guesthouse which has been my option if I needed a place to stay in Seoul. But this time I thought why not try out other guesthouse as well, so after doing some searching and reading reviews I picked CindyBnB which is more of a homestay. 

Although I just paid on average 50,000 won per night for guesthouse I've got the best hospitality and service both at CindyBnb and Lee & No guesthouse. The host and manager were so friendly, helpful and always ready if you need anything. While for hotels which I've stayed cost about on average 300,000won per night did not give me such service. 

In fact one of the hotels I've stayed has the bitchiest receptionistS ever. Yup. Not just one but almost all of them. If I were to request the same help I asked from the receptionist at the hotel, the people at the guesthouse will go all the way to help me while that particular receptionist gave me an annoyed face. It was such a shame that this hotel owned by a huge company in Korea has such bad service. I was disappointed. 

Was it because I am a foreigner? While I really love Korea but during my study abroad days in Korea I felt discrimination because I was a foreigner. 

But I do have to clarify that not all hotels are like that. Some of them have really good service too. It is just that I'm really impressed and grateful for all the care I received during my stay at these guesthouses. And that is one of the reasons why I love Korea. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Malaysia vs South Korea

When I left for Korea I thought I am leaving my comfort zone going to the country which I always want to live in. When I came back to Malaysia I felt like I left my super comfort zone in Korea for a life which is not so comfortable in Malaysia. T_T When I came back, my allergies and eczema came back (I'm allergic to Malaysia!) I fell sick and stomach upsets and in just a month after I came back there's water rationing. What is this you tell me what is this! Really just want to get a ticket and go back to Korea T_T Yup I was feeling pretty miserable for the past month and also still haven't got a job. Sigh. Anyone in Korea wants to hire me? I can speak Korean, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. :D

So I've always been a fan of Eatyourkimchi and whenever they go to a country they would make a video of the country vs Korea. What are the similarities and differences, so I thought I want to write about one too! Just a disclaimer that these are just my opinions, it might not be facts okay!

1. Weather
Malaysia is hot and hot. Korea is hot and cold. Although there are 4 seasons in Korea, spring and autumn are short so Korea kinda has summer and winter. I was having a quite hard time during winter but if I were to choose I would prefer winter. It is easier to get warm during winter than cool down in the hot weather. And hot weather gives me headache.





2. People
Some Koreans they have that face, uhmmm they look unfriendly and arrogant aka bitchy resting face. You know that face like T-ara's Ji Yeon. Let me find you a picture. 

Uhmm.. not sure if this is a good picture cos she is so pretty. You know what I mean right? I can't say that they are unfriendly but I'm just afraid to approach them. Of course I've met friendly Koreans and also unfriendly ones. Well that same goes to Malaysians there are friendly and unfriendly ones. 

If you walk on the streets of Korea you'll find many good looking people and tall guys. When I'm free I would just go outside and do some sightseeing. lol. Koreans care a lot about their looks and they try to look their best when they go out. Which explains the plastic surgery and thousands of cosmetic shops in Korea. I can't say this is 100% true but I think some Koreans judge other people by how they look and their skin colour. :/ 

On the other hand Malaysia has racism issues which has been going on since forever. In Malaysia you can go out without make up and its perfectly fine. This is something which I can't really do while I was in Korea because everyone looked good. :( But generally I think Malaysians look friendlier. hahaha.

3. Safety
Korea is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy safer than Malaysia. I've seen police patrolling around my house area which is something that I've never seen here and in real life other than in TVB dramas lol. I was also not afraid to take the taxi alone at 1am in the morning. I can just leave my phone on the table at Starbucks and go to the toilet without being afraid somebody will take it. Koreans don't really care about your lousy phone. These are the things which I cannot do in Malaysia. Have to be always careful and alert with our surroundings. Almost every other day I heard somebody got snatch or almost got snatch. Tsk.

But when comes to driving, you have to be careful with the buses and taxis in Korea. They might kill you. D: Every time I take a bus or a taxi I would feel like puking and pray for my life. Lol.

4. Fashion
Koreans dress well but the same. They even have their own national slippers. They come in many colours and usually you will see them wearing these slippers with socks. Yup. Thats the fashion.

Koreans generally have the same fashion style, same hair style and same kinda make up style. Oh and branded bags. 

Malaysians love their t shirts and shorts and flip flops. In malls you can easily find shops that sell only flip flops and people are willing to splurge on a good pair of flip flops. hahaha. 

5. Food

As you already know Koreans eat kimchi but korean food is not just about kimchi, there are all kinds of stews, soups, hundred kinds of 반찬 (banchan), meat and lots of meat. My favourite is definitely the korean barbeque and somehow pigs in Korea taste better. XD I heard korean cows taste good too especially 한우(hanwoo)

While in Korea they have only korean food, Malaysia has Malay, Chinese, Indian, Mamak and fusion food.  

6. Dating

Korea has a lot of couples and they are everywhere. Annoying for singles like me. I don't feel as lonely in Malaysia compare while I was in Korea. 

7. Drinking

Koreans drink a lot and I mean a lot. I always see drunk people and people puking on the streets even on weekdays. Alcohol like beer and soju are cheap but liquors can be quite expensive. I've heard that young people don't usually take liquor, usually older people. I guess they are expensive that is why. 

Since Malaysia is a Muslim country alcohol can be quite expensive. But for those who take alcohol, people usually have beer and liquor. And Shandy during the Chinese New Year. Haha. 

8. Transportation

The public transportation in Seoul is 100 times more efficient than in Malaysia. Subways and buses come right on time, they even have apps for subways and buses where you can check on the timing and they are 99% accurate. In Malaysia sometimes the trains and buses might not come. Sucks.

There are many more differences between Korean and Malaysia, culture, education, the citizens (they are very united) which is kinda a bit too much to list them all. However here are some practices which I find different from how it is done in Malaysia.

1. In Korea, people seldom/do not use the close button in the elevator. 
2. You have to buy special plastic bags for your garbage. If not the garbage man will not take them. 
3. You must separate your rubbish.
4. There are almost no rubbish bins in public places.
5. Toilet paper must be thrown into the bin in the toilet and not in the toilet bowl. Toilet paper will clog the toilet bowl.
6. The pedestrian traffic light button is only for the blind.
7. It is normal to go on a blind date in Korea. 
8. You cannot sit on the seats for the old, pregnant and the sick on the subway if you are not in those categories even though they are empty. 

That is all I can think of right now. I hope this post did not offend anyone, if I did I'm sorry and I didnt mean it! Overall I really enjoyed Korea and wish to move there but things didn't work out for me so I guess I'm stuck in Malaysia forever. Sad. If there are opportunities in the future I would definitely go back! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sungkyun Language Institute (SLI)- Sungkyunkwan University- My thoughts

So I am back in Malaysia. So here's an rant which I wrote while I was still in my final semester about the school cos there were a few things which I was disappointed about. Well I was pretty angry at that time so the post turned out to be an angry post. It has been sitting as a draft post for a super long time and was contemplating if I should publish it and my mood today says I should do it so there you go.

I was going to write a full post of the good things about my school until they decided to cancel the completion ceremony without any formal notice. On my final semester. Great.

When I first picked this school I was nervous and worried, there weren't any reviews, good or bad on the internet. Nobody talked about this school anywhere on the internet unlike other high ranking schools like Yonsei University, Korea University or Seoul National University but in fact my university is actually also one of the top universities in Korea.

One of the reasons which I think why SLI is not as well known as other language institutes in other universities is that its a pretty small institute compare to the others. So why did I pick this institute? They have shorter semesters, other schools takes 10 weeks to complete one semester but for mine it takes 8 weeks with longer hours of class per day. Which means I can complete all levels in 8 months (starting from Level 3) instead of one year. Living in Korea costs a lot of money because Malaysians earn shitty currency so my living expenses is 3 times the amount of the living expenses in Malaysia. So every time I buy something here I have to times three. With these shorter semesters I can complete more levels because of the limited amount of money which my mum can sponsor me.

So when I first came to this school I was really glad I picked this school. I love that the fact the school is small and the teachers were super nice and I really mean superrrrrrrr niceeeeeee. Though their text books are uhmm not really good but we are provided with workbooks which are useful and I like their teaching method.

During my first semester here, everything was great. Second semester, there were some classroom issues but that's fine. Third semester some changes in the timetable and that's okay cos I have awesome teachers and when comes to my final semester, they made us buy workbooks on top of the text books. Fine, I'll buy but then they decided to cancel the completion ceremony WITHOUT ANY FORMAL NOTIFICATION. I really think I deserved an explanation because I paid for this. I don't attend your school for free. All we get is a casual information by our teachers in which they couldn't give us a confirmation until recently. I am left with 3 weeks till my semester ends and this is what I get. So my friends and I went to the administrative office for an explanation, all we get were excuses. No solid reasons and they tried to push the responsibilities to the teachers and that's when I started to boil. Not to mention the admin office staff are the most unfriendly people in the school. Even the cafeteria aunties are more friendly than these people.

Completion ceremony might not seem to be important for some people but it was something that we as the final level students look forward to. This is because it will be one of our final memories with the school as we gather together to meet the teachers and our friends to take pictures and bid goodbyes. T_T And guess what the staff said to us, well I can get the graduation robes for you guys and you guys can have your own ceremony in class. Well you know what, fuck you very much. You can have the robes and wear them yourselves.

I really didn't expect this post is going to be a negative one, I was hoping to write a good post about the school and would recommend people to attend but I'm just sad that it turned out to be like this.

But yeah in the end I wore the robe and took pictures but still very disappointed. However, if you ask me would I recommend this school, I would say yes because of the really dedicated group of teachers and the curriculum. If you are looking for relaxing time learning Korean while enjoying Seoul I am not sure if SLI is the place for you. 5 hour class everyday plus lots of homework, essays, presentations and projects. But I like this style because if you don't keep me busy with all the work I would just slack and not study. I have to say the teachers motivate me a lot to study and do well.

Can I speak Korean well now? I have to say not really. 8 months of training is not enough, one of my teachers said finishing the course is just the beginning. Everyday conversation is not a problem and I can understand Korean dramas without subtitles but when comes to business proficiency it is too difficult for me.

Oh if you are one of those who wants to go to Korea to study so that you will bump into Korean stars, I have never bumped into one during my 9 months stay in Korea.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Weekend in Cheonan

Can't believe my two weeks break is over. Meh. If you ask me what have I done, the answer is nothing except watched Gossip Girl. Lol. 

Well I also visited Eun Yeong at Cheonan last Saturday. Cheonan is a small town located one and half hours from Seoul by train. Took the train there and she picked me up from the station.

 We headed for brunch and then to the Marine Army Museum (?) or something like that where they display things about the Marine Army aka 해병대. 

The expression on this board fascinates me. It says that the Marine Army is so strong that they could even catch a ghost. I remember studying about the Korean Army which is basically divided into a few department (?) and the Marine Army is the strongest (according to my teacher).

These two ships were used during war and they are now museum where they display marine army related stuffs. 

Ya. It was snowing that day. Ugghhh so cold T_T

And then we went to see flowers. Lol.

I'm quite amazed with what my phone's camera can do.

Then we headed for dinner and movie and I went home after that. Thanks for the company Eun Yeong!

School starting tomorrow and it might be my final semester (or not) I can't decide! Can you tell me? T_T

Anyway, have I told you that EXO is so sexy in this video. Kyaaaaaaa!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Autumn in Namsan

Can't believed its winter already. Like whut. Where was autumn? Autumn in Korea was just too short. It feels like the leaves just turn yellow today and the next day they are all gone. And the next thing I see is snow. What the.

I have not experienced autumn before so this time I was pretty excited seeing the leaves turn colours and they were all so pretty. Few weeks back Yuko,  Raymond and I went to Namsan Tower to see the red and yellow leaves before they were gone. All pictures taken by Yuko and Raymond.

The pictures turned out really pretty! Looking back at the pictures I really miss autumn. It is freezing cold now how do I survive!! I wish autumn was a little longer. 

*Photos credit to Yuko*

Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Semester

Can't believed it has been 2 months!! I've finished level 3 and now currently in level 4. New classmates and new teachers. Though I missed my class 3B very much, I'm trying to enjoy my new class. 

This is during our completion ceremony, I've got an award which is called 우정상 which literally translates the friendship award which kinda mean most popular friend in class, I don't even know why I'm chosen. I honestly don't think I deserved it. 

But still happy cos I got a free pen and a certificate. :p

With my teachers who treat us more than just students. So far in my life, the teachers I like the most are my Korean teachers, whether the Korean teachers in Malaysia or in Korea. I guess Korean teachers are more friendly. Hoping none of my school teachers are reading this. :x

Friends who no longer in the same class as me now. T_T

All of us during the last day in school which pretty autumn leaves. 

Most of them will be going back to their own countries after this semester which ends next month I'm so sad! T_T

However, I'm really grateful to meet all of them :)

*Photos credits to Raymond*