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Learning a New Language

Back in my high school and college days, I used to allot some time to study the Japanese language (Nihongo) on my own. What prompted me to choose this language was the fact that I grew up watching anime and JDramas, not only the tagalized ones but those with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. This activity was just like living in Japan for a few hours and listening to people having conversations. The only difference was that I understood what they’re saying through reading English translations.

This made Japanese easier for me to learn. The only problem I have with it is the writing. Sure, hiragana and katakana are easier to grasp — you just have to memorize around a hundred symbols for both of them. But when you go to kanji, that’s another story. That’s about 50,000 additional characters to learn (though you only need to memorize around 2,000 to get by). For a foreigner, that’s a bit crazy, isn’t it? No wonder it’s one of the hardest languages to learn. That’s why I mostly just settled for romaji and kana, especially because I was just learning on my own.

I had a good progress, but that was just the basics. Soon, I stopped my study (but I still have the most basic of the basics in my mind, hehe). There was also a short period in my life wherein I tried to learn Korean writing (Hangeul). I proceeded with learning French (le français) just this year, still through self-study and through Duolingo. I chose this language ‘coz it uses the alphabet in writing, and it’s listed as one of the easiest languages to learn. But as expected, I wasn’t able to keep up. Just recently, we had a crash course on French, and it was a bit refreshing.

Now, I’m actually having a dilemma on what language to continue studying — Japanese or French? I really wanna learn another language properly, apart from English, Filipino/Tagalog, and Bisaya. It’s actually a bit unfair since I still haven’t given French that much chance by listening to real conversations just like I did with Japanese. And no, I don’t think I can learn both at the same time. I’m just having a hard time choosing because of my history with Japanese and the ease of French. I also want to learn Italian, but that might be reserved for another time. :))

Do you have a suggestion on what I should take first? Do you also have other languages that you would like to learn? :)

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{Solo Travel} Singapore 2014 – Day 1: Walking Tour // Photo Diary

When I arrived in Singapore on June 25 midnight (June 26 early morning) and was on my way to Happy Snail Hostel, I was very pleased with what I saw — super clean streets and tall buildings everywhere! It made me look forward to the days ahead!

Checking in to the hostel when everyone was asleep and the sun was nowhere to be found was nothing like I imagined — no dark alleys and scary tambays. It was made easier by the instructions sent in by Mike, the hostel owner.

My ‘official’ first day in Singapore was spent walking around and getting to know the city. All the transportation details I originally wrote down were for buses, and I figured there’s a bigger chance I’d get lost by bus than by MRT, so I ditched the notes and just relied on Google Maps and the SG MRT/LRT map. A very big thanks to those two for guiding me everywhere! :D

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This & That (07)

The last few months have found me spending too much time in the office because of a mini-project we’ve been working on. But because it’s already finished (I hope), I’m feeling sort of free again! Here’s what’s been up in my life lately:

  1. It’s been ages since my friends and I went to a movie house to watch a, umm, movie. I wanted to watch something funny ‘coz the last time we were there, I cried a bucketful of tears. So we chose to watch Miss Granny. It was comical! But there was still a dramatic touch to it, so yes, I still cried.
  2. Food overload: Choobi ChoobiDing Qua QuaBarbecue BossUlli’s Streets of Asia. Celebrations are the best!
  3. One night, I dreamt of egg tart, and I knew I just had to find and eat one. So I did. I have a feeling I’ll be craving for more next week. :P
  4. Videoke nights are back! We were at Music One last Friday night to sing our hearts out. And for the 2nd time, I fell asleep. I lacked the energy for that night — either because I didn’t get enough sleep the night before or that I didn’t take an afternoon nap. Silly.
  5. Mumu‘s Blue Bell ice cream treat — Caramel Turtle Fudge and Tin Roof from Texas Creamery! Sooo good!
  6. Ever since I switched back to WordPress, I’ve been obsessed with adjusting some elements on my blog’s theme — fonts, colors, general appearance, etc… I don’t know if that makes me a detail freak. Does it?! o.O

Lately, I’ve been getting more ideas for my blog. I hope I’ll push through with them soon. But of course, I’ll have to clear my backlogs first. XD

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The Social Media Challenge

Let’s face it, social media has changed the way things work. Though it offers tons of tools that make things easier to do (like sharing of news, promotion of products, etc.), there’s still a downside to that, and it has something to do with our personal lives. For one (or three), some of us would rather scroll endlessly on Facebook than talk to real people, take scripted shots to post and gain likes on Instagram, or subtweet people on Twitter rather than approach the person concerned.

I’m not exempted from this phenomenon. There are times when instead of reading a book or finding new hobbies, I’d resort to sipping on people’s updates until I get so bloated with envy, then I’d feel a little insignificant in the end. Or I’d post an interesting life update to try to get people envious (I’m sure I’m not the only one), then I’d feel stupid in the end.

I figured this has to stop — at least for me. So for the whole month of August, I’m challenging myself to lessen, if not eliminate, my activities on social media in hopes of breaking this toxic habit and replacing it with more productive activities. I actually am not that active anymore (compared to before) when it comes to posting, but boy am I hooked on reading about other people’s lives! Don’t you think it’s high time we actually live and face the real world?

For this challenge, I’ve decided to just check/use my accounts when necessary (e.g. when someone sends a message, when I need to contact someone) or indulge on friends’ updates and whatnot once a day for a maximum of 1 hour. Let’s see. If you wanna join me on this, please feel free to do so! You may also let me know! :)

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The Happy List (01)

  1. Going out of the country for the first time!
  2. Getting to travel solo again
  3. Switching back to WordPress and gaining full control over the blog (and being able to access it in the office! :D)
  4. Serif fonts and their sans-serif counterparts
  5. Blocks of codes that actually work and do their job
  6. Closed tickets and solved problems
  7. Being able to work from home
  8. Seeing progress with the construction of our future home
  9. Productive meetings
  10. My understanding (and blogging) boyfriend! :)

My life, to no one’s surprise, mostly revolves around work. I spend the entire day in the office, and when I get home, I dedicate some time to complete my tasks for our small business. But despite all the workload, I’m happy that I still get to do these things — they’re actually things that I love. Also, I’m glad that I’m still able to appreciate the little things in life even though sometimes, stress gets the better of me. Oh well, expect more happy lists in this blog! :)

This happy list is inspired by Camie Juan. :)

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