Holidays mean free time and free time means dramas!

I’m currently hooked on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Goblin. (I started on a few episodes of The Legend of the Blue Sea but the plot doesn’t attract me as much, it got kinda draggy so I stopped watching it although I liked the first few episodes.)

The trailer for Goblin was interesting, I thought it might be some thriller kind of drama (Korean thrillers are top-notch) but it turned out to be just a rom-com kind of drama. The plot doesn’t really interest me much but I love the script and the actors’ chemistry on-screen. Think Gong Yoo + Lee Dong Wook + Yook Sung Jae. With these three guys, nothing can go wrong right! Indeed, I love all the scenes when these three guys come together, Gong Yoo being the Goblin, LDW being the Grim Reaper and YSJ being the Goblin’s nephew.

Gong Yoo – how can an ahjussi be so handsome!!!!!! I feel so sinned liking a man who is older than me by 14 years old. BUT ITS GONG YOO. In contrary to his character in Train To Busan, I think he suits a comedic role pretty well! The ad-libs that GY and LDW portrayed in Goblin are really super hilarious, both of them bicker like kids and most of the time they “fight” in the most childish ways possible.

Now, on to WFKBJ, I absolutely LOVE Lee Sungkyung’s acting here. Her role as Kim Bok Joo seems so natural and all the little details about KBJ – like the way she runs, the way she eats etc…- these details are just so Kim Bok Joo! After knowing that this drama was inspired by Korean National Weightlifter Jang Miran, I fell in love with the drama even more. It makes me feel sad to think of all the “girly” stuff that Jang Miran had to give up to pursue weightlifting as a sports career and being seen not as a woman but a man due to her exceptional strength.

Overall I prefer watching WFKBJ because it’s more lighthearted (it’s like a soft and fluffy marshmallow), as compared to Goblin (more like Iced Americano… bitter and cold but good). Goblin’s OST is really perfect though. I’m still waiting for the release of some of the OSTs in the drama. Can’t wait to watch the next episode of both dramas!


Looking back – 2016

2016 has almost come to an end. This year has been filled with ups and downs but I’m thankful for the good memories.

Looking back at this year, the most memorable thing for me was teaching at CSS. I remember when I first received the letter of posting, I had to google to find out the existence of the school and the address of the school. Teaching at CSS was really enjoyable because I met lots of nice people there (there were a few whom I don’t wish to meet ever again but the people there were mostly very nice). My EL mentor and my EL students and my 2/5 kids were the loveliest people I’ve met at CSS… even till now I’m still keeping in touch with them.

Moving on from CSS, I was really thankful for being able to enrol into NIE. I knew I almost couldn’t make it for the July intake (which is the last 12month programme) but somehow god bless I was able to make it with the help of my mentors. Coming to NIE, I met lots of nice people too, the SS/EL people became my friends. I managed to plough through tons of assignments and eventually got a decent(?) – i hope – GPA (which was a +0.7 difference from my uni grades – cos my uni grades were shit). I’m nowhere near a distinction so I guess I’ll just have to maintain my credit.

At NIE, I had a great experience living in a dorm with my cousin. I had the freedom to do whatever I want, plan my own time, buy my own food, sleep at whatever time I want… but ultimately, there’s really no place like home. I moved out at the end of Nov when my NIE classes ended and that was when I felt that home is really the best place. Surprisingly (a real pleasant surprise) my mum’s temper is so much better now. I have no idea why lol. She doesn’t nag as me as much, and she’s like super nice to me now. Every morning my mum will prepare breakfast for me, I no longer have to buy my own breakfast, or settle upon a loaf of bread, or just grab some biscuits. Super grateful to my mum for cooking for me too, every meal I get to eat different food. I used to complain a lot about her food in the past, but after living in the dorm and eating almost the same food every day because I was too lazy/ too busy to walk to other hall canteens to eat, I’ve concluded that home-cooked food is the best because the menu changes everyday!

In a few days time, I’ll be travelling to Taiwan where my sister is currently studying in. Speaking of my sister, I thought I would be very bored without her. I mean I am kinda bored but I have also kinda gotten used to her not being at home. LOL. And it actually feels quite nice. Except for the fact that I have no one to hang out with during the dec hols, it’s actually quite enjoyable to be alone at home haha…

I hope that 2017 will be a peaceful one for me, and that everyone will be happy and healthy.