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Violin & Dance


I had no idea what was the title of the song, but the violin alone made the song even more perfect. Whenever I listen to this, I can fantasize about the moonlight, the slow dance, candle light, gardens… the very perfect combination! ^^

Or if the above mentioned fantasy is not your cup of tea, then the single ballet dance might be a second choice, huh?


@Top of N Seoul Tower

Re-post: Right now, my feeling is so complicated because I don’t know exactly which way to go. Simply, I got only two ways, whether I’m in or out of this mess. The thing is I will not give up until one day I have no more tears to drop. Is that possible that my tears will stop falling down before I close my eyes? I don’t really think so.

Am I right about “we can’t change the entire thing, but we can change it little by little if we are patient enough”? Because of this thought it keeps me alive and believe one day I will be able to make some changes to it, even it so hard or sometimes, absolutely painful for me, but that’s life.  Life is complicated with fate as a shadow and destinies that follow are so unpredictable.

There is still a problem because if you want to make a change, you have to be sure that you are holding enough abilities and efforts to keep this mission accomplish. Unfortunately, I’m now have no enough confident at all. I, myself, feel really weak and damp. I see myself uncategorized and always wondering who am I exactly? What do I really want? Am I doing this right or wrong? …. Many questions rise up, but there is still no light yet. So, how could I keep changing what I want to change?

and, How am I suppose to walk pass this crossroad?

(This is why diary can reminds us that some commitments which proves  time might still just not be enough)

Subway again

I was laughing when I saw an Ajossi jumped up from his seat clumsily and hopped out of the door as if something knocked him because he was felt asleep when he arrived at his destination. Then, the subway continue it’s way, and I wonder why I still not yet reach Itaewon, I look at the map again, Oh! I passed over one stop already. I supposed to stop at the station the same to that Ajossi! Oh god! Hangangjin station was desert!! For 1 year in Korea I have never been to desert subway station like this!


Morning at Yuido

I am still dizzy while taking the train this morning. There were lots of people around me. However, to my surprise when I woke up again at Yuido, people all get off the train. I was shocked. I thought the train might change, so we must get off. Luckily, I was wrong, It was just a morning at Yuido! 🙂

Reported by Molyna 9:12AM @Yuido station.


Flu Medicine

After almost one year in Korea I found myself always catch a cold whenever the Season Change. Especially it getting serious during the rainy season. Maybe becos I hate seeing doctor so I just grabbed some medicine from the pharmacy around school. It usually cost around 3-5,000won/box and pharmacist only ask if u sneeze? blowing nose? pain throat? dizzy?


23rd & 24th Topik Exam Tips

I have written the tips on my Topik 22nd  exam  here.  However, now I want to make some edition to it because I finally passed the level 3 on the 24th exam. I was so busy with university registration, so postponed my post till today. ^^


22nd  TOPIK exam intermediate level (January, Winter), I was in level 2 at Sogang University Korean Language Education Centre once I took . I confess, I was still lack and I regret that alot. Since I want to start Master Program in March, so I took it, also because of my Chinese classmate in the same level, they did pass level 3. However, I was wrong~

23rd TOPIK exam intermediate level (April, Spring), I was in level 3, which mean I’m suppose to at least got it, but I still can not. The main reason is:

– I haven’t prepared (just tried to read my level 4 text book 2 weeks before and done few sample test). In contrast, Topik exam is different, the vocab that came out was not mainly in my Sogang text book.

-Also the grammar in level 3 & 4 text book still not enough. ( I refer to the part 어휘-문법 section, specifically, choosing the right use of grammar 1 out of 4 that was wrong 밑줄 친 부분이 맞는 것을 고르십시요, because there are lots of grammar form I’ve never seen, so how am I suppose to choose the correct one?)

-Timing: I was in rush to copy my answer since I busy reading so detailed in the writing section  and my writing was so bad because I was still low in using diverse structure form.

-Listening was fine, but reading (No comment). I lost focus as of the people around caught a cold, so they can’t sneeze around and moved around so much. And how about vocab? I have no idea what that reading exam was about. Totally Blank! Eventually, 40,000won was wasted again!


24th TOPIK exam intermediate level (July, Summer),I remind myself ” I MUST PASS ” otherwise I can not receive scholarship anymore (Go back Home?) since I have nothing even Topik level 2 or level 1. I was never felt that panic, what should I do? How can I pass? It’s not easy! (ㅠ___ㅠ)

So I have around 1 month to fully prepared for it, but I found myself I just tried hardest once the exam getting close. Throughout my 2 times failure experience I made some change to my mistakes. For those who do not have much time to prepare. Here are the tips.

New edition to previous tips on 22nd Topik exam. In italic letter is the one I just edited after I pass level 3.

1st 90 min – Grammar & Writing

1-Memorize Variety of Vocab If you do not have time,  just memorize those always spotted  (the common vocab)

I would like to recommend buying Topik sample test book (Just 1 or 2). Of course it’s free to do online, but I think online is better with practicing or test your score and getting new common vocab. With book, you can note, feel close, and get back to your note anytime. Do your wrong practiced exam again at anytime. It’s good for memorize words and things. Though, if you are the hard-working student, using online sample test and note down vocab also works well. Since people have different technique and their comfort zone, you better choose what you feel comfort about. My friend he is an IT guide, so he feel comfort about learning via soft copy, but for me book are more comfy.

2-Timing (So encouraged)

Set the time to how many minutes you want to spend on each section, and of course do not forget the time for copy the answer to your answer sheet. ( or time copy out your answer to check it later after the exam, if you want)

3- Don’t miss any question 

Again, the writing test in the “Filling Blank” section, my friend told me, they can’t finish, that’s a BIG mistake. In TOPIK that part got lots of points ( I can say, it can be a pass or fail section) if you got lot of score out of this part , you have a high chance to pass. So, please don’t miss it. It’s a very difficult part, but if you don’t know what to fill, you can just fill whatever you think it fit (if don not have time , screen the  whole text and scan the1 or 2 sentence, it’s usually is the main idea, then pick up 2 or 3 main words from there) cos they gonna give the score from 1-6 if you got something correct.

4- Grammar

Korean Grammar for International Learners, Yonsei University Press, By Ihm Ho Bin, Hong Kyung Pyo, Chang Suk In. It’s around 442 pages in English. Price: 14,000won.

As I mentioned above, many times I failed because of grammar, So I committed myself to finish this book before taking exam and it’s very helpful even if there are lots of grammar not came out in TOPIK but I felt more confident  when it come to this section 밑줄 친 부분이 맞는 것을 고르십시요. And I got 83 points in grammar section as a result. My highest score!^^

2nd sesssion, Listening and Reading

1- Read the instruction carefully (encouraged)

My friend still have difficulty in identifying what the question want us to choose. It’s very distractive. A tip here, Do the sample test often, you will overcome it.

2- Quickly scan the 4 choices answer before you listen (Keep the same tip)

I found that they gave us too little time to spend on screening the answer before hand, which for me, it’s quite difficult to choose. Which different from reading  section , that I mostly screen the the answer before reading the text, so I can stop at the point related to the question. So you must act fast and read fast!!

3- Imagine right

Please clearly differentiate between “Choosing the correct part” and “Choosing the main idea”. 

4- Vocab again

My friend told me to read the prefix and suffix, so we can at least know some new word that distracting us. I did learn, but still I can’t understand the whole reading section.

5- What if I understand nothing??

My friend told me there is this tip. Usually the very last 50-60 question in reading always difficult, time also constraint, many vocab we don’t understand, so they just choose 1 single number they like, example if you like number 4, just fill the answer from  50-60 all are number 4, by doing this at least you got 2 answer correct. Since it’s random. For me, I think he was right because I didn’t know this technique I use my poor brain to identify those complicated vocab and I got 2 out of 10 last question corrected, and I spent so much time. (ㅠ__ㅠ)


That’s it! I hope it will be useful to those who will taking TOPIK exam, Fighthing!!

Meaningful Moment

Are there anything more meaningful than being 1 day away before my very big and important exam just to drop my lovely blog some news? ^^I always kinda like that. Seeking opportunity. Treasure every second. Utilize chance.  Everyone can success, but how did they success? and to what extend they accomplished? I can say I only consider those who know the value of TIME are the real success people. Therefore,… whether you get the big or small achievement, I dont care. I’ll only ask the only 1 question. “How do you spend the second in your life?”

Khmer Session for Korean Volunteer Students

Several weeks ago, we been helping some Korean Students who will go to do there volunteer work in Cambodia. They are very curious about Cambodia and are eagerly to see and spending some fun time with Cambodian kids. Many enjoying program are being prepared now. ^^ Oh.. and here is the story.

My Korean brother has volunteered in Cambodia for around 1 year, therefore he still knows some basic communication. Since there is the new group of students who will go to volunteer more, the organizer opened a session regarding Cambodia and have each students presenting separately about Cambodia. So my brother will helping them to learn how to speak Khmer and it will be even more effective if there are native Cambodian help the event. So me and my friends offered a help by joining this session and teach them some basic. It was a very interesting experience. ^^

At first we were so panic once seeing they are older than us, but most of them are really friendly that we no longer feel afraid. After the presentation we together went to enjoy dinner and back to class to have a final discussion and photo shooting. The final discussion is the most interest part of all because I and my friends really really want to interact closer to those beautiful and handsome Korean students, hehehe.. .and then here we’ve got the chance.  There are 3 Cambodian, so we divided into 3 group with 10 Korean students each. I’m really thankful to my little Korean language knowledge that I no longer need to use much English this time and enjoyed very well with them.

There are English teaching group and art group, they are gonna teach Cambodian kids to get more knowledge about this two theme via playing game. Therefore, before they play what kind of game with a kid they need to know if it suitable or not since its culture differences, some games might not be effective. and I was very happy that I can offer a great help. Ah.. and the most funny part is they asked us to give their new Cambodian name. To our surprised, these 3 Cambodian girls can’t find anything more better than their beautiful friends name and the most popular singers or people in Cambodia. Yeah.. they really enjoy it so much. But I’m so sorry as well for those who doesn’t like their name, but come on!  We dont have much time to give a meaningful name to 10 people in just a second like this. Sorry!

The communication went very well and we became friends even after the session. This is how life carry us.

마음이 열다 보면 생활을 익숙할 거예요.^^

Please enjoy the slideshow of the event below.

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Ah.. there also a memorable thing for me, it was when we all finished and saying good bye to each other, I walked to the door before my friend and unfortunately she stepped on my shoes, and it teared apart. Everyone so worried how I can go home with one part of shoes, but they helped me with a taped so I can use the broken shoes for a while. It’s such an embarrassing and funny moment that they can’t help it not to take picture of that.  My dear shoes!! ㅠㅠ

“A small bump that took away my dream”~ S.P

“A small bump that took away my dream”~ S.P

S.P, 16, comes from a 10 members family in Kompong Som, the southern part of Cambodia.  Her mother passed away a year ago because of blood pressure, therefore, left only her father to look after the 9 children. She is the 8th of the family. She’s friendly, but a bit shy. However, she enjoys listen to story and doing thing like other children on the same age. Unfortunately, since she was 4 years old, while playing with her big sister, she tripped over and broke her back bone. That day there was only a small bump on her back and slightly pain.  Her father who live in the country side area have so little knowledge regarding how serious this small accident would become . This small bump, that later will took away all his daughter’s dream.

Later, the pain scattered her, she’s no longer could bear anymore. Besides, his busy schedule, he took her to the nearby hospital as well, to get something just enough to temporary stop the pain. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop right there. It doesn’t stop just to be a little bump. It’s growth. Years by years, it’s growth when she’s growth, till one day to a realization, once her father saw  that she couldn’t properly WALK.  Shocked, he definitely have know idea that the small accident caused the broken bone to lead to this at all. The bone broke already and now she can’t walk like other kids. The bump also big enough that she can’t straightly stand. She starts her secondary school and she can’t identify clearly how her is different from others and she deeply upset. However, there is one more person who is in a million pain that no word could write to express compared to her, is her father.

There is one choice. Only surgery can be solved. If this continue, the other body part might be getting worse as well. What can her father do? The monthly salary is not even enough to support the whole family where on earth can he find the money to pay for the surgery? 

Fortunately, the Christian community which her father working for found some fund to support her. Therefore, she was sent to Korea in order to get back surgery at the most famous hospital here, while her father also coming along to look after her. March 25, her surgery was made, she need to stay in bed for a very long time because as far as I know, the back bone is as important as brain. The bone support most part of the body. Without a serious caution, it might lead to a bad result. All the doctors worked on their best to get her back bone straight again, therefore, it also effect her leg as well. Her back bone was connected again and need time to heal it. Therefore, she need to stay in the hospital unable to walk for 2 months to get medication and health check, while praying she will recover soon and be able to walk as usual, attending computer class, passing the grade 9 exam, eating “Somlor Mchum Trokaun”, and playing with her lovely niece back in Cambodia.

May 11, prior to my Korean language level 3 final exam, I’ve got a chance to go to meet her, as a substitute interpretor. My Korean friends just asked me to help to do it because it’s urgent and she think I can do it, also my house is not far from the hospital too. At first, I don’t really know what exactly will it be, but when I realize, someone got a surgery and need me to interpret the communication between the patient and doctors, I was so nervous that my knowledge is just enough for living survival, but not for Technical  term, especially what if I misunderstood something, it might went wrong because it’s not just the normal illness. It’s one life. One Cambodian’s life.

The first time I met her, S.P, despite her serious and injured body, while lying on bed, she smiled at me, so lovely and innocent like the other girl who have a good physical condition. Thank S.P, your smile stop my panic, release all my nervous, and your father also very friendly, that I no longer feel alone in this whole hospital that full of Korean people. However, to them, my presence was more than that and I deeply understand it. 2 months in Korea, received medication, met only sick people,   said goodbye to the nearby patient, greeting the new one, while only her staying on the same bed, can only see through the window and missing everything back home.

My 3 days there reduce her boredom, she laughed while I told my funny Korean life experience to her father. She wants to listen more, see more, and enjoy more.  I also brought her a movie and watched together with her. She doesn’t want to rest at all while I was around, so that she can know more about Korea. Also, she can thank to the doctor who came to check on her by asking me to translate for her. All the doctors there are really friendly and helpful. They understand my knowledge, so they try to explain slowly , and never ever forget a smile at all. Some young doctors also use their dictionary or drawing a picture to help me clearly understand. I am very thankful to them.

It’s almost time for her to return home, a farewell party was made, many doctors and nurse came to join it. Her father almost shed tears while expressing his thank. I can see all the doctors as well was very touched at that moment. They also feel sorry that she is not fully recover yet when she return back, but our little girl was smiling like a blossom in the spring for just a thought of going back home. She received lots of gift and eagerly awaiting for this Friday to go back. Even if she still need to received more medication once at home, she still enjoy the feeling.

[To S.P,

Bong wish you  to recover soon, so that you can make your dream come true.

Believe in yourself and follow all the treatment, you will be getting well

and be able to visit bong in Korea and we can go out and see  falling snow  together.


Molyna ]


*I’m sorry, for some reasons I can’t post her picture now. Sure, I’ll post it once she got back home.

Saturday Outing ~ Samkyobsal

Since our dormitory doesn’t provide Saturday dinner, we always hang out with the main purpose to eat some meat. Of course, usually, there is not many delicious food with plenty of meat provided. We like the best, Samkyobsal (grilled pork). Normally, we eat them at the buffet restaurant as it’s cheap and we can as much as we want, but now we just find a very good place that the meat also tasty and even if it’s not buffet, but we can still be fulled with it. I can say, the meat there taste real great!!