I went back to Korea for a bit longer than 2 weeks in Aug-Sept recently. It was just a short trip to see my brother for a while and have some good food. Here’s some film photographs from there! Actually shot a lil less than a roll only.

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#1 coolest thing I saw in Korea. I was standing at a bus stop in Nonsan, where my brother had his training. And I was like.. wait what. Is that a slide from a window to the ground?? Holy.

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The sunset view I watched while going down the escalator at a train station. We were trying to get all the way to Gwang Ju, which is really far from where I stay, to attend a funeral of someone I don’t personally know. The small glimpses of the sky I could only catch through the tall scrapers made the beautiful sky seem even more magical.

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My grandma getting her usual perm at her usual salon.

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We tried 6 times because it was 1000 won for each time and I only had 6000 won with me. Unfortunately, we didn’t win even once. We promised each other that we would return the next day with more money and win a plushie. Our hopes were trashed by our aunt who banned us from returning.

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I wanted to try a bagel shop I read about online. So I picked HB from school at 5 and we carefully followed Naver Map’s instructions on how to get there. We got on the right bus and got off on the right stop but I just couldn’t figure out the map for the walking part. Scared of getting lost, scared of it getting too dark, scared of Korea in general, we decided to go back home after getting ice cream from the local mart. But I asked the shop keeper and he kindly gave us directions so we managed to get to the bagel shop that had heavenly cream cheese. So good.

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3 generations.

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Grandma. I’m sorry I couldn’t focus.

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개 조심. Beware of dogs.

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HB playing badminton at the park that I visited with her at night for about 5 days straight. We had so much fun going around asking dog owners permission to touch their dogs.

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My brother has gone to army! He has completed his first 5 weeks of training (the picture below is the leaving(?) ceremony for that), and today, he has finished his extra 3rd week of training at his assigned army(?) and has been assigned to his final post where he’ll be working at until he is done with his service. I’m glad all the tough training and adapting is over for him. Hope he meets good people where he’s at now!

Order, then disorder. Soldiers reunite with their families for the first time after their first 5-weeks training.

 

That would be all- xx

(see you soon)

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It’s mid September now, which means that it’s been 3 months since I’ve graduated from school. Uni starts in March so I still have about 5 months free. I wanted to document how I spent my free months after graduation, just for record. Not doing anything special, really, but it’s been 3 months so I shall write my first update.

All right, I graduated (we didn’t even have a graduation, the day you take your last A-levels exam, you just go home and never return, that’s how we graduate in our school) in mid June.

JUNE

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June was very simple. I didn’t get to party all night or go on trips or anything fun. Mid June to mid July was the application period for Korean universities so I was  very busy writing my personal statements, getting reference letters from teachers and gathering all the documents I needed for the application. Applying to Korean universities is so tedious and complicated and really just annoying compared to much simpler application systems like UCAS. But yes, that was June for me.

JULY

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To mid July I was still sort of busy with my application. Oh, my brother visited us during this period, and he had to spend time helping me with my app hahaha. He was so important in my app process because I had to write my personal statements in Korean and that.. is not something I can do. So I wrote some in English and had him to translate them for me, and some I wrote in Korean together with my mum. I remember feeling very grateful to have a family that really took their time and effort to help. My brother was being such a perfectionist, but those lazy perfectionist kind, so he took a long time. Then once my app was over, I went out with my friends everyday. It was finally my chill time. I went for the Rainforest World Music Festival for the first time, which was such a great time. Also, watched All That Jazz, a music um.. show? (I don’t know what you call them!) where lots of my friends were performing. They performed famous songs from musicals and they did Hamilton!! Ahh I was so excited. It was so cool to see my friends on stage. Felt like a proud mum as well.

AUGUST

CNV000037 (1)So I chilled for the rest of the month of July, and that was enough chilling. I had to start doing something because I was going to start getting really bored plus, my mum was starting to nag at me to do something. So I started tutoring. I wanted to earn money! I was (I mean, I still am) saving up for a camera so I was pretty excited to earn money. Minimum wage in Malaysia is really low, I have friends working in cafes for like RM 5 an hour. And that’s really little! Tutoring pays the best among what I can do at this stage so I went for it. Getting students wasn’t hard at all, because I live in a condo where many Koreans live, and the Korean mums know each other ahaha so I had kids to tutor almost immediately (blessed :-) ). August was actually pretty filled! I tutored for a month, had 2 flea markets at the Green Heights Mall with Sheena, had 3 results announcements (including my A-levels! eep), a birthday party, a class reunion and many breakfasts/lunches with my precious friends who came back to Kuching. Then at the end of August I flew to Korea for 2 weeks! Attended my brother’s army training centre umm leaving ceremony (???) 수료식! and could see him for a few hours before he had to return. He seemed good, no worries. Also, got double eyelids LOL. It was a super strange experience.

SEPTEMBER

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Only 2 weeks into September now, got back from Korea a few days ago and haven’t done anything. Met up with my friends for food (well, the only thing you ever meet up for), sent a friend off to the UK (bye Jess.. you’re going to do so well!) and I’ve started tutoring for 2 days. I’m 2 months behind buying my camera so let’s GOOO. I’ve been trying to motivate myself for this tutoring thing. I really do not want to dread having classes. That’d be horrible. 2 more months!! I got thiss! And for the rest of the month, I’ve got nothing planned. I’m trying to spend the time doing something, because I really might die if I don’t. So hopefully I’ll have lots to update for the next post. Oh and I wanted to start going to the gym again, to learn lifting but I can’t do any heavy exercise for a month. I really don’t care about the number but I hope I don’t hit my next 0? I feel safe in my zone right now. Hahaha.

Oh and I got my laptop screen fixed! Finally! After 1 and a half year of putting it off. If your mac has a staining problem on your screen, they have a replacement program where they offer to replace your screen for free (regardless of your warranty). It looks beautiful again. Now my keyboard part looks dirty in comparison.. 

This month I hope I will:

  • Post more here.
  • Immerse myself in Chinese.
  • Take more photos. Get ‘airport road’ done! (pls) (i’d be so proud of myself) (well, if the photos come out good)
  • Invest more time in preparing for tutoring.
  • Not spend too much money. No more Zinc for me this month.
  • Make things. Something physical.

 

  • almost forgot, practice my DRIVING (I want to be able to drive alone in October, for God’s sakes, Sang Min please)

 

hope it won’t be boring, cheers to people doing things

xx

 

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On a very ordinary day, when the light fills the house and every corner looks beautiful.

Also, I’m thinking of photographing more fruits (like the avocados above), it was very fun.  Also, I had a very difficult time deciding whether I wanted the letterings on the first photo.

The Rainforest World Music Festival (often abbreviated as RWMF) is an annual three-day music festival celebrating the diversity of world music, held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, with daytime music workshops, cultural displays, craft displays, food stalls, and main-stage evening concerts. (from wiki)

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  • no, it isn’t all just drinking
  • the music was really nice
  • you have to dance, and it’s crazy
  • your feet will hurt like hell but it’s worth it
  • tickets aren’t exactly cheap so you should buy the early bird tickets a few months prior the event, but it’s worth it
  • i stayed with 10 friends of mine in a room meant for 2 people
  • that wasn’t nice
  • you should really try to book a room way before if you don’t want that to happen
  • but it was so fun, really fun

Just wanted to say, I had so much fun and had a wonderful time at the festival with my friends. And that I will definitely go again. And that you should go.

p.s. to the friends I went with, thanks for such a great time !

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View from my veranda during sunset. It was raining as well.

This is the only photo that came out nice from my most recent roll of film. It was a little upsetting because it was the first roll I took with my manual film camera that I got off Carousell. Also, I was using Superia 400 for the first time instead of my usual Superia 200 (it’s like a few bucks more expensive). So I was really excited to see how the photos would develop. But half of the roll was exposed, and what was left wasn’t that great either. I was so bummed. But this one came out really nice. I think it captured the feeling, the warmness of a golden hour, with the wet tennis courts with the slight reflections (!!) really well. I graduated a few weeks ago and my friends are starting to leave Kuching permanently. I still have the rest of the year left here but I know I have to slowly say good bye to all my friends, and to Kuching as well. So I want to take loads of photos of Kuching, the places that we used to go, and of my friends. Leaving is so exciting and good byes are so sad. Everything feels nostalgic these days.

on a side note: film photography as a hobby is so fucking expensive. course, if you don’t fuck it up and take 36 perfect photos it’s all worth the money. seriously, the excitement and the butterflies i feel while i wait for my photos to be developed and scanned…. makes me realise this is what it means to do something you love. it’s just so exciting to wait for your pictures. and i feel so so proud and happy when i take a good one. but doesn’t mean that i want it as a career though.  like i think it’ll be the perfect stress release(?) for my future stresses(?). idk i think i’m really lucky to have found something that i genuinely enjoy that can be completely disconnected with whatever i study/work. i feel like it’ll play a very big role in keeping me alive. 

1. paint your nails. simply just paint it. because it’s such a relief to be doing something that requires no thought process, i really like simple labour as a form of relaxation. i love not having to think and doing something. like cutting out paper for decoration, or colouring in something with one colour, just anything repetitive and simple. maybe i was born for the factory. born for the production line lmao. just fyi, i used to be really into painting nails before i started my a levels. now i have zero interest or desire to paint it

2. the web:

  • instagram– go through your feed, go through your feed and smile at your old photos, look through the instagrams of celebrities you never cared about, look through the instagrams of all the brands you like, look through instagrams of people you used to know, look through funny instagrams and scroll down their entire feed until you reach the point where you last did this
  •  youtube– this is the worst place. you can spend a range of 5 mins to 4 hours here
  • tumblr- scroll through and queue all the beautiful photos and funny text posts until you get sick of how tumblr everything is
  • pinterest– usually forget about the existence of this website, but when i don’t, make like 5 more boards you’ll never fill, title it something that you think is cute but find stupid the next time you come back
  • 123movies.to– so much choice here, take your pick
  • google search– you can surprise yourself with how much time you can spend here

3. clear out your phone gallery! amazing place to spend quality time with your memories while deleting the ones you don’t need. especially the whatsapp gallery. there’s also a feeling of satisfaction when you delete huge chunks of photos. it’s almost cathartic, really.

4. take care of your stationeries- sharpen every pencil you own, check on all the pens on whether they have ink, and if they don’t, throw them away (also another source of satisfaction), refill all your mechanical pencils with 3 leads each and .. if you have the materials and the time, label all your stationeries with your name

5. write meaningless blogposts like these

6. if you have reached that point where you have removed all devices of distraction e.g. phones, laptops, ipads, and you are sitting in a place of no distractions, simply think. nothing can stop your thoughts. you can spend lots of time just thinking & imagining. basically if you have reached this point where you find yourself not having done anything and found that you have just been staring into space thinking of other useless (or maybe important, depends) things, you’re fucked. because you have no way to stop that. boo hoo.

7. deciding what to listen to while studying! it’s always too loud or too soft or too much edm or ‘i don’t relate to these lyrics’. just never right, until it is right. to be frank, if your exam is tomorrow, and you are battling this out, i suggest you not listen to music at all. (i am trying to be a good friend)

8. try to get your life together in a cute notebook. plan for the future with details…….. such as writing things down like, ‘marry rich guy at 32!’, ‘own a chow chow, a jaguar, a flamingo, a bear, a panda, a cheetah, a sloth, a platypus when i grow up’, ‘get rich!’, ‘buy maserati’, ‘see an exploding volcano’. y’know, just some realistic details of how you want to live your life. it’s time you get your shit together.

9. i’ve wasted too much time writing this. i have a chemistry p4 exam in 2 days. i really hate myself sometimes. fml. okay, if you’re reading this, and have an exam in the coming 3 days, i gently urge you to go back to studying. i will attempt to do so too. good bye. thanks for reading this. much love. please comment. i like comments. but no one comments except my hoe.

CNV000001Kim & Sheena packing sandwiches. We had like a production line. We slept over at sheen’s place to get all the food ready for sheen’s birthday picnic. Honestly we did really well. Long labour but we made a big bowl of pasta, turkey ham & cheese sandwiches, blueberry cheesecake and alcoholic punch. And literally everything tasted so good. It was actually pretty fun making them too.

CNV000002CNV000003CNV000004CNV000005CNV000006CNV000007You know what makes a good picture? Pretty friends. Initially wanted to have our picnic at the second beach at Permai, but the lady said no food was allowed in so we decided to move to Damai Central which ended up being a great idea.

CNV000008CNV000010CNV000011CNV000012 (1)CNV000013CNV000014CNV000015CNV000016CNV000017CNV000018CNV000019I moved! Light enters my new room more easily, which I love but it can get really hot. Oh and the sky view is so so much better. Sunset time is always beautiful. And look at that! Film is just always so much nicer with light. Photos are just generally nicer with nice light.

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Celebrated Julie & Becca’s birthday @ Sanga. Then moved to Zinc. Night filled with laughter. Always so .. nice to be with them. The last photo was actually supposed to be like… cooler.. hahaha, but after I told them to pose, the camera wouldn’t focus, so they got tired of posing, and then it worked. Lyd brought back my new film camera from KL! It’s completely manual so I have no idea how to use it, all the aperture, um ISO, stuff like that. So I have to practice, and hope I can take better photos! But like how to practice with film…. I don’t even know..

CNV000030A disco ball was ALWAYS on my wish list. Becca (T.) had it at her party, and I wanted it so badly. So so pretty. Look at the light!! I hope my dorm mate in uni would agree with me on changing our light to a disco ball. Honestly, if I do meet a dorm mate like that, I’d get along so well. I’m so scared and excited about uni life in Korea. It’s going to be so difficult & different & so fun.

CNV000031CNV000032Becca (T.) has a trampoline in her backyard (her house is huge), and we tried going on it and it was so fun. Jocelyn, PJ and I jumped till we all had to pee. It was a very cool night so it just felt great.

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Now I’ll probably stay put at home and study for my trials and A2. I mean, I should.  I really I hope I will. PLEASE stay put. And like study. Please. And so many things to do after A2 is over! Can’t wait. Excluding uni app. I am looking forward to everything. I’ll get my license, go and take photos on the airport road with sheen. Visit KL with the 5 of us?? Go to rainfest! (for the first time!) Work & earn $$$$. Bring lyd to Bako!!  Get terrified of moving to Korea. Climb Mt. KK with some of my friends? (I really hope this works out) Family trip (probably, hopefully) before sang goes to army hahahahah. Spend time with friends before they leave. Ahh so many things to look forward to. How wonderful.