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Student Life In Seoul: My First 2 Months

Arrival Date: July 29
Today’s Date: September 29

Officially 2 months in Seoul for me!

2 weeks: Studying Korean in Gangnam. #LifeInGangnam nothing much to say 😃
1 week: Living in Hongdae/ Sangsu area. Life was so good and convenient ♥ Cindy
2 weeks: Taking Pre-module classes. #CEMSClubKorea #MT Moved to school area..
1 month: Taking 6-7 classes in Module 1, now it’s half-way through. Just took “midterm exams”… things went by so fast.
Final exams in a month!
(with assignments, group works, after-school activities, etc.)
That was a recap. Now let’s get into the detail.
(I don’t know what’s wrong with the paragraphs and breaks shown in this post 🙁 )
Our most picturesque building in Korea University taken on my first days here

How is my life like in a day?

The most confusing thing about my school schedule is that is different each week even with the exact same bunch of subjects!
So my average hope-to-be routine goes like this:
10 AM Pilates at 100 Days Pilates (already paid for 15 weeks) on foot for 10 minutes
11 AM Go home, take a shower, eat brunch (heating my weekly-cooked meal or having cereal)
12 AM Start my first class of the day (most people just look so dead and hangover from a night before)
2 PM Continue with another class after 10-minute break
4 PM Free slot. Pretty much study for exams, do assignments, study Korean
6 PM Korean class at night! WHY?
8 PM Finish school, go get some food bb!
and average nights would go till midnight, not-so-average nights would go till 3 AM
a not-so-average day would be 10 AM to 8 PM non-stop classes! like the longest break is 10 minute interval. Sometimes those classes include quiz and exam.

Where do I live? 

Korea University is far from things that you would describe as Seoul (at least for me), even though here is also Seoul (Dongdaemun district.) 30 minutes to City Hall, 30 minutes to Itaewon, 45 minutes to Hongdae, 50 minutes to Gangnam.
My house area is even… more suburb. The closest convenient store nearby is about 10-minute walk. At night, I can’t really see living things in my neighborhood with only dimmed light on the street. The normal scene I see every day is old cars or trucks, low-rise buildings, and highway. Car fixing, clothes fixing, aluminium-related SME, factory-cleaning liquid product shop are businesses closest to my home.

Where do I hang out?

This doesn’t mean that this Korea University area has nothing to enjoy at all. The food and night life would be more vivid when I walk 10 minutes towards Anam Station.. Lots of chicken places, beer places, makgolli places, and other Korean food.
Recommended restaurants/shops:
Fromaqi for sandwiches and tomato soup (salad is also good but I don’t order it.)
Mur Mur de Gusto for when you wanna treat yourself once in a while for steaks, pastas, risottos without taking an-hour-trip train to somewhere else.
Budaejjigae (no name?) next to Crimson House for 6000-krw budaejigae by heartwarming aunts
Star Beer for vast rooftop area with chicken and beer. I prefer Crimson’s house rooftop for KU buildings’ night view though but it needs residential card to get inside.
Dear Bread for the best soft and fulfilling bread in the area
Cafe Bresson for cheap americano and soft and crisp waffles.
As international students, we would take a trip to Itaewon once a week for nice dinners, drinks, and clubs. Nowadays though we have realized it’s too crazy to get a cab back home at 3 in the morning.
Gangnam and Hongdae are also special choices of night life. For me, getting a cab at night from Gangnam is even easier than getting it from Itaewon. There is absolutely has something to do with flux of foreigners in Itaewon is too attractive for taxi scams… though the problem is also existed for Koreans.
Hyundai Motor Hall

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K Hip Hop and I. AOMG Concert experience. (Clips +Photos)

Last month, I went to a Korean concert for the first time in my life.
No, not K-Pop. It’s K-Hiphop.

 

You know, in general, in the western side as well, music genres go like pop, rock, ballad, hiphop, country, etc. But what Korean music genre is known to the world the most must be K-pop. So, many outsiders would generalize about the nation. Actually, there are a lot more in that country’s scene. I must say I even like its R&B, too.

 

I like the rhythm of hiphop. But, I don’t wanna understand the whole of the song somehow. That matched me well with Korean Hiphop… just because I don’t understand it.

 

How I got into this would be a long story short when LINE TV was introduced around the 2nd quarter of 2015. As a new product back then, the content was majorly Korean. So, I started to search about those Korean groups on Youtube, and somehow came across Show Me The Money season 3, the Korean hiphop survival program. Since then, please talk K-hiphop to me: producers, labels, artists, etc. I became a vivid fan. This year it’s season 6, and I might go to its closing concert in Seoul this summer.

 

One of the strong label is AOMG, Above Ordinary Music Group, led by Jay Park who was once in 2PM but with … I would say an incident, he couldn’t stay. In the end, he came back to Korea with, I would say, a greater and better situation.

 

AOMG Concert Follow the Movement in Bangkok

was held on March 25, 2017 at Bangkok Convention Center. Guess what?
Yes, I went.

 

I was fortunate to receive a couple of free tickets from my friend who was a staff at the concert. It was a short notice, I would say, I was confirmed for the vacant tickets on that morning while I was in class. Why didn’t I pay at first? Because I want the most expensive ticket with a seat, I’m getting old and want to pay for my comfort. But in this case.. it’s a standing ticket for THB 4,900. So, I passed. Until a day before the concert that during our random conversations, a friend shared her weekend plan which included working at this concert! She even said none of her friends wanted to go to this one (It’s quite a niche) so she didn’t think I would be interested.

 

Unfortunately, this time the crew came only 5 people: Gray, Loco, Jay Park, DJ Pumpkin,  Simon Dominic, without Hoody, my favourite lady.

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The future of our employees lies on only soft-skill training?

I don’t think so.

I have participated in FGIs, Focus Group Interviews, as both an owner of projects and an attendant.

The recent one was yesterday. My company is doing an FGI for an internal training program for our local office. I did not know how did they pick participants but it turned out I was one of the 12 of our company of around 200 employees.

Since I knew it should be about training programs, so I prepared a little bit for what skills I would like my team or my coworkers to possess and what would be great for our environment and our company as a whole. I listed out in a separate note though.

Of course they are mainly hard and soft skills. Most of the time people would think that we lack only soft skills. But I would say to an extent, one might unfortunately lack of hard skills…even with numerous years of working experiences in the same industry.

Anyway, the leader of the focus group asked only about soft skills though. I then realized the future training program would be a lot about those soft skills which in the past were specifically for the leads’ training sessions. So, each different teams will need to continue coaching on hard skills to our team members by ourselves even for the fundamentals.

Whats were we being asked:
– Teamwork: Why our team succeeds? Why our team fails? What make it so?
– Conflict management: What we do when we have conflicts or difficulties working with others?
– International diversity: What are our experiences working with the diverse office? Positives and negatives.
– Communication: What is constructive communication? What is influential/persuasive communicaion?
– Employee loyalty: How to make employee be loyal to the company?

These questions are actually included in many job interview sessions and, of course, MBA admission applications.

So, let’s see what would the result be. I’ll come back and update after I get an update.

那时候我在口语课说的东西

这就是我2013年学的作品。应该在口语课说的东西。现在我再看有部分我看不懂了。但是,对我,这篇作品很有意思。

开始吧!

在泰国上大学的时候,我的专业是会计和管理。我上了三年半,但是一般是四年。所以毕业典礼以前我还有半年。那时候我只知道我想去外国玩儿。

我在这里,有三个重要的原因,第一是我对中国的看法 ,第二是我喜欢学习语言,第三是关于中国的。

我先说第一吧。关于我的看法。来北京以前我不喜欢中国,中国人,和汉语。都不喜欢。可以说,我对中国有偏见。我不看不听有关中国的新闻。不知道为什么。我知道我是一个没有原因的人,所以我想改变那个不好的看法。 还有我想住在我不太喜欢的地方,我知道终于我应该改变我的感觉 。

第二我喜欢学习语言。我常常想知道别人在说什么呢?所以我想听得懂他们说的。我觉得不必复杂的语法,只知道简单的句子就可以了。那时候除了泰语,我学英语,因为从初中英语是必修(bi4xiu1)课。还有以前我学了一点日语,因为我觉得他们的语言很可爱,可是现在我都忘了。对汉语呢? 我记得第一次看到汉语,怎么这么难啊。还有太多汉字。我觉得得花几年,还差得远,不应该开始吧。

第三, 现在中国经济和世界经济关系很紧。 如果你想知道现在世界经济怎么样?那知道中国经济是免不了的。既然有的人说中国的 生产总值不是真正的,但是我觉得那是不应忽视的。 不知何故, 现在我喜欢 共产主义。面试工作的时候,我说我希望泰国也是这样。因为在中国,当总统以前,有系统。

那这些原因都是我原来我觉得什么什么什么, 现在呢?

第一原因,我的看法变了,我在北京大概六七个月了, 我还觉得学习汉语不太容易,但是我越来越喜欢汉字,对它有感兴趣,因为除了汉字,别的字 不能表示这么多意思。我的意思是只有两个字,就明白了,就够了,譬如,饮食,英文是 food and drink。这么长啊。那样的。

对我来说,在北京生活是很有意思的。我想说的多,可是时间不够了。所以我应该写一本关于中国生活的。然后给你们看看。

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P.S. 在清华大学学的。

7 Lessons I’ve Learned from my first job that I really appreciated

Recently, my friend who just joined the consulting field called me. She finished her first evaluation which didn’t go well. And I felt sorry for her…
I was once in that business as well and actually gained a lot without realizing it. I even thought that everyone would also possess the same traits.
Here are the lessons that I’ve listed out a long time ago and just reviewed it with fresh mind.
These would be points that you could learn from anywhere. I wouldn’t say they’re only applicable to consultants. I would really encourage everyone who seeks to run the efficient and effective life to consider. (I don’t even live that life…just to be clear :-P)
  1. Can-do attitude: the first thing before you started to do anything is that you need to believe that it can be done!
  2. 80/20 rule: 80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the causes. So, don’t spend more time to cover the rest of 20% of the work especially if it will need others to review/approve/consider etc.
  3. Big picture: always step back and question: What is the final result we all want? Is this discussion leading to that direction? (pretty much are we wasting our time?)
  4. Answering to yourself: try to answer/find solutions for your questions first before asking seniors/others for comments/supports
  5. Ownership of the job: you need to be responsible for the tasks you are handling. You need to really find the way to improve (or make revenue)
  6. Being omniscient (know everything): Be open-minded, open-eared and open-eyed. Just be open to know everything bit by bit
  7. Asking why?: if this then that. Just always ask why, especially to things that we thought they are the solutions because they are probably not.
It’s a pretty short list that’s not even comprehensive but I hope that my juniors know this beforehand. Then, the workplace would be really motivated. Let’s moving forward together as a team 🙂
Another 2-minute-read post. Bye!
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What’s it like to study Chinese at Tsinghua University?

What's it like to study Chinese at Tsinghua University? by Pitchaya Tun

Answer by Pitchaya Tun:

So my answer is "It depends."

It depends on

1 which level you take – different materials and kinds of classes

2 what class (of that level) you were assigned to – different teachera

I studied at ICLCC (Tsinghua University International Chinese Language and Culture Center) for one semester and two months.

 I was in a 'Beginner I' class for my first semester here, then I was in an 'Intermediate I' class for the next semester.

As far as I know, the levels start from Beginner I, then Beginner II, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, the rest is probably Advanced I and II, I'm not quite sure.

Classes and Subjects:

The maximum number of students in my levels are 20. (The afternoon session is less crowded than this, since many students want to take a morning class)

The Beginner I class has 3 subjects: General (or grammar), Speaking, and Listening.

The Intermediate I class has 4 subjects: General, Speaking, Listening, Reading.

I like the grammar class the most because I think I gained a lot from those classes. Most likely due to weekly dictations, homeworks, and quizzes.

 While I think the class size were too big for the speaking sessions, so we would be divided in to pairs or small groups for practicing or discussing about topics. Of course it cannot be like one-on-one study that you have the whole opportunity to talk with a teacher and get he or she corrects your mistakes. 

Materials:

The materials used for the beginner level were all kinds of things that can make you get used to or make you like Chinese language, such as textbooks, audio CD, flashcards, songs, slides, etc.

On the other hand, they assume students who take an intermediate class would have some kind of idea what Chinese language is like and how to keep pace on stydying, so the material is sole textbook (and you can also count audio CD for listening class). Since the book for Reading class is difficult, the teacher provides us an extra sheet of each topic for us.

What's it like to study Chinese at Tsinghua University?

Happy New Year !

It’s the first day of the year and the first day of this  whereismap.com : )
It took me some time to come up with this name since the domain that I initially wanted was already taken *sob*

Connect with me on your convenient sites with the same name!
Instagram: whereismap
Facebook: whereismap

I reviewed the stat of my blog last year, the number was surprising! Though I had posted not so many.
Thank you for your interest, random reading, and support.

Hopefully, I will keep posting religiously ….who knows?

Until then,
Map

By the way, Map is one  of my nicknames if you have ever wondered 😉

A bonus photo from me with my Canonet

 

 

 

The 1st Anniversary! (for my first roll of film) with complete set of photos

000022Unbelievably I drafted this content since last year. Now it’s time to publish.
 

Why started?

1.Photos developed from films look attractive to me.

When I was in middle school, lomography was boom. Chic people in the school back then, they all own one of the lomographic camera such as Diana, Fisheye, etc. I follow their personal blogs and always found their photos attractive. However, asking for the camera to my parents would not be reasonable at the time..
Time passed like 10 years later, I left my first job. At the time I wanted to buy a camera. My choices were either a mirrorless one or a film camera.. So it would be my first self-financed camera. Since I wasn’t gaining a lot during a leap time, it was more financially reasonable that getting a digital one was an ultimate choice. So that I could just take a lot.
Still when I saw film photos, I still thought they were so attractive.

2. Timing and Time to wait

After I started my second job for a while, my artist feeling came back during my idle time. I don’t invest in any fashion items, I would just put my money in my travel fund and some kind of gadgets. At the time, I followed many Facebook film-camera merchant fanpages and instagrams to check on prices and some beginner tips. So I decided to give it a shot.

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Let’s Read: All in Startup by Diana Kander

I have not been an entrepreneur myself. I know I want to be one. Another person who also know this is ….my boss.

diana
Credit: lionessessofafrica

So when he came back from his long personal leave, he introduced me this book, All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is on the Line. (Background: he is always reading books but has never recommended me any, oh thought of Hook by Niel, never mind. Let’s say this is his first recommendation to me hehe.)

It’s a fiction for a reason that the author believes this is the best way for readers to remember! Which is true. I normally forget what I read even a recent chapter. But it doesn’t occur to this one.

The book is embedded a story of an entrepreneur in a fun and easy-to-follow way paralleled with poker competition. Since in real life, we have like working world, romantic relationship world, family world, and so on. How to manage those then? I don’t know. I know only the followings key points are actually just 4 pages in the beginning of the book. The rest of the book is that entrepreneur-poker story, though.

Here are 4 Key notes for successful startups:

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LINE, the messaging app, is asking for money from chatting?

Absolutely Not.

 

I have been drafting this blog post since November, a month before the December news about LINE, a soon-to-be paid app after March 31, 2016…which is NOT TRUE and I would like to explain to my friends and family who had asked me recently.

 

There are majorly three types of accounts appeared on the LINE app: the personal account for each individual, the SMEs account for mainly small business used and the official account for business partners.

 

LINE account is for individual use with friends and familes. This one is mainly what LINE has shared the number that it has 33 Mn active users monthly and it is what I have used daily with my family and friends! In the past, in Thailand, is also one of the communication for SMEs to communicate with clients through messages.

 

But of course, if there ain’t broke, don’t fix it. LINE account also share other posts that those shops feel is too personal to show to others such as profile photos, status, and posts on timeline and inability to manage friend list well. Also, there is a limited number of friends that can be added.

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