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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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LINE Village in Bangkok is FINALLY open! like finally. (photos and videos)

For all visitors to Siam Square area, we would all see the “LINE Village” banner at the Siam Square One.. but it was probably there since the building was open, I hope I’m wrong.
The previously latest update to this shop was the staff recruitment sign..
During that time, I believe it was over 3 years and it could be even 4 years…I’d been to the shops in Garosugil, Myeongdong, Harajuku, Taipei, and about to check out the Shanghai’s one…
I can’t be happy enough to say that.

Now it’s open : )

Yeahhh
Woohoo
Only the shop part though, not the indoor riders which will be open by the end of this year, 2017.

Things worth mentioned:

-the product price is not that different than that of KRW, a bit higher. you should check it out from https://store.linefriends.com/
-the shops in Korea would have some newer products, such as for the current time is Beat Brown.
-the shops in Tokyo would have products from creator market such as Usamaru, Kanahei and other Webtoons, too.
-the new version of pillow cushion is so soft! comparing to the previous ones.
-the store is very small in an L-shaped. Don’t expect a lot.
-still, there are some photo spots inside and outside of the shop including the Tuk Tuk ride for Bangkok!

Products I like price list in THB:

Big Brown 5,900
Medium Brown with donut 1,579
Sleeping eye mask  355
Luggage tag 385
Glass coaster 189
 

Also:

Lamy x LINE Friends
Notebooks in variety of sizes and covers
Phone cases
Laptop pouches
etc.
So, of course, in this special occasion,
I forgot my camera lol
So here are some of the atmosphere and things sold taken by my phone.

Bonus:

we also went to check out the IHOP, the pancake place, that just opened in Siam Paragon. We tried pancake, crepe, waffle. I would say that you should just go for the fluffy pancake!

 

I almost forgot the dinner we had..Tom yam noodle with eggs

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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[ SHOW DC ] เปิดตัวแล้ว มีอะไรเปิดบ้าง? – photos and vlog

SHOW DC เปิดมานานแล้ว แต่เพิ่งมีงานเปิดตัวในสัปดาห์นี้ 10-16 เมษายน ซึ่ง ก็ยังเปิดไม่หมดทุกส่วนอยู่ดีนะ
เมื่อวันจันทร์ที่ผ่านมาทางเราก็อยากจะรู้เรื่องอะไรกะเค้าบ้าง เลยชวนกันย้ายไปทำงานนอกสถานที่หน่อย
แน่นอนว่าบรรยากาศจะเหงาๆในตอนบ่าย มีที่จอดรถส่วนนึงถูกกั้นไว้สำหรับผู้ได้รับเชิญให้มาร่วมงานตอนเย็น
แล้วพอเย็นที่มีงานเปิดตัวห้าง ก็จะครึกครื้นขึ้นหน่อย เราเชื่อมั่นว่าถ้าคุณตั้งใจไปตามใครที่มางานนี้ ก็คงรู้ตารางวันมากันแล้วแหละ
กระทู้นี้เลยจะเน้นลงรูปทั่วไปในห้างหน่อยนะคะ

What’s inside:

ชั้น 1: โซนอาหารเกาหลี หลากรูปแบบ ช้อปปิ้งของเกาหลี ทั้งซูเปอร์มาร์เก็ต ทั้งสกินแคร์และเครื่องสำอาง มีโซนให้นั่งเล่น
ชั้น 3: โซนเกม คาราโอเกะเพลงละสิบบาท, Toys R Us, Nike Store (เอาจริงๆงงชั้นแล้ว เอาเป็นว่า สองร้านนี้เปิดแล้วนะ ไนกี้ไม่มีพวกรองเท้าที่คุณต่อคิวกันแน่นอน)
ชั้น 4: Lotte Duty Free (ยังไม่เปิด ยังได้ลุ้นกันอยู่ ว่าราคาจะขนาดไหน) สปา เสริมสวย และ ..เอ่อ และร้านแนว relax นอนในน้ำในแคปซูลปิด (Bangkok Float Center)
ชั้น 5: อาหารหลากชาติ ขนมนู้นนี้ เช่น อาหารอินเดีย บิงซู ขนมแปลกๆ นี่เดินเร็วมากไง กะจะลงไปหาอะไรกินต่อด้านล่างแล้ว
ชั้น 6: YG Republique …. ตั้งใจไปอันนี้แบบไม่ได้รู้เรื่องอะไรกับเค้าเลย ว่า ยังไม่เปิดจ้า
เอาจริงว่า นี่รอร้าน YG นะ ทั้ง Samgeori Brothers ทั้งร้านขายของ ตอนนี้ที่เห็นเปิดมีแต่ PSY Korean Ramen ที่อยู่ชั้น 1 ซึ่งเราแบบ เฮ้ย เราไม่ได้อยากกินมาม่าเการาคาสองร้อยบาทอ่ะเทอว์ (แถวบ้านก็ราคานี้..) ก้รอไป เดี่ยวคุณลุงไซแกก็จะมางานเปิดตึกนี่นะ (สรุปแกมาวันนี้ที่โพสเลย 11 เมษา “สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย”)
BigBang Stand on 3rd floor

ฉาก iKON, BIGBANG

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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?

Review | ทำ Passport ที่ MRT คลองเตย (ใกล้ทางออก 2)

วันนี้ไปทำพาสปอร์ตมา
เพิ่งรู้ว่ามีสาขาที่สะดวกสบายสำหรับพนักงานออฟฟิศย่านกลางเมืองขนาดนี้
นั้นก็คือ MRT คลองเตย!
อยู่ตรงแถวทางออก 2 ค่ะ
เปิดจันทร์ ถึงศุกร์ 8:30 – 15:30
เตรียมตัว
1. บัตรประชาชน
2. เงินสด 1,060 บาท (1,000 ค่าทำพาสปอร์ต  60 ค่าส่งด่วน)
(มีตู้ ATM กสิกร และกรุงไทย อยู่แถวหน้าสาขานี้)
เว็บนี้ไม่ได้มีแค่ให้จองที่ก่อนไปนะคะ
สามารถทำได้หลายอย่าง ทั้ง ลงทะเบียน ตรวจสอบสถานะ ดูคิวของสาขานั้นวันนั้น (รอกี่คน ทำเสร็จกี่คน) ดูสถิติแต่ละวันในสัปดาห์ก่อน ว่าพีคช่วงวันไหน จะได้วางแผนกันได้ อ้อ แล้วก็มีรายละเอียดที่อยู่ของแต่ละสาขาด้วย!
แนะนำให้ลองเข้าไปเช็คๆกดๆดู เค้าทำมาดีค่ะ

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Bangkok 101: Street Food List – my fave !

Thailand is famous for food stalls on street. Actually, vendors would sell anything on street such as clothes, toys,  etc. The sad truth is that there are venal officers who ask for the protection fee….rental fee…or any fees?

Good thing for consumers is that they are cheap and convenient but the bad sides are of course the hygiene of intakes,  the hard-to-be-clean environment, and jammed atmosphere. You will find it difficult to walk on the pathway along the street because of these stores. But for the first couple times, these will still be interesting.
Recently, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has tried to clean up the pavement by asking the sellers to leave… some of my favourite shops didn’t even have time to tell their customers…
Let’s get down to our business today!
I personally don’t like too sweet stuff and would not have too much snack …but here is

 My fave street food in Bangkok

Drink:

  • Iced Thai milk tea “Cha-yen” ชาเย็น: THB 35 less sweet please. It’s my all-time fave drink. It’s difficult to find the thick, creamy, and less sweetened Cha-yen nowadays. oh if you find cake or ice-cream of Cha-yen, please do order them!
  • Iced Thai black tea “Cha-dam-yen” ชาดำเย็น: above one without milk. THB 25
  • Iced lemon tea: get this at Au Bon Pain!, a cafe chain. I like to order from any places but my fave is from that cafe.
  • Hot soy milk: less sweet

Dessert/ Snack:

  • Crepe: it is thin and crispy with variety add-ons to be stuffed >> “Prik-pao moo-yhong crepe” for sweetened pork and chili paste. You just need to try it.
  • Roti: original one is thick but if with stuff inside would be thin >> banana and egg roti
  • “Ka-nom-tuay” ขนมถ้วย: sweet thing served in a small size. THB 25 for six
  • FRUITS ! fresh fruit is cheap here. Just pick whatever is attractive to you. I love coconut the most as well as the coconut ice-cream

Food:

  • “Som-tam” ส้มตำ: Som-tam is a kind of salad that sweet and “VERY Spicy.”
  • Grilled chicken “Kai-yaang” ไก่ย่าง >> The grilled chicken especially the one on stick is juicy and tasty.
  • “Rad-na” ราดหน้า: thin big noodle with pork and veggies topped with slimy sauce. I prefer this one to the famous Pad-thai though
Som-tam ! (and I)

Anything you wanna add on the list? Tell me!

Any questions on food? ask me : )
Yay!
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