learning

I can’t believe it’s already half of the semester. I feel like it just started, but at the same time, I feel like I’ve had too many assignments to turn in for it to only be the start. I feel like this semester I learned a lot about learning. I realized that whatever I do, everything I will do will be difficult, and it’s the process of going through those tasks that I learn. I learn a little more about myself. I learn that I am capable of doing difficult things and I learn that even if don’t really enjoy them, I can get through them.

Also, I’m currently watching Touch Your Heart (진심이 닿다), with Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-a. It’s so cute and worth losing a bit of sleep for. I wish I could learn to read more though…

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

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2018 me in 2019

I want to think that I’ve changed every year. Maybe grow wiser, smarter, and better equipped to handle what is in front of me. Every year I feel like it will be different, but this year, I I feel like I am the exact same person I was in 2018. I don’t feel like I got smarter, or better, or make better decisions in my life. All I know is that I am just currently in this moment, a moment I should treasure and a moment that I will never be able to get back again. I think once I start to think about this, I decide that most other things in life are insignificant to the current moment.

 

xoxo, dramaqueensoph

On: Studying in public spaces

Sometimes it is SO annoying to study in a public place since people are rude and loud. It always makes me a bit frustrated. However, studying in public places really gets me to be pretty productive because I’m more conscious of the things going on around me.

I started drafting this post a year ago, wanting to start a series where I just talk about a certain topic that I find to be relevant to me. I guess at that point I must’ve been really annoyed with whoever was studying around me.

After two and a half years in college, I got to meet so many people, with all different ways of studying or doing work. Some people work the best alone in their room, where they have access to everything they need, others need to work with others, bouncing`ideas off each other to get their brain working.

If I’ve learned one thing about myself last semester, it is that it is quite difficult for me to continue working on something. Especially if I’m alone, and ESPECIALLY if YouTube is easily accessible. I need to consistently find new areas to work in and write down what I need to work on to finally work on something.

Here I will be writing things for me to do today:

  • rewatch Divorce Lawyer in Love
  • study Chinese
  • study for major course next semester
  • apply to internships and research for the summer (December 12 is tomorrow!!)

Stuff to do by the end of the break:

  • apply for financial aid
  • yeah…continue applying

good luck everyone 🙂

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

我的少女时代 Our Times 나의 소녀시대

“只有我們自己才可以決定自己的樣子”

“Only we can determine what we are”

I watched this Taiwanese drama for the first time last week. It’s been a while since I came across a movie I liked as much as this one. The messages in the movie to all youth out there, giving them hope, telling them to be who they are, really inspired me. Kind of ironic, as I am the epitome of a couch potato these days, but I finally got to ask my professor for a letter of recommendation! Yay! I can’t believe it was so simple, yet I put so much stress on it. We talked for a while, and it turns out that he did not hate me/think of me weirdly, and we ended up talking for a long time. It was kind of funny as I asked him of his first impression of me, and he replied that I was very unique, that I talked a lot, even without knowing the language well, a type of student he’s never seen before. Although it can be seen as more negative, I liked to think of it in a positive way, how I differentiate myself from others. We laughed and talked a lot and it was really fun. All it really took was a new perspective, in my opinion.

不要跌倒的秘诀就是─不要怕跌倒,最糟也只是跌倒而已,重要的是你为什么来到这里。” – 徐太宇

“Don’t be afraid of falling. It can’t get worse than falling. The important thing is why you are here.” – Hsu Taiyu

I was actually quite surprised that I liked this movie, as I normally like watching dramas, watching the characters develop in front of my eyes and the natural progression of life. But this movie had everything that I needed and more, and I would definitely rewatch this movie in my free time!

Until the next time I decide to write something again,

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

Reading more

I was having a long conversation with a co-worker today in the Physics department. It felt kind of weird but also cool, because I feel like I don’t really try to expose myself to people like her normally. She is a medieval history major and looks around 30-35 years old? Her name is Laura. At first I was just talking to her as I was wrapping up my work, but I then asked her a question about her job and found out what she majored in. She explained to me how important she thought reading was, especially discerning bad writing from good writing. What she said made so much sense to me, a person who never read after high school. I think reading is important, but I just can’t find my passion for it again. I think one sentence that she told me was “These days people proudly say that they don’t read”. I was really motivated from that because honestly that was me. I never want to pick up a book and my excuse for not reading is just that I have “no time”. I wish I could get starting with reading again and develop critical reading skills, but I know this will take a lot of effort and stamina. Which is why I’m deciding today. I’m going to read a page a day, starting today.

Haven’t posted recently

I feel like I haven’t been writing recently because writing doesn’t come to me like it used to, so I don’t do it as often as I want to. I also like to blame it on the fact that I am “busy”. I want to say that I will post more often this summer, but if I say that I feel like it will lower the chances of it actually happening. This summer I was planning on subbing more videos on Viki, but so far I haven’t been able to do it as much as I wanted to. This weekend I finally watched Goblin, and it was definitely worth the hype. Also, it was very hot this weekend. Stay cool, in every way.

 

xoxo,

dramaqueensoph

My Golden Life: Episode 41-52 Thoughts

After watching dramas, especially really good ones like My Golden Life, I feel like I always have so much to discuss with others, but since I don’t really have that other person to do it with, I’ll just do it here.

Episode 41

I never thought I would ever be saying this, but I really like Ji-soo’s character now. This episode really showed her natural development from the innocent, bread-loving girl, to a cold-hearted woman. We, as viewers, know she is not acting nonchalantly because she intends to hurt those around her but is doing it to protect those who are most dear to her, and she can only do so by leaving them. When Ji-soo called Do-kyeong for the last time before leaving, she said “I didn’t know you were the one drying seaweed, I love you”. Do-kyeong was confused, but she follows with “Please tell that to Ji-an”, and I cried in this drama for the first time in a long time. The drama has been centered around Ji-an and Do-kyeong for so long (with almost no progression in their relationship; practically Ji-an telling Do-kyeong to go back to Haesung Group to no avail) that it was starting to get bland, but with Ji-soo about to leave to study abroad, everything changed; Ji-soo realized her priorities and, in the end, found what mattered to her the most. I’m not sure what will happen in the next episode, but I hope that Ji-an and Do-kyeong reconcile…which is what every viewer is waiting for, isn’t it? But that probability doesn’t seem high, knowing Ji-an’s personality, and Do-kyeong’s new will to appease Ji-an, even if it means to leave her alone. It’s pretty late now but I’m so shook from how good this episode is that I can’t get myself to go to sleep right now.

Episode 42

I want to start off by saying that this episode was probably one of the best episodes I’ve seen in a long time. Except for the Ji-tae scenes, which I’m not a big fan off, I loved every scene. Ji-an and Do-kyeong finally understand each other and talk to each other comfortably. Although we can see that they both love each other a lot, they know that for themselves and for each other, not being together is what is best. I’m still rooting for their relationship, but I wish there were more scenes of them when they started to like each other, because I don’t even think they officially ever dated. I’m glad to see that No Myung-hee is reminded of herself and her husband when she sees her son and Ji-an together, but that doesn’t change much about her personality. I guess it would be unnatural for her personality to change just like that. But for once (!), Ji-an seems happier than normal! I think it has to do with Ji-soo and Ji-an reconciling, but somehow, it still feels a little awkward to me. I’m so glad that Choi Do-kyeong’s dad has finally burst and is just done with his wife and all of Haesung Group, and reveals to No Myung-hee that he knows the true reason why No Myung-hee lost Choi Eun-seok 23 years ago.

Episode 43

I’m glad a lot of things resolved and are going smoothly. I’m so excited that Ji-an and Do-kyeong are finally officially dating!!! I’ve been waiting for this since, literally, episode one, and it has finally appeared.

Episode 44

WOW. I never imagined that Do-kyeong’s mother would let him get married to Seo Ji-an. But for some reason, I feel like it sounds like a threat? Also, the background music sounds suspenseful and creepy.

I love this drama so much I don’t know how to explain how much this drama means to me now…I got a member in a dance group I’m in into the drama too..

I’ve been pretty busy these days, so I haven’t been able to write as much…hopefully I will have more time when the next couple episodes come out because it’s getting really good. :)!

Episode 45

I, like a lot of characters in the drama, thought that Choi Do-kyeong would eventually have to return to Haesung Group, but the fact that he was adamant about starting over on his own really surprised me! I feel like even though we got to see a lot of moments with Do-kyeong and Ji-an, they weren’t real moments; somehow they all felt a little fake to me. When they were happy I didn’t actually feel like it was because they truly felt that way, but because they wanted to do the most that they can do in their one week of dating. On the other hand, I feel like Ji-soo and Hyuk are becoming more natural and comfortable with each other. I’m so curious about Do-kyeong’s grandfather and what will happen to him. Honestly, I thought Do-kyeong was handsome because he was rich, but now that he decided to start over, Do-kyeong and Ji-an’s relationship seems more realistic. I’m so curious as what will happen now that Do-kyeong and Ji-an will stop dating and Do-kyeong hears about his grandfather.

Only one episode this week because of the Olympics…but that’s okay because I’ve been pretty overwhelmed recently. I’m also planning on making a webpage on My Golden Life for a school project, so I’m excited to start on that! I’m planning on including clips that I’ve subbed and translated, as well as some stuff I’ve written from this dramaqueensoph website.

 

A draft of the website I’m thinking about making for this drama!

I don’t know why, but I’m already a bit sad. This drama has been such a big part of my life for so long that I forget how it felt to not have a family that felt like my own to look forward to on the weekends.

Episode 46

Wow. It just got super dramatic with this episode. As soon as I thought it was going to slow down and focus on Ji-an and Do-kyeong, the writers take the story on another route and all the secrets between the Seo and Choi families are getting revealed. On one side, I like the fact that Do-kyeong went back to Haesung Group, but I find it annoying that everything is just in a mess and people are forced to compromise their conscience to protect other things that matter to them. Even though this episode was full of surprises, I don’t think the next episode will continue to be interesting, but rather frustrating, and again sad. I think it is just Ji-an’s fate to remain sad and stressed.

Episode 47

I can’t believe they made Seo Tae-soo actually have cancer in the end!! And no preview!! This family went through so much, and they don’t deserve this!! Also so shook by the fact that the grandfather is actually getting fired from Haesung. Overall, this episode seemed to go by faster than the rest adn exceeded by expectations! 🙂 I really like Ji-hoo and Seo-hyun’s relationship the best in this drama now haha. Gonna go work on website now…

Episode 48

Episode 49

Episode 50

Episode 51

Episode 52

It’s so weird that everyone changed so much, especially the parents. Usually it’s hard for elders to change that much, so it looks so weird. Also, I’m a bit disappoint that Ji-ho and Seo-hyun didn’t end up together. When Seo Tae-soo died, I felt the same as if my dad had passed away. I wish that Ji-an would stop pretending to not like Do-kyeong. I think it’s weird that everyone changed a lot, but Ji-an still feels like she hasn’t changed much.  In the end, it was expected that the ending not be super great since the drama has been going on for a while, but I still thought it resolved a lot of the issues throughout the show, even if it seemed to be a bit unreasonable at times.

Still one of my favorites though, definitely worth watching if you have even a bit of time on your hands.