2 Korean words that will probably sound weird if used in other languages.

I think sometime back I posted on my Facebook about some words that can’t be translated to English. I can’t remember what they are now ;p Will go through my posts tomorrow. But here’s 2 words that I think can’t be used their translated form. It sounds weird for me when I use the translated form at least.


There’s a direct translation for it in Chinese – 拜托了. And the English equivalent would be, “I’m counting on you!” I would say the Chinese translation is more accurate than the English.

부닥하다 is usually used when asking someone for a favour. For example, when asking for someone to help you do something (that might be a little out of the way for the person), other than the usual “Thank you”, you can go, “부닥해요!”.

It’s also used when meeting new colleagues, teachers or clients for the first time. For example, when you meet your teacher for the first time, after your usual introduction, you go, “앞으로 부닥드립니다!” I guess the Chinese translation for this will then be – 以后请多多指教。In English, I guess it’s…”Please guide me along next time.”

But really, using the phrase in English/Chinese, it’s just weird. Nobody says that or at least…It’s hard to say that without appearing like a bootlicker. But in Korea, it’s quite natural.


The Chinese equivalent would be 辛苦了 and the English equivalent will be….”Thank you for your trouble/effort.” Sounds weird right? I do have classmates from China who uses it but it sounds a little weird in Singapore’s context.

When alighting from cabs in Korea, other than saying thanks, we tend to end it with, “수고하세요.” And the cab drivers will probably react more positively to this. I have had a cab driver who was really grumpy about helping me with my luggage but once I said the phrase, his reaction changed and explained why he was grumpy initially (or it can be that I gave him a 2000 won tip but…nah!).

Now, if I say, “辛苦了!” before alighting from the cab, I think the driver will look at me like I am weird.

수고하다 can also be used when someone complete a task? For example, after your project mate/colleague drafted out an email for you to vet, you can say, “수고!” to thank them for the effort. I mean, saying “감사합니다” probably works too but I think hearing “수고!” is probably more rewarding to some extend.

You know, I have never quite understand why the Koreans have so many words to describe so many things indirectly. I am starting to appreciate it a little bit now. Though I still don’t think that having a whole new set of grammar for indirect speech is necessary. Don’t even get me started on 다고/라고! Like saying an unreasonable request by quoting oneself makes it any better. pfft ;p

Devotion 22/02/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

a short one today(: my temper has been extremely short the past 2 days. ironic though. considering that it’s CNY and we are not supposed to be angry. but going out with the family tires me out (different personalities, left with the planning) and i am always on edge. so…

Lord, my mouth sometimes speaks words that don’t honor You.
Thank you that by Your Spirit, my untamed tongue can brought under divine control.
Please guard my mouth today.

To rule your tongue, let Christ rule in your heart.

ODB, 16 February 2015

cleaning up after myself in cafes/cinemas.

a little habit from Korea that kind of stuck with me – cleaning up after myself in cafes/cinemas.

but I realised that Singapore’s cafes/cinemas are not that equipped for this. for example, the bins are too small at cinemas. i brought the empty popcorn box and drinks with me after a movie, only to realised that the bin is full. I can’t exactly stop to put them on the floor (cos loads of people behind me) so i ended up carrying them with me till I climbed down 4 floors, out to the shopping mall and found a bin. sigh.

Or at Starbucks. I brought my tray to the ‘dustbin’, expecting to find a ‘hole’ for the leftover drinks, a ‘hole’ for the cup, a ‘hole’ for the cover and a ‘hole’ for all other thrash. Nope. Just one for every and any thing. And there’s no place for me to place the tray OR the plastic cup.

And I guess, the ‘cleaning up after one self’ is not common here too. I have been friends telling me to just leave everything and go. I’m like o.O I can feel this habit ‘draining’ out of me.

It’s a chicken-egg problem. Environment first or habit first?

Misaeng Quotes

Too many good quotes to not jot them down. Have probably missed quotes from the first 8 episodes. But here’s a growing list of any quotes from the rest of the 11 episodes.

Edit: I missed out on some great quotes in the last few episodes too. It’s just so awesome! Watch the ending credits of the last episode right to the end. it will make you love the show even more.

Episode 9:

“We don’t know what we reveal, but we want to reveal so much about ourselves. Why do people want to confess to others? Baduk defines its world with horizontal and vertical lines. If a baduk board were infinite, if the world were a limitless canvas, would winning and losing be possible? We find a part of that world that’s ours. We reveal ourselves to find comfort and understanding.”

“Courage is not only characterized by readily jumping into risky situations. Avoiding these situations and silently going on your own path is also considered courageous. It is foolish to be swayed and immediately respond to a counter current. Sticking to your path despite the adversity will be your counter response. Therefore, following your own path is your best defensive and offensive measure.”

Source: http://www.dramabeans.com/

“When you keep your cool while your opponent doesn’t, they eventually get into trouble.”

Episode 10:

“Be careful when you question the errors of others. Don’t hate the person or you won’t be able focus on the errors. Disregard the person and look at the errors. That way you can question them and get honest answers.”

(Similar to Chinese saying of 对事不对人. It applies to everything in life, including teaching and parenting. Always remember that we want to get to the reason why an error occur and not penalise someone – no matter who they are).

Episode 12:

On changing perspectives…

“..the Earth is spinning in orbit where there’s no up or down. He points out that normally on maps Australia is down on the bottom and not as visible, but when you flip it around, it becomes the center of of the map and the focus of attention..”

Source: http://www.dramabeans.com/

Episode 13:

“It does matter how it looks to others. It’s not flashy but doing what is necessary is what’s important.”

Episode 15:

“A good memory is commendable, but real greatness comes from forgetting.”

Source: http://www.dramabeans.com/

“While it’s foolish to fight the powerful as the powerless, I am afraid that I will become like them (mean, ruthless) while I wait for my chance.” (Very true. When you numb yourself to certain antics, you might end up convincing yourself that it’s correct. That’s why I left a job.)

Episode 17:

“We used to be so closed in the beginning, now it’s all about performance, results and connections (i.e. not associating with people who doesn’t help you).”
(I know this is true but I hope I never have to experience it myself.)

“I considered them as family and took their needs into consideration. But they saw my resignation as an opportunity for them to rise up.”
(This resonated with me. I confided in a colleague once about thinking of resigning. She told everyone in and out of our department because, once I am gone, she gets promoted. It hurts and made me detest politics.)

It’s important to work with people who has values, who cares about you as a human being than someone who sees you as a tool for promotion/than promotions.

Episode 19:

“It’s like that. Sometimes, life gives you a malicious quiz and leaves you with hints in the most absurd places. And there’s no guarantee about the resulting solution.”

Source: http://www.dramabeans.com/

“There are things in life that we start even with a predetermined end.”

Omg. When the newbies lined up to say goodbye to Chief Oh, that part was pure sadness 😦 To think he made such an impact on the newbies is just…Aww.

Credits: dramabeans

Episode 20:

“Just because you forgot your dream, it doesn’t mean your dream has vanished. Just because you cant see the road, doesn’t mean the road has vanished. We can’t say that hope exists nor it doesn’t. It’s just like the roads across the earth. For actually, there are no roads to begin with, but when many men pass through the same way, a road is made.”

“A road opens as you tread along it. A road that doesn’t open is not a road. Roads are opened to everyone. But not everyone can have it. Another road have opened and I am not alone.”


Devotion 15/02/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

It took me about 18 years or so before I learned how to pray. That praying is basically a conversation with God. It doesn’t have to be filled with fancy words ;p Just do it like how you will talk to a friend (:

Sometimes, we find it hard to express ourselves to God. Especially when we are praying for others. So…Hopefully this helps.

Pray that they will grow in love: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”

Pray that they will make wise choices: “..so that you may be discern what is best..”

Pray that they will live with integrity: “…and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…”

Pray that they will become like Jesus: “…filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”

(Philippians 1:9-11 NIV)

– Habit of Happiness, Day 3

Happy Sabbath (: Busy week ahead for everyone!

Dragon Blade 天将雄师

dragon-blade-posterOkay, most of you are probably going to think that this review is going to be biased because I like Siwon and he is in this movie. But let me start but telling my initial concerns and thoughts about this movie.

Initially I thought…

  • With such a stellar cast, will the movie fall flat? We all know that when you put good actors together, it doesn’t always produce awesome results.
  • Siwon, as much as I like him, can’t act. Let me remind you how I have never ever watched any of his dramas. 미안해, 시원이~
  • After watching the trailer and realising it’s a mix of Mandarin and English, my reaction, “OMG. Why!” Because frankly, more often than not, when they mix languages, the dialogues don’t flow.
  • Jackie Chan. I was quite done with the martial arts x body gag. Love watching his re-runs on TV but another movie along the same concept? Uh-uh.

Would I pay to go watch the watch? Probably not.

The press conference

Tagged along with my friend to the press conference and saw Siwon up close *fangirl scream* after it, I was kinda looking forward to watching the movie at night (Adeline won tickets!).


I don’t know. Chemistry between the cast was awesome. Throughout the press conference, you can see them whispering to each other and John Cusack and Jackie Chan was quite buddy buddy with each other! Jackie Chan even helped John Cusack to refill his cup when he noticed that he was running low on water.


JC and JC. Sorry for the unedited photo. didn’t bring my flash 😦


these two have quite alot to talk about apparently. at one point, siwon was translating for John Cusack. Not bad, Mr Choi.

And through the videos they were showing prior to the start of the press conference, it seems like the movie is quite logical? Jackie Chan came up with a tiny arm shield thingy because he figured that his character is a mobile peace corp and need to be able to travel light. Therefore, he thinks it’s not practical for him to carry around a normal shield so he came up with the idea of a portable shield. Yes, small things like this impress me more than big ones.

Also, throughout the interview, Jackie Chan’s sincerity just shone through? How he said that the crew has it the hardest because they have to go early to set up and end late. I mean, I feel kind of sorry for the actress that said the wrong thing and triggered him. But his point came through. He also handled the press pretty well when they asked about his son. Yes, he is a star, he is used to it. Well, just because he is used to it doesn’t mean he should tolerate it. But tolerate he did.

Oh yeah. Jackie Chan also said that the movie carries the message of unity. How people with different background can come together to achieve something good. How we can turn our ‘enemies’ into our friends. I liked how the cast all agreed in unison when Jackie Chan said that it’s an important message in recent days. BUT! Despite this, I was especially skeptical because the message he wanted to send for “The Zodiac” was kinda lost on me.

The movie itself…

You made it! HAAHAHA. Okay, here’s a photo of Siwon to break the long paragraphs.


really dont like his fringe.

My intial concerns were moot (not sure if I am using this word correctly).

Siwon’s acting? From his <5 minutes of screentime, it seems like he has improved quite a bit in his acting. Good job, Mr Choi. Hahaha. Plus. it’s like a breather for the eyes when he comes on screen. He still manage to look good despite the beard and dirt. DO NOT KEEP A BEARD, MR CHOI.

Mix of English and Mandarin and a ton of other languages? It’s pretty entertaining. Surprisingly so! And the dialogues made sense. It didn’t feel awkward. So, woots!

Good actor + good actor + good actor = ? One fantastic show. I thought I will get bored (I fell asleep watching Up) but nope! Like I said, the chemistry between the cast was awesome. It showed on screen (: Adrien Brody…Wah. His brand of evil is effortless? He looked so lazy but yet the evil “aura” was off the radar. Awesome! The cast can all speak with their eyes so it’s very easy to watch.

Yet another Jackie Chan movie? 아니요. Not quite. No body gag this time. No pointless fighting. It’s all good! And did the message he wanted to convey come through? Yes.

Though at some point, I can’t bring myself to watch cos the scenes reminded me of recent terror events 😦

Should you watch?

If you like unity unity kind of movie, yes! Because this show is full of it. Touched me a teeny weeny bit.

If you have always liked Jackie Chan’s movie and yet shared my initial concern, just go watch (:

I might even suggest to bring the family to watch during CNY. Honestly, I can’t wait for Ch8 to buy the movie and then play countless re-runs on it ;p

How many popcorns? 3.5-4 popcorns!


the cast. stupid flash. i was raising my camera super high and it still got into my frame.

okay, heading to bed. it’s late and I just realised I didn’t eat the entire day. No wonder my gastric is acting up. Going to edit the pictures tomorrow!

Devotion 08/02/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

How time flies. I am back in SG for almost 2 months. Almost feels like I never went to Korea. But ah well. Life’s next adventure awaits? Kinda.

This is something that’s rather reassuring. If you present this to me 2 years ago, I might tell you this means nothing. I don’t have the faith (?) that I have now. But yeah.

Are you groping in the dark, not knowing what to do?
He says, “I am the light of the world (John 8:12). When you walk in Me, you will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Are you wondering if there is more to life than merely existing from day to day?
He says, “I am the resurrection and the life. I came to give you life. And where there is life, there cannot be death. You will have life and life abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Are you fearful of what is ahead of you?
He says, “I am the good shepherd, who leads you to pastures of tender, green grass and waters of rest. You will not suffer lack.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

God declares to you, “I am to you, what you need Me to be.”
– Joseph Prince’s Devotional, Day 95

The past week, I was rather frazzled and getting impatient about where my life was going. Career, financial planning, relationships. It seems like my life has been put on hold and being the “high achiever”/workaholic that I am, it doesn’t really sit well with me. So I kept repeating this in my daily conversation with God, “Please help me rest in the knowledge that You have a plan for me. And this plan is good.”

So yup (: Happy Sabbath!