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What I learned in the past three months

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been three months since I wrote my last entry. Originally, I pledged to write at least once a month… please accept my apologies …

So what did I do?

  • I really focused on finishing my thesis to the point that I now can’t even look at it without contempt anymore. I really really hate it by now. I guess and hope that this is normal. The thing is, I still have to do a presentation and an oral examination. Only then I’m done. I dream of some kind of fire ritual to burn my thesis and clean my brain ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know, stupid, but it helps to read it for the 120th time…
  • I’ve chosen the worst possible guy to proofread my thesis. At first he hit on me although he’s twice my age and now he has let me down and needed a month for a whole of 30 pages. Please don’t judge. I thought he was professional. At least the work he did on my 30 pages is good ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, live and learn… Let’s hope the next one is more reliable.
  • I’ve been to every professor and secretary available at our institute to get the enormous amount of signatures to even hand in the thesis. Tracking down the guy who’s always out having his breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner is pretty much impossible …
  • I’ve had about 3-5 (maybe more like 5-10) nervous crying fits when something went wrong with my thesis. I’ve pledged to let my boyfriend have his when he will write his own thesis.
  • My computer “died” at the appropriate time, just when I was doing my literature list. I guess the thesis wore the computer down too … Of course, that prompted another crying fit. Luckily, I obey to the golden rule of backup, backup, backup and I only had to redo an hour. But still, that hour sucked! Badly!

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  • One of my uncles died and now it came out that he has another “secret daughter”. What is it with all those family secrets?! This was that uncle’s favourite saying, which I really liked:

Ohne Arbeit frรผh bis spรคt kann dir nichts geraten,

Neid sieht nur das Blumenbeet, aber nicht den Spaten.

Roughly translated (and very poorly, please forgive me … this saying means: Without work from dust till dawn, you will achieve nothing. Envy only sees the flower bed, but not the spade. (I’m sure there is some equivalent in English that I don’t know of …)

His children may not enjoy his lifetime’s work now because they have to share with another unknown sibling. So remember, if you have any secret children, make sure to tell the children you live with ahead of your death what awaits them!

  • I still feel bad because of my dad sometimes. But lately, I just tell people straight away that he’s gone to get it out of the way when they ask. And last time, a girl forgot that I had told her that he is dead and asked me what my mom or my dad think of something. That was pretty disturbing. I didn’t feel too troubled about it, but I think I need to readjust my strategy. What proofed to be successful in your experience to get the point across that someone’s dead?!
  • Somebody broke into our home last week. We thought that our apartment looks so crappy nobody would bother to even do that. Besides, Vienna is pretty safe. And we don’t live in a posh neighborhood. Apparently, that is no security. Mr. Burglar (it must have been a guy considering the things he’s stolen) stole the hard-safed money from my boyfriend, his PSP and, strangely enough, his brand new running shoes. Mr. Burglar has taste. He didn’t take my Nintendo DS, the Wii, or my boyfriend’s 10-year old running shoes that were standing next to the new ones. My boyfriend’s actually more pissed that his progress at GTA has gone to waste than about the money. And with the shoes, it’s getting personal

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  • Naturally, nobody told us that this apartment has been broken into two times already. Would have been nice if somebody advised us to change the lock when we were so stupid not to do it. So, I’ve learned the lesson that even the crappiest apartment is a target for burglars.
  • Me and my boyfriend actually bought the running shoes together and we used to merrily run alongside, like a cheesy couple. I liked it. Now Mr. Burglar has taken away that too, because it doesn’t have the same feel to it when I have my shiny new shoes while he has to run in his crappy old ones. That guy is so mean!
  • The secretary I wrote about inย this and this post is already shining in its new glory, courtesy of my cousin. Pictures will follow in a next post ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the right decision to give it to her!
  • Speaking of which, we’ve found a guy who’s willing to rent my grandmother’s house, but only for a very small amount of money. On top of all, I have to prepare myself for grueling negotiations over the weekend. It gets tiring, really.
  • I’ve watched a ton of Korean Dramas in these past months. Those are the best to keep your thoughts away and just turn off your brain. So if you have a hard time with something, I can give you a list of the most perfect “braindead” dramas that there are …Of course, this is also a way not to forget my Korean, even if it’s Drama-speech … so it’s a win-win ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Korean Dramas are also a perfect way to win new friends. There’s nothing like swooning over a guy with other girls. I’m currently in the “courtship” phase with a girl that wants to be my friend (yay ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) We will meet up to watch dramas, eat and drink. Another win-win ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Speaking of drinking, I learned a few new drinking games, most of them from Korea. I’ve already established in that post that Koreans have a thriving drinking culture. It’s a funny contrast to us Austrians, who only sit together getting wasted while talking.
  • I found out that my English is pretty bad, so please don’t hesitate to point out any mistakes I make! Really!!
  • My family has lost all hope that I’ll ever graduate anymore. I lost hope that it still happens this year. I guess subconsciously I really put it off so not to get to the next stage, which is unemployment ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh my…

So, that is a tiny fraction of what I did. Even if it’s pathetic, I hope you enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜‰

Worst soreness ever…

I am walking like an old lady, my every step is aching, I cannot climb stairs without moaning in pain. What did I do, you might ask? Well, I wanted to strive for the perfect body. Yeah…that sounds stupid. But not just any body. His body:

That's Cha seung-won via english.chosun.com

Not too shabby, huh ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might be a woman, but I wouldn’t mind to having a tenth of his toned body. He’s an actor and I recently saw him in the drama “The greatest love”. Which everybody should watch by the way…It is hilarious and might become the best Korean drama of 2011! When I discovered that this guy is already in his 40s I was amazed. A little shocked. But mostly amazed. I want to look as healthy and hot in my 40s too … So, when I found this article about his training regimen, I was even more impressed. It sounded pretty reasonable and I gave it credit for acknowledging alcohol. Every other workout regime strictly forbids drinking. Which is not very realistic for me, after all, I enjoy my occasional drink and a beer with friends. And speaking of Korea, you might have read my post about their drinking culture. I can imagine that it’s not easy not to drink in Korea. Especially when negotiating contracts…

the greatest love via koreandrama.org

What makes it even better, his workout is pretty cheap too, since he only needs a jump rope and a chair. So, what does he do? He does 20 sets of 50 jumps, three times a week or something. I immediately dug up my old jumping rope and started. I’m not gonna lie, it was very exhausting. But I thought: “Well, you want to get as fit as him, so keep going!” I managed to make it to 17 sets of 50 jumps and it made me feel proud… I should have stopped at 10 sets, or even 5 … Because the next day I already started to feel soreness in my lower legs… Then it crept up to the upper legs…. And now it’s been three days and I cannot walk properly anymore!ย  I should have stuck to my running routine… At least my boyfriend is having a laugh every time I pass him by. Oh Cha Seung-won, what did you do to me?

Drinking presentation

I am having a presentation tomorrow. I know about this for some time now but naturally, I only began this afternoon. Yeah…it wouldn’t be that hard if the presentation wasn’t in Korean. Sigh…what should become of me?

The presentation is about Korea’s drinking culture. Which is a cool topic. But I don’t know what to say anymore and I am only half through with it. What should I say except that Koreans really like to drink, their national drink is Soju and they believe in drinking as a way to get to know each other better. Which is not too far away from the drinking culture in Austria. Except that the national drinks here are beer and wine. It’s almost embarrassing how proud Austria is of its wine when France is considered the “better” wine country….another blow to Austria’s self-confidence. I like the take of Koreans to get wasted and not be embarrassed of it, vomiting everywhere and getting dragged home. Now that is the way to get wasted!

Well…I hope I am able to pull together a decent presentation tomorrow. Maybe I should fix myself a drink…well…cheers ๐Ÿ˜‰

Internet radio, language partner and asian dramas

Basically I am doing a lot to brush up my Chinese recently. I try to listen to Chinese radio stations online while I’m doing stuff. I discovered a great site where you can switch between stations pretty easy: http://www.radioguide.fm/internet_radio_china

Unfortunately, I still didn’t find my “dream station”. Either they only play ๅคไปฃ music, which is very very old fashioned music, they only talk, they only have commercials or they have “radio dramas”, often meant to be funny…but considering my lack of understanding, I don’t find it funny and hence am disappointed…waiting for my first laugh to come up ๐Ÿ™‚

http://video.fashion4us.com/movie-drama-play-single-princesses-and-blind-dates.actionLast week I also met with a Chinese girl to practice a bit…while I wanted to have a Chinese friend here in Vienna for a long time, I was always too busy to actually go and answer an ad. But now I finally did it. She is a very nice girl from Tianjin and studies piano here, which a lot of Asians do. It is somehow ironic that the average Austrian doesn’t care too much for classical music except for the image of the country and then there are girls like her who sacrifice their whole life for music to realize their dream of studying in Vienna. While talking with her I was so let down by my Chinese I really sucked…As I didn’t expect it to be this bad, I wanted to change something and unwrapped a few books which I took with me from China and already collected dust in my shelf… It’s a shame I always only did the exercises on page one…and then gave up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh my…my attitude sucks really bad….But what I always love are cheesy Asian dramas ๐Ÿ™‚ I love love love Korean ones, nobody can reach the level of drama, guilt, shame and twisted love triangles like they do…but as I want to enhance my Chinese, I had to look for an equivalent, and since China tries to copy Korea, they also don’t lack cheesy dramas now. Which is good for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ The title already sums it up: “Single princesses and blind dates”. It sounds very cheesy which it is, but I hope it actually improves my Chinese. The good thing is, on the site some guys also made German subtitles which could help me if I really had a problem to understand…but for now the plot is still very easy to understand. That is why I only watch cheesy love stories ๐Ÿ˜‰ Besides my love for love, I can talk about love in Chinese, at least ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is the site to watch: http://www.mysoju.com/single-princesses-and-blind-dates/

Okay…and when I am done with that I have to start reading the “hard” stuff about economy, global questions and monetary problems in Chinese…hope I don’t overreach or overestimate myself ๐Ÿ˜‰