Howdy, y'all! Happy new year and may 2017 will be filled with blessings and loves. Yup, a year just passed by and a LOT of things happened in the 22nd year of my life, be it good things or bad things. One of the best things was an unexpected trip to Korea!!! I swear y'all, I've always wanted to go Korea all my life and I DID GO TO SOUTH KOREA LAST SUMMER!!! Okay, let's calm down and let me tell you how it all started.
Ok to begin with, I actually took Korean language class in my university and it's been almost 3 years now since my first Korean class. So last year (I think it was in April) I participated in Korean speech contest held by IC King Sejong Institute in collaboration with our uni's Korean Language & Literature Department and guess what? I won the first place. Who would've thought that I could be so fluent in Korean, right? Hahaha, nah just kidding. Ok, so that's that and I continued living a normal boring life as a student and then summer break started. So during the break, my Korean teacher emailed me that King Sejong Institute (KSI) in Seoul wanted my Korean competition speech video but we didn't record it during the competition event, so I had to record it on my own and send it back to them. Well, I just did what they told (cuz, why not?) and also uploaded my video to youtube. Few weeks after, the night that I supposed to catch a flight back home in Malaysia, my Korean teacher texted me "Syazana, can you fill a form for me and choose what you like among kpop, taekwondo, Korean traditional dance, and korean calligraphy" & I thought did I just win something or what but meh it couldn't be the case and then my Korean teacher told me that I could go to Korea in September if my video that I sent selected by Seoul KSI. Walaweh, are you just kidding me ssaem(teacher)? I screamed my heart out and got my hope as high as Everest mountain (even higher than that actually) and prayed that it would be true. Not long after that, my teacher contacted me saying that I REALLY got selected as a participant in '2016 King Sejong Institute Model Learners Workshop' which means I got to go to Korea with a free return ticket and free accommodation! I would be crazy if I refuse to participate, yall! So what I did during summer break was counting days to go to Korea hahhaha (what a fool girl)
..and September 31st, 2016 was the first time I breathed S.Korea's air (haha over kau) and you have no idea on how happy I was just to be in Incheon Airport!!! I was so amazed to the fact that I finally in Korea (my heart sang happy songs and my head could not think of anything but happiness)