Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Interview

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Interview_%282014_film%29
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Dave Skylark (James Franco) is the host of an entertainment TV show notorious for its lowbrow interviews which contribute nothing to the betterment of society. Producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) is ever supportive, but begins to doubt his purpose in life after receiving an offhand remark regarding his job from a college friend who works for serious news. He sees an opportunity to be taken seriously when they find out that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is an avid fan of the show, and is willing to do a scripted interview with them straight from Pyongyang. CIA Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) contacts the duo proposing a plan to discreetly assassinate the dictator in order to free the country from his repressive government. Dave, however, finds this hard to do as he spends more time and gets to know the dictator on a more personal level.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Into the Woods

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Woods_%28film%29
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The Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) have no other wish than to have a child. What they do not know is that the Witch (Meryl Streep) next door has cursed not only their house, but also their ability to conceive an offspring. She offers them a deal: They shall go into the woods to recover the secret ingredients that would help restore her youth and beauty, in exchange for lifting the curse she had cast. They are to bring back to her: a cape as red as blood, worn by Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) who is off to see her grandmother, but eventually ambushed by the Wolf (Johnny Depp); a cow as white as milk, which is tasked to be sold by Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) in a neighboring village; hair as yellow as corn, let down by Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) from above her lonely tower; and a slipper as pure as gold, which Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) wears as she repeatedly runs away from her Prince (Chris Pine). But one’s wish could very well be a curse for another, leading to a short-lived happy ending disturbed by a giant problem caused by each of their selfish desires.

Monday, December 29, 2014

English Only, Please

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Only,_Please
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Julian (Derek Ramsay) just could not get over his ex. He regularly stalks her on Facebook and even follows her all the way back to Manila. His obsession results in a scathing letter which he wants to be translated to Filipino, so he could say it straight to her face as some sort of closure for their failed relationship. Hence, he hires a personal tutor to get it done. Tere (Jennylyn Mercado) eagerly obliges, what with the USD1000 price tag for the personal lessons. She uses the amount to support her family in Bulacan, as well as to buy her ex a new iPad. She is a hopeless martyr and she knows it, but that's just how she is. Sick and tired of their inability to move on, both teacher and student decide to help each other forget their respective breakups, and perhaps develop something more than friendship for the two of them.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Shake, Rattle & Roll XV

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AHAS: One of the fitting rooms at Alegria Mall doubles as an elevator leading unwary victims to the lair of a snake monster, whose existence has fed persistent rumors for years. Sandra (Erich Gonzales), the daughter of the mall mogul, denies the existence of an evil twin, and even laughs off many a hearsay that she herself is the snake. But her twin sister Sarah (Erich Gonzales) does not agree. Life under the mall is lonely, and now more than ever she wants the world to know of her existence so she can profess her crush on Troy (JC de Vera), whose wife she devoured for dinner a few years back.

Gonzales gives the role her best shot but her every attempt is sabotaged by the crappy CGI. Good graphics is essential to the success of storylines like this; anything subpar would result in a half-baked product that is simply cringe worthy. As for the story, no youngster in the 90's would not know the urban legend of the giant snake supposedly lurking in the basement of a once popular mall chain. This episode capitalizes on that but adds nothing substantial to the myth. It is because of this that the episode seems lacking, like they could have done something more but chose to rush production instead. Alice Dixson, one of the alleged victims of the "real life" snake makes a cameo appearance.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Praybeyt_Benjamin
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Benjamin Santos VIII (Vice Ganda) is back and this time saves the world from what would have been a zombie apocalypse brought about by a virus which starts to spread in France. Honored by none other than the president himself, Benjie’s success easily gets into his head, which leads to a demotion due to his hasty actions. He is now transferred to the unit of Wilson Chua (Richard Yap), a commanding general whose expertise as a soldier seems to be inversely related to his parenting skills. The Metro is being threatened by a terrorist group led by Janjaranjan (Tom Rodriguez) and only Bimbee (James Aquino-Yap), Wilson’s son with his terrorist ex, knows where the bombs are located but would not tell anyone. Benjie is then assigned to try and convince the kid to spill the beans, for the sake of peace and order in the country.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubot:_The_Aswang_Chronicles
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Veron (Elizabeth Oropesa), the leader of the Kubot, avenge the massacre of the Tiktik in the hands of Makoy (Dingdong Dantes) by killing his wife Sonia and abducting their son Macky. He loses one hand in the encounter and barely survives with Nestor (Joey Marquez), Sonia’s father. Two years later, the two of them live a new life in Manila with his sister Nieves (Lotlot de Leon) who works as an assistant in an ob-gyn clinic. Her boss is young gynecologist Alessandra (Isabelle Daza), whom she suspects to be doing abortions on the side. The truth is, she is an Aswang, albeit a reformed one who has effectively assimilated with human beings. She is forced to reveal her secret, though, as she gets in the way of Dom (KC Montero), a fellow Aswang who is hell-bent on world domination through the production and distribution of hotdogs with human flesh as the main ingredient. Such product turns a human being into one of them after consuming an entire package. Despite his reluctance, Makoy needs to team up with Alessandra to save mankind from an impending Aswang invasion.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Feng Shui 二

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Shui_2
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10 years after the events in the previous film, the haunted bagua continues to claim innocent lives before it finds its way to Lester (Coco Martin), a streetwise thug who has been commissioned by Lotus Feet's grandniece to retrieve it. As expected, he is showered with good luck: he easily gets cash through various means; his father who abandoned her mother (Carmi Martin) five years ago suddenly comes back and the three are reunited; they even transfer to a new house, the real estate agent of which happens to be Joy (Kris Aquino). She has finally moved on from the unfortunate events as the bagua’s owner a decade prior, but her chance meeting with Lester in the midst of destroying the Chinese lucky charm brings back more than memories, as Lotus Feet aims to go full circle and double the fun by getting back at all her cursed possession's previous owners.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feng Shui (2004)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Shui_%282004_film%29
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A hardworking wife and mother of two, Joy (Kris Aquino) unwittingly becomes the owner of a bagua, a Chinese lucky charm said to bring good luck. True enough, her family experiences a windfall both in cash and in kind: her husband Inton (Jay Manalo) gets promoted while she reaches her maximum quota for the month; she wins the grand prize in a supermarket raffle; an old client leaves her five hectares of land in Batangas; so on and so forth. What she does not know is that the bagua is cursed. Its owner, referred to as Lotus Feet, was part of the Shanghai elite when the Cultural Revolution erupted in Mainland China. She was left to burn inside her mansion while clutching the ornament, leaving it with a curse: whoever sees himself in its mirror will perish in exchange for the good fortune it brings to its current owner. As people around her start to die one by one, Joy must find a way to stop the curse before it takes the lives of her husband and children.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gemini

http://vimeo.com/86337680
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Police detective Manuel (Mon Confiado) conducts an interrogation session in a mental facility where distressed Julia (Sheena McBride) is confined. She is being accused of the murder of a man named Anton, but she insists that it was her twin sister Judith (Birigitte McBride) who did the crime. She even issues a grim warning that she is going to be the next victim. Eager to extract more information, the detective tells her again and again that her version of the reality is hers and hers alone, and that nobody can really say that it is not true. Together, the duo recounts the night of the incident, but navigating the mind of a troubled individual proves to be a formidable task as her recollection of the truth constantly changes with every new bit of information that comes to her mind. Who really killed whom?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mulat (Awaken)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mulat-Awaken/1493051367644135
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An engaged couple bicker about the details of their upcoming wedding while driving late to an appointment. Their heated discussion takes a turn for the worse when he loses control of the wheel and their car collides with a motorcycle. The resulting impact sends the driver flying off his bike, while the fiancee is left all bloodied and unconscious as Vincent (Ryan Eigenman) desperately tries to revive her. Soon after, Sam (Loren Burgos) is no longer the clingy ex-fiancee she once was, but her new mantra about relationships is getting in the way of her rebound romance with Jake (Jake Cuenca). She is now detached and aloof, while her new beau appears to be the serious one, just like she was before her accident. Things get more complicated as she starts hearing voices in her head, as well as having recurring nightmares with visions of herself all black and blue and covered in blood.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[CAVITE] Budget and Itinerary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavite

WEDNESDAY: December 17, 2014
Corregidor Day Tour Package (Sun Cruises) - 2,350.00
Malinta Tunnel Show (Corregidor) - 200.00
Coke (Corregidor Hotel) - 75.00

Total - PhP2,625.00

[CORREGIDOR] Correct Me If I'm Wrong


“Corregir” is a Spanish verb which means to “correct”, and a fundamental knowledge of Spanish suffixes would tell you that a “Corregidor” would be the one doing the correcting. Why name an island as such then? It does pique one’s curiosity, but there are several plausible theories mentioned by the tour guide to justify this island’s name: one involving the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade; and the other, that of the island being used as a correctional facility.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicago (Lunchbox Theatrical)

http://chicagothemusical.com/cast_ustour.php
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Roxie Hart (Bianca Marroquin) dreams of fame but instead lands herself in jail after shooting her lover Fred, who promised her stardom but was apparently just interested in the “extra” benefits of their relationship. There she meets vaudeville veteran Velma Kelly (Terra MacLeod) who is also imprisoned for the “alleged” murder of her philandering husband and sister. The two eventually vie for the attention of Matron “Mama” Morton (Roz Ryan) and star lawyer Billy Flynn (Jeff McCarthy), both of whom they perceive as their ticket to freedom. But more than the get-out-of-jail ticket, the two seem to be more interested in the fame brought about by the media circus involved in their respective court trials hoping that each of them would have a showbiz career after the final verdict is passed. However, the game changes as one of their Hungarian inmates is hanged, a first in the history of the Windy City. The two then forge their own strategies to get the media in their favor. After all, it does not really matter if you are innocent or not in 1920’s Chicago. It’s all about image, fame, and all that jazz.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 9


9. Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me
Annalise throws Sam out of the house and hurtful words are exchanged. She walks out on him and runs to Nate. Wes, Connor, and Laurel rush to the house to find Rebecca. Michaela walks in looking for Annalise to hand over the trophy she stole from Asher, but finds Sam instead. Rebecca then breaks in to hack Sam’s computer. A confrontation ensues, but Wes, Connor, and Laurel arrive in time to mediate. Sam falls off the stairs as Michaela shoves him to protect Laurel. The fall doesn’t kill him. He strangles Rebecca, but Wes hits him in the head with the trophy, killing him. Annalise goes back home to patch things up, but Sam is nowhere to be found. The group dismembers the body, incinerates it, and throws the remains into a dumpster in separate garbage bags. Everyone is called to the office the next day to be interviewed by the police. A final flashback shows Wes going back to the house, telling Sam’s body, “I’m sorry.” A voice tells him that he shouldn’t be. He looks up and sees Annalise on her desk, looking at her husband’s corpse.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 8


8. He Has a Wife
Annalise confronts Sam about Stangard’s pregnancy with Bonnie as a witness, but he denies knowledge about it. Annalise tells Wes but asks him not to say anything to Rebecca. He tells her anyway, and then she informs Nate. Six months earlier, a giggling Lila Stangard tells Rebecca that she has met someone, a certain Mr. Darcy, and that he has a wife. Further flashbacks reveal that she and Sam did it and that the latter wanted to end it after a while. She also met Bonnie who drove her away when she tried to tell Annalise everything. The firm takes on the case of a woman whose sleeping pills sends her in a trance, leading to her allegedly murdering their Scandinavian nanny. It turns out the husband did it and he gets arrested instead. Frank and Laurel continue to play around, and she discovers that he has a girlfriend. Asher keeps on flirting with Bonnie. Bonnie confirms that Sam knows about Lila’s pregnancy, tells Annalise, and gets fired. Michaela steals the trophy from Asher. Wes finds out about Rebecca and Nate.

Friday, November 7, 2014

[GANGWON] Budget and Itinerary

http://wikitravel.org/en/Gangwon

FRIDAY: 7 November 2014
Jungnang/Gyeongchun (Hoegi - Sangbong - Gapyeong) - 1,950
Gapyeong Bus (Gapyeong Station - Nami Island) - 1,200
Nami - Jara Zipline (Nami Island Package) - 38,000
Gapyeong Bus (Nami Island - Gapyeong Station) - 1,200
Gyeongchun/Jungnang (Gapyeong - Sangbong - Hoegi) - 1,950
KRW44,300

Estimate of KRW1,000.00 = PhP40.00

TOTAL PhP1,772.00

[CHUNCHEON] Nami Island By Air


Nam-i Island, you’ve probably heard about it. Once upon a time there was this popular Korean drama called Winter Sonata shot in this beautiful island somewhere near Seoul. That is the Hallyu version of the story. Technically, Nam-i Island was born with the creation of a dam and the consequent flooding of some areas. A wise entrepreneur thought it would be profitable to turn it into some sort of amusement park. After it was featured in the drama, the rest was history.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 7


7. He Deserved to Die
Rebecca tells Wes that she just defended herself which led to the murder. Two weeks before, Annalise chastises her for making jokes about what really happened on the night of Stangard’s murder. The defense panel files a motion for a second autopsy, but the firm manages to convince the victim’s parents to object against it. The judge orders a second exhumation anyway. Annalise leads Rebecca on to violate the gag order and accuse Griffin of raping her to sabotage the defense’s impending plea deal. Connor tries to get over Oliver by hooking up with other guys. He tries to make amends but finds another guy in his apartment, who warns him to stay away. Michaela gets invited to come to a reputable firm thinking that she is getting an internship offer, but it turns out to be a prenup interview. Laurel contemplates on working for legal aide, but ends up making out with Frank. Nate approaches Rebecca and tells her they both know who killed Lila. The second autopsy reveals that she was six weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

Interstellar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_%28film%29
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The Earth is no longer capable of supporting life. America is ravaged by frequent dust storms causing serious pulmonary problems for its inhabitants. Corn is the last crop to endure the planet’s worsening condition, but is predicted to go extinct in a few years or so. The Apollo moon landing did not really happen; it was just a government ploy back then to bankrupt the Russians in a fictional race to reach outer space. This is what is being taught in schools at least, to dissuade the youth from investing time in technology-related careers. Farmers have replaced engineers in the list of in-demand professions, given their importance in the current society which has no choice but to fall back on agriculture. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is one of those corn farmers, but he is also a man of science. A disgraced pilot, he discovers a gravitational anomaly in his daughter’s bedroom which gives them coordinates pinpointing the covert location of NASA, now operating underground. There they meet Professor Brand (Michael Caine) who expounds on the repercussions of the world’s current dilemma. A wormhole has appeared next to Saturn, leading to a galaxy with planets capable of supporting life. The plan is for Cooper to man the spacecraft along with Amelia (Anne Hathaway) and two others, in an effort to find a new home for the human race.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 6


6. Freakin' Whack-a-Mole
Asher pounds on Annalise’s door, demanding the group to hand him back his trophy. He retreats after receiving a phone call, which is later revealed to be from Bonnie (Liza Weil) who has agreed to hook up with him. A distressed Annalise calls her while they are in bed, asking if she’s with Sam, and telling her that something terrible happened. Five weeks earlier, Wes hands over his trophy and skips class due to his difference with Annalise. She tries to woo him back, but he blackmails her. The firm handles a death row case appeal and has 72 hours to save a man from death penalty. They find reasons to believe that there was pressure to convict, and clues point to the involvement of Asher’s father, the judge who handled the case. He confronts him about it, and he throws him out of his house. They use the information and an impassioned interrogation with the senator involved leads to an acquittal. Annalise tells Frank to plant Stangard’s phone in Griffin’s car, which gets them Rebecca back, but Nate has proof of the setup.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

댄싱퀸 (Dancing Queen)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_Queen_%282012_film%29
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정화 (엄정화) and 정민 (황정민) have an interesting love story to tell, and well-documented by the local media to boot. This is mostly because of the oddities involved in their first meeting, combined with some unlucky events which bring them together as a couple. Years later, they struggle to raise their daughter and pay for monthly rent, something that normal families have to go through in their early years together. He manages to become a lawyer while she puts her aspirations to become a pop star on hold, probably forever. Their luck changes when he unwittingly saves a guy who falls down the train tracks, fuelling a media frenzy which would bring him all the way to the Mayoral race of Seoul. She, on the other hand, applies for and successfully gets in a fast-rising girl band called the Dancing Queens. While each of the worlds they now belong in are complicated enough on their own, the fusion of the two seems highly unlikely to be accepted by the general public. Who between husband and wife should give up one dream in order to salvage another?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gone Girl

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Nick (Ben Affeck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) move from New York back to his native Missouri after he gets laid-off from his job. She uses what remains of her trust fund to open a bar for him and his twin sister as their main source of income. Their marriage is on the rocks and he is about to ask her for a divorce. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary he goes to the beach for some alone time, visits his sister, and goes back to an empty house. His wife is missing, and the only clue as to what could have transpired is a broken center table, prompting authorities to assume that a crime has been committed. It does not take long before he becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s murder. All the clues, investigation results, as well as the resulting media circus point to him as the culprit, but he insists that he is innocent. Enlisting the help of America’s top defense attorney for spousal killings, he tries to reverse his public image as that of a loving husband convinced that his wife is not really dead and that she would soon come back to him. But is he doing this out of concern, or as a possible way out? Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 5


5. We're Not Friends
Frank calls Laurel as the group is in the middle of disposing Sam’s body. When Michaela confronts her about it, she tells them that she slept with him. Flashback weeks before, Sam admits to Annalise that he had an affair with Lila Stangard but denies hurting her. She calls in Rebecca to be subjected to psych evaluation by Sam. Rebecca doesn’t seem to know him, but he shows clear signs of nervousness when he finds out he’s evaluating her. Rebecca eventually flees and tells Wes not to trust Annalise. Apparently, she has seen the wallpaper at Annalise’s house matching the background in the nude photos on Stangard’s phone. The firm deals with the case of a teenager who shot his father in defense of his mother. Annalise highlights the importance of picking the members of the jury. They end up with a mistrial after Laurel indirectly, albeit intentionally, let the members of the jury know about nullification. The defendant gets away with community service, counselling, and some juvy time.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_%28Bad%29_Weddings
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French parents Claude (Christian Clavier) and Marie (Chantal Lauby) witness three of their four daughters get married one year right after another, but not in the way they expect. The first one marries an Arab; the second, a Jew; and the third, a Chinese. Suffice it to say that every family gathering thereafter would be as interesting as it is awkward, as differences in religion, political views, and dietary habits all form part of a persistent four-way culture clash. As such, the couple counts on their youngest daughter Laure (Élodie Fontan) to restore balance in the family by marrying a traditional Frenchy, preferably Catholic. Much to their delight, she eventually announces that she is marrying her Catholic boyfriend Charles; Charles, like General de Gaulle, as her father would remark. They find out later on that Charles is actually from the Ivory Coast, and his father, who is just as racist as hers, does not agree to the wedding at all.

The Maze Runner

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maze_Runner_%28film%29
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A young man wakes up in a fast-moving elevator without any recollection of who he is. His name is Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), but he does not remember. He braces himself for what could be the end of his life as the elevator almost hits the roof, except that it stops at the precise moment so as not to cause any unlikely accident. Sunlight blinds him as the hatch opens; a group of boys surrounds him and takes him out to the open. Disoriented, he attempts to run for his life, but his legs bail on him. Having a good look at his surroundings, he later realizes that there is actually nowhere to run. The green patch of land they are occupying is enclosed by really high concrete walls on four sides. One of them opens every morning and closes just around sundown, a period of time in which an elite group of young men get out to explore the maze outside the walls, in a three-year attempt to come up with a map, in hopes that they could still get out. They are called the Maze Runners.

Friday, October 17, 2014

바쁜 금요일이다


바쁜 금요일이다
오늘는 중간 시험을 드디어 봤다. 그래서 어땠다? 이상한다고 생각하지만 정말 상관 없다. 왜냐하면 끝냈는데 주말은 방금 시작했다. 그래도 합격할수 있는 것은 가능한다고 생각하지만 점수가 아마 별로 좋자 않다. 끝나자마자 우리 반은 근처에 있는 식당에 같이 먹으러 가기로 했다. 2명이나 갔지만 기분이 좋은 같아서 자주 이렇게 같이 먹거나 노는 것은 좋은 생각이다. 그나저나 밤에는 신촌에 있는 Awesome Language Café 가니까 사람이 적더라고 이상한 같다.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 4


4. Let's Get to Scooping
The group dismembers the body and everyone is hyperventilating, especially now that Asher (Matt McGorry) knows that they were in Annalise’s office that night. Flashback to seven weeks earlier, the law firm takes on an insider trading case involving Marren (Elizabeth Perkins), who they believe has been framed up by one of her employees. Connor seduces her personal assistant and gets a recording of him on the phone implicating that he is in cahoots with another person in the office. He later commits suicide when he is found out. Oliver throws Connor out after discovering that he screwed the guy. Rebecca’s defense proves to be difficult because she has confessed guilty of Stangard’s murder, but she is set free after they get their hands on a copy of her confession video, which shows that she’s been coerced. She finally gives Wes the unlock code of Stangard’s phone which she hid under his sink. He hands the phone to Annalise, who confronts her husband upon seeing revealing photos of him on the victim’s phone.

내일 1시 후에 다 괜찮겠다


내일 1 후에 괜찮겠다
그것이 바라는이다. 어제 심지어 복습하지 않는 바람에 얼마나 걱젛하는지 모르다. 그런데 이렇게 부담스러운 것이 한테 정말 도아 준다? 그러니까 오늘은 편하게 예습하며 마음대로 했다. 걱정하느니 차라리 애를 쓴다는 괜찮다고 생각한다. 한국어는 무척 어렵기는 하지만 매일 그냥 열심히 공부해야 앞으로 쉽게 돼기 마련이다. 것을 이제 나는 아니까 이왕 한국어 계속 배울 거면 제대로 공부했으면 됀다.

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