Back to School

Happy Monday, everyone! As promised, here’s a quick explanation why I’m going back to school again. Honestly, I did not see this coming. Sure, I’ve actually thought about it for a while, but what I meant was, that I did not expect to actually be studying what I am studying, so much so, that the first thought that popped into my head after the first day of school was, “What have I gotten myself into?” However, that question, my husband says, is actually a good thing. That means you are out of your comfort zone and you are being stretched to full capacity.

SO what is it exactly that I am studying? I am studying D-E-S-I-G-N.

Initially I wanted to just go for a short course or maybe a two-week workshop to learn some new skills, but I didn’t really find a good one in Berlin, that was suited to what I was looking for and didn’t take four years to finish. After a few months of searching, I finally found one that lasted for a year, but will let me try out different areas of design. Dosesn’t that sound awesome?

I went to the school on open day, and got the chance to try out the course for a few days, which really helped me to decide if I was going to go for it or not. If you guys and gals are interested in applying for schools, most of them have open days and trial days which I suggest to take advantage of before you enroll, because you get a feel of the faculty, environment, the course itself and the works.

To top it off, the whole course is in German, so yeah, this year will hopefully not only develop my skills in design, but also in Deutsch. This here is the ‘quick’ explanation of why I’m going back to school, or the academy, as I’ll refer to it from now on.

How about you, guys? Are you trying to learn a new skill this 2017? If so, let me know below. Ciao! 🙂

Am I still blogging? 

Hello! And to answer the question above, YES! I still am. 🙂 So where have I been?? I know it has been a while, but let me explain. On the third week of March, my husband and I traveled back to Singapore to visit my family. Whoo! 

 A week before that, I was scrambling to pack and finish spring cleaning, because, on the first week of April.. well, guess what, guys? I’m starting school! Well, technically it is already the first week of April so yup, I’ve started school. 

Also, the week before this week, on the plane back to Berlin, in fact, I was battling with flu, which was totally weird, because I didn’t get sick all winter. 

So here we are, folks. I’m glad we’re all caught up with my life now, haha. Anyway, I’m already finishing up my first week of school- which I’ll talk about and explain in the next post. To be honest, I keep thinking to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?”, haha. Still, it has been great so far. 🙂 

But enough about me. How has your month been? Spring is upon us, people! 😮 

Welcome to Berlin | Deutsch C1

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I am now (finally!) in C1. Yes, the Deutsch C1 Niveau.

At first it really was a struggle, sometimes it still feels like it is, but eventually you reach that “C-level”, and it feels awesome. Sure, sometimes you still think about the mistakes you make when you’re speaking or writing, but you can surely understand German now. Well, most of it, anyway.

Compared to the earlier levels, where the focus is on grammar,  C1 is more about reenforcing what you’ve learned in B1 and B2, so it kinda feels like you’re just reviewing all that you’ve picked up, only this time, the vocabulary is more difficult and the texts tend to lean toward the scientific.

In my C1 class, most of the students have been in Germany for more than a year. Some of them have, in fact, lived here for five or six years, so I felt like the baby there, even though I’ve already been here for a year. Some of the other friends I got to make did just arrive in Germany, but they’ve learned the language when they were younger, or they’ve already even finished B2 before they arrived.

Still, what I find astounding, is the diversity of people in my class. While most of us are students planning to go to university to continue our studies, some of them have fascinating backgrounds. For example, one of them previously worked for Google, but now owns his own restaurant. Another was an entrepreneur who sold his company and is now retired at 45. Two of them are doctors from different countries and want to work here in Germany.The rest are sculptors, software engineers, designers and nurses. Isn’t that amazing?

That’s what I find so cool here in Berlin. People of all colors, shapes and sizes come here, do their own thing, and it’s okay. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter what you work as or what you look like, as long as you’re helping the society, integrating into it, and not hurting anybody, you’re welcome. Just the other day, I was passing by a Sri Lankan restaurant when I noticed that on the following block was a Sudanese restaurant. Along the same street, were Japanese restaurants, German bakeries and a pizza place. As I glanced at all the brightly-colored signs and hanging decorations while trudging through the muddy snow on the sidewalk, I couldn’t help but smile and say to myself, “Welcome to Berlin.”

Wake Up #8: This Week I Try Thai

With the arrival of the new year, I’d like to bring back the Wake Up Series I started in 2016.

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That said, here’s a quick review of something new I tried this week – Thai Food! YAAAYYY!!

I was craving Asian food, or just anything warm to fill my belly really, and decided to try the Sida Thai Restaurant at Ahornstraße 31, 12163 Berlin. My Thai friend said that if I ever wanted to eat authentic Thai food, that’s the place she would recommend. So go to it we did, and the food was absolutely marvellous!

I ordered Tom Yam soup with fried rice, because I missed the taste of something sour and spicy, and I have always ordered Tom Yam in Singapore whenever I had the option of eating soup. It was really, really good! To better describe it, my mouth still waters at the thought of eating Tom Yam again, haha. 😀

The place was packed and people kept coming in. You don’t have to wait too long for your order though and the ladies who served our food were really sweet and nice.

So if you’re craving Thai food, I highly recommend Sida Thai. Do let me know if you have any restaurant recommendations in Berlin. 🙂

‘Til next time, Ciao!