NIHONGGO 101: 輝く


I’m shining in the dark world.

It’s been a while since I posted in Japanese and I missed it a bit.

輝く is a verb I learned from Taeyeon’s song “I am the Greatest.”



Washi Lovin’


Because my planner needs some loving…

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I finally found some Washi tapes!

From the stocks available in National Bookstore, SM MegaMall, this set looks the best. There was one in particular with a tape dispenser but since Washi tapes can be torn so I don’t think I’ll be needing that. Besides, the design was iffy.

This set retails for 92 PHP, which I think is not so bad for 5 rolls of Washi tapes. I’ve read from some Craft blogs that I can easily spot some in Daiso so I will check in Trinoma if I could find some.

And in case you’re wondering, that little guy right there, I also bought today because I can’t find where my old Pilot Birdie (review, here) anywhere T^T. (Update: I found it today [170120] in the pen pocket of my backpack. Blame it’s tiny and sleek body lol)



Review: Pilot Birdie Mechanical Pencil

Warning: Not for those who are appalled by traditional writing systems and certainly note for those who believe a stylus and a huge phone can save the world lots of trees.

I want to honor this tiny little guy right here, Pilot Birdie, in a post. It has been my constant companion since ideas raced each other in my head and abusing my phone’s keypad and note wouldn’t do.
不明Because of its sleek design, I could easily keep it in my pocket. Pretty handy for quick notes. The metal finish also gives an assurance of durability to which I can attest- I have dropped this mechanical pencil for several times but the leads are still intact.*

It looks chic for its price and many have already asked me whether it is an actual pen or if I could write well using it considering its size–it serves the purpose.

*You might want to try dropping it too for future reference and scientific purposes.

**not a sponsored post… merely reviewing small items before launching big posts XD

Nihongo 101: Are Post-its Necessary?

Does using post-its really help in studying Nihongo?

In the beginning, I thought it was not necessary. I merely used a journal to jot down words and expressions I needed to remember. However, as grammar structures became more complex and Kanji became a pain to memorize, I had to give in and swallow my useless pride.

Yeobo posted different words and expressions around the room so wherever I looked I got the feeling that I was indeed studying Japanese. I had to admit that it took sometime getting used to seeing Kanji as soon as I woke up but it was worth it.

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Yeobo’s posts and mine, strategically posted beneath the top bunkbed, first things I see in the morning

I even posted a number of Kanji in my work station as it helps me recognize them-albeit this is not good if you’re learning how to write because you don’t need to count the strokes anymore. You can use an App called Kanji Q for that. For more, see here.

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all them kanjis

What a learner must remember then is to group the words accordingly, be it according to grammatical functions, or how they look like. Some recommend putting post-its on the actual things like boxes or television but I find that messy so I just put them somewhere I can easily see.

JLPT post its

a wall of Japanese inspiration ^-^