D-DAY: TOPIK Results Are Out

….but where is mine?

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I’ve been anxiously waiting for this day to arrive. I wanted to know how I did on the intermediate exam. I was counting down the hours and when it was finally 2:00PM my time, I was cursing under my breath as I try to visit the TOPIK website with the shitty 3G connection. I checked the result for the beginner exam first. I passed Level 2. Almost aced it. I wasn’t expecting to get 100 for Vocabulary and Writing and 100 for Reading. I was expecting I would get high scores for those two section but not a perfect score. Lol. Then I moved on to checking the result for the intermediate exam. Lo and behold. I couldn’t check it. I don’t know why but I have a feeling they entered the wrong birthday that’s why nothing comes out. Anyway, I, with a very thick face, asked my boss for help. He said he’ll look into it on Monday. I hope I pass and get even Level 3. I’d seriously be happy if I do get Level 3. *keeps my fingers crossed* 

Anyway, I survived my first month of work. So many things happened it doesn’t feel like it’s been only a month. It feels like it’s been a year already. I’m very thankful to my awesome boss for treating me nicely and to my coworker for helping me get familiar with things. It’s too bad my coworker had to resign to continue her teaching career. It would have been better if she could have stayed even just until the end of June when the 1st batch of soldiers will head back to Korea and be replaced by the 2nd batch. Yeah, I will have a new boss by the end of June because the current one has to go back. Hmm. I’m definitely gonna miss him. I hope the next boss is just as kind and fun to be with as the current one. 

Oh, I was at the presscon earlier. The media wanted some updates on the rehabilitation so they arranged a presscon at one of the hotels here. It was my first time to go there. I was scared when Lieutenant Bae (or was it Baek?) told me to go with them. The presscon started. The commander and his interpreter joined the reporters at one table while I and the other soldiers watched them from a different table. As the commander stood up from his chair, he looked at my direction and motioned for me to stand up and stay in front. 두근두근. His interpreter introduced me as “someone who is fluent in Korean”. O_O WTF! Run, Angeli, run!! I was told to introduce myself and say something in Korean but “안녕하세요! 앤젤리라고 해요” were the only words that came out from my mouth. I totally froze when I saw the cameras. Pretty much the same thing happened during the Real Men filming. *bangs head on the wall*

Moving on… After the presscon, the waiters started serving the food and I somehow ended up sitting right next to the commander (the boss of all the bosses in the camp). It was awkward to eat dinner with him sitting beside me. I was offering a silent prayer to God while having my meal. I was hoping he wouldn’t talk to me because I just can’t. I’m scared of him. Lol. But he did talk to me and showed me a photo of his daughter who is the same age as me. I was able to have a Korean conversation with some of the soldiers outside the hotel after the dinner. They kept praising me for being able to understand Korean but I wasn’t flattered at all because I know that I don’t deserve their praises because I’m still 부족해 and I still have a long way to go before I can finally have a more deeper conversation with them. Oh well, at least I don’t feel so scared to talk to them in Korean anymore unlike before. I hope that my skills will improve with their help but I haven’t been studying these days and they often talk to me in English so… ugh. ㅡ_ㅡ;; Anyway, thanks for reading. ^^

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