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Unlocking Tandem’s Best Practices

May 12, 2019


  I’ve been using the language learning app called Tandem since last year, but I have struggled to find good language partners with it. As an introvert, even online chatting can take up so much effort. I used to send messages to random people. Sometimes I got replies, sometimes I got ignored. I feel that […]

Lessons learned from doing language exchange at Hello Talk

April 28, 2019


Make the first move. Talk first. As with most other things, the saying “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t work so well here in Hello Talk. But being proactive does. I’ve seen a lot of posts in Moments saying something like, “I want to make good friends here. Please send me a message.” […]

Some thoughts on language exchange

March 31, 2019


After around 7 months of using this language app called Hello Talk, I have come to realize that language exchange friends might be the hardest to forget. I mean, how can you forget them when you automatically associate every word and every expression you learn with a certain language exchange partner? The more they teach […]

Reviewing Fish Out of Water for the UP Korean Film Festival

March 19, 2019


Last 15 March 2019, I took part at the last day of the UP Korean Film Festival at the UP Film Center. I gave a short review of Fish Out of Water (2016), a short film directed by Mon Garilao. As I spoke about my ideas about the film, I inevitably touched on issues of […]

Our book chapter on the Indian diaspora in the Philippines is finally published!

March 19, 2019


Here’s our book chapter on the Indian diaspora in the Philippines and how their identities are shaped through the arts, particularly dance. Happy reading!

On replacing Memrise with HelloTalk

August 19, 2018


I don’t know what’s happening with Memrise, but I am unable to use it because the app prompts me to pay for subscription whenever I open it. This has been happening for days. Although I review the Korean stuff I learned in Korea through my books and notes, I like learning more vocabulary with Memrise. […]

Sighted: Human Acts by Han Kang

November 4, 2017


Just a quick update. I saw Han Kang’s book “Human Acts” at Fully Booked bookstore around two weeks ago. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Surprised that it’s actually available in the Philippines… and cheaper than buying at Kindle, too! Why am I excited to read this? Because I just saw the Korean […]