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Winter

There’s one thing I’m quite certain that I’m not very good at — blogging. Or, at least ‘blogging’ in terms of what that word itself has become, what it means to be a ‘blogger’. I think this is a theme that I often revisit, mainly because I think personal blogging is dying. At any rate, all of my posts are turning into ‘life-lately-esque’ writing and I’m fine with that. I’d rather not be drowning you in other content that you can find anywhere else. Sure, I’ll probably get sucked in and join one of these bandwagons every now and then, but I just don’t have the energy to invest into all of that right now. So for now, you’re stuck with me recounting my life as it is in this moment.

Winter is definitely in full effect now. Last we caught up, it was just starting, but now I’m for certain that even if my calendar hasn’t marked this time of the year as winter, the season’s here. My weekends have been consumed in walking through fluff, and I’m loving it! There’s really nothing like fresh snow. I love how it perfectly falls into place and covers our yard like a blanket, only for us to run our footprints across.

I love winter even more because it brings out some of the most beautiful sights to see up north. The Aurora Borealis comes full throttle, the days are bit dimmer so you can see stars at all sorts of hours, the moonlight beams extra bright this time of the year, too! My favorite thing to watch in Alaska, through all seasons, is the sun. I love the different colors we’re able to see during sunrise and sunset. It’s quite possibly something out of a dream. The sky really looks like that. You don’t even have to do any post-processing to your photos, the colors are always vivid and nature just does all of the work for you!

But of course, every good thing has its caveats. Even with every precautionary measure I take, I still get the common cold that seems to take over my body whenever the seasons change. Whenever I feel stuffy, I drink loads of tea and eat spicy food. It’s become a sort of remedy. My aunt in Korea sent me a recipe for tteokbokki that her husband makes, but instead of fish cakes he adds fish balls. It was so good that it was ridiculous!!! I added heaps of red pepper paste and I was all cleared up after eating it. Haha, who knew spicy rice cakes and fish balls could cure a stuffy nose?

This time of the year, especially in more recent years, means first semester finals and wrap-up. I’m drowned in final projects and homework right now. I’ve only got 1 real final exam, the rest of my classes have opted for alternative ways to issue the final through projects and presentations. My Chinese class is actually wrapping up next week because my teacher was disallowed to use a substitute to proctor the final exam. She’s the president of our university’s Confucius Institute so she has a lot of duties aside from teaching. She has a conference to attend during the university’s finals week, but since she can’t be in class our class ends next Wednesday. So, my whole world write now is in Hanzi. HELP.

I’ve been trying to figure out the direction I want to take after this semester. I’ve slowly realized that although it is possible to have a full-time job and go to school, it’s not the best situation for me. One lags while the other excels, and I don’t like that sort of imbalance. I’m a perfectionist, and that’s at the very least. At most, I can honestly say that I’m a control-freak. When something is out-of-whack, I have to do something about. But I haven’t figured that out completely so for now I’ll leave you with a cliffhanger. ( ^.^ )v

But enough about me, what’s keeping all of you busy?

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  1. I love winter! I tolerate the cold a whole lot better than the heat. So when it’s winter, I’m happy to layer and bundle up until I’m nice and toasty.

    I would love to go up north one day and see the Aurora Borealis myself. Those look amazing, and it’s definitely something I’d want to see in person.

    Tteokbokki! Instead of fish cakes or balls, I have my mum put in hot dog and ramen noodles. OM. NOM. Now I’m craving some. Darn youuuuu! XD

    Good luck with finals and stuff. I don’t miss those days at all. And ugh. Juggling work and school and everything else is the pits. I understand how focusing on one will imbalance the other. It’s not a great feeling, but I had to do what needed to be done. I hope your next semester isn’t as imbalanced as it is this semester!

    • Tteokbokki is amazing, I can only imagine what it tastes like in Korea though! Ahhh! I’m really hoping that next semester is a lot more calm, but I’m thinking it won’t be because of the course load I have to take. At any rate, I just need to figure out if it’s worth staying at my job or if it’s best to focus on my future. After all, I am investing in it.

  2. Towards the end of the year life seems to catch up on us while we are trying to finish up any projects, school, and prepare for the holidays. I hear you on the snow! It finally caught up to us too but we’ve been having warmer-than-usual weather and I’m sure it’s all due to the El Nino. I also thought personal blogging has dwindled drastically but I’m still trying to hold onto it!! lol

    • This time of year is definitely the busiest! I can’t seem to really get a handle over it. Although, I do always get really excited when the new year is approaching. It makes me feel like I’m starting off with a clean slate once everything is taken care of! 🙂

  3. Raisa and I caught up on Snapchat last week, and I told her that I’ve turned into a slug these days. I can’t even be bothered to check my email! I think the weather has something to do with it, but I love that I’m semi-disconnected with the online world on some days. 😀

    P.S. Inggit ako sa pagkain mo. 🙁

    • Oh definitely! I don’t like feeling tied to the online world even though I don’t know what I’d do without Twiter hahahaha 😛

      P.S.: We need to start snapping each other more lol

        • Hahaha! I am on Snapchat, but I’m usually using the actually chat feature haha or I’m sending snaps individually. I don’t add a lot to my story . This changes everything now!

  4. Finals/School/College and Holidays, but now it will be work and taking care of my neighbor’s dogs in the afternoon. Gonna be great, honestly. I have so many responsibilities and I wanna prove to myself and mostly myself that I can do it. I hope I can do it!

    Happy Winter and Holidays to you!

    • You can do it! Responsibility can be overwhelming sometimes, but when we get through them all it really does feel extremely rewarding!!

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