An Anxious Student in a Foreign Country

by Kuma

Hallo, pals! Miss us much?

While Peach is busy being a Korean diva and working her butt off at the Korean Centre, I travelled to Singapore for my studies. (Yes, more studies, MOAR  😈)

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First impression: Absolute bliss. First few days I was like a tourist, I spent my time hopping on and off the bus, and familiarising myself with the super efficient SMRT system. I ate out a lot, finally paid a visit to DAISO (oh Daiso! the land where everything is $2), bought weather-friendly clothes (MUJI and COTTON ON ❤ ), and did the usual touristy attractions. I was blown away by the convenience of living in this tiny country. Again, these were only the first few days, what was referred to as the “Honeymoon Period” in a talk at my University. When everything is glorious, attractive, and you’re basically a sport and willing to accept a new place as your own for the next year or so.

~One Week Later

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Learning Korean: A Guide to Korean Language for Beginners! 화이팅!

by Kuma (곰: bear)

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Learning a new language is a big and important step in life. It reflects your willingness to accept an entirely alternative culture and its people’s traditions, rituals, and practices.

Since peach and I have a soft spot for all things Asian, we are forever going to be learning Korean and Japanese, for as long as we shall exist! ^_^

For any and all of those interested or willing to learn the fundamentals of Korean language, given that you too are a bit obsessive about K-drama and K-pop, or even otherwise, I am here to help! Just follow the guidelines below, and you’ll be golden!

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Gearing Up for Postgraduate Study: A Guide to Competitive Tests!

by Kuma

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It’s that time of the year, again. When university applications are on the brink of opening up for hopeful students, the world over. A lot of us would be gearing up to fulfil the requirements of our dream universities, with a constricted throat, and a palpitating heart!

Scary as it may be, this is the perfect time to begin working on your college applications, as it gives you time to align your tasks, and tick them off one by one, avoiding any last minute anxiety!

The first step to all college applications, however, should be taking any competitive tests that are relevant to your chosen degree. The most important ones are, of course, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS.

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The Art of Being.

by Kuma

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How necessary would you assume it is, to turn off once in a while? Away from people, places, or social media. In our age of instant gratification, it becomes a crucial, if not imperative, feat to take time out to really think about life.

Now, thinking about life, in no way refers to thinking about evolution and its many divine secrets. It instead encompasses what? you are doing at the moment and how far you’ve come, and most importantly, how far you have to go!

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Your Ticket to Korea: Korean Cultural Centre ♥

by Peach
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South Korea might not be the largest country out there, but it has surely had a huge impact on all of us!
Kdrama and Kpop have introduced Korean food, culture, and language to the world, and have left us all wishing we could hop on a plane and get to Seoul, faster than one could say, Kimchi!

But, what are we strapped-for-cash Plebeians, who desperately wish to experience Korea, to do?

Never fear darling plebs! There is a place you can go to! One that offers you the chance to experience Korea in your very own Country! Or even City!
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Why it is hard being an ‘International Student’.

by Kuma

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When you decide to study in a foreign country, i.e. a country different from the one where your mother gave birth to you, then there are certain parameters that need to be considered and weighted.

It is not just about the course, or the university. Mostly, it is about financing your education and the future prospects of procuring returns.

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Aspiring Linguists: A Guide to Learning Languages!

by Peach

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Ola!/ Bonjour!/ こんにちは!/ 안녕하세요!/ Hello!

Are you trying to learn a new language? Are you passionate about a foreign culture?

If so, I salute you pal! Learning a new language is no easy feat, but it can also be a very knowledgeable and enjoyable experience!

Here are some tips to ease your plunge into the unknown depths of learning a new language!

Vamos!/ Commençons!/ はじめましょう!/ 시작하자!/ Let’s Start!

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Plebeian Pet Peeves: 100 follower Special!

by Kuma and Peach
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Hello Plebs!

This post is in commemoration of TheClosetPlebeians hitting a “100 Followers”!! \(^_^)/ We would like to sincerely thank you for your support! We love each and every one of you!

Here is a special edition of the Plebeian life. If you can relate to any of these, then you’re at the right place!

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Decoding Fashion Magazines: An Intern’s POV

by Kuma

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There are a number of reasons why girls and boys dream of working at a fashion or lifestyle magazine. Whether it is for the freebies (who doesn’t love ’em, I’m sure Anna Wintour does too…^_~) or for celebrity meetings, events, press releases, the glam and gloss, or feeling the exhilaration of seeing your name in print! For me, the most important thing when I finally got the opportunity to intern at a lifestyle/fashion magazine, was to learn the basics of successfully running a medium that had thousands of copies in circulation each month.

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The Plebeian Guide to Living Life- Tip #3

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Korea is pleb heaven! Samples and freebies are given out at almost every store, even if you don’t make a purchase!
The Korean term for this is 서비스 ( Service). It might seem strange for a store to give away so many samples and promotional products, but it really does help them increase brand loyalty! After using some of these samples, I’ve been saving up for the the full size!

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Especially for these adorable lip tints by the Korean makeup brand Etude House!

The colour stays on your lips all day, even while eating and drinking!

If you hate reapplying, then this stuff is for you!

Look for stores in your country that give out samples and promotional freebies! You don’t wanna end up wasting money on a cool new product that turns out to be useless!

You’ve got to try before you buy, right?