Tag: forgiveness

Book Recommendation: Our Happy Time

So I am back to refreshing my Korean language lessons; this time only self-studying before I really pursue formal lessons again. After all, my Korean handbooks and textbooks would be put to waste if I don’t use them.

This Barron’s book is what I am using. Such a shame because this was given to me some 5 or 6 years ago. Meh.

So when Fully Booked had a sale, I went there to find good buys (and not actually to find a Korean language book. Sorry.) And such timing, I had the chance to get  a book which has a plot that is very familiar.

Tadaa! And this was the book I got. It was so compelling that if only I am not distracted by all the things around me, I would have finished it in two days.

Our Happy Time is written by Ji-young Gong and was translated in English by Sora Kim-Russel (Thank God because hello, my Korean was back to level 1 – beginner!) It is a story about love and compassion and how this affects humanity and how we view others and ourselves.

I won’t spoil you any further since it’s worth the read. Please get yourself a copy if you have the chance. This book was also adapted into a movie called Maundy Thursday starring Kang Dong-won and Lee Na-young (Great choices, I might say!) You can watch it’s trailer on YouTube.


If the trailer isn’t enough to move you, I don’t know what will. But really, read the book and watch the movie! Doing both may be worth it!


Letting Go, Apology, and Forgiveness

It was a rainy mid-week. Met up with a friend since my Mom and my brother are out in a seminar and my sister is on her mid-shift. Caught up with the long line in the shuttle station due to the drizzle. While waiting in the line, I was exchanging messages with a friend about this particular book I asked her to read. Since this book has a movie version, aside from discussion, she is planning to watch the movie because she was quite puzzled with the ending. I told her we should watch together because I am afraid it might be too visual that I can’t watch it alone. Promised myself that upon going home, I’m gonna check my movies and save them on my hard drive so that we can watch the movie adaptation during the weekend.

Then I opened the common PC in the house to check my files.

Clicked Drive D. Cannot find my folder. Cannot even find my ‘New Folder’ folder.

Dreading evening.


I sent a message to my brother asking him where my files were but he wasn’t answering. Sent him another message because aside from the movies, I need to check on my old files. He told me the virus erased everything.


Good grief.


Of course I was irritated. I am kind of OC so I keep track and label all my files for future use or reference. I told my brother he could have told me that those files were gone so I would not have assumed all the time that I have them yet they are not there anymore.


Then he said sorry.


Then I am fine already.


I think it just takes a little bit of swallowing your pride when you do something wrong. Knowing my brother, it was not easy for him to do that. But he did. And I believe everyone could. If we let humility take over our selfishness.


As for me, I need to learn to let go of things. Those files that were gone may be important but I believe everything in this world has an end. This is a first step for me. To learn to let go. Because things can break. One can lose things. And too much attachment can make anyone insane. And I personally do not want give more importance to things over people and relationships that matter.

I still feel regretful of the corrupted files. But it will give me less things to cling on to. And it made me realise how important my brother is and his apology over what has happened.