Well hello there!
My name is Connie. 제 이름은 코니입니다.
It’s nice to meet you! 만나서반가워요!
Here are 10 facts about me.
1) What is your favourite food to cook?
I enjoy cooking all kinds of different foods and trying out new recipes. I like any opportunity to try new cuisines, or to replicate something delicious I had elsewhere. At the moment I love cooking comforting foods like cottage pie with seasonal green vegetables. Especially if they’re from the local farm shop. I love being able to appreciate, taste and use fine food; made with care and with delicious, fresh ingredients. But I do enjoy junk food too, especially pizza.
2) How many siblings do you have?
I have one younger brother, who is both my best pal and the biggest pain in the neck (love you nam dongsaeng – 사랑해, 남동생). But my wider family is very close and I have lots of cousins who are like brothers and sisters to me as well as many other family friends who I have grown up with. I feel like I have a very big family who I love and who love me too… a big, noisy family…
3) Did you go to university?
I did indeed. I went to the University of Hull where I got my degree in Drama and Theatre Practice (wass’up Hull Mafia) and I am now at Manchester Metropolitan University where I am studying for my masters in PR. Which is weird cause after finishing my degree in Hull I swore I would never write a dissertation again.
I guess sometimes life throws you in a different direction.
4) What is your favourite sport?
I played lots of sport when I was at school, but I’m hugely reluctant to exercise so I have to actively enjoy sport for me to do it. I’ve tried Rowing, Netball, Basketball, Athletics (high jump mainly cause I hate running). But I have always particularly enjoyed playing Hockey. I usually played as goalie which meant I got to wear the really sexy pads and helmet, or as I called it ‘the face cage’. I was infamous for for my Michael-Jackson-like moves in order to stop other teams from scoring, as well as my uncanny ability to be able to shout so loudly I could be heard on the other side of the pitch. My ‘moves’ probably come from the fact that I used to dance a lot when I was younger too. I’ve been wanting to do more dancing recently, so I hope I find a way to start up again. I am also trying to get fitter and healthier so I am going to the gym a lot more and have a personal trainer, so I might post some of my ‘fitness tips’ with you. (ew, who am I…)
5) What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colours are white, black and blue.Specifically, any blue that looks like the sky, whether its light, dark or somewhere in between. I like white because it looks so clean and fresh, and I like black because it looks sharp and classy.
Although, I think I also like black because I wear it a lot and because people cant see spills or stains on it easily. What can I say? I’m a mucky pup.
6) What’s your favourite book?
Ahhhhhhhhhh. This is a hard one. I adore the Harry Potter books, and have done ever since I was a kid. I read the Order of the Phoenix in one day because I was so desperate to know what happened so I could talk about it with my friends. I’ve always loved books. But if I had to pick one… it would be Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s brilliant. Read it. In fact while you’re at it, read Half a Yellow Sun and Americanah which she wrote too. SO. GOOD.
7) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
You may have noticed that some of my posts include what looks like another language. Well, you’d be right, it is another language. It’s Korean or Hangul (한글). This will keep on popping up because I am intending on moving to and working in South Korea, specifically Seoul. I will be applying to work as an English teacher for the first year or so and I will then apply for other jobs once I have fully acclimatised and found my footing. I explain why I want to go to South Korea in this post – Why I want to work in South Korea – 내가 한국에서 일하고 싶은 이유.
So, to answer the question, I would like to live in Seoul.
8) What is your favourite animal?
Easy. Without a doubt my favourite animal is the Malayan Tapir. They are adorable and weird and SEVERELY endangered and we must protect and preserve them at all costs. There are 4 species of tapir that only exist in certain areas of the southern hemisphere. If you have never seen a tapir before, google them and see if your local Zoo has any. ‘Cause they are great. I luv them. My brother even got me a stuffed animal toy tapir… for my 23rd birthday… yes, that’s how much I love them.
9) What is your favourite quote?
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
― Alan Bennett, The History Boys
For me this quote defines why I love books, plays, blogs, music lyrics and poetry. Nothing helps bring people together like shared communication of feelings and thoughts. It can be powerful, it can be comforting, it is beautiful.
10) What is your proudest accomplishment?
This is another tough one. Hmmmmm, I think that looking back over the 20+ years of my life I have achieved quite a lot, which I feel I should be able to say without sounding too cocky. I’ve done my SATs, GCSEs, A levels and graduated from university. I’m hopefully going to be getting my masters degree by the end of 2018. I’ve raised money for charities, I’ve performed on stage, on the radio and on TV. I’ve helped people where I could, I’ve climbed mountains, I’ve overcome some really tough moments.
There’s also a lot I haven’t done, stuff I’ve failed at, people I have let down and hurt. And there are things that haven’t happened yet.
The core message of what I write is working towards celebrating the ‘Little Victories’ (‘작은 승리’) in every day. This term comes from a period of time which was really difficult for me. I was depressed and I started to suffer from anxiety, but neither were diagnosed until about a year later. At that time, I struggled to see anything in my life as something to be proud of. A good friend, to whom I will be forever grateful, told me to end each day by listing 4 things that had made me happy or proud that day, and 3 things I was looking forward to tomorrow. I could say anything, no matter how small, it counted cause it made me feel good. Even if it was something tiny like ‘I made the bed this morning’. She said to me “celebrate every little victory, because they are worth celebrating.”
So I do. I celebrate every victory. Every accomplishment. So I guess I don’t really have a best one. To me, every single one of them is pretty darn good.