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When I was young, I really wanted to learn how to speak in Japanese. I used to be very fascinated with everything Japanese and I remember that I used to watch a show called Oh! Tokyo on the WINS channel. Heck, I even bought a Japanese phrase book and tried to memorize commonly used phrases.

When the anime/manga craze hit the Philippines, my interest in Japan slowly faded away. Why? I don’t know, I guess there was a sudden surge of Japanese wannabes in the country to the point that I found it distasteful. I just don’t like fads (like Havaianas).

Anyway, my interest shifted to… tada! China!

First of all, I love Chinese cuisine! As in among all cuisines in the whole world, I find Chinese to be the most fascinating and most creative (not to mention delicious!). I am also interested in their history and culture. Being one of the first civilizations in the world, China has a very colorful story behind it. And today, seeing their rapid growth, I can’t help but be amazed by China.

So now, being the bored person that I am, I have decided to study Mandarin. I signed up in Livemocha and started studying Mandarin. I have hardly learned anything yet though but wait for a few months and I’d be speaking Mandarin like a native! Okay, too ambitious, maybe I could speak a little after a month or two.

I’m actually trying the convince myself to enroll at the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University. They offer Mandarin lessons to beginners which cost PhP 4000 per course (30 hours/course). What do you think?

Anyway, that’s that. Zai jian!

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