My First English Novel “Missing in Jakarta” is on Sale on Amazon!

I’ve been contemplating novel writing since a few years back, and then covid19 hit us, and it gave me lots of time to do things I hadn’t plan for.

Right after February this year, I lost almost all my income sources due to cancellation of classes and I had to figure out how to adjust and find ways to survive financially. Everything moved to Online, so I got myself onto airbnb experience hosting, preply teaching platform, meetup, lots of social media promotions and a couple of other Korean freelance work platforms. But they haven’t actually brought me much income so far.

So, to be honest I could only do what I love to do; Write!

I was already done with my first science fiction drama feature script and thankfully a couple of Korean producers and a Singaporean producer showed their interest in taking on the project. That was early this year and the project has gone through a mentoring session during the preliminary round of selection at the Incheon Fantasy Convention Film Project Support Program. I’m working on the revised version of the feature script and should be done with it by the end of the year.

The original story for my first English novel comes from a feature script that I wrote back in 2017. The novel is an adaptation of the script.

Just to mention how I got my hands on writing a crime drama, the spark of curiosity started when I was staying in Jakarta a few years back, when I had to put myself away to focus on a very personal writing. It was a lonesome and awesome experience, to be able to think only about my work, without any interference of outside matters, in a place where I was an alien. It was just what I needed to delve into my own psyche back then. That story is completed and it awaits revision sometime in the future.

It was on those lone walkabouts in Jakarta city that I came across some of the scenes I witnessed and then sculpted into the crime drama; the prostitutes, slums, foreign men with local women, cleaners, laborers, shopkeepers, money exchange counters, dark alleys, roadside barbecue shops, hostel room and so on. With added research on actual events, history and other details, I finally created the story.

I really hope the story is interesting, thought provoking as well as entertaining to those who choose to read it. Thank you in advance! 🙂

Link to my novel on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Missing-Jakarta-Sarah-Jinhee-ebook/dp/B08KHJWH2W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=missing+in+jakarta&qid=1602641782&sr=8-1

Online Classes for Korean Learners/English Learners~

Hello everybody~!

I’m conducting Online Classes for Korean Learners or English Learners.

For Korean Learners, it’s basic to intermediate levels, for English Learners, it’s intermediate to Advanced levels. I hope I can assist you in improving your language usage for your own specific purposes.

Do take a look at my Demo Class video and contact me if you are interested.

Hope to hear from you! 🙂

Email me: sarahjinhee@gmail.com

or msg me on Kakaotalk: ID SarahJinhee

Short Script Writing Online Class with Korean Filmmaker!

I’ve started an online short script writing class!

It’s available via airbnb experiences and trazy.com, online class.

Hope you’ll search for this program there and join me!

Looking forward to sharing my expert knowledge and get to know storytellers from around the world!

Best!

There are so many online tips on how to know if you’ve found the One; use your gut feeling, see how comfortable you feel together, make sure you have the same values in life, the partner allows you to be yourself, they are kind, humorous, protective, generous, and so on and on.

They are all useful tips, and I’m sure they are necessary traits.

Personally, I think I wondered on this topic ever since I fell in love the first time. But a long way from then, I can finally put something together for myself. I would like to sum this up in the ‘three S’.

If you are with someone who is ‘Sensitive’, ‘Supportive’ and ‘Sexy’, you may be able to have a great relationship together. And you should be the same to the partner too, of course. It’s a two way thing.

To elaborate;

I use the word ‘sensitive’ in the most positive way, in a gender neutral sense. We are human beings who must learn to live with others. That requires so many skills and knowledge, which can only be learned by being ‘sensitive’ to human nature. You learn when you know it is important to require such skills in the first place. It’s a training throughout life, one that you only get better through practice and awareness. So if your partner is aware, already learning because he or she knows how important it is, and having a relationship requires even more sensitivity, then you can identify various human traits and make things work.

Second, you are in a relationship. Which means, you must make sure it is beneficial to both of you in some ways. And just like friendships or family ties, an intimate relationship must be of ‘supportive’ nature. It cannot be selfish, harmful, or lack challenge. It is a partnership, which means you are one of a team that helps each member to advance in life. There’s no use for a relationship that doesn’t make you a better person since you began it. And vice versa.

Last but not least, you are in a romantic intimate relationship. That began because you felt attraction in the first place. I know the word ‘sexy’ can be interpreted in so many ways and have different meaning for each and everyone. So you can define what is sexy to you. It can be more than just looks, shapes, sizes, of course. It can be their characteristics, or attitudes, or thought processes, expressions, and so on. But you got to know what is sexy to YOU. And be aware that the meaning of sexy changes throughout life as well. What you thought was sexy when you were in your teens may not be true when you are in your forties. Roll with it, but keep the sexiness alive, then the attraction will persist and the relationship will be maintained.

Good luck to us all! 💚

Photo entitled “Facing Piranhas together”
– me and my love on our anniversary date.

I wonder if this time of the world has MORE focus on success than any other times in the history of civilization. As most social system focus on individuals and their growth to spur world advancement, it seems no one is left outside the scrutiny of whether or not they succeed. Can there be life without such pressure? Hmm… 🧐

그 어떤 시대보다 지금 이 시간의 세계가 가장 개인의 성공에 기대어 발전을 도모하지 않나 생각이 들었다. 그래서 그 누구든 성공 여부에 대한 질타를 피하기 어렵다. 그런데 말야~ 성공에 대한 압력 없이도 삶은 존재할 수 있지 않을까나~~? 🤟🏼

First time to Songdo City, quite widely spread out with skyscrapers. Enjoyed my first souffle pancake! People still make their way outside to enjoy some fresh air despite the virus outbreak. Well, we gotta live somehow! 😘

송도 처음 구경~ 큰 거리에 마천루가 많고 인공 호수에 한옥 호텔까지 잼나군. 첫 수플레 팬케이크까지 즐겼다. 바이러스 역경에도 사람들은 바깥바람 쐬러 나와서 놀고있다. 어쨌든 산 사람은 살아야하니까! 힘냅시다 모두. 💋

Hope that one day soon I can find a great place to stay on this island, enjoy the summer breeze out here, relaxing for a few days doing nothing much but doodling, thinking, and spending time with my love. 🏝💓

언젠가 진짜 그가 말한대로 이 섬에 멋진 숙소를 찾아서 며칠동안 시원한 해변에 앉아 바다를 바라보며 편히 쉬고 그림 그리고 끄적이고 오붓한 시간 보낼 수 있기를~~ 🥰

대화의 기술 2020

누구나 배워야 하지만 아무도 제대로 신경쓰지 않는게 바로 대화의 기술이다. 하찮아 보여서, 쉬워 보여서, 잘한다고 착각해서, 등의 다양한 이유가 있겠다. 나도 나름 대화 기술이 있다고 생각하면서도 아래 리스트의 반은 못하는 경우가 발생한다. 가장 흔한 이유는 상대에 대한 존중이 모자라거나 집중 에너지가 부족할 때 그렇다. 하지만 모든 기술은 근육을 키우는 것과 같이 훈련할 수 있다. 꾸준히 의식적으로 연마하자! ^^

  1. 진짜 집중해서 들어라. 멀티태스킹 하지마라.
  2. 가르치려 들지마라. 농담이나 자랑도 하려들지 마라. 상대에게서 진짜 배울 자세로 대화에 임해라. 누구든 당신보다 더 잘 아는 것이 있다.
  3. 단순한 질문을 해라. 육하원칙을 이용하라.
  4. 듣다가 드는 생각이나 아이디어를 흘려 보내라. 괜히 이용해서 대화에 끼어들려하지 마라.
  5. 모르면 모른다고 해라. 사실을 있는 그대로 알려야 제대로 대화할수있다.
  6. 비슷한 경험이 있다고 해서 상대와 동일한 경험을 한것은 절대 아니다. 모든 경험은 주체적이고 대화의 현재 주체는 상대다. 끼어들지마라.
  7. 한말 반복하지 마라. 상대를 얕잡아 보는 것처럼 느껴지거나 지루하게 된다.
  8. 세세한 정보는 잊어도 좋다. 중요한 건 당신이다.
  9. 1번을 제대로 해라. 엄청난 집중력과 에너지가 필요한게 듣는 일이다. 말하는 건 쉽다.
  10. 짧고 쉽게 말해라. 상대에게서 멋진 것을 발견할 준비를 하는게 우선이다.

삼일 정도 집에서 근신하며 시나리오 작업하다가 한적할듯한 한옥카페를 찾았다. 그림도 그리고 여유로운 낮이였다. 그래도 살짝 두려움이 마음 한구석에 느껴졌다. 빨리 진짜 평온한 일상이 돌아오길 바래본다. #새소리물소리

Confined myself at home for the past three days working on script translation and today we went on a drive to a supposedly quiet unpopulated Korean house cafe. I had a good time relaxing and drawing in the day. I could still sense cautiousness in my head though. Truly hope real peace and serenity will return to everyone’s daily lives soon.

Learning abroad to Studying in Korea

To be honest, I did not study in Korea during my adolescence.

So that doesn’t make me an authority in studying in Korea. I studied throughout my youth in Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. Perhaps people in Korea find that more interesting. But, studying itself anywhere, is not fun. 🙂

Joke aside, I think studying is a personal journey. Learning results in personal growth. When these two work hand in hand, the result is enlightenment and change for the better. So any study should allow people to learn, realize something, and then change for the better. I repeated that because so many educational institutes, systems, academies, etc, struggle to bring the student all the way. Their role is just half of the equation, no matter how great, the other half relies on the person.

Korea tends to focus on that one half, ignoring the person. They often make studying itself such a hardship that students do not have time to learn, realize and change on their own. They often do not even think they have a role to play. They fail in study, and they fail in learning about who they are, and then blame the system. It’s a vicious cycle.

How do I know this? I taught Koreans, both young and old, for nearly two decades.

Teaching is in the other half of this equation, and it is a representation of the system. I realized very soon that I do not represent the system very well, because I do not agree with it. It did not help the system, but it helped me to become a system of my own. It’s a shame because if the teacher agrees with the system, the result would be optimized. And this is why Korea floods with private schools or academies. They do not agree with the system and decided to come up with their own systemS.

It’s a huge waste of centralized resources, time and effort.

Not to mention, personal learning becomes tougher.

As the students grow, they have to figure out all over again, what they must learn. I’d say that’s the reason for the abundant personal growth books and rise of help guides market. It’s good that people are trying to learn, but students are still in the same system from ages ago.

Studying is necessary beginning, it must be done in as many various fields as possible, from as many angles as possible. And when it’s done, the individual must learn with it by application, experience and trial and error. Only then the process is complete. New technologies and connectivity will assist in this process. But what we must do on our own, is to be brave enough to learn.

Learning abroad allowed me to be brave. As I mentioned above, I did not study in Korea. But it is clear to me, studying Korea do not allow students to be brave. I think that’s the missing key.

It’s a tall order to ask the system to teach ‘bravery’ to students here. But we gotta start somewhere. If the parents are not strong enough to allow their children to be brave, or the teachers do not agree with the system, and the system do not allow room for students to learn, we cannot ask the students themselves to be brave alone. For maximum result, the biggest authority must be brave.

I wonder if that can happen anytime soon.