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

Iโ€™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 hadnโ€™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 havenโ€™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. Iโ€™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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Link to my novel on amazon:

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Email me:

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, 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!


There are so many online tips on how to know if youโ€™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 Iโ€™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 โ€˜three Sโ€™.

If you are with someone who is โ€˜Sensitiveโ€™, โ€˜Supportiveโ€™ and โ€˜Sexyโ€™, you may be able to have a great relationship together. And you should be the same to the partner too, of course. Itโ€™s a two way thing.

To elaborate;

I use the word โ€˜sensitiveโ€™ 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 โ€˜sensitiveโ€™ to human nature. You learn when you know it is important to require such skills in the first place. Itโ€™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 โ€˜supportiveโ€™ 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. Thereโ€™s no use for a relationship that doesnโ€™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 โ€˜sexyโ€™ 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! ๐Ÿ’š

Photo entitled โ€œFacing Piranhas togetherโ€
– 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? Hmmโ€ฆ ๐Ÿง

๊ทธ ์–ด๋–ค ์‹œ๋Œ€๋ณด๋‹ค ์ง€๊ธˆ ์ด ์‹œ๊ฐ„์˜ ์„ธ๊ณ„๊ฐ€ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๊ฐœ์ธ์˜ ์„ฑ๊ณต์— ๊ธฐ๋Œ€์–ด ๋ฐœ์ „์„ ๋„๋ชจํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๋‚˜ ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด ๋“ค์—ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋“  ์„ฑ๊ณต ์—ฌ๋ถ€์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์งˆํƒ€๋ฅผ ํ”ผํ•˜๊ธฐ ์–ด๋ ต๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ๋ฐ ๋ง์•ผ~ ์„ฑ๊ณต์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์••๋ ฅ ์—†์ด๋„ ์‚ถ์€ ์กด์žฌํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์ง€ ์•Š์„๊นŒ๋‚˜~~? ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿผ

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! ๐Ÿ˜˜

์†ก๋„ ์ฒ˜์Œ ๊ตฌ๊ฒฝ~ ํฐ ๊ฑฐ๋ฆฌ์— ๋งˆ์ฒœ๋ฃจ๊ฐ€ ๋งŽ๊ณ  ์ธ๊ณต ํ˜ธ์ˆ˜์— ํ•œ์˜ฅ ํ˜ธํ…”๊นŒ์ง€ ์žผ๋‚˜๊ตฐ. ์ฒซ ์ˆ˜ํ”Œ๋ ˆ ํŒฌ์ผ€์ดํฌ๊นŒ์ง€ ์ฆ๊ฒผ๋‹ค. ๋ฐ”์ด๋Ÿฌ์Šค ์—ญ๊ฒฝ์—๋„ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์€ ๋ฐ”๊นฅ๋ฐ”๋žŒ ์ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๋‚˜์™€์„œ ๋†€๊ณ ์žˆ๋‹ค. ์–ด์จŒ๋“  ์‚ฐ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์€ ์‚ด์•„์•ผํ•˜๋‹ˆ๊นŒ! ํž˜๋ƒ…์‹œ๋‹ค ๋ชจ๋‘. ๐Ÿ’‹

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. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’“

์–ธ์  ๊ฐ€ ์ง„์งœ ๊ทธ๊ฐ€ ๋งํ•œ๋Œ€๋กœ ์ด ์„ฌ์— ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ˆ™์†Œ๋ฅผ ์ฐพ์•„์„œ ๋ฉฐ์น ๋™์•ˆ ์‹œ์›ํ•œ ํ•ด๋ณ€์— ์•‰์•„ ๋ฐ”๋‹ค๋ฅผ ๋ฐ”๋ผ๋ณด๋ฉฐ ํŽธํžˆ ์‰ฌ๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋ฆผ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋„์ ์ด๊ณ  ์˜ค๋ถ“ํ•œ ์‹œ๊ฐ„ ๋ณด๋‚ผ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ~~ ๐Ÿฅฐ

๋Œ€ํ™”์˜ ๊ธฐ์ˆ  2020

๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋‚˜ ๋ฐฐ์›Œ์•ผ ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์•„๋ฌด๋„ ์ œ๋Œ€๋กœ ์‹ ๊ฒฝ์“ฐ์ง€ ์•Š๋Š”๊ฒŒ ๋ฐ”๋กœ ๋Œ€ํ™”์˜ ๊ธฐ์ˆ ์ด๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ฐฎ์•„ ๋ณด์—ฌ์„œ, ์‰ฌ์›Œ ๋ณด์—ฌ์„œ, ์ž˜ํ•œ๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ฐฉ๊ฐํ•ด์„œ, ๋“ฑ์˜ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ์ด์œ ๊ฐ€ ์žˆ๊ฒ ๋‹ค. ๋‚˜๋„ ๋‚˜๋ฆ„ ๋Œ€ํ™” ๊ธฐ์ˆ ์ด ์žˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ๋„ ์•„๋ž˜ ๋ฆฌ์ŠคํŠธ์˜ ๋ฐ˜์€ ๋ชปํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒฝ์šฐ๊ฐ€ ๋ฐœ์ƒํ•œ๋‹ค. ๊ฐ€์žฅ ํ”ํ•œ ์ด์œ ๋Š” ์ƒ๋Œ€์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์กด์ค‘์ด ๋ชจ์ž๋ผ๊ฑฐ๋‚˜ ์ง‘์ค‘ ์—๋„ˆ์ง€๊ฐ€ ๋ถ€์กฑํ•  ๋•Œ ๊ทธ๋ ‡๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ธฐ์ˆ ์€ ๊ทผ์œก์„ ํ‚ค์šฐ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์ด ํ›ˆ๋ จํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค. ๊พธ์ค€ํžˆ ์˜์‹์ ์œผ๋กœ ์—ฐ๋งˆํ•˜์ž! ^^

  1. ์ง„์งœ ์ง‘์ค‘ํ•ด์„œ ๋“ค์–ด๋ผ. ๋ฉ€ํ‹ฐํƒœ์Šคํ‚น ํ•˜์ง€๋งˆ๋ผ.
  2. ๊ฐ€๋ฅด์น˜๋ ค ๋“ค์ง€๋งˆ๋ผ. ๋†๋‹ด์ด๋‚˜ ์ž๋ž‘๋„ ํ•˜๋ ค๋“ค์ง€ ๋งˆ๋ผ. ์ƒ๋Œ€์—๊ฒŒ์„œ ์ง„์งœ ๋ฐฐ์šธ ์ž์„ธ๋กœ ๋Œ€ํ™”์— ์ž„ํ•ด๋ผ. ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋“  ๋‹น์‹ ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ์ž˜ ์•„๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด ์žˆ๋‹ค.
  3. ๋‹จ์ˆœํ•œ ์งˆ๋ฌธ์„ ํ•ด๋ผ. ์œกํ•˜์›์น™์„ ์ด์šฉํ•˜๋ผ.
  4. ๋“ฃ๋‹ค๊ฐ€ ๋“œ๋Š” ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด๋‚˜ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด๋ฅผ ํ˜๋ ค ๋ณด๋‚ด๋ผ. ๊ดœํžˆ ์ด์šฉํ•ด์„œ ๋Œ€ํ™”์— ๋ผ์–ด๋“ค๋ คํ•˜์ง€ ๋งˆ๋ผ.
  5. ๋ชจ๋ฅด๋ฉด ๋ชจ๋ฅธ๋‹ค๊ณ  ํ•ด๋ผ. ์‚ฌ์‹ค์„ ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋กœ ์•Œ๋ ค์•ผ ์ œ๋Œ€๋กœ ๋Œ€ํ™”ํ• ์ˆ˜์žˆ๋‹ค.
  6. ๋น„์Šทํ•œ ๊ฒฝํ—˜์ด ์žˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ํ•ด์„œ ์ƒ๋Œ€์™€ ๋™์ผํ•œ ๊ฒฝํ—˜์„ ํ•œ๊ฒƒ์€ ์ ˆ๋Œ€ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฒฝํ—˜์€ ์ฃผ์ฒด์ ์ด๊ณ  ๋Œ€ํ™”์˜ ํ˜„์žฌ ์ฃผ์ฒด๋Š” ์ƒ๋Œ€๋‹ค. ๋ผ์–ด๋“ค์ง€๋งˆ๋ผ.
  7. ํ•œ๋ง ๋ฐ˜๋ณตํ•˜์ง€ ๋งˆ๋ผ. ์ƒ๋Œ€๋ฅผ ์–•์žก์•„ ๋ณด๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ๋Š๊ปด์ง€๊ฑฐ๋‚˜ ์ง€๋ฃจํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋œ๋‹ค.
  8. ์„ธ์„ธํ•œ ์ •๋ณด๋Š” ์žŠ์–ด๋„ ์ข‹๋‹ค. ์ค‘์š”ํ•œ ๊ฑด ๋‹น์‹ ์ด๋‹ค.
  9. 1๋ฒˆ์„ ์ œ๋Œ€๋กœ ํ•ด๋ผ. ์—„์ฒญ๋‚œ ์ง‘์ค‘๋ ฅ๊ณผ ์—๋„ˆ์ง€๊ฐ€ ํ•„์š”ํ•œ๊ฒŒ ๋“ฃ๋Š” ์ผ์ด๋‹ค. ๋งํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฑด ์‰ฝ๋‹ค.
  10. ์งง๊ณ  ์‰ฝ๊ฒŒ ๋งํ•ด๋ผ. ์ƒ๋Œ€์—๊ฒŒ์„œ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ๊ฒƒ์„ ๋ฐœ๊ฒฌํ•  ์ค€๋น„๋ฅผ ํ•˜๋Š”๊ฒŒ ์šฐ์„ ์ด๋‹ค.

์‚ผ์ผ ์ •๋„ ์ง‘์—์„œ ๊ทผ์‹ ํ•˜๋ฉฐ ์‹œ๋‚˜๋ฆฌ์˜ค ์ž‘์—…ํ•˜๋‹ค๊ฐ€ ํ•œ์ ํ• ๋“ฏํ•œ ํ•œ์˜ฅ์นดํŽ˜๋ฅผ ์ฐพ์•˜๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆผ๋„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์—ฌ์œ ๋กœ์šด ๋‚ฎ์ด์˜€๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜๋„ ์‚ด์ง ๋‘๋ ค์›€์ด ๋งˆ์Œ ํ•œ๊ตฌ์„์— ๋Š๊ปด์กŒ๋‹ค. ๋นจ๋ฆฌ ์ง„์งœ ํ‰์˜จํ•œ ์ผ์ƒ์ด ๋Œ์•„์˜ค๊ธธ ๋ฐ”๋ž˜๋ณธ๋‹ค. #์ƒˆ์†Œ๋ฆฌ๋ฌผ์†Œ๋ฆฌ

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 everyoneโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.