I’m Natalie Chai from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Fully Chinese, I’m verbally literate in English, Malay, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin and a little bit of Hakka. My Gangnam speaking history goes way back to Year 2006 when I signed up for a class in Ampang, one of KL’s few Little Korea. I had a great teacher, it took me about a year before I was finally able to understand an entire variety show on its own.
I love adventures and is always open to meeting new people (more so of those who can make good sandwiches). Anyway, so probably that’s why I found myself on a plane to Seoul to continue my Korean language lessons. I was there for about a year, studying in Yonsei University – which is a magnificent place to be at. By the time I came back, my Korean was already better than my Mandarin.
I found it a shame to not really master the Chinese language since I grew up in an English/Malay school and almost never did pay attention to the minimal Chinese lessons provided. So for 2013, after I pursued my degree – I’m embarking on another journey in Beijing for the Chinese course. Language is very important, but it isn’t what’s most magical. I see language as a tool. A tool to bring us many, many wonderful relationships, experiences, obstacles and happiness.
Thenatstory slowly grew to be a place where I’d share photos and experiences of various things and places – and it makes me very happy when people are benefiting from what is published here. It’s not a great blog with HD photos, but if that’s the least I can do to share that pinch of experience – I’d be glad to.
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