Catching up!

2 Dec
The cover of a Pepero box

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I really wanted to write about this but never got around to it.  So it seems quite redundant to make an entry about it now but I don’t care, so here goes.  The 11th of November was Veterans day in most parts of the world, but not here in South Korea.  Oh no!  The South Koreans spent their Thursday celebrating something completely different.  Chocolate sticks on fact.  Pepero’s.  The 11th of November is Pepero day here and is basically something like Valentines day but with one big difference.  It revolves around this one sweet called Pepero, made by one company named Lotte.   For about two weeks before this day all the shops start decorating with giant hearts and symbols of love.  If i can remember correctly I read somewhere that Lotte sells about 80% of all their Pepero’s in November.  School students go crazy with this day as they bring boxes and boxes of Pepero’s to school and give it to their friends.  Or boys to girls and vice versa.  I have one issue with this day and that is there is no historical significance for the 11th of November to be celebrated as Pepero day.   Nothing happened.  No Legend or Myth or anything.  Although Lotte denies that they forced this day into existence there is a rumor that two middle school girls exchanged Pepros on the 11th of November in Busan way back in 1994.  And from there on out Pepero day has taken the nation by storm.   As a teacher it’s a bonus tobe teaching on days like Pepero day because you will most defenitely be spoilt with one or two of these boxes.  Well not me!  Nope, when I got to school on the morning of the 11th almost the whole staff were outside the doors searching all the students.  That’s right folks they confiscated all the Pepero’s.  I have no idea why they did that, but my school took away their Pepero day.

Another thing that I failed to report about was the CSAT tests.  All third grade High School students took this University entrance Exam two weeks ago and the whole country came to a standstill once again.  Koreans value education more than any other country in the world I think.  And they have to because almost all high school graduates end up going to varsity finding a decent job has become very hard.  But it’s great!  So on the day of the exams everything starts later.  All schools start an hour later and some businesses start only at ten.  No flights are allowed to land in Korea during the exam and everything must be quiet.  Everyone goes to work later so that the roads won’t be crowded so that the students can get to their exam centers.  Police cars escort students to the centers.  It’s a national kerfuffel.


That’s it for now.  Cheers from Kimchiland.


4 Responses to “Catching up!”

  1. madeerylou December 2, 2010 at 16:05 #

    Christo you’re so prolific! Love the accompanying graphic! I’m also writing about the Korean CSAT on my blog really late and yet again you have beaten me to the punch!

  2. christodewit December 2, 2010 at 16:13 #

    Sorry Malou and thank you at the same time! Things have been going a bit hectic lately.

  3. Carmen December 3, 2010 at 20:16 #

    Thanks for an awesome blog!!
    My mum told me about the exams and the ban on all air traffic- I did not believe her…wow they seriously do that lol.
    Moving to Korea in January to live with my mother whilst finishing my studies 🙂 cant wait to get my grubby little paws on pepero again..and fire chicken yum.
    Ah just a shame its winter- Cape town girl in snow, going to be lots of bitching.

  4. Willemien December 16, 2010 at 10:25 #

    Btw I heard Peppero day is on 11 Nov because it’s 11/11 and all the 1’s look like Pepperos.

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