11.11 Pepero Day

Today is 빼빼로데이 (Pepero Day) in Korea.  While most in the world is probably celebrating Valentine on February 14, this day became a day to give this sweet treat to friends and someone special.

This is my favorite pepero variant
This is my favorite pepero variant

I read somewhere that  the exchange of pepero was originally done in the wish to be taller or thinner.  However, these days exchanging pepero is more to show affection rather than the supposed original meaning.

Happy Pepero Day!

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Fall In Love with Fall

Late October and Early November is the best time to experience Autumn in South Korea. Next to spring, autumn is my favorite season to be in South Korea.  This is when the leaves turn red.  The weather is not to hot and not to cold and for some reasons the surroundings warms the heart.  Maybe its the mix of yellow and read leaves which brings that feeling.  How I love this season.

Autumn Leaves. Photo courtesy of the Visit Korea Website.

Autumn in Korea is 가을 (gaeul). Just like 봄 (bom) or spring, 가을 is used as given name for girls.  Other than being born on autumn, the warmth of this season and the good weather are common inspiration to give such name to a pretty little one.

During this season a visit to a park is truly a wonderful experience.  Imagine walking with trees painted in yellow and red.  The falling leaves is the autumn’s version of cherry blossoms.

Fall in Munsu along Gochang Road. Picture courtesy of Visit Korea website.

So how do you say the weather is good today (because it is usually during autumn)?

  • 날씨가 좋네요. (Nalshiga choneyo – The weather is good)
  • 가을의 날씨가 좋다! (Gaeuri nalshiga choda! – The weather during autumn is good)

I feel like going to South Korea Now! If only I have Harry Potter’s floo powder, I’d be there on an instant and fall in love with autumn leaves *sigh*