November 11th is 11/11. The idea is that the four ‘1’s look like four Pepero sticks lined up. You are supposed to give boxes to friends and loved ones (or people you have affection for) kind of like Valentine’s Day. The boxes are even made so you can literally stick a stamp on, write an address, and mail it to someone! Some of my students wrote a little message for me in the message space, I’ll post those pictures at the bottom for you to read.
Pepero is Korea’s version of Pocky. Pepero is a long thin cookie stick dipped in chocolate. DELICIOUS! There are different kinds of Pepero and I got 5 different kinds from my students: Original (cookie stick dipped in chocolate), Nude (where the cookie is like a straw and chocolate is on the inside), Oreo (white chocolate with Oreo cookies stuck on the cookie stick), Almond (almond bits stuck on the cookie stick with regular chocolate), and a GIANT Pepero (basically one large original Pepero).
My kids were so sweet when handing me the boxes of Pepero! Some were really shy, while others were just so exited to give them to me! Two of my students had wrapped their boxes in wrapping paper and bows; SO CUTE! A few students wrote a little bit on the back of the boxes they gave me. Some were shorter than others, but the fact that they wrote anything at all was very thoughtful. In total, 10 students gave me Pepero and I got 11 boxes of Pepero and 2 giant Pepero sticks. So much yummy goodness!! Honestly, I was so touched by the students thinking of me enough
to use their parents money to buy me a box. There are so many other people (friends/teachers) that they could have given to box to, but they chose me! It’s moments like these that let me know I made the right decision coming to this country and this school. I couldn’t be happier 🙂