Sunday, June 14, 2009

The elementary school near my apartment

This picture is taken from my apartment. It is the elementary school and it seems like there was an occasion in the school so the children were celebrating it by dancing and playing. I guess it was their sportsfest. I just heard a noise and when I looked out, I saw the children formed a circle and moving with the tune of the music. After dancing they played and cheered.

On weekend, it's also fun to see some people or children playing soccer that sometimes looks like a real game because you'll see some shades and you'll hear some noise of an MC or announcer. Well, I don't need to go there to watch the game. I can just sit on the veranda and watch them if I want but I don't like sports. My hubby sometimes watch using binoculars. But that doesn't take longer, I think he's just curious about the players or the games.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. On this day, the nation pays tribute to the war dead, and memorial services are held at the National Cemetery in Seoul. It is a holiday but I went to work. Do I deserve an award? kek..kek..kek...

There are lots of Taegukki (Korean National Flag) raised in most people's houses or apartments and in the streets. You can get a flag for free at the city hall according to my mother in law. But we never bothered ourselves to get one. Is that mean we aren't good citizen just because we don't put flag on our windows? Of course not! As long as we don't break the law, isn't it?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Samul nori (Korean Percussive Band)

Samul nori (Korean Percussive Band) is spotlighted on the international stages of Korean music and dance. Both players and an audience easily get in high spirits. While the western orchestra or chamber music has delicate and harmonic expression of rhythm and melody, Korean samul nori has rather rough and naive expression of percussive rhythm and spirits. Folk music relies largely on metal gongs, the hourglass-shaped drum called changgo, a small hand drum and sometimes a loud, trumper-like oboe. Farmers' music is the most popular tyupe of folk music. A percussive ensemble called samul nori was originated from farmer's music. Samul nori consists of a large gong, a small gong, a changgo and a small drum.