Yesterday was Pepero day in Korea. What is Pepero day you may ask? Well, as one of my conversation students explained it to me with the help of her translator, it’s a marketing stunt. Peperos are cookie sticks dipped in chocolate. Apparently November 11th was the best day to have this commercial holiday since peperos resemble the date (11/11). No one bothered to tell the executives at Lotte (the company behind the Pepero) that November 11th is also Remembrance Day in over 10 countries and is observed by over 500 million people.
So the idea behind the day (what I was trying to say last paragraph) is that you give a box of Pepero to someone you like on this day. I was honestly gunning to get like 20 boxes. I think my kids like me and it seems like the sort of thing a middle school girl would do; plus there’s 900 kids at the school and I teach 600 of them. Sadly, I only got 6 boxes/sticks. And three of those were, as some students put it “very bad; [they] have melamine”. Damn you Pepero day for raising my chances of getting “reproductive damage, or bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to bladder cancer” (thank you wikipedia).