Just like the other days, breakfast was served at 7:30 A.M. at the second floor of the hotel. As a proof of Korean health consciousness, non-fat and non-oily foods were always served with tea or coffee.
The breakfast was also shared with the other guests of the Hunsan Gunji House who became our new acquaintances. To mention some, we have met, Ema and Kelyn, two middle high school students from
It was followed by Lee Chul Hong, a student from the same university who taught us Arirang, Jen do Arirang and Ganggangsullae, all Korean folk songs. Ruchelle was brave enough to show her singing prowess and sang Jendo Arirang with Chul Hong and in turn was given a couple of figurines by Ms. Kim, while me, the darling of the crowd had a chance to play Chul Hong’s Janggu.
Samul nori is a genre of traditional percussion music originating in Korea. The word samul means "four objects" and nori means "play". Samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments:Kkwaenggwari (a small gong), Jing (a larger gong), Janggu (an hourglass-shaped drum) and Buk (a barrel drum similar to the bass drum). The traditional Korean instruments are called pungmul.
They bow as a sign of gratitude.
After the performances, we had the opportunity to play the instruments with the guidance of the students. Each of us was eager to try the instruments and took photos with each student. We tried and played to our heart’s content. A group picture with the students followed. Time was running fast but the moments seemed to stop as we were having fun when we were taught how to interpret Ganggangsullae. The steps were not hard and we were able to do them with merriment. Some of us in return taught some Philippine folk dance steps to the Koreans. Everyone had real fun until it was time for our lunch which means another 30-minute walk.
The afternoon session was devoted to the continuation of the Namo Web Editor lesson under Ms. Kim Yeonseon who was truly very patient and approachable. She kept on checking if we were following on and patiently went back to the first step of the procedure every time some teachers couldn’t follow. Everyone could have had followed the whole procedure had the computers been friendly and programs ran well. Just like Cielito de Borja’s computer who was unfriendly that day so she was not able to follow the whole instruction well. A ten-minute break followed and we answered the evaluation questionnaires about the training.