Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cultural Class Lesson: Malaysian Traditional Costume

This week I had planned on introducing the Malaysian traditional costume to the Grade 2 students. Since they have zero knowledge of English and the time given for each lesson was 40 minutes, I had simplified the contents, and activity so that the objective outlined could be successfully achieved.

The objective of the lesson is to introduce the Korean students with 4 types of Malaysian traditional costumes namely; Baju Melayu, Baju Kurung, Cheongsam and Saree. After showing the students the different types of costume via powerpoint slides show and realia, students then make a human paper chain comprising these four types of costume.


Friday, 7 September 2018

New Home, New Town

My partner Saif and I were posted in a small town called Daeso-myun, under the administrative district of Eumseong-gun. The town was relatively small as compared to Seoul, where lots of factories located here and it seemed like the locals also did some agricultural activities such as vegetable farming and growing their rice. It was a bit similar like Tanjung Malim town. 

As for the accommodation, we were lucky to be given a two-room apartment for our three months stay in South Korea. The house was not that big and not too small. Perhaps around 800+ square feet. More than enough for me. The owner provided two beds, a refrigerator, and a washing machine. While the other appliances such as rice cooker, iron, and kitchen utensils had been prepared by our mentor in prior. 

Our mentor, Min was very helpful. He brought us around the town, showing the bus station, supermarket and even brought us to the phone shop to purchase a sim card. He also brought us shopping for some household items and groceries.

At night we went to the Halal restaurant located in the town. Approximately about 10 minutes of walking. The restaurant's owner was an Uzbekistan, so the food sold are traditional Uzbek meals. I had my roasted chicken for my dinner at the shop. A week without being able to eat any chicken had finally paid-off.

Our apartment

With our mentor, Min.

The kitchen area, next to the main door.

Our living room

My room


My housemate's room

Washing machine

Our dinner for tonight.

Small town

Small lane heading up to our house

Breakfast at the 7 eleven while enjoying the serenity of a small town


Local Adjustment Program: Day 05 - Welcoming Luncheon

Today marks the final day of our local adjustment training. We reached APCEIU early after checking out from the hotel. The ceremony which assembled all the participants, mentors and principals from respective schools, was officiated by the director of APCEIU, followed by the speech of the representatives from each country. Our country represented by Miss Aini, the officer from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia had given an exceptional speech. I did feel little touched realising that it was the last day that all of us would be together before everybody headed to the different part of South Korea. 

After the speeches, all participants from four countries performed their cultural dances. The participants from Thailand with their beautiful costume had performed the coconut shell dance. The Indonesian teachers had performed a dance from West Papua. The Mongolian teachers had performed their traditional dance and played their traditional musical instrument. And Malaysia with our extravagant traditional dance numbers consisting of overture dances, joget, kolatam and sumazau. We even ended our performance with joget lambak by which we also invited the audience to dance on the stage.

The luncheon ceremony ended at 2.00 pm. We bid farewell to each other and headed straight to our respective places with our own mentor. It was quite sad to be parted from other friends and knowing that Miss Aini will leave all of us in South Korea for three months was quite overwhelming.