Opinion > The Ninja Girl
Chasing the Dream

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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ID+for+FranchisingPHCheongju, South Korea –Just like my other trips to South Korea, this time I am staying for over a month. Though I brought my work with me, without my usual gaggle of friends, I had to find activities to amuse myself. Fortunately, I found one which cost me virtually nothing.

Learning Music
My brain leans toward linear concepts. What this means is I am the most tone deaf person I know. I can barely distinguish the difference between do and re. Whenever someone asks me if I sing, I always answer:
    “I love singing, but I can’t sing. I am so bad at it that one of my best friends jokingly tells me whenever it is my turn at our regular karaoke hangout, “Anak, bayaran na lang kita.””

    But when does being bad at something prevent someone from learning more about it and enjoying it?

So this almost free amusing activity is learning the samulnori. Samulnori, the word, is a combination of 3 words:

sa which means four
mul which means object or thing
nori which means play

The four objects that are played in Samulnori are
Kkwaenggwari which is a small gong
Jing which is a larger gong
Janggu which is an hourglass-shaped drum
Buk which is a barrel drum similar to the bass drum

I am learning how to play the buk. Fortunately, playing this drum is more mathematical than I musical. I can easily count the notes in a single beat. In a single beat there are four groups of notes and each group is composed of three notes. So far the music I’ve learned has two notes per group so that’s a total of 8 notes per beat. Each beat is usually repeated to create a whole set of music.

Oh well, pardon my explanation. Remember that I know nothing of music.

My Classmates
What make my Monday evening Samulnori class more interesting are my classmates. The first Monday, there was a Korean, American, Irish, and Australian with another Korean as our teacher. Though we are a very disparate group, what we have in common is our desire to learn something so outside our comfort zones.
Though I look forward to improving my buk-playing skills, I look forward going to the class more because of the people I am learning Samulnori with.

And you? What would you like to learn next?

I will talk about my classmates more in my next articles. They lead very interesting lives.

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Interesting Money Facts.

Speaking of travel, one should dress comfortably, but if you’re a man and want to dress to impress the ladies you meet in your journeys as well wearing this Hermes’ Spring/Summer 2013 crocodile t-shirt will do. That is if you have an extra US $91,500 to spend after buying your round trip tickets and booking your hotel.

    To put this into perspective, whenever I pass by the MRT EDSA station I see vendors selling polo shirts for P100, with US $91,500, I could buy about 36,600 MRT EDSA polo shirts and I could outfit everyone in my barangay back in Ilocos Norte.

    Sometimes how much people are willing to pay for a piece of clothing is beyond belief.

Liza Gaspar is a wealth coach and personal finance enthusiast. She spends her free time helping out with the projects of the Rotary Club of Makati McKinley (rcmmckinley.org) and the Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardees (grlawardees.org). Visit her Web site at thegirlninja.com, email her at liza@thegirlninja.com, or visit her at facebook.com/annalizagaspar and TheGirlNinja.com.

 

 

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