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2015 Rewind + Small Japan Update

January 8, 2016

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Hey everyone!

With the start of 2016, we were talking about how crazy this year is going to be for us. We’re finally moving to Japan! It’s happening! That’s insane! But then we thought back on 2015 and talked about all of the things we did and we realized, holy shit, 2015 was our craziest year ever. Though we were based out of Korea, we spent more time out of the country than in it, and traveled more in one year than any other year in our lives. So we wanted to take a look back on it all and share it in a small rewind video. I hope you like it!

Also, we haven’t posted many videos over the Christmas break so far, simply because we’re running around and trying to get everything done for our big move to Japan, which is less than two weeks away! So much paperwork! So many offices to go to! So, our apologies for not being up to date with videos now. We’re going to have loads of videos as soon as we start living in Japan, but now it’s all unfilmable boring stuff. Seriously: you don’t want to see a video of us scanning documents and going to the print shop. Yep: we have a scanner but no printer. We had one in the studio, and then we got rid of it because we didn’t think we would need it, and whoa were we ever wrong.

Otherwise, we’re going to Vietnam on Sunday. Woohoo! We didn’t buy each other Christmas presents: we bought each other a vacation. Memories are better than things, we think. So we’ll be in Vietnam for a few a days. Any suggestions on what we should eat? Then we come back on the 16th, pack up on the 18th, then fly out to Japan on the 19th. Ahhhh! This is really happening! Ok I’ll stop with the exclamation marks. See you soon from Japan :D

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  1. I know you guys are already in Japan, I was a little behind on watching videos!

    I mostly am commenting to say that yes, I still remember Bo Peep :) I know the little dance to part of it, and I remember when you guys reviewed it, Martina was like oh it’s gonna be cute little sheep themed, but instead it was sexy cats. Surprise!

    2 years ago
  2. I hope you have a wonderful experience in Japan. As a person who also suffers from an invisible chronic illness of Crohn’s disease I have been scared to even travel to Japan due to their strict laws on any kind of medications to treat chronic pain. I was told Japan uses no narcotic pain medication for anything except mastitis cancer. I too have a high threshold for pain. After taking steroids for many years I have developed chronic pain and honestly I feel comfort in knowing I have medication in the days it is unbearable. I truly hope you enjoy your time there and are able to have good medical care and a journey that is free of pain. Maybe my perception is incorrect and your experience will shed a new light for me on a possible trip there. I would love to visit at least once in this lifetime. Safe travels!

    2 years ago
  3. Definitely go to the morning market for breakfast for sandwiches or sweet rice (xôi) or chè (a sweet kind of soup)! Be careful of motorcycles driving in those narrow lanes though! Also available in a la carte along the streets for breakfast is a savory rice roll called bánh cuốn with a pork kind of meat loaf + spicy fish sauce. Oh and the fruit! OMG the fruit. Just try it all. I can’t list them all…

    Be careful where you eat though because the oil and ingredients can give the toughest stomach a few days’ worth of trouble.

    2 years ago
  4. Good luck in Japan and as for Vietnamese food I recommend Cha Ca, a really yummy seafood dish or bun cha, a dish you can find in food stalls and street kitchens across the city!!!

    2 years ago
  5. Baloot is a boiled duck egg, it sounds gross but it’s really good! I’d also recommend eating Bahn Beo and Bahn Xeo. Bahn Beo is a sort of rice cake with shrimp and fried onions. Bahn Xeo is kind of like a savory crepe with shrimp and meat that’s filled with bean sprouts and you wrap salad around it. Also be prepared for fish sauce, it’s in alot of dishes.

    2 years ago
  6. Wow, can’t believe you’re only a week away from moving! Best of luck packing and last minute prep! I lived in Japan for three years, then moved back to the States, then spent 2 years in Korea, and am back in the States again. The most annoying thing is figuring out what to bring, sell, or give away, and the more I move around the world the more I get annoyed that I get rid of things only to have to buy them again in the next country. I think overall it’s better just to fork over the extra shipping fee and bring the things you know you love and will use. Bringing lots of mementos is a must too! Also, now’s a good time to downsize your stuff -when I moved from Korea last year I donated at least 6 bags of clothing to those donation bins. Reminds me a bit of living in the dorms in college; always had to move out at summer time but moving kept my hoard to a manageable size. XD

    Also, I’ll be praying for your smooth transition to life in Japan. You’ll miss Korea so much, and there definitely is a big different between traveling around/studying abroad Japan vs living there. I speak Japanese pretty well (5 semesters in college) but had a difficult time adjusting to daily life, though once I did life was pretty sweet there and learning from my mistakes in Japan made my move to Korea a lot easier. I’m hoping to live abroad again but it’s still a toss up whether I’ll move back to Korea or Japan. Both countries have some real strong points and I love both! Hope you have a blast!

    2 years ago
  7. T-ara’s Bo Peep is still a good song!
    I’m excited to see what it’s going to be like to move to a new country through you guys! I’ll be waiting for your new videos of this new chapter of your lives. :) Thanks for taking us with you on this journey!

    2 years ago
  8. Forgot to mention in my previous comment, but make sure you try Suon Nuong Xa (grilled pork ribs in a lemongrass marinade) and Banh Mi (SO freaking good) in Vietnam. Have a great trip!

    2 years ago
  9. C_L

    There’s a famous place in Vietnam called “The lunch lady” that you guys should try. There’s also a really cool chicken rice shop called “Com ga susu”. My favourite vietnamese youtuber, Kyle le dotnet has videos of these places. I hope you guys could meet up with him (T_T). Looking forward to your videos!! Have fun in Vietnam and take care!!

    2 years ago
  10. I can’t believe you’re a week away from moving!

    (Bo-Peep is still a jam, btw.)

    2 years ago
  11. So glad you guys are going to Vietnam ! I’m so hype, I wish I was there to meet you guys lol. But please when you go to Vietnam don’t go into those fancy restaurant, eat where they have plastic stools on the sidewalks. It’s really yummy, also remember to try our noodle soups ! Have fun in Vietnam guys !!

    2 years ago
  12. Food suggestions for Vietnam include:
    Pho (typically a beef noodle soup)
    Banh xeo (yellow crispy savory crepes/pancakes sorta like the korean jeon or japanese okonomiyaki)
    Bun cha gio va thit nuong (vermicelli noodles, egg rolls, and grilled pork)
    Com tam bi thit suong (broken rice with shredded pork and grilled pork chop)
    Bun bo hue (a specialty spicy beef soup from the city of hue. It has a lot of lemongrass)
    Lau (seafood hot pot. It’s like eating nabe or taiwanese hot pots)
    Any of the fresh seafood :)

    2 years ago
  13. Hi Simon and Martina! I’ve noticed that you two are gourmets so here is my favorite place where to eat in Ho Chi Minh City: Cuc Gach Quan, they serve excellent traditional Vietnamese food (Brangelina dined there!). Enjoy your trip!

    2 years ago
  14. so excited! <3

    2 years ago
  15. I have been following you two and your vids for a loong time now, since before your EYK studios – I just don’t comment very much or anything! I’m excited for you two and your Japan adventures to come!! Will be looking forward to it :) It’s so crazy how much you’ve experienced and the projects you’ve worked on. Best wishes during this transition process, and I hope Martina’s EDS gets more manageable or doesn’t worsen at least for as long as possible. <3 Safe travels!

    2 years ago
  16. Its so great that you guise are finally doing this. I always enjoy watching your videos and I will continue to do so no matter where you film them. Because of you I got sucked down the black hole known as k-pop (ugh, save me), developed a love for trying new recipes (and cooking in general, thank you Martina’s Midnight Cooking), and in June I will finally, FINALLY travel to somewhere I want to go. You guise have actually inspired me and that is a hard thing to do because I am too lazy to be inspired.

    I loved meeting you in Houston, even though we were rushed through because the people running it were in a hurry to get home. I wish I hadn’t lost my pictures of the event but what can ya do? I think I still have one somewhere on Facebook.

    I am glad to see that Spudgy pulled through his scare and is still bringing you guise lots of joy. Don’t put of packing too much and have a safe move to Japan.

    Lots of luck to you both and lots of love from Texas.

    Mari

    2 years ago
  17. W00t! Ay-yo FINALLY! So excited for you guys! Congratulations on becoming more super sparkly in the future! XD

    …..actually, I’m more super excited that you changed you webpage format so that it doesn’t take me MINUTES to scroll to the point of unreadability so that I haven’t been able to read your blog posts for a year now T_T (I also had to scroll to click on the videos so that I often went to youtube to view them instead but since I didn’t have an acct, I couldn’t comment). Your blogs are just as good as your videos….. I didn’t want to complain because Rose was in the hospital but MAN, it was tough.

    Cyber_3 – wishing you a Happy New Year * * * * *

    2 years ago
  18. Hey guise!

    Okay, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pretty sad at first that you guise are leaving Korea. I’m sure you’d agree that with big cities like Seoul and even with a smaller country like South Korea, you could pretty much discover and explore for years and years to come. So the South Korea obsessed Nasty in me is sad, because you guise really showed me the real Korea, and you taught me most of what I know about it, at least in the contemporary sense! And I’ll miss that a lot, seeing more of Korean culture, seeing Korea from the POV of someone who lives there, even just the streets, and hearing answers about Korea that we all wonder, and I’m sure a lot of us will.

    But guise, most importantly, over the period of about five years, I’ve followed your lives like many other Nasties. We have grown to love and care about you both (and the Spudgy and the Meems.) It’s so strange! I’ve never met you (hoping I will some day!) but I feel like I know you guise, and I enjoy having you a part of my life when I watch your videos! I feel like I’m a part of your life in that way and you’re a part of my life in this way. They videos brighten my day, and I need that as I, like Martina, struggle with an illness that’s just going to get progressively worse. I’m not just a Korean-loving fan, I’m a Nasty. My pledge to you guise comes first! And over everything, I’m so so soo happy you guise are going to Japan! I love Japan, too, and I completely understand the idea of slowly loosing your ability to enjoy life as fully because I’m 20 and gonna be there in ten years too.

    But enough of all that sad talk; I’m so excited for all these awesome NAAAASTAAAY videos that will be coming our way.

    I’m happy that S&M and all the Nasties are, in a way, going to move together and going to make our new place Japan. :)

    2 years ago
  19. Hey guise, glad everything is working out for you! I still watch your videos every time you post one. I’ve also been busy this past year getting my life together but 2016 is going to be The year, I can feel it. xD Yay! Good luck with your move, also for the pets. *kisses to Spudgy and Meems*

    2 years ago
  20. Ah, good luck with the packing! I really want to go to Vietnam someday. My mom is from there, so it’s on my bucket list. My favorite Vietnamese dishes are bun bo xao, which is stir fried beef over noodles, and pho. With both dishes, make sure to add all the veggies. With the bun bo xao, make sure to add the fish sauce. With the pho, you need to add the dark brown hoisen sauce. Have fun!

    2 years ago
  21. Good luck with the move! I hope Spudgy and Meemers cope well on the plane. Once you get settled in Japan, I would suggest going to Takayama and staying in a ryokan (great food at the ryokan at the top of the hill). Also try out Miyajima (just don’t let the deer eat your stuff!). Much love from Nova Scotia~

    2 years ago
    • I second the Miyajima recommendation! If they still have the black sesame ice cream there, I also recommend that!

      2 years ago
  22. Good luck for the flight! By the way Martina that was a superb airplane, don’t ever let anyone say your airplanes impersonation are not good ;)

    2 years ago
  23. Good Luck on the packing. Save travels, can’t wait to see what video’s you bring us from japan. Martina, remember to take care of yourself.

    2 years ago
  24. When in Vietnam perhaps see if you can find a good Bánh mì place.

    Good luck with the move to Japan! If in doubt, chuck it out!

    2 years ago
  25. I had no idea about Spudgy =O Awesome he pulled through like a boss! I forgot how “manipulable” he is, like a rag doll (but much cooler and fluffier). Where are you going to live if you don’t have an apartment yet? Or at least where will your things be while you find one? Have fun! Lots of it

    Another question (it’s never-ending with me it seems): You said Your Meet Your Kimchi Tour was one of your last road trip, does it mean you won’t do one this summer or for East Coast Canada ever? I know Martina’s condition isn’t the best so it would be totally understandable, but I’m just curious.

    2 years ago
    • We have a service apartment booked, and we’ll be there until we find the place we’re going to live in. As for our Canada tour, it’s something we really want to do, but it might be postponed while we settle things in Japan :)

      2 years ago
  26. How is moving to Japan with your pets? I heard there is a quarantine or something there?

    2 years ago
  27. I just realized not only did I /also/ go to the Dominican Republic last year (in June) but I ALSO have the same swim suit as Martina! LoL

    2 years ago
    • If you don’t mind my asking, where did you purchase the swimsuit? I love it, and am going to a destination wedding in the Spring (and need some new gear). :D

      I posted a comment asking Martina in a previous comments section for another video, but it got buried.

      2 years ago
  28. OMG! All that fooood!! 2015 was a pretty good year for me too.

    I’m happy you liked Finland so much. Still kinda sad I didn’t get to meet you while you were here. Maybe some day!

    I hope your move to Japan goes smoothly so we can enjoy new videos asap. Can’t wait!!

    Xo

    2 years ago
  29. Wow, what a crazy, wonderful year, and also so hard. I have loved every video you have shared with us, and I am getting really excited to learn about Japan with you! Apartment hunting! Simon acting like a crazy hungry baby dinosaur because of ramen! I came back a few hours ago from spending Christmas and New Years in Seoul, and it feels good to know so much about it because you of you two. I had yang gochi, at the same place you filmed! It was awesome. I guess, I will one day travel to Japan as well, because you inspire me to explore and get to know a new country. Fighting with your packing!

    I know Bop Beep! T-ARAAAAAA :D

    2 years ago