This isn’t really a Korea related TL;DR, but we stray from that from time to time and talk about personal stuff, like in our Draw My Life videos and our Couple 123 tag. But this was so much fun! There’s a lot that we remembered that we didn’t think about for ages, parts of our lives that were hidden in shadowy memories. Some of those memories should probably be kept unremembered. Upside down visors, cornrows, and one pant leg rolled up? Fake pimp walks? Oh man. So much cringe.

There were a bunch of other things that we remembered, though. The girl that I thought I was going to marry when I was 7 years old whose family disappeared. The new neighbour that moved in who didn’t owe it to me, but who consoled me through it. I remember knocking on her door and seeing new people living there and still asking for her, and they didn’t know who I was talking about. Oh man…I thought this was supposed to be a fun post to talk about.

It is! That memory aside, we talked about a lot of stuff that we cut out to try to keep the video a reasonable length. Anyone remember devil sticks? We do! I was good at them. I could get the spin going, I could flip them really high as well. I flipped one onto my roof once. That’s when I learned that I could climb the side of my house. From then on I didn’t need the keys to my house anymore. I could just climb the side of it and go through my window, which led directly to my room. The windows to my parents’ house are new now, so they lock and don’t allow for B&Es anymore. Which I suppose is a good thing.

One memory I recently uncovered and started sharing with people, but I didn’t share in this video because there was no question for it, is a rather embarrassing one, so get ready to tease me for it: I didn’t grow up in the best economic situation. There were a few things lacking from early childhood, but eventually my parents got stable jobs and things picked up for a small bit. I remember the first sign of this was when they bought their first jar of Mayo. Yep. It was a big deal for us. I had no idea what this stuff was. I remember opening the jar and sticking my finger in and trying some of it it. It was delicious! I went in for another finger. Half an hour later, I polished off the entire jar. I don’t remember the consequences of my eating an entire jar of Mayo. Did I have the smoothest poos for the next week? I wish I could say. I do know, though, that I didn’t do that ever again. I’m ok with Mayo now. We have a more respectful relationship. I cover it in Ranch powder and evolve it into its higher form. Now I just do that with ranch. Sweet, sweet happy-making ranch.

We also cut out the part about important video games in our lives. NBA Jam anyone? Damn I was good at that game. That’s where Boomshakalaka comes from. You youngin’s think of TOP in Fantastic Baby. I think about doing a 1080 degree dunk and shattering the backboard. BOOMSHAKALAKA! I remember playing against other people as well, and they hated playing against me, because I shoved everyone and everything. Shove, steal the ball, get three baskets in a row. HE’S ON FIRE! Which then means that I can goaltend every shot. Then I’d just run back to the rim and goaltend everything with no whistle, run back and shoot an easy three. Oh man that game was so easy to spam. I wonder how many of you played it as well, and how many are like “WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT OLD MAN?!”

It’s odd when you think about how much technology changed now, and how kids nowadays have totally different toys. Martina’s niece is little over 1 year old, and she has a game on the iPad that spells out words, and she has to drag the letters back into their proper order. I didn’t have that when I was young! My parents were impressed by me when I was 1 and I would take newspapers and read out all of the letters, but this takes things to a whole new level! It seems to me like kids were the same for 5000 years or so, played the same games of tag and hide and seek and whatnot, but kids now have a totally different development cycle than what we went through.

I’m also really surprised when I think about what I was like as a kid compared to how I am now. I was so fake-gangsta. I only listened to rap and R&B. I lost my innocence at far too young an age, and I feel like, as an adult now, I’m more childlike than I’ve been since I was 8. Sure, I have more responsibilities now, but I’m more playful and lighthearted than before. I don’t know when being an adult is going to sink in for me, or if I’m just going to be an oversized child my whole life.

Anyhow, I’ll stop rambling. I know the Eatyourkimchi commenting community here is really diverse in age and upbringing. I’d love to hear how you responded to some of these 90s Kids tags. I’d also like to know how much your childhood corresponds with where you are now. Martina grew up with Sailor Moon and anime and a half-Japanese/half-Korean friend who, in many ways, directly relates to how Martina is now. I didn’t have that growing up. Martina seems to be a direct product of her past, while I’m rather anomalous. How about yourself? Let’s get all nostalgic here.

We’ll get back to our regular TL;DR Korea related topics next week. I hope you don’t mind the distraction this week. Click on the pretty button here if you haven’t already. It’ll bring back your favorite childhood toy!

  1. you guys hit my nostalgia bone. My best friend and I love loved sailor moon, she had the locket and the crescent wand. YTV was the bomb! Are you Afraid of the Dark still amazeballs. And after 9pm they put on anime, my introduction to Asia essentially with DBZ, Gundam Wing and later Inuyasha (uncut cause YTV had no idea what it was until a year later) On Teletoon… Neds newt for sure and Clone High.

    **90’s Child, Born in 1988**

  2. I remember driving at 16 and not having a cell phone but a pager..then having to find a payphone…(which now seems extinct)
    I rocked Rainbow Bright / He-Man / She-Ra and Voltron….Night Rider and Dukes of Hazzards was awesome… (Benny Hill show for those late night pervs) Tight-rolled jeans..teased and sprayed hair a mile high…bright colored shoe laces..lots of bracelets..and candy bars for 50cents.

  3. Oh the 90s. TV Shows: Sister, Sister, My Brother and Me. Salior Moon, Captian Planet, Rugrats, Doug, Pinky & The Brain, Rocky’s Modern Life, Pokemon, Animaniacs, Moesha, In Living Color, Fresh Prince, All That, and Ken & Kel. Plus, their were a lot more. My favorite line from Ken & Kel…”Who loves orange soda? Kel loves Orange Soda. Is it true? Hmmm… I DO. I DO. I DOOOOO.” I use to also watch a lot of really old shows like I love Lucy, Gillian’s Island, Bewitched and I dream of Jeannie. These shows would come on in the morning before I went to school while I waited to leave my house to go catch the school bus.
    Games: Candyland, Simon, LIfe,Girl Talk, Sorry, Operation, Trival Pursuit, and card games (Speed,Uno and Knuckles). **I use to play outside a lot with my sister and we would often use our imagination. We also played so many types of different variations of Hide and Seek. ( TV Tag, Freeze Tag, Hide and seek in the house in the dark) Videos Games: Sega, Mario Brothers, Pacman) I also remember when the Playstation came out I had the Spice Girls video game. ***
    Music: I was exposed to everything growing up. My mom played a lot of 80s/ 90s R&B, my dad a lot of oldies and my mom’s friend was a fan of country music. I didn’t get into rock music until my preteens years due to MTV and TRL.
    Books: Babysister’s Club, Babysister’s Little Sister, The Boxcard Kids (I think that’s the name.). My favorite book young adult authors were Sharon Draper, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jacqueline Woodson and Walter Dean Myers.

  4. Aaa, I also played Sonic the hedgehog and Zelda! Sega Mega and Nintendo 64 ftw!
    I was born a bit late in 87, so there is some stuff you guys were talking about I can relate to. And manga and anime is something I started with when I was 15, because I found Ranma 1/2 (BEST MANGA EVUURR) in Norwegian in a grocery story. I read a lot of cartoons as a kid, and books! I read everything from Roald Dahl, and my favourite book ever is Alice in Wonderland and the Secret Garden. Victorian children books, oh yes.

    And the show “Are You Afraid of the Dark” traumatized me as a kid! Yes, I’m an adult and really scared of the dark. Aaa, children from 90s really did see some bad stuff.

  5. I am so a 90’s kid XD. I loved Sonic both the games and the tv series. And Sailor Moon FTW!

  6. w0w I was born in 2001 and everything you guys said was so new to me xD
    Nick Jr. was a channel I used to watch though

  7. can you talk about korean age and how it is different to international age, do koreans have birthday party’s

  8. Hey so i know you did a video way back when about how to pay your taxes in Korea, but can you do one about currency and methods of paying for things? is it mostly a cash based economy, and if so what dose the ₩ take shape as? (ei. looie, toonie, counterparts)

  9. What is it like to attend shows like Inkigayo or Music Bank? Is it always crowded? and how much does it usually cost to go in? Can fans meet their favorite girl/boy groups?

  10. I was wondering what it’s like attending shows like Music Bank or Inkigayo? Is it always a full house? Plus, how much does it cost to go to those kinds of shows?

  11. Skip it….that thing was a total rip-off.

  12. Since you guys like kpop, how about a TL;DR about kdramas? Do you watch them? Which one is your favourite? :)

  13. Please make a TL;DR the small growing trend of tomboys / girls in suits … *cough* amber *cough Global unit *cough*

  14. Born in 81 so part 80s kid and part 90s kid although I got into my teens at that point. But I watched the cartoons you mentioned and Are You Afraid of the Dark. Next to Ren and Stimpy, Eek The Cat, Animaniacs, stuff like that.
    And I mostly played pc games, although I started out with a Commodore 64, and later got my hands on a Sega Master System II. Mainly because I was too poor to get a Genesis and my parents didn’t have the money for one either. But they could get pc’s through work so I was on them a lot.
    But I do remember going to the videostore (I will miss the smell of warm videotapes in those things) and renting a console for the weekend with a game.

    I still remember the floppies and later the diskettes. And I remember harddisks still having MBs instead of GB and them introducing the 1 GB harddisk and thinking I would never be able to fill that thing, filling it, getting a 13 GB one, thinking that was more than enough for forever, filling it, getting a 120 GB one and being able to fill that too. So I learned that no matter how big they make em I still manage to fill em lol.

    And I used to read a ton of books as a kid, I was mostly into horror so I read a lot of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Although I also read some alternative history books as a smaller kid. They taught you about history but usually included someone that never existed to make it more exciting. Oh and I loved the Old Shatterhand and Winnetou books. I was so pissed when kid me found out Karl May wasn’t really Old Shatterhand and had made it all up. But yeah I’d spend my evenings and weekends at home, metal music blasting and reading. Or on the pc playing a game while listening to music. For some games I don’t know the real music, just the music I was listening to at that time.

    I often think back and wonder how alien life must be for kids/teens now. That we sat and listened to the radio with our cassettedecks, hoping the song we liked would play, that they would announce it before playing and that the DJ wasn’t a douche who would talk through the intro. That we basically had to listen through an entire cassette tape, then the other side unless we wanted to wait like a minute for it to rewind. And that you just couldn’t go back to the start of a song. You had to guess where it would be. Life without cell phones, computers and that the internet used to be so slow. If you told 14 year old me waiting half a minute for a chat to refresh that one day I would be watching movies without any delay I’d have said you were nuts. Oh not to mention that you’d go to a cd store, grabbed a stack of cds, listened to them (in the good record stores at least), until you got a good notion of them and then bought a number of them. And even then you would sometimes have songs you skipped. Or you’d then go visit a friend who had said cd and copy it on a cassette tape. And the horror when your walkman or cassettedeck ate your cassette.

    Oh and the glory days in the 80s and 90s when the charts were actually filled with metal music and rock/grunge bands. Before dance and hip hop took over. I actually left my school dance because the DJ only brought dance and R&B songs, no rock at all. Not even Bon Jovi or what have you, only crap I didn’t like. So I went to a metal bar in my nice pants and nice jacket haha.

    As for collecting I’d probably have to say Garbage Pail Kids stickers and later Magic. Those were the big hypes. I was already too old when the pogs hit the scene.

    Favorite toy would either be The Real Ghostbusters toys or my GI Joe figures.

    But yeah I still listen to a lot of metal next to kpop, I am on the internet too much while I should be reading and I still love cartoons. So I am truly a child of the 80s and 90s. And really on the cusp of those two because I have to figure out which shows I liked were from the 90s like those mentioned above and which ones were from the 80s like Thundercats, Transformers and He-Man.

    But yeah mostly cartoons and such. I missed out on a number of 80s movies because my parents were hardcore pacifists and didn’t want my brothers and me watching movies glorifying violence. Especially movies like Rambo because they fought the Vietnam war and atomic bombs back in the day. Although we did watch Tour of Duty because it gave a more accurate view. Oh and we only had one tv so we mostly had to watch what my parents wanted to watch or everyone else wanted to watch. So while I liked Buffy I missed a ton of episodes, same with Star Trek The Next Generation.

    But one of my best memories was near the end of my high school time in 98/99 when I would hang out with friends a lot, we’d get like pizza, go to the videostore and just try out every and all horror movies they had. I’ve seen some sh*t! I was pretty happy at that time. Oh and pretty much go to concerts every weekend or help out at the youth centre which had a ton of hardcore and metal shows.

  15. Oooomg i love wheel of time~~~ but i read them after rj died :(

  16. I was born in 1991 so I’m a 90’s/2000s kid. When I think about it, we witnessed the birth of video games, computers, phones …

    When I was young, I though that in 2000 cars would fly because for me 2000s was the future!
    I used to play Mario on nintendo with my brother and then gameboy color! I had a tamagoshi and a furby. During breaks at school, we played pogs, elastic games and pokemon card! POKEMON totally made my childhood, it was huge in France. I watched Princess Starla on tv because she had a UNICORN!!!

  17. OMG ME and SIMON would sooooo vibe… probably because I grew up in Chicago… but anyway… TRIBE CALLED QUEST!!!

  18. Hey Simon and Martina! my sister and I have finally persuaded our parents to visit Korea, so we’re coming this summer! Can you please do a TL;DR on the top places to visit/ see/ things to eat before leaving? we’re only staying for a week!! -.- and i don’t want to miss the impotant things! haha
    If anyone else has suggestion that would great!! Love from CANADA!!

  19. Bradon Sanderson finished off the last books for Robert Jordan. I don’t think you’ll regret it if you ever want to catch back up on The Wheel of Time.

  20. Im a 94 liner and I was 8years old when I started reading harry potter. On my half blood prince copy I wrote my name and grade, I was in grade 5…..a 10 year old reading the half blood prince and english isnt even my first or second language. I freaked my parents out alot coz I was weird like martina…no offense, sorry martina
    .. I mean the good kinda weird :)
    And super mario and duck hunt omg….xmen all the nostalgic feels. I Was a back street boys fan too….ughhh there is soooo much I could rant on and on about.
    Plus I wanted to say that my favourite toy was the ROLLER SKATES. They came in the funky bright neon colours and everybody had those omg!!! And…..ummmm no internet lol. Sad life.

  21. I think that you guys should have a TL;DR on the hipster culture and how other people see them in Korea.

  22. I was born in 1994, and I used to listen to Smashing Pumpkins and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory with my dad like all the time (we also listened to way too much 80’s music which was AWESOME) and I think my favorite Nick show was… All That or Keenan and Kel? I can’t choose. ORANGE SODA. but it’s so funny because I’ve been thinking of finding a Skip It for like the past week and this had me like UGH I LOVED SKIP IT AND I remember seeing that acne commercial and I’m not from Canada I’m from Pennsylvania?!??!??! XD but I remember that and the Campbell’s soup commercials, I liked those too. I remember all of the barbies I had OMG I remember watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch and I still have the Harvey doll my mom bought me and I had Mary Kate and Ashley barbies and those super awesome realistic baby dolls that pooped themselves!!! And I remember Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball and DBZ and Pokemonnnnn we watched those all the time ugh I used to be the weird kid because I read ALL OF THE TIME and I watched those weird shows no one else watched hahaha

    and it’s funny, people like to tell me I’m a lot like Martina, in the way that I talk and act and now we’re even more alike because we like similar things woo!!!


  24. Simon! I remember and totally watched Inside Stuff!! When you mentioned that it totally brought me back. To be honest though it wasn’t a favorite show of mine….my brother loved basketball so I only watched it because it was on. lol I had no idea it aired in Canada!

  25. I have to say I really loved this TL;DR. It made me feel a little old since I’m a 80’s – 90’s kid. But I do remember playing on our Nintendo power pad (we would use our hands rather than run on the pad while playing the track and field games), playing duck hunt, and mostly playing outside during the summers. I remember playing with my pogo ball and watching GI Joe, Gem and the Misfits, and the Thundercats. Most of my childhood I grew up in Woodbridge, ON before I had to move to the US. Feeling super nostalgic after this TL;DR =D

  26. Brings back so many memories~ I actually watched a lot of anime growing up like studio ghibli (It was dubbed in cantonese though haha). I loved TMNT and Captain Planet! And I loved my SEGA console, playing Mickey mouse and Sonic~ =D

  27. Hi Simon and Martina! have you heard about “Chip Chan?” Is she real?, what do you know about her? here in all america she is very famous but we don’t actually know what information of her it’s real

  28. I’m a ’92 baby but I totally loved X-Men, TMNT, Thundercats (aegyOMG!)… watched a lot of Star Wars and Star Trek TNG. ALWAYS WANTED A SKIP-IT but never had one. My parents tried to give me an allowance, but I spent every penny of it at the Dollar Store across the street from house… on candy. Not Skittles… Twizzlers, Sugar Daddy’s, Fun Dips, sour gummy worms.. Yeah…

  29. Favorite candy: Botan Rice Candy

    Little background: between 1987 and 1993 my family and I lived on an island in the Mid-Pacific called Kwajelein and this was always in the drug store. The cool thing was that, underneath the paper wrapper, it had an edible, dissolvable wrapper around the candy.

  30. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1plPyJdXKIY

    (“Regulators, we regulate any stealing of his property and we damn good too.”)

    • Holly shit, I can’t believe you brought this song up. Although it happened in 2001 when i was eleven, this was the soundtrack to one of the most interesting memories from my childhood. Of course I knew the song from the 90’s, but I was to young to understand it’s meaning then. Unfortunately, later on I started getting these sorts of gangsta rap lyrics and this song was included on CD that served as the soundtrack to me and my friends stealing a car for a joyride. The song though, resembled my deed in no way, cause we were four white kids in an old Vauxhall which belonged to some neighbors that were out of town and the corner block gang we ran into consisted of my oldest brother and his friends. He stopped us, pulled me out of the car and slapped the crap out of me, but fortunately he didn’t tell my parents and helped us take the car back in its lot. Fun times overall.

  31. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6blgjF6UkU

    (“It’s driving me out of my mind, that’s why it’s hard for me to find …”)

  32. I remember watching the Arabic dub version of Ie Naki ko Remi, which is my favourite anime of all times. I am still searching for the proper Japanese version. Also, Captain Tsubasa and Three Musketeers were among my favs.
    I used to play a looooot of Chips, anyone else? Also Prince of Persia. This version:

  33. Oh the nostalgias!

    I’m an ’87 baby. God the nineties were cool. I miss them. Young enough to have mom dressing you as an excuse, old enough to enjoy the media.

    Favorite tv: torn between Hey Dude!, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and GUTS! on Nickelodeon.

    Books: Babysitters’ Club, Saddle Club, Sweet Valley, Tamora Pierce

    Toys: American Girl dolls, My Little Pony

  34. I’m an adoptee traveling to Seoul in July to search for my biological family. Any wisdom on how adoption is perceived in Korean culture? Some of the dramas I’ve seen (Creating Destiny, Cinderella’s Sister, Autumn in My Heart) make untraditional families seem very taboo still but then I hear about documentaries like “Twinsters” and “Aka Dan” and get my hopes up. TL;DR please??

  35. the wheel of time got finished, Martina!! Brandon Sanderson finished it with Robert Jordan’s notes!!

    this was really funny cuz we’re kinda the same age and i’m also from Canada so i could relate to everything you said! lol.

  36. Thanks for this video Simon & Martina ~ it brought back so many good memories! I was born in ’88 so I definitely consider myself a 90’s kid.

    My siblings and I were active outside but we also really liked watching TV. Some favorite shows I remember are: Power Rangers, Doug, Hey Arnold!, Reboot, Salute Your Shorts, Recess, Boy Meets World, Sister Sister, Clarissa Explains It All, Magic School Bus, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Rugrats, All That, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Captain Planet, TinTin, Pinky and the Brain, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Shining Time Station, Ahh Real Monsters!, One Saturday Morning, and any Disney movie.
    I loved reading: Amber Brown, Ramona Quimby, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Archie Comics, Tuck Everlasting, Captain Underpants, the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, and Sherlock Holmes.
    Does anyone remember the original Nintendo gameboy? It was fat and grey with a green screen? I think we still have ours. ^_^ Anyway, we always used to play Link’s Awakening and Tetris on that. Eventually we got the Playstation, N64, and the Gameboy Color, and my brother and I would play, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Ocarina of Time, Pokemon, Ape Escape, and Super Mario.
    Random Stuff: Chia pet commercials, Butterfinger BB’s, Barbies, the miniature car/jeep for kids that was battery powered, pogs, tamagotchi, skip it, bop it, gak, beanie babies…

  37. can you do a TL;DR on what kpop groups do you find need more attention and the ones you find a little overrated? :)

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