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A couple of weeks ago we did another video with Arirang. This time we did a sit down interview with them for Heart to Heart.

Yes, I know we do a lot of Arirang Videos. We did one on Makgeolli and Street Food, Blogging in Korea, Pizza Delivery, and Korean Coffee Shops. And now this! But this is a lot different than what we’ve done so far. It’s a sit down and chat interview. It’s also really, really long, so only watch this if you’re totally bored and got lots of time on your hands.

Anyhow, we gotta say, this is the most thorough interview we’ve ever done. It’s not just a “Where are you from? What is your blog? What do you do on your blog?” kind of deal. We talk about why we do videos rather than just regular blog posts, what we think about Kpop fans and netizens, our beliefs in reviewing Kpop videos rather than just praising them, when and if we’re going to have children in Korea, how we try to stay positive in another country, and the warm fuzzies we get from people’s emails :D

What was cool about this video was that there really weren’t any cuts in action. They told us that if we made any mistakes not to worry about it, because they can just cut and reshoot the scene, so we weren’t that nervous. Except for the time where Simon makes up a ridiculous word. Other than that, the whole thing went by so quickly that we were surprised when they said it was over. So there you go!

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  1. *it is waaaay too late to be replying to this… lol*
    I don’t know about all that. I mean as a performer myself, I know that I turn into someone totally different when I’m performing. Other artists say the same. Beyonce even has a name for her on-stage/on-camera alter-ego: Sasha Fierce. Michael Jackson was super shy and quiet off stage and camera. But once he hit that stage he was on fire! Maybe 2NE1 is that way too.

  2. of course yg would say that. too much foolishness is bad. yg is acting as a father figure. most parents say that when their children is behaving over the top. and to be honest i instantly got 2ne1’s individual personality after a couple of mvs and its the same in real life. lets be realistic, its nice for you to think yg has all the control, but i dont think he can control anyone’s personality even if he tried. also you’re exaggerating on the variety show bit. like really?

  3. YG DID NOT LET 2NE1 GO ON VARIETY SHOW THE LAST 3 YEARS CAUSE THEY ARE NOT YET PREPARED. & HE HAS TO PREPARE THEM . 2ND IS THAT 2NE1 IS BUSY LAST YEAR THEY HAVE TO PREPARE THERE COMEBACK , CONCERT AND THEY HAVE TO FLY ABROAD TO RECORD A SONG WITH WILL.IAM SO THEY CAN’T GO TO VARIETY SHOWS…. BUT… THIS YEAR 2012 YG PROMISED THAT 2NE1 WILL BE ON VARIETY SHOW ALREADY SO WAIT & CHILL FOR A MOMENT CAUSE YG ARE ALLOWING THEM ALREADY SO THE FANS CAN SEE THEM MORE OFTEN

  4. About the married thing, I KNOW! It's like, as soon as I say I'm married, and really I mean AS SOON AS I SAY I'M MARRIED people ask if I have a baby. Then, inevitably, why don't I have a baby. It's hard to explain to them that babies are expensive.

  5. Good point. That's why we took down our apartment tour. We tried to edit out as much detail from our apartment as possible for the hand games video. Ahh. Anyhow, we're only gonna be here for a couple more months before we move into Seoul.

  6. Yes, I speak Polish, but I was born in Canada. I don't speak Polish very well, though. I understand it all, but I speak it like a child.

  7. We're uploading to iTunes once a week now, rather than every time we put out a video. But it's being uploaded now!

  8. So cool!Love all the videos. Kpop Monday is so funny. Can't wait for SHINee to make a new MV XD.

  9. I don't think any of the tourism boards of Korea are interested in us. They're focus is on bringing visitors here, while our message is about the coolness of living here. We're not very touristy.

  10. Simon, if this has become your full time job… does it mean Martina is your you-tube employee? :) Good luck….

  11. I haven't had bigos in SOOOOOO LONG!

  12. That's totally, totally awesome. Thank you so much :D

  13. See, I think SNSD show their personalities outside of their music videos, rather than in them, and that's what we don't like. People shouldn't really have to do outside research to get to know a singer. They should shine in their own videos, I think.

    • Maybe personality was the wrong word, because we can't see what they're really like in their music videos. You're right about that. I think what we mean is individual flair, panache. Something that distinguishes them from other members in the group, and we do see that in a 2NE1 video more than we see it in Run Devil Run – even though we love RDR as a song.

    • I don't know…does that really matter? I don't think a lot of people pay attention to a musician's off-stage appearances. They watch the music video, and either related to it and like it or don't related to it and dislike it.

      I think we're talking more about the casual viewer, rather than the fan. Fans who do more research into their groups might be amazed at the depth of personality in SNSD and upset at how different Big Bang are off stage, but that's a minority of people. Most people aren't big fans, just casual ones, like us, who had no clue about how different 2NE1 and Big Bang are offstage.

  14. Ha! Please don't be too shy! If anything, mention this comment and we'll remember you :D

  15. I was really interested in going to Korea to teach and somehow stumbled upon your blog as I was doing my research. I immediately subscribed to your youtube page because I love your videos, they are so informative and fun! I hope I will be able to go to make it to Korea soon. I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you for your hardwork :)

  16. Wow! I had no idea it took so much time and energy to make your videos! But thank you soo much for making them, because they always put a smile on my face and I'm so excited when a new one is posted.

    I originally had a poor study abroad experience and I'm fearful of leaving the country again, but because of your blog I really want to visit Korea and Japan and try again!

    Keep up the good work!
    <3

  17. wow, you guys did a great job. I really enjoyed this interview. You were calm and collected. Just like Pros.

  18. Daebak! If I ever visit Korea I will definitely come say hello to you guys. :)

  19. love..love ..love..u guys<3

  20. I LOVED THIS!
    I started watching it and saw it was long, but it was so interesting and friendly that I watched the whole interview gladly :D

    I'm happy they gave you this time! it was interesting to know some of the things she asked you here.

    I myself, have been thinking on going to study Korean and/or a Master over there, but I'm always afraid if I'll be able to survive over there since it's so far away from my country (Mexico) and the culture and language it's so different.

    But you guys are an inspiration, I really love Korea and my dream is to go live there sometime!

    I feel like I would ask you to be my tutors while living there LOL

  21. What a wonderful interview! I discovered EYK doing research on Korean street food. But then I saw your "how to order mcdonalds" vid. and Simon's fairy voice had me doubled over laughing – that's when I became a permanent fan. Anyway, you're well on your way to being full time content creators and I wish you all the best!

  22. Holy crap Amanda! Thanks for the totally awesome message :D My eyes are now……..nothing. Nevermind. They're fine. Ahh! I shouldn't have read this in public :D

    • What's funny is i'm trying to figure out if this is Simon or Martina that wrote this message :p It's funny because I would think comments like this would be so common to you guys now… I know I feel the same way and just assume that everyone else coming here does too??

      I also started becoming obsessed with Korean culture about a year ago… I actually was looking for new music on youtube because i've gotten so bored with American music. I started searching for foreign music because there have been some foreign artists I came across that i've really liked… Somehow I ended up coming across "Gee" from SNSD and I think I fell for all the Aeygo in it… you just don't see that here :p But I didn't really get into the music until I came across "Nobody"… it was then that my love for kpop kind of spiraled out of control :)

      I often wonder now if Koreans somehow put crack in their songs, they're so addicting…

  23. Simon what do you do now? You said you no longer teach. Are you blogging full-time or what do you do?

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