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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. nancyau

    I love the host/interviewer she’s like a ray of sunshine even though she’s softly spoken she has this awesome quality about her

  2. Hi Martina, Hi Simon, i really looooooooooove both
    i discovered you yesterday and now i’m really addicted to your videos.
    My dream is to live in korea some day and thx to you i’m learning sooooo many things.
    Thank youuuuuuu
    i’m Sarah from Tunisia

  3. wow A LOT of people butt hurt over snsd comment LOL but honestly being american I totally get what you are saying about it. Americans really like to specify and connect with single members of groups that represent them, or remind them of themselves. Beauty in Korea being a singular thing, and it all being the same for each person instead of what is beautiful for that person, a lot of Idols look the same. Snsd members can hardly be told apart by Americans looking for something to connect with. Sometimes they even sound the same, and a lot of Americans would be taken aback by that.

  4. Sabinal

    Hi Martina and Simon,

    Just discovered your blog/youtube site and subscribed to you. You mentioned how after four years of marriage you still feel like you are dating. Trust me, you’re not the only ones. I’ve been with my Carl for eight years (dating) and we still feel like we’re in the first couple of years; more like a honeymoon phase.

    Love your show and good luck in Korea. PS are you familiar with Maangchi? She’s a Korean cook who lives in the US and has a youtube channel.

    Thanks,
    Rachel

  5. 08bachmann

    I love Simon and Martina and life is beautiful.

  6. I loved watching this interview. Thank you very much for all your hard work ^.^

  7. sumin Jin

    우와 진짜 대단하시네요!! 이런 프로그램에도 나오시다니! 너무 멋진 인생을 살고 있는 부부 같아 부럽습니다!!^^

  8. PockyPanda

    I would love to meet you guys haha xDD
    I want your autograaaaaphs! Come to WA! lol

  9. please come to Taipei!!! (the capital of Taiwan) i love EAT YOUR KIMCHI so much:D

  10. please come to Taipei!!! (the capital of Taiwan) i love EAT YOUR KIMCHI so much:D

  11. what we have in common?? we both love BIGBANG and YG entertainment. ^^
    love your blog. forever ever. 

  12. miraluna

    You guys are so cute together… I spent all night last night watching all of your videos… Totally, hand down… 

  13. That’s pretty cool, you guys are getting more and more famous in South Korea. Congrats! And, out of curiosity, how well can you guys speak Korean? Well congrats anyways!

  14. Kaleido37

    okay ouch martina…i mean do you know SNSD personally to say they don’t have personalties? I think more research needs to be done. I for one did not become a sone through SNSD’s music it was their personalities that made me love them, by watching variety shows, fan-cams and reading fan accounts i became a sone. I’m really shocked i guess haha i don’t mean to sound butt hurt though, but i do think that saying that to any person in general is not nice.

    • Kaleido37

      I still love Eat your kimchi and i still love Martina & Simon <3 i was just taken back by it that all (fans will be fans i guess)

      • I think you misunderstood. They’ve got awesome personalities outside of their music videos. In their music videos, though, you can’t really see those personalities. They’re more of a unit in their MVs, and their personalities don’t really get a chance to shine.

        • Nyokou

          I think the same could be said about 2NE1 honestly, the way they portray themselves in MVs/on stage isn’t what they are like at all except for maybe CL but that’s it. YG tries too hard to push that specific image on 2NE1, honestly the way he tries to control 2NE1/Big Bang’s image isn’t different at all than other companies. I’m watching Family Outing right now and Daesung at one point brought up that YG told him to not make a fool of himself/act dumb on the show anymore [with Jaesuk]… I mean, that’s just definitive proof. Anyway, point is… YG is no different than other companies. I mean, you look at Sandara as Dara of 2NE1 and you’d never think she’s got one of the cutest personalities ever. At least YG has been kind enough to let 2NE1 have their own show to show off their personalities and he lets Dara maintain her own me2day. But he like never lets them go on variety shows like ever… why? I’m think it’s cause he’s trying way too hard to further protect their image as a fierce group. It’s like “I don’t wanna make the same mistake twice!” or something. Or maybe he just literally believes that his artists are way too good to become friends with people from other entertainment companies which is just… ughhh. I mean, the only time I’ve ever heard of 2NE1 being friends with celebrities other than the ones under YG are if they knew them as trainees like CL and Sohee but that’s it… Isn’t that just way too protective? I dunno, it annoys me that he controls them that much.

        • 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

        • 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?

        • Ishtar Njaaga

          *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.

        • I agree with Simon and Martina..you misunderstood them Kaleido37..they
          dont mean the real personality/character,of course every member has
          their own personality/character..what they mean is the personality as a
          performer..there is the difference..through their music,we can sense that, look at Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many great performers,
          they are all singers but if you look at them, they are different in
          their musics individually..being a singer doesn’t mean you just have to
          sing,there are more than that..Indeed, SNSD can be a great performer,
          but they need to have more than that individually or as a unit…

  15. Kollen Park was a MC of Heart to heart, but she quitted? :D
    Actually, Korean government must inform Korea to foreigners like them……
    Anyway, Simon couple know lots of information on Korea and the couple is nice and have enough ablities to inform Korea to other country people !!

  16. kkkkkkkkk

    i remembering seeing this on arirang the other day, but I didn't really take notice as I found heart to heart extremely boring. la~~

  17. 슬기 Kim

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting videos and just keeping interest in Korea!
    I'm Korean and it's really interesting to see foreigners' perspectives of Korea.
    I especially LOOOOVE the WTF's because it's amazingly exciting to see how you guys react to them!
    Thank you and have fun in Korea~ 대박나세요!!!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  18. Minsung Kang

    It's great that they are going to work fully on the blog! YAY! Now I can see more EATYOURKIMCHI videos! Hooray!*1000

  19. Amanda Mae

    Have not tried them… Oviedo is a bit of a drive, I live closer to the Daytona Beach area. But, if I ever get over there, I'll check it out. Thanks!

  20. AWESOME! Interview. Love your BLOG!!!

  21. Hello, Im 16 years old female living in the states(I'm not a crazy fan girl that just wants to move to korea because of that.!!)… I have no money, and really want to learn Korean, I taught my self how to read and write Korean and my pronounceation is great (to my Korean friends<—who are too lazy to tutor me) I really would like a teacher in a class but idk what to do… Its really really hard to keep self-teaching myself if that makes since. I have been watching your videos all day i became a new fan^^ It would really be cool if you can give me advice 감사합니다!!! ^___^

  22. wOOt, an actual interview..
    Congratz guys
    you are getting more and more populur

  23. suhaila

    HI simon and martina am really love you all, love spudgy too
    llove all your videos, you guys are awesome

    i love korea from you and if i visit korea someday i will not leave korea without say hi to you :)

    keep going ^^

  24. kukukumaccy

    so amazing! i love all your videos, is awesome because i'm so into Kpop because of you guys. one day I came across your video " how to dance kpop 2008 " and since then I've been watching your videos and listening a lot of kpop music. thanks to you guys :) actually my cousins are just like me, I show them the video and they love it to. Now we love Korea, their music, the food & the fashon :D we are planing to go for vacations!! its definitly one of my goals in life :D
    we are Mexicans Your mexican fans. <3
    saludos!

  25. Loved the interview! Actually, just anything you guys do. I started a blog about my adventures in Korea to update my parents as well. We arrived the day the Cheonan sank, so our parents were quite worried. Our blog isn't as viral as yours, unless you count our hometown church which publishes our blog in their monthly newsletter. :S I appreciate how useful your blog is to foreigners living in South Korea. I'm dying to try that hairdresser and those coffee shops you recommended.
    I loved (and by loved, I mean totally understood what you were thinking on the inside) the part when she questioned you about having children some day. As a married couple, we always get that question – from students, from coteachers, from strangers. It's like, once they find out you're married, then why the hell don't you have a baby? You've been married 3 years? You should have two by now! Really? You know, pregnancy is a choice… It's like all Koreans are my mother-in-law :p
    Anyways, keep up the great work! You guys are hilarious!

    • 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.

  26. Ahh, Simon and Martina. You guys have seriously expanded my knowledge so much. I've been listening to kpop for probably around three years now (I'm fifteen) and of course I always loved it. Why would I listen to it if I didn't, right? But only recently have I become so incredibly enthusiastic about the country of Korea itself. And that's partially because of you guys, and also partially because of the fact that I guess you could say I'm sort of obligated to think of my future now that I'm in high school, and watching your videos for the past few months, about since the time you did the Shinee "Hello" Music Monday, has made me want to live in Korea after college for at least some time of my life. I'm now attempting to teach myself Korean independently (considering there aren't really any opportunities to learn Korean in Florida) and seeing how quirky and amazing Korea is from your videos makes me all the more enthusiastic. I watch videos and think to myself, "I've gotta go there!" You guys are so funny and yet so realistic and not afraid of voicing your opinion on good or bad aspects of Korea, and it makes me that much more interested knowing that I'm not only seeing the great things about Korea but I'm learning also about the obstacles I may possibly meet if I ever do live there. It's really helpful and I thank you guys. (:
    Wow, can I have some crackers with that cheese? xD I got a little serious there, and it feels so out of place on this site. But oh well, just trying to convey my gratitude. :D
    You should also be aware that your videos literally have my stomach throbbing in pain from laughter. You guys are too cute (':

  27. I find i funny that Canada, Korea and Poland are my three favorite countries. :P

  28. 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.

  29. Jim Taylor

    Hi from Canada Simon and Martina. Good to see an interview where we learn about you. I have a concern: you mentioned some crazy netizens who take offense at some things you say. For some reason, the first thing that crossed my mind upon hearing that was a video you posted some months ago that essentially showed how to get right to your front door. I am thinking of the one where Martina lost the bet and you did a video of her going from your apartment, down and outside your building, to a convenience store, and all the way back. Not trying to be paranoid or anything, but I'm wondering if it might be wise to take that one down before some nut-bar netizen decides they've had enough and shows up for a personal consultation. Beyond that, good call on Big Bang and 2ne1; I agree.

    • 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.

  30. Best of luck to you Simon and Martina! I feel postive that the two of you can blog/video fulltime and have a brilliant life. May your humble, positive, quirky-sweet qualities always bring luck to you. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  31. hey, how come the vids arent on itunes? i was so sad!!!

  32. Derek Jay

    Right WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU to other asian countries! Thanks for the talk.

  33. you guys are so adorablee….! i LOVE your K-Pop Music Mondays, always brighten up my day ^-^ <3! keep up the awesomeness & great interview :D

  34. I'd definitely say hi to you guys if I saw you in Korea! I love EatYourKimchi :)

    But really? The 2NE1 thing… I honestly think that Big Bang would be successful in North America, but I don't think 2NE1 will be. When we look at it, they're only popular because of YG, the company. They wouldn't be recognized if they weren't from YG, because they don't have anything special, no, really, nothing. They don't differentiate themselves from other groups (Except Bom's scary plastic face), neither from their style, their personality or their talent. Nothing special about them, at all.

    I'm not a hater, just saying my opinion, and I also respect yours.

    I still love EatYourKimchi even if you don't seem to like SNSD and think that they're only beautiful legs and beautiful faces, which is not true by the way! They have great talents and an amazing classy goddess look . But I agree that foreigners wouldn't all want to try to remember their names (Took me a long long time to do so..). Well it doesn't really matter because they still have the rest of Asia :)

    I hope that your dreams of becoming full time blogger will be realized and.. Fighting! I look forward to all your future videos ^^

    • therrycherry16

      uh… then you might as well say big bang wouldnt be successful in north america =.=
      if the members of big bang was from some reeally lousy company with really lousy promotions and songs would you still think they’d be successful in korea + maybe successful in north america?

    • i totally agree with you about snsd.. if you watch some of their videos on variety shows each of their personality shines through, i personally disagree with simon and martina’s view on yg entertainment, i like some of big bang and 2ne1 songs but not all, not a big fan of autotune…but don’t mistake this comment as an anti. I totally love simon and martina’s videos!

    • I like how you just have to put “Bom’s scary plastic face” eventhough it was only her eyes. Trust me SNSD isn’t so different either, them and plastics.

      2NE1 is known to be fierce, while SNSD is all over the place, cuteness, sexyness etc. 2NE1 DOESN’T NEED TO CHANGE that concept to be more popular or gain more popularity.

  35. suneideises

    I realize that you were joking…but I thought that I would let you know that I am EXTREMELY busy today and still found the time to watch this. I full-screened it, turned it up, and halfheartedly cleaned the room.

    Just wanted y'all to know that you have a brilliant thing going…

  36. what did she ask you when the cameras zoomed out?

  37. Kimchimom

    Loved the video. If you are still there in a few years when my family and I are coming over, my kids will say hi. They love you guys. They can't wait to see the new video on Kpop Monday. The poo card was a huge hit with my 8 and 10 year old sons. They both want to find one to give the other.

  38. Damn, that interview chick is pretty hot.

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

  40. Totallyyyy agree wit u about YG ent!!! >.<

    Their style and music is totally diff from SM ent… Even thou i love all of kpop, i wud LOVEE to c 2ne1 and big bang here in mgl!!!!!!!

    U guys were awesome!!! Congrats! :D

    Always a fan of EATYOURKIMCHI ^o^

  41. You talked about Itaewon, and I know what you mean, but some people maybe not. So my thought and request was…. could you maybe do some videos about the districts in Seoul? Where to go, what is the district popular for, the must-have-seen and so on?
    I think it would be cool for people how want to visit Korea and for you as well =)

    And Simon, if you want to do that for a living, have you thought about asking visitkorea for cooperation? (just a thought so….)

  42. This is just another gratuitous flattering comment to tell you that I adore you and your wittiness and that I want to be like you when I grow up (which is quite soon and… I'm not even close to getting to Korea…). A friend and I are starting a videoblog because thanks you we discovered that vblogs don't have to be tacky by definition.

    Greetings from Spain! (do koreans really say things like "stay healthy" and "eat well"? I find it very considerate… and funny)

  43. SupaJupa

    Tee hee hee! You guys did so good! I'm so proud of you two! Simon, you looked just a little nervous at first but you settled down about a quarter of the way through. Good job, buddy! :D

    You're starting to get lots of attention from everyone! Do you think that this will make you two get a big head or develop "celebrity snobbery" ? Let's hope not! During the interview the hostess kept giving me rather mixed vibes. I don't know how to explain it, but something just felt a little off. You two, I must say, handled it gracefully and with your own unique flavor. Bravo!

    What did your parents say about this? Do you keep in contact with old high school buddies? What do they think about their old friends being big hits and being on Korean TV?

    (Also, simon, where's that fixed apartment tour video you promised? Better yet, why not make an updated one? There are people moving to korea who would love to see what type of living situation they'd be arriving to. Korean housing seems so very different than a typical north american living situation, ya know? )

  44. I already knew you guys would become so popular!!! Keep up with good works!

  45. RedPandaChan

    So since you guys are English teachers, you guys majored in secondary English?
    I want to go into teaching high school English, but I have a really big interest in Korean culture and hope to one day live there, but there's also teaching English as a second language and I was wondering if people usually major in one or the other, or if it even matters.

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

  47. hanneebuff

    Wow! you've really come a long way. Congratulations on your success Simon and Martina. :D

  48. AlphaMorgana

    MARTINA your're AWESOME!!!!!!No, really awesome, i'm not lying! Some of your thoughts are so…hmm like mine ( or mine are like your's o.0)
    And also you guys must know that you're – my inspiration
    thanks a lot for subtle humour, painstaking work and always being full of beans
    Good luck))

  49. now you guys ended up being on the side-sing-tour-list for seoul and everyone is going to say hello=D

    "there is N Seoul Tower, here Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, over there 63 Building, ah and over there are Matina und Simon shooting there new video" ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹

  50. Katroll

    I can't stop smiling when it goes about you guys. I'm ready to come to Korea only too meet you :) Honestly, I am more in Japanese culture, but I have a friend who came one day, exited after spending hours on your blog. She showed me some vids and now I'm in Korea and Japan. They are absolutely different cultures, but both awesome. So that would be great If you could add a "Japan" option to your blogging. I want to say that this is not only about your work, but you are such a great, creative, interesting people. Every week I look forward to find some adds at eatyourkimchi and then spread it among my friends. And I found a great Korean restaurant in Ukraine where Koreans, who live in Kiev spend their free time. That is delicious, but I've burnt my throat with spicy ramen :-p
    Simon and Martina thank you so much. I wish you to stay as positive as you are forever. Kisses!
    P.S. Martina, last week I've ordered BB cream…. Hope my skin will look as great as yours :))) …by the way… T.O.P. rules)

  51. Michelle

    Since you like getting the warm-fuzzies:

    I am one of those American girls who faithfully visit your blog every week. Not gonna lie, Music Mondays kind of makes my week, even if I don't know the group very well I know that I will get some entertainment out of it.

    I have been thinking about teaching in Korea for a couple of years now but have always been concerned about just how I would be able to get by in every day life. I had studied abroad before but that was England and still a western culture. Korea is completely different and your blog helped me to get over some of those fears and actually take the leap to apply to teach over there so who knows – maybe I'll be see you on the street somewhere is Seoul soon.

    I wish you guys all the best and will keep visiting your blog everyweek to check up on the lastest Korean-whatever!

  52. BIGOS!!

    Szymonie! You just promoted Poland ^^
    Polak potrafi,

    regards from Dongseo University,

    ^^

  53. Hello, America. I think you would love SNSD or Girls Generation if you got to know them!

    There are thousands of videos around the internet showcasing their amazing PERSONALITIES!

    Their overall concept is CUTE, but each member has her own individual PERSONALITY and charm.

    And there are NINE of them!

    Here's a little taste. She's the leader, Taeyeon. She's known for her dorkiness, and acting like an old lady while still managing to be one of the cutest person on earth.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJZuY0DjyPs

    • 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.

      • SNSD Soshi

        Well yes but you do realize that 2ne1 and BigBang are completely different off stage than on stage right? Americans would not like that at all

        • 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.

        • KoolCHick

          To be honest lots of Americans already love BigBang and 2NE1. We love their style. So if they came to America they would be successful.

        • Ishtar Njaaga

          But Americans like Michael Jackson and Beyonce. They’re different on stage than they are off. Beyonce even has a name for her on stage alter-ego: Sasha Fierce.

      • SNSD Soshi

        Btw pretty cool that you guys reply to people :)

      • I think you're mixing up personality and style. I dont' see how 2NE1 has more personality than SNSD or vice-a-versa even in music videos. They just have different styles.

        • 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.

        • Hanguy

          I see your point about each member being more distinguishable in 2NE1. They have less members, dress differently from each other, and don't have as much group dance moves, plus they're hiphop'ish pop. On the other hand SNSD has more members, usually dress the same, and have a lot group dance moves that are in-sync, plus they're more "traditional" pop. Again I think this is just difference in style. I didn't like this about SNSD when they first came out either. There were too many of them and it was hard to keep track, although the more I saw them, the more I fell in love. I think you're right that SNSD is one of those groups that are hard to start liking, but once you do, it's hard to fall out of love. I think Americans should enjoy this as well. :)

        • Christine :)

          I get what your saying…..if I were going to introduce someone to kpop, i would pick a group that would appeal to a western audience (because I'm American) instead of a group like SNSD, simply because their style is very Korean to me (and I love that) but I'm not sure that someone who was unfamiliar with kpop would really take to it. Whereas groups like BIg Bang or 2NE1 are a bit more westernized. Whether people would consider that good or bad is up to them, it just is what it is.

  54. SNSD Soshi

    SNSD do have personalities. Have you seen the variety shows featuring them? SGB and Hello Baby etc. Kinda offensive to them to call them out like that. YG is heavily Western influenced I know they have a better chance but Kpop is popular in my American School and most people prefer SNSD over 2ne1. So it really depends on the person listening. Not trying to be mean! Just saying my Soshi girls are very well-rounded, nice, and have out-going personalities. Even though Sica may seem rather cold on variety shows lol… There is a episode of I forgot which show but it was off Jessica Hyoyeon and Sunny I think with Onew and Key. Jessica got really jealous of Onew saying so many nice things about Hyoyeon it was adorable. (Maybe it was Flower Boy Generation?)

  55. KoolCHick

    Wow. That's so cool. The good part of the blogging is that you guys get so many awesome opportunities! I like this video it explains so much. You guys are amazing! Keep going!

  56. strigoiaca

    AWS you two are really adorable. Its only been a few months since I discovered your blog but I love everything about it. I am a total Korean culture addict and have been listening to kpop and watching k dramas and movies for about two years now but your blog helps me understand so much more about Korean culture. You guys have made me a whole lot more knowledgeable about Korea in general and I've started doing my own research. Before you guys came along just about the only stuff I knew about Korea was what I had found out by reading about the Korean War and watching M*A*S*H (I'm a huge history nerd). But now I understand so much more and am starting to understand more about the culture and appreciate it more. I thank you guys so much for expanding my horizons. And on a side note, I'm in college now trying to get a double major in Secondary Education and History so that I can get a job as a high school or college level history teacher. You guys really inspire me with your videos of working with your students and you are making me seriously consider working outside the country as a teacher.
    Thanks so much for Eat Your Kimchi! *and tell Spudgy "안녕하세요"*

    Simon and Martina FIGHTING!!!!

  57. Jasmine

    Hello!

    I "discovered" your blog through youtube and since then I've spent so much time on it! Thanks to you, I'm really interested in South Korea and I plan to travel in China, Japan and South Korea after I've finished university. Of course, I'll try to use all your advices. ;)

    I hope your dreams come true and wish you the best <3

    A fan from Switzerland ;)

    (PS: I'm from the french part of CH so when Top and GDragon made that video with the french speaker, I understood why Martina loves so much Bigbang :P)

  58. Hey Simon and Martina!
    I'm so excited for you! I love how you keep getting all this attention :) I discovered this blog about 6 months ago and fell in Love with it instantly. Now my Mondays don't feel right until I watch Music Mondays. Most of all I love and appreciate how accessible you and your blog are! Thank you for all your hard work, please keep it up!!

  59. shesamanda

    I ran into your blog randomly through youtube on February and since then I am keep visiting the website. it's addicting, cute, fun.
    I just wanted to thank you for posting videos and all. while watching music mondays, I was thinking, with all that scenarios, they should be so creative. but didn't expect it took you all day to edit and shoot the videos. i appreciate it even more now. thank you for your wonderful blogging!

  60. Karolina

    O: Simon speaking about bigos! i want to eat some bigos now -.-

  61. Natalia

    Great interview… I really love your videos which I started watching with my cousin (of course first thing I watch were dramas than jpop and kpop and there were your videos :) ) I have to say that I was excited that Simon said that he has polish connection and I saw many polish comments. It's just great because I thought that there are not many people in Poland who are interested in culture of Korea cause while I was trying to find Korean products in store I only found Japanese kimchi past (I was trying to make kimchi). And this question is a must "Simon do you speak polish?" You guys are doing great job keep up.
    Greetings from small town in Poland :)

  62. Hi Simon and Martina,

    Omg, I really love both of your guys and your videos! Started out watching them to find out more about Korea because like many people I just fell in love with its culture.

    Unlike pictures, videos reaches out better to audiences. And that your videos get better every time makes it even more enjoyable to watch!

    Really look up to people like you who do what they love and work hard on it and enjoy it. I think as audiences we enjoy watching both of you have fun in your videos. Think most viewers will agree that sometimes we watch your videos because they make us laugh and relax because really all of your videos, be it music kpop monday or WTF (which is totally awesome) or about korean culture are just incredibly great to watch. And we look forward to them every time. I know I do, I just click on your link in my favourites bar looking out for a new video to watch.

    Will always be a fan!

    GEE

  63. Asa!!! You guys are totally Hallyu Stars now….Daebak! 축하해! Love your blog…my daily Qur'an beside the real Qur'an of course!!! ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹Hugzzzzz to you guys and to Spudgy!!!

  64. It was really nice interview :D ypur videos keeps getting bette and better which is awsome! I have lerned so many stuff about Korea's life and culture. I'm really into it and thats why I want to study Korean Studies in London :D I'm not sure yet if it's gonna be just korean or with buisness/menagment etc. Anyway I look forward to that. After studies I really would like to teach English (mainly because of you guys) in Seul or some other place in Korea, but there is mine question: Is it easy for a non-native (I'm from Poland, btw Simon miÅ‚oby byÅ‚o usÅ‚yszeć CiÄ™ mówiÄ…cego po Polsku :D)? Well if so, i can always go to China, I've heard that they in big need of English teachers. Well theese are plans for the next 5-6 years, so It might change :P
    Ok, to sum up, I love your shows, I'm waiting for more, I love Spudgy – He's so adorable, Wish U all the best!

    greatings from Warsaw

    btw. Bigos! and sorry for language mistakes :P

  65. Isabelle P

    Thank you so much for everything you do.
    I can't begin to express my love for you guys. You are totally awesome!!! <3
    You've inspired me to become an English teacher!
    You guys are the cutest couple ever and I wish you much happiness in the future.

  66. Your videos are great! Mondays are not that bad when I watch Kpop Music Mondays ;) I like also WTFs and videos about school (especially Simon's 'Why I love teaching').
    Thank you guys for your hard work and I wish you all the best ;D

    I was very surprised when Simon said that he has Polish origins.
    BIGOS is great ;D

    Greetings from Poland~!
    and by the way… Martina, I love your hairstyle~

  67. Thanks for posting this. Always great to get to know you both better. Oh and Simon your english in this video, I give a …….4!!!! hehehe love you guys!!

  68. Kornelia

    Very different from your others videos, but I'm very happy to see another side of you. :D

    I love watching your videos. I always have so much fun thanks to you guys. :D

    I love that Music Mondays are on Mondays. ;) They make week beginning less painful. ;)

    I would watch your videos even if it had been just the two of you in the middle of desert talking about anything, because I'm sure it would be so much fun. Not that I want to send you to such a place, I just want to say, that I love you guys and it doesn't matter if you stay in Korea or not, I will still watch your videos. ;)

    I see that Simon is doing great job here with all the stuff. I think, that sometimes people don't realize how much work it require. Thank you guys for doing your best! YOU are the best! :D

    I would love to go someday to Korea and meet you guys there. Not sure if that will ever happen, but even only watching your videos make me feel like we know each other. :)

    BTW, BIGOS!!! Do you speak Polish Simon?

    Polish fangirl

  69. The host is a native English speaker, isn't she?

  70. Hey, this interview was not boring! It's reeally good! It would be sad if you leave Korea but at the same time it would be interesting to look at other countries. Me and my friend were going to teach in Korea or Japan and thats how we came across you blog. I was really nervous at first but your videos are really helpful! Keep up the good work, I used to hate Mondays but not anymore. I kind of want Mondays to come because I really enjoy Music Mondays!!

  71. That show hostess is HOT~!!! and really cute.
    BTW, great outfit guys, especially you, Simon. You look terrific.

  72. You guys are the best!!! Thanks for uploading this great interview :)

  73. I hope you guys get a sponsor in S.Korea who can actually fund for your videos so that you can make more variety of videos with no financial limit.
    Koreans don't want to lost you guys to other countries!!!

  74. I love your videos I found them while watching a SNSD MV ^^
    My friend and I are from Australia and we have decided to make videos aswell. YES YOU HAVE AUSTRALIAN FANS! ^^
    I would have to say your my favourite YouTube channel heh heh heh ><

  75. Hey!
    I've only recently discovered your blog and it was actually a sigh of relief to find a blog with so many interesting resources about Korean culture etc- I love the K Pop music Mondays! Now I can't wait to come to Seoul and experience it for myself…yay only 3 months to go!!!
    Good luck for the future !!!
    from a fan from New Zealand

  76. Hong Kong is a great place to live as a foreigner too. There must be a lot of blogging materials for you too, if you ever consider moving to another asian country :)
    but I guess, Canto pops aren't that popular.. so.. u can't do stuff like Kpop music monday.

  77. WOW! 대박!! What a great interview! It feels a little different to see you guys thru this kind of show! :D plus, was really good to know more abt u guys and also the whole process of making videos+stuffs..! Most importantly, WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU GUYS! that's for sure!!!! haha. Hope we can have u guys here in Korea as long as possible! Keep up the amazing work and thank u for frequent uploads!! (esp. the music mondays!! am visiting ur blogs like everyday! even more than one time hehe) Best, K

  78. I so knew you have to be somehow related with Poland, Simon! :D Your last name is so obvious! I love your blog guys! I wish you the best!
    Fan from Poland~~

  79. Wow! I loved getting to know more about you, guys! It's a shame Spudgy couldn't be there, too. But maybe it's for the best, we all know he's a superstar, so the TV hostess would've spent a lot of time focusing in him instead of you xD
    It's wonderful to see how much you've grown since your first videos (which are still cool!), and even better to see that Korean people appreciate and enjoy your view of their country. I look forward to every Kpop Music Monday, and WTF Wednesdays are awesome, too. You make learning about Korean culture fun and entertaining, you should be very proud.
    Congratulations, and keep the videos coming!
    Hugs from Argentina!

    Mercedes.

  80. It seems I got to know you guys a little bit more from the interview. When I first discovered this blog through a BIg Bang blog I got instantly hooked. Music Mondays and the other vids you do about Korea are really amazing. I wish you the best and that you continue to do the things you are so passionate about. Keep doing a great job guys.

    I'm so happy that you can share your time and experience with all the rest of the world. Thanks.

  81. WOW , Wish you can fullfill your wish of being your own bosses, and keep on doing the whole blog !!!

  82. Christine :)

    I should be used to it by now, but I'm always SO SO EXCITED for you guys when I see you've done something like this!!!
    I love teaching people, and you guys have really inspired me to go teach in Korea when I finish my undergrad (which is soon-yay :) By far, my favorite video from you guys is Simon's vid of why he loves teaching-it makes me so happy :)

    -Keep up the good work guys, we're all rooting for you :)

  83. _SooBin_

    Wow, you guys are a joy to watch! I watched 1 video and was instantly hooked
    Let's hope you never leave Korea xD I couldn't see you guys not blogging about the epicness of Korea so don't stop!

    If I see you guys when I go to Korea in April, I'll say Hi!
    ((Psh, actually, I think I'll be too shy >.<))

  84. Hey S&M,

    Awesome interview. This answered tons of questions that I had floating in the back of my head about you guys. That is exciting to hear that you guys are both going to try and do this full-time. Frequently I reflect on what you guys are accomplishing and I just get a obtain a new resolve to push myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

  85. birdyblue

    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 :)

  86. That was wicked cute. You guys rock! Congrats on being able to make a living from your blog. Keep living the dream.

    (I totally won't be shy if I see you guys out and about.)

  87. Jasmine K

    good for you guys — such entrepreneurs! i would love to be my own boss and live off a blog, but i've got a terrible brain for computer related things. *sigh* too bad.
    i'll have to live through you guys.
    congrats on being so well loved, even if the crazy netizens don't understand what it means to have an opinion…D;

  88. 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

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

  90. wohoooo~~ you were on tv again!!! :D now you guys are stars *-* i look up to you know~ saranghae~<3
    congratulations~~~ congratulations~~~ *dances around*
    hmmmm…. not a lot of Canadian watchers, hmm?? that will change XD now i will spread your epicness to all the Canadians i know~~~

  91. chocopocky92

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

  92. love..love ..love..u guys<3

  93. 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

  94. 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!

  95. Amanda Mae

    Firstly, you might get this quite a bit, but I just have to tell you myself… you two are so adorable!

    I really hope you get to do the blog full-time for a living, and teach us students of the world a thing or two about a culture a lot of North America knows very little about beyond the threats of your northern neighbor.

    I found you guys almost a year ago because of a sudden infatuation with Korean culture, brought on by my college roommate who discovered K-dramas after she ran out of decent anime to watch. We both became hooked on the South Korean up-and-coming feel, but we honestly did not know much about the country and it's culture (We're STILL looking for a decent Korean restaurant in Central Florida. Would any of your readers have a suggestion?). Now, the two of us are dead-set on at least making it there for a vacation within the next year or so.

    Your blog is inspiring, informative, and often pee-your-pants funny. Every time I meet anyone with an interest in Korean culture and music, I point them to your blog. They all love it. While I know not everything is Spudgys and Rainbows all the time, you two always have such a wonderful positive vibe. Your viewers can really tell that you love where you are and that you have oodles of fun. Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm!

    Oh, loving the new WTFs on Wednesdays, by the way. Keep up the fantastic work! 파이팅!

    • 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…

  96. KoreanAmerican

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

  97. Isabelle

    OMG! I just love you guys! haha.
    I was a bit scared of Korea first since it's so far from my own culture and stuff, But you guys are soo great with sharing every bits of Korea that you encounter.
    I sincerely hope that you guys will be able to fulfill your wish to do blogging full-time! I'm rooting for you guys!! FIGHTING!!!!!!

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