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Ok, so this is a fairly short and not all too in-depth TL;DR this week for a couple of reasons. 1) If you watched our Music Monday on B.A.P.’s “Power” you’d remember that Martina lost her voice. It’s still lost. Slowly coming back, but she sounds like a 439 year old witch whose lungs are made of dust. So, I had to do this TL;DR by myself. Also 2) I’m kinda sick. Not voice-losing sick, but coughing up randomly and uncontrollably. So, the less talking the better. Kinda can’t do that when your only job is to talk on camera! Ah! So, like the shorter and easier Music Monday, we’ve got a shorter and easier TL;DR.

But it’s good that I did this one on my own, because it’s a question that’s geared at me specifically, about being a tall guy in Korea, which Martina can’t really answer. Though she did remember a lot of the things that I don’t remember about being tall in Korea, like almost bumping my head on low-hanging signs. Some of these things you get so used to that you just don’t think of anymore!

I definitely can say that I feel like Korea is a smaller country than Canada. Geographically, obviously, since Canada’s the second biggest country in the world, but in terms of real estate and architecture: things in Korea are a lot more crammed, and so – being a big guy – I feel it a lot more than other people would, I think. Or maybe I don’t? Maybe short people feel cramped more than I do? Maybe all of the people ricocheting off my body affect you more than it does me? I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like flipping a car over to try to get some room.

Simon and Super Junior

Simon scares Super Junior

Also, just in case you forgot, this picture is and always will be relevant. Just in case you don’t know where this is from, it’s from long time ago when we did an episode of Star King with Super Junior. Super Junior, and everyone else for that matter, were quite short compared to us. People theorized that the picture was doctored, or that I’m 7 feet, 32 inches tall, or that the lens barrelled and warped people into being taller/smaller. Not the case. Totally undoctored. Just…an awesome picture. One of my favorites ever :D

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  1. i live in Japan and i find that it’s really similar to korea in a lot of 
    ways (at least from what you guys have been showing me since i’ve never been there…) and i’ve noticed a lot more tall guys than there used to be… especially guys in their 20’s or younger. there is one kid in one of my high school classes who is 193cm and holy shit, he is tall. so i was wondering if you’d noticed the same thing in korea. I think that here it’s related to people’s eating habits and people drinking a lot more milk and eating more meat than they used to… thoughts?

    • lol, that’s really funny :p although i suspect inaccurate… from conversations i’ve been having with people, height is really not a factor when looking for a mate in japan… i’ve been told by a couple people that the japanese prefer dating people of similar hight as them. i personally have a tall-boy fetish (mwahahaha) but i remember dating this guy who was really short (i’m really short myself, thankfully, so it doesn’t really matter) and getting into an argument with him about guys’ height. he got all in a huff when i said tall guys were hot and said that in Japan, it was considered better to be of similar height cuz you’d be at good level for kissing. lol. he did have a point with that, but it doesn’t really matter in my book, haha…

  2.  I remember Martina saying she’s 5″7 or a 5″7.5? Somewhere around 5″7… She stands on a stool to film a lot of the videos.. You can see it in their bloopers :p So it makes her look taller (not to mention so she doesn’t look tiny beside Simon.. haha)

  3. I have a question for Martina: I remember you saying that bras should be packed if you are above the Korean standard size. Does that mean finding shirts and so on are also difficult? I was watching something and it was mentioned that an American small is equivalent to a Korean medium size shirt. Even here in America I have to shop a shirt size larger for because of my boobs. What is it like shopping for clothes in Korean stores?

  4. How is Korean humor different from Western humor?

  5. Simon, since you were talking about size and clothing, why don’t Martina talk about getting clothes from there. If she don’t mind sharing her size and so on. =)

  6. is it just me, or did Simon get skinnier? Lookin’ good Simon~~ lookin good…

  7. Eunhyuks expression in that picture will always be EPIC! i love those boys and you two of course<3

  8. I’m 173cm and here, in Poland, I don’t consider myself as high person. I know some women who have about 180cm, so I guess it would be difficult to get used to korean standards. And on the streets I see a lot of men who have above 180cm…so yeah… Super Junior look like hobbits xD

  9. TL;DR question; In korea where you have all the titles to refer to people and so forth because of their age. Are their a  lot of koreans that follow that sort of hierarchy and have you met any that just don’t care about the titles so much?

  10. I don’t know if this is an appropriate question but I was wondering do you guys still listen to stuff other than kpop? Like american music, or watch an american TV shows or other culture’s stuff? Sorry if it’s not related to korea..

  11. TL:DR question:

    What is the reaction most Koreans have to non-Caucasian foreigners? I’m specifically think of non-Korean Asians or adopted people, blacks, Hispanics?

    The reason why I’m curious is because there’s a lot of talk about stereotyping and how white people get better treatment, but I’ve no idea if it’s true… If you choose to answer this, can you address whether it make a difference if a foreigner comes from a wealthy Western country (ie, US, Canada, Australia) or other country? Do they think all Americans are white? Yeah, I’m basically… just curious, especially since there are LOTS of bloggers and kpop fans who criticize Korea/kpop for whitewashing foreigners, but as they’re mostly outsiders, I don’t feel like I can trust their opinion as much as I can trust yours,,,, Let me know your experiences!

  12. My question is about the “Three Refusals” rule/custom thing. I read about it a lot but I still haven’t had a truly coherent answer as to what it is! Would love to hear an explanation from you guys. How prominent is it? How is it possible for that to not get awkward? And most of all- does it apply for dating? Do you have to refuse someone as many times as possible?

    Please advise!

  13. Time to do some major shopping when you guys are here in CA! :D

  14. TL;DR Question!!!

    Have you met any North Korean refugees in South Korea? Is North Korea, and specifically its refugees, a topic that is talked about a lot among the public and the students?

    Please watch this whole documentary! It really opens up your eyes!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cVOrUMWaJ0&feature=relmfu

  15. TL;DR question:

    How do you handle haters? Was there a time where you thought of just stopping making videos because of some people’s harsh comments?

  16. You should check out JYJ they are being chased around all the time by 100-200 people, every time they leave their house. Even chasing them by car.

  17. Is Martina wearing heels in that pic? or are my eyes just stuffed?

  18. TL;DR question:
    I noticed on AllKpop that there was a story recently about the CEO of Open World Entertainment officially getting charged with Rape of his female trainees, as well as Go Young Wook of Roo’ra getting accused of sexually assaulting a minor (EDIT – He has just admitted to statutory rape). As fans of Kpop, what are your opinions on this whole issue? I, myself, have been slowly getting into Kpop within the last year, and noticed many things that seem to scream pedophilia to me, yet seems to be overlooked by the general fans. Can you comment on what you think of “Uncle Fans” who are smitten by IU, Suzy, and Jiyoung (before she turned 18)? Also, your opinions on celebrities and normal people choosing the “cutest”, and youngest children (in some instances, they are children) as their ideal?

  19. TL:DR Question: How it feels when you badly want to meet the idols but you dont have money to go to Korea and they dont go out of their dorm that much. HEHE IM WIERD RIGHT!

  20. Not a tldr question, but can you guys please add plus sizes for your shirts. I’m not feeling the love here T-T

  21. Well that was the reason for the TV scandal! Personally, I don’t really understand the whole height thing (this is Martina) because majority of Korean girls are short, thus, the guys are quite taller then them, but when the girls want to be taller, so they wear 3 inch + heels and become taller, and then they want taller guys. Who cares about height!? What is his personality like?

    Dating someone based on height just makes no sense to me.  One of my ex-boyfriends was really short, like 5’5, and he was an awesome guy, but my friends were like, “OMG he is so short, how can you date him” and I was like, “he’s as awesome boyfriend, way better then your tall scumbag cheating boyfriend…hahahahaa!” That shut them up really fast.

    Heart above height!

  22. TL;DR question:
    What is the Korean family dynamic like compared to North America? Do you see a lot of families that are separated or divorced? Do children tend to rebel against their parents? How so?

    I’m curious because I used to work at a family resource center and a lot of the families that I worked with were single parents, low income families, and new immigrants so I witnessed a lot of differences in family dynamics.

  23. i’m 5’9″ and im considered tall as an asian and im taller than most of my classmates in the US… 

  24. lmbo “heating disorder”

  25.  I hated being tall when I was younger, mainly because I had “giraffe” legs (you know, like how unstable a baby giraffe is, I was always falling down ‘n stuff lol), but now I’m trying to be okay with it. I feel like I’ll end up like a female version of Kwangsoo when I get to SK though, all awkward. XD

  26. I have no question… but I just wanted to say, Martina, don’t worry! While it may be annoying, your voice will come back soon! I’ve had a lot of experience with this losing voice thing T^T

    Both of you, get well soon! 

  27. TL;DR question:

    I noticed on AllKpop that there was a story recently about the CEO of Open World Entertainment officially getting charged with Rape of his female trainees, as well as Go Young Wook of Roo’ra getting accused of sexually assaulting a minor. As fans of Kpop, what are your opinions on this whole issue? I, myself, have been slowly getting into Kpop within the last year, and noticed many things that seem to scream pedophilia to me, yet seems to be overlooked by the general fans. Can you comment on what you think of “Uncle Fans” who are smitten by IU, Suzy, and Jiyoung (before she turned 18)? Also, your opinions on celebrities and normal people choosing the “cutest”, and youngest children (in some instances, they are children) as their ideal?

  28. what is it like to visit a doctor in korea? as the both of you are sick/getting sick. I can tell you that I had some funny experences in china, getting xrays(while other people watched-one person took pictures.), needing a translator to see a doctor…

  29. awww poor Simon… can’t find clothes:( but I’ll tell some of my shorter friends to go to Korea and I’ll be the only one who understands…mwahaha -_^

  30.  OH! THEY HAVE! I’ve seen several people who get quite angry at them and call them pathetic and childish and other not-nice things. It’s really rude to be quite honest.

  31. I suppose shoe size 300 refers to 30cm feet. My husband has the same size (sometimes 295 will fit), but we are sometimes lucky enough to find shoes, while 300 usually is the largest size. Maybe they have bigger feet in Japan than they have in Korea? No idea.

  32. How much awareness of animal rights is there in Korea? (For example: many countries have on the packaging of cosmetics a small drawing of a rabbit which means the company is not abusing animals. Is there anything similar on Koreans brands? How can I tell if the company is cruelty free?)

  33. TL;DR question:
    I noticed in some drama that i see characters of Japanese anime’s.
    Is anime as populair in Korea (do you see action figure’s or dvd’s in store?) as it is in Japan?
    And how do they think of stuff as cosplay and such? 

  34. I’m Canadian too, so for Korea compared to here: how difficult would it be for a 180 cm tall teenage girl?? Would you say that’s taller than the average height is for a Korean male, or about the same??

  35. Hehe, I’m 181cm and felt the same way in Korea. Except I’m half Korean so people stared at me like I was a giant octopus walking around or something. 

  36. LMFAO at the floor table rant and the Super Junior picture!  Simon, you look thinner than usual in this vid :]!  No salty food lately?

  37. Can you tell us the stories about your tattoos? How you decided which one, where and why?- Minoentje (Belgium)

  38. Have you got any dark skinned friends? Has there ever been an experience when you’ve seen or heard or even when you were teaching in Korea that one of your student were a bit darker and were made fun of? If you have how bad or good were the comments other light skinned Koreans made?

  39. Im the same height as you simon and I have had some issues with it even here in canada! for example, my basement only has a 6ft ceiling! Also when I was in cuba, the restaurant staff actually came and raised the dangling lights so I wouldnt keep hitting my head! 

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