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Couple Culture in Korea

July 25, 2013

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Ok, so this was a ridiculously silly TL;DR, and we spent most of it giggling with each other rather than actually providing useful information. But I think we did touch on some important things:

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We talked about this app a bit, and how popular it is here in Korea, but I don’t think that we mentioned that this app is supposedly made in Korea as well. Cool! You can read more about it here. And, no, we’re not paid by the company to promote it. We literally started jotting down our talking points for this TL;DR and then I remembered reading about this app in my tech news feed (because I read about tech news because I’m a dork) and it seemed relevant. Then we downloaded the app and started fiddling around with it.

While it’s cool to play with and has an interesting concept, I don’t really like having unnecessary apps on my devices, you know? I have iMessenger which sends messages just fine. Then I got Kakao. Facebook sends messages as well. So does email. Why another messaging app? I’m not sure. There’s a novelty to the concept, though, even though it’s a severely restricted messaging system. God why am I giving an app review? Point is: this is big in couple culture in Korea, so…there!

Christmas

The saddest time of year for foreigners in Korea, I’d say. Everyone we know living here really misses being back home with their families Christmas time. You know, since we’ve moved to Korea, we didn’t have any Christmases back home? Basically, we just get together with other friends and try to host Christmas parties and feel less homesick.

The point of this isn’t for you to awwww over us. The point is: in Korea, Christmas is date night. It’s not really a family oriented night, with family dinners and firewood and Christmas carols and Christmas cookies and traditional, family stuff. It’s a night for couples to go out. Couples go out on dinners and skating and skiing and stuff like that. But, even though we’ve been here for five years, we just can’t bring ourselves to thinking of Christmas that way.

Couple Hair

We didn’t talk about this in the video, but we’ve seen some examples of couples with the same hair colour. No pics to prove it, though. At first we thought it was a fluke thing, but I also remember seeing it in one of those “We Got Married” episodes a long time ago. I think it was with Crown J and his SUPER DEMANDING UNREASONABLE wife, whose music I just can’t enjoy anymore without thinking of how cruel she was. Maybe she was acting, I’m not sure. Point is, couples can dye their hair the same colour as well, to go with the whole “let’s show the world we’re a couple!” kinda thing.

D-Days

We don’t know what the D stands for in D-Day. We asked Soo Zee, and she doesn’t know either. Due Day? I’m not sure, but it’s supposedly used to describe the day you started dating. That’s not why I’m talking about it here, though. I’m just more amazed at how people know the amount of days in which they started dating. That’s intense. We never counted the days in which we’ve done…anything. Now it’s just by years. Before it used to be months, but never days! That’s a whole other metric system. Is it just a Korea thing? Like, Americans use Miles and the rest of the world uses Kilometers, is it the same that Korea counts days of dating while the rest of the world counts months and years? Guise? I don’t know.

That’s it for this week. Let us know what you think. I’m not even sure how to start a discussion about this because we were just too silly to be taken seriously. OH! And if you didn’t know the “Whip Your D*ck Out” reference, it’s from the Lonely Island, just in case you were looking at us like we’re crazy. Side note, did anyone notice this lovely button here? OOH YOU SHOULD CLICK IT (if you aren’t subscribed to us)!

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  1. We have Coco Curry in Hawaii… it’s like a 5 minute walk from my house lol.

    3 years ago
  2. Maybe D-Day stands for date day?

    This was really informative! I always see this in Korean dramas and I didn’t think this actually existed. XD

    3 years ago
  3. Awwww! I want a boyfriend in Korea just so I can celebrate those days. Korean couples are so cute, whereas here in America they can be quite obnoxious some times.

    3 years ago
  4. In Hawaii we call it Curry House. One of our locations is next to Kuru Kuru Sushi. If you come to Oahu we’ll take you to both. Love you guys.

    3 years ago
  5. My husband is korean and when we started our serious dating he bought us matching back packs :3

    3 years ago
  6. D-day means dooms day, but now it just means the “target date” or when something is supposed to happen. And I am soooo going to make every 21 a day to celebrate the love of my hubby=my love for COOKIES!!! (We just got married this year, on February 21, but we have been together for 6 years….so we are still NEWLY WEDS!!!! ;)

    3 years ago
  7. lonely island will never sound the same now that I know Spudgy sings their lyrics.

    3 years ago
  8. Couple clothes? OMG, I remember watching an episode of Hello Counselor with crazy husband who insisted on wearing couple EVERYTHING all the time. Totally ridiculous! It starts at 21:52: http://kshowonline.com/kshow/1090-%5Bengsub%5D-hello-counselor-ep.105

    Anywayyy, really funny TL;DR! <3

    3 years ago
  9. Can anybody tell about Crown J’s wife on WGM? I haven’t watched it, but I’m curious now ><

    3 years ago
  10. You guys had my busting up laughing at my desk and my co-worker is just staring at me like I’m nuts. Love it! Especially your Spudgy song.

    3 years ago
  11. OMG yes i should do the same thing

    3 years ago
  12. Soozee is single??? that actually surprised me since she is super pretty and gorgoeus.. soon you will be able to us Between.

    3 years ago
  13. I’ve tried Coco curry in myungdong I thought it tastes soso and a little pricey :|
    I still prefer Gogo curry in Japan lol

    3 years ago
  14. This was hilarious!

    3 years ago
  15. awesome video as always :) one thing though, guys, please stop calling your “old” selves FAT all the time! you weren’t fat at all! you guys looked great before, and you look great now. just think of all us fatter nasties out there – seeing you call what were essentially pretty slim bodies ‘fat’ sucks! thx :) xx

    3 years ago
    • That’s totally fair to say. Thank you for bringing it up. We just keep on trying to tell ourselves that we were fat before so that we keep ourselves motivated from slipping back into bad habits, like we did so easily back then. But, you’re right, and I’m sorry I didn’t think of the implications before.

      3 years ago
      • aw thanks for understanding :) keep on rocking in the free world, and doot doodle doot doot…

        3 years ago
  16. I guess Koreans celebrate these days like how Japanese do.
    I don’t know about Korea but as much as I know in Japan, during Valentine’s Day, girls give guys that they really really like handmade chocolates and those that are like ‘we’re just friends’ they give them chocolates that you can buy from anywhere.
    During White Day, guys can return them something that’s equal to the value of the chocolates they received to represent ‘I really like you too’. I’ve heard some guys give sweets, from marshmallows to hard candy, the harder the candy is (no, nothing rated here), the more he likes you.

    For Christmas, most Japanese celebrates it like Valentine’s Day.
    ‘No boyfriend/girlfriend, no party’ I remember reading an article, they were asked the reason why they don’t celebrate Christmas, and 80% of them say because they doesn’t have a partner to celebrate with. Poor daddys, mommys and friends.

    3 years ago
  17. I am going to japan and I will deffinatly have to check out coco curry!!

    3 years ago
  18. i think its sweet that couple remember dates in korea and wear couple clothing while here people around me date for a few weeks then broke up my friend dated like 7 guys in a year thats really insane!

    3 years ago
  19. so single and lonly Whaaaaa!

    3 years ago
  20. my fiance and I work really hard to not wear similar things when we go out together because there have been too many instances where we would show up wearing similar colours/ designs and such. Thankfully we now live together so when it’s basically first dibs on whoever puts clothes on first. The other has to go back to the closet and put on something else. Our Korean friend has banned us from ever buying couple t-shirts. lol.

    3 years ago
  21. hahaha this was hilarious xD you guys were being super sillly :3 I find the couple stuff cute but I think the shirts are enough lol

    3 years ago
  22. Reading about the D-Day part, I imagine those over-obsessive girlfriend jokes that celebrate every first couple thing

    3 years ago
  23. Yesss, apparently there’s a coco curry place in Los Angeles! I’m so going! TY EYK!

    3 years ago
    • OKAY: I recommend cheese curry + block beef + 200g rice and we do 10 spice but that’s only for insane spice lovers. Or do what we do, we order cheese curry, take it home, and add our own toppings. HAHAHA!!

      3 years ago
      • Sweeeettt! I’m a spicy lover too.

        I’m checking the US menu, so much goodies (and weird stuff) – I’ll do what you suggest, and let my husband get omelet/clam/pizza curry crazyness.

        3 years ago
        • America has a mix of stuff from other countries, in Queens they sell Bubble Tea. My friend was supposed to bring some but someone already drank hers….

          3 years ago
  24. ahaha aaww you guys are adorable in your matching stuff!!
    aw man Martina you shoulda wore the matching outfit!!

    3 years ago
  25. Woah.. so there’s an app for that. And here I was wondering if Sean literally counted the days and made some sort of list or so.. as he said in a show last year that he was for xyz days a couple with his wife.. xD

    3 years ago
  26. simonandmartina, can you do an interview-like TL;DR? Like generally, what have been your favorite songs in kpop/what are the worst songs you’ve ever heard since you’vee moved to korea, blah blah blah. And also can you talk about how you really got in to kpop, and what made you start things like kpop music mondays?

    3 years ago
    • They could do one of the 30 day memes! Or something. Except not in 30 days, clearly.

      3 years ago
  27. I once saw a couple wearing couple swimsuits. I totally loved it.
    By the way, they have lots of those Coco Curry restaurants in Hawaii. Meaning you should totally come to Hawaii. Just a suggestion. But seriously, they have soooo much good multi-cultural food here (including ramen!).

    3 years ago
  28. D Day sounds like Date Day by the description in your blog and video, but to me D-Day reminds me off WW2, when the allied forces went to beat Germany out of France. (Blame it on history lessons years ago). So, this is quite an interesting name choice.

    And yes, celebrating big holidays in a foreign country can be quite depressing, especially if your holiday is one you celebrate within you tiny region of the world, and no one else has a clue of what it is. That’s what happened to me while I was studying in China and realised I was staying there over Midsummer. Midsummer where I live is HUGE, as it is the longest day of sun all year, like the sun only is down for max 2-3 h, and further north it doesn’t go down at all. We pretty much celebrate it with food, tons of alcohol and dancing around the maypole which looks like… ehm… maybe I should skip describing it in case kids are reading.

    Anyway, to make myself, a very lonesome Swede at that time, less lonesome I bought plastic flowers, tied them together like a crown and wore it around campus for very curious people to see. Then, irritatingly enough IKEA, why you so nasty, had no herrings left, which is a big part of the meal, which left me to just make a fool of myself that day.

    Haven’t tried a lonesome Christmas yet, and that will also be very lonesome as while most countries have their BIG celebration on december 25th, Sweden celebrates Eve’s more commonly (like Easter, Midsummer, All Hallows’), so that will most likely make me extra depressed if I have to stay abroad over Christmas… *cries*

    3 years ago
    • Aww. :( That sounds really lonely.

      I think of the historical D-Day too, so you’re not alone!

      3 years ago
      • I guess I have to look at myself like an ambassador for Midsummer, because some of my Korean classmates begged me to take a picture of them. I guess flower crowns are rare in Asia.

        3 years ago
  29. You guys seem ridiculously, wonderfully happy in this video. Kinda makes my little heart fluttery.

    3 years ago
    • Yeah, we had a lot of fun filming this. We had a really restful weekend, and had planned out our talking points before, and so we just got on camera and felt happy and fun :)

      3 years ago
  30. Oh my goodness, I am so glad I’m not the only one who finds baby-age-measurement ridiculous. If your baby’s a year old, say so! Argh.

    3 years ago
  31. HAHAHA so true about the months thing, when mothers say their baby is 36 months? I freaking hate that. Im not doing math to figure out your baby’s age. Next time someone say that to me, Im telling them that instead of 17, im 205 months old. Ill see how they like that! (Sorry, this is just a huge pet peeve!)

    3 years ago
    • lol, that really annoys me too but i also realized i don’t like babies so if i saw one, i probably wouldn’t ask how old it was.
      i’m just like, “That’s a very nice baby. Good job there.”

      3 years ago
      • Haha same! I think thats why I dont like the months thing either, because I dont really like children, so I dont care to calculate some baby’s age. XD

        3 years ago
    • If you are a new mom, about 90%-100% of your daily conversation is spent talking to other new moms and doctors about your baby. Babies do change a whole heck of a lot in a short time so it gives people a better frame of reference of where your child is developmentally. For example, 6 months = can sit up, 12 months = crawling, 18 months = walking, etc., also, baby clothes are sized by the age in months too. Moms know that it doesn’t matter to people outside this sphere but it’s a hard habit to break and let’s face it, it’s a short habit, so why bother when you’re already exhausted with more important things. I ended up using theses measures for my son when he was small just because he was way above average size (11.5 lbs at birth) and people kept thinking he was slow for his age based on his size whereas he is really bright for his age (and that’s not just because I am his Mom….. well maybe a little ;) ) After 3 years old, I used the “and a half” marks but after 6 years old, I don’t remember to do it any more. Go ahead and be judge-y, new moms don’t have time for your poor attitudes :P.

      3 years ago
      • LOL!, that was said tongue in cheek at the end there.

        3 years ago
      • The thing is, no one else cares except for your little maternity group. Everyone else finds you simply annoying and time consuming. You are just upset because you are one of those annoying people. Once you have more kids you will realize that there is no need to be so ridiculous over about two years old. I mean 90% of your time is talking about your kids? I am worried for your children and their overprotective mother. I love my children too, but I am not talking about them 100% of the time. You must be the worst to talk to.

        3 years ago
        • Whoa! There was no need to get insulting, you don’t even know me. When you have no family geographically close to you to help out, and no friends in a new town, for about the first 3-4 years, your kid(s) takes up all of your time and therefore, it’s mostly what you talk about because that’s your main focus and that’s how you get tips and advice. Unless you put them in daycare, which I didn’t do at great cost to myself, since we wanted the privilege of raising our child ourselves. It’s got nothing to do with being over-protective, my child is very independent and lives in a safe town where he can do more than most by himself. I would probably talk less about my kids come the next child now that I feel more confident in my experience, but I don’t know if that situation will ever come up for me. Everyone is different, you should learn to be more tolerant.

          3 years ago
        • I’m not trying to be mean, but you shouldn’t have added the “Go ahead and be judge-y, new moms don’t have time for your poor attitudes” and a “tongue in cheek”.

          3 years ago
        • To be honest, I thought I was the only one who is annoyed by the “12 months, 18 months” thingy. But I guess she kinda have a point on why moms use months instead of years.

          3 years ago
    • As the mother of a smallish child I understand it a little better now. Babies change so much in the first few years that there is actually a pretty big difference between a kid that’s 12 months old and on one that’s 18 months. I’m too lazy to count though I so I go with “nearly 2”.

      3 years ago
      • Haha thats what I’d say too! Like, nearly two, or early three, it just makes more sense, and its easier to understand.

        3 years ago
    • Once the kid turns 18 months old or 2 years old, there’s no need to continue using months. 36 months is a tad overzealous I guess. The reason parents use months is because that a child is supposed to achieve certain developmental milestones (sitting, walking, talking, and so on) as they grow in that 18-24 month period.

      3 years ago
      • Ehh, I think that over 1 year is the time to stop using months. Like saying 1 and a half is more appropriate. I wouldnt say 17 and two months old for my age now. Plus, most people, unless your a parent, dont sit and think “oh that child is 18 months? They must be a month away from sitting, two months away from talking, and four months away from walking!” ( or at least, I dont….) lol.

        3 years ago
        • Very true! 18 months isnt too hard to figure out. Its when they say random months like 21 months old, that I get annoyed, and I am like “to heck with figuring that out, they are almost two.” Haha. Ive had someone tell me their kid was 38 months old. No joke. I think thats where this pet peeve all started…XD

          3 years ago
        • I know right and it becomes a math problem that I don’t want.

          3 years ago
  32. I know it’s from WW2, but I wasn’t sure if that was its meaning in Korea, you know? Things get changed.

    3 years ago
  33. Ahhh, matching outfits is way too much for me. What do they do when they split up?

    3 years ago
    • i think they’ll throw away the clothes lol thats probably not true and if they did then get back together again that’ll be awkward

      3 years ago
  34. You guys need to bring your nastiness to Toronto!!!! yay for black day!!!

    3 years ago
  35. Ray

    Awwww ! Don’t worry Soo Zee your a gorgoeus korean you will find someone that will love you sooooo much :D Guys! no teasing Soo Zee with couple things! ^^

    3 years ago
    • Why is being single a bad thing? Maybe she likes her own company and the independence of not having to fit her life around someone else…..Just saying, don’t look down on Soo Zee.

      3 years ago
      • Ray

        we’re not looking down on her never…but the way Martina said she replied No was like sad, but we know Soo Zee is a strong girl :D dont misunderstand please :)

        3 years ago
    • With as many fans as she must have from here, I am sure there are gorgeous guys from all over the world waiting to meet her and sweep her off her feet. I am not worried about her prospects at all. :)

      3 years ago
  36. you know, there is also a “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”!! on September 19th

    3 years ago
    • More importantly – Free Comic Day – May 4rth! ;)

      3 years ago
      • What the?!? How? Where? I spend so much money on comics. I could definitely use some free ones!

        3 years ago
        • Been going on for at least 10-15 years now. http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/984

          I don’t know where you shop, but The Silver Snail and Paradise Comics usually had something to give away and the shop I go to in TO (The Beguiling) usually had a selection of around 7 titles you could choose from for free. I have seen online stores include them with your order if it’s close to the day. If you haven’t been to the upstairs of The Beguiling for english manga/manwah volumes Martina, then you should check it out – they actually stock whole series and lots of them – it’s the best store in Ontario (maybe Canada) that I know of. They are also known for their great independent, pr0n, anime, and children’s comics’ sections too (as well as the usual Marvel/DC stuff). I’ve seen celebs in there from time to time, they know where to go for their fix ;) When I switched from The ‘Snail for my pre-orders back in the day, they gave me a 10% discount FOR LIFE – mwahahahahaha!

          3 years ago
      • May the 4th be with you.. May fourth is always Star Wars day to me. =D

        3 years ago
    • There is also international talk like Batman day :P April 4th.

      3 years ago
    • ON MY BIRTHDAY! ITS A HOLIDAY I TOLD YOU NOONE!

      3 years ago
    • for real???? lol

      3 years ago
  37. I still want to know about celebritites dating in korea~!

    3 years ago
  38. Which level did you eat at COCO? :D
    I can’t get pass a #5

    3 years ago
    • Dude, we both get it at level 10 and it’s not spicy for us. We ask them for level 12 but they won’t make it that hot…

      3 years ago
  39. I think this might be my favorite video yet. I have not laughed through a whole video in a long time :)

    3 years ago
  40. HA. the day i get my husband to match me, shirt, pants, and hair color, is the day i know he’s been possessed by an alien from a different dimension. love it, though!

    3 years ago