Now, you might remember a loooooong time ago we did a video on Korean Couple Shirts (back when our camera suuuucked) and we talked a bit about how couples in Korea show that they’re couples by having either matching or coordinating outfits. Today, we’re touching on something else for couples, but not as blatantly cheesy. Korean Couple Cellphone charms!

Korea’s really into couples showing off their couple-ness through having matching things, and we’re not really that into it. Sure, we have some couple shirts, but we barely ever wear them. Except for the last time we went to Toronto. We were walking through downtown Toronto together, in the cool hipster area, around a bunch of people with cooler clothes, awesomer hair, neater tattoos than what we have, and so we didn’t feel as special there as we do here in Korea (barely anyone has funky hair and tattoos in Korea). But, that day in Toronto, we were wearing our couple shirts. Our frumpy dumpy couple shirts. And, oh boy, so many people stopped us and asked us where we got them from. And when we said “Korea” we felt totally badass. But that’s another story.

Interestingly, the two of us don’t blatantly go out of our way to match, but we accidentally, perhaps subconsciously, do at times. The best example we have is, one day I was wearing my “Video Games Ruined My Life. Good thing I have two extra lives” Shirt, and Martina was wearing a shirt that had a single heart on it. Coincidence? Maybe. Destiny? DEFINITELY.

Back to the point, we sometimes find people wearing entirely matching outfits. Same sweatshirts, same hats, same jeans, even same shoes. No joke. Fully in uniform. That’s creepy! These charms aren’t that creepy. They’re kinda cute, and they’re unobtrusive ways of being couple-ey with your significant other, without looking too weird. Awesome!

Anyhow, what we asked in the video still stands: are these popular in other parts of the world yet? We feel like we’ve been desensitized to this kind of stuff in Korea now, but we’ve been away from North America for a looong time now (over three years) so we feel like we’re a bit out of touch. Do people use this kind of stuff? Would you?

Otherwise, here are this week’s Bloopers. Martina, err, doesn’t take to criticism well:

  1. I don’t really think its popular here in Canada, but they are really cute and I would use them:3

  2. yesssssssssss of yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! i whant one to !!!

  3. I’m also familiar with Korea’s couple things in general, but I’ve always been curious, does the boyfriend gets the female charm and the girlfriend takes the male character? I’ve exchanged bears with my boyfriend and he has the pink bear, I think it’s a bit embarrassing for him though, he says he doesn’t mind but idk.

  4. is the girl next to his Korean ? she’s beautiful wish to visit korean (not just for girls lol)

  5. I live in the midwest of the U.S. and I’ve hardly ever seen couples doing anything “matchy.” So, at least around here it’s not that common. My husband and I have done it a couple times on purpose and on occasion we’ll match without meaning to. Oddly enough, my sister and I seemed to be more linked subconsciously when it comes to matching. No joke. At least 90% of the time she and I will match or have a similar style theme going on. *shrugs*

  6. I got 2 cases with notches on them and one of them had the notch break when i dropped my phone on the floor and it was one of my fav ones…=.= 

  7. I wanna know where I can buy an iphone case with a notch…

  8. I have a Keroppi Charm that everytime my phone vibrates it sparkles (it has light inside) :) Meanwhile if you are looking for cute girly iphone cases please have a look at my store: http://www.zazzle.com/girlytemplate?rf=238966448205328705

  9. I have one case that has a notch and I had no idea it was actually for a phone charm….

  10. Awww…where did you get that cute squeezy bean thingy, Martina?

  11. It seems like 50/50 in the US have cellphone charm holes. Many smart phones I see do not have them. I was broken hearted buying a smart phone to see I did not have a space for my charms. I love cell phone charms but it seems many people are confused of what they are and look at me like I am crazy when I have 3 charms on my phone, like I am a 12-year-old girl with them on. I guess in the US it’s a maturity thing; (using myself as an example) a 21-year-old woman should not have cute little bears, people, or other animals hanging off her phone. No matter how cute she thinks they are. ;-;

  12. I still see cellphone holes on phones everywhere.. even on the iphone 4’s. I live in america

  13. Haha yeah charms are definitely not “in” in America right now. My friend just happened to see a charm on a drama I was watching and she was like that must be annoying having that thing swing around on your phone all the time while you’re trying to text. The American trend for phones right now is trendy covers. For example I have a white Iphone and I bought an uncommon case that I customized myself (pretty bright colored flowers!). I really think that’s more of the trend in America. 

  14. I remember charms being cool for a really really short time in the U.S (like 2002). Cell phones even had the little notches for them.  But that trend quickly died over here and now notches for charms on cell phones are almost non-existent.  I am now making it my personal mission to bring back the charms and notches!!! :P

  15. does anybody know where i can find those cases to put on the phone that have the charm hole thanks

  16. I find it cute for couples to have couple tees, cellphone charms or whatnots. Here in Sweden, you don’t see such things. But there was a couple I saw last summer where they have matching tattoos and it was cute. Wish these things are here as well.

  17. All the couple things definitely are more trendy in Asia and/or Asian community than any other part of the world, it’s not surprising when you see couple shirts and key chains where i’m from (Vietnam), though i don’t think it could be as a HUGE trend as it is in Korea. They sure are more popular among young people as well ^^ I even bought my Mum and Dad matching shirts for their anniversary, just simple polo shirts (they’d kill me if i get them the fancy, cute ones that “youngster couple” like to wear – as they said that). I’d love having couple things,but not so blatantly shouting to the world kind of statement though,key chains or phone charms would do :D

  18. I think that in Europe it might be something almost non-existent… I have never ever seen an european use those, although I can see them for sell?! Maybe, we’re weird…o_O ahahah

    • I don’t know about the rest of Europe, but I see a lot of people in Germany having something hanging on their phones (without having to buy special cases with notches!) or on their keys. Also as a couple. Or just close friends. For example, you can have the halves of little colourful hearts and then you give one half to your boyfriend/girlfriend and keep the other, and when you put your phones together, the halves connect and form a full heart. That just came into my mind because I use it that way myself :D
      I have never seen any couples wear real couple clothing, but sometimes they wear something that matches. Just like, similar colours and stuff.
      BUT I do see a lot of couples wearing the same necklaces/bracelets/rings/earring/piercings/ whatever. That’s also a more subtle way. I think I would do that as well. But matching clothes is not really something for me… If we had couple shirts, I would definatley love them though!

  19. I was in high school and a boy that liked me (Asian) got me a couple mashimaro phone charm thing. I think it’s “trendy” for the asian community in canada?

  20. i have a Pinocchio cellphone charm xD it looks great with my outdated beloved 2006 LG Chocolate :P  

  21. I always wanted a charm for my phone the phones i always get dont have notches of any kind and i dont have an iphone seeing as they are way to expensive for me and im not an at&t user. I love cute things, like hello kitty, anything anime, video game and kpop and jpop! :)

  22. you can go to strapya-world.com. they sell an extremely strong adhesive for you to put on the back of your phones that dont have the notch. so that way you can still add a charm. i bought one for my best friend so she can wear the charm i got her and it is still holding strong. So check them out! I think it is listed under iPhones.

  23. I LOVE phone charms but my new phone doesn’t have a notch! I live in USA and I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GET A CASE WID A NOTCH!! D:

  24. I love Simon’s T-Shirt!!!!  

  25. OMG I so wanna have this to give to a certain someone <3

  26. I live in NYC and I have seen charms but not as much recently.  I know a lot of people use to have them a few years ago, i even did too… but since the IPhone came out which is hugely popular here, it’s doesn’t have the slot for them so i don’t see them as often anymore.  It’s more popular in Asian populated areas.

  27. Ahaha the couple mistake in the bloopers is hilarious. I think this only can happen in Asia…

  28. Couple Charms…no…phone charms in general…HUGE in the States.  I have a Hello Kitty (huge fanatic too!!!) that’s a bell holding fighting fans and then I have a jade phone charm that my fellow TKD friend gave me.  And yes…I have an iPhone too…so I bought a bling Hello Kitty case so I could attach my two charms.  LOL

  29. i love phone charms !! my name is sarah so it means princess and my phone charm is a crown
    idk abt canada but theyre sort of big in america – at least on girl cell phones or at least girls who have ghetto fabulous bedazzeled cell phones with rhinestones and hanging charms and 10,000 diff ringtones etc. lol

  30. Well in the state I live in in the States… actually idk.  The school I attend is 75-80% Asian so yes I do see matching couple charms quite often, I just don’t know if the rest of the state/ country has them.  Though a good handful of the non-asian couples at school have them either because it’s a asian-non asian couple or they’ve been influenced by their friends. 

  31. I think couple keychains and matching things are cute! They just dont have them here.

  32. Simon, I like your shirt :D

  33. I have never found couples charms in the States, but I know that regular cell phone charms are VERY popular now. When I was younger and had my old phone it had 11 charms on it, including a kerropi bell xD ….the bell was annoying

  34. lol its tru that asia infringes copyrights very very VERY blatantly XD
    in mainland china, you can get fake Coach and Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags and sunglasses at tons of questionable looking tiny little stores on the streets.
    also, lots of clothing brands too, like fake Aeropostale and Abercrombie shirts and sweaters. If you look closely at those kinds of fake clothing in those little stores, you can see that there’s no real tag, and they attach a fake one to make it seem authentic.
    for example, i have seen a girl wearing a shirt that said “Abercrombie & Titch”.  needless to say i LOLed

  35. ugh couple stuff! I find all those trinkets just seems like clutter. They’re always in the way! Of course I’m probably saying all this because I’m not a half of a couple…

  36. Simon i just want to say…i salute your t-shirt…

    uh huh -nods head even though you can’t see it-….iPhones…aint the worlds best phones are they…but then i have to admit my iPhone 4 is pretty sturdy..this granny ran over it with her mobility scooter lol :D ..but it still works..kinda..hehehe I was wondering where do you buy those cases with those key charm notches for iPhones?..i really want one …but in NZ we are pretty much cute asian stuff isolated T^T

    P.S ….. those pigs are so evil on angry birds….they never stop laughing T^T

    P.P.S….i found out what those high shoe thing fix up are for…they are actually manufactured in japan…and has two functions…1. they are suppose to help you curve your feet back down after wearing heels for a long period of time…..2. (Most shocking of all) they are meant to help you lose weight ..and make your legs look sexy by toning it lol

  37. OMG!!! Martina I was just in Japan on a Tsunami Relief trip and I bought that pea pod cell phone strap/key chain for my vegetarian friend! :D

  38. I found couple phone charms in the  Chinatown of Montreal and I bought one for my friend and I ^^
    And guess what? It’s the You’re Beautiful Rabbit-Pig! So cute!
    I don’t have a phone, so I made two little holes in my Ipod case haha!

  39. awww~ sooo cute! O:< couples in korea are more affectionate then here in america

  40. Yeah… easy to find in China town downtown Los Angeles. I own a couple that have a little bell inside, it gets pretty loud so I don’t use them. But  I have seen really cute ones with like bears and dolls, they are really pretty and high quality.

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