WHOA! Thought we forgot about our TL;DR segment, didn’t ya? DIDIN CHA? Admit it. Yes, we didn’t do one for a couple of weeks, but – as you might know – we just moved into our new apartment in Seoul and have spent most of our time handling all of that stuff. As you can hear from the echo in our audio, our apartment is still quite empty…BUT THAT WON’T STOP US FROM MAKING MOVIES! Forward ho!

This week we’re answering a TL;DR question from the comments in our last TL;DR on How We Lost Weight in Korea:

i’m not sure if this was asked before but in south korean schools what kind of events do they hold for the students?? like here in usa (when i was in HS) we have homecoming, prom, spirit week (where we dress up differently on different days like nerd day dress up like a nerd), prep rallies and mm can’t think of the other ones but stuff like that?????????? if not those things then do they do things that are similar??

Great question! We really wanted to talk about something Korea-ish lately. We’ve been doing a lot of talking about ourselves and Kpop for our TL;Drs, so we liked being able to talk about a topic that’s neither. Woohoo! Though, this is about teaching, and we haven’t been teaching for a while now. Martina stopped teaching June 2011, Simon June 2010, so we’re a bit out of the loop now. Maybe things have changed? We’re not sure. If there are any festivals we missed, please let us know in the comments below!

The main difference we noticed with Korean School Festivals and North American School Festivals is the importance of homeroom. Maybe school’s different in the US, but – from what I remember in high school – your home room class was just, well, your first class at the beginning of the day. That teacher took your attendance and gave you the news that the school wanted to tell you (“Don’t forget that Thursday we’ll be having vaccines in the gym. Get your parents to sign the consent form”). In Korea, though, homerooms are so much more than just attendance check-ins, and the festivals/gatherings really show that. Korean students are in their homeroom for a vast majority of the day with the same students, and they see their homeroom teacher a lot. It almost becomes something like their second family, you know? We’ve heard our Korean co-teachers describe themselves almost as parents to their students. So, these festivals aren’t necessarily for school spirit, but for homeroom spirit, we think.

Otherwise, we’ve done a bunch of videos on these festivals and activities before. We made a playlist of them all in the video above, but if you’d like to read the blog posts that accompany them, here’s a short list:

  • Korean School Festivals: Here’s a video of the day at Martina’s school where they transform every room into something different and fun.
  • Korean School Sports Day: This is a video of Martina saying goodbye to her school, but it has footage of Sports day there as well!
  • Martina and Nichkhun’s message to her school: We were on Running Man a long time ago, back when Martina was still teaching. We got Nichkhun, after the filming was over, to say a few short words of encouragement to Martina’s students, which she showed them at their year-end festival.
  • Korean School Excursion: OH THIS IS SO OLD! Check out Martina going with her students to Jeju. That’s back when we didn’t care about using copyrighted music! Oh, the memories!
  • Korean School Dance Festival: Here’s Martina dancing with her students for one of their school festivals. Ha! Oh, we’re SO MUCH BETTER at dancing now. Well, maybe not that much :D

Lastly, sorry this is a bit late. Our YouTube upload speeds are A LOT SLOWER here in our new apartment. Not sure why, but they’re taking a couple hours, while in Bucheon it would take, like, 20 minutes :( We had to go to sleep and publish it in the morning. Sorry!

  1. i feel like simon needs a hug here

  2. mama llama eat your mama

    TL;DR Q?
    Are you guys fluent in speaking Korean?

  3. Emily D.

    Hey, I was just wondering, for anyone that can answer, do Korean students actually receive homework as in worksheets, projects, etc.? I was wondering because the hours of school take up so much of the day and if they have any homework besides studying.

  4. Is Martina singing the theme song for Katamari Damacy???

  5. You might need to address your Internet speeds…should be faster in seoul >.<

  6. TLDR Question :) :) :) How are female and male expectations different in Korea? In western countries equality enables women to focus on careers and men to be stay-at-home dads if they choose.. Is this the same in Korea? Love you long time!!!

  7. I love this question :)

  8. TL;DR Question
    This question is mostly for Martina. Does being surrounded by Korean Pop culture with almost perfect looking girls ever make you uncomfortable/insecure are most Korean girls like that or is it Just K-Pop?

  9. TL;DR Question:
    When/why did you decide to move to Korea? What made you interested in just Korea? Oh, and K-pop: what was the first k-pop group/song you heard and how did you come across it? :D

  10. How do you think the international popularity of “Gangnam Style” will affect the K-Pop industry overseas? Do you think it has created oppurtunities for the entire K-Pop industry, YG entertainment, just Psy or not at all?

  11. What do nerds wear on nerd day?

  12. TL;DR question here~ In the event that you guys were to get pregnant (bear with me here) would you stay in Korea to raise the kid, or go back to Canada? Also, assuming you would be staying in Korea, what issues can you see arising from that decision? Things like space problems, cultural issues, the school system etc

  13. I live in the UK and when I was at school I remember having a sports day where each form/homeroom class would compete against each other. We had mufti-days (non-uniform days, but you had to pay £1), an activities week which was the last week of the year where we went on trips to safari parks and theme parks and loads of other stuff, and we had a prom too. And a talent show. I can’t remember anything else. Obviously different schools have different festivals but I think the common ones in the UK are sports days and proms.

  14. I heard that due to confucianism the way of counting one’s own age is korea is different than in the US. For example if I am 18 here in the US I would be 19 in korea because they start counting age since you are in the womb. Is that really true?

  15. I went to high school in Korea on YongSan Army Base in the late 90′s. We did prom and homecoming, but it was a bit weird. We all dressed up then we had to meet at school and get on a bus. The bus would take us to a hotel ballroom (like the Hyatt in Seoul) and we would have a regular school dance, then we had to get back on the bus and go back to school. I don’t remember if Seoul Foreign School was invited, but they could come be on our sports teams if they wanted to.

  16. Martina u read Fifty Shades Of Grey???????? o.o its getting freaky everyone is reading it xD i see people in the train laughing because the person infront or next to them is reading the SAME FREAKING THING xD

  17. Martina you look so pretty ;3

  18. Is it true that Korean schoolgirls have to keep their hair shorter than shoulder length, and why?

    • nowadays schools don’t do this.. but even about 10 years ago many schools had a rule that students have to cut their hair short.. that’s because old generation people think focusing on their appearacne can bother their study.. and grade..

  19. Martina, you’re so.. WHITE O.O

  20. Martina looks so pretty in this tldr!! :)

  21. TL;DR question: What do people (students) tend to do in Korea when they meet up outside of school? Do they usually go to each others houses and stuff? Where would they usually meet up?

  22. What would you say is your all time favorite K-Pop song and/or K-Pop song + video? I’m not normally into guy groups (being a guy and all) but I’d personally have to put TVXQ’s Mirotic up there as the best K-Pop song ever.

    What do you guys think?


    I mean seriously, i’ve been waiting like forever.

  24. I’ve seen this asked before….

    What’s up with blood types being a big issue in Korea? I actually had to go ask my mom what mine was since I’ve never had anyone ever ask me before about my blood type but every K-Pop singer’s blood type is published. Why?

  25. Simon just say you had a cold and lost your voice this week…

  26. I would actually have loved a close-up of Martina’s make-up today! I couldn’t tell what the dots? were at the corners of her eyes. But man, Martina! You would love to have sticky body jewels so you’d have like Hello Kitty miniature sparkles to wear there behind your Hipster Glasses! And we need a Simon-centric video. He’s not getting enough viewer love/attention time apparently lol.

  27. TL;DR Question

    In Korea, do people act like the actors on dramas and such? I know they are just acting, but some of it has to be real right? Are people usually either really rude or overly nice like that? Just wondering because a lot of dramas portray the people like that.

  28. Aww poor Simon!! But Martina looks like she had a lot of fun with her students! US schools don’t really have fun festivals like that.

  29. Do people wait in line to buy things in Korea like they do in the United States (or else where)? For example, like when a new iPhone is released or its Black Friday & people feel the need to buy them right away they wait for hours to get it.

  30. TL;DR Question

    Can you tell about Korean holydays?How they celebrate holidays?

  31. my drink almost went up my nose. my bad for drinking and watching and not seeing the *neneneneett romantic dancing* scene came up again for the second time. high five for thong song

  32. Simon is so energetic in this video. XD

  33. TL;DR Question
    I was watching To The Beautiful You episode 11 where Seol Han and Tae joon was in the cafe and she started yelling out all her busness like nobody is in the place. Do Koreans really like to yell all the time, do they yell like that in public places too?

  34. I saw you guys on newspaper!!! I love you guys!!

  35. That bees in the trap shit was hysterical bwhahaha! Love it!

  36. Question!!! What made you decide to put Eat Your Kimchi as the title?? And what were other names were an option??

  37. Where is Mr. Bloopers?

  38. Martina! I love your hair in this video, it looks amazing… and your soooo pretty. :D Can I have your glasses? xD

  39. Amyaco

    Is it possible to live in Korea an not drink alcohol? It just sems like it’s so much a part of the culture, especially regarding work, but there must be some Koreans that don’t drink, right?

  40. Martina i loooove how you do your hair! I have an idea you should take pictures of how your hair is going to be that day and post it on here and we can look at it and ummm..figure how to do it ourselves? since you might not have time to make videos on all your hairstyles we like :D and i have a question too … where do you find those glasses!? i love them! i dont know where to find them here in the U.S. … i mean i just found Hello Kitty sunglasses! and they were hard to find… (if anybody knows any stores please tell me! ^^ Thanks!)

  41. Hey Simon, you like basketball. I’m assuming you play(ed). You ever play any bball in Korea? What’s that like? Do you keep up with the NBA anymore? Do you think your manly pursuits have suffered since you moved to Korea?


    (That is all)

  43. So I had a TL:DR question that I have wanting to ask for awhile I just haven’t remembered to ask it: What religion is most followed in Korea? Personally I am Christian and would love to know if there are English speaking churches if I do go to Korea, but if you know anything about religion in Korea in general that would be great. I’m really curious as to religious experiences ya’ll have had in Korea. I don’t mean to offend anyone with this question, but I’m sure there are many other religious people like me that watch ya’ll’s videos and would like to know to….^^….ya’ll always make my week…keep up the amazing work….^^…thanks.

    • you can probably look that up, since that’s all just statistics ^^

    • In major cities there are churches with english language services. Usually it’s at large churches with multiple services, where one of them will be in English.

      I wonder if things have changed in the last 9 years since I was there…but then, I wasn’t able to find an english speaking service at a church that shared my relatively progressive views. I only found conservative congregations.

  44. S&M, even though something not so terrible happened to me today, but since I’m a feminist, it got me thinking…

    TL;DR question: Are women treated equally in Korea or there’s still a noticeable difference in treatment between men and women?

  45. PunkyPrincess92

    Martina you look soooooooooooooo pretty!!!!!! (you always do) but like you just look EXTRA pretty here!!!! your hair is so nice!!!
    and hahahaha aaww poor Simon was a complete loner!!!

  46. here in romania it’s the same you stay with you’re class meats all day (6-7h/day), the teacher is coming to class so… it’s
    annoying… if you hate someone you have endure him/her all day…

  47. When you were teaching, did any of your students have a learning disability? How did your schools accomodate students with learning disabilites?

  48. simon and martina: how about going to a ski center and film a “wonderful adventure now korea” video??!! please !!. . . it will be so fun!!! :D

  49. Why for CHrist’ sake do Korean students have toothbrushes in school?

  50. I like the V-neck Simon

  51. Your videos take too long to buffer. I live in South Korea. Really frustrating to have to buffer for an hour just to watch your videos! Internet is 100 MBPS down and 100 UP.

  52. What song is Simon mumbleling in Korean to Martina when he was putting his butt in her face?

  53. Do you guys ever get massages in Korea? if so is it the same as in the US ?

  54. TL;DR Question

    I recently read about the Korean War I also heard that the military actually enlists korean singer and actor etc. For your opinion what do you think about the whole idea of korean celebrities fighting for the South ?

  55. TL;DR Question

    How do you entertain yourselves in korea? What do korean students do together out of school? They have a lot of friends? What they do when they are free? What they do when they have school vacation and when it is?

  56. International schools in korea have ” romantic dancing”!!!! lol we have prom and snowball and all that good stuff :)

  57. Omg hahaha Simon narrating for 50 shades. (Y)

  58. I don’t know if you answered this question , does Korea have something Similar to Yelp.com ?

  59. OOOOhhh how sexy it would be to hear Simon read 50 shades. kekeke

  60. Martina is so BEAUTIFUL in this video!!!!!!!!

  61. A great article about Eatyourkimchi.com from a Korean national newspaper. Sorry, it is in Korean.


  62. SIMON! I have a question FOR YOU and only FOR YOU!

    Will you keep saying “SEUNGRI! TIME FOR KISSES!” in the future? Because recently it took a totally other meaning!

  63. I currently am on exchange at Korea Uni and we just had the Ko Yon (Korea University vs. Yonsei University) matches. It was crazy, it was a cheerfest the whole day and I don’t think anyone watched the sport games at all!

  64. Martina, you look fabulous!

  65. Martina, you had the cutest students ever and I can tell that they loved you very much~

  66. Yeah whenever I watch American teen movies(idon’tknowit’saword), and I watched a lot of them, I realize and how different it is to live as a highschool students in Korea and America. I’m sure that the things movies show can be as far as it can get, but the scenes like kissing beside the locker or on a dancefloor at the prom is just everywhere. In Korea, most adults don’t view highschool students as ‘young adults’, and so, the concept of prom where a couple dresses up and go on dancing is very awkward.
    But I should say, I think there are foreigh language highschools that have events similar to prom. The school I went had an event called ‘Spring Dance’, but it disappeared when I was a freshman and every one of my friends were disapponted. I guess it is part of living in one of a country with educational frenzy going on, :(

  67. What lipstick are you wearing, Martina? I want it!

  68. woooah i love your pink eyeglasses martina!
    keke nice video yoh yoh yoh

  69. I love all videos, especialy the korean food ones… maybe you guys can show someone making the best kimchi tchigue… so we can learn some tips yummmm =D

  70. I have heard from family and friends with experience in Korea that, like most Asian countries, it is very patriarchal. Because I am a bit of a feminist, they think I would struggle adjusting to being treated poorly because I am a woman. Have you experienced anything like those? When I was in Indonesia, I was exempt from this treatment because I was a foreigner. Is it similar in Korea? Do male students give female teachers a hard time?

  71. Aww poor simon. The school festivals sound like they’d be a heck a lotta fun if you have nice and cooperative people in your classes. But wow 7am till midnight? No wonder a lot of koreans are so undernutritioned. They’re starved with nothing in front of their eyes but papers and writing all day. Though I agree.. I think most of everywhere 3rd year is hellish. Sigh. Can’t wait for mine to be over.

  72. question:
    What superstitions are there in korea?¿?¿. I’ve heard that is japanese superstition that hear an owl’s sing is good luck, and many of asian superstitions are about animals, is that true?¿?¿

  73. How did you move your things to Seoul? Did you pack everything and have to carry it by bus? Or did you rent a moving truck to help you move or something else?

  74. I’m surprised that South Korean high schools don’t have proms or school dances AT ALL. I mean, considering that they generally like prettifying themselves, right?

    In the Philippines, high schools are also divided by homerooms. And your classmates from the first day of school year are your classmates for the entire year, for every single subject. We’re usually grouped according to our grade point average in the previous year. So it’s Section A, Section B, etc. Section A being the Star Section or the students with the highest grades. The sections can also have names (e.g. 1st Year – Einstein, 1st Year – Mendeleev, etc). But in the end, it’s always more of a batch spirit rather than homeroom spirit.

  75. What is the typical schedule for an average high schooler in Korea?

  76. TLDR Question: You mentioned in your review of Handsome People “Woowei Woowei” that the party style shown is “totally foreigner style.” So if house parties, block parties and Backyard-BBQs are foreigner style, what’s Korea style?

  77. This video about homerooms brought back memories of my first year in elementary school in Korea seven years ago. At the beginning of the year we bought P.E. strips with a T-shirt of a different colour. Class 1-1 (grade 1, class 1. Or was it 0?) had purple, and class 1-2 (my class) had orange. There was also yellow, green and red as far as I can remember. (Oh, they were probably the colours of the rainbow for for 6 or 7 classes) Like this, we could separate who was on which team on Sports Day. Also, the last school day before I left Canada, everyone gave me a letter written on coloured square paper (I think the teacher planned it) and my best friend (that I got into a fight and stopped talking to at the time) apologized as she gave me hers. Sighhh, how I miss those times~

  78. I have a question for you~ Leaving Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English aside, have you seen another language being used in Korea?¿ If so, which? I wanted to try apply in Korvia but I need to be a native english speaker and I’m not. Are there chances for other foreigners?

  79. Hi, I’m from South America, and the more I see your videos related to school and general public in Korea, the more it seems like my country, Uruguay.
    School in general goes from 8am to 12, and then 1pm to 5pm, though you may stay to eat, also, we have classes on Saturdays and extra classes in different hours depending on your class (Astronomy at night around 11pm, or swimming classes at the local swimming pool on early Saturdays)
    You rarely will find a public bathroom with toilet paper, bidets are everywhere, McDonalds delivers to your home (most stores actually, even the smallest) and even though taxis aren’t that much used, we have cards that we can use for most public transportation, we have festivals too, in which we either do sports and compete, or study hard and have tests and the class with the higher grades wins
    We also implemented the Ceibal (that’s the name of a typical tree here) in which the government gave every child and teenage a modified laptop so as to keep track of class even though you’re sick, and let parents talk online with their teachers if needed to.

    Aah, I miss old school days.

  80. TL;DR question, while we’re on the subject of festivals: Are conventions and/or cosplay at all popular in Korea? Has either of you ever been to a con (or something similar) over there?

  81. TLDR: Not sure if this was asked before. What do Korean men prefer, Koreans as well or Women from other race? Same goes to Korean women, do they prefer Korean mens or mens from the other race?

  82. chiberry

    My freshmen year, homecoming got banned because of the grinding and sexual dancing that happened. It was brought back my junior year but on all of the homecoming signs around the school, in big capital letters it said ”NO DIRTY DANCING” at the bottom.

  83. Hey Simon and Martina!
    I don’t know if you guys have answered this question already but I wanted to know, does Korea have a big anime/cosplay scene? Like in Japan cosplayers and hardcore anime fans are “otaku,” does Korea have an equivalent? If so, is it different or the same and does it have any negative (or positive) connotations?

  84. I’ve already asked this some times before, I think the site will start considering it as a spam LOL
    How is the TV culture about foreign shows? Are the non-korean channels and their shows as watched/popular as the korean ones?

  85. *raises hand* OOOH!! I HAVE A TLDR QUESTION!!! Is girls’ self esteem considered an issue in Korea the same way it is here? (BTW I’m in Canada) I’m curious because there’s tons of popular north American songs on the topic (Pink’s “F**king Perfect, Selena Gomez’s “Who Says”) but as far as Kpop goes, I’ve only ever heard 2ne1′s Ugly, although there are probably more I haven’t heard of.

  86. I apologize if this is a hard/inappropriate topic to talk about, but I was wondering about the high suicide rate in Korea, and how it is “developing” for a lack of a better word. I studied about South Korea (for the evil research paper of DOOM), and I want to know your guys’ views &, if any, first-hand experiences, stories, etc. on the topic. If it isn’t a hassle, I was also wondering if the government has done anything in trying to lower the rates (hotlines, try to change in view of psychologists/therapists, etc.)…I hope you guys can answer my question :)! Thanks for making these awesome videos~!

    • i don’t know about over there… but at least in the states the suicide rates for asians are higher because one of the “red flags” to look out for is a sudden drop in grades. when that occurs people step in to ask what’s going on, but because in many cases the grades never go down for asians so it’s harder for people to realize the warning signs of depression.

    • Watch the video again.
      Highschoolers are studying round-the-clock for three years with little sleep because their futures depend on their score on the national exam.
      Parents add to the pressure with corporeal punishment — it wasn’t uncommon for my students to be hit once for each percentage point short of 100 on tests and quizzes.
      Now imagine a student also being bullied or ignored by his/her peers for 14-17 hours a day.
      There is no big push to change the educational system. Instead, the government is trying to pinpoint group suicide pacts (the latest fad) and to block the content.
      Sadly, the most effective government measure taken was quite possibly installing safety doors to keep people from stepping off subway platforms. (When I lived there a couple of kids stepped off the platforms each year, sometimes even before their national test results arrived.)

  87. Hopefully someday you guys will do a video on this, but what is Korean phone etiquette? I ask because my mother is from South Korea and she routinely hangs up on me without saying goodbye, so either this is a cultural thing or my mother hates me to some degree. Let’s hope it’s the former. :O

    • irritablevowel

      I hope for your sake it’s the former!!!

    • lol I hope it’s the former. Maybe my parents picked up American phone etiquette. My mom and dad both say ‘Bye (in English XD)’ or ‘Call again soon’ or something to that effect. If my mom’s pissed at me, she’ll at least yell ‘끊어!’ before she hangs up.

    • it is just a cultural thing. this same question came up in my korean class the other day and my TA (who is korean) said that’s a normal thing to do. you see it a lot in dramas as well.

    • It’s cultural :) When I’m with Korean friends but talking to an Australian on the phone my Korean friends will actually laugh at the whole winding down the conversation and saying goodbye. So I’ll be doing the “okay…yeah…okay we’ll do that, yeah… okay have a good night…yeah, okay, bye, yeah byebye”.
      I’ll hang up and they’ll be like “why do you need keep taking and say bye that many times??”
      But when my husband (who is Korean) or my Korean friends want to end a phone conversation they just make a “orrhh” sound with a rising tone to signal they are hanging up. And then they do!

  88. Tyler Channell

    TL;DR Question:
    I was wondering if what you thought of Korean TV/Movies vs. American TV/Movies. Recently, I was watching “The Go Show” and other K dramas and I am honestly confused about the structure of the shows. Also, how does Korea view American TV/Movies? What do you guise think is more entertaining, and what do you prefer most American TV/Movies or Korean TV/Movies?

  89. My lovely question is about make up woot. I know when a lot of people put on make-up and different colors sometimes this just put to much but Martina what do you do? because you always look so pretty. Simon your diff one lucky man, But i am just wondering because i like different colors too but do you have any special techniques ? And do you think simon would wear make-up if you put it on him ? lol

  90. Does Simon ever shave his chest hair? :P

  91. TL;DR Question

    What kinds of jobs (other than teaching English) for foreigners seem to be available in Korea? Have any of your friends in Korea had trouble being hired for jobs just because they were a foreigner (not because of language issues).

    • I’m curious about this question too!

    • If your tall, and good looking, there are many job opportunities in Korea, even if your knowledge of Korean is limited, such as modeling, and appearing on TV. If you’re not…… then it’ll be kind of hard, but you can try out for banks and corporate companies. (most would require you to have near fluency)

    • I’d imagine that would depend entirely on whether you could speak the language or it was an english speaking job in large corporation/industry that required it N’est pas?

    • this is a perfect question! I’m going for an exchange program to Korea and I would love to stay there a bit longer, during my summer holiday. Do you think it’s possible for a foreign student to find a job or summer internship in Korea? (I’m a student of finance and accounting). Greetings from Poland! :))

    • What if you aren’t a native english speaker, I hate seeing options and finding out that is a must, too :C

      • Ohhh yea that’s a good addition to the question, S&M answer this part too!

      • Some less than reputable agencies will hire you out to multiple schools as an English teacher if you speak English and “look American”. Be forewarned, pay may be late or never come and there won’t be much you can do.
        If you get caught (and the government does do periodic crack-downs) you will be jailed and then deported. If you are married to a foreigner with a work visa the penalty generally drops down to a fine. If you are married to a Korean, you are allowed to apply for a part-time work visa.
        If you are not married, to avoid a visa overstay, you will need to travel outside the country periodically. A far better option would be to find legal work with a multi-national.

    • Maybe opening a bakery? hahah Asian cake is so unsatisfying.. D8 why would someone put tomatoes on cake? XDDD

    • What they NEED available is a proofreader for some of these korean songs with ‘engrish’ words……..eg: T-ara

      • I constantly want to correct the close captions on the EYK videos…does anyone else notice they are off? I’m not saying I’m an expert…but uh, guise, I would love to volunteer for that job….S&M…yea?

    • From my Stem Cell Biology class, I learned that Korea is one of the forerunners in preventative medicine through stem cell research. If anyone is interested in that kind of field, I think that’s something to look into. I say this only because that’s what I’m looking into. >.>
      omo, how awesome it would be to visit Korea! =]

  92. guys i wanted to ask you:are there any foreign towns in korea?and if there are what kind of?

  93. Isabel Ruby

    so i’ve been wondering what kind of bugs you guys have to deal with…. like, do you find random spiders in your home/shower/bed or do you get special Korean pests?

  94. Has Simon shown his T-shirt collection yet? If not, you should do a video like that. :D

  95. I just noticed that in Martina’s old school festival video, the students tie her kimono like a dead person lol. Kimono is always left over right! It’s only right over left if the person is dead and they’re being prepped for burial!

  96. I know you talked about something similar …. about how Korean views of beauty tend to apply to both sexes…. but how is male “handsomeness or beauty” viewed in Korea? I see all these vids and comments about flower boys and such but do all women/girls lean more towards that ” pretty or effeminate ” men in Korea …because here in the states it is all about being rugged and muscular and not well cute and adorable….? Is a manly man considered unattractive or less desirable? Just asking since Korea seems to be really big on appearance and such.

  97. I feel so sorry for Simon… it acutally sounds really bad :( And so much respect that you actually stayed in Korea. If that happened to me while I was teaching in another country, I’d probably run home crying as soon as I could. I remember you said, that the students were great, just the rest of the school sucked, but it seems really sad anway.:( And I’m sorry that some people at your school were such d***s

  98. Hi Simon and Martina! When you guys talked about a sports day, it sounded VERY similar to something I had in my high school. For my school, we were split up into Houses that included every single grade and then the grades in each House were then split into their homerooms. So on a Friday in either April or May, we would have BATTLE OF THE HOUSES!!! Every house would compete in multiple events like a relay race, handball game, and also tug-of-war (there are more, I just can’t remember). Each house would get a certain amount of points depending on who got 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. The house with the most points would win BATTLE OF THE HOUSES and a trophy. It’s a lot of fun cause not only do the students get to participate, but the teachers get involved. It’s great.

  99. I don’t have a prom..or school dance at my school :P

  100. I feel so bad for Simon :-(. you should do your own festival ” eat your kimchi festival” and fans will go talk about your videos what was their favorite part, shake your hands give you kisses, smack you in the bud, give you encouragement, give you money. Some of the options I was just playing because I run out of ideas, but am serious it would be fun imagine how many will go even if I can’t go my spirit will be with you guys. :-)

  101. From how you were talking about your high school experiences, it’s still the same here in Toronto lol

    And poor Simon! Aww sweetie :(
    fyi, your school’s festivities would’ve totally been more awesome if they included you, shame on them tsktsk

    Martina~ I’d love it if you did a tutorial for how you did your hair in this video, it’s really really pretty ♥

  102. Awww…!! Simon, my heart breaks for you D’:
    How ’bout all the Nasties head on over to Korea to have a school festival with you? 8D

  103. Hi Simon and Martina……………How do you think the new korean censorship laws will affect kpop as well as tv and other forms of entertainment in korea and why to you think these laws were made?


    Simon, what is your favorite on camera moment of Martina. Martina, what is your favorite on camera moment of Simon?

    or we could make this all about Simon and you could tell us your favorite on camera moment of yourself….lollercakes.

  105. Oh I’ve lived in Japan and thought it was pretty similar as my korean friends said over there. I don’t know if you have made videos about it, but…. say, is the bathroom different from your American bathroom?…

    And uh oh… I have to say it… I love your hair Martina… I actually tried to do the same but it fell pretty easily because my hair would refuse to be decolored and cooperate since it’s naturally black.

    Oh and another question maybe? Why do Korean people seem to always dye their hair in brownish redish colors? …. If you dye your hair to be original… (mine’s purplish right now) then why dye it into a color that everyone chooses?

  106. In Korea, do you usually see handicap people socializing and interacting with the outside world, or is it a rarity to see a handicap person outside. Also, are most areas handicap accessible or there aren’t many places that offer handicap assistance , like ramps or brail.

    • This is such a good question! Hope Simon and Martina notice it and talk about this soon!

    • I’ve asked this so many times of various people in Korea, so I voted your question up. Handicapped, disabled or disfigured people; are they treated differently? Shunned? What?
      I watched a video of someone “out and about” in Korea once and saw a person in a wheelchair on a sidewalk, but that was it.

    • I lived there for four years. Handicapped people are not generally a part of day to day life. I saw one dwarf on the subway system. I taught one boy with a cochlear implant. I saw no one in a wheelchair. I saw several handicapped people begging in Itaewon. Seoul is getting better, but it is still far from wheelchair friendly. There’s no ADA to enforce accessibility, so many places just aren’t accessible. When I was there our subway’s stop’s elevator was often out of order. There is Braille in the subways now; it’s in Korean. I’ve been told about half the busses have ramps. (But the ride is rough and during rush hour it’s extremely crowded, getting on and off is a challenge for everyone.) Some major attractions rent wheelchairs. The airport looked up to international standards and if you stayed in a 4-5 star hotel, you’d probably be ok.

  107. okay, a question for Simon!
    How do Korean people view you as a foreign Manly man? I remember when I was in Japan I had one american friend who was about 5′ 7″ with a slim built (not threatening at all) and people would avoid sitting beside him in the bus and think he was scary, while I would laugh at him because people would be super friendly to me. Have you had similar experiences in Korea?

    • Guess that means I’d look like a big scary foreign girl then OTL yay for being tall! …..kinda! xD

      • Don’t worry, I am taller then the guy I was talking about and was probably stronger then him too, but people Were not nearly as nervous around me, they would even start random conversations with me on the bus!
        This reaction was mostly directed towards men. I think (it is purely a theory here) that it is because that Japanese people see a white male and think of “a violent gun loving american”… Ya, again, a theory. I think it mostly has to with stereotypes and what they see in the media that makes them nervous and uncertain.

        • Ahh, that makes me feel a bit better since I’m the exact height of the guy you mentioned. Hopefully since we’re seeing more how things really are in other parts of the world it’ll have the same effect the other way around.

    • Mia, I’m a bit uncomfortable with your “foreign manly man” labeling. I’m pretty sure 5’7″ is below average height for a South Korean man these days, or at the very least average. I doubt they would find a 5’7″ slim American man threatening or scary.

      • I understand your point. But I meant that often, in countries that have a homogeneous population, they have certain stereotypes or are very awkward around things that they don’t know, which could sometimes be perceived as fear, even f that word is a too strong. I also lived in a rural part of Hiroshima, so people are even more awkward. My friend was No bigger then an average Japanese boy, I know that, but people that did not know him would avoid being physically close to him even if it was a crowded space.
        Also I meant that Simon is very “manly”, not my friend.

        • I’m glad you clarified. Your explanation wasn’t clear in your original post and you used sweeping statements like “scary” when that wasn’t the right description, in my opinion. There are stereotypes of Asian men being weak and effeminate, and by framing a slim, 5’7″ American man being perceived as “scary” to Asians only perpetuates that stereotype.

    • I think there is a difference between Korea and Japan with the specific height. Japanese men are much shorter and skinnier than Korean men. I heard that Japanese majority don’t like building up their muscles whereas in Korea most men want to.

      • That is actually quite true. Usually Japanese men are not as built (I felt so unfeminine when I could lift heavier stuff then some of the guys in my class), as for height, I don’t think the average is that different between the 2 countries now (about an inch and a haft difference).

      • I agree. In general Japanese men seem to be a lot smaller and shorter than Korean men. Whereas these days Korean men are really into working out and a lot are bulking up.

  108. the international school that I went to all the kids were shocked when I told them about prom and homecoming. though I think I convinced them to do a homecoming dance next year.

  109. There there Simon…it’s kay~

  110. You know, I always kinda wondered how Simon got so into ranch. So how did Simon become “obsessed” (if that is the correct term) with ranch? :)


  112. TLDR: what is your opinion on kpop in north America? Do you think that the massive response to PSY’s gangnam style will lead to kpop going mainstream? Please, do tell.

  113. That’s pretty awesome. I went to both public and private school here in the States, so I got to experience dances, homeroom stuff, etc in public, then banquets ( no dancing allowed ) and volunteer work in private school.

    I don’t really have anything to ask right now, so… thank you for these videos! My mom likes them too. :D

  114. My brother-in-law had his senior year at APIS in Seoul and they had prom with G.NA performing.

  115. We know that you guys wear glasses a lot in your videos, and I’m pretty sure that you both wear them for corrective purposes… so, how much do glasses and contacts cost in Korea, and have you had any issues getting them?

    • Such a great question!! they seem to have a much more wide variety of frames over there than they do in the US – or at least I havent seen as many outside the trendy ones?

    • Hello! I don’t know too much about Korea, but I spent the summer there, and one of the first things they told us about “health care” was that glasses and eye check ups were very cheap! My roommate bought herself a new pair of glasses a few weeks in for a song.

    • I got new frames and lenses and the eye exam this past summer for a total of 55,000won so roughly $50. My frames were about $25 but I’m sure that there are expensive ones out there as well. There are a lot of eyeglasses and contacts stores. I just walked in one, no appointment, and was seen by the doctor almost immediately.

      As for contacts, my sister bought them when she ran out of the ones she brought from the States and she had to get one day use contacts. (She normally uses 2 week ones.) She said they were pretty pricy. As in about $85 for a month’s supply. Maybe she just got a bad deal? Lasik is pretty cheap, comparatively. She’s actually getting Lasik done next week during Chuseok.

      • Why Korea so cheap?? :/ I got new glasses (frames and lenses) about a half a year ago. The Frames cost about 200 € and the lenses got the price up. The final price was roughly 320 €.. :S I hate glasses; they cost a lot and are always in the way..

        • I think the main reason is that eye problems seem to be suffered by a a higher amount of the population here. I know it isnt scientific but using my classes as an example there is a huge number that need them in comparison to Canadian classrooms. It is just a matter of supply and demand.

    • i remember talking to my friend from korea, and he said he bought his glasses for about $50 and the frames are about half as much. i’m sure there are other more expensive ones though (:

  116. I taught high school for 8 years. I chaperoned a dance once during my second year and that was more than enough for me. They were completely grinding on each other and I was told it was something we didn’t get involved with. I’m not really sure what the chaperons were really there for, except to throw out the drunk or high kids, or turn away girls dressed the most like a hooker.

    • NgocTranLe

      LOL XD I personally feel uncomfortable grinding so I just danced along with my friends xD We weren’t really a grinding group o_o Probably because we were AP and IB. xD

  117. My graduating class in high school was 1100+ kids, so we definitely had lots of spirit days and all-school events to try and bind together such a large mass of students. But we never had homeroom, or anything like what you’ve described the Korea students having. The announcements/school-related news were announced over an intercom during lunch periods.

  118. YES! I thought you two forgot TL;DR :(. I was waiting for the video in my subscription list!!! ya’ll scared me !

  119. Hey I want to ask you guys something is Korea a rich or poor because I want to live in South Korea after high school but… my mom and my older brother keep telling me it’s a poor and it’s going to be hard to find a job. I was also wondering if you could explain their economy and if South Korea is poor or rich please explain why, thank you i love you guys. <3

    • I don’t want to answer for them, but I think your mom and older brother were talking about North Korea. South Korea has a prosperous economy, and they are generally doing very well.

    • well it´s a middle-income country their economy is not as rich as china or japan but it´s not poor anyway they are on the way to become rich but they still need time

    • It’s a first world country. It seems your family is confusing it with North Korea. Such a big difference! Especially with things like technology, they are more advanced than most other countries in the world.

  120. Had to pause the video at your “romantic dancing” because I was laughing waaay too hard!!!

  121. Hey Simon, SEXY CHEST HAIR. RAWR. ;) Sorry Martina, I had to.

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