Just when it seems like our schedules can’t get any busier, they get busier! It’s a good busy, though, because we’re going to three awesome places. Let’s tell you more about them:

Beijing, China: StoryDrive Asia

Super exciting! This is going to be our first time in China! We don’t know what to expect! We were really surprised to be asked to come, because YouTube’s blocked in China, isn’t it? How do people watch us? I know once that one of our Kpop Music Mondays got reuploaded onto a Chinese video site and got over a million views and we said HELL WE DON’T GET THOSE KINDA VIEWS ON YOUTUBE! Ahem. That’s not the point.

Point is, we’re going to take part in StoryDrive Asia, and we’re giving a presentation about our Eatyourkimchi story, and also how we use storytelling. It’s interesting, because it’s not something we thought of in specifically those words, but we basically are storytelling most of the time. We tell you what we’re doing, what we’re eating, what we’ve experienced, how a song makes us react, etc. A big part of our presentation is on how you, yes you, are part of that story. It’s not a story we’re really telling you, as much as a conversation we’re having with you. We tell you our experiences, but you also guide our experiences in many ways. We’ll be talking about you, there, in Beijing.

We’re super excited, because you know how we feel about Chinese food in Korea. It’s not Chinese food! Or is it? We don’t know! So we’ll go to China and eat Chinese food and settle it once and for all! Any recommendations? What would you suggest we do in Beijing? Any Beijing Nasties here? We’d love to see you while we’re there!

California, USA: LiNK Summit

Afterwards, we’re heading back to Korea for a couple of weeks, helping out with the construction of our coffee shop, and then heading over to California for the Liberty in North Korea Summit! Side note, that’s one sexy website there. Damn I wish our site looked that nice!

Anyhow, as some of you might remember from Christmas time, we participated in the Project for Awesome campaign, and did our best to raise awareness for what’s happening in Korea. You guise helped share the video everywhere, and – because of your awesomeness – Liberty in North Korea was chosen as one of the recipients of $50,000. HELLS YEAH!

So, now we’re coming to the Liberty in North Korea summit and we’re going to be doing a presentation of sorts, and we’re ultra nervous. This is a serious thing, you know. We’re listed as special guests, but we’re no more special than anyone else going there. We’re just gonna be giving a talk about social media and how people can try to use it to help with their campaigns. We’re just gonna be honoured to be part of something so important, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

Right after the summit is gonna be our SEVEN YEAR MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY! SEVEN YEARS! Holy snapbuckets! We’re gonna take a couple of days off and try to find a nice B&B by the beach, hopefully.

Afterwards, we’re gonna be hanging out in California for another couple of weeks or so. I think we might be doing something at VidCon. We’re not sure. We got confirmation of our trip to LA too late to be able to book a Community Day at VidCon, sadly. But there’s interest for us to do a panel at VidCon, so hopefully that’ll work out!

Otherwise, I think we’re just gonna go to KoreaTown and see what the food’s like there. If you can’t tell, then only thing we care about for trips is eating food. FOOD! We don’t know what else to do while in Cali. Any suggestions?

Sweden: NärCon

We’ll be back in Korea for July, and we’ll be putting the final touches on our Coffee Shop and hopefully opening up then! That’s the plan for now, at least. Once we’ve figured that all out and started serving you guise some awesome desserts, we’ll head over to Sweden for NärCon from July 24th to the 27th. WOOHOO! We love Sweden! When we went last year for our European Tour, we couldn’t get enough of it. Damn Sweden was gorgeous!

Anyhow, we’re really excited about NärCon, which is an East Asian Pop Culture/Anime/Cosplay Convention! EEEP! It’s gonna be so much fun! We’re gonna be partaking in a few events while we’re there. YAY! And we’re starting to plan our cosplay outfits now. Martina’s cosplayed before, but I haven’t. We’re trying to think of a good couple costume. Any suggestions? Martina will be the Prince and I’ll be a big Katamari ball. Yay!

So that’s it! We’ll be posting videos of our travels as well, so make sure you click on this pretty button below so you don’t miss out on any of our adventurous fun :D

  1. I’m late to the game on recommendations, but if you’re in the Sherman Oaks area of LA on a food search, there is a great bakery called Creme Caramel LA. It has some delicious Filipino-influenced goodies. And they let you try samples of everything!

  2. So Linköping you say, interesting.

  3. OMG I AM SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED you are staying and playing around L.A!!! :D

    Must visit:
    – Griffith Observatory- beautiful view of L.A (and the smog); also great for hiking/ the occasional movie shoot
    – 3rd Street Promenade/Santa Monica Pier- everything from street performers to your run of the mill Forever 21.
    *IMPORTANT* When at Sta Monica Pier you MUST eat at Bubba Gump’s (yes, it’s from Forest Gump).
    – Walt Disney Concert Hall- there’s a visitor’s center, but the real gem is the garden in the back. It’s quiet and secluded so people naturally assume it’s off limits. Great for tranquility inn the heart of Downtown L.A

    If you want GREAT FILIPINO FOOD, head anywhere in the city of Eagle Rock (slightly south of Downtown L.A). OR just hit up Eagle Rock Plaza (shopping mall). It’s basically the filipino mall of L.A. Pansit, lumpia and adobo all await! Just ask ANYONE there and they will point you in the right direction :)


  4. Hi Guise! I’m so excited that you will be coming to LA and speaking on such an important topic. Please eat lots of food while you are here. I’m curious to know how our KTown eats compare to what you are use to. I’m a huge fan of anything Roy Choi so I encourage you to check out anything of his, especially the newest place. http://eatatpot.com/ Have a great time!

  5. Theme parks. Yeeeees :) Oh and I’m so excited for you guys and your passion in LiNK! I started and led a chapter at my school because I believe in LiNK’s mission and the people are awesome! Unfortunately, I cannot attend Summit >.< but I hope you guys have a great time in Cali :D Now I'll have to make frequent trips to LA ;) lol

  6. Please come to Denmark! It’s so close and Copenhagen is wonderful as well ;-; c:

  7. Woop! I love that you’re so actively promoting yourselves and the Nasty community, and taking time to meet up with your fans around the world – awesome! I’m so glad that you’re coming to Sweden, then I can easily stop by and hopefully meet you again like I did in Norway last year! ^^

  8. Would be nice if you came down to Brighton in the United Kingdom October time that would be amazing plus it would be a incredibly amazing birthday for me and to meet you guys :) I’d love that

  9. Wish you guise could come to AWA in September ㅠㅠ It would make my entire year to be able to meet you…

  10. Hello!
    I read you guys were looking for suggestions for cool things to do in LA! I thought I would offer my two cents. Not sure if you’re looking for specifically Korean-related things or just cool stuff in general so I made sure to include both.

    Korea in LA:
    Kogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck – Probably the most famous food truck in LA, as well as a veritable institution that made chef Roy Choi an LA icon, also it’s mad delicious and (un?)surprisingly nothing like the Korean versions of Mexican food from your videos.
    LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) – has an extensive Korean art wing as well as a lot of cool other stuff such as a mechanized miniature metropolis, a room that temporarily alters your perception of colors, and a couple hundred amusing netsuke. (As a Disney employee I get free admission for me and several others to LACMA, so if you are interested, hit me up)
    626 Night Market – A summer, monthly Asian street food market with booths from all over Asia, including Korea. After your video on hotteok, I was super excited to finally have the chance to sample some there last year. Also, my friends from Taiwan claim it is the best place in LA to get stinky tofu. They also have kitschy merchandise and gimmicks such as the largest cup of boba and sushi cats.

    Movie Venues:
    Graumann’s Egyptian Theater – Right around the corner from the more famous and more touristy Chinese Theater, the Egyptian Theater is just as elaborate and beautiful, but owned by a non-profit film history organization. It shows cool old and new films, and is a great place to get an idea of a movie-going experience in the golden age of Hollywood without the gimmicky tourist trap stuff.
    The Silent Movie Theater – Another old theater, admittedly less glamorous, but with just as much cool stuff. They often have themed parties to accompany screenings, or special events such as interactive MST3King. They also show a lot of incredibly rare films.
    Outdoor Movies – Every summer LA has a ton of outdoor movie festivals with great films, scrumtrulescent food trucks, and live music. Here’s a compiled list of all the different screenings to pick and choose from: http://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/los-angeles/outdoor-movie-la-calendar-hollywood-forever-cemetery?ref=facebook-868

    Live Performance:
    Da Poetry Lounge – Spoken word poetry gets a bad rap, but Da Poetry Lounge is the largest and longest running spoken word venue for a reason. Founded by Dante Basco(aka Rufio from Hook, Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender), the venue features both amateur poets and established guest poets (I once saw Canada’s national poet there and he was AMAZING)as well as the occasional musical guest.
    Shakespeare in the Park – Every summer the Los Angeles based Independent Shakespeare Company holds free performances of Shakespeare’s plays in Griffith Park. Griffith Park is beautiful and the performances are always engaging, often hilarious, and accessible to everyone regardless of familiarity with Shakespeare.

    Shaw’s Point at Laguna Beach – A more secluded, but still incredibly gorgeous section of the already incredibly gorgeous Laguna Beach. I’ve rarely felt more calm than my time spent here.
    Manhattan Beach – A very upscale beach town in South LA with a lot of cool architecture.
    Catalina Island – An island of the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island has a ton of beautiful flora that has gone extinct in the rest of the world as well as a population of Bison. It also has a plethora of water activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, etc.
    Venice Beach – There is no beach like Venice Beach. It has elaborate outdoor gyms populated by bodybuilders, marijuana doctor offices on top of pizza parlors, circus performances, chalk artists, full-time philosophers, and any assortment of weird things that you can imagine.

    Clubs and Bars:
    Boba 7 – An alcoholic boba speakeasy hidden inside Thai restaurant Soi7. Their drinks have awesomely nerdy names as well like the SriraCharizard and the BobaFett.
    The Edison – A staple in the Los Angeles swing revival culture, the Edison is a ridiculously cool retro/art nouveau/steampunk club inside what was Los Angeles’ first power plant. They have live bands, DJs, and even the occasional Burlesque show.
    The Library Bar – A library themed bar. I know you are fan of Game of Thrones, and they have GoT viewing parties there on Sunday nights that are pretty fun.
    Good Times at Davey Wayne’s – The quintessential Los Angeles hipster experience. It’s a 1970’s themed bar where the interior looks like a kitschy 1970’s middle class living room. It has no signs or door, you can only enter this bar by walking through a refrigerator in a carefully curated fake garage sale.

    Other Cool Stuff:
    The Last Bookstore
    Museum of Jurassic Technology
    The Getty Museum and Getty Villa
    Watts Towers
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Amoeba Records

    I hope this wasn’t too long or boring. Even though I’ve watched your videos for forever I realized I have little idea what kinds of things you would actually be interested in doing. However you spend your time here, I hope you have a lot of fun. I’m sure you have plenty of friends out here, but if you need anything feel free to hit me up. Good luck on your presentation, I’m sure it will go really well. Have a great and safe trip!
    <3 Melody

  11. Guise, you seriously need to come to NYC soon!!!!!!

  12. You should totes go to Downey Makes Music and see 60+ local bands like the one I am in!

  13. How about Adventure time cosplay? Finn and Princess Bubblegum. That would be so cool.

  14. If you’re in LA I’d just spend some time wandering around Little Tokyo! There is a ton of amazing food and shopping. Popkiller US is one of the better stores. Love that place.

  15. Sunnyvale CA. 99 Chicken is a great little place for Korean Fried Chicken and beer.

  16. I’m really happy you’re coming to Sweden again!! I’ll be working at Närcon so please stop by at some of the stores and I’ll give you smiles and love from my heart!!~ Have a nice summer!~ ^w^

  17. I was just wondering how much of NärCon is in English becuase I’m from Finland and my Swedish isn’t that good…

  18. Yes, If you are here for a few weeks take the two hour drive and visit San Diego! I just moved here from Kansas City and I LOVE IT!!! The weather is practically perfect everyday! The people are great! There are a lot of things to expierence and tons of great places to eat. I reconmend Balboa park, Point Loma, Coronado and the victorian Coronado Hotel (the one thats in a lot of movies) and of course Old town and little Italy! Be ready for beach weather, there are a ton of beaches here too some with amazing views especially in La Jolla.. My neighborhood! . Have fun and good luck! and Happy early anniversary!

    • I just moved to San Diego from the midwest too! I second the vote to drive down here, it is absolutely gorgeous. The San Diego county fair is still going on if you have a craving for deep fried [insert food here]. Add in a trip to Legoland and your inner child will definitely thank you.

      Happy anniversary! <3

  19. I was wondering why I never see you guys with the other youtubers. It is sad because your videos are way better and funnier. I like you guys better because you are unique!

  20. Beijing Nasty is here oh yeah~~but I’m currently in Warsaw (yes I went to your fan meeting in Warsaw and I remembered that me and my friend were the only Asians there lol). I’ll be heading to Toronto this summer for uni :D ! (U of Toronto). I’m sooo sad that I won’t be able to meet you guys during that time but I have some recommendations for you guys!!! Beijing Duck is a must try haha :) Quanjude Restaurant is the best!! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quanjude). Taikooli (http://www.taikoolisanlitun.com/eng/Pages/index.aspx), Nan Luo Gu Xiang (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294212-d668414-Reviews-Nanluoguxiang-Beijing.html) are my favorite spots in Beijing and I would be really happy if you guys are planning to visit the Great Wall because I haven’t even been there yet! haha :P Anyways hope you guys have an AMAZING tour and…to Simon:Szczęśliwej Podróży!!! :D Love you guys!!! xxx

  21. :D Yay!!! I hope to see you guys >~< and hope you guys get good weather

  22. I’m one of your older nasties – by age (50), not sadly by experience – and I’ve visited China four times but none of those occasions was to Beijing so I have no experiences to share with you there. From the friends I know there I’ve come to learn about a fellow countryman of yours as well as a University of Toronto alum who in his own way has been bridging the gap between East and West long before either of you.

    His name is Mark Rowswell (48 years of age), but across the Chinese speaking world he’s universally known by his stage name Dashan. He graduated from UofT in 1988 with a BA in Chinese Studies and went to Peking University to continue studying the language. He made a couple of TV appearances over that winter of ’88-’89 when foreigners on local TV were still a novelty, but it was his co-starring role in a skit on CCTV1’s (Chinese) New Year’s Gala, an annual variety show that is arguably the most watched show of its kind on the planet, that made him an overnight star. Performing a difficult comedic art form known as xiangsheng (相声) or “crosstalk”, he made quite an impression on the audience that night, given that the rapid-fire banter between the characters in the skit requires such a mastery of the language that it is thought to be beyond the capability of most Chinese, much less a foreigner.

    In the years since he’s made other appearances on Chinese TV in a variety of formats, whether it be in xiangsheng or as an MC, actor, commentator or language instructor to both English as well as Chinese speaking audiences, and his efforts have gained him recognition back home as well. He was the cultural attache to your country’s team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (he even got to march in the Opening Ceremony!) as well as chief of the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. He’s recently tried his hand at stand up comedy, a nascent art form in China.

    I’ve written him a letter through his official website (www.dashan.com) explaining what you guys do and that in your own way you’re making Asian culture accessible to a wider audience, as well as making him aware of your upcoming appearance in Beijing where he spends much of his time during the year. Hopefully your schedules will coincide with his and you’ll be able to swap stories. That would be epic!!!!

  23. In Koreatown, there’s a restaurant called Da Jeong. My parents own it and everything is fresh made and home cooked :) It’s a jeon restaurant. It’s a tiny hole in the wall place but wonderful. I definitely don’t make it there as often as I should. http://www.yelp.com/biz/da-jeong-los-angeles

  24. Yes! I am going to be in China when you guys are there! I’ll be teaching English though so I don’t know if I will be able to go, but I’ll be close and that counts for something, right? haha I’m so excited for you guys!

  25. If you have time, come to San Diego. So much variety. Truly something for every taste level. Very laid back, even the “tourist” spots don’t feel touristy. Huge mix of cultures, which means huge mix of food, art and music scene. The beaches…. Oh so many clean beautiful beaches. Each one with it’s own individual environment. I mean normally you’d be like ” I was at the beach yesterday why would I go to another one today?”. But you come to San Diego and it’s like each one is different. Balboa Park a must! So freaking pretty plus that’s where the zoo is. And if you watched “Heirs” you will have already seen parts of it being very poorly passed off as LA. Which they also tried to pass off the Gaslamp Quarter as downtown LA…. despite the many signs that very clearly read San Diego Gaslamp! (which you should also check out) OK enough ranting…. Lots to see and do, and taste. But taste is subjective, so I’ll only recommend two places. Stone Brewing Co….. Awesome beer, awesome food. You can tour the brewery and the grounds. And for something sweet… Extraordinary Desserts. Both of which are local San Diego establishments. Even though Stone is now world renowned for it’s craft brews…. Enough I must stop or I could go forever on this subject!

  26. why is it always california????

  27. i hope that you can come to Ai-kon some day in winnipeg. I normally don’t care about Ai-kon but if you where there i would buy tickets to go and see you :P

  28. Hi Simon and Martina!

    I’m so excited you guys are coming to China! I’m an expat NASTY currently living in Beijing. I visited South Korea last year during China’s Spring Festival, but Martina was in Canada and Simon, I think you were filming the lonely ice cream WANK so we couldn’t find you to say hello. Anyway, in regards to your questions in the blog post:

    Yes, Youtube is blocked, but we totally watch you guys via VPN here. The internet isn’t the fastest though, so it’s a bit of a wait. Shout outs on the live chats is nearly impossible, but it shows our dedication. :)

    Places to See: Since you guys are only here for a couple of days, at the very least, I would recommend the Great Wall (because who comes to China without seeing the Great Wall?), eating some Beijing duck, and HaiDiLao chinese hotpot. Some other famous places many tourists visit are: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City (which happen to be right next to each other), the Summer Palace, and the Olympic Park. I’ve visited all of them and can confidently say they are all pretty interesting and beautiful in their own way. The Silk Market is also popular, but unless you REALLY enjoy bargaining and probably getting ripped off, I’d avoid it.

    Transportation: Everything except the Great Wall is accessible by subway (which is super cheap here: A one-way ticket is 2 Yuan or about 300 Won.) Taxi’s are everywhere and pretty cheap as well, but make sure you have your destination written down or on your phone, as taxi drivers don’t usually speak any English. You can get most places for under 40 yuan (7,000 Won) via taxi.

    Hope I helped! Would love to have a meet-up.


    • I always wondered – exactly why is YouTube blocked in China? :/

    • Cool! Someone in Beijing! We’re not sure what our schedule’s going to be like, but I hope we’ll have some free time so we can do a meet up of sorts. Is Twitter blocked there, too? What’d be the best way to get the message out?

      • Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube are all blocked, however, it’s uncommon to find a foreigner living here that’s not using a VPN. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who watches your videos here would also be accessible through Twitter and Facebook. Instagram is actually not blocked in China, so you could use that as well to be safe.

        Also, after looking again at the days you are coming, I remembered that May 31st-June 2nd is a national holiday here in China (Dragon Boat Festival). Just as a warning, many “touristy” spots that I talked about can become quite busy and packed on national holidays. Don’t let that discourage you guys from going though. Being densely packed into places with a lot of people is kind of a thing here in Beijing. :) You’ll get a genuine Beijing experience.

  29. Yay California! It would be awesome to have a meetup at some point if possible :D

  30. I’m dying on the inside. As if I wasn’t sad enough that I can’t go to vidcon D:
    BUT I am so happy that the Chinese, American, and Swedish nasties are going to have a chance to meet and goof off with Simon and Martina. It sounds like the makings of an absolutely epic tour :)

  31. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that you guys were going to SoCal!! The
    only thing that made me sad was that I was willing to pay for the link
    summit, before I saw that the price was $200 :O Vidcon is cheaper than
    that! (by $50 haha). But regardless I hope you guys have time to do an
    LA meetup, I have a feeling a tonn of people would turn out so maybe the
    beach would be the best idea (depending on the amount of people you may
    need to get a permit in advance, not sure). But if you guys have any
    questions about LA or Orange County or the metrolink/amtrak system, feel
    free to contact me! Hopefully that wasn’t too creepy haha, but I do
    live in OC. California Suggestions: Cronuts, Kogi BBQ food trucks, The
    Grove/Farmer’s Market, the flower district, the Venice Canals or the
    Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, the Le Brea tar pits at the Page
    Museum (really fun, dont knock it off your list just yet!), the
    beautiful Getty Museum in either Malibu or the one off the 405. Speaking
    of museums, the iconic Griffith Observatory is a great place to get a
    good view of the Hollywood sign and all of LA, while looking at some
    planets and sciency things. I have a million more suggestions but these
    are my LA staples that I take people to if they’re visiting for the
    first time (and I’m blanking out!!). I wouldn’t recommend Disneyland
    because it is usually pretty crowded and expensive haha, just my
    opinion. And a warning ahead of time, I wouldn’t recommend a meetup on
    the beach, only because the popo might say you need a permit to assemble
    to many people. It shouldn’t be a problem, but I have a feeling a lot
    of people would go, so just a heads up! So excited for you guys!!

  32. I am soooo excited that you guys are going to Beijing! I lived there 4 years during my undergraduate, now I am in US. You are gonna like Chinese food! Hahaha! Also you can try the Chinese Jajangmyeon XD! It is also popular in North China. You can find very good noodle restaurant serving Zhajiangmian! Oh, there are a lot of places I want to recomment! Do visit Forbidden City! Houhai,Sanlitun and Qianmen,you are gonna love it! And pls do make some videos about it. I would love to hear your comments about yr trip in BJ!

  33. SOoooo are you guys going to have a meet up outside of the actual conference????? I am in a retail study tour that ends the 29th in Beijing and it would be SUPER AWESOME if I could meet you guys!!!! I promise I will take you guys to some legit and good Chinese food!!!~~~

  34. Sooooo are you guys going to have a meeting outside of the actual conference??? Because I am in a study abroad tour that ends the 29th in Beijing and it would be super awesome to meet you guys!!!!! I promise I will take you guys to get legit good Chinese food!!!~~

  35. I can’t believe you guys are coming to California!!! When I’m not there :(
    I live in Ventura County, which is mostly suburban. But if you come by Ventura, it’s a cute little beach city south of Santa Barbara, check out the harbor village. There’s some really good food (Milano’s, Andria’s Seafood, Coastal Cone), a little arcade, and you can even go whale watching, or take a day trip to the Channel Islands. There’s also the Ventura Pier, which also has a seafood restaurant on it along with other mini food shacks. If you come on the right day, there might be sea lions by the pier.
    You should definitely tour Hearst Castle in Santa Maria. It’s reallyyyyy pretty. It has a huge outdoor pool called the “Neptune Pool,” and an indoor Roman pool that has golden tiles. It’s one of the largest houses in the US. There’s also elephant seals down by the beach in Santa Maria.

    There’s another fun tourist-y town called Solvang, which is some Eropean-country inspired, I can’t remember which one. And near Solvang is this ostrich farm, where you can feed the ostriches.

  36. Oh bummer the event at pepperdine costs 200 bucks. :c

  37. Ahhh Simon pronounced Pepperdine correctly the first time. :3
    And you guys should have a group hike activity thingy going up griffith park near the Hollywood letters. :DD

  38. How cool that you will be in California! How uncool that I live a 9-10 hour drive away in Vancouver, Washington. Who knows, it could happen. :)

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