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Eatyourkimchi Five Year Anniversary

May 30, 2013

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Five years ago, on May 30th, we moved to Korea. We arrived in Bucheon, to our first apartment, right beside central park. Our co-teachers showed us our new place, told us some basics about our schedule, and then left us so we can rest from our flight. We unpacked for a little bit, and then went out right away to start exploring the area. We looked for restaurants to eat in, but we didn’t know how to read Korean at the time, so we kept on looking for pictures until we found something that we recognized from the Korean food we ate back in Toronto. Eventually we stumbled upon a Soondubu Jigae restaurant, which had an English menu, and we ordered two bowls for ourselves. We pulled out our small point and shoot camera, which had video recording function as well, and shot our first video.

We haven’t stopped filming since.

Things have changed a lot since then. We adopted a dog and dyed him green, then blue. We taught for 2-3 years, then stopped teaching so we could focus on our videos. We moved to another apartment in Bucheon. We got a kitten who has his PhD. We moved to our third apartment, this time in Seoul, set up an official business, raised money to open our studio, expanded the EYK Crew, started filming interviews with musicians, started travelling to different countries, and we got the chance to meet face to face with some of the Nasties!

Out of all the things that are happening, we’re always happiest that we found a lovely community of people who watch our videos with us, leave comments, and chat with us. Talking with you guise and seeing your support over the years – even when we mess up and say or do dumb things – really keeps us going. We’ve been doing this for five years because of you, and will keep on doing this as long as you’re there with us. Don’t ever think that we take you for granted, if you’re a new viewer or if you’ve been watching for a long time, you’re the most important part of our driving force. Every video we put out has a different goal. We make some videos to make you laugh, we go to locations that we think you’ll find fasinating, we make videos that we hope can be helpful, and we wait excitedly to see the comments and reactions that come in after every video, picture, and blog post. So thank you for all your interactions, support, and Nastiness.

Also, if you like the AMAZING MUSIC we used for this video, you can thank Glen Check. We used the song “Concorde” off their 1집 Haute Couture album.

1집 Haute Couture

We are on good terms with SoundHolic Music in Korea, which likes the idea of us promoting their music, so they let us use some of their tracks. That’s pretty fantastic because Glen Check is one of our big favorites in Korea! We have all their albums!!! Totally awesome! If you want to hear more of Glen Check (and other bands we love and have reviewed before) check out SoundHolic’s YouTube page, their Sound Cloud, and their Facebook.

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  1. YAAAAAY! Happy 5th anniversary!!!

    4 years ago
  2. Congratulations on five years of Nasty Greatness! Whehoo!

    Just wanted you to know that the other day my hubby (who does have a youtube acct) admitted that he was a subscriber (CLOSET NASTY!). I think that there are lots more male Nasties out there than you know, they are just quieter……like say at the airport. Girls just like to scream, I don’t know why, we just do – LOL!

    I am glad especially that you have come so far from being hermitted in your apartment to spending your days with friends and getting out more – that can only lead to more fun for everyone! I think that you got really lucky with Korea because originally I would have picked Japan first (likely for some of the same reasons as you like it) but you have made me realize that Korea has a lot more to offer culturally, musically, even in every day life. While it’s not perfect, I think that there are lots of ideas that make it less uptight/wacky than Japan. I always wanted to live in China/HK but ever since working there and growing my cultural knowledge, I think that I am MUCH happier just visiting but maybe Korea would have changed my mind. My old company did the Incheon and Busan trains but I sadly never worked on those ones. It’s great that Korea is so close to so many cool/small countries you can visit within a couple of hours, I think it’s the perfect headquarters! Your Signapore vlogs were cool but I would enjoy seeing a trip where you’re not so busy. Maybe China is hard to enter, but Taiwan or HK might be easier.

    I’ve only been a Nasty for a year now, but you guise are really nice and fun, I hope that we can someday be real friends Moving forward with eyk, it seems like there is a lot in flux around you and little time to think. Did you ever actually go on a honeymoon? Maybe as you ponder your future, you should go to Bora Bora for two weeks, turn off the camera and stop to smell the flowers. After 5 years – you deserve a vacation! I am sure that you will come up with a great path choice! Let the rest of the crew hijack the studio for a couple of weeks (a la “Prisoners of Gravity”) and see what happens, you may get a pleasant surprise – or a lot of laughs at least! ^_^v

    4 years ago
  3. Oooh the warm fuzzies watching this! Must write quickly (at work, being sneaky) but I love you guise and your videos and your animals and your crew (hey Soo Zee and Leigh! And occasionally Ryan and other friends!) and all that you share with us Nasties!!!

    4 years ago
  4. Thank you so much and happy five year anniversary, guys!

    I started watching your videos in 2009, and since then I’ve grown more and more fond of you. At this point it’s almost like you’re family, and I could not be more proud of how incredibly far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished.

    4 years ago
  5. Ahhhh, all the anniversary videos were so good. You guys have worked so hard and shared so much with all your fans. Thanks for being awesome. (*virtual fist bump*) ;D

    4 years ago
  6. Ely

    Happy 5th anniversary!!! :D Thank you for 5 years of nastiness and awesomeness! I’m so proud to be a nasty! The video is so cuuute! ^_^

    4 years ago
  7. That made me smile so much.
    Congratulations on all you’ve done so far.
    You guise really helped me when I moved to Seoul with your videos and helped me develop my love (borderline obsession) with kpop.
    Thanks for being so amazing and nasty.
    I never miss a vid and I’m sure I never will.

    Here’s to many more

    4 years ago
  8. <3<3<3

    4 years ago
  9. CONGRATS GUYS!!!! I love your awesomely nasty videos :D
    much love from the Philippines. <3

    4 years ago
  10. I’m looking forward to at least 5 more years :D god bless!!

    4 years ago
  11. happy B dayyyyy!!!!

    4 years ago
  12. Glen Check is AWESOME! I love their remix of SHINee’s “Hello” for the collab album SM did with 10 Corso Como. xD

    You guuuuise. This post made me tearyyyy. As I’ve said before – and am happy to say again – the first thing that drew me to your videos was your commitment to yourselves; to be your own people and to have your own opinions, critics be damned.
    축하해요. You deserve it.

    It’s true you’ve both definitely grown less shy and afraid of being funny and downright silly in front of the camera from the time you shot your first video, but it’s a great thing to see because it just allows us to read your love of Korea and your desire to share your lives with us. It makes the whole wide world seem less scary, because well. At least Simon and Martina are here to walk you through it, one video at a time. :)

    ….Whilst eating all the foodz. Worldwide nom consumption has begun!

    4 years ago
    • Glen Check’s remix of Hello is the only way SM is getting me to listen to that song XD I am not afraid to be all cutesy and what not, but it’s just downright weird listening to that song…

      4 years ago
      • Dang YT links! Sorry about that. Try this:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9vdfGGwmnw

        Really? No Replay? No SHINee World (okay I don’t begrudge you that one)? But AMIGO? Lucifer? Ring Ding Dong? Obsession? Shout Out? Get It? It’s not often I come across someone who isn’t a fan of SHINee’s earlier works, or at least not much a fan of Lucifer (in all honesty, I used to really dislike that song), lol.

        I hope you enjoy the parody and find it easier (or more enjoyable) to listen to “Hello” in future. xD

        4 years ago
        • Oh Lawd… You know, I love how Simon and Martina say that Hello is too good a dance for SHINee, and yet I’m pretty sure most other boy bands that try to attempt that would be horribly out of sync (I know I would XD). Anyway, I kind of sworn off early SHINee, because I couldn’t take it seriously; it just didn’t sound all that great to me. Perhaps I’m just tripping because I listened to Lucifer a few weeks ago (and Hello just now), and it didn’t bother me as much as it did before. I won’t go around proclaiming that I love SHINee now, but XD

          4 years ago
        • And I’m sure were they to perform it today, it’d be that much more flawlessly executed! They’ve come a long way in terms of dance formation, that’s for sure.

          If you haven’t already, I highly suggest giving the entire Lucifer album a listen (or the Hello repackage; same album, three new tracks). “Obsession” was written by Jonghyun and it’s a really powerful, emotionally gripping song; Minho’s rap segments in “Shout Out” are note-worthy and that song is one of my favourites. Even though “Ring Ding Dong” was the first song to introduce me to SHINee, it’s difficult to say it’s still my favourite SHINee song… “Spoiler” is just so damn good. ㅇ ㅅㅇ

          Ay, nothing wrong with loving SHINee! Come to the dark side, Josh. Don’t be so serious. :P

          4 years ago
        • The fact that I like K-Pop (much less groups like Super Junior and SNSD who are more models than actual performers) goes to show that I’m already in the dark :P Anyway, I shall give Lucifer/Hello the album a listen. I mean… I’m already going back to J-Pop; might as well swan dive in the deep dark side :3

          4 years ago
        • If I start talking about Super Junior, I’ll never shut up, so. Glad to find another fan. lol As for J-Pop, it’s where my roots lie. If it weren’t for all my years in J-Pop and Japanese culture, I’d’ve never discovered K-Pop. /grateful

          Let me know what you think!

          4 years ago
        • You must have seen plenty of Danny from L.A. then. xD You, good sir, are awesome, and don’t let anyone tell you different! You seem like someone who needs to see themselves deeply rooted in something before calling themselves a fan, and I both admire and appreciate that. /slow applause

          Also, at the risk of sounding like a creeper, that baby in your DP is soo freakin’ adorable. ;~;

          3 years ago
        • Haha! I’m glad it had just the effect on you I planned. Srsly though. How many lines did Jinki have. xD (Ayominho’s channel actually has great parodies; not just SHINee, but B2ST, MBLAQ, 2NE1 and U-KISS as well! Check ’em out, you’ll sprout abs from all the laughter. I guarantee it.)

          Oh I figured it might be your baby cousin or nephew, as you said. I hope you don’t take offense to this but you seem young enough so as not to have offspring to care for just yet lol. Either way, he is adorable. And I do see the resemblance. :)

          Actually, I agree with you. There is the other side of the spectrum where people just rote learn the names of every member, listen to every song and hunt down every piece of information on the group or artist that’s available and then call themselves a fan. But what qualifies a fan, really? Knowledge? Seniority (time spent knowing group)? Money spent? The lines tend to get blurred when you cross from the Western world over into Southeast Asia. For example, I’ve known about TVXQ since my J-Pop days (c. 2006-2007, before I even knew they were K-Pop, much less the existence of), yet I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore Cassiopeia. These days, I follow more of Super Junior’s activities though I’ve known of them for exponentially less time. I would still call myself a fan of both groups. I do agree with you that there has to be some interest there, but at the same time I don’t think you have to know every single Girls’ Generation member’s name in order to call yourself a fan of their music. You know? (In my case I just have insane memory so I can recall names and faces really easily, but with all the rookies I’m sure one day I’ll just explode.) xD

          With all of Ayu’s albums and singles, you’d hardly think she’s as young as she is, and she certainly hasn’t aged past year 15 when she dropped out of school and Max Matsuura took her under his wing. Seriously. She and Gackt are just made of miracles because those two look the same to me no matter what. As for Hikki, my heart bleeds at her hiatus but I cling to her gorgeous discography (the songs she’s done for the Neon Genesis Evangelion OVAs have been my absolute salvation) and I totally agree with you that she’s one of the best, if not the best. Ever since I heard “Simple & Clean” in Kingdom Hearts, I have never looked back. What a ride.

          Side note: What a stunning conversation we’re having here on the EYK 5th Anniversary celebration post. This is why I love this community. xD

          3 years ago
        • You’re an evil genius >_> I’m totally hooked on the Hello parody and I peeped one about Onew without his chicken, and the Taemin rambling on about knives. Who knew the maknae was the crazy one XD (Idk if that was one of that Ayominho’s, but it was hilarious) Anyway, I really should stop saying I won’t listen to so-and-so song or band, because I always end up listening to it and loving it. It’s starting to get ridiculous now XD (Although, I honestly can’t take Juliette seriously now that I know that it was a Corbin Bleu song; I did my earnest to repress all memories associated with High School Musical and anytime I think of that darned song they come back -_-).

          You know, one of those days, I’m going to take the idea of the “fan” and write a paper or something on it. Once you really get past the textbook definition and really get into the psychology of the fan (I’m sounding so crazy right now), it’s so interesting. Idk, I just like to think in depth about this thing kind of thing. I suppose I am crazy XD

          Okay, I’m going to sound so mean saying this, but I must unleash my opinion (yes, IT MUST BE UNLEASHED!!!)!! I don’t think Ayumi H is all that pretty. Mostly because she looks like she gets fed once a week (her You and Me video has the girl looking all kinds of unhealthy), but there’s just something about her that I no like. And btw, her visual is not the reason why I don’t like her; her voice is. She can be the best songwriter in the world, but if she can’t bring the heat as a singer, then she needs to stay a songwriter. Just my personal opinion. I think Taylor Swift needs to do the same, while taking some singing lessons, because her live vocals have not been getting better (in fact, I cringed real bad during her We are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Red performances; Red is my favorite song off the album >_>). And this applies to me, as well. I’m not standing here on my high horse judging everyone and their mother for their singing, because I obviously have those guilty pleasure songs that I like that have less than stellar singers, and I myself am trying to become a singer-songwriter (Got the songwriter part hooked up :3) but I need to work on my vocals too. They’re decent, but they ain’t blowing any minds, which is why I’m not stepping on a stage anytime soon… I am not going to be that person that continues the tradition of poor pop music for profit >_> /soapbox

          *ahem* Now that I have all of that out of my system, allow me to fanboi (because once again, fanbois don’t fangirl :3) over Queen Hikki :3 LIKE OMJ, SHE’S SO AWESOME!!! I don’t know what got me into her music (probably my Kingdom Hearts soundtrack fanaticism stage), but I’m so glad it got me hooked. The first album of her’s I listened to was “This is the One”, and I blew that thing to kingdom come :3 Then her first singles collection (where I discovered the amazingness that is the original Automatic), then Ultra Blue, then a bunch of other stuff, and boom… I am an official Hikaru U stan XD I was sad that she went on hiatus, but we all need breaks, and at the end of the day, I can’t fault the woman for taking off. She pours so much into her craft that she just needs to stop for a while so she can get refueled. I just love how she basically tossed out that song for Eva 3.0, and everybody ate it up like it was candy. I love how it went number 1 on the iTunes JP Charts and number 3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts :3 All in all, it was a nice reminder of why I fell in love with her music. She’s so soulful and passionate. Even when she’s doing a generic pop track, she still throws her all into it. It’s rather refreshing ^^ And dat voice… I have no words XD I would totally love to have seen her live, because dat voice… *creys tears of admiration* DAT VOICE!!!!

          *ahem* I’d just like to say that I am almost 20, and when I was in high school, there were kids my age and younger having babies, so… Dis world be cray XD I am totally wrapped around that little boy’s little pinky; he cries and I’m catering to his every whim >_> I don’t like seeing crying children. And I totes agree that the EYK community is great for having conversations and actual discussions :D Not the usual, “THIS GROUP SUCKS” or “OMG, OPPA/UNNIE/HYUNG IS SO AMAZING!!! SARANGHAE!!”, but actual reasons why you like/dislike something. It’s nice and refreshing :D I love being a Nasty; it’s the one group that I *would* wear on my sleeve, even if there are people who don’t like S&M XD

          3 years ago
  13. Congratz!!! ^_^ hope you continue enjoying what you are doing and thnx for the wonderful, awesome video’s ^_^

    4 years ago
  14. happy anniversary, I can’t believe it’s already 5 years, all the best :)

    4 years ago
  15. Happy Five year anniversary!! I’ve only been watching for a year and a half or so, but <3 I've seen a lot, if not all, of your videos and you guys are so energetic about Korea and have great personalities. SOBSOBCRYCRY. hwaiting! Thank you for keeping me interested in this new culture and broadening my view. Here's to several more years!!!

    4 years ago
  16. Congratulations! I am so thankful for everything you guise are doing. Your videos always put a smile on my face ^_^. Good Luck and here’s to many years to come! ^_^

    4 years ago
  17. ….why do you do this to me. You think I don’t cry enough as it is. Huh. Huh. HUH??!!!

    *BAWLING*

    I LOVE YOU SIMON AND MARTINA AND SPUDGY AND MEEMERS AND SOO ZEE AND LEIGH AND MARK AND RYAN AND BRENDON AND CHRIS WHO SWEARS ALL THE TIME AND SIMON’S DAD AND MARTINA’S PARENTS AND SIMON’S MOM AND MARTINA’S SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW AND NIECE AND MARTINA’S TEACHER FRIEND WHO KEEPS TELLING HER TO HAVE KIDS AND SIMON’S STUDENTS AND THE ANSAN ANSWERS COUPLE AND THE NICE CAFE PEOPLE IN BUCHEON AND BRAD FROM BUSKER BUSKER AND AND AND……..i swear i probably missed a zillion other people….AND YEAH ALL THE NASTIES WHO ARE SO SUPPORTIVE AND FORGIVING even when S&M keep pissing people off on a weekly basis lol….

    I rub yu. *sniffles*

    4 years ago
  18. Congratulations!!! Keep up the great work!!!

    4 years ago
  19. Your anniversary is on my birthday! Congratulations on your work so far and good luck continuing it!

    4 years ago
  20. I’ve been with you guise for 4+ years now… And I feel so happy that EYK has grown into something so massive and so loved.. it feels so great to be part of this big family, so great that I wish I could give the EYK crew and every nasty a nice little squishy hug ; u ;

    4 years ago
  21. *Sniffle* Huge congratulations on five years, guise! May the next five be filled with nastiness… and free food! I’m going to check out more Glen Check now.

    4 years ago
  22. Nasty Cafe PLEASE GUYS MAKE THIS HAPPEN on the tenth anniversary :))

    4 years ago
  23. Amazing. Thank you for making these. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

    4 years ago
  24. I’m actually sitting here crying, I can’t take this ;;__;;

    4 years ago
    • Really? I was smiling like an idiot the entire time :D

      Too many feels

      4 years ago
  25. happy 5 years!!!! and yes, here’s to many many more…

    4 years ago
  26. Awwww. That was short but sweet. Thank you so much guise for everything you’ve done for us. I can’t thank you enough for the amount of times I relied on you (and the Spudgy and the Meems) to get me through my slow and sometimes hellish days.

    I remember becoming a Nasty just last year. I don’t exactly remember the first video of you that I watched but I strongly suspect it to be the Wonder Girls’ Be My Baby (yes, that was 2011). I got curious about you when people left comments about you in Allkpop. And a myriad of people would thumb up these comments. I felt left out because I didn’t get what they meant. LMAO. So I searched high and low and watched video after video after video (and more videos) of you.

    Also when I got to know you and this Nasty community, I was going through a very tough time. I stopped going to school that time because I was hella sick and I even had depression and panic disorder issues. So I was pretty messed up. I clung to Kpop that time to escape my misery. But the forums I visited then were so full of disrespectful and seriously annoying trolls that eventually made me more depressed. So when I found your channel, I stayed for good and I have no regrets at all. And soon enough, I became an active Nasty through Facebook and now, in this blog. Even when I eventually came back to school, I never stopped watching your videos because you became my depression cure or something. I enjoy laughing to your silly jokes, cheesy covers of Kpop songs, nasty dances and everything in between.

    So for that, THANK YOU so much. Or in my native tongue, MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT. :D Stay awesome and nasty for life!

    PS: I just made an essay. Mian. :P

    4 years ago
    • Another Filipino Nasty! yaay! The first video I remember watching was The Korean Home Plus video mid 2011 and then I just got sucked in their channel. At first, I only kept on clicking the sidebar and not really checking the blog posts (I didn’t know they had blog posts) . But when I discovered the site I was like :O THIS IS AWESOME! Then I shared these videos and she got addicted to EYK as well. :)

      4 years ago
    • …*small voice* yay another person who uses eyk as their antidepressant…can we be friends? :D

      4 years ago
    • It seems like Simon and Martina are our anti-depression, anti-panic disorder daily medicine… Glad to know they help others like me…. (Not glad that you have these things too though…. T.T)
      Therefore, no “thank you” is big enough for ya guise!! Wish I could give you, and all the nasties a hug!! ^_^
      And a big hug for all the Eyk team, and Spudgy and dr. Meemers offcourse!!
      Stay Kimchi!!! ;)

      4 years ago
  27. im so happy i found you guys two years ago T.T you really make my day and help me connect to korea on a deeper level, i wish i could one day come to korea so i could thank you :3 you’re like a second family for me – i feel like i grew (and am still growing) with eatyourkimchi :3

    4 years ago
  28. awww congratz guys~! FOREVER A NASTIE

    4 years ago
  29. you guys are so cute.

    4 years ago
  30. AWWWW YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! *SUPER HUGS*

    4 years ago
  31. Your relationship is unreal, so envy worthy. Watched your first Korean meal, and we can clearly see that you’ve learnt alot! I hope to learn more with you to! Happy 5 year EatYourKimchi anniversary~! ^-^

    4 years ago
  32. Lea

    Happy Anniversary!!! Glad I found you!!!

    4 years ago
  33. Great editing and song! Happy 5th anniversary Simon & Martina! ^____^

    4 years ago
  34. ka

    OMG HAPPY 5 YEARS :D WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT ^^ I am sooooo happy being a nasty. What would I do without you guys to brighten up my days :’) I hope you guys enjoy and keep making amazing videos :DDD EYK HWAITING~ SOOZEE AND LEIGH HWAITING~ SPUDGY AND MEEMERS HWAITING~

    4 years ago
  35. Today is my birthday and you guy’s five year anniversary. It seems like a great day for celebration. Congratulations EYK. Thank you for the awesome videos :)

    4 years ago
  36. we love you guys! THANK YOU FOR 5 YEARS OF NASTINESS!

    4 years ago
  37. U guise are like the sweetest married couple I’ve ever seen.

    Hope to be able to follow u for many years to come! (And I wish u so much happiness~!)
    Happy 5th anniversary ^^

    4 years ago
  38. brilliant video!!!!!!! Your videos had an important place in my choice of coming one year in Seoul!! (i mean my mum seems to be less anxious finally seeing what Seoul looks like, and how awesome it seems to be!!!)

    4 years ago
  39. wow. i can’t believe it’s been 5 years already. i’ve watched you guys since the beginning, and i’m so proud to be a nasty. HAPPY 5 YEARS GUYS! :D

    4 years ago
  40. Happy 5 years guys!!

    4 years ago