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.

  1. You guys have set the standard that the only kind of relationship I want with a significant other is if it’s as sweet and awesome and fun and yours. :) <3

  2. I just found you guys tonight. Which is awesome, because this post is really helpful for catching up on your adventures! It’s my dream come true- two amazing, friendly people sharing the wonders and mysteries of another culture in a way that no other source has really done before. I’m also studying to be a teacher so it’s cool that you taught for a while. Thanks for existing!!

  3. I’ve got water in my eyes now ;_;


  4. Happy 5th anniversary! Thanks for all the fun W.A.N.Ks, F.A.P.F.A.Ps, and TL;DRs :D

  5. Aaaa my feels! So many nostalgia feels! Even if it was just 3 years ago I started watching. But you can get nostalgia feels in 3 years right? I remember watching back when you were living at an officetel, the WTFs, the early music mondays. It’s so fun and awe-inspiring seeing how far you have come in such a short space of time. I hope you continue to grow in the future! /)*3*(

  6. Awww… Congratulations on 5yrs and may there be heaps load too come ^=^! Btw I’m a longtime follower but a newb at tech and social media and I just recently figured out posting comments and I think I got a bit too excited on the past posts I’m catching up to ^^’

    I remember seeing you guise first when I was watching running man (still remember your reactions to that mystery sauce, as a daughter of a retired caterer and still awesome cook all around, I was cringing at what they were doing to that sauce ~~’ *shudder*)

    Then later on I don’t remember exactly what I was looking for but then I saw one of your videos on a how to something but I know it was about food for sure and then it was kpop! And from there I got into this universe of kpop kfood and nasties with people that I can relate to… I grew up with Sailormoon cartoons too! With a lot more animes like Dragon Ball, Voltes 5, Fushigi Yuugi, Yu Yu Hakusho and a lot more in the mix!

    I love how you gave honest opinions about the kpop songs and videos because I gotta admit I am associated with a fangurilla who did intro me to kpop in the first place, so I must not judge too harshly, and I swear most of the time I will also make fun of it and I would get frustrated with their engrish

    Anyways, what I’m trying to say is thank you as well for continuing to entertain us with your quirky jokes, honest opinions and nuggets of wisdom!

  7. Awww… Congratulations on 5yrs and may there be heaps load too come ^=^! Hi I’m a long time follower but just recently getting the hang of posting comments so I think I’m getting too excited with the past post I’m catching up on ^^’

    I remember seeing you guise first when I was watching running man (still remember your reactions to that mystery sauce, as a daughter of a retired caterer and still awesome cook all around, I was cringing at what they were doing to that sauce ~~’ *shudder*)

    Then later on I don’t remember exactly what I was looking for but then I saw one of your videos on a how to something but I know it was about food for sure and then it was kpop! And from there I got into this universe of kpop kfood and nasties with people that I can relate to… I grew up with Sailormoon cartoons too! With a lot more animes like Dragon Ball, Voltes 5, Fushigi Yuugi, Yu Yu Hakusho and a lot more in the mix!
    I love how you gave honest opinions about the kpop songs and videos because I gotta admit I am associated with a fangurilla who did intro me to kpop in the first place, so I must not judge too harshly, and I swear most of the time I will also make fun of it and I would get frustrated with their engrish as well ><" oh and also luv that you guise intro me to k-indie songs coz they're awesome! Right now I'm still into IdioTape and Moofbooty and my friends be like 'this song is awesome, who this?' (And yes we make fun of our engrish as well) and I got a friend to be an avid follower of yours… Woah this getting long…
    Anyways, what I'm trying to say is thank you as well for continuing to entertain us with your quirky jokes, honest opinions and nuggets of wisdom!

  8. I love you guise!! Thank you for all your hard work these past 5 years!! There are no amount of words that can describe how much you mean to us Nasties :’) Every time I watch you guise I always have a smile on my face :) If i’m having a bad day I always go to your website ’cause I know it will make me feel better to see you guise so lively and happy and I manage to get that smile on my face all the time ^^ Happy EYK Anniversary!! :D

  9. I remember watching how to dance k-pop style 2009… man I miss dramatic reading of engrish!
    WTF and How to Dance K-pop Style are the segments I miss most!

    Ahh… #1 BEG Abracadabra… 2013 Gentleman?
    same dance… dance inception!


    you are a part of my nasty life nasties love you

    feliz aniversario happy happy! do not rank my English here

    Glen Check YES

  11. Happy 5th Anniversary!!!! I may only be a Nasty for a few months (my first song was “i wish” from ft island <3) but I have almost watched every single video of yours. It´s difficult to find friends who are as obsessed with Korean music as I am. (because in Europe K-Pop isn´t really well known, except for Psy of course) And sometimes you want to share your opinion on a song or want to know the opinion of another person, which proves to be quite difficult, if all of your friends listen to mainstream music… Therefore I am really grateful to both of you. Even though I don´t know every single song you review, it´s still fun to watch it. I especially love the ft island (obviously), Big Bang/ G-Dragon, and 2ne1 Music Mondays. Keep it up.

  12. FIVE YEARS!!! Holy smokes guys.
    If that’s the case…..I’ve been here about three or four years of those five. :D

  13. When I got to this “We haven’t stopped filming since.” I was already emotional… like T^T

    I love every word you said, it’s honest and meaningful. Thank you guise for being yourself all the time, for respecting different ideas and points of view, for let us to get to know you better. It’s not easy to open your family to complete strangers, you know?
    I started watching you back in 2009 and I didn’t understand much of it at first but I fell in love with the way you were: a little geeky, a little crazy but specially that unique sense of humor that made you my favourite videos to watch and re-watch sometimes all night, laughing at Simon’s jokes or Martina’s funny faces.
    I really appreciate everything you do, it’s hard work but you make it fun and I think it’s admirable that you’re doing something you love and have fun doing so at the same time… not all people have that much luck. You made it this far by being yourself, I think that’s the key of everything in life. Yeah maybe some people don’t like you but you know what? That tells you you’re doing ok. Like Kurt Cobain said “I rather be hated for who I am than loved by something I’m not” or something like that xD
    I dunno… my motto is always being yourself… except if you’re batman, then be batman xD
    Anyways, guise… All I can say is CONGRATULATIONS and let’s make it 5 years more, ok? Naties are here to salute you and support you!

    I love you, guys, the EYK crew… no, better the EYK family <3

  14. First off, I want to thank you guys for nurturing my love of my K-Pop and Korean culture. You weren’t my first exposure to the lovely world of Korea (MNet America has that right XD), but it was you guys that really got me going on the path to becoming a real lover of Korea :D From the first Music Monday I saw (BILASA!!’s Baby I’m Sorry), I was hooked!! You guys were hilarious and if it wasn’t for that video, my loves of the K-Pop would have just been another phase I was going through. I honestly wish you guys were start that EatYourSushi website and start doing J-Pop reviews; there’s so much good J-Pop out there, but I don’t know where to start and y’all were my guiding light into K-Pop, so… *cute adorable adorable eyes that you cannot say no too* Please :3

    *ahem* I also want to say thanks for just being awesomely humble and so loving to each other. In today’s world where famous celebs act like gods and marriage is in such a horrible position, it’s nice to see such a bright light that says, “NO!!! NOT ALL CELEBRITIES ARE GRUMPY, AND NOT ALL MARRIAGES ARE TERRIBLE!!! LOOK AT US!!! LOOK AT US!!! DO YOU SEE US BEING GRUMPY?!?!!? NO!!!” You guys definitely deserve all the subscribers and all the views and all the love (hell, I think you guys need moar, because you’re just that awesome XD) :D So… OOOHHHHHH~ YOU SO NASTEHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  15. Made me kind of sad but in a happy way… nostalgia :)

  16. I’ve been a fan for 2 whole years now and I could write an insanely long post about how much your videos mean to me, but I just decided to sum it up in a few words….

  17. You need to interview Glen Check!

  18. I can’t wait until I find my very own Simon. :3

  19. that was so emotional . i’ve been watching you since 2009 because of super junior and that was a lovely coincidence and since then I was enchanted by your karizma and your funny and personality , I hope more and more for you , u deserver it . excuse my mistakes I am not english speaker I am from saudi arabia , hug and kisses from there

  20. Happy Anniversary! I’m a new nasty and I look forward to many more of your videos. Fighting! ^-^

  21. Its your 5 year anniversary in Korea, and I just got your polaroid in the mail What a great EYK day.


  23. Best video ever! I will watch this every time I am sad so I can be awesome instead. Great song too. I bought the cd that has this song on it because I wanted to play their song Flashback with my graduation slide show. Unfortunately, I forgot how crazy long it takes to ship things from Asia so I had to choose another song that was available on iTunes. But when the cd came I really loved this one and thought it actually would have been better.

  24. Aww man the feels watching that montage was awesome! So proud of you guys! I wasn’t there right from the get go but I have been following you for over two years and I can’t believe it’s been that long! You guys always make my Mondays and every other day of the week when you put up another video! I don’t know what video it was that lead me to watching one of your teach kpop dance videos and it made me curious so I clicked on the channel and started watching all the videos you had at the time. I miss the WTF videos but I love the KMM, TL;DR, FapFap, and Wanks.
    I think I enjoy watching you guys so much because you aren’t afraid to poke fun at yourselves and are honest, humble, and down to earth. You put your hearts into all that you do and it shows. I can probably type until my fingers fall off but I don’t think anything I put down into words will truly express how touched I am by you guys. I honestly can say I don’t have many people to look to as inspiration but you guys without a doubt are two of the most important role models to me. I might not have much to offer in showing my appreciation but I will continue to follow you for as long as you guys continue doing what you’re doing. So Happy 5th Anniversary and here’s to many many more!

  25. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to write a novel but then my posts end up disjointed and perhaps confusing because I can’t type enough to express myself properly. So here is a little fanmail on your anniversary.

    Dear Simon and Martina,

    I feel myself so lucky and privileged to be just one of the so many people around the world that feel connected to you. Without intending it you have drawn in and created a your own group/society/family of people that all enjoy a lot of the same things and above all, laughing and loving. I guess that we’ve all felt kind of geeky or alone or even misunderstood at times in our adoration of certain things and now you’ve brought us all together so that we can share our common interests and even bits of each other. You’ve even introduced us to many new loves. I don’t think that tourism S. Korea could pay enough money for an ad campaign better than you and I don’t think that you could go for more than a day in any country without someone wanting to hug you. It’s a wonderful thing you have done, are doing, and hopefully will continue to do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart which this video just helps to overflow with love and LOLs.

    I started by watching Kpop Music Monday and then branched out to TL;DRs and then on to WANKs and FAPFAPs. I then started making my way through the archives of all the types of videos. Frankly, I am convinced that you could talk about chopped liver and make it sound exciting and hilarious and probably even delicious. I guess that by not watching systematically or sequentially, I must have missed a lot because there are quite a few of clips in the video that I don’t recognize. Feels awesome that there is still so much more for me to watch for the first time. I do watch certain videos again and again, especially when I need a pick-me-up. Any of your videos is pretty much guaranteed laughs. Even weird ones like when you surprised your parents in Canada – I couldn’t help but giggle in anticipation the whole time. You guys film some of the weirdest moments, I mean that in a good way, the stuff that is real and personal and you put yourself out there and its endearing and adorable…..and manly? ;) I also watch all the livechats, even when I miss them live because I appreciate the ridiculous effort and postage paid that it takes to send that fan mail. I am envious of those Nasties, perhaps I will feel that I have something sufficient to say or send that makes it worth the money. In the meantime, I hope my cheap words here can let you know that it’s a great and precious thing that you do and I really appreciate it……..Please don’t stop. We’ll all go one without you someday if we have to, and maybe we’ll even have each other to help manage, but you make our lives so much brighter by being yourselves and bringing us together.

    Cyber_3 – meant this to be funny and somehow it turned out all sappy….ah well, never drink and type :P

    p.s. When I started making dresses in 2009 – I first did a lot of google image searches on the competition and for “Toronto” and “wedding dress” I kept getting the same result of this photo again and again for a “wedding couple” that stayed at The Gladstone in Sept. 2004? I didn’t understand then what the hype was that had lasted 5 years but I recognized you from your photo in your TL;DR for your wedding and then I understood the hype from your story. From the moment it was formalized (or perhaps even before), the internet would know the names and faces of Simon and Martina Stawski – cheers! ^_^v

  26. Happy 5 Year Anniversary Everyone!!!! :3
    It’s already been 5 years and EYK has grown so much since the beginning. Things that may have seemed impossible when EYK first started are starting to come to (like EYK becoming an official business Yay!!). I’m so proud to be a nasty and a part of this community. S&M, your videos gave me a new appreciation for Korea, which I will and am always thankful for. I’ve come to love Korea so much that I’ve already begun making plans to study East Asian Studies in University (this upcoming fall) and spending at least a year for study abroad in Korea(a dream come true!). I hope that, in the future when I do go to Korea, I’ll have the chance to meet you awesome people! I regard you guys as even bigger celebrities that K-Pop Idols (in my eyes XD). Thank-you for all that you’ve done so far in helping people from around the world learn new things about Korea and Korean music. I hope you and EYK continues to prosper and be happy and I will always be a Nasty4Life! Thank-you again! =D

  27. Happy anniversary you guys! We were both celebrating this day! My birthday is on May 30th!

  28. *sniff* Happy Anniversary, Eat Your Kimchi! Thank you for being a major part of my Kpop and Korean Culture education :) While the content of this site IS interesting, what keeps me here AND coming back is the dynamics between the two of you and the rest of your Crew. How awesome is it that I can have almost-daily video dates with fellow dorks and geeks?!

    So happy for you guise and can’t wait to see what you’ll cook up next! :)

  29. Congratulations Simon&Martina~ I haven’t been here since the beginning but I’ve been a NASTEEEH for quite long (3 years if I’m not mistaken) and I have to say that you guys are truly amazing. You bring so much joy to my life and also never fail to bring a smile to my face. It’s such a joy to watch EYK on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays ^^ EAT YOUR KIMCHI COMPLETES MY WEEK AND DOESN’T MAKE IT AS CRAPPY I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. I would tear up right about now but I’m soulless and emotionless so I don’t think it’s going to be possible.

    Back to ahem my congratulations – I remember when I first saw your videos, I thought you were awesome because of the love between you guys and foreigners living and documenting their experiences in Korea and the culture there – HOW AWESOME IS THAT. As I watched more and more of your videos I found out a lot and grew to love you even more. For starters, TORONTO REPRESENT HOLLA. Another thing is how SANE you seemed to me. The only fandom I knew back then were prissy pre-teens who were nearly sasaeng. EYK provided me with a community where I could properly share my thoughts and read other peoples’ real opinions. SO ANOTHER BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU, I PROBABLY WOULD BE FANGIRLING TO NO END, JUST CARING ABOUT HOW IDOLS LOOK.

    So I realized this is getting long and I should probably finish an essay for school but I just have to list one more thing. I love how you guys appreciate EVERYTHING. You’re also not afraid to share your thoughts or speak your mind. You know your own thoughts clearly, your right and your wrong and you stand by your own opinion firmly. I find that I look up to you because your morals are amazing. They’re very sensible to me and hearing them makes me glad because it shows that there is some good in this world, still.

    So ayyyy gurl, if your ever back in Toronto – CAN I BUY YOU A DRAANK? -rolls down my sexy windows-
    Thank you once again for making the amazing videos, cheering up my week, creating a wonderful community, inspiring me and most importantly, for being so nasty <3

  30. wow 5 years huh…I’ve been a Nasty for 4 of those and I have loved every single moment of it…Thank You SIMON AND MARTINA!!! Thank you for taking the time (which is a lot, I’m sure) to shoot, edit and post all these lovely videos and for reading our comments and crazy conversations sometimes…and yes, there will be more and more of these wonderful years for all of us…again, thank you for caring enough about us Nasties to continue with our demands for KMMs, F.A.P.F.A.P.s and W.A.N.K.S and anything else you guys make and we shall fall in love with XD…Congrats!!!!

  31. :’) thank you!!! I really hope to meet you guise one day, so until then keep being nasty!!

  32. I made a nasty birthday cake for myself, but I also had the intention for it to be our nasty 5th anniversary cake! I know Simon and Martina got to see it, but I thought I would share it here as well for the rest of the nasty community to enjoy!!
    If you want to see more angles or close ups you can visit my deviantart account here http://puppichu.deviantart.com/gallery/39213906

  33. The feels!!! Anyone else get goosebumps?
    Congrats on so many wonderful years!! Can’t wait to see what’s ahead!!!

  34. I remember when I wake up in the morning .. and thought “what a boring life” until I met you … I can not explain, but know that you are there makes me happy, makes me want to go out and live! You inspired me to live in a positive way, and be happy in my own way! You may not know but in times of sadness, boredom, anger, watch your videos makes me forget it all and be happy! One day I hope to meet you guys in Korea (even though my mom says it’s just a dream and will never happen) And Martina one day I will make a clothes collection inspired in you because I think you are VERY stylish! Love U guyzzz ♥_♥ from your Brazilian fan: Me :)

    • Heya. Thank you for writing this. I’m glad our dorky antics have been somewhat inspiring. We’ve always thought that there’s no reason to be bored. Go away. Do something different. There’s a world of opportunities out there. Sure, you might not have the same comforts you’re used to, but it’s comforts that make people bored. Be happy in your own way :D

    • Don’t listen to your mum! (well, not about this :P) My mum said when I first became interested in Japan that it was just a phase, I’d grow out of it, or I’d never get there. But you know what? Now I’ve been there 4 times and I’m going again on a six month exchange next year! I studied really hard to make it happen, and it did :) I’m hoping I can go to Korea too and see some of my favorite K-pop bands in concert :) So keep fighting! :D

      • ahahhaaha I know !!! But I still try to show her then videos and tell her that live (or visit) Korea isn’t bad… cuz she’s worry that i would not feel comfortble there…. and when I show her the tl;dr vids she goes like “This two are probably kidnapped and forced to say that Korea is cool…. Imagine if u go there and they kidnap u too… oooh no baby u knot going” hahahaa poor mom and her imagination :)

        • My mom said that I wouldn’t like it there and maybe I should visit somewhere else before Korea…and I said NOPE! ^^ I really want to go to Korea and see my fave bands, eat their food, go to amusement parks, go to Hongdae, see the EYK Studio (and possibly S&Min public ^^), go to just anywhere there! but shes worried about weird people there and NK blahh blahhh…I told her that there are weird people everywhere you can’t escape that and I also told her that SK doesn’t care about NK, they just go on with their day like normal. Ohhh moms how we love there input :P

        • :D so see u in Korean … Someday Hhahahahaah’ *-*

  35. I’m sooo glad you guys moved to Korea and started making videos. Watching them makes me want to visit and helps people understand that there is soooo much more to South Korea than Kpop and Kdramas. I love you guys and I’m praying for you all. =]

  36. 5 Years~!! You have go a long way~ and I was here just for a year~ you are awesome!!! keep going and entertaining us with all your videos :DD

  37. Wow guise!

    I’m a newer Nasty (5 months in the Nastiness) who decided to give K-pop a serious look after/during the Gangnam Style craze. Although Psy lead me into K-pop, SHINee lead me to you and your awesome videos. I was watched the SHINee Sherlock video and after my mind was blown at the amazing choreography, in the list of recommended videos there was a picture of a man in a wig and Taemin right beside him with the caption “I see no difference”. So I click on it and watched my first KMM ever. Later in the month I decided to watch that epic review of the song again but this time on the EYK website…then some magic happened and somehow the Shabu Shabu restaurant FAPFAP started playing. I was confused and amazed and drooling at the video…then for the rest of the week I was on Winter break from Grad school I watched EYK vids.

    You two are amazing and an inspiration to all of us Nasties and give us a window into a world many of us would not be able to see or understand otherwise.

    Thank you!

  38. Holy flying mangoes! It’s already been five years?! O_O Time sure does fly by.

  39. Sooooo, I just started watching EYK. And by ‘just started’ I mean watching 13 hours of this stuff non-stop on this past Sunday. I love it! I am not sure if this is where I ask the questions for TL;DR, I am more sure it is not though, but I am going to ask my question: In a Noona-Dongseng relationship which trumps the other – age or sex? If this is not the correct forum for question asking I am open to directions as to where. Great job, Simon and Martina! I am officially a Nasty *said while doing Simon’s head swivel* (as my sister stands in the corner of my room cranking the window)

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