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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. Awesome! Thank you for joining us! We’ve got lots of videos on this site. Hopefully you’ll find them useful. And we hope to see you around the community as well :D

    5 years ago
  2. T_T aaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!! *sniff sniff* it’s lovely to see how things have changed for you guys!! i’m so glad of the day i discovered you guys (SHINee Japanese Replay review!!!) and ever since i’ve been addicted to your crazy and weird videos!! (in a good was of course!!)
    congrats on the 5th anniversary!!
    next year you should get SHINee for your 6th anniversary (since it’ll also be their 6th and both your anniversary dates are so close) and have a fantastic elastic party!! and then Simon can have a dance off with Taemin!! (yeah…like that’ll ever happen…. but i can dream!! i mean….it would be AMAZING if it ever did happen!)

    on another note, my friend just got married today ahaha!! so that’ll be another anniversary i remember on this day!!

    5 years ago
  3. It’s so weird to think it’s been 5 years already. It feels like just last year you guys started f.a.p f.a.p and W.A.N.K and yet it’s been this long. I hope to see more and Congratz on you’re anniversary!

    5 years ago
  4. In honor of your 5 year anniversary, you guys should talk about any changes you’ve seen happen in Korea and yourselves over the 5 years (if there are any haha) for your next TLDR. Maybe make a reflection video and make it all sentimental and stuffs so we canz happy cry! ;A;

    Thank you two for an amazing 5 years! I hope I get to see many more :]
    Love you guys! <3

    5 years ago
  5. congratulations!!! love you guise sooo much!! make my day everyday

    5 years ago
  6. Too much memories in one video! *cries* We should be the ones to be thankful!
    Thank you Simon and Martina! You’re the best and so nasty!=D

    5 years ago
  7. <3 u guys!

    5 years ago
  8. Happy 5th year anniversary! Thank you for all the wonderful laughs you’ve brought me, for the amazing Korean music (kpop and indie) that you have introduced me, for a window into Korean food and places to visit. Just thank you for everything that you do. When I found you guys I was at a loss on where to go further with Kpop, I only had two bands SS501 and U-KISS (0330 is how I found you guys) and since then my music collection has expanded and my world grown. I got all misty eyed reading your blog post, I’m a Nasty going two years strong (wow its seems like much longer, in a good way, probably because I’ve seen every video you’ve posted.) Watching your 5 yr montage sent me back to rewatch your interview with MBLAQ. I’d sort of forgotten that G.O.’s love for you guys cause me to in turn notice him and ultimately fall for his manly charming ways. Anywho, what I’m trying to say is you guys are awesome, I love ya both, Spudgy, Meems, Soo Zee and Leigh, keep on keep on always are Nasty Masters! :D

    5 years ago
  9. Thank you, guys…thank you for your hard work, for your kindness, your liveliness, your playfulness, your nAAAstiness, your innocence…thank you for opening a new world for me, for tens of hours of laughing and good mood and all smiles that you bring to faces of people all over the world…thank you for encouraging me to discover the world…thank you for your existance! I love you, guys! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!)))))

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

    5 years ago
  11. Even though I only recently became a Nasty (I first watched a video in September of 2012) I really want to thank you two for this site and all your awesome videos.
    I wanted to teach English overseas and I had decided on Asia, but I didn’t know which country I wanted to go to. I watched Simon’s two videos on teaching middle school lessons, which led into watching EYK videos all day! I think I was hooked within 12 hours.
    Now, I’ve been offered a job with EPIK and I should be there in September teaching! You guys made life in Korea seem so awesome that I wanted to experience it. But you also made the prospect of moving to a foreign country where I don’t speak the language or know the culture very well less scary with your insights and your humour.
    We have a lot in common (I’m also from Toronto and an English major) so I related to you and thought “They can do it, I can do it.”
    So, long winded story short, thanks for everything. Keep being awesome.
    Lots of Nasty love from,
    Rachel from Toronto around Bloor/Jane

    5 years ago
  12. I LOVE YOU GUISE AND THIS COMMUNITY SO MUCH. Seriously, I’m proud to say I’ve seen all those videos and I can’t wait to continue to watch Simon and Martina and this community grow. Ahh so much nasty love.

    5 years ago
  13. i cant belive is 5yr already
    time go fast when you have fun

    5 years ago
  14. We love you guise!!! Thank you for entertaining us, educating us and inspiring us. You bring joy to soooo many people. My days wouldn’t be the same without my daily dose of eyk. Our lives are better and more fun because of YOU.

    5 years ago
  15. That’s about when I started watching them, too ^^ May something. Later in the month, anyway. Here’s to the two years for us!

    5 years ago
  16. Wuv you guise so much :)

    5 years ago
  17. Congrats! I loved the double cookie bite. :P
    Keep up the good work and keep having fun!

    5 years ago
  18. Congratulations, guise! You’ve acheived such a great success just being your dorky selves, it’s really inspiring :) Ah, my feels~ This video reminded me of how often your vids made me smile, sometimes even laugh out loud – oftentimes making my day better when I felt like crap. I’ve been watching EYK videos since January 2012 (the first one I saw was KMM for SuJu M’s Perfection) and even though there were some decisions / opinions / responses / other stuff I didn’t like, I’m sure I’ll continue to follow EYK, because I like what I like about you more than I dislike what I don’t like (does that sentence even make sense?) and I’m happy to be a part of the Nasty community on this page :)
    P.S. You moved to Korea on the day I became legal age ;)

    5 years ago
  19. I remember watching my first EYK video during my first year of college. My poor roommate had to put up with me excitedly rambling about how cool you guys were, and how much I wanted to go to Korea and try the things you were showing us. I was excited to watch each KMM and loved all the TL;DR, FAPFAP, and WANK videos. Your videos were a bright spot in a turbulent period of my life, and you still are. You’re also inspiring to anyone who has no idea where their life is going to end up, because even though you guys went to college and became teachers, you’re doing something fun that you love with the internet (everyone’s dream!! lol). Thank you for all that you do, and congratulations on five years! We love you, Simon and Martina!

    (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

    5 years ago
    • Same thing happened to me! I got to ramble to my roommate who though I was crazy!

      5 years ago
  20. Simon and Martina,
    To start off I have to give you my congratulations for your five year anniversary, and your videos make me feel happy on a daily basis. I started watching your videos about two months ago and haven’t stopped since. You have made such a huge influence on who I am and what I have become in this short time period. I was on the fence about what I wanted to do with my life and my future, and was contemplating on whether or not I should be a teacher and what country I should live in. After stumbling onto your videos accidentally, I have been hooked and decided that Korea will eventually be my place in this world. Keep up the fantastic work, never stop posting your videos, and most importantly…KEEP IT NASTY!!!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  21. T.T time sure flies.. thankyou for the informative videos, the hilarious ones too. Thankyou for the tears, the laughters..sometimes both :) you guys are awesome and words cannot express how thankful I am for all your hard work and effort you put into everything. Love you guys xoxo

    5 years ago
  22. Happy 5th Anniversary!!! My daughter and I are new to EYK and are really enjoying all of your pointers about getting around in Korea and understanding the culture as we are relatively newly minted “Korea-philes.” As we get closer to our trip to Seoul, we’ll definitely be visiting EYK regularly. Besides, you two are just too damn adorable to resist!! :-)

    5 years ago
  23. Wow, I didn’t expect to get emotional over this o_O This is one of those times when I realize just what an enormous impact Eatyourkimchi has had on my life. It’s astounding. Like… what would I do without you guys? You’ve literally changed my life – gave me the courage to pursue a career as an ESL teacher. I don’t think I can find the right words to express how thankful I am for all your hard work and dedication to your fans. Keep on being awesome!

    5 years ago
  24. Wow, 5 years, I can’t believe it!

    5 years ago
  25. Mav

    Guys Happy 5th Anniversary…. also… Thank You, everything you do makes my days brighter.

    5 years ago
  26. Thank you so much for all the super hard work you have put into all the videos and the awesomeness of all you have done and while I am a new k-pop fan/Nasty (since last October), y’all have helped me spread my wings culturally and musically. I have finally gotten out of the repeat Country music cycle so popular where I live (don’t ask how I can love country and k-pop, it’s weird I know) with KMMs and you guys have introduced me to so many new bands and song, more than I ever thought existed. And I really appreciate getting to see a culture so radically different from the sleepy little town I grew up in where everyone knows everyone and all their business. It really has inspired me to make something much better than myself and to grow and see how much I can accomplish.

    5 years ago
  27. Aaaw!!! Guise!!! Thank you for sharing your lives and your wonderful selves with us on the Internets!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    5 years ago
  28. Happy 5 year anniversary !!!
    Thank you so much to you two for all you have done so far and everything you do for us Nasties every day <
    I hope that when I come visit Korea this summer I'll get a chance to see you, it would be very special <3
    For more than 2 years I have been following you guys and I can say that so far in my life this was one of the best things I have ever done ^.^
    Love from a French Nasty to all the EYK crew + Spudgy and Meemers <3

    5 years ago
  29. I love you guys. You deserve more. Keep on going. We are on this journey together.

    5 years ago
  30. This warmed my nasty nasty heart :)
    Love you guys (is that weird to say without having met you?) and here’s hoping for more awesome years to come!!!

    5 years ago
  31. Loved this video. Thank you for all these 5 years of adventures :) To all the Nasties really! We are a big big family!

    5 years ago
  32. I feel like I should write something really profound here… but I’ve got nothing. So I’m going to go with:

    Thank you. <3

    5 years ago
  33. 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

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

    5 years ago
  35. 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*(

    5 years ago
  36. 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!

    5 years ago
  37. 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!

    5 years ago
  38. I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND YOU

    you are a part of my nasty life nasties love you

    feliz aniversario happy happy! do not rank my English here

    Glen Check YES

    5 years ago
  39. I’ve got water in my eyes now ;_;

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    5 years ago
  40. 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.
    P.S.: I LOVE SPUDGY AND MEEMERS!!!!!

    5 years ago