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Help Eatyourkimchi: The Fundraiser

September 6, 2012

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Hey guise. Serious stuff here. Sorry for not putting up a fun or informative video today, because today we’re asking for your help, and starting a fundraiser

As some of you may know, we’re doing this blogging thing full time now. We started off blogging as teachers. Then Simon stopped teaching and worked on the site, and then, last year, Martina stopped teaching and worked on the site as well. We posted a TL;DR on it a while ago, and talked a bit about it in our interview with Groove as well.

Anyhow, we had a bit of a problem that we’ve been trying to work out for the past year: we don’t have Visas in Korea, since we’re not teaching. Currently we’re here on tourist visa’s which are indeed totally legal, but we’ve spent all our time since quitting teaching looking into how we can work in Korea and get a stable visa. We tried getting Entertainment visas, since we’re kinda entertainers, but those visas couldn’t be got without a company to sponsor us. And there’s no company to hire us for a business visa either, be it government or private.

Don’t get us wrong: we’re not complaining about not being hired by another company. We want to remain Indie and keep our voices. We don’t want our opinions to be influenced by our employers, so we work for ourselves. But, without a Korean employer, we can’t stay in Korea…unless we became our own employers!

So, after a year of trying to figure this out, we’re finally in the process now of setting up our Business registration in Korea, so that no one would own our site and videos, AND so that we could stay in Korea. Huzzah! Problem is, Korea doesn’t just hand out Business Visas to foreigners. In fact, setting up a private business here is very expensive. Specifically, you need $100,000 to do so. GARHRHHHH!

We spent this whole year saving the money and dipping into our savings, but we finally did it! YES! We’re setting everything up now to make “Eat Your Kimchi Incorporated!” EYK INC! Huzzah! But, that doesn’t solve everything yet:

We have to move into Seoul, if we want to register our business in Seoul, which is what we’re doing with a big portion of that money. Tomorrow, we’re going apartment hunting around the Hongdae and Mokdong areas. Yay! Problem is, apartments in Seoul are significantly more expensive than the apartments in Bucheon. Most of our money is going into putting down the deposit for this apartment.

Anyhow, the point of this all isn’t to complain. We’re doing this of our own will and we’re super excited about this change. We’re happy that we are taking steps towards doing more because we want Eatyourkimchi to grow and improve. What we’re asking for is your help in taking this to the next level.

Basically, we want to set up a studio. We’ve got many reasons for this, which we listed in the video. Major ones include:

a) Our apartment is overrun with equipment, and it feels like we’re more sleeping in our office than living in our home.
b) We want to have Kpop artists come over for interviews. We’re in contact with different labels who want to do work with us, but we have no legitimate place to do it. A studio would fix that, and it would make this legit, and give us more opportunity to interview people.
c) We desperately want to hire a full time video editor. We work over 70 hours a week, and work every day of the week. There isn’t a moment that we’re not working on or talking about the site and our videos. Having an editor would let us sleep! OH GOD! GLORIOUS SLEEP!
d) With the video editor, we’d also have time to do the other segments we want to do, but don’t have time to edit. We have a white board full of ideas that we can’t start because we’re too bogged down with editing. Editing is really 80% of our time. There are, in fact, opportunities that we have to TURN DOWN because we don’t have time. AWESOME INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES that we can’t make videos for, because we’re too busy trying to make our other videos. THE EDITOR WOULD HELP SOOO MUCH!

Really, we’re trying to make Eat Your Kimchi legit. We’re just two dorks who make silly videos. We want to have our own business so that we can keep that dorkiness and silliness, but we want to grow Eat Your Kimchi into something bigger as well, a legitimate spot for the international Kpop crowd to gather and make their voices heard and have their opinions expressed. We want to not only make Korea more accessible to the outside world, but we want to make the outside world more accessible to Korea, and – really – with just the two of us in our apartment, it’s proving to be a bit exhausting and tough.

So, we’re asking for your help to let us take the next steps. We’re starting a fundraiser at Indiegogo to raise $40,000 within 45 days. With $40,000 we can put down the deposit for renting the studio. We’d be ecstatic if we are able to raise that much. We’ve got over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube: if just one in five of you gave a dollar, we’d be there! If we’re fortunate enough to raise more, we’d be able to put some furniture in the studio, for starters, and a video editor!!! Whatever you can contribute we’ll greatly appreciate, and whoever you can share this with we’ll greatly value. Sorry, all you Nasties, for asking for your help on this, but we could really use it here. And if we can reach this goal, then good things will happen in the future. Good things!

ps-> Also, you might have noticed our regular videos have been off schedule lately. We’ve been meeting with the bank, and immigration, and lawyers, and relators (etc) to get this started, so that’s thrown our schedules out of whack. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, once we have this all settled :D

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  1. holy crap, when i donated it was at 300$ now 2 minutes later it’s almost $3,000! We Nasties won’t let you down!

    4 years ago
  2. I’m broke right now and also not working at the moment coz I’m trying to finish my degree before my plan of studies disappear completely (don’t know if you know something about Bolognia’s educational plan but, in Spain, it really sucks)… Anyway, even though I can’t afford helping in a donator way, I’ll share this and cross my fingers for the fundraising to keep raising as faaaaaaaaaaast as it is know… When I open the fundraiser site it had 300$ and now (5 min later) it’s almost 2000$!!!!! YAAAAAAY!!!!! *happy clapping and jumping*

    4 years ago
  3. should be getting my student loan soon so will defo donate you helped me get through my a-levels when i became depressed from the stress of it so its the least i can help you with

    4 years ago
  4. don’t know how much i’ll donate yet, but i’ll sure help you guys!
    also, i’m in some kpop groups on facebook, so i’m spreading the news there too so more ppl can help!
    EYK fighting!!
    lots of love from brazil!

    ps:can’t wait for the drama segment!! ^^

    4 years ago
  5. I donated as well… 50 $ – ill be part of the song – yayy!! wow… everytime I refresh the page the donated amount rises and rises! Nasties support you! ;) EYK fighting!

    4 years ago
  6. I can give you more than dollar to help you guys! And if you’re hiring an editor, I’m here for help. I love editing !!

    4 years ago
  7. I’ld LOVE to donate some money, BUT I don’t have a credit card.. Only Paypal.. isn’t there a possibility to send you money through Paypal? ;~;

    4 years ago
  8. Crazy excited for you guys~ Definitely donating! I’ll wave when I come to Korea with koreankelela next year~ 8[

    4 years ago
  9. I hope you can raise that much money and more!! I’m excited for you guys!! Love this site!!

    4 years ago
  10. ahh i wanted to donate but i dont have a credit card =((

    4 years ago
  11. I will be getting my student Loans on the tenth of september hopefully. Any extra, I’ll try to donate at least fifty. I will help you guys. :)

    4 years ago
  12. Already 1500 dollars? Can’t wait to see the new studio AND the new segments ^^

    4 years ago
  13. Because I don’t have credit card, and I would LOVE to help in keeping EYK, will it be possible for me to pay that 5$ by PayPal?

    4 years ago
    • yea i m havin the same problem … i was hopin i can donate via paypal =( cuz i dont have a credit card

      4 years ago
  14. P.S.: … Actually, I bet there are a lot of editors among your fans that would help you for free. Including me. (Well, I do editing for fun, but from what I see I’d be able to do what you guys are doing with your videos…minus the After Effects stuff. >_> /will never get After Effects)
    I would actually do this if it wouldn’t take ages to send footage of that amount halfway round the world…even if it’s the internet. xD Also, it’d be difficult for you to explain to me what you want me to do with the footage when you’re…at the other end of the world.
    …..
    Conclusion: This world is too large.
    Hire me as an editor so I can move to Korea, I’ll be glad to do it. 8D
    /cough/ … just kidding, get someone a bit more professional. :D
    GOOD LUCK I LUB YEW. <3

    4 years ago
  15. All my birthday loot (you know the monetary kind, which let’s be honest when you turn 26 that’s all you get, unless it’s from Gma, then it’s a sweater) is going your way! Birthday is Saturday and we shall see how much I, therefore, you score! Also let all my peeps know that instead of sending gifts to donate instead!

    4 years ago
  16. I’ll be glad to support you ^ ^ also, I’ll click click click on your advs!

    4 years ago
  17. Holy crap almost $1000 in a few moments!!!!

    4 years ago
  18. I’ll figure a way to give a little something… bloody nonconvertible dirhams!!!!!

    4 years ago
  19. How do we donate?

    4 years ago
  20. I wish I was rich, totally love to have a cut out of me joining you on a W.A.N.K. XD

    4 years ago
  21. I’m a poor as hell college student, but you guys make my days so much brighter with your videos! I can’t donate much, but I really hope it helps!

    4 years ago
  22. Wow good luck! I’ll definitely try and donate. =) You guys totally deserve it! My first free-will donation! Haha. :) I’m excited for you guys!
    Once I get my financial aid in, I will definitely be able to donate. If I wasn’t a Biology major, I’d totally be an editor just for you guys and move to Korea. ^^ Good luck!

    4 years ago
  23. I know you guys are like super uber busy with all of this, but I think if maybe you got more tshirt designs (maybe with Meemers, for example) or other merchandise up in your store, you could make more money that way as well. I went into your tshirts looking for something to order perhaps for Christmas, and there wasn’t much to choose from ;-; Just a thought for later once things settle down to get more income.

    4 years ago
  24. Can I be your editor! haha seriously though I’d work for just kimchi.

    4 years ago
  25. simon and martina fighting ^-^

    4 years ago
  26. Getting my financial aid refund in a few weeks. I think a donation to EYK definitely counts as a school related expenditure :)

    4 years ago
    • EYK is very educational. They give you lessons on geography, sociology, economics, music, arts, linguistics, zoology, medicine, epidemiology, literature, information technology, and last but not least, cultural education. ^^b

      4 years ago
    • it makes school bearable so, yeah it SO counts!

      4 years ago
    • Agreed :D

      4 years ago
    • Same, I’m sure I can spare $20 when it comes in! :)

      4 years ago
  27. For sure i want to donate! I wish an american company will sponser you guys!

    4 years ago
  28. i will give up buying books on the kindle for a while, so i can donate!!! i wanna be a billionaire, so frikin’ bad…. buy a daytrip with S&M, it’d be so rad….

    4 years ago
  29. I’m not that money fortunate myself, but for the sake of ETK style, I’ll go and save some money to donate! Boomshakalaka!

    4 years ago
  30. I am broke right now, but don’t worry~ When I will have money, I will definitely donate :D Just wait a little bit(I know about the deadline.)

    4 years ago
  31. Wow in just 15 minutes over $225 donated! xD

    4 years ago
  32. Wow big things, indeed! :D I really hope you can make it happen and I’m sure I can scare up a few bucks for you guys ;b
    Oh, and I reeeally hope you get an editor cos more and new videos would be so great o/

    Hwaiting~!!!

    4 years ago
  33. Yes!! I was hoping you guys would stay in Korea!! I’m so happy and excited for you guys! haha love the interviews in the closet! Wish I could work for you guys lol You’re so much fun. I’m definitely donating. ^.^ Love You Guys!!!!!

    4 years ago
  34. DONE for 25 USD. I’m subscribed on YT as sandrinesmiles but when I saw this I figured I just HAD to be in there!

    4 years ago
  35. I’m donating 40$, right now. I love you EYK!

    Oh and btw, for the Meemers T-Shirt, it would be awesome if it was just like in the drawing : Meemers is trying to climb on my shirt, nooooo…. oh wait, it’s the picture.

    4 years ago
    • We’re in the works for that now!

      4 years ago
      • You could have a shirt that says:
        “Blow Your mind”…and underneath that could be a cute picture of Dr. Meemers

        4 years ago
        • I love that ideal! Of curse i like the ideal with Meemers clinging on your shirt as well.

          4 years ago
      • Please have an ‘Owwww I’m so nasty’ t-shirt!

        4 years ago
        • I want one to. But i think it would be better if it said “Oh, I so nasty” as the fucked up grammar is part of the joke?

          4 years ago
        • Agreed!

          4 years ago
    • I left for work almost after this message. The fundraiser had hit around 3600$ when I got into the bus. I just came back and I am totally flabergasted and completely amazed. Aigooo, Nasties are freaking awesome!

      4 years ago
    • We have a winner here! Meemers t-shirt!!

      4 years ago
    • i totally agree with the meemersworth t-shirt idea!!!

      4 years ago
    • let me sign this! I love your ideas xD

      4 years ago
  36. Happy to donate!! You guys are so awesome and amusing and I want this to continue and grow! I love living vicariously through your Korean adventures. =) Good luck!

    4 years ago
  37. EYK INC FIGHTING!! :)

    4 years ago
  38. i’m in! your guys’ videos make me really happy! here’s to hoping you guys can go legit and keep going for years!

    4 years ago
  39. I’m so happy you guys are choosing to stay!!! ^^ Sure, I’ll donate! If it means you guys get to keep doing your thing and making people happy, then why wouldn’t I? :)

    4 years ago
  40. I’m in and excited for you guys! Though I’m going in cheap and I still hope to just wave at you guys when I visit Korea next year. ;P

    4 years ago