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August 22, 2012

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Now THIS is a question we get asked all the time. Really, at least once every two days. Especially if we start a Tumblr or Twitter chat session with people, the question always pops up of how we’re doing what we’re doing. Not that we’re annoyed with anyone for asking. Our families barely understand what we’re doing or how we’re doing it, and how it is that we haven’t starved to death shivering somewhere. Blogging for a living isn’t exactly a career that school prepares you for, and it’s not even a career that many people know exist.

It’s hard to even call this a career. Not that it technically isn’t. It’s just, well: when we grew up hearing the word “career” it came with images of people in suits commuting to work, probably downtown from 9-5. Very Mad Men-esque: just without the alcoholism, misogyny, and infidelity.

But we don’t “go” to work. We don’t have a dress code to follow. We don’t have a boss to speak to. There’s no threat of being fired if we mess up. There’s no water-cooler conversations. No team building exercises. We…just make videos and blog posts.

Some people have called us “entrepreneurs” which is something we’re also uncomfortable with. Entrepreneurs, in our minds, are people that have big dreams of starting a company, and then become a lean startup and hope to get funding from venture capitalists, and then they hire a bunch of staff to help their company grow, or something like that. We don’t fit into that category either, because neither of us ever dreamt of having our own business. It just sorta happened and we thought, “hey, can we make a living off just making videos and blog posts?”

Sure, there’s a lot more to “just” doing that. We don’t just whip out our cameras, fart around for a bit, click the magic edit and upload button, then dance around singing “YOUTUBE MONEY!”. Our work schedules are insane and all our close friends know how little free time we actually have. Prepping for a video means getting ready to be on camera (like, showering, for starters, putting on makeup and picking outfits to wear, buying new wigs and props to use in our videos), setting up the tripod, lights, focus, audio equipment, power cables, positioning in front of the camera, such and such. Once we’re all ready, talking in front of the camera is easy enough…or is it? You might have seen with our massive blooper collection, we spend a buttload of time messing up what we’re trying to say. OH! We didn’t even factor in the time that it takes for us to prepare what we have to say, especially with music videos: we watch them a whole lot of times, look for stuff, think about what we like and dislike about the videos, discuss with each other, create skits, head to the store and see if there are CDs to give away, read thousands of answers and pick a few for the giveaway, such and such.

The above paragraph is getting too beefy for me to want to carry on writing, both for fear of boring you and boring ourselves. Let’s just say we put A LOT of work into making these videos and maintaining this website beyond what just shows up in the final video.

The point of it all is this: some people might call us entrepreneurs for our work habits. Really, though, we’re just doing what we’re passionate about, which is why we’re so hesitant to call our work a career or ourselves entrepreneurs. We started out doing something just for fun, and by applying the work habits of people who take their jobs very seriously, we turned our hobby into an awesome paying job! Basically, you can say we’re just seriously having fun and are really happy doing what we’re doing! :D

We’re lucky enough that some of you like our site and our videos, which we’re extremely happy for, and we’re lucky enough to be making enough money to live off of our site, which we’re extremely happy for as well. We’ve been hesitant to answer this question for so long, because we’re worried that we’re jinxing it by saying anything about it. We’re still in a state of awe and extreme gratitude.

So, thank you, every one, for your support in watching our videos and visiting our site. We put in a lot of hours, days, and sleepless nights in getting these videos and posts up, but if it weren’t for you spending the minutes to watch our videos and leave us feedback and lovely comments, we’d definitely have stopped by now. We hope to be able to do more in the future, to get more segments and to start new shows, to get some people in on the videos with us, and to keep on adding fun stuff to the site. We have so many ideas, just not enough time or people-power to do it!

Thank you, ALL YOU NASTIES!!!!!!!!!!!

**edit: For those of you asking about why Simon stopped teaching, the answer is in the comments below**

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  1. Wait, I know this is old but I still can’t find the comment where Simon spoke of why he stopped teaching?

    11 months ago
  2. Hello, my name is AMF11235, and I…use ad block. But I turn it off for your domain because now I know. I’ve loved your videos and blog posts for a while now, but just saw this one. Personally, I don’t think you two ever stopped being teachers. As I’m sure you’re aware, not all classrooms have walls and students staring back at you. Beyond that, not all learning happens in classrooms. I think you’ve just changed how you deliver information and where you teach, but you truly do teach us more than you realize. :)

    2 years ago
  3. I really wanna just thank you guise for your hard work and dedication!! :’) I have come to love your videos and posts so much and it has helped me a lot when it comes to understanding the Korean culture!

    Will support you guise till the end of time! Hwaiting!! Sending lots of love, hugs and kisses to the EYK crew (Spudgy and Meemers included) <3

    2 years ago
  4. I only just started using AdBlock, as I couldn’t stand the amount of stuff I was getting on other pages. It was actually effecting the download speed of pages I loaded.
    However, as soon as you mentioned that it was part of your revenue, I went and changed my settings just for your page. Even before I had AdBlock, I always found that the EYK page had subtler ads than a lot of others webpages that I have come across. The ease of the newer looking website on the eyes makes it a great experience, to go along with the brilliant videos

    4 years ago
  5. http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korean-elections/
    I believe it was this one or the one linked to in the blog post of that video.

    4 years ago
    • Hi! Sorry, I know this post is old. Is this link where we’re supposed to read/hear about Simon’s teaching problems? I still can’t find that part…

      1 year ago
  6. Hey, my TL;DR question is how does Korean food accommodate vegetarians, vegans, etc.. ? Because I’m a vegetarian (well, technically it is called “peskatarian” but I really, really, can’t stand the sound of that word) and when my family takes me out to some Asian restaurants there is little to no choice on the menu that is accommodating to me. I’m not as picky as some and I don’t really care if Ramen is made with a sort of broth, meat just upsets my stomach so I tend to pick it out; but I was just wondering do they not accommodate people with these needs/specifications and how do people response when “veg heads,” like myself, tell them that they are vegetarians?

    4 years ago
  7. well that totally makes sense why a bunch of people would hate you for that, LOL XDDD

    4 years ago
  8. You know what’s funny? A lot of people think they can keep voting for [Kpop Music Mondays] until Monday, when the video is relased, because….it only takes 10 minutes to make the video right?
    WRONG. =_=

    4 years ago
  9. Keep going you two!!! You are the most inspiring  people i ever saw (well… kinda met by the videos too xD) Yay for Martina’s school who supported you Simon! I hope that you both will overcome all the obstacles on the road to eatyourkimchi’s happiness! Thinking about buying myself a t-shirt now =) I’m one of your most loyal fans! Lot’s of love and support!!!

    4 years ago
  10. Are you guys thinking of ever partnering with other couples/people in Japan and/or China? Helping create a sister site of Eat Your Nori, or something like that, since it’s so evident that you’ve fallen in love with Korea, and probably aren’t going to be leaving any time soon? And thank you for all of your hard work. I just wish there were some people creating such informative, silly and pop culture oriented videos and blogs about other East Asian countries.

    4 years ago
  11. Oh dear i’m one of those who uses ad blocks hahaha. I shall disable the ad blocks for your site ^^

    4 years ago
  12.  As a fledgling blogger myself, I was wondering if you had any tips for how to get a blog going?
    how did it begin to become a source of income for you? Was it through ads, donations, both, or something different entirely?I’m a huge fan of you guys, you’re my heroes!

    4 years ago
  13. From a comment I saw on Youtube, you guys should set up a Paypal account and add a button somewhere on your site so we can donate to you guys. 

    4 years ago
  14. We’re here as tourists.  We’re in the process of getting a business visa here, though, and setting up EYK as a Korean business.

    4 years ago
  15. We’re thinking of ways to fix this…somehow…hopefully!  It ain’t easy, though.

    4 years ago
  16. YES SIMON and MARTINA! I will Love you forever,
    and I love the ads that I hate, 
    Just for your sake! 

    4 years ago
  17. (to martina)
    Hey martina! :D,
    enjoying to beautiful u?  i am, cant wait for the next ep!
    anyway, cant wait for ur wank/fapfap :)

    ~kthxbye ^-^

    5 years ago
  18. I spent (an incredibly brief) time teaching in Thailand a month or so a go, I too hated the administration but loved the kids (all 450 that I taught, except for maybe two hooligans!!) glad you pursued your dream, very inspiring :)

    5 years ago
  19. OMG Simon i laughed the whole way through that video thank you. those trucks parked outside of my apartment too and im on the 3rd floor. I KNOW YOUR PAIN!!!

    5 years ago
  20. Does clicking on “Skip Ad” box that appears 5 seconds into some ads make difference in the fee you collect? If it does, I will stay away from it.

    5 years ago
  21. After working at a cleantech startup for two years, I think you guys have every right to consider yourself entrepreneurs of mini-startup…essentially you both are redefining the model…*high five.* Working at a start-up requires countless hours of work (I have worked 48 hours straight without sleep….gaaah), tons of passion because otherwise why would you work so hard, and tons of creativity to make a break through. I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of hours you both dedicate to your blog and youtube videos and sacrifices you have made in your personal lives, its obvious how passionate you are about the subject of kpop and living in Korea, and you sh@t (excuse the french) unicorns and rainbows worth of creativity and ingenuity to communicate the nuances of kpop and korean culture (I wish I had this same talent!!!). Basically to sum it up you both are amazing and found something the public wanted…kpop…and provide it to the public in such a brilliant and accesible manner tthat you both make it seem so effortlessly easy…like watching break dancers or walking on fire or olympic divers of 3m springboard. 
    We all can’t wait to see how you expand this into larger business and good luck on the business visa process…we are all cheering for you!!!

    5 years ago
  22. Although I respect your opinion, I can totally see how this video could cause offence and be seen as a little bit insensitive, and I don’t think you should have uploaded it for that reason.
    Still, your school went a bit far asking you to quit making videos. It would’ve been better for them to let you know why they were offended so you could learn from the experience, especially since I’m positive that was not your intention.I also think that’s another reason things on the internet can get blown out of proportion in Korea; since a lot of people don’t have a good grasp of English or Western humour, they have to rely on translations which can often lead to misinterpretations, especially where humour is involved.

    Anyway, I love your videos in general and I’m glad that you stuck to making videos and that you, Simon, managed to get out of the school that made you miserable and instead do something you’re passionate about! That really does suck that you had to leave your students behind like that though. :/

    I’ll visit this website every day now that I know you get payed for each hit! Even if I have nothing to particularly watch on it! Thank you so much Simon and Martina. And HWAITING! :)

    5 years ago
    • Oh, phew, glad I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. While I did find it pretty funny, I was also feeling very uncomfortable at the same time. It was, uh, slightly disrespectful. I’m Eurasian and I’ve experienced a lot of different cultures, so I can understand where they’re coming from, but if I was Korean I’d be cringing too.

      Anyway, let bygones be bygones eh? They’ve come a long way since then, and I’m sure they learnt a lot from that experience. I’ve noticed they’ve been very culturally sensitive in all their videos since then (although you still get the odd offended viewer). Doing well, S&M. Doing well. ^^b

      5 years ago
  23. i wish i did not know english and had simon as my english teacher….oh how fun school would be, surprisingly..

    5 years ago
  24. Just wondering how much to you make when Mnet uses your videos for Music Mondays? I have seen your videos on TV here in the US on Mnet and they use your video blogges alot

    5 years ago
  25. You guys are awesome! I think it is so great that you can make a living doing these videos which are informative and HIGHLY entertaining. I can’t tell you how many times I have busted up laughing and I am usually at work so I get some crazy looks. I got into K-Pop in early 2009 and I have been watching your videos since around that time and I think it is amazing and inspiring how far you guys have come. Your videos were great then and they are great now. :)

    5 years ago
  26. i enjoyed the video and i have a lot of respect for you guise. i mean, i did before but i guess it’s kinda harder than i thought it would be. Simon’s story also made me really sad… but i’m glad you stepped-up and decided to make this website even more amazing instead. now your old school must be eating their socks cuz you are spreading the word about South Korea, good and bad, and there’s nothing they can do about it, really.

    i’m teaching english in japan and, from what i understand, the situations are really similar. and it’s totally the luck of the draw whether you get to teach in an amazing school or a shitty one… but too often, foreigners who come here to teach english get used as “human text recorders” (all we do is read the textbook and have kids repeat our “native” pronunciation…) and i’ve experienced both, and the latter just sucks. but anyways, like you said, that wasn’t the subject of the post.

    well done on all fronts. i shall continue to be your devoted supporter and laugh at your dumb jokes, and tell all my friends about it. and i don’t have ad-blocker so please still love me!!!

    keep it up ^_-

    5 years ago
  27. NICE!

    5 years ago
  28. OMG….. i’ve been using adblocks all these while.. i had no idea!!!!!! just edited my settings to allow ads only on eatyourkimchi!! sorry :(

    5 years ago
  29. THAT, is a hilarious video.  I don’t see why Koreans gave it a thumbs down.  It’s not dissing the voting process or anything, it’s a noise complaint that I bet almost all of them think of themselves!

    5 years ago
  30. Although I get that you guys don’t want to label what you’re doing as a career, you shouldn’t downplay it either because I think what you guys are doing is very brave and inspirational. In college I was taught that finding your vocation is what’s important (rather than an unhappy career). As one of my favorite teachers once told me, find what you love doing and find a way to make money off of that. I can’t really say for sure that you guys have found your vocation, because only you can really know for yourselves, but it looks to me like you guys have found it. (And if you’re uncomfortable about calling it a “career” or an “entrepreneurship”, how about calling it a vocation instead?)

    I love your videos and I can really tell that you guys put an enormous amount of work into them. :)

    5 years ago
  31. If you guys ever get a whole company going, my best friend and i will totally come work for you! Hit us up, okay? haha♥

    5 years ago
  32. For the record: I think your old videos are adorable.

    5 years ago
  33. I have disabled my adblock when viewing your site. I had no idea! OH THE HUMANITY! D:

    5 years ago
  34. I started watching EYK the Tuesday after you released Batoost’s “Beautiful” KMM (B2ST was my first ever kpop group ^^) I didn’t know what to expect, but you guys were so funny and I thoroughly enjoyed the review. After that, I started watching all of your past KMM and the mv that went with them. I can honestly say that it was EYK that opened the kpop world to me, and for that I will be forever grateful. Kpop is possibly my favorite genre of music and it introduced the Korean culture to me. Through each and everyone of your videos, I fell in love with Korea more and more and now it’s reached a point where my whole family knows of my “obsession” and will tease me relentlessly when I blare my kpop or spout facts about Korea that no white girl normally knows :P For now, I live vicariously through EYK, but because of Simon & Martina, it is a dream of mine to live in Korea and teach English. (I’m a freshman in college, so close, yet so far away)

    What I’m trying to say is, thank you Simon and Martina. You’ve opened up a culture I previously had disdain for (I was all for Europe. Asia was backwater in my mind) and given me a good idea of what to expect. I don’t think life in Korea will be all rainbows and sunshine, but I have confidence that I will find joy in living there. You can’t imagine how big of an impact you’ve had on my life. Like seriously, a huge impact. I’m a Nasty 4 Lyfe and will never falter in my support for you guys.Okay, I’m done now. XD

    5 years ago
  35. Nic

     I’m so sorry to hear that you had bad experiences like that Simon. The style of teaching they were trying to force you to do is why when Koreans come to Australia for a working holiday they can’t speak English to native speakers. They might have done years and years of English in school but when the point of it was for exam marks they struggle to actually have a real conversation. Many of them freak out when they realise how people really speak English and that there schooling did not prepare them for real life so they stick with only Koreans while here in Australia and miss out on many things.

    If more teachers taught the way you did, Koreans wouldn’t be so terrified to speak English out loud when they go to another country.

    5 years ago
  36. I want to thank you guys for what you do, its educational entertainment and I check your blog out everyday, just to see what’s going on. 

    BUY ALL THE T-SHIRTS!!!! :D

    5 years ago
  37. OMG, Meemers has a heart shaped grey mark on her side XD I took some screen shots if you can’t see it while re-watching the video~

    5 years ago
  38. How is the TV culture about foreign shows? Are the non-korean channels and their shows as watched/popular as the korean ones?

    5 years ago
  39. I can’t
    support you by buying the shirts and etc, but I’m glad that I support you by
    just watching your videos (and not using adblock lol), because they’re awesome!
    :DD

    Whenever there’s a new video here I go up to talk with some of my friends
    that’s subscribed to you also ^^

    Actually, I’m afraid that if you hire some people (I mean, depending on the
    “category” of work), your thoughts and style may get lost a little
    bit… like if you had another person to edit your videos.

    But I
    understand how it can be a little frustrating to have so many ideas and no time
    or malleability to put them into practise. The only thing I can think of is if
    you do the sections for some time, and then stop to do another section, like
    “oh, we’ve already made many FAPFAP videos and now maybe we can stop a
    little to do a new segment about (blabla)”

    I hope you guys get the chance to do these ideas you have :D

    S&M 화이팅! hahaha

    5 years ago
  40.  So.. I’ve disabled my adblock now XD

    5 years ago
  41. OMG THIS IS HILARIOUS XDDD I LOVE THIS VIDEO :D

    5 years ago
  42. We love your videos because you spread love through your videos  (。-_-。)(hope that doesn’t sound weird :)) ). 

    5 years ago
  43. My Fun TLDR Question: Simon, what is your favorite on camera moment of Martina? Martina, what is your favorite on camera moment of Simon?

    5 years ago
  44. *Turns off AdBlock on eatyoukimchi.com domain*

    5 years ago
  45. I’m gonna click on the ads every time I visit now :D I didn’t know it was THIS hard and I’ve gained so much respect for you guys !

    5 years ago
  46. awww i loved the video at the end of the playlist with all of martina’s students!
    so sweet! it looks like you enjoyed teaching a lot

    5 years ago
  47.  mad respect for u guys…keep up the  good work cuz u are living the dream of many fangirls, me included :D

    5 years ago
  48. Wow, just hearing about your story really touched me. You guys actually gave up your jobs for…well…I don’t want to say because I might be wrong…but…you gave up your jobs for us?

    *feels loved*

    Thank you for your hard work and I’ll continue to watch your YouTube videos with ads! Yes, I will suffer the mountains of ads just for you guys!!! XD

    And since I’m already typing, I wanted to ask you guys this question:
                      You know you guys like…interview U-KISS and them? How do you guys even get to meet them? What did you guys do after the interview? And do you contact the idols as friends?

    5 years ago
  49.  I think you guys were both still teaching when I started watching your videos. A friend posted a link to your “how to dance kpop (2010 ?)” Idk, it was shortly after you started doing regular music mondays. Anyway, i watched the video, and I was like, these are totally people I would have been friends with if I met them.  Then I watched every video of yours I could find. Now my 5 yo runs around shouting things like, “bunnies are puffy” and I love all the content you put out.

    5 years ago
  50. how much is  the shippin for a shirt that goes to europe .. cuz i cant seem to find the info on that page .. unless i buy a shirt … but first i need to know how much it will cost me ^.^

    5 years ago
  51. So many comments, and I’m not sure if you’ve answered this one or not, but does it count if I am watching your videos on my mobile app?  There are no ads on that, so I don’t think so.  But it is a YouTube app, so you’d think they’d find a way.  Anyway, that is the main way that I watch your videos (at work, dun dun dun), but I can wait until I get home if it means you getting paid.

    5 years ago
  52.  HAHAHA THE SOUND YOU USED AT THE END WAS FROM AMNESIA

    5 years ago
  53. I think both of you are doing a great job and i often critisize the teaching methods in korea. They just have to learn things for their exams but they are not learning anything to use it in their lifes afterwards…. they almost live in school and after that in university… i don´t want to start talking about their working lifes because one of my friends told me that its sometimes very similar to slavery considering the amount of time they spend there….
    i wanted to buy some of your shirts but why are there  no shirts in girl size s? i mean the light blue eat you kimchi shirt and the pale yellow  bilasa-shirt. do you know when there will be some of my size?

    5 years ago
  54. I remember this video, it’s awesome XD And the same effin thing happens here in Brazil during elections. Cars will go all over the city singing their jingles and making speeches, and several times they’ll stop in front of my apartment and leave the music going for hoooours until someone’d call the police. Ugh, so annoying OTL

    5 years ago
  55. I feel bad. I have ad blocker…sorry! I hate commercials and ads. But I will directly support you by buying t-shirts and I am willing to work for free for you guys if you want. I live in California though. 

    5 years ago
  56. Question, now that you two aren’t teachers, how are you able to say in Korea?

    5 years ago
  57. I don’t have ad block and all of your videos are amazing :D Do not worry, you will always have at least one subscriber (me :P) 

    And don’t be suprised that people watch the videos – you guys just show so much positive energy, you infect people with happiness! 

    5 years ago
  58. i really like you guys. and its thank to you that many of my friends got into kpop. if i just showed them the music videos they would be like meh~~ but then i showed them your reviews and they thought they were funny and that’s how they started following artist. thank you for your hard work!! :D

    5 years ago
  59. I disabled Adblock for EYK.com JUST FOR YOU GUYS. I expect some huge fanservice now??

    5 years ago
  60. I read the title of the blog post wrong.  Haha!  I thought it said, “How we staved blogging full-time.”  Hahaha!

    5 years ago
  61. I’ve been subscribed to your youtube channel for years, way back at the very beginning (Korean washrooms!). I’d been into manga and Japanese culture for a few years but had recently got into K-POP and wanted to know more about the culture of Korea (Korea is one of those countries that we literally know NOTHING about…all we hear about in the news is disaster and war and any reference to art or culture from Korea seems to be related to China and Japan…). I fell in love with both of you immediately. You’re just my kind of people, slightly edgy and alternative and totally loveable, plus, you’re videos told me stuff about Korea that I’d been searching for on the internet for but in a funny way from a standpoint similar to mine. It feels like since then time has flown by…you’ve changed and grown, I’ve changed and K-POP has changed too. But I’d like to say that I’m glad I found your videos. I know these are just words on a screen but you’ve in many ways helped me to accept myself, you’ve brought about discussions of Korea and drawn attention to Korea which gets us all talking, you’ve opened the way for other foreigners visiting Korea (I know I was tentative to express I wanted to visit Korea…Not 100% sure why) and obviously you’ve created a platform for international fans to discuss K-POP with a critical eye. I loved you both from the beginning, thank you both for everything and I hope to see you both in the future when I visit Korea!! :) x

    5 years ago
  62. “aahhhhhhhhh what’s k-pop?”  YUP!!!!

    5 years ago
  63. I just want to say that I am soooo happy you guys do this, I love your videos and watch them regularly. So from me to you…..Thank you for your dedication and love for your fans ^_^ We Love You Guys!!!!

    5 years ago
  64. I think you did the right thing by quitting, Simon. Schools try making everything simply book work, and in the end, what are the students really getting out of it? They need to have a good relationship with their teachers, and that’s all you were trying to do – to make it fun, but still make it so that they were learning.

    5 years ago
  65. Yeah most of Asia is like that. In Hong Kong, my cousin’s use memorization instead of actually using what they know to figure something out. They even have memory classes just for these students and parents pay $1000 just to take starting in kindergarten school. As long as they produce good results in exams (and make the gov look good) then it’s ok. 
    A funny thing is that during a certain time (i think early 2000), they taught kids how to speak. Little kids would talk like adults but in a fake way. It sounded like they were acting or giving a speech. They would have fake emotions and be really dramatic. Idk if korea had that or not, but that goodness they stopped. I wanted to shut them up so badly.

    5 years ago
    • Yes, in Asia the method of teaching is more or less the same: massive exams, a lot of extra school working, scores go first, etc..
      But one thing I’m sure of is that: HK people speak better english than Korean people due to their history with GB. When I traveled there, I know barely a word of catonese, I talked with people like saleman, policeman, radom people in the street, etc..they were able to answer my questions most of the time. I think that makes HK a unique and lovely place in Asia(their delicious food too LOL).

      5 years ago
      • i tots agreee with you. people in china and hong kong are excellent english speakers, their methods must be good. so many of my chinese friends are great at english.

        4 years ago
  66. Hehe sorry, from now on my adblock is disabled on this site xP I really like your videos so I hope you can continue for a long time d ^_^ b

    5 years ago
  67. BL

    I’d love to be like you guysssss whn i grow up, mentally i meant, and have a “job” or career that i’d like and enjoy . eventhough the “job” is taking a lot of your energy, im happy that you guys are having fun at the same time :”D~

    5 years ago
  68. I really don’t understand why your school was “disgusted” as you put it. What’s wrong with this? Because you didn’t like the method the candidates were using to promote themselves? Is that really so bad? Regardless I thought it was funny and you expressed yourself in a way that really wasn’t disrespectful. I hope when I come to Korea to teach I wont work for a school like that. My plans are to be in Seoul, so I am sorta at peace knowing I wont work for the administration you did. 

    아자 아자 화팅!

    ps. I am so getting one of your shirts. Been looking at them for a couple of weeks now. Just gotta wait for pay day. :D

    5 years ago
  69. Ok guys, I disabled adblock just for your site. Now you will get the moneyz from me. And I also wanted to tell you I didn’t start watching your videos ti ’10 or ’11 but when i did I went all the way back and watched all of your videos. I love your personalities and the way you talk about everything. It’s entertaining. Plus I love how you guys don’t put on a facade for the camera. You are just you so we really get the chance to know you. I will continue to watch your videos until the sad day when you stop making them. so keep it up ^_^ And I know you’ll get that Visa. You deserve it.

    5 years ago
  70. Simon, I’ve been a teacher here for five years (also trained in Canada) and luckily I’ve had a great experience, but I can imagine how difficult that must have been for you, especially as a trained teacher back home.  I’ve watched this video a few times and it always chokes me up.  I’m glad you had a great time with your students, regardless of the administration issues.  

    5 years ago
  71. Simon, I have mad respect for you.
    One of the biggest reasons why I moved to the U.S. from South Korea is because of the English teaching hagwons.
    I honestly didn’t learn anything because all we did was just workbooks.
    It was pure torture and thank God I left South Korea quite early!
    I honestly think their teaching method is sometimes wack (the fact that they ONLY study what is on their future exams rather than actually learning how to use it in life).
    I thank you for sharing your story with us!

    5 years ago
  72. Sue

    Oh, and I remember Simon saying he had a hair stylist on a live chat or something?

    A proud Viva La Spudgy shirt hangs in my closet! Well, actually, I wore it out yesterday, so I guess it isn’t in my closet now, but..

    5 years ago
  73. people tends to look at numbers to measure but it doesnt apply to everything :)

    5 years ago
  74. I just wanna say that I’ve been watching your videos since the near beginning and I really enjoy them because you all are quirky, nerdy, and most importaintly, my family comes from Korea, so it’s really exciting to learn about it from a point of view that I understand.  In the U.S. there’s so much emphasis on spanish, french, and japanese that Korea is totally shoved to the way-side.  I’ve been looking for Korean Language Classes for what feels like forever, and all I’ve gotten in the way of it was a Korean/English dictionary so I can at least build up my vocab.  That’s why I like your videos so much.

    5 years ago
    •  go to talktomeinkorean.com. It’s a pretty awesome website. :D (and it’s free and fully accessible)

      5 years ago
  75. M

    So, another question. It seems there are hardly any Taiwan blogs out there, and I’m going to taiwan one year from now (yay count-down!) and I was thinking of making a video blog once I get there. I think I’ll only have time for one video a week, but I would still like to have a nice opening sequence. How do you make all of your music and opening animations? 

    -monomonu from twitter. Sorry, I didn’t see that you had to sign in first and then it posted my comment ;A;

    5 years ago
  76. oh man.. I feel really bad for you! BUT: good thing you quit! (kinda..) because otherwise we couldn’t enjoy the glory of Eatyourkimchi! and btw: now I understand why most koreans don’t speak a single word of proper english (YES SM I’m looking at you!) if that’s how they teach them the language… 

    5 years ago
  77. Simon, just wondering if you would recommend the f/1.8 50 mm? i have a canon 500d, or could you recommend me some others? i really liked the end image of this video, and that’s what i’m looking for, so.. some advise? :)

    5 years ago
  78. omg you guys are AWESOMEEEEEEE :)!

    5 years ago
  79. I’d love to order a shirt or two from you guys but since I am on the
    bigger size I’d want to order a shirt I could actually wear. Sorry. :( 

    5 years ago
  80. I disabled adblock for your site :)

    5 years ago
  81. I disabled adblock for your site :) 

    5 years ago
  82. You guys are awesome!  Thanks for being you, and making great videos.  It is my dream to one day live in Korea, and for now you are helping me live my dream by doing videos about Korea.  I am so glad you are always so honest in your videos, and that’s what I love about them.  I’m really sorry you get a lot of negative feedback, but I’m glad that’s not holding you back!  I can’t thank you enough, and I love you guys!  Keep up the awesome work!  Eat You Kimchi fighting!

    5 years ago
  83. Why do I watch two dorks do silly/spazzy things? Because I too am a dork and enjoy the spazzyness and find it adorable 

    5 years ago
  84. I will not say something like: OMG! Your videos are funny and made me love korean culture..
    I will say : I apreciate your work on doing videos, i know how hard is to make one video… and i also can relate to you guys because i was a teacher and i have great memories with the students but not with the administration except  for one school… 
    Every Monday i check my youtube channel to see if you have been posting a new video…. and is like every five seconds …
    in the end: i will suport your hard work by watching all of your videos and vote for KPOPCharts and so on..
    Thanks! and sorry for my bad grammar

    5 years ago
  85. where did your McDonal’s Delivery video go? That’s the first video I came across your youtube channel. 

    5 years ago
  86. LOLOL just for the record, I thought the video was hilarious! I’m actually planning to become an English teacher in Korea myself after university, so I’ll definitely focus more on the positive aspects than on the negative. Thanks for the awesome videos! I always look forward to your videos every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday :D (at least I think that’s what your schedule is… LOL)

    5 years ago
  87. I love this TLDR! 

    I’m sure a lot of cool (and I mean cool-cool) people also watch your videos, but for a dork like me, Eat Your Kimchi has really proven to be a home. It’s been almost 2 years since I started watching your videos and I don’t think a day have passed without me typing eatyourkimchi.com and checking your website. 

    I’ve even converted my sister into a Nasty (IS THIS THE FANCLUB NAME NOW?! HAHAHA.). There was a time when we like marathon-ed your videos and we had such a blast. My sister and I are such dorks too. 

    Good luck, you guys. It’s really nice to have found people I can relate to and laugh with, even if it’s just over the internet. :)

    5 years ago
  88. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I didn’t realize how much it takes just to make one video. Your efforts are very much appreciated :) It’s also great that you guys are doing something you’re passionate about. I very much enjoy watching your videos and learn about Korea too!

    5 years ago
  89. well, just call me when you need an employee. lol

    5 years ago
  90. Guys, we watch your videos because we’re also nerdy and weird but you guys have actual important stuff to say. You take us to places most of us will never get to see or experience in real life. And you are never boring! We watch because it’s always entertaining and we love you.

    5 years ago
  91. Add me to the people who have disabled adblock, I felt guilty hearing you guys :( 

    5 years ago
  92. Well ya’ll are making tons of money off of me, because not only have I watched all of your videos and do not ad block, but I post your vids on my facebook regularly. Plus I watch the ones I really like over and over. Good Times. Thanks for all you do! Even if you do enjoy it. Sooooooper Happy for you! <3 =D

    5 years ago
  93. You guys should do a video on “The Life of a EYK Video,” like how you did a “A Day in a Life in Korea.” Go through the process of setting up, recording, and editing. Just a thought!

    5 years ago
    • You know, we’ve been talking about doing this, but – really – IT’S SO BORING!  How long can someone watch us sit in front of a computer, you know?  But if we can think of a way to execute it decently, then we’ll give it a shot :D

      4 years ago
      • If you fly me over from Australia, I would be more than happy to film the entire thing for you. I might even bring a Nu’est member over with me, to hold the extra equipment. :p

        4 years ago
  94. Why did Martina quit teaching???

    5 years ago
  95. I love you so much I use unnecessary capitals. That’s a whole lot of love. 

    5 years ago
  96. Couple of things. ^_^

    I used to be guilty of ad-block.  I was still living in the stone-age of dailup as everyone else was upgrading to DSL and cable.  At that time ad-block was self defence; if I didn’t use it, I would spend way longer than comfortable waiting for the average page to load.  Not pleasant.  I have, however, caught up to the current century, yay!  So no longer use ad-block. ^_^

    Second is a question, and if anyone at all has the answer I would be ever so grateful.  Is it really necessary to watch the entire pre-ad on youtube ir order for the channel (i.e. simonandmartina) to get paid?  Because some of those video ads are getting insane.  I saw a 6 minute one que up once and I said to myself ‘nope, not happening, el-skippo’.) I don’t mind a minute, or even two, but when the ad gets longer than the video I want to watch… shudder.

    Thx :)

    5 years ago
  97.  I have added your site to the exceptions in AdBlock, so now it displays the adds on your website.

    5 years ago
  98. Guys!! can i work for you when i move to korea n u have your own studio/bussiness?  I’m a fashion designer student. So i could make outfitts for u, be your stylist n if u guys want do make up and hair :P I never get sick of ur videos, someday i will send u 600 botles of ranch for u to enjoy:P love from montreal

    5 years ago
  99. My husband and I want to start a vlog too, we love watching your videos! After we watched this we quickly removed adblock (we’ve only had it for 2 days) we support EYK!

    5 years ago
  100. Ah, I’ve been following your videos since the beginning! Don’t say they were bad, ’cause watching them really got me following all your different updates and segments.

    I really love what you’re doing now, with the WANK and the FAPFAP videos, keep doing what you’re doing! o u o)b

    5 years ago
  101. I love that you are putting a playlist of your older videos on after your current video.  I have been watching your videos for a few years now and I love how it brings back the memories of watching them the first time.

    5 years ago
  102. I came to read about the part of Simon having a hard time at his old school. Where is that?

    5 years ago
  103. Now Adsense is going to screw you because you “asked ppl to click on your ads” lol

    5 years ago
  104. I really love the video! :)

    5 years ago
  105. Yeay! Thank you for fixing Disqus.
    You know, if you allowed us to donate money to support you, I’m sure it would actually increase your revenue. I’m not ashamed to say I use adblock, not on your site because your ads aren’t invading or popping up or porn-like, but I do use it on Youtube, so I don’t have to watch the video ads. Maybe it makes a difference but I won’t change this. However, if I could, I would totally give one euro for each video I watch (which is more than what ads can provide you, I think)
    What do you think of this idea? It would only cost you one more link at a corner of your site! I already saw that on several blogs, so I guess it’s not illegal or complicate!

    5 years ago
  106. Step 1: Go to the EYK website
    Step 2: Go to your adblock extension (where ever it is visible right now)
    Step 3: Click on the “Don’t run on pages on this domain”
    Step 4: Refresh the pageStep 5: You see ads for only this website and Simon & Martina profit.

    5 years ago
  107. I just excluded add block and pop ups block on eatyourkimchi domain : ) 

    5 years ago
  108. Yeah i remember hearing about it but i never found out which one it was…

    5 years ago
  109. 1970’s song?! Really?! Well, it was a good one too!

    5 years ago
  110. Actually I’m editing a short film right now ^.^ (or not, because I’m watching you o.o )

    But sadly it takes more than just 10 hours, because we have to use the freakin’ Avid Media Composer >..<

    I'd love to edit the footage like yours though…..much more fun….but without stupid Avid of course……

    5 years ago
  111. Thank You Simon and Martina for your AWESOME videos!

    5 years ago
  112. simon why did you have a
    hard time teaching!? :3

    5 years ago
  113. TT_TT i love you guys!!!! dunno why i just had to say it now!!!
    aaww i rememberer the first time i watched your video, it was SHINee’s Japanese Replay review and i thought you guys were hilarious and starting watching ever since!!
    oh don’t worry i don’t use adblock!!! ^^you guys should make a SOU UN DORITO top!! and i would totally buy it!!!

    5 years ago
  114. I started to watch your videos around February 2012 when I saw you guys on hello pop. I’ve been addicted to your channel ever since. I really wish you the best and hope that your channel will flourish even more in the future and now. Thank you for creating such an amazing channel for lovers of kpop and korea. =)

    5 years ago
  115. Oh and all the fans, don’t click on the ads too much or Google might think they are cheating by trying to get more funds so they could get charged I think. It’s just what I’ve heard, but I’m not quite sure what happens. Just click on all the ads once a day or so. :)

    5 years ago
  116. I want to know why Simon was having a hard time too… In any case, I’m glad it worked out for you guys! ^_^ I know adblock is tempting sometimes because some websites (looking at you Allkpop!) are really annoying with their ads and in America you get a lot of random popup ads. But I don’t have it mostly because of you guys! <3

    5 years ago
    • You can enable it for some websites (which deserve it, because of their over-use of pop-up and other invading ads) and disable it for awesome websites which you want to support!

      5 years ago
  117. Hey, congrats from Hong Kong (this is my first comment), I have a squishy faced dog too in the shape of a pug, I want to get the spudgy tshirt but is there a way to pay by paypal instead as I don’t have a credit card ! How much is shipping to Hong Kong ? Many thanks :D

    5 years ago
  118. Oh! I didn’t know that :c Adblock is now disabled on your site. More money for you guisee! :D

    5 years ago
  119. I disabled adblock, just for you guys. I will suffer through ads for my favourite couple to continue with what they love!!

    5 years ago
  120. Kim

    lol I just clicked on your ads about 30 times ^__^ I MAKE U RICHARR. & btw thank you so much for your videos/vlogs what so ever. It’s so much fun to watch you two. You are amazing! (I’ll send you a fanmail soon, so if you receive a package from Germany it’s probably from me c:)

    5 years ago
    • oh no no c: I was just joking. I only clicked two times. Once because there was an ad for cheap flights to South Korea and once because of an ad for learning Korean in my area ^__^
      don’t worry!

      5 years ago
  121. i still want to know why simon had a hard time teaching

    5 years ago
  122. Have you guys thought of trying to start up a Kickstarter for the business visa? I feel like you guys have a large enough fan base that love you lots and would help you out…

    5 years ago
  123. I sympathise with what you’re saying – it’s something I’ve wondered about for a while, especially when I encounter those ‘stupid people’ commenting hereabouts. Personally, I would be more than happy to kick out all the immature butthurt fans, and have an exclusive group of Nasties who are fairly open-minded and won’t get offended by S&M’s opinions.
    But….there are too many arguments against doing that. One is uh, supercalifragimoneylisticexpialidocious – they didn’t actually tell me that, but it’s something I try to keep in mind, – another is the death threats they’d get as a result. Also, it’s different if they were intending to offend people (ie. I think pedophiles are sick, in a bad way, and if there are any pedophiles here and I offended you, then YAY because that was my intention!), but they’re not. Well, at least I think they’re not? Have to get them to clarify that themselves.
    Lastly, I don’t think anyone really wants to be a victim of hate by thousands of people. It just comes with being well-known, and it’s sad. If they’re gonna get haters no matter what they do, might as well try to reduce the percentage, no?

    And to quote my favourite actor, I know it’s a cliche but I never wanted to be famous. I don’t believe anybody wants to be famous. ~ Jeremy Renner. #ohjeremywhyareyousoperfect <3 <3

    5 years ago
  124. As much as I LOVE watching your videos guise, i always go your blog and read your posts! I love your random long posts <3
    You are making people happy guise!
    Thanks for existing!!!◦^⌣^◦

    5 years ago
  125. My sister is a graphic designer with digital illustration background if you need lovely pictures made!! (and she cosplays) http://anime-twin27135.deviantart.com/ (For reference!)

    5 years ago
    • Also as a person with Chinese roots… I apologize on behalf of my people…. My twin and I love your videos, your lovely selves, along with spudgy and Memers!! 

      5 years ago
  126. I’m still curious about what your legal status is in Korea exactly… it’s not like there’sa “video-blogging” VISA or whatever :) How did you guys sort out the legalities of changing from an E-2 VISA?

    5 years ago
    • So right now you’re just sneakily hanging out on a visitor’s permit or something? :P

      5 years ago
      • Oh wow I didn’t know it was 180 days for Canadians, that’s awesome. I live in Korea and collect money through Adsense too. It’s hard starting a business here because foreigners who want to start a business here have to pay I think around a six figure (dollars) amount to the government just to be allowed to have a business here.    

        5 years ago
  127. gahh…twitter not working for disqus!!

    5 years ago
  128. A big hooray for Simon and Martina~! :D (plus confetti – I love confetti)

    You guys are amazing and I am jealous of the guts it took for you to
    quit your jobs and start bloggin full-time. And putting up with eating
    “poor peoples” ramen for like a year :P

    Hope to see many more of your entertaining, funny and informative videos! ^__^

    5 years ago
  129. I KNOW RIGHT!!! I actually went back to watch the video to check….yup….pretty sure he said he was gonna write about his troubles with teaching….hmmm….. *narrows eyes at Simon*

    On the other hand though, it’s gonna be hard to write that without potentially offending people. But since they offend people no matter what – might as well do it right? xD

    5 years ago
  130. I think nerds/dorks just attract fellow nerd/dorks. *raises hand*

    What I’ve always wondered though, how do you manage to stay so…happy? If I had so little free time, working constantly under massive pressure in a job that has no ‘endpoint’ – as in you can keep improving it forever if you wanted to – I’d be really, really grumpy and burnt out by now. Wait a sec. That actually sounds really familiar. HEY STORY OF MY LIFE *DUN DUN DUN* T_T

    Is it cos….you have each other? *intoxication music* Does this mean if I get married, it’ll relieve a bit of my stress? Or does that only work for awesome couples like you two? :p

    5 years ago
  131. Aaaahhh, you took a big chance deciding to do this but you’ve made a lot of people happy for sure (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*: ・゚✧ CUDDLES

    5 years ago
  132. ey best of luck! i met the most awesome people because of youtubing and blogging. and see, i found you two!
    a change of career is always hmmm scary(?) but with that comes fun ^_^

    5 years ago
  133. I beg to disagree. I absolutely love your old videos – they were EPIK.

    5 years ago
    • hell yeah, i still remember the dduk-bokkie video from years and years ago, and only came to the realization that it’s the same people after a long time. It was ghetto-tastic.

      4 years ago