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Korea vs Australia

September 12, 2013

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Ok, so we talked about a few of the differences between Korea and Australia that we’ve noticed, and hopefully told a story or two that made you chuckle. We skipped out on the obvious ones like Australia doesn’t have as many Korean people, for example. We did notice a lot of Korean people, though! Not tons everywhere, like in Korea, but we did hear a bunch of people speaking Korean. There was even one time in which we walked by some people, and heard them do the quick “OH!” that sounds Korean. You know what I’m talking about! We turned to each other and said “they must be Korean!” and we turned around and we were right. We didn’t shout it out, of course, and embarrass everyone at hand, obviously. We’ve got more tact than that! Point is, we saw a bunch of Korean people there!

Here I Come!

Speaking of embarrassing everyone, here’s another story: the night of the Melbourne event, after all was said and done, we got together with all of the event organizers and had dinner. One of the people there claimed to be really good at staring contests. I, Simon, decided to take her on. I wanted to close my eyes for a bit first and get all the moisture back in them. She asked if I wanted a go at it. I said yes, just give me a second. And then I said we’ll go when I count down from 3. Here’s how the rest of the dialogue went.

Simon: 3
Simon: 2
Simon: …
Simon: …
Girl: Where are you?
Simon: Wait…I’m coming!

To the other patrons of the restaurant looking over at us at that moment, they saw a man, in deep concentration, with his eyes closed and eyebrows furrowed, shout out I’M COMING! Of course this was right when the song at the time finished playing, and everyone simultaneously finished their sentences. Great. Great Simon. Just great. Welcome to Melbourne, you loud comer!

Architecture

Silly stories aside, we did notice a few more major differences. The loveliest part of Australia, I’ll say, is the architecture. Austalian Nasties, your buildings are beautiful. Korea’s very bright and glittery, but a lot of the buildings here look like they were built in haste, with little coherence to them. Right now I’m looking at the big blocky box of a GAP building, next to the Go store which looks like a house from the 1940s, next to a dingy, boxy Nike store, next to a giant, glittering hodgepodge of a building with the cascading Christmas lights that haven’t been taken down since Christmas. I’m not trying to badmouth Korea here. I know that Korea’s been developing very rapidly, and it’s amazing how quickly it’s come along in 50 years, really it is, but Austalian architecture has a lot of heritage buildings. Melbourne and Sydney look like the 1800s meets current time, very starkly contrasting old architecture and new architecture. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe it. All I can say is that it’s really, really pretty, in my opinion. Korea, I like a lot of things about you, but your rapid construction – though I respect some parts of it – isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing. DON’T MURDER ME KOREAN NETIZENS! I TRIED MY BEST TO SAY THAT AS NICELY AS POSSIBLE!

I Need About Tree-Fiddy

Other things we’ve noticed: Australia is, umm, expensive. Whoa guise. Whoa. Paying 15 bucks for a meal? That’s a bit too rich for our blood! We wanted to get a bottle of water at the convenience store, and it cost us $2.80. I’m used to paying 700 won for a bottle of water! DAAAYUM. I’m not sure what the standard price for water is where you’re from. We might be spoiled by how cheap water is here. Regardless, almost 3 bucks for a bottle of water seems steep. And the taxis? $7 for a 2 minute ride! Also, we asked about the price of real estate in Sydney, because – again – your architecture is so freaking beautiful, and we were told that a typical 2 bedroom apartment goes for $2800 a month. DAMN THAT’S STEEP! That’s a lot more than what we’re paying for our place. We didn’t get to compare the prices of everything in Australia, but – from the few things we did compare – everything was more expensive in Australia.

Anyhow, if you’re interested in seeing what our trip to Australia was like, we’re going to start publishing our vlogs on it tomorrow! We had a lot of footage and a lot of things to show! Make sure you’re subscribed, so that you don’t miss out on anything!

Lastly, be honest guise: what’s a Sex Bar?

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  1. “their sewer system is connected to the pits of hell” ahahahahaha!!! oh god that toilet part was hilarious!!
    ahahaha oh man now i really wanna see what an Australian toilet is like!!!!!

    shops close at 6pm??? i thought Englands closing hours sucked!!!

    man this was hilarious and i loved it and i missed watching you guys!!!!!!

    2 years ago
  2. Hmm, I live in the US and it sounds like prices are more similar to Australia than Korea (especially now that I’m in DC and hoooo boy, I got so jealous when my friends who are moving to Ohio are going to pay $550 a month in rent for a two bedroom house, my rent for a single apartment room will probably be closer to $800 a month >< )

    2 years ago
    • D.C. can be expensive depending where you live, maryland is worse! I’m spending 550 on a room in a baltimore shared apartment in an area where my car has been broken into several times in the past year….

      2 years ago
  3. I hope you’re tummies feel better. Totally sucks when your stomach gets culture shocked too. I didn’t realize how much faster South Korea’s internet was to the United States. Now I’m just curious to check that out. So many more reasons to visit.

    2 years ago
  4. After this talk about confusing Australian coffee terminology, I look forward to the upcoming European culture shock. As a Dutch person I’m really curious how foreigners view the Netherlands. You do know not to ask for a coffee shop in Holland right. They don’t actually serve hot caffeinated beverages…

    2 years ago
    • pssst don’t say anything that will be too funny lol

      2 years ago
    • Yes, yes, let them go into a coffee shop in Holland and see what happens. >:)

      2 years ago
    • How I view the Netherlands ? It’s Paradise, like a whole different planet, where people are nice and laws are applied (useful ones, not the senseless crazy s*** we have in my beautiful sunny country), where garbage is disposed in trash cans, not in the middle of the street… I could write all day about the differences… I miss Amsterdam

      2 years ago
    • Dude, you don’t even have to take a step into theresaid “coffee shop” because you can smell it from miles away! ;)

      2 years ago
  5. I’m still thinking about the sex bar thing… Oh man

    2 years ago
  6. Hey Simon and Martina, I can agree that our internet is really bad here. We were going to get better internet but we had a election and the party against better internet won, so maybe for a long time we will still have very slow upload and download speeds. Also did you guys get to try out vegemite? (It’s amazing btw :3 ) And one last thing, I don’t know what a sex bar is XD

    2 years ago
  7. The chart is outdated,Hong Kong has the fastest internet speeds. South Korea is currently ranked 4th, behind HK, Japan and Romania.

    2 years ago
  8. Hahahaha Internet speed sucks here in Au and the wankers have just voted in a government who’s party thinks the broadband network doesn’t need to be any faster lol. (wanker; someone who doesn’t visit a sex bar and spends way too much time in a toilet cubicle)
    Question?? Did you pick up any Aussie slang words offa any shielas or bogans?

    2 years ago
  9. Australia is expensive but our pay rate is higher! So it balances out.

    2 years ago
  10. Actually, about the ”language bubble” you find yourself in when you’re in another country: I experienced that as well when I was living in the UK, but then when I came back to France I stayed in my bubble for several good weeks. Like if someone was talking to me in a shop or in the street, I wouldn’t realise they were adressing me/wouldn’t understand why they were talking in French. Even now when I go to the supermarket I sometimes catch myself thinking with wonder ”Ooooooh this is written in French!” when well, obviously it won’t be written in another language…

    2 years ago
  11. Hahahaha our violent toilets are a portal to hell xD And you more or less perfected the Aussie accent. Well done, guise.

    Here we go, point for point:
    Australian internet speeds are crappola (I could only upload my vlogs overnight). And seeing as we just elected a gov’t who isn’t interested in having a really fast fibre-optic network, we’ll be stuck like this for 3 years at the least.

    Most stores will close at 6pm every day, except for Thursdays, which is designated Late Night Shopping. It’s also dependent on where you live (Melbourne and Sydney will have more stuff open cf Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth, likewise capital cities cf country cities). We just have the laidback lifestyle.

    On coffee, yes we have weird terms for it, which is quite confusing for tourists (which is also probably why they frequent Starbucks).

    I have to say Melbourne CBD is architecturally beautiful (mainly because in Brisbane we don’t have as many heritage listed buildings).

    And I have to agree, S&M. AUSTRALIA IS EXPENSIVE. Public transport is really expensive here, as well as a whole lotta other stuff (which is why I wanna move back to Singapore)

    Anyhoo… DID I SEE PERTH? DID I SEE BRISBANE? O.O (Apologies for the strange expressions on your face, Simon) Nasties, be prepared to become tour guides xD

    2 years ago
  12. Here in the UK we can just get water from the tap, but everything else is pretty expensive

    2 years ago
  13. Everything is so expensive, because the Minimum Wage for adults in Australia is something like $17 USD. So, expensive yes, but everyone can afford to eat and the corporates don’t literally profit on the backs of the poor. I’d be surprised if it was anything like that in Korea.

    I’m in the US and generally jealous of the Aussie and Canadian healthcare and min. wages…sigh stupid USA…

    2 years ago
    • In NZ it’s been raised to $13.75 NZD (which the internet tells me is $11.20 US) and I was reading their post thinking they think $2.80 for bottled water is expensive? How do they expect the people working in the bottling factories to eat if they are practically giving the products away? Also in New Zealand you buy a bottle when you need one and then you can just refill it with tap water from one of the many public water fountains for free, so why would I even need another bottle?

      2 years ago
  14. Well, the prices are nothing compared to Norway…Since you are coming to Oslo, i would advice you todouble check the prices, and whatever you do never, just never, take the taxi. consider yourself warned!!

    2 years ago
    • But at least in Norway the water is so yummy you can get it right from the tap :3

      2 years ago
      • Norwegian water FTW!!!! Simon and Martina you have to taste it….like from the tap *__*

        2 years ago
        • lol.. What is with Scandinavians and their worship of their tap water? I was at a conference in Sweden (which was about physics and had nothing to do with water..) and the organizer spent the first 5 mins of his introduction on a rant about how perfect and fantastic Swedish tap water was… I honestly couldn’t see it. It seemed no different from my tap water back home in Canada, but perhaps that is because I’m from the middle of nowhere, east coast of Canada, so we have a well.

          Either way it was way better than the shite that comes out of my tap here in London UK. Least thirst-quenching water ever.

          2 years ago
        • I am born in Norway, and seriously, you don’t drink any other kind of water here than the one that comes from the tap (well, it’s free and all that), except for when you can’t drink from the tap or you are outside somewhere. And i’m so used to the heaven like taste of the water here, i can’t even drink water from other countries, and then we’re talking about water bottles.

          2 years ago
  15. That angry Aussie man is great. You have no ideas how many times I’ve been in a bathroom with all the stalls occupied and half the girls were just using their phones, like seriously? Get the f*** out.

    2 years ago
  16. Hello Dothraki Man Warrior, Rainbow Princess, THE SPUDGY, and Dr. Meems!
    What is religion like in Korea?

    2 years ago
  17. Love all the new sound effects! :D
    p.s. also happy to have you guise back on my computer screen…missed you!

    2 years ago
  18. I died laughing! I can’t wait to find out what a sex bar is.

    2 years ago
  19. YES I love that you guys know Flight of the Conchords! Have to say Sugalumps is my favorite…What is your favorite?

    2 years ago
  20. Simon did that man yelling “It’s not a sex bar, it’s a f*cking toilet” cause explosive laughter from those of you in the restroom?

    2 years ago
  21. We’re ashamed of our internet too…And it seems it won’t get any better any time soon ==;

    2 years ago
  22. Pfff…that guy sure didn’t have a lot of patience…could it be that he was trying to say “a toilet is not a place where you can do your things” in the least elegant way and he came up with the “sex bar” concept..?
    I think the reverse culture shock is even more drastic when it is about two cultures as different as the Asian and the Anglosaxon ones, even if this is also your native cultural background, so it should have been less worrying!
    For example, I’m sure it’d be harder for a person like me, since I come from a Latin culture, even if in Australia there are lots of people of Italian origin (I also have got family members there)….Anyway, two Canadian people who live in Korea coming to Australia: this was really interesting! XD

    2 years ago
  23. The prices for food you’ve mentioned aren’t that much different in London/Toronto (Canada). You might be lucky to get a bottle of water for $1.50, but I think the general price is $2. And $15 for a meal (sans taxes) isn’t that uncommon (and might even be considered cheap) these days.

    2 years ago
    • I know I can get a small bottle of water for like, 79 cents, but the average is like… I want to say a dollar seventy five, because that’s what it is at school XD I mean, I’m in small town Nova Scotia, but, I can get a bottle of juice some places for less money than a bottle of water – I can get a coffee for less than a bottle of water xD Well… if it’s a small coffee…

      2 years ago
      • I think water might be a bit cheaper than a bottle of juice- but only by $0.25, if my memory is right. I think you’re right about getting a small coffee cheaper than a bottle of water. I’m pretty sure a Tim Horton’s small is less. X’D Oh dear.

        2 years ago
        • I don’t usually get coffee, but I know a medium Ice Capp is about the same as a bottle of water OTL it’s a bit ridiculous sometimes

          2 years ago
  24. hahahahhahahaha u guys r awesome……i want to know so badly what a sex bar is that i will try googling it xD :P

    2 years ago
  25. If you think Australia is expensive, just wait for Norway ;)

    2 years ago
    • Also switzerland, with a small thing of past of 15 POUNDS. That’s $23 people!!

      2 years ago
    • yup. Our country is really expensive. probably more like 4 bucks for a bottle of water, and that’s at a convinience store. if you’re at a restaurant, a bottle of water will cost you a little under 6$ sometimes. Oh and some places taxiprices starts at 20$, soo I’d recommend the bus in Oslo where everyone sort of rides for free (most people just don’t buy tickets and the busdrivers never check). well anywhoooooo, bring cash. yup.

      2 years ago
      • At restaurants, tap water is free. And the Norwegian tap water is great.

        2 years ago
        • Hahaha. What makes the tap water so good? Does it come with carbonated options?

          2 years ago
        • It tastes good:P And at some places, the tap water is (mountain) spring water.
          About the carbonated water, a coupe of friends of me have machines where they carbonate it:P But it is not THAT common yet. I have yet to experience them at restaurants, but I’ve seen them at work and school.

          EDIT: Aaactually, I’ve seen some taps where carbonated water is an alternative, but only twice.

          2 years ago
        • Yay for tasty tap water! Where I live we just drink tap water because it tastes good but when my family travels and we drink tap water from Houston it tastes bad.

          2 years ago
      • do you like black metal and what do you like about living in norway is it really as socialist and equal as they say?

        2 years ago
        • It’s easy to come by black metal here, but it’s not common at all on the radio (’70s and ’80s pop and rock are). A lot of people love it, though. I’m not one of them.

          2 years ago
        • Greetings from a Norwegian Nasty.
          Well no black metal isn’t my thing really, as far as i know its not that popular where i live. As for what i like well, the education is free usually (if you don’t go to a fancy private school), the food is delicious like (Kjøttkake=Meatkakes its kind off like meatballs but not really), we do try to have a rule as equal opportunities for all, the nature is stunning (i have traveled in Norway a lot) and Ylvis are awesome. In the case of if we are socialistic i am not sure really. I don’t know that much about the politics
          I hope that helps you. :D

          2 years ago
  26. Are you guys going to make “Ooh! You so nasty!” headbands/bandanas?

    2 years ago
  27. LOL! You guise have to visit the Philippines to experience REALLY slow internetzzz.

    2 years ago
    • I agree! At public places (hotels, malls, coffee shops, buses, etc) it’s super slow that’s why I don’t like going out of the house, unless I have a pocket wifi with me. Haha! At home, we have a pretty decent internet, I could watch a youtube video at 480p continuously and 720p with a little buffering. Well, it actually depends on your service provider as well as your subscription.

      2 years ago
  28. So glad that you are back! ^_^

    This TL;DR was hilarious…..even my husband calls out your praises for using diarrhea as the ultimate escape clause (from anything) XD. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all talk to our families about poo so nonchalantly and they wouldn’t even bat an eye? LOL! BTW, those prices seem pretty on par with Canada……sucky, but similar…..

    I’m laughing too hard to really write more, so I’ll just take my giggles and leave. Looking forward to the other videos. …..

    p.s.Maybe that guy was tapping outside the door because he thought it was a signal to get a sex partner (I’ve heard that this is international for gay men in public washrooms) and either a) that is what he wanted so he was frustrated that you all were just doing your business or b) he was trying to trick someone into coming out to get their toilet – either way, still so so so funny!

    2 years ago
  29. Now, I really want to know what a sex bar is! That shit was funny! I missed you guys! So much, in fact, that I started going though your old videos to see which ones I haven’t seen. Not alot, it turns out. Lol

    2 years ago
  30. “It’s not a sex bar, it’s a f*cking toilet!!”

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOLOOOOLLOLOLOLOLOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~~~!!!!!!!!! OH MY LAWD, MY STOMACH IS GOING TO CRUMBLE IN ON ITSELF!!!

    2 years ago
  31. haha your trip was so funny. about the prices in europe it’s about the same. i pay almost 2 bugs for water but in a big city where it’s really lively it’s about as much as you paid. when i was in london i was like…damn my poor money ;.; *going back to germany*

    2 years ago
    • Nev

      why are you buying bottles of water in London? or just buy one and re-fill it from any old tap.

      2 years ago
      • because i was there on vacation and i didn’t want to bring 10 bottles water from home haha well it was not my first time there so i knew it was expensive and brought enough money

        2 years ago
        • Nev

          LOL, my point was London tap water is fine to drik so why bother buying it? I can understand you need to buy A bottle to start off to wander around with, but I didnt understand why youd buy more?

          2 years ago
  32. So glad that you are back! ^_^

    This TL;DR was hilarious…..even my husband calls out your praises for using diarrhea as the ultimate escape clause (from anything) XD. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all talk to our families about poo so nonchalantly and they wouldn’t even bat an eye? LOL!

    I’m laughing too hard to really write more, so I’ll just take my giggles and leave. Looking forward to the other videos. …..

    p.s. Maybe that guy was tapping outside the door because he thought it was a signal to get a sex partner (I’ve heard that this is international for gay men in public washrooms) and either a) that is what he wanted so he was frustrated that you all were just doing your business or b) he was trying to trick someone into coming out to get their toilet – either way, still so so so funny!

    2 years ago
  33. Loved your stories! Here things are a lot more expensive than even Australia. A one bedroom that’s tiny is about $2,000 a month minimum. Just to get a decent meal I have to pay $20 unless I want McD’s or some crap. Maybe the big flush button is for all those incredibly tall, fit people you saw!

    2 years ago
  34. Oh Simon – you “loud comer” you. Laughed so hard I was snorting.

    2 years ago
  35. Come to Perth! Come to Perth! Come to Perth!!

    And oh ya. The coffee terms.
    Short coffees are coffee with only a shot of espresso, and long coffees are coffees with double shot of espresso. So if you ordered a short mac, then its will be a shot of espresso that comes in a small cup, and if you ordered a long mac then you will be served in the normal coffee cup, either top up with milk or the traditional version. Applies to Americano as well.

    And for the iced coffee, I am pretty sure that it is the shop that you go to (or maybe because it is Melbourne). Here in Perth you can opt to add ice cream or without, and its usually on the menu or the barista will ask you. I’ve always got my normal iced latte and iced mocha without the ice cream.

    2 years ago
  36. Australia is mad shit expensive. We went there last year and before the football, my woman got a bottle of fruit cider for $15. Dafuq? But its only mad shit expensive for tourists, national minimum wage for anyone over 20 in AU is $16 an hour, so it all balances out.

    2 years ago
  37. Hi Simon and Martina, what is it like living as non-smokers in Korea?

    2 years ago
    • Short answer: an obstacle course!

      2 years ago
      • STOP GENERALIZING. I’ve made 23 Korean friends so far and NONE of them is a smoker.

        2 years ago
      • living in a town where koreans make up the majority it is very clearly seen that a lot of koreans smoke. it boggles my mind how the tennis courts are filled with korean people keeping in shape and exercising all hours of the day and then they take a break to smoke a cigarette……. why? -_____-

        2 years ago
      • Wow, is smoking really common in Korea?

        2 years ago
        • 53% of South Korean males smoke versus only 5% for females. Hellooooo compulsory military service!

          Russian males top the world with a wheeze inducing 70% of them smoking. High five Russia! *cough* *cough* *cough*

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prevalence_of_tobacco_consumption

          What really matters though is restrictions on where you can smoke. Different countries have wildly different laws on where you can and can not smoke.

          2 years ago
        • Its getting more and more expensive to smoke in Australia i think its up to around $14 for a pack of 20

          2 years ago
        • I thought it was like $30 per pack, but I’m not too sure.

          2 years ago
        • Oh god yes, if you go to any american University with any sort of Korean demographic, it’s such a high rate of smokers.

          2 years ago
        • NOT REALLY.

          2 years ago
        • Well I know cigarettes are really, REALLY cheap in Korea, like $2 for a pack of 20 etc. But I didn’t realise it was so common. Makes sense I guess.

          2 years ago
        • Yeah, one of my best friends is studying in Korea, he’s a smoker in the US, and from Virginia (which is notorious for having the cheapest cigarettes in the East Coast, due to Virginia being the original location for tobacco plantations yada yada). They’re 5 bucks a pack in Virginia, and he says in Korea they’re better tasting, and significantly cheaper.

          2 years ago
  38. Dothraki man warrior lol i love you guys ^_^

    2 years ago
  39. My internet stopped loading the video at the start of the toilet flush part xDD

    2 years ago
    • Also have fun in Europe ’cause it’s quite expensive here. Especially in the bigger cities! The last time we went to eat at a restaurant it cost like 80 euros for 3 people, and it wasn’t even a good restaurant neither was it in a big city.

      2 years ago
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