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So we’ve got around a month and a half left in our apartment now. But it’s not really an apartment. In Korea, we live in what – to us, and to everyone who’s asked for a tour – seems like an apartment, but it’s called an officetel. The difference is slight. Supposedly, and officetel is a smaller sized apartment, used often for businesses, but can be lived in as well if you’re broke. To us, though, it seems like a pretty freaking sweet place.

If you’re asking why we have only a month and a half left here, that’s because that’s when Martina’s contract with her school is finally going to be up, and she’s not re-signing with them. She’s going to stop working as a teacher, and start working on the site full-time. Hooray! Both of us working on the site full-time now! BAM! But, that means that we’ll have to relinquish our place and find one on our own. We’ve been living in this officetel since we first came to Bucheon back in 2008. Our schools picked them out for us before we got here, and when we arrived it was all clean and fully furnished. And…in what feels like just a few more days, we’re going to be moving out. Oh! So many memories! So many videos!

We’ve started looking into finding a new place to live in now. We’re torn between living in Bucheon and Seoul. Living in Seoul would be great because of the location, but we’re worried about the size of the place we’ll be living in. Since most of our videos take place in our apartment, if we get stuck in a shoebox in Hongdae, then doing Music Mondays while standing on top of our toaster might suck. But it’s Seoul! Wouldn’t it be cool to live in the city? Wouldn’t it be easier for us to do cool videos in the city? Bucheon’s still really close to Seoul though: we live a two minute walk away from the intracity bus stop, so we can easily catch a bus to Gangnam, Hongdae, Seoul Station, Jongo, and other places we frequent. So…ah! Decisions, decisions.

Anyhow, if you’ve got any suggestions or input, or know a guy who knows a guy who won’t try to con us the way other real estate agents have so far, let us know! When we find a place we’ll probably do a video about the whole process of finding an apartment in Korea, which we can’t fully comment on now, because we’re still learning the ropes without getting fleeced by realtors.

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  1. Can you give advice as to where to look for housing… I’m trying to find something like this. Something with a loft, but it seems hopeless. 

  2. How did are allowed to stay there visa wise if you no longer have a contract for teaching? Also, why does every korean real estate site i visit have such expensive rent? Under rent it usually says 4,000,000 won to 11,000,000? Who can afford to pay $11,000 per month for rent? Am I missing something?

  3. good luck! i hope you find an awesome apartment!

  4. good luck! i hope you find an awesome apartment!

  5. Every time i watch ur vids.. i miss korea more and more… :/

  6. what you guys place look like now

  7. Is that a GD&TOP wallpaper I see on the laptop? :P

  8. How did you guys get about in the TESL program? I’m very interested in doing the same I think i’ve finally found my passion of teaching English

  9. Hey awesome officetel!!

  10. hahahah kogi and pogi
    so cuuute!!!!! omg i love the accent!
    i like the way you say about Korea stuffs

  11. Polish nogi.
    I was wandering before due to Simon´s surname if he is a polish or has a polish ancestors and it looks like it is so :)
    In my language we have very similar word for feet.
    Best wishes from Slovakia

  12. Hi we sort of have the same amount of hard drive and I don’t have a dock…I have to place it in cases and remove it and all the hassle in the world…

    What brand of HD dock to you guys use? Or do you recommend any? Thank You!

    By The Way…I really like Martina’s headband collection :)

    • Hard drive brands don’t really matter to us, because we’re not using them heavily. They’re more just dumping grounds of all our original footage and files for each video, just in case we ever need to go back and pull some stuff from them. I’m pretty sure we just get the cheapest Samsung drives we can find. Yeah!

  13. Hi guys! This video as awesome and very informative!
    I had a question though, could you tell me how much it is to rent an officelet?
    When I return to Korea I would like to rent one.

  14. …and finally I saw what’s upstairs! :D

    <3 your place. Good luck with moving!

  15. Polish??? „Nogi”??? :D
    OK, I might be slow, but I’m Polish, I’m watching your stuff for some time and here comes Polish accent! WOW!!!
    *off to the rest of the vid*

    I really really like seeing various flats/houses/apartments, so I find this vid just awesome :) I’ve always been pretty interested in your nice little place… but shh ;)

  16. Hey, you don’t need to worry about zombies. Your officetel is full of plants. You’ll be fine!

    http://www.popcap.com/games/free/pvz

  17. Oh dear! you’re moving! Wah, I hope it went well and all the best guys. Yeah, we also gonna miss your officetel. ;)

  18. You guys will definitely have to post a video of your new apartment. When I’m in Korean, I’ll be sure to hit you up!! Be safe, ok :)

  19. The house may be 디아뜨 Gallery next to City hall :D

  20. Martina, my sister is dying to know…you said you were in Boys Over Flowers? She wants to know who you were! …I think she googled it…no success!

  21. Hello to both of you, and of course to Spudgy as well. I love your videos and writings on Korea, it’s so interesting to see such a different culture (I’m French).

    I had a quick question about your “other” pets – I think that I’ve never seen such a cute plushie as Pogi, and was wondering if he is a character from an anime or somthing recognisable like that… I would love to have one of my own, but haven’t had any luck poking around online. Thanks for any help you can give me :)

    Best of luck on moving house !

  22. Hey guys long time no see. When I was living in Suwon my place was 18 x 16 square feet. NO Joke. Your place looks like a mansion comparing to that. Now that I am back in America where I own my home in GA, I only have a 3,700 square foot home with a half an acre of land. Hey if you ever want to visit well you cant say I did not offer. It has a huge Korea population but I have to admit its most likely not aa big as the one outside your window. KKK Take is easy.

  23. Um, or you’ll end up in a rather small one-bedroom apartment where you must lean over the sink to wash your hair. I’m not bitter, just messy.

  24. I go crazy for the little robots on the edge of that door underneath the stairs!! I think I saw them on the BB cream video, so cute!!

  25. Omo…. Very cozy space to live in. And I just want to lay down on your guess sofa upstairs :3 And it’s colorfullll and cute things all around the corner~! <3 AND AWESOME VIEW. Now I wanna FedEx myself to Korea..

  26. The refrence to “High High” made my day better! :)

  27. Kogi, Nogi & Pogi ~ that was hilarious :D very creative ! so, Korean & Polish, they really match. hehe, I thought that your home is bigger, but even if it’s quite small, it’s really cute ~~and this Hello Kitty thing awwrr <333 & btw….Pozdrowienia z Polski :) Już od jakiegoÅ› czasu namiÄ™tnie oglÄ…dam każdy odcinek waszego Kpop Music Monday. NaprawdÄ™, Å›wietny pomysÅ‚ :) FankÄ… k-popu jestem już jakieÅ› 6 lat, ale dziÄ™ki waszej poniedziaÅ‚kowej serii odkrywam go na nowo ;D Tak trzymać !! Simon, translate it for Martina, thank you & fighting!!!!!!!

  28. Your apartment is really cute! (^_^) My husband and I will prbby be in one like that when we move back to Korea when I start teaching. Bucheon is actually one of the cities we are talking about moving to, so it has been super helpful to watch your videos about the everyday life there. Thanks!

  29. oh i really want to live in korea..great officetel! =D

  30. ooooo you guys must be excited! i would go for seoul i like cities they are more fun

  31. I KNEW Simon had a gigantor t-shirt collection. His shirts take up more than Martina’s headband and earring collection. I think there should be a space penalty and I dunno, maybe penalize with switching to Hello Kitty towels as well.

    Good luck going forward. Do let us fans know when you’re going Full Time with the videos. That would warrant a Spudgy t-shirt purchase. Wouldn’t want him to waste away to nothing but hair.

  32. I remember waching your first 오피스텔 video and I liked part where Martina was showing the dining table!!^^ How come you guys stopped putting the 배달 ad on the door? I was looking forward to how much you got covered…:( anyway! I believe that you should stay in 부천. Mainly because the housing rate is so expensive in 서울. I’ll be looking forward to another tour of your new and cool apartment (hopefully)!

  33. But you did a tour video before… Another one now? Well this one shows the upstairs better! I never knew there was room for more than Simon’s shirts!!

    Wow does the site generate a lit of income? How? Personally sad to hear if the days of teaching coming to an end but, of course, only you know what is best for you!!

    And the box of hairbands… All I (thought I) saw when Martina first opened it were, like, straps. O.O;;; scary moment…

  34. You guys have such a cute house!!! ㅠㅕㅅㄷ!!! 

  35. Ohh~ Cool. I like your sponge. It’s full of STARS~ :> I love stars. :3

  36. Ooh guys, I know what you mean. But it’s better than living on the other side on han river right? when I went to Korea, we lived in this hotel and we had to ride a cab and go across the han river to go to seoul. anyways, i suggest you guys to make this list like pros and cons, haha the more the benefit, the better, anyways, i’m not even helping. i guess, i’ll be missing your officetel too T.T

  37. is that your external HDD? where did you buy it???

  38. Awww how sad, it’ll be like a new chapter in your life.
    T_T But how will you pay for all of the things that are cute for Martina and all the giant-to-Koreans stuff for Simon?
    But wahayy! Exciting. Hope you guys find an awesome new home where ever it is~

  39. In that random 1TB hard drive? Porn.

  40. Your apartment tour isn’t broken on ITunes!!

  41. so if u guys dont have jobs how are you going to pay all the bills and you would need money for noms and stuff.

  42. When you were introducing The Man Space, Spudgy was like Wahhz Happenin.

    House is small but I like the way both of you maximised usage in your apartment.

  43. wowww martina that eans you will be stay livng in korea hope so cuz i like to meet you jojojojojojo and plus monday kpop music damm!! i like it and i have a suggestion soon f(x) is coming back so.. well lets wait thill the mv realised >>>>> (envy) you boht (kiding) (nop actually) hahahahahah hope you can stay in korea longer and stil enjoying the wonderful life there T.T

  44. OMFG O_O SO MANY TBS! LOL I’m freaking jealous.
    & you guys have a pretty awesome view :3

  45. What about paying all of your bill since you both don’t work

  46. dam this is hella efficient :). nice small place but seems to have everything.

    PS: new webpage design makes it a little harder to view on a small notebook, dislike!!!

    • Thanks for the input. Sorry you don’t like the new design! Can you tell us the size of your notebook? We tested this out on a 13 inch notebook and it still fits in.

      • I think it’s more of “hard to view” vs “not fitting”. it feels as if the stuff isn’t span sideway enough like it’s used to. and everything kindda going up and down = alot of scrolling.

        For example, I’m viewing the comments, and I can probably read 3-4 comments on a 15″ notebook (less on my 10″ netbook), before I think i was able to read a few more before I scroll.

        maybe i’m on crack or something, it just feels the name bar and the spacing is taking up a little more space than usual.

  47. I’m a little bit sad that neither of you will be teaching English anymore…I liked it when occasionally you’d qoute your students in your videos. “I asked my students and they said…” sort of thing. But…I guess you still have many Korean friends and stuff?

  48. Hey there guys. Hope the last few weeks are winding down well. Right now, me and my friends are stuck in the emotional backlash of hockey playoffs. But enough of that. As a personal FYI, I’ve been searching for a job in Seoul for a little bit (sadly, unsuccessfully) and my friend Joo Hee said that she knows someone in the realistate business really well that’s trustworhy. If you are still in need of someone, please let me know and I’ll ask her for the info or to forward you the person’s info.

  49. Oh this is really tiny apartment.. for Simon ^^ I love your upstairs room with low-ceilinged!
    I’m understand Martina, I have a lot of earings too ^^

  50. I think you can find pretty decent apartments in Hongdae… I live in Hapgujeong with my bf, and we pay a fairly big amount of rent, but that’s only because we are leasing it for three months and because we’ve payed almost zero in key money. I think our rent is 1 250 000 including everything, but again, that will probably be a lot lower if you sign up for a one year-contract. Our apt is about 30-40 square meters with a large terrace around it. I love living here and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. If… I didn’t get a job in Gangnam and had to commute for two hours.

  51. I mean if you guys moved to Seoul it would be sooo much easier for me to stalk you. Bucheon is a LONG train ride away. j/k

    You guys rock…and it would be cool to bump into you, not stalk, promise.

  52. LOL the apartment shrank for 1/3 of this video
    LOL at spudgy at the end its like he has OCD and needs to witness the door closing and locking itself before following martina

  53. Maybe you can ask this blogger?
    http://busanmike.blogspot.com/2011/04/busan-e-fm-week-11-apartment.html

    I don’t read his blog, but his blog is in this blog reel thingy that I look at every so often and I remembered this post by him. Or if you have Korean friends, ask them! Koreans seem to move around a lot (at least, all the ones I know). I think 전세 is a good choice if you guys suddenly decide to move or something.

    Awww, I guess there won’t be any teaching vids since you guys won’t be teaching anymore, unless you have footage already >__<) so if you guys are moving there I'll be looking forword to you guys exploring Seoul!

  54. have you guys tried craigslist? i know it doesnt seem as reliable but i have a friend that has looked for apartments there. it has very limited apartment options unlike other sites that cater to seoul area only but its still worth a try.

  55. i bumped into your site i gotta say i love it. i was in korea studying abroad in 04 and i super miss it.

  56. I really like you’re old apartment it has lots of EatYourKimchi memories. It has always looked small but cozy! You should pick Seoul! I’m moving to Seoul in the Fall, that way we can have random encounters! :O

  57. Loved the video… AND LOVE SPUDGY!

    Do you guys have a lot of neighbors?

  58. how much the rent? and where is it ? im looking a new apartment

  59. Even though it’s small, it’s such a nice place~! When the school chose the apartment, did you get any input on it? Or was it a total surprise?
    I hope that when I eventually move to Korea, I’ll get a nice place like that :D

  60. I thought I was the only crazy that love seeing people’s house layouts! Thanks for this tour! I would love to live in one of those :)

  61. Jeon Sae(전세) might be the best decision for you guys, just my opinion…

  62. The apartments are cheap in the North-East of Seoul. I live in Dapsimni and my apartment is quite big and I don’t think my school pays a lot for it.

  63. How come you guys decided to stop teaching???

  64. You guys should make a ‘how to find an apartment in Korea’ VLOG!

    greetings from Warsaw! :)

  65. 3 MacBooks + 9 terabytes + Wii + did I see a PS3? = ultimate geek sexiness

  66. Thanks for tour of your officetel it’s so cute!!! I think your officetel is so cute and awesome!!! if you do move i hope you can show us your new space!!!

  67. Hey,

    Just curious, if neither of you are teaching what kind of Visas do you have now? Entertainment visa?

  68. Aw that’s sad. I thought you guys loved teaching ): the whole process sounds exciting though, so good luck and I hope you enjoy it and find a lovely place. Living in Seoul sounds completely exciting, btw xD

  69. omg i subscribed to your channel 2 days ago and i am watching constantly:D and when i watched the music mondays or any indoor video of you guyz i wanted to see what the other parts of the apartment like:D and would request a video but here it is without requesting^^ though it’s a little sad that you’re moving out:(

    hope you find a nice flat in Seoul or wherever you wanna live:D i wish i had been living in Korea to help you find a nice place but i am not:(

    keep up the good work:D

  70. I’d say an apartment in Seoul would be nice. If you guys are planning on staying in Korea for a while, you could look into this thing called “jun sae (전세)” where you deposit a lot of money when you move in and get all of it back at the end. Some places also do a mix of monthly rental and jun sae where you deposit money and pay lower rent than you would without the deposit. But yea, living in Seoul is definitely fun :]

  71. Thanks for the tour of your apartment! I was wondering how you fit all your things into a little space! Your view from the window is awesome!!

    • Yeah I totally agree! The space is small but awesome and the view is super cool too!! It was cool to see where they actually film their videos, especially before they leave it.
      I <3 Eat Your Kimchi!! ( thanks for introducing me to them ;) )

  72. ALMOST PARADISE Man you guys make me need to listen to that sound track now. But wow your apartment is really cute and i can see how you guys have changed it since you first video about it. Your upstairs looks really cozy but even i think i’d bump my head and i’m only 5’4”

  73. Just a question, have you heard of any other ESL teachers hating their living arrangements? Like, the two of your are a couple, so of course you’d be living together, but what about single teachers? Do they sometimes have to live in a dorm setting, sharing a living space like yours with a stranger?

  74. i thought your front door was the fridge…

  75. Omg, It’s really small XD
    I like all hair things Matina has, I wish I had mora ):

  76. OMG OMG OMG YOU HAVE A GOO JOONPYO POSTER!!!
    I <3 you to no end now!
    that was one of the best korean dramas i've ever seen. vry dramatic of course =O
    but also vry funny ^^
    plus i think that t.o.p. and goo joonpyo kinda remind me of each other hahaha
    keep up the awesome videos! <3

  77. So Cool :o I want to live in Korea :D

  78. I love this apartment and I hope that if I ever find a teaching job ( it’s been a frustrating process) I will have an officetel like this! It’s exactly what I want! Will the schools that you work(ed) for be hiring replacements? :0)

  79. Seoul has larger apartments as well but I guess it just depends on your luck, my friend was living in an Officetel, larger than your current apartment, so I guess you could still find something nice depending. Your current apartment also has really good light, I have a friend who used to call her apartment “the cave” because it had no windows 0_0.
    If you are looking for something cheaper and bigger search in the northern part of Seoul and I would avoid areas like Hongdae, Jamsil, Gangnam etc just because they will be overpriced. (www.dmcville.co.kr/eng/ *only opens in explorer) – this would be my dream house in Korea thought it probably looks expensive. Good luck on your search.

  80. I WANT THAT APARTMENT. IT’S CUTE AND WIDDLE. THE CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

  81. Simon are You a Polish? It would be great because I’m a Polish too :) I love Korea and I’m so jealous that you live there

  82. waw! selfconfident girl!

  83. Best of luck to you guys. Glad to know that things are going so well that you can both work on this stuff full-time. Ah the joys of enterprising efforts. Hope you guys continue to enjoy the benefits of your ventures. Good luck on finding a new place. Hope you find exactly what you’re looking for. Love & Peace

  84. “Nogi”.. cool name for the bear! ^^ hooray for sarcasm! :D
    Simon, do you speak polish fluently?
    And I’m a big fan of your videos! Just can’t wait for Music Monday! ^^ Yay! :D

  85. Congrats on the new chapter! and yet sad because your apartment was definitely a 4th character (cool backdrop) Well I send you good vibes to get the bestest new place for filming in… I mean Living in, and with more head room <3

  86. 9 terror bites… a box full of head bands… full of earrings (i m at only 25 pairs)…over 100 shirts… a cute dog named Spudgy… I love your officetel :)

  87. Oh Simon your terrabites makes me hot! xD

  88. good luck on your house-finding!
    (thank god you guys aren’t leaving. i was momentarily freaking out.)

  89. Thanks for sharing…WOW I need to troll your site and get to know you guys better. I would love to be where you are now.

  90. love the officetel! I want to come to Korea as well!!!!! How did u do it?

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