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Martina’s Birthday Story – TL;DR

May 4, 2012

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TL;DR! Remember these segments? Where we answer someone’s question and we talk for a long time about stuff! We didn’t do these for a while. We were doing the K Crunch Cocktail instead. Well, now we’re back to doing TL;DRs and we’ve stopped with the Cocktails. Sorry Cocktail fans! We miss this segment a lot, and we already have two other playlists throughout the week.

Also, we’re dropping Google Moderator. It kinda sucks at letting us do what we need it to do: moderate comments. It lets people vote comments up and down, but no…moderation, which – to me – also means the ability to delete comments. So, no more Moderator. Comments now are the name of the game. Leave a comment either here or in our YouTube video’s page and we’ll pick some questions from there. Not everything has to be serious or a long question. Fun questions are permitted as well.

So today’s question comes from Spudgy, who was a mega sissy baby when we were out for the day. He kept on calling us, leaving voicemails like “HEY MOM COME HOME MOM PLZ MOM FRUM SPUDGY” Not even sure how Spudgy learned how to use a phone. That’s one clever dog. So, we explain what happened for Martina’s birthday. TL;DR – I took her to the W Hotel as a surprise. She had no clue. We got couple massages where a couple of odd things happened, had a great dinner, then were about to have cocktails when Martina’s birthday hat got spotted by a party of people celebrating someone else’s birthday. Their generosity resulted in lots of champagne and shots for Martina, which in turn related to her being grossly hung-over when we were supposed to go WANKing.

Anyhow, we got some footage of the birthday singing by them. Supposedly celebrities were there but we’re too out of touch with the Thailand & Singaporian fashion/celebrity scene to know who’s who. Maybe some of you will know who these people are? Hopefully! We were able to speak with Chan from 8eight, who was there, though. His English was awesome! He was very modest, though, but very nice. Frank Cintamani was really nice as well, and too important in the fashion world for us to possibly fathom. Long story short: we were definitely the biggest dorks there!

Anyhow, here’s the video of the fun times and Happy Birthday singing. Yay!

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  1. TL;DR question

    What kind of jobs can a foreigner get when they first move to korea to susstain them while learning more korean?

    5 years ago
  2. Hey guys! I totally support your decision to drop the cocktail and put more time into doing TL;DRs. I know that a huge majority of your fan base watches your videos or started watching your videos because of the KPop aspect. I’m only mildly interested in KPop, I love the Music Mondays and really enjoy the Indie playlist but I would rather see you doing stuff in Korea and be funny and making me laugh! Good decision! Happy belated birthday Martina!

    5 years ago
  3. QUESTION-
    How did you choose what color to dye Spudgy’s fur?

    5 years ago
  4. Someone asked this earlier, but I would like to ask again. How difficult is it to be a vegetarian in S. Korea?

    5 years ago
  5. Spudgy bit at the start was hilarious

    5 years ago
  6. Does this mean no more playlists of older songs anymore?

    5 years ago
  7. uhm.. yeah i’m SINGAPOREAN~~ yay! drink with me LOL

    5 years ago
  8. nah

    need a husband like Simon  lol

    5 years ago
  9. Happy Belated Birthday Martina! (wah, so many birthdays everywhere!)

    I had TL;DR question. This a very unfunny question. In fact, it’s a depressing question. You will probably not pick this depressing question but I will still go ahead.

    I love eating Korean food but as someone who is very interested in nutrition I’m really wary of Korean food due to the number of stomach cancer incidents in Korea. From what I read, it seems to be a combination of high-salt diet and grilled red meat. I still think about how kimbap has that pickled radish which has a label that says its been found to cause cancer in mice (probably due to the presence of sodium nitrate).  Of course stomach cancers happen everywhere in the world but it is more prominent in Asia (again because of the high salt diet and other diet factors) and the risk increases as soon as you move to that environment. I’ve been considering moving to Korea but it’s one of the issues that’s been weighing me down. So I guess my question is, how health conscious are people in Korea? Is the government/medical institutions raising awareness about diet and stomach cancer? Are there any efforts to combat it? And also how health conscious are you guys? Do you worry about your diet? How difficult would it be to avoid eating Korean food in Korea? In the same vein, I saw someone ask this question above me, is it easy to be a vegetarian in Korea?

    Sorry for too many questions!

    5 years ago
  10. I love TL;DR but I’m very sad that you’ve just dropped K Crunch Coctail. it was so nice to hear something about old stuff and not only new stuff….
    and I’m no big fan of indie things…. so this part of K Crunch is not for me at all… Coctail was my favourite :(

    buuuu.

    btw, on the other hand, Happy Belated Birthday Martina!

    5 years ago
  11.  Hey Simon, Martina, and Spudgy! I have a really dorky  TL;DR question for Martina. Where Do you get your hair dyed and cut and where do you get Spudgy’s hair dyed? Thanks! :)

      

    5 years ago
    • Where Martina gets her hair cut: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korean-hair-salon/

      Spudgy’s hair was dyed at the Mari Animal Hospital: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/spudgys-new-dog-mohawk/

      5 years ago
  12. Yes! I missed TL;DR!

    5 years ago
  13. Simon…”potato sack fabric” is otherwise known as Hessian fabric, which is the most irritating coarse fabric you could every wear and is rarely used for modern garments. Minus points to that spa! :P

    5 years ago
  14. TL;DR
    Are you going to have babies soon :P x)

    5 years ago
    • LOL I hope they can just randomly add this in, since it’s a yes or no question. So, have this as a side question

      5 years ago
  15. I am DYING LAUGHING watching this! The potato sack underwear!!

    5 years ago
  16. OOPS in my last post, i meant to say “i know you guys arent vegetarian” ^^;

    5 years ago
  17. TL;DR
    for the longest time i’ve wanted to know what it’s like to be a vagetarian in Korea. i know you guys aren’t korean so you wouldnt have any experience that way, but by your thoughts, do you think it would be easy to be vegetarin in korea? and are there any vegetarian restaurants that you know of?
    thnak you~ ^^

    5 years ago
  18. The Circle of Life-part kinda reminded me how I have a spent a night at a love hotel in Seoul with the lyrics of Circle of Life printed on a wall with a zebra print… And I even have photo evidence of that… Yeah…

    5 years ago
  19. Oh my gosh I forgot how much I like these segments!

    5 years ago
  20. YAY FOR TL;DR’S TO COME BACK~! i sooo missed that segment T^T

    Martina your b-day sounded like a lot of fun :D plus i’m super impressed by Simon. wow u really know how to make osom surprices :D
    gawd & hav to say this. i almost died from laughing at that diaper part… XDD it seems it was too much for me to handle, havin the image if Simon in that kind of pants in ma head… >XD

    5 years ago
  21. YAY!!  I’m really glad TL:DR is back!! :D This is one of my favorite segments since I learn a lot from you guise~ I also use these clips in my class to emphasize to my students how foreigners living in Korea perceive their culture and way of living. Keep up the good work guise and Belated Happpeee Birthday Martina!!! ^v^

    5 years ago
  22. It sounds like they are calling you Martini….lol.

    5 years ago
  23. What kind of visa do you hold to stay in Korea? Not having a 9-5, employer employee job, do you run into trouble with visas?

    5 years ago
    • Cal

      Yeah i’ve been wondering this too, because they have been in Korea for quite some time.

      5 years ago
  24.  Simon and Martina are so cute together! :)

    5 years ago
  25.  I approve of this question. Only *Spudgy. Typos happen.

    5 years ago
  26. At like 3:13 simons sittin there all smug like “Yup, thats me. I’m so freakin awsome.I got my wife this lovely hand blender and all that awsome stuff. Yup, ’tis me. Mr. Freakin awsome.” Lol

    5 years ago
  27. TL;DR question: 

    I apologize if you’ve already covered this in another section, but I was super curious about interracial relationships in Korea. So many westerners are now into K-pop and culture and we really think Korean guys and gals are attractive, but do they feel the same way about us? Do you  ever see mixed-race couples in Korea? 

    5 years ago
    • They sort of already covered this. Look at past TL;DRs :)

      5 years ago
    • I think they covered that sorta in either dating or foreigners in Korea. They said that mixed couples are becoming more common and produce gorgeous babies (which is soooooooo true).

      5 years ago
  28. Happy Birthday again Martina! :D I’m glad you had fun… I had my birthday yesterday(May 2nd), but meh…I’m glad someone had fun :D

    5 years ago
  29. happy belated birthday, martina! and how about a makeup tutorial for this look? :) it’s really pretty!

    5 years ago
  30. That sound totally awesome! Glad that Martina enjoyed her birthday!
    And btw…it’s Singaporean not Singaporian XD

    5 years ago
  31. Happen belated birthday Martina! It sounds like it was a lot of fun!

    5 years ago
  32. TL;DR question!

    Since we say things like “bless you” or “gazoontight” when people sneeze in North America, etc, are there any similar habits or tendencies in Korea? 

    5 years ago
  33. What kinds of alcohol, famous shots etc. are there in korea?

    5 years ago
  34. Yaaaaay TL;DR! I just spent a night watching these and feeling sad that there were no new ones. And BAM. Here we go again. :D

    5 years ago
  35. ………….did i just see napkins being thrown as confetti?

    anyway glad you had an awesome b’day Martina!!!

    5 years ago
  36. btw it’s Singaporean, not Singaporian ><

    5 years ago
  37. Hi! This might not be worded right. But I was wondering how Korean culture view tattoos. Is it accepted or do people think you’re “bad” or a “trouble maker”?

    5 years ago
    • ei think this is an awesome question :)

      to let them get started on this: 
      Usually with the younger generation, they think Oh wow that guy has a tattoo but then it stops there. Unless you’re like wearing something sketch like leather pants with spiky leather jacket kinda thing lol. Most koreans do not like tattoos cuz that’s what a lot of gangs (think of korean yakuzas) do especially on their backs to symbolize NOT wanting to go the Army…sort of like a retaliation. 

      It’s not super common to flash tattoos but people do get tattoos in korea. Also its banned on tv to show tattoos cuz they think it is a “bad” influence on children. just like how we can’t show smoking on variety shows or anything. Even if its in a movie scene, they’ll blur out the cigarrette. Again, this is just cultural. Korae is pretty conservative with some stuff and like with all government around the world, they are also hypocritical as well. 

      5 years ago
  38. Speaking about kpop, what aspects of other genres of music do you think the kpop industry might want to try out or experiment with? And on the other hand what aspects of kpop do you think other genres could play around with?  

    5 years ago
  39. TL;DR question for Simon!

    Everyone has one or two favorite kpop idols, but as a husband, does it ever bother you when Martina fangirls over T.O.P?

    5 years ago
    • they have already covered that.. martina explains that she does hamm it up for the camera alot about top! and simon doesnt care.. he knows that she loves him and only him.. :)

      4 years ago
    • Chillax. Just asking cause I was curious. My bad.

      I know Martina’s not serious about her fangirling like a sasaeng fan. And she’s seen him in person before backstage at Inkigayo’s concert in Jeju Plus I know its not a big deal whether Simon cares or not cause he’s got her. They’re kinda married.

      I just felt like posting this question cause ♫ I’m so curious.. yeahhh!! ♫  :]

      5 years ago
  40. Happy belated birthday Martina…I hope you had a great day…and yay TL;DR is back…so here’s my first question ever
    Do Korean fans actually like/support the whole pairing thing within a group or is that the work of international fans? If they do, how common is it? And is it taken seriously or more as a cute interaction relationship? I mean in the comments on youtube, the pairings even have names like 2min (taemin and Minho from SHINee)…I hope you can answer this question and I’m really glad TL;DR is back…bye

    5 years ago
    • Wow I didn’t know international fans knew about that, too!!!
      Although I personally think some of them are really repulsive ;(

      5 years ago
      • Thank you all of you for replying to my question…I was really curious because the first time I got into K-pop I was completely confused about this…but now I just got used to it…I really hope Simon and Martina can give their opinion on this

        5 years ago
    • Not really, the West had already slash Fanfiction before the term “yaoi” was invented in Japan. Star Trek fans popularized the practice in the 1960s. As for real person slash or popslash (pairing male celebrities together), it probably started within the Beatles fandom, as there are some reports of fangirls in the late 60’s sharing Lennon/McCartney fantasies between themselves in private. In Japan, I think the RPS trend only started in the late 80s with the boom of visual kei bands. It was later introduced to Korea. 

      However, it is true that many Western fans were completely clueless about ‘slashing’ before they came into contact with Asian cultures. That is because ‘slashing’ used to be a quite private activity here and not many fans knew about it. They used ‘code’ names’ to represent a pairing (eg: Tris/Alex = Jimmy/Robert from Led Zeppelin; TrickyFish = Chris/Justin from N’Sync) and started published under pseudonyms in fanzines since the 1970s. Japan, on the other end, was never private about her fetishes, and m/m pairings were even encouraged by visual kei idols in form of fanservice. That’s why the popslash culture is much more ‘exposed’ in Japan and Korea (almost impossible to avoid), while if you were an N’Sync fangirl in the late 1990s/early 2000s, you were probably unaware that there was slash Fanfiction about the boys already flourishing on the Internet. 

      On the other hand, some west fans were attracted to Kpop exactly because of the ‘bromance’. They were already slash fiction fans and K-pop culture is full of fanservice :)

      5 years ago
    • Yeah like Minho and Taemin from SHINee: “2min” or Key and Jonghyun: “Jongkey”….I’d name more but I’m too biased lol.^^

      5 years ago
      • I’m just curious, but why those two pairings? I’ve seen both their Yunhanam and Hello Baby, and I don’t see why those are the pairings…

        5 years ago