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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 are some major differences between the Busan and Seoul dialects or accents? Are there any stereotypes or particular things associated with these different accents? What do you guys think? And how about North Korean and South Korean differences? Can people understand each other? Are there many differences? Thank you.

  2. haha Simon you said FAPs und WANK WANKs instead of WANKs and FAPFAPs XD

  3. TL;DR question:

    Your favorite things about korea

  4. TL;DR question:
    What do koreans feel about dark skinned people ?

  5. Don’t know if anyone’s corrected you on this yet but just a heads up: *Singaporean :)

  6. Question: What is the general Korean attitude toward homosexuals? I never hear about stars being gay, like we do in the west. 

  7. TL;DR question!!
    What are the kpop fanboys like in Korea? Are there a lot, or is it a rarity, like in most international countries? 

  8. I hope Lil John’s “Shots” was played that birthday evening.

  9. TL;DR question! When are you guys gonna have babies? and if so..will you be moving back to Canada to settle down or stay in korea? 

  10. I can has a TL;DR question, maybe. I really want to go to Korea and study the language, BUT my parents are very against it because 1) it’s far away and 2) they think North Korea will start a war. So, as people who actually live in South Korea, what do you have to say – is it safe to visit and live in for a year or do you feel like North Korea could be an actual threat anytime soon?

  11. HOLY SHIT AJOO IS BACK FROM THE DEAD. I HAVEN’T SEEN HIDE NOR HAIR OF HIM SINCE 2009.
    GUISE.

    Was this the guy you saw there? If you can remember…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcjmfkAHKFc 

    I ask because seriously his music videos are some of the funniest stuff to me. I totally woulda asked for him in a K-Crunch if you still did it. I think he’s the one with the spiky hair in the back but idk maybe my 20/12 hawk vision is failing me.

  12. I only spotted Dr. Georgia Lee (Singaporean) out of the entire group. She’s nice, I’ve heard, but I think she looks kinda scary. 

  13. TL:DR Question: what are some delicious korean meals that are not spicy? I’ve been wanting to try korean food for a while and many dishes look delicious, but I can’t eat spicy food. Any suggestions?

  14. TLDR: For both of you
    I am vegetarian due to religious reasons. I have been dying to try Korean food but unfortunately a lot of the food I want to try, for example Jajangmyeon or mandu, has meat. What are some vegetarian Korean meals I can enjoy when I go to a restaurant or a street vendor in Korea?

  15. Oh my goodniz, MARTINA!? YOUR BIRTHDAY IS MAY SECOND!? BUT MY BIRTHDAY IS MAY SECOND TOO!!!WE BELONG TO THE LIGHT WE BELONG TO THE THUNDER!
    WE BELONG TO THE SOUND OF THE WORDS WE’VE BOTH FALLEN UNDER!
    WHATEVER WE DENY OR EMBRACE FOR WORSE OR FOR BETTER!
    WEEEE BELONG
    WE BELONG WE BELONG WE BELONG TOGETHERRRRRRR!!!!
    i’m done.
    p.s. i’m completely serious we really do have the same birthday, i had a strawberry cake with cotton candy frosting that looked like the sky which reminded me of you and i got eighteen yellow birthday roses… but your birthday sounded way better
    p.s.s. for our shared birthday you should answer my tl;dr question which is:You’ve mentioned some festivals and holidays before but I wanted to know what some of the biggest annual festivities there are in Korea and how they’re commonly celebrated and what are your most amazing memories from attending some of these festivities?

  16. TL;DR Question

    If you could show a non k-pop fan one music video which one would you show them? Then if you had a hour what other kind of things would you show them to help express your love for korea?

  17. Is Kpop as big in Korea as it is made out to be? I have read that Kpop mostly appeals teenage girls and the average Korean would not know who most of the idols are. Is that true?

  18. If it was a fashion get together with models n stuff were you still the tallest there?

  19. TL;DR question for you : Do koreans think it’s weird that non-koreans are into kpop?

     

  20. Happy Birthday Martina (sorry I’m late^^’) Me and my friends are just celebrating my birthday and the fact, that they are now official K-Pop fans (^0^) 3 things to celebrate!  Hope you and Simon are happy and healthy for the rest of you lifes^^

  21. TL;DR question: Do Koreans like hispanics? and what are there views on them? (I’m half korean, half Mexican but I have never been to Korea and the area where I live has a very low amount of asians)

  22. TL;DR Question!
    I’m not sure if someone has asked this, but you guys have the cutest home decor ever! All the decals on the cabinets and doors and everything else, mind showing us where you got them from and where we could order them from?

  23. lol happy birthday martina.

  24. I just wanted to say ‘Happy birthday Martina’!!! What an awesome hubby you have. Simon give yourself a pat on the back (in private of course, no wife likes a showoff!) for those presents. And also.. I love having TL;DR back but I have no awesome questions.

  25. WHY, AGAIN, CAN’T YOU MAKE 2 SECONDS OF VIDEO WITHOUT USING YOUR RIDICULOUS VOICES? + we don’t really give a shit about what you did for your birthday, your blog is about your relationship with Korea, not about whether you poop once or twice a day
    + the picture for this article is really ridiculous

    • IT’S THEIR OWN FREAKING BLOG, SO THEY CAN POST WHATEVER FREAKING SHIT THAT THEY LIKE!!!!! geeezzzz people these days!!!!!!!

    • dude, you’re embarrassing yourself… 

    •  *yawn* Why are you here? It’s an entire blog dedicated to Simon and Martina and the shit they do in Korea. (Which includes having birthdays!) If you don’t care about Simon and Martina, then there are literally trillions of other webpages out there that you can do poke around on instead.

  26. I only wonder what’s vanilla bean? Did you mean vanilla pod? Or Canadians use the word vanilla bean instead vanilla pod. Aaahhh, sorry for my question. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTINA!!

  27. Aww I like the panda iPad case! Is it available on gmarket?

  28. TL;DR 
    When will you guys have kids i bet they will be adorable and just as awesome as you guys <3 or will you ever have kids?

  29. Many people are praising Martina and Simon for their good relationship. I’m just gonna share something that I learned years ago. Martina’s birthday is on May 1 which makes her a Taurus. Simon’s birthday is on January 20 or is it January 19? Either way, that makes Simon a Capricorn. They’re a Capricorn-Taurus match that is why their relationship is so successful. A Capricorn-Taurus relationship is one of the most compatible pairings ever. :)

    TL;DR question:
    What was Martina like when she was in her gothic stage? What are the heavy metal bands that she likes?

  30.  lol… yea… partying in singapore is like crazy… you start to learn NOT to mix alcohols!!!! haha… Vodka, Beer, Wine and VSOP is CRAZY!!!! quick note… red bull works wonders when trying to keep sober hahahahahaha!

  31. TL;DR Question for the two of you! 
    I could listen to you talk about how much you love each other all day long. It really gives me confidence in my own relationship, that I’m not crazy for being so sure about how we stand so early on. Do you have any advice on how to keep a relationship strong or any stories about how the two of you got through some difficult times? 

  32. Martina!!! You look great! I love your makeup tutorials, and I was wondering: could you do a skincare video? I’m not sure how old you are exactly, and that’s AWESOME. I think we’re about the same age maybe? I’m moving to Korea permanently this year and I want my skin to look as great as yours. Any products to recommend? :)

  33. ASDFKL;JASLK;FJ

    I really wonder allot about this…

    so, Martina, your hair is FAB. no doubt…

    BUUUUT

    Do Koreans ever approach you about it?
    What are some of the main differences in hair cutting/styling between a Asian Woman’s hair, and your hair?

    What about Simon?
    I totally am in love with the Mohawk/crazy-shit-on-the-side Red Hair look..
    Do people spazz about him too?

  34. I am interested in learning Korean and would like to move there once I graduate college. I was interested in possibly teaching English there, and wanted to know more about how you went to Korea and what it is like teaching there when you first start. How well were you prepared and how? I really appreciate what I learn from your videos, and would be very grateful and honored if you answered my question. Kamsamnida!

  35. I know more western people are getting into korean culture and music, but how popular is western culture, music, movies in Korea? For example, I know LOTR is a pretty big thing by western standards and you two love it, so have you ever geeked out together with korean people who know about it?

  36. This is a question I asked in the google moderator page but I’ll repeat it here since you guys aren’t using it anymore. :)  
    How does Korea deal with physical disabilities?  Just from watching different shows and dramas I get the impression that there isn’t much support or acceptance there.  Do they have things such as handicap accessible buildings, parking spots, or bathrooms like they do in North America?
    This may need to be a separate question but also how open is Korea to dealing with mental disabilities or even stuff like depression or bipolar disorder?  Is there support?  Are people looked down upon if they take medication or see a psychiatrist?  Thanks!

  37. Sarah from Happillee

    I know you guys are dying to answer this question;

    How much hate/hate mail do you guys get from Koreans, fans, and just people in general? Has anyone ever threatened/approached you guys out on the streets? Did anyone ever go to your house? What are/has been the most hurtful and offensive comments/acts you received? Did any ever make your cry or very, very angry? :( And what do you guys do in response to all of your haters?

    <3 Sarah

  38. TL;DR question
    How did you guys learn korean ? Did you go to a school for foreigners there or how ?

  39. TL;DR question: Recently I have been getting into Boys befor flowers (mostly because of Martina’s refrences) and am totaly hooked. So I wondered would it be possible for you to compose a list of your fabourite korean dramas that you would recomend.
    Also ,simon, are manly eneuf for you to tolerate?

  40. awkwardness level: 999999999

  41. Don’t worry guys, coming from a singaporean, i can tell you that most singaporeans aren’t like that!!! aaand yeah those celebrities aren’t THAT famous (locally) LOL. especially since i do pay attention to the local celebs and i’ve barely heard of their names? these singaporeans look like party animals…….. its not exactly considered normal or good by the average singaporean.

  42. Wow they look like they can party hard lol :) Im glad you guys had a great time.

  43. I found this article about the party…maybe martina and simon can recognize some of the people in here
    http://www.fash-eccentric.com/2011/04/mens-fashion-week-day-1-whos-who/ 

  44. So wait, does this mean no more discovering of korean indie? =( I haz to find it all by myself? =(

  45. My wife and I just had an argument about whether or not a massage should hurt. She claims that you should be sore the next day, which is completely the opposite of how I want to feel when I am done with massage lol.

  46. TL;DR question:

    Regarding sasaeng fans, do you feel that Korean laws are adequate to protect the stars from what amounts to stalking?  Are there ways that Idols and Stars can protect themselves (and quite frankly their non-sasaeng fans) from the harassment?  Is the current culture in Korea in approval of these type of fans? I know it is more than one question but I am so curious (crap, now I have Sherlock going through my head…*humming to myself now*…) as to your thinking on the entire subject. 

  47. I sincerely wanted to see Spudgy typing his question for the TL;DR. Do you have a video? lol

  48.  TL;DR question

    Do you guys have a stamp to sign documents or is that only for Korean citizens?

  49. Ye its kinda true.. i dont like Kcrunch cocktails~

  50. Love you, Martina! >.< … (& Simon..& Spudgy)
    Ooh, girly hug & Happy Birthday for a few days ago! xx

  51. Hi guys, happy birthday to Martina!
    I want a TL;DR special about driving in Korea, I know you commented already some things but it will be very funny/instructional for us “weigukin” when visiting Korea as pedestrians or drivers. :)

    I was very worried after seeing some short videos on YouTube (seems real footage) from the user MrRoadWorrier (Crazy Korean Driving Part 1 to 6)

    I know Italians and mainly the Romans have a traffic a little bit disorganized, when I was there was very funny to others seeing us running in the zebra crossing including with green light XD
    I want to know what to wear, how to move, safety devices I need and other things of interest for my travel to Korea in the next future. Thanks.

  52. Hello =) I do not know if these questions fits to TL;DR but I’ll ask anyway because I’d love to find out the answer.

    1. How do Koreans counting their age? (For example: a Korean boy was born in October 1994. Which means, he lived 17 years. But he says he is 19 years old. Why do they add themselves another two years?)

    2. How much awareness of animal rights is there in Korea? (For example: many countries have on the packaging of cosmetics a small drawing of a rabbit which means the company is not abusing animals. Is there anything similar on Koreans brands? How can I tell if the company is cruelty free?)

    • haha, my wife can’t even explain number 1 and she is Korean. It is totally counter-intuitive.

    • Koreans count their time in the mother’s womb of 9 months and round it to about a year. The additional year is probably because the person was born in October and merely rounded up. :/ not so sure of the additional year but hope that helps! :)

    • #1.  I’m not sure if Koreans count age the same reason as Chinese do but if they do, then the reason for the two years is first when you are born, you are counted as 1 yr old and the second reason is after Chinese (and Korean) new years passes, you add another year onto your age (not totally sure why though).  That is how we count it in my family although I usually go by my American age.

  53. Martina, there is nothing wrong with getting insanely wasted with a bunch of Singaporean people on your birthday lol! I totally would have done the same if I were in that situation :) Live it up!!

  54. TL;DR QUESTION:
    What are the funniest , most random phases that you and Martina use .

  55. OMG u went to the same hotel that TOP eats at?!?! luuuucky if TOP was there u coulda kept him company *wink wink* lol not in that way… sounds wrong…AAAAAANYWAY, my TL;DR question is: What do u think of all that illuminati stuff?

  56. That sounds like the most amazing birthday ever~ Uber jealous.

    TL;DR Question: are the political tensions between Asian countries ever evident in the public sphere or media? I mean you see Koreans/Japanese/Chinese dispute over islands, but it’s difficult to tell if this is the majority or just nationalistic.

  57.   TL;DR  

    what is your favorite kpop group,and why do you like this group                                                                                                                                 

  58. I always swoon when I see you two in love with each other so much!!!!!!!!!!

  59. It is true that the locations where the kdramas were filmed become tourist attractions?, if  true, could you mention the most famous or the ones that you know?

     Like : the  ladder of My lovely kim sam soom, or the cafeteria  of the coffee prince drama .

  60. What kind of stereotypes have you come across in Korea about people in North America or any nationality? ex: one i have come across in my own country is all Californians are tan (not true) or all Texans carry guns (possibly true) etc….

  61. i was wondering do koreans like foreigners? my friend what me to ask

  62. TL;DR question~
    While living in Korea or during your travels have you been asked stereotypical questions about Canada? (Ex: Do you live in igloos? Do you ride polar bears to work?) What’s the most outlandish question you’ve been asked about being from Canada?

  63. Really glad that the TL;DR is back!! You have such a unique perspective and you relay that to us in a way that’s fun and understandable. Enjoy your videos and blogs. Thanks!

  64. TL;DR question: Could you please explain the aging system in South Korea?

    I’m pretty sure that Korea’s age system is different than it is here in North America. I always get confused when I read about kpop idol’s ages because they don’t look that age at all! So if you guys could answer my question, that’d be great!

  65. How do korean kpop idols dating work.  Also I need a favor, I need to know how ticklish korean girls are and martina too, not simon just girls.  This is for a science project thx!

  66. G’Day from Australia Martina & Simon;
    Glad you had an awesome birthday Martina! I’m sure Simon has definitely earned brownie points for organising that good work mate! If there’s an International excellent husband award you would so be nominated for that.

    My TL;DR questions are:
    Do you guys understand the meaning of KPOP/K indie lyrics and sing along to those as well as any engrish? ( e.g. Simon’s infamous “I lost my mind/pants” line) If so how do the Korean lyrics enhance the whole KPOP/K indie experience for you both?

    I’m not sure you’ve ever mentioned it but I’ve always assumed you do know what the lyrics are to the songs. I find that if I like a song a lot I need to learn the lyrics so I can sing along and it becomes more meaningful. Sometimes it can ruin the experience when I’ve found translated versions! (Not just talking Korean songs either)

    As a suggestion for your KCrunch or reviews, it would be kinda cool  if you let us know a bit about the lyrics to the songs. 

    Thanks heaps! Come to Australia we’re so close to South Korea and Asia that we have a massive South East Asian cultural influence here. TVXQ, girls generation and other KPOP bands held a concert last year and it sold out very quickly.

    Peace out,
    Carolina

  67. TL;DR Question! I want to come to Korea and be a English teacher like you guys were! I wanna know more cause I’m still in high school and I want to know what I have to head for and what I’m getting into! If you can help, when I come to Korea I will hug you and bring things from New York! Cause I’m from New York ^.^

  68. Your relationship makes me all warm and fuzzy.

  69. TL;DR 

    Do you guys have tattoos? Are tattoos popular in Korea? Are they well seen?

  70. I’m glad that Martina had a lovely birthday :3 Well deserved fun/relaxation time!
    TL;DR (?): Simon, how did you propose to Martina? I’d love to hear the story behind that magical day.

  71. I don’t know if you’ve answered this but how did you come up with Spudgy’s name? 

  72. Guise Guise! I was wondering, since here in LatinAmerica is kinda everyday bussiness…How important are family relationships in Korea? How close are parents and their children after they’ve grown up? does the dysfunctional family concept apply there and how Korean society treats them? Is it weird to get a divorce? 

  73.  I really love this segment, and I’m glad you guys brought it back. ^_^
    Looking forward to moar, ohoho. :D

  74. TL;DR Question!!!

    Have you met any North Korean refugees in South Korea? Is North Korea (and specifically its refugees) a topic that is talked about a lot among the public and the students?

    Please watch this whole documentary! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cVOrUMWaJ0&feature=player_embedded

  75. your next wank should be a korean dog park, puppies!!!!

  76. looks like you two had an amazing time

  77. TL;DR question

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

  78. 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!

  79. QUESTION-
    How did you choose what color to dye Spudgy’s fur?

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

  81. Spudgy bit at the start was hilarious

  82. Does this mean no more playlists of older songs anymore?

  83. uhm.. yeah i’m SINGAPOREAN~~ yay! drink with me LOL

  84. need a husband like Simon  lol

  85. 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!

  86. 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!

  87.  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! :)

      

    • Sarah from Happillee

      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/

  88. Yes! I missed TL;DR!

  89. 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

  90. It seems like celebrities dating is a lot more accepted in N. American and European countries than it is in S. Korea. Why is it so controversial when celebrities date? Is it just that the fans are more hardcore or is it a cultural thing? 

    • Yeah, right… here in Brazil people don’t get so “ooooh!”, just those gossips, but that’s common in every culture, I think hahaha
      Maybe it’s because of the age of these fans or like an escape from studying so much or other things…

    • You can’t really compare normal American celebrities to Korean idols. Idols are marketed to appeal to young girls. 

      It’s like in the US when a teen idol like Justin Beiber starts dating. All the pre-teen girls go insane and cry and everything. Same as in Korea. 
      However, on the other hand, Korean actors and actresses date and get married normally without all the drama attached to it, similar to American celebrities. 

    •  for once in a Korean drama about a celebrity when they get caught dating someone i really want them to turn to the reporter who dug it up and ask them why it’s their business.
      i mean why does everyone think it’s the end of the world if someone is in a relationship? i’ve seen it so many times not just with idols but with actors as well.

      i want a writer on a show to just vent out all the BS that happens when these so called “scandals” come out.

  91. Faps and wankwanks? wasn’t it fapfaps and wanks? XD
    Speaking of the famous people… How do people react to seeing famous people in Korea?

  92. TL;DR
    Are you going to have babies soon :P x)

  93. I am DYING LAUGHING watching this! The potato sack underwear!!

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

  95. 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~ ^^

  96. 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…

  97. Oh my gosh I forgot how much I like these segments!

  98. 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

  99. 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^

  100. It sounds like they are calling you Martini….lol.

  101. From me Too ! Happy belated birthday Martina :) well i see you had a great brithday :) You 2 you’re made ​​for each other

  102. 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?

  103.  Simon and Martina are so cute together! :)

  104. 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

  105. All I heard was Bi and I was like, wait a minute, Bi’s in the army… YOU LIE YOU MEAN EVIL MAN WHOM I DON’T KNOW!! GETTING MY HOPES UP AND THEN CRUSHING THEM!!!

  106. 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? 

  107. 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

  108. danielle strittmatter

    tldr question

    how did spudy get his name and dose he handle the flight from korea to cannada well?

  109. HOORAH FOR TL;DR BEING BACK!!!!!

  110. Hahaha you guys are the greatest couple eveeer. <3 

    I'm glad Martina got her pink champagne on~

  111. I love it when ppl are nice. LOL I guess that was stupid i mean who doesn’t like it when people are nice. But that was really sweet of them to ignore their “celebrity status” and just ask you to join in on their party and sing you songs :) Korean people don’t really like to mingle with strangers they don’t know hehe. Super sweet of those famous people I wish i knew who tehy were too XD

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

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

  114. Happen belated birthday Martina! It sounds like it was a lot of fun!

  115. damn it! i want a husband like simon one day….

  116. Hi Simon and Martina! I have a really serious question for TL;DR

    • It’s not difficult to source for such information on the web but regarding immigration to S.Korea…I hope you’ve at least experienced the culture first hand for a couple of years before even mentioning it.

      (How do I delete comment? This is not my acct.)

      • Well honestly I did try sourcing on the web but I didn’t have much results, if any. And also thanks a lot for your advice, but right now I’m not in a position where I can check it up personally or ‘experience the culture first hand for a couple of years’. Yeah. So I guess it would be much easier for many of us if a foreigner already living in South Korea (like Simon and Martina) to address this dilemma through their TL;DR. :)

    • oh thank for asking I had that sort of question too, thanks!!

  117. 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? 

  118. What kinds of alcohol, famous shots etc. are there in korea?

  119. 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

  120. YOU SPELLED “Singaporean” as  “Singaporian” ;~~~; /dead

  121. punkyprincess92

    ………….did i just see napkins being thrown as confetti?

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

  122. Hooray! TL;DR is back o/

  123. btw it’s Singaporean, not Singaporian ><

  124. 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”?

    • 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. 

    •  i think they have a video about that already

  125. 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?  

  126. Bii??? Like the song Be My love??? 

  127. I’m Singaporean and I’m not from the fashion scene! :) 

  128. 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?

    • If I may add to that, what you do in a situation in which Martina met T.O.P for real, started fangirling over him and completely ignored you?

    •  TBH, I think this question is a bit ridiculous. Martina, I’m sure, plays up the fangirl-ism a bit, but at her most OH-EM-GEE-IT’S-T.O.P., I doubt Simon is bothered. At least not because he feels like she would run away with T.O.P. if she could. Obviously I don’t know either of them personally, but I think the trust between them is pretty apparent. The fact that Martina feels comfortable enough to fangirl in front of Simon is pretty indicitive of that, no?

       And if Simon does have a problem with her admiration of T.O.P, it might not make him a bad person, but it would make him an insecure one since Martina’s fangirling is BY NO MEANS A SERIOUS ISSUE TO BE NERVOUS ABOUT.

      Seriously, why are people acting like she sends her idols envelopes with her dried menstrual blood in them?
      ……….. 
      I mean…. I do that, but i’m single… so it’s perfectly acceptable.

      • 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!! ♫  :]

    • 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.. :)

  129. I love this video! :D 

    I have a question for TL;DR, are there a lot of bees and wasps in South Korea? I have a phobia of wasps, and since I want to move there (thanks to you guys) I really would like to know! I have also heard that there are those giant wasps, like the ones they have in Japan, I think they’re called Hornets..? 

    Thanks for making awesome videos! 

  130. 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

    • They do. I remember Yesung saying in an interview tat he was tired of seeing fanfiction of him and Ryeowook all time. He wanted to paired with an actress! Lol.

    • fanfiction and pairing of those guy guy things started in Asia, especially Japan and Korea. Korea loves pairings. Korean girls love guy guy pairings. They make it but they don’t really take it seriously. But again, this isn’t ALL korean fans. Most Korean fans think “aww friendship.” Other (fewer) Korean fans think “aww friendship- no wait omgod they love each other!” Usually though they make those pairings cuz they like the specific two interacting with each other (kind of like how some people just work really well with each other). It’s usually the underground extremists who make all those extreme yaoi kind of fanfiction. 

      So to conclude, no its not the work of international fans. the pairing names and such usually begin in Korea (like yoochun and junsu, yoosu or chunsu) and then it spreads into the other fan cultures. But lately I think international fans are getting more familiar with the pairings and making pairing names so they start making their own as well which coincidentally are the same pairings korean ppl make (cuz essentially its just putting their names together)

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

        • 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…

      • 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 :)

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

      • 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

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