Let’s start this by saying Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Let’s continue this by saying…sorry for not WANKing this week! We tried. Really. We tried, but it was just not working. A lot of things are shut down for Seollal, and if we went anywhere it would be very dead and deserted. Also, getting there would be hellish. Our friend came to visit us from Wonju since he has time off for the holiday, and it’s usually a 2 hour drive away. Took him EIGHT FREAKING HOURS TO GET HERE! EIGHT! EEIIIGHHHHTT!! So, screw that. No WANK this week. We’ll be WANKing again next week though!

So, what we decided to do this week, is final unveil a project that we’ve been thinking about for a long time. It’s our new YouTube channel, Open the Happy!

People who stumble upon our site or youtube videos now that we have plenty of videos, often think of us as this “big” blog, rather then just two people with their own personal opinions. And now that we have more viewers, we’re starting to experience more criticism by people who think we shouldn’t say things “this way” or “that way” or that we should be doing our videos “this way” or “that way.” But, frankly, we still think of ourselves as just two normal people, Simon and Martina. We make goofy videos in our apartment about stuff we like. We don’t want to change our videos because suddenly more people are viewing them, and we miss being able to just make a video of something random, without having tons of disclaimers all over it. We just want to put up videos, you know?

After all, it’s how we started off, just shooting vids of stuff and showing it. Now it seems like everything we do is a big production that takes a lot of time to make and has to be thought out REALLY carefully or we’ll be burnt like witches. But the bottom line in, we really love making videos. We just miss making random stuff as well. And so, Open the Happy will let us express ourselves in a return to our roots kind of way. Less official stuff, more random happy stuff!!!

There are lots of small videos here and there that we just don’t have the place to put up. Our main simonandmartina channel is for our bigger videos, like Music Mondays and WANKs. Our Bonus channel is for our TLDRs and our bloopers. So this new channel will be for miscellaneous videos, like makeup tutorials. A lot of people have been asking me [Martina] to do them, but BE AWARE: I have never been trained so these are just for fun. We’ll also have Spudgy antics, delicious cupcakes and desserts, random baking recipes, happy vlogging, toys, whatevers!!! Just stuff that we like, not necessarily Korea or Kpop themed. Just things that make us happy. Hence the name. Open the happy!

So! We’re starting the channel out with two videos. The first video is just a break down of what’s in Martina’s makeup kit, since she gets this question a lot. After that, she’s posted her very first make up tutorial on CUTE WOLVERINE eyeshadow!!! You read that right, as in, the X-Men Wolverine…you’re curious aren’t you? Well check out the full blog post on these two videos here and don’t forget to subscribe to our new channel so we can all OPEN THE HAPPY together!

P.S. Yes, we meant to call it “Open the Happy” :D

  1. Little did you know…IT WILL BE FULL OF KITTENS! xD

  2. Can you guys do a video about how you got the idea to move to Korea? Martina has mentioned loving Asian culture for years and years, but I’d love to know if there’s any other story behind it (or how she convinced Simon!) Watching your videos has inspired me to put myself out there and explore- I’m looking at teaching in Korea next year!!

  3. Skyrim! It’s ridiculous how addicted I am to the game. I am looking forward to this channel. I love random videos!

  4. haha i need HAPPY TIME~! <3 ^^;

  5. Like… like…. like…. LIKE!
    Actually LOVE! I Love anything related to “Happy” (stuff)!

  6. Luv, Luv, Luv you both to pieces. Thanks for opening a new channel for the random stuff. Like everyone else, I also got educated and entertained by those small videos.

    Keep up the great work and don’t let anyone tell you how to do your thang!

    Now, I’m gonna get out all my colorful makeups and spend some quality time messing with the colors.

    I look forward to everything you two do and enjoy every minute of it.

  7. Oo! Oo! Do more Korean Like a Pro segments!!
    I would love to learn how to say ‘I am Canadian’ but you always say it so fast!
    You are the best!

  8. For what it’s worth, the shorter videos are a lot easier to keep up with than the longer videos for those of us who have work/parenting, etc.  So I am glad you made this channel.  :)  The longer videos usually get relegated to the weekend or so when things get quiet and I have time to enjoy them.


  9. Yay !! I’m always envious of your awesome make-up, Martina. I think I’m one of ur followers that keep nagging on u to do tutorials. Btw, Simon, why don’t you do game reviews or something ? I WANNA KNOW IF THE NEW SKYRIM IS ANY GOOD !!

  10. Honestly, I did not like How to dance Kpop 2011 Style video. It just wasn’t as funny and goofy as the other older ones. I have been following you now for over 1 year now and noticed that I started missing those small videos you used to do earlier. Just random stuff that is meant to be funny and nothing elles. Lately it’s mostly only the MM’s, TLDRs and WANKs (which I really like, tough) and I wouldn’t mind if you skipped some episodes to do more random stuff. So I’m really looking forward to your new channel :D

  11. oh Martina btw, i wanna know how you get your bangs to look like that…. like, kinda rounded and silky looking? does your hair just naturally look like that? cuz i have bangs too and like, an hour after drying/leaving the house, they’ve gone flat again and look like crap. yours always seem to stay in place and amazing looking all through the day so… PLZ GIMME YOUR SECRETS!!  thanx ^_-

  12. Yaaaaay, i’m happy you’re opening the happy! i kinda missed the old random videos, so it’s really nice that you guys are getting back to it. HAPPEH! :3
    i’ve already done the wolverine makeup, thanks martina it’s so AWESUHM!

  13. Awesome. I’m excited for this channel! 

  14. In a previous comment I mentioned the internet can be a “scary thing” and it sometimes it can be but it shouldn’t be that way. 

    I personally LOVE you guys! I just stumbled upon your channel one day and i couldn’t stop laughing with all your antics so i went on to the next video and the next….so it’s not really Korea that i now love but what keeps it fun and enjoyable its both of you and Spudgy we can’t forget him :)

    so i say GO FOR IT!! I think i speak for more than one person here when i say “we” have your back!! Do your own things, your own videos, nobody has to censor or control the “way” you should be doing your videos.

    It started as something fun and it SHOULD BE KEPT AS SOMETHING FUN, if you can make a living out of doing something you love than how AWESOME is THAT? :D

  15. Yay! Im pretty excited for this new channel. I cant wait to see all the fun random videos you guys will put up. I like the idea behind it..it will sort of give you guys a break from all the big important videos and it will still be fun and enjoyable for us as much as it would be for you guys.

  16. Yaaaaay! So excited about this new channel! Not that Eat Your Kimchi
    doesn’t “open the happy” for us all already, of course. But it’s
    especially great for you guys. New opportunities to do and post fun
    things are a great way to deal with this silly criticism you’ve been
    getting. I mean, seriously, who could hate on a Spudgy video?

    After putting so much thought, creativity and effort into making
    great videos, so you should be able to speak honestly without internet
    trolls replying “OMG YOU HATE KOREA!” Especially since, to my eyes at
    least, you present very unbiased, intelligent and culturally sensitive views.

    I find it hard to imagine that the critics are anywhere near as numerous as the people who love and appreciate what you do, though. You guys are so funny and personable, and your videos are way awesome. S+M 화이팅!

  17. Super idea! You both have such artistic, creative and very funny points of view. Looking forward to your random videos! Love, love Martina’s makeup video and tutorial.

  18. Please dont ever, ever, EVER change. lol like, ever. you guys are amazing, “just the way you are”, and so are your videos…

     sorry, had a Bruno moment. -.- 

    Aaaanyways,  i dont like that these new viewers are coming in being all critical and blah blah. Its your freaking videos, you should get to do it however the hell you feel like… they’re yours! Besides, they should learn to appreciate and be grateful for such awesome videos and not be so damn inconsiderate. Besides, as a long time viewer i would be really disappointed if you guys do ever change, and i dont mean how you shoot your videos cause i mean theres better technology out there as well as programs, and i dont mind you guys adding different channels or the formats but what makes your videos and blogs so appealing is that its 100% original and 100% you. You have your own opinions and you guys tell it how it is and thats the best. you shouldnt have to watch what you say or how you should say it. You guys personally decided to make these videos for fun and to entertain and it grew from that, so who the hell are any of us to tell you otherwise.


  19. Yay! I like happy random stuff!!

  20. !! I love this idea! This is great, because yeah, I agree EYK is like a “big” blog, and it’s great and all, but sometimes I want to just watch fun random stuff by you guys on no particular schedule. So this is great. 

  21. More recipes!!  I LOVED the recipe stuff!!

  22. I’ve told you guys this before, but I’ll tell you again:

    I LOVE you guys.  You are SERIOUSLY the main reason I was okay coming to Korea.  I was really nervous about coming to a place I knew next to nothing about and the things you blogged and made videos about were stuff that I noticed immediately upon coming here.  Also, it kind of introduced me to more Kpop.  The teaching videos also helped a TON, so I appreciate it so much.
    Also, don’t ever change.  Be yourself.  I don’t mean to get all Sesame Street on you, but it’s the truth.  You’re popular because of what you do and how you do it.  And you do a freaking good job at it.  And besides, why would you want to change what you so obviously love doing?

    So a big thanks, and keep it up!  I always look forward to watching your videos and reading your tweets!

  23. Oh my god. Please, please, I would love a video about Skyrim! 

  24. I would definetly ( i don’t know how to spell that >.<) love hair tutorials from martina. Martina i really like how you do your hair and make-up!!!! :D

  25. As soon as I heard the word “cupcakes,” I was already there. But then you upped the ante and said “cake pops” and not only was I there, but I had already bought a t-shirt and was in my seat and pissed at the guy next to me for using my arm rest. :-) Love it!! Nice idea guise!!

  26. Good for you guys! I can’t wait to see what you comme up with!

  27. I’m so happy you guys are going to make your random, fun, and goofy videos. I don’t think you guys deserve any of that terribly mean criticism that those idiots have left you. I’m so exited about this new channel. You guys are like my idols, and make so many people smile. Seeing you guys with all the love you have for each other is the best part. <3

  28. you may call THIS channel open the happy but everything you do opens the happy. i spent a whole day going back to the very beginning and watching all the videos and it’s understandable why we love you so much. you guys are in love, you’re each other’s bestest friends, you bring joy and fun and enthusiasm to every occasion and we just love spending time with you. love love love to you both and here are new year’s wishes of health and bounty and success and happy. We’d take an arrow in the knee for youze. MWAH your auntie dasch.

  29. I look forward to the food! :D Korean recipes, Kanadian recipes, Polish recipes, bring on EVERYTHING! :D

  30. SO MANY THINGS TO SAY!!! First of all, Simon, my husband and you are so similar sometimes it makes me terribly fond of you :) He’s downstairs playing Skyrim right now which I got him for his 31st b-day. The convo went a little like this 

    Me: “Bubbalub it’s your birthday! What do you wanna do…go out to eat, go dancing, hang out with some mates?” Him: “SKYRIM.” All night, for three days now….*sigh* gotta love a nerdyboy! And Martina, you are just all kinds of great!! I have been watching you now for what seems like so long, and you have kept an upbeat, unaffected (in a GOOD way) and down-to-earth attitude that is very endearing. I also think you are some kind of beautiful, but I’m glad you don’t get obsessed with being ‘perfect’ (I mean with make-up technique, this is not a comment on ‘imperfection’ as a person!)  and just have fun with it! Can’t wait to open the happy with y’all on the regs :)

  31. Yeay! This totally made my day. I’m excited for Martina’s makeup tips! And I’m super excited for any videogame related vlogs, Simon :| Every time I take Farkas with me somewhere, he… he always ends up really low on health while I’m battling hordes of Forsworn with my awesome dragon smack talk! :D If you can, Simon. Find Marcurio. He’s in Riften and he’s probably one of the best followers… ’cause you know, he doesn’t die so easily -_-

  32. Awww :D I love how you always surprise us with new stuff ^^ Just hearing: open-the-happy opened a whole lot of happy for me :) keep going guise

  33. That’s so great! I loved your old videos! Specially your ramen-recipe. If I make ramen now, I always do it the Martina way and my boyfriend loves it :)

    • Same here! Sort of.

      I’ve never thought of adding cheese before and now I add cheese every time and it tastes heavenly. My mom and sisters are so in love with it they buy their own packs and ask me to cook it for them, haha!

  34. Open the Happy to open more rawresomeness? Yay! This sounds fun~ I’m looking forward to watching more of just you guys and what YOU enjoy. Was just thinking the other day after watching the music Mondays video about how you have to censor yourselves or cater to a certain crowd in a way. Does this mean you’ll do away with a lot of “script” for these particular vids? (Even tho I totally enjoy your scripts for the other vids!)

    Off to Open the Happy~

    • The only videos that we really script are our Music Monday videos.  Our WANKing videos are all improvised.  Our TLDRs are researched, but not really scripted.  

      Otherwise, these videos for Open the Happy will not be scripted.  I doubt they’ll even be planned.  We’ll just turn on the camera and start jammering about nonsense more than likely :D

  35. YEY!!! Random world Im here to conquer U! XD Ok i love the part of cooking recipes XD Plus i want to see Spudgy swaging like a boss :D

  36. I would love to watch this. You guysmake me happy, as you’re someone I can relate to,living in the middle of nowhere

  37. Only 5 words to said…..”I CANN’T WAIT FOR IT”!!!

  38. it’s great that you made this channel, the random stuffs sometimes are the best… sooooo… let’s see it

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