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I’m telling you, there was something mighty foul about our attempt to film this WANK. The universe was fighting against it, really really really fighting against it.

So here’s the deal: last week we filmed our Samgyeopsal and Soju FAPFAP late Wednesday night, at something after midnight. Why? We were filming our WANK in Hongdae that day, but then – all of a sudden, mid filming – all of our batteries died. Even our backup battery. Just PFFFFT done. Finished. We went to the Canon shop close by to try to pick up some new batteries or chargers and PFFFT that place had shut down. Cross the street to the department store to try to get it there. Also, no luck. So we filmed the FAPFAP that night instead, and decided to film the rest of the WANK the following week on Wednesday, which was yesterday.

Fast forward to two days ago at the ZE:A Interview event. Our interview with them was great, by the way, and we filmed it all and are almost finished editing it. But, right after filming our interview with them, we try to go to their showcase to film some of that…and our camera broke. It just wouldn’t read any memory cards anymore. We tried four different memory cards, all of which said “NOOOOOOOOOOO I WON’T READ YOU!” So we thought that we’d have to buy a new camera, which – let me tell you – video cameras ain’t cheap! Luckily, we have a friend who let us borrow their camera while ours is at the repair shop for the next two weeks. So, we do have a camera to still film with.

And then comes the silliness that occurred yesterday. We made it back to Hongdae, with all of our gear, and were all ready to film the WANK. We had planned on going to the Coffee Prince Coffee Shop. If you don’t know what that is, one of Korea’s best dramas ever took place there. We wanted to go and re-enact some scenes and have some general lols. Well, we came up to the coffee shop and started filming our intro to the shop and directions on how to get there, when their staff comes out and says “NO PICTURES and NO VIDEO” before we even enter the coffee shop.

COFFEE PRINCE COFFEE SHOP RANT STARTS HERE

So I – Martina here – ask to talk to the manager so that I could explain that we’re not working for a TV show or anything like that. We’re bloggers, and we want to promote their coffee shop to our audience, so that people would know how to find it when they visit Korea. Instead of giving a decent answer in an apologetic tone, the manager was so rude and responded grumpily that his coffee shop was private property, and that no one is allowed to take pictures or videos. And I’m not over-reacting here. I’d understand if there was some reason behind this banning of photography and video. I just wasn’t given a shred of decency from this guy. Instead, he seemed SO angry that I would ask, and almost shoo-shoo’ed me away with a wave of the hand. Again, I tried to explain that we had come there just to film in his coffee shop since Coffee Prince was my favourite drama, but he was just gave a firm and stern “NO,” without even any eye contact, and rudely walked away.

Now look: I totally get someone politely saying, “I’m really sorry, but we just don’t allow filming and pictures in our coffee shop, it disturbs the vibe, bothers the customers, I’m allergic to the chemicals in film, [some bogus reason or another] I’m so sorry” and so on, but this guy was so quickly annoyed by it, and he refused to even look me in the eye. We’ve had stores tell us before that they don’t want to be on camera, and we understand them, and find somewhere else, but we’ve never been dismissed so brusquely before. Ever. For someone who is riding off the fame of an old beloved TV show, you’d think he’d be more understanding of people excited to visit the shop as a tourist. It seems more like he doesn’t care about making a good impressions, because he knows people will freely visit and give him money. Well screw that. I had lots of money to spend there, and I won’t give him a dime of it, and I strongly suggest none of you do so, either.

After all that, the waitress changes the story and tells me, “oh you can take pictures, but no video.” Okay, so which one is it? And what’s the reason for photos but no video? You’re still going to get my money when I buy your over-priced coffee. So I said, okay, thank you, and we went across the street instead to Coffee Lab, one of the most famous coffee shops in Hongdae–famous for making good coffee, not for having an asshat for a manager being the filming location of an old TV show.

Being rude to someone who hasn’t been rude to you and who has expressed how excited they are to be in your coffee shop is just a flat out dickheaded move in my books and I will not recommend anyone waste their money at this shop. The prices on the menu were so overpriced (as in, $7.00 for a latte..whhhhaattt??). Only one floor was open, the patio was dirty and closed, and the rest of the coffee shop was in dismally poor condition. This coffee shop certainly doesn’t embody the happy and light feeling of the true Coffee Prince Coffee Shop. Go there if you want your memories of the Coffee Prince drama to be crushed.

After this experience, we told our Korean friends about how disappointed we were and how rude this guy was, and it turns out there supposedly was a scandal a few years back about this owner. So MBC (the Korean TV station that had hosted the Coffee Prince show) had paid the coffee shop owner to keep the coffee shop with its memorabilia in tact, since it was such a popular location for tourists to visit. However, the owner was secretly charging tourists (especially Chinese and Japanese visitors) extra money to take photos and to be in the coffee shop. When MBC found out, they pulled their support of his shop and tried to open up a second location that wasn’t run by a shady manager. I remember seeing the other shop opening and being surprised that Coffee Prince would open a second shop, but now I don’t know what happened to the other shop. I’m guessing it closed down due to lack of visitors since it isn’t the original one. We also heard from other people who know the managers from nearby stores, and they all said they won’t support that shop because the manager is such a jerk. So there you have it! Essentially, this coffee shop is only in business because of the sign tacked above it. Stay the hell away from it.

OK I’M FINISHED PRINCE COFFEE SHOP RANT NOW!

Anyhow, after all was said and done, and the curse of the Coffee Prince had finally beat us into submission, we did the only thing that we could logically do at that time: went to a kitty coffee shop and played with kitties. Much better experience, with lots of nice kitties. What are these kitties with such stubby legs?!?!?! Has anyone seen such cats before? I don’t know. All I know is all my feels are better after playing with them.

Ah! Sorry this WANK sucked, guise. Hopefully next WANK won’t be so sucky. Otherwise, we have some bloopers. Moar kitties involved!

 

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  1. We just went there the first week of October, our experience was very fast and notorious, simply just we were taking pictures and planing to walk in to the shop and have some sip of coffee, then a woman opened the window and yelled at us, “No PHOTO, GET OUT”. that place is fucked up.

  2. What was the cat place called?

    and the owner just had a bunch of cats there you could play with?? thats really coool :3

  3. So what’s the review of Coffee Prince? It’s like the best drama ever, but does their coffee live up to their name? Do they deliver, and make it really authentic just like the drama?

  4. Whaaa??!! How? Which video/article was on reddit? This one? Did you submit it? :O

  5. I know that some camera batteries are not cheap but you guys should really invest in a charging station and have all your batteries on there so when you’re going out you have a battery in the camera and a back-up battery if the first one drains. THE ONLY reason why I suggest this is because that’s what my husband does for his cameras. We have a sofa table in our bedroom that basically is the battery charging station. There is nothing but power strips and battery parks all over the table and most of the time there are batteries parked in every spot that requires one. He never runs out of power on his camera(s) now. Peace!

  6. I want to go to the KITTY COFFEE SHOP.

    I WANT DIRECTIONS….

  7. O.o There are places in Korea where you can just go and pet kitties?!? Is that right? If so…..THAT IS SO FUCKING AWESOME!

  8. this manager is hell disgusting~ yuck~

  9. Not sure if anyone has told you guys yet, but the kitties with the short stubby legs are called Munchkin Cats!

  10. Best. Bloopers. Ever. I <3 cats so much.

  11. S-Mart couple, you guys are the bestest. 

  12. Kitties with tiny, stubby legs?? Munchkin kitties?! :D I think that’s what you’re talking about! I love those kitties, they’re my favorite! I will have one of my very own! One day…

  13. Ehhhh. Except that, as an owner of something with stubby legs due to genetics, they have lots of joint problems. Especially in the hips.

  14. S&M Even though things didn’t go as planned this is one of the reasons why you WANK, to show us different parts of Korea and tell us about your experiences. Since you told us about your experience with the place and how you were treated we know that if we’re ever in South Korea to never go there unless we like being treated like crap. They don’t even let you sit down to order and the coffee isn’t that great (which make the prices even more outrageous) so I know that you guys (especially Martina) wouldn’t have liked it anyways.

  15. I’ve been there! And it’s really so overpriced! Unfriendly staff, bad coffee (seriously, as a coffee drinker, I’d say the coffee is really bad!” unkept shop. We all were pretty moody by the time we finished there. And decided to cheer up our day cycling around Han River. Hahaha.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re telling people not to go there. It’s definitely not worth it, and just crushes our fascination over the drama!

  16. Aw sounds like an awful experience. I’m glad that MBC doesn’t support the guy so that’s good! I wonder what got up his booty? Seems like it’s disappointing. :( It would still be fun to go and see the actual shop in person though. It’s my favorite drama ever and I’m such a Eunhye fan girl for so many yrs now so it would be just a great experience being on the same step she stepped on lol. The kitties were so super cute! I love how some had bowties on omg aw. 

  17. Guys! Don’t feel bad!!! i still loved this wank… and i mean what person doesn’t have a bad day every once in a while right?

  18. OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE THERE’S A CAT COFFEE SHOP IN KOREA!! seriously what am i doing here wherever i am?! seoul seems like the most idyllic place for a urban freak like me!

    and you know guys, your wank was awesome! even with all the difficulties, to end up at a cat coffee place! i’d be crying joyful tears lol and those popsicles seemed like the most delicious things ever too… buuuuuuuuuut i got so excited to hear u were going to drink later! lol you should do a drunk w.a.n.k some time!! or have you already?! :P

  19. Your batteries died, and then your camera went “I NO WANNA WORK FOR YOU.”

    I wonder if it was a sign from Korea to not go there, like: “I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GO THER OR EL–I WAAAAAAAAARNED YOU! TWICE!”

  20. BEST.WANK.EVER.
    Sorry to hear about all the suck, but in the end, making a wank about kitties and ice cream was amazing! :D and also – not sure if someone already answered this, but those short-stubby-legged cats are a breed called munchkin :D so cute right!?

  21. I went to the ‘1st shop of coffee prince’ before. The staff insisted that we must order a drink or a cake each (There were 4 of us) before we can sit down. They showed impatience when we were deciding what to buy, we can’t even take a seat 1st while we decide. But we did managed to take some photos. One trip is enough, won’t ever go there again.

  22. awww, wow, that is SO lame… but sounds like this guy is digging himself into a bankrupcy hole with his douchey attitude… still sucks though :(

    but omg, homemade popsicles!!!! i wanna go there :)
    and the kitties were so adorably cute….
    and ending the whole day with gintonic doesn’t sound like it was such a waste of a day after all ^^

  23. i hate mean jerks like that guy! but hey, if you are ever in tokyo again, there is this really awesome coffee prince shop in koreatown where they have cute servers and you can take pictures with them! i throughly enjoyed the eyecandy! ;)

  24. man that really sucks… me and my friend were going to go there but didn’t get enough time to… can you please go to cube cafe for the next wank??? pretty please with cherry on top!!!

  25. The kitties with stubby legs are called munchkin cats. They’re like the wiener dog of cats. They’re sooo cute!

  26. kitties with stubby legs are called munchkin kitties! it’s a mutation, but they’re so adorable =u=

  27. WAIT! Kitty coffee shops are a thing? I must go visit one. That has to be the most amazing idea ever, because everything IS better with cats.

  28. OOOH! Can y’all make a video recommending good kdramas? I watched “You’re Beautiful” because you talked about it in a video and now I’m definitely watching “Coffee Prince”! There are soooo many too choose from and I just don’t have enough time to waste it on a bad drama. Plus I trust your opinion :) Sooo… please, please make a video on kdramas!?!? Kansamnida!!!!

  29. I have GOT to go to this KITTY place when (ever) i get to KOREA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :OOOOOOOOOOO THE KITTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    also, yes, there is a breed of cat that has the short stubby legs, but i forget what it’s called. <3 thanks for brightening my day, guys! <3

  30. If the manager is such a jerk and it is well known, how does he stay in business?

  31. The short legged kitties are known as munchkins they are basically the kitty equivalent of dachshund without the potential back problems!

  32. that cat with really short legs is a munchkin cat!

  33. The short-legged kitties are a breed called Munchkin, and the ones with the folded ears are Scottish Fold.

  34. YAY another EYK video is out I’m so dissapointed about the coffee prince thingy, on your behalf. Stupid manager. By the way thank you for the heads up on that. However, it was an awesome video

    ermmm what’s wrong here … It seems more like he doesn’t care about making a good impressions …… has K-Pop finally gotten to you kekekekekeke

  35. There are 7 Coffee Prince shops in total;
    http://coffeeprincekorea.com/ -> Store -> 매장 안내. This franchise is not owned by MBC and is still growing in the market. Also they do not overly use the fame from the drama like the way you are describing – if you ever visit their websites or other shops than the original one.Your rant is really 저질 and needs to be polished to be professional.

  36. Now, you can’t deny this manager is a “Wanker” (with or without pun)

  37. The kitties with the short legs are called Munchkin kitties! They’re one of my favorite kinds :) They’re adorable. I’m sorry your experience was so poor.

  38. I’m sorry things did not go the greatest for you, but I must say I loved the Kitty Cafe and the ice cream shop. That Kitty Cafe looked so AWESOME!!! I love kitties!

  39. You’d think a shop owner would like as much as possible PR. Good PR + more customers = profit. If he doesn’t like PR he might as well close the shop.

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