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Our Crappy Experience at the Coffee Prince Coffee Shop – WANK

July 6, 2012

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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’ve been in Coffee Prince in Tokyo ahaha and one of them even took a picter with me. I filmed a bit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqoal0KSYj8&feature=relmfu

    4 years ago
    • That place looks really nice and you can hear people happily talking and a good vibe with the place. Maybe Simon and Martina should go to Tokyo haha.

      4 years ago
  2. Wow, that’s disappointing :/ I wanted to visit that coffee shop too…Thanks for your advice though..sucks the manager was such a jerk.

    The kitties were really cute though and the popsicle looked delicious!

    4 years ago
  3. now i have a new goal in my life as a freshly graduate – to become a manager of that coffee shop to make things better xDD

    anyway, thanks a lot for your video! kitties a so lovely *______*

    4 years ago
  4. The stubby legged cats are called Munchkin Cats!!!! So cute!!! But seriously, why is that place still open? I mean, if I worked there and had such a terrible boss i would quit, revolt, have picket signs everywhere, play some Big Bang “Fantastic Baby” to show I am revolting while also looking like I’m “cool”, and bring justice to all Coffee Prince Lovers.

    4 years ago
  5. KITTIES~!

    4 years ago
  6. Well, that sucks. I thought that I was unlucky…

    4 years ago
  7. Yay! I know what kind of cats those were. They are called munchkins. Such a cute name for such cute kitties.

    Sorry about the manager guy. I get so grouchy when I encounter rude people. I’m a nice person. You guys are nice people. We could have a nice people party. But then there are rude people who are rude without provocation. Grrr……

    I enjoyed your wank even though it didn’t go as planned. Yummy ice cream! Cute kitties! Funny Simon and Martina! Learned about where not to go in Korea! All wins for me.

    4 years ago
  8. Munchkin cats!!!

    4 years ago
  9. whats that guys’s attitude, why he so damn rude? HUUUHHHHH?!?!?!??!?!?! btw thanks for the videos guys!! :D Love the bloopers and KITTIES!!! :DDDD

    4 years ago
  10. Those cats with short legs are munchkin cats :D If u search scottish fold munchkin on google so many cute cats pop up :D

    4 years ago
  11. The stubby-legged kitties are called Munchkins. The breed became popular after it was officially recognized by the TICA in the mid-90’s.^^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchkin_(cat)

    4 years ago
  12. AWW such a shame you guys didn’t get to film there, but oh well. At least people know that it isn’t a good place to go now.
    I looove cats so much!! <3 they are such stress relievers when you pet them haha. I think that cat is called a Munchkin. They come in different shades and coats, they are soo cute! Anyways hope you guys make more WANKs :D

    4 years ago
  13. Awwww I love dwarf kitties. They are born like that.

    4 years ago
  14. woah, really bad luck! I feel so sorry for you guys .__.
    if I were anywhere near you, I would give you cookies now! <3

    4 years ago
  15. i am so sad, I love that drama, EYK buy that damm place and show them how to do a real drama coffee shop, we could have big screen tv playing drama all day and EYK yep I think we should. :)

    4 years ago
  16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchkin_(cat)
    All about the cute short legged kitties

    4 years ago
  17. I’m sorry that you guys had a bad experience, but thank you for pulling through it and posting this video! Much appreciated! (^_~*)b

    4 years ago
  18. Oh wow… I went here last year and though I thought everything was expensive, there were a good amount of visitors. I can totally say that you can take photos (my friends and I took a ton), but I honestly went because I’m a fan of Coffee Prince and it was an accident (we were walking around the neighborhood and then I saw a familiar looking sign). ^^ Sort of saddened that the manager’s such a jerk, though. I actually wasn’t going to visit again but this gave me a good reason. The staff that were on duty the day I went were pretty nice – and multilingual. :]

    4 years ago
  19. I can’t stand rude people. Excuse me while I go buy plain tickets to punch someone.

    4 years ago
  20. Wow! Sorry bout to Wank bad things….. they should b nicer to yall

    4 years ago
  21. OHMYGOD! THOSE CAAAAAAAAAAAAATS! I’m gonna die. TT_TT They’re so cute. Why are they so cute and princess-y?! Those legs! I WANT THEM!!!

    Even though you had a pretty bad time with that douchebag of a manager, those cats and that delicious pops so made up for it. I really enjoyed this video. :))

    4 years ago
  22. Yeah, it’s so disappointing… Anyway, after your first vid (and next, and next, and…) about Cafe with cats I think that it must be my first step in Korea… I really like cats. (I’ve got two lovely cats)

    4 years ago
  23. Martina, you dont you two take us with you for the clubbing, drinking and nightlife in Korea? I think viewers are curious about those aspects of Korea too. Hope you can do a video about that one day :D

    4 years ago
  24. What a shame about the coffee shop, but seeing the cat cafe was so awesome. I’m hoping you guys will do a full on WANK at a dog/cat cafe sometime!

    4 years ago
  25. I was planning to go there when I visit Korea >.<
    After reading this article, I decided not to go there..
    This is what they get because of their rudeness towards international blogger LOL

    4 years ago
  26. OMG THE CAT HAD A BOW TIE!!! That right there would make me forget about all the bad luck. Then Simon started grooming himself and I remembered it again along with gaining a permanent image in my head…. But I think the cameras were acting up so that wonderfully awesome place(excluding the butt coffee shop places) is kept a secret from the unworthy.

    4 years ago
  27. Wow, I really wanted to visit that shop one day but I trust your judgement and since you guys seem so nice and they were so rude, I don’t think I’m gonna go there anymore.

    4 years ago
    • I totally have the same thinking as you :( I’ve seen many bloggers that visited Korea that did not visit the cafe due to the price and many kind of just don’t wanna say much about it,I have a feeling it may got to do with this.

      4 years ago
  28. FAVORITE WANK. KITTTIEEEES.

    4 years ago
  29. i loved that drama too!!!!!!!!!!
    aaawww i wish you guys were allowed to record!!!Hello Kitty Cafe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *_*
    aaahhhh kitties!!! kitties everywhere!!!!!!!!!!! so cute!!
    too much kitty cuteness in this vid!!!…….and then Simon……
    wow those ice creams looked delicious!!!

    4 years ago
  30. Loving Simon’s stance to fit into the intro’s shot with Martina. xD

    Super sadness about the coffee shop, but at least kitties and homemade ice pops help to make things better~

    4 years ago
  31. awww I’m sorry! D: It was still funny though!

    4 years ago
  32. haha i gotta say that was my favourite wank ever LOL

    4 years ago
  33. sadly, shit happens bro.

    4 years ago
  34. aww that sucks :( that manager sounds like the biggest jerk ever.
    but at least you got to see the cats! so cute! :3 I really want to go there now and cuddle them all! xD and the ice cream looked good too :P

    4 years ago
  35. Aww, such a hard day for you guys. Kitties will always make things better!

    I do believe that the cats with stubby legs are Munchkin cats. They’re bred to have short legs.

    4 years ago
  36. Wow, Coffee Prince is also my favourite drama. Hong sisters really wrote a good scenario. Of course actors (Gong Yoo is awesome, Yoon Eun Hye did a great job! I don’t like Korean actresses in general bcoz of specific way they act in dramas but Yoon Eun Hye is a big big exception!) were brillant as well. Not to mention the music… Anyway, such a pity about the Coffee Shop :c. Who would expect that, wow ><

    4 years ago
  37. Nev

    Wow. Thats a bit sucky :( ahh well, we can just remember it the way it was… by watching the drama again :)

    4 years ago
  38. Everything was against you this week
    How can it be so different?
    ~I almost did not believe it. O-M-G.

    4 years ago
  39. Wow, never knew the coffee prince shop had so much drama! MBC should make another drama about the coffee prince shop drama, lol.

    4 years ago
  40. The guy needs a high five.. in the face… with a chair ^^ But at least there’s a new EYK video out ^^

    4 years ago