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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. Indigo Rose

    What was the cat place called?

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

  2. Cristina Hargrave

    I actually went there this weekend (in the area, figured it could be fun). They have a sign out front asking people who only want to take pictures to stay outside, which I completely understand and respect. I took a few photos when my friend and I went in after we ordered, and nobody told me I couldn’t. The staff (didn’t meet the manager) was super bubbly, and although the drinks were a bit overpriced, it was still kind of a neat experience. :)
    Maybe things have changed since your last visit? Or maybe I went on a really good day haha.

  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. iwannabeanon

    New owner, you can take pictures now. You should still buy something before taking pictures out of politeness though

  5. Possible world-wide Nasty project: Buy that place out and make it into a place Coffee Prince fans can be proud of. Hmm…

  6. The cats with the stubby legs are Munchkin Cats. They’re a specific breed that I first hear about back in the 90s, shortly after the breed was recognized by I-forget-which breeding association.

  7. Our friend has a stubby cat called Delilah – they said it’s a Manx cat and I hear they often have stubby tails. Too cute!

  8. Does anyone know the song at 4:40?

    You guys are great, I just love your sense of humor!
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

  9. wheres the cat place?

  10. omg i l <3 coffee prince!

  11. did you film some of your dino/unicorn dancing here???

  12. I think the stubby Kitties are called Munchkins. They are so adorable! I am sorry you had such a bad experiance; soe peole are just jerks!!!
    Keep Blogging!

  13. The cats with short legs are called munchkins, no joke.

  14. Those Stubby legged kitties are called munchkin cats :D
    Aint they just the cutest!?

  15. The short-legged-kitties are scottish fold munchkin kitties and I’ve always wanted to have one badly! They are adorable!!! :) Even though this didn’t work out as planned for you guys I still very much enjoyed watching it and OMG I WANT THAT ICE CREAM!!!

  16. That’s very sad to hear about the rude manager. When I visited the shop a few years ago with my friend, they had no problem with us taking pictures and videos. May be it was under a different manager then. However, I have to agree that the coffee there is extremely expensive.

  17. can i ask something.. it’s just that i really wanted to goo there but but is it really that bad? when you went there, are there any costumers?

  18. on a sidenote, that’s probably the best mandu place in Seoul, everyone should give it a try :)

  19. SWalkerTTU

    It would be nice if you had maps in your entries showing exactly where you’d gone WANKing and FAPFAPping. I can sort of locate things on Naver Maps on my iPad, but it’s not often easy.

  20. Nicole Brovont

    Reddit is now aware of these so-called cat cafes. You’re welcome.

  21. I went to Molly’s Pops a few days ago and I asked the Pop Barista if she knew who Simon and Martina from EYK. And she was like YES! I saw them on YouTube and I told her thats how I found Molly’s! We had a moment.

  22. Marita Skaar

    Aaawii, I wanna go to the kitty coffee shop!! The kitties are so cute and fluffy… they’re so fluffy I’m gonna diiiie! heehee… … … And someone should give that manager a serious wedgy!!!! *really angry angryface* … fluffy… kitties… aahhh~… I’m good… ^__^

  23. allkpopdreamer18

    LOOL F***Fake?!? What’s that place?!

  24. I pay $7.00 for a ice blend at coffee bean and I just don’t care if it is overpriced unless I am broke lol

  25. I went to the second Coffee Prince shop last year. I didn’t know it’s been changed to a Chef Restaurant =( I would’ve taken more photos then =( It wouldn’t have been disappointing. Chill vibe, awesomely comfy and circular chairs, cute servers ;D I was curious about the cat cafe across from it. I’d go if I wasn’t allergic to cats =P

  26. LOL at that Engrish sign!

  27. weeeeeeeeee~ i will go to the kitty coffee shop!! ^^”

  28. Hey guys do you think you could tell me how to get to the shop with the kitties? I would like to visit that place who I visit Korea in October. So tell me please?

  29. I think kittens with stubby legs are called Scottish folds. Here’s my favourite one!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57hSqLLfOv4

  30. VBNinja

    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!

  31. It’s called a munchkin kitty! :)

    Sorry about how crappy your wank went. You tried so hard for us! Hopefully things go better next time. :D At least kitties and coffee helped make it better!

  32. OH GOD. I know you guys were upset that things didn’t turn out how you wanted it to, BUT I SPAZZED SO BAD WHEN I SAW ALL THE KITTIES. ‘SPLOSIONS. EVERYWHERE. Thank you.

  33. “And that’s it for this week’s WANK, we’re gonna go drink.” OMG.

    Still, inadvertently the best WANK ever because although I loved Coffee Prince and am very sorry to hear about its state of disrepair (asshattery) I do happen to also FREAKING LOVE KITTIES YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY CAT FEELS I GOT WHILE WATCHING THIS THING.

    I will absolutely be visiting that Kitty Cafe when my friend and I visit Korea next year and getting that ice cream. I also love delicious ice cream bars as much as I love Coffee Prince. So really, this was basically the best thing ever, although it was so frustrating for you guys.

  34. omg backpack sweat gross, i feel for you guys it 28 degrees over here in western canada!!!

  35. The cat in the kitty coffee shop has short stubby legs because it’s a genetic mutation and they’re called “munchkin cats”. People found them cute so they kept breeding them and now I guess they’re a new breed of cats. :)

  36. Can I ask where Molly’s Pops is? Looks so good and I want to go~

  37. The kitties with stubby legs are called dwarf cats. They’re like a
    designer breed and wicked expensive. My friend had one and it cost him like $600 USD. She was so cute though! 

  38. I was sad for you that things kept going so awry, but as soon as you showed the kitties I became instantly elated. New favorite WANK. =)

  39. OMG . . .OH NOOOOOOO . . . TT_TT . . . . I feel so sorry you guys couldn’t make the WANK properly (Especially ’cause WANK are my favorite videos and PLUS: Coffee Prince is at my top 3 drama list ). Anyway, I’m just happy you guys still make the video and I truly hope next WANK could be awesome (I wonder if they regret it for not letting you film there). FIGHTING !!” >_ó*

  40. same here!!been there and it was AWFUL!!didn’t waste any of my money there cause they were quite rude! were shocked with the condition too and very disappointed with just everything!!! 

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