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Our New Korean Apartment!

June 26, 2011

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Ok, so here it finally is. You’ve seen bits and pieces of it from our videos, and now you can get a full idea of what the whole thing looks like.

For those of you who don’t know, we’re no longer teaching in Korea. Simon stopped teaching last year, while Martina just finished her contract in June. We’re now working full-time on the site and video making. When Martina finished her contract with her school, we had to move out of our old apartment. It was under the school’s name, as they were the ones who put down the deposit and were paying the rent. Our new apartment is now our own, not paid for by anyone but ourselves, with whatever money we earn from the site (and from your support)

Anyhow, enough back story. If you can’t tell by now, we like this place A LOT more than our last place. It’s huge in comparison. It’s 34 Pyeong, while our last one was supposedly around 19 Pyeong…almost double! A pyeong, if you don’t know, is a Korean unit of measurement, how we use square feet or square meters. It’s around 35 sq feet or so per Pyeong. Factor that number in, along with a denial of r squared pi, and you get roughly 1200 sq feet. Pretty sweet!

We’re really happy about this place, because it’s not only still in Bucheon, but it’s actually right beside our old apartment. We still overlook the park, and can take Spudgy there for walks (though lately, in this summer heat, Spudgy’s become too lazy to go for long walks). We’re just on the other corner of the park now. No biggy! Our neighbourhood is a bit different as well, as there are totally different restaurants and shops in this part of town. It’s funny that we can say that, because it sounds like we’re far away from where we lived before, when we can actually SEE our old apartment from our place. That’s the cool thing about Korea: it’s so condensed that every few blocks or so provides a new world of shops and places to discover.

There’s a bit of a scary story behind this place. Well, not scary, but it provided us with a scare. When we first saw this place with our realtor (who speaks awesome English by the way) we fell in love with it instantly. We told them that we’re interested in taking it, and so we started getting the funds in order to do so. And so, the day that we were going to sign the contract and put down our deposit, we get a call from our realtor 20 minutes before we were about to go and he tells us that someone else just nabbed it from right underneath our noses. We were furious! Luckily, after he made some calls, an hour later our realtor found another apartment, in the exact same building, three stories down. What’s even better, is that the apartment he found was muuuch nicer than the one we had originally planned on purchasing, and it wasn’t any more expensive at all. Score! Even better, is that their moving date was closer to our moving date: the original one would have us moving in two weeks earlier, which wouldn’t be convenient for us at all. Double score! We really lucked out with this place.

Anyhow, we know people are going to ask, so we’ll answer: the rent is 900,000 won a month, and 20,000,000 won down as a deposit. Our last place, according to our school, cost 600,000 won a month, and 10,000,000 won down as a deposit. The deposit is quite huge, yes, and it’s quite forbidding for some. The Korean deposit system is quite odd: we get that deposit money back at the end of the year (we signed a contract for one year), while we don’t get back any of the rent money. Supposedly, the reason why the deposits are so big is for insurance purposes: if you don’t pay your rent, it’s very difficult for your landlord to evict you. The process takes at least six months for an eviction, from what we’ve been told. By giving a big deposit, your landlord is safe, kinda, from you skipping out on your rent.

Yeah! We’d like to thank our realtor and recommend him as well. If you’re looking for places in Bucheon (and you should, because it’s an awesome city) and want an English speaking realtor, contact Benesta Real Estate at 011-9217-7832. He was really quite helpful, and continues to be helpful after we got this place. Also, thanks go out to Trip Deuce Media for the background music for the video. Woot woot!

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  1. U should decorate your bed walls with glowing things.

    5 years ago
  2. Wow! This is huge!!! You have so much cute things!

    5 years ago
  3. OH and for your bedroom arrangement, I think you guys should put the bed against the wall so your room has more space, but if not thats fine too XD. I think you guys should get mini shelves (korea has super cute ones) or those uh cube shelves that you can attach individually to the wall. go look at some home decor magazines in korea, they know how to utilize small spaces XD

    5 years ago
  4. so just…a question XD. Since you signed the contract for only a year, you will renew it at the end of the year right? If you renew your contract, do you still get that 20,000 dollars back orrrrrrrrr does the landlord still keep it?

    5 years ago
  5. poor spudgy….=(
    for ur bedroom, why not make a collage of fan pictures of you guys? im sure theres some pretty awesome drawings out there :D

    5 years ago
  6. Congratulations for moving to a new, bigger, better officetel.
    Have your friends brought you matches yet?It is a Korean custom for visitors for a new living place to bring matches.I guess that started in ancient times when the most important thing for a new house owner was to start a fire and keep the fire going 24/7. It was considered a great shame to let the fire die and a great jesture of friend ship to lend your fire. But these days, you may easily get more than your lifetime supply of matches from just a few visitors.

    5 years ago
  7. Why are Korean furniture so cute… =w= If only Canada was like that xD

    5 years ago
  8. That’s pretty awesome that you can afford the place by the videos you make! Well you guys do make one heck of a video all the time ;D! love the place! 

    5 years ago
  9. You guys don’t work and yet you’re still able to live on support from us and the site? Awesome…do you need a payroll administrator by any chance? :-D
    Also, I made a little donation cause you two are nearly like family. I swear I see you guys more than my own brothers. XD

    5 years ago
    • Awesome!  Thanks so much Natasha!  Yay!  

      We pretty much live off the ad revenue from the site, yes, and people’s donations.  We’re not rolling in dough, though, but we’ve got enough to get by :D

      5 years ago
  10. where did you get those frames thats hanging above your tv? they’re super cute!!

    5 years ago
  11. K.

    I posted some of my ideas on your bedroom decoration via twitter :) (first time uploading pics on twitpic, lol :P)

    5 years ago
  12. i really like the new place! especially the huge wardrobe and the man-space/entertainment area.
    for decorating your bedroom…i can imagine a fabulous dark red stripe horizontally gracing your innocent white walls which would highlight some of the wallstickers you already use or a nice picture a the head of your bed. i don’t know about you guise but i find white bedrooms terrifying, so any color would do it a service. and some more cosy cussions and cuddle material (aka simon) will enhance your dreamland.

    lmao, i sound like an interior designer. i’m not :<

    5 years ago
  13. i really like the new place! especially the huge wardrobe and the man-space/entertainment area.
    for decorating your bedroom…i can imagine a fabulous dark red stripe horizontally gracing your innocent white walls which would highlight some of the wallstickers you already use or a nice picture a the head of your bed. i don’t know about you guise but i find white bedrooms terrifying, so any color would do it a service. and some more cosy cussions and cuddle material (aka simon) will enhance your dreamland.

    lmao, i sound like an interior designer. i’m not :<

    5 years ago
  14. I’ve got a question..
    can you tell me why spudgy is blue? xD 

    5 years ago
  15. I’ve got the same headphone thingy that you had in your room :D 

    But mine is blue ^^

    5 years ago
  16. That’s a lot of key money, but very reasonable (by Korean standards) for a place that nice.

    5 years ago
  17. wow nice place guys………
    maybe when im done with school ill move to bucheon too :P

    5 years ago
  18. So lucky!! You guys deserve lucking out too on getting and moving to your new place!
    Awww how cute it was to include the parents’ cameo in the vid~
    And Simon is such an understanding hubby to allow Martina’s fangirl-crushing on TOP!
    I
    like the new layout of your new place; seems way more spacious than the
    old place (I noticed how Simon was kinda cramped in the kitchen area
    that then =)

    5 years ago
  19. where did you guys get your super cool cupboard decorations? :D?

    5 years ago
  20. Nice, 1200 sq feet is pretty big! The price seems comparable to U.S. apartments except for the crazy deposit o.O 20,000,000 won…. so just under $20,000? How does anyone get a place to live if they’re poor??

    5 years ago
    • From what we’ve been told, a lot of people can’t afford that, and so they live with their parents for a very long time.

      5 years ago
      • It must be a big shock (a nice one anyway) when Koreans move to America…. I don’t think I even had to put a deposit on my current apartment ;) The most i’ve ever put down was like $1000?? And I kinda thought that was a lot lol. 

        BTW, for some reason i’ve been having to urge to say,”Asa!” all day… Simon keeps saying it and gets it in my head… 

        5 years ago
    • $18575.26 to be exact :D

      5 years ago
  21. One more thing (off topic) – Will the “Viva La Spudgy” shirts be available again? Thanks! x

    5 years ago
    • We’re planning, next week, to try to find new printers, since our last printers have stopped printing shirts :(

      5 years ago
  22. Your’s new apartment (i mean officetel :DD) is AWESOOOME! I wish i could live with you ^^’

    5 years ago
  23. Ahh you guys are awesome! And Spudgy seems quite pleased with his new hiding place in the closet room :) Also curiously, does your kitchen have an oven? Or was it simply hiding out of view somewhere? Oh and greetings from Australia!! xx

    5 years ago
  24. I cracked during TOP’s picture. Nice house!

    5 years ago
  25. Cool!! Thanks for taking the time to do this video! Now I hope for more WTF videos!!! Fighting!! :)

    5 years ago
  26. Awesome apartment! I love the way you’ve decorated it. For your bedroom, since you asked for decorating tips, you could get a nice, framed, painting or picture or whatever you like to put over the bed. Something that’s wider than it is tall and of good size (nothing too small). If you don’t buy a head board a good sized picture would work to anchor the bed. And put it up high enough so you don’t hit your head against it when you’re in bed. I think you should also continue the black wall art that you have in your kitchen. A little bit of that would look nice too. I wish I could draw you a picture, it’d be so much easier to explain.

    5 years ago
  27. We bought them off Gmarket.  They’ve got TONS.

    5 years ago
    • I love that everyone just keeps asking this over and over and they don’t even bother to read and see that like half the questions are about your stickers…which are completely and totally fantastic.  Glad I read far enough to get the answer!

      4 years ago
  28. do you mean, “denial of r squared pi” not “denial or r squared pi”?

    5 years ago
  29. do you mean, “denial of r squared pi” not “denial or r squared pi”?

    5 years ago
  30. i went through a guy at benesta real estate too. he was really helpful. hope you enjoy the new pad.

    5 years ago
  31. i went through a guy at benesta real estate too. he was really helpful. hope you enjoy the new pad.

    5 years ago
  32. I love the stickers you have on your cupboards and fridge. Where’d you get those? They’re SO cute.

    5 years ago
  33. 만세 !!! =))

    5 years ago
  34. OMG Spudgy looks so sad and cute in the closet!! heheehe
    ahhhhhh you’re parents are funny!! ~ sneaky mum!! LOL

    5 years ago
  35. that’s martina’s parents right? who recently come to visit you? the officetel is soooo nice, and pricey, wonder why real estate so pricey there (and everywhere else)

    5 years ago
  36. Oh dear gosh, I LOVE YOUR APARTMENT! If I have to say, these apartments look better than america’s apartments. 

    5 years ago
  37. Great place!

    by the way it sorry if this is a very obvious question but how do you guys get money from this site? (aside from t-shirt sales) ?

    5 years ago
  38. How did you manage to get visas to stay in Korea? I may have missed that in a previous post.

    5 years ago
  39. thats a nice upgrade <3 love it 

    5 years ago