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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. You guys should totally make a T-Shirt with “keep calm and eat your kimchi”

  2. did you read explanation correctly??????? they can get deposit money back
    but rent is not!!

     ‘is your mind blown?’ < that's rude!!

  3. If you guise still need help on decorating, you should have an epic FAIN MAIL CHALLENGE where everyone sends in drawings and stuff to hang up on your walls :D

  4. Had a slight freakout when I saw T.O.P. in your makeup corner! Maybe I should do that. It would be a GREAT start to my day :D

  5. OMG!! you are living in Bucheon?
    i can recognize the apartments! i used to live there! so funny :]

  6. you should make ur wallpaper as SPUDGY!!or t.o.p is fine as well 

  7. The deposit system is quite the same for renting a flat in Hong Kong,….amount of 2 months rent!
    so do you guys thinking of a stop over visit to Hong Kong? I think you guys would love it!

  8. It’s a really nice place. =)

  9. Spudgy changed his dye! and btw Martina i LOVE your coffee cups

  10. I’ve been looking to grow small plants by my windowsill and remembered you guys had a ton in this video! What types of plants are those? :o Some of them look like mint but idk D:

  11. LOVE IT! & I would totally name that dog Falcor.

  12. Oh my word, I love you website. It was awesome being able to see you apartment. It makes me want to move to Korean sooner. lol I hope you guys continue to update. I am looking forward to your video. 

    Good Day

  13. Dear Simon, I have seen yet again your great love for -and vast collection of- T-shirts! If it sounds good to you, I would be honored to make you and Martina T-shirt’s! ^_^ It would be amazing to know that people as awesome as yourselves are sporting some of my T’s :D

  14. Did you guys put those decals up yourself? I’m assuming so :) They are cool, did you get them someplace specific?

  15. Holy crap a $20,000 deposit?? That’s crazy *__* It seems like you guys are good at saving money, at least!

  16. omg! rent is so expensive!!! TT___TT but awesome looking place!

  17. Omigosh, I love your officetel! It makes me want to move to Korea even more now >.< For your bedroom, it'd be cool if you paint the walls (if you're allowed to, of course), a light color, like light blue or light green, and put up some cloth panel boards on the wall behind your bed, preferably in colors that match your bedspread~ So it'll look modern and relaxing at the same time! :D And then on the walls, you can either put some shelving in, which is always good to have (so Martina can put up those pictures of TOP), or hang up cute stuff, like strawberries or fruits or bunnies *_* I love interior design, so yeah….sorry for the long comment, ha ha ha!

  18. Haha, Congrats Simon and Martina!!!

  19. OMG XD i just wrote “Release the Kraken” on my fb status because i was really pissed off and now SIMON says…. “this is the place were you Release the Kraken” talking about his bathroom OH MY GOD  xDDDDDDD i’m laughing so hard! XD hahahahaha

    well guys, your new apartment is super EFFIN COOL :D

  20. I think you guys are great interior decorators. I’d love to know where you got those wall and cabinet decals I’m taking a guess and saying home plus? I think Korean Officitels are really cool the design and layout seems so modern to me than apartments I’ve lived in here in California. And they seem really roomy for what your paying. Thanks for sharing with us :)

  21. I would suggest you black&white landscape photo above your  bed and curtains in the bedroom it will make the room so coooozy )))) the place is great!

  22. Martina & Simon, 
    First of all, congratulations on your new place and new endeavors! I recently came across your channel and I just can’t get enough of you! You are beyond awesome! 

    Hey, just wanted to thank you for this post as it’s helped me greatly in getting to know about the living environment in Korea. I’m actually moving to Korea this fall so this is extremely helpful!!! Thanks again, and keep up the good work! Please check out my blog when you get a chance, would love to get in touch with you when I move! 
    http://www.tomimito.com

    love,
    Karen

  23. Well, to make things all even, would you like a tour of my apartment??  Just to be fair and all  … sadly, no Spudgy-related options were offered with my place.

  24. Isn’t 10,000,000 like 9000? Its sounds so expensive… you guys must be rich! Do you have guns? (^^ JK..)
    Anyways, thank you for sharing your …. house, and your parents! I’ve been wanting to see them ever since I heard about them coming…

  25. OMG! at 3:49 the picture to the far right is your wedding photo!

    Awesome place guys!!!!!!!!

  26. I love the decorations, they’re really cute!

  27. that’s very cute having martina’s parents in the video!!

  28. congrats on your new place!!! *cheers*

  29. now show us the tattoos on your feet!!!

  30. now show us the tattoos on your feet!!!

  31. make more poster  or put poster and pohots of you fun time in places
    or even KIMCHI

  32. cute place and vid! i think you’re in an apartment, though. officetel’s are usually large studios without separate rooms, aren’t they? i am renting a korean apartment (apato) that came with all the appliances (fridge, kimchi fridge (yes!), washer, airconds, and oven), but there are separate rooms. oh, and the “solarium” is called a “beranda” (veranda). the complex i live in has officetels and apato, and the difference seems to be the size and the number of rooms, fwiw.

  33. UM EXCUSE ME I HAVE A QUESTION
    where do u find officetels that have all those cute decals and etc. on like their cuprboards and such?

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