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Three Years in Korea!

May 29, 2011

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have now been here for three years. Holy, holy crap! We did not foresee this at all. We came to Korea back at the end of May 2008 and thought we’d just teach here for a year, and then go to another country and start teaching there. After our first year was up, we decided to stay for another year, because we really liked it. We were sure we’d leave after that year.

By the end of our second year, things started to look a bit different. Our site and videos were keeping us really busy so Simon stopped teaching and decided to focus on making the website better, while Martina signed on with her school for another year. In the year that followed we wanted to see how much further we could go with the site. Would it be just a hobby for us to give up at the end of the year when we left the country, or would we put all of our energy and time into these videos and make it our full-time job? We decided with the latter. And so we bought better gear for our videos, upgraded our movie editing skills, and planned for new segments. We were shocked to see that we went from a few thousands views to over two million video views a month. WOW! AMAZING!!!

The end of our third year in Korea is almost up. This Thursday marks Martina’s last day at her school (she’s an emotional wreck as she loves loves loves her school) and we just moved into a new apartment. We’re both ready to work on making more videos and to add some new weekly segments that we always wanted to do, but never had time for. *Simon and Martina high five*

Eatyourkimchi is our baby and now it’s our only job. We’re not getting funded by the government or getting support from any organization. We’re doing this on our own with the help of whatever ad revenue we make from this site and from our videos, and also from our t-shirt sales. Speaking of which, we just recently sold out of t-shirts, so thanks to all of you who supported us by buying a shirt! We really really appreciate it. We’re looking for a new printer as we speak and can hopefully start rolling out some new designs :D

For those of you who would like to help us out and support us in some way, we have a support page set up. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated…especially by the Spudgy, who receives an extra minute of head-scratches and tummy-touches for every dollar given. More importantly, your contributions help keep the site going, so we can keep coming up with more videos and keep upgrading our gear in hopes of upping our quality, and keep the ramen in our tummies.

And so we come to this video, which is a compilation our memories from this past year. Really everyone, thank you so much for watching our videos and supporting us with your heartwarming emails and comments. What started off as just a hobby, just something we wanted to do to for our families has changed our lives to an unbelievable degree, and we couldn’t have done it if you didn’t like our videos.

Also, a special thanks go out to Mark Rajakovic for letting us use his awesome music. The song in this video is called 1976, and if you like his music check out his album via iTunes.

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  1. yve

    This made me literally tear up! The background music (1976) goes so well with the video (it also sounds like a background music for a time lapse video)..

    Cheers too another bountiful year in Korea! (^^v)

    5 years ago
  2. I’m curious as to how you got visas to do this work in Korea
    (now that you have no sponsor).  What kind of visa do you have?  Thanks!

    5 years ago
    • We’re going to be traveling around here on our Tourist visas.

      5 years ago
      • Sorry, but can I ask, how does that work? The tourist visa(C3) normally lasts for 30days.. or can you get one that lasts longer? At least thats what I am finding on the Korean Embassy website. I’m only asking because I am interested in something similar but I haven’t figured out how it works yet… Thanks much!

        4 years ago
  3. I remember stumbling over your videos two-ish years ago and found you guys very fascinating then.  You have grown & inspired and become a part of my life with your insight on all things Korean.  I am learning Hangul/Korean as well as just recently became a Red Belt in TKD.  I have ALWAYS been fascinated (since probably age 10??)  by the Asian cultures and you guys have helped fuel my Korean craving for more knowledge along with feeding my insatiable hunger for K-Pop.  I wish you guys ALL THE BEST.  I continue to tell others about you and hope everyone else will do so.  My two teens gather around my computer every week now to share in viewing your latest uploads.  They laugh as hard as I do.  Can’t wait to see the new T-shirt designs.  I will deff. be putting in an order!  Great Anniversary video BTW.  Martina…lots of tears, but lots of memories follow you as you close this chapter and begin a new one *tearing up as I write*  So excited for you guys and all your bravery in this endeavor.   Keep up the awesome job you guys.  Simon, keep smiling and delivering that manly charm….like a MAN!  Love & Peas!

    5 years ago
  4. _m

    I’m really glad you’ve decided to stay for another year (at least?)! I’ve recently moved to Korea, but all during the process of not only living here but also deciding to live here, your videos have proved to be both entertaining and really informative. I too have used your “washing machine” and “rice cooker” how-to videos, I stay tuned for you kpop music mondays, I marathon read your blog and videos. eatyourkimchi continues to be my #1 source for anything about living and playing in Korea. Thank you Simon & Martina!! :D

    5 years ago
  5. congratulations!!! thanks for always putting up such awesome videos! you guys are the best and  your video’s always make my day a little less tiring! thanks!!!

    5 years ago
  6. Congrats on 3 years you guys! I’ve been following since then. I plan to go to Korea some time and thanks to you two I’ve learned a lot of how it is there. That and your kpop Mondays always make my week. [though sometimes I watch it on Tuesday] Even if I don’t know you personally I feel really close to you guys. You’ve thought me a lot. I spazz every time I see a new video uploaded. I would so support you guys but I haven’t [even though I begged my mom] because I don’t have a card yet :/ First thing I know I will do is support you two in any way I can. I love you guys<3 I'm sure the channel will only get better. I've gotten almost all my friends hooked on you two and I plan to get more. Hwaiting!!

    5 years ago
  7. congrats!

    5 years ago
  8. Congrats on 3 years guys! Your videos on life in Korea were invaluable as I was getting ready to come here to teach. I’ve been in Daegu for 3 months now and I still watch your videos when I need info or a laugh. Thanks guys!!

    5 years ago
  9. Congrats on 3 years guys! Your videos on life in Korea were invaluable as I was getting ready to come here to teach. I’ve been in Daegu for 3 months now and I still watch your videos when I need info or a laugh. Thanks guys!!

    5 years ago
  10. Congrats on 3 years guys! Your videos on life in Korea were invaluable as I was getting ready to come here to teach. I’ve been in Daegu for 3 months now and I still watch your videos when I need info or a laugh. Thanks guys!!

    5 years ago
  11. Congrats on 3 years guys! Your videos on life in Korea were invaluable as I was getting ready to come here to teach. I’ve been in Daegu for 3 months now and I still watch your videos when I need info or a laugh. Thanks guys!!

    5 years ago
  12. congratz!!! I have been watching your channel for almost a year! it is AWESOME!!  THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK! COOL VIDEO! this year it’s my 3rd study abroad in america. I am actually graduating from high school! so exciting! Let’s cheer for our accomplishment and the bright future ~

    5 years ago
  13. congratz!!! I have been watching your channel for almost a year! it is AWESOME!!  THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK! COOL VIDEO! this year it’s my 3rd study abroad in america. I am actually graduating from high school! so exciting! Let’s cheer for our accomplishment and the bright future ~

    5 years ago
  14. congratz!!! I have been watching your channel for almost a year! it is AWESOME!!  THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK! COOL VIDEO! this year it’s my 3rd study abroad in america. I am actually graduating from high school! so exciting! Let’s cheer for our accomplishment and the bright future ~

    5 years ago
  15. congratz!!! I have been watching your channel for almost a year! it is AWESOME!!  THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK! COOL VIDEO! this year it’s my 3rd study abroad in america. I am actually graduating from high school! so exciting! Let’s cheer for our accomplishment and the bright future ~

    5 years ago
  16. Hello, Simon and Martina!
    I am about to go to Korea in August and teach English.  I am so glad I found your website.  It has really shown me a lot of what goes on there, and I feel like I am more prepared because of all your videos and postings.  Thanks so much!

    PS- You are talked about all the time on allkpop.com.  The forum is full of “Like a Man” and other references.  Anyways, keep up the good work!

    5 years ago
  17. Why is there “Kukay” in my comment lol?

    5 years ago
  18. hi my name is amy and you guys have been an inspiration to me, i love watching your videos every week, im constantly on this site watching and re-watching videos. you guys are so funny, always makes my day. i love this vid because where i live everyones a little uptight so im always happy to you two so happy. i wish you all the best and happy 3 years! :)

    p.s. thank you for showing me korea and maybe my future career, ive been told to start thinking of my future (im going into high school soon) yep this early so ive been consitering a language teacher in either korea or japan but i don’t know, im still young. VIVA LA SPUDGY

    5 years ago
  19. They don’t need any money, their website is worth over 50,000 lol.

    5 years ago
  20. OMG!!! Thank you guys soooooooooooo much for your hard work, and I promise I will always support you! [email protected]:disqus 

    By the way, this means that you guys came to Korea only a few days after SHINee’s debut! Hehe, how exciting!

    5 years ago
  21. wow you guys are sooo committed i love your devotion! fighting!!!!!!!!!
    can you please make a segment were you teach us korean by learning lyrics of songs or something like that ? we love you guys!!!!!

    5 years ago
  22. I love you guys’ videos! :D They never fail to make me smile d: y’all are awesome :)

    5 years ago
  23. Wow you guys are a total inspiration!!

    5 years ago
  24. Congratulations Martina and Simon!!! ~~and spudgy!!! XD
    3 YEARS WOW.I started looking up to you guys not so long ago ( just last year of october) But im really happy been a part and witness of your happy years.More power to you. Cheers! ^^

    5 years ago
  25. Congratulations Martina and Simon!!! ~~and spudgy!!! XD
    3 YEARS WOW.I started looking up to you guys not so long ago ( just last year of october) But im really happy been a part and witness of your happy years.More power to you. Cheers! ^^

    5 years ago
  26. I love this video and music. NICEEEHAA! To a long healthy life for both of you and Spudgy in Korea. Cheers!

    5 years ago
  27. Happy three yrs!! Here’s to three more! I’m glad I came across your video’s and all the entertaining things you’ve done. :) 

    5 years ago
  28. Happy three yrs!! Here’s to three more! I’m glad I came across your video’s and all the entertaining things you’ve done. :) 

    5 years ago
  29. you guys are the best :)

    5 years ago
  30. you guys are the best :)

    5 years ago
  31. This brought tears to my eyes. You guys have done a great thing here and it’s been fun watching you for as long as I have. I look forward to seeing more great things!

    5 years ago
  32. This brought tears to my eyes. You guys have done a great thing here and it’s been fun watching you for as long as I have. I look forward to seeing more great things!

    5 years ago
  33. You guys are amazing. Congratulations!

    5 years ago
  34. You guys are amazing. Congratulations!

    5 years ago
  35. CONGRATS!

    5 years ago
  36. CONGRATS!

    5 years ago
  37. Awww love you guys and keep on K-Poppin! ;D I would love to visit y’all in Korea sometime! :)

    5 years ago