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Finally! We’ve been asked this question so many times in so many different places. Now you have the answer to how we met and fell in love. Not really Korea related, but, ah well! You asked for it!

The story’s not at all that epic. No movie can be made out of this. Nothing to see here, move along. We explain the basic story line in the video, but there are a lot more details to it. We’ll include those here. Yay!

We met on September 14th, 2004. It was in the basement of New College at University of Toronto. It was a Tuesday. Ooooh yes we remember those dates! We were attending Prof Heather Jackson’s Romantic Poetry and Prose course. Romantic Poetry isn’t as fun as it sounds. No lovey dovey stuff. It’s the Romantic Era that we’re talking about, and stuff was serious. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron. Sure, we did play around with some of Wordsworth’s fluffier poems, but it was mostly serious stuff.

Anyhow, we talked to each other a lot outside of class. We’d both get to class early because we were both nerds, and we’d sit in the hallway waiting for the door to unlock, and just strike up small talk. Simon brought trailmix to snack on throughout the day and would share it with Martina. Also, Simon totally had the hots for Martina but Martina – being a girl – was oblivious to the fact. Why can’t girls ever tell that guys have crushes on them? Seriously!

Anyways, that doesn’t matter. For the first quiz of the semester, Simon thought it’d be good to get to know Martina outside of class. So, he looked up her name in the phone book. Yup. Phone book. Anyone remember what those are? They used to have phone numbers in them, and were tremendous wastes of paper. Back to the story, it took a while for Simon to get up the courage to call Martina. He couldn’t call outright and ask her to go out for a coffee, because that would be creepy and could make things awkward in class afterwards. He used the quiz as an excuse. We’d study…AND we’d chit chat. And so we did. FYI, writing in third person is awkward, but since we both write these posts it’s impossible not to.

Do You Like Me?

Please say yes!

That night, when we studied in E.J. Pratt Library, in the basement, we got a lot of studying done, but also a lot of talking. That’s when Martina said she had a boyfriend. Of course she had a boyfriend! Martina’s smoking hot and is super fun (p.s. it’s easy to guess who’s writing this part of the blog post). Anyhow, we just stayed friends, then, studying and doing projects together for a while, and we shared the same group of friends, so we’d all go out to bars and have parties together and such. Yeah!

Eventually, Martina tried to hook up Simon with one of her friends. Thaaaaaat didn’t work out too well. When it didn’t, because the girl wasn’t treating Simon right, Martina flipped out. After flipping out, she started to realize that she really liked Simon, and that they should be more than just friends.

Note: during this period of friendship, Simon made no moves on Martina whatsoever. He honored the fact that Martina had a boyfriend, and didn’t give any hints that he was interested in her. In fact, Simon had stopped as soon as she said she had a boyfriend back when we were studying for the quiz. So don’t get any wrong ideas.

When we started dating, we knew instantly that this was going to be a wonderful relationship, so much so, that two months into it we bought our wedding rings. We didn’t propose yet, but we didn’t really need to. We just, knew, that this was a perfect relationship, and that we were going to be together forever. P.S. 6 years later we still feel the same way. And so, we bought our wedding bands without telling anyone their purpose, and wore them on our pinky fingers. When we got married, we got them re-sized to fit our ring fingers. They cost us a combined $300 and we got them at People’s Jewellers at Sherway Gardens.

A lot of people have commented how we seem like we’re best friends, and some are shocked that we’re married, because this isn’t what marriages usually seem like. Shouldn’t there be fighting, or tension, or awkwardness, or disinterest? Shouldn’t married couples get bored of one another, or devolve into a state of just tolerating the other person? We don’t know. Maybe that’s what other people’s relationships are like, but for us, we value each other’s happiness more than anything else. Marriage isn’t really a status or an achievement, like “Congrats! You’ve unlocked the “Married” badge!” Marriage is a full-time job, a life goal. It’s more important than the job at the office or the game on TV. Marriage isn’t like “yay! I’m finally married! Whoo! Glad I got that over with before I got old!” We’re not married for the sake of being married; we’re married because we love each other. Our #1 goal is to keep each other happy and smiling. Advancing a career, or getting mortgage and a house, or doing something else that just doesn’t freaking matter, isn’t nearly as important as making sure we keep each other happy.

Oh WTF crap this post got so preachy. We’re not going to turn this into a relationship advice blog. Can we just go back to playing with Ajumma Visors and picking on Mordney? Where is this Mordney anyway? Anyhow, if there’s a question you want us to answer for next week’s TLDR, head over to our Google Moderator page and ask it there. Yeesh!

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  1. mattamj216

    STOP I am literally crying this is too cute.
    Wish I had a relationship like you two. SO LUCKY <3

  2. YOU GUYS
    ARE THE CUTEST
    EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
    THIS IS TOTALLY MOVIE WORTHY
    I’M HAVING MY STRANGE WEIRD FANFIC WRITER DELUSIONS NOW
    CAN I WRITE OUT YOUR STORY OH PRETTY PLEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAASSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :33333333 *le cute innocent BIG eyes*

  3. Sharon Kulp

    so cute! Question: Which one of you got interested in Korean things first? Was it Simon or Martina? :)

  4. Awwwww. I wish there were more people like you two!

  5. Amber Lee

    AWW SO CUTE!

  6. I want to be like martina who has her simon. Awwwwwww

  7. Seriously, this should be into a movie. May I ask if I could write a FANFIC based on this? >___< Kekeke, kidding '

  8. Your love story is the cutest. I’m jealous WHERES MY TRUE LOVE? just kidding but yeah Martina omg I want to see you dressed gothic style. XD

  9. Emily Burgos

    aw you guys are perfect ♥

    “IT’S OVERRR” I used to love homestar runner :3

  10. i love your love story SIMON AND MARTINA! it’s very nakakakilig! I don’t know what’s the meaning of nakakakilig in english because it doesn’t have a translation., but i just describe nakakakilig or kilig so you kinda understand it, you feel kilig when you giggles when you saw or read something that touches your heart because what they’ve done! But nonetheless your love story is inspiring and awesome!!! Love it :)

  11. my parents never got engagement rings.  at the time my dad was still a Protestant and my mom was a Catholic and my dad was going to convert but he didn’t want to do it right then and there and make it look like he was doing it to marry my mom.  it also so happened that my mom was really sick with an infection and didnt have health insurance so she couldn’t go to the doctor.  So instead my dad and her got legally married via a judge and the marriage licence and then he drove her to the doctor and she got treated and he gave her a pair of his warmest sock because she was really feverish and cold. …. yeah … my parents are odd.  and also im so curious to see Martina as a goth … i think she’d look cute.

  12. The whole plain ring thing reminds me of my parents. They just have a simple band for their wedding rings. For their 25th anniversary my aunt was saying to my mom that she should get my dad to get her one with a diamond and whatnot. But my mom said she doesn’t need anything fancy, the ring she has is just perfect.

  13. HOW DID SIMON PROPOSE?! <3

  14. I actually thought you were either dating or (don’t laugh) siblings! Hahaha!

    Your marriage is so beautiful! Indeed, why can’t your spouse be your best friend. I love what you said. You got married because you love each other! 

    Breaking the couch FTW!

  15. I love you guys! I remember a couple of years back when my friend first showed me your YT videos and I was like WHOH THEY”RE MARRIED?! But they’re totally like…best friends XD. haha I hope that I get to find someone as fantastic and funny and sweet as Simon! You are soo lucky MARTINA!! and you too Simon, Martina is just too adorable and “smoking hot”!! Hope you guys have great success and happiness in doing YT VIDS!! cuz they be awesomeeeee like a possumm!!

    DONT BE LOOKING AT OUR CROTCHES WHILE WE SYNCRHONIZE OUR WATCHESSSS

    -Regular show-

  16. Anonymous

    ‘Martina’s smoking hot and is super fun’ haha, Its funny to imagine Martina saying this. Anyway.. I seriously love you guys. I first saw your video ‘how to cook korean ramen’ and never stop. Its my life goal to go to korea (living there, not just visit) but now my life goal is to go there and meet you guys. Both of you are my Idol in life, both are smart, have good sense of humor, found your life partner, living in korea and happy (most important). I hope one day I would at least be able to shake your hand(s) and live like you guys. Anyway, hope you read this and Thank You for all your videos.

  17. Anonymous

    ‘Martina’s smoking hot and is super fun’ haha, Its funny to imagine Martina saying this. Anyway.. I seriously love you guys. I first saw your video ‘how to cook korean ramen’ and never stop. Its my life goal to go to korea (living there, not just visit) but now my life goal is to go there and meet you guys. Both of you are my Idol in life, both are smart, have good sense of humor, found your life partner, living in korea and happy (most important). I hope one day I would at least be able to shake your hand(s) and live like you guys. Anyway, hope you read this and Thank You for all your videos.

  18. Anonymous

    ‘Martina’s smoking hot and is super fun’ haha, Its funny to imagine Martina saying this. Anyway.. I seriously love you guys. I first saw your video ‘how to cook korean ramen’ and never stop. Its my life goal to go to korea (living there, not just visit) but now my life goal is to go there and meet you guys. Both of you are my Idol in life, both are smart, have good sense of humor, found your life partner, living in korea and happy (most important). I hope one day I would at least be able to shake your hand(s) and live like you guys. Anyway, hope you read this and Thank You for all your videos.

  19. Sean Chung

    Wow.. I know the places that you guys talking about. I graduated U of T in 2006, as well. E. J. Pratt (I just called it as Victoria college library.) is one of the awesome libraries even though I was living (–;) in Gerstein and Robarts. Thank you so much for your great stories.. I do enjoy~!   

  20. Snowangel1227

    I have to say ya’ll are an Inspiration. If more folks would be friends and become best friends before getting married I think the Divorce rate would be way lower. Oh and your vids are awesome! :D Keep it up!

  21. Snowangel1227

    I have to say ya’ll are an Inspiration. If more folks would be friends and become best friends before getting married I think the Divorce rate would be way lower. Oh and your vids are awesome! :D Keep it up!

  22. Kelsey Jance

    OMG I’M TEARING UP THIS IS PRECIOUS AS HELL

  23. Josepine :)

    AAWWWWWW~~~~
    Do you guys know how epicly rare your kind of love story is? 
    It is totally….aldskgjafd

  24. >3< your story! I've always thought being good friends then dating is the way to go for a good relationship, and you guys have proved that right!!!! 

  25. On how you guys met is so cute!! ^^…I LOVE IT!!!! heheheh i wish i would do that to my crush..-sighs- but im a girl! girls dont as guys on a date? or do they Hmmmm

  26. On how you guys met is so cute!! ^^…I LOVE IT!!!! heheheh i wish i would do that to my crush..-sighs- but im a girl! girls dont as guys on a date? or do they Hmmmm

  27. Cynthia_lam

    LOVE your both LOVE story.. it’s awesome.. could u tell me how simon propose ^^

  28. i was like oh more story wait there are only 5 seconds in the video left… then i got mad…

  29. VBNinja

    Thanks for the share!  Great story.  Peace.

  30. VBNinja

    Cute story you guys.  Thanks for the share.

  31. VBNinja

    Cute story you guys.  Thanks for the share.

  32. ILOVESHINEETAEMIN

    Was Spudgey in a car accident?What and ow did it happen?

  33. You really look like a fantastic couple. What I’m most shocked about, though, is that you knew you’re going to spend the rest of your life together after freaking TWO MONTHS! Wow. Wow. Wow.

  34. Adorable story, I like how you guys remember all the tiny details! It’s awesome that you guys didn’t need much time to realize that the other was “The One” hehe…

    And Simon, that is a snazzy beret! ^^

  35. can you pls!!! tell how simon propose!!!!

  36. -sniff sniff- YOU GUYS HAVE THE CUTEST RELATIONSHIP EVER IT MAKES ME WANNA CRY. And I’m not even a fan of romances. OKay, okay, not a HUGE fan as some people. Man, that’s gotta be the best love story eva. Except for the friend part. Martina, are you still friends with that girl? I bet Simon went “Girl, you crazee.” XD

  37. You guys are so AWW, i can feel how happy you are being together like this (Spudgy included)

  38. saw the “nyam nyam nyam” too! haha… but who’s NOT GOOD WITH COMPUTERS? you edit your videos, right? or does someone else do it?

  39. saw your “guise” again… haha

    so here’s my question (which is a pretty obvious follow up question)
    HOW DID SIMON PROPOSE?
    much love, guys!!! mwah

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