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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. 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*

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

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

  4. AWW SO CUTE!

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

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

  7. 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

  8. aw you guys are perfect ♥

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

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. HOW DID SIMON PROPOSE?! <3

  13. 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!

  14. 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-

  15. ‘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.

  16. ‘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. ‘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. 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~!   

  19. 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!

  20. 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. OMG I’M TEARING UP THIS IS PRECIOUS AS HELL

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

  23. >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!!!! 

  24. 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

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

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

  28. Thanks for the share!  Great story.  Peace.

  29. Cute story you guys.  Thanks for the share.

  30. Cute story you guys.  Thanks for the share.

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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! ^^

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

  35. -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

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

  37. 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?

  38. 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

  39. ah… i wanted to find out how simon proposed >.< cute story tho!(:

  40. NO WAY!!
     i live like 10minutes away from sherway!!!
     can u please tell us what high school u guys went to?

  41. WHY IS SPUDGY HUMPING THE LINK AT THE END?

  42. HAHA. Cliffhanger!  

  43. I just want to let you know that you are totally lame for teasing us like that. Not in the question? Pssh. Total cop-out. AmIrite?

  44. AWWW! Cute Story! :3When I found out that you guys were married, I fell down. :o (::[__]::) Love you guys! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 V^_^V

  45. Haha I love how you guys got rings at sherway garden when I shop there all the time ^_^_

  46. “What’s really surprising is that combined, these rings…”  I was totally hoping this was a set up  for a Wonder Twins joke.  *sigh* maybe next time…

  47. cute!! it’s hard not to fall in love while enrolled at uoft. it’s crazy beautiful there. my story began and ended at university college 

  48. I graduated from U of T too :D I was in my Year 1 when you both met and I hope that I actually bumped into either one of you during that time even though I wouldn’t rmb even if I did.
    Somehow, before reading your post, I was already imagining you two studying at E.J. Pratt Library while I was watching the video =D Anyways, you guys are awesome and I enjoy your videos A LOT!

  49. So guys, now we know what to vote for the next question! LOL!

    I love the love story. it’s so adorable! cute~

  50. The whole time reading this i was just like AWW ♥ I can imagine you guys never getting sick of one another even when youre REAAALLY old with Simon making lame jokes but Martina laughing anyway~ hahah..

  51. aww, you guys are the cutest!

  52. You care for some coffee?
    haha..,
    XD..

  53. You guys are so adorable! And humping Spudgy in every TLDR video is so funny hahaha. I also hadn’t notice the ‘nyam nyam nyam’ in the title sequence before too :) Mann, I love you guys :D

    • HA!  Finally someone saw one of our secret messages!  That thing took 5 hours to make, and we were running out of ideas to put in there, so we started writing random junk.  Ha!

      • I just love how it says “tell me how do i do this” and “i am not good with computer” when every week i’m amazed at how much more incredible each video gets! you guys are always using crazy awesome effects  that i can’t even imagine how long took you to figure out. (i always wondered where you managed to find time for teaching back in the day…) oo, like the effect in music mondays where your comparing two vids and even when martina’s hands move up and down, the vids do too! (it’s official, i have got to invest in final cut pro…) anyway, i can’t imagine anyone who can do magic with their computer more than eatyourkimchi!!!

  54. Oh this is absolutely adorable!!! >.< But I want to know how Simon proposed please!!! (^.^*)/

  55. aaaaaaaaaa, so sweet!!!! but I really want to see a video about the proposal!!!!!!

  56. please continue the rest of what you where saying…

  57. i live in Mississauga and i work at Tim Hortons. what are the places you guys miss the most from back home? any favorite hangouts (Timmies, ahem) that you guys miss going to?

  58. there must be a Part 2 of this video, PLEASE XDDDDDDDDDDDD

  59. owww! that is such a cool story. I want to hear the rest of it!!!

  60. No!!!!!!!!!! I neeed to seee the proposal….

  61. OH NOS!!! I wants to hear the proposal now!! Grrr you sneaky zombies…..*sulky face*….

  62. Spudgy humping random things is just hilarious… just so random! lol

  63. which campus at U of T did you guys go to?

  64. ohhhh I love you guys sooo much!!! I’m shipping your couple even more than any kpop couple (hahaha ok that’s a bit creepy I know…)

  65. I’m really glad this was finally answered! I loved hearing you guys tell the story, and I loved reading what you had to say, too. Definitely not preachy. In fact, to someone who is young and knows nothing about relationships (me), your words are really helpful. I hope that in the future me and my husband will be best friends the way you guys are. :)

  66. I’m really happy for you ^_^  you were lucky, both of you, for meeting each other. GOD bless you :) 

  67. I’m really happy for you ^_^  you were lucky, both of you, for meeting each other. GOD bless you :) 

  68. HOW DID HE PROPOSE?? TELL US!

  69. Sascha Wong

    Awww you guys remind me of Lily and Marshall from “How I Met Your Mother.” So cute!

  70. I love seeing couples who are best friends.  This summer, i’ll have been with mine for 12 years and this fall will be our 10 year wedding anniversary.  I totally feel the same way you guys do :)

  71. Awwwww!!!
    You guys warm my heart

  72. awwww!!! thats the MOST ADORABLE THING!!! awww “two months into dating we knew we were gonna marry eachother” aegyo!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL HUMPIN SPUDGY!

  73. awwww!!! thats the MOST ADORABLE THING!!! awww “two months into dating we knew we were gonna marry eachother” aegyo!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL HUMPIN SPUDGY!

  74. lmao@ the random humping spudgy. I saw a spudgy dog today and it made me think of you guys!

  75. Simon and Martina Relationship Advice Blog? :D
    Ooooh I’d totally buy that. Don’t worry, you weren’t preachy at all. How is it preachy when you’re just talking about your own personal experiences?

    Btw would you be able to time the Proposal TL;DR to fall on your 4th Anniversary? :D

  76. That was sooo cute <3  you're such a great couple! 

  77. I want my first relationship to be as good and cool as yours! You guys are too cute for words! <3

  78. I’m super sick today but this video totally made me smile, thanks!

  79. how did simon propose?!!!! that is the question hmmmmm….

  80. “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.”
    I live that as a single woman as well. I think happiness is that forgotten goal. I just want to be happy and if I can share that with someone in the future, this crazy ride we call life is going to be so much more awesome.

  81. Aww~ What a sweet story! :’) 

  82. wow your love story made my day. In ways its similar to mine and gave me a little boost of confidence in my own relationship as well, though i already had tons of it. My relationship with my fiance is very similar. He was into me but i had a boyfriend so we just became really good friends and got really close helping each other through a lot. Then i realized i had feelings for him so me and my bf broke up and soon after my fiance and i started dating. We sorta realized that this was it and we didnt want anyone else so we agreed that we would get married in the future and we got couple rings. We are getting married a bit sooner than planned (on paper) because he is going to the army and he wants me to have his benefits so he can support me, but we plan on having the ceremony later so that we can share it with our families and friends. But sometimes i would wonder if this had happened to others, like that they knew they wanted to get married early on, and your story encouraged me. 

  83. Oh my God, I actually teared up at the end .. TEARED UP ! Korean dramas have made my heart too soft. Anyway you guys are an aweeeesooome couple :3

  84. September 14th seems like a good day :) it’s the day I leave to live in Melbourne Australia for a year and a half :) Can’t wait!!!!! 
    And you guys are the cutest couple :)

  85. Proposal storyyyyy pleaseeeeeee

  86. How and where did you get spudgy? Any funny stories? How did you come up with his name?

  87. can we have a tour of your partmentÉ

  88. XiLUVeuJUNGx (Brisingr)

    awwwww thats so cute. u guyz r such an awsum couple! i hpe u guyz stay 2getha 4eva!!

  89. How did Simon propose to Martina? How did you guys plan the wedding?How was the Wedding?What dress did Martina wear at the wedding?who went to your wedding?where did you guys go for your honeymoon?Did anything funny happened during the time of the proposal till after the honeymoon?How much did the wedding cost?How long after the wedding did you guys decided to go to Korea?Oh…Can you also give us a tour of your new home?ok done…..=D….btw LIKE, PEOPLE SO SIMON AND MARTINA CAN SEE =]

  90. your story is a great material for romantic movie!  :) 

  91. How did you guys decide to move to korea?

  92. “or doing something else that just doesn’t freaking matter, isn’t nearly as important as making sure we keep each other happy.”

    awww.. this is soooo sweet i feel like crying. no, seriously!

    <3

  93. question: what are some awkward moments that you two have had once you were trying to speak in korean and you didnt know it?

  94. Aw so super cute! Lol I can not imagine a rock chick Martina who likes LOTR lol.  What, Simon you didn’t try to find her on Facebook? Lol. I guess that’s what you’d do now? Lol. Ooo a love secret kekeke. The promise ring thing is so cute! Aw you’re such teases! Two months is really fast wow.  Well, glad things worked out for you guys! This whole video was so super cute. I was totally gushing and going “aw!” the whole time lol. Simon is so smooth lol.

  95. awwwww you guys are so wrong. this IS an epic love story ^^ I wish you guys MANYMANY RIDICULOUSLY GOOD years together in the future, thanks for sharing your story with us ;D Now excuse me, I’m off to vote for the proposal story! :D

  96. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!  next week topic will be -definitely- the PROPOSAL! :D 

  97. I totally know what breaking a couch feels like…

  98. pleaseeeeeee tell us your proposal story!!

  99. wow. how the heck did u know after only 2 months? that’s really enviable! thanks for sharing your story with us! 

  100. Nyawwwwwwww. :3 Agh, Y U BE MEAN SIMON AND MARTINA? -goes to vote for proposal story- 

  101. Nyawwwwwwww. :3 Agh, Y U BE MEAN SIMON AND MARTINA? -goes to vote for proposal story- 

  102. I just want to keep you guys in a box in my room <3 

  103. I just want to keep you guys in a box in my room <3 

  104. I just want to keep you guys in a box in my room <3 

  105. know what’s awesome??  you got married for the right reasons. and you’re together for the right reasons. my parents have been together for almost 40 years and they still, today, feel the same as when they met (and KNEW)….which is the same as how you two feel about each other. THAT is how it’s supposed to be! i’m so super happy for you two!! here’s to 60+ years….together forever!!!! ^_____^

  106. awwww! this is so sweet and cute, and i think that everyone wants a relationship like that. 

  107. I was really looking forward to this tldr! This is such a sweet story and I think you two are so inspiring <3

  108. Yay! Finally! Your love story!
    Awww you are so lucky! You are made for each other ^^

  109. Aaaanw ;_; <3 You guys are TOO cute, that's just awesome! You're like the most perfect couple ever? (nah, absolutely NOT exagerating. o/)

  110. thanks for ur lesson, it was so sweet~~~

  111. Lol @ Spudgy popping into the vid every now and then. XD

  112. Aaaawwww, so cute. Actually you could make a movie out of this. The kind where the heroine doesn’t know she’s in love with the hero until she see him with someone else not knowing that the entire time he was in love with her.

  113. Very sweeeeeeet! Not boring at all! :D Thank you for sharing. Now you make me wanna request for a propose episode!

  114. Yayyy! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful story! :)

  115. This was so funny xD the couch thing~ awesome :D cool memories you can share with your kids later on~ 
    btw: HOW did Simon propose to you Martina? ;D 

  116. awww..this is just too sweet^^

  117. You guys are so lucky to have each other! Your story is like an unconventional fairytale, I think many people would want to end up like the both of you :)

  118. Ohhhhhh~~~Sweet!!! =D

  119. ooooohhh…come on tell us about the proposal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet it was…smoooth…!

  120. I love you guys!!! I’m a new fan and your videos are soooper dooper fun~~ Thanks!

  121. first comment!
    HOPE YOU GUYS ARE ETERNALLY TOGETHER FOREVER^^
     P.s my friend says thanks for the spudgy t-shirt you sent to London!
     please can you make a blue one now that hes blue?!! <3

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