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Toronto vs Seoul

February 5, 2014

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Hooray! It’s time for our favourite segment of the week, TL;DRs! We love these segments. Did we ever tell you that? These are always loads of fun for us. They’ve also become our most viewed segment over the year, so it seems like you are digging it as well. Huzzah! Most of the time we get to just sit and banter with each other and be playful, and that’s loads of fun. Sometimes we tackle more serious topics, which is – at times – not loads of fun, but the discussions we get in the comment sections are great. Thank you, TL;DR watchers, for your awesome levels of engagement!

Anyhow, we usually do Korea vs _____ videos whenever we come back from traveling somewhere. We put Korea up against Japan, Australia, and Europe in previous TL;DRs. I didn’t find one on Canada yet, though I feel like almost every TL;DR is – by default – Korea vs Canada, because we mostly talk about how our experiences as Canadians differs from what we experience here in Korea.

But we’ve been in Korea for quite a while now, over 5 years. Almost 6 as of June. Our Canadian side is fading. Our memories of what things were like are a bit dated at times. So, being back in Canada for a few weeks really reminded us of what’s different between both places. Not really in depth, of course, because we’re not that in depth with Canada anymore. But, still, the differences to us are interesting to note.

Side note: we really sucked at filming this one. We forgot to check if my head fit in (which it didn’t) and we forgot to fully charge our batteries, which is why Martina’s battery died at the end of the video. Actually, that was more like the middle of the video, but we cut out the other half because Martina’s audio sucked. We had more we wanted to talk about! Like…food ordering culture! Not that big a deal, we know, but we were reminded of what it’s like to get food in Canada. You go to a burger place in Canada, for example, and you stand in front of the list of stuff you can add to the burger, like lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc. You customize your food. You’re often asked “how would you like that” and you get to choose and dictate. Make the coffee with half syrup and soy milk.

Here in Korea, though, food customization isn’t that prevalent. Sure, it’s available in some places. They have Subway sandwiches. Coco Curry (aka CRACK COCAINE CURRY CUZ IT’S SO ADDICTIVE) lets you add this and that to the curry you get, but those are for non-Korean foods. Go to a Korean food place, and you mostly get big bowl of stuff. Eat it! It’s delicious! Which, yes, it is, but it’s not really something you customize all too much.

I’m assuming maybe because there are so many things on the menu that makes up for the lack of customization. For example: order a kimbap roll at a Kim Bap Chon Guk and you’l have 12 different rolls to choose from. Maybe in Canada it’s more like you’d order a kimbap roll, and they’d ask you how you want it. Korea has already pre-determined a lot of these options. Go to our favourite Sundubu Jjigae restaurant and you’ll see 20 different kinds to choose from. Is that lack of customization, or just a plethora of choices that compensate for the lack? I don’t know.

It’s when we try to ask the waiters for something different that we run into trouble. At our favourite burger place, if we ask for extra bacon, they look confused and have to ask the manager, and then they come back in a panic and say “that…that’ll be 500 won more,” to which we agree, of course. Or if we go to a restaurant which we know serves purple rice for some dishes and white rice for others, if we ask for the purple rice instead they’ll say “oh, that’s not for this dish.” Yes, we know, but we’d like to swap. Is that possible?

So, long story short, switching things around in Korean restaurants results in more confusion here than it does for us in Canada. There! It only took four convoluted paragraphs to somewhat explain. Yeesh!

Anyhoodledoodlepoodle: another basic difference we noticed between Toronto and Seoul – whoa! We totally appreciate the Seoul Metro as opposed to the Toronto subway system. We took the TTC in Toronto a few times, and every time we were on we were quite…umm…surprised? The floors were really dusty and dirty. Some subway stops smelled of urine. You grab a handle when you’re standing and it squeaks and screeches. The whole subway just seems really old and dusty. You so much as LOOK at a tunnel and your signal cuts out. Not so in Korea. The subway is always meticulously clean. Screens all over the subway tell you what stop is coming up next and what side the doors will open on. On the TTC, some guy on the mic goes “nfft stfftn is Lwffffndwwwnnn” and you can barely understand what he’s saying over the crackle. Hell! We were at Keele station on the weekend, stuck at the front doors of the station for 20 minutes because the machine wouldn’t accept our freaking money at all! Just kept on spitting out our $10s over and over again. And the TTC costs $3. Seoul Subway costs $1.10. Sure, Toronto has lots of reasons for it being more expensive. There are less people in Toronto than in Seoul, so that means less customers, which means less money, and upkeep is expensive, or whatever. I don’t know. There are a bagillion excuses for it. Without digging into them, you can easily say that the TTC sucks royally compared to Seoul’s subway. I can’t think of a single thing the TTC does better. Sorry people of Toronto who love your city. Toronto’s got a lot of great things going for it. Transportation isn’t one of them.

Ok! That’s it for now. If there’s anything we missed out on, we’d love to talk about it in the comment section with you all. I’m sure someone will mention something and we’ll be like “OH SNAP HOW DID WE FORGET?!?!?” Oh. One I forgot to mention: Toronto has scarier Ice Storms.

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  1. what came to mind when I heard “kiwi dressing”

    3 years ago
  2. I’m from Toronto too, living in Daejeon right now. I miss public garbage cans. I know that sounds weird but here there are hardly any garbage cans on the sidewalk and parks. There are sometimes garbage “spots” on top of residential garbage bags where other people will dump their garbage. In Toronto, there’s a garbage can every five feet! And it gives you options for waste, paper recycling, glass/plastic recycling. Here, it’s just like “Drop your garbage anywhere.”
    When I’m waiting for the traffic light near my house, these ajummas descend on me and shove restaurant flyers in my face and there’s no where for me to subtly throw them away. I end up carrying the flyers home and throwing them out there.

    3 years ago
  3. Food custimization thing I definitely noticed.
    One thing that bugs me a lot but probably not you guys since you’ve not lived and shared a bathroom with Koreans is the lack of shower curtains. It means the entire bathroom gets wet. And so if I go to use the restroom afterwards, it means a wet toilet seat, which I really hate. I limit my spray radius of the nozzle so that the toilet and other places don’t get wet, but Koreans don’t seem to really care. (I’m not sure where they put their dry clothes to change into…). It also means the bathroom shoes get super wet too. Which means I can’t wear socks if I want to use the bathroom and somebody has just showered.
    I will say that Koreans conversely find cleaning the bathroom to be a whole lot easier in Korea. Because they can just use the shower head and spray everything down. So for Koreans that come to the US, they’re more bothered by the amount of work put into clearning the bathroom. So.. it’s give and take and just what I’m used to or not used to.

    3 years ago
  4. MBLAQ: Smoky Squirrel
    This is what I’m now going to think when I hear that song.

    3 years ago
  5. I’m in Toronto, and agree…the TTC SUCKS. It’s been miss-managed and under-funded for SO many years that now it’s literally falling apart….and politicians are STILL arguing about how to fix it. And it keeps getting more and more expensive, for crappier service. TTC = Take The Car (if you can afford one).

    BTW? Chemical Brothers = AMAZING work out music.

    3 years ago
  6. There is a media blackout on TTC accidents but you learn to get to know the “codes” they use for them. “Switching trouble” is usually a jumper. “Signal Trouble” is usually a worker injured by a train, etc. etc. etc. Most delays on the line are not caused by the system itself. Did you realize that a subway driver only gets a 5 minute break every time he gets to the end of the line? It takes over an hour from end to end on the Bloor-Danforth Line or University-Spadina-Yonge line and if you’re running late due to lots of passengers (taking longer than average to load/unload)? Sorry, no pee break for you unless you turn off the train and take one anyways. The TTC also seems to think that it’s funny to schedule track maintenance during rush hour.

    3 years ago
  7. I’m from Vancouver and our subway system sucks majorly. The exec, not sure how much drugs he was on, thought not having turnstiles and having the honor method of paying. Our subway system was built in like the 80s. What sane human does the honor system??
    To combat this, they have all these transit police to fine people for not paying their fare. Problem is you get like 5 cops at 1 stop, and like 0 at the next. INEFFECTIVE. They are putting in the tap card method and turnstiles now, BUT STILL. Every year or so the company complains that they are losing money. Gee I wonder why…

    I’ve gone to Hong Kong a couple of times and the only things that I dislike is the lack of personal space.

    3 years ago
    • BC Rail (or whatever it is called now) is losing money for sure, but, like most transit systems, it’s never from fare fraud, they just use it as an excuse to raise prices, the real losses are behind the scenes. Like…….every time the Vancouver Skytrain broke down, they had to rent a helicopter and pilot to put a train driver into the front car via winch to get the train into the next station. Yep, too cheap to pay for walkways along the elevated track and the doors are over the track edge. That’s some hazard pay boyos. Also, in order to get the airport extension in time for the last winter Olympics, things got way more costly than planned (or than advertised, which ever way you want to look at it). Additionally – maintenance. I’ve worked on other lines by the same company and the maintenance is almost non-existant, they don’t know what they’re doing, staff turnover is high, they cheap out on training, and then wonder why things get broken – I can’t believe that Skytrain is run any differently.

      Funny thing, most of the HK trains are built by some of the same companies.

      3 years ago
  8. Now I remember why Simon and Martina are amazing.
    I had such a mentally straining day today, 2 hours of Chinese class, three hours of translation homework and another two hours of film translation/subtitling class, no real break. Staring at a screen all day, racking my brain over linguistic and software problems, having to pay attention to tiny details. I felt so drained and frustrated around 3pm, so I took a short break, logged on facebook and saw S&M posted a new video. I started watching it and after one minute I’d forgotten everything else, I was laughing, or rather trying to giggle silently to not disturb the other people in the phonetics lab and I could feel myself getting relaxed and happy. Simon and Martina are like energy drinks for the soul or something. How do they do it?

    3 years ago
  9. When we visited Niagra last summer, I was so impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms. My hubby thought I was silly because I kept commenting on excellent Canadian hygiene. But it was so much better that any state we drove through from Indiana to Niagra. I also liked how polite and multicultural it was there. The only problem we had was traffic from Niagra to Toronto…all the construction and confusion of a big city. Now if I can only convince him to get on a plan to visit Korea!

    3 years ago
  10. I’m so happy I get new videos almost daily now! Yay.

    3 years ago
  11. Some how I pictured “Smokey the Squirrel” with a cigarette hanging out his mouth!!!!! LOL

    3 years ago
  12. Where I live in Michigan the streets are similar. I think it has to do with the semis and other big trucks rolling over it, the streets take a lot of abuse. Then little holes form, water gets in there and it turns to ice and expands leaving potholes the size of your head all over the roads. They used to to take forever to fix the potholes but after this year “winter vortex” we had one warming up day and the potholes were massive. So many people got blown tires and front end damage to their cars because of it that the state agreed to cover them for their damages (for the first time in history). Needless to say all of the potholes were fixed the next day to avoid any more damages.

    3 years ago
  13. Totally agree with what you guys said about construction in Toronto. There will be a sign saying a building, plaza, etc. is “coming soon”, but really that means 3 years or so. Even now near my house theres some new plaza that is going to be built, but who knows how long that will take! Damages is the same. There are so many roads that are bumpy and unpleasant to drive over. I don’t take the subway often, but when I take the YRT the state the buses are in is disgusting. Dirty, dusty, smelly, and the rides are uncomfortable too. The Vivas are pretty good, but the YRT buses are in need of an update for sure. Im sorry you guys came around the snow storm and you will be lucky to hear that you have missed yet another terrible snowstorm going on today too! The roads are so bad that my exams were cancelled today… Great video guys! We love your TDLR’s so please continue making them!! Here are some pictures (not great pictures, sorry its too cold to go outside today!) of the snow storm happening:

    3 years ago
  14. So many new videos! Wait its just three was I withdrawing that bad? The only thing that made it bearable was getting sort of aye girled at the U KISS concert in San Francisco! I know they were sort of trolled in to it but still it counts, and i saw Kevin giggle cause of it! Anywho I missed you guys welcome back!

    3 years ago
  15. Food customization: Every time I go to my favorite Korean restaurant here in town the owner always give me the oddest stare when I request no cucumber in my bibimbap. I do it every time but she always seems so shocked by the request. I have no choice, I’m allergic to it but knowing it isn’t customary to make customized requests in Korea, I can understand her gaze at me each time. Lately I’m starting to think she is now just teasing me. :)

    It’s really wonderful to have you guys back. I’ve missed your shenanigans.

    3 years ago
  16. TLDR’s are my favorite too!!!! So nice to see you guys again!

    3 years ago
  17. i live in singapore and i’m getting sick and tired of the subway system. for the past 3 years the number of times the subway breaks down has increased exponentially. from 2 times in 2011 to 3 times in 2012 to 8 times in 2013 and now 4 times in just January this year.

    authorities keep assuring us that our subway system is at first world standard and other countries has it worse than us. so simon and martina, does korea or canada’s subway system breaks down so often like ours do? i really need to know.

    3 years ago
    • lol My city only has these crappy buses that are usually like 10-20 minutes late, crammed full of crazy people, drunks or smelly homeless dudes and take like an hour to get anywhere.

      3 years ago
  18. Interesting TL;DR, though you only really talked about 2 differences: gyms and city maintenance, not that I mind, but since you may do another of these, you may want to be more specific in the title. Simon’s cropped head made me want to hunch down as I watched, as if I could make him fit better in the shot by doing so – LOL! I’m not sure how long ago you shot this, but this, and the last couple of videos, it’s like you can’t speak fast enough to get all your thoughts out (maybe from video-making withdrawal? ;) ), so sometimes the words are a little blurred together – you need to slow it down a little…..just a little…..’kay? And spellcheck.

    Keele Station – oh how that station burns my britches! The station entry from the parking lot is always riddled with technical problems, ALWAYS! For as long as I can remember (like over 13 years!)! Weirdly enough, even Jane Station is much better-maintained. I don’t know why, must be some culture around that station.

    As for the differences between the Seoul and Toronto subways well……I’ve been in the train industry so I can offer a little insight on that one.

    1. TTC is O-L-D! Most of it was built 80- 50 years ago. And the city is too cheap to ever upgrade it much. If you’ve ever been to NYC, it’s subways are even older (over 110 years old) and they are even skankier in general. It’s mostly the age. If it ain’t broke, don’t repair or replace it. If you’ve been on the Montreal Metro (still old but much MUCH nicer) or the Vancouver Skytrain (totally hi-tech), you’d be more impressed with subways in Canada. I haven’t been on the one in Calgary, but it looks nice too. Even the newer little monorail at Pearson Airport in Toronto is very nice compared to TTC.
    2. Realtors. Most of the city councils in Canada seem to be run by realtors, or people in the realtor/developer pocket. If it isn’t NIMBY, it’s that the realtors enjoy high housing prices due to scarcity. It’s extremely political as to where/when/how much a new subway line will cost. Subways and transit are paid for by governments, the Seoul government likely has a heavier hand in controlling its budget and they also have different, more future-thinking goals than the Toronto council.

    3. Safety/Engineering. All the levels of design and construction have to go through many levels of safety and engineering checks. A subway is an incredibly complicated system. But……to give a real-life example. Back in 1991, when I worked as a student at TTC, all the design and contruction drawing for the Sheppard Subway line were completed. The entire line, all the way to York U……you wait long enough, and contruction safety codes change, you have to redo the work. You wait long enough, other buildings and infrastructure gets erroneously approved and is now in your way, you have to redo the work. Plus, the oil lobby will do anything it can to slow down projects that take cars off the road. Seriously, that’s why we’re in the gridlock that we are now.

    4. Worker safety. While S. Korea is certainly a better work environment than China, it’s still far shorter on worker safety. I can’t speak to the specifics in Korea but in China they truck in poor farmers who LIVE in the tunnels while they contruct them. Sleep on the floor, cook over a fire, poop in the tunnels, etc. etc., without any safety gear, training, or checks. Contruction is super fast, but it’s slave labour. You’ll have to tell me how Korean contruction holds up, I know that the EYK studio leaked at one point, but do you get the feeling that it was well-contructed? Everything in China looked great – from a distance. Up close, everything just didn’t fit quite right and looked sloppy, I was afraid to know what it looked like behind the walls where the important stuff it.
    5. Technology. Have you ever looked into the front car of the trains in Seoul? Is there actually a driver there? Most of the time, there is not, because the trains are run on a computer-controlled system. Drivers cause 99% of train accidents, take them out of the equation, and things are automatically safer (and cheaper – in the long run).
    6. I don’t think that Canadian unions are a big influence on transit per se. Most of the time the bottlenecks are loooooong before actual workers get to work. However, North America pays pretty poorly for train/bus drivers (sometimes minimum wage or only slightly higher, especially for new hires minus union dues). And the shifts are very difficult (7am-10am then 3pm-7pm: harder than just 8 hour working day). I suspect that S. Korea has a much more common sense schedule and pay commeasurate with the job that helps to keep everyone working honestly.

    For the fast food, I think that your observations are right: the choices are there in both, just presented differently.

    3 years ago
    • WRT #4: One of the most common Josunjok(ethnic Koreans of Chinese nationality) job is low skill labor at construction sites. Their presence keep construction labor cost in check. But they would rather work in SK than in China.

      As for the building safety, look up Sampoong Department Store. After that little accident, there was another construction boom in Korea and Seoul was like re-built once again, which is like 3rd time in 60 years. I don’t think there’s much concern for new buildings tall(7 stories or higher). But I heard small buildings were excepted from newer more strict regulations….

      3 years ago
  19. I remember in your earlier videos you two would say the good “Eh” from time to time and now…… i don’t hear it anymore T_T *sniff*

    3 years ago
  20. OMG! Have you guise seen the recent video of Schwarzenegger in disguise at the gym? It’s so good!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LUv3kbmNfg

    3 years ago
  21. During the summer I travelled from Toronto and stayed in Seoul for a month. I essentially marathoned your TL;DR videos before going, which was extremely helpful as I learned a lot about Korea & Korean culture before I got there. It was exciting seeing things you guys had mentioned, and getting the chance to experience them first hand. Thank you so much!! ESPECIALLY for your post about getting sick/health care in Korea. During my last week there, I caught a cold and coincidentally you had just posted a TL;DR about how to get medicine and what kind they offer. THIS WAS SO HELPFUL, and you saved me from wasting the rest of my trip stuck on couch/feeling like death. (YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I WANTED TO HUG YOU BOTH IN THAT MOMENT.)

    Staying in Seoul for a month was so fantastic, and since returning to Toronto, I’ve been dying to go back. People there were so incredibly friendly and really appreciated that I made an effort to try and speak korean (hello and thank you were the only words I knew). On my way to Incheon, a lady stopped to help me carry my heavy suitcase up a huge flight of stairs in the subway. Literally a couple minutes later, this old Korean man helped me bring my suitcases onto the subway and helped me make sure I knew the right route to take & which lines to switch to get to Incheon. I’ve lived in Toronto my entire life, and never have I encountered so many friendly and helpful people as I did in Korea. I could list a billion more reasons about what I loved and why I’d love to go back, but then this post would be way too long. Just wanted to say thanks again for all of your help, tips, suggestions, and cultural knowledge that helped me during my trip!!

    3 years ago
  22. yes simon!!! T^T i love your weirdness~ and i agree to 2pm a.d.t.o.y~ :3 love it~
    always with the war ~ XDD that reminds me of edward and jocob ! LOL!!! OTL!!!

    3 years ago
  23. Kim

    i haven’t been to korea but i can relate with the temperature control within the schools. in most australian schools are not one whole building but several on a large piece of land so there is basically no hall way in schools once you get out of the class room its basically so cold or too hot for you to handle. I went to a public school and basically we had air conditioners but apparently they were only for display and we only used the fans which basically circulated the heat.

    3 years ago
  24. The thing I always miss whenever I’m not back home in Norway is the taste of the tap water. You don’t need to buy water in Norway, ’cause it’s so good from the tap! So I never get used to the taste of it other countries. But whenever I come back from somewhere, I realize how RUDE Norwegians are. They never apologize for bumping into you, they have no respect for lining up before the bus, and they never say thank you if you hold the door open for them. I hate it! I especially notice it after I’ve been in London (my stepfather is english). I’m pretty sure the list will get quite long when I’m moving to Korea in March :O

    3 years ago
    • Koreans don’t apologize when they bump into each other. So as far as that’s concerned, you should feel at home :)

      3 years ago
    • In some places it isn’t even a good idea to drink from the tap. When I visit Mexico the first thing we stock up on is bottled water.My family there are used to it, but if I drink it I can easily get sick.

      3 years ago
      • That is true! Bodies can adapt to a lot after a while, but I can imagine my snobby tummy not handling too well a lot of water in other countries. I also remember when I lived in Belgium for 6 months my hair got really dry and bad because of the water quality from the old pipes. Did not drink that either. At least I know not to drink the water in Korea – it seems like they even use bottled water for boiling rice!

        3 years ago
    • same here…. I’m living in London and omg, people r so polite. If u bump into someone they will say sorry, even though it wasn’t their fault… In my country, Brazil, it would never EVAR happen….
      I wonder how is it like in Korea?

      3 years ago
      • We do the same thing in Canada (apologizing when it’s not your fault). :D

        3 years ago
      • It can’t be worse than in Norway at least :D Oh you Scandinavians…

        3 years ago
        • just experiencing it to know then… cause brazilians can be really impolite…

          3 years ago
  25. You love doing your TL;DRs. I love watching them. ^^

    3 years ago
    • Sounds like we should make a team!

      3 years ago
      • Yeah!
        I don’t know why. I think it’s because I’m a huge romantic at heart and (you’ve said before) that part of what you show in your videos is a good, healthy, happy marriage/relationship and it’s great to see and watch that ^^ Gives me hope . about. life. or something. /sleeeepyy

        3 years ago
  26. Had a great time at the meet and greet! thanks for coming out :D wish I could’ve talked to you guys more, but i was too shy :P

    3 years ago
    • also, transportation in Asia in general beats TTC. How i miss the MRT from Singapore!

      3 years ago
  27. Although I haven’t been to Korea, or any part of Asia (yet!), I’m just wondering if you noticed a huge difference between Korean and Canadian chain supermarkets when you came back to Canada. Particularly, how diverse is the international selection in a typical Korean supermarket, if there is one? (Since it’s part of nearly every supermarket here). As well, does Korea have different cultural supermarkets available? (eg. how Toronto has PAT supermarket on Bloor or the T&T chain that caters to mostly Asian cultures.)

    3 years ago
    • I’m really curious about this as well. Like whats the grocery shopping like in Korea? They’ve spoken about it before, like how many things aren’t available year round there, or how they once paid like $40 for a mango? Do you all do your shopping in smaller stores? Markets? I think this would also make an interesting WANK.

      3 years ago
  28. i literally sat and watched a bazilion old WTFs waiting for this video to appear…. haven’t been to Korea, but the one time I went to Canada, I came back to America and wept for the loss of right-of-way as a pedestrian. Maybe it was just Victoria, but that town was insanely attentive to pedestrians!! back in the US of A, it was look left and right even with the walk symbol. In Victoria, you could jaywalk and people would just stop. Like magic. The magic of not wanting to kill people >.>

    3 years ago
  29. Living in Toronto, I honestly don’t think there really is any excuse other than politics with regards to our TTC. They’ve revived the Scarborough LRT vs Subways debate again and it’s infuriating. Municipal politics is a sideshow now. I will say that the system itself is old and there are plans in place that are revitalizing and updating it. Union station is getting a facelift (and maybe a new name), the system gets shut down for maintenance. We now have WiFi in select stations. Unlike Korea’s system which is fairly new in comparison and was probably able to just go forth and build. Toronto lacks the infrastructure to be able to accommodate as quickly in that respect.

    Did you guys end up eating your fill of decent Chinese food and dim sum while you were here? or any other sorts of cuisines you missed and are unable to indulge while living in Korea?

    3 years ago
    • Yes! We went to a Chinese food dim sum place on Spadina! They totally ripped us off. They gave us a lot more than what we ordered, and charged more as a result, but we were ok with it because we were starving :D

      3 years ago
  30. My only experience with Korean gyms is not really a proper gym but in the tiny village we are in there is a community hall that has some treadmills and exercise bikes and weights that are supposed to be used by the old people here. I don’t think anyone uses them except my in-laws. Apparently it’s all paid for by a big company as a bribe so they can build stuff in this area. There is also this super expensive massage chair – that’s the best thing there.

    I have observed my husband’s attitude to working out. In Australia if he joins a class at the gym he goes hardcore BUT if there is no one to motivate him, he is terrible. He will be wearing thongs (Australian meaning of the word!!! – flipflops) while lazily pedalling on a bike with his phone in his hand as he scrolls through facebook.

    3 years ago
    • I’m the same way when I go to the gym. If I’m in class I work my ass off, but as soon as I’m on the treadmill it’s 20 minutes of halfheartedly jogging while trying to find something good on the TV.

      3 years ago
  31. We live in Daegu, and I LOVE the buttons on tables at restaurants! You order your food, you get your food, and the waiter just leaves you alone unless you push the button for something. Brilliant. Also, driving in Daegu sort of cracks me up. It’s this hilarious really polite chaos. There’s honking, but only some of it is of the “GET OUT OF MY DANG WAY!” variety. A lot of it is for things like you’re stopped at a light and want to turn right, but there’s a car in front of you. You give a little beepbeep on your horn, and the car ahead of you moves to the side so you can pass. I love it.

    3 years ago
  32. Everytime I leave Shanghai (love that place) or Seoul, I miss the taxi and subways systems. How they are cheap and everywhere. Starting price $6?! That’s a 30 to 40 mins ride in China! And taxis are everywhere, though I guess that is contributing to the horrible pollution. Also I hope you have an opportunity to visit China someday. Especially Shanghai cuz I am biased. The place disorganized, unclean and overpopulated but I still love it. Hope you can enjoy its charm and great food.

    3 years ago
  33. I love the “Forgot how to youtube” joke.
    When I went to Australia (from the US) I noticed the difference in air quality most of all.
    When I went to Italy there was an accident somewhere on the “highway”(it’s called something else but i can’t remember) anyway in America everyone would stay in their cars moving a few inches every 5 minutes, but in Italy everyone just stopped turned their cars off and got out to talk to each other. Some people had like a little picnic on the grass by the road while they waited. There was no yelling everyone was just so chill and not in a rush…it was amazing. Once the police cleared everything out of the way everyone got back in their cars and went on their way.

    3 years ago
    • Oh man, I *wish* we had picnics during traffic jams in the US!

      3 years ago
    • Air quality in the US varies a lot, depending on where you go. In some larger cities, it’s still really great, while in others it’s like breathing mud and chemicals.

      3 years ago
      • That’s so true. I live in Washington state and the air and water quality here is better than most other states. When I traveled to LA I was extremely surprised. There was like a layer of smog or something in the sky and I found breathing to be unpleasant.

        3 years ago
        • LA or L.A.?

          3 years ago
        • I’m actually from Oregon, but right at the border. I feel the same way you do!

          3 years ago
        • Washingtonians represent! I really hate the Seahawks stuff right now though.

          3 years ago
  34. WELCOME BAAACK, I missed your TLDR’s~
    The temperature thing, we have it in our school… especially in PE, in winter it’s icy cold and in the summer it’s a sauna, terrible TT_TT

    3 years ago
  35. I think I saw that kiwi salad dressing and was confused… XD Anyway I wrote a while ago on my blog about the differences of Japan and Seoul. haha Had to do that too after coming back from Seoul. I could’ve wrote about Finland vs Seoul but… so many differences! XD
    Oh and I must say that Seoul subway system is great! I didn’t get lost or confused when changing the lines unlike at some stations in Japan. (I’m looking at you Shinjuku)

    3 years ago
    • Oh. My. God. Shinjuku!! That station is the WORST!!!!!! I have gotten lost in there something like 3 times!

      3 years ago
      • And not just changing the lines but looking for the right exit… ugh Everything surrounding the station made me get lost too! Glad I’m not the only one! haha

        3 years ago
        • (sorry for the late reply)

          I don’t know how well you know Shinjuku/Japan train lines but my favorite is trying to explain the Chuo Line. Its probably one of the longest lines in Tokyo but there are literally 8 platforms in Shinjuku station that accommodate it. So confusing -_-;;

          3 years ago
        • Ah yes the Chuo line… Once it took me a really long time to actually find the one that goes the right way. I kept finding the wrong one… ugh Thank god I live in Osaka! XD

          3 years ago
        • I live out in the boonies of Tokyo (not that its really very boonie like but whatevs) so I have to go through Shinjuku fairly often. Especially when going to Shin Okubo (Korean town).

          Are there any mind-blowinly confusing stations in Osaka/Kansai?

          3 years ago
        • Sometimes I wonder if the locals too have problem to find their way in Shinjuku…
          Not really as confusing as Shinjuku but I think Kyoto station has been the most confusing for me when we tried to find the right platform to Arashiyama.

          3 years ago
        • I have asked/complained to some of my Japanese friends who live in the Tokyo area as well and they said similar things about being generally frustrated when they go to Shinjuku station. Its something like the biggest/most crowded station in Tokyo (and Japan I think) so I guess it comes with the territory.

          Oooh, Arashiyama! I want to go there! I suppose any big station can make finding the correct way that much more difficult.

          3 years ago
        • Well in a way that’s good to hear… no need to be ashamed of getting lost there! But yeah so big station and a lot of people make things even worse.
          It was very pretty during the fall in Arashiyama! ^^ But yeah if it is a big station then the chances of not finding what you want will increase!

          3 years ago
  36. Sweet vid!
    Pop-culture wise: Was it weird being immersed in western pop-culture? Was there anything in Canada that was like “Woah, we’ve been outta the loop!”…?

    3 years ago
  37. I didn’t realize till today that I missed Simon’s shoulder shrugging when he’s explaining something. Don’t ever leave us again mister half a forehead! :P Not that I’m obsessed, I”m just a student with too much library time aha.

    3 years ago
  38. Hey guys! Thanks heaps for posting this! Uber excited to see my favourite segment back! > w <

    It was nice to hear you guys talk about Canada because the only real exposure I get on a regular basis is on the internet. So basically, in my limited knowledge, you guys are extremely nice, have free health care, get crazy weather, get crazy people that don't give a shit about the weather, maple syrup, and poutine. And hockey. Strangely, it's still enough to make me want to go travel or even live there for a short amount of time.

    Cheers!

    3 years ago
    • Haha that’s pretty accurate. Canadian weather is so bipolar that I feel like after a while the crazy changes stop phasing us. The weather will be -24˚C with heavy snowfall, sharp winds and schools being cancelled, then a couple days later it will change to 3˚C which practically feels like shorts weather compared to the freezing cold. You should definitely travel here though! There’s so much to see, do and experience!

      3 years ago
    • OMG tkx for your comment about canada, you just made my day, you’re so sweet XD

      3 years ago
  39. And on the topic of subways, god damn when I visited London I feared for my life. Those things look, feel and smell like they are going to fall apart at any second. Same with Rome. The Swedish metro system seems a bit more updated, but they suck at giving directions and signs are rare and few. Sigh.

    3 years ago
    • You haven’t seen Prague or Budapest subway, those cities have so many good things, but their subways…

      3 years ago
      • …or you can come to America, where we don’t have mass transit at all in 6 out of the 10 most populous cities! lololol

        3 years ago
  40. Definitely missed your strangeness. So happy to see videos from you on my subscription-feed again!~

    3 years ago