Before we start talking about our adventure here, I think that this video served as a greater metaphor for…life and stuff. Seriously. Hear us out:

We actually didn’t have TONS of fun at the Trick Eye Museum. We found it to be very overpriced and underwhelming. We were expecting it to be a lot of optical illusions and different plays on depth of field and stuff like that. Instead, it was just a plethora of portraits to photobomb. Hold your hand here, take a picture, move on. It’s not enjoyable without a camera, really. And once you’ve seen the first 20 portraits, the next 120 are more or less the same thing. It might be super fun for a newly dating couple, because you get to take silly pictures and post them online or something, but considering how silly we are ALL THE TIME, nothing could phase us. Nipple tweaking a portrait? Been there, done that.

I dunno, we just kind of felt like the atmosphere was kind of…cheap? I don’t know how to explain it, but they had this one random fairground style balloon popping game (that you had to pay for) to win some cheap looking stuffed toys, and the ceiling is all unfinished and exposed, and the “costumes” you can try on in the totally random greek/roman history room are really just sheets of cheap looking fabric. It just felt like it was made to be enjoyed as a semi-permanent 3-day art project by some art students but then they just decided to never take it down. I guess for $13.00 a person (which is really expensive for Korea) I would expect some more upkeep. But really, it was just loaded with tourists in huge tour groups. And we heard that even if you are a baby/child/student, then you have to pay the cheaper price of $11.00. Whhhaaat? I’ve paid the same amount to go to an official museum or gallery, so in comparison I was just kind of surprised at the cost/value ratio. Also, Martina was really annoyed at the closed coffee shop and then extra $6.00 they tried to charge us for using our debit cards. Not cool.

Anyhow, after we finished filming this all, we thought that it was going to be hell to edit, because we didn’t really have that good of a time there. But, as the video started being pieced together, it actually didn’t look that bad. It looked like a lot of fun, we think, and our conclusion at the end of the video, where we complain about the Museum, really seems out of place considering how much fun the rest of the video was otherwise.

So, we’ve decided that there is a message behind this. CUE CHEESY WIN MUSIC!!! An unintended message, but one nonetheless, about making good out of a bad situation. About trying to have fun even if you don’t feel like you want to. It’s kind of one of the messages of our website as well: we know lots of foreigners who come to Korea and are in bad situations and just freaking hate it. And they complain about it incessantly, and then flock to the festering bungholes of internet forums and complain and get grumpier about it. We, though, try to make the best out of everything. Yes, we’ve gone through bad situations in Korea. Some are immensely frustrating and can really piss us off. But we don’t let that ruin our overall experience. It just seems like it’s much easier for people to remember the things that we don’t like, or the things that went wrong, rather than all the good stuff that happened throughout the day.

The best example we have of this is this video here:


I made that video right at the time that I quit teaching, right when I was at my worst with my school. But I made that video to show how much I loved my students and teaching, rather than how much I hated it, because I want to remember all the good things rather than the bad, and to also not let the bad things ruin my experiences of the good.

Ok that’s really cheesy, I know. I just felt like it was relevant. TL;DR: the Trick Eye Museum was disappointing, but we tried to have fun, and that’s representative of what we’ve always been like in Korea and just in life. Maaaan. If I was a druggy I’d say this while high. But I don’t do drugs. Actually, I’ve never done drugs in my life. I just imagine this is what druggies do when they try to be profound. Ok I’m gonna stop rambling now. TL;DR#2 – DRUGS ARE BAD!

Anyhow, we have some extra scenes left over from the whole event. Check ’em out here!


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  1. From what I understand it’s kind of like a waffle with different fillings in the balls. Found this article that mentions them (I saw the disco lights and was like “OMG it’s the same stand simon and martina went to! :o “) It talks a little about what they are and where that particular stand is located http://www.foodquesttv.com/blog/

  2. simon and Martine.. id like to see something about bi rain as well .. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  3. I actually think they should erase the “museum” word from the name of the place and change it to “Trick Eye Entertaining Place”. A

    museum should be something serious where you could culturalize yourself… this is just an amusement place

    “We, though, try to make the best out of everything. Yes, we’ve gone through bad situations in Korea. Some are immensely frustrating and can really piss us off. But we don’t let that ruin our overall experience. It just seems like it’s much easier for people to remember the things that we don’t like, or the things that went wrong, rather than all the good stuff that happened throughout the day.” I agree


  4. Aww you guys didn’t like it? Took my mom there last year when she was visiting me and we had a blast. Totally cheesy and yes, overpriced, but it was a fun outing that left us with a nice bunch of ‘mom-daughter’ photos to add to the family scrapbook.

  5. aww, it’s too bad you guys were disappointed cuz watching this video was pretty funny!

  6. I was gonna see if the museum’s here were as much and only one is, with a discount for living here. But I can go to everything and there is always something going on. I’m going on Sunday for free. It looks really fun, but at the same time do I really want to just take a bunch of pictures and then get over charged?

  7. Why don’t you do the little contests with the punishment die anymore? Oh, and when you see who can find the “worst” Engrish and the most popular idol? I really loved that part of the WANKS. :/

  8. There is some racy humor in that place! Is it supposed to be child friendly or do they suggest that is not really meant for the little ones? I mean, I don’t envy the parent trying to explain that bathroom door to their kid.

  9. That’s a lot of NASTY nipples!

  10. omg if you actually look right at the end when you guys eat the choclate balls. there is a guy behind the disco ball and he just put on a mask then there are too girls that look scared. it’s kind off random lol

  11. Totally agree…traveling has taught me to make the best out of a bad situation, something I use in everyday life because just dwelling in the negative feelings just makes the situation so much worse. Humor is always the best medicine…which you guys provide in bucketloads…so thank you!

  12. I went there with my friend last year. We actually got lost as it was quite a hard to find, i guess we were expecting a real museum building. I remember not enjoying the tour as I was tired with all the walk we’ve done for the day. Though I did like the pics we had taken. :)

  13. They should make a Kpop museum in HongDae or tour or something so tourists can take pictures with Celebrities and in Video sets.

  14. Wanna see some serious optical illusions? Go, visit the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. It’s amazing.

  15. Tried to look up egg ball bread on google but no luck so far. What is egg ball bread? is it an egg bread like a popover or is it some kind of breaded fried/baked egg? Either way it looked tasty.

  16. Can’t wait to watch this when I get home! By the way, I found a suggestion on your next WANK… The Toilet museum! Tell me you wouldn’t have tons of fun cracking all those poop jokes!


  17. haha so that’s the museum i’ve seen before!!
    and i was sorta shocked at some of the stuff in it when i first saw it and was totally wondering what on earth is this place?
    first time i saw it was when i saw some photos posted of Yoogeun (SHINee’s baby) at that museum….and seeing some of the photos with him besides some of those ‘questionable content’ stuff!! i didn’t feel it was appropriate for a little kid to be there…

    ooohh those egg balls seem nice!!!

  18. As a fellow silly person i felt frustrated as I knew that you could have went to a real museum and did the same things (like you said).

    You could have bought silly hats, had coffee AND go to a real museum and be silly.
    At least you made the most of it and it was entertaining :D

    Love you guysss! x

  19. YAY! I always eat the ‘egg balls’ in China, heard they’re a HK thing. Just been calling them bubble waffles until now XDD Wanna go buy one now… NOM NOM WAFFLE. *is delirious with hunger for sweet stuff*

  20. K i just watched this on the bus with a bunch of amas (Taiwanese Grandmas) around me.. Hahaha! It was worth it. Sooo funny. BTWu guys are sooo inspiring. I have to remember to make the most of my frustrating moments in Taiwan too!

  21. That centaur should look like Taeyang (with hairstyle from “Monster” MV). There is no better model for a shirtless mythological creature!

  22. LOL I hope Simon never bleeds from his junk lmao that seems so painful and traumatizing and im not even a dude

  23. I went to a similar place here in New Zealand. It’s called Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World…
    –> commercialvid = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPYA5K8Q1-M >_<
    anyway… Trick Eye Museum looks fun although it might be a bit expensive to my taste. eheuheuheu

  24. I remember going into the glass room at Lotte world and it was friggin hilarious! And so much fun. I was cracking up laughing for ages afterwards.

    “I feel like we should get some warm street food of some kind…maybe like an icecream cone or a gelato”

    You guys have a different definition of “warm” to me. O_o

  25. Me and my mum were there a few days ago, bummed we missed you guys

  26. I went to a trick art display in Gwangju–similar thing, less permanent–and we were underwhelmed. It’s hard to but the illusion of a t-rex charging when zooming out shows the fake van gogh right next to it and zooming in shows the pixels of the crappy print.

    BUT! We had fun, and tried to come up with the most creative poses, and afterwards, with some judicious photoshop, got some awesome pictures too. ^^

  27. Your video of your teaching days is so heartwarming! (‘: Your students are really a cheerful bunch heh

  28. I’m visiting my parents at the moment and they’ve heard me talk a lot about you guys. “Simon and Martina are so great” etc, so I’m sitting in the same room as them and click on this video to watch. My parents are like “Oh what are you watching?” so I’m like, “Eat your Kimchi, you know, Simon and Martina”. So my kinda conservative parents are watching the video over my shoulder.

    Why oh why of all the videos to watch with them, it was this one? I’m trying to explain the looking down the pants thing. Awkward! I’m laughing now….. but yeah….

    Too bad that museum wasn’t that good but now I know not to go there :)

  29. wahh some of that is quite perverted! ‘shhh! peek it out!’ – what?

  30. you’re full of nasty tricks!

  31. I was just there!! I ate at that egg ball place!!

  32. Okay, this post is why I really hope you guys win that shorty awards thing. I think you guys are really good role models. You are incredibly nice, and always try to see the best in situations. No matter what life throws at you, you try to make the most out of it and still be happy. I think if everyone could learn to do the same, the world would be a much better place. :)

    And that was incredibly cheesy. *runs and hides*

  33. I went to the Trick eye place too in Hongdae and after 5 minutes I was ready to go. I thought it was seriously the most boring attraction I have ever been too in any country.

  34. I think you made the best you can out of that crappy experience at the museum!

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