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Adventure at the Trick Eye Museum!

January 17, 2013


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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!

Oh, and *cough* uhhhm. Vote for us for the Shorty Awards for best #webshow! We’re hoping that we can win and make it to New York for the awards ceremony! That’d be so cool! But we need you all to vote and to let the Shorty Awards judges know that we deserve it. Let Nastiness reign supreme!

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