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Food and Party Time in Beijing

June 7, 2014

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Oh gosh! I’m writing this blog post before I’m even done editing the video. There’s so much footage for us to edit and I’m not even sure what I’m going to include or not. I’m just really excited about what our trip was like and I want to talk about it.

Why We Were There

Why go to Beijing, you might ask. We were surprised when we were invited as well. YouTube is blocked in China, and so I wonder why would anyone want us there if they don’t know who we are? Here’s why: the event was actually organized by people in Germany, people responsible for the Frankfurt Book Fair. They were organizing StoryDrive Asia in China. The point of the conference was to talk about Transmedia and different ways of storytelling. We, then, were invited to talk about how we include you guise in our videos.

Basically, the idea behind it is that we’re not like Game of Thrones. You can’t call up the directors and say “hey! Joffrey’s an asshole! Kill him right away!” Old media is very much a one way street. For us and our videos, though, we try to be more of a two way street. We answer your questions in our TL;DRs, and we respond to your comments in the videos as well. We take your votes for Kpop Music Monday. We chat with you guise and open your packages during LiveChats. You guise aren’t our audience in a traditional sense. We treat you more like friends we’re having a conversation with. There you go. That’s the gist of our presentation. Of course, it had us being more active and moving around the stage and showing videos and stuff.

We were presenting right after a really famous lady talked for an hour about the importance of incorporating discussions of Chinese characters when you try to tell foreigners what China was like. She was very, very, very, very thorough. She’s a professor, so she gave a very formal lecture. Then us two dorks came up on stage and ho-hummed and jigged for a bit. Ta-da! We never claimed to be professional :D

But, really, we had a fantastic time there. The presentations we listened to were awesome. We made some really good friends there. I hope they’re reading this today. Syd, Colin, Triona, Gavin, Pete, Claudius: you guys were awesome! We’ll hopefully visit you when we go to Europe this year!

Ahem. So, outside of the presentation, we did other stuff

The Other Stuff We Did

WE ATE A LOT. Did you get that from the video? We ate lots of food. That’s really the most important thing for us whenever we travel to other countries. Tourist attractions are for tourists, not for locals. We don’t want to experience that. We want to do what local people do. So we eat everything we can find. We’re not afraid to get diarrhoeas as well. Give us the local experience! Fortunately, this trip didn’t result in any of that, so…great success! And also, too much information!

We went to a really cool bar that Robin emailed us about, Great Leap Brewing. Seriously the coolest bar we went to in Asia. Korea’s microbrewing scene is starting to grow, and we know a few places that make good beer, but this place had not only lots of great beer, but it also had a GIANT bar with a great vibe. Check it out if you’re in Beijing. I’m not sure how to describe how to get there. We just hopped in the Rickshaw and had our babysitters take us there. Yay!

We Break Weather Everywhere We Go

When we were in Canada we brought about -40 degree weather, which was a record, and we also brought an ice storm that broke Christmas. Then we went to Japan for a weekend and brought about a record breaking ice storm. Then, for our few days in Beijing, we brought about record breaking heat. Whyyyyyy???? LA, be prepared for the carnage coming your way. We realized that we have a special mutant power to ruin weather. Call us by our new mutant name: CALAMITY!

We Took Lots of Pictures

Also, we have so many pictures! Hopefully you like the pretty layout we just put in. Check it out!

We Have Bloopers

We had like two hours of footage but didn’t air all of it. Here’s some of the stuff that didn’t make the final cut.

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  1. Ah yes, Chinese rice wine. The first time i tried it I stuck my finger in it to see if I would like the taste, and it stripped my nail polish clean off. Good times, good times… I think (can’t actually remember much of Beijing after night on the rice wine, actually).

    5 years ago
    • Hahaha! That’s actually quite scary. Took your nail polish off? I think that’s a clear indication that you shouldn’t drink it. Just saying…

      5 years ago
      • I would normally buy a brandy, or a snifter of wine…

        Who am I kidding? I’ll drink turpentine.

        5 years ago
  2. What was Martina’s disappointing frozen fruit bar? (Simon, yours looked delicious. Like it was a chocolate dipped Greek yogurt pop, or something.)

    5 years ago
  3. Haha I have a couple ceramic whale chopstick holders at my house. They’re beautiful and cute at the same time. >w<

    5 years ago
  4. Maybe someone already said this, but the slogan on the Coca Cola can translates as “Brokenhearted people, don’t listen to slow songs”. Coca Cola wisdom right there ^^

    5 years ago
  5. Please bring rain to Southern California! :( Too much heat here. I want a thunderstorm. That’d be cool.

    5 years ago
  6. I replayed the talking fish in the bloopers about 100 times. I’m sure in about an hour I’ll be sporting some six pack abs :P

    5 years ago
  7. Ahhhh I want to go back to Beijing so badly now! T_T I spotted so many of my favourites there! Although not the baijiu lol, I could never get used to that. Beer all the way ^^

    As for the ‘oppa’ thing, there isn’t really an equivalent. I would call my actual older brother 哥哥 (gege) but calling my boyfriend that would be really, really weird :/ if you’re trying to sound cutesy, you could just use other terms of endearment like 宝贝 (baobei) which means baby.

    5 years ago
  8. Ahhhh I so want to eat dumplings!!!! I love the street shots. In some ways it felt a little familiar. Don’t know why. Thanks for the great video and all the wonderful photos. If these don’t make you want to travel to Beijing, I don’t know what would!!!

    5 years ago
  9. Damn, I am a Chinese, but I have never been in Beijing before. And all those yummy Chinese food you guys put in the video are seriously making me “homesick”, well “home-food-sick”. I came from Shanghai, currently living in South Africa.

    As far as I have noticed, driving in Shanghai, to my opinion, is just as bad as in Beijing, but South Africa – Johannesburg has some other kind of “bad”. We have a type of transport called Taxis, nope, not taxi cabs, Taxi – a VW combi or caddy (don’t know what it’s officially called) carrying a lot of people (I mean really large amount of people) at once. The drivers of those vehicles are particularly “skillful” in -hum- all ways, I have seen sliding doors fall off while letting passengers get off, overload and overturned (usually happen when going too fast while overloaded). But fortunately, with regular vehicles, they are considerably safe compare to China.

    As for showing belly and nipples in public, I would say I haven’t seen it in years, not in South Africa nor Shanghai at least. Here was the thing, I had a friend from Beijing, he came and visit me once while I was in Shanghai, he did that belly thing (yes, including roll up the T-Shirt, scratch and tap on belly, grrr…) after having dinner in the restaurant. I was really shocked. I wonder if it could be a Beijing thing… hmmm…

    Finally I had to agree with the air quality in China, every time I go visit my family in Shanghai, I just had to be sick in some way. The last time I went back to visit, I started coughing for no reason from the third day. Then I got better as soon as I landed in Dubai for transit, stopped coughing completely when I landed in Johannesburg. Strange. I blame it on the air quality.

    By the way, I love what you guys do and please keep doing it. You are awesome!

    5 years ago
  10. Lol, that puppy in your pictures has a haircut similar to Spudgey’s new cut! Did you get your inspiration from him? :o

    5 years ago
  11. I’m going to Beijing in 2 weeks, and will be staying there for 7 months. All the food shown in this video almost made me cry because I really want all of it!
    I’m not looking forward to the air though.. I

    5 years ago
  12. I feel sooooooo hungry right now…

    5 years ago
  13. All that food porn.

    5 years ago
  14. omg you guise should have totally went to the hipstery and artsy areas like sanlitun and the 798 art district!!

    5 years ago
    • Ah! We didn’t know where to go! We asked for the hipstery parts and we’re recommended to the Bell and Tower area. I didn’t even hear of the areas you mentioned!

      5 years ago
      • omg next time you go you should definitely go there!! Its really cool and trendy! Hehe you guys also should eat at hai di lao hot pot and like dadong duck (probably the best)and also gui street (which is like a street full of restaurants and open till really late)!!! Omg I love Beijing (aside from the air lol) hehehe

        5 years ago
  15. omg you guys, this video just made me so hungry!

    Beijing looks fun!

    5 years ago
  16. I’m an ABC, and I have been to China many times, and I can confidently say that you guys ate some mighty funky food in that second restaurant. I have never ever even heard of green and orange dumplings with potatoes inside, and I have no idea what the platters filled with random assorted stuff is, though it does look pretty good. I did recognize the alcohol you tried, although I haven’t seen any with over 50% alcohol content before. The dim sum looked amazing and authentic, give me some NOW :D
    Anyway, I feel like people in China as a whole care less about how they appear in public, so there are people who roll their shirts up and children who run around sparsely dressed in less cultured families. As far as traffic is concerned, its pretty terrible, just don’t get killed. OTL

    5 years ago
  17. Martina: What is that gorgeous dress/top you are wearing @ 2:39? It is fabulous and I want it and you need to have a rundown of your wardrobe of awesomeness.

    5 years ago
  18. Looks like china was a blasty blast. I’ve heard good and bad things china, Beijing in specific, but looks like you guys had fun. Really enjoyed the video guys! Hope you keep making more.

    5 years ago
  19. I really loved that umbrella. I´m allergic to the sun (yes… I know it´s the most rare thing you´ve ever read, but that´s my life XD) and I can´t get an umbrella and protect my skin like you because in Spain is really weird… you should use an umbrella only when it´s raining. I´m jelaous! Even when I use a big hat people stares at me TT.TT
    Great video! It makes me feel hungry!

    5 years ago
  20. Whaaaaaaaaat?!?? Simon how did you get RUSSIAN ice cream in CHINA?!?!:D This ice cream is even called “St. Peterburg”! (Old capital of Russia). It looks like the one from my childhood! :))

    And really cool video guys!! I liked it a lot! And now I´m gonna go and get me some food, because I feel hungry now. :))

    5 years ago
  21. My dad worked in china for a few years, he got pneumonia within two weeks of moving! The air quality is awful and the driving is terrifying, although I think my dad would say bahrain is scarier, camels sitting in the back of pick up trucks are a regular ocurance. but the place is still quite magical.

    Visiting there has given me a lifelong fear of my suitcase being stolen from the back of taxis…which happened. Its ok though the taxi driver got out of the car, mid traffic jam and ran down the road after the thief to save my suitcase. Only in china!

    Also the newspaper is hilarious we kept all the best bits while we were out there! https://www.flickr.com/photos/xhan104/6026108887/in/set-72157617549010037

    ps. I think you guys need to add a fish to the family, I lol’d! (properly housed of course! no goldfish bowls :) )

    5 years ago
    • Those newspapers are HILARIOUS. Was they for foreigners, or was it from an ‘Interesting Facts’ page?

      5 years ago
  22. I am so sad you didn’t try the hot pot :(

    5 years ago
  23. Can you make a video talking about all your tattoos? the motivations behind them and what they represent to you that made them important enough to be drawn on your body forever? I’m really curious!

    5 years ago
  24. So hungry now! I don’t think I can eat my sad leftovers for lunch anymore…

    5 years ago
  25. Questions: What was bar scene like in China? Was the beer and anything else you drank good, bad, or *shoulder shrug*? Simon and Martina, What did you guys drink? Seriously, Simon’s description made the drink sound not bad, but uncomfortable.

    5 years ago
  26. Awww! Martina! You look like Audrey Hepburn!

    5 years ago
  27. ooho..Beijing so lucky! The food there is delicious!! It looks like you two had lots of fun eating and eating, but that all there is to do really! The pictures make my mouth water >.<

    5 years ago
  28. wow, nice camera! All your pictures look gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use?

    5 years ago
    • We’re using our travel camera, which is a Sony MK100 ii. It shoots better pics than an iPhone, has a 1.8 aperture, and is small enough to fit in your pocket. We like it a lot :)

      5 years ago
  29. Meg

    Aw! Those pictures are so pretty and the dog was adorable! It looks like you guys had an amazing time in Beijing :) The food looks amazing and now I’m really hungry

    5 years ago
  30. oh god i tried watching this to get my mind off of the so exceptionally delicious ramen i had for dinner tonight, but to no avail this video was almost worse! so much good food i cannot eaaaaattt… (btw you guys should totally go to 멘야산다이메 in hongdae if you havent been there… i will be dreaming of that ramen for weeks probably)

    5 years ago
  31. Ahhh, new messaging system!! Anyways- I totally told myself last night I shouldn’t watch this until I’m eating otherwise it’s going to make me depressingly hungry. I was watching this while having breakfast- coffee, coffee cake and nutella bagel (an unusually pretty glorious breakfast I must say) and my mouth still watered and I still felt hungry for Peking food/ buffet while I was eating!!!!!! Note to self- I must travel to Beijing specifically for the food. I love DimSum/ dumplings and Peking duck, but the food you guys ate looked like the most glorious food ever and that what I’ve tried doesn’t even come close! Thank you for the WANK adventure as always! Can’t wait to go on some fun WANCs… (in Canada) with my bf~

    5 years ago
  32. Ohhhh, the restaurants look delish! Does anyone know the names of the dim sum place and the last restaurant in the video?

    5 years ago
  33. I’m a student in China,and I’m a native Beijinger.Beijing is a city that the foreigners should visit with a local.There are a lot of good restaurants and awesome place which are very secret.About the taxis,recently there are many apps came out to catch a cab.So if you see an empty taxi,you wave,it probably won’t stop.It’s quite difficult to get a taxi without an app in Beijing.And sometimes,the sellers will raise the prices to the foreigners.Most of the restaurants you’ve mentioned are not the restaurants that Beijingers are familiar with.I also saw some subscribers said about 798,that’s a great place to go,and there’s a place called sanlitun village,you can see many foreigners.Luhan often goes there when he ‘s free in Beijing.There must be many mistakes in my sentences,just ignore it……I’m not good at English╮(╯▽╰)╭

    5 years ago
    • No, your English is great! Thanks for the tips for Beijing – my second favourite city after Seoul (of course…) I agree with the taxi app – I really like the ‘taxi card’ ones but I haven’t tried the ones to hire a taxi. Next trip!

      5 years ago
  34. My boyfriend was very interested since he’s Chinese and wanted to know what you thought. He quickly realised that the majority of what you guys did was eat and at the 9:57 mark saw what was coming a mile off and he laughed for a long time haha.

    5 years ago
  35. OMFG I remember about 10 years ago my parents were having a party and my dad and violin teacher decided to do some shots with baijiu (except it was about 80% concentrated instead of 60%) and I thought it was water so I took a whole shot by accident… I couldn’t even cry because I was so shocked for about 5 minutes. My expression was literally XOO

    5 years ago
  36. HI NASTY-FAMILY :)
    So I try it out here – hope I can get an answer – would have been THE BEST :) From any one that knows a good tip for this question :D!! ANY will do!!!
    We have finally (my guy and me) – STILL LOONG WAY TO GO – BUT FOR REAL – booked a trip to Seoul for next year!!! We will be going to Seoul for 3 weeks – and cant tell you how happy I am right now. Still a million years to go – but happy that we finally have booked the hotel :D :D :) (SCREAMING OUT LOUD VERY HAPPILY)!! Any way, enough of happyscreaming (cant wake up the neighbours) – to my question:
    My boyfriend is having his birthday soon – and I want to give him something special (were a bit older – cant tell you how much older – but yeah…) and I want to give him something really special! I have tried to look in to do something in Seoul and was thinking of take a trip on Han River. Can only find a bit of info about it (but really old ones from 2010/2011) – and cant enter the website or se any information about the actual booking or an private boat trip.. so anyone got any info on this?? Some write that you dont need to book – and some write that you do! Please tell me if you have any information or tip about this or renting a private boat for Han River!! THANK YOU!!

    (Great idea of a WANK btw) ;)

    5 years ago
    • First, congrats on the upcoming stupidly amazing fun balls time you are about to have. You might get to visit the new EYK Cafe if you are in the right time frame?!

      Second, I haven’t done the Hangang cruises but try options like the Hangang River Ferry and the Hangant Excursion boat — both have details on visitseoul.net and visitkorea websites, as well as TripAdvisor. A colleague also mentioned Seoul Marina for private boat charter, if that’s what you are looking for. Try your concierge if Korean is a bit tricky (or one of the phone numbers for international translation, there are quite a lot for Korea) or you might try a tour company? I don;t personally love rout companies but I adore Ongo Food Communications (Ongo Food Tours), so if you are looking for something special try a private or group tour with them (they might be able to arrange a boat tour) but you will probably have one of their extremely cool guides with you (great for fun, maybe not so much for the boomshakalaka romance factor). I have experience with these guys and cannot recommend more highly (not sponsored in any way, I swear!)

      Have fun and drink ridiculous amounts of soju!

      5 years ago
      • Man, we need the editing button back — “tour” rather than “rout” and “Hangang” rather than “Hangant” — though might be an interesting mash-up of boating clothing available via my new “Hangant” brand!

        5 years ago
        • Hi Rardnas — I can’t reply to your comment but good luck! Seoul is my favourite city to travel to (obviously) and you will have a great time. Don’t forget to pick up Mustoy souvenirs – there’s something really special about selecting one that has been left by someone else randomly. I don’t know who painted mine but I like the mystery and that they live here in another country now!

          5 years ago
        • Thank you sooo much for the answer!!! :D Looked into visitseoul.net and Ongo Food Communications – found what I needed in 30 secs :D Im gonna “go shopping” today – and make the call outside our appartment – cant have him hearing stuff from the other room. Perfect present and with the help from you I got exactly what I needed!! Thank thanks thanks (heheheh know the feeling with editing button)!

          ITS sooo freaking awsome to have the trip booked for next year!! I cant wait, let it be year 2015 – way to much time left until July next year…. :S
          It is a must to visit their new EYK Cafe – Im gonna live there (scchhhhhh dont tell them thats our plan) ;) Have made the awsomest hugest list of everything we have to do from the EYK-videos that they have made. The list of everything they have eaten!! Its t h i best! :)
          (Thank you) Were gonna eat and drink until someone needs to roll us back to the hotel XD

          5 years ago
  37. So much wanderlust! Lovely video – I really enjoyed this format. Also wonderful that you were able to roam around so much. I can’t travel any other way than to get lost. Once caved in to joining a tour group with some friends for the cheaper tickets but never again. I escaped only to come back for the ride home, ha!

    5 years ago
  38. Hey Guys!

    Can you bring some rain when you come to California? Even though I live in northern California, maybe your awesome powers over the weather will make it rain all over the whole state. We’re having a drought here, so we need rain really badly. Thanks! :)

    5 years ago
  39. I am with Convoluted! Bring some rain to SoCal! I live in Orange County, we’re in such a serious drought the electronic road signs are asking people to conserve water. Thanks! (Except you’re already here, I think!)

    5 years ago
  40. This video made me so hungry! I’m going to have to cook myself a king-sized feast to satisfy my hunger

    5 years ago