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January Vacation Vlog

January 19, 2015

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Whoa we suck at vacationing. Hahahah! I think the hardest part of taking a vacation for us is that we always want to shoot videos for you guise because we honestly enjoy sharing our adventures. The problem with our plan is that once we finish filming, the importing to the computer, editing, exporting, uploading to youtube, tagging, thumbnail making…and so on is very time consuming. Do we mind that time being consumed? No not at all, but that’s why we try to not film during vacation time because if we don’t draw the line at filming, we just end up going to the studio and working a normal work day! Sometimes you need to just recharge. Just sleep in, go to the doctor, organize your exploding messy closet (yeah right…like I’m going to do that), cook a crazy difficult meal, or just read a book. It’s a really difficult situation for us because I genuinely enjoy editing videos, so spending Friday night with a martini and a laptop isn’t a bad night for me, but you really get sucked into a zone. Editing is a lot like watching an addictive Korean drama, you promise yourself just one hour of watching and then suddenly it’s 3am, your eyes are burning, you haven’t peed in like 6 hours and you’re hungry and cold. HAHAHAHAH! Is that just me? I think Boys Over Flowers ruined my sleep life when it first came out…DAMN YOU LEE MIN HO!

The point of this ramble is that yes, here’s a video! We thought a little day in the life type of video might be interesting to you. This isn’t a realistic look at how the EYK studio runs because we’re not on a normal filming schedule right now, but since we’re still recording our weekly radioshow for SBS PopAsia radio as well as making exciting changes on the website, we’re still popping into the studio to have meetings with our awesome web developer Rose. Also, Hongdae is just a fun place to hang out in general with a lot of Korean style pub food, coffee shops, and clubs. You can see how busy and bustling the streets are even during the middle of the week! On the weekend it’s just craziness.

Also, I’m curious as to how many of you have tried Japanese curry. The first time I heard about it I thought, “how different can it be from other curries?” Oh it’s different alright. It’s hard to explain the flavour but think of a more chai spice kindof curry flavour. Korean curry, on the other hand, is actually totally different and very sweet. It’s usually made with yellow curry powder and has a strong honey and apple taste. So getting to know what your curry preference is very important or else you’ll be disappointed. The place we went to was called Abiko Curry and they deal with a 1-4 scale of hot death pain. CocoCurry is our ultimate favourite place and they deal with a 1-9 scale of hot death. We almost killed our friend Brian by getting him a level 6 CocoCurry and he likes spicy food. Haha oops! Well hopefully you’ll learn from us when you first try Japanese curry and pick a suitable level of spice. Let me know if you’ve every tried Japanese curry!

Oh and I almost forgot. Here are the cocktail recipes that I made at the end of the night. If you try them out or tweak them in anyway let me know how they turn out. These are very strong tasting so if you needs to dilute them, you can add some soda water/sparkling water to your glass after you pour your final drink. If you add the sparkling water to your cocktail shaker it will explode from you shaking up the carbinated drinks! Not that I’ve done that. I have done that. Enjoy!

Simon’s Sidecar: Tastes like a strong lemon candy

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Cognac (or Brandy)
3/4 oz Grand Marnier (orange Liqueur)
1/2 oz Lemoncella
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Lemon twist (use a vegetable peeler to remove a thin strip of lemon peel)

HOW-TO

Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker filled half way with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Twist the lemon peel over the top of the drink (you’re misting the drink with the lemon oil from the peel) and then drop it in. If you want to get fancy, run a wedge of lemon on the rim of the glass first and roll the cocktail glass in superfine sugar, then add the shaken ingredients.

Martina’s Swedish Cosmopolitan: Tart with hints of orange and lime

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz lingonberry syrup (or use 1-2 oz cranberry juice instead)
Lime twist

Instructions

Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker filled half way with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the lime twist.

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  1. I tried the Comos (hahahah) with Raspberry Vodka and Yuzu! The vodka proof was too high, hahahah But taste good. :D

    Here in Brasil, lime is kind cheap. In the season, you can get $0,75/kg. In other hands, your lemon (god knows why, we called Sicilian Lemon) is very expensive $3-4/kg (in our local currency is kinda expensive).

    5 years ago
  2. I was reading… and then I noticed something about this SBSPopAsia radio show!!?? I just checked it out and it is soooo good~~ You two make very good radio hosts. Good voices, good tones and flow, yeah so good. I’m going to be putting your radio show podcasts on my ipod so I have something to listen to on the go.

    Also, I love these kinds of videos. Feel free to do more!

    5 years ago
  3. Spudgy’s frantic running to the pee spot and Meemer’s itsy bitsy baby meow: the best.

    5 years ago
  4. I’m so glad that you’re taking the chance to have a break. You seem to run full steam most of the time, and it’s so important to take some time off. Have a great break and we’ll look forward to your return in February.

    5 years ago
  5. I MISS YOU GUYS
    February can’t come soon enough.

    5 years ago
  6. Does anybody know why I can’t comment on the After School Club video?? :( I really wanted to…

    5 years ago
  7. Agent Carter!!! :D

    5 years ago
  8. ㅋㅋㅋ Haven’t even read the whole post yet, but started ckarcking up so bad at your “addictive Korean drama description” Ahaha So accurate! Damn you Lee Min Ho! >.<

    5 years ago
  9. Enjoy your vacation! I myself have gone on an internet “diet” this month. No Twitter, no Tumblr, no YouTube, no blogs except on the weekend. During the week I’m only allowing myself Facebook (because on Facebook I only friend people I have physically met), email, and an online class I’m taking from Craftsy. Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Without the internet to waste so much time, I’ve been doing crazy things like…reading, and crafting, taking trips to museums, and going out of my way to find a restaurant with a good pastrami sandwich. I realized that I do so much internet reading that all of my book reading energy has been spent. I went on an internet diet and suddenly I’m burning through Murakami in a week.

    5 years ago
  10. This video made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. So happy to see you guys kicking back and relaxing a bit. You work so hard and it’s well deserved. (My boyfriend and I were dying over Simon’s nerd moment while gaming. We’re avid World of Warcraft players ourselves so we could totally relate!)

    5 years ago
  11. i love seeing you guys’ casual everyday style vids. And since the beard seems permanent so far, the hairstyle for the simon avatar might be due for a bit of an update ;)

    5 years ago
  12. No limes? Then how do you make mojitos? How can you live without Mojitos?? Also I hope you’ll have a great time in Japan!

    5 years ago
    • We…we don’t make mojitos. AAHHHH *ugly sobbing*

      5 years ago
    • Agreed! I LOVE limes, and I couldn’t live without them. I use them for homemade Tex-Mex, Margaritas, Thai, everything needs more lime. MOAR LIME!

      5 years ago
  13. I love this video! It’s really cool to just see what everyday life is like for you guys ^^ though I have to agree, you guys suck at vacationing! Please take time to rest! You all work so hard and your health is the most important thing.

    5 years ago
  14. It’s so nice to see you guys! Love your cocktail shaker!!

    5 years ago
  15. Will we get to see more about your radio broadcasts? I would love to see more detail on how you do your segments.

    5 years ago
  16. That was a great video. I love all of your videos, but your casual ones remind me the most of your early videos and are my favorite.

    5 years ago
  17. I’ve never had Japanese Curry but I have had a Caribbean style curry dip when I lived in the VI. It was served with Fried Conch and with a warning. hehe The owner seriously made us try it before hand using just the tip of a toothpick to sample it. OMG soooo good but defiantly spicy and not for the light of heart or weak of stomach.

    5 years ago
  18. Thanks for taking the time to make a vacation video for us! Simon, how are you enjoying Dragon Age: Inquisition? I’m on my second playthrough :D

    5 years ago
    • I’m liking it so far, but I’m getting bored of all the fetch quests. I’d like to see a new mechanic to video games outside of “go here, get/kill this, come back”.

      5 years ago
  19. Oh meow goodness, I am purring all over this behind-the-scenes with my Meemers Oppa! Seeing him travelling to and from his scheduled events, getting a peek into his dorm, and those up-close-and-personal nap shots – absolutely pawsome.

    And did you hear the shout-out in the car? “This meow goes out to all the fans out there…you know who you are.” Yes, I do. I do indeed. I can retire to the cat tree know to dream on…

    5 years ago
  20. I have been missing you guys! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your vacation with us, but dont feel obligated. Rest up and get your creative juices flowing, and then come back when you are ready. ;-)

    5 years ago
  21. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your day with us this month. That Swedish Cosmopolitan recipe looks pretty awesome to me right now. :D

    5 years ago
  22. It’s good you guys are getting in a bit of a vacation! I feel even if someone really loves what they’re doing, they can get into a slump if they are working their self too hard for too long.

    Also, I’m not sure if you guys knew this (and I’m sorry if you do, because I’m not trying to be a know-it-all smarty pants), but apparently Scottish Fold cats suffer from a disorder which affects their cartilage throughout their whole body. It’s what makes their ears all…fold-y, but it can also cause pain for them in their joints and whatnot. So maybe Meemers’ laziness could partially be him being achy? It’s called osteochondrodysplasia if you wanted to look into it.

    Also, also, is that a Mason Jar shaker? If it is, it’s so cool!

    5 years ago
  23. Ah its so good to see you guys! I’m happy your enjoying your vacation and having some quality family time. I am hoping for lots of delicious F.A.P.F.A.P.’s to bless my laptop in the new year though! *I love putting them on auto play and falling asleep to delicious dreams of Korean feasts*

    I’m jealous of Simon playing DA:Inquisition! I’m holding off on that one because I’m too excited about the remake of Majora’s Mask coming out. Have you played the OoT remake Martina? Will you be getting the MM remake!? Zelda is my vice and I’m collecting the prima guides in hard cover because they are stunningly beautiful. They combine both my passions, gaming and literature <3 and every year the stars align and the Zelda books seem to come out right around Valentines Day so my partner never has stress about what to get me ahaha

    P.S. I'd love to see some blog posts or reviews on what games you guys have been getting into!

    5 years ago
  24. Errmaggrrd, it feels like I’m seeing my best friend after many years!~ Thank you so so much posting a video even if you’re on a “vacation”! <3

    5 years ago
  25. Daaaa foodzzz!!!!! Now I have to indulge at H-Mart or Mitsuwa to tide me over :D

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1osbhEpVB0

    S&M, some friends of mine were in Hongdae and exploring drinking dens. Worth a quick glance if you’re bored.

    And spudgy’s fur looks so nice! <3

    5 years ago
    • I hope you don’t mind me asking, but where do you live? I’m familiar with both of the stores you mentioned. I live in Glenview, IL in the Chicago Northshore suburbs.

      5 years ago
      • I live in Cherry Hill, NJ. Our Mitsuwa chain is located in northern NJ and H-Mart is about half a mile from me :(

        If only there was a fellow EYK nasty nearby!

        5 years ago
  26. Those Korean fire noodles hurt. My bf loves spicy foods, but even he finds those Korean fire noodles painful. First time eating them, he washed his mouth with water, ate ice cream, and drank loads of milk.

    I’m not a huge fan of Japanese curry. My issue is that it’s too watery for my enjoyment, and with the extrmely limited selection in Vancouver, there’s no variety in flavour or options. Maybe if I went to Japan it’ll taste better?

    I love HK style curry (or is it Malaysian style? Someone correct me…). Especially curry fish balls. This kind of curry is thicker and has nice balance of flavours.

    5 years ago
  27. I’m seeing this at 8:30 am my time, and wow that drink looks good!!! Is it too early? Maybe after work! lol!!!
    Thanks for taking some time off from holiday to shoot this video ^o^

    5 years ago
  28. Hellow there~

    A friend of mine has an important question(she asked that on fb, but I thought asking it here would increase the chances of you noticing it): Would it be possible to meet up with you guys in Kobe? Maybe you are going to have a fanmeeting there? or maybe it would be possible just to have a few minutes of your time some other way? (she is an exchange student from Poland, studying in Kobe atm and is an avid fan of yours.)

    I hope you see this…

    5 years ago
  29. yay! i’m so glad you guys are back! all your vlog-style videos are my favourite (idk why… they are super relaxing for me when i’m stressed out). more of these please! and martina, i’m totally digging your odango hair :D very raver style. i do them once in a while but i’m starting to think i’m getting too old to rock it lol. oohh how about some new hair or makeup vids?? love those too!

    5 years ago
  30. V

    OMG PLEASE!!!
    Where did you get the Brandy? I’m craving Brandy so badly but I can’t find it anywhere in Seoul…I don’t even care anymore if it sucks or not^^

    5 years ago
    • I only just found it in HomePlus last week! It was the only one available and it was wedged in amongst all the whiskey. It was cheeeeeeaaaaaaapppppp. :P

      5 years ago
  31. Thank you for posting this! I’ve missed you, enjoy the rest of your vaycay!

    5 years ago
  32. Agent Carter, you say? I’ll have to check it out.

    I just watched The Man In The High Castle. It might be worth sticking with. We’ll see if it gets past the pilot stage.

    5 years ago
  33. Hey guise, is it just me or is there no video yet? I take it there is supposed to be a video, since it is a vlog.
    Just in case I’ll refresh again

    Btw, reading a book is my “editing” One more chapter, oh look a cliffhanger, OK, one more.
    Harry potter 5 was the first book I ever read in one stretch. Took me the whole nigt. The next morning school was terrible ^^’ but it was worth it :)

    Cheers
    Crazy catlady

    5 years ago
    • You can watch the video here if you can’t wait:

      http://youtu.be/72MJ_s4Btik

      (I couldn’t wait)

      5 years ago
    • No, it’s not just you. It’s not acting right at the moment. Rose will look into it tomorrow. She’s off shooting a music video at the moment :)

      5 years ago
      • Well, Long live facebook I guess :) who knew I’d ever have to say that?

        btw, if agent carter is that good, I ought to give it a shot.

        Rose is shooting a music video? How did that happen?

        5 years ago