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Korea vs Australia

September 12, 2013

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Ok, so we talked about a few of the differences between Korea and Australia that we’ve noticed, and hopefully told a story or two that made you chuckle. We skipped out on the obvious ones like Australia doesn’t have as many Korean people, for example. We did notice a lot of Korean people, though! Not tons everywhere, like in Korea, but we did hear a bunch of people speaking Korean. There was even one time in which we walked by some people, and heard them do the quick “OH!” that sounds Korean. You know what I’m talking about! We turned to each other and said “they must be Korean!” and we turned around and we were right. We didn’t shout it out, of course, and embarrass everyone at hand, obviously. We’ve got more tact than that! Point is, we saw a bunch of Korean people there!

Here I Come!

Speaking of embarrassing everyone, here’s another story: the night of the Melbourne event, after all was said and done, we got together with all of the event organizers and had dinner. One of the people there claimed to be really good at staring contests. I, Simon, decided to take her on. I wanted to close my eyes for a bit first and get all the moisture back in them. She asked if I wanted a go at it. I said yes, just give me a second. And then I said we’ll go when I count down from 3. Here’s how the rest of the dialogue went.

Simon: 3
Simon: 2
Simon: …
Simon: …
Girl: Where are you?
Simon: Wait…I’m coming!

To the other patrons of the restaurant looking over at us at that moment, they saw a man, in deep concentration, with his eyes closed and eyebrows furrowed, shout out I’M COMING! Of course this was right when the song at the time finished playing, and everyone simultaneously finished their sentences. Great. Great Simon. Just great. Welcome to Melbourne, you loud comer!

Architecture

Silly stories aside, we did notice a few more major differences. The loveliest part of Australia, I’ll say, is the architecture. Austalian Nasties, your buildings are beautiful. Korea’s very bright and glittery, but a lot of the buildings here look like they were built in haste, with little coherence to them. Right now I’m looking at the big blocky box of a GAP building, next to the Go store which looks like a house from the 1940s, next to a dingy, boxy Nike store, next to a giant, glittering hodgepodge of a building with the cascading Christmas lights that haven’t been taken down since Christmas. I’m not trying to badmouth Korea here. I know that Korea’s been developing very rapidly, and it’s amazing how quickly it’s come along in 50 years, really it is, but Austalian architecture has a lot of heritage buildings. Melbourne and Sydney look like the 1800s meets current time, very starkly contrasting old architecture and new architecture. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe it. All I can say is that it’s really, really pretty, in my opinion. Korea, I like a lot of things about you, but your rapid construction – though I respect some parts of it – isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing. DON’T MURDER ME KOREAN NETIZENS! I TRIED MY BEST TO SAY THAT AS NICELY AS POSSIBLE!

I Need About Tree-Fiddy

Other things we’ve noticed: Australia is, umm, expensive. Whoa guise. Whoa. Paying 15 bucks for a meal? That’s a bit too rich for our blood! We wanted to get a bottle of water at the convenience store, and it cost us $2.80. I’m used to paying 700 won for a bottle of water! DAAAYUM. I’m not sure what the standard price for water is where you’re from. We might be spoiled by how cheap water is here. Regardless, almost 3 bucks for a bottle of water seems steep. And the taxis? $7 for a 2 minute ride! Also, we asked about the price of real estate in Sydney, because – again – your architecture is so freaking beautiful, and we were told that a typical 2 bedroom apartment goes for $2800 a month. DAMN THAT’S STEEP! That’s a lot more than what we’re paying for our place. We didn’t get to compare the prices of everything in Australia, but – from the few things we did compare – everything was more expensive in Australia.

Anyhow, if you’re interested in seeing what our trip to Australia was like, we’re going to start publishing our vlogs on it tomorrow! We had a lot of footage and a lot of things to show! Make sure you’re subscribed, so that you don’t miss out on anything!

Lastly, be honest guise: what’s a Sex Bar?

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  1. Hey Simon and Martina, I can agree that our internet is really bad here. We were going to get better internet but we had a election and the party against better internet won, so maybe for a long time we will still have very slow upload and download speeds. Also did you guys get to try out vegemite? (It’s amazing btw :3 ) And one last thing, I don’t know what a sex bar is XD

    6 years ago
  2. Might be a bit late in the week to get this question answered, but here
    goes: With my birthday coming up in a few days, it got me thinking what
    are some typical things Koreans do to celebrate birthdays?

    6 years ago
  3. Is there a lot of outdoorsy stuff (camping, hiking, etc.) to do in Korea even near cities like Seoul? Also is it possible to get to said outdoorsy activities without a car?

    6 years ago
  4. hey i’m from Australia and… well first off we’re not coffee people so we kind off think of our own thing. AND we are already used to the slow internet in case you were wondering… but we would appreciate it if a korean came over.. to… give us faster internet :D as well i was also heard that you said Australian people are fit and there’s soooo many people running… well i think your forgetting about the people stuck at home because they can’t get out of their chairs. yeah thats the real life but yeah the ones you see running are the ones who have will power. or they might just be people we paid to run in front of you guys :D

    Yes we are expensive… WE JUST NEED MORE MONEY :D yeah a lot of Australians get ripped off but we just deal with it. because we are some lazy ass people :P and its expensive because its sydney, the major cities are expensive but coming to Adelaide would be better “hint”

    Anyway I’m glad you came to Australia and i hope you enjoyed the better side of things like the beaches etc. and i hope next time you come … you.. can come to ….Adelaide, Australia…… :D

    6 years ago
  5. Please!! Come to South Australia if you visit again, here
    you can experience the popular Farmers Union Iced Coffee!! :)

    6 years ago
  6. We found a place that does ice coffee the way you guys would enjoy its
    at the sports club in strathfield which does the best korean fried
    chicken and is usually filled with ahjumma’s whenever we go.

    6 years ago
  7. It is ridiculous how much we pay for anything here in Australia. From clothing to electrical items and rent. The cost of living is very high compared to most countries, Sydney more so than Melbourne. And a note about the water though: it is law that any restaurant be able to provide a free cup of water to anyone who asks. So if you were thirsty, you could’ve headed to Maccas and ask for water and they’d give you a cup free of charge. Btw DID YOU LIKE OUR TASTE OF WATER? Honestly when I went from Melbourne to Japan and Korea for a vacation, I was shocked cause it tasted real weird. The tap water in Melbourne is so clean that you’re worse off drinking boiled water than drinking straight from the tap (cause you’re missing out on a lot of the good minerals).

    6 years ago
    • Dear Didos,

      Although I appreciate your passion for informing us with the correct facts about the Korean economy and architecture (which were certainly enlightening), I do not appreciate the generalisation that we are “dumb, uneducated morons” (which you have decided to use repetitively) nor your degrading label of Simon and Martina as an “empty-headed couple”. It is offensive and I found your comments to be hostile rather than helpful.

      Please bear in mind that we are a community of open-minded individuals coming from all kinds of different backgrounds, so naturally we draw comparisons from what we know. Sometimes that may not be correct as you’ve highlighted but that’s part of the learning experience. Korean culture is beautiful and from the amount of views and comments on this site, there is a obviously a lot of love for the country. The comments made here were made with good intention and any mistakes made were inherently innocent. They do not deserve the rudeness and hostility that you have responded with.

      Regards,

      6 years ago
  8. You think Australia is expensive? wait until you get to New Zealand Dx I always thought of Australia as a much cheaper place to live…

    6 years ago
  9. Hola! Hallo! Hello! What is the economy of South Korea like? Is there an income system (low income, middle income, high income) if so what defines it? Also are there any slums or ghettos in South Korea?

    6 years ago
  10. Dear Simon and Martina, I am a fellow Australian from Perth – and I don’t mean to disappoint you but in Australia there is no such thing specifically as a “sex bar.” I have a strong feeling that the angry Aussie man either had a terrible experience at a strip club establishment and thus compared it to waiting in a cue at the toilets. I am afraid to tell you but it is no national secret. :( And by the way, PLEASE COME TO PERTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  11. Hi Simon and Martina, I was wondering, a lot of people say that swearing, drinking, and smoking is very much accepted in Australia (I’m Australian and I definitely agree with the swearing/cussing and drinking part). Did you seem to notice it, or not?

    6 years ago
  12. Australia is the second most multicultural country in the world (behind Luxembourg although Australia is much larger) so different groups of nationalities usually reside in specific suburbs. I live near a suburb called Strathfield in Sydney which is basically little Korea. It has a LOT of Koreans that live there as well as korean stores and korean restaurants (even noraebang) and a whole lot of korean text written on signs and buildings.There is also an actual ‘Koreatown’ in Sydney city too. Honestly, I love the multiculturalism here and there range of ethnicities here because the younger generation is grown up used to them. I also agree with you on the architecture as I’ve been in love with it since 15 years ago. YAY Australia! ^^

    6 years ago
  13. Just wait until you come to norway and experience our crappy internet. Well, atleast you’re not going to the country side. Not sure what the internet is like in the cities, but i’m sure they’re crappy compared to korean standards. Speaking of expensive, whenever i tell my american buddies the prices of things here in Norway, they think it’s ridiculously expensive. And, compared to Korea i think you found American prizes expensive, so.. you’re going to have a shock when you come to norway.

    I really think you should try some authentic Norwegian food, though i don’t think there are many places who sell autentic norwegian food. It’s usually what people make at home, so when they go out, they want to have different types of food. I can try and do some research for places where you can get norwegian food, so you can try it out!

    Also! I’ll see you in Oslo!

    6 years ago
  14. OMNasty!

    6 years ago
  15. Hi guys, yes there are these things called *sex bars* but its very hush hush here, so don’t mention the term or the *sex bar police* will come get you….and they are armed with drop-bears and snake-eating spiders.

    ……

    6 years ago
  16. In the latest upload of Discussing Interesting Contemporary Korean Slang: Ep 03, Miss Leigh and Miss Soo Zee had brought up “manscaping” the personal grooming of men in North America but not Korea. The way Miss Soo Zee reacted was amusing but surprised me. Obviously South Korean men don’t do it, even though “South Korean men spent $495.5 million on skincare last year” according to global market research firm Euromonitor International. So why don’t men groom “down there”? What about the women? Is keeping the area “down there” trimmed a practice? What about waxing or for that matter the Brazilian? Is it just taboo?

    6 years ago
  17. “It’s not a sex bar, its a fvcking toilet!” HAHAHAHA

    6 years ago
  18. SPENDING TWO MINUTES TALKING ABOUT HOW VIOLENT TOILETS FLUSH IS TIME WELL SPENT.

    6 years ago
  19. I agree things here are way too expensive

    6 years ago
  20. It sounds to me like Simon had a wonderful encounter with a bogan in that public toilet.

    6 years ago
    • Nic

      haha yes! I was thinking “sounds like a bogan”.

      6 years ago
      • Oh hey it’s Nic! Did you and Mr Gwon meet S&M? :D

        6 years ago
        • Nic

          Yes we did! SQ Entertainment organised it for us so we got to meet and interview them before the Sydney meet and greet. They were super nice and so funny! We are moving to Korea start of next year so hopefully we’ll be able to do a collab together ;)

          6 years ago
        • Wow that is so cool! :D Looking forward to it. ^~^

          6 years ago
  21. Yes, Australia is an expensive place to live in.

    I’m used to the prices here so when i go to Korea everything is way too cheap!

    6 years ago
    • Actually it depends on which part of Korea you go to. And in Korea Samsung smartphones (Galaxy), Hyundai cars are much cheaper because they are Korean made.

      6 years ago
  22. Coffee culture! Yes Melbourne is a pool of pretentious wankers swimming in coffee, but it’s amazing and no where else seems to get it! Filter coffee is pretty much a big no-no here, espresso coffee is the way to go. A short black is one ‘shot’ of coffee and a long black is basically a double shot – both are just the coffee, nothing else added in, From there you get the different kinds of milk coffees, which generally differ in the amount of froth to milk ratio. A flat white has no froth, its just steamed milk poured over a shot of coffee (or a short black, whatever you want to call it). A latte has about a fingers width of froth, and a cappuccino has about two with chocolate dusting on top. And that’s pretty much the basics! from there people change the strength of the coffee, the type of milk and add different kinds of sweeteners, etc. Hope that makes it somewhat understandable!

    6 years ago
  23. Australia’s known for being very expensive. Last time I went to Korea, I was so surprised that the taxi ride from Jamsil to Myungdong was like, $10. Compared to Australia which would have been like… $30. I think we adapt to everything so whenever we travel overseas, it’s like “Hey! This place is so cheap,let’s go eat woo!” I went to eat at Gangnam (at some famous meat place, not sure) and the total was probably 100,000+ won. If i ate that amount in a normal restaurant, it would have been $300.

    6 years ago
  24. LOL now that you mention it, our toilet flushings are kind of violent. Maybe that’s why i always think overseas have such weak toilet flushes.
    as for prices, it really depends on where you go. food can be pretty pricey, especially in the city. a decent meal these days (including drinks) would be like 20-50. at least. but if you go into the suburbs, you can get a fairly decent meal with drinks and all for 10-30 depends on what you’re eating. but as for everything else, you really just have to know where to shop. like things can be pretty cheap if you know where to look. rent also depends on location, facilities, availability, and age of building. if you want a decent place in decent location, yeah, you’re looking at 500-700/week for a 2 bedroom place. and our salary isn’t always increasing proportional to inflation… sigh. although we have a good welfare system now, who knows how long that will last with our new government hahahaha. and if you think sydney is expensive, wait till you see perth! apparently that’s the most expensive state. and my family that used to live there used to be so overjoyed by how CHEAP sydney is in comparason lol
    and yes, our internet is pretty freaking pathetic. unless you’re in the city with telstra, most other internet services are pretty slow. and apparently upgrading our internet is not one of our new government’s new agenda lol. so i guess we’ll be keeping that slowwww internet.
    as for fat people, you’re right, in the city, people are pretty slim, but if you go into the suburbs or rural areas… yeah they get pretty huge. but there really is a huge push for healthier lifestyle with footpaths, bike paths/trails etc. the fact that there is usually NO parking in the city and our public transport is pretty freaking expensive and slow, means that people tend to go with alternative transport when they go to the city. but lol yes our nation is very tall. historically, this has always been so. i remember in high school they used to joke that they put the australian soldiers up front during the war because they’re so huge and intimidating.
    as for our coffee, i don’t know about the naming system tbh… i usually just have cappuccinos or mochas, and they seem pretty universal. but i have to say australians tend to be quite snobby about their coffees, so our quality’s usually pretty good.

    6 years ago
  25. A sex bar is exactly as it sounds :P hahaha
    Pleeeeease come to Adelaide if you come back to Aussie! :D
    And, about the internet: Nope, that’s how slow it is.

    6 years ago
  26. I don’t think Simon and Martina realise they were in Australia when the election was going on. In terms of of excercise, Melbourne is known as the unofficial ‘sporting capital of the world’. We even have our own sport that isn’t really played outside of the country AFL. wooo

    6 years ago
  27. Is “going green” a thing in Korea? In general, how eco-friendly is everything, and are people there environmentally conscientious?

    6 years ago
  28. Australia has no night life. we sleep. im sorry. I no its sad.

    6 years ago
  29. Yeah… The internet suck batooties here… It’s terrible… :'( Cries foreverrrrrr

    6 years ago
  30. Sex bar? Go to King’s Cross in Sydney and you’ll find out.

    6 years ago
  31. Thursday nights are a great time for peeps who wanna shop late because all the stores close at 9pm-it’s known as ‘Late Night Shopping’

    6 years ago
  32. Yeah, my business teacher has told my class a few times that Australia’s stuff is extremely high-priced compared to lots of countries (whether that be Asia or North America). Never in Australia will you find a bottle of water for around 700 won (or 50 cents), unless it’s from some place super random and dodgy (on average it will be about $2-3). The toilet thing also makes sense – I never understood the whole water-swooshing-concept thing in the toilet until I went to America and Korea (it’s just not like that here). Australians are also very much aware our internet it slow. Even at home, on wifi, it can be pretty bad. :( Also like you guys said, Australia IS considered a pretty obese country (we may have more people actively exercising than in Korea, but our diet is also a lot different to Koreans as well [which we know is comparatively so much healthier]).

    6 years ago
  33. You HAVE to make one of these about Europe x)

    6 years ago
  34. you are traveling to another country on sunday again? does that mean you SKIP KMM AGAIN?!?! Ô.Ô

    6 years ago
  35. Are you srs?! I live in Australia and I thought my internet is actually really fast. My internet is 22.59 Mbps… But man I want to live in Korea now for really fast internet. AND cheaper food&stuff…&kpopofcourse.

    6 years ago
  36. I love S&M’s accents when they pronounce Melbourne. At least you don’t say “Mel-bourne” (I have no idea why we pronounce differently from how its spelt)

    6 years ago
  37. Also, before this video I had no idea Australia had weird coffee terms (I’ve never tried ordering coffee). Huh, the more you know…

    6 years ago
  38. how else are people going to get to the ministry of magic in England if Australia’s toilets don’t flush hard enough?

    6 years ago
  39. Hi! I have been living in Melbourne for 5 years now but I live and work as a nurse in the ‘burbs. most of the obese people are in the burbs/ countryside and I have not seen many (if any) obese people in the city. Most obese people won’t be walking on the streets and often face problems walking, socializing. They’re often in hospitals/ home/ nursing homes etc.

    But as you have seen, many young Melbournians are actually pretty active/sporty and are pretty competitive!

    I just eat my Maccas (Aussie slang for McDonalds) and nomnom while they jog away :D

    6 years ago
  40. They might not qualify as “bars” but the Swiss just introduced drive in sex “boxes” so I guess if you string a bunch of them together it could be called a bar

    6 years ago