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Our New Apartment in Seoul!

September 18, 2014

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Tada! Here’s our new apartment! Allow us to tell you a bit more about the place, and to share with you our new home!

Let me just say how happy we are to have found this place. We were really quite worried. Leigh and Soo Zee told us that the place we were living in before was at quite a bargain, and we wouldn’t be able to find anything as nice at the same price. So, the first few places that we saw were…terrible. Old, mouldy, dark. We saw a few on our first day of apartment hunting, and it went terribly. Then Leigh recommended we look in a different area, just a bit further away from where we were originally looking, in the World Cup Stadium Area. And, holy smokes, thank you Leigh for the save!

We saw a few apartments that day, all of which were awesome, one of which was almost identical to our previous apartment. Seriously: the layout was identical. But then we saw this place and went for it instantly. The layout makes a lot more sense. For our old apartment, when you walked in through the front door, you could go to the left for the extra bedrooms, or the right for the living room and our bedroom. We always went to the right, because we didn’t have any reason to go to the left. Pretty much, we didn’t use half of our apartment. With this layout, though, all of the rooms are together. It feels a lot more open, and it feels a lot more…homely. The lighting is nicer. The area is quieter. Our last apartment was right on top of a subway, so we couldn’t keep the window open while watching TV, because all we heard was the subway. Not anymore! Now all we hear is Kdramas being filmed. Woohoo!

Anyhow, we’ve got this place until December 2015, which is when our contract is up again. Hopefully we won’t have our landlord up our rent too much next time around. We’ll see. If you want to know more about the moving process, we also just did a TL;DR on it as well. Check that out, too. The blog post has more stories :D

We also have a few pictures of our place, but I’m not sure how to take nice apartment pictures. It’s a lot more challenging than outdoor pictures, or people pictures. Errr. So, here they are. Most of them are of Spudgy and Meemers, because they make the pictures better:

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  1. Can I move in with you guys? Maybe not physically, but spiritually? I promise not to haunt you. :D OH TL;DR IDEA! What are the views on things like Ghosts/Aliens in South Korea? My Dad believes in aliens and not ghosts and I believe in ghosts and the POSSIBILITY of aliens… and we have SO MANY ghost hunting and alien shows in North America (I love it!). Is there a big belief/stories/etc. about things like that in South Korea? :O

    5 years ago
    • OH! We’ve wanted to do a ghost TL;DR for a while now. We actually started doing a bit of research on it. Hopefully we’ll get that one up soon!

      5 years ago
      • If they is a chance coming up. Could you do a TLDR on South Korea’s Preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Peyongchang? It would be great to know things like the stadiums and arenas are going to be like, special events leading up to the games and what our follow nasties should know if were looking to attend the games in person. Things like booking hotels way in advance (How Long should it be). Places to see in Peyongchang and what the city is like and what other places throughout Korea are doing to prepare and celebrate the Olympics coming to South Korea.

        Also, do you know if your going to do anything with the Peyongchang Olympic Committee?

        5 years ago
      • YAY! That would be so cool! It’s like a huge thing here (has been for a couple years now). And hey, Halloween is coming, so that would make a wicked awesome spooky TL;DR for the Halloween season. :D Can’t wait! <3

        5 years ago
  2. Hi Simon and Martina! I think I’ve been living under a rock and only heard of EatYourKimchi a couple of days ago. TT___TT Now I spend most nights doing eyk marathons til the wee hours (the husband is *not* amused). Among all the things I love about eyk, I love you guys’ dynamic as a couple the most. You remind me so much of me and my husband :3 Congratulations moving in your new apartment!

    5 years ago
    • That’s awesome! Thank you for joining the Eatyourkimchi community and for commenting. I hope to see you around the comments more often :D

      5 years ago
  3. That looks like an awesome apartment! Out of curiosity, about how much is the rent, if you don’t mind my asking? I’m moving over there soon and am looking at rents costs. Your apartment looks just about perfect!

    5 years ago
  4. I am one lucky kitty – two Meemers Oppa videos in one week? My purr is out of control here. My Meemers Oppa, I am loving the view of you loving the view, with the sun glinting on your soft coat, as you lie back luxuriously on that Cado cat scratcher (I have the house version – I am a bit ‘ample’ to fit in it though. Ahem).

    And as I suspected, beneath that ‘cool cat’ exterior lies a heart as soft and fluffy as your fur – you are so gracious towards your humans! And those love nibbles? Yes, I believe I wouldn’t mind some of those. Oh, I definitely wouldn’t mind some of those. Actually, I might just watch that bit again…

    5 years ago
  5. I watched this and the TL;DR this morning, and then I got to meet you guys in person only a few hours later! It was so bizarre and wonderful and I was a nervous wreck and I couldn’t stop just STARING at you like an idiot because you look even more beautiful and handsome in person (i mean REALLY. I was blown away) and you guys were super nice and stopped to talk to us even though you were in a hurry and and and and my mind just went completely blank as I screamed internally at having FINALLY met you after watching all of your videos over and over since 2011! It took me at least two hours to calm down. If I ever run into you guys again I hope I’ll be able to make some intelligent conversation (I MEAN I HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE) instead of that mindless stuttering you witnessed today. Oh man, I have never fangirled so hard.

    Also, I know how hard it is to find an ideal place to live in Seoul but it looks like you did! Enjoy your lovely new apartment!

    5 years ago
    • That’s bizarre! I don’t remember you stuttering! But, I do agree: Martina is a lot more beautiful in person :) She’s a hottie!

      Anyhow, hopefully we can see you again by the cafe one day!

      5 years ago
      • Oh. Maybe it was just my heart that was stuttering. It’s still trying to recover from that overdose of awesomeness that is Simon and Martina and SoooooooZeeeeeeee *_*

        5 years ago
  6. preeeeetty sure Cribs is cancelled!! and in Cribs tradition you’re supposed to show the inside of your fridge!! how could you not??
    aawww that little frame is so cuuuuute!!
    i LOVE fairy lights!!! but maybe those ones coulda had a better setting…
    oooohhh~~ i wanna know what drama that is!
    that ‘cotton food’ banana toy….T_T
    i love the new apartment!!

    wow!! those movers sound AWESOME!!

    5 years ago
  7. And congrats on the Coway – I have been desperate for one since that 2PM CF. Actually if there is only one in the world, is that it there on your kitchen counter? But 2PM promised to give it to me!!

    5 years ago
  8. how did y’all make those square picture magnets? i would love to make some for myself :)
    love the new place!!

    5 years ago
  9. Is there anything fluffier than a cloud? Yes – the Meems!

    5 years ago
  10. I love the full home automation. Answering the door while doing the do is definitely a plus. Curious what the buying process is like in Korea versus renting. Here in the U.S. the Korean apartment key money would be a nice fat down payment.

    5 years ago
  11. You guys unpack and settle fast. I moved like 2.5 weeks ago and I still got some boxes of which I am like “ehhhh it will happen one of these days”

    5 years ago
    • Fortunately, the movers did most of the work for us. We only had a couple of boxes that we had to do ourselves :D

      5 years ago
  12. Meg

    I don’t know how to tell you this Martina and maybe you already know but…. they’re killing Wolverine in October. Though this really isn’t all that shocking given that in comics everyone and their mother dies at some point, so he’ll most definitely be coming back at some point. I think the only character in Marvel to die and stay dead is Uncle Ben but don’t quote me on that!

    Anyway, when I saw all your Wolverine pictures, I wondered if you had heard yet :)

    I love the apartment and it makes me super jealous! I need to move there right now. If only so I can let people in while I’m pooping. Its a big problem I have, just locking people out while doing my business ;)

    5 years ago
    • Yeah, we’re not too concerned though. As you said, no one stays dead in Marvel. We’re something like two years behind in the comics anyways so by the time we catch up he’ll probably be back to life :)

      5 years ago
      • There’s the old saying, there’s dead, then there’s X Men dead

        5 years ago
    • Didn’t Gwen Stacy stay dead? I’m not too sure. Death is the single biggest problem for comics. Well, that and the astronomical price. I remember when they were 25cents!

      5 years ago
  13. Fae

    do you have an oven?

    5 years ago
  14. Yay! I totally just saw the Honey-sempai mug and the Iron Man mug I sent you a while back! Nice place!

    5 years ago
  15. Looks like a really nice appartment! To bad for the problems you ran into though.

    By the way, I’ve got VIP tickets to the fanmeeting in Cologne! I haven’t been this excited in a long time!

    5 years ago
  16. The apartment looks really cool! Meemers is such a sweetie curled up by the window! ^.^

    5 years ago
  17. Such a wonderful and nice movie, it makes me all happy and jealous at the same time. The place is awesome! I really like it! I’m happy you are getting settled in, then it will feel even better to get home in the evenings to relax.

    And by the way, my boyfriend is joining me at Omona in Oslo, because he wants to see you guys as well (I didn’t think he would want to!), and he also wants to se me fangirl over my two idols ^^

    5 years ago
  18. Thanks for the awesome video tour of your new Apartment and the MTV Cribs welcome was great an when you said that if you are taking a big S#it!!!! Ha Ha LOL that you guise can answer the door while on the toliet and also glad Spudgy&Meemers feel right at home in the new place and Congrats!!! from an USA/Ohio Nastie ;)

    5 years ago
  19. The way in which Martina organises her make up makes me want to marry her. Seriously, that’s a heavenly way of organising precious items.

    5 years ago
  20. your new apartment is totally fab! i’m so amazed at how big the apartments are there (judging by your new and previous apartments) – I always assumed because it is such a packed city, that the homes would be really small. it looks like they are pretty damn huge, actually! here in london where i live right now, i already pay an INSANE amount of money to rent a one-bedroom, and i imagine that if i want to stay in this city i will basically never live in anywhere bigger, ever. maybe seoul is the answer??

    also – i’m always so amazed by how much STUFF you guys have. so many pairs of shoes! so many little decorations! so much clothes and make-up!! it totally boggles the mind! it must be a cultural korean thing, right? i’m really fascinated by it.

    i’m curious to hear from other people what their take is on this – and what it’s like in your country? personally all of my earthly possessions are just a fraction of what i see here! i just can’t afford to shop so much and i also can’t imagine having to deal with so much stuff! x

    5 years ago
    • I was pretty amazed at how much stuff they have too! Personally, I feel cluttered if I have too many trinkets and small decorations sitting out, even if they’re organized. And – like you – I don’t have a lot of spare cash to work with!

      5 years ago
  21. I love how you guys decorate everything! I laughed when Martina rang the doorbell and showed up on the screen! Reminds me of all the Korean dramas that I watch. :D

    5 years ago
  22. How on Earth can you bake a cake with such narrow oven? It’s crazy!!

    5 years ago
    • Do they even bake cakes in SK? Never seen them. Just the cream pie thingies… sorry, don’t know what they’re called :p

      5 years ago
  23. your new place is really cool! my tiny one-room japanese apartment and i are crying with envy at all the room you got over there… *sigh* also, sleepy meemers… omg… the cuteness…

    5 years ago
  24. Your new apartment is so swanky! It is made even better by Sleepy Meemers and Spudgy! Plus I think the otally in season fairylights at a touch of pizazz. Yes.

    5 years ago
  25. I wish the apartments in Canada were this awesome and pet friendly.

    5 years ago
  26. just testing to see if my comment will show up – my previous one (posted 5 hours ago) is stuck in “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” – mode. Can anyone help me with what’s going on? Thanks! :)

    5 years ago
  27. bex

    if i saw that korean drama van i would: run outside and follow them untill i appear on tv :D

    5 years ago
  28. I think I’ve been where your apartment is. I mean, it was several years ago but I kind of recognize the street. Awesome place btw. I’d love a keyless entry for mine. Setting down an armload of groceries to fish out your keys is a pain in the ass that doesn’t belong in 2000 and gorram 14. Moving as well. I’d happily toss a few hundred dollars and dinner at a few folks to politely pack and move all my junk.

    5 years ago
  29. Could you tell us more about the kimchi fridge? O:

    5 years ago
  30. I love love love your apartment’s floor. Is it real wood or some kind of magical imitation i don’t know about? I find wooden floors utterly beautiful, but in Brazil they aren’t really popular, specially in newer apartments. People say it’s too high maintenance, and not so great when the weather’s hot. I wouldn’t care about that… I kinda wanna live in a place like yours when I get a job (i’m still a student living with my parents) and some money…
    I also dream of having half of Martina’s makeup and cute accessories! It’s so incredibly expensive in here… You’re a lucky girl!

    5 years ago
  31. Dr.Meemers has a new perch from whence to perpetuate his scheming Meemerologistic vantage point of the city!!!!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  32. Maybe your hamster friend is actually a capybara trying to trick you. XD

    5 years ago
  33. I spy Sugarpill! And lots of it. Is that ALL of their Chromalusts? Cuz whoa, NICE.

    Congratulations on the swanky new apartment! It looks really comfy.

    5 years ago
  34. Awesome, I love this place! It looks really nice.

    5 years ago
  35. Great pad! You guys are like the Jeffersons! Congrats!

    5 years ago
  36. I can not get over your mini dishwasher/gas grill/stove top! Here in the US appliances are big and take up space. Do you run the dishwasher several times to wash your dinner dishes?

    5 years ago
  37. I need to show my sister the clip with your grill. She use to tease me about the oven in my last apartment. It was tiny and she joked I couldn’t fit a Cornish game hen in it, which I could, but yours! Wow. Can you even fit a “chicken chest” in it?

    Love the new apartment! It looks so homey and cozy. The pets look very happy as well. Even the view seems to suit you two even more than your last one. Hope you get to stay there a long time ^_^ Also, yeah LEIGH!

    5 years ago
  38. Songs Simon and Martina love:

    “Lipstick sees domino, catch a tiger by the toe.”

    “It Ain’t No Fuuuuuunnnnnn if the homies can’t haaaaavvve none.”

    “You so beautiful special one, right at first site, fell in love with ya.”

    “I got you baaabbbbe, I gotta I gotta Chocolate Phone”

    “Boney-ya, isune-ga, Boney-ya. I think about you, that’s all I do”

    “IIIII lost my pants! Rippito flippito super slow motion”

    Songs I like:

    “I love you, I love you. Like a habit you say to me.”
    -Miryo (BEG) feat. Sunny (SNSD) – I love you, I love you
    Link to the MV:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kWjRB9SmMss

    Just wantin’ to raise awareness of this awesome song

    5 years ago
  39. …..no oven? or do you use the grill to get it done?… iiiii don’t know >__<

    5 years ago
    • There’s no oven in this one. Martina’s really sad about it. We got lucky with our last one, but it’s really uncommon to have ovens in Korea :(

      5 years ago
      • Can you get a microwave oven?

        5 years ago
      • ooou I can’t imagine that D :
        I think most everyone is taken back by the oven situation. At least the sink still has the foot button thing. Anyways, I forgot to mention how lovely your new place is! Definitely more cozy : D

        5 years ago
  40. I really like your apartment!! It’s so spacey and full of light!

    5 years ago