Simon and Martina Stawski 
A Vlog celebrating all things South Korean created by Simon and Martina Stawski. High school teachers in Canada, the Stawskis moved to South Korea in 2008 to teach English. The vlog started as way of reassuring their parents that they were OK and has grown exponentially since.
The Stawskis create videos sharing their discoveries about Korean culture. Topics range from how to light a furnace or use the washing machine, to street food, nightlife, music, and what ever else captures their attention. They started the vlog at a time when very few in South Korea were using blogs or vlogs. They were among the first to seriously discuss Korean popular music (K Pop
) artists in a format beyond that of the gossip columns.
After forming a partnership with YouTube
they later resigned from their respective schools to devote their full energies to the vlog. The Stawskis have incorporated in South Korea and have made Eat Your Kimchi
(EYK) their business. In late 2012 the Stawski's turned to crowdsourcing to see if they could raise the funds to move from Bucheon to Seoul and open a studio there. The original goal of the fundraiser was met within 24 hours and they raised almost three times the amount they originally sought. The Eat Your Kimchi Nasty Studio opened in Hongdae, Seoul and the Stawski's added two new members to their crew. Office manager Soo Zee and Intern/Video Editor Leigh Cooper appear in videos on a semi-regular basis. Their friend Ryan has also made appearances in their videos.
The website is here
. The YouTube
channel is here
Regular offerings include:
- Discussing Interesting Contemporary Korean Slang (DICKS): These segments feature Korean born Soo Zee and American born Intern Leigh teaching Korean and American slang and include some helpful hints on surviving in Korea.
- Food Adventure Program For Awesome People (FAPFAP): These episodes are specifically about Korean cuisine.
- How-To: these videos break down and spell out all of the details of accomplishing the everyday business of living in South Korea.
- K Crunch Indie: explores the independent music scene in Korea. A mix of music that reflects the eclectic Korean music scene.
- K Pop Mondays: an evaluation of a K Pop music video selected by fans.
- Live Chat: Live stream chats with fans. Simon and Martina open fan mail and talk about whatever occurs to them. These are more or less weekly events and will involved Soo Zee and Intern Leigh when they are available.
- Open The Happy: On the Open The Happy channel there are make-up tutorials, videos about Spudgy and Doctor Meemersworth, movie reviews and opinion pieces and stuff that just doesn't fit any where else.
- Special Features: This section includes interviews with K Pop stars and videos of the Stawskis on other programs.
- tl;dr (Too Long; Didn't Read): These videos discuss specific questions about Korea that fans ask. Topics have included a range of topics including: crime, homosexuality, bullying, their most embarrassing moments and fashion.
- Wonderful Adventure Now Korea (WANK=): these short tours of Korea often include competitions between Simon and Martina as they explore different places. The WANK acronym will change depending on where in the world Simon and Martina are. WANC is either Wonderful Adventure Now Canada or California, WANM is Wonderful Adventure Now Mexico, and when Japan Invited Simon and Martina... they went there. In late 2013 the Stawskis went to Australia (WANA) and Europe (WANE).
- Wonderful Treasure Find (WTF): On hiatus for a very long time, they returned in mid 2013. These videos are about the products that the Stawskis found in Korea that they found amazing, wonderful or just plain odd.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range - Martina. A result of a genetic disorder called EDS.
- Adorkable: Simon and Martina, of course!
- Asian Drivers: Mentioned in a few videos and once discussed specifically in a TL;DR video. Turns out the stereotype is (mostly) true.
- Broke the Rating Scale: When rating the use of English in a music video the EYK scale is 1-5 with 5 the highest rating. Simon gave rapper G. Dragon a 37 out of 5 for the English in Get Your Crayon.
- Also, Psy received a "Shut yo face!" out of 5 (which is good) for Gangnam Style, Super Junior got a -37 for Spy, and U-KISS's song Shut Up got a WTF out of 5.
- Lee Hi (who Simon claims is a former student) got a 9423 out of 5.
- Catch Phrase: There are several.
I lost my pants, in rippito fippito sippi slowmotion!
Soy un Dorito!
So what you're saying is... Incon'thei'vable!
- Cicadian Rhythm: Did a whole video about it.
- Cute Approaches Camera: And it is known as Spudgy. Or Doctor Meemersworth.
- Direct Demographic: Viewers are invited to comment on the videos and to vote for music videos they would like to see reviewed.