In Korea people tend to be open about certain bodily functions, more than western countries. For example, several romantic dramas will still have a scene where the lead female character is constipated or has diarrhoea. This openness shows a lot in children entertainment, with many TV shows having songs about poop and many kids’ books being about pooping.
I was browsing the book store because I wanted to buy out baby Yul a new book. So many just seemed to be about poop, pooping and butts! I found one I thought was just about different modes of transportation but it turned out it was a book to HELP kids poop. The different transportation sounds help relax kids I guess?
Please send me some non-poop books! haha
In this video we talk about different perceptions of food depending whether we are coming from a western or Korean mindset and we try a new Korean product called ‘CleaningTime’. We test whether it can eliminate bad breath from Mac and Cheese and dried squid.
There are new episodes up in my ‘The Little General’ comic series, inspired by our son Yul (who was named after a famous historical general).
Continue reading this episode here.
My brother was visiting for a few days, so Hugh organized a collab with Big Marvel, since they are both musicians. Big Marvel is a Korean YouTuber who has a huge international following, who we’ve known for a few years. He used to have just a Korean channel but he started again and switched to an international audience and now has over 5 million subscribers. ‘Big Marvel’ is actually a funny, awkward persona he adopts for videos. This video is my vlog of the day. You can see how much time and effort goes into these collab videos that look like just a random performance on the street.
In this video we head to HiSeoul Fashion Market which is a shopping event every 3 months and lots of designer clothes are discounted. It’s a great place to find the brands Kpop idols have worn. They helpfully have signs and point out which clothes they are. Hugh and I haven’t had time to go shopping lately, but with this collab video we were able to actually buy some new clothes!
This is a video for Emart which is a collab and also part of a competition. Just watching and liking the video counts as points for us. You can also watch it on Emart’s channel here.
If you are in Korea you can also vote for it on the app here.
There are lots of parks in Seoul and lots of great hidden spots. This one is in or near the World Cup Parks. There is a little stream that is great for kids to play in. It was actually my parents who discovered it while they were here, as they go out and explore the parks in Seoul. There was no one there when we went on a week day. Yul is getting big enough to enjoy playing in water so it’s a great place to go, especially as our local outdoor pool is closed for construction this summer.
This past weekend we did 2 livestreams at the DIA festival. DIA is the big MCN (network) for YouTubers here in Korea. We are not part of it as we don’t need (or want) to be part of a network, but we are part of SBA (Seoul Business Agency) and Hugh does work for them. We livestreamed for SBA at the festival twice with our friends Hoju Sara and Michin Alex. The first topic was international relationships and the second was the topic ‘Almost Korean’. Stay tuned for more content with Sara and Alex too!