We are heading to Seoul today. We hope to see some of you guys tomorrow at the You Are Here Cafe opening!
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by Nic • Ask Korean Guys, Uncategorized • Tags: ask korean guys, han and hugh, hierarchy cultural differences, korean guys, korean hierarchy, korean language politeness, koreans in australia, my korean husband
Han and Hugh talk about the Korean hierarchy system and what they do when in Australia, how they get out of using it sometimes, and what level of politeness they use with each other.
Soooo not really my choice then? I’m usually showing my husband when he is quite happy and silly but like anyone he can be moody. Moody and bossy usually go together as well. Occasionally we get comments on videos where someone feels the need to say that I “obviously wear the pants in the relationship”. Not really fair to judge from videos where he is shyer on camera (but more outgoing in real life) and we are speaking my native language, not his. But you know what YouTube is like… not many people think out comments before posting haha.
He can be so bossy! Actually we both can, so we even each other out. You know when some people’s moods dramatically dip when they start to feel hungry? He is definitely one of those people. There are plenty of times where I know he is hungry before he knows it simply because his mood suddenly changed for no reason. Are you one of those people? Do you get HANGRY?”
In this incident his mood went from, “Oh please choose where we can sit baby, anywhere is fine. I don’t mind.” To 10 seconds later where it was, “I want to sit right here and I’m going to be stubborn about it and you should come here now because I’m not going to move *evil laugh*”.
Western furniture is something I really miss while in Korea. A lot of homes have barely any furniture, especially out in the countryside. My husband’s parents have a decent sized house for Korea but there is no sofa, no dining table. There are a limited amount of chairs and there is 1 single bed in the spare room. His parents sleep on the floor and we sleep on a mattress (I miss having a real bed too).
Meals are eaten on small tables (밥상) which are put away between meals. I understand why people don’t have much furniture because the space is used in a different way and traditionally Korean houses and furniture are very different to what we are used to in western countries. Furniture is also very expensive in Korea. There is not much range and it’s often quite bulky. While we now have space for a sofa technically, it would still have to be small one. Easy and cheap to get in Australia… not so easy or cheap in Korea.
My body really misses being able to relax on a sofa and I always take the opportunity to sit on them when we visit friends who have sofas. If you watch a lot of Korean dramas and Korean commercials it looks like Koreans have lots of western furniture, and houses and apartments are well furnished but that is not an accurate representation at all! It’s slightly more realistic when they are showing very wealthy families in dramas, but commercials that are supposed to be showing an average family but the average family lives in a huge apartment with lots of furniture?! Lies!
So I’m just stuck with my imagination now. Maybe if I wish really hard and believe… one will magically appear?
I have a fascination with morbid stuff and weird gross stuff in nature is always cool. Even if I do gross myself out by looking at that stuff. Mr Gwon always wants to just avoid looking at it altogether. More than once I’ve tried to force him to look at something cool/gross. He doesn’t give in to peer pressure!
If you are curious about that photo you can go google it
At least he tells me things maybe a teacher wouldn’t! My Korean study somewhat stalled because of how busy we have been. I’m not at a conversational level where I can learn just by talking and listening, especially when everyone around me is speaking dialect quickly. It’s also hard to get my husband to speak to me in Korean as he always just naturally defaults to English all the time. I’m not giving up though and want to study every day. We are going to have to have days where no English is allowed.
It’s a shortened version of this commercial that sometimes plays before videos on YouTube:
The shots of Sydney always get me! I have a few tears in my eyes… but then I’m fine again.
I am seriously not making this up. Yes he picked up a Kit Kat instead of his phone. We had to go back and get his phone.
So speaking of Kit Kats we made a video over on our bonus channel where we tried some more!
Stupid things said when paying too much attention to a phone screen…
We go to Seoul today for a meeting with the publishing company. I’m not sure if there will be a comic tomorrow, it just depends on time. The next month or so may be a bit difficult in regards to producing the same amount of comics because I will be working on the book. I’ll do my best but please be understanding if I’m not producing 5 comics a week.
Okay I better go finish packing! And I guess Seoul is technically above us on a map…
This happens a lot. Even if I can follow a bit of what they are saying, the volume and the way its said always indicates an argument to me! But it rarely ever is. No doubt I’ll get used to the Gyeongsang-do satoori but at the moment it’s quite difficult.
Woah this is way late! To make up for this lateness I have 2 comics.
The other thing he calls her is Ciley Myrus…
Most of you have probably seen Han in some recent videos… well he is in this comic as well.
My husband is a bit worried about Han being funnier than him. Han is very funny. But he is also such an attention seeker! I guess he got what he wanted… a comic with him in it.
For anyone wondering what happened with Best of Korea Facebook page stealing my comics and creating a fake My Korean Husband facebook page: update here.
At the moment the plan is to live in Korea for 2 years but that is flexible. It’s something we’ve been thinking about ever since we started dating because I really want to have this experience, and it will be good for my husband to be near his family. We’ll be staying with them first before finding our own place. Still not sure if we will move somewhere near Seoul or Busan.
We will be blogging full-time, which is hard to explain to some people. A lot of people aren’t that aware of how bloggers make money. Also a lot of people can be quite dismissive about our book deal as well. Oh well, if we’d listened to people in the beginning we’d never have started a blog, but now look how far we’ve come. We’ve got money saved up so we can survive for quite a while as well.
It’s something we’ve really thought about too. In Australia my husband had a pretty easy job with good pay but if he works in Korea for a company he will be working twice as much for only half the pay. He’d be away from me all the time as well even though I’d be in Korea too. If he had to do that we probably wouldn’t be moving to Korea.
Hopefully we’ll have some interesting videos coming up. My husband’s family lives in a very rural area and don’t speak any English. I’ve done about 1 year of Korean study and am constantly hearing Korean, but I’m still very much a beginner. It’s going to be hard for me.
I have a feeling my husband may get some reverse culture shock as well. He has been in Australia for a while. But it’s still all very exciting!
Mr Gwon is a bit confused about this internet word. Perhaps some blog readers aren’t sure what “shipping” is as well. Who’d like to explain in the comments?
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