Best Hidden BBQ Restaurant in Seoul 0

One of my pet peeves about some BBQ restaurants is when the only side dishes they give you is some raw onions and some yellow radish…. I hate it! I need more vegetables with my meat! This restaurant in Sangam DMC (Hansang Gadeuk) has so many side dishes! And they are all included in the price of the meat. Not only are there so many, but they all taste good. It’s a very small restaurant down some back streets, but it’s a hidden gem. There are lots and lots of good BBQ places in Seoul and if you are only in Korea for a short trip, I recommend ones that are easier to get to, for example the YG BBQ restaurant, Samgeori Butchers, in Hongdae is really good and easy to get to. But if you are in Korea for longer, I recommend seeking this place out.

We are always so satisfied when we eat here because there are so many different things to eat. When BBQ places don’t have many options and it forces you to order more and more meat, in the end you can just end up feeling pretty crappy. But at this place not only is there the meat, but also kimchi, mushrooms, tofu, potatoes, rice cakes, kimchi jeon, doenjang jjigae, gaeranjim, tteobokki, salad, 2 types of sushi, pasta, bean sprouts, green onions, yukhoe, corn cheese, chicken wings, onions, lettuce and peppers. So we really recommend it!

한상가득 in 상암동

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Nicholalala Channel is back! 0

I’m rebooting the Nicholalala channel! I don’t want it to just be vlogs, though vlogs are still a big part of it. I’m going to try and do a video like this once a week, showing some clips, answering some questions, and recommending books etc.

The reason why it’s been a while since I regularly posted on that channel was not only because of being so busy but also because I was thinking about what I wanted to do with this channel. I really want to do more YouTube videos independent of My Korean Husband, and talk about about the Nicholalala Webtoon and also talk about a bunch of other topics (let me know if there is something in particular you’d like me to make a video about).

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Monstrous 0

New episode up!

Nicholalala Monstrous

READ THE FULL EPISODE HERE!

I’ve actually talked about this village folklore before and I think I made a comic about it too a long time ago. I’ve adapted it for the Nicholalala Webtoon now.

Please like, share, rate and comment! It really helps me out as a webtoon artist.

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Are We Moving? 8

We’ve mentioned this on the blog, but a lot of viewers on YouTube don’t actually read the blog, so we decided to talk about what we have been up to and the fact that we will move to Seoul. Now, those that like seeing videos of us in the countryside, don’t worry! We’ll still be back in the countryside regularly to visit. Seoul will be a much better environment for us work wise. Constantly going back and forth between here and Seoul really takes it’s toll. We have a stack of videos we haven’t had time to edit (videos sitting there waiting for the Nicholalala channel too) so living in Seoul will mean that we can get so much more work done and have our own space to do it. As well as having all the contacts we need for work much closer. We’ve never wanted to be only YouTubers, and the blog started with comics and I now make a living making comics, which is great. But YouTube helps with other areas too. It will also play a part in Hugh’s consulting business as well. We are slowly paving the way for what we want to do in the future. That’s also why, for us personally, we don’t have a Patreon (a Patreon is where fans can donate money every month), we aren’t comfortable with that because we have these long term plans. Patreons can be great for some people and works well for them, but it’s not for us. A kickstarter we would maybe consider if it was something that benefited all our readers and viewers.

The move could happen sooner or later than expected but it will be in the coming months. It’s been good to be with Hugh’s parents and after being away for so many years, he is glad that he spent this time with them. He found that he reconnected with his parents and developed a closer relationship with them. We helped them in lots of ways, not just with farm work, but slowly replacing things like TV and fridge… still trying to get them to use a smart phone though! The time we’ve spent in the countryside has been really valuable, even if to some outsiders it seems like a waste of time.

We’ll be looking into studio space as well. I think 2016 will be an interesting year!

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My Australian Wife: Diet 0

My Australian wife

(I actually said ‘biscuit’ but we changed it to “cookie” so Americans wouldn’t get confused haha).

Hugh says:

“Nichola doesn’t usually gain weight, even if we eat the same, I’m the one that gains weight. I don’t think she really understand what a diet is because she hasn’t had to do it much haha. Sometimes I envy people who don’t gain weight. It’s really easy for me to gain weight so I need to watch what I’m eating. Because we live with my parents I can’t control what I eat, my mother always wants me to eat a lot. If I don’t eat much she will complain and want me to eat more. If I get fat she will point out that that I got fat. This is Korean mother style.”

Our eating habits haven’t been that good lately because we were in Seoul for a week with no cooking facilities and had to eat out all the time and also it’s strawberry season on the farm, which means less home cooked meals. Because everyone is busy working during this time, we aren’t eating the normal healthy meals. It ends up being fried chicken or cup ramen. Living with inlaws, I try to tread carefully when making my own food, because it can cause offense if my mother in law has prepared dinner and then I’ve made my own, but because meals are so sporadic at the moment and often not healthy, I’m trying to cook my own with lots of vegetables. But maybe I still want a biscuit with a cup of tea…

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5 THINGS WE MISS ABOUT AUSTRALIA 0

What are some things we miss about Australia?

This video is a collab with The Drunken Bear YouTube channel, so check out their video here:

We love collaborating with other couples, especially Aussie/Korean couples. Rachel and Nick will appear in another video coming out soon too!

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Hey Eonni 0

As we’ve mentioned before in this video Hugh is now running the online store ‘Hey Eonni‘ that sells Korean products. Here is a comic that explains how it works:

 

HeyEonni

You don’t have to call Hugh ‘Eonni’… haha. For those unfamiliar with Korean terms, ‘Eonni’ is a term used by girls to girls older than them and means ‘older sister’. As Hey Eonni was started by Mikyung (who is the wife of Hyunwoo from Talk to Me in Korean) ‘Hey Eonni’ makes sense as a name! But it is actually pretty funny that Hugh is now running it and he is clearly not an Eonni. If you are younger than him (and female) you can call him “Oppa” and if you are younger than him (and male) you can call him “Hyung”.

I did find it amusing that Hugh had to fill several orders of EXO ramen this morning.

 

Hey Eonni products

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In Hongdae 6

Hongdae

The ongoing theme with Hugh! He either gets annoyed at people speaking banmal (informal language) with him because they think he is young, or he is happy about it… because they think he is young. This time the guy spoke banmal to Hugh because he thought he was his friend, and that’s fine between friends of the same age. By the way, Hongdae is a cool area where all the university kids hang out. (Great food there too).

He also spends half his time in Hongdae enjoying that he fits in fashion wise with his youthful looks and the other half of the time being annoyed at young people. Anyone who frequents Hongdae knows the Hongdae ‘uniform’ at the moment: those Timberland type shoes, a bomber jacket and hair either styled up in the 2 block cut or down in the ‘lego’ hair.

Being in your 30’s is a strange time. Not a young person but not yet an ahjussi.

(This happened on the weekend and Hugh couldn’t wait to tell me that someone mistook him for a friend that is a decade younger).

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Over it 0

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE TAKES OVER THE WEBTOON? CLICK HERE TO SEE!

Show your support for the Nicholalala webtoon by liking or commenting or sharing or even rating it. It all helps!

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Korean Strawberry Sandwich 5

What do we think about strawberry sandwiches? As people who live on a strawberry farm, and who see the hard work that goes into growing strawberries, are we a bit horrified to see where some strawberries end up? Watch to see!

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My Australian Wife: Screaming 3

My Australian Wife

Hugh has resurrected his My Australian Wife comics! He will aim to do one once a week. He designed the characters (hence his 6 pack and big muscles) and draws the comics (I just do the final line art on my tablet).

Hugh says:

This happened the other night. I just walked in the living room and hit the table with my leg. It really hurt, I was rolling around on the floor. Nichola just look at me and was worried about me and told me to scream and I couldn’t because it was too painful. So screamed she instead of me. Then I laughed. So it helped.

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Korean Convenience Store Luncbox 1

We try out some Korean convenience store lunchboxes! One of the cheapest and easiest things to eat in Korea when you don’t have time or much money!

They are actually convenient because we are in an empty apartment! In the kitchen we have 2 mugs… and that’s it… We are using this apartment for a few more days before the lease runs out. The last bits of furniture Simon and Martina have left for us, so we’ll move them back home for the time being. It’s actually so helpful because we’ll be moving to Seoul later this year.

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Meet People 19

Meet People

Hugh does a lot of socializing and a lot of it is business related or important networking. Sometimes I have to show my face because people hear about me but have never met me. I’m elusive! Even when it’s an English speaking environment I’m going to avoid or bail early. I spend so much time hiding away that Hugh thinks he needs to remind me how to dress nicely. Introvert life. I’m happy to go out and have one on one conversations with interesting people, but big group situations are tiring and Korean socializing easily goes until the early hours of the morning.

Hugh is not elusive at all. Whenever he is in Seoul you’ll see him somewhere in Hongdae. He has a love/hate relationship with the Hongdae area. He loves many places there but hates the crowds of university students.

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Naked 0

Nicholalala naked

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Show your support for the webtoon by liking episodes, sharing episodes, leaving a comment and giving the webtoon a rating. Thanks!

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Hugh Interviews: SJ 1

The time Hugh spent in Australia greatly impacted his life. He is not the only Korean guy to have a life changing experience. In this video he interviews a friend who used to be a pickup artist in Korea and talked about his outlook on life changed.

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