I Seoul U 16

I Seoul u

You might have heard about Seoul’s new slogan “I.Seoul.u” and you’ve probably seen the ridicule of it. For good reason! It’s pretty bad… what is that even supposed to mean?

Foreigners living in Korea are often frustrated with the terrible English in professional settings. English that could easily be fixed but isn’t. It can be puzzling when so many young people speak English well and there is this desire to speak English, why isn’t more care taken with English? From what we can tell is that the people usually in positions of power are older and more arrogant. We’ve heard stories of people working in companies where they are overruled by bosses who have less English skills than them.

We’ve also heard from insiders that this was the situation with this slogan too. Without naming anyone, someone in power was already set on the “I.Seoul.u” slogan before it even went to a vote, and so those connected with this were not surprised that it was the one chosen because someone at the top made sure it was. Also reports have come out from foreigners at the dinner where there was a “vote” that they were told it had already been chosen. I think we can assume that no English speaker voted freely on this slogan.

It’s such a shame. Other countries have good slogans that actually make sense, but Korea has such a reputation for inane, ridiculous and confusing slogans. It’s really not the right way to attract tourists.

The only benefit has been that at least people are talking about it, but I’m not sure if it’s prompting anyone to visit Korea. Korean tourism advertising constantly has problems and those in charge obviously don’t have the knowledge of what foreigners might actually be looking for. And can someone please tell me why there are buses in Seoul that say “Visit Seoul!” on the side of them? If someone is reading that… they are already in Seoul…

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Fantasy English guy/ Fantasy Korean guy? 2

Hugh and Joel (who you might have seen in some of 영국남자 Korean Englishman‘s videos) talk about perceptions of both British guys and Korean guys, especially the fantasy gentleman aspect of it. Does it affect them negatively or positively? Does it change how they now interact with people?

Joel was really fun to film with so let us know if you enjoyed this video so we can do more like it.


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Nicholalala Webtoon: Egg Ghost 0

New Nicholalala episode up on LINE Webtoon!

Egg Ghost


Hugh was scared of this more unusual ghost when he was young. I think a few Asian cultures have variations of this type of ghost in their folklore. Have you heard of it before?

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KIWI HARVEST – Order kiwis from us if you live in Korea 1

ONCE A YEAR KIWI HARVEST! YOU CAN BUY OUR KIWIS! (If you live in Korea). Just for the next week!


We sell kiwis by the box (10kg) and price depends on the size of the kiwi fruit.
키위 시즌이네요. 키위 사실분 있으시면 연락주세요.
개인적으로 카톡으로 연락주셔도 되고, 페이스북으로 메세지 주셔도 되요.
부모님께서 키운 키위입니다.

국내산 참다래(Kiwi fruit)

+사이즈(Size)\가격(Price)+ (한박스10kg)
*특ㅡ 30,000원 Box of extra large size kiwis: ₩30,000
*상ㅡ 25,000원 Box of large size kiwis: ₩25,000
*중ㅡ 20,000원 Box of medium size kiwis: ₩20,000
*하ㅡ 15,000원 Box of small size kiwis: ₩15,000
+택배비+ 4000원 Postage is ₩4000
But there is also the pick up option if you are in the area. (We also usually put an extra kilo of kiwis in the box for “service”).
부모님께서 1~2키로 더 넣어 드린다네요.

이렇게라도 해서 부모님좀 도와드릴려고 합니다. 감사합니당^^
페이스북 메시지 주세요^^

You can message Hugh on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MrHughGwon/ or email him sunhonggwon@gmail.com to place an order. (Email address was wrong for a while so please send an email again if you didn’t receive a reply!)
We can only send to addresses in Korea! (Also these kiwis are just harvested so are still firm, meaning they will stay fresh for several weeks. To ripen you can put some in a bag with an apple or banana and that will ripen them up ready for eating).

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Our rice was recently harvested so Hugh filmed a little bit on the combine harvester and then later we filmed our neighbours harvesting.

You may have noticed that there were young farmers in the video. I mean younger than the average age of 70 here… It’s quite unusual to have young guys farming in the countryside. The majority of young people move to the cities and the only ones left farming are old people. These guys however, are making a documentary and have traveled the world researching farming techniques and have come back to the countryside to farm. We all wish that younger people would start moving back to the countryside and are hoping there is a movement where better techniques are used so that people can have a more comfortable life in rural Korea.

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Mokbang 3


When I’m sick I don’t want to be near food or see people eating it, but Hugh will still sit with everyone at dinner time and watch us eat! He watches what I eat carefully and urges me to eat certain things and chastises me when I’m not eating enough. I’m assuming this is also related to how popular ‘mokbangs’ are in Korea. A mokbang is a live stream of someone eating often copious amounts of food. Lots of people tune it to watch these. There is also such a focus on “eating well” in Korea. If you eat a lot at dinner you are complimented. My mother in law is always happier when I’ve eaten a lot at dinner and I get the type of praise you’d only give a child in Australia. “Well done! You ate well!”

Hugh gets really frustrated when he has no appetite because he is sick and thinks I’m not enjoying the food as much as I should be. Luckily he isn’t sick now, this was the other week.

He’s also been wearing a cute yellow scarf when he’s been sick to keep his throat warm.

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Hotteok Bite 5

Hotteok Bite

um…. thanks??? Who would be poisoning me? Oh yeah, it’s just an excuse to eat some of mine.

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Noise Outside 0

New Nicholalala Episode is up on Line Webtoon!

Nicholalala Episode Noise Outside


There are some very strange noises here at night! Right now as I’m writing this the wind is howling through the valley and causing things to bang and other various noises. Not sure how much sleep we’ll get tonight!

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Secret Weddings? 3

Chloe and I talk about the reality of why you might have a secret wedding if you marry a Korean.

We talked a little bit in the video about friends reactions and as Chloe said, questions about proposals and diamond rings, but I think people really don’t realise how hurtful some comments can be. Especially in western culture, we get so hung up on this idea of when the marriage started on paper that people can say some things without realising how frustrating and hurtful that can be. I’ve had extended family members try to insist that my office registry wedding was my only real wedding. That type of thinking really casts a shadow on the actual weddings we want to share with family and friends and are just inappropriate, because actually it’s our relationship and we get to choose when we publicly commit ourselves to each other. When people are forced by necessity to marry in a government office, others shouldn’t try to lessen that just because it’s not how they expect a marriage to start. From what I’ve seen from other international couples we know, is that regardless of how the marriage started or if there had to be a secret office registry wedding, they are all happy with the choices they made.

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Vlog: Bike Ride 0

It’s been quite a while since I rode my bike around and vlogged. Subscribe to the Nicholalala channel if you haven’t already.

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Guessing New English Slang 0

We cut this video down a lot, and we also talked more about BAE and how the meaning has also changed to also just things that we like as well. Like some people say “OMG that cupcake is so bae!”. We also mentioned how the “before anyone else” meaning is probably an origin myth and made up after it was first used. Probably it just came from “baby”.  We have previously talked in a video about what BAE actually means in Korean.

A lot of these words my friends (who are my age) didn’t know at all. The copious amounts of time I spent on the internet are the only reason why I know these.

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Nicholalala Webtoon Episode: Nature 0

New Nicholalala Webtoon episode is up on LINE Webtoon.


Even as adults… boys are still gross. How my husband can ruin my peaceful times in nature..


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Boarding Pass 3

Boarding Pass

This is a redo of a very very early comic, before I even had a tablet. Sometimes flight attendants can have trouble with Korean names, but it seems they have some tactics to avoid having to say the name. Fantastic!

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What is life? Collab with Kkebong 0

Kkebong has some Korean internet fame because of funny photos of him desperately wanting the human food on the table. Click here for Korean site. Click here for my Tumblr post.

Kkebong actually belongs to Hugh’s sister’s sister in law so we have visited them in Busan before. We were hoping to make a cute video of him looking at food, but when we looked at our footage we ended up with this video instead… haha. Also because Hugh is sick at the moment, we needed to make a short video as we can’t work on our long videos at the moment.

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Hello GD? 0

This is a redo of an earlier comic about when we first met.

Hello GD

Yes, he used this G-Dragon line on me when we first met. Still haven’t met GD and it’s 5 years later! I thought it was appropriate to share this one again since BIGBANG are currently in Australia now! Ironically I’m in Korea…

Hope everyone has a great time at the BIGBANG concerts!

(Technically he is related to GD but distantly).

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