Well, it is finally happening: Simon and Martina will be touring the continent this summer!
No word yet on whether Leigh and/or SooZee will be joining them but they will begin their tour on 11 July in Vancouver, BC before crossing the border to hit Jay Park's hometown of Seattle, known in these parts as SeoulSisters.com HQ, on the 15th. KIA wll then provide the couple with an American version of the Eat Your Kimchi-mobile to drive down the west coast for their stops in SF on the 18th and LA on the 26th before they have to take to the air again. They're in Houston on 31 July, Atlanta on 2 August and NYC on the 6th before ending in Chicago on the 9th.
The venues in each city will be determined by how many tickets are sold. Thanks to their accommodation sponsor AirBnb ticket holders can also win one of four trips to Korea! All the details are at the following link:
Sort of a last minute decision on my part but I'll be going down to NYC on Thursday to see Simon and Martina interact with their fans on the next to last stop on their tour. Since many fans bring gifts like candy, artwork and the like, I plan to stand out by bringing two distinctly New England food items: Moxie and Marshmallow Fluff. If I am able to get a couple of minutes to chat with them I fully intend to bring up the Seoul Sisters with the hope that they'll do a future video explaining them to their fans. I also posted a video on their app to enter the contest for one of four round trip tickets to Korea and a five night AirBnB voucher, using my Se Ri Pak bobble head as an effective prop. Wish me luck!
Two hours by car to New Haven (and $22 to park there for the evening!), two hours on the train to Grand Central Terminal, two stops on the uptown 6 train to 59th Street and two blocks on foot to the venue. All that to be in the same hall for three hours with Simon (in blue and full facial hair kneeling in the front), Martina (far left in the back row), Leigh (who took the picture) and SooZee. Yours truly is in the back row, fourth from the left, and you can just make out the Seoul Sisters button I'm wearing (yes, I still have it after all these years). They didn't notice it and I didn't get to bring up the subject when I finally got up to the stage for my meet and greet just as the people who owned the hall started to turn off the house lights around 10pm (which is why it was so dark back where I was standing) but Simon did greet me BY NAME; apparently the video I posted was still fresh on his mind even though they selected someone else in the hall as that night's winner of a trip to Korea and a five night AirBnB voucher.
The show started just after 7pm with a Q&A session followed by a couple of audience participation games, then they started bringing groups of us up onto the stage to meet Simon and Martina and pose for group photos with them. There were at least a couple hundred of us in the hall so they ran slightly over the three hours they rented the venue for, therefore no selfies. There was a table in back for leaving them gifts, so that was where I had to place the peanut butter, Marshmallow Fluff and Moxie (along with a brief note), but continuing my theme of twos I brought up to the stage a CAD$2 coin, a 2 Euro coin and the very rare US$2 bill to personally present to Martina.
Although I didn't accomplish what I hoped for I still had a fun evening. I went back on eBay a few days ago to secure another Se Ri Pak bobblehead so I can send it to them along with a letter, which I hope to do very soon.
Simon and Martina have begun posting about their experiences on the tour and in this video they share a compilation of what happened during their appearances. You'll find me at the 1:26 mark while I was waiting to get into the New York event, wearing my Seoul Sisters button.