Simon and Martina: A Life Of Quirky Adventures

They are quirky, fun, and know how to have an adventure! Simon and Martina are a married Canadian couple that moved to South Korea in 2008 and have been making videos around the world ever since, and now they live in Japan! I have have been watching them for 7 years formally known as Eat You Kimchi or EYK!
I love every video they make about food, their adventures, travel, and videos about Spudgy and Meemers, their cat and dog. My favorite parts are how they handle each adventure, edit their videos, their personalities, and how they handle their hard times like Martina’s Chronic Pain and more.

Now let’s dive into their creative minds!

The Spudgy and Meemers Reunion! - YouTube
Simon with Meemers & Martina with Spudgy from The Spudgy and Meemers Reunion! on Youtube

I found Simon and Martina when I was 14 Years old and getting into Kpop and was interested by the idea of becoming a teacher abroad. Simon and Martina use to teach English abroad in Korea then they started Eat Your Kimchi and grew into the awesome youtubers they are today! They taught me about T.O.P., G-Dragon, Korean Food and culture. But as I grew up, so did my love of Korean pop culture change with me. Now I am 21 Years old and Simon and Martina are still relevant to me today. As they transition to Japanese Culture. I found myself maturing with them.

Quirky Couple

Simon and Martina

What keeps me coming back to Simon and Martina are there comfort with sharing their quirkiness on camera with us. They call each other by their cute pet names, Simon’s descriptions about food and Martina’s funny voices when she jokes about something or makes Meemers’ and Spudgy’s voices. I can relate to Martina because I enjoy doing the same thing when I make jokes and get excited. I love their transparency on camera with their audience through their quirks. Their quirkiness is what makes them lovable and relatable because they are showing us a happy side of themselves that they know will bring us joy. Even more so, I love when they are open about the darker sides of themselves, because everyone goes through some sort of pain.

Martina’s Chronic Pain

background photo from ‘How I Deal with Chronic Pain’ by Simon & Martina

Martina lives in a state of constant pain because of her illness, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or EDS, a connective tissue disorder. Although she lives in pain, Martina manages to make others happyand even manages to give tips for others of how to get through the day. Here are some quick tips of Martina’s way of Building a Ladder:

1. Get out of bed. Pull yourself out of the dark pit by walking around the house and push yourself to go outside.

2. Listen to music that makes you happy. Avoid the dark music.

3. Find joy in the small things: smelling flowers, food, or seeing a butterfly. It helps you focus on the outside world instead of your mind.

I am grateful she made this video, because it helps people in chronic pain, as well as people with depression, anxiety and more. I am one of the people this video helped. I get depressed and want to stay in bed, mope and keep my self in my dark place. Martina inspires me to move. If she can do be happy on camera and in life with chronic physical pain, I can do it too with my depression and physical pain from IBS: Irritable Bowl Syndrome and intense period pain. If you want more tips,  watch Martina’s video.

The Secret Meaning Behind Simon’s Tattoo’s

Photo From Simon’s Tattoo Reveal – The Meaning of the Code

Simon has tattoos that reflect his times going through university from the light times to the dark times. He even has tattoos that commemorate him meeting Martina. Although Simon cannot fully relate to Martina’s pain or feel her pain,  He empathizes with Martina by getting tattoos to put himself in her shoes.

I really love his video about his story because I can relate to how he felt at university such as having no friends, being introverted and depression from not knowing what the world had in store for me.  I love the story behind each tattoo. There were a lot of things I didn’t know about Simon, so I am glad that he opened up about his story. If you want to hear more in depth of Simon’s Tattoo Story, watch his video.

I plan to release a video about Simon and Martina on my youtube channel Thursday, June 7th, 2018. I am really excited and blessed I get to make a video about these two lovely people. In my video, I will talk about the design behind their videos about the sushi god’s Saito and Tenzushi.

Thank You Simon & Martina!

Simon and Martina if you are reading, I want to say Thank You for the years of quirkiness and for teaching me about Korean and Japanese Culture. Each moment I see you two, I see a resilient humble married couple just living life one day at a time with their cute dog and cat. I would love to met you two one day! Although you don’t teach English to kids in Korea anymore you are teaching everyone especially your “Nasties” about Culture abroad no matter where you go. You will always be fantastic teachers in heart! I am glad I got to write my first blog post about you two and soon I will post one of my first Youtube Videos about you too. Thank You! 🙂

Also when I am not blogging or Youtubing, I am, Imani Danzy, a solo Graphic Designer at Luna Ren Studios! My design specialty are book covers, posters and character art. But if you have a different  project in mind, I am up to any challenge! Thank you for reading! Till Next Time!

Jumping On Board: Quitting My Job For A Better Life

“Risks may make you win, or they will make you learn. Either of the benefits is worth daring for.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You


These past three weeks has been a challenge! I coded, designed, and uploaded my website by myself. Created five book covers (unpaid for my portfolio), 3 posters, 3 character artworks (unpaid for my portfolio), created my logo and banners for Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Pateron, made a list of 400 topics and books I want to talk about for the next year, made a list of 150 Authors I hope to contact for paid graphic design work. I am starting to write for my graphic novel and I Just graduated with my graphic design degree six months ago and I just finished my last college class! I feel really accomplished!

Imani Danzy’s Eye with tree of life, key and cross necklace

I am also a cancer survivor. When I was nine months old, I had to get surgery for my right eye because I had retinoblastoma. Now I have one eye and I am grateful. It is one of the most unique things about me and it is fun to take out to scare people. The picture above with my eye means a lot to me. I took it with an old photography camera. I will make a video about it this week.

Rocky Beginnings

I forgot to introduce myself! I am Imani Danzy. Luna Ren was my pen name for my future graphic novel. I quit my full time job April 20th, 2018 because I want to pursue building Luna Ren Studio, my graphic design studio, and time to regain my health. This past year I have been losing weight because I was balancing a full time job with three college classes for six months straight.  My work was 25 miles from my college. I would work in the morning, then I would drive 1 hour straight in traffic to classes back to back. I had no time to properly take care of my health, but I risked it because it was my last full semester to get my degree. This risk created an under-eating habit. I was already skinny to begin with. I went from 125 to 105 in six months time.

I don’t regret what I did. It had to happen. I had to quit my job because I had no passion for the job and I need time to regain my health. Honestly, the job was a dead end.  I felt that my skills were being wasted on menial tasks when I could be designing instead. Also the job didn’t pay a living wage. If I wanted to move out and get married, I couldn’t.

Business and Life Lessons

I am grateful that I learned a lot of business lessons from some personal projects and from my full-time job: give warnings if they don’t pay on time, don’t be afraid to terminate a client relationship if they don’t stick to morale, make sure to follow up, make sure to get a deposit, don’t be afraid to charge for obsessive revisions, and much more.

I learned personal life lessons. I need to work freelance, I love learning and I need to wear many hats. I learned I love the process of writing a blog, making YouTube videos and making a book cover. These are my passions and if I hadn’t quit my job I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing right now.

“I know that I have much more to learn on this journey. With each mistake I can only learn more!”

Keep Moving Forward!

Now I am happy and feel excited for my future. Right now I am a business accountability partner with my partner in crime; Emily Elaine, she is a talented Author. She is also pushing me on my journey of becoming a Graphic Novelist. I made this wonderful book cover for her:

Guidance A Novel By Emily Elaine Designed by Luna Ren Studio
Guidance A Novel By Emily Elaine. Designed by Luna Ren Studio

I just hope to help others through writing and/or designing for them. I long to write freelance blog posts for films blogs, create book cover designs and character art for authors, make youtube videos and meet great people along the way.  I just want to help others and if in return I feel accomplished in helping others and hopefully regain my healthy eating habits again, I would be blessed.

Please share with me any lessons you have learned from work, running your business, or life. Contact me, Imani,  if you need any book cover, character art or poster design:!  Thank You!