On K-Pop, INFINITE One Great Step in Manila and Books | 케이팝, 인피니트의 One Great Step in Manila와 책에 대한

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t watched any concert since last year. This one included.

K-Pop ‘Feels’

And then I just realized that I already started to detach myself away from K-Pop bitterness, except maybe if it’s about TOP or BIGBANG. I’m not a good spazzer myself. I tend to get super red or have those ‘feels’ (which is still an irritating word to me) whenever I watch something or listen to something, but I’m not someone who checks up on my idols, hoard pictures or read endless articles, because that’s just worthless. I became a fan of BIGBANG and 2NE1 because of the music. They’re not artists if not for the music, so I stayed true to the concept of K-Pop. Though K-Pop in a whole may already be interpreted as a lifestyle or a cult, I still think otherwise. It’s still about music.

It’s not that I’m just a plain K-Pop fan, but I don’t follow it religiously. I don’t have to have every merchandise, or every album, but I have a simple, inner and deeper understanding about it. Though honestly, there’s not too much deepness about it, since I don’t even understand the words… but yeah. I call myself a silent fan because I far know my limitations about stuff. I don’t care about bulges or nipple slips because that’s just rude and highly inappropriate for me to buzz about.

K-Concerts

A lot of concerts have passed but I never bothered going any. This year opened up with a grand concert with Girls’ Generation, INFINITE, Tasty, EXO and U-KISS (and let’s include TAHITI that I don’t even know), and then comes another round from EXO with SHINee and Dal Shabet… but then I never bothered going. Though I love D.O. and all, and INFINITE, I just don’t have the funds for a good show. I may choose to buy the least pricey tickets, but what’s the point in watching then if it’s just like that?

Super Junior also arrived last week but I’m the least one to even care about it.

I bought general admission tickets for BIGBANG Alive Galaxy Tour in Manila just because I’m just rewatching it, so it’s still worth it, but then for this time, it’s INFINITE in their solo tour. Though it pains me a bit, because I half-swore before that from some time forward, I’m just gonna spend money for BIGBANG, 2NE1 or INFINITE and will never watch a show with mixed groups but just watch their solo materials, I failed to watch and stick to my promise. But then INFINITE concert just ended while I’m typing this and it’s sad.

I’m not crazy about not going there because as far as I can evaluate myself, I’m already detached about things like these. It would be a nice experience, though, but I’m not very bitter about it. I had a chance to watch it through my cousin since she got free tickets, but then I’m just half-decided about it, since I promised not-watching with a friend since we both can’t afford. If we can though, we’ll definitely watch together. Things happen. And besides, it’s still better to watch on a DVD. I thought the same way from a long time ago.

Korean class and Murakami

It’s about halfway. We’re currently at Chapter 8 out of 15, and lessons are… I can’t say getting harder, but getting more complicated and tiring. Sometimes, I want to give up for no reason, but then it’s not a very wise choice because things just happen and I might just be experiencing ‘cold feet’. Just these last weeks, I found another book that opens the bookworm inside me, again. It’s been days or weeks(?) since I last posted something here because I’ve been going on about my busy social life. Not that I’ve been drinking or living the life of a party (because I don’t do that), but I was just spending time discovering new tea or coffee places, going around every bookstore I can go to and just that, being introvert, being myself.

In those days that I haven’t posted something, I already finished Koushun Takami’s (I had to Google that since I have difficulties remembering Japanese names with the exception of Ayumi Hamasaki [not that I like her] and Haruki Murakami) Battle Royale. I’ve watched the film several times before, but then the red book cover caught my eye one time while looking for ‘A Game of Thrones’ and got the idea that I can’t find this book easily anywhere and it would be very stupid of me to not buy it. So I did. In 10 days, I finished the book and decided to pick up my third Murakami book (first was 1Q84 then Sputnik Sweetheart) ‘Kafka on the Shore’. I’ve been reading the book nonstop, just pausing from book exhaustion and sleepiness. I am a very weird person so taking in a Murakami, maybe even in his boldest, won’t exactly be a bother or sickening to my likeness. In fact, I really enjoy his novels, same way as I’m enjoying my Korean classes.

If I haven’t told through previous entries, we had a whole week break from Korean school, and it really was a lot of help to clear up my mind a little. I never noticed that my Korean class is subconsciously adding stress to my being. I myself don’t admit to it since I enjoy it, but then when it went away for some time, I felt like it was a very necessary breather. Not that I want to stop it already, but it’s just something that I never thought I needed. Earlier, I met my classmate for a simple homework date. We just had to take care of our assignments and essay writings since classes will be resuming tomorrow and it would be unwise for me to do it at the office, when in fact, I had a whole full week of study time.

I’m actually having dilemmas about this book because like 1Q84, this is just another Murakami-formulated book that as much as I want to stop reading and go on with my life, I also want the book to not end or just go on, but rereading would not be an option because you want the story to feel as if it’s completely new again. Thus, I haven’t had time to study vocabulary or just do practice with newly-learned grammar patterns.

I should just go with the flow, because life is just an up-down up-down hill and we never know what circumstances may bring. I’m turning 21 on the 21st and aside from not maturing quickly, God may just have too many upcoming plans for me.

How I Spent my BIGBANG 7th Anniversary Day

Before anything else… I’m gonna reply to the comments tomorrow. I was just busy the whole day with the celebration so I don’t want everyone to think that I ignored the comments, but like my blogs, I want my replies to be as hearty and sincere as possible.

Okay this is going to be a ‘약속’ short post *or not*. I know that sometimes *well most of the time*, it’s tiring to read lengthy posts. I just wanted to put a lot of personality in my blog entries. I don’t want a blog that’s just something informative or a blog that’s just purely or highly functional. I blog most of the time as how I would say it, as how I pause through commas, and as how I make side comments through my mind while I’m speaking, thanks to the asterisks.

Don’t know why I became very sentimental about this day. It’s like I’ve neglected BIGBANG for a long time and I found this anniversary as an excuse to get back to them. Well honestly, it’s hard to spazz after watching two live concerts and a Korean hiatus, right? So as funny as it was, I really spazzed the whole day.

8월 18일

11:57 PM – EPIK HIGH – 춥다 (Ft. LEE HI) #지금재생중. In the middle of making myself sleep.

11:59 PM – Music’s still playing, I hurriedly had a thought of having a BIGBANG celebration so I decided to listen to nothing else but BIGBANG this day. Scrambled through my playlists QUICKLY and TENSELY, BIGBANG, BIGBANG 1, BIGBANG 2, BIGBANG 3, and BIGBANG for iPad. I chose BIGBANG 1 and chose the first song…

8월 19일

12:00 AM – BIGBANG – Still Alive #지금재생중. 와!!!! 축하합니다! I swear the music started as soon as the clock reached twelve. Anyway, the BIGBANG playlist contains every single song they had in my library. BIGBANG 1, 2 and 3 are three separate playlists, 25 songs each, with the first playlist having all their top hits and singles, second playlist having the songs that had popularity which were not really promoted, and third playlist for the best picks and good music that were overshadowed by the hits. BIGBANG for iPad is the playlist without BIGBANG’s live CDs, instrumentals, acapellas, etc., because I used to have no music player and I only listen through my iPad so I had to filter out a lot.

12:04 AM – BIGBANG – Tonight #지금재생중. I’m picking up the Zzzzs.

12:05 AM – BIGBANG – 거짓말 #지금재생중. Don’t know if I even finished this song because I was too tired the….. whole… and…. I…. Zzzzzzz.

3:47 AM – Woke up so early. God told me to listen to more BIGBANG songs so I jumped to BIGBANG 2 playlist, starting with BIGBANG – B I G B A N G #지금재생중.

4:00 AM – While listening to a part of BIGBANG 2 playlist moving up to BIGBANG 3, I started writing my blog entry, BIGBANG: 7 Years + BIGBANG Alive Tour 2012.

6:23 AM – I posted the blog entry, and whew! That was a good two hour-and-a-half mixed with blogging and some procrastination.

6:36 AM – Done proofreading the entry. I publish before I proofread. Dumb right?

6:37 AM – Listened to more BIGBANG songs, and started with the second entry which is still at draft status. I might post it this week. It’s exhaustive to be blogging for more than two hours so I felt tired and slept at about…

7:20 AM – Zzzzzz…

11:02 AM – Woke up. Damn! Why do I wake up so much 😐

11:08 AM – Saw Seungri’s video uploaded like just minutes ago, GENIUS!!!

11:09 AM – SEUNGRI – 할말 있어요 #nowwatching. NONSTOP for like 5 times.

11:30 AM – Blasted music from the home theater, with BIGBANG music of course, it ran till…

12:00 PM – SEUNGRI FINALLY RELEASED THE MINI ALBUM! But before that…

11:49 AM – Successfully downloaded the MV. And by…

12:37 PM – I successfully downloaded the mini album (illegally of course, but I will buy it when the album comes out anyway), and listened to it right away.

1:16 PM – Finally listened to the whole mini album, and I just love how everything’s very consistent. The music, from start to finish was just whooooop! Commenced on listening to other BIGBANG songs when…

1:38 PM – Mom asked me to turn off the music because she’s gonna be watching a lame afternoon TV show… which thanks to her, if not for asking me to turn off that music, I wouldn’t have…

1:40 PM – Decided to watch BIGBANG Alive Tour in Seoul 2012, since I have like 11 BIGBANG concerts in my harddrive, and I honestly haven’t seen this DVD before since I couldn’t find a better timing. And this day was just perfect for it.

1:43 PM – Tweeted: I missed holding this lightstick!!! So I took it off of its wonderful case, and watched the concert with the lightstick on my hand.

1:46 PM – The concert had opened and BIGBANG – Tonight started… from this time, I had live feed about the concert through my Twitter.

2:51 PM – Posted a picture on Facebook on how I looked like.

How I'm spending my afternoon/BIGBANG 7th Anniversary. Please excuse my fugly face, it's not my problem I'm happy. BIGBANG Alive Tour 2012 보는 중

How I’m spending my afternoon/BIGBANG 7th Anniversary. Please excuse my fugly face, it’s not my problem I’m happy. BIGBANG Alive Tour 2012 보는 중

3:27 PM – BIGBANG – Haru Haru started.

3:28 PM – I’m crying. SERIOUSLY.

4:15 PM – Done watching. Wondered what to do next, but just had meal out with my nephews. Had Chinese and McDonald’s.

8:30 PM – Arrived home, and decided to watch something BIGBANG with my cousins, probably a concert, or Alive Tour again, since they won’t be able to relate if we watched the older concerts.

9:55 PM – Saw Lady Gaga’s Applause already uploaded, but I’m on a BIGBANG lockout period so I can’t watch it, even if the whole word waited for it in a very long time. I didn’t watch 😀

10:30 PM – Started watching Alive Tour again, and not, since I was right that it won’t play on their TV. It did, but it looked super messed up.

10:40 PM – Decided to watch their 1박 2일 / 패밀리가 떴다 special from their Big Show 2010 DVD. Watched it up till the end of the football game, where Daesung sucked real hard. Hahaha.

10:50 PM – Started to watch 강심장의 YG Family Special instead, and the final episode for 이승기. It was fun, and I missed watching it. The first part ran for 1 hour and 20 minutes so…

8월 20일

12:00 PM – When Tablo was in the middle of telling his story, I lifted my hands and my lighstick and shouted, 축하합니다!!!

12:10 PM – The show finished and I went home with my harddrive, my lightstick, my phone, etc.

What a wonderful way for me to celebrate BIGBANG’s 7th Anniversary. I knew other people who would buy cake, or dine out with friends, and make projects etc, but I’m just too busy for that. Those are things that I don’t see myself doing. God gave me their anniversary day to have a full rest (since I didn’t come to work) and to celebrate, and make myself realize how excited and happy I was about them, and it’s time to come back. Starting with GD… then DAESUNG’s Japanese…. then SEUNGRI… then GD again… then TAEYANG?… THEN BIGBANG? This is going to be a very big 2013.

I’m glad I’m a part of this thing called V.I.P because I don’t see myself anywhere else better. Until whenever, I’ll be here!!!

Gosh, that final part makes me wanna throw up.

PS. Who told you that this post is gonna be short?

BIGBANG: 7 Years + BIGBANG Alive Tour 2012

DISCLAIMER: The first few sentences might not make any sense… or the whole post might not make any sense, to make it easy for you. But if you love BIGBANG as much as I do… or even just a few, I encourage you to read it up to the end *of course I blog, so you read, haha*.

DISCLAIMER PART 2: There would be a second post which will talk about their music, and is not so much a continuation of this post, so if you’re more interested with the music rather than my non-stop talkative self, so talkative even my hands talk through my keyboard, go through the post here.

It’s 4:00 AM in the morning, and why am I awake? The weather here in the Philippines is just sooo goood! But when I mean good, it means ‘계속 비가 많이 오다’, it’s like ‘장마’ in the Philippines, but just for a little Korean vocabulary tip, it’s actually ‘우기’, because I don’t know if ‘장마’ just wants a little exclusivity to Korea *dumb conclusion*.

So I was saying, it’s raining really hard, and these are like those times when God wakes me up and makes me rethink if I should go to work (before it’s school) or not. A lot of school have been suspended already, and like college students *who always wish so hard about school suspensions*, I’m also not waterproof, so I might not go to work anymore because it just sucks to be in here if the weather is like this. You would just want to lie in bed, read books, drink coffee and listen to BIGBANG.

OH MY GOSH, WHO SAID BIGBANG? IT’S BIGBANG’s 7th ANNIVERSARY, HOLLA!!

Maybe this is one of the reasons why I’m awake right now. My favorite number is 7, and this is my 21st post (2NE1 and November 21, my birthday), so how cool is that? I told you things won’t make any sense. Especially writing this in 4 AM. 😐

But then again, as much as how good or bad the weather today is, there is still a very big reason to celebrate, and that is BIGBANG’s 7th Anniversary. Before I started to sleep at about 11:57 PM, I listened to EPIK HIGH’s ‘춥다’ which feature’s LEE HI, which is a very good song by the way, WHICH is very perfect for the weather. But then again, I remembered the anniversary so I decided to play all BIGBANG songs the whole day, so when I checked my iPod for the time, it’s fast approaching 12:00 so I hurriedly scrambled through my playlists and found BIGBANG’s, and hurriedly started it as soon as the clock ticked 12.

Now, I had a lot of things on my mind on how this post should look like, or how it would feel, etc. Being a very big BIGBANG fan, I honestly forgot that they’ll be having their anniversary today. I just read it from YG-Family’s post which is very embarrassing for myself, good thing though that they posted it some minutes in advance, so I don’t look like a total and complete idiot fan. So the moment I woke up about 3 something, things ran through my mind, even thinking that I must go to work today just to post about this, but I’m already awake so yeah!

71 albums, 1:02:10:31 total time (1 day), 3.14 GB

430 songs, 71 albums, 1:02:10:31 total time (1 day), 3.14 GB

My BIGBANG library is basically complete. At 430 songs, I’m thinking those jealous newbie BIGBANG fans would salivate. I’m not asking for more… except for SEUNGRI’s new release later. So I’m gonna talk about their songs on another follow-up post.

I don’t exactly know how I started to love BIGBANG, all I know is that I have ABOUT 10 BIGBANG albums, attended 2 CONCERTS, etc. Let’s put this into pictures should we?

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My happy place

My room looked like this, but now, because of my staggering number of books, my shelves became two, so the poster below had no space anymore. Don’t look at my current room anymore, it sucks. But not so much because there’s still a BIGBANG poster 😀

If I just a have a bigger room, I would definitely post my BIGBANG posters there, but sadly, I’m too poor for that. I have about 20+ original BIGBANG posters which I’m not sure how it became that many.

My happy cheering pose

This one’s probably my most treasured shirt. I love it so much I wanna die. I asked my brother from Singapore to buy this shirt for me since there were no Uniqlo here before *now there are 5, AND NEAR*, and he slacked off so bad that I almost had no shirt anymore. I asked for TOP’s and this shirt is Daesung’s, so it’s okay because it is their logo after all. This one’s at XL but I asked mom to make it narrower, so it basically became an oversized shirt that I love so much.

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My most treasured laptop

This was originally wall photos in my room, but decided to put it here because I replaced the wall with posters.

BIGBANG Galaxy Alive Tour 2012

BIGBANG Galaxy Alive Tour 2012

Watching their concert twice is probably one of the best moments of my 2012, and PROBABLY MY ENTIRE LIFE. *this part is honestly meant to be short but blame my uber-talkative hands and the idea of a part 2 post, so this is gonna be longer*.

I was booked for a September (1 month) Singapore vacation last year some months in advance, so I am truly surprised when a BIGBANG concert was announced. I am pretty sure that that concert was for me because if it wasn’t, it should at least be October, or the day of my flight! But alas! It’s at Sept. 28 (originally, but they had a second schedule which is luckily, also meant for me).

Ticket booking opened on June 25, 2012, a 10 AM Monday morning *up till Tuesday*, but knowing BIGBANG fans, it will sell out in seconds. It was a priority sale ticket for OCBC card holders. I had Korean school when booking opened for BIGBANG Alive Tour in Singapore, my cousin got work so she had no time to book it for me, so I was almost crying. I actually did cry, so my cousin called SISTIC and asked about stuff, etc. Maybe she pitied me so much and told me not to cry, because it was just a priority sale and tickets will still be available for public that Wednesday. GREAT!, but GREATER!! Just afternoon that opening, another concert day was announced, and priority sale would be the day after, June 26, 2012, a Tuesday. I had no classes that day so it was GREATERER!!! I pm’d my cousin as early as 9, and we’re both waiting for the booking. I already asked for her card info and other stuff so by the time the clock’s approaching 10, I am in full refresh mode. Refreshing and refreshing until the booking button opens. Okay trust me, this is maybe harder than lifting weights, but I don’t care. All I know is that through all those exhaustive process of declining one credit card, and using another, and then restarting again from the first step because of too much traffic, I got a pit standing ticket. Holllah~!

Booyah!

Booyah!

It was my first concert. Ever since I knew them I swore they would be my first concert, and at VIP? GENIUS! ALL OF IT CAME TRUE! On my way to Singapore, everything’s complete. I have my light stick inside my hand-carry and some stuff inside. I was at Singapore from Sept 1 to 30, concert’s at 29.

I remember the concert day clearly and will try to describe it here. About after lunch, I joined my sister-in-law and my brother for commute since they’ll be going somewhere. Before that, I got myself a good bottle of Ribena on the fridge and rode the MRT up to Dhoby Ghaut for my brother’s haircut. While waiting I got myself a cup of milk tea, and at about 1 something, checked Daiso from Plaza Singapura if there’s a blue glowstick for the ‘Blue Mission’. Of course, there is, so from Dhoby Ghaut, I transferred to Yellow Line and alight at the Stadium.

Just outside the station, cheering items are already being sold by random people. I’m poor and broke by this time (last days of my trip) so I don’t have any spare to buy myself ANY. I only have 20 on my pocket which is good for some McDonald’s after concert. It’s okay though because throughout my trip I bought 4 BIGBANG CDs, hmv is just heaven. I wandered through the place, because it was a new experience for me seeing a lot of teenagers that are not Filipino, and BIGBANG fans. I NEVER ATTENDED ANYTHING K-POP HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES, because it’s not very comfortable for me. It looks tacky and cheap, so it really was a new experience for me. And I’m attending a concert alone, in a different country, at VIP, with my most favorite band.

There are Samsung booths so I lined up in one of them. Samsung Galaxy SIII is being demoed and after listening to obvious *but amazing* features, you could write a message to BIGBANG and you could get a lanyard and that blue bracelet thingy. After lining up, wandered a bit more, and realized that my ticket is not reserved seating, so I hurried to find where I should queue. Found it!! There were two girls from where I was lining up, and I asked them if they could save my space for a few because I wanna urinate. They were glad to, and leaving my backpack there, with my stuff, iPad, money, ticket, etc., I hurried to the nearest restroom, which is the MRT station, and hurried back up to my line. Singapore is just too trustworthy, lol.

For about five hours, I met my first Singapore friends. There’s this two girls that I first met, who were putting on nail polish when I arrived at the line. They were the ones patient with me, talking with me even though I’m conversationally shy, more especially I’m a foreigner. They asked me if I’ve eaten because if not, they have spare food inside their bags, and they’ll be asking their another friend who will be arriving shortly after buying them some McDonald’s. I declined because aside from being poor-ass-broke, I’m not really hungry and I just wanna get inside the stadium.

There’s this other girl who’s currently a college student and a Universal Studios intern *how cool is that*, who gave me a box of Pocky. She’s with her cousin who’s from, I can’t remember. By this time, the girl who bought the two girls their McDonald’s arrived. Now we were talking happily…

I asked for another restroom break when I saw that the line for face tattoos were not so long anymore. I hurried my peeing, and went back to get more cheering materials, for me and my new-found friends. When I came back, I gave the cheering materials to them, and asked the girl who gave me Pocky if she wants to get a face tattoo. While talking about life and stuff, we lined up for the face stickers and got us some. When we got back, the nail polish girls and McDonald’s took their turn for the tatts.

After long hours of waiting… we finally got in. Without those friends, I wouldn’t have a picture *refer to the picture above*. Actually, McDonald’s girl is right behind me with the peace sign, but I just removed her when I reposted this picture *meanie*. I posted this once though, with her, so don’t judge me. And besides, she’s awesome. Maybe after four songs, all of us went our separate ways and I just had to enjoy the concert alone. I wasn’t responding to the fan chants. I’m singing the whole song. It was fun, though painful to the heart and throat, it was a very new and unforgettable experience. It was also a blessing in disguise. If I booked for the first day concert, there would be no ‘뻑이가요’ sang by five of them for the encore.

After the concert I went home through the MRT. Good thing though, I exchanged Facebook with my Singapore friends, so up till now, I have contact. I was smiling unconsciously. Tired, smelly, and probably the most haggard person inside the train, but I was extremely happy. And my very precious 20, I spent it for a supposedly Horlicks-flavored McFlurry, but then was currently unavailable so I just had this Chocolate Toffee Nut flavor which was also not available in the Philippines.

When I arrived home, I packed some stuff one by one since flight would be next day morning.

Goodbye Singapore, Goodbye BIGBANG

Goodbye Singapore, Goodbye BIGBANG

It was a beautiful goodbye. After resting a bit, ate dinner, and stuff, I went down from our building and took pictures of the neighborhood that I will so miss. And that picture above, I couldn’t portray myself better, looking heartily happy and sad at the same time. Just looking at it, I can feel myself and my experience all over again.

After the concert I turned super sad and I wanted to see TOP *and everyone* again, so I attended their next concert here in Manila, just a month after Singapore. And that’s another story 🙂

THANK YOU BIGBANG

THANK YOU BIGBANG

I don’t know until when I’ll be a fan, but I’m pretty sure this is something that I will bring till death. And these are the things I will treasure most, and won’t regret. I’ve seen BIGBANG through their ups and downs, and my unfailing love for them won’t stop.

I guess this post is too long already for me to make a letter. So just, thank you BIGBANG for everything you’ve done for me, even indirectly. Thank you for killing me everytime I see you, and making me live again. These past few years would’ve been extremely awesome if it wasn’t for you guys *honestly*. So, yeah. Until I see you guys again. 언제까지 기다릴게…

축하해요! 사랑해요…

[MUSIC] 애프터스쿨 – 첫사랑 | After School – First Love

I have this habit of mass-downloading K-Pop albums, and not listen to it right away. Same with live performances and MVs, I hoard but not watch everything as soon as I finish downloading.

Usually, I listen to the songs some weeks or months after downloading, and with After School’s ‘첫사랑’ I got addicted, VERY HARD.

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After School – 첫사랑 = 429 plays
2NE1 – I Love You = 428 plays
BIGBANG – Blue = 385

For the longest time, BIGBANG’s ‘Blue’ and 2NE1’s ‘I Love You’ topped my most played songs, which is expected since BIGBANG and 2NE1 are my top groups. But then this After School song came… I didn’t really like it when I listened to it for the first two or three times, but then, when I watched the music video, IT WAS JUST ADDICTING. Then I started exploring their other songs (though  I have most of them except their first minis). I really liked ‘뱅!’ and ‘Shampoo’ and some others, but when I listened to their older songs, I loved some.

‘첫사랑’ is a slow song with powerful beats. I don’t know the meaning of the song ㅡ.ㅡ (don’t judge me, I don’t particularly care about the message and content, even with English songs).

I listen to music 24/7 but please don’t be baffled about my play counts. I have 429 plays as the highest, I see other iPod/iTunes library having 1000+. It’s because I have 11,000+ songs (2,600+ Korean, about 22%) and I’m a very diverse listener. There were several times when I reformatted my laptop without backup of the library files (but have the backup of the music files of course), so I lose the play counts, ratings, playlists, etc. But thinking about it, my iTunes library is my library since 2007.

Lee Min Ho: My Everything Global Tour 2013

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I’m actually not a fan of Lee Min Ho, nor any of his dramas, or actually any other drama, except (대장금, 응답하라1997, and some others). I’m not updated, I don’t know a lot of Korean actors and actresses, though some, I may know by name, not by face, or I know their faces, not their names.

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It was just another stingy moment, DKFC, 2PM, CNBLUE passed, and some others, but I am more than unwilling to spend. I swore I would only spend for BIGBANG, 2NE1 and INFINITE, their solo concert that is. It’s very lucky of me though that I have a classmate 누나, so let’s introduce her…

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With Alyne 누나 ^^

Excuse me for being so tired-looking and haggard. You can’t expect me to look fresh after waiting 헐~. Anyway, she has been my classmate from Elementary 1 up till now. If not because of her, I might not be studying E2 right now. We have a lot of bestfriends in different segments of our lives, for my pseudo-Korean/panggap-seumnida life, I consider her my bestfriend.

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Me, Alyne-누나, Eliza and Berlie 누나 (TOPIK PASSERS ^ㅇ^)

Thursday night, two days before the concert, we met our other classmates/friends at Holly’s Coffee, Taft. We were talking about the concert because Alyne 누나 really wanted to go since she was also present during the fan-meet last year. I don’t have any single will or interest to go, even if Lee Min-ho’s just too good-looking for me not to go. Our other friends can’t go since they have other dates. So that’s why Alyne 누나 might not come to the concert anymore since she don’t want to go alone.

Friday night after work, I met Alyne 누나 again since we will be reviewing and studying words and lessons. First moment we met, she showed me her ticket… which to my surprise, SHE BOUGHT TWO!! I was half-happy, half-sorry. Happy since I got a concert ticket for free, and sorry because she have to buy me a ticket though I’m not interested. But then again, I went.

July 6, 2013 – D-DAY

I have the tickets with me, so even if I fail on 누나 and back out the last minute, I can’t since it would totally break her heart… and maybe a lot of her trust on me. Hihi, so I came. I arrived there maybe half past three PM, since it’s not a BIGBANG concert, I never planned on arriving some time on the AM mark. We met inside SM Mall of Asia, strolled for a bit, and bought food from McDonald’s. I told her we can’t dine inside the mall since people would gradually pour sooner or later, so we decided to take our lunch with us while we’re on queue.

Walking towards the venue, there were Koreans looking at my shirt!!!

Two Korean (excuse me while I use romanizations because it MIGHT express words a little bit clearer) ahjussi were looking, the other read what’s on my shirt, and then they both laughed. According to Alyne nuna, some agassi turned her head towards us when she saw my shirt…

So what’s in my shirt? It’s not profane or bad, but it goes like this…

Orr maybe I should post it later.

Finally, around 7:00, we finally entered the venue, but inside, we still waited. There were big LINE mascots including BROWN :((. I really wanted to take a picture with it, but since we only availed of the General Admission tickets, we don’t have a lot of time to wander around.

8:00 PM

The concert started, and he sang I guess everything in his mini album. HE IS JUST TOO FREAKING GOOD-LOOKING TO BE TRUE. I mean, how can someone be so handsome even from far away?

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Told ‘ya

This was when the audience were yelling, ‘귀요미!! 귀요미!!’. He was surprised why everyone knew what 귀요미 was. Even asking if everyone knows how to sing it too. Unfortunately, not, so while waiting for everyone to sing, he was in an idle pose above.

The concert was relaxed and fun. His vocal prowess might not be as good as others, or not singer-levels, but he can sing, and meticulously listening, I am certain he was singing live. Of course he won’t dance powerfully, but he did this butt shaking dance, and it was just cute. You know how anything cute they do, it’s just not explainable. Non-Lee Min Ho fans can get pulled easily through the concert. I would say it’s good to spend a small amount for the concert if you’re not a fan, but if you are, VIP and PATRON is a must. He gave away LINE dolls, some gifts, a HUG AND KISS, and for the last, awkward, no-sound, no-shriek, no fangirling winner, A SHIRT!! Not just a shirt, but THE SHIRT THAT HE WORE WHEN HE ARRIVED HERE. It was just heartbreaking. Not that I like the shirt, but… yeah.

I imagined myself winning even just the LINE dolls, I would definitely speak with him in KOREAN. NO ONE DID!!! It was sad, but then again, what can people from General Admission seats expect? The concert finished with an encore, and we immediately went out the arena the moment it finished.

It was really fun and memorable. It was my THIRD concert in my entire life. First one was BIGBANG Alive Tour in Singapore, VIP Standing, second was BIGBANG Alive Tour in Manila, General Admission. I might share my experience in another blog.

Ground floor of the venue, the LINE booth is still there, but the mascots weren’t. Maybe BROWN already got tired, hahaha. And then I realized, the people assigned on the booths were Korean. There’s a Korean girl, a guy, and another one I can’t remember. From somehow far away, I heard the girl told the guy ‘오! 그 옷이 너무 좋아해~’ ‘Ooohh I like that shirt.’ but I was dedma (dead malice), pretending I didn’t hear. So me and nuna were walking around the venue to look for other stuff, when another pretty 누나 from LINE approached me.

LINE 누나: OOOOHHHH! Do you know the meaning? (in Korean accent, pointing to my shirt)
Me: “네 한국말을 조금 알아요!” “Yes, I know a little.”
LINE 누나 (smiling) OH YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SORRY!! Shall we take picture?
Me: “네 그래요!” “Of course!”

We took pictures from her phone, and then I also asked her to take pictures with me on our camera. And it looks like this…

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한국 라인 누나 함께~ My shirt says, “잘생겨서 죄송합니다” but I’m not gonna translate it for you. :p

That nuna was pretty.

Outside the venue we met another Korean teenagers, they were two girls outside the venue, and when they had a glimpse of my shirt, they were like “잘생겨서 죄송합니다?? 뭐야!!!” and then they were laughing with us, and she wants my shirt, then said “대박!”.

It was a very long night, and after the concert, I met my college friend, and went to Starbucks and stay up till 5am at Luneta.