[Event] A Decade To Remember

Around the end of July, Girls’ Generation Philippines and Soshified Philippines announced they will be collaborating for a fan gathering to celebrate Girls’ Generation’s 10th anniversary.

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Global Peace Concert One K in Manila 2017

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Photo taken from www.philippineconcerts.com

One K Global Peace Concert in Manila was announced a few months before the year 2016 ended. It was supposed to be attended by EXO and BTS, as rumors went out the same time. It was confirmed by January 2017, having All Access Productions as one of its producers.

All Access Productions is a company who had brought us K-Pop shows and concerts including Dream K-Pop Fantasy Concerts 1 and 2 and MBC Show Champion in Manila 2016.

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One K Global Peace Concert in Manila was held on 2nd of March, 2017. It was a peace concert for the unification of the only divided country in the world: Korea. Philippines was its first stop for the year of 2017.

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The show started at 8:25PM with a formal event, talking about the significance of bringing together the nation of Korea, its dreams and hopes for its future. The master of ceremony was Sam Oh, a Philippine-based Korean actress. The formal event ended with a group of people holding dove balloons (which, for me, as a person with a fear of balloons, was surprisingly cute).

The concert then started with B.A.P. I remember seeing them for the first time in 2014 and I cried a bucketful of tears during their performance. I can’t remember if I cried this time. I was happy with being able to see them again! B.A.P. performed their latest song Skydive. They also performed One Shot, which made my concert buddy for the day very happy. Sadly, I wasn’t able to use the whistle they gave out earlier. The last they performed was No Mercy. People singing, more like shouting, “No! No! No! No Mercy” will always be one of my favorite parts of any event B.A.P. will be on. Daehyun had a few minutes alone, dancing on the main stage near a camera. I almost made him my bias. I love everyone, though.

After their performance, Seolhyun and Minho came out. They were the emcees for the rest of the show. It was cute, as what they were saying were already flashed on the screens with subtitles (a very nice gesture from the producers).

Having been enrolled to a Korean class, I tried my hardest to translate a few of what the people have been saying.

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B1A4 was next, and, as someone who isn’t a fan, I was converted. All five members were nice. I felt bad for not knowing everyone except Baro and Gongchan. They performed the songs Beautiful Target, Baby Goodnight, and what became my favorite that night, What’s Happening. During the ment, Baro spoke in English and I fell more for him. I needed to find out more about them after that night. Baro’s voice, I would love to hear that from day to night.

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Emcees Seolhyun and Minho came out again and talked about how popular Korean Dramas are in the Philippines. I can’t remember why but I wrote on my note ‘kpop na drama’. It might have been the Filipina emcee who kept on shouting on the microphone. She was funny.

The show went on with KDrama special stages. Forgive for not knowing the songs, I am not a fan of Korean Drama. Choa of AOA sang a song from the Descendants of the Sun while Sandeul of B1A4 sang the theme song from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. The last song was Almost Paradise, something I and a lot of Filipinos are very familiar with. It was the theme song from Boys Over Flowers. B.A.P.’s Daehyun and Youngjae (/keyboard smashing bec otp) sang it for the night.

AOA came out and performed Excuse Me (the song of the year 2017). I might have also cried. I am not very sure. They performed Heart Attack then had their ment. During the ment, I had a mini heart-attack as Jimin slipped because of a slogan cardboard thrown on stage. Thankfully, one of her members caught her. Every one of the members were beautiful. AOA performed Mini Skirt last. I was thankful to have been able to see Jimin. Finally. Hearing Choa’s voice was a blessing, too.

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BTOB, the main reason why I went to the show, were next in the line up. They performed their latest song, I’ll Be Your Man. Along with it, they performed Beep Beep and probably the song they’ll always perform in joint concerts, Wow. I am sure I cried that time. Everyone were preparing for their come back and Ilhoon had his hair dyed red. I was shook (lol). During their ment, everyone tried to speak in English. I forgot who my bias was. I love all of them.

One of the most unforgettable moments during the night was that when Sungjae introduced himself, the whole venue went wild, even Eunkwang who was beside him looked surprised. Sungjae spoke in Cebuano, too.

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CNBlue went next and they started with their song Can’t Stop, one of my favorites. Yonghwa’s smile was exceptional and I think everyone would agree that he was the crowd favorite of the night. He was a sweetheart. They also performed Cinderella and You’re So Fine. In-between their performances, Yonghwa said ‘Manila, you’re so sweet’ and ‘You’re the best, Manila. I love you.’ He also said that he will come back. But all I really want to say is that he took my heart.

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A performance of ‘Anak’ with BTOB Eunkwang and Hyunsik together with Filipino actor Cesar Montano had shocked the audience and filled the venue with screams and ‘wow’s. Hyejeong came out next, but I was not able to recognize the song she sang. Her voice was amazing, though.

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Performing the song View, SHINee came out. FINALLY. I wanted to see them perform at least once in my life (although I’m hoping for more). There were amazing, more than how I saw them in fantaken and music show performances. After View was An Encore, then 1 of 1. The last is one of my favorite SHINee songs ever: Everybody. I did tear up a bit, SHINee was one of the few first groups I’ve gotten to know during my time as a newbie fan. They are important to me. SHINee recognized their group of fans by the right and I was happy for them.

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The final performer of the night was PSY and, although I wasn’t exactly a big fan, I knew 4 out of 5 of his songs. He started with Napal Baji and you can feel the excitement that ran through the crowd. Gentleman was performed next and my seatmate kept dancing around while watching. It became a bit silent during PSY’s performance of Father. How there were translations on screen was something I was thankful for. We could not only feel the emotions through the music and his voice, but also understand it. I think I cried during parts of it.

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The energy went back when Daddy came up and soon enough, we were dancing to it (as much as we can, we were on the seated area, although my seatmate didn’t seem to mind). Gangnam Style, unfortunately, was the last song from him for the night and it couldn’t get any sadder. My day of relaxation was ending. However, I still did enjoy and was amazed that after 5 years, I was still able to watch him perform the song.

PSY was amazing. It felt like, while he was performing, he made the divided fandoms into one. Everyone was having fun and it was nice to see that.

Seolhyun and Minho came out again, introducing Terry Jim and Jimmy Lewis, who in turn introduced a new song. Everyone of the idols, excluding B.A.P and BTOB who had schedules the following day, came out, singing the song. While I cannot understand the rest of my notes (which I also should take note of), Minho did something that made me laugh. Other than that, I feel like I cried over the concert finally ending.

I went out as my seatmate had to get home soon, although I didn’t want to leave yet and asked for a couple more photos (traditional lol). I unfortunately lost my ticket to the event afterwards and it was such a drag. I still feel bad now, 5 months later.

Anyhow, the event was superb! The lineup was amazing although most were boy groups (I badly want girl groups 😦 ), I did enjoy it. Especially with BTOB and B.A.P together, it was one heck of a night. I hoped to see them again, and lo and behold, Super Pop Con happened (which I went to and will be blogging about in tomorrow, I promise.) Everything was unexpected and was amazing to have been able to experience. I became a fan of B1A4 after the night and truly regret that I didn’t look them up before (thankfully, their songs were awesome enough that I listened to them before and are familiar with them).

The translations during the special stages and performance introductions were very helpful. Definitely a nice gesture for the foreign fans!

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As you can see, I was not able to take any photo of BTOB nor B.A.P due to the fact that I was trying to enjoy and feel the performanes as much as I can. I am not a big fan of taking photos during concerts as well as it ruins the essence of concerts itself. I personally think we should enjoy ourselves during the concert not after taking photos and videos of them and watching it at home instead.

An awesome event. Next time, another solo concert. For now, let’s stick to where BTOB and B.A.P are at.

Another Birthday

I started the day by watching the final episode of Produce 101 Season 2 and boy, was it a wrong move. I became stressed and more tired watching it. I really wish Samuel and Jonghyun will debut in Wanna One. The show ended at 2AM and I slept afterwards. I think I cried for a bit.

June 17, my day of all the days in the year. The day I am most excited for and give myself everything I want — my birthday.

I woke up around 6 in the morning and went back to sleep. I woke up half past eight and immediately went to the bathroom to take a bath — I had classes. I got downstairs to see my mom cooking Carbonara. I was running late, but I still ate. Nobody says no to pasta.

I left the house rather late and arrived in my class 20 minutes late. The professor seemed nice (although I can feel the guy will be strict once the lessons start) and motivated us.

We were dismissed at 12:30PM and my classmates greeted me. I bought them fries to somehow celebrate, although I really don’t do that on my birthday. I don’t have big celebrations and try to make the day as simple and normal as possible, although I always have a party by myself running through my mind the whole day. What irritated me after class was that a classmate kept on asking me to treat them to lunch. I was fuming.

After lunch, we went to the room for our next class and waited for a few minutes before the professor arrived. A little orientation and we were sent home. Sadly, my classmates wanted to stay for a while. I did get to take photos of the sky and plants, though, so I wasn’t too bored waiting for them.

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I got up and headed home at 3:30. I went around the mall near my house for a while for the air condition. It’s badly hot in my place. I went to the kiosk with the used books and found this book at the top of everything else. I felt like I was meant to see and buy it, and eventually read it.
I decided to go home. While on my way, I saw this newly opened bakeshop a friend told me about and went inside. I looked for a cake and they offered a discounted cake. I was looking at a chocolate cake but decided to take the cake they were offering, thinking I can buy the chocolate one some other time. It was called Strawberry Surprise and my family loves it!

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I arrived home and found only my brother and his classmates were in. I brought home quail eggs and ate it with them. I tried to sleep but couldn’t. My dad arrived an hour later and I was too upset to talk to him. I didn’t speak to anyone and didn’t get out of my room that evening.

I opened my cake a few minutes before midnight and lit and blew the candles by myself. It was nice, quiet and alone. It had a calming feeling. I spent the rest of the night playing the Kardashian game.

Oh, and I turned 21 that day. It wasn’t the best day and I was the reason why but being able to spend the day technically by myself, calmed me down. I enjoyed it. I’m also getting older. It seems unreal. I want to be able to have better and more productive days ahead.

I hope everyone is enjoying themselves and is having a nice day~

An Award in Korean Class

I enrolled to a Korean class last January and it ended last month, April. I was told by a friend that out of 25 students, only 5 of them were able to pass the course and it made me nervous.

Along with not wanting to fail, I was silently competitive. Korean language class removes my stress away and I wanted to do good in it. I did not tell anyone but I was trying to learn more than I should and tried to get high scores on our class activities so as to not fail the class.

Thankfully, all my hard work paid off. I passed the final exam in Korean class.

Although my only goal was to pass the class, on the 21st of April, a day before the graduation, I received a text saying that I was chosen as one of the best students in our class.

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Taking Up Elementary Korean

I started taking Korean language classes in the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines last year in May. I first took the Basic Korean class and it had shed some light. I did not plan on studying furthermore as my main purpose was only to find out how to pronounce the letters right but figured halfway through the basic class that this would give a wider range of opportunities for me.

The basic class I took ended in August and the next term started the next month. I planned to take a class then but they were sold out too fast for me to be able to get a slot.

In January 2017, I waited for the registration for the 1st term of the year. It was supposed to be open by 10AM on the 13th of January but were pushed back twice because of the heavy traffic the site was getting. I was nervous the whole time but thankfully was able to get the class I wanted to enroll in.

The classes went on from January till April. I took the Tuesday/Thursday morning classes. My college schedule clashed with it, making it harder for me to concentrate during the afternoon classes I had in school. I had to travel from the Korean class to my college for about an hour. It was exhausting. It was most difficult when I had major exams. I take a bus and a jeepney to school from the Korean class building.

Our teacher was Teacher Kang and she had a good sense of humor. She told a lot of jokes although she was somehow shy as well.

My seatmate looked a bit intimidating on the first meeting but she was really nice and I enjoyed talking to her. We were able to talk a lot about the classes and my school and her work. And like any other ate, she gave out advises for my future job and even allowed me to put her as my Character Reference on the resume I made.

The first three classes were alright. We talked about Hangul so I found it boring. The teacher was interesting though. The next few chapters were okay as well. But when we got to further into the book, it became harder to understand, much like getting the information to stick to my brain. There were times I could only laugh at how hard it was to understand. My seatmate was in it, too. Some days were days we all went ‘did you understand?’ ‘no I didn’t’ ‘me, too’; more often than it should.

Throughout the term, we studied about two chapters per meeting and we finished the book by the first week of April. We only had 4 quizzes — two vocabulary quizzes and two reading and writing quizzes. I wished we had more.

Coming from Basic Korean class to Elementary 1 was a lot easier than going straight to Elementary 1. Most of my classmates did not take Basic Korean and so had a more difficult time with reading and writing, as well as keeping up with the lessons. So I do suggest enrolling to Basic Korean first before continuing on to Elementary 1.

The part of the lessons wherein I had a difficult time with was using the -bnida/-seumnida rather than using the -yeyo/-ieyo, which we studied in Basic Korean so I suggest taking time to keep them in mind. Nowadays, I am more used to the former than the latter.

See: Korean Final Exam

I passed the subject, by the way. I plan on taking up Elementary 2 by May.

See: An Award in Korean Class

All in all, I had a good experience in the class. I used to compare my former teacher to my current teacher but I shouldn’t have. I like them both. I am now able to translate a few sentences and can also express myself in Korean. This was fun. I want to learn more and hopefully one day, I would be fluent in the language.

Another Movie Alone

Last February 2, I went to the cinema alone for the first time this year. I went alone for the actual first last year, August 2nd, if I remember correctly and I loved the feeling, promising myself to do it again.

I bought a ticket to watch Kung Fu Yoga, a movie starring Jackie Chan. I had to choose between Kung Fu Yoga and Space Between Us but figured I should watch a Jackie Chan movie in a cinema at least once in my life. (I was only able to watch the Tagalized movies shown on local channels.)

Like last time, it was fun. I bought two slices of pizza, a small popcorn, bread, hotdog sandwich and cola. The popcorn-sandwich set had free chocolate, too.c3vhgoxuoae7tve

As the movie watching was not planned, I did not know anything about the movie I decided to watch. I only wanted to have a time alone and enjoy a movie with Jackie Chan in it. When the movie started, EXO’s Lay showed up and the fangirl in me awoke. His white skin and dimples are too much for me.

In different parts of the movie, I couldn’t help but smile over the fact that Lay was there. It was the best when he wore sunglasses. A favorite part was Jackie with the lion in the car part. It was funny. Another was the last part with everyone dancing.

As I am not good with adjectives (yet), I will not be writing a review about the movie. Nevertheless, I can say that I enjoyed the entire movie, though I had a few moments where I only stared at Lay. This would be the most memorable Chan movie for me yet. I wanted to rewatch it in the cinemas but I was short on money the weeks after.

Now, in April, I plan on watching a movie by myself again, considering I was not able to buy a ticket for the Wings Tour in MNL.

Written Ideas

A few days ago, while in class, I felt sleepy sitting in the back of room. I wrote a few verses, a couple of poems, and a few short letters and story ideas I didn’t know whence came. I felt like using the word whence, correct me if I am wrong. It feels nice to use a word you don’t use often, or, in this case, have never used until now.

That time, I felt more alive than usual. Writing gives me the kind of energy that nothing can be compared to. I guess that is how people feel when they do things they are passionate about.

I started writing down ideas. I wrote ideas for stories that I could potentially write. I listed the things I am thankful for. I made a short poem about the class I was currently physically in but was mentally out of. I teared up jotting down why I love and will always support I.O.I, a Korean pop group to disband a year after their debut.

It was fun, writing that is. There are always times when I would write down an idea and come up with no less than five other ones.

While the pieces I’ve written were most likely not good enough, I would be editing and posting them today, in the afternoon (it’s currently 2:26AM!). For now, I’ll be relaxing, drinking hot mocha while watching my dad play the Last of Us.

Good morning.