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.

Unboxing: Brilliant Moment, BTS V Birthday Project Goods

In September 2016, I opened a PH group order for the Brilliant Moment Birthday Project by All the Moment At the Moment [@kimtaetaeV_V] fansite master. I ordered one Set B.

Set Price: Set A: $30 | Set B: $50

Shipping Fee: (Divided to all buyers) $35

Ordered on: September 30th, 2016

Shipped on: February 16th

Received Notice on: March 10th (lol)

Picked up on: March 9th

The set included the everything on this post. Here is an overview of the things included:

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Read more to check out the whole set.

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Korean Language Class

This has long been in my drafts. It would be it’s first anniversary in June. I have to publish this.

I never got to write about it, but I enrolled to a Korean language class in the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines last May 2016. I tried out the Basic Korean first, as it’s always best to start with the basics.

It was okay at first, I knew hangeul and I already had it memorized. My only problem was the pronunciation. When our teacher taught us the pronunciation, it was like the light has shined upon me. What I thought for years as ‘right’ was wrong all along. Most of the Hangeul I knew were pronounced differently than how I used to pronounce it. It felt good to finally understand the difference of (o), and ㅓ(eo) as well a few other vowels I have been pronouncing incorrectly.

We talked about it in three sessions and then continued on to the common conversations and the grammar. It was fun, until we had too many vocabularies to memorize and sentence structures to follow. It became harder every session and, because I was still in school, it was harder to follow everything. I was tired most of the time and had more than Korean language to study.

But I wanted this so I did not give it up.

I had a hard time with listening to the CDs. Our teacher then played the CDs and let us answer the questions on the book. It seemed easy when you know the words, but as the lessons went by, they kept adding vocabularies we did not study — or I forgot. We had to translate what the voices on the CD said and I hated it every single time. It was hard, but I was thankful to have a lovely seatmate who always helped me with them.

I was able to survive the twelve sessions we had, a total of 36 hours. We had our graduation on the 20th of August and I was half an hour late to the graduation if I correctly remember. It was sad because we prepared a video and I was unable to watch it. We did win 2nd place to the video presentation/competition and won a 3000-peso worth of gift certificate to a Korean restaurant.

We were given a certificate and had our photos taken. We ate after the graduation ceremony. It was nice. The food was delicious and I had a good time with my classmates. We became closer.

Overall, it was hard but definitely fun. I had a hard time with the classes as I had school from morning to evening from Mondays to Fridays and Korean language class every Saturday morning but I was able to graduate. I learned a lot with teacher Kim and I thank her for teaching us a lot about Korea aside from just the language.

Today, I am able to understand a few sentences that I hear from Korean shows. I still have a lot to learn, vocabularies to memorize, sentence structures to permanently put in my head (their particles kills me).

If you can try learning another language out, I recommend doing so. It feels great to be able to learn and study another language and it feels like there’s a kind of connection to the country when doing so.

[PH Group Order] ‘Love You Dear’ by 비마베베 Be Ma Bebe

Hello! This is Bessie (@withkoike).

This is a group order for PH ARMYs for ‘Love You Dear’ by 비마베베Be Ma Bebe. (@taehyung_net), a BTS V Taehyung Birthday Project.

Please take time to read everything carefully before filling up this order form. Thank you!

Please refer to this link for more information and for the order form:

https://goo.gl/forms/vgfXb5VFX927Lea33

PRE-ORDER Details:

Fansite Pre-order Period: 19 September 2016 – 18 November 2016
Submission of Order Form: until 16 November 2016
Payment Deadline: 17 November 2016
Shipping date: December

PRICE:
Set A – CALENDAR Set – ₱1100
Set B – ECO Bag Set – ₱1550
Set C – CALENDAR + ECO BAG Set – ₱2550
* Price includes PAYPAL fees, however does not include EMS Fees, Customs fees that may apply, and local shipping fees.

OTHERS:
* EMS, Customs and postal fees, should there be any, will be equitably divided to all buyers upon arrival of items in the Philippines.
* Prices are estimates only. If, by any chance, the total items + Paypal fees are less than the estimated amount, they will be subtracted from the 2nd payment (EMS and Customs fees).

Birthday Set Details:

Set A – CALENDAR SET (₱1100):
> Calendar (B5/182×257, 30P±)
> (1) Transparent Photocard
> Photocard Set
> Postcard Set
> Anti-electromagnetic Wave Sticker
> Fanart Sticker Set
Overseas Gifts for Set A:
>> Socks
>>Mini brochure (A5, 16P)

Set B – ECO BAG SET (₱1550):
> Ecobag (Embroidery)
> Photocard Set
> Fanart Sticker Set
> Pin-button (Fanart, Design) Set
Overseas Gifts:
>> Socks
>> Metal Batch Set

Set C – CALENDAR + ECO BAG SET (₱2550):
> Set A
> Set B
SET C Gift:
>> Fanart Hand Mirror (Drawing by @bimseom)
>> Mini Calendar

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Please refer to this link for more information and for the order form:

https://goo.gl/forms/vgfXb5VFX927Lea33