2014 Incheon K-Pop Concert

On my first week at school, there was orientation for foreign student. One of the speakers is from Incheon International Relation for Foreigner (IIRF). This organization provides tailored programs for international students in Incheon like homestay, making traditional food, learning k-pop dance, and watching k-pop concert. This is the application form. Guess what did i choose? πŸ˜‰

application form

application form

Yup, you’re correct. One of them is watching k-pop concert. Hahaha. And fortunately, i didn’t wait too long to make it happens. There was 2014 Incheon K-Pop Concert which is part of Incheon Asian Games on September 17th and IIRF gave us free tickets. Yeayy!

The concert was held in Songdo International Business District. There are cool buildings around there. I wanted to go earlier and look around but I had to do my assignment. Hiks. I arrived at the venue around 4 PM then went to the ticket booth to collect my ticket. International students’ area is F1, which is the nearest to the stage.

The concert started at 7PM with performances from K-Pop Dance Cover finalists. Finalists from Thailand, India, and Indonesia impressed me. Finalist from Thailand is kinda cute, one of them slightly resembles L. India’s performance had cool concept. Actually I’m quite surprised that k-pop is well-known in India. And there was loud cheering when Indonesian team performed. Why? Because they’re males but they covered AOA’s mini skirt. Hahaha. It was fun but embarassing at the same time.

After short break, performance from the k-pop idols started. BTS was the first performer. They performed Danger and Boy In Luv. I don’t know much about several next performers. There was BESTIE with their cutesy concept, ZEST, Boys Republic, HIGH4, JJCC, and Red Velvet. I only know that HIGH4 did a collaboration with IU and JJCC is a group created by Jackie Chan. JJCC impressed me with their acrobatic moves. Red Velvet is the newest group from SM Entertainment. I don’t remember the members’ names except Joy because she looks like Kim Yoojung. They performed their debut single, Happiness.

After Red Velvet, there was 100%. They are one of my favorite group. Since leader Minwoo leaving for the military service, i set my eyes on jonghwan. And yup, he’s kinda charming. My focus that night was on him. πŸ˜› Next performer was G.Na! BEAST’s labelmate. I love her. She performed G.Na’s Secret and Black & White. Next, member of first generation idol H.O.T Jang Woohyuk. His performances were enjoyable. I like them. Funny when he was talking, there was “oppa! oppa!” screaming from the audience and he said “geumanhae!” which means “enough!”. lol

After that, SECRET performed. Sunhwa was very energetic. And her fan service was good. She was throwing love sign everywhere. Next, Jay Park performed So Good and Joah. Loveee it!

Next one, T-Ara. I thought their popularity is decreasing because that bullying scandal. But people sitting next to me were their fansite masters. Those people brought their expensive cameras with very long lenses to capture the performance. And they kept cheering “hwaaa hwaaa”. Hahaha. My ears hurt. It was nice experience tho. Btw, Soyeon’s face changed so much. o_O T-Ara performed Sugar Free and Roly Poly. I think I will enjoy it more if it was before the scandal. I liked Roly Poly.

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T-Ara

Next, 4Minute. I don’t really like their songs. But I like Sohyun and Jihyun. They performed Come In and What’s Your Name. And after that Teen Top! Ohh, I like them. I watched their live performance for the first time on Music Bank in Jakarta last year. And I can say that I like their live performances. They always have stable and enjoyable performances.

4Minute

4Minute

After that, KARAΒ  performed Mamamia. They’re pretty, but I think they need to interact more with the audience. And the last, EXO-K performed Overdose & Growl. The audiences who sat obediently before, now stood on their chair. I did it too because i couldn’t see anything if i just sat there. lol

It was a nice concert, although my top favorite groups like BEAST and B1A4 weren’t there. I wish I can watch more free concert here. #nggakmodal xD

Btw, is there any organization like IIRF in Indonesia?

MBC Show Champion Free Ticket

Do you like k-pop? Do you want to watch music show recording at least once in your life? If you’re planning to go to South Korea between May 2014 – February 2015, you better check this event. It’s an event held by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and MBC Plus for k-pop fans living outside Korea. Once or twice a month between May 2014 – February 2015, there will be around 100 selected people to attend studio live recording of MBC Show Champion.

How to apply? Easy. Just click the link above, read the notice and term & conditions. You can see whether there’s upcoming event or not. If you meet the criteria and agree with the term & conditions, go to Event Details part and click Event Application button. There will be a form in a popup window. Just fill it with your data.

form

form

After clicking OK. You will get an application number. There will be also an email sent to your email address.

Go back to the site on scheduled announcement date. Go to Check the Results part, fill your application number and click check button. If you’re failed to get the ticket, you’ll see this.

failed T.T

failed T.T

But if you get this one. Congrats! You successfully won the ticket.

congrats

congrats

Click Print Ticket button and you will see this

print ticket

print ticket

Print the ticket and bring it on the D-Day. Don’t forget to also bring your passport. Read the notice carefully so you won’t miss any information. Easy, right?

Tips:

  • you can register using more than 1 email πŸ˜›
  • if you’re going with your friends, you can write their name on companion data (max. 4 persons). one person can apply for maximum 5 tickets.

I won the ticket for last Wednesday recording, but too bad I can’t go. The studio is quite far, It was raining, and I had something to do at the campus between 3-6 PM. If only it’s on weekend T.T It’s stated that if I get the ticket but I don’t go, I can’t be selected again on future events. But let’s try for next events, lol. xD

Cube Studio & Cafe

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”! Hi! Halooo!

If you’re following me on instagram, you maybe already now that I’m currently in South Korea. Yup, I arrived last week. I’m here to attend graduate school. There are a lot of stories about it, but I’ll talk about it later. πŸ˜‰

I’m a big fan of Korean boy band BEAST, especially member Lee Gikwang. If you can read hangeul, you can read on my profile picture before this current picture that I was holding a cheering towel with Lee Gikwang name written on it.

taken on Beautiful Show in Indonesia, 2012

BEAST is managed by Cube Entertainment. And if you’re following k-pop or BEAST or Cube, you should already know that Cube has Cube Studio and Cafe (νλΈŒμŠ€νŠœλ””μ˜€) which opens for public. I really really want to go to that place. I live in Incheon and Cube Cafe is in Seoul. Incheon-Seoul is around 1 hour by car. But because I took public transportation (bus + subway) + walk, It took almost 2 hour to reach Cube Cafe from my place. lol. And what’s crazier is that was my first experience of taking bus and subway in Korea. I did it all by myself. //proud//

If you’re in Korea, forget google maps, you better look at this Naver Map. It gives detailed direction, expected time, and fee information. It’s written in Korean, but you could easily navigate it. If you need translation, open google translate. lol.

So, from my university back gate (μΈν•˜λŒ€ν›„λ¬Έ) i took bus 511 to Juan Station (μ£Όμ•ˆμ—­). Don’t forget to tap the transportation card when you enter and exit the bus. You can also pay by cash, but it’s a little bit more expensive than using card (~200 KRW more). I then took the subway to Onsu Station (μ˜¨μˆ˜μ—­), and transferred to Line 7 (Green). If you need subway map, you can download it here or click this picture below to get larger image.

Subway Map

Subway Map

I took off at Cheongdam Station (μ²­λ‹΄μ—­) which is 21 stations away from Onsu Station. I go to exit 13. For the direction / how to get to cube cafe, I read it from a blog here.

direction

direction

I just walked until I saw Hotel Riviera then turned left.

Hotel Riviera

Hotel Riviera

Then walked again, that time I saw Hotel Prima. If you watch BEAST Showtime, it was the place on the first episode where Junhyung was waiting and then picked up by Doojoon, Gikwang, and Dongwoon. Do you know that kind of feeling I got when passing this place? lol.

this place, hotel prima!

this place, hotel prima!

Walked again until I can find Baskin Robins across the street.

BR

BR

Crossed the street, walked through the alley until intersection and then turned right. Cube Studio & Cafe is not that far from the intersection. I can easily recognize the place because there are fans in front of the cafe.

Cube Cafe

Cube Cafe

But unfortunately, when I went there, Cube Cafe was closed for public because of 4Minute Sohyun’s birthday party. Only invited fans are allowed to attend. I didn’t know about this. I’ve should known earlier that Cube Cafe has a twitter account that gives update about opening/closing time, merchandise, event, etc. I missed that info.

But even though it’s closed, I saw BEAST Dongwoon went out from Cube Cafe. Too bad, he closed his face with hands. I can recognize him from his height and hair color. And I also saw BTOB Changseob. He was walking to the training center which is just some buildings away and then to Cube Cafe.

Dongwoon entering the van

It was around 4 PM and Cube Cafe will open again for public at 7 PM. Because it’s too long, i just walked around there. I bought donuts at Dunkin Donuts nearby. It’s in front of JYP Entertainment Building. Yes, Cube Cafe and JYP is really close. JYP is veryyy quiet. There are big posters of the artists shown. It gives me old cinema vibe. lol.

JYP Entertainment

JYP Entertainment

While eating, I saw some people waiting in front of a building. And then I realized that that building is Cube Entertainment Office. I passed the building while walking to Cube Cafe but I didn’t realize it.

Cube Entertainment

Later, IΒ  also waited in front of the building. Suddenly APink Namjoo walked from the building, followed by a camera. I think she is recording for APink showtime. She’s so kind, She asked us fans to love APink and waved her hand.

I then walked to the main street, thinking of going back. But because I found public wi-fi (yah, it’s quite difficult to find public wifi), I stopped for awhile. Talked to my friend and tweeted. And you know who was coming? APink visual, Son Naeun. She walked from the alley, also followed by a camera. I recorded it with my digicam. We were really close. I hope I’m not getting recorded on her camera. lol. But if you see a small girl using scarf on APink Showtime, you know who she is. I followed Naeun crossing the street and watched her taking a taxi.

After that, I went back to Incheon. Kinda sad that Cube Cafe were closed that time, but I promise I’ll visit it again. And I hope I can see my bb Gikwang. T.T

2PM Hands Up Asia Tour in Jakarta 2011

Well, this isn’t a new story. It happened more than a month ago. But, it’s one of my precious memories. That’s why I wanna share about this πŸ˜›

I’ve been into k-pop since 10 months ago. Honestly, I’m not paying much attention to many boy/girlbands. I only keep my eyes on BEAST/B2ST. And for otherΒ  boy/girlbands, I listen to their songs but I can say that I’m not really a fan. That’s why when I knew that south korean boyband, 2PM, will hold a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, I didn’t really care. You know, the ticket concert was really expensive. At least, for me. The cheapest one was 500.000. I won’t spend that much money just for a night. Hahaha

But, someday i found that Kartu As held a contest prized 2PM concert ticket. Without too much hope, I entered this contest. I just filled a form and shared about this on facebook. After that, I really forgot about this. I don’t know much about 2PM or their songs.Β  Just some their hits songs. And I know some members, but not from their 2PM activities. I know them from kdrama/show they starred in, such as Taecyeon in Cinderella’s Sister & Dream High, Wooyoung & Chansung in Dream High, and Nichkhun in WGM. So, I thought it was really okay if i didn’t win. But, guess what? A week later, on November 8th, i got sms from T*LKOMSEL telling me that i won a ticket from the contest. WOW! I thought that i have no more luck in this kind of contest/quiz. lol

But, there was a problem. I should come to Jakarta bringing that sms to take the ticket on 9th or 10th. The concert will be on beautiful date 11/11/11, though. That time, I just started my work life and I can’t go to Jakarta that easy. Beside that, how much it will cost to go to Jakarta for taking ticket and watch the concert. *Oh yeah, i’m quite stingy* XD So, i tried to ask everyone if they want it. I will lend my simcard if they want to go to jakarta and take it themselves. I’ll give it for free. But, because it’s too sudden, no one can take it. Then, i found someone from Bandung who also got the ticket. I asked her if she willing to take my ticket for me while she take hers. And she answered yes. Yeay.

Skip to D-Day. The concert held in JITEC Mangga Dua Square at 19.30. I booked Cipaganti to Mangga Dua Square for 14.45 departure. But, i was late for it and asked for waiting list for next departure. But, i didn’t get it. Finally i got the one that departed at 16.45. I arrived in Mangga Dua Square at 20.10. Oh, really late. Then I took the ticket in Cipaganti office there because the one i ask to take the ticket has entered the concert venue first. That’s why i ended up watching the concert alone. Huhuhu.

After taking ticket, i went to JITEC which located not too far from there. It was around 20.30. And because of that, i didn’t need to take a long queue to enter the venue. lol. And fortunately, the concert started late. I just missed 1 or 2 songs. πŸ˜€ And i didn’t miss their Hands Up performance which was fun. Some songs they perform: I Can’t, Give It To Me, Hate You, 10 Points Out Of 10, My Valentine (Nichkhun & Taecyeon), Alive (Junsu Solo), I’ll Be Back, Only You, Thank You.

Eventhough i didn’t know most of their songs, i enjoyed their performances. The songs are good. They sang & danced live really well. That time, i was amazed that they can perform so many songs. Their stamina was amazing. I got festival ticket worth 800.000. And festival area is located right between main stage and vip area. So that I can see Wooyoung, Nichkhun, Junho, Junsu from a close distant because they run around the stage and vip area. XD Their fanservice is sooo lovable. On side note, I’m used to not like Taecyeon, because I think his expression is quite scary. But when i look at 2PM live, he’s the member that i wanna see the most because somehow i found he’s really good looking on person. His shy smile is sooooo adorable. XD And angel Nichkhun with wings effect on the end of concert is wow. And, abs? Chansung showed off his. Too much -___-” Taecyeon also did. He threw his shirt to vip area at the end of concert. Oh, i shouldn’t look at this. I’m a pure & innocent girl. #eh

Btw, I don’t remember the concert rundown, but you can read it here. Here are some fancams that i took. Hope you like it!

2PM introduced themselves in bahasa

2PM – I Can’t

2PM – Give It To Me

This is my favorite fancam because it shows how close i was with wooyoung, taecyeon, junsu, and junho. XD And at the end, you can see junho junsu (2jun) interaction. That was cute XD

2PM showed off their talent: beatbox, chansung solo (and sexy) dance

Taecyeon & Nichkhun – My Valentine

Bonus: Chansung said “I Love You Guys” ^^

After this concert, i listen more to their songs and I like it. No, not that i become a Hottest. Can you imagine if i say “Hey, i’m a kpop fan. I’m a Beauty (what Beast fan called) and Hottest” *feeling like someone will slap me* Hahaha

And because the concert was amazing, I think if BEAST holds a concert in Indonesia, I must attend it even though it costs much. I just can’t wait to sing with them and shout their names. Okay, time to save money. XD

Ouch, my english is really bad X(

Things I Like On Youtube (Part 3)

Hollaaa, long time no see!

Do you remember this and this? Yeaa, things i like on youtube continues~~ Get ready, guys! πŸ˜€

1. TheSamTsui

Ever heard of this guy? Yup, he’s the one in Kurt Schneider’s channel πŸ˜€ Sam just created his own youtube channel. He posts extra goodies that he works on by himself there. When i knew about Sam’s new channel, i was sooo happy because it feels like a long long time ago since Kurt & Sam last collaboration. I missed his powerful voice. The funny thing is Kurt and Sam back with some collaborations after this new channel created. Maybe Kurt realized that many people miss Sam πŸ˜›

2. Apple Girl Kim Yeo Hee (applegirl002)

I love this girl. She became famous because she plays instrument on her apple gadgets. Yes, gadgets with s. She has many! She also sings and her voice is soft and nice. This girl is talented. One thing that sometimes bothers viewers is her pronunciation when she sings in English πŸ˜›

She has released an original song called ‘Half’, and i love the MV πŸ˜€

3. Madilyn Bailey

This video is my first encounter with Maddy. I love her voice there, then i check her channel, watch her works, and click subscribe. I think you’ll do the same thing πŸ˜›

And this is one of my favorites in her channel. Graduation song T_T

4. Bumkey (rnbskillz)

He’s Bumkey of 2wins. Actually, i don’t know much about 2wins. I know Bumkey because he has been featured on Supreme Team and Epik High songs. And recently, on Tablo’s new album. Sometimes, if i listen to hip hop song i’m more interested in the featured r&b artist than the rapper. LOL. And this is the case with Bumkey. I love his voice and try to know more about him by searching him on youtube. And tadaaa, he has his own channel. Perfect.

5. EatYourKimchi

If you’re a kpop fan, you should check this channel. The owner is a canadian couple living in South Korea, Simon & Martina Stawski. My favorite segment is Kpop Music Monday. In this segment they talk about kpop music video (MV), from the concept, song, dance, to the english part. They’re really hillarious. They call my favorite boyband B2ST that should be read as BEAST as BATOOST. LOL. If you’re a hardcore fan and too biased, maybe you can find their videos insulting. But, if you take a look more, you’ll be 110% agree with them. They’re quite objective. Beside kpop music monday, they also make video about korean culture and stuffs.

6. Ryan Higa (nigahiga)

This is #2 most popular channel in youtube with 4.707.259 subscribers. He’s Asian. He’s funny. Yea, who says that Asian is all nerd. Stereotyping huh. But i get a problem with him. He speaks really fast and since i’m not a native english speaker sometimes i don’t get what he says. T_T

7. kevjumba

Kevin & Ryan are best friend. Personally i think Kevin is funnier than Ryan. And i really love it when his dad appear on the video. LOL. Check some of his videos

Okay, that’s all for now. Hope you like it πŸ˜€