MBC Show Champion Recording

Do you remember that I told you about MBC Show Champion free ticket? Last month, I tried my luck and applied for the free ticket (again).

BEAST was having their comeback and I hoped that I could watch them on the show recording. I successfully won on one of two dates that I applied for, it was for October 29th. But too bad, BEAST had prerecorded their performance and didn’t come to the studio on that day because they went to Mexico the day before. I knew about this, but decided to come anyway. The studio, Bitmaru,ย  is located in Ilsan. It took around 2 hours to go there by bus from Incheon. I was crazy enough to go there even though i would have mid-test the next day.

I took off in KINTEX and walked to the studio. It’s around 20 minutes-walk. There’s a bus from KINTEX to Onemount, the nearest bus stop from Bitmaru. But I missed the bus and It would be late if I waited for the next bus. It’s only 1 stop, though. So, I decided to just walk to the studio.

KINTEX

KINTEX

I arrived at the studio at 16.30, which is the time limit stated on the ticket. But the queue for the entrance from KTO was still very long, so I just joined the queue. I exchanged my passport with a visitor tag there. We then went to the 3rd floor and waited there until 17.20. While waiting, I heard rookie singers greeted their seniors for several times. You know, with that kind of group greeting. After that, we went upstairs, queued again, and finally entered the studio around 17.40. I could see waiting room for the singers when I went upstairs. I saw VIXX’s. And inside the studio, I was really close to the stage!

VIXX N, Hongbin, and Ken were MCs for that day because Super Junior Kangin was in Japan. Before the show, N greeted starlights and recorded them. He even asked them to say “VIXX fighting!”. So cute. The show started by paying respect for veteran singer Shin Hae Chul who just passed away.

The artist lineup for that day were VIXX, Secret’s Song Jieun, Strawberry Milk (sub-unit of Crayon Pop), Juniel, Legend, B.I.G, DGNA, Topp Dogg, UNIQ, Madtown, JL, A.Cian, Lee Hwan Hee, D.Holic, Almeng, Cho Hyung Woo, Hi.Ni, Nam Young Joo, and Purfles. BEAST and Red Velvet had prerecorded their performances. Actually, I only knew VIXX, Jieun, Strawberry Milk, and Juniel. For other groups/singers, I only knew their name or listened to their songs once. For some others, I didn’t even know that they exists. //rude~ xD

The first performer was Lee Hwanhee. The song was okay, but I was not comfortable looking at her clothes. It was too… revealing? I don’t remember the order. But I think the next performer was D.Holic. If I’m not wrong, it was debut performance for D.Holic. That’s why I never heard of them. They prerecorded their performance, so when the performance video was played they just performed casually on stage. The song was not my type, though.

I was impressed with JL. She looked so young but her voice was so good. She sang OST from My Spring Day, titled Rain Tears (๋ˆˆ๋ฌผ ๋น„). She sang live! Amazing. Purfles was also good. I like their song. One of the member looks like Indonesian singer, Rosa. ๐Ÿ˜›

Even though they just debuted, Madtown already gained fans. Fans shouted the fanchant when Madtown performed. UNIQ was cute. There are too many people in TOPP DOGG, and they used back dancer too. o_O And Legend impressed me. I became their fans. Hahaha. Strawberry Milk fans, mostly males, were very interesting. They use strawberry milk carton on their head and shouted the fanchant very loud. It was very entertaining. Most of the performers had prerecordedย  for the show, but they still danced on the stage for audiences in the studio. And several times, the crew would just cut the performance for the next singer’s turn. BEAST won for that day. They received the award on the airport before they flew for Mexico the day before. The video of them giving winning speech was played on the screen.

Actually, we weren’t allowed to take picture inside the studio. But I saw some people taking picture. I was worried I’d be kicked out if I take picture. So I waited till the end and finally also took some pictures with my phone. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, what are you waiting for? Go to the page event and apply for the free ticket ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chuseok Getaway: KTO & Cheonggyecheon Stream

Dari Deoksugung, saya kemudian berjalan menuju Tourist Information Center-nya Korea Tourism Organization. Untuk kesana, saya perlu melewati gedung Seoul City Hall lama dan baru yang letaknya persis banget di seberang Deoksugung. Seoul City Hall yang lama saat ini difungsikan sebagai Seoul Library. Bangunan ini berarsitektur gaya Renaissance. Sedangkan Seoul City Hall baru terletak tepat di sebelahnya. Arsitekturnya lebih modern dan futuristik, dengan bangunan yang berbentuk bulat dan terbuat dari kaca di bagian depannya. Di depan kedua gedung ini terdapat Seoul Plaza, taman dengan padang rumput hijau yang dilengkapi floor water fountain di sekitarnya. Saya melewati tempat ini tepat pukul 12 siang sehingga saya sempat mendengar suara lonceng Fala, jam dinding besar yang berada di depan Seoul City Hall lama. Tidak lama kemudian, air mancur juga menyala. Air disemprotkan naik turun dari lubang-lubang yang ada di lantai. Saya merasa beruntung berada disana pada jam tersebut karena sebelumnya saya sama sekali nggak tahu tentang keberadaan jam dinding atau air mancur ini.

Tidak lama disana, saya lanjut jalan lagi. Sekitar 15 menit, saya mulai melihat jembatan. Dan bodohnya butuh beberapa saat sampai saya akhirnya menyadari kalau di bawahnya adalah Cheonggyecheon Stream. Hahaha. Setelah tengok kanan kiri, saya pun melihat tulisan Imagine Your Korea berukuran besar di depan gedung KTO. Saya pun menuju kesana dan masuk ke basement dimana Tourist Information Center berada. Kenapa saya kesana? Karena untuk merayakan Chuseok, ada beberapa acara yang mereka selenggarakan secara gratis yaitu korean folk games, seni melukis boneka, seni melipat kertas, dan yang paling pengen saya coba: Hanbok Experience alias nyobain pakai hanbok. Di dalam TIC ini juga terdapat Tourist Information Center, K-Star Gallery, Korea Medical Tourism Information Center, Electronic Information Board, dan brosur-brosur wisata korea yang bisa kita ambil sepuasnya. Setelah muter-muter liat K-Star Gallery, saya pun mendaftarkan diri untuk njajal Hanbok Experience. Waktu tunggu untuk sampai giliran saya sekitar 60 menit katanya.

Saya pun kemudian menanyakan keberadaan ruang sholat atau prayer room. KTO adalah salah satu dari sedikit tempat di Korea yang menyediakan ruang sholat. Saya pun diantarkan ke ruang sholat dan ditunjukkan tempat wudhu yang berada di ruang itu juga. Ada beberapa sajadah dan mukena yang disediakan disana. Jangan lupa mengecek panah arah kiblat karena saya sempat salah arah mengikuti arah sajadah. Saya pikir itu sudah ke arah kiblat dan nggak ngeh kenapa masangnya aneh nggak rapat-rapat. Rupanya sajadah dipasang dengan arah memanjang sehingga bisa dipakai beberapa orang sekaligus bukan tegak untuk dipakai satu orang. Halah halah, akhirnya saya pun mengulang sholat.

Selesai sholat, masih banyak waktu untuk sampai giliran saya. Saya pun menonton anak kecil yang dengan lucunya main Tuho (arrow throwing game), permainan tradisional korea. Jadi panah dilempar supaya masuk ke target yang bentuknya seperti bolongan pot. Selain itu ada juga board game yang disebut Yutnori. Permainan ini membutuhkan 4 tongkat yang fungsinya seperti dadu. Saya juga sempat mengambil beberapa brosur wisata, salah satunya tentang Incheon, dan juga meminta form untuk Seoul Metro Stamp Event.

Setelah menunggu beberapa saat, sampailah giliran saya untuk mencoba hanbok. Karena saya pendek, hanbok yang saya pakai lumayan nglengsreh. Saat itu saya dipakaikan hanbok berwarna hijau. Petugasnya sempat menawarkan hanbok lain. Tapi karena saya suka warna hijau, saya memilih tetap memakai hanbok yang pertama. Saya pun diberi tahu kalau hanbok jenis ini biasanya dipakai oleh ratu. Huoo. Menunggu lagi sekitar beberapa menit dan akhirnya giliran saya foto. Saya minta tolong petugasnya untuk difotoin. Saya foto di depan lukisan bintang, bulan, dan 5 gunung seperti yang ada di Deoksugung dan set lain yang berupa kursi di lantai. Nggak lama foto-fotonya karena nggak enak minta tolong fotoin terus dan saya pun sudah mati gaya. Wkwkwk.

Dari KTO, saya berjalan menuju Cheonggyecheon Stream. Saya menyusuri jalan di pinggirnya menuju Cheonggye Plaza. Banyak penduduk lokal yang sekedar duduk-duduk atau main air di sekitar sana. Saking jernihnya air disini, saya bisa melihat dengan jelas ikan-ikannya. Saat saya sedang duduk, saya melihat 2 bocah yang kesusahan menyeberangi jembatan batu. Setelah takut-takut, salah satunya pun berani menyeberang dan yang satunya lagi masih kebingungan. Akhirnya saya iseng mendekati si bocah dan membantu menyeberang. Sampai di sisi satunya, saya menepi dan mengetes apakah si bocah berani menyeberang balik. Eh ternyata dia masih takut. Lucu banget liat ekspresinya liat kanan kiri kebingungan trus bilang otoke yang artinya iki piyee. //jahat// Akhirnya saya membantu dia menyeberang lagi. Sampai di ujung dia bilang annyeong alias dadah. Kyak, lucu banget.

Saya pun lanjut jalan dan menemukan Palseokdam, tempat melempar koin sambil make a wish. Saya iseng nyobain walaupun cuma ngelempar 10 KRW. //pelit// Sayangnya koinnya nggak masuk lubang, haha. Di dekat situ terdapat Candle Fountain, air terjun 2 tingkat setinggi 4 meter. Di bagian atas, terdapat Cheonggye Plaza. Disanalah letak Spring Tower. Saat itu, ada beberapa permainan tradisional yang bisa dicoba disana. Selain yutnori dan tuho, terdapat juga jegichagi dan ddakjichigi. Kalau sering nonton variety show korea, pasti nggak asing dengan 2 jenis permainan ini. Jegichagi itu kalau di sepak bola seperti juggling, tapi bolanya diganti dengan jegi. Sedangkan ddakjichigi, menggunakan kertas yang dilipat (ddakji). Objektif game ini adalah membalikkan ddakji lainnya dengan melemparkan ddakji. Saya sempet diliatin ahjumma waktu nyobain jegichagi. //jadi malu//

Dari Cheonggyecheon, saya berjalan menuju Gwanghwamun Plaza. Ceritanya akan saya tulis di post terpisah ya. See you! ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜›
  • 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