[VFRIENDS] 지효의 첫 번째 Jihyo Candy Night – CAM2 TWICE+ Channel

TWICE+ CHANNEL

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What’s up everyone! Today we will be reviewing some content on the TWICE+ Channel on VLIVE! If you guys have not heard already, a couple of your favorite Kpop stars have VLIVE Plus channels where you can purchase a membership for the channel and watch exclusive content! You can post, chat, and check out exclusive contents on the artists’ channel and more! It’s really cool!

 

Because we have the TWICE+ channel membership, we will be reviewing a broadcast that TWICE member Jihyo did a couple of weeks ago! It’s called “지효의 첫 번째 Candy Night – CAM2”, aka Jihyo’s Candy Night V Radio Show! The original video with a frontal camera was on the regular TWICE channel, but members of the TWICE+ channel were able to see the view from camera 2!

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The beginning of the video begins with Jihyo explaining everything above, and also going through the comments. She mentions that a lot of TWICE fans wished her a happy birthday because the day of the broadcast was actually on her birthday, February 1st! She continues with playing the first song for the show, “First Time”! It’s actually quite interesting seeing the recording of the show from a different camera because you can see everything around her, rather than just what’s in front of her. You can see how she has her script, pen, phone, and microphone in front of her. It makes things a little more intimate because everything is in open view.

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The topic of the show was for the month of February. Jihyo encouraged everyone to leave their stories about February on the fan free talk board, which she would go back and read. Jihyo begins explaining why she likes the month of February and it’s because it’s her birth month, as well as the month where a lot of graduation ceremonies are held, as well as how short of a month it is. During this time, the camera was moved quite often, which was one small complaint I didn’t like about the beginning of the broadcast. The camera movements and constant changing made me a little dizzy LOL.

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To not spoil further every single thing that happened during the broadcast, I will sum it up for you! During the show, she tells stories, and reads fans comments. One story was about how her mother was in labor on January 30th, and how she was born the first of February! She also explains how fans donate money to patients on her birthday which she is really thankful for. Later in the broadcast, she reads more fans comments, particularly one where a fan talks about how she became the leader of a dance performance and lead the performance. They chose TT, she taught it, and they all performed it. Jihyo was very proud and impressed on how confident the fan was and how she was able to do so. She also receives a message from a fan who was born on the same day as her, and also wants to become a singer. The fan had auditioned for JYP Entertainment, but did not get into be a trainee. Although she didn’t get in, she continues to pursue her dream and has followed TWICE since their SIXTEEN times. This really moved Jihyo as the leader of TWICE.

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The broadcast was overall a very relaxing broadcast that felt like a one on one talk with Jihyo. She was able to read comments and messages from fans, as well as reply to them during the broadcast and give her input. She seemed to have fun, and fans were very sweet to her. At the end of the broadcast, she thanked fans for tuning in and apologized for stuttering since it was her first broadcast. The PD staff then surprised her with a birthday cake and sang the birthday song for her. Jihyo blew the candles and made a wish, as well as put on the last song which was TWICE’s “One in a Million”, which she sang along to. She thanked everyone, and said her goodbye.

 

Although I’m not an avid TWICE fan like the rest of the Kpop Dallas staff, I did appreciate this broadcast! Jihyo seems like a kind leader who truly cares about the fans and took the time to surprise everyone with a broadcast on her birthday. Despite the camera movements in the beginning, the broadcast was smooth to the end, and was worth watching. Although it’s not in super HD quality, it was still nice enough to watch! I highly recommend getting the membership for your favorite stars so you can also watch some great broadcasts and comment/share your stories with your favorite idol too!
If you would like to watch, here is the link! http://www.vlive.tv/video/22002?channelCode=E832DF

[VFRIENDS] 2017 GLOBAL V LIVE TOP10 – EXO

 

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Hi everyone! Today we will be reviewing a new event that recently happened through VLIVE named “2017 GLOBAL VLIVE TOP 10” which in a nutshell was a sort of an award given to the VLIVE top 10 channels! The “V Truck” visited the groups that earned these awards and brought them their trophy! Today, we will be focusing on EXO’s acceptance speech and video.

 

From the beginning of the video, it was rather humorous as the boys of EXO greeted the VLIVE man enthusiastically. Everyone noticed how he couldn’t see with the VLIVE bobble-head type helmet on his head, and even mentioned that he should “poke peepholes” so he could see. LOL2

When they settled down, they began the broadcast and had every member greet in a different language, with Sehun in Chinese, D.O in English, Chanyeol in Japanese, Sehun in French, Baekhyun in Thai, Chen in German, Kai at first in Russian but then Tagalog, and lastly they wanted Xiumin to greet in an African language.

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Although EXO was currently undergoing busy schedules, they made time out of their busy lives to take part in the VLIVE broadcast to thank their fans for being selected as the VLIVE top 10! Due to the occasion, Chanyeol states that they should choose a member to MC, and nominates Xiumin because he is the only member that currently has blonde hair, thus making him stand out. Xiumin says that he would struggle so he would rather not, and nominates Suho for his ability to speak well.

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The award ceremony continues with Suho taking the script from the VLIVE man and continuing with the broadcast. Suho explains that the award was basically based on the number of hits and number of hearts and posts converted into VLIVE points, thus giving the top 10 channels of 2016. The VLIVE man presents the boys with their trophy which is shaped like a circle and has EXO GLOBAL VLIVE TOP10 written on it. It was heavy and really nice.

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D.O gives a small acceptance speech, and everyone teases him saying it’s exactly like the time he won a medal in the movie “My Annoying Brother”. Suho then begins saying that EXO will pledge to do more VLIVE broadcasts for this year, like D.O’s soybean paste stew broadcast that as the member’s of EXO said, created a mass buying of soybean paste — I totally can see that happening. I ended up making the stew after watching it too! LOL

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Baekhyun mentions that he wants to do a broadcast where he is in a doll suit and gives out free hugs, and no one would know. Sehun states he wants to create a broadcast where all of the members pets gather (which made it sound like a pokemon battle when someone mentioned BATTLE?? LOL).

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To be honest, I would so watch a broadcast of them gathering their pets. I absolutely love animals and seeing the boys with their pets would be so adorable! The boys then read comments and one fan comments that they want to see them drink (me too, that sounds like it’d be a real show LOL) and Chanyeol mentions that they’ll have to rate it 19+, which everyone was down for (oooo).

 

According to the broadcast, the countries with the most active VLIVE EXO fans were China, Korea, and Thailand in that order. The video with the most posts was Suho’s EXO’LUXION video, which was loved by fans as he interacted with them throughout the whole broadcast.

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To not spoil the whole broadcast, they continued to talk about videos on their channel that had mosts posts, views, etc, each being surprised with the results. They talked about the broadcasts the liked and about their own personal broadcasts through EXOmentary, as well as showed a couple clips from older broadcasts. The boys concluded the broadcast by signing the EXO sign that they took from the V Truck and once again thanked fans for helping them win this award.

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Overall the broadcast was cute and fun to watch. The boys were very happy to receive the award and even kept singing what reminded me of the graduation song every now and then. I hope that VLIVE continues doing broadcasts like these as they’re more intimate than award ceremonies that give the artist a couple seconds to thank their fans, while this one gave them a whole broadcast!

 

The only complaint I have is that you could hear the sofa squeaking when the boys moved, BUT I guess you could say that the mics they used were REALLY good LOL which is an upgrade, so I guess I can’t really complain? I’m actually glad they improved the clarity and quality of sound.

 

If you want to watch this broadcast, as well as others, check out the V SPECIAL channel, or click the link below! 🙂


http://www.vlive.tv/video/20937?channelCode=F21F

[VFRIENDS] VLIVE CHRISTMAS WEEK EP. 5 B1A4

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What’s up everybody! Today we will be reviewing the VLIVE Christmas Week special with B1A4! You can find this video, as well as other Christmas special videos (Starship family, Seventeen, GFriend) on the VCookie channel! http://www.vlive.tv/channels/EF0205

 

The video begins with the boys of B1A4 surprised at the table in front of them decorated with tons of Christmas decor! There’s two Christmas trees and a bunch of cute ornaments. The boys immediately begin with their humor, asking Jinyoung why he was so dressed up, who remarked “I always dress up even when I sleep, these are my pajamas”. CNU immediately shuts him down saying that he’s talking nonsense LOL. The boys continue joking around the dress code, saying that they’re wearing red to stand out from the Christmas tree.

 

Finally, the boys get serious and start the broadcast with their usual greeting, and get into a discussion about Santa Claus. Once that was done, they looked at the live comments feed, and then continued with the main reason for the broadcast – to spend time with their fans! They began with singing “Crushing on You Again” which they claimed was more popular than famous fried foods and dishes like tteokbokki. LOL

 

After singing, they begin with the main event! Food! Each boy of B1A4 cooked something that represented or matched with the Christmas theme, and thus began verbally showing off their dishes saying, “mine is better!” “Yours won’t beat mine”.  Before starting, CNU exclaims that the ‘wine’ in their glasses is actually not wine. It’s grape juice lmao.

 

Baro then comes out with his dish, which is pasta (I should’ve ate before watching this OTL). He explains that the reason he prepared pasta was because of the drama “Pasta”. He tells everyone before trying the pasta, to eat with their eyes first. (If that was me, I would have eaten with my mouth first LOL Hey, good food is in front of me!!) A fan finally asks “did you really make it” and Baro finally confesses…”no because it wouldn’t have tasted good if I made it HA” 10 points to Baro for honesty LOL. They continue talking and eating, mostly talking about what they used to do when they were younger when Christmas time was near, and so on. Their stories were cute and reminded me of my childhood. Baro then has his own solo Christmas song, “Winter Wonderland” and sings in English! /that deep voice though/

 

CNU is next with his dish! His dish is steak! (I really should’ve eaten before this OTL) Everyone is so excited about the meat, that they’re starring at it LOL. CNU explains that the reason he brought steak, was because he really wanted to eat it (LOL). Sandeul explains that steak does somewhat represent Christmas though! (idk how but okay Sandeul LOL)

 

The broadcast continues with each boy telling stores from the age they debuted and how they’ll be turning a year older soon, to stories about Christmas and each other. I don’t want to spoil everything for you guys (go watch it~~~!) so I’ll just let you guys know what other foods the boys brought and what they sang!

CNU sang a bit of “I’ll Find You”, very passionately at that, and brought the Steak.

Baro sang a bit of “Winter Wonderland” and brought the Pasta.

Jinyoung sang a bit of “Prince of the Sea”, which was extremely upbeat LOL and brought the lobster.

Gongchan sang a bit of “Wait” and brought the roast turkey! (Reminds me of Thanksgiving, but B1A4 Christmas style)

 

And lastly,Sandeul along with everyone, sang a bit of their own song “It’s Christmas”, and brought the grand finale of a Christmas Cake, which looked really yummy!

 

During the time they brought out the lobster, they began answering questions by fans. The first one was B1A4’s drinking ranking. Turns out, they all like drinking minus CNU who doesn’t drink much. Another question was who would succeed the most if they go solo, and everyone got quiet because they were scared to answer LOL, in the end they believe that everyone would do well, since everyone has different styles. (safe answer ya’ll LOL) They continued answering questions to their best ability, and joked around to elevate the mood.

 

During turkey eating time, they began talking about how next year (or this year 2017), they will finally hit their 7 year mark. They began talking about what they’re thankful about, including every other member. A sentimental moment, that was truly beautiful. The relationship between these boys is amazing.

 

After each dish, they continued talking as if it were a family Christmas dinner. At the end of the broadcast, they thanked the fans for joining them, and told everyone to anticipate them for 2017, and also sang one last song together as a group, “Last Christmas” which really was meaningful. Overall, it was a wonderful broadcast that I highly recommend.

 

http://www.vlive.tv/video/19211

 

V LIVE V WEB DRAMA/V DRAMA

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Are you guys fans of web dramas or even regular old dramas? Well guess what! There’s two channels dedicated to both on VLIVE! I actually didn’t ever take notice until recently. On the V DRAMA channel, you can watch press conference videos of different dramas, video clips of different dramas, and more! On the V WEB DRAMA, you can actually watch episodes of different web dramas! How cool huh? Currently, I’m taking interest in the VDRAMA channel because one of my new favorite dramas “Dokebi” or Goblin, is on there! There’s clips and little audio videos that are worth listening and watching!

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I decided to take a listen to one of the audio videos from Dokebi to see what it was all about. It’s literally a nice, and clear sounding voice note of actor Gong Yoo who plays the Goblin in the drama. It’s very clear sounding, and if you listen to it with headphones, it has a ‘talking to you’ kind of effect. I really liked it!
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I also decided to give the press conference video of Hwarang, the anticipated drama starring some of your favorite actors, actresses, and even idols, a look! It’s nice to be able to watch and listen their feelings about playing in an anticipated drama. I especially loved how friendly the actors were with each other. It was really nice seeing a nice sunbae like SHINee’s Minho being with BTS V! I do recommend watching it.

Overall, after viewing a couple of videos from VDRAMA and V WEB DRAMA, I can say I’ll probably spend more time watching videos on V WEB DRAMA seeing as there’s full episodes on there. Although I do like VLIVE’s VDRAMA, I kinda think I’m more preferring VWEB DRAMA since there’s more to watch and the quality of some of the videos are better. For example, the quality to the press conference video wasn’t that great, it was okay, but could’ve been better. Plus, who knows? I might become quite attached to a web drama I decide to watch~~

 

If you wanna take a look at either channel, visit the following links below! You definitely won’t regret!

 

V Web Drama http://www.vlive.tv/channels/ED523B

V Drama http://www.vlive.tv/channels/ECA251

[V.FRIENDS VIXX N’s LieV – 빅스 엔의 눕방 라이브!]

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Hiya everyone!
 
Today, we will be reviewing VIXX’s N’s VCookie LieV show! Now, if you didn’t know this already, VLIVE opened a new channel showcasing your favorite kpop stars lives with very intimate moments! Today, we will be taking a look into VIXX’s N Liev~~ Grab a warm blanket, and your favorite plush animal, for this video really makes you want to snuggle up and sleep!
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For starters, I must say, this was a really comforting episode. Just the way N speaks to you makes you feel like you’re having a nice chat with him before going to bed. The intimate POVs the cameras show, the dim lighting, and the comfy looking bed he’s in just adds onto that aura. It’s truly a sweet video, making you feel like you’re close with N, and able to listen to his thoughts before bed.
 
The video itself earns 4 out of 5 star(lights) for wonderful quality, but the fact that it’s vertical, is hard for computer viewers to really enjoy it as much. Although VLIVE is mostly enjoyed through the app, it would’ve been nice to have the screen be full rather than vertical for all platforms, including via their website.
 
The quality of the content is 5 out of 5 star(lights) because dude, this video makes you FEEL like you’re talking to him before bed. It’s as if you’re right next to him, listening to his thoughts (especially if you have headphones on and your eyes closed). I watched this in the afternoon, and it made me want to go to bed LOL. It really is soothing and intimate, especially with all the camera views the VCOOKIE staff give you~!
 
Now, as for the English subtitles, 5 out of 5 star(lights)!! They really did well, and I wasn’t confused at any moment on what he was saying because the subs were all there and I was able to understand every word he spoke. As international fans with limited to no Korean knowledge, it can be crucial to find good quality subtitles when it comes to videos by your favorite idols. We either misunderstand or not understand at all which creates confusion and overall, some sadness because /language barrier/ 😦 It’s truly wonderful being able to understand them clearly, even if we have to focus on the subtitles often!
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Overall, this video was amazing. It’s intimate, fun, and really worth watching. It makes you feel fuzzy and warm, as well as helps you get to know your idols a little more. If you want to watch this ep, make sure to check out the link below! Enjoy it!
 

HallYu Cosmetics in Houston!

Hi Guys!! It’s Jessi from KPD again with another amazing review. Sorry for the long hiatus… I’ve been super busy with school, work and other side activities. Aside from that. Today’s topic will be about this cute Korean cosmetics shop in Houston called, HallYu Cosmetics.kakaotalk_photo_2016-11-06-22-26-28

The really cool thing about the shop is that it carries a lot of famous brands like, CLIO, Dr. Jart, Dr. G, Innisfree, Goodal, SKINFOOD, Peripera, IPKN, Benton and many more! They understand the struggle us international buyers have with Korean cosmetics and variety, which is why they don’t carry just ‘one’ certain brand! Furthermore, their true vision is to bring and create that “road shopping” experience of Myeongdong and introduce it to the states. In order to do that, they have decided to build and replicate that same experience that you would see in Myeongdong by selling multiple brands in one store. Not to mention the great sales and promotions they have every month! So make sure to go like them on Facebook to see all of their upcoming promos and deals!

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Even though the shop has been open for a little over a year now, it has a really cool and nice environment! They are known for their friendly service and informative workers! If you happen to be in Houston, Texas anytime soon, make sure to visit them! They also have an online store too if you can’t travel down south!  Who knows, maybe one day they’ll open a store in Dallas too??? Lets all hope for the best because I want a HallYu Cosmetics in Dallas too!

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Website: https://www.hallyucosmetics.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hallyucosmetics/

Disclaimer: this review is not sponsored in any way, but one of our peeps does work at HallYu Cosmetics. This is not a paid advertising, but rather an open-ended personal review and recommendation. We hope you take our personal recommendation into mind 🙂

KPD in Seoul

Kpop Dallas in Seoul

Hi everyone!! It’s Jessi from KPD!! I want to start off by saying I’m so sorry for the super late post of my Korea trip! My apologies to everyone for making you all wait!! ;n;

So the reason we were were invited to go to Korea was to see EXO’s EX’ACT showcase! This year KPOP DALLAS recently became part of the V.FRIENDS and our first mission was to go to Korea and enjoy EXO’s EX’ACT showcase!!

I arrived to Korea on June 7th at around 4pm (KST) and once I exit the doors I get overwhelmed with Korean taxi drivers to drive me to Hongdae because, usually foreigners stay in Hongdae but I was staying in Gyengbokgung which is near the Blue House. I chose to do Airbnb for my stay in Korea and I have to say it was the best decision I made because, one hotels are super expensive, second Airbnb definitely gives you cheaper options, and third you get to actually feel like you’re part of Seoul! So my host told me it would be easier to ride the bus to the host house because it would be cheaper. I don’t speak Korean so my context clues were up to test the whole trip! I managed to buy my ticket because my host told me which bus number to take and it was only $10!! And lemme tell you guys I got lost when I got off the bus (AND I ALSO GOT OFF THE WRONG STOP TOO). I was staying in an area where not much foreigners stay. I didn’t bother to ask anyone for directions because I was too shy to ask! D: So I used my GPS to guide me to the host house which was like four blocks away… I was so mad at myself because I was super tired, hungry, and thirsty. But then I thought to myself, “hey this is part of my experience and adventures haha!” I start walking more and OMG I got tired super fast. By the time I got to the host house all I wanted to do is shower and knock out!

T-Money Card, KTX Train System:

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I got ready and headed out to explore Seoul to familiarize myself with the neighborhood so I decide to take the train to Namsan. My first impression I had of KTX was how clean it was!! So to ride the trains you have to purchase a T-Money card so you can ride the trains back and forth. One cool thing I learned about the T-Money card is that you can use it to buy food at the convenience stores!! To buy a card you have to purchase it at a kiosk and this really nice Korean guy helped me get the right card (he probably saw how bad I was struggling to buy one LOL). There are different T-Money cards, a one time use card or a long time use one where you can deposit money when you’re running low. I took a pic of the KTX system and used that to get around. It can be really easy to get around or hard depending how good you are to directions. I usually followed the crowd and made sure the Korean characters matched the station where I was getting off. Also transferring stations can be difficult, not until I figured out each line is color coded so just follow the color lines you have to transfer off! The color line will help a lot trust me! After the first two days I became an expert at it but also don’t be afraid to get lost! Remember it’s part of your experience!! Plus everyone is super friendly and not to mention Seoul is rated as one of the most safest countries out there!!

Food Experience:

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MAN THE FOOD OVER THERE IS SO MUCH HEALTHIER AND DELICIOUSLY FRESH!! Don’t be afraid to try new dishes! Hongdae and Myeongdong were my go to spots for street food!! I was able to shop look around while stuffing my face with so many yummy street foods! Some of my favorite street foods were the ice cream churros, the large tall ice cream swirl, hotteok(Korean sweet pancakes), spicy fried chicken (ALL KINDS OF FRIED CHICKEN IN KOREA IS GOOD!!), onigiri (Korean rice ball), all kinds of fresh squeezed juice, and I could go on! Of course there are markets, I just didn’t have a chance to visit those spots. If you guys go to Korea soon please let me know your favorite street food spot! I did try Coreanos Kitchen in Itaewon and wow delicious tacos!! I ordered tacos asada and Amber’s mini chimichangas!! Yup, Amber from f(x) has her own dish there! I recommend you guys trying her dish because it’s the bomb!

21+ Experience:

Okay now for the fun stuff! If you like to drink and have fun I do encourage you try out the bars, lounges, and clubs. But make sure you take a buddy too!! Don’t go off by yourself. Some of the clubs and lounges I went to was NB2, Mike’s Cabin, and Club Answer. Before I start off, they do check for ID’s (I brought my passport) and when you pay for entry they give you a coupon for one free drink, and clubs don’t close until 7am!! Also the trains stop at a certain time of the day (I don’t remember if it’s 11PM or at midnight) but make sure you have a plan on how to get home safely! When I went out I would usually ride the train to meet my friends and then take a taxi home.

Starting off with NB2, now that club is owned by the very own Papa YG, located in Hongdae!! It’s an all hip-hop club (yes they only play hip-hop and some YG songs) and the dress code is just how like a hip-hop music video would be! I’m telling you the people there looked like they were going to be in a Dean music video! It’s like a basement so it’s literally super dark in there (watch your step in there please!). If you love hip-hop and YG music then NB2 will definitely be your favorite spot!!

Mike’s Cabin is sort of a lounge/club, located in Hongdae. A lot of foreigners go there and they play a variety of music there. From reggaeton to old school rock! I had such a great time dancing there because they didn’t stick to one genre they were hitting all sorts of great songs I love!! Plus they got sangria, margarita, and mojito pitchers that you can share with friends!

Club Answer is an EDM club, located in Gangnam. I really don’t like EDM music but I only went because Amber and Luna from f(x) were going to make an appearance that night! Okay if you’re going to any clubs in Gangnam you have to go dressed to impress. You guys know how in K-Dramas that one rich chaebol is dressed so nice in a club with a pretty lady by his side? Well that’s pretty much how the dress code is for the clubs in Gangnam! The entry is also a bit more expensive! Clubs in Hongdae are like $10 versus in Gangnam they can be $30+.

My friends and I pre-gamed at a convenience store (yup just like in the K-Dramas haha XD) and drank $1 soju before hitting the club. Drinks can get a bit pricy (unless you can get a guy to buy you a drink ;D)!! Soju in Korea definitely tastes better because you got a variety of flavors like, grapefruit (my fave), peach, blueberry, and many more!

One last thing! Always be careful of your surroundings don’t believe every little thing a guy/girl may tell you. Be cautious, be safe, and most importantly have fun!

Attractions:

Some of the attractions or places I visited were Hongdae, Itaewon, Gangnam, Myeongdong Street, Namsan Tower, and Gyengbokgung Palace (because I lived down the street from it). I would usually just walk around I stayed and tried bakeries, juice stops, restaurants, and cafes! Honestly don’t be afraid to walk around and explore your surroundings you’ll be surprised what cool things can be around you! I had no problem communicating when ordering because I would usually point at the menu what I wanted. Everyone was just so nice and patient willing to tell me what was their specials and popular dishes!

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Okay when you go to Myeongdong Street you will be so overwhelmed with the amount of people there, shops, food stands, restaurants, EVERYTHING!! I loved going to Myeongdong because anything you could think of was there and every time I went I would discover something new! So go get lost in the wonderful street of Myeongdong!! Just a friendly heads up, when you enter cosmetic stores be aware of the sales associates because, they will pretty much be by your side on your back waiting for you to buy something.

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Hongdae is more of the art/music scene type of vibe. You will see endless amount of bars, clubs, stores, performers singing/dancing, advertisements, and many more. I saw the K-Tigers do a lovely entertaining performance one early afternoon! I was also able to meet rookie group VAV! They had a mini fanmeet/performance! VAV is super adorable and nice!! If you don’t know who they are make sure to check them out! There’s more activities at night and a lot of young beautiful people walking around too. ;D

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Okay I have a funny story of when I visited Namsan Tower. I get to this directory map near the gardens and the map is all in Korean and I stare at the little tower icon. On the map Namsan Tower doesn’t look that far (it literally looked like it was up ahead). HAHAHA!!! Little did I know what I was really gonna get myself into… TURNS OUT I LITERALLY WALKED THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN BY FOOT TO GET TO NAMSAN TOWER!!! I was literally the only crazy person to actually walk it by foot. No wonder when buses passed by people would look at me weird! But hey, I can say I really climbed the whole mountain! Lemme tell you it was one steep mountain. I was so tired by the time I got to the top but it was so freaking worth it!!

EXO EX’ACT showcase:

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The concert was at the Olympic Park. Literally on the other side of Seoul! That’s usually where concerts happen and it’s best if you take the train because you will avoid traffic plus it’s cheaper. So when you exit the train station you will end up on the side of the park. I recommend you follow the fangirls. Trust me you will see a crowd of fangirls all walking in the same direction and you will end up at the front of the venue. That’s what my friends told me to do and I did end up at the front haha! Since I was invited by V.FRIENDS (from the VLIVE APP) they had my ticket ready and I didn’t have to worry about getting in line to see if I was one of the lucky fans to see the show. This show was not a concert where you buy tickets and you’re in. You had to buy the special EXOMENTARY package on the VLIVE app and then enter to get a chance to see the showcase. So it was literally a lucky one chance! Thank you so much KG, Naver, and VLIVE for allowing me this awesome opportunity to see EXO’s EX’ACT live showcase!

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When I entered the venue it was packed!! As usual they were playing EXO songs while the show started. But, the vibe was different. Back home everybody would have started singing, dancing, screaming, chatting and getting to know your neighbor. But in Korea it was the total opposite. Everyone was on their phones not really talking at all and the EXO songs just blasting in the background. I was so hype I wanted to get up and dance!! I know if I did that I would have gotten some ugly stares so I just hummed and sang my heart out inside my head LOL!! When the show started every EXO-L whipped out their lightsticks!! I felt so out of place without one because they were all so in sync it looked so cool!! AND THE FANCHANTS WOW!!! KOREAN FANGIRLS DON’T PLAY!! THEY WERE ON POINT!! AHHHH!! EXO only performed Call Me Baby, Lucky One and Monster. They did some commentaries in between the songs. If you purchased the special package then you probably saw it live on the VLIVE app! During the commentaries I was so confused because no subtitles LOL so I just laughed when everyone else laughed haha… I also didn’t want to feel left out either. During the Monster performance I saw Sehun almost trip on Lay and I thought I bet someone is going to catch it and, they did because I saw a gif of it on tumblr. The level of performance was incredible just as they were when they came to Dallas this past February! Each member did a little introduction for each song in the album. I remember hearing them and being like, “ayye I like this one and that one and wow I gotta remember that one song (which was One and Only) haha!” During the concert, staff were walking around catching fansites taking pictures with their dinosaur cameras. These staff people don’t play. When they say no cameras they strictly say no cameras. So if you decide to go to a concert in Korea be aware of the rules so you won’t be dragged out by a staff member. When the concert ended all the fans rushed out the door to go to the side of the venue and probably see EXO exit the venue.

THANK YOU~~!!! So that concludes of my experience in Korea!! If you ever plan to go to Korea and need some tips don’t hesitate to contact me for some tips!! I will be more than willing to help you out! I also I deeply apologize how long it took me to do my experience post!! ;n;

 

BIGBANG 10th Anniversary Concert

 

BIGBANG held their 0to10 anniversary concert this past weekend and the amount of popularity and awesomeness it received was amazing!! YG was building excitement for the fans by doing teasers of the concert and doing the AtoZ museum exhibition!!

The AtoZ BIGBANG Exhibition looked very cool because, the members took time to create artworks for the VIP’s. The artworks represent what the members feel about their VIP’s. Some have deep meaning to them. For example, the wall from the old YG building filled with notes and comments to BIGBANG was actually taken down to bring it to the exhibition. They were going to just recreate a replica but, GD said it would lose its purpose so they went ahead got the actual wall.

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My favorite piece of the exhibition has to be the artwork where the members just made a huge mountain of their clothes and shoes of past shows, photoshoots, and concerts! The members were hesitant about that piece because fans can easily take them. They made an announcement to please not take them because some of the pieces are their personal clothes and shoes.

BIGBANG10 THE CONCERT

The concert attracted more than 65,000 VIPs to watch the phenominal BIGBANG10 The Concert!! Word on the street is that, BIGBANG10 THE CONCERT, was the biggest number of attendees for a single concert in Korea! PSY made a special appearance performing Champion and GANGNAM STYLE!

Among the many VIPs in the stadium fellow YG members and Kpop artists attended as well!

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In the picture above we have the YG Family members, including 2NE1’s Dara, iKON, Akdong Musician, Lee Hi, and WINNER!

TOP’s sister, Choi Hyeyoun and her son came out to support BIGBANG! Look at TOP’s adorable nephew!! He’s so cute~~!!!!

The picture above is model Soo Joo, she is really good friends with YG Fam. You will usually see her at YG events and at special occasions with them.

Kpop star, Hyomin from T-ara even attended the concert! Look at her jam out~~!!

The concert was phenomenal!! Breathtaking!! The level of excitement and energy BIGBANG and the Band Six give gave at this concert was remarkable!! I always get goosebumps when they play Haru Haru because that’s the song VIPs sing along. Having to hear the whole audience sing together is so touching (back in the Alive Tour I got to experience that feeling and was able to sing Happy Birthday to TOP XD)!

Check out the different colors in the crowd!

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The highlight of the concert was when they showed, TOP taking a video of Seungri showering! HAHAHA DON’T MESS WITH TOP! 😄 I wonder how Seungri will get back to TOP… we shall see hehehe

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I wish many more years with BIGBANG!! I hope they don’t stop making amazing music and keep that strong unity with all VIPs~~!!!

BIG TO THE BANG! Concert Review

We are back with another exciting review! This Time, we are reviewing Big Bang’s “BigBang10 The Concert: 0.to.10”. By The look of the trailer of this, I can’t wait to see how this is gonna turn out. Playing all of their hit singles and getting the crowd all pumped up! This 10th Anniversary concert is really hitting me that wow big bang has been around for a long time. I really hope they have more years to come. Now enough of me talking about that, let’s go watch some big bang in the sky. (pun intended)
As the concert starts you are zoomed out to see the whole stadium. The place is so full and has a great beautiful yellow ocean (Lightsticks). The doors open and big bang is standing right there and the crowd goes wild. The first song they do is their debut song back in 2006. WOW, TALK ABOUT THROWBACK!!!! They did mix in heaven into LALALA. I am very surprised that they still know the lyrics from 10 years ago. “We Like 2 Party” is on next. As this song is playing they are on 2 cars going around the stadium. You can tell the vibe there (or any Concerts) has a great and party vibe. “Hands up”plays and Then all the members introduce themselves. While I was watching this, I would quietly yell their name. “Bad Boy”, “Loser”, and “Feeling” Play next. All these are some of my favorite songs. And then, OUT OF NOWHERE LOLLIPOP STARTS PLAYING. LIKE THAT WAS MY JAM BACK IN THE DAYS. after, They do a melody with a little dubstep remix… I felt like I was in a club in Seoul. And then an intermission with the band plays and now we get to solos!!! The manke goes first with :Let’s talk About Love”, And “Strong Baby”. Daesung takes the stage next with “Wings” and “Look At Me Gwisoon”(The Outfit he has here though, he was dressed like a pimp like I’m not even kidding LOL) “Crooked” plays next and with both of them on stage they are just going wild with this song. GD’s “heartbreaker” and ,“crayon” with a techno groove. And than TOP JOINS the stage with him. For high high. (in this song they are riding a segway on the stage, Like omg the would.)
AND THEN A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARS. LIKE WHAT IS THIS. IT’S NO OTHER THAN PSY!!!!! He talks about his friends in big bang and how he known them for a long time. He performs the song “Champion”. I never heard this song before but this song was really good!!! He plays his world famous song “Gangnam style” and the whole stadium does the dance with him.The lights dim and Taeyang and GD play “Good Boy”. even from my desk i was dance and trying to rap the lyrics. “Pretended” “Doom Dada” and “Eyes Nose and Lips” Were the next songs. With eyes nose and lips gave me chills. The whole stadium was sing along and it was more powerful than Taeyang! Now that has to be loud! “Just Look at me” And “Ringa Linga” play for his next 2 songs.
With a short jazz intermission we are getting ready for the final part of the concert. And now we get to the slow songs “If you” and “Haru Haru”. When “Haru Haru” started playing i had watery eyes. That was the song that got me to like big bang and into the KPop world. I was even sing the lyrics and wave my arms in my room. MAAAAN, it hit me how good that song was. After that amazing song it’s time to get pumped up again with “ BANG BANG BANG”, “Fantastic Baby” and “Sober”.
With the Encore not being able to show on this i was pretty sad. But still was a great concert! I’m pretty sure I can watch this again and again. Happy 10th Anniversary Big Bang! Keep making awesome music and never quit. I recommend this concert to everyone in the Kpop world or even in the whole music industry. IT’S JUST THAT GOOD!!!!
-A-Kwan

OVERALL CONCERT: 10 OUT OF 10
Video Quality: ★★★★☆ 4
Video Content: ★★★★★ 5
Audio: ★★★★★ 5

Best. Absolute. Perfect. AWAKE!

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Best. Absolute. Perfect. The meaning behind the boy group B.A.P’s name. After viewing the Seoul finale of their Live On Earth Awake tour, it’s obvious that these boys strive for just that; the absolute best and absolute perfection. They are truly some hard working kids.

After a long hiatus, the boys traveled across over 30 countries and various cities, showcasing their new looks, and their new sound. But, let’s not get this wrong; they might have new music, but they have not strayed away from their roots as leader Bang Yong Guk still writes for the boys, and continues delivering the absolute best.

As part of VLIVE+, the Seoul finale concert was livestreamed, and it was truly something worth watching. With stages you’d never expect, and the release of their most recent single “That’s My Jam”, it was worth the wait and definitely worth the coins.

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The Concert

Now, the concert was spread into two days, but we were lucky enough to view one of the days. It was live, meaning we were literally watching as the concert was going on. Now that’s something out of the ordinary! We hope VLIVE continues doing this because it truly helps those who are not in Korea connect and watch the concert live as if they were there.

The setlist was filled with songs that they’ve recorded since 2012, and even some surprising stages, such as Jongup featuring Yongguk. This was probably one of my favorite stages for the same reason that Jongup was finally able to showcase himself more than he already has. It’s something that I’ve been waiting for TS ENTERTAINMENT to let him do, and I was thoroughly pleased that it finally happened.

The boys were lively on stage, and performed so powerful. The minute Warrior came on, I squealed, reminiscing of when they debuted and how impactful they were in my life. I will never forget just randomly deciding to watch their debut, and falling in love. I will never regret it.

Along with Warrior, they performed other stages such as One Shot, No Mercy, Badman, and my absolute favorite song of all, 1004. Their performances for each song was perfect, and full of passion that I’ve never felt so proud for a group of boys before. They’ve really come a far way.

Fan-talk was fun, and enjoyable. They thanked fans as they always do, and looked as if they were truly happy to be there. VLIVE truly captured and made it seem as if we were physically in the concert venue, enjoying the concert as fans in Korea were.

It was finally time for the boys to release their newest single, “That’s My Jam” and let me tell you! These boys put in their all while performing this song. It’s an EDM style song with a catchy tune that will give you such summer feels. It made me like summer, even in this hot Texas weather. While watching them perform, I knew I had to watch the awaited MV and listen to the whole album. And let me tell you, when I finally did, it was everything I expected. Good job, Bang Yong Guk!

Now, the most memorable part of the WHOLE concert, was most definitely Mr.Daehyun crossdressing. Now let me tell you, this boy can be a pretty girl. That wig fit him so well, I was amazed at how great he looked. It was a cute fan service that the fans truly enjoyed and that caught my attention during the live broadcast.

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The Quality

The quality of the video was amazing as we were able to watch the concert without having to be in South Korea. I do hope that VLIVE continues this trend, and gives all groups the option to showcase their concerts live on VLIVE+ for fans outside of Korea to view, as it’s a way to get us involved and also support our favorite artists. The quality of the video was good, and I was able to make out who was who the whole time. The screen time for each member was distributed well and I appreciate the camera men for not just focusing on one person. The quality of the sound was perfect, and even though it was a livestream and you’d expect the base to be way too much, it was perfect and felt like I was watching a concert DVD. I really loved it.

Although the livestream was live, and isn’t up for re-watching, I would recommend still buying the series of videos and waiting for it to be re-uploaded. You won’t be disappointed at the beautiful choreography, and performance of the six boys of B.A.P, as well as the future GIFT VODs to be uploaded in September.

Overall

From the performances to the fan talk, to the release of their new hit single, That’s My Jam, the overall video/stream was worth watching. The only complaint I have as an international fan living in Dallas, is the time it goes live. REALLY EARLY! Haha, but that’s just the time zones doing their thing. Another complaint would be that unlike BTS Bon Voyage, this live stream was not uploaded right away after it finished. It has still yet to be re-uploaded, and I’m sorta sad about that. I really wanted to watch the video once again, but was not able to because well, it’s not up yet.

If you really love B.A.P, and concerts, this is a perfect series for you a long with the BIGBANG VLIVE+. You’ll be able to see the concerts, and get little GIFT VODs of your favorite members. It’s totally worth the coins and overall, gets good reviews from me!

Video Quality: ★★★★★ 5

Video Content: ★★★★★ 5

Audio: ★★★★★ 5

Subtitles/English: ★★★★☆ 4 (It was a live stream, so I can kinda figure why)

Overall: ★★★★☆ 4.5