Monday, August 27, 2012

I'M JUST WILD AND YOUNG ~ 네 형, 네 누나?

Why hello! Long time no see ^__^" I apologize, but mostly this delay in posts has all been caused by the fact that my dear friends at Shinchon Hostel have serious issues with their wifi. Ugh -__-" Also the whole taking pictures, editing and generally typing up a post is a major hassle when you're moving around. I didn't even have pictures to show you until yesterday, where we went to PROLEAGUE 2012 to cheer for T1 (StarCraft pro-team owned by SK Telecom). We had a blast but FUCK IT'S BEEN SO HOT IN KOREA FOR THE PAST TWO DAYS WTF. We have a blasting typhoon coming tomorrow/during tonight, so I'm staying inside for now O_O" it's 3AM anyway. LOL. I stocked up on cheese bagels and pepsi nex already, so I'm ready for it ok! Anyway, let's talk about StarCraft shall we? Ò__Ó)/ I know ma girl KATIE will go slightly bananas over this, so let's just get to it!
We went to uhh.. I don't know to be honest.. to watch the PROLEAGUE games between T1 (the team we cheered for) and ACE (the airforce's SC team (yes, they actually have one - I'll get into why later on.))
The games were shown on this big screen showed above. There were three commentators (ugh the girl was so annoying tho.. -__-") Once in a while the camera guy behind the audience would focus on the audience and it would be shown on the main screen during the matches. I (of all people) got a solo shot. My hair was a hot mess but the Korean girls that had helped us get there thought it was cool and made me look like a rockstar.. O_o okay then. LOL. So nice of them! They were generally super sweet, helped us get tickets, had lunch with us and told us a bit about what was going on. When we first arrived some people were flocking around a banner, writing on it. Turns out that a super good (and quite handsome!) player for the team "KT Rolster" had just died from leukemia 3 days prior to the matches. Before the 3rd match that day they showed a "in loving memory" video of the guy with lots of super nice clips with him playing, hanging with his team mates looking really happy. A lot of the fangirls there cried and were really upset : / So sad.. You can read a bit about his death HERE. So depressing that someone so young, happy and passionate had to be taken away from his team mates, family and close friends (and fans!) T_T
This is 천찬씨 being the fanboy that he is with his fav. T1 member!
A few of the T1 members were actually tearing up during the video as well. I later saw some ACE members hanging out with the T1 members, so spite the hard competition, these guys don't seem to hold grudges at all. They all seem like a big family ~ ah! Must be so nice ^__^)/
The winners! T1! They won 3 out of 5 matches. But omfg the last game was so intense. They started out playing StarCraft 1 and won two matches in a row. Then they switched to StarCraft 2 and lost two matches.. Luckily T1's guy won quite efficiently and we all went "FUCKYESSSS!" and cheered like mad! I have no idea how to play, but this shit is addicting as hell ok. You can watch live streamings of StarCraft for HOURS. It's terrible T_T
This is ACE. They lost. They've had some TERRIBLE seasons lately just losing, losing.. oh and losing some more. Actually the air force got their own StarCraft team because this one gamer, who was called in for military duty, was so good, that they let him play while being enrolled.
And that guy would be this guy. 천찬씨 in epic fanboy mode again. LOL. He was so excited to meet Boxer, which is his "gamer" name so to say. He is now (ironically) a coach for T1 and doesn't have much to do with the players of ACE anymore. However, he's the reason the team started up ^__^)/ quite cool! He's also married to a former (suuuuper pretty!!!) actress who was at the venue as well! Well played, bro.
Speaking of girls... I was quite surprised to see exactly how many fangirls these guys have. They play a computergame - and they do it fucking good. But I never expected to see this many girls around ONE guy. After they won, there was a fanmeeting arranged and this guy was dragged off by 4 girls and put in the center of a huge bunch of girls (who apparently were all members of his personal fanclub). Man, it almost made me wanna play too.. LOL. StarCraft is a strategy based game tho.. -__-" Not my strongest personality trait. LOL.
Inside the small "venue". Cameras, pro lighting, audience, fansigns and even fanchants! Wth. So cool! After T1 won their manager (I was told) was interviewed to let everyone know how he felt about the team winning, if he expected it etc.  He was generally very happy and thankful : D Good Korean values!
They also showed the current chart of who's in charge in the PROLEAGUE matches. The 4th team is T1 (who won on this day) and the last name.. well, that would be ACE who are now out of the tournaments. 천찬씨 told me that the top 2 names were as expected as they'd been playing like beasts for a while now! ^__^)/
The view from outside where we were waiting for the teams to come out (mostly waiting for Boxer, lol) in the frying heat.
Thanks to 천찬씨's friend (and her friends as well) for helping us find our way there, get tickets, eat lunch with us and help us track down both T1 and Boxer! ^__^)/ So nice of you guys! (천찬씨's looking derp cause I told him to do aegyo too and he was like "dude u stho geyyy" lol.)
Food noms after the games! We were starving and super tired. Such a long, hot-as-balls day. I FINALLY got my wish and we went for 샤브샤브 (shabeu shabeu) which is a kind of broth that you put all sorts of shit in, you let it cook, eat it, get noodles or rice that you mix into the remaining broth, you eat that and then you feel sickeningly full for the next 3 days. LOL. It wasn't that great, sadly. :C the broth was bland, the meat was frozen and dry and yeah.. not as expected. /sobs.
But it was much fun! ^__^)/ and afterwards we went to look at laptops (cause Mikko needs a new one, as his old one died O_O) and then we went into a bookstore. 
I FOUND JANG GEUN SEOK IN THE BOOKSTORE. YAY! *adds to album of epic JGS ads* I wanted to look at manhwa (Korean manga) but ended up buying two volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist (in Korean) that I didn't have at home and two CD's. Dammit -__-"more CD's.
Also B.A.P had done a fansigning event at this exact bookstore only 2 months prior. /sobs.

And now.. some random photos! I don't know how to categorize these so yeah.. just look at them. LOL.
Y'all should add TASTY "Spectrum" and SHINee "Sherlock" to this bunch. lol
LOL Engriiiish. Harr harr harr~!
Thanks for reading! : D
I'll try to be less sporadic about the posts from now on.. but ugh. I don't experience that much worth blogging about. G-Dragon's new single "ONE OF A KIND" came out (and people are calling him racist for being tan and having black kids in his video, lol) but the album/single hasn't come out yet -__-" So annoying. Anyway, if you wanna watch it, here it is:
Stay well and don't go out in the typhoon later today ok! O__o"

Friday, August 17, 2012

My trip to SM.ARTS Exhibition at COEX Mall

We finally made it! No rain - but tons of hot-ass sun and humidity. Ugh! We went on the metro from Idae to Samsung st. to get to COEX at a decent hour and we hung out there for more than 3 hours. The exhibition is a MUST-SEE for any SMTOWN fan. Honestly! 
At the entrance you can choose between two kinds of entrance passes - The "Pink" one for W25.000 (approx $25) or the "Silver" pass for W85.000 that comes with a luxury bag packed with goodies. We got the 'regular' pink ones as we didn't feel like spending that much on a bag with stuff that would be a hassle to drag around -__-" Unless you're a hardcore fan - the pink card is a pretty sweet deal (we got goodies on our way out too; a package of babywipes, pencils and a poster!) anyway..
There aren't TOO many things to see in there, though. When you first enter, you walk past a huge photo on the wall of all the idols posing (on your left hand) and a hologram (on the right) of all the stars walking the red carpet with you, waving, smiling and some of them are even pulling funny faces! ^__^)/ it's super cute! There are a few different areas (you will most likely get a 'map' from one of the staff before you enter) where you're NOT allowed to take pictures: The 3D Panorama show (which is epic!), the fan art section (which has dope-ass SNSD fanart on auction!) and the Live Hologram show w/SHINee (which is epic as well!). Photos are OK to take at the other places. 
One of the things that occupied me, Kat and Nezumi for quite a while were all the card-board cutouts of idols that were placed here and there. They were apparently true-to-size and can I just say... SNSD ARE SO TINY. LOL. 
Chanyeol for Dev! Haha!
Aw a smile-photo of me. I'm still sick :C boo!
We later saw both Eunhyuk and Ryeowook from Super Junior at the event (they came by the exhibition to check it out.. yes, the REAL idols were there!) and those guys are short as fuck irl anyway. Oh well, they were impossible to get decent shots of. We randomly found out they were there cause people were lining up around the small stage where the robot shows are supposed to take place. If you wanna be somewhat sure to get a good shot of idols, hang out that area around 1PM-3PM. Ryeowook and Eunhyuk showed up around 1:30PM and I noticed Amber (f(x)) updating her twitter the other day around 4PM after having been there as well. So yeah, stay tuned at that spot! 
Near the entrance there's a small booth with tons of cardboard cutouts where you can get a note and write a small letter to your favorite idols/groups. I wrote one for EXO-M, Kat wrote for both EXO-M and EXO-K and Nezumi wrote for SHINee ^__^)/
Hoho! My note is super secret! : P
There are also booths where you can "take pictures" with idols, do idol puzzles and win prizes, do karaoke, listen to backstage stuff from the Live Hologram show/3D show etc. In the middle of the room there's a huge cylinder with music videos running. The screens in the background have music videos as well.. The playlist included DBSK "Keep Your Head Down", SHINee "Sherlock", SNSD "The Boys", f(x) "Electric Shock" and EXO-K and EXO-M "Mama". They could've made a longer playlist imo :C but it was awesome to see the idols in HD ò__Ó)/ hoho!

We also talked to a girl who worked at the everysing stand. She got our KakaoTalk IDs and wanted to hang out next week - if we even hear from her, we're gonna go to Itaewon and such to eat and chill. ^__^)/ she was super sweet! She said that she saw a lot of idols on a daily basis because she lives in the area, where a lot of TV broadcasting stations and entertainment companies are located. She also said that G-Dragon isn't very nice in person and that DBSK are SUUUPER handsome irl ; D She and I agreed that Ryeowook and Eunhyuk really.. were.. not... very pretty today. LOL. And they wore SO MUCH makeup wtf! And yeah, short as fuck too. She also said that the dear EXO-K rookies walked super gangster-like and that it looked really funny. Hahaa! So yeah, bonus info for you : P the way Kai seems to walk backstage is how he really does walk to show off at events. LOL. Kai you derp.

Generally it was a great experience! I was interviewed 3 times, taken pictures of, recorded on video by MBC etc. Ugh, being a foreigner in Korea is hard work LOL. It was loads of fun tho, even though the hall was SUPER hot! We got free fans (which was nice) but me still being sick and the hall being hot.. yeah, sweaty and tired-looking me in all photos :C Anyway... if you have the chance;  definitely go check it out! It'll satisfy your inner fangirl quench! Haha ^__^)/~ Get it get it, fans! It's definitely worth it if you can go with a fellow fan or two in your group of friends.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rainy seasons are.. frustrating (and wet, lol (that's what she said))

Hello everyone,
I'm back with another entry, this time written in the basement/hangout-area of our hostel. It is POURING down atm., so our plans of going to the SM.ART's exhibition are put on hold for now.. So far we "only" missed seeing Taemin (SHINee), EXO-M & EXO-K and Amber from f(x). Fuck my life so hard right now.. LOL. We're going tomorrow tho, since we have to go to KLI anyway to fix some paperwork for KLI classes. So we'll see how the weather behaves tomorrow (please stay dry!). It's monsoon season in Korea atm, so when it rains.. it really fucking rains. Thunder and lightning usually join the party as well. /sigh. Damn weather.. At least it aint as unbearably hot today as usual. It's humid - sure, but not as suffocatingly hot. I also, speaking of hot, got my hands on Korean cold medicine - MY GOD DOES IT WORK WONDERS. I feel a LOT better, I don't have a fever anymore and I don't feel as generally shitty as I've been feeling for the past 3 days. Yay! Ironically tho.. Kat and Nezumi are feeling quite sick now. Haha! Glad it ain't me, mofo! Or well, I'm not 100% well, but now I just need to keep taking the medicine and then pamper my stuffy nose. That should fix it : D Weee!

Anyway, you all (and I mean ALL.. never have I had as many hits on ONE specific post as I did my last one, wth you guys.. such Kpop-obsessed fangirls you are!) probably came her to see photos of sexy stuff. Can I just say though.. hot Korean guys - sure, there are some. But they're as easy to come by as hot guys in my own town.. Or well, there are NONE in my own town and quite a few here.. But still, you get the drift. Not ALL Korean guys are hot. Just bursting the bubble for you.. so don't come here expecting to find SHINee-oppas all over the place. (LOL. If you can call all of SHINee oppa, you're too young to come here for that anyway..) 

I found more of Jang Geun Seok for my Finding JGS project-thing! : D Oh, and as I was editing the pics for this.. the entire basement area got pretty much flooded.. DAMN YOU RAIN :C
Anyhoozle! Photos! : D 
I'm not sure if these photos even count as it's the same company.. but oh well~
Okay.. from now on JGS on albums/stickers don't count -__-" only ads ok. ONLY ads. /slaps self/

On Monday we went to Myeongdong, which is a super popular shopping area in Seoul. I gotta say that there were a shit ton of Japanese people. O_O" We went to Yonsei Global Lounge first (to fix some paperwork that apparently fucked up.. but maybe didn't fuck up afterall. lol. We don't know) and we met the lovely Rim there. She spoke super good English and talked to us for a while. She figured that, since my hair is (apparently) epic, I should totally join a band. LOL. She also had trouble pronouncing "Line" so she decided to just call me Jang Geun Seok from now on BAHAHAHAH so epic! I love you, Rim! I really do :"D Anyway, she hung out with us for a while as she awaited answer from KLI and then we all agreed to go for kalbi next week. YES, LET'S GO! Rim is fucking awesome ok. She studies business and media law or something (all sorts of laws within business and media - like copyright etc.) and as said; her English = epic. Anyway, after Global Lounge we went to Myeongdong to do some shopping and to look for JGS, of course ^__^)/ wahaha!

Before actually shopping, we needed food. I hadn't eaten dinner the night before and my fever was killing me. SO FOOD TIME. Kat and I shared the food on the pic above - dalkkalbi (chicken ribs). SO GOOD. Spicy, but good. And we were STUFFED afterwards. Noms!
SHOPPING TIME! I spotted an Evisu, and from what I could recall BIGBANG used to endorse them.. lol, my memory sucks. Sadly 2pm apparently endorse them now.. but whatevs. What I remembered as BIGBANG was actually DBSK. LOL. So I like to think of it as me helping out the old DBSK and not 2pm. >__> /coughs/.
B2st ad! WOOOT! Dunno who the other guy is tho.. Jim Rickey 누구?
Music! yes, can't go to Myeongdong without buying music, now can we? Nope nope nope! Off we went to 2 music stores.. and ugh I got a free Jay Park poster! OH YEAHHH~! And Block B AND JANG GEUN SEOK NOMS NOMS! ^__^)/ ~ I tagged both Jay Park and JGS on twitter :C but they didn't retweet me supporting their asses. BSH.
After Myeongdong we went to Dunkin' Donuts! I was sick as fuck and felt utterly horrible tbh. This was all Monday and I didn't get my meds (lol, addict) until yesterday. /sobs. I was looking and feeling extremely horrible, I was tired, exhausted and super thirsty. I went for a drink that I thought was gonna be sweet and yums.. but no, it was bitter and disgusting as hell so I was even more discouraged than before. however, the cappuccino-sugar-coated-donut-thing (you can't really see it for Kat's orange drink) was DELICIOUS. NOMS.
Moving on to yesterday, we simply strolled around Shinchon, bought a few things and hung out. I love this area. It's super chill and people are so nice. The ahjumma (older lady) at our local market thought I said "annyeonghikaseyo" (안녕히가세요 - please go well (said by the person staying)) when I left the store. So she corrected me.. which would've been great if it wasn't for the fact that I DID say "annyeonghikyeseyo" ('안녕히계세요' said by the person leaving)... The problem is that because of my cold, I sound so incredibly nasal that you can't even tell what I'm saying anymore. LOL. Poor me and poor ahjumma. :C /sobs. Having a cold totally sucks.
I bought some Nature Republic goods to support JGS : D Haha lol. I'm not even kidding. I will probably spend up to 50% of my money each month at this place. The stuff there looks so nice.. and JGS endorses it.. so yeah :C The shampoo is from Watson's btw. And you get so many free samples and goods from NR when you purchase there... sadly.. no JGS cardboard figure for me. -__-" haters. bsh.
Oh, and here is my dinner from last night. The tuna sandwich-thing in the front was disgusting. Ew.. but I had to eat something with my medication, so yeah.. ugh.. it was gross tho.. not doing that again T_T;
and lastly.. CUTE SOCKS
I got the penguin ones for mylady and the other ones for myself. HOHO!
Also, I really haven't been drinking too much soda here. Their equivalent to Pepsi Max (Pepsi Nex) is disgusting and I hate Cola Zero so much.. So yeah.. I mostly drink water and vitamin water. Btw, you can actually get shampoo and shower gel by the vitamin water brand here O_O quite strange really. The Koreans sure love their vitamin water goods. LOLZ.

Anyway, that's it!
Hope you're all well! Don't be a fool and catch a cold like me :C
And don't go out in the streets in the pouring rain wearing flipflops.
... cause you will trip and fall! LOL.

Until next time!
Maybe I get some epic photos from SM.ARTS tomorrow! WOOH!
We'll see!