// this gonna be a long entry due to explaining the story behind every music show. my personal experience is good enough to share , and get everyone prepared if they wish to do it too. :)
// so this entry is gonna be so dry till words are flowing out of the pages, and worst, my english wasn’t perfect enough to draw your interest too. So, feel free to scroll a little faster and see the photos! :)
This entry is just simply too long. Hence, I decided to break it into 2. So, here is my part 1! :)
Whoa! How’s the feeling of waking up in the morning, finding yourself right now in Korea! OMG! I’m getting excited what’s going to happen next to us right here in Korea!
Other than feeling happy and excited, definitely a little tired for having such little sleep, and now, we are leaving the guest house to – SBS 인기가요 (SBS Inkigayo). We both thought to give a good try for YoungSaeng’s Let It Go performance! I had also, contact Stacey and Germx who arrived few days earlier that we decided to go for Inkigayo and wondering if they wish to join us… apparently, they only wished to join us in the morning (because waking at 3am does sound scary! haha!). Both of us, managed to get on the cab, and the cab driver bring us to a place… a place far from Hongdae, and it’s WRONG! We can’t blamed the cab drive because, there’s actually 2 SBS building! :) We supposed to go to studio instead of the ‘office’ i believe :D Thanks to the security guard who helped us and informed another cab driver the right direction. He is soooooo nice and let us know the rough cost for the cab fare (just in case!).
As there’s more than 1 SBS building in Seoul, do let the cab driver know it’s the SBS Building located at Bal-san. If you are traveling by subway, please alight at Gayang Station (Line 9). It’s actually a very short distance away from SBS Building, probably 8 minutes away!
I have heard many people talking about the queuing system just to get into music show. And, these was my first time experience this, definitely this really not encouragable. But for the experience, I thought it was pretty cool just to give a try. After all, my trip was supposed to be a holiday, in any event, I’m able to get a chance to meet up with my favorite idols, I will go for it :) And of cos, provided I won’t missed out from my actual itinerary. My trip was supposed to enjoy and see everything about Korea, not chasing after idol (which eventually, when we free… and this did happened :P)
When we reached the ‘correct’ SBS building, we saw countless of fans sitting in front of the main gate/door. And, I think I stupidly asked Beast’s fan if this queue were for Heo Young Saeng. Since Beast was having their comeback, the amount of fans they had is totally madness, it ‘too much’. I believed all the fans were well-prepared, they covered themselves with cartoon bedroom blanket that made them so cute, and us jealous because… we were freezing away with ‘smoke’ coming out from our mouth!
Soon, we found ‘Heo Young Saeng’ label, which eventually with help of the 2 korean fans, we got to call the ‘in-charge’ and got our number (it was like 40+ or 50+). And, the next reporting time was 7am, with just only 3 hours, we decided to stay put, and not leaving here. This might be a crazy move, because it’s like 10-12degree (or even colder) with just 1 jacket with us. COLD BRRR~ I would probably love korea so much as their wifi is simply everywhere, even outside SBS building. With their wonderful wifi ‘power’, I managed to contact Stacey and Germx. Phew! ^^
As there’s some certain rules and regulations to enter the music show. It doesn’t mean that it was the same for all singers. There’s some that you can enter just by the Korean version album. But, for HYS, this is something a little different. We have to prove that we are HYS’s fan, which mean, we need to prove that we are actually fan/member from his official portal. (It is free to be a member of HYS’s fan club) Next, we have to show that we gave various support to his album. There’s 2 ways where you can help to boast their albums sales, and winning during music show (e.g. SBS Inkigayo). They are either by streaming their songs via Soribada (e.g.), or buying physical albums (only Korean version from certain shop). Hence, you need to get it printed out for all the ‘proof/evidence’. This ensure you the opportunity to get into the music show. Yes! you heard it right, it is not A GUARANTEE of you getting inside. (You only know how many tickets they are giving out to each fan club only before the live show starts, probably around 2-3odd).
There 2 different ‘segment’ for music show, Pre-recorded and Live show. What’s the difference, you might asked?
For Pre-record show, ONLY their dedicated fans will goes in, and for this, a bigger group probably within 100 fans will get to experience this wonderful close-up time with their idol? So, for Pre-recorded show, the idol will sing a few times (maybe 4-5) and the best one will be chosen to air during live show. If your idol are cute enough, will probably give you fan service by smiling or waving to you. Some might even talk to the fans too~ (So, this depend as well… haha!) For Pre-recorded show, it depend, it might start filming from 10am onwards.
And, now for Live Show, usually, they will picked the first few (20 or more if they allowed) for the Live show. For this Live Show, you get to see not only your idol, and also other group who was doing their promotion — you may called them your idol’s competitor! haha.
What happen if your idol is doing the pre-recorded show, and if you went for live show, will you see him or what are you going to do when you are there for live show, and he/she/they might have pre-recorded earlier in the morning? No worries, while SBS are playing the pre-recorded show during their live, the idol will come out and perform for maybe half a song, and giving fan service before leaving the stage for next idol’s stage preparation. Now you know the timing is indeed very important, not even a second can be waste. So, you will still get to see him/her/they on stage despite of their pre-recorded show ;)
The 2 very nice korean fans (believe they are SS501’s fan) that I mentioned previously, helped us really a lot and guided us through-out for this ‘prove/evidence’. I can’t remember the 2 little nice korean girls name, but thank you for helping us despite what had happened in the end (you will read more about it later).
By 7 plus, the ‘in-charge’ (whom we called previously to get our number tag) reached, and start calling names…. (those who does not report on time will get their name ‘strike-off’ and if they wish to ‘queue’ again, their name will be after everyone, this was quite a fair treatment for everyone, but i do hope, they will extend like 15mins).
their goodbye stage (last stage since it’s inkigayo)
# queue is very long! i forget is this for CNBLUE or Beast, most probably BEAST :) DooJoon! ^^
And, I am actually a little worried as I can’t contact Stacey & Germ at that point of time, but glad that they arrived shortly, and have their names on. (And, Stacey worn so nice!) . We get to know the next ‘time-check’ is about 10:30am (i cant really remember it’s more than a month ago). So, we actually have quite a long time, and we decided to walk around the area, and in the end, eating at their convenience store (7-11) i believe ;) It’s a quite difference experience eating inside their store… (it’s feel so Taiwanese and Hong Kong style, like those you watched in drama!)
#our breakfast? :)
And, we headed back for the next time checked, it’s still very cold, and 4 of us are freezing away! I think, if you are to come again, get prepare with umbrella (if it’s rain/shine) or coat (during winter period). Always get prepared and you will probably enjoyed more even you are just waiting ;D
As the next time checked will be quite a few hours away, and personally feel that we should not waste our time away. All agreed, and we decided to head to the nearest tourist spot – Han (Gang) River and 63 Building. You know, Han River, the place that WE WOULD love to visit so badly! From Gayang station to Yeouido station doesn’t take too long. It’s probably just 20minutes away.
We were so glad to see SUN shining brightly as we are seriously freezing away for hours. Taking non-stop photos, have a rest along the river, imagine lots of nonsense, it’s pretty fun to experience every single thing in Korea. It’s just simply so different. I wouldn’t want to sit beside Singapore River in the morning? (That’s why everyone say that, the grass are always greener at the other side! LOL).
And, we headed to 63 (City) building! We bought a Package A ticket that gave us entrance to 63 Sea World (Aquarium that you will probably be familiar with if you watch City Hunter), Wax Museum and Observation Deck.
#weird food we saw when we reached han river. haha! It look like some random creatures, insects etc.
#the famous Han River! Everyone :)
#get snsd at such cheap cost!!! Only 1200W you can bring them back! This drink is like our Red Bull! :)
#this is a real penguin! :)
// familar with this place? This is where City Hunter, LMH save the girl..
Remember? He look down and saw her…! :)
// such a big place. cute playground for them! :)
// this look abit like otter, but i’m unsure. this photo is meant for Carol! :)
We headed back to SBS (gayang) happily…
and, in fact, it was going to be our nightmare (a little too early though). And, even at this moment around 1pm (live show is around 3pm), no one are sure of how many tickets will be given, leaving us in a state whereby, shall we lor shouldn’t we leave? At a later time (it’s too long ago to remember the time lol), B2M staff started to check everyone ‘evidence’ and in fact we had problem that our ‘streaming’ print out had the 2 korean girls ID instead. They doubted us for showing something probably not from us, hence, we got it clear-up (MY MP3 is playing HEO YOUNGSAENG’s Let it go right now) because the young fans helped us. And, just when we thought that we were just all ready to get in (it’s live show you know!) They stopped us again and these time, is helpless. They commented that we did not have the proof of being a member of the official KOB board. Despite how much we explained that we are (always are), just that the way foreigners and local have different way of signing up. (blablabla) And, we actually got very upset about queuing/wasting (lucky we went 63 building) since 4am! It’s quite upsetting that especially you can get to see Youngsaeng’s Let It Go live stage, Beast’s Fiction Comeback Stage, CN Blue’s Love Girl Goodbye Stage. It’s was quite a pity especially, we go through quite a lot to get everything ready… Anyway, we didn’t get in at all, and in short, just get prepared this thing happened too. You can always tried again the next week.
We left SBS inkigayo though we wished there’s 4 tickets dropped and we managed to get in. I want to really thanks the 2 girls who helped us, and fellow HYS’s fans who actually told the B2M staff to allow us in since we traveled all the way (oversea fans). Thank you so much, I actually felt better that seeing fellow fans helping each other, and not being selfish. Thank you! SS501/HYS’s fans are simply just so nice :) Despite whatever happened, it’s an experience and we really appreciated help from everyone. Thank you.
We headed back to 63 Building because we yet completed the 3 places we bought tickets to! :) Despite having quite a low mood after the queuing, I guessed we did have lots of fun during Wax Museum. haha! You will know why from our photos! :)
Oh yes, this is where part 1 stopped! :) There’s too much photos taken in 63 wax museum! haha. It’s so much that, I have a long and hard time trying to post it in the right way. haha. Hence, be back soon and check out my part 2, my venture to wax museum and lastly, myeongdong too! :) Yippee! :)
// though we are pretty upset about not going for HYS’s Comeback stage, but I still enjoyed my 2nd day with the rest, it’s really fun and great experience :) YAY! :D