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13 November 2016 @ 06:53 pm
Last Friday was another unforgettable day as I was fortunate enough to attend Got7’s fanmeet in Vancouver. There was so much regret back in April of this year because I couldn’t attend B.A.P’s concert. To this day, I still regret not going to see them live. I missed the perfect opportunity to see Daeface belting out high notes. What a tragedy. So this time around, when I heard that Got7 was coming to Canada, I knew I had to snatch up some tickets. The tickets weren’t exactly cheap and cost more than what I anticipated. I saw some people complaining about the tickets being as expensive as Big Bang’s concert tickets. But meh, it’s the price you have to pay for being an international fan. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to see a Kpop concert.

On the day of the fan meet, the weather cooperated. I believe I complained a bit about the rain and the long wait that I endured for EXO’s concert earlier this year. Thankfully this time it was cloudy and the temperature was mild and bearable. The wait overall wasn’t so bad. Fans were able to obtain banners courtesy of GOT7&CO. Thank you very much for the wonderful banners! The chibi drawing was amazing and kudos to the outstanding artist.

Shockingly, there were a lot of older fans who attended the show. I was astonished to see not only moms, but also entire families lining up. And man, they even bought VIP tickets! I saw a family consisting of a brother, sister, mom and dad in the VIP line. Damn ballers (jkjk). All jokes aside, I’m glad there were so many people there to support Got7.



Everyone was super hyped for the show and Got7 started off the fan meet with a couple of songs from their newest album. The MC was Terry. For those who don’t know him, Terry was actually also the MC for Day6 when they visited Toronto. He was great and his humour was on point.




After the intro songs was the Q&A session. One of the questions asked was, “Were there any interesting episodes that occurred during the filming of Hard Carry MV?” Jaebum told us about the ashes and dust they inhaled throughout the filming of one of scenes for the MV. Apparently they inhaled so much that their boogers turned black. Everyone was shocked when Jaebum made the discovery and started picking their nose too. While I know I should be worried for their health, I couldn’t help but laugh at the thought of the boys and staff just standing around picking their nose in the middle of a burning and blazing MV set.



Another question asked was about the members’ first impression of each other. Jinyoung talked about how he met Yugyeom when the latter was still in middle school. He thought Yugyeom was really tall and wondered what the heck was going on. Jaebum went on to talk about his impression of BamBam. The other members jumped in to make fun of BamBam’s height because he was so small back then (but damn look at him now). Youngjae mentioned his story of how he first met BamBam. BamBam wanted to mess around with Youngjae and prank him. So, he stripped off his clothes and stood behind a door waiting for Youngjae to come in. The first thing Youngjae ended up seeing was of course a very naked BamBam.

Fans also submitted a question regarding who Got7 would like to collaborate with in the future. BamBam without too much hesitation said Drake (and of course there was uproar from the audience). He then asked Yugyeom who he would like to collaborate with. Some fans shouted Chris Brown really loudly and Yugyeom became shy. BamBam being the mischievous one requested Yugyeom to send a message to Chris Brown. His message to Chris Brown was “Come on!”



Got7 also prepared two games. The first one was basically sticking your hand into boxes and guessing what was in them. The group split into Hyung team and Dongsaeng team. Hyung team consisted of Mark, Jaebum, Jinyoung and Jackson. Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom made up the Dongsaeng team. You can watch the entire segment in my fancam below.





The losing team’s punishment would be to upload an ugly selfie on to the individual member’s Instagram. Because of the potential cheating that went on during Hyung team’s turn, Mark suggested they collectively take a derpy picture. Beforehand, Jackson asked the fans to promise him that they won’t abandon the group after seeing their faces.

This was when the boys were practicing their faces to make sure they were adequately ugly.




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The second game was charades. Seven lucky fans were randomly chosen by Got7 to participate in the game. Most of the fans chosen were the ones with the VIP and VVIP tickets. Among the seven fans, two were from elsewhere; one was from China and another was from New York. Obviously, the girls were ecstatic to be up there with Got7. The girl Jackson chose made the entire audience laugh when the first thing she said to Jackson was that she liked Jaebum.



When it was Mark and his partner’s turn, Jaebum was responsible for flipping the words. Everyone went Ehhhhhhh at him because he messed up and did a horrible job. The members probably thought he did it on purpose, but Jaebum claims he had very dry hands. Mark got his revenge when it was Jaebum and his partner’s turn. Youngjae was flipping the words but he deliberately tried to cover the Korean word so Jaebum would have a hard time acting out the word. In the end, Jinyoung and his partner won first place. The winning fan was able to take a Polaroid picture with all the members of Got7.




Got7 ended the show with a number of dance songs and showcased their synchronized dancing. Among the songs they performed was Hard Carry, which I absolutely loved. Seeing it live and in person definitely had a different feel.




Mark promised they would come back to Vancouver with a better stage and have a full concert. He wanted to be able to perform more than eight songs for the fans. Jackson also pinkie promised us that they would come back for a tour and said he had fun in Vancouver. He mentioned the members went shopping the day before on Robson Street (in downtown).



For the encore stage, fans sang happy birthday to Yugyeom (even though it was still a few days early) and someone gave a banner to him.

Throughout the fan meet, Jackson and BamBam spoke a lot in English. Even though BamBam wasn’t as fluent, he made a huge effort to speak to us in English. Surprisingly, Youngjae was super confident in his English abilities. I found it amusing and simultaneously grateful that he tried. I wish the other members talked more. Perhaps the reason they weren’t able to interact with us as much was because they didn’t have a translator to translate what the fans or the members that spoke English said in real time.
 
 
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04 August 2016 @ 02:07 pm
Weekly Idol

This is one of the better Weekly Idol episodes. Beast has been on the show a number of times and this is an episode where the MCs made them work really hard. Poor Yoseobie. He got trolled so hard and didn’t get his gold bar XD. I hope his CEO will purchase one for him! The whisper challenge is an excellent segment. I still can’t believe Doojoon is able to get that last phrase. How does one even deduce “parallel transmission” meant “a bolt out of the blue”? Doojoon is amazing.




A special shout out to Little Miss Inspirit for fully subbing these two episodes!

Go Fridge

Jackson is doing really well, considering he is being casted in variety shows in Korea and China. I’m still trying to find time to watch his appearance on Real Man with BamBam. From the random clips that I saw on YouTube, the show seemed quite hilarious because Jackson and BamBam weren’t familiar with the military life and the formal expressions they used in the military. It was like watching Henry entering the military and getting trolled all over again. So Real Man is definitely something I’m aiming to watch in between watching the upcoming 2016 Olympics.

Personally, I really enjoyed these two episodes of Go Fridge because Gary and Song Jihyo were on it (Monday couple!). I’m always amazed at the delicious food that the chefs are able to make in fifteen minutes with the simple ingredients that can be found in an everyday person’s fridge. Man, whenever I watch these shows, I always question why I’m unable to cook like that.




You can watch the other episodes of season 2 Go Fridge on Jacksonwangbar on YouTube.
 
 
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03 August 2016 @ 08:26 pm
Heading to Japan

I was finally able to go to Japan and South Korea this year!

Getting to the airport and checking in was a relatively smooth process for me and one of my friends. The other friend decided to pack the day of the flight and so as you would expect, she arrived later then our agreed upon time. And because she arrived late (but mind you, she still checked in 2.5 hours before departure), she didn’t get an assigned seat. My friend and I had tried to monopolize the emergency exit seats by taking the aisle and window seats because we thought people would hate the middle seat; therefore, our friend would have been able to be seated with us. But alas, someone took the middle seat before our other friend was able to pick it. Thankfully, the person who had the middle seat was a reasonable and kind man. He was willing to trade seats with our friend once she was assigned one at the bordering gate.

When we arrived in Narita, we were on a time crunch as our final destination wasn’t Tokyo, but rather Osaka. To get there, we needed to take Narita Express, and then change trains to get on Shinkansen. This doesn’t sound hard to do, but in reality, it was a lot more difficult because we only had eight minutes to change between trains. The platforms for Narita Express and Shinkansen were relatively far from each other. By the time we found Shinkansen, the train had just arrived.

Probably the most mind blowing thing we discovered during our journey from Tokyo to Osaka was that the travel time between Osaka and Kyoto could be cut down to fifteen minutes on the Shinkansen. All three of us were literally like what the fuck is this sorcery because the regular subway line travelling between the two cities requires more than an hour. Even now I still cannot comprehend how Shinkansen manages to cut down that sort of distance into mere fifteen minutes. Perhaps it’s the magic of Japan.



Osaka

The morning of the first day in Osaka was spent looking for the elusive Umeda Sky Building. I thought it would have been easy to find since it was a relatively tall structure. Unfortunately, with the amount of skyscrapers blocking the view, we wounded up going in the wrong direction until we found a traffic police officer to direct us in the right direction. By the way, traffic police officers were mainly one of the reasons why we weren’t completely lost during the entire trip in Japan. Most of them spoke some amount of English and were extremely helpful.








Around noon, we headed off towards Osaka castle. That was probably one of our biggest mistakes. In Japan (and I would say the rest of Asia) I have learned that you do not foolishly travel around anywhere out in the sun between 12pm and 4pm, unless you would like to be burned. With the sun blazing down on us, we arrived at the area, only to discover the long trek needed to actually see the darn castle since the castle was protected by a moat and high walls. At one point, we were ready to give up. There weren’t enough trees to offer decent amounts of shade and the hot gravel ground simply reflected the heat back into our faces. Don’t get me wrong, the area was extremely beautiful. However, with the glaring sun, it was honestly hard to enjoy the scenery. Tourists were abundant so there was a long line to see the inside of the castle. The top floor was where you could see the view surrounding the castle and the lower floors were museums that showcased the different eras of Japan.





Japan likes the concept of traditional meets modern. In many areas, you’ll be able to see temples and shrines (or in this case, a castle) in the middle of cities and right in between skyscrapers. It’s an interesting contrast as I don’t usually see such drastic contrasts in North America.



At night, we made our way to Dotonbori. This is a famous nightlife and entertainment area characterized by flashy, large billboards. Of course, it was necessary for us to take pictures of and with the Glico man. We also saw the Kani Doraku crab, which was a mechanical moving crab billboard.







Many of the blogs and reviews I read mentioned about the amount of people that will gather there at night. We were mentally prepared to fight the crowd; however, we were still a little overwhelmed. The place was densely packed with locals and tourists, who were looking for food and doing some shopping. As expected, the popular restaurants had a sizeable line up. We tried one of the takoyaki stand. It had a long queue, but I’m not exactly sure if it was the most famous one in the area.




The following day, we went to the aquarium. My two friends were apparently big on fish, while I’m just like meh. I only tagged along because I heard this was one of the biggest aquariums in Japan. The highlight of this aquarium was the whale shark. There was only one in the aquarium and it attracted a lot of attention. All the tourists, including us, were basically plastered against the tank trying to catch a glimpse of it among all the other fishes and sharks in the tank. I’m not going to lie, the whale shark looked kind of derpy (though it was not the most derpiest marine animal we saw that day). That title was reserved for the sunfish. My friends and I have never seen such a large, derpy and stupid looking fish in our entire lives. At one point, the sunfishes were even swimming head first into the sides of the tank. They made me so speechless.







This capybara was so unimpressed with everything. It was unimpressed while it was eating and it was most definitely not impressed with us staring at it. Capybaras might just take the title of the most deadpan creatures out there.



Hotel in Osaka

The hotel we were at was Hotel MyStays Shin-Osaka Conference Center. It’s located near Shin-Osaka station, which is super convenient if you’re arriving by the Shinkansen. There are also other metros lines near the hotel.

Each of us had our own rooms because the hotel didn’t have (or perhaps they were out of) three people rooms. The room was clean and neat as I anticipated because the hotel recently went through renovations. However, the room was compact and tiny. Really, really tiny. I need to strongly emphasize on the tiny. There was not enough space for me to have my luggage open and have enough room to walk into the bathroom. So every time I needed to use the bathroom, I had to diagonally jump across my luggage and into it or close my luggage and make sure it was upright before I could use the bathroom. It wasn’t exactly the most convenient thing to do.



The bathroom was interesting. I’m on the short side (I hate admitting this) and yet I’m able to touch the ceiling when I raise my hand. Like yo, how are people over 175cm going to use this type of bathroom without knocking their heads against the ceiling? From the way I see it every time they shower they will have to sit in the tub because they are too tall.

Aside from that, everything else was quite good. The room had a mini fridge, TV, safety deposit box (highly important), hair dryer, toiletries, water boiler, bidet, and A/C. Though, the A/C was a bit of struggle because I can’t read Japanese and navigating through the different settings was a challenge. I could only rely on my Chinese skills to somewhat deduce what the Kanji meant.

You can see more pictures of my trip on my Instagram.
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09 June 2016 @ 04:57 pm
I’ve been pretty absent from KPOP because I had to take an intense exam earlier in this month. I had to cut off my time spent on YouTube and SNS because I was spending way too much time stalking KPOP and not enough time studying. And let me tell you this: abstaining from KPOP and all forms of social media is fucking hard. Why did I do that to myself? I felt like I was going crazy and I was constantly itching to reach towards my phone to see the latest Instagram posts and V-app videos. It was a horrible, horrible experience.

Now that my exam is over, I’ve been working hard to catch up on everything that I’ve missed (like seriously, being a fan should be a legit job. It’s tiring af. If only I was this dedicated in my studying…)

EXO comeback

It’s EXO. What else do I need to say? They are slaying everything and probably blew up a lot of ovaries with their unnecessary hip thrusts and badass-ness. Although, I will admit that I originally thought this comeback would turn out horribly because of the teaser images for Lucky One. My first thoughts when I saw those images were: why do they all look so derpy? WHY DO THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE HIGH?? Now with a hindsight perspective, I think I understand the teaser images a bit better. I’m assuming they look “high” because they are held captive and being experimented on, which means they are probably injected with various chemicals and medications. Does this sound like a plausible explanation?

I’m glad that there weren’t any tragic looking hair styles in the MVs. The electrocuted and noodle hair styles from the MAMA era should be forever buried and never resurrected. Chanyeol’s red hair from the Overdose era is back and Kai has gone platinum blonde again. Both of the colours really suit them. The only member that is on the borderline of having a tragic hairstyle is D.O. I’m betting that D.O wanted to appear manlier (and be taken more seriously) and lose his squishy image by cutting his locks. But still, WHY DID THEY CUT IT SO SHORT AGAIN? WAEEEE? SM, I demand that you give him his fluffy bangs back!



Personally, I prefer Monster over Lucky One because the music style suits my taste better. I also thought the choreography was much more interesting (yes, I’m a sucker for fancy footwork). One of the reasons I like EXO over many of the other boy groups is because their choreography and dance formations are unique and like a work of art. If you think back to Wolf, within their choreography, they created trees, wolves, and caves to match the concept of the song. While Monster’s choreography doesn’t necessarily paint pictures of the song, it has some noteworthy and distinctive dance moves and formations that I haven’t seen before.

And can we also talk about Baekhyun’s piercings in Monster? I know they are fake but damn he looks so fine with them! It kind of makes me wish they were real loool.



I’m happy to see that EXO is still incorporating their superpowers into their MVs. Although, I must say there were questionable moments in the MV. Half way through the MV, everyone is frantically running to escape and then suddenly Suho stops to summon water. At this point, I was thinking oh he’s going to summon some water balls like he did in MAMA and then Xiumin is going to freeze them so the two can use them as projectiles. That seemed like a logical expectation right? Ha, nope. Apparently, Suho and Xiumin were thirsty. Naturally this means that Suho needs to summon water so the two can leisurely drink water in the middle of a hallway, while their bros are running and fighting for their lives. I laughed so hard again when Kai was confronted by the lady. Instead of teleporting or doing some other fancy shit, he was like hold up, I’m gonna promote Monster here and now. This is the part that I don’t understand and hopefully the fandom can come up with some explanation because it was just way too random.

Tao

I only recently realized that this guy had a new album out. And I only found out about this through Tao’s Instagram posts. Did no one hype him up or am I following the wrong sources of news? Anyways, within my circle of KPOP friends, apparently I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know this. When I was out with my friend the other day, she asked me about what Tao was doing lately as she hasn’t seen him in the news. I told her that he released a new album and her reaction was literally like wait WTF? No you’re kidding right? Why haven’t I heard about it?? Sadly, I couldn’t give her a review of his album because I didn’t have a chance to listen to it (and I still haven’t heard it yet).

I’m not sure what I’m expecting from Tao’s new album. His previous album was alright and more than decent if it was compared to Luhan’s cringe-worthy album and Kris’ I-have-no-comment album. It could be a hit or miss for me, depending on the style of music Tao is pursuing in his new album.
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08 June 2016 @ 04:21 pm
MASTER RINGTONE POST HERE

BTS
Fire

DBSK // JYJ
Rock The World

EXO
Lucky One
Monster
Tell Me What Is Love

GOT7
A
If You Do

Rain
One