BIGBANG Alive Tour in Singapore! the experience.

It has been a long wait. Since when news first broke that Singapore is included as one of the stops of the Alive tour, to when I got caught in the online frenzy to purchase tickets for the concert, it finally happened last Saturday night at the indoor stadium.

I hate queuing, especially when the queuing makes me perspire. I swore to myself that this would be the first and last time I’d do this, queuing for an hour just to get to the standing pen. Now, I think I will eat my words. For them, for Bigbang, I will willingly do it again if I could relive the same experience. Throughout the whole 2.5 hours when the lights first went off at 7:15pm to the thunderous screams of the entire stadium, I was totally in fan girl mode as I joined the rest of the mosh pit in screaming and waving as the boys energetically covered the whole stage area. Where we stood at the side, we saw them so often so close we started to become delusional that we were the favoured side but of course that couldn’t be true. I know it sounds really silly, and some of my friends will probably roll their eyes and scoff at me for being childish in idolising pop stars who are so much younger and whose songs most of which I do not even comprehend. But my friend taught me to be true to myself, and cast aside what the world at large, scratch that, what people around think of me. Personal interests are like what they are, personal to each and every one. We don’t impose our thinking and likes or dislikes on someone else, so there isn’t a reason why someone else should make me feel bad just because I enjoy K-pop and admit to being a fan. Life is tough enough as it is to live in, we don’t need to make it harder for ourselves by trying to live up to another’s standards or what they expect us to be.

So this was the only picture I took while I was in the indoor stadium. The rest of the time, I was completely enthralled by the songs and the atmosphere, and constantly nudging my friend to work her camera to take photos/videos of the going-ons on stage. I didn’t take note of the track list, but it is available online on other sites if anyone is interested to google for it. They started of course with Alive, the intro track on the Alive mini album, one of my favourites off that album, and then started the concert with Tonight (the song that first got me interested in them), Hands Up, Fantastic Baby (that just somehow grew on me although I didn’t like it that much initially), and so on. I love the entire concert even if I didn’t know all of the songs that were performed. Somehow I think being in the mosh pit made the whole experience more highly-charged and enjoyable and of course it was quadrupled or more because it is Bigbang on the stage. Ok, I am starting to ramble and I think some of you have already been through my animated raving of how amazing I thought the Alive concert experience was.

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And this is how the back of the T-shirt that I wore looks like! The front read “GD”, in a similar triangular design. J’s T had this on the front and back, but with this smaller at the back. And thanks to my cousin Ven for asking if I wanted to get T-shirts printed, and her friend for designing these! Initially, I thought it would be weird to be wearing these, because in the last few concerts that I had attended locally, I don’t really see many people wearing such attire that bear the name of the band, etc. But this concert was so different, there were so many concert-goers who wore T-shirts of a variety of designs, some from the Alive concert that they probably purchased at the venue on that day, or they were wearing T-shirts from other concerts elsewhere or something. Maybe they also customised their own T-shirts like we did. Anyhow the whole concert mood was there, and it was great to be basking in the atmosphere of the crowd, fans of Bigbang, also known as VIPs! 🙂

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Something not really related to the Alive concert, but anyhow after the concert was over we decided to head somewhere for a late night snack and drinks, to fill the now-already empty stomach and quench our parched throats, after 2.5 hours of non-stop action in the mosh pit of the Alive concert! And featured in the picture is also the BB official crown lightstick that we got online. Unfortunately the one that I had wasn’t functioning properly, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment. Yes I am a VIP and am an even bigger fan of the band’s leader, the one and only GD! It has been a week but it felt like the concert was just over, and now I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

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Alive!

I was wondering last week if I should join the pre-order for the album. I wandered into HMV one Saturday morning after class to check out Tablo’s album for Ilsa, since I was anyhow waiting for the time pass before the appointment at the hairdresser’s.

It wasn’t only until the last day of the pre-order that I went to HMV again, this time since I was killing time before meeting a friend, to join the pre-order. It was actually quite pointless because the album would then be launched/available the next day. On the collection day, I saw that they still had stocks for the album anyhow so the pre-order was actually unnecessary.

So this was what I got…

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I like the concept that they had for this Alive album. I must admit that I’m not big on buying CDs because as much as I would like to support original music and copyrights, I really do not enjoy having to keep tonnes of CDs and their sleeves at home where space is a perennial problem. Of course sometimes it is worth buying the album for the sleeve if I am a fan but other than that, I much prefer things to be in soft copies. The only reason for having these CDs would then be a back-up say when my digital files fail me, which have happened one too often and then I would have to build the library all over again.

This is Big Bang’s 5th mini album, and it features 6 songs, along with an intro track called “Alive” that lasts all of just 50 seconds. I love the intro track and I love most of the songs in this mini album that I wished it was longer. I don’t get the concept of mini albums mostly because I think I am paying the full price for an album but only getting about half of the songs that a typical full album would contain. But ok, I decided to get it anyway, my very first Big Bang CD! The CD comes encased in a metal frame that made it really heavy, and there were 6 designs that you could choose from. I guess the 6th would be one without any of the members on it, or maybe with all of them on it, I don’t know.

I have heard Blue a few times online when YG released the MV before the official album launch, and heard snippets of the other tracks, and finally Bad Boy which also had an MV released. Honestly, I am not really feeling Bad Boy; it isn’t bad but it isn’t amazing either. Blue was much better, even though I have not checked out the translations of the lyrics, I liked the melody and the feel that the song gave me, a little bit like Love Song, but as what some have described, exuding a more matured feel. The other tracks were good too, based on my first listen of the CD, and Daesung’s solo Wings, is also commendable; after all he has the best vocals within the group so it isn’t hard to imagine.

Big Show 2012 just concluded in Seoul last night after a 3-night concert, and I was really disappointed I couldn’t make it for any of them, partly because I asked my friends about it too late, and also because I have work commitments coming up soon. I hope I will be able to catch at least one of their shows on their upcoming world tour, anywhere.

pop, the K way

Maybe reading ilsa’s recent posts made me want to write about some of the stuff that I’ve been listening to lately too. But I won’t claim to be someone who loves music enough to know about it. I enjoy music, many genres of it, but I don’t have a particular favourite. You can say that it’s like I’m the sort to drift with the flow, lacking in personal likes and tastes or whatever, but I just think I listen to what appeals to me, so it can materialise in any language or form.

I don’t listen to radio and have never really been active in discovering music. Usually music happens in my life by chance, when I hear a song being played somewhere or when I pick it up from shows that I watch.

Popular culture affects me easily and music being part of it, gets to me just as easily. So I don’t know when it was that the K-pop tunes started popping into my life but I kind of like the tunes and of course who can (ok not me anyway) resist all that pretty images and videos that come along with it? They may be manufactured but that’s that industry and I’m the end user who doesn’t care too much about the process anyhow.

To give them credit, there are actually song-writers who are not just a so-called pretty face and there are some good and some not so good. Everyone has their brand of poison and what works for me may not for some others. I won’t need to have someone else share my like for k-pop because it could all well be a fad for me and maybe a lot of you will scoff at me or at k-pop or whatever it is. It’s just a personal like, and nobody is deriding you for the kind of things you like, so… let’s all live in peace shall we?

I got this in Tokyo last month, and I must say the tunes are quite infectious. I don’t know what they mean or if they make any sense at all but to me music is about the tune. The lyrics seldom matter as much to me.

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