BTS Wings Tour in Manila Concert Diary

The 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III ‘The Wings Tour’ successfully ended the two-day concert this weekend here in Manila, Philippines. The buzz still has yet to subside from this highly anticipated concert. It has been a few days already but I still watch my fan videos over and over again and been listening to my Wings Tour playlist the whole day continuously! Continue reading “BTS Wings Tour in Manila Concert Diary”

“Between Us” CNBLUE Asia Tour 2017

CNBLUE just recently released their Between Us Tour poster today in their official Facebook page. They will be having an Asia Tour from July to September 2017!

They will be having a concert tour on the following countries: Singapore (July 1), Manila (July 8 ), Jakarta (July 15), Bangkok (August 13), Hong Kong (August 19-20) and Taipei (September 30). Continue reading ““Between Us” CNBLUE Asia Tour 2017″

Philippine K-Pop Convention 8

Philippine K-Pop Convention is one of the biggest event of the year for Filipino K-Pop fans. I had a great time when I first attended this event three years ago where Lunafly, LC9, A.cian and Boyfriend were the main guests. I enjoyed fangirling over Lunafly and since then, their songs and cover songs have been a part of my mp3 playlist. It was also fun to check out the booths of each local fan clubs where they sell various merchandises and albums.  I skipped joining this event for two years because I felt too old already haha! However, when we were tasked to cover this event as global correspondents for KPopChannel.TV  I was able to find an excuse to attend this event again!

Continue reading “Philippine K-Pop Convention 8”

Hooked on Smule

My friend told me about Smule which is an application where you can sing and record songs as solo or as a collaboration. What’s great about it is there are also non-English songs including Korean and Japanese songs which I can sing along with other like-minded individuals. Continue reading “Hooked on Smule”

Directions to YG Entertainment (YG 엔터테인먼트)

If you have been reading my previous posts, you might have noticed that I am a K-Pop fan and two of my favorite groups belong to YG Entertainment: BIGBANG and 2NE1. Actually, I like a lot of other YG artists, actors and models too!

On my previous post, I provided a step-by-step guide on how to go to Cube Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, FNC Entertainment and SM Entertainment (read more here), and as promised, here is a step-by-step guide on how I was able to go to YG Entertainment. Since today is G-Dragon‘s (Kwon Ji Yong) birthday, I am dedicating this post to him. Happy birthday Ji Yong ssi! Saranghae! :-*

I went to visit other entertainment agencies during the earlier part of the day, so it was already quite dark when I went to YG Entertainment. Compared to the previous entertainment agencies I went to, where I had to walk quite a long distance from the subway, going to YG Entertainment is easier.

1) From Line 2 Hapjeong Station (합정역) Exit 8, just walk straight ahead and you will see the following buildings, (mostly motels/hotels) as you go towards YG Entertainment.

Directions to YG Entertainment_1
Cheers convenience store and Seowonjang Motel
Holt Hotel
Holt Building
LIG Art Hall
LIG Art Hall
Directions to YG Entertainment_4
Hotel Circle near SK gas station

2) You will pass by Hotel Circle and SK gas station, just keep walking straight ahead until you reach Lee Mart which is also just across Proud Apartment.

SK Gas Station
SK Gas Station
Lee Mart
Lee Mart
Lee Mart
Lee Mart
Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)
Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)

3) Turn right on Lee Mart then cross the street towards Proud Apartment which is on your left side. You should reach the entrance of Proud Apartment and you will see a street sign Huiujeong-ro 1 gil (희우정로 1길).

Entrance of Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)
Entrance of Proud Apartment (한국 프라우드 아파트)
Huiujeong-ro 1 gil (희우정로 1길)
Huiujeong-ro 1 gil (희우정로 1길)

4) YG Entertainment Building is on the same side as Proud Apartment. It is also near a GS25 convenience store and a Kimchi/Seaweed Museum (yellow building) is on the other side of the street.

YG Entertainment Building on a spring night
Proud Apartment and YG Entertainment Building on a spring night
YG Entertainment Building
YG Entertainment Building
GS25 convenience store near YG Entertainment Building
GS25 convenience store near YG Entertainment Building
Seaweed Museum and Kimchi Museum near YG Entertainment Building
Seaweed Museum and Kimchi Museum near YG Entertainment Building

It was in early April 2015 when I went here. Back then, BIGBANG is still preparing to launch their MADE series album. I was tempted to stay and wait for a chance to catch a glimpse of them (just in case they were recording at that time) but the cold weather stopped me from doing so. Overall, I like how unique YG Entertainment looks like. It looks modern and artistic, just like their talented artists.

I hope YG will host an event where they will give fans a chance to tour YG building and eat at YG cafeteria or perhaps watch artists as they practice or record their album. I know it is a far-fetched wish, but I’m still crossing my fingers it would happen soon.

Cannot get enough of your favorite YG artists? Why not visit them at YG Entertainment using this guide, who knows it might be your lucky day to spot your favorite artist!

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, 서울특별시 마포구 합정동 397-5

CEO: Yang Hyun-suk (양현석)

Recording Artists: JinuseanMasta WuBig Bang2NE1Psy, Epik HighLee HiAkdong MusicianWINNERiKON; Groups/Subunits: Taeyang (Big Bang), G-Dragon (Big Bang), T.O.P (Big Bang), Daesung (Big Bang), Seungri (Big Bang), GD & TOP (Big Bang), Park Bom (2NE1), CL (2NE1), CL & Minzy (2NE1), Tablo (Epik High), Kang Seung-yoon (Winner), Hi Suhyun

Actors/Actress: Yoo In-naCha Seung-wonChoi Ji-wooChoi Seung-hyun (Big Bang), Kang Daesung (Big Bang), Im Ye-jinJang Hyun-sungJung Hye-youngKal So-wonKang Seung-yoon (WINNER), Ku Hye-sunLee Seung-hyun (Big Bang), Lee Sung-kyungLee Yong-wooNam Joo-hyukNam Tae-hyun (WINNER), Sandara Park (2NE1)

Web Site: www.ygfamily.com

You may also follow YG Entertainment on You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter

Directions to Korean Entertainment Agencies: Cube, JYP, FNC and SM

I only had five days for my first trip to South Korea. Part of my itinerary was to visit the famous tourist spots such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, N Seoul Tower, Nami Island and Petite France. Since I am a K-Pop fan, I managed to squeeze in one day to visit the K-Pop entertainment agencies and K-Pop-owned restaurants .

I started my K-Pop tour in Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong in Gangnam. I used the Korean Entertainment Agencies Tour Route from Visit Korea as a reference.  I altered the sequence (blue line) to Cube (former office building), JYP, FNC and SM since I did not visit Grill Taco and I do not want to take a bus. This map is very reliable because I was able to find the above agencies without getting lost (I did not rent a mobile wifi to cut down my travel expenses so I do not have GPS or access to google maps).

I used this map as a reference but I altered the sequence to: Cube, JYP, FNC and SM.
I used this map as a reference but I altered the sequence to: Cube, JYP, FNC and SM.

Directions to Cube Entertainment and Cube Studio & Cafe:

Update as of April 2016: I was informed by one of our readers that Cube  moved to a new office location. I updated the map and address with English translation.

Cube Entertainment Old Office:

1) From Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Bundang Line) exit 2, you will immediately see K-Star Road where a lineup of Gangnamdol of different K-Pop groups from entertainment agencies located in the same area can be found.

K-Star Road
Cute Gangnamdol of various K-Pop group are lined up along K-Star Road

2) Walk along K-Star Road until you reach a major intersection where you will see Citibank on the corner to your left side and Burberry on your right side.

Citibank and Burberry at the major intersection
At the major intersection, you will see Citibank and Burberry.

3) Turn left and walk along the side of Citibank until you see a building which has Baskin Robbins on the first floor at Dosan-daero 89-gil (ro – larger street; gil – smaller street). Cross the street towards Baskin Robbins and turn left, you will immediately see the old office building of Cube Entertainment.

The building where Baskin Robbins is located is on the same side as Cube Entertainment Building.
The building where Baskin Robbins is located is on the same side as the old office building of Cube Entertainment
Cube Entertainment
Cube Entertainment former office building

4) Walk straight ahead until you reach a small intersection. Turn right to go to Cube Studio and Cafe.

Cube Cafe
Cube Cafe

Cube Entertainment  |   큐브엔터테인먼트

Recording artists:  4Minute, Beast, BtoB, G.NA, Rain,  CLCRoh Ji Hoon, Shin Ji Hoon, Oh Yeri, Huh Gak, and A Pink.

New Address: F2 Building 7th Floor 83 Achansanro (Seongsu-dong) Seongdong-gu, Seoul

Old Address:  LH Building 8 Dosan-daero 89-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea  |  서울시 강남구 도산대로 89길 (청담동) LH빌딩

Website: www.cubeent.co.kr

Here is the map from their website of their new office address. I added the English translation for your reference:

Cube Entertainment New Office Address
Cube Entertainment New Address in Korean and English

Here is the map from their website of their old office address. I added the English translation for your reference:

Cube Entertainment Location in Korean and English
Cube Entertainment  Old Address in Korean and English

Directions to JYP Entertainment Center:

Cube Studio and Cafe is very near JYP Entertainment Center. Following steps 1 to 4 above, on the left side of the small intersection, you will see Dunkin Donuts which is just across JYP Entertainment.

JYP Entertainment
JYP Entertainment

JYP Entertainment Center   |    JYP 엔터테인먼트 센터

Recording Artists:  Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, Miss A, Baek A-yeon, 15&, JJ Project, Sunmi, Got7, HA:TFELT, Bernard Park, G.Soul.

Address: JYP Center, 41, 79-gil Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu Seoul  | 서울시 강남구 압구정로 79길 41 JYP센터

Websitewww.jype.com

Here is the map from their website:

JYP Location

Directions to FNC Entertainment:

Following the steps above, we will have JYP Entertainment as starting point to go to FNC Entertainment. 

1) Walk along the same side of JYP Entertainment Center, as shown below:

JYP Entertainment Center will be our reference to go to FNC and SM Entertainment
JYP Entertainment Center will be our reference to go to FNC and SM Entertainment

2) Turn right when you reach the building which has Lee Sang on the first floor and Sulbing Dessert Cafe on the second floor.

Lee Sang and Sulbing Dessert Cafe
Lee Sang and Sulbing Dessert Cafe

3) You should pass by Gallerie PICI. Continue walking straight ahead.

Gallerie PICI
Gallerie PICI

4)  Turn left at  Dosan-daero 99-gil where CJ VIlla is located. Walk until you reach the end of the block of #42 CJ Villa.

Dosan-daero 99-gil
Dosan-daero 99-gil
CJ Villa
CJ Villa

5) You should see these establishments along Dosan-daero 85-gil once you reach the end of #42 CJ Villa. Turn Right.

Bakery and convenience store at Dosan-daero 85-gil
Standard Bakery and convenience store at Dosan-daero 85-gil
Dosan-daero 85-gil
Dosan-daero 85-gil

6) As you turn right, you will pass by Egosposa and Chungdam Gallery.

Egosposa is on the left side of Dosan-daero 85-gil
Egosposa is on the left side of Dosan-daero 85-gil
Chungdam Gallery is on the right side of Dosan-daero 85-gil
Chungdam Gallery is on the right side of Dosan-daero 85-gil

FNC Entertainment is on the right side along Chungdam Gallery.

FNC Entertainment Address: 111 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 강남구 청담동 111 도 산대 로 85길 46
FNC Entertainment

FNC Entertainment  |  에프엔씨 엔터테인먼트

Recording Artists:  F.T. IslandCNBLUEAOAN.FlyingJuniel, and Yonghwa.

Address: 46 Dosan-daero 85 gil Gangnam-gu (Cheongdamdong 111), Seoul  |   서울시 강남구 청담동 111 (주)  도산대로85길 46

Website: www.fncent.com

Directions to SM Entertainment:

Following the steps above, we will have FNC Entertainment as starting point to go to SM Entertainment. 

1) From FNC Entertainment, walk straight ahead until you reach the end of the road which has a park across from it. Turn right.

Directions from FNC to SM Entertainment. Walk straight ahead until you see a park.
Directions from FNC to SM Entertainment. Walk straight ahead until you see a park.

2) As you turn right, look straight ahead and you will see this:

SM Entertainment Signage
SM Entertainment Signage

3) You will pass by Hangang Villa  한 강 빌 라 (the yellow building) and Riverside Ritzvil before you reach SM Entertainment Building.

You will pass by Hangang Villa and Riverside Ritzvil before you reach SM Entertainment Building
From right to left: Hangang Villa, Riverside Ritzvil and SM Entertainment.
SM Entertainment Building
SM Entertainment Building

SM Entertainment   |    SM엔터테인먼트

Recording Artists:  TVXQTRAXSuper JuniorGirls’ GenerationSHINeef(x)EXO and Red Velvet.

Address: 521 Apgujeong 2-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul    |   서울시 강남구 압구정 2동 521번지

Website: www.smtown.com

I was not able to see any K-Pop artist during this time but I was fulfilled just seeing the entertainment agencies of my favorite K-Pop artists (BtoB of Cube; 2AM, 2PM and GOT7 of JYP; CNBLUE of FNC; Super Junior of SM). Hope this guide will help you find what you are looking for. Feel free to leave a comment for suggestions or corrections.

I posted a separate guide on how to go to YG Entertainment since it is located in a different area. Happy fangirling! ^_^

Best of Best KPOP Concert in the Philippines

Last April 12, 2015, a few days after I came back from Seoul, I was fortunate enough to be given free tickets to watch Best of Best in the Philippines at the Philippine Arena.  This K-Pop concert featured Red Velvet, BTOB (Born to Beat), Girls’ Generation or SNSD and Super Junior. I have watched the latter three groups before so I know it will surely be an awesome concert.

There were round trip shuttle service for only P50 with pickup locations at Alabang Town Center, Intercontinental Manila Open Car Park, and Trinoma Mall.

Shuttle Service in Makati with pickup location at Intercontinental Manila Hotel's open car park
Shuttle Service in Makati with pickup location at Intercontinental Manila Hotel’s open car park

Since the shuttle schedule in Makati at Intercontinental Manila was from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. only, we arrived quite early at the Philippine Arena.

Philippine Arena1

There were lots of activities prepared for the concert attendees.  At KPoparazzi booth, they provided costumes so you can dress up like a K-Pop artist and have your picture taken.

KPoparazzi

At Style booth, they provided free makeover so it is better to have your makeup and hair done here first before going to KPoparazzi booth to complete your K-Pop look.

Style BoothOnce you have completed your K-Pop look, you can go to Upstage Booth and sing to your heart’s content!

Upstage Booth

We started lining up at 6 p.m. and as the night progressed, Philippine Arena was beautifully illuminated. This made us more excited as this was also our first time to watch a concert at such a very big venue.

Philippine Arena at Night

The facilities are well maintained at the Philippine Arena. The LED board and sound system were of high quality to ensure satisfaction of the audience even if it is in the general admission area. The concert did not start until most of the audience got settled into their assigned seats.  Different light sticks for different fandoms were lit up as the audience anticipated for the start of the concert.

Inside Philippine Arena

Red Velvet (consisting of Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri) was the first group to perform.  This is the first girl group by SM Entertainment in five years after f(x).

Red Velvet

I am only familiar with their first digital single, Happiness, and though I have seen them perform their other songs, I would still pick this song as their best song that night.

BTOB (Born to Beat) consisting of Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyun-sik, Peniel,  Il-hoon, and Sungjae performed next.

BTOB (Born to Beat)

I have watched them last year at Dream KPop Fantasy Concert 2 in Araneta Coliseum and I have enjoyed their songs which are combination of rap, R&B, and dance pop. Sungjae, the youngest, has been my favorite member since then and now that he has quite grown up, I still find him adorable. He made me so happy every time he threw hearts and flying kisses at the fans.  From time to time, he would even say a couple phrases in Filipino like Mahal Kita (I love you) and Mahal Kita Pilipin (I love you Philippines).

BTOB Sungjae

For this concert, BTOB performed  Beep Beep, Thriller, Wow, I Only Know Love, The Winter’s Tale and 2nd Confession.

The very popular Girls’ Generation or SNSD consisting of Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri,Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun, performed next.

Girls' Generation (SNSD)

Clad in above-the-knee baby pink dress, they really look pretty and graceful.  They sang and danced their hit songs Gee, Genie, Hoot, Mr. Mr. The fans, specifically the fan boy beside me, knows all their songs by heart!  Amazing! ^_^

Finally, saving the best for last, is the highly awaited performance of Super Junior consisting of Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Eunhyuk, Donghae,Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun. The crowd went wild including us! ^_^

Super Junior

They started with Shirt, followed by This is Love.

Super Junior

They also greeted the fans with Mabuhay!

EunHyuk and DongHae performed Oppa, Oppa and Siwon and the other members playfully joined them at the end of the song.

KyuHyun also performed his song, At Gwanghwamun.

KyuHyun

Then they performed Mr. Simple.

The members also showed off their break dance skills while HeeChul playfully pumped Kangin’s chest and gave him what looked like a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

For their finale, they performed their latest hit, Mamacita.

It was tiring going to the concert venue so the shuttle service was a good idea though there were some confusion regarding where to line up and where to ride the shuttle.  On our way home, we were surprised by the thoughtfulness of the organizers who even provided free meals during the bus ride. I was able to go home almost 1 am, so I suggest starting the event earlier if the venue would be as far as Philippine Arena to ensure the safety of those who will watch the concert.

The sweltering weather during that day while we waited in line added to our discomfort but we ended up fulfilled and flushed from the excitement after watching these K-Pop idols perform. Since I am a fan girl, I mostly cheered on BTOB and Super Junior and up to know, I still watch my fan videos repeatedly with a smile on my face. I hope with the success of this concert, more organizers will bring other K-Pop groups in the Philippines :-)