When you have a ton of work deadlines that are yet to be met, and you dropped everything just to listen to Alden Richards sing a piano acoustic version of I Will Be Here.

It’s SOOOOO GOOD. So good, that I looked like this -> :dream: the entire time that I was watching the video. So good, that I had to write a blog about it even if I haven’t written anything here for quite some time.

The thing with singing with just an acoustic instrument as accompaniment is that, the singer has no place to hide the flaws in his voice. For a non-singer like Alden, this is such a fearless thing to do: sing with just the piano to back him up. He did so well here. No bum notes and just a slight hint of hoarseness on some parts. It’s actually a brilliant idea to not edit out that short part where he missed his cue because that only proves that he sang LIVE. :clap:

Finally, that last note: SUBLIME. :drool:

Who is his vocal coach these days? I want to treat him/her to dinner. Seriously.

Dear GMA Records: can you please release this version as a single? As in this LIVE piano acoustic version. I’ll be more than willing to buy it. Including it on the next album would be nice, too.

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Yesterday was the first day of ticket selling for the Manila leg of Super Junior’s Super Show 7.

Yesterday – actually, for the past several days – there’s this thing being brought up by the younger generation of K-pop fans. That is, the current K-pop acts are more successful because they are raking in millions of views in record time on YouTube compared to the “old” K-pop artists.

Yesterday, the hashtag #TITASOFKPOP surfaced on Twitter.

And yesterday, I realized that I am a Tita of Kpop. :lol: (Note to non-Pinoys: ‘Tita’= ‘auntie’)

During the height of BTS at the 2018 BBMAs where they *almost* broke the Twitter record set by AlDub and Eat Bulaga, one of my beloved bashers Tweeted that there’s no indication that me, Agent P, is a K-pop fan. :ehh: Therefore, more than a decade of me blogging about Korean entertainment is what… just me being a troll? :think:

Don’t answer that. :lmao:

A brief history for the new readers of this blog: I started becoming a staunch supporter of anything Korean in 2005. June 2005, to be exact. My baptism of fire with K-pop happened in July 2005 when I made an impromptu trip to Hong Kong just to see Rain. In fact, the monicker Agent P was borne out of my being a fan of BiKyo (Rain and Song Hye Kyo of Full House fame). It was given to me by a fellow Soompier (Bambiina, who’s a big BTS fan now), when Soompi was still a haven for fans of Korean entertainment as it was a place where we could freely discuss anything about our biases and we will not be judged for it. I became Agent P because I can spot things about Rain and SHK that most fans do not notice.

I have this whole blog as testament of my being a Kpop/Kdrama fan. However, I’ve kinda lost track of anything Korean in 2015 when I became an active fangirl of Alden Richards. I only get my updates from socmed posts of friends who are still into it, and my teen-aged nieces who are now into it. :hihihi:

Going to that topic of current Kpop acts being more successful than old Kpop acts because of YouTube hits: first of all, you cannot use that as an accurate measure of success because YouTube back in my day (which is 13 years ago) is nothing like the YouTube of today. Back in the day, YouTube – social media, in general – was not considered an influential marketing tool. We only upload videos for entertainment and media sharing, and nothing else.

Back in the day, only a few countries have really fast internet connection. Most of us cannot keep up with the ultra-fast internet connection of South Korea, that the only way we catch our favorite Korean shows and MVs was through downloads. Very, very few outside Korea were able to stream in real time. Streaming wasn’t even considered when talking about TV ratings and record sales back then. It is for this reason why the extremely popular drama You Are Beautiful had low TV ratings. Its target audience was the younger viewers who watch TV via real-time streaming; their viewership was not included when ratings were calculated.

Back in the day, the term HD was non-existent. By HD, I meant High Definition and not ADN’s favorite HD, Hidden Desire. :rolleyes: For us Lumang Tao ng K-pop (Ancient People of K-pop), HQ (High Quality) was the most prized video resolution. HQ meant a video size in 640×480 pixels. :lol: When HD came along, it was 720p. And because high-speed internet was quite rare for the ordinary non-Korean netizen, a person who possesses internet connection that can quickly download a HQ video with a 700mb file size was considered a hero. :clap: Said hero would have to invest in that God-given invention known as a CD/DVD burner because she would be everyone’s source of MVs and K-drama/variety show episodes. I still remember when I had to learn how to edit, hardsub and convert video files to be shared to those who cannot watch videos with soft subs. Oh, and remember when we searched high and low for that perfect media player that can play any video format that’s burned on DVDs?

The younger generation will never understand all these, because they never experienced it. Nowadays, they can just click away and that’s it. Consider yourself lucky, kids.

But for us Titos and Titas of K-pop, those were good times. We’ve had many ‘difficulties’, so to speak, but as a result many real-life friendships blossomed because of it. Don’t count us out; these veterans have battled many wars that most of you might never go through. In fact, some of them are still there battling with you.

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I’ve been actively participating in the daily Alden HTs on Twitter but today, I found it extremely difficult to do so.

Today’s HT: #WelcomeToMyWorlDEN, in which we are asked to share snaps of our personal life so that A-fans, aka. The Blueys, may get to know each other better.

I have always been un-anonymous. My face has been very much exposed here on this blog, on social media, even on print and television for as long as I have been an active fangirl. That is, until some time in 2016 when I got plunged into this current fandom of mine where a small misunderstood post may cost you your entire life. And I’m not even exaggerating.

I used to unabashedly post my selfies with Alden, until people started pointing out my physical flaws – and boy, they are too many – that now, all my selfies with him are buried deep into my treasure chest of memories. Heck, I can’t even share my moments with him no matter how wonderfully happy they are, without a horde of socmed zombies crashing onto my party and ruining the memories. I just can’t let that happen anymore.

Mind you, I’m not even referring to just ADN or M-fans. Some of them are just within my own backyard, and they are more ruthless.

I know I shouldn’t let other people run my life. But it is what it is.

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(This blog entry is a bit late. As usual. :hihihi: Sorry, reality got in the way.)

There’s nothing more awesome than receiving news that you’ve won a contest named “Meet and Dine With Alden Richards”. I mean, my current idol + Food. Nothing could get any better than that. :smile:

April 14, 9:15pm. I was startled by a phone call from a seemingly familiar number. I picked it up and got this message:

“Hello, is this XXXXX (my full name)? This is XXX from Cookie’s Peanut Butter. I’m sorry to be calling so late…”

Right then, it suddenly hit me why the number was familiar: it was the same number that I contacted to inquire about VIP slots for their April 22 event at Megamall.

Me, in my head: Shet. Naubusan ako ng VIP slot sa Megamall. Ibabalik pera ko. Parang Boardwalk event na naman ‘to.

:nailbite:

The caller continued:

“I would like to inform you that you’re one of the winners of our Meet and Dine with Alden Richards contest.”

Me, in a very small, pabebe voice: “Oh. Thank you.”

:lmao: I may have sounded too funny because the person on the other end of the line laughed, as well.

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