P%^#(@!!! ANG INIT NGAYON!!!
Ok, with that out of the way…
I’m on a Bi high these days. Last Saturday, Marissa and I went on a tour of Binondo, Malate and Taft Ave. “for the love of Korea”. Me, I went there to buy Bi’s albums from this quaint Korean specialty store at University Mall in Taft Ave. called MY ROOM. It’s Korean heaven, I tell yah. Most K-fans gather there not just to shop but also to meet fellow K-admirers. We were even able to meet some people who want to join us for the Korea tour in October. Unfortunately, the only item I was able to get was Bi’s 2nd album >> which was AWESOME. Really, even for someone like me who’s not a hip-hop/RnB person, I loved it. No wonder, most Bi fans think it’s his best amongst the three he has. Of course, I can’t tell since I only have the 2nd one, so I broke my own self-imposed rule and bought something from the internet AGAIN (at the same time, crossing my fingers that Customs will not touch their crummy hands on my purchases again). I got Bi’s 1st and 3rd albums from Yesasia.com; I even went the extra mile and got the Japan pressing of the 3rd one, which has a photo book and a DVD insert. It finally arrived yesterday, and after listening to it, I can finally say that… the fans are right. The 2nd one is the best, IMO.
One thing I can say about these foreign pressings is this: they definitely don’t scrimp on cost of album packaging. All 3 albums have something extra: there should always be, at least, an ultra-thick Cd sleeve with lotsa photos. Bi’s first CD has a mini-photobook and an enhanced CD with desktop wallpapers, screen savers, music videos and behind-the-scene footage. The second one looks like a DVD from the packaging alone. Of course, it has a photobook as well and some discount coupons (which, of course, will only work if you’re in Korea). The 3rd one is the best coz, hello, it’s JAPAN pressing. In Japan, you always have to have something extra. In this case, b0nus cuts, a photobook in addition to the photobook on the inlay (which makes it 2 photobooks. Duh.) and the above-mentioned DVD insert which has two music videos (including the exclusive Japanese version of his song I Do), behind-the-scene footage and a personal greeting from Bi in Japanese (hello, Atsushi, I need you to translate!). For all these extras, I certainly wouldn’t mind paying extra. I got the 1st and 2nd albums for roughly php700, and the 3rd one for about php1,200. Not bad at all, especially since these albums are not available on local record stores.
Sana our local releases are just like this. Hah. Dream on, Paulette.
KinkyhOOters will play tonight at Rajah Sulayman Plaza, Manila, with Spongecola. I’m gonna be the manager tonight coz Master Sushi is under some ocean looking at fish. There’ll be some record execs present daw. I hope something good will happen to KH tonight. :)