Hit, Love, Goodbye.

Here’s something I used to do a lot but I haven’t been doing lately: a totally random K-pop post. :oops:

I’ve written before that my current K-pop bias is the group SEVENTEEN. (I wrote a short background of how I got into the group at my SEVENTEEN Ideal Cut in Manila Aftermath report.) The group has just released their latest single, HIT, and it was AWESOME. I mean, I am not a fan of EDM but for some reason, this song just caught me hook, line and sinker. I feel like clubbing after this. Mind you, I hate clubbing.

I’ve also been spending time watching reaction videos to this MV and they all had one thing in common: after the video, they just sat there dumbfounded and out of words to say.

It suddenly it hit me: there’s a recent thing which had the same effect on me and practically everyone who saw it.

That recent thing? The movie Hello, Love, Goodbye.

I distinctly remember the premiere night, how everyone just sat through the end credits as if it’s a Marvel movie, waiting for what will happen next. We strutted out of the cinema with eyes glazed, asking ourselves and each other what the heck did we just experience. It’s simply mind-blowing. We were all dumbfounded, we just found ourselves grasping for tickets to the next screening. And the next. And the next.

Fortunately for SEVENTEEN’s Hit, all I have to do is to hit ‘reload’ to see it again. And again. And again.

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Very nice!

Aftermath: SEVENTEEN ‘Ideal Cut’ in Manila
29 September 2018 – Mall of Asia Arena

Disclaimer: The blogger only used that as the title of this entry because it’s the title of one of Seventeen’s hit songs. It does not reflect the blogger’s real feelings toward the concert as a whole.

‘Very nice’ is not a very accurate description of Ideal Cut, nor of Seventeen. The fact is, the concert, and Seventeen, are freakin’ AWESOME. :clap:


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Look who’s back.

Yup, it’s RAIN, ladies and gents.

I have just finished watching his comeback stage at KBS Music Bank and I must say, it seems this album is an improvement – by a mile – from his last album. :thumbup: Though I’m not too fond of Gang because the genre isn’t my cup of tea, but the other two songs that he performed (Sunshine and Again) reminds me of vintage Rain circa I Do and Love Story. His voice is still the same haunting voice that was one of the reasons why I became his fan. As for the dancing, nice to know that despite his earlier claim that he can’t dance anymore, he proved himself wrong and showed that he still has the chops to do it. (Side note: I get amused whenever I see comments to this effect: “For his age, Rain can still dance like that.” Ahm, isn’t he just 35? :ehh: )

Lastly, it’s nice to see him looking fresh and happy again, something that I haven’t seen on him for the longest time. (If anyone gets offended by that statement, please check again which blog are you on right now.) I guess being a family man agrees with him, ‘no? It’s his lifelong dream to have a daughter, after all.

KBS Kpop’s YouTube Channel has disabled embedding for the videos, but here are the links in case anyone hasn’t seen it yet:

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – INTRO + 깡 – 비 (INTRO + GANG)

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – SUNSHINE – 비 (SUNSHINE)

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – 다시 – 비 (Again – RAIN)

And here’s the official MV for ‘Gang’:

I haven’t listened to the full album yet, so I can’t comment on it. I’ll update this entry – or write a new one – once I get the chance to do so.

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Are you ready for Rain? (updated)

Is anybody still reading this? :think: :lol:

For those who are waiting for updates on Rain’s show in Manila, Smart Araneta Coliseum’s official Facebook page has posted the ticket prices for the Rise2Shine benefit show happening on November 3, 2017.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Bronze – P 1,000
Silver- P 1,600
Gold- P 2,600
Vip seating- P 3,500
Vip SRO (Standing) – P 4,000
Moshpit A (Patron A)- P 5,000
Moshpit B (Patron B)- P 5,000
*Prices inclusive of ticket charges

Ticket selling starts tomorrow – make that TODAY, September 29, 2017 – at 5:00pm via Ticketnet outlets and Ticketnet.com.ph.

UPDATE:

Here’s the official poster and seat plan courtesy of Ticketnet.com.ph. You may purchase your tickets from that link.


Important note to overseas fans who will purchase via the website:

Ticketnet.com.ph currently does not accept credit cards issued outside the Philippines. If you need assistance regarding the matter, please contact Cloud Philippines through their official Facebook page. Thank you!

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Like nearly everyone else, I got so excited when I saw the ticket prices. It’s relatively affordable compared to your usual K-pop event here in Manila, and the best part is that it’s for a good cause. :thumbup:

Some fans have expressed concerns about the length of Rain’s set (ie., how many songs) at the show. Understandable for practical reasons, but we have to remember that this is not Rain’s solo concert so a one-hour set is the best we could hope for. But for me, just the chance to see something like this in the flesh after seven years of waiting is enough for me to empty my pockets once again for this man.

Looking forward to see old and new faces at the Rise2Shine concert this November 3!

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Just a random thought to end this blog entry:

As we were still reeling at the release of updates for Rain’s show, this piece of news popped out:

MYX.ph: Big Bang’s Seungri is coming to Manila!

We still haven’t recovered from G-Dragon and Taeyang. Now here comes Seungri having an event in Manila and it’s happening barely a week from now. :shock: So when is Daesung coming? Let us know as early as now, please. :hihihi:

The amusing part is, just recently, a post from nine years ago popped in at my On This Day feed at Facebook. It was about a petition spearheaded by Philippine K-pop Convention asking the Korean embassy to bring Korean artists to Manila. :shock:

Nine years ago, we had to file a petition for it to happen. In 2017, we are practically begging the promoters to go easy on us because there’s a Korean star having a concert or fanmeet in Manila nearly every month. What am I saying, in 2017, there’s a certified K-pop idol appearing on a Philippine TV show every weeknights.

Pigs are flying everywhere, folks.

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Yep. Rain IS coming.

Pigs are flying.

It’s confirmed. Rain is, indeed, coming back to Manila. :whee!:

Just to summarize and recap:

– The title of the show is Rise2Shine.
– The concert is on November 3, 2017.
– Ticket selling will start on September 29, 2017.
– Ticket prices are not announced yet (in case anyone will ask :grin: )
– It’s a benefit concert.
– Rain is just the main act. It’s going to be an all-star show, with special surprise guests.
– The other artists joining the concert are not announced yet.

Are you guys ready? :smile: Start iponing now, we still have time.

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Here’s the part where I will insert my personal blabber on this latest development.

1. November 3? THAT’S MY MOM’S BIRTHDAY. :cry: We’ve already planned an out-of-town trip for that. I’m going to have to find a way to be at both events. Anyone here who knows where I can learn to Apparate in 1.5 months?

2. So Rain will not be the only artist on this show. There will be other artists and he’s just a main act. Anyone else getting “INTENSITY featuring RAIN & U-KISS with Special Guest Christian Bautista” feels right now?

3. And while we’re on that subject, I guess we should also stop referring to this event as a ‘concert’. Flashback to 2010, when we were given an impromptu lesson on how Koreans label an event. If the artist is onstage for less than two hours, it’s not a ‘concert’ but a ‘SHOW’. Rain will probably do a one-hour set at the most, so it’s not a concert. Not his, anyway. It’s a show, featuring him and other artists.

4. Having said that, I will be wary of any press conferences that he will have here, especially if said press conference will not include the other artists on the show’s roster. Just sayin’. :neutral:

5. To whoever is producing this show:

I highly recommend that you seek some pointers from the promoters of Intensity. Assuming it’s a different group, that is.

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