January 1.

Checking my Facebook Memories feed has become a daily habit for me. Today, January 1, brought back this gem:

:rotflmao:

I can laugh about it now, but I still clearly recall how floored I was, waking up with a deluge of messages from all channels bearing that same news and ending it with, “oh yeah, Happy New Year!” :lmao: I remember wishing it was April Fools instead.

My blog regarding that piece of news was even more hilarious. Talk about being delusional and constantly in denial. Seriously, was I that bad? Ew. :lol:

(Oh stop, Agent P. Your delulu-ness was the one that brought site traffic on your blog. Be grateful. :razz: )

In light of the latest New Year couple being EXO’s Kai and Blackpink’s Jennie, I wish your fanbases are handling it well. Been there, done that. You’ll survive, trust me.

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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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FYI re: Rise2Shine.

The following is a post from Araneta Coliseum’s official Facebook page:

So there you have it. The concert is postponed until further notice. Please refer to the above post for your inquiries and concerns. Thank you.

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OK. After fulfilling my All Saints’ Day obligations, I finally was able to ponder more clearly on this new development.

According to the above notice from Araneta Coliseum and the producers of Rise2Shine, the concert was merely “postponed to a later date” (first quarter of 2018) and the artists line-up will be the same. However, per the notice from Rain Company (please scroll down to the notice dated November 1, 2017), Rain will not be participating anymore because (and I quote from the notice), “As the organizer; KO- Ph. has been dishonest in fulfilling the performance contract, we have come to the decision that it is impossible to go ahead with the performance. Our decision is therefore “not to participate in the performance”. The rest of the notice is basically telling people to claim refunds, which is tantamount to saying that should the concert pushes through in the future, Rain is out of the artists line-up.

Thus, people were more confused than ever. :shrug:

This is just my opinion, and my position as a consumer: I will claim my refund instead of waiting it out. If the concert subsequently pushes through next year and Rain is still on the roster, I’ll just buy again. I’m not rich enough to be putting my money on hold for something uncertain as this one. Sure, it might also mean I am donating my money for the beneficiaries – which, incidentally, includes the aforementioned KO-Ph :think: – but if I want to donate for the rehabilitation of Marawi, there are other ways to do so.

I just feel sad and disappointed for my fellow Clouds who have been waiting for this moment for seven years. :sad:

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A random thought.

I’ve been seeing comments along the lines of, “the announcement of the cancellation was so last minute.”

I guess the ones commenting are new to the fandom? If you think two days is “last minute”, what do you call the events in LA where the cancellation announcement was made barely a couple of hours before the actual concert, when all the ticket holders were already queued at the venue? :rolleyes:

All other speculations are a bit off-hand, too. Like:

a. Kim Tae Hee just gave birth – ahm, her due date has been determined months before. He would know that by the time this concert rolls in, his wife would’ve given birth already. If it’s a factor to the decision, he would’ve not accepted the show in the first place.

b. He’s busy with The Unit/album comeback – same as (a). Those schedules have been fixed months ago, prior to the announcement of this concert. If those are factors to the decision, he should’ve not accepted the show in the first place.

Honestly, speculations (a) and (b) are not helping Rain at all and are actually making him look bad. If you’re a fan, stop saying those things. :nono:

As for speculations about ticket sales… well, it’s a benefit concert. I think ticket sales as basis for cancellation should be the least of their concerns. Again, that’s just making Rain look bad.

From what I heard from sources which are far more reliable than fan speculations, it’s really a contractual issue between Rain Company and one of the organizers. Nobody is lying in their respective official statements. Just take it as it is, for once, and let’s refrain from overthinking.

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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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