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Monday, September 26, 2011

Journey to Korean Music Wave 2011 in M'sia part 1 : BIGBANG

Uri BIGBANG, be the undying stars in the sky! 
Warning! This fan account is a very long and self indulging post by a seriously ‘love sick’ VIP. I had to write every single detail of the event, as I do not know if I’ll ever encounter such an opportunity again. So, please read at your own risk!! XoXo!! 

I think I’m a very lucky VIP. I came only to know about Bigbang last Feb 2011 and yet I got the opportunity to see them performing live in my own country for the 1st time ever!! (Yes, you can yell at me my fellow VIP..I know deserved it..). Well, I do know a few Kpop groups but was never really into the Kpop scene. I was pretty curious to see their long awaited comeback spreading like a viral outbreak in all the Kpop websites! And of course, BIGBANG had me at LOVE SONG! Ohmaigod! Who are these 5 unique+awesome+dashing boys? How come I've never heard of them before? Where have I been all these years?? (Banging my head to the wall). Before I even knew it, I became one devoted VIP and the rest is history.The excitement of seeing our precious boys, GD and TOP and V.I (Seungri) from BigBang started from the DAY the KMW organizer in Malaysia confirmed the line up itself! I had planned my itinerary the best that I could, but I knew I can’t do much. Who am I kidding? What can you expect from a 30 years old ahjumma, 1st time Kpop concert go-er, and a new self proclaimed VIP like me?   

Pre-KMW Concert - Kuala Lumpur International Airport
On the 24thSept 2011, I took the first Electric Train Shuttle (ETS) from Perak to KL Sentral at 5.40am. Arrived in KL Sentral around 8.10am and went straight to the Airport Coach ticket counter. The bus to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) departed exactly 8.30am and arrived at the airport at 9.30am. It’s my first time in KLIA since most of the time I travels with budget airline at the LCCT terminal. Nevertheless, the excitement surpasses the hesitations! I asked for the direction from a girl in my bus. What do you know, she’s there to welcome BB as well!! Yeay..I met another fellow VIP! BB’s flight was scheduled at 10.50am, so we went to grab some breakfast at McDonald on level 5. I promised to meet up with a few of my forum buddies at the airport, and the atmosphere was so overwhelming! We were there for the same reason; Welcoming GD and TOP and Seungri to Malaysia for the 1st time! I could see various fan clubs with their banner waiting eagerly for our boys too.  

Guessing which passage the boys will exit was really mind boggling! Is it going to be the normal arrival hall? Or maybe the VIP passage? After much discussion we finally settled at the VIP passage level 5 since the other Kpop acts used the same passage when they arrived the night before. Each of us took our spot with all kinds of camera on standby. My spot was exactly next to the escalator. There was a glass partition, no so good for the camera recording but definitely good enough for my eye’s satisfaction! There were two Chinese girls standing next to me and they shared stories of bumping into Tae Yang and GD at the recent Vogue Fashion Show in Korea! They even showed me their photos! How cool was that!  

It’s already ½ hour passed their arrival time; still there was no sign of BB. The officer on duty was not really helpful either. Out of no where, someone screamed that BB will exit from arrival hall level 3! I felt someone pulled out my hands and subconsciously I ran together with the crowd to level 3. When we reached level 3, people started to give us the suspicious and annoyed looks (but they still give way for us to run!). One girl was talking on the phone for awhile, and suddenly told us to go up to level 5 again! So the crowd started to run, again. I ran half way, but decided to give up. That was it for me. I decided to just wait at level 3.  

Still panting, I heard people screaming and yelling “OMG, They are out side!!” Err, What?? Boragu??? How was that even possible? I was standing right in front of the international arrival gate! (It was discovered later that our boys were diverted to the Domestic arrival gate to avoid the crowd). This time, I gathered all my energy and stormed outside the airport. OH YEAH! I saw our freakin’ handsome boys in front of my very own eyes! As always, there were policemen and crew guarding them at all time. I was trying to see my GD closer but there were too many people at the front so I ran to the back of the crowd and guess what, I was walking behind TOP the whole time! And yes people, he is GORGEOUS, no doubt. TOP was wearing red leather jacket (it's hot here in Malaysia darling! Loose the jacket plzz!), a blue military hat and brown shades. I did saw Kim Boram (Tae Yang’s manager) and I was like oh my, is Tae Yang coming too? Nahh..No luck guys. Towards the end I saw a delicate creature, I saw my GD. He was wearing a green and white checked shirt, blue cap (his cap was unbutton, only GD can do that..), shades and a neck pillow. I saw Seungri earlier, but couldn't see him anymore when I got closer. He was already in the SUV, with the super dark tinted glass! (From my friend’s video cam below I could see that Seungri also wore a blue checked shirt and shades, and he looked so HANDSOME in person!). The SUV waited for a few minutes, so fans chanted and displayed their banners proudly for the boys. I wish they had lowered the window a bit, but they didn’t. One girl managed to shake hands with GD!! She sat flatly on the chair in disbelieved and I envied her so much! Well, I had my camera with me but I just lost my sense of direction when saw the boys! I end up capturing mostly the policemen, running fans, YG crew, TOP’s backside!! (Banging my head to the wall again!). It was the worst fan cam EVER!! 
TOP'S perfect jawline!

TOP's brown shades and navy blue cap..

TOP's red jacket
TOP's neck

SEUNGRI's backside
more SEUNGRI's backside..
SEUNGRI's legs!!

Tae Yang's Manager!
(Kim Boram)

I replayed the videocam like a gazillion times,
and the thing I managed to capture of uri GD is 

his neck pillow! Arghh!! 
But I must say Malaysian fans are still very courteous. Nobody attempt to grab or pull the boys or screaming hysterically, we just walk together with our boys but keep our distance and let our digicam and DSLR do the job. That’s why I don’t understand the needs for security to change their arrival gate at the very last minute just to divert loyal fans like us from greeting BB properly. The whole incident happened so fast, I still couldn't believe what I’ve just witnessed. It was too much for me to contain. Here's a more believable pictures of our boys from my friend's camera.
Who says GD didn't waved to the fans? 
He did! Briefly, but with style. Like "how ya'll doin' mate?"
Baby looking confident, 
as always.
Yeah, work it maknae!

GDragon & TOP.
Look at GD's unbutton cap!


Seungri walking calmly before 
the crowd noticed them outside.
Hunky Choi TOP. Spot the bunny 
cardboard & manager Kim 
carrying GD's porcupine knapsack?
Pre-KMW Concert - Double Tree by Hilton Hotel 
We exchanged our video recording and phone numbers at the airport. We also saw YG dancers came out from the international arrival hall after BB had left. My forum buddy coxed me into going to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel with her car! was not even in my itinerary to go to that extend, seriously! Traffic was really heavy during lunch time. When we arrived at the hotel we couldn’t see the SUV, only the crew’s van. We asked some girls waiting outside but they heard BB will go straight to the stadium for sound check and only their crew has arrived at the hotel. 

Pre-KMW Concert - Merdeka Stadium 
Yup, our next pit stop was the Merdeka Stadium (venue for the KMW Concert). Though I doubt the boys will go straight for sound check before their lunch, we just had to try our luck. And this time, lady luck was not on our side. We were told that they will only come for sound check at 5pm. I didn’t follow this dear friend afterwards since another group of friends were waiting for me. (I met a lot of new friends because of BigBang! Yeay!). A lot of people already started camping outside the stadium! Some were distributing tickets and selling merchandises. I saw a big banner from Bigbangisvip fan site with Daesung’s, TOP, Seungri, GD & Tae Yang's pictures on it! Malaysia will wait for all 5 of you..  

Since it’s still early for the sound check we decided to go pick up another friend and get ready for the concert tonight. Oh my god, the waiting was nerve wrecking. Just a few hours more to go and I will be seeing GD & TOP and Seungri performing live!

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