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In Photos: Coffee, Waffles, Cakes and Cheers to EXO’s 5th Anniversary

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Screencap from EXO’s VLIVE celebrating their 5th anniversary.

The back story. Last February 24th, I traveled all the way from Albay just to attend the Manila leg of EXO’s The EXO’rDIUM concert tour. This isn’t an unfamiliar situation for me since traveling alone in a bus is a regular occurrence whenever I have to head to Manila. But this entire trip was truly special in most ways.

I was already comfortably seated on my designated bus seat when three ladies approached my section, one of them ended up as my seatmate and the other two were seated behind us. Upon seeing them and the small bags that they were carrying, the first thought that popped into my mind was “It’s not crazy if I think that they would be attending the EXO’rDIUM, right?”. I felt that there’s a huge chance that they could be EXO-Ls like me. Even told my friend who called me to go out of the bus about this but we just laughed it off because crazy eh.

I tried to get it off of my mind and concentrated more on my Twitter to field the latest happenings on the web. News about EXO leaving Korea was out and I was freaking out on the inside. How to deal? How to be calm? 어떻게? Trip went on smoothly. But then when I swerved my head towards my seatmate, I saw her checking out Ms. Happee Sy’s Twitter account…and that’s when I confirmed my hunch.

Thinking that we randomly chose our seats in the bus, ended up being seatmates and the fact that most probably all four of us are EXO-Ls who are attending the concert, I know I have to talk to them. I threw my shyness away and braved myself to start up a conversation. It was awkward but that’s how first time talking to people you don’t know goes. But compared to others, it was kind of easier for us to converse since we have a common ground: EXO.

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Fresh Release: 바래다줄게 (Take You Home) by Baekhyun

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If we’re Facebook friends or you’re one of my Twitter followers, then you must know that Byun Baekhyun is my ultimate bias from my favorite group, EXO. I post, tweet and talk about him every time I get an opportunity to do so. I just love him so much. There are a lot of reasons why I swerved into his lane and I think that’s good for another blog post. But among my pool of reasons is his vocals.

Fun fact: He ended up as my bias because of this certain Don’t Go fancam. I don’t know how someone can watch that and not end up being his fan.

With every note he hits and every lyric he utters, you can hear and feel the exact emotion that he wants for his listeners to feel. His voice is able to perfectly translate the desired emotion of the song. Emotionally-packed voice, as I liked to refer to it. I’m vulnerable when it comes to him because he has this power of turning me into a mush. My heart just instantly fills up with various emotions. 어떻게?

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So upon the news of SM releasing a song in which he took part of, I was over the moon. Fans were highly anticipating it because it has been for quite some time now since Baekhyun released a solo song. For me, I experienced double the excitement because it’s the first solo song that he’s releasing wherein I’m already an EXO-L and his fan.

April 14th, D-DAY, SM finally released the song and music video. As expected of Baekhyun, he made his charming-self appear in the MV in full force and sang the song into perfection. Never did I doubt that his song for SM Station 2 would be anything but that.

Take You Home (바래다줄게) music video is aesthetically pleasing and thoroughly captured the message of the song. People who doesn’t understand Korean will be able to at least guess the gist of it. But don’t be too fooled by its happy vibe because it actually masks the tinge of sadness of its lyrics. Read the English translation here. It’s about an unrequited love and the guy still choosing to be there for the girl even if he is not her man.

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Thank You: #5YearsWithEXO

This post is going to be sappy. I recently figured out that EXO brings that out of me.
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Five years of burning passion.

Five years of flourishing hard work.

Five years of bliss yet patched with gloom in places.

Five years of mutual respect and love between EXO and EXO-Ls.

Five precious years spent with us.

Happy 5th Anniversary, EXO!

I was not here since Day One. Or even during their first, second or so anniversary. People may say that I’m being overly dramatic with even blogging about this while only being a 7-month old EXO-L but I believe celebrating this momentous event is a must for every single EXO-L out there. Old or new into the fandom must rejoice, be proud and be thankful for this day. Five years may be a small number for others but in an industry where people could basically come, go and be forgotten, it is an outstanding feat already. I’m so proud of EXO and this fandom and I know my words wouldn’t be able to encompass all of my thoughts and feelings.

To SM Entertainment, thank you. Thank you for bringing these boys together and thus far, the greatest achievement your company has done in my eyes. Thank you for believing in these boys from the start. Despite all the issues, I got to give thanks to you for the existence of EXO.

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To all the Korean EXO-Ls & to those who were present from year one (two and so) and who chose to stay until today, thank you. Thank you for being with the boys through thick and thin. Thank you for expressing love and being their support system when they were experiencing the low points of their career. I know the earlier years were such a rough path and there were several stumbles along the way but you chose to hang on to them and fully believed that these boys could make it big in the industry. Look at where they are now? With EXO’s talents & perseverance and EXO-L’s unwavering love, together you’ve achieved (and will continuously walk through the path to achieve) something beyond magnificent and something that will truly be imprinted forever. I could only imagine what you are feeling today. Though, I’m sure it’ll be five times the intensity as to how I’m feeling right now. All the lengths you went through to show love to them have come to fruition and I know it is such a fulfilling sentiment. I look up to every single one of you and hope to achieve at least half of what you’ve done for the boys.

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To PH EXO-Ls, I may not have a lot of mutuals on Twitter & still get shy when talking to you but thank you for making me feel welcome and part of the family. I can attest as to how welcoming you are when I attended EXOrDIUM in Manila. Even when we don’t know each other’s names, most of you shared a smile and even carried on a conversation with me. Knowing each other wasn’t even a big deal. It felt like if you love EXO and it’s a done deal, we’re friends. Continue reading “Thank You: #5YearsWithEXO”

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A LOOK BACK to 02.26.17: EXO’rDIUM in Manila D2

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Six months ago, you’d possibly find me reading a book, surfing through the web for the next Korean drama that I would be doing a marathon over the weekends or just randomly tweeting stuff. Because that is how I usually spend my down time.

Six months ago, if you said that I’d be hauling my ass off all the way from Albay just to watch a concert of a Korean boy group – I wouldn’t believe it and I’d tell you you’re crazy.

But life loves to play games and to surprise us in crazy ways.

I’m weird. I have this weird thinking that Korean dramas are enough for me and I don’t need to involve myself with Korean music. So prior to this, the only recent Korean songs that I listen to and know by heart are the ones featured in Korean dramas that I watch. I don’t even dare to get to know more and follow the activities of those artists who sang whichever. I just know them by name and the drama they’re associated with. In a sense, Korean music felt like a no go and been there, done that area for me. I stanned Super Junior back in the days but my fervor for Korean songs little by little waned. I’m blaming my younger self for that.

I thought that was the end of it.

I thought I was fully done with fawning over Korean idols.

Well, I thought wrong.

In just a span of six months (or let’s say, three months since the deets for EXO’rDIUM were announced in mid-December 2016), a lot of things happened and changed. How I felt for EXO, was as easy as hook, line and sinker. There was something about their group that made me want to stan, protect, support  and love them.

From a non EXO-L, I became a full-blown “I need to attend their concert, oh god I’m gonna die if I don’t” EXO-L. Crazy. I didn’t expect to reach this level of being a fan of them in such a short span of time. But I remembered my Mother telling me over dinner, “Ganyan ka talaga noh, kapag naging fan ka hardcore. All in.” In my defense though, yes I easily become a fan of someone but what happened here with EXO – only happened twice in my fangirl life (for Jonas Brothers and One Direction). There are other artists that I listen to and appreciate but I can still pass up the opportunity of attending their concert.

With EXO, my want and need to see them perform live equaled to Jonas Brothers and One Direction. Now, I can proudly say that I’ve been to the concerts of my three faves. 

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