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12 September 2010 @ 11:07 pm
A weekend of screaming, part 1  
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Not as prominently displayed at the concert as I hoped


I went to the Rain concert yesterday night at the SM Mall of Asia, expecting more of the craziness I encountered when I went to the Super Junior concert at the Araneta Coliseum. And I guess I did get what I wished for.

Just as with the Super Junior concert, the lines were already long hours before the concert even began. But despite that, everyone was pretty well-behaved. When they started herding everyone into the venue, everyone was still on their best behavior. I thought that it would actually be a pretty sedate crowd compared to the Super Junior kids.

How wrong I was.

When I finally managed to get in, the people in the VIP area were already four rows deep, which I didn't mind at first because I'm not really a big K-Pop fan. However, as more and more people kept coming in, I became more and more concerned.

You see, most of the people I was sharing the VIP area with were either Koreans or teenage girls. I will most definitely sound racist and ageist after I type this down, but it has to be said -- these two groups can go really batshit crazy at events like these when push comes to shove. But I tried not to think about it, even if one the fans (a Korean teenager OMG) kept pressing her boobs against my back.

I got an inkling of trouble when Christian Bautista -- one of the two front acts -- took the stage. Because from behind me, I felt what could be best described as a Korean rush. You could feel them pushing forward en masse and if it were not for the other Filipinos I was with they would have broken through the ranks.

But that was just the first attempt. U-KISS was up next.

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This is U-KISS.


Perhaps my countrymen were distracted by the Korean teenagers onstage -- one of the members of U-KISS is only 16-years-old -- because when the Koreans pushed again, the barricade gave way like a battalion of Orcs being trampled by the Rohirrim. Since I was the only one standing firm, I ended up being carried by the current all the way up to the second row.

While all of that was happening, the Korean girl behind me kept pressing her boobs against my back, distressing me enough to tweet this:

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And yet, I still wasn't prepared for what happened when Rain finally came out. Because when he finally did, it was crazy.


I guess you can't blame them.


When Rain came out, the girl behind me practically heaved me and everyone else forward, and pretty soon I found myself against the railings. The Korean teenager was right behind another girl, and she had both her hands and a leg grabbing onto the railings for dear life. By this time the other concert goers were furious and were yelling at her to stop pushing. Korean girl replies in an indignant voice that she is not pushing, even as she looks the way she does.

All throughout Rain's performance, Korean teenager was screaming her head off. "Oppa! Oppa! Opppppaaaaaaa!!!!" followed by really heavy breathing. She may have been convulsing too but I didn't care to look. I was, however, curious as to what "Oppa" meant.

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The craziest and most hilarious thing about the concert, though, was the fact that it ran so short. I barely had enough time to get my metaphorical panties in a bunch before Rain was bowing to the audience and departing the stage. I wasn't too bummed out, but the guys all around me had this shattered look in their eyes.

Afterwards, I went out with a bunch of friends to a karaoke place and screamed my lungs out, as I did precious little of it during the concert itself. A fun time was had by all, especially since one of us got hilariously drunk.
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Beautiful Midnight: Misfitsgenerationxwing on September 13th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
This amused me more than you know.

When my friend came down in April, we went to Chinatown and there was a little store there that sells Anime/J-Pop/K-Pop merch.

My friend bought like.. three Super Junior posters, two Super Junior Mugs, and when the woman told her that she was getting in some SJ pillows on Sunday..

..well, we went back Sunday.

As well as checking out the Korean DVD store. So now whenever I even hear them mentioned, I think of her.
tristantrakandtristantrakand on September 14th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
I love your Misfits icon!

Your friend actually sounds so much more reasonable and sane than some of the girls I've had to rub shoulders with during these concerts. XD
Beautiful Midnightgenerationxwing on September 14th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
This is also the same friend who is leaving Canada to go to the University of Japan, and seriously pondered dropping out because one of her favorite KPop bands is getting back together and touring while she's in Japan.

And thank you ^^ It took me an absurd amount of time, but as soon as I saw the opening theme for the first time, I knew I wanted that as an icon.