Sometime over the past couple years, I started listening to Kpop again, something I did on and off until around about 2013… and then I kind of stopped for about 4 years.
How I got back into it was because my friends were always posting BTS memes on the SNS and then one day I was like OK, FINE, I WILL WATCH THE VIDEOS. PLEASE STOP.
The next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Thailand to watch them perform.
OK, I am very aware that the Bangkok concert was…. two months ago and they are like halfway through their Speak Yourself tour now…..But HEY. Life gets in the way sometimes. And I remember every second of BOTH the Love Yourself concerts I went to because those were some of the most fun days I’ve had in a very long time.
I also attended Love Yourself Singapore back in January which was extremely chaotic. So let’s talk a little bit about that first.
Buying the tickets for Love Yourself SG was madness, because they went on sale the morning I just got back from my vacation in Korea. (which I may write about… maybe… eventually…. idk. we’ll get to it when we get to it.)
I was on a plane the night before the tickets were dropping. I wasn’t even sure if I slept on that flight, but I was not going to sleep through this ticket purchase and honestly being able to stay awake to buy the ticket was an achievement in itself.
Actually, my colleague’s sister managed to get me a ticket because I was in the queue for hours but she got in first. Shout out to Nurul…. and also Chao for helping me buy my Bangkok ticket.
At the Singapore concert, my plan was to go to line up for merchandise at 7-8 am because I really wanted to get the Tshirt. There was nothing else I wanted.
I got there at 7.30am and was greeted by a mini stampede of people because apparently there was this rumour that they saw Jimin.
Of course it wasn’t Jimin
because he is not dumb enough to just show up on the streets near the concert venue unprotected. It was just someone who happened to dye their hair pink (because Jimin’s hair was pink at the time) and wore a bucket hat. Sorry man… Discount Jimin.
In Singapore I was in line for over 4 hours and then by the time I actually was able to enter the merch hall…. they were sold out OF THE TSHIRTS
Not wanting my efforts to be wasted, I dropped 55 Singapore dollars on an Army Bomb, something I was not planning to buy…. and a random pack of stickers.
So now I have this very expensive flashlight to light up my face with while I tell ghost stories at the next Buzzfeed Unsolved themed party.
FOR THE BANGKOK CONCERT, I took no chances. I was not leaving without at least 1 shirt. I woke up at 5.00am to get to the merchandise booth by 6.30am and by 10.30 am I was able to get my shirts.
It was pretty obvious that everyone at my hotel was there for the concert as well.
When I got to the concert venue I saw these old Thai ladies setting up booths selling merchandise. Like a typical Thai market but for random bootleg BTS merch. I loved it.
When I was waiting in line, I met this girl from Korea who asked me if I could help her buy a premium photo of Jungkook because we were limited to how many items we could purchase per person. So I said yeah, sure…. I mean I wasn’t planning on getting one anyway, so why not.
These premium photos are larger than my own head. I’m pretty sure it’s larger than life size. Like 1.2x the actual size of Jungkook’s head.
In return she gave me this magnificent rare Pokémon T money card of Tae.Which I will definitely be using on my next trip to Busan. 🙂
I also learned that people giving me random stuff the entire day was just part of the experience. I didn’t have anything to give away at the time!!!! But next time…. next time I will have stuff. 🙂
This was so different from the chaos of the Singapore concert. It wasn’t even 11am yet and I managed to get all my shopping done. So I decided to go back to the hotel to freshen up a bit before the concert began at 7pm.
Now I’ve been seeing people talk about their concert outfits which are all very cute. Allow me to share mine.
I feel like I was just drenched in sweat the whole time I was at the stadium area. I do not know how people can walk around with their makeup still intact while I was all sweaty and gross, looking very unglamorous. The Bangkok sun is no joke.
The bag check and entering the concert venue was very smooth. Kudos to the organizers, they did an excellent job.
When I was in queue, I got to see a some pretty weird fashion.
The premium ticket in Thailand was seated, compared to the Singapore one which was a mosh pit. Since I was there so early:
Anyway onward to the concert:
Halfway through it started raining, and this stadium is open air. Nothing to protect you from the elements.
But I got to see Jimin perform Serendipity in the rain. Which was very satisfying.
Also RM and Trivia: Love in the rain was very good.
Also J-hope moves with such charisma. It was so hypnotizing.
Of course the legendary Euphoria fanchant.
Singularity is even more beautiful live. I was about 73.8% convinced that Tae was gonna smash that coat hanger.
Also convinced that Yoongi like… just woke up.
Also I think I may have cried a little bit during Epiphany. But that’s totally normal.
And of course, the only fan chant I can actually remember.
It was so good!!! I haven’t had this much fun in years. For those of you going to the Speak Yourself, have fun and it’s going to be amazing.
So about those “More dates to come” on their tour website…. when….. I’m watching you, Big Hit. I too want to see the youngest one fly through the air before my eyes, please. Thanks.
I have nothing else to say, go stream whatever song needs streaming now.
What are your favourite BTS memes? Share a few, maybe. 🙂