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Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour in Manila

Last October 24, one of the biggest k-pop boybands came and performed in Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena. It’s been a crazy day for VIPs since there were a lot of logistical issues but the show went on as scheduled. I’ve got a few concerns with the security of the venue but I’m not complaining because I got photos for the event thanks to them.

As usual, I can’t give a blow-by-blow account of what happened at the concert but I have a few highlights:

  • Seungri and the toy panda
  • A very long encore (people say this was the longest for their tour so far) and they sung some songs twice
  • Seungri and G-Dragon shooting each of the members of the group using a phone
  • TOP wearing a huge ribbon headband
  • They said they love it here and PROMISED to come back. I do hope they keep their word.

Here’s one of my favorite songs, Haru Haru:

I would like to thank my friend Marge for taking me with her to watch this. Such a fantastic event to experience and capture. It would’ve been nicer if I could bring in my D5000 but my brother’s Sony HX20V with 20x optical zoom is a perfect alternative.

Enjoy the photos!

(For your download convenience, here’s a zip file.)

2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia Press Release

“2012 ASIA SUPER SHOWCASE IN MALAYSIA”

Ticket Launch at Kenanga Wholesale City, Level LG Centre Court
on 14th October 2012

Fans of Super Junior-M, EXO-M & BTOB, get ready to grab your tickets for the “2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia”!
Tickets will go on sale first on the 14th of October 2012 at Kenanga Wholesale City, Level LG, Centre Court from 12.00 noon until 6.00pm. Thereafter, tickets will be available nationwide via the TicketCharge outlets, hotline and website from 15th of October 2012 onwards.


Ticket prices for “2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia” are tiered at:
Upper Zone – RM183 (free standing)
Pit Zone – RM283 (free standing)
Super Zone – RM383 (free standing)
VIP – RM600 (numbered seating)
VIP and Super Zone ticket buyers stand a chance to be the lucky few who get to see their idols up close. All ticket buyers will receive a limited edition poster and merchandise. The instructions and guidelines on redemption of gifts will be announced at a later date by the organizers.

The “2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia” will take place on the 11th of December 2012, 8pm at Kenanga Wholesale City, Level 15.


Super Junior-M had their debut in 2008 and their current members consist of eight members namely Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Zhou Mi and Henry.
Malaysia ELF a.k.a EverLasting Friends (as the Super Junior Official Fans are collectively known as) have long been awaiting the return of Super Junior-M to Malaysia after the group had their first live appearance in 2011 at the Malaysian National Youth Day. On that day, an estimated audience of more than 30,000 people showed up to celebrate the occasion with the group.


The second performing artist will be EXO-M, which is a subgroup of Chinese-South Korean boy band, EXO. EXO-M consists of six members namely Kris, Xiumin, Lu Han, Lay, Chen and Tao. Produced by S.M. Entertainment, the group’s debut single “Mama” won them many awards around the region.


The third performing artist is seven-member boy band BTOB (Born to Beat), consisting of Eun Kwag, Min Hyuk, Chang Sub, Hyun Sik, Peniel, Il Hoon and Sung Jae. Produced by Cube Entertainment’s associate label Cube DC, BtoB is making waves in the Korean music scene with two hit songs; dance number “Insane” and the ballad “Imagine”.

“2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia” is jointly organized by Marctensia Concerts and Universal Music Malaysia. Other partners include Artist Produced by S.M. Entertainment and Cube Entertainment, Official Radio Stations MY FM and Era FM, Official Venue Kenanga Wholesale City, Official Ticketing Agent TicketCharge and Technical Support, Singesen.
For more ticketing details, please contact TicketCharge at 03 9222 8811 or visit www.ticketcharge.com.my. For more information on “2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia”, please stay tuned to Marctensia Concerts (www.facebook.com/MarctensiaConcerts) (www.twitter.com/marctensia) or Universal Music Malaysia Chinese (https://www.facebook.com/UMMChinese) (www.twitter.com/UMusicMalaysia).

王力宏 MUSIC-MAN II 火力全開 Concert Tour Hong Kong

Last September 15 and 16, I was lucky enough to get to watch my one and only Leehom Wang live in Hong Kong. It was a last minute decision to go since I was just fresh from our France trip last July when the ticket sales started. This trip marked my second time to go to Hong Kong, as well as watch a live Leehom concert. Aside from going to the concert, my friends and I went around and even stopped by Macau for a day trip (which I will probably feature next month).

OMG It’s Jackie Chan!

This was a really fun experience since my friends and I grew from a group of three in 2008 in Taipei to five in 2012 in Hong Kong. Leehom must have been surprised that we were finally able to be there and watch him live. I also had a chance to see him do his pre-concert prayer before the final night’s performance. No photos of him for that one to respect the management’s wishes. Aside from Leehom, I was also able to capture Jackie Chan with my camera.

Enough talk.. let’s get on with the photos.

I’ve posted the September 15 set under OurHome Philippines here. Head on over there if you’d like to see the shots by an amazing point and shoot camera.

And here’s the set for September 16, please enjoy the 385 photos by my beloved D5000 and 55-300mm :)

Download zips: 01 02

Jokwon interview for ‘Im Da One’

This is a joint entry with www.Cho-kyuhyun .com. We were given a chance by MCA Music Philippines to participate in Jo-Kwon’s live video-conference last July 19 to unveil his upcoming solo album “I’m Da One” . This is his first solo album after he went through 8 years of training and 4 years as the leader of the popular ballad group 2AM. As Jo Kwon mentioned, his debut song “I’m Da One” is a reflection of him who likes having fun and experimenting a lot of things.

A particular song in his debut album caught our staff’s attention which is “Wingardium Leviosa”. It was intriguing because it seemed like a Harry Potter inspired song. We asked Jo Kwon what is is about in which he replied…
“This song is an incredibly fun song and the title as you know is inspired by Harry Potter’s charm ‘WingardiumLeviosa’ and I’m such a huge fan of Harry Potter .You can also say that I grew up watching it. In charm it’s like when I show up in the club and say these words then it can lift the mood and athmosphere of the club in an instant like magic and we came up with a very fun korean rhyme to the title so it’s a very good song to play in the club”

Be sure to catch Jo Kwon’s solo album I’m Da One to be released this August 2012 by MCA Music

Wong Fu Productions Live in Manila

It was early February when they announced that Wong Fu Productions was going to add a stop to Manila. The day after, my friends and I got tickets for the event.

March 1 came and despite all the hiccups that happened that day (we had a lot planned and nothing went right), it was time to see them. We arrived at the Music Museum about 30 mins before the event. It was just enough time to buy some merchandise (AWKWARD TURTLE!!!) and find our seats.

The view from our seats

The seats we got were at the second and third row. I knew it was close but I didn’t realize it was too close until we got there. We settled in and prepared our cameras. It was nice since the seats have this small table much like those on the kneelers at church. I placed my extra lens there in case I decide to switch (18-55mm and 55-300mm on the camera). The photo at the right shows approximately how far we were. On the stage were two chairs and two mic stands. It looked like it was going to be a really simple show.

The house lights went out and the stage lights turned on and two-thirds of Wong Fu Productions came out on stage. Almost everyone was screaming when they came out. They introduced themselves and talked about how they started in college. Phil did most of the talking with Wes occasionally adding his thoughts.

They showed a few of their videos (Kung Fooled, Shell, 1 Millionth Subscriber) then after that, they talked about how they came about to making them. They also showed David Choi’s MV (we were really disappointed they didn’t show Leehom’s MV) and one of their latest works that they haven’t really finished editing yet.

They discussed about working on different projects at different levels. They even used an analogy to public transportation in terms of their type of shoots. For example, they compared Shell as being a “tricycle” shoot. The other one they also used was “jeepney”. Here’s a couple of animated gifs of funny Phil showing his “Jeepney” action and his role on “Tricycle” shoots.


(Click to enlarge)

After showing their clips and discussing them, they opened the floor to a few questions. They were asked to speak a little Mandarin and Cantonese. Some also asked a few more questions regarding their work and careers. Overall, it was an inspirational event especially for those thinking of a career in art.

We hated it to end but it had to since the Meet and Greet was finally going to start. We still had to wait for them to come out at the lobby and start. The line was also a bit long but eventually we were next. We didn’t know that they don’t allow people to have a solo photo with the guys if you had friends with you. I think it’s just unfair that they didn’t give us a choice of going together or separately. We did pay the same ticket price per person so why couldn’t we take the full worth of our ticket by taking a solo photo with them. After “arguing” with the lady there (and Phil starting to approach us and looking worried) we ended up going together. Got hugs then we took a photo together and got our autographs. We told them that we were big fans of Leehom and they thanked us for supporting them. I told them it was sad they didn’t show Leehom’s MV instead and they said they were actually deciding on what to show for the day. Too bad they didn’t pick Leehom. We said our thanks and left.

Such a big group photo :(

It was an awesome night. Thanks to my friends who spent it with me. A big thank you to Wes and Phil as well for being so nice.

Here are the photos I took during the event. Enjoy!
Download the zip file here (~50mb).

I met Wong Fu!

Simple Plan – Get Your Heart On! Concert Tour in Manila

It’s been a week since that fateful day…

Ever since it was announced last year that Simple Plan was going to have a concert here on January, I’ve been wanting to go. The only problem was who to go with and what area. I’ve never had a favorite in the band so I didn’t feel the need to get patron/VIP seats. I had friends that were interested but we never got to finalize our plans.

A few days before the concert, one of those friends told me that there’s a local celebrity giving away tickets if you make a photo montage of said celebrity. Told her, no way! I’ll just skip the concert and forget about it. So a day after, she told me she won tickets to the concert. I was really happy for her since she hasn’t seen them yet. I told her it was her time now since back in 2005 I was the one who won tickets.

Day of the Concert:
So I went to work at my usual time. I expected to have some OT since we still had to make up time for the party we had on Monday (anyone want photos?) It was only around lunch time that I realized, I REALLY WANT TO GO WATCH THEM. I had my Simple Plan playlist on loop for the whole afternoon. By now, my other friend who I tried to invite to join us wanted to go as well. We were thinking which section to choose, at the same time I was waiting for friend #1 on where here free ticket will be.

After hours of waiting and deciding, friend #2 called. “I got free tickets! We can go watch now!” At that time, we weren’t sure where the seats were so I waited for her to confirm. After a few minutes she called back and told me the best news for 2012. “Patron seats!!!” I was shocked. I was there thinking of buying a ticket for Upper Box A if friend #1 got tickets there. And now I get Patron VIP seats for free. I wouldn’t let it pass of course. I asked if I could leave early (and work on that OT the next day) and rushed off to Cubao. What a rush!

I got there and discovered our seats were at the 3rd row! It’s so near! Too bad I didn’t have any camera with me. As you can see, I don’t have better photos since it’s all unexpected and I only had my trusty Zee and my 3DS at that time. But here’s the twist, I got 3D photos that would make you feel like you’re there.

If you’ve got a 3DS or a 3D smart phone, you can check out the links below from your browser. I uploaded it in my domain root so it would be easy to type in for the 3DS. If you’re already viewing this site, just click on the thumbnail and it will direct you to the .mpo file. (URL format would be http://stellarshadow.net/sp##.mpo)

3D photos

http://stellarshadow.net/sp01.mpo http://stellarshadow.net/sp02.mpo
http://stellarshadow.net/sp03.mpo http://stellarshadow.net/sp04.mpo
http://stellarshadow.net/sp05.mpo http://stellarshadow.net/sp06.mpo
http://stellarshadow.net/sp07.mpo http://stellarshadow.net/sp08.mpo
http://stellarshadow.net/sp09.mpo http://stellarshadow.net/sp10.mpo
http://stellarshadow.net/sp11.mpo http://stellarshadow.net/sp12.mpo

It’s always fun if you got seats in front. It’s even more fun if the band interacts with the audience a lot. I’ve only been to a few concerts and so far they’ve been the most interactive band I’ve seen perform. It’s probably mostly because there’s no language barrier compared to the Chinese/Korean concerts I’ve been to. And the band’s really awesome and made the experience special.

A few notable songs have been Astronaut, Summer Paradise, Thank You and Perfect.
Astronaut – they asked us to wave our light sticks or our phones to simulate stars. Friend #1 says it really looks nice from the back *__*
Summer Paradise – They haven’t been to a beach in the Philippines yet! D:
Thank You – In the middle of the song, Pierre started asking us to sing the “Thank you” part but say “Salamat” instead. I loved how they made the song more local and appropriate.
Perfect – It started off with Pierre on acoustic guitar. This really felt special. Then then transitioned to include the whole band.

I never got to memorize their setlist so just check it here.

The show ended with a happy yet sad note… I caught one of the bottles that Jeff threw and my friend got a towel as well. Too bad she lost David’s pick :(

Thank you Pierre, David, Jeff, Seb and Chuck for that AWESOME night!

Update: Whoops… Fixed the links for the 3D photos. I got them wrong the first time.

ZE:A Promotional Tour at Market!Market!

Still hung over from the Simple Plan concert last Thursday (hopefully I get the time to write about that too), my friend and I headed to Market!Market! for ZE:A’s last stop for their promotional tour. Been excited for this the whole week since my trigger finger’s been itching to shoot ever since Monday (office party) and Thursday (camera-less with patron seats D: )

They got on stage and performed then had an interview, then danced some more. They encountered technical difficulties with the music so they had to cut the performance short. They then finished off with the signing. It was pretty quick than I expected. I could have taken more photos if they followed their planned playlist.

Thanks to Be (cho-kyuhyun.com) for sharing her press spot with me while she was busy studying. I really appreciate it! And I think JunYoung knew about it too since he’s been looking at my camera for you 😉

Here’s a zip file for your download convenience. Enjoy!

2AM Live in Manila Grand Show (part 2)

The event started a little after 5pm. There was an opening act and after 3 songs, 2AM came out. They sang around 4 songs? I’m not exactly sure because the shooting, the arm/hand fatigue and the thirst got to me by the time they got the cake out. It’s Changmin’s birthday today (and 2 more members with their birthday this month) so fans gave them a very cute musical cake with candles to blow. They also made a video greeting for the boys. Soon after the show was over. It was too long for my arms and hands to take… but it was too short a time to see them in person. The boys were nice and talented, and they tried hard to speak to us in Filipino and English. I hope they come back soon (and bring 2PM along with them of course).

Here’s the photos. A whopping total of 120 clear shots (and I’ve already picked that out of nearly 1k shots for the day). It would have been more if I got a better position like the VIP section or just stuck along the side railings. If you’d like to download all, here’s a zip file.

Feel free to share these but please do not hot link. Don’t forget to credit as well. Enjoy!