January 24, 2016
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Filipino K-Pop fans have a reason to rejoice, as Korean megastar band Infinite heads to Manila at the Araneta Coliseum on November 3 for the 2013 Infinite 1st concert’s pitch perfect song numbers, jaw-dropping dance performances, topped by world class production value, fans are sure to have an epic time.
Infinite’s members, Sung Kyu, Dong Woo, Woo Hyun, Hoya, Sung Yeol, L, and Sung Jong, have sky rocketed to fame since the successful, chart-topping debut of their first mini album ‘First Invasion’ in 2010. In 2012, Infinite reached super stardom with hot reception on their hit, ‘Scorpion Dance,’ which was featured in ‘B.T.D’ and won music awards with ‘Over The Top’. The Infinite fever didn’t stop there, as the boy band dished out more back to back number 1 hits like ‘Paradise’, ‘The Chaser’, ‘Man In Love’ ‘Destiny’ and more.
Fans all around the world are drawn to Infinite’s dazzling vocals in their live performances and their music, which distinguishes them from the other K-POP artists. In 2012, Billboard.com chose ‘The Chaser’ as the No. 1 K-Pop Song of year and through an article dedicated to the band on their main page identified Infinite as a rising star who had shown the most growth in Korea and Japan.
Infinite celebrates their 3rd anniversary since exploding to the scene by taking their music to the world. The music act has already wowed audiences in Seoul, Korea and Jakarta, Indonesia and is all set to do the same for Filipino fans. Their journey will continue through Japan, China and many more Asian countries and beyond, touring until the end of the year, performing in North America, , Europe, the Middle East and more.
After a successful Benchsetter Fun Meet last November, Lee Minho is back with his My Everything Global Tour as a gift to his fans.
He started off with his title song “My Everything” and a very cute and upbeat performance for “You & I”.
After the first two songs, he had an interview with host Sam Oh. He was asked what was a new Filipino word he learned during his second visit. He learned “maganda” and tried using it to the fans. He also mentioned that he was able to try a new dish aside from the adobo he loved during his first visit. He said he was able to try “kare kare” and he loved it.
Having Line as a sponsor for his tour, he was also asked about what sticker he likes to use most of the time. He said he liked using it since he felt lonely and everyone to add him up on Line. Lastly, he shared what he would be posting on Line for that night. He wanted to post “Masaya ba kayo?” which ended up as “masayaba kayo” when he posted it.
He then closed the first half of the show by singing a ballad, “Pieces of Love”.
After a quick intermission by his dance crew, Minho came back on stage to show off his dance moves with two more of his upbeat songs “Love Motion” and “My Little Princess”.
Aside from singing songs and performing dances, Minho wanted to express his gratitude to fans by giving gifts. He planned to give away ten Brown stuffed toys from Line and a shirt set from Bench. As a bonus, he also added an extra item for the raffle, the actual shirt he wore the day before which he signed. He personally picked and called out the raffle winners. The lucky winners we asked to come on stage and meet their idol to receive the gifts. Each one received a free hug as well. Not to be outdone by their idol, a fan sang a part of “Ngiti” when asked if she wanted to sing anything for Minho. If that wasn’t enough, fans also showed off their knowledge of Korean by singing Happy birthday for Minho’s birthday.
Minho ended the concert with his last song, “Without you”. He then came out on stage again for the encore with “Say Yes”. He openly expressed his love for the fans until the end.
Thank you Bench and Wilbros Live for bringing Lee Minho back to Manila. Until next time!
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.)
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).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
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)
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.
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!
Here’s a teaser clip before I head to bed because I don’t think I can finish posting tonight.