[review] 2013.02.14 TVXQ/KRY/ZE:A/Poseidon Valentine’s Day Concert

K-POP Poseidon Concert 2013.02.14 8PM

CAST: TVXQ, Super Junior KRY, ZE:A, Choi Shiwon, Lee Siyoung
WHERE: Ilsan KINTEX Exhibition Hall 5
TICKETS: interpark

This concert, comparatively to others I’ve been to here in Korea, was way too short for how much we paid for it. The cheapest seats were W100,000 ($92) and the most expensive was W250,000 ($230). The concert was about 2 hours long and each group only sang about 4 songs with short ments from each. I think I would have felt less annoyed if the groups had interacted with each other, even if it was just for a bit at the end. I was looking forward to some ChangKyu interaction, but was severely denied.

Not that the boys themselves weren’t perfect. They were more than perfect, I’m just disappointed I wasn’t able to enjoy their perfection for longer.

I loved Super Junior KRY’s  suits and their voices are perfect and yes, I’m very bias when it comes to my boys. Their stage was very sparkly and suited them well. I was unfortunately trying to get back to my seat during Kyuhyun’s solo so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.

Shiwon’s little segment was next with Lee Siyoung. They spent what felt like hours talking about their drama. I, myself, have no cares about Kdramas whatsoever, so I was bored to tears listening to them go on about it.

I don’t know much about ZE:A except what I’ve seen of them in passing. The only two people I know is Dongjun and Hyungsik if only because I’ve trolled Dongjun before and Hyungsik did that musical with Ryeowook. After watching their performance for the concert, I really wish I had the energy to become a fan. I enjoyed their charisma and their songs are quite catchy.

Last but not least was TVXQ. As per usual, they threw their everything into their performances and never disappoint me with their energy. My favourite is Changmin and he had a lot of smiles during their ment.

What helped a lot for this concert was the fact that they had a Japanese translator. Many of the fans were Japanese and it made it easier for some of us to understand what was going on.

Overall, I felt like they could have done less Shiwon and more group interaction. Or at least charged less.

Super Junior KRY – Sorry Sorry Answer, From U
Kyuhyun Solo – The Way to Break Up
ZE:A –  Phoenix, Run To You, Shining Star, & Aftermath
TVXQ – Catch Me, Humanoids, Keep Your Head Down, Rising Sun



[Beauty Product Review] How to use Smoothing Mist & Oh My God Dry Shampoo (Etude House)

PRODUCT: Smoothing Mist – Facial Mist
WHERE TO FIND: Etude House.
PRICE: 8,000
REVIEW: I usually don’t like things that I have to spray in my face, but especially in winter it’s good to keep moisturized and this particular product really does it for me. It’s not really particularly thick–like lotions tend to be–or is very fragrant–something that I usually despise in most mist products. Perfectly fits in my purse and lasts for a while.

PRODUCT: Oh My God Dry Shampoo
WHERE TO FIND: Etude House.
PRICE: 8,000
REVIEW: This was probably the best thing I’ve ever bought. Not only does it save me when I don’t have time to wash my hair, but it’s perfect for sleepovers and I don’t ever have to look greasy even when I FEEL greasy. It has a nice floral scent that isn’t overpowering. In fact it smells much like my conditioner. It keeps my hair looking quite oil free for most of the day. I wouldn’t use this as a REPLACEMENT for a shower (because ew) but it’s for those instances when you’re in a rush and need a quick fix.

If you’ve already bought these products and don’t exactly know how to use them, you can find how to use these products in the video below~!

[Review] SMTown Concert III in Seoul

WHERE: Jamshil Olympic Stadium 서울종합운동장
TICKETS: gmarket

SUMMARY: (From Wikipidia) SM Town is the name for the artists under Korean record label SM Entertainment. Each year the company organizes their artists to come together and perform on a four to six hours long concert that tours around the world.

REVIEW:I’m sure there were many like me who waited years in order to go to this concert. I was able to score some nice seats on the ground made even better when we moved ourselves to the railing and was able to stay there.

It started with a ‘flag ceremony’ which is pretty much a rip off of the olympic games except with a running commentary by SMTown MCs Eeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Shindong. Oh, and instead of British volunteers, the flag bearers were escorted by an SM artist. Which made where me and my friends were sitting one of the best places EVER.

I practically died for every DBSK song because hearing rising sun and mirotic rips your heart out if you’re a DB5K fan like me. To tell the truth, the concert read more like a Super Show/SHINee World concert with guests. Not that I minded that much since I’m a fan of all of SMTown, I just wish that some of the other groups had more songs and that they did more SMTown songs or did more ‘history’ sort of songs (like old H.O.T songs or something).

Here’s the set list for this concert. Very impressive for a five hour show!

1. Opening Song – Jonghyun, Changmin, BoA, Luna, Yesung, Taeyeon, D.O, Chen and Luhan
2. The Grace – One More Chance
3. Zhang LiYi
4. Chu Ga Yeoul – Vincent
5. f(x) – Pinocchi
6. f(x) – Hot Summer
7. Kim Min Jong
8. Like A G6 – Key & Kris & Amber
9. Changmin & Kyuhyun (with Taemin)- Just The Way You Are
10. EunHae – Oppa Oppa
11. EXO – History
12. EXO – MAMA
13. Taeyeon – Devil’s Cry
14. SNSD – Run Devil Run
15. SNSD – Genie
15. SJ & f(x) – Oops
16. SHINee with Luhan – Lucifer
17. Super Junior – Superman
18. Super Junior – Don’t Don
19. SHINee – Ring Ding Dong
20. Super Junior – Bonamana
21. SHINee – Juliette
22. SHINee – Love Like Oxygen
23. Ryeowook & DO – Missing You (Fly To The Sky)
24. TTS – Twinkle
25. DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again – TTS, D.O, Luhan, Sehun, Chanyeol
26. Dance Battle (Yunho, Eunhyuk, Tao, Kai, Taemin, Yoona, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Victoria)
27. Rising Sun Dance Stage – Yunho, Taemin and Kai
28. BoA – Hurricane Venus
29. BoA – Not Over U
30. BoA – The Shadow
31. Super Junior – Sorry Sorry
32. Super Junior-M – Perfection (Korean ver.)
33. Super Junior – A-CHa
34. SNSD – Mr. Taxi (Korean ver.)
35. Jonghyun & Taemin – Internet War
36. TVXQ – Maximum
37. TVXQ – Mrotic
38. TVXQ – Keep Your Head Down
39. SNSD – Gee
40. SNSD – Kissing You
41. Super Junior – Dancing Out
42. BoA feat. Taemin – Only One
43. f(x) – Electric Shock
44. SHINee – Sherlock
45. SNSD – The Boys
46. Super Junior – Sexy, Free & Single
47. TVXQ – Rising Sun
48. All Artists – Hope

REVIEW: Elisabeth, The Musical (Korea)

CAST: Xiah Junsu, Park Euntae, Jeon Dongseok, Kim Seungdae, etc.
WHERE: Blue Square Musical Hall, 서울 용산구 한남동 727-56
TICKETS: Interpark

SUMMARY: (From Wikipidia) The Musical tells the story of Elisabeth (“Sissi”) the Empress of Austria from 1854 to her murder in 1898 at the hands of the mad Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni who is in turn working for his master, Death, who pursues a love/hate relationship with the Empress that lasts throughout her life.

REVIEW: Pretty much one of the BEST musicals I’ve seen in Korea and it’s not at all because of Junsu. The entire cast does an amazing job and the costumes and stage and everything about it was so beautifully made that I’m almost tempted to say that they probably spent more on production than what they’re making off of it if it weren’t for Junsu.

I hate to say it, but a lot of people seem to think that this musical was made awesome because of Junsu, but if you knew anything about the play you’d know that Junsu barely even makes much of an appearance. The person who makes this musical shine is Park Euntae, whose portrayal of Lucini is so amazing that you can’t help but get goosebumps. He’s an amazing actor and beautiful singer and I really can’t wait to be able to go to more of his musicals.

I will say that the reason I wanted to see this musical initially was because I knew there was supposed to be a kiss between DerTod and Rudolph. I feared that they would cut or play it down but all the DerTods I’ve seen, including Junsu, really went for the kiss and I was so happy about it! They stayed true to their word and kept the musical as close to the original as they could.

My final conclusion is that you all should go see this musical with or without Junsu. I can say for certain that you won’t regret it!

Food Review: Teriyaki (Japanese Family Restaurant)

Teriyaki is a chain of Japanese Family Restaurants in Korea. I just recently visited one myself and found it to be upclass but cheap.

WHERE IS IT: Everywhere in Seoul. For a full listing, please check here: Teriyaki Website
PRICE RANGE: Most of the food is in the 8~12,000 won range and there is options of sets that can be shared between friends.
TYPE OF FOOD: Katsu, Udons, and fish.

My friend had their Rainbow roll, which is a californa roll topped with slices of raw fish and shrimp, fish roe, and some sort of green and orange sauce (i think one is spicy mayo). She found it delicious and thought it was worth coming again for.

I had their Cheese Katsu Roll which was katsu was folded up into a roll with cheese oozing out of the middle. It sounds quite nasty when I write it up, but the pictures outside of the establishment made me want to try it. It tasted like any other cheese Katsu I’ve had, but the presentation itself was quite interesting and worth the money I paid for it.

Each of these meals came with a small udon, a cream soup, and a number of sides (kimchi, dakon, cabbage salad, and pinaple pieces).

As of course, most of the food here has a Korean twist on it. Though it says Japanese Family Restaurants, I find it more accurate to say Korean Family Restaurant, except a little more pricy and a bit more fancy. I can’t say it’s the best restaurant around, but it’s not bad either. The atmostphere is definitely more calming than say a Kimbap-nara and the dishes are presented with better finesse. It also isn’t upscale or a place I’d visit just for the food. It’s what I’d have to classify as a middle restaurant: a place I’d visit again if I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to eat.