15 July 2019

NCT 127 Neocity Fansign in Bangkok, Thailand


NCT 127 are one of the most popular K-Pop groups in Thailand and have already been brand endorsers for popular snack and soda brands here, the Neo City World Tour was their first time holding a concert in Thailand, something which fans, known as NCTzens, have been anticipating for the longest time with the first two shows sold out in three minutes and a third was added which subsequently sold out in a minute, that is a total of 18,000 concert tickets sold in just minutes!


Unfortunately I wasn't able to get tickets to see them, which I was quite sad about but I knew it would be difficult given just how popular they are in Thailand, however, there was some good news for me as they announced they would be hosting a press con and fan sign at Central World mall which would be an open event for anyone to attend, so I decided to go check it out and hopefully get a glimpse of them while they were in Bangkok.


I arrived at the mall about 6 hours before the event was due to start and already a large crowd had formed, so I decided to get some lunch first and fuel myself for the long wait. I think I was stood waiting about 4 hours before I saw them and unfortunately my view wasn't that good... I was stood in a huge crowd of people on the second floor directly facing the stage but a lot of people had brought chairs and ladders to stand on so my view was blocked, however I was able to see them through my camera and managed to steal a few glances of them with my own eyes, which was only for a millisecond but made me so happy to finally see them in real life, the really do look as flawless and handsome as they do in photos, no filters or photoshop needed!


The whole event was over so quickly and lasted just over half an hour, I couldn't hear a lot of what was being said at the press con as the screams of thousands of excited fans were overpowering but I could hear them speaking a few phrases in Thai that they had learned which was met with even louder screams of joy from the enormous crowd that had gathered to see them. The fansign came next for just 100 lucky NCTzens who won a competition and were allowed to meet, shake hands and get a poster signed by all of NCT 127.


The boys were so sweet with the fans and made sure to wave to everyone who had been waiting there for them, they had come straight from the airport for this event so must have been exhausted but they seemed so excited and upbeat. NCT have visited Thailand quite a few times in the past for events, fanmeets, festivals ect. and have quite a large established fanbase here but this was their first solo concert in the country and something fans and NCT themselves have been greatly anticipating, out of all their world tour stops so far Thailand is the only one to have 3 consecutive nights of concerts to a sold out audience making it one of their biggest concerts on this tour.


Although I wasn't able to see them in concert I'm so grateful for this opportunity to see them, it was a very new experience for me as a fan to see a press con and fansign as these are things I only ever experience through others photos and videos so being there in person, feeling the atmosphere and seeing how the "pro-fans" work and are able to get those amazing shots was really awesome and I'm sure I'll be better prepared should another opportunity arise in the future.


Have you ever been to a fansign? What K-pop artists would you love to meet?
Love & Cherry Bombs
Cate
xoxo

30 June 2019

Things The Make You Go Oooooo (June 2019)

Delicate

June is over and we're now halfway through the year! How is everyone doing so far? Tomorrow I'll be flying back to the UK to go visit my Nan for her birthday, I actually arrive on the day of her birthday and it's been a year since I last saw her so I'm excited to see her again. I'm going to be in the UK for a while to, until my Dad's birthday ... in October! So it's a long trip and I've spent the last month preparing for it and making sure my cat has everything he needs before I have to leave him. I've got my bags all packed and my laptop loaded with dramas to watch on the long flight back and once I arrive I've decided to take a mini blog and social media hiatus so I can catch up with my friends and family, I also need to get my laptop fixed so hopefully once that's done I can share some of my adventures with you all.

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What are you most excited for in July?
Love & Hugs
Cate
xoxo

18 June 2019

Asian Dramas I'm Watching & Loving!

autumn pasture

Finally, I'm slowly catching up on the most anticipated Korean dramas of this year and wow I'm already blown away by what's on offer! This is just a small list but there is so many more I can't wait to watch, I can definitely understand the hype for these series and not one has really disappointed me yet, I'm honestly impressed with the production of these series as they're so high quality compared to the K-Dramas of old it's no wonder they're getting more international recognition. Anyway here's just a few for you to check out this month and they'll definitely be more coming soon...

킹덤
10 days have passed since the King collapsed from a mysterious illness and rumours are spreading about his death so Crown Prince Lee Chang who has been forbidden from seeing his own father during is illness decides to secretly investigate and finds that things are indeed not what they seem and this may not be a normal illness his father has; After finding out the truth about this illness he soon becomes the kingdom's only hope against this strange plague that is bringing the dead back to life. I saw an advert for this while I was on the train and it caught my eye so much that  just had to watch it and wow, it's AMAZING! It's you're not a fan of Zombies or horror then I would stay clear of this one but if you are a fan then you have to check this out at it's one of the best zombie series I've seen in a long time, the cinematography, the storyline, the setting, everything is just so well presented. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a period drama with zombies before, unless you count Game of Thrones (which maybe explains why I loved it so much), so this was kinda a unique experience for me. Aside from the zombie storyline I found the royal family plot line really interesting to and it took a shall we say "interesting" turn at the end. Speaking of the ending .... I can't believe they left it like that, what a cliffhanger, it really left me wanting more! Thankfully season 2 is already in production but it can not come quick enough.


알함브라 궁전의 추억
Yoo Jin Woo is the CEO of an investment company in search of the mysterious inventor of an innovative augmented-reality video game. He takes a business trip to Granada, Spain to find the inventor and finds himself staying at an old hostel run by Jung Hee-Joo, who turns out to be the sister of the creator of the game, but he is missing. Together they find themselves drawn into a series of strange and unexpected events as the border between the real world and the AR world begin to blur. This was another series I happened to see the advert for on the train that caught my eye, I'll admit at first seeing the posters I thought it was just another typical romance story but seeing the gaming and fantasy elements in the trailer really appealed to me so much so I had to give it a watch. I really enjoyed this drama and the mysteries within it as Yoo Jin Woo progressed throughout the game searching for the creator and how this affected his real world life, there was some real heartbreaking moments towards the end of the series to. Despite the posters the romance was actually a very small part of the drama it was more focused n Yoo Jin Woo's mission finding the creator and releasing both creator and himself from the game, but Jung Hee-Joo was a very sweet character and I enjoyed her part in the drama both real world and gaming world. Definitely give it a watch it was such an interesting storyline and the gaming elements were done so well, it makes me wonder when we will see this level of technology and whether it will be a good or bad thing...


너도 인간이니
Oh Laura, a renowned scientist is forced to part ways with her young son, Nam Shin and exiled abroad by her father-in-law, a rich CEO and to help cope with her loss she secretly builds AI robots in the image of her son. Decades later when Nam Shin is a grown man she unexpectedly sees him moments before an accident forces him into a coma. Oh Laura decides to protect her sons position as heir by sending the AI Robot of Nam Shin to Seoul to take his place and fulfil his duties while she waits for her real son to wake from his accident. I'm a big fan of these AI dramas and the question of what really makes us human and the future of technology. I loved how this drama started off as an AI learning from humans to in the end humans learning from him, I also loved the underlying message of how you shouldn't have to pretend to be anyone else and just accept yourself. We're so used to seeing robots and technology portrayed as scary and threatening and wanting to rule over humanity so it was refreshing to see a drama where the opposite is true and human motives were put into question.

SKY 캐슬
Sky Castle revolves around the lives of 4 housewives living in a luxurious residential area called Sky Castle in suburban Seoul, as they try to make their husbands more successful and raise their children like princes and princesses. This drama cane highly recommended by so many and has become one of Korea's most popular dramas and after watching it I can understand why with the societal issues it deals with being a popular topic for debate in Korea. Personally it didn't grab me, I'm not really a fan of this Desperate Housewives genre and prefer some sort of supernatural or fantasy elements in my drama as it's all a bit too real and depressing for me otherwise but I do think it took on the subject of ambition and competition quite well because although as it states explicitly at the start of every episode it's a work of fiction there is definitely some reality in the show with the housewives stopping at nothing to get their children into prestigious universities and onto successful careers, but at what cost? I found the final quarter of the series to be very dramatic and emotionally charged and it became a bit of  a struggle to get through at times as it was so heavy but overall it is a really well made series that delivers a strong message.

진심이 닿다
Popular actress Oh Yoon-Seo, known for her beauty but terrible acting skills is involved in a scandal that damages her career, leaving her jobless for two years. A famous screenwriter approaches her for a major role in an upcoming drama on the condition that she gains experience working at a law firm as a secretary for a few months. She is assigned as secretary to a lawyer named Kwon Jung-Rok, who is known for his cold demeanour and although he's not happy about the situation, he has to accept.
As you may know Goblin is one of my all time favourite K-Dramas so seeing these two reunited on screen together was very much anticipated as I adore their chemistry so much. These were very different roles for them compared to Goblin but their chemistry was just as strong and I really love the development of their characters together, their relationship was so sweet and every scene of the two of them together was just a joy to watch, I really hope they get more roles together in the future. I also enjoyed the romance of the side-characters to and found it very sweet, over all it's a very sweet drama and I'd definitely recommend it to my fellow Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na fans.

What have you been watching lately?
Love & Roses
Cate
xoxo

06 June 2019

Super Cute GOT7 K-pop Pins by Eunni새 Pins


Pin collecting has become a really popular hobby with even the K-pop world joining in and there are some absolutely stunning designs, made by some great independent artists, one of these artists, Eunni새 Pins, a Chicago based duo, who I have been following for a while and fangirling over GOT7 with very kindly sent me some of their pins design and stickers and I just had to share them because they are so amazingly beautiful I think everyone needs them in their life.


I have to say these pins look even better in real life, the details on them are amazing! The GOT7 Lullaby Polaroid Enamel Pin captures the original photo it's based on so perfectly! The colours are so sweet and vibrant and I love the glitter background which give the pin an added pop. It's such great quality and so well made to. I've had pins in the past where the backs would fall of or the fit wasn't secure enough but there's no fear of that with these pins, the rubber backing gives a secure fit and the pin is moulded into it and not glued like some cheap pins are.


My fellow Ahgase will know I have a soft spot for Markson and that my two fave Pokémon happen to be Squirtle and Pikachu which are also the Pokémon that Mark and Jackson have adopted themselves as so seeing this pin design was instant love! I have a soft spot for the Gotoon chibi designs to, which if you follow my Instagram you'll know, so seeing their cute chibi faces in Pokémon kigus was just too cute to resist.


This design is not currently available in store HOWEVER they told me that they will re-order them if enough people are interested and are open to worldwide group orders to so if you like what you see be sure to let them know over on their Twitter & Instagram, and give them a follow for new pin updates, pre-orders and fangirl fun.


One of my favourite ways to wear my pins is on my Ita Bag and I recently purchased this beautiful pastel purple bag to display my GOT7 pins and keychains on so the Lullaby pin fits in perfectly with my pastel theme and has become the focus point on my bag. The Markson pins have found a home on my denim jacket and I wear it all the time now I have this cute duo to keep me company, I'm not sure whether I'll keep them on this jacket or make a special Pokémon or Markson themed bag for them but either way I just adore wearing these pins out and showing them off to everyone. Thank you Eunni새 Pins once again for gifting me these, I can't wait to get more pins from you in the future ♥

What is your fave way to wear your pins? 
Love & K-pop
Cate
xoxo

31 May 2019

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (May 2019)

Savanna

May is over and rainy season has begun in Thailand. It's crazy to think that at the beginning of this month when I was celebrating BamBam's birthday it was 42°c and now it's raining everyday and so cool I don't even need to use my fan! Other than the heat I've had a lot of personal stuff to deal with this month which has seen me take an unexpected step back from being active online, however it is always good to take a break every so often and I'll probably continue this break into June whilst I organise everything for my trip back to the UK in July. I hope you are all well and the weather is much better where you are ....

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What are you most excited for in June?
Love & Hugs
Cate
xoxo
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