KCON 2015 – LA

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What an amazing weekend! Thank you KCON LA for upping your game and listening to your fans.

First off, they finally booked an INDOOR venue with actual bathrooms that had toilet paper and running water. The LA Convention Center has plenty of individual rooms for panels in addition to large arenas for merch booths.  And, if you know where to park downtown you can get away with free street parking for the day.

Saturday I had to work during the day so I couldn’t make the convention portion, but luckily I made it to the concert. The first night was definitely the better night with Super Junior headlining a fantastic lineup which included my personal favorite, SISTAR.
kcon-concert-lineupThe Staples Center has a stage that’s surrounded by the audience on all sides. It looks amazing, although when a band’s choreo limits them to facing one side, you’re relegated to a back peformance. Luckily, most of the bands made use of the space and gave love to each audience section.
20150801_204656Sunday, I made it to the convention around noon and went to the DramaFever panel. They talked about the process of licensing kdramas and how that usually involves soju because Korean clients expect a wine&dine business deal. Their top rec for a must-see kdrama right now is Oh My Ghostess.

Along with DF, another company I would love to work for is MNet. Someday ….
20150802_153429-1After panels, I met up with Veejay HanNa and Producer Kristine from KPOP-TV. Here we are with GOT7.
20150803_013226Also snagged a pic with YouTube sensation Professor Oh!
canvasHere we are trying to get close to more Hallyu stars.

20150802_171222Depending on the type of tickets you purchased, you also get fan engagement opportunities. I went to Red Velvet and Shinhwa’s event. Unless you wait in line 2-3 hours ahead of time, you won’t get very close to them, but everything’s projected onto big screens. I hope next year they have stadium seating for the fan engagements so you’re not just staring at a sea of heads and phones.
20150802_142920In terms of food, there were a couple booths that gave out samples. We ended up eating at Smashburger at L.A. Live since the lines for overpriced food truck meals were too long. You can’t help but get hungry after staring at yummy displays like this:
20150802_172553There were lots of cool merch booths. I was mainly interested in the beauty products and was thrilled to get free make-up samples along with the rest of my swag!
20150803_003129Second concert night was headlined by OG kpop stars Shinhwa. I really enjoyed Red Velvet’s performance too.
My concert buddy Alice rocked out with me. I think I got a little teary towards the end because I was so happy to be surrounded by hundreds of like-minded kpop fans.

The night was still young after the concert so I got food at BCD Tofu with some friends. And as luck would have it, one of Super Junior’s members walked out just as we were about to get seated. We were too shy to ask for a photo, but I’m pretty sure we sat in the booth he was just in. =)
20150802_232242Next year is going to be amaaaazzing!!!!
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오랜만이다 (orenmanida)

hey hey! So this post will be a hodgepodge of what I’ve been up to lately.

I’m super excited about KCON15 LA this year, but I don’t know if I should get a 1 or 2 night concert pass. I’m bummed because Girls Generation is only performing in NYC. But I’m stoked that we finally have an indoor venue for KCON… no more standing under the sun for two hours while we wait to get in!! Who else is going?

kcon_BannerAd_728x90Next up, I’m doing a storytelling show produced by Asian Am luminaries DisorientedComedy and Angry Asian Man. If you’re in LA, come on out and mingle!

11063847_10153420263374188_2520420050906199829_nRecently I got to eat some fresh from the ocean abalone and sea urchin courtesy of the boy. He really likes diving nowadays. It’s dangerous so I’m not happy about it, and I’m not a huge seafood fan, but apparently abalone is a big deal in Asia. The larger the better —

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IMG_20150620_111701And finally, I’m hooked on two kdramas. My Love for Eun Dong is an epic love story about first love, memory loss, and family deception. It stars one of my new favorite actresses Yoon So-hee. You might remember her from Let’s Eat. Did you know she used to be a Biochem Engineering Major?

photo590524The other drama I’m kinda half-watching is a silly teen vampire show called Orange Marmalade. The acting is overly dramatic and the vampirism is more Twilight than Dracula. But everyone is so cute! Especially CNBlue’s Lee Jong-hyun.
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And that’s it for now! I’m probably going to obsess for a couple more days over my KCON ticket buying strategy.