Saturday, 22 July 2017

2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert (Harmony) / 2017 스윗소로우 소극장 콘서트 (화음) (Part I)

I refrained myself from writing this post for almost a month so that I will not sound like an excited and delusional fangirl but pretty sure I failed miserably. Whatever. hehe! I just need to get this out from my system (again!). Hopefully this post will be more organized than my hundreds tweets. :)

Just to give you a heads up; it is going to be a very long post! Like, super, duper long! 

p.s: Initially, I wanted to write the whole experience in one post but I have to split it up to three parts cause it is super duper long. Even after I split it up. lol!

2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert Harmony
Credit: Here
2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert <Harmony>

There is so much things I want to write but where do I even start?

First of all, I need to emphasize that I was super lucky that I got to attend 3 out of 10 shows of 2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert <Harmony>. Obviously, I wanted to attend all 10 shows especially Sung Jin Hwan's day but with my situation and financial state at that time, I am just thankful that I managed to attend 3 shows.

Attending 2017 Sweet Sorrow Small Theatre Concert <Harmony> was a big thing for me cause I have been a fan of Sweet Sorrow for 7 years! I love them as much as I love Super Junior, maybe even more! It still feel unreal that I got to attend their concert cause honestly, it is near to impossible for international fans like me to go to their concerts. They do not have international tours and all of their concerts are held in South Korea.

It also did not help when the ticketing site that they used were fully written in Hangeul. I for one, do not read Hangeul at all and get lil bit frustrated as I really want to go to their concerts! Cause let's be honest. Who knows when will I get this kind of chance again. I am getting older so do them. *For your information, they are 41, 40, 39, and 36 years old respectively.* Plus, I do not think I will have the same passion after few years. lol! 

(The next few paragraphs are the MSG-added version of the actual Q&A)



Q&A with Kim Young Woo

So, what I did was to try my luck by asking questions regarding the ticket on Sweet Sorrow's Facebook Page in English. Honestly, I did not have high hope for anyone to reply my message but to my surprise, I got a reply! And it was from Kim Young Woo of Sweet Sorrow! *rasa nak pengsan*

Q&A with Kim Young Woo

I started to ask about other questions that I had regarding the tickets and I was delightful cause he said he will help me. Mind you, he is one of Sweet Sorrow's members. He was supposed to be busy with concert preparations and stuff. Yet, he took his time to answer all my questions. After confirming the deets, he said let's keep in touch so that we will not miss or forget anything.

Q&A with Kim Young Woo


And I thought that was a lip service. lol! Oh boy, was I wrong. Fast forward 3 weeks later, I arrived at South Korea for my long layover and was about to unpack my luggage when I received a message from Kim Young Woo. HE. MESSAGED. ME. FIRST. Talk about another level of fanservice! Sweet Sorrow has the best fanservice ever! :D My excitement for the concert doubled after that!

Q&A with Kim Young Woo

As you can see (or not!), he took his time to explain to me on how do I get my tickets and answered some other questions that I had. He even advised me not to come to early and to grab some food before the show cause it will be 3-hour show. I have to say, for the amount of money that I paid, 3-hour show is totally worth it. Most of the times, a show will be about 1-hour ish with that kind of amount of money. Or, you cannot even attend a show with that amount of money. #satisfiedfan #happyfan

I arrived a tad early at the venue so I decided to check out their merchandise booth. I bought a set of postcards for my keepsake cause I love postcards! The staffs were surprised to see me. Cannot blame them cause I was the only international fan there.

I had to wait for quite some time for the ticket booths to be opened. When they opened, I got really confused because they had 2 different lines. But fret not, the lady at the merchandise booth helped me to buy my tickets cause she had to be expecting me as she asked me, "Facebook Message?". "Yup, that is totally me!"


Q&A with Kim Young Woo

Okay, I sounded so perasan but that can be a true story. She must be expecting me. haha! Kim Young Woo must have told her about my presence. He even told me that I should message him if I had any problems when purchasing the tickets. One hour before the concert, Kim Young Woo messaged me again to ask if I got my ticket or not. BEST. FANSERVICE. EVER. I. REPEAT.

I will summarize about the actual shows and my observations of the shows on the next two posts (sorry guys, it is still far from over) but here are some of my personal highlights.

On the 1st show I attended, during one of the songs, I believe it was Let's Go to Sokcho, Sweet Sorrow's members went to audience seat and shook their fans' hands. At that time, Kim Young Woo noticed me and said "Farah-shi? Thank you!" and bowed at me. Truly felt like crying at that time. #oppanoticedme 

After that, In Ho Jin approached my seat (since my seat ke dalam sikit), and said "Komawoyo! Thank you so much" with his touching expression. I felt like laughing at that time but I was awestruck by him. #oppanoticedme

Okay, I totally sounded like a delusional fangirl but that really happened! :D

Kim Young Woo Mentioned Me On Instagram
I told you #oppanoticedme

Another personal highlight is I got to meet them at the backstage after the 3rd show that I attended! #neverforgetjuly2

It all started when my youngest sister and my roommate at my AirBnB cucuk-cucuk me and said, if they were me, they would make a request to Sweet Sorrow for a brief photo session. I honestly wanted to do so but I thought it was going to be too much. After all, Kim Young Woo has helped me a lot! #forevergrateful

But after the 2nd show ended, I thought to myself, "This might be the only chance I got to attend their concerts, so why not just try asking. It will not hurt asking, right? They can say no and I will not be butthurt about it."


Q&A with Kim Young Woo

So, I tried my luck again and sent another message on their Facebook page. Few minutes after that, Kim Young Woo replied my message and said yes! *Excited like asdfghjkl!* He also gave me cute instructions on where should I go after the show. So, the next day, after the 3rd show ended, I went to the place as instructed. Kim Young Woo said he will send a crew to pick me up but lo and behold, he picked me up himself! BEST. FANSERVICE. EVER. I. REPEAT. ONCE. AGAIN.

When he went outside to pick me up, all the fans waiting for Sweet Sorrow's members were excited. Aren't we all like that? Hehe! He explained to other fans that he is bringing me inside cause we (I, actually) do not know when will I get another chance to attend their concerts again. I totally felt like crying at that time. Let me repeat this once again. I have waited for 7 years for all of this to happen!

I for one, really like the fact that he explained the entire situation to the Korean fans. For me, it showed how much they value their Korean fans. After all, the Korean fans are the ones who have always been with them in every single event and concert. Yet, it showed that they also appreciate their international fans as they were accommodating to my requests.

Very thankful to Sweet Sorrow's fans cause they were very nice and understanding that I did not get any death stare or glare from them. #sweetsorrowfansarethebest In fact, I heard some of them said that I was very lucky and they were happy for me. #luckyfan

Selfies with each of Sweet Sorrow's member
Selfies with each of Sweet Sorrow's member.
From left: In Ho Jin (인호진), Song Woo Jin (송우진), Kim Young Woo (김영우), Sung Jin Hwan (성진환)
#sungjinhwanismyfavourite #sungjinhwanismyforeverfavouritenerd #sungjinhwanismyfavouritemaknae

So, I chatted a bit with Kim Young Woo and kept saying thank you cause I will be #forevergrateful to him while we were on the way to the waiting room. I was puzzled when he suddenly stopped when we were walking.

Guess what?!

Sung Jin Hwan was standing beside me! But, I did not recognize him and almost passed by him until Kim Young Woo introduced us. Can you imagine that? I did not recognize my own bias! But to my defend, he did not wear his spectacles. He looked way too different :/ He giggled cause I did not recognize him. You have to see his reaction yourself. He was so cute! #sorryoppa #youarestillmyfavourite

Then, Song Woo Jin came with his megawatt smile! Kim Young Woo and Sung Jin Hwan introduced me to him. Thank god he did not converse in his bass voice cause I surely will melt. Hahahaha. But seriously, have your heard his bass voice? His bass voice always gives me a good goosebumps.

Soon after, In Ho Jin came with his ahjussi vibe. #sorryoppa Oh god, I seriously love this man. I can not stress enough how lovely this old man. lol! He was very gleeful and giggly. Totally approachable. In fact, all of them were so approachable. In Ho Jin kept saying thank you to me while I kept saying thank you to him. The whole situation was so funny. He also mentioned she saw all my Instagram posts and he read my messages on Facebook.

Farah & Sweet Sorrow
Sweet Sorrow & I

All of them said they saw and read my Instagram posts and messages on Facebook but can not respond to any of them cause they are not fluent in English (except Kim Young Woo) and I do not know how to read Hangeul. #languagebarrier

The entire time, I was completely overwhelmed with my emotions and surroundings that my hands were literally shaking all the time cause I cannot believe I was close to them. I can literally touch them if I want. It also did not help as so much things were happening at the backstage. It was hectic and busy as they were preparing to conclude the night.

And honestly, I did not get to spend too much time with them as they need to entertain other guests too. I also met some family members of Sweet Sorrow. I think they are In Ho Jin's family cause it was his day. They were surprised to see me as they were not expecting an international fan to attend the concert.

Personalized Autographed Postcards from Sweet Sorrow
Personalized autographed postcards from Sweet Sorrow :)

After things settling down a bit, we took dozens group photos and selfies and I asked them for their autographs. While waiting for their autographs, I had a small talk with Kim Young Woo again.  We actually talked for quite some time and shared personal updates. I also managed to suggest few things that I think other international fans will appreciate. lol! Hopefully he will take my suggestions into consideration :)

And then, it was time to say goodbye. Kinda say to say goodbye to them cause I may never get a chance to see them again. We said goodbye by saying thank you to each other endlessly.

After that, I decided to wait for them outside along with other Korean fans. Just to see them for the last time, you know. While waiting for them, I was approached by a fansite master where she handed me a fan for Sung Jin Hwan's day. I was so ecstatic at that time! May I remind you that Sung Jin Hwan is my favourite? Hehe!

Fan project by few Sweet Sorrow's fansites
Fan project by few Sweet Sorrow's fansites :)

Few Sweet Sorrow's fansites collaborated and had this fan project where they handing out fans on members' day. You will get a fan if you attended the said member's day. For me, I only attended Song Woo Jin's and In Ho Jin's days. So, I only eligible to get fans for their days. But the fansite master happily handed me Sung Jin Hwan's day's fan. I think she must felt kesian towards me cause I sent her messages prior the concerts asking about the fan project and unintentionally mentioned that Sung Jin Hwan is my favourite but I am not going to Sung Jin Hwan's day. Truly appreciate her kind heart :)

Anyway, after waiting for them for almost 15 minutes, they came out and were ready to leave the venue. But they still took their time to chat with their Korean fans and posed for photos. I stood a lil bit far from the crowd as I did not want to disturb other fans. Still, Sweet Sorrow's members acknowledged me from far and mouthed a goodbye to me. Their manager also mouthed a thank you and goodbye to me.

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Soon after that, I left the venue with a full heart and loads of sweet memories.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Oliver Brown (올리버 브라운), Hongdae (홍대)

I went to a cafe called Oliver Brown (올리버 브라운) in Hongdae (홍대) during my recent long layover in South Korea. I wanted to have a proper lunch before heading to Incheon International Airport, but I did not manage to find any opened restaurants nearby. So, I settled for a brunch at Oliver Brown, Hongdae.

Oliver Brown, Hongdae
Oliver Brown (올리버 브라운), Hongdae (홍대)

Just so you know, I am actually a sucker for aesthetically pleasing cafes and shops (especially in South Korea!) but I do not really get to spend time at these kind of cafes and shops as I do not drink coffee and I am not a big fan of desserts. So, having a brunch at Oliver Brown is kinda big thing for me.

I really love the interior and the ambiance of the cafe. Very nice and calming. Granted, I came when they just started their operation for the day. The major plus point for Oliver Brown was their cold air conditioner. It was very hot and humid during my visit, so I was thankful for their cold air conditioner. haha!

Like any other cafes, Oliver Brown serves hot drinks, cold drinks, and indulgences. Personally, I think they offer quite a number of choices, so you might find one that suits your taste buds.

Belgian Waffles with Ice Cream for One
Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream for One

For me, I took almost half an hour before settling for iced Earl Grey tea and Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream for One for my brunch. Yeah, I took that long cause I am not a big fan of this kind of brunch. At that time, all I really wanted was rice and seafood. lol :D

The verdict,

I am not a fan of their iced Earl Grey tea but then I can not blame them. I ordered a wrong type of tea. I do not drink tea often, but I when do, it has to be English Breakfast. Note to future myself, "Farah, you only drink English Breakfast!"

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I fell in love with their Belgian Waffle. I think their Belgian Waffle is to die for. The Belgian Waffle was quite crunchy and crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside. It was perfect for my liking! The Belgian Waffle and the ice cream also were not too sweet which was nice for me.

Insya Allah, I will definitely come back and have another round of brunch at Oliver Brown, Hongdae if I had another chance to go to South Korea :)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Jom Beli Stoking Comel Di @sparklingstardust_

*Forever sounds awkward when writing in Malay but my English is not that good too. haha!*

Assalamualaikum and hi!

Sparkling Stardust

Calling all cute socks lovers!

Do check @sparklingstardust_ out on Instagram or sparklingstardust_ on Carousell if you are interested in buying cute socks. We are selling cute Korean socks at a reasonable price. All of our socks are ready stock, which means you do not have to wait for 2-3 weeks to get your hands on our socks. Currently, we have 29 designs that you can choose from. Each design comes in a limited quantity, so grab yours fast! :)

Cute socks by Sparkling Stardust
29 designs to choose from!

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yes, I said we. This is my sisters and I's business. We set up this business before I went for my a-month trip to Korea last year. Did not manage to promote our business earlier due to few personal reasons. But the time has arrived. While our offline sales have been somewhat encouraging, I think it is time for us to step up our online sales game!

So, please show us some love by following our Instagram at @sparklingstardust_ or our Carousell account at sparklingstardust_, or even better by purchasing our cute socks.

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we seek for your understanding if you got a late response. Currently, the whole business is managed by my youngest sister. She is still a high school student which means she can only entertain your requests and questions from evening onward.

Thank you so much!

p.s.: We may open pre-order for other Korean and Canadian stuff in the future, insya Allah! :)
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