DAY6 Youth Tour Concert with Hi Touch

So I took my daughter to watch DAY6 when they stopped by our city a couple of weeks ago. Above is one of the few of my favorite videos captured of the evening. I had to grab SHOOT ME because it is currently a favorite of mine (and in heavy rotation on my playlists)!

I wasn’t prepared for the ticket sale date though – it passed by and I only remembered several days later. By the time I checked into Ticketmaster I wasn’t able to find two seats right next to each other. The best seats were row A and B of the 2nd half of the floor right in front of one another.

The venue wasn’t very large – most times it is used for our city’s orchestra performing various symphonies. For DAY6 this was perfect. The acoustics of the location was made for live bands. So our seats were really good! We both were right next to the aisle and my daughter had no row in front of her as there was a cross-section aisle across the ‘theatre-like’ layout. There was also no General Admission – which I actually thought was nice. No crazy line-ups to maneuver through and trying to figure out which line you’re supposed to be in… Sorry, my first k-pop concert with GOT7 was a bit of a nightmare as far as the venue disorganization goes.

DAY6 did an amazing job performing and entertaining the crowd. As usual, the group had prepared a VCR-ment (short large-screen video) to entertain their fans as they went back stage to change and freshen up. This occurred before their encore. The below video has the option of ENG SUB if you need them:

Because of where we sat, we were also in prime view during the encore when all the members (except Brian) came running down the aisle, most stopping right in front of my daughter. Jae even climbed onto the chairs in the middle across from her as he belted out some intense notes! My daughter also got to high-five Dowoon.

After the concert, we stayed in our seats to wait to be called by section for the Hi Touch experience. Yes – our very first Hi Touch! I honestly wasn’t expecting getting this with our P2 tickets. But it was a pleasant surprise. It took awhile for them to call our section and I’m thankful the organizers told us all before the concert (by email) to remain in our seats. This allowed us to rest rather than wait in a very long line-up.

We were the last to be called up which, for me, was a bit hard to handle because it was Friday night at the very end of a tiring week. I really just wanted to go home and sleep! But also I didn’t want to miss the experience. We paid for it, after all. My daughter was excited to meet the boys and to be honest, who knows when we’ll ever get this opportunity again!

So when we finally made our way to the guys, I could see them all standing behind the table. As I approached them two things came to mind:

  1. They are far better looking the closer you get. The photos and videos do not do them justice.
  2. TALL! Boy are they tall. I’m 5′ 6.5″ which is pretty average I’d say for a woman. The shortest was half a head taller than me but the rest were towering over me for sure! Brian was leaning over the table to high-five us and he was still tall. The table was not on a platform but on the ground just like us. So…. wow. Very tall indeed!

Of all of them, Sungjin made the most memorable impression on me. They were all very kind and gracious. Sungjin just had this really down-to-earth and humble air about him.


Top RUN BTS! V Live Webisodes

For those of you who are not familiar with BTS’ webisodes on V Live, RUN BTS! I highly recommend giving it a chance! The boys work hard to continually entertain us and the staff always manages to schedule a variety of fun games and activity for the boys to do.

There are currently 56 episodes to RUN BTS! As an intro to those new to this series I thought it would be fun to list my favorite top 5:

5. Run BTS! 2018 – EP.51

Here, BTS has to accomplish challenges while on various adrenaline rides in Seoul’s LOTTE DUTY FREE WORLD which I gather is both a shopping mall and amusement park.

Seeing as how half of them are not adrenaline seekers the results are pretty funny! I created my own gifs of funny moments here.

4. Run BTS! 2018 – EP.35 & EP.36

Part 1

Part 2

This two part series taught me of the various different types of kimchi which comes from the different regions on Korea. I actually went out seeking the one made of radish and what a good find that was!

Both episodes made me crave Korean food though – don’t watch if you’re hungry!

3, Run BTS! 2017 – EP.23

The members work with professional dog trainers where they get to learn how to train a the dogs they are paired up with. The staff knew exactly what they were doing when they planned out this episode. BTS, being all pet owners themselves, are obvious animal lovers and it felt good just to see them happy with their furry-friends for the day. I was especially happy to see Taehyung so in is zone – he was really proud of his dog’s ability to do all different types of difficult tricks! We need more future episodes like this – whatever makes BTS happy makes ARMY happy.

2. Run BTS! 2018 – EP.47 & EP.48

Part 1

Part 2

Another 2-part series which I included gifs from my favorite funny moments here and here. I would say this was the most intense series ever where they played the mafia-game. The tension and mystery was high! It included a very interesting cliff-hanger at the end of part 1 and a crazy surprise at the end of part 2. Fantastic entertainment!

1. Run BTS! 2017 – EP.33

This was by far my favorite episode – I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched it and it never fails to make me laugh! It was the famous pose-in-the-air photo challenge. The challenge itself had hilarious results but I was more interested in watching BTS laugh so hard at each other they were mostly on their floor clutching their stomachs.

I hope you enjoyed my list. If you have watched any of RUN BTS! episodes, I would love to hear what your favorites were! Also, is there a theme or type of episode you would like to see BTS do? I would love to see them spend a day with babies and toddlers (like a BTS daycare with professional early childhood caregivers to guide them).

Final Part: BTS Love Yourself World Tour (more videos)

[PART 1 | PART 2]

Final Thoughts

I probably will never have any true final thoughts when I think back on being at a BTS concert. It was everything and more from what I dreamed of. But I did want to mention some additional thoughts…

BTS Live vs. BTS on Screen

Without a doubt it is a surreal experience. I say this because as I watched them on stage I had to question if they were real. Were they perhaps holographs projected to be there or were they the real deal? They LOOKED as good as you can imagine them to be. Honestly, it’s amazing how simply beautiful they are. And their off-stage personalities came out as well – BTS are humble and basically, what you see is what you get. This is why it’s hard to deny the connection between BTS and ARMY.

Their Solo Performances

I have seen the Wings Tour on DVD and really wish I had been there to experience the solos live. I’m grateful they had their own solo performances with Love Yourself: Answer because each one was simply larger than life!

Min Yoongi danced during Seesaw. Did you hear me? SUGA DANCED! I loved Seesaw before the concert – I love it even more after watching it live. Yoongi is really in his own element when he performs.

Kim Namjoon owned the stage with Love. I mean, there’s not much to say about BTS’ fierce leader – he is beyond amazing. He certainly is a strong force. But what I love about Namjoon is his kind and humble face, which is depicted in his personality. I have so much respect for this man.

Jeon Jeongguk delivered Euporia with perfection – especially when he hit that high note which I basically lived for. He’s so much younger looking in real life, though. Honestly, I can’t help but to see him as the baby of BTS. And really, he’s even more adorable live.

Park Jimin – oh boy. Ladies, let me tell you, whether you stan Jimin or not, once you see him live you’re in trouble! He certainly knows how to put on that smoldering sexy look. Now about his performance, I could not get enough of watching him doing his Serendipity choreo. I can’t wait to get the DVD of the concert because I feel like watching it twice wasn’t enough to really have it all sink in! What a dancer! He was stunning through and through.

Kim Seokjin truly is #WorldWideHandsome – and quite the charmer as well. Through all the RUN BTS and Eat Jin webisodes, I’ve always found Jin more endearing than anything else but to see him live, you get how he got his ‘world wide handsome’ moniker even though it started off as an inside joke between him and his fans. And his vocals were astonishing during Epiphany and it was so great to see him on the piano, as well.

Jung Hosoek – our wonderful J Hope. So here’s the thing… a lot of people have said that he’s so much more handsome when you see him in person and now I get it. I truly do. And this man COMMANDS your attention while he is performing. He exudes this type of energy that’s really hard to ignore. During his solo, Just Dance, I was completely captivated. His stage presence is simply amazing! Bravo J Hope… bravo!

Kim Taehyung is one I wanted to save for last. Not only is he my daughter’s ultimate bias but when he came to our side of the stage she just went crazy because he looked at our general direction which Taehyung is known for. I noticed he is really good at scanning the audience and making eye-contact even when fleeting. The man is also simply mesmerizing and I was completely in a trance while he performed Singularity. His beautiful baritone resonated throughout the arena. Yet I can totally see him performing in a small night club with an intimate audience as well. And maybe he will one day in his more senior years. Below is Taehyung captured on video by my phone looking towards my daughter. And yes you can hear her screaming next to me – lol! Best 7 seconds of her life!

It’s a bit easier to view in an expanded screen size.

My daughter said that they all pretty much looked like they made contact whenever they came to our side of the stage. I don’t doubt her but I didn’t notice. I guess I was trying to take everything in from a larger scale – there was just so much going on all the time! Including some side glances to my daughter as I took in her energy level and how simply happy she was.

Perhaps that is the one thing I will never forget – my daughter’s presence and how truly elated she felt for experiencing BTS live two nights in a row.

Transforming Space, Transforming Fashion – #DESIGNIMPOSSIBLE

A couple of weekends ago marked the end of the ROM exhibit collaborating between architect, Philip Beesley (exhibit Transforming Space) and fashion designer Iris van Herpen (exhibit Transforming Fashion). So we hopped on the subway and headed down to the ROM to explore the most fascinating exhibits I’ve witnessed!

I actually was unaware of the exhibit until I saw in my Instagram feed a photo of none other than BTS leader RM himself standing in awe of the exhibit! I believe Namjoon tweeted this but it was re-tweeted by Instagram to promote the exhibit with a 20% off if you entered the code K-POP. Which we did – because 20% off was not a bad deal! Plus when we arrived I made my daughter stand in the very same spot as he was positioned in his photo. 🙂

Kim Namjoon (BTS) exploring ROM’s Transforming Space exhibit

Both designers were extraordinary. Combining their area of creative expertise it’s hard to explain their inspirations without being there. It was, how to put it… Culture + Science + Art. All three areas woven together to produce something futuristic and out of this world!

Philip Beesley’s Transforming Space exhibit

Beesley’s exhibit was incredible – I felt as if I was stepping through to another universe. The low-hanging pieces from the ceiling had movement as if it was a living and breathing entity. Yet none of the movements were robotic or mechanical but soft and alluring.

Iris van Herpen’s Transforming Fashion exhibit

Herpen’s work of art had the most interesting explanation for each. She really dives into history, culture as well as science to form her creations. One set actually resonated her interpretation of fashion of a neurological condition called, Synesthesia. It is a fascinating condition where the person mixes up senses. The person may see sound waves or taste colour.

Once again, I plugged in my ear buds and chose a mellow playlist to fit the mood of the exhibit. Though in the Transforming Fashion room, they actually had sound effects playing through the floor so the atmospheric sounds were already set.