It’s time for Humpday Confessions with Kathy from Vodka and Soda. Let’s dilly dally before I get to my shameful confession, shall we?
Last weekend, my friend Chau invited me to attend a KPop festival with her at the Coliseum. Now, I don’t know much about KPop, but Chau is a huge fan. I attended the Korean Music Festival with her a couple of years ago at the Hollywood Bowl and it was a lot of fun, so I was looking forward to this, too.
The event was very exciting and Kind of a Big Deal. The President of Korean Broadcasting System gave a speech, so did a congressman and the Consular General of Los Angeles. Apparently this free festival is presented around the world and sponsored by KBS . My friend tells me that KPop is more popular in other countries than the US. I knew it was Big in Japan, but Turkey?
I was surprised by the diversity of the crowd – people of all ages and origins were in attendance. Sitting next to us was a quartet of white ladies my age singing along in Korean. Show offs. Not that I’m jealous or anything because after 1.5 years of Korean lessons I can’t even ask for the check at a restaurant.
After the concert, three of us went to Koreatown to eat. Our first choice was BCD Tofu House, but that seemed to be the choice of errryone that was at the Coliseum-the wait was an hour!
So we tried Hodori a few blocks away, but there was a line wrapping around the building.
Since we were close to an old favorite, O Dae San, we decided to go there. There was no wait! As we were led to our table, who should we have spotted but 2PM, one of the boy bands from the festival!
And that’s when I LOST MY MIND and turned into a stealthy photog. At first, I wasn’t surreptitious enough, since this heavy tried to prevent me from taking this photo of Min Hyuk from CNBlue…
but I wasn’t to be deterred; I just had to be more covert, but without bothering anyone.
As you can see, the manager of the restaurant wasn’t too happy that I snapped Jun K from 2PM. Or maybe he’s just grumpy, because I was 3 or 4 tables away.
Here’s Taec Yeon from 2PM headed to the men’s room.
Jung Shi from CN Blue in the striped shirt and Min Hyuk not too far behind him, returning from the men’s room. Don’t think it didn’t occur to me to hang out there.
Here are Woo Young and Jun K from 2PM chatting with Kim Tae Woo. I think Kim Tae Woo was my favorite act of the night. He’s got an impressive set of pipes.
I think this is Sung Yeol from Infinite? I didn’t see his face. KPop fans will recognize him from the back, though.
Yong Hwa from CNBlue.
Here is Yong Hwa from CNBlue again, directing a sing-along on the bus that all the artists boarded at the end of the evening.
I instagrammed and tweeted the heck out of the evening so no surprise that there was a small crowd outside the restaurant – maybe 30 people.
It made me kind of sad that the artists did not wave, smile, or acknowledge their fans in anyway, but I guess that’s how it works in Korea.
Well, I had to do something during dinner to occupy myself – because of the “special party” the restaurant was only serving all-you-can-eat bbq meat. I had to argue with the waiter for him to bring me a bowl of rice. I asked for pajeon and was refused, but then one came out as an appetizer. I asked for one of my own and the waiter said no! So I took photos and instagrammed all evening to distract from my imminent starvation death.
Have you ever seen celebrities while out and about?
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