That Time I Papped KPop Idols

Humpday Confessions

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.

We had pretty awesome seats – here we are on the field.
LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

I had to stop for the obligatory Trojan Family photo. Fight on!
LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

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.

LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

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!

It seemed that all the performers from the KPop Festival were at the restaurant, eating in this separate room.
LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

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…

LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

but I wasn’t to be deterred; I just had to be more covert, but without bothering anyone. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
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. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

Here’s Taec Yeon from 2PM headed to the men’s room. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
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. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
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. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
I think this is Sung Yeol from Infinite? I didn’t see his face. KPop fans will recognize him from the back, though. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
Yong Hwa from CNBlue.LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
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. YongHwa from CNBlue on the bus
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.
bye bye

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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Literary Junkies Link-up for April

I love this monthly link-up so very much. Every month I add new books to my to-read list. I have plenty of reading to keep me busy for the next few months.

Pink Heels Pink Truck

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
Bright Young Things trilogy
I’m halfway through the third book of the Bright Young Things trilogy. It’s about three young women in the roaring 20s. The books flip between the events of the friends’ lives. It’s entertaining but not can’t-put-it-down good.

2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you’ve never read them which do you think you’d prefer?)
I’ve read all three series. Here’s how they stack up:

  • Divergent – The tragic ending of the series left me unmoved because I really disliked the characters. I started this series because everyone was talking about it, and I finished it because I started…but I did not particularly enjoy it.
  • Twilight – Even though I despaired of the co-dependent heroine, I really liked this series. Probably because all but the last movie had been released and I could really visualize the characters.

Taylor Lautner shirtless

  • The Hunger Games - This was a great series until we got to Mockingjay. I loved that Katniss is a strong, independent heroine. But the last book really let down the series. I didn’t mind the ending because it made sense to me, but Katniss seemed so detached throughout most of the book.

3. TV Series Based on Books: they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
The book is the book and the TV series/movie is the TV series/movie.
For example, I didn’t like the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because it didn’t add anything new to the story – it was pretty much the same as the book. And I’d just read the book so why watch the movie?

4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
I’d love to see a movie or TV show based on Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland series. I’m not sure about the actors so I’ll let the studios cast that.
44 Scotland Street by Alexander Mccall Smith

5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I’d definitely change it up a little bit – if it were exactly the same, I think it would be a bit boring.

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
I’ve never been much of a book-buyer; I’ve usually depended on the library for my books. Sometimes I bought used books from Goodwill and those really piled up! When I got a tablet and a Kindle app last year, I donated most of my books back to Goodwill. My library has a great collection of e-books so I’m just about done with actual books.

What are you reading and do you have any suggestions for me?

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Manicure Monday – Skyline Beauty Supply Haul

Skyline Beauty is a nail supply shop in Chinatown, legendary for its stock and prices. When I saw Skyline Beauty on Groupon – $11 for $22 worth of product, I had to get it! I thought it would be a good way to fill a couple of gaps in my stash. The shop also has great specials – Buy 3 China Glaze, Get 1 Free, so it was an even more impressive deal.

Here are the goods:

Skyline Beauty, China Glaze, Color Club, CND Stickey, Orly, manicure monday

  • CND Stickey – This is a base coat. Orly Bonder works for me sometimes, so I’m hoping for more consistent results with Stickey.
  • China Glaze Cleopatra – There have been a couple of times when I’d wished for a gold polish, and now I have it!
  • China Glaze Street Chic – This nude-y brown reminds me of my beloved Avon Bare Necessity which was discontinued.
  • China Glaze Recycle – There was a big grey void in my stash that has now been filled.
  • China Glaze Snow – I have no idea what I’m going to do with this, but I did have a white polish on my list.
  • Orly Shine on Crazy Diamond mini – I think this would be a pretty top coat on a creme polish.
  • Color Club Where’s the Soiree mini – Is this black? I thought it was in the store, but in the sunshine it looks more like a blackened red. Oops.
  • Color Club Disco Dress mini – Okay so I don’t need any more purple polish, but this is such a loud color that I had to get it.

My total was $22.64, so I had to pony up some change and I walked out with these beauties. A side note here – I wish all nail polish came in mini bottles like this.

Have you ever used up an entire bottle of nail polish, or have you had to toss them when they start to dry out?

 

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Sunday Social – The Bestest Ever

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’ve been busy but I always try to make time for the Sunday Social.

Social Sunday, A Complete Waste of Makeup

1. What was your best birthday?
Probably my 30th birthday. It was the first time I had a birthday party, all my friends came, and it was tons of fun.

2. What was your best vacation?
Allll my vacations are fantastic because I make it a priority to have a good time! 2012 was my best vacation year – I went to Asia, the Yucatan Peninsula, Cabo, and NYC. Good times!
Uxmal Hong Kong

3. Best date you’ve ever been on?
I think the first date with 유씨 was pretty special.

4. Best Movie(quality) you’ve seen?
Les Miserables had me sobbing throughout.

And my heart was racing the entire time I was watching Argo. I already knew how it ended, but it was so tense!

5. Best TV show ending of all time?
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Have you seen any good movies lately?

 

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Sassy City Chicks

Last night, I attended the Sassy City Chicks event at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Since 2001, The Sassy City Chicks brand offers shopping events geared towards a sophisticated cosmopolitan female audience of 21-45 years in search of a ‘girls night out’ experience through beauty, fashion and style.

Sassy City Chicks offers shoppers great perks such as shopping show specials,complimentary spa services (on a first-come-first-served basis) cocktail sampling (2 drink tickets per shopper) and giveaways.

I’ve been going to these events for a few years now with my friend Candice, but we haven’t been for a while (this is the last one we attended). But when a PR company invited me to attend, I emailed Candice and we made plans to meet, because…gift bag!

This was our swag from the Sassy City Chicks event:
Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash Los Angeles 2014 swag
Now, I know this sounds ungrateful, but really? A sample of Suave Styling Oil? An entire bottle costs $6. If I’d had to pay $10 for my ticket, I would have been pissed quite disappointed.

Okay, admission did include two cocktails:
Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash Los Angeles 2014 cocktails
Since I’m cutting with Body Beast this week, I abstained, but Candice assures me they were tasty.

I felt so sorry for the vendors at this show, because I’ve never seen so few women at one of these events. There was a busy cupcake vendor, but the event was otherwise lacking in the vibe and energy that it used to have.

Another thing that bothered me about this was the no-men rule. First, I don’t know how that’s even legal; and second, the security guards, bartenders, and vendors definitely included men, so why couldn’t there be male guests? I suspect the rule comes from the museum – after all, an event ticket is cheaper than museum admission of $15. The last time we were there, I noticed that a lot of women had brought their partners who loitered at the car displays.

Candice and I just circled and circled for a while (my Fitbit buzzed to let me know I’d hit 15k steps for the day), then we popped over to the museum displays.

Petersen Automotive Museum, Kia, DC Comics
I guess Kia and DC comics has a partnership, so the superheros all now drive fuel-efficient cars.

Petersen Automotive Museum, BatmobilePetersen Automotive Museum, Batmobile
A couple of young women next to us were impressed with this, the “original” Batmobile.

Sigh.

Original Batmobile

photo from Wired.com

I think we spent about half an hour here. It took me longer to get there than the time we spent inside. I don’t think we will be attending one of these events again. This time I mean it! Unless we’re comped again, and after this blog post I just can’t see that happening.

Have you ever been to one of these events? You knew the original Batmobile was from 1966, right?!

 

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