5 “Practical” BTS-related Things You Can Buy

Let’s be real, “adulting” is hard but “adulting while fangirling” is way harder. As a 25-year old ARMY, I am always in constant battle if i should buy a certain BTS-related products or not. Well, most of the time, impulsive buying wins over me but fortunately BTS endorses  merchs that we can actually USE so at the end of the day I still feel hmmm less guilty splurging on them.

Recently I went to Seoul and while I was there I really took the chance to buy everything I want need, the Bangtan style.  And here is my top 5 “practical” picks in no particular order:

  1.  VT x BTS THINK YOUR TEETH JUMBO KIT 

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This is collaboration between VT Cosmetics and BTS. They have released this for quite a while now but I was not able to get it last December when I went in Seoul because it was sold out together with the VT x BTS Collagen Pact. Now, there are plenty of stocks in the VT Cosmetics shop in Myeongdong. It comes in 2 colors, black and white. I bought the white one. The kit contains the GIANT toothbrush, what they claim to be “gentle flavor” toothpaste and photocards of each members.

It actually feels weird using a jumbo toothbrush but the soft bristles of the brush did not make it hard to use (if that makes sense). Just be careful on the toothpaste. I am not sure if I am just sensitive but it is not “gentle flavor” for me.

2. BT21 GEL PENS

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I am an office girl and I need a pen everyday and I don’t mind using these gel pens in taking down notes while meeting with my clients or even signing documents.  These are cute! These gel pens are part of the BT21 x LINE store collaboration. All of the BT21 characters have their own version. I bought Tata, Chimmy and Van. Van is not the picture since I am actually using it. I bought mine at LINE Store in Hongdae. (Note: You have to line to get into the second floor of LINE Store where the BT21 merch are. The line starts at 11 am.)

3. W Dressroom 97 April Cotton

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Not really a BTS-endorsed product but this is the same perfume Taehyung gave to Jungkook during their Monito Game in Vlive. I saw this randomly on a shop in Myeondong and I gave it a try. It really smells like soap like how Jungkook wants. It does not give a strong manly smell but somehow a “clean scent”. This is something I would spray in my room or car.

4. BTS x PUMA Turin 

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This may be my best BTS merch purchase yet! I actually did not bought this in Seoul but I used it in Seoul and in my other travels. It is light weight and really comfortable. It also surprisingly fits in any outfit – in jeans and even with a dress. I am not a big fan shoes but this is super worth it. I tried looking for a pair while in Seoul but I cannot find one anymore.

The shoes come with photocards too.

5. BT21 CHIMMY PASSPORT HOLDER

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If you love sky high, sky fly, sky dope a.k.a airplanes and travelling, a good passport holder is a must! I already have a passport holder prior to going to Seoul but I was not able to refuse Chimmy.  What I love about this passport holder are the “pockets” to store entry confirmation slips. ( Is it obvious that I am trying to defend myself in purchasing this? HAHAHAHA)

There are actually new BTS/BT21 product collaborations like LG x BTS for their LG G7 ThinQ, Mediheal x BT21 face masks and Olive Young x BT21 which are released after we left Seoul (my heart is in pain but my wallet is rejoicing for that matter).

*If you are from PH and would like to have some BTS-related merch, I might go back to Seoul on August. I might open a GO for BT21 products and the upcoming Love Yourself Tour merchs! Stay tuned on my twitter account for update – @roxyunnie*

 

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[PHOTOS] BTS Wing Tour in Manila Experience

It’s been a year since Wings Tour in Manila so instead of sharing a detailed blog I will just share some photos and let the photos tell the stories.

 

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For the record, I had Pulp Royalty Ticket for Day 2 ( VIP Standing E plus Soundcheck pass) but I don’t have photos during the soundcheck but they tighten the security for Day 2. They asked us to keep all our phones in our bags and leave them outside the arena during the sound check.

 

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This is how near we were at the extended stage before the start of the concert. It was great until it lasted. Hahaha. We were able to be on the first two rows thanks to the Pulp Royalty package. PR ticket holders were given privilege to go in the arena first before the regular standing ticket holders. But still, it does not guarantee you the best position until the end of the concert. It is a battlefield.

 

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VIP standing E was not the best place if you want to witness everything! It is far from the main stage where most of the members did their solo stages. When I decided to get VIP Standing E, I already considered this. During the Epilogue concert last 2016, I was in the pit near the main stage. I have noticed that stages with choreograph are usually done on the main stage but the interaction were on the extended stage. Last Wings Tour in Manila, I aimed for an interaction with a member so I opt for fight for my way to VIP standing E.

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This is the reality of having a VIP standing ticket. It is half BTS concert half people trying to record the concert.

At this point I just took clips and few snaps and then just sang and danced at the back of the crowd and I didn’t regret it. I enjoyed it!

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But what made VIP standing really worth it? This. When your bias, love of your life, say “don’t cry”.

This sums up my experience. Sorry if this is not as detailed as my previous posts. But I still more bangtan related posts coming! I am excited to share my Seoul trips last December 2017 and May 2018!

 

 

 

 

How to Survive a BTS Concert in PH – Tips on Ticket Selling Day

Few more days before the start of the official ticket selling day of BTS Wings Tour in Manila – and I tell you ticket selling day is as exciting as the concert day itself. It is something you have to prepare too.

So here are some tips and things to remember during the ticket selling day itself:

  • KALMA. This is the first tip. Don’t panic and be positive.
  • April 2, 2017, Sunday  is the start of the ticket selling for BTS Wings Tour in Manila. Mark your calendars. Set your alarms.
  • Tickets will be available at all SM Ticket Outlets Nationwide. Please see list below:
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UPDATE: for the complete list of sm ticket outlets see link https://smtickets.com/outlets

TIP : Go to SM Tickets branches where you think there will be less people. Based on my experience, its better to go to SM tickets in the province. I bought my Epilogue ticket at SM Lipa (Batangas). I am not a PR holder but I got a pretty good queue number for VIP standing A last Epilogue (192) because we (my friends and I) were basically in 3rd in line during the ticket selling in SM Lipa. This mean I am 192nd person to enter the VIP standing area A. We manage to be atleast on the 3rd or 4th row from the main stage.

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TIP: There are SM malls that has 2 or more SM Ticket counter. As early as now, know what counter to go. In SM Lipa, the counter across entrance of SM Department Store at 2nd floor sells the concert tickets (the one near the extension area).

Go to your chosen SM malls as early as possible (before opening if you can). Since there are lesser ARMYs in SM Lipa, I was still pretty early even if I arrived at SM Lipa 30 mins before the mall’s opening. During ticket selling at malls in Manila, I remember there were people who lined up hours before the mall’s opening.

SM tickets does not open until the actual mall hours. Depending on the crowd, there are malls where they ask ticket buyers to line up outside the mall (big crowd) while some simply just don’t allow the people to enter (smaller crowd) until the mall hours.

  • List down at least 3 preferred seat/sections. This is in case your desired seat/section is no longer available when you buy your tickets. Having back up seat/sections prevent you from buying random seat out of panic. If you’re buying with friends, have it agreed among yourselves to prevent discussing it while on the counter. It saves time and respects other people who are still waiting for their turn. Remember, while you’re at the counter there are other people at a different branch buying their ticket too so the more you spend time at the counter the bigger chance of losing your desired seat.

TIP: If your schedule is flexible, consider asking if your desired seat is available on either Day 1 or Day 2. 

If you’re still unsure of what seat to take, you might want to consider my blog posts below.

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  • Consider online ticketing. Ticket will also be available at smtickets.com. Though most really recommend to fall in line at your chosen SM Ticket outlets, you can also consider booking your tickets via online. Since its a two-day concert, I think smtickets.com can handle more online buyers. There are 2x more tickets available than last Epilogue so hopefully smtickets.com won’t breakdown just like what happened last year.

Though Exordium in Manila’s online ticketing was handled by ticketnet.com, I think its still very comparable on how smtickets.com works. During Exordium in Manila, I tried purchasing tickets via ticketnet.com and I had no problem. I’m not an IT expert but I think being a two-day concert lessen the traffic in the website. It didn’t crash at all. (To all the IT experts, please correct me if I am wrong. This is just my assumption based on my observation).

Sharing an input from a twitter friend (@triggeredsuho)

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As much as we want to accurately predict if smtickets.com will crash or not there are really so many things to consider but for me, safest is to go to your nearest sm malls to buy your tickets.

TIP: Try purchasing tickets online while lining up. If your data can’t handle it while lining up, ask your trusted friends who have better connection at home to buy it online for you. Just make sure you have an open communication to avoid double buying.  

During Epilogue in Manila, we had a strategy. Me and my other friend went to SM Lipa to buy our ticket and one of our friend tried buying online. My friend had a hard time accessing the smtickets.com as soon as its hit 10 am (start of selling). We ended up buying it at SM ticket counter. Remember, teamwork makes dream work. Haha.

TIPS on buying ticket online:

  1. As early as now create your smtickets.com account. (The account name should be the same with the name of the credit card you’ll use) Log-in minutes before the ticket selling starts. As soon as you log-in at your account, there will be 30 minute countdown. Your account will be auto logged out after 30 minutes. To avoid this, go to other pages of the website, it refreshes the countdown. Familiarize yourself on how to navigate the website. ‘Try’ purchasing something for you to know what to expect when its time to buy the Wings Tour ticket. Capture.PNG

2. You need a credit card and in purchasing you need this following information:

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TIP: Type the credit card number on a note or word so that you’ll just copy paste it here. It saves time and prevents you from entering the wrong number out of panic. 

Make sure that your credit card or your parent’s card can be used online. I once tried purchasing a plane ticket online using my card but it always fail so I had to call the bank to confirm. They said its because of EPS. This is a added security to all credit cards nowadays and you have to ask your bank to somehow ‘activate’ your card to allow it to be used online. There is no harm asking your bank (or ask your parents to confirm) if your card can be used online especially if its your first time buying online.

Once you click proceed there will be page asking you to key in the security code sent in to the card holder’s phone number so you better have your phone or your parent’s phone with you. You can also choose to send it via email if you didn’t receive the text message. I always choose to send it via email (cardholder’s email). Its faster. (YES YOU CANNOT USE YOUR PARENTS CARD WITHOUT PERMISSION BECAUSE OF THIS. HAHA)

3. You will get a claim  ticket voucher just like this if your online purchase is successful. As written, this is not yet your ticket. You still have to claim your ticket at the nearest SM ticket outlets anytime before the concert. During Epilogue in Manila, I remember someone presenting her claim ticket voucher at the counter when were claiming for our queue number for VIP standing and they didn’t accept it. She lined up for hours for the queue number but she didn’t get so please claim your tickets before the concert.Capture 3

In claiming your ticket please take note of the following:

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Please check number 19 in the show FAQ if you used you parent’s credit card and they cannot claim your tickets at any SM store.

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Check out Happee Sy’s official facebook account for the complete FAQs.

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  • Be calm but vigilant. Some would really take advantage having their parents with them but if ever you see something ‘not right’ please approach them with all respect. And if by any chance, you’re the one thinking about taking advantage just because you have your parents with you, just don’t. Parang awa. Respect and be fair.
  • Take care of your belongings. 
  • Don’t support scalpers. If it happens that you didn’t manage to get tickets, as much as possible, don’t support scalpers. There are instances that some ARMYs can’t attend for some reason and sell their ticket before the concert, check them out on twitter but please be careful. Do not give you money as soon as they ask for it. If you need some help to check their legitimacy, you can hit me @AldayRoxanne at twitter.
  • At the counter be prepared for the following information/things:
    1. The day you want to be in. Day 1 May 6 or Day 2 May 7
    2. Seat you want. Be specific as much as possible. If your desired seat is not available anymore but you want to be in the same section, ask the sales lady at the counter to let you see the seat still available at the same section. Most ticket counters have screens facing the customers to let them see the details of the ticket they are buying. Wag mahihiyang magtanong. 🙂
    3. Your money – give exact amount as much as possible.
    4. Your credit card/parent’s credit card – if it’s yours, be prepared with your valid ID, if its your parent’s be sure your parent is with you. He or she needs to sign it.

Should you need clarification or tips, you can reach me at @RoxyUnnie at twitter. Will be happy to help. See you all.

How to Survive a BTS Concert in PH – VIP Seated or VIP Standing?

This is the second post in my How to Survive a BTS Concert in PH series. Now, I’ll be sharing to you points you have to consider if you’ll go for VIP Seated or VIP Standing.

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This was my view during Epilogue in Manila at VIP Standing A.

(I’m still actually trying to decide what to buy for Wings Tour and I hope writing this article would help me too. I suggest you have a pen and a paper with you as you go through this article and make a tally between VIP Standing or VIP seated each time you prefer either of the two.)

  • Money money money ya – So  Inang and Pulp have announced the official seat plan and ticket prices for the Wings Tour in Manila and I was really expecting that VIP standing and VIP seated would be priced at same rate just like how it was during Epilogue in Manila. I was so shook to know that VIP standing is cheaper than at least the VIP seating A. Just imagine, what you can do with your excess 2,000 pesos. You can already grab a gen ad (exclusive of sm ticket charges) ticket with that. Instead of going to either Day 1 or Day 2, why not both.

Personal view: I’m considering going to both days so its really tempting to go VIP standing on Day 2 and buy gen ad or upper box ticket for Day 1. But there are still so many things to consider, so let’s continue.

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  • Team Pulp Royalty – so here’s the complicated part. Since as of the time of writing, Inang or Pulp is yet to reveal the details of Pulp Royalty, the question is, will the 15,000 pesos Pulp royalty ticket price she tweeted applies to both VIP standing and VIP seated areas?

If that is the case, for Pulp Royalty holders, VIP standing and VIP seated have technically the same price.

Some may think that its unfair for VIP standing since it seems like they will purchase the soundcheck pass for 4,500 pesos as compared to 2,500 pesos if they’ll choose VIP seating A. But I think getting Pulp Royalty is very beneficial for VIP standing holders since they will be given ‘priority’ in entering the arena. (They will be the one to enter first thus they can have better position in the standing area). If you think  the 2,000 pesos difference is worth it for having a better chance to go nearer (as in very near) to your bias, Pulp Royalty Standing Area is for you.

For the Pulp Royalty VIP Seated, you may not be as near as those in the standing area but imagine securing seats in 204, 203 or 219, or 220 using your ‘royalty powers’ and having ‘Abot-kamay’ feeling while the boys are partying on the extended stage.

Personal view: My friends and I are seriously considering the perks of the Pulp Royalty in terms of having priority seats/standing area. But we’re still weighing it. Last year, we really wanted to get Pulp Royalty since we want to the Hi Touch experience and we promised ourselves that we’ll go this year but unfortunately, there will be no more Hi Touch this year.  But I think soundcheck party would still be an awesome experience. Imagine seeing them bare faced and rehearsing. You’ll only got to see it on behind the scenes of their concert DVDs.  (But if it happen to be Hi Touch again this year, there will no more question to be asked, we’ll go Pulp Royalty for sure.)

  • In Namjoon’s voice “Is this your first time with BTS?”- you might want to consider if this is your first time going to a VIP area on a BTS concert. If last Epilogue, you went VIP standing and had a chance to be close with the boys why not try VIP seated this time to have a better view of the stage. Likewise, if you went on VIP seated or any other seat during Epilogue, why not try ‘experiencing’ VIP standing.

One of the main differences of being in VIP standing and VIP seat is your view. In VIP seated, you’ll have a better view of the whole stage. The boys are on your eye-level. You’ll appreciate more the production and the choreographs. You’re like watching a concert DVD but live. You’ll see most (if not all) of what is happening on stage. And its is very different with the VIP standing area. In VIP standing area, you’ll not only see but might also experience special moments with the boys. Just imagine them being so near to you just like this:

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Picture courtesy of Jenna (@PRINCEJEONGKOOK). We were with Jenna in VIP Standing A last Epilogue in Manila.

But of course, you’ll have limited view of what is happening as a whole. It actually depends on what area are you in. (I will write a separate blog my views on each VIP standing and seating area)

TIP: If you’ll go at back of the standing area you’ll get to have a better view of the whole stage. 🙂

TIP: If you’re a bias-oriented ARMY, you better start researching where your bias usually stays.

Personal view: For me, VIP standing is worth it especially if this is your first time going on a BTS concert. Just like what I said, its an ‘experience’ rather that mere seeing them perform live. Last Epilogue, we were in VIP standing A and it was really something I’ll never forget. Seeing the boys up close was like a dream come true. Every ARMY must experience it.

With that said,  I am really thinking if I should go VIP seated this time because I have already experienced VIP standing. I want to appreciate the whole production but I am afraid that I might regret it. I honestly didn’t get that much ‘special moment’ except getting Namjoon’s ball. I was so shook the whole time that I only remember staring them blankly as if I am questioning their existence. I’m now torn between wanting to see the whole production and having more moments with them. (If Pulp Royalty was a Hi Touch, I would be perfectly fine being in VIP seated. This case would be close.)

  • Have you taken your Omega 3? – Actually this should be your foremost consideration – your health condition. Being in VIP standing really requires a lot of energy and it could really be draining. If you’re a type of person who would ‘die’ running one lap on your school oval, I suggest you to go to VIP seated instead. You don’t want to pass out during or even before the concert right? On this note, let me discuss to you what VIP standing ticket holders usually (based on my experience last Epilogue, this may be different during  Wings)  have to go through before the concert (cause great power comes great responsibility):
  • Line up for your laminated VIP floor ID – VIP standing ticket holders are usually assigned of queuing numbers. This will be your sequence when you enter the standing area.  Before the concert, you will be asked to line up to get your laminated ID showing your sequence number.

If my memory served me right, it took me 1 or 2 hours before I got our ID because the line was crazy long and I haven’t eaten my lunch yet during that time. I started lining up at 11 am (or earlier) I think.

  • Line up again for VIP Floor Line Up – so after you got your VIP floor ID, you will be asked to be at the entrance of MOA Arena hours before the show because you’ll need to line up based on your queuing number.

Epilogue in Manila was scheduled to start at 6pm but we were asked to be at the entrance between 2-4pm. So after having a quick lunch and walking around MOA Arena to get free fansite goods (yes, there were a lot of freebies given around MOA during concerts its like a fiesta).  Before 2 pm we (my friends and I)  went to Coral Way entrance and then wait until they allowed us to get in. Upon entering the lobby of MOA Arena, we lined up based on our sequence number and waited again. The door to the actual VIP floor didn’t open until 4 pm. 

  • Wait for the actual show  – The battle begins once you’re on the battlefield, the VIP floor. The tendency of everyone is to secure a good spot before the shows start so expect some pushing here and there.

Though we are given sequence numbers, we were already free to run (yes run) to the spot we want to stay. (TIP: As early as now, decide on where you want to stay. Be strategic. ) Everything was still manageable during the first few minutes. We even met some co ARMYs and now our friends (shoutout to @PRINCEJEONGKOOK and @SEOKJINOON). But as the time goes by, some were really eager to be on the front especially fansite-nims so the pushing started to intensify. Expect that there will be times you’ll be hit by fansite-nim’s enormous cameras and some could really be very aggressive to get that perfect shot. So we basically fought for our lives during the 2-hour waiting game. Imagine riding a jampacked MRT/LRT for 2 hours.

So to sum up, VIP standing really requires so much time and effort even before the actual show so you really have to consider your health condition.

Personal view: I don’t really mind going through this process again. I learned my lesson during Epilogue in Manila. I know what to do this time. 

If you really want to go for VIP standing, I really suggest that you prepare yourself physically and emotionally.

  • Are you a Jimin or a Namjoon? – because height matters if you’re in the VIP standing area. It’s really not because of your co-armys being tall but when everyone starts to use their phone to record the boys, most likely you’ll see the boys through their screen and not on stage.

Personal view: I’m not that tall too but I wish I was. HAHAHA. TIP: Try not to record everything. This is not only to respect those who cannot see the boys because you’ll probably block their view but for you to also appreciate the live performances. If you intend to record everything and just spazz while watching your fancams after the concert might as well save your money and just buy the concert DVD of BTS. Tip: If the people in front of you start to be really annoying because they block your view, report them to the nearest bouncers. 

So have you already decided if you’ll go VIP standing or VIP seated for Wings Tour? Hope this article helped you. Should you have any question regarding this, you can reach me @RoxyUnnie on twitter. Let me know too if you’ll go VIP standing or VIP seated. Help me decide. 😭