On October 20, 2015, I was on YouTube looking at K-pop music videos. I was a new fan at the time and was very confused when I saw a nine-member girl group’s debut MCountdown stage on my subscription feed. I was new to K-pop, there was no way that a group just debuted. I clicked on the video to fulfill my curiosity.
After 3 minutes I feel in love with TWICE. I spent the rest of the day researching the members and watching clips of SIXTEEN. When I got to Chaeyoung’s SIXTEEN clips I was floored when I saw her dancing to Adam Lambert’s music. (I have been a fan of his since his For Your Entertainment days.) I KNEW she was my bias and I KNEW that this group was going to be something and I KNEW that these girls came into my life for a reason and I was a ONCE.
The members are talented and have lovable personalities, but their music is what really hooked me. I loved how they had two rappers and each member brought something different to each performance and song.
Over the years I have supported TWICE through the ups and downs. I hurt my bank account for every comeback, I have gotten up at 4 am to watch them perform on award shows and to see photos and videos from their concerts despite the 13-14 hour time difference.
Twiceland – The Opening and Twiceland Zone 2 – Fantasy Park were tours that were held in Asia. I was excited for each one even though I could not attend.
Girl groups don’t typically tour in the US so I thought that the closest thing to a TWICE concert for me would be KCON. Then something happened in April 2019.
TWICE announced that they will be doing a world tour and that included a stop at the Prudential Center in NJ.
I cried so hard that morning.
I never thought that this day would come. I was going to finally see TWICE live in concert. All I had to do was get through ticketing.
Ticketing was….. Interesting… Let’s just say I bought these tickets when I was supposed to be doing something else.
I’ll leave it at that.
The months and weeks leading up to the concert were exciting! I was looking forward to seeing TWICE random dances, meeting other ONCEs, and buying slogans. But mother nature had a different plan.
July 22nd, 2019 was by far the hottest day of July. It was BOILING outside. I stayed in the car blasting the AC instead of being outside. It was literally so bad. My Mang fan helped soo much. I thought I was going to melt.
Before the concert, I bought a slogan and picked up a free slogan from Mina International Fan Union @Minaintfanunion. Mina, unfortunately, was not able to attend the international tour stops because she was focusing on improving her mental health, so Mina’s International Fan Union put together a slogan for her.
OT9 for life.
I also got an awesome handmade Chaeyoung bracelet from @Twiceebabe she was super sweet and I love this bracelet!
Now it is concert time!
I think these were the best concert seats I have ever purchased. I SNAPPED. I have sat in the 200 and 100 sections at the Prudential Center so the 1st level was a HUGE upgrade. WE HAD CUP HOLDERS Y’ALL.
During the concert, I cried twice (lol). I cried during the beginning when it hit me that I was watching TWICE perform live with my own eyes instead of through a screen. I lost my voice during Yes or Yes, almost busted a lung for Chaeyoung during Want You Back, cried again during Born This Way, and then absolutely killed my voice during Fancy.
I can’t really put everything into words, but I think my vlog will explain the vibe of the venue.
This was one of the best, if not the best concert I have ever been to and it was worth the four year wait.
I wanted to see Monsta X in 2018, but they came to New Jersey the same day I had tickets to see Taylor Swift during her reputation tour at Metlife. So I was determined to see them live and proclaim my love for Wonho and Joohoney.
I missed out on the general sale and the concert sold out, but I checked every week for resell tickets and found decent seats for a great price. (bless the person that was selling seats for only $10 more than the original price.)
On the day of the concert, I got to New York City early and acted like a tourist for the majority of the day.
I went to the 9/11 museum and it was a very emotional experience. I learned more about the day since I do not remember it, and it is not properly discussed in history courses in school. I didn’t take many photos but I will never forget my visit to this museum.
It was overwhelming at times, but they do provide you with proper trigger warnings about the more graphic exhibitions within the museum. Before entering the exhibit that goes into explicit detail retelling the timeline of that tragic day, there is an extensive trigger warning. In an especially graphic portion of the exhibit there were tissues available for people that needed it.
They say it takes you about 3-4 hours to go through the entire exhibit and that is correct. The exhibit that was retelling of the entire day took me 90 minutes to go through. If you want to learn more about 9/11 I highly recommend visiting.
The sun was right in line with West 34th street, and oh my God it was harsh. We stood in direct sunlight for about an hour. I had an umbrella to absorb some of the heat, but it was still brutal. The fans, of course, made it bearable. Monbebes were handing out freebies and slogans. I love k-pop fans so much.
Barbra Streisand was performing at Madison Square Garden the same night, so it was interesting to see the different ages surrounding the arena. Barabra Streisand fans thought that we were lining up for her and were very confused when we told them we were waiting for Monsta X. They were super nice though.
Once we were inside the arena, I spent $12 on water because I thought I was going to pass out after losing so much water from sweating for an hour.
The concert was fun and I was all heart eyes for Wonho the entire night (sorry Joohoney). Monsta X is a super talented group and I am so glad that I was able to see them in concert as seven last year. I hope that next year will be a better year for concerts and I will be able to see Monsta X when they return to New York City April 2021 and bless Radio City Music Hall.
The day I saw SuperM was the day I went to Madison Square Garden for the first time and it was the day I finally saw Kai perform and oh my goodness it was worth the wait and stress of ticketing in the middle of the Javits Center while I was at New York Comic-Con.
@AUIMICKY and @uniqot5 put together a Kai and Baekhyun cup sleeve event at Grace Street and I had to secure the cup sleeve of my man Kai. I had a hot ginger tea and it was very spicy but very good. Add some honey and it would be the perfect drink to have when you are under the weather.
Fans decorated the cafe with photos of the members of SuperM and the cafe played their songs. (didn’t take photos, but i do have footage of it in my vlog!) It was a great way to get hyped for the concert that was happening that night.
After that, my friend took me to Yong Kang Street which is a Japanese restaurant that is located in the Turnstyle Underground. I haven’t been back since, but once quarantine is over I may have to order at least two shrimp tempura bowls. It was sooooo good.
I have to admit I am not much of a fan of contemporary art, but I did enjoy visiting MOMA. The exhibits were very interesting and included explanations of the work just in case you did not understand it by looking at it. (Those were my best friends).
The highlight of the trip was seeing Starry Night in person. It is very tiny, but very beautiful.
Then the time has come to see SuperM at Madison Square Garden.
Madison Square Garden is without a doubt the most beautiful arena I have ever been in and is by far my favorite concert venue. It was super clean and had ZERO LINES. There were no lines for food, drinks or the bathroom. (As a woman I find this to be a HUGE win). And the staff was super friendly and helpful.
I kind of snapped with the seats. Since every seat was $50 I decided to get the best seat. And oh my goodness I did well.
The concert was short, but super fun. I saw NCT 127 at KCON NY 2018 so it was cool to see Mark and Taeyong again. But I was floored when I laid my eyes on the rest of the group for the first time.
I won’t go into detail (just watch my vlog and listen to my screeching), but I kind of lost it when I saw the rest of the members for the first time.
I was all heart eyes for Kai all night long until he performed his solo. That’s when I turned into an emotional fangirl. Like, I didn’t cry. I literally just yelled ‘oh my God’ 20 times throughout the entire stage. My friend said that my mouth was open the entire time. I have been waiting years to see him perform and it was worht the wait.
Mark said that they will be back. I was so excited to do this all over again. But the current state of the world is not allowing such gatherings so lets hope that next year will be the year that concerts and conventions can resume.