Monsta X ‘WE ARE HERE’ In NYC

Concerts, museums

An Impulse Decision Gone Right

vlog: 190803 MONSTA X [몬스타엑스] WORLD TOUR ‘WE ARE HERE’ IN NYC [VLOG]


[AUGUST 3RD, 2019]

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. 


Lunch at Pelicana Chicken


I wanted to buy everything at Forbidden Planet


After watching some random dances it was time to queue for the concert!

I will NEVER forget the queuing experience for this concert.

The concert was held at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The day was hot and dry and we were lining up to go in as the sun was setting.

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.

Photo From The Official Monsta X Twitter Account @OfficialMonstaX


SuperM: We Are The Future Live

Concerts, museums

MOMA + MSG


vlog: 191119 SUPERM [슈퍼엠] IN NYC | [Kai+Baekhyun Cafe Event & MOMA]


[ NOVEMBER 19, 2019 ]

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.

Hot Ginger tea even though it was a mild day in NYC

@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. 

GO TO YONG KANG STREET THE FOOD IS GREAT

Expanded my mind at the Museum of Modern Art

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. 

Best $50 I have ever spent

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.

Photo credit: SuperM photographers aka SM Entertainment

Black Comic Book Festival 2020

Conventions

Celebrating Black Comics in Harlem

[FEBRUARY 26TH, 2020]

The Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival was held on January 17 -18, 2020. This convention featured many black artists and exhibitors. This was also my first time attending the convention.

Admission was free, but you did have to sign up in advance through Eventbrite. 

As I was leaving the convention I noticed an entrance into a museum-like room. I was unaware if entry to the museum was included with the convention. I was politely informed that it was free and apart of the Schomburg Center. I am so glad my curiosity got the best of me because I was able to view the many artifacts that were on display in The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery

The Center’s mission is to generate and disseminate scholarly knowledge on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery pertaining to the Atlantic World”. – Nypl.org

This exhibit featured many different artifacts that provides even more information on the transatlantic slave trade. I highly recommend visiting The Lapidus Center within the Schomburg Center.