4 year old walks into YG Entertainment to ask if BIGBANG is there.
Most people will know Sophie and Han’s daughter Alice from several of our videos. The other week Sophie, Alice and baby Gyo were visiting us and the walk from the bus stop goes past YG Entertainment. Alice likes Bigbang and has even been to a Bigbang concert before so she knows the YG building as “Bigbang’s house”. As we were walking back from the shops and passing YG, Alice was asking about Bigbang. We told her that as it’s a Sunday they won’t be there (which is usually true). Since she is so confident she decided to walk right into the YG driveway and ask the security guard if they were there. The security guard was very nice to her but told her they aren’t there. Usually fans are stopped before getting that far but they let her in and the security guard had a smile on his face. Alice speaks more Korean than English so the whole exchange was in Korean.
I posted this video on Instagram and it got a great response so decided to post it on YouTube too. So many people relate to Alice wanting to see Bigbang. Even some Kpop news sites picked up the story.
Thank you to everyone for all the positive comments across social media. Her mother’s Instagram is here.
Here is a photo of Alice earlier in the day:
How much do you wish that you had the confidence of a 4 year old? haha
Most of you probably know that we live near YG Entertainment (big entertainment company for huge Kpop stars like BIGBANG) and somehow I became the person with the big scoop simply because I was walking by at the right time. The YG Building is famous for it’s unique design and as a must-see destination for Kpop fans visiting Korea. With so much success in recent years they have outgrown their building and have now started building a new one right next to the original one. While this was known, no one knew what the new building is going to look like. I was one of the first people to see the new design on the wall of the construction site. I tweeted it as I was walking home and very quickly had so many comments and retweets and even Kpop news sites using my photos!
Because it was funny and many people believing I had somehow illegally obtained secret information, I decided to make this video:
Just a little vlog about Pokemon Go finally being in South Korea. South Korea is very late getting Pokemon Go because of mapping concerns (to do with North Korea or something) but it’s finally here! On one of the coldest days! It was about -10 when we were walking around. Since YG Entertainment (entertainment company of massive stars like BIGBANG etc) is in our neighbourhood, we walked by to see what was there in the game.
That time Seungyoon from Winner sat next to me in a little ramen restaurant.
Occasionally we see Kpop stars around because we live near YG Entertainment. I don’t think those experiences are what fans from overseas think they will be. If a celebrity is all dressed up and looks happy to be photographed it’s okay to approach them. But the hat and mask look is usually very clear sign that they may not appreciate being approached, and that’s usually how celebrities look in public. It was pretty clear Seungyoon had just popped out to eat dinner quickly and was probably in middle of recording or something. I actually really like Winner so I really respect Kang Seungyoon and that made me not want to say anything at all. So I ignored him the whole time. Luckily I was with Hugh and Han, so I did actually talk to them and hopefully wasn’t as awkward as I portrayed myself in this comic.
I tweeted about it later because I know some Winner fans follow me and someone retweeted my tweet and said something like, “Oh my life goal happened to someone else!” It made me laugh and hopefully it was a joke and they want more out of life than just eating Japanee ramen next a Kpop star.
Snapshot of my day video up on the Nicholalala YouTube channel. These videos are small glimpses into a normal day for us.
Hugh has been so excited about Mexican culture lately (renewed enthusiasm for learning Spanish) but unfortunately he discovered he doesn’t like sour Mexican candy. He really doesn’t like anything sour, but I liked it!
It’s been a more quiet week, but Hugh still managed plenty of socializing. I made many trips to the convenience store to buy Australian Lemon, Lime and Bitters, and still managed to always miss seeing the famous people coming out of YG Entertainment.
On the weekend Chloe and I went to the iKON concert! Many people would have watched on the V app live as well, but the professional filming doesn’t always capture what it feels like to be actually at the concert. It was seriously exhilarating. There was such a positive feeling everywhere and it was an amazing concert. So some of you might be wondering who iKON is. Well you probably know that I’m a huge BIGBANG fan, who are probably the most popular and well known Kpop group. iKON is from the same entertainment agency and have only just debuted. So how can such a new group fill out a stadium with their first concert? Well iKON have been in the public eye for 2 years. First in the TV show WIN: Who is Next where they were pitted against other trainees in YG Entertainment. They actually lost and the winning team went on to debut as the group WINNER. They were then put through the stress of another elimination TV show called Mix and Match where 3 new members were added but they all had to prove they were good enough to be in the group as 2 members didn’t make the cut. These TV shows were immensely popular in Korea and a strategy of the entertainment company to gain fans before they even debut. Two members B.I. and Bobby competed in the Hip Hop elimination TV show Show Me the Money and Bobby went on to win (amazing feat for an ‘idol rapper’). So it may seem like I’ve suddenly started liking a new group, I’ve actually been following them for years, which is why it was so great to go to the debut concert. Chloe and I filmed another video about going to concerts in Korea with some more logistical info, so stay tuned for that later.
Okay the next thing I’m going to write is for international iKON fans: