Aside from my love of tv & film, one of the reasons why I started this blog was to share my passion for my various fandoms with you all, as fandoms have been a huge part of my life, as once I get into a fandom, I hardly let them go. So, because of that, and because I’m delving deeper into being a collector in relation to my fandoms, I decided to launch a new segment on my blog- The Fandom Files. Here, I’ll be putting anything related to fandom, from fan meet ups, to conventions, to cosplay, and the various fandom related merchandise I have purchased. Last month, I went on a short but sweet family trip to Seoul, South Korea, so, what better way to launch this segment with my first ever Kpop haul.
Now, my journey with Kpop has been quite a rocky one. I started listening to Kpop a decade ago, in 2007, and I clearly remember watching the first two music videos of Girl’s Generation on YouTube. This was a milestone for me, as I was making the transition from Jpop to Kpop.
Aside from Girl’s Generation, I would listen to other acts as well, such as Big Bang, 2NE1 (my ultimate girl group), and Epik High (whom I still love to this day). However, as college and musical theater overtook my life, as well as the fact that not many people listened to Kpop around me, I stopped listening for a while.
A few years ago, I started listening to Kpop again thanks to me returning to the Kdrama scene. To be specific, it was Lee Junho of 2PM that got me back into it thanks to “Chief Kim”, and I consider him now as my ultimate bias. However, me returning full force into Kpop didn’t really happen late last year and early this year, with me returning to FT Island, and falling hard for Gfriend, Infinite, ONF, VeriVery, and Seventeen, and I’m pretty sure that this list is only going to get longer in the future.
That combined with me being a collector, and a recent trip to Seoul, led me to actually start my own Kpop & Photocard collection, thus my impetus for making a haul post. Right now, I’m only collecting FT Island, ONF, Infinite, Gfriend and Seventeen, but this list might grow in the future.
So without further ado, as my disclaimer was long, let’s get into my haul from the month of June, which is a combination of what I bought from YesAsia, and what I bought during our family trip to Korea. Also, this will only be the first part of my June 2019 haul post as this haul was pretty massive. This half will contain the Gfriend, FT Island and ONF things that I got.
1. FT Island’s 6th Mini Album “What If”
Despite everything, I am a proud Primadonna who will always stand by my four boys, and I decided that I’m still going to collect their albums, and just quickly skip Choi Jong Hoon’s pages and if I ever pull him, he’s staying in the album and not in my photocard collection. I got this one from a shop at the Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center. It’s a pretty album and I love all the tracks, so I’m glad that I have it. I pulled Minwhan’s photocard and Song Hyun’s clear film strip.
2. FT Island’s 6th Album “Where’s the Truth?”-Truth Version
After “I Will”, “Where’s the Truth?” just so happens to be one of my favorite studio album’s of theirs, as those two albums and “What If” really got me into them. I got the Truth Version (the red one), but hope to get the False Version (the white one), in the future. I got this one from Music Korea in Myeongdong. For my photocard, I pulled Song Hyun. Yes, I got him two times in two different albums, which means if I pull him again in another FT Island album, I just might start collecting him, although I do want to collect all four of them. (Hong Gi and Jae Jin are my biases.)
3. Gfriend’s 2nd Album “Time For Us” Limited Edition
My first ever Kpop purchase! I bought this from YesAsia, and I got it shipped to me via LBC right to my doorstep in less than a week. This album is really pretty and a favorite of mine. Interestingly enough, I pulled the three oldest members & the 2Jung Line. I got Sowon’s paper mobile, and for photocards I got Eunha & Yerin.
4. Gfriend’s Lightstick Ver. 2
This is one thing that I knew I had to get my hands on, especially as I’m seeing them in concert this August when they come to Manila. As soon as I saw this in one of the shops at the Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center, I just decided to get it, and I’m so happy that I did! I like this version over the first version, the Glass Marble Lightstick, and I can’t wait for me to use it during their concert! This is my first lightstick ever!
5. ONF’s 1st Mini Album “On/Off”
I actually had my eye on ONF thanks to a review that The Bias List did (The Bias List is also how I found my way back to Kpop, and made the transition of getting back into groups more smoothly! Check out their blog!) on ONF’s “Complete”, but I knew that it was a group that would probably click with me, and I was right. I got this from Music Korea, and pulled everyone’s favorite rapper with a cave like voice, Wyatt, for my photocard. I know that there’s only version per member, so I’ll probably try to collect all of them in the future.
6. ONF’s 2nd Mini Album “You Complete Me”
It’s no surprise that I decided to get this album, as it contains the song that pulled me into ONF- “Complete”. I absolutely love this album, except for the slip case cover and the fact that the binding isn’t too great for the photobook. I pulled maknae Laun’s polaroid and I was over the moon to find out that I pulled two different photocards of my main bias in this group, Hyojin! (I know each member has six different cards, so I just might collect Hyojin’s cards in the future.) I also got this from Music Korea.
7. ONF’s 3rd Mini Album “We Must Love”
It should be no surprise that I decided to just complete their entire discography as of now, especially as they don’t have limited edition versions yet or multiple versions (I’m looking at you, Seventeen.) I got this from Music Korea as well. I absolutely loved the concept that they did for packaging, although it’s a little bit flimsy. I really loved this photobook, which was compact yet had great photoshoots in it, and better binding than their previous album. This came with a lot of random stuff- I pulled Laun’s postcard (2nd time to pull him!), E-Tion’s square photocard (I was so happy as he’s my second bias), an On Team Polaroid and the group photo where most of them were doing heart signs.
And that’s it for the first part of my June 2019 Kpop haul! I will also be posting pictures of these individual items/albums up on Instagram & Facebook as well, if you want to take a closer look at them.
Look forward to the second part of this post which will be up soon and will have all the Infinite and Seventeen stuff I got in Korea.
I hope you enjoyed my very first haul post and the very first post for this segment of my blog! Stay tuned for the second part, which will come very soon!