It’s been either almost six months or past since my trip to NYC and I’ve forgotten most of the trip. I did have this part of this post written in a document but hadn’t gotten around to finishing it and posting. Without further ado…
I’m finally writing about my escapade to NYC. Goodness, what an interesting trip it was. This time I traveled with my two longtime friends from high school Tor and Dia and my older sister Mai yang.
I have always dreamed of going to NYC. It’s everything I expected it to be and more. Being a small town girl, I was baffled by the amount of people speed-walking on the sidewalks and honking cars. Crossing the road was an adventure in itself. My allergies were in maximum overload. My nose was congested most of my time.
I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the city frankly because I like being able to drive wherever I need to go and not be stuck in traffic for over an hour. I’m also directionally challenged. I constantly worried that we took the wrong metro. We did a few times but our seasoned traveler, Tor, and directionally blessed personnel, Dia, righted us in the right direction.
I’m not going to describe our day-by-day in NYC. We hit almost all the stereotypical touristy sites that NYC had to offer and overall the trip was super fun!!
The main reason for our NYC was Day6 Live & Meet in NYC. It was our first fan meet and probably the last.
I have reached a certain time in my kpop journey when the newer fans of the genre think TVXQ is debuting when in fact they are having a comeback.
Day6 debuted in the year 2015 so it makes sense that they have a lot of young fans. Although, in my opinion, they didn’t become widely popular with the younger international fans until their ‘Every Day6’ project in 2017 and Jae’s Twitter activity.
When the doors opened it was all chaos. I lost sight of my friends immediately and tried to swim through a sea of fans to get to the merchandise table to buy a poster. I stood in a crowd hoping I was on the correct side because it was not organized at all. I’m sure it was for the first two minutes.
When the fan meet started, I quickly realized I don’t have the extra energy to expend compared to the fans around me. All I could think about is how (directly quoting myself) “…all these kids are here on a school night doing their homework before the show starts…”.
The thing with international fans is that all of us want to record and remember as much as possible because who knows when we’ll be able to see our idols again. However, some people are not courteous at all. I spent most of the time staring at a phone screen.
If it wasn’t a phone screen, I was navigating through a sea of hands and heads. I only stand 5’2 and I know that I could have gotten a seat closer to the stage. I just kept thinking how once again I am behind people who are taller than me.
All in all, the fan meet was fine. It made me realized that I never want to attend another fan meet for the rest of my life but it was fine. Their set list were the songs from the first half of 2017 so I was a bit bummed that they didn’t sing “I Need Somebody”. That’s my favorite song from their whole “Every Day6” project.
For those of us who have purchased tickets online know how absolutely dreadful and stress-inducing the process is. Honestly, I lost out on the better seats because I couldn’t get to them first.
Getting tickets is a battlefield and a lot of us fans have to fight to get the best seat before the scalpers buy them and sell them for a ridiculous price.