FF#2: The Most Beautiful Moment In (a Fan’s) Life Pt. 1

Taking liberties with this post’s title, which is inspired (or should I say, infires?) by the title of one of my favorite album releases recently, by Bangtan Sonyeondan (aka Bangtan Boys, aka BTS, aka Bulletproof Boy Scouts if we’re going to be literal about it), “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1”. I think it’s most fitting, since (a) that EP is the BOMB and (b) I am highly anticipating their follow-up, “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2”, which will finally be dropped on November 30. That’s just a couple of days away! And also my belated way of saying belated Happy Birthday to a certain fish-loving space cadet who goes by the name of Ohno Satoshi.

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9 comments on “FF#2: The Most Beautiful Moment In (a Fan’s) Life Pt. 1

  1. OMG. A close friend who is an Arashi fan linked your post to me and I felt the need to comment on your post because how accurate can your words be? Also because its title is The Most Beautiful Moment In Life (I also became a fan because of this EP!).

    Wow, you were a Westlife fanclub member and even got your postcard picked my Mark Feehily? I never had favorite members in Westlife but now that I think about it, maybe it was with Westlife that started this fangirl life of mine (along with other boybands and also Aaron Carter). I still know their most popular songs by heart. I’m not even embarrassed to admit I sing to boyband songs when I was a kid.

    I was one of the people who got into Arashi because of Matsumoto Jun, but as Shin in Gokusen. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Although I have fallen out of fandom I seem to know updates because of my friends who are both Arashi fans and listen to KPop like me. I have to thank Arashi for letting me meet these friends I keep close to my heart, even now. The switch from fandom to real life friends still amazes me even now because I never thought it would happen. Maybe we all met in the right place and the right (beautiful) moment. Those Arashi screencaps are hilarious by the way.

    I also came to like Big Bang when I started listening to KPop, and also because of G-Dragon. He drew me in. Lies is a good song. Reminds me of the good times.

    Now let’s go to what mostly motivated me to reply to your blog post hahaha. I also made a recent confession of getting hooked to BTS. I actually came to like them a few months ago when they just released The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Part 1. They’re one of those groups I saw on music shows while I waited for my favorites back then but never really looked up or bothered to stan. Whenever I want to check out a new group, I always try to listen to their music first. I coincidentally saw their debut stage in 2013 (just on TV) and thought oh, these guys dance well for a rookie! But this song is not for me. No More Dream gave me highschool feels. A few months later and they released Boy In Luv. Nice, but still not enough for me to stan. When they released Boy In Luv I was in the middle of going on hiatus from KPop because I’ve been getting addicted to EXO in very unhealthy levels, like in a really bad way. I literally started questioning my life choices HAHAHA. I still listened to their Skool In Luv album and the song Where Did You Come From? caught my attention because it was a satoori song and I’m a sucker for satoori. But then after that I forgot about them. Their music was too noisy, and they were too young for me.

    It wasn’t until I NEED U was released. It was just out of curiosity. I often download new KPop releases so I can listen to new songs, then I saw their HYYH Pt. 1 EP. I gave it a chance. I gave it a chance and I fell in love, firstly with Hold Me Tight that I even wondered if it has a choreography. After that I listened to I NEED U closely and searched for the lyrics of I NEED U and other songs in the EP. Then I saw the performance and it was really good. I’ve been missing so much. I went back to their older releases and listened to it with a more open mind, I guess. It was like rebelling to myself. I always referred to that state as a rebellion LMAO. What followed was my discovery of their channel in Youtube and I discovered they were hilarious. I think it took me a month of watching and laughing so hard. “Who cares about image? I know nothing.” It was like finding a treasure. When I first got into BTS I thought that they spoil the fans too much with all those Bangtan Bombs, Episodes, they even have Twitter they regularly update, and the fancafe, now an Instagram with beautiful photos– I mean what else can I ask for?

    I have to agree they got one of the best dance choreography. That 2014 Gayo Daejeon performance with bad camerawork pissed me off too. The cameras completely disregarded the points of their dance. Big Hit uploading a video “trailer” of that one was like the biggest slap in the face of that broadcasting company camera director. The shade.

    As I have mentioned, I’ve been a fan only a few months now but never really mentioned it to anyone else. Maybe because I’ve always seen the bad parts of the fandom, and also because they’re really too young. But I think I’ve connected with them through their songs, like my stories being told by somebody else. Kind of like opening a book written by someone else but feels like an expression of your own life? I also like the fact that they do not just sing about love. I often listen to their songs not about love. I like to listen to their stories.

    I cannot wait for their new album to drop AHHHH (also the concert tonight is happening and I feel regretful I cannot see them).

    …Sorry for this word vomit, I have so much feelings about BTS right now lmao I don’t even think I made sense.

    P.S. I told myself V was my bias, but Jungkook actually hooked me in this group. I swear, I only wanted to hear Jungkook’s voice in their songs. I never meant to love all 7 of them now.

    I think I’m living in my most beautiful moment (part 1 HAHA), a fangirl and just a /girl/ trying to live a life. When I saw the title of the album and listened to the songs, it reminded me of college, which is by far the most fun I had. But I would hate to think that the most beautiful moments of my life has passed. I guess you can say I’m trying hard to live the part 2 as well. Recently I find it hard to adult but with encouragement from people I love, both my friends and those who sing the songs I love to listen to, I think I live it.

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    • Ok, whewwwww. *breathes*

      But, first things first. HIGH-FIVE, FELLOW A.R.M.Y.! XDD (I still honestly feel uncomfortable openly declaring myself an A.R.M.Y. because I think I’m too old compared to the average age of your average A.R.M.Y. but, by virtue of being a BTS fan, yes, I am one.)

      While reading through your long comment (thank you, by the way!) I had to pause a few times and go, “wait, are you sure I did not write this comment in my sleep?” Haha!

      And FYI, the first group that I liked was Boyzone. 🙂 I remember briefly following Caught in the Act and Code Red, but not really much of the American acts (like BSB and ‘NSync).

      And why am I not surprised that you’r Jun-baited? It’s like, 90% of Arashi fans I meet online were Jun-baited. 🙂

      After Big Bang, I am a CNBLUE fan. Solid Boice right here, as well. And I casually listen to and like other groups, such as SNSD, 2NE1, B2ST, and Got7. Also EXO, but I was never really drawn in that much, although I liked some of their choreos.

      If we’re talking about the BTS member that immediately caught my attention at first, though, it would be Jimin. I guess that’s what happens when the first live and dance performances you saw were I NEED YOU and DOPE. Because he was one of those who were front and center. And he’s just too adorable for words.

      To be honest, I agree with what most A.R.M.Y. fans say, about all 7 of them being bias-wreckers. I love Jin for being the calm and mature one in that sea of 7 bundles of chaotic energy. I love Suga for being all swag and gangsta and “i’m too cool for this sh*te but that looks fun so wth let me just join in”. I love J-Hope for being that constant ray of sunshine in the group, then shamelessly bawling his eyes out when the situation calls for it. I love RapMon for being that responsible and commanding leader that has no qualms about embarassing himself. I love Jimin for being that sweet, cute and all-too-often bullied little bro (with abs. ABS.). I love V for being weird and crazy and being the complete opposite of his looks (and I am totally all for him acting. This boy’s got promise!). And I love Jungkook for being so talented as to be perfect, then still remaining as that kid and little boy of the group. And how he turns evil at the best of times.

      Wait, did you just say “word-vomit” in your comment? Right back at ya. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and commenting, M. Much appreciated, and always a pleasure to “meet” a kindred spirit. 🙂 What do you think of the new album? 🙂

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      • Hey Jeffer! Sorry I haven’t replied for so long, December has been a hectic month for me and I just remembered I made a comment here a few weeks ago (sorry about that double comment below btw).

        SAME, I kind of feel uncomfortable too, doncha worry because most fans I see are like 9,10 years younger than I am HAHAHA 😐

        I liked CNBLUE too! I went to their first concert here because I wanted to hear them live. The second time they went here, I couldn’t go… I think there was a typhoon when they came here the second time and I haven’t been listening to their new releases so I might not relate to the artists when I watch them. I also casually listen to other KPop artists for the same reason! I’m actually a GOT7 fan before I became a BTS fan (how to comfortably call myself an IGOT7 and ARMY lmao), but now I think my soul has been sold to Bangtan. SAVE ME

        Jimin: his abs during No More Dream made me O_O NOPE YOU ARE A BOY PUT DOWN THAT SHIRT when I first saw him. But as of recent he’s too adorable for words indeed ;__; He became cooler ;__; </3

        I thought I wouldn't be shaken by the thing called bias-wreckers because it never really happened to me before, but you're right SIGH. I guess Jin is needed to balance the crazy. Suga, I love how he has this seemingly cold demeanor that you might misunderstand at first, but he really shows his affection to those who love him, albeit not very openly. Being an IGOT7 I often see similarities in the groups' humor (Jackson has the word "funny" running through his veins, he doesn't even try), but J-Hope is really a sunshine. His name fits him well, being "hopeful" although I can see it gets tiring hahaha. I think RapMon is just one of those leaders who really has the charisma of a leader. He's smart and learns from his mistakes and shortcomings but also adorable. Sometimes I forget he and Suga are actually younger than I am. JIMIN! Jimin. I had a story with Jimin. I didn't like him at first because his speaking and singing voice wasn't my taste, but now I like that about him. He's smiley, he dances so well (I just recently learned he entered arts high school in Busan before he moved to Seoul as a top student of contemporary dance), he has a beautiful heart and overall just a very caring person (is my current bias obvious). V, he's really charming. Like who knew that handsome guy would act like this sometimes? I'm up for V acting as well! HE CAN do it! And finally Jungkook. Every single word you said, yes. I'm so scared when he grows up more; right now he's maknae on top. If he grows up more his hyungs will be dead. So dead HAHAHAHA

        Another word vomit here XD; No problem, kindred spirit! And I love HYYH part 2 that I actually ordered both versions. Butterfly is my personal anthem, it's a beautiful track but I liked the prologue version more. The re-mastered on in the album still gives me feelings though. Basically their releases this year were dope (no pun intended). *-* Fallen Leaves (? Not sure of the English title since I only read it in Korean) is nice to listen to (I tend to like Suga-produced songs, I guess? Like Tomorrow), and Crow-Tit (LOL) is. my. jam. Totally my jam. At first it was too hip-hopey but when I listened to it over and over again, I really like it now. It's the same with their title track. At first listen it wasn't that impressive to me but the lyrics really got to me. Such feels, much deep. Indeed a good portrayal of youth. "It's okay even if I fall down" "Even if my two feet are full of wounds, I smile when I just see your face" HOW ABOUT NO Also Whalien 52 was a weird title but now I get it. I GET IT HUHUHU

        What do you think of part 2? 😛

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      • Happy New Year!! Yeah, December was quite hectic for me as well. 🙂 I hope you were able to bid 2015 goodbye the way you want it!

        The CNBLUE con… yeah, there was a typhoon, but I still made that long trip from Baguio, haha! My excuse was that it was not raining when I left Baguio and I only knew about the typhoon when I was somewhere in Pampanga. And did I tell you before that reading your account makes me think I am listening to myself? Because right before I checked out Bangtan, I was quite fascinated with GOT7, too! Mainly due to Jackson, because I just think he’s one hell of a guy. For a time I was checking everything out about them on YT, then Bangtan happened. I still like GOT7 now, though, and I’m always tickled pink when I see BTS-GOT7 interactions. I say MOAR PLEASE.

        I gave up picking an ultimate bias in BTS, because the moment I thought I was set on one, the others just… come in and make me rethink. So, yep. Gave up on that. I still think TaeTae’s too adorable for words, though, and Jimin’s the best contradiction ever. At first, I thought I’d be relegating Jin to the background, but damn if they all have their own charms.

        Gosh… what album version do I have, you ask? None. Haha! I know I’m a bad fan like that for not buying their physical CDs, but I have my reasons. I was in deep in several fandoms in the past (I talked about them in my post) and I always made it a point to buy CDs. That included CD singles. Then at some point I realized CD singles are expensive, considering there’s like, 2 or 3 songs only. So I resolved to just buy full albums. But K-pop has this mini-album thing, so ARGH. And then Arashi released repackaged albums…. (*sigh*)

        So I gave up buying physical CD albums altogether and just decided to buy their digital releases AND DVDs. Especially concert DVDs. That’s as far as I go. 🙂 Although, looking at the photobook added to the BTS albums, I am sooooooooooooorely tempted.

        I love love love the album! I loved Pt 1 so damn much, but Pt 2 was a whole new level, because I loved EVERY SONG on it. My personal favorite is CROW-TIT, and I hope they do a comeback with it soon. Like… I am already imagining Tae bust it out onstage for his part. Like you, it’s my jam~ MA CITY, too.

        Suga’s proving himself to be a very good producer and songwriter. I dunno, he just gives off that vibe, so when he claims that he’s a genius, I’m like, “no arguments from me, bruh”.

        The latest slew of injuries and health problems has got me worrying, though, because from what I’ve seen, these boys work soooo damn hard, I would just be happy with a BOMB released showing them snoring like crazy. When I heard they’re doing their comeback in Korea and their Japanese promotions simultaneously, I knew something like it was bound to happen. I’m still glad they’re managing to pull through, though. That group hug (sans Namjoon) in the New Year countdown had me feeling all gooey and protective, but still so glad. It might be hard, but they are doing what they do, and they have each other. Oh, and us, A.R.M.Y.s. Yep, I’ll be more proud about proclaiming that from now on. 🙂

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      • Happy New Year to you too! I thought I replied to your comment already, but I still haven’t haha.

        Wow, you’re from Baguio? :O Daaannnggg lol what is this destiny XD Jackson is the reason I checked out GOT7. Like I only wanted to know what role he plays in the group and when I watched their videos I was sold. Too funny. Okay wth that is also the reason I got into BTS!! Through YT videos! I was watching GOT7 then saw the recommended videos below and clicked the Bangtan Bomb where Jungkook and V were lipsyncing Linkin Park (BLESS THEIR YOUNG SOULS) and dancing to It’s Tricky like a flashmob. SAME. GOT7-Bangtan interactions make me a happy fangirl.

        Taetae is ultimately cute. Jimin too. Jungkook. Actually everyone is really charming, like you can’t help but find something likeable about them all.

        I don’t really often buy physical albums– I just buy when I love most if not all the songs in the album. I guess for sentimental reasons, I bought The Most Beautiful Moment in Life albums. 😀 About CD releases, I know the pain. I have friends who wanted to collect Arashi’s discog and they release like a hundred CDs every year, including singles. You know how Arashi/JE groups/basically Japanese pop groups release physical CDs every time, right? /looks at wallet OUCH. Physical albums are bigger in Japan, I guess? Korea’s more of a download/stream country, except for pop groups with good album/mini album packaging.

        I’m planning on getting that concert DVD with photobook. Someday. Sa tamang panahon HAHAHAHA my first BTS merch was bought on a whim: Summer Package 2015, with photobook & DVD, some travel freebies like a pouch, bagtag, stickers. I swear I have no regrets. It made me want to go to Kota Kinabalu and try parasailing too.

        I have to agree pt. 1 was a whole new level. I can’t believe they were able to top pt. 1! Their fanmeeting’s up next week, maybe they’d perform other songs from the mini album too. I have to say, Crow-Tit is my morning ritual. Wake up in the morning with a swag. I hope Suga releases his mixtape soon, but no pressure. He’s a genius but also has really cute moments. Whenever he writes a long (essay) message to fans, I really feel his sincerity towards what he does.

        Fortunately, they had a break last week! But then they’re working now again, even though the active promotion is over. They were probably supposed to have a week-long break, but was called over again to Seoul to appear on Music Bank because they wwere nominated (and won!) first place last week. This week though, they totally dropped to 20th. But that’s okay. Hehehe. That group hug during New Year’s Day got me too. TOO PRECIOUS but Namjoon seriously, Jimin keeps on saying he’s such a clumsy/stupid hyung for getting himself hurt hahahah. I love being a fan of BTS, being an ARMY 8D

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      • Hello there again~

        Yep, YT is like a daily ritual to me now, especially when I get home. I check immediately what new Bangtan video has been uploaded. I don’t think I’ve ever used YT this much before in my life. For real~

        Don’t even start talking to me about merch. I am physically restraining myself from buying any official merchandise! Although, at the moment, I am obsessed with their fashion choices, esp their casual wear. I have a thing for hoodies and sweats, and they have, like, the most rad, casual and streetwear… which also happens to be hella expensive, and I am soooooooooooo tempted to spend money on those items! Darn them and how they look great in hoodies.

        I am so praying that they will come to the Philippines for a concert this year. I will definitely go watch them!! It’ll be difficult to stick to my policy of not spending more than 5k on a concert ticket (well, except Arashi, of course), so I can only hope their ticket prices will be reasonable. And by reasonable, I mean kinda cheaper than, say, what Big Bang and EXO sell them for.

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      • I have never checked YT this much before too. I mean I do go to YT of course, but not every day like this?? It’s like there are too many Bangtan videos I might have missed when I still wasn’t a fan, and when I’m bored I just watch video compilations by Korean fans that pop up in my recommended vids. Always makes my day. Have you seen Hope On The Street just the other day? JHope did a live broadcast on V app and I was amazed. I wish I can dance (or have a passion to pursue a dream for that matter, I feel so dead right now)!!

        ARE YOU ME I like their casual wear too! In a lot of cases it just looks so good on them so I wonder if I should get one myself and then I realized… oh right, it’s either they bought it or it was given to them which costs $$$ #NEVERMIND I also like some of their accessories and shoes!

        I think they’re coming this year and I’m not going to miss it. Will brave the typhoon and take care of myself (NO HOSPITALS NOOO) HAHAHA. I… am willing to spend more than 5k to see them. Hopefully cheaper than Big Bang or EXO!

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      • I did a marathon of Bangtan Bombs… and I still am re-viewing them over and over. I can’t seem to get enough~ I even had the V-App installed on my phone, even if it meant watching them without understanding anything beyond the basics, haha!

        And YES THAT HOPE ON THE STREET EP. I was so psyched with the Bapsae choreo. Darn, I wish they promote that in the future, like, soon.

        Their streetwear. I was gobsmacked when I saw how much they go for. And then when I saw again that many of their personal items were given by fans. I was like, “ang yaaaaaaaaman ng Korean fans~ grabe~!!!”

        I did hear the rumors. And I hope it’s true! I WILL DEFINITELY GO! There was a storm when CNBLUE came and I still went to watch, so it’s a no-brainer for this one.

        By the way, I have just moved webhosts. Would you mind if we take this discussion to my new home? Haha! It’s at http://www.jeffersodyssey.com/?p=5941. See you there!

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  2. OMG. A close friend who is an Arashi fan linked your post to me and I felt the need to comment on your post because how accurate can your words be? Also because its title is The Most Beautiful Moment In Life (I also became a fan because of this EP!).

    Wow, you were a Westlife fanclub member and even got your postcard picked my Mark Feehily? I never had favorite members in Westlife but now that I think about it, maybe it was with Westlife that started this fangirl life of mine (along with other boybands and also Aaron Carter). I still know their most popular songs by heart. I’m not even embarrassed to admit I sing to boyband songs when I was a kid.

    I was one of the people who got into Arashi because of Matsumoto Jun, but as Shin in Gokusen. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Although I have fallen out of fandom I seem to know updates because of my friends who are both Arashi fans and listen to KPop like me. I have to thank Arashi for letting me meet these friends I keep close to my heart, even now. The switch from fandom to real life friends still amazes me even now because I never thought it would happen. Maybe we all met in the right place and the right (beautiful) moment. Those Arashi screencaps are hilarious by the way.

    I also came to like Big Bang when I started listening to KPop, and also because of G-Dragon. He drew me in. Lies is a good song. Reminds me of the good times.

    Now let’s go to what mostly motivated me to reply to your blog post hahaha. I also made a recent confession of getting hooked to BTS. I actually came to like them a few months ago when they just released The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Part 1. They’re one of those groups I saw on music shows while I waited for my favorites back then but never really looked up or bothered to stan. Whenever I want to check out a new group, I always try to listen to their music first. I coincidentally saw their debut stage in 2013 (just on TV) and thought oh, these guys dance well for a rookie! But this song is not for me. No More Dream gave me highschool feels. A few months later and they released Boy In Luv. Nice, but still not enough for me to stan. When they released Boy In Luv I was in the middle of going on hiatus from KPop because I’ve been getting addicted to EXO in very unhealthy levels, like in a really bad way. I literally started questioning my life choices HAHAHA. I still listened to their Skool In Luv album and the song Where Did You Come From? caught my attention because it was a satoori song and I’m a sucker for satoori. But then after that I forgot about them. Their music was too noisy, and they were too young for me.

    It wasn’t until I NEED U was released. It was just out of curiosity. I often download new KPop releases so I can listen to new songs, then I saw their HYYH Pt. 1 EP. I gave it a chance. I gave it a chance and I fell in love, firstly with Hold Me Tight that I even wondered if it has a choreography. After that I listened to I NEED U closely and searched for the lyrics of I NEED U and other songs in the EP. Then I saw the performance and it was really good. I’ve been missing so much. I went back to their older releases and listened to it with a more open mind, I guess. It was like rebelling to myself. I always referred to that state as a rebellion LMAO. What followed was my discovery of their channel in Youtube and I discovered they were hilarious. I think it took me a month of watching and laughing so hard. “Who cares about image? I know nothing.” It was like finding a treasure. When I first got into BTS I thought that they spoil the fans too much with all those Bangtan Bombs, Episodes, they even have Twitter they regularly update, and the fancafe, now an Instagram with beautiful photos– I mean what else can I ask for?

    I have to agree they got one of the best dance choreography. That 2014 Gayo Daejeon performance with bad camerawork pissed me off too. The cameras completely disregarded the points of their dance. Big Hit uploading a video “trailer” of that one was like the biggest slap in the face of that broadcasting company camera director. The shade.

    As I have mentioned, I’ve been a fan only a few months now but never really mentioned it to anyone else. Maybe because I’ve always seen the bad parts of the fandom, and also because they’re really too young. But I think I’ve connected with them through their songs, like my stories being told by somebody else. Kind of like opening a book written by someone else but feels like an expression of your own life? I also like the fact that they do not just sing about love. I often listen to their songs not about love. I like to listen to their stories.

    I cannot wait for their new album to drop AHHHH (also the concert tonight is happening and I feel regretful I cannot see them).

    …Sorry for this word vomit, I have so much feelings about BTS right now lmao I don’t even think I made sense.

    P.S. I told myself V was my bias, but Jungkook actually hooked me in this group. I swear, I only wanted to hear Jungkook’s voice in their songs. I never meant to love all 7 of them now.

    I think I’m living in my most beautiful moment (part 1 HAHA), a fangirl and just a /girl/ trying to live a life. When I saw the title of the album and listened to the songs, it reminded me of college, which is by far the most fun I had. But I would hate to think that the most beautiful moments of my life has passed. I guess you can say I’m trying hard to live the part 2 as well. Recently I find it hard to adult but with encouragement from people I love, both my friends and those who sing the songs I love to listen to, I think I live it.

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