Wednesday, 12 August 2015

the arduous journey to getting my #BIGBANG MADE ticket

My second language English cannot fully express the mental anguish I went through to secure my Big Bang concert tickets.

真的很折磨人。

#我怎么还活着

Okay 故事这样开始。就是我17岁时(没错,真的要从一开始开始写)我的中学 bestie 那死女人介绍 G Dragon 给我,一直说我会爱上他,他完全是我的 style。当年的我还没现在这么 open minded,看到漂白头发+化浓妆的 skinny guy,完全顶不顺。

GD circa Heartbreaker


外加 GD 当时还没整容,也真的没现在这么瘦骨如柴这么帅。

但我那位朋友很会预测我会喜欢的艺人。她介绍的艺人我都是一开始不喜欢,到后来爱到死去活来的(for example:东方神起,Jang Woo Hyuk)。

= 5 years later =

第二次接触 Big Bang 是因为我弟弟不知道怎么接触到了 GD & Top 的歌。

第一次听 High High 就完全爱上他们(尤其是整容后的 GD!!!)

GD 实在是迷人到我默默地跑去学他 get a tattoo of a word on my inner forearm 囧

是真爱(or 是神经病)


好听到我来悉尼后每天播,播到连我的德国室友也莫名其妙开始唱‘High high, I'm so high’ 哈哈 完全是替他们免费宣传。

And then 德国室友 Skype 他的朋友时还会跟他们介绍 GD & Top!


连最讨厌韩国明星的 S 也被我洗脑,不知不觉跟着唱 Knockout。This is double double, double double, combo, double double, double combo。。完全顺口好吗。

 后来 BB 与 GD 都有持续出新歌,虽然好听但我也慢慢长大了,没有以前这么执着想嫁 GD oppa 了。


GD oppa 好迷人。


1-take video for Love Song with the beautiful lyrics I'm afraid that there is no meaning in life. (变成 BB video 特辑哈哈哈)

今年 BB 出 M album 时,觉得 Bae Bae 这首歌特怪(妈妈的,结果现在超喜欢)。



没想到听到 Bang Bang Bang 是完全重拾我对 BB 的热情!(虽然我朋友说很 flamboyant,就是这样才有趣啊!)



然后一发不可收拾,上网看了 BB 的专访后,连他们的老板 YG 的专访也默默看了一遍。

然后也开始 follow 他们的 MADE album releases。最近 series E 也给他们这次的专辑画下完美的句点-超好听,all-kill,横扫所有排行榜。


Zutter 里面 Top is super kawaii! Almost more attractive than GD oppa! 重见 #GDTOP 的心情,非常棒!

看完了,BB 也开始世界巡回演出了,我也时不时会跟朋友提 and 上 YG Family website 看票儿开始卖了吗。

当时的心情是轻松的,还有点担心 BB 在 Sydney 的粉丝不够,怕反应冷清(我就是去过一场很冷清的五月天演唱会,太可怕了*抖*)。而且朋友们也一直 express surprise that a Korean boy band is brave enough to hold a concert at Allphones Arena, which is HUGE.

Lesson learned: Do not underestimate the popularity of BB.

现在回想起来觉得自己是白痴!当时就应该更注意 presale 这回事的!!!

First presale (Wednesday 12pm)

其实这个 presale 我这个笨蛋完全错过了!因为我 signed up for Ticketek presale,没想到别的 organizer 会有其他(更早的)presale! 

Lesson learned: search for and sign up for every presale available!!!

所以 这个 presale 是和朋友聊天时偶然发现的!虽然迟了几个小时(presale tickets 也卖光光了)但我还是很淡定,想说除了 second presale 还有 general public sale,而且澳洲是洋人国家,应该不会买不到票儿吧!

Second presale (Friday 12pm)

I was totally prepared for this. (Having read that BB's first concert in Newark, USA sold out within hours, I wasn't willing to take any chances.)

At 11.55am - my debit card was loaded, I was signed into Ticketek and refreshing the app while I waited for a client.

The second my alarm buzzed at 12pm, I was off!!! 

And so were the effing bots.

Only bots can be faster than me.

I did everything right, and there should be no reason for me to miss out again!

Lesson learned: The bots are real.

General public sale (Monday 9am)


Last chance. At 8.55am I was sitting in front of my laptop with laser focus.

The second my alarm buzzed at 9am, I was off!!!

And so were the effing bots.

Only bots can be faster than me.

I did everything right, and there should be no reason for me to miss out yet again!

Otoke?!!! I was starting to panic, because all categories were unavailable within the first few minutes of release.

So I called the useless machine-operated Ticketek phone number, where the stupid computer voice confirmed that there are no tickets available.

这时候人生完全 over 了。

好吧,看看墨尔本的票,VIP Reserved Seating 也没了((跪

到底有多红?!这时候只能向朋友求救,朋友在 viagogo.com 找到 VIP 票,但他奶奶的竟然从500刀涨到800刀!想到讨人厌的 scalpers 这样赚钱就不爽,至死都不会向他们买票!

Lesson learned: Ticketek is freaking useless. Their presale is useless, their phone number is useless, their agencies are useless too. Using a laptop doesn't help.

结果很黑暗地过了一天。大家都安慰我说 BB 应该会再 release more tickets,我也只能抱着这样的信念活下去(到底有没有这么夸张)。

好像很 over,但想见 oppa 这件事不是两三天的事,外加我这两年过得相当不顺,很难得有令我这么开心的事儿。(演唱会票快上架时,我乐到我的同事问我,‘Min, why are you so happy?’-他还以为我谈恋爱。开玩笑,this is better than being in love!)

有朋友说 next time,但 oppa 们可以红这么久吗?都到该去服兵役的年龄了!我也不会永远年轻爱 oppa 们。

后来我另一个同事鼓励我买墨尔本 Gold Reserve,我也因为太失望了而认真考虑。上 Ticketek 查票时,竟然发现 oppa 们决定在悉尼开第二次演唱会!

人生顿时充满希望与意义!((发光发热

有朋友建议我去 agency 买,于是立马 create event in Sunrise calendar and reschedule working hours!

我也上网搜了一下 how to beat bots at buying tickets, and it seems like the only way is to write your own bot.

Second concert , NSW - general public sale (Wednesday 12pm)

我 desperate 到午休的时间到 agency try my luck.

结果 concierge recommended a General Admission Standing, since VIPs were all snapped up within a minute of release. 虽然有点担心我一个人去站区会被其他粉丝踩死,但 concierge 很热情地说 it's right in front of the stage! 我就尽量往好的方面想。(曾经在大马买过最贵的 VIP 票,但是站区,很累也看不清楚啊!我当时气的拿东西丢挡着我视线的粉丝,气死我弟 oops!sorry 但本人脾气很臭~)

刚才朋友的男朋友问我,票到底买到吗?!因为他有在 FB follow 我的心酸日记哈哈!

结果是-我买了 GA Standing。

虽然不会像周一那么失望,但也算不上开心。毕竟人家一心想有 VIP 又可以坐的经验。

现在还有点担心我一个人在站区会被人挤死。

也担心我期待这么久去了 cannot live up to my expectations。

你看我死不死?!

这时候只能抱着想见 oppa 们的心,勇往直前(看一场演唱会要打一千个字还这么多内心戏!)orz

我现在正在认真考虑 BB 来悉尼会去哪里玩儿,好想巧遇他们啊!

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