1:57 pm - 01/22/2013

T.O.P's Alive Tour Experience, and a bonus of T.O.P's Mom!

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Hello, This is TOP of BIGBANG !!

It’s been a while since the last time I said hello, especially to Korean fans. I’ve spent a bit busy days doing BIGBANG World Tour and filming the movie “Alumni” at the same time. But there will be the Final Concert in Korea a few days later so please look forward to it.

There was a lot of time being in a plane during BB World Tour. Are you curious about what the members are doing in the plane? Some members order ramen that is cooked in the plane as soon as they get on, or watch a movie or sleep. Especially on a long flight, I usually get some sleep because I’m lack of it for filming the movie.

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There is something that all members do. It’s reading fan letters from the fans at the airport. I can’t share the exact contents, but reading fan letters they’re mostly about the monitors of performances in each country, supporting messages, and the daily stories of the fans.

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Reading the fan letters which is more interesting than any books and full with devotion and love, I feel sorry thinking that I’m not giving the love back as much as they give it to me. After reading the fan letters I receive some positive energy from fans. They give me strength to do the better stage.

I often say that I love you as the last comment on the stage. Actually I think a lot what to say before I go up on the stage. Many times I ad-lib what I honestly feel at the moment while saying what I prepared before.

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Because I feel so touched all of the sudden seeing you, the fans. Watching the fans one by one on the stage, I want to remember those eyes and the passion as much as I can. I act and say things as if I’m joking but I’m very sincere when I say that I love you.

Actually BIGBANG members don’t really remember going outside during the World Tour. Especially in a few countries, we spent all free time in hotel worried about the accidents for a lot of fans gathered at once.

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Members spent great time with the staffs and the dancers at the hotel swimming pool in warm countries.

However when I have a free time, I analyze the script and have a meeting with the director -a lot of times on the phone for I’m also filming the movie. So I spent the times very busily not knowing the time passing.

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I couldn’t get out of hotel during the Tour much. So I flew to NY after the concert in LA and have some personal time shortly. Being outside was nothing special but it was fun time going to some restaurants that I like. SHAKE SHACK BURGER which is a famous burger in NY and Totto Ramen are the menus that I’d like to recommend to you.

I remember visiting the furniture shop in NY because I’m interested in furniture. People usually go shopping for clothes or shoes but I’m very interested in furniture and there are many times that I forget time passing looking at furniture. –Sorry to the manager who always go with me and spend time.

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There is one more reason why I specially remember NY. Actually I was not in NY alone. My mother and aunts came to see the NY concert and they spent some time with me. There was not much time being with my family promoting BIGBANG, but at this NY concert I spent meaningful time with my family. My mother said she spent great time on a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park while we were having delicious dinner.

My aunts who have profound knowledge said they were so happy and touched visiting MOMA-Museum of Modern Art. Even I wasn’t there myself but it was like I could feel it. I was so happy.

I’d like to tell you that this World Tour could end successfully because of you. I realized there are a lot of people who love us once more during this tour. Meeting fans in each country was a meaningful time that I could learn and feel more.

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I got a fan letter written in Korean from a foreigner who seems like she doesn’t know any of Korean and even the country Korea. I saw fans who cry just looking at us. I’m more touched by the fans.

Honestly it was hard doing two things at once, this Tour and filming movie. There was also the pain that I can’t tell enough. But with you the fans, I could spend time that I myself grow more mature.

By the way there are only few last scenes left for the movie!! Though today’s a bit hard and tiring, I’ll be BIGBANG and TOP who does his best to meet you with better music and figure.

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Actually I want to tell you more fun stories but there aren’t special episodes for I was thinking much about filming the movie. I’m sorry I can’t tell you some fun stories like the other members but I’ll try to tell you more stories on the next World Tour.

Though I’m still filming the last couple scenes for the movie, I’d like to thank to Star Column for giving me a chance to look back some fun memories talking to you about past stories shortly. I’ll just go back filming the movie. Please give much attention and look forward to the movie “Alumni” which is coming to you soon! –The movie is very good. *laugh*

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TOP’s Mother Story

Hello, this is BIGBANG TOP, Seunghyun’s mother. I went to NY to spend my son Seunghyun’s bday together and to see BB concert.

I was unexpectedly touched by my proud son who’s all grown up in NY. Also the amazing performance at BIGBANG concert and the live scene was the fresh shock.

The people who have various skin colors and who are various ages from the old to the young were all became one mind dancing to BB’s music and singing along. They were shouting at my sons on the stage and they’re still in my heart.

BIGBANG was so perfect on stage and the classy performance and the sound were also touching gifts. Also thanks to my son Seunghyun’s consideration, I was staying at an artist’s house at beautiful Soho and visited the art museums. I had a very happy trip.

Mom; It’ll remain forever as an unforgettable memory for my family. Thank you son ♥




Source BBupdates via Naver
Translations by @HuisuYoon

The Other Member's Star Columns: Seungri Taeyang Daesung Part 1, Part 2 
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memorian 22nd-Jan-2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
awww I like the fact that she was happy for seeing the varios skin colors.
hershelwalker 22nd-Jan-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
ikr? that part made me smile
benihime99 22nd-Jan-2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
Mama TOP let me love you
odd_fish_stick 22nd-Jan-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
aawwwwww his mom's letter is so cute i can't stand it
crinkledpaper 22nd-Jan-2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
TOP's mom :')

This really drove home how bad I felt for him filming + doing the world tour. He probably spent all his free time sleeping instead of getting to see the towns they stopped in. =/
warriorholmes 22nd-Jan-2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aw my future mother-in-la- I mean.... his mom's letter is so cute. I love that she appreciated all of the different people at the concert.

Edited at 2013-01-22 08:26 pm (UTC)
jaghatar 22nd-Jan-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
girl stand in line he has been mine since 2008
simplyobessed 22nd-Jan-2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aw Top. He is ridiculously good looking. His mom is adorable!
soramai 22nd-Jan-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
TOP is looking good!
aww, he works too much. I hope he can rest a little.
hershelwalker 22nd-Jan-2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
:''''(

I always get really sad when he talks about things, I feel like he's really unhappy. I've always gotten the sense that he's a lot more sensitive than the others and that fame really did a number on him. I wish he would take a break but at this point he's so deep in it that I think it would make him feel worse. he probably wouldn't know what to do w/ himself.

come to me tabi, I'll save you

one_broken 22nd-Jan-2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
they are both so sweet i want to hug them
amandaplan 22nd-Jan-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
aww it's so sad that he couldn't go w/ his mom to the MOMA.
turdferguson 22nd-Jan-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
it was great to see TOP irl he is perfection
hellodee16 22nd-Jan-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
TOP is such a wonderful son and nephew... and everything.
sub_divided 22nd-Jan-2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Poor guy. Come back to New York after you finish filming, TOP! Skrillex and Jill Scott want to work with you. (Although they're in California - but maybe compromise and go to Seattle? - somewhere cold, rainy, bookish, and with a lot of art galleries seems like a better fit for you than somewhere sunny.)

Joking above, but I really do feel for TOP. When you're that deep into depression that you think you are failing your fans because you can't write a happy story for them in a blog post... well, obviously, it's tragic. Personally I think this is the best post, though, because it's so sincere and thoughtful.

Anyway, *THINKING LOVE AND SUPPORT IN TOP'S DIRECTION*

Edited at 2013-01-22 10:32 pm (UTC)
mizzyoung 22nd-Jan-2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
T_______T Tabi ♥

markthatcoin 22nd-Jan-2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
everything about you is beautiful, TOP, inside and out! it's hard to need to feel in-control of two personas like that. i hope he is resting. his mother is adorable.

also, the original article on naver has things like ^^ and ^^; in it, i about died imagining TOP using those himself. he is so cute

OP do you think you can edit in links to the other articles in this series? that's how last year's 10Asia interview is and it was nice when i reread them recently. thank you for posting ^^


Edited at 2013-01-22 09:25 pm (UTC)
benihime99 22nd-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I think OP posted all of the articles under the BigBang tag (not sure that's what you meant though)
b1gay4 22nd-Jan-2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
i love top nd his mama i love this whole family om
dotdotdotting 22nd-Jan-2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
that picture of him and his mother is so adorbs - u -
carameru 22nd-Jan-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
tears came to my eyes as soon as i started reading ;~;
apartmentlife wow, 22nd-Jan-2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
TOP! <3 I was expecting his entry to have good content but I'm surprised it's this long. He's such a sweet guy...idk what to do with him anymore. I just want to give him a hug and tell him that he's appreciated more than he knows. And mama Choi is awesome, such a cute gester having her submit an entry as well.
ashiva 22nd-Jan-2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
Aaaw, after filming is done I hope he takes a long vacation somewhere where he isn't run over by fan girls.
trex_in_boots 22nd-Jan-2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
I love you Mama TOP ♥
lishalishalisha 22nd-Jan-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
Srsly, words can't express how much I deeply admire this man. Like, even aside from his (stunning) good looks and rap ability, he always seems so... sincere? real? I dun know. I just luv him. And his mom seems an absolutely awesome person too. Must run in the family.
mizzyoung 22nd-Jan-2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
iawtc
unicornios 22nd-Jan-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
I almost cried last night while reading this. You can feel how tired he is from just reading this. I'm sure memorable things happened during the tour but I guess he was just too tired to notice or care :(

I seriously cannot put into words how much I admire and care for this guy. I care more about him that for some persons irl tbh.
He's the "badass" one but I honestly think that he's extremely fragile and that's why sometimes he doesn't let loose, because maybe he's afraid of showing his weaknesses or insecurities.


For some reaso I love the way he writes. The way he puts phrases together seems so ~classy~, especially when you compare it to the other guys' columns lol

Ok, I'm not going to turn this comment into a TOP essay lol

But omg mama Choi TOP so cute <3 I'm glad that at least they got to spend his birthday together.
heartsolid 22nd-Jan-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
I agree with all of this lol
atelierlune 22nd-Jan-2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'd go furniture shopping with you, Oppa.

::hugs to him and his mom::
xalexandriam 22nd-Jan-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
lol i love him and his furniture shopping ways.

i also love how his mom wrote a little thing and the picture with her was so qt and afwefiewhfihwe :3
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