So, yeah. I was high, and I’m still trying to get back down.

Last October 24, Big Bang was here for their very first concert in the Philippines. The news alone a few months earlier was enough to make thousands of fangirls and fanboys weep with joy. I mean, when you live in the Philippines and you’re obsessed with a Korean idol group, the only way to get to see them perform live is to haul ass to South Korea or Japan or other countries where they frequently hold shows and concerts. Despite PSY’s Gangnam Style invasion, K-Pop still enjoys just a cult following in the Philippines, and few concert organizers are willing to invest in concerts of Korean acts.

Singapore was my go-to k-pop destination. All I needed was my passport, a cheap airline ticket bought months in advance, and the kindness of my friend Diane in Singapore who let’s me stay with her when I’m in town. I’ve been to K-Pop Night in 2010, and Korean Music Wave in 2011. Both shows featured multiple k-pop acts like SNSD and F.T. Island (another favorite!), and both had Big Bang as headliners.

But a Big Bang concert! I knew that would be a whole new different kind of awesome. Two full hours of nothing but my boys and their music. I have no idea what possessed Papa YG to decide Big Bang was going to do their first world tour this year, but I’m not complaining!

Now, I could’ve watched this concert the easy way, or the hard way. I ended up picking the hard way, because I was certain that would give me the best experience possible. I’m talking about the existential question fangirls ask themselves at least once in their lives: moshpit or reserved seating?

We checked out the seat plan and I knew there was no way I was taking the high-end VIP 1 and 2 seats. They were facing the stage from the sides! And once the boys moved into the extended stage in front, all you’d see were their backs. So we decided on lower box seats, because they were the closest to the extended stage and they’d be right up front. However, the crappy SM ticketing website apparently couldn’t take the traffic of a bazillion fans trying to buy tickets online so my concert buddy M. had to rush to the mall to buy our tickets. And by that time, all lower box seats had been sold out. (Later, it turned out that most of the seats were really just reserved, mostly by idiots who couldn’t pay for the tickets but didn’t want paying fans to get them either. A pox on your houses.) So we ended up buying moshpit tickets — VIP 3. This meant we’d have to be really, really early in line so we could get a good spot in the pit.

We were at the MOA Arena at 5.30pm the day before the concert. What followed was a sleepless night of camping out under the night sky just so we could be close to the front of the queue. We were there in a large group, so we could go for bathroom breaks and meals two or three at a time. After lunch, I made a quick run to Newport to check into my hotel and take a shower (I lived too far from MOA but there was no way I was going to that concert unwashed so I booked a room at the Remington). Everything went as planned and we found ourselves in the 2nd row of the moshpit, right smack in front of the center of the stage.

Big Bang Galaxy Alive Tour

I had to leave my camera with security because they weren’t allowed, but M. took a photo of me with her phone. Yeah, we were that close to the stage.

Now surviving a concert moshpit is much like surviving a zombie apocalypse. You’ll need strength, stamina, and the ability to go for hours without a bathroom break.

{Read the full post in A Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse.}