SNSD Conquers the Chart (Once Again)…

Well, it’s not Mutizen or something like that. But IMHO, this is even BETTER. According to Leespiar (which is said to be used by advertising industry in Korea), SNSD still holds the number one spot in its survey for the first half in 2010. The rating for SNSD even increased by a little less than 6% from the previous result, which was surveyed in the second half of 2009.

SNSD started to enter the top three in first half 2008, which was when they released their Baby Baby (Repackaged) album. After that they went down one spot since they didn’t release any new single. But then they took the top spot after the release of Gee in the first half of 2009, and continue to keep their position in the second half, most likely because of their new mini-album Genie.


credit: snsdkorean.wordpress.com

Apparently, the release of their second full album Oh! and Oh! (Repackaged) -which features “Run Devil Run” as their main single- is more than enough to secure their first position in the first half of 2010. As a SoNE, I truly hope that they could keep their position in that survey as long as they are still in this industry.

By the way, in April 30, 2010, The Nine enjoyed their 1000th day as SNSD. All the best for them. 소녀시대 사랑해요 !! \(^o^)/

Destination: Bangkok… (Part 2, The Schemes)

As I said before, I’ll post the travel schemes from Jakarta to Bangkok in this blogpost.

Scheme 1
Means of Transportation: Airplane
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-BKK-CGK (IDR 2,415,000 or approx. USD 270)

The scheme that will be preferred by the most pampered travelers. Providing instant access from Jakarta-Bangkok, of course with quite a hefty price. Please note that I’ll use AirAsia as standard, and the airfares are taken from their site with flight plan from July 21-27, 2010. For those who’s not familiar with IATA code, CGK is Jakarta, Indonesia; and BKK is Bangkok, Thailand.

Scheme 2
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Bus
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-HKT (IDR 488,000)
Bus, HKT-BKK (THB 626 or approx. IDR 180,000)
AirAsia, BKK-CGK (THB 4,481 or approx. IDR 1,300,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,986,000 or approx. USD 221

HKT is Phuket, Thailand. Less pricey, but note that the airfare in this scheme hasn’t included airport taxes. The bus fare actually varies from THB 500-1000 depending on the class. I recommend getting a 1st Class (starts from THB 600) since it has toilet in the bus. The trip from Phuket to Bangkok take around 12-14 hours, I don’t think I’ll be well without a toilet. You can see the timetables for bus in OneStopPhuket. Just now, I found another site with different fares tho quite the same timetables, check PhuketNet.

Scheme 3
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Bus
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-HKT-CGK (IDR 1,161,000)
Bus, HKT-BKK (THB 626 or approx. IDR 180,000)
Bus, BKK-HKT (THB 626 or approx. IDR 180,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,521,000 or approx. USD 170

This time I use a round-trip flight to and from Phuket, and use bus from Bangkok to Phuket (vv). The main disadvantage is you must add 24+ hours to your schedule because of the bus. There is a good possibility for round trip flights that the airfare has included airport tax.

Scheme 4
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-KUL (IDR 299,000)
Train, KUL-PEN (RM 43 or approx. IDR 125,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
AirAsia, BKK-CGK (THB 4,481 or approx. IDR 1,300,000)
Total Cost = IDR 2,044,000 or approx. USD 230

PEN is Penang, Malaysia. This time I put train into consideration. From the KL airport, go to KL Sentral station, then board Train No.8 which goes to Bukit Mertajam. The KL-Bukit Mertajam departs at 21:10 and takes some 8 hours of ride. So I pick a fare for a 2nd-Class sleepers, in which you can spend the night sleeping on berth, rather than sleeping on a seat. From Bukit Mertajam you have to go to Butterworth (some 11 miles from Bukit Mertajam). Then take Train No.36 from Butterworth to Bangkok Hualamphong Station. This ride will take 20+ hours, fortunately they got 2nd-Class sleepers (tho it is the only kind of seat they have in the train). Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth are in Penang area so I stated them as PEN in the travel breakdown. I compiled the infos from Seat61.com.

Scheme 5
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-KUL-CGK (IDR 299,000)
Train, KUL-PEN (RM 43 or approx. IDR 125,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Train, BKK-PEN (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Train, PEN-KUL (RM 43 or approx. IDR 125,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,563,000 or approx. USD 175

Another round-trip flight. The scheme that takes the longest traveling time. On the way back from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, take Train No.35 from Bangkok Hualamphong Station to Butterworth. It departs around 14:45 and the ride takes almost 24 hours. Then go from Butterworth to Bukit Mertajam and board Train No.7, which departs to KL Sentral around 20:40 and takes some 8 hours of ride.

Scheme 6
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-PEN (IDR 199,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
AirAsia, BKK-CGK (THB 4,481 or approx. IDR 1,300,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,819,000 or approx. USD 205

Almost the same as Scheme 5, but it takes less time traveling, thus costs more. Please note that you must go from Penang Airport to Butterworth first, then proceed like written in Scheme 5.

Scheme 7
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-PEN-CGK (IDR 538,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Train, BKK-PEN (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,178,000 or approx. USD 131

Another round-trip flight. The cheapest scheme I’ve constructed. Just follow the steps in Scheme 5 for the train travel.

Well, there you have it. My Seven Destination: Bangkok Traveling Scheme. SoNEs (mind you, SoNEs are the first reason I posted this) and travelers who’re from Singapore or Malaysia could see Scheme 4-7, minus the air travel tho. I know it’s not perfect since I don’t calculate other expenses such as foods, drinks, buses or taxi between places (e.g. Butterworth-Bukit Mertajam), possible accommodations along the road, and the accommodations in Bangkok itself. But I do hope that these schemes could at least be a rough guideline to travel to Bangkok.

And if any of you SoNEs are reading this, I do hope that we meet at SNSD Bangkok Concert on July 24, 2010.

Best Regards,
Yvan Christian a.k.a. meneer_van_kodoq

Destination: Bangkok… (Part 1, The Reason)

Well, as you may know (if you’re a K-Pop fan, or better, a SoNE) the girls of SNSD will hold a concert in Bangkok on July 24, 2010. Being a SoNE, I don’t want to let this chance go away since Bangkok might be the closest city SNSD will have a concert in from my current city. There is actually a good possibility that they will hold one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; or Singapore. But I don’t know when will it be, after all Indonesian Rupiah is stronger if compared to Thai Baht.

Seating zones for SNSD Bangkok Concert

As you can see from the picture above, the best zone is definitely the Red Zone (aside from the VIP Zone beside the control box), who cares if you have to stand as long as you can see the artists you like up-close, right? Well, the problem is – as usual – the price, the Red Zone costs THB 4500 (a little more than IDR 1.2 million). International fans can Pre-Order the concert ticket on Soshified, which is what I’m going to do. But it costs USD 190 (approx. IDR 1.8 million) including the Paypal fee, and yes, you must pay it via Paypal. How the price got like that is beyond me, but I do believe that Soshified is a dignified international fan forum that wouldn’t take profit of this. If you ever plan to PO the ticket, BE QUICK, as the deadline for e-mails is April 20, 2010 – which is today – and the payment deadline is April 23, 2010. Well, apparently Soshified decided to delay the deadlines to April 23, 2010 (E-Mail) and April 25, 2010 (PayPal Payment). But still, BE QUICK.

Aside from the concert ticket, the things that concern me more are the transportation and the accommodation. That’s why I’ve been scouting for those two things since two days ago. Up until now, I’ve only made schemes for the transportation, as in how to get to Bangkok from Jakarta. Interestingly, I’ve come up with 7 schemes of which have their own pros and cons. The schemes’ range from around USD 131-270 and from 4-7 days of travel. And the schemes (IMHO) apply for either pampered traveler or backpacker. Unfortunately, as I’m in Indonesia, the schemes will mostly apply only to Indonesian SoNEs (or travelers alike), tho some schemes may also be suitable for Singaporean or Malaysian SoNEs (or travelers alike).

I won’t be posting the schemes now, because I’m actually in a class right now. Hahaha. See you on Destination: Bangkok (Part II: The Schemes). Until then, please pray for me so that I can really go to Bangkok to see The Nine. ^^