#AskAya: Fansite, Concert Ticketing and Quitting the Fandom Life—What To Do?

Hello everyone and I’m back to answer another set of questions! In lieu of EXO’s upcoming concert early next year in Manila, some of you have sent in a lot of similar questions in my ask.fm and so I have answered a few of them here.

What are [your] thoughts regarding the fansites? I know we rely on them for updates & HQ photos. But during concerts, they act like [they’re] paparazzi & don’t care if they are pushing/hurting other EXO-Ls in the crowd. Just sharing my experience in EXO’luxion in Macau. I’m kinda torn in regards with them. Thanks. 😃

Fansites are generally very helpful when it comes to photos, videos and for promotion of the member that they support. I have had a lot of encounters with different fansite masters both on professional and personal levels. Not all of them push and hurt fans, but they do tend do that, mainly because they aim to get good photos. Selfish, I know. Some of them are really nice people if you take away the fansite part of their lives; unfortunately sometimes these selfish traits, which they have gotten from following their idols for so long, are the very core reasons why some fansites become the mean people (that you have witnessed) they have evolved into. I have been to some event overseas though, and it’s funny because those who pushed and pulled me weren’t fansites at all, just regular fans. I think it depends on the situation, so maybe blaming it all on the fansites isn’t right, too.

Hello po Ate Aya, where do you advise to buy tix po for EXO’luxion in MNL? MoA arena? SM Cinema? Or SM department store? Omg sorry this is my first time and I really want to get a good seat since I’m aiming for svip huhuhu thank you so much po. 😊😊😊😊😊

I think the promoter advised us that it is better to buy through SM Tickets! If you want to buy online, please make an account beforehand and wait for the ticketing to open. I think buying your ticket online is actually better than camping out and physically running to an outlet because let’s be real, it’s less exhausting, less stressful and less difficult. Although you do need to have a credit card (or debit card), which isn’t the most case to some of us. If you have more questions regarding ticketing, I advise that you ask Happee Sy and/or Pulp through the contact details they provided.

Hi, Aya. I’m kind of tired of being an EXO-L right now. I don’t actually know why, but I guess it’s because of how busy I am with school. I feel like want to leave, but I don’t want to. Have you ever felt something like this? Or do you have any advice/thought about it? Thank you!

There were times that I got tired of the fandom and being a fangirl in general, mostly due to real life problems and you shouldn’t feel bad about that. If you think it would be in your best interest, or that you could concentrate more in serious, more essential matters, then it’s okay to leave. I have never really treated fandom life as something very serious; it’s a hobby that I enjoy once in a while. It’s a stress reliever that’s why I didn’t think I have to leave my fandom/s at all. Even if there is a lot of drama in K-pop (especially in my fandoms), they make me happy. However, it differs in every situation, and the resolution will always depend on how you make a decision. Please always remember that your real life will always be more important than any hobby. Whatever makes you happy, do them; conversely, if these things no longer make you happy, don’t feel bad to leave them.

Thank you, once again, for reading AskAya! Don’t forget that you can always shoot me questions regarding fandom life, k-pop or any of the sort anytime on my ask.fm. I’ll be waiting! Until next time!

Aya Ople
Aya is a self-proclaimed funny person (she is). She also writes for a living and translates whenever the need calls. Aya also believes in the saying “if you’re in a bad situation today, the next one will be good for sure.”

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