Friday, August 8, 2008

Alicia Keys in Seoul: she came, she saw, she conquered

Pic courtesy of Sony-BMG Korea.

This is another where I just want to put up a full post with details, but I'm exhausted. I'm still sick. I spent the last three weeks moonlighting at a English program for kids. Being an insulin dependent diabetic and, therefore, having a weaker immune system than most, I usually always end up with something when I work with little kids.

It's already an issue that hot running water and regular hand washing are things I've rarely seen in Korea. I don't know how many times I've seen women just sashay out of a public restroom after not even running water over their hands. Come on, even if it wasn't a major transaction in the stall just the fact that you're touching stuff behind other people means you WASH your damn hands. If adults aren't doing it, well, it's near impossible to break little kids of it for the short time you deal with them. Usually, it's just a cold and sometimes I get lucky and walk away with no illness at all. However, this time I got hit hard with a lung infection. I'm at the tail end of my antibiotics, I'm filling up tissue with wonderfully icky stuff, and I'm napping and sleeping a lot. My recovery will be just in time for major dental work! Yeah!!! (For those slow on the uptake, that's sarcasm). I think I might top it off with a mild case of some skin rash 'cause the kids warmed up to me and then started climbing on me (literally...) For me, it's a been a treacherous three weeks of sickness and dentist visits.

However, like seeing Jason Mraz last weekend, there was no way I was going to miss seeing Alicia Keys in concert here in Seoul.

One big reason I was so intent to go was the last time she was here I was working for Korea University's Seochang Campus in Jochiwon, and I had to commute to Seoul to see her. Instead of following my gut and taking the train 90 minutes north to Seoul, I decided to drive. It was just my luck that day that my car decided to breathe its last breath on the expressway and I missed the show. When I heard she was coming back to promote her new album, As I Am, it was a given that this time I'd make it no matter what.

I've gotten my hands on some video and I've yet to look at the pics and video I shot. So, like Mraz, I'll be back to update this in a few days.

In the meantime, enjoy the video courtesy of Sony-BMG Korea.


Keys in great in concert. And if you like her music, she's a must see.

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