Since we bought our tickets to Lee Seung Gi‘s fan meeting in Singapore mid-June, my sister and I have been counting the days to the event. I have never been to a fan meeting and I didn’t really know what happens in such event, but still, my sister and I bought tickets right away if it meant meeting Seung Gi in person.
[warning: very long entry]
I have been fond of Seung Gi since 2009 in 2 Days 1 Night. Back then, I didn’t particularly root for him, but enjoyed watching him with the rest of the funny pack. When I watched Brilliant Legacy, I didn’t know he was the lead – in fact when I saw him, I said to myself, “hey, there’s that guy from 2 Days and 1 Night.” Slowly and slowly, he grew on me, until “My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho“, his drama in 2010 which finally tied me to him.
Tonight With Lee Seung Gi in Singapore was held at Kallang Theater last August 25, 2012 in Singapore. There was a press conference in August 24, 2012 at the Marina Mall.
My sister, Hya, and I left Manila for Singapore in August 23, 2012. We arrived two days earlier the fan meeting for fear that there might be weather conditions that might delay our flight and we might miss the chance to see Seung Gi. Thankfully, the storm hovering Manila a few days before our scheduled departure already left the Philippines’ area of responsibility when we left the country.
It was my sister’s first time in Singapore, while it was my third. We were originally scheduled to visit Universal Studios Singapore the next day we arrived, but because of the belated announcement that Seung Gi was holding a press conference that day, we immediately moved our visit to the day after the fan meeting.
Hya and I headed to the Marina Mall about two thirty in the afternoon of August 24. Walking from the SMRT station towards the mall, we noticed a lady walking the same direction as ours. She was walking with her suitcase and we figured she just came from the airport and assumed that she was also Seung Gi’s fan, who came straight to the venue to catch his press conference. We were right. We had the same destination and ended up at the atrium of Marina Square.
Arriving at the atrium shortly after three, the venue was still somewhat empty. The atrium wasn’t that big. The stage and the yellow railings were already in place, but the fans were still scarce. There were already a few fans positioned opposite the stage after the media barricade. The right side of the stage was still empty when we came and I immediately positioned there, but my sister said to transfer to the other side because it was where Seung Gi would enter. So we went to the left side and stepped in place beside some high school students still in their uniforms.
Seung Gi’s songs filled the atrium and the first time I heard it, I was hit with the reality that I was finally going to meet him that very day. I was impatiently watching the hands of my watch. I still can’t believe I can see him in the flesh in a little while.
It was still early and our two guy cousins who accompanied us to the mall told us to have a look around the shops first. Of course, my sister and I wouldn’t bulge from our places. We were immediately in front of the railings and the stage was only less than ten meters away. We didn’t want to leave and lose the good spot.
With two hours and a half to wait, Hya and I spent the time talking to the fans beside us. The ones on her right were from Indonesia who were on their way to Japan, but they made a side trip in Singapore just to attend Seung Gi’s fan meeting. I was also looking around and watching out for some other Airen Philippines fans of Seung Gi whom we have already met in Facebook. I was easily able to recognize one who was a Filipino based in Singapore and who was also invited to the media conference [she’s an English writer for a Korean site in Singapore]. As the minutes slowly tick toward 5:30pm, one by one we were also acquainted with our Airen PH sisters. It’s really amazing how all of us, at first meeting, just became comfortable and at home with each other. The bond we all share is Seung Gi and it’s such a warm feeling being around people who share the same feelings for him.
It was about four-thirty when a buzz came about — because that handsome manager of Seung Gi was walking around the venue with some people, somewhat checking out the place. Yeah, he’s indeed handsome, hahaha. It was only an hour to go, but the venue wasn’t full packed yet, and I was beginning to be concerned because I wanted Seung Gi to be welcomed by a large crowd.
By five o’clock, invited members of the press were already allowed to go inside the media area. It was only thirty minutes more, but the venue wasn’t that crowded yet. Surprisingly, about a few minutes shy of 5:30, the place became jam packed with fans. At our side, a lot of people were already gathering at our back. And guess what? Those at our back were really middle-aged ajummas – like in their fifties. One came with her daughter, but it looked like it was the ajumma who was more excited to see Seung Gi, hahaha.
Finally, five-thirty came and that afternoon’s host appeared. He’s a famous deejay in Singapore [sorry I didn’t get his name]. He said a few words and cut down the chase to call Seung Gi. OHMYGOD, OHMYGOD, SEUNG GI, SEUNG GI!!!!!
SEUNG GI! SEUNG GI! SEUNG GI! That was me screaming at the top of my voice when I saw Seung Gi walk inside the atrium. He was welcomed by a deafening sound of his name. I was taking a video of the press conference, but that time he came in, the screen was so blurry because I was jumping up and down while screaming his name over and over again. Goodness, I cannot describe how I felt when I saw him. All I know was that I was really overjoyed that tears just streamed down my face – not because I was getting emotional, I didn’t even know I was crying. I guess that’s what tears of joy are.
When the cries of the crowd died down, Seung Gi was finally able to say his greetings. He was quick to say that he was so nervous because there were so many fans attending the event. Yeah, when Seung Gi came out, the whole venue just got so full of people, even up to the second level.
Seung Gi appeared to be leaner in person that what he looks like on TV or on the screen. He’s taller too and his complexion was good [okay, more like sparkling]. In short, how he looks on the screen does not do justice to how he he is in person. And of course, way, way, way handsomer too.
After the greetings were done, an interpreter slipped in on the stage and took the third seat there. I was so happy that Seung Gi was speaking in English. His accent was actually good. Every time the host asked him something, I can see he understands it because he already nods but just to be sure, he listens to the interpreter at this side, maybe to make sure he understood correctly. Even then, for those very short questions, Seung Gi was able to answer fluently in English. When his answers were quite long, he speaks in Korean and the interpreter translates it to English.
During the one hour press conference, Seung Gi looked at ease with the questions, although there were times he was really shy — like the time he was asked to show his most aegyo pose or show his angry expression. He was smiling a lot, all the time, and was really very polite. When the host told him in superlatives how he’s really doing well, he was so humble and kinda shy to agree that he’s a superstar that he only bowed his head and said ‘thank you’. He was quick in his answers and even witty, but there was one question he never got to answer – somebody from the media asked him if there was ever a question he badly wants to be asked, and if there is, what it was. Seung Gi took a few minutes to think… and think… until he gave up thinking, and laughingly said in English “Can I get back on that tomorrow?”.
I no longer remember the questions thrown at him by the media [I’m so lazy to go back to the video and write about it], but what stayed on my mind was when he initially answered that his age limit for dating someone older was ten years. When the host was asking who among the crowd met the cut-off, Seung Gi clarified that the ten years was not to be taken literally, that he used it only symbolically and that what he meant was that age didn’t really matter as long as he likes her [waahhh, good answer, Seung Gi!]
He was asked what he fears the most, and he still maintains that he’s afraid of ghosts [I think I saw an episode in 2D1N about him being afraid of them]. The host was jokingly telling him that in Singapore, August was considered a ghost month [which actually means the time when business is at its lowest], and Seung Gi replied that if that’s the case, he better go back to Seoul then, lol.
Seung Gi was also asked when he is the most fearless and he replied that when it’s about work, he is.
He was asked about the song he helped make [Dating Generation aka Alone In Love] and he told that crowd that specifically, he contributed the line “I’ll love you more than you’re first boyfriend” in the lyrics. He was then probed if he has a dream/ideal date in mind for his girlfriend. He said he has already prepared something special for his future girlfriend – he wants to cook for her. He ended up relaying that during an episode of 2D1N he discovered he was a bad cook, and since then, he has been learning to cook from an expert. He likewise added that he’s most confident in cooking pasta.
He was surprised that his fans already saw “King 2 Hearts” – maybe because the drama wasn’t shown outside Korea yet, [and that just means the fans watched illegally, hahaha]. He was also amused why we knew “puing-puing” [that funny aegyo pose].
Seung Gi mentioned he’s already preparing for his concert this December 1 and 2 in Seoul and that the theme of King 2 Hearts would be meshed therein.
He was asked that if he were to rate himself, what grade would he give? He said 85%… because the 15% is room for improvement, although he jokingly said deep inside his grade is higher, hehe.
The host randomly called three fans from the audience and gave them the chance to talk to Seung Gi. My sister was waving her hand like crazy, wanting to grab the chance to talk to Seung gi [while she was doing this, I asked her what was she going to say, and she said she doesn’t know, lol.]. Unfortunately, from our side, the host called a Korean lady [lol!]. She talked to him in Korean and her message was quite long and all the while I was commenting the host could have picked somebody else… I mean, Seung Gi’s Korean and so is she… give the chance to others, lol. I wasn’t really paying attention to the interpretation of what she said, although I heard that she said she wished in the future she’ll have a son like Seung Gi [they all say that to him, lah! be more original lah!]. Sorry.
Towards the end, the host told Seung Gi that he heard global fans travel to Korea just to watch Seung Gi’s concerts and that he also heard that even the fan meeting in Singapore, the global fans are also there. The host started mentioning the countries’ name like Malaysia… and my sister and I were screaming so loudly “Philippines, Philippines, Philippines!”. Luckily, Seung Gi was looking towards the host and easily saw us and pointed us and smilingly said “Philippines!”. Wahhhh, my sister and I were so happy he heard us. Seung Gi’s really such an accommodating star.
The whole hour passed so quickly and before we know it, it was time for Seung Gi to say goodbye. He thanked everybody for attending the press conference, and said he was thankful for the interest and the attention that was given him. He promised to work harder too. The crowd went wild once again as he bowed down for a few seconds, posed for the cameras, waved to all the sides of the atrium, and finally went down. On his last step, he was immediately surrounded by security, but fans nearer to him were extending their hands to shake his, and Seung Gi was just so kind to take their hands even for a slight minute.
After he left, my sister and I were jumping up and down again, in utter disbelief that we’ve just seen Seung Gi in flesh and blood. My cousin asked us about the press con and we excitedly told him how we shouted ‘Philippines’ and Seung Gi heard us and mentioned ‘Philippines’. And then suddenly, my tears came out again, omg. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, all I know is they were certainly tears of joy.
Members of Airen Ph lingered a while in the venue, getting to know each others’ names and also collecting our Airen PH shirt for the big day.
After meeting Seung Gi, me and Hya, together with our two cousins, went to the food court of Marina Mall to eat dinner. My sister and I ate Korean food [of course, because of Seung Gi!]. Even during dinner, my sister and I were still giddy and I personally couldn’t concentrate on eating. I was just so full of the sight of Seung Gi. Hya and I were in unison that the press con already made our trip to Singapore so worth it. It was one hour of watching Seung Gi, and if there weren’t any fan meeting the following day, it was already enough for us to see him.
The day of the fan meeting finally arrived. Hya and I didn’t have anything on our agenda that day other than that. Right after breakfast, we went to check out the Esplanade station because from Kallang Theater, if we ride the Circle Line, it’s a straight route for us and we would just walk around ten minutes to our hotel at Beach Road. We had always used the Bugis Station since we arrived because it was only about five minutes from where we lived, but from Kallang Theater, we would be transferring to another line [North Line] and I was afraid if we get home late, we might run out of time changing trains.
From the Esplanade SMRT station, Hya and I went straight to Bugis+ Mall where we waited to eat lunch at Taipei Station. We had 60SGD worth of coupons to eat. Initially, I thought one set meal costs 30SGD, lol, how expensive is that! I was wrong. 30SGD allowed us to a raffle entry on Seung Gi’s autograph pass later that day; but we could eat and consume the 30SGD at their joint. For lunch, each of us only consumed 10 SGD worth. Then, we decided to order another 10SGD worth each to take to Kallang Theater. The remaining 20SGD coupon, we gave to our cousin to use until the expiry date.
While we were eating in Taipei Station, a lot of Airens were also there using their coupons and eating lunch, too.
By 12:30NN, we went back to our hotel to get ready for the fan meeting. I was already wearing my Airen PH shirt, but my sister wasn’t because she needs to exchange hers [her shirt will eventually be the one given to Seung Gi as gift]. I didn’t want to go so early, but Hya insisted because she was after the ‘wish paper’ that will be given to the first 300 fans. And so, we headed to Kallang Theater around 1:30PM and arrived there at 2:00PM.
The fans weren’t that many yet, although there was already a small crowd lining up the entrance. We got our numbers for the ‘wish paper’ and we were numbers 143 and 144. Soon after, we were able to meet the other members of Airen PH. It was so hot waiting for time for the doors to open, but the excitement of meeting Seung Gi again made me forget about it. We took the time taking pictures of Seung Gi’s life-sized tarpaulines. Looking around, I saw one or two fans in attendance with their luggage in tow – so they must have went straight from the airport. There was also one Japanese fan wearing the Japanese kimono. The fans were of varied age brackets – from teenagers, to young adults to middle age and even the elderly. Seung Gi’s fan base is a good variety, huh? There were also a few number of guys going with their wives, or their girlfriends.
I think it was about 3:30 that the doors were opened. There were three lines: to buy merchandise, to collect the tickets, and to get the ‘wish paper’. Everyone was in a hurry to buy official merchandise and also the ‘wish paper’. Hya was lining up in the official merchandise line, while I went to collect our tickets. Then I heard we can’t line up for the ‘wish paper’ without our tickets, so I told my sister to line up at the ‘wish paper’ table since she wanted to wish so badly, while I get the tickets. Thankfully, the ticket collection line was only short, and I was able to get our tickets in a niff. Then I lined up with my sister for the ‘wish paper’. It’s only now that I remember whatever happened to our numbers, lol.
We were given post-its to write our wish that Seung Gi would grant. I didn’t know what to wish for, because I don’t have any anymore. My only wish is to see Seung Gi in person, and I’ve already realized that when I saw him in the press conference. So, without thinking, I just wrote the next best thing I wanted to do: “Hi Seung Gi, my only wish is to shake your hand.” Then, we dropped our post-its in the box and immediately lined up to buy merchandise. Luckily, there were other Airen PH lined up, so we just asked them to buy the light sticks for us.
Tickets secured, wishes submitted and official merchandise on hand, we had two hours to waste until 7PM. It was fortunate that just beside Kallang Theater was a mall, so we proceeded there. My sister changed into her Airen PH shirt, and both of us and another AirenPH went to the food court to eat the food we bought from Taipei Station. We certainly took our time eating and talking about everything Seung Gi.
We then went back to Kallang Theater about 5:30 where we spotted the rest of AirenPH. Everyone had changed to our shirts, so it was easy to recognize each other. We continued talking about Seung Gi while sitting on the floor. A lot of fans were also doing the same. We took a lot of pictures and shared a lot of laughter, too. The nearer it came to 7PM, the more people coming in. Some fans dressed casually, even in shorts, while others dressed in Sunday’s best complete with hair and make-up. It looked like they were going on a date with Seung Gi, hehehe.
A few minutes after six o’clock, we started climbing up the stairs leading to the entrance of the theater proper. Fans were lining up, waiting for the doors to be opened. After a few minutes, people were piling up and it was already hard to find the end thereof. Good that by 6:30, the doors were opened and people were already allowed to go in. Bags were inspected – which was just a peak inside the bag and not really thorough. We were soon inside the theater and were greeted by big images of Seung Gi in led at the stage. Everyone was just so excited to find their seats.
My sister and I sat at seat O11 and O12. Once settled, we hurriedly took pictures. We pulled out the Philippine flag [which we should have brought at the press con] and posed with it. Two other Filipinos nearby saw us, and asked to borrow the flags, too. For lack of time, we weren’t able to ask if they came from the Philippines or if they were just based in Singapore. We were just using our Iphones taking pictures, but I was shocked that in front of us, a fan was actually using a DSLR camera. Yeah, the inspection was just lax, but I admired how bold she was to actually bring it inside since there were notices that cameras weren’t allowed.
It was only a few minutes until seven, and I wanted to go to the restroom to take a pee. Unfortunately, I was afraid doors might close on me, so I ignored the need.
Finally, the same host from yesterday’s presscon alighted the stage and said a few words. Then, the lights were dimmed and the crowd was screaming crazily. Then, without warning, the familiar beginnings of “Will You Marry Me” filled the air and Seung Gi was up on stage in his usual suit singing live the song I’ve played over and over again. My goodness, I couldn’t believe that I was already there listening to Seung Gi sing that song. I’ve played that song countless times and I was so happy to finally hear it live. I would have just wanted to savor the moment and hear Seung Gi sing the song, but my emotions compelled me to sing along with him, lol. Watching him at the stage and singing, I realized how blessed I was to be there and when I said a quick prayer of thanks, I got emotional that I teared up, lol.
The minute Seung Gi appeared on stage, a lot of handphones were taking pictures of him, and even recording videos. My sister was able to record the opening song and the one seated in front of us was using her DSLR, too. An ajumma was going around telling the fans to quit taking pictures. So my sister stopped after the opening. Of course, one can sneak up and continue taking pictures, but that would be missing a lot of the show to concentrate on the recording and look out for the ajumma.
After Seung Gi sang “Will You Marry Me?”, he introduced himself and greeted everyone. He also thanked all of us who were there, and even said it in Chinese, Malay… and…? I forgot, lol. It’s funny, because after that, he said something in Korean and paused for a while, waiting for the interpreter to do her job. Unfortunately, she wasn’t there yet… so there was a long pause, and then he said “Okay” and then struggled to proceed what he just said in English. I think he again said he was nervous and all. Forgot already, sorry. Then, he rendered “Because We’re Friends”. He spoke English a lot that night, by the way, only asking for interpreter when he had a lot to say. So proud to hear him speak it without a thick accent.
Then, the host came up with the interpreter prompting the start of the games. He said they will be calling ten fans to the stage and then a box was brought to Seung Gi where our seat numbers were raffled. I wished so hard for Seat O12 to be called, but wasn’t : ( Anyway, Seung Gi helped in picking up the numbers and they got carried away up there that when they counted the fans being called, they were actually 12, lol.
The fans were going to answer some questions about Seung Gi. The prizes were already laid down on a table – Seung Gi’s personal items. The first question was Seung Gi’s favorite color. Lol, I’ve googled that and also searched for that all over the net, but I couldn’t get any answer. Most of the fans answered White, Black [because Seung Gi’s apparently always wearing White or Black, haha], there was Blue, Green and Yellow. Seung Gi answered his favorite color was ‘Blue’ and lol, nine of the twelve were eliminated and sent back to their seats… after getting hugs from Seung Gi [consolation prizes?lol]. Seung Gi commented if they were his fans since they didn’t know his favorite color! [I don’t, too].
I think the next question was the name of the animal that Seung Gi was wearing as a hat during his visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. Seung Gi was so honest to admit “I don’t know the name of that animal too!”, lol. The fans continued to write their answers and I think they all got “chipmunk”. Other questions were the color of his runners while carrying the Olympic torch, the number of dramas he has starred in, and his course in college. About his course in college, he again honestly said he’s not sure what it was called in English. He said it was International Trade, but the host knew better from Wikipedia and said “International Trade and Commerce”, lol. When there was only one fan left standing, Seung Gi presented to her the prizes up for grabs and she could choose one. That fan was so busy communicating with the audience to help her choose what to pick and Seung Gi was at her side talking to her and explaining each of the items. Seeing that the fan wasn’t paying attention to him, Seung Gi smilingly said “Excuse me.” and the fan then faced him, lol.
Among others, Seung Gi personal belongings included his cap which he said he always wore when he was working, the chipmunk cap from Disneyland, a pair of socks which he said he washed before bringing it there, the watch he bought in Japan [which no longer works, he added], a pair of eyeglasses and clothing he wore in 2 Days 1 Night. He even pointed the most expensive among them [was it the watch?]. The first winner picked his cap, plus a bear hug from him, wahhhaaa!
I thought another round of the raffle will be continued until all the prizes gets awarded, but I think there were only two rounds of that. After that, the process of picking fans to come up the stage was to catch the small soft ball that Seung Gi was throwing from the stage. Seung Gi wanted fans from the second floor to come up too, so he was trying so hard to throw as far as he can. Two balls only reached at the further end of the first floor. The last ball, Seung Gi requested that the lights be turned on because he couldn’t see. He even went nearer up to the edge of the stage. While he threw hard and the ball even went up the second floor, it bounced at the balcony wall of the second floor and the ball fell down the first floor. He really wanted to include the fans at the second floor in the games, but the odds weren’t at his favor.
I can’t make a blow by blow account of what occurred during the fan meeting. It was a combination of games, interviews, and a mini-concert. At one point, that scene in Brilliant Legacy wherein the leads were riding the bicycle was re-enacted. A bicycle was positioned in the stage and Seung Gi threw a ball to the audience. The one who caught it was from the first few rows. She was there with her daughter, and was even hesitating whether to go up. I think she was thinking whether to go up or send the little girl up in her place. In the end, she went up and rode the bike with Seung Gi. She kept a modest distance between her and Seung Gi and was just holding the sides of his waist. Ya, ajumma must have been shy to hug him tightly, lol. Surprisingly, after that first ride, Seung Gi spontaneously asked the audience if we wanted another chance. The host said this was a personal gift from Seung Gi [I guess it wasn’t in the script]. The second fan was so game. She made sure to say sorry to the audience first, then rode the bike with Seung Gi and then went all the way like that female lead in the drama – she hugged him dearly and tightly,whahahah!
Then the granting of the wish lists came too soon. There were post-its on a board that was brought in. Seung Gi went over it and the host even read some of it. I’m not so clear on the first wish that was granted. I think somebody wrote about wishing Seung Gi would look at her in the eyes and say, “saranghe”. What he did, he looked at the whole audience and said it : )
The second wish was somebody asking Seung Gi to teach us the dancing steps of “Losing My Mind”. He again selected about six fans up the stage. The minute the fans stepped on the stage, they went up to him to give him a hug first, lucky them. Then Seung Gi was demonstrating step by step the chorus dance steps of “Losing My Mind”. I didn’t think Seung Gi would seriously teach each of them; I was expecting him to just demonstrate once and then that’s it. But no, Seung Gi was sincere in imparting the dance steps, he taught each of them and even pointed up every mistake they make. I was like, how could these girls not know the stepping? My sister and I and our niece know the steps that time Seung Gi danced it during Hope Concert 2010! Anyway, I don’t know if the chosen fans were really bad dancers or were just so nervous to be near him, because it really took Seung Gi a long time to teach them – the host was obviously trying to hasten the pace because there was a time limit, but Seung Gi took his sweet time. He sang acapella while teaching, then about two or three times, he sang the chorus with accompaniment while teaching. After trying his best to teach them, the final judging ensued when the song was played and Seung Gi will chose the best dancer. The fans were so funny dancing the song; I think they were out of their minds there because majority didn’t get it. In the end, only two qualified to claim their prizes. Both fans looked at the table full of Seung Gi’s things and one wanted that clothing he used in 2Days 1Night. When Seung Gi asked the other one, she wanted the same thing too. So Seung Gi said to play rock paper and scissor, but the first girl reasoned she picked it out first. Sensing she didn’t want to play, Seung Gi didn’t give in and countered, “but this one is mine, so I’ll be the master” [lol, master! i think he meant, he’ll be the one to decide]. Anyway, both girls played and the one who won the clothing was the girl who picked it out first. I think the other girl picked the watch [?].
For the third wish to be granted, the host called somebody from the crowd to come up, saying he wished to sing “Will You Marry Me?” with Lee Seung Gi, being his girlfriend’s favorite song. The couple was seated about two rows at our back. He was summoned up the stage with his girlfriend. Seung Gi was doubting if the guy was his fan or just the girl, and the guy said, he’s really a fan and he likes Seung Gi. Seung Gi looked happy : ) Then he asked the guy if there were any purpose why he’s singing the song, and the latter replied, he just wanted to sing her favorite song. Seung Gi then asked how they go about singing the song. The guy said Seung Gi will sing the first part, and he’ll follow. On cue, the music started and Seung Gi started to sing one line… then that guy took it from there, and even sang it the way Seung Gi does it with matching action. Seung Gi was amused and was even laughing at his side, while the guy was wholeheartedly trying his best to sing for his girlfriend. Seung Gi exchanged the guy’s microphone with his [since his was better] and then just stayed on the side of the stage to give the floor to the couple. In the end, the guy knelt on the floor with a ring and sang the final notes of “Will you marry me?”. The girlfriend realized it was already a proposal when she saw the ring and the host asked him what he just said. The guy answered the korean lyrics of “will you marry me”. All the while, he was still on his knees and Seung Gi went over to help him get up, but the guy repeated the phrase again, obviously waiting for his girlfriend to answer. With tears on her face, she said “yes!” without hesitation. The crowd cheered for the couple and even Seung Gi clapped for them. Then, the host asked the girl who she loves, her boyfriend or Seung Gi… and she answered, “both of them”, then she went over to Seung Gi to hug him. Lucky girl! I saw a video of the proposal in youtube.
There was also a part in the fan meeting where the members of Singapore Airens showed a video of them going around Singapore, welcoming him and introducing the tourist spots to Seung Gi. Seung Gi enjoyed watching the short presentation and he was laughing too.
Then, the different Airen fans were called to the stage by country to personally give their gifts to Seung Gi. Singapore Airens gave him a cute cake plus their gift too. Other countries came up to hand it their gifts to Seung Gi, and of course, each got hugs from him. Airen Philippines was also called. Unfortunately, we were scattered in the theater so we couldn’t cheer for our representative that loudly. Anyway, our representative brought a lot of gifts for him that even Seung Gi was surprised : ) She got her well-deserved bear hug too : )
In between games, Seung Gi rendered a few songs that night, namely, Tonight, Dating Generation, Smile Boy, Let’s Go On A Vacation, Because You’re My Woman, and Slave [plus Will You Marry Me and Because We’re Friends]. It was indeed a mini-concert and during the upbeat songs, Seung Gi even asked the audience to stand and dance with him — which reminds me that my seatmate at my right looked like she wasn’t enjoying herself. She was just sitting there, and did not even use the light stick she held. She neither sang or screamed the whole night. I was even wondering if she was a fan. She sat there silently.
While singing “Smile Boy” and “Let’s Go on a Vacation”, Seung Gi’s get up included a rosary which he used as a necklace. When I saw it, I wondered what his religion was, and whether he knew that the accessory he was using was a rosary to the Catholics. Oh, well, maybe he’s like Madonna? : ) Of course, I didn’t wonder further anymore – otherwise, I’d be offended because the rosary was bouncing on his chest while he jumped up and down. No worries, really.
His second to the last song that night was “Because You’re My Woman”. When he sang it, he was already heavy with sweat, and while singing, he was touching the side of his face, near his eyes. I couldn’t tell whether he was holding back the tears [lol] or he was stopping the sweat from coming down his face. A co-Airen PH said to her, it looked like he was about to cry. Only Seung Gi knows what it is : )
Then, Seung Gi asked the crowd if we were ready for the last song. I was shouting “no!” because that meant it was time to part soon. He sang his last song, “Slave” and we were on our feet singing and dancing with him. In the middle of the song, he came down the stage and sang in the front of the theater just before the barricade was. I saw somebody from the back run towards the front and I followed suit, thinking my sister will take care of my bag [with passport and money! only to find out later that she followed me too!] and then I made a dash at the front of the railing, singing with Seung Gi who was only about two arms’ length away from me. There was a number of us who stood up right in front of him and the others were already extending out their arms, willing for him to touch them. I also did, and then Seung Gi ran his hand to all the arms pointed at his direction, but to my dismay, when Seung Gi’s hand was right in front of mine, there was like one centimeter to go before I could touch his! Blame it to my short hands, huhuhu! Remember, my only wish was to touch his hand and when he extended it, I couldn’t even meet his hand. Watching Seung Gi so close while belting out the high notes of “Slave”, the veins in his throat showing and sweat heavily falling down his face was a beautiful sight. I’ll remember that sight always – I don’t know if I’ll ever see him singing passionately that close again.
Just like that, our short, magical and very memorable time with him ended. The event was originally for two hours only, but because of the games, I think we took twenty minutes more.
Seung Gi went up the stage and said his final words – mainly saying his thanks, promising to work harder, and asking his fans to stay with him. Then the host commented that we are Seung Gi’s slaves, but Seung Gi said, “No. I can be your slave” while pointing to the fans.
Pretty soon, Seung Gi left the stage and then it was announced that the group photo shoot for fans with CAT 1 tickets will follow shortly. The organizers set up the chairs for the photo shoot and had the fans lined up, row by row, starting from front. Each row had thirty seats. The first thirty fans were motioned to go up, put their bags down and position themselves. The middle chair was Seung Gi’s, so everybody coveted the seats beside it and the ones at the back [standing]. When the thirty fans got settled, Seung Gi came in, freshly made up and he had changed his clothes. The fans got to shake his hand and after he sat and posed, the fans again came after him to shake his hand. Those beside Seung Gi held his arms, and some even put their heads on each of his shoulders. After two or three rows into the photo shoot, the organizer said the fans can only leave after Seung Gi has left — probably to avoid taking several minutes for the handshakes again. Then, after that, every time Seung Gi came in, he had security around him to discourage fans from going towards him and shaking his hands. Even then, Seung Gi continued to reach out to the fans when he came in to shake a few hands, and did the same when he left.
Since my sister and I were at the 12th row, we already know the strategic places to choose when we go up for our turn. Take the two seats beside Seung Gi, or the place at his back, or if worse comes to worst, we have to grab that seat farthest right because it was the side where Seung Gi would go in and the one that will allow us to shake his hand. While we were waiting for our turn, I noticed that the fans at the other side of our row, about six of them, left without waiting for the group photo. I guess they weren’t also that attached to Seung Gi, otherwise, what kind of fan would pass up the chance to get closer to him and have a picture with him?
We only waited about thirty minutes, and then some guy motioned us to fall in line. Standing there, my heart sank because I was about number 12 and my sister number 13. That means, the first eleven would have the chance to pick the good spots. Then, it was our turn to go up, and I really prayed that even if I couldn’t get to seat beside him, at least let me hold his hand. That was my wish, right? I don’t know what happened, but strangely, though I was number 12, when I went up the stage, only the first two seats beside Seung Gi’s spot was taken. I immediately sat on the third seat from him – I didn’t want to stay at the back because I’m petite and I’m afraid I won’t be seen anymore. The seat nearest to the entrance of Seung Gi was still vacant, but I didn’t choose it. I wanted to be at least close to him on the photo. Finally he came in, with security around him, limiting his movements. Even then, when he passed in front of me, I held out my hand as I looked into his eyes AND HE TOOK IT. WAAAAHHHH. Mission accomplished, I beamed with happiness when I posed for the photo. When it was time for him to leave after our picture was taken, he turned to us and also extended his hand as a final farewell. When I saw his hand at my direction, I quickly grabbed it and looked at his smiling eyes. WAAHHHHH. Wish granted times two.
On our way out of the theater, a person gave us a small sheet of paper containing information where to get our group photo.
My sister and I proceeded to the restroom. I felt so lightheaded, and my knees were weak. I was so starstruck and overjoyed. My sister was inside the cubicle and she was so happy for her short conversation with Seung Gi during the photo shoot that she’s so shaken, she didn’t even know how to remove her belt and zip down her pants [she positioned herself at his back during the photo shoot]. Lol.
We then left the theater, and we looked around for some Airen PH who might be lingering so that we can share our joy. We didn’t see any, so we hurried to the SMRT station. It was almost 10:30 and we didn’t want to miss our ride.
At the SMRT Olympic Station, my brain could not process which direction to ride. Even my sister was still floating. We rode the train, and then once inside, we asked some fellow fans if it was going towards Dhoby Gaut Station, because we were going down at Esplanade Station. She said yes. A few stops thereafter, she called us to go down. Still out of this world, my sister and I thought it was already Esplanade Station [we were supposed to transfer to another Circle Line train in that stop]. When we rode the elevator, we noticed it was a different one – Bayfront Station. So we went down and rode the train again. Because our brains was put to sleep, we ended up riding back to Olympic Station again, omg. We went down and transferred again. Thankfully, after three detours, we made it at the Esplanade Station in the nick of time – it was already about 11PM. It’s funny because ordinarily, we would be bickering who made the mistake why we’re lost, but that night, we couldn’t even get angry at how stupid we were. It was a good thing we studied our way home earlier that day. If we hadn’t, we would have gotten lost because we were so out of our minds after meeting Seung Gi.
Back at the hotel, my sister did not sleep a wink the whole night because she was giddy. Me? I slept once I hit the bed… dreaming of Seung Gi, lol.
The fan meeting was truly memorable. It was never in my wildest dream to see Seung Gi in person, much more shake his hand twice. I left for the fan meeting with only the objective of seeing him from afar – with that, I was already happy. What unfolded before me during the fan meeting was more than I ever imagined. I feel so blessed for the unforgettable experience. I thank my husband for allowing me to see Seung Gi, I thank my cousins and my friends who supported this craziness without even questioning whatever is happening to me, and last but not the least, I thank my new found Airen PH friends who made my trip warmer and more meaningful.
Seung Gi-ah, saranghae!
thanks cousin Reece for the video : )