Finally..i have some ME time to put my memory of Kim Hyun Joong’s 2012 Fanmeeting in Seoul in writing. I’m sorry that i wouldn’t have any fancy details and my fancam and photos are of poor quality. I’m an amateur fangirl kekeke.
let’s see how my experience of living a fangirl life…for a day or two is like ^^
I made a decision to join this event in Seoul rather abruptly when I found out that my company cancelled Seoul trip for everyone and moved to another destination. We kinda joked among us that “since we’re not gonna see F4, we have to make do with F1 instead” (one of our itinerary is joining the F1 race lol) anyhoo..digressing..since i start this like…3 weeks after his event..i gotta separate it into bullets lol..
Getting a hold of tickets…nerve-wracking 555
I knew obtaining the ticket would be a hassle. I was disappointed that KE couldn’t manage the English version of the ticketing website in the last minute. I was frustrated all day long, running around asking for help from people I know and feel comfortable to ask them to do this. I didn’t ask anyone from twitter cos i wasn’t sure if its ok to bother them with such thing and it’s involved payment so i felt erm…considerated. (is that a word?). Anyway, Jun who lives in Thailand helped me but two of us fumbled so awkwardly as the system was overloaded. she kept saying ‘ottoke eonnie, u gotta have it!’ but i couldn’t! the system couldn’t process my payment by credit card…right before my eyes..i saw floor seat tickets disappeared one by one…one by one…there came a knight in shining armor..Mr.K (alias) walked in and asked what was wrong. Then he tried. He couldn’t either. So i told him to give up. Then i pined with Jun. Ten minutes passed, he turned and said we got it! Jun & I screamed. Apparently, Mr. K managed to buy as he used his bank account in Korea to transfer the money for me. He tried with his credit card as well but couldn’t process..i couldn’t say “komawoyo” enough ^^
I also asked from a help from a very lovely Korean girl I happened to make friends with at MAMA in Singapore. I guess it was a funny coincidence. I ran into her at the backstage of MAMA. We made friends and i didn’t think we could meet each other again this soon. We exchanged contact in Singapore and i gotta ask to send the ticket to her home address in Korean. She was really helpful. Thanks Eun ji-ah..She came to meet me again when I was in Seoul to give me the ticket. There she came running out of Myeongdong tube station…looking all pretty and giving me the ticket. I was sorry that she couldn’t stay for coffee or lunch as she gotta head off to her grandma’s house because of the Chinese new year. But i know i will meet her again and spend time with her more. Thanks Eun ji..i’m happy to know you and befriend with you. You are not HJ oppa’s fan but we can connect purely because of friendship. Eonnie is looking forward to seeing you ok? *hugz*
However, i came home to find out that we overseas fans can reserve the ticket with the event organizer. So i wrote them, just to be on a safe side, to keep me tickets and i can pay at the venue. The lady was very helpful. I even wrote them again asking them not to put us too far from the stage cos we came all the way here. She remained professional and assured me that she’d try her best. Let’s see later on how it turned out :)
Passenger Henecian Taking Off…
I flew alone with Korean Air. I never flew with this airline before but i applied for frequent flyer mileage program just in case i will be wanting to use the airline service more in the future hehe. I was impressed with the beautiful flight attendants..aww her pastel blue colored silk dress and that chic hair accessory and milky skin. she was very nice to me when i asked for a tylenol cos of my headache. Before this schedule, i went to work in Chiang Mai for 4 days. I didn’t realize i could fly direct from Chiang Mai to Seoul otherwise i would just do that. So my CMX flight was delayed and landed at almost 9pm and my Seoul flight was scheduled at midnight. So i got little time to get home and pack my back and shower and wash my hair. Boarding the airplane was simply what i needed as i wanted to stop running and rest.
I so love this! the USB socket to recharge your phone. How convenient! Thai Airways should provide something like this too! I didn’t eat much on the plane. the food looked like a hotel food for me so i was…meh*
Networking with Henecians - All About KHJ Love
Since i started to join KHJ fandom. I discovered a lot of things..some were expected, some were just baffling. But one pretty thing is the friendship that started from there. I got to make more friends from many places around the world. I gotta thank ladies from Kim Hyunjoong Thailand’s fanclub (or better known as “My Cute Boy” for allowing me to tag along on the first day and for your kindness to show me around the KHJ-related places oh. I hope i wouldn’t burden you much keke
ต้องขอบคุณพี่ๆ บ้านคิมฮยอนจุงไทยแลนด์ที่หอบหิ้วเราไปด้วยในวันแรกๆ นะคะ หวังว่าไม่รบกวนพี่เกินไปนะ มีพี่แล้วอุ่นใจจริงค้า พี่เป็นแฟนตัวจริงของ “จุงจ๋า” มากๆ เราสัมผัสได้ถึงความรักและหวังดีที่มีให้ต่อฮยอนจุง ขอให้พี่ๆ ได้เจอได้ป๊ะได้โดนจุงบ่อยๆ นะคะ คิคิ (มุมแซว- แค่แฟชั่นหัวจรดเท้า ข้าวของต่างๆ มีแต่หน้าจุง 555 แค่มองก็รู้ว่าเป็นแฟนพันธุ์แท้ขนาดไหน (แซวเล่นน้าาา ใส่แล้วอบอุ่นใช่ปะคะ) ที่เด็ดเลย คุณพี่เค้ามีซองใส่พาสปอร์ทเป็นหน้าจุงด้วยอ่ะ ตม. เกาเห็นแล้วยิ้ม (พี่เค้าเล่าให้ฟัง)
This trip i felt more relaxed, compared to my MAMA 2011 trip in Singapore partly because i set my mind on a right direction. The objective of this trip is to attend his fanmeeting and see HJ sing in live. That is already plenty of happiness. At MAMA, it was my first trip of this nature so i wasn’t sure what to do and I had to do a small mission for a friend so i was worried that i couldn’t manage (To V - i didn’t mean i wasn’t happy k? keke it was just that i was nervous and afraid not to accomplish 555 kiss kiss)
Anyway i met up with another Henecian who flew in from the Philippines. Her name is M. She was waiting for me at the airport. She was a very friendly and warm person. I felt embarrassed a bit that i was never a warm person lol i wanted to but…hey ever heard of “Cold hands…warm heart”? *wink*
M. and I hopped on the bus that would take us to our motel. We spotted HJ’s face in this magazine available on the bus. So i took a snap shot and felt giddy that “haaa this is a good sign”
We arrived at the motel. In my life, i never stayed in a motel before and i was not gonna complain about it cos there was nothing to complain about (except the fact that we gotta walk uphill a bit. I am Thai. i don’t like walking 555) The location is very convenient, right across Myeongdong. So easy for us to get around. We met up with the group from khjthailand and they were kind to let us tag along. They took us to Namsadong. At first i didn’t know why. (This wasn’t my first time in Korea so…) once we arrived, they showed us the shops where we could get KHJ fan goodies. Just imagine..like a playground for Henecians. They all dug in lol. I bought a few items as i prefer official goods but still it was a sight to see. I even bargained…just for fun hehe. Of course, the ahjussi said no.
Later on, they took us to a shoe shop hidden in one corner of Namsadong. They told me it belongs to HJ’s uncle & auntie. I bought one pair though. Actually i wanted the other one but they didn’t have my size. So i found another that is of the same style more or less. The ahjussi gave me discount (I didn’t ask!) he said “For Kim Hyun Joong fan”. I smiled and said kamsahamnida. Khjthailand peepz brought gift to them then we said good bye (khjthailand is so nice. they always give gifts haha they even gave one to me! thank you eonnies!)
We split and later on we were getting ready to meet our korean friend…another die-hard henecian keke. I’m sorry that we were late. It wasn’t fashionably late even! You were so kind to wait for us. We got off at this station i don’t remember the name and J. Eonnie (our friend) drove us to Jaksal chicken at Ilsan. To my dismay…because we were late, the queue was so long and i was so cold i couldn’t function. J. asked if i wanted to go somewhere else. I said NO! She was so kind to tell me to wait at the coffeeshop across the street cos she didn’t feel cool she could line up for us. I said NO!! i would wait with you i just gotta endure 555.
Hyun Joong’s mother came out and apologized for having to have us wait. She handed the blue blanket with hearts on it to us. She is a lovely, elegant lady…long legged ommonie! Hot! haha (sorry if this sounds inappropriate but i think u r hot!)
(To be honest, the blanket didn’t help but better than nothing hehe thank you HJ ommanie :D)
So two hours passed, we finally got in. Since M. & J. eonnies cannot take spicy food, we went for original chicken instead. I think the chicken was very very good and tasty. I wanted a hot pot to keep warm so i ordered odeng. the soup was so good! awww now i am drooling again hehe.
So we were well fed and drank a few sojus. and Since J. eonnie’s birthday fell on the exact date of HJ’s fanmeeting date. So we toasted. and i prepared her a present from Bangkok. I hope she liked my small present :)
once i got into the car, i started to slip off to slumberland while M & J sitting in the front chatting like two birds, listening to HJ’s music (J. eonnie played her compilation of HJ songs CD. how nice!) HJ’s song was ringing in my ears still when i was woken up and told we were home already. I felt so embarrassed to fall asleep (my excuse is i didn’t sleep much during my Chiang Mai trip and on the plane to Seoul kekeke). I really feel J. eonnie was a heart-warming person. I didn’t know her well before. I knew her from twitter but i didn’t chat much with anyone but when i first met her, she was already so kind and big-hearted. and very matured…and shy 555 I knew we started off because of a common interest as we like Hyun Joong. But later on, i can feel that it could branch out into a genuine friendship. Thank you J. eonnie for your hospitality and everything. All the presents you gave us. I promise next time we meet, i will speak Korean to you kekeke. Please come to Thailand too, i want to give you my Thai hospitality too :D
I also went back to Jaksal the next day after getting lose in Seoul suburbs the whole day (don’t ask why or where!)..the place was pretty empty. Our table was waited on by his brother. Of course i didn’t know it was his brother until a fan told me. He is cute hehe. While i was waiting to clear my bill, HJ’s mother called him i guess she wanted him to communicate with my friend who gave her a present. He turned and asked if i wanted to take the photo. (i was holding a credit card in my hand dude!) i said no. He was apologetic that his mother would not take photo with fans. i said it was alright….can i take a photo with you? He was shy, clearly. i was laughing then he said ok and told me to wait cos he needed to clean this table. We took a snap and said good bye.
Along the trip, i spotted famous familiar faces of KHJ bloggers or fan photographers. I didn’t greet them cos it may be awkward they may be startled so i just watched and told M hey M. this is this person. oh that is this person lol. some Thai..some foreigners.. now i know i needed not to worry about taking photos and fancam thingie hahaa..thank you you guys!
Just Like Seoul Mate - Kim Hyun Joong 2012 Fanmeeting
Another objective of this trip is to visit the KHJ-related places. Of course, we went off to famous sites like Lotte Star Avenue, which you guys are bombarded with info and pix already. so i wouldn’t write much in this part. Just want to share some of my photos.
We came across the Japanese tour that came especially for KHJ fanmeeting event..i was wowed! hehe.
We got a few hours in the morning and it was M.’s last full day in Seoul and she really really wanted to visit Namsan tower. So off we went together with my other two Thai friends who just joined us this morning. To my surprise, Namsan Tower is just a walking distance to our motel. At first i thought of calling a cab (555 i’m Thai, i don’t walk i told u that). I’m sorry M. we couldn’t go up and visit teddy bear museum due to time constraint. but i hope you had a good idea what this famous landmark was like.
We arrived at the venue around 3pm and it was drizzling! i was afraid i would get sick but well it was just drizzling and later on it stopped. We were enraptured with Kim Hyun Joong the moment we first stepped off the tube. Street stalls selling KHJ and SS501 goodies were everywhere. Now this is the concert we’re talking about. i started to feel excited.
I went straight to pick up my tickets which were intended for my friends. They prepared the envelop with my name on it already. It turned out i got 7 extra tickets FLOOR SEAT in hand (email confusion long story) but i was happy. I told them i wanted only 3. Two for my Thai friends and one for myself (so i didn’t get to the tix i bought online via Mr. K cos this seat was better…nerve-wrecking for nothing haha). Later on, i managed to get the floor seat tix in my quota for another ahjumma fan from the Philippines…she is over 60 years old OMG but she was more energetic than me! Good for you ahjumma!
once we saw how long the queue that lined up to get KHJ official goods was, we were a bit chagrined. we were hungry as we didn’t eat yet. anyway we had to queue up anyway and i volunteered to go get some food. i saw M. queuing up in the Japanese line so i went to check out what was going on. Then i went to ask the Keyeast staff who managed the order as i wanted to see if the lines were different. With limited command of English, she was misunderstood and she asked to see my order slip. i gave it to her. 5 mins later she came back with my order!! i couldn’t say no right? it was like i jumped cue but i didn’t mean to…mianhe Henecians :(
The good thing is we finally got time to eat. so we headed back to this ttokbokki stall around the venue and just ate. it was really spicy. I was well-fed and satisfied.
At 6pm we were called to get in. The KE staff handed us this little notebook which was very cute. I took off my coat and wear UZOOSIN hoodie and got out my lightstick and it was SHOW TIME!
This part in my memory is blurry because seeing HJ dance and sing once again is like a dream to me. Just like the first encounter at his Hi5 event (Read FA here) in Bangkok in 2011 or TFS Event (FA KHJ Day 2) ps. You can check out some pix here - its in my previous blog. i don’t know how to export it to here hehe.
When the light went off we knew this was it. HJ showed up in his gorgeous hair with the first song “Let me go” i really like this short song. I like the music arrangement here. The first moment i saw him, i felt goosebumps. we got pretty nice seats so i could see him clear without having to look into the camera lens. I wouldn’t write much about the set list and i would write only songs that i particularly like or eager to see.
KHJ Music Lingers On
I felt so lucky to see him perform “Please” I love this song most in BREAKDOWN. The lyrics, the melody, his voice and the dance..oh the dance..i always like the dance in a ballad or slow music. just dazzling. his mercurial move…
and then this title track “Break Down” i rocked along with it cos i really really like this song. I giggle every time i see him dancing that infamous Break-it-down-break-it-down-now. kekee
i tried to take photos at the beginning of the show but i was warned so i was afraid and didn’t want to cause trouble. so i put it away. i would show some photos that would not be too much embarrassing though and some poor fancam that i asked my IT guy at work to edit. i gotta bribe him with starbucks coffee but he is always helpful when it comes to HJ…or he is simply scared of me, i am his sunbae / noona colleague hehe)
I wish I knew Korean especially during the talk session KHJ. I wasn’t familiar with this tradition of korean fanmeets so i appreciated very much the long talk. I understood 0.01% of this part but i sensed that he is a guy of a great sense of humour. Korean fans stomped their feet and clapped their hands when he broke out something funny. Before the talk started, the MC asked us to call him out with different ways to address him like:
Kim Hyun Joong ssi...(not coming out)
Hyun Joong-ah….(playing hard to get)
Honeyyyy...if i remember correctly? (still not showing up!)
Hyun Joong Oppaaaa!!! (I screamed this one and there he was!)
HJ was very handsome in his suit and polka dot trim..The talk went on for a long while. I laughed so hard with the song “Dahengida”. HJ sang so emotionally but managed to pull off the enactment with corny, comical love professing to the one lucky fan. I was laughing with the umbrella thingie and rain spraying provided by his Artmatic dancer. He sang and sang, fans screamed and screamed and he didn’t lose it. He didn’t crack one laugh but continued singing. Dahengida….i witnessed the live version of this song sung by Kim Hyun Joong.
“Love” is an impressive song..challenging. I’m glad HJ sang it. It’s very beautiful. Together with the glittering confetti…my eyes watered…he’s real..and he’s not real. know what i mean? His singing skill improved and i’m glad he took up the numbers that challenged himself to improve more and more. He gave it all and he pulled out his headset and sang his heart out..you can see his neck veins popping out. The only korean i saw with the impressive (sometimes scary neck veins) is Boa lol (i only watched a few live of korean singeres though) Not only the skill but you gotta put your heart in it too. In this number, i’d say HJ managed to get into our hearts very well keke.
When i listened to his “Thank You”, i felt that it was really for us the fans. HJ is really good conveying his feeling. I watched this song on YT many times and i always feel a tinge of sadness in this song. When i am tired and listen to this song, i felt lumpy in my throat. but witnessing it in a live act is a whole different experience. Listening to his “Komapta” live is fulfilling. I don’t feel any sadness. Just fulfilled. As a fan, i feel thankful for everything that brought me here too. You did good Hyun Joong :)
ในฐานะแฟน คงโชคดีถ้าได้ดูจุงร้องเพลง Love หรือ Dahengida หรือ Thank you แบบสดๆ คิดว่าการร้องของเค้ายังคงต้องฝึกอีก (พูดจริงๆ) แต่สิ่งที่จุงทำได้ดีมากคือใส่หัวใจลงในเพลง ทุกคนคงได้เห็นจากแฟนแคมอื่นๆ กันแล้วนะคะ ไปฟังไลฟ์แล้วอารมณ์ได้จริงๆ ร้องจนเส้นเลือดที่คอปูด ดูดีมากๆ เลยค่ะ โคมัปตา ฮยอนจุง
Dahengida…I know I am
Of course, the highlight is the appearance of Art & Matic. When i saw them, i thought so this is it..the purpose of sending A&M to a training school? lol hehe. The dogs are very cute. Hyun Joong’s interaction with them is a warm sight to see. He turned into a different person…like a common fella…rather boyish and it’s good that i got to see this side, although just a glimpse of it, too. I just smiled and watched him play with them. He even put the microphone for, i think, Art to sing during the encore?. Anyway, I think a person who loves animal is a warm person in general. (this photo is borrowed from MurdererQ) thanks hehe
The latter part of the show consisted of more upbeat tracks. He set the hall on fire. Really love Lucky Guy, Kiss Kiss and Do you like that…i can only say it was HOT!
HJ also sang “I’m Your Man” i could say its one of the most highly anticipating number. Girls screamed…deafening..it was so touching but i think something wrong or my ears may not be good anymore? i think the backing track was a few split seconds ahead of HJ’s singing. I don’t know. I asked my friends, they said it was alright and it did sound alright when i watched it from YT fancams..anyway. since it is the first time HJ delivered this song at a live event, so i felt very blessed…blessed Henecian.
What i loved most is the encore. Seeing him in loose shirt..messy hair and sweat..totally loosen up right now and again with his team and Art & Matic. He called it a night with “Because I’m stupid” I love the acoustic version so much. HJ sang it very well and the climax in the hook part was just unforgettable. Again..dahengida for me..Below is my fancam combining I’m your man & Because I’m stupid just because i like it. Apology for the quality.
something wrong..can’t post vid..just follow this link, i’ll fix it later hehe
I forgot to mention that before the concert started, i was handed out a green paper crane to fly it at the encore. i think it is a korean thing? very cute! I saw some live concert of bands like Maroon 5 in Seoul they also flew paper crane..i joined them happily keke. See the green paper crane in this pix?
The show was over. the good feeling and memory lingered on.
When we came out, we were halted at the sidewalk by a security. I saw a black vehicle coming toward us and i looked into the car. Of course i saw nothing because it is filmed. Then hordes of fans running after the car screaming so i realized it was Hyun Joong. We walked and smiled back to the tube station, replaying what was going on inside the hall in our head. It was a very good night for me and my friends.
I want to finish my very very long fan account with this photo. I love it to bits. HJ said something and knelt down taking this photo. I think it is perfect. It really translates my fan perception toward him. Kim Hyun Joong is a hard-working idol. He deserves to be admired and rewarded with fan love. On a personal note, i feel he is a very loving person and lovable..I don’t know him but I am quite sure he is. With us fans supporting him and watching behind his back, i’m sure Hyun Joong will do great.
Dear Hyun Joong, I wish you success like you dream of..and most of all true love that can keep you warm and not lonely at the end of the day..out of the limelight..then that day, you can say “Dahengida”.
Until next time
I also carried Jaksal chicken to Bangkok for friends at work lol! they loved it!