Koreans love to use the word “surprise” - there are always “surprise birthday parties” for the artistes which are expected, and “surprise fanmeetings” which are announced a couple of days before, so pretty much I’m never surprised anymore - but today, it was DEFINITELY A SURPRISE - because the fanmeeting turned out to be a hi-5 event! I mean, in Singapore, you have to probably spend more than 150 bucks buying a concert ticket/mechandise, THEN join the lucky draw and pray that you get it - but this time, over here, all you have to do is to report there a couple of hours earlier - even empty-handed, surprisingly (though you will be put at the back, in that case)… I fulfilled the 2 conditions for “priority seating” (CD/official mp3 purchase from mnet), so even though I got there at only 9am, I was #134, ie. about the 7th row? So it was really close and I didn’t even have to use my binoculous… *ecstatic* The fanmeeting itself was at 6pm, but they had gathered and started walking to that location at 5pm so I had to rush out when the Inkigayo live ended in order to catch up…. the girl whom I first grabbed to ask was #660 and there were many behind her still! O_o I was really shocked… so there’s what, 800 fans there for them!? That’s not a ‘rookie’ fanbase at all…..
P.S. For those wondering, the location is the usual Pari Park near SBS. But…for the first time during a fanmeeting, the TV station security team was there. “What…? To enforce the no-camera rule? But SM staff is already doing too good a job with it…” I thought.
At 6 or so, the boys arrived and said their greetings, then started off by each saying a few words, let me try to remember some of it, other than the usual “thank you for supporting us all these while, we’re really glad to have received so much love…” etc. parts.
Baekhyun: We’re “yummy” - no, I mean cool, right? (Yes, he accidentally said mashinen instead of meoshinen. Lol, so koreans make that mistake too? Coz I almost blurted out the wrong one, a few times before - I think I almost told Taemin he had yummy hair! But maybe he has ‘hunger’ as an excuse? Haha.)
Cute D.O. - “It’s the final goodbye stage for MAMA…” *pretends to cry* lol.
Suho: “How many people are there today” Us: A LOT! Suho: A lot? How much? 10,000?? *cheeky grin*
Kai: blah-blah-blah… Saranghae~
(the minute he raised his mike, ear-splitting screams started - yes, he’s extremely popular in Korea - and he looked shocked for a moment. Then as he was speaking, Sehun was playing with the shoulder of Kai’s shirt, Chanyeol squatted down, poked at the speaker a bit, and suddenly the audio disappeared all together and the fans were like “eh…” and I was thinking “Chanyeollie… did ur itchy hnds just spoiled it? Haha…”)
Sehun: “It seems like not too long ago did we just have our first-stage and my birthday party… time passes really fast. The feeling I have now is similarly complicated like during our first stage… blah blah…. saranghae” (of note is that when he said saranghae, he was staring at Kai, for some reason.. lol! Then Kai started miming tying presents and throwing them out, and making camera-phototaking-motions with his hands.)
Chanyeol: I feel really really blessed that we’re getting so much support… we wanna thank you in some way… shall we do something special? (asking the boys)… like…. *hi-fives with Kai*
Korean fans: …eh….??? Don’t tell me that….O_O
Chanyeol: Yes…. we’re going to hi-five all of you to express our gratitude!
… and the fans ALL WENT CRAZY screaming in ecstasy.
Hence, for this event, they even had a french videography team there, I kid you not. So I left the filming/photography to them - I didn’t wanna be caught and blacklisted for future events, the staff threatened to do that and I knew SM really WOULD do that. Hence no pictures…
At first, the boys were standing on a slightly elevated stage, and had to bend over for the hi-fives - after about 40 people, Chanyeol straightened up, looked around, I think at Kai, then clambered off the stage to stand at ground level and the boys followed - so considerate of him, he might have realised that it would be tiring to be bending forward for >30 mins, esp for Kai as he’s still nursing his back injury. And somewhere along the way they ‘migrated’ almost a metre forward (to my left that is), lol. So I had a great view… Chanyeol was almost directly in front of me.
Anyway, when my turn came, I really had a lot to say to them, esp to tell Kai/Jongin-ah to take care of his waist, but since it’s not a fansign, just a hi-five, I had to just touch-and-go… so I just went down the row yelling “Singapore loves you! x 6” at them. Haha. Chanyeol looks a bit perplexed initially, and I had to repeat myself, while D.O. and Baekhyun looked really interested. Kai was just … ” *smiling* ??? ” but he looks really really good up-close too.
Point to note, - when returning and picking up the “sweets package” from EXO-K, the cameraman was right there and a korean lady blabbered some question at me which I didn’t understand, but I assume it has to be something along the line of “how do you feel?” so I blabbered back in korean + english “Sorry, I’m too excited to speak right now…. I’m really really happy!!!”
So after I went back to my seat and finally calmed down, I started to enjoy the boys’ entics for the rest of the hi-5 session. Baekhyun expression was alternating between overwhelmed and totally flabberglasted/confused, as he saw the GINORMOUS line of fangirls coming at him, and they all blabbered at him at top-speed before they had to go - it was hilarious watching his face. Barely a quarter through the hi-5 session, Kai got bored and started being cheeky - he alternated between his left and right hands for every hi5, and even raised his arms up so that a few fangirls had to jump in order to reach it! He was pretty much ‘dancing’ as his body also twisted from left-to-right, right-to-left non-stop when alternating his hands - dancing machine indeed. And I spotted a blowfish face or two from him too! Haha, the boy is such a troll. Also, in the midst of the fansign, while waiting for the next row of fans to come up, Chanyeol and Sehun randomly hugged for the camera, Suho was smiling and waving at the fans every time he could.
When it finally ended, Chanyeol and Sehun randomly hugged again, then Chanyeol held Kai’s hand and massaged his fingers and palm for him. Haha. See what I mean about Chanyeol being a sweetie and so considerate? That’s why he’s now my EXO-K bias. And luckily, because I was seated on the extreme left, which was the side he was at also, we had eye contact and he smiled and waved at me (I had his name on my trusty HP LED.)
After that, all of them spoke a little more - will playback my audio another day and see if I caught anything interesting. Anyway, when they were leaving, Chanyeol threw out a flying heart again - oh boy, I love this kid’s fanservice!
What they were giving out: EXO Mini-Poster plus a package of candies with a handwritten letter inside.
I initially got D.O’s but he’s not in my top-3 exo bias list, so I decided to ask around to see if anyone wanted it - the first korean girl whom I caught the attention of and tried to ask with my shaky korean luckily understood me, called out to her friend, who excitedly spun around as her bias is D.O. So I asked her whos is she holding, and OMG IT JUST HAPPENED TO BE CHANYEOLLIE! So yes. I came home in a super good mood today. Hehehe.
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