Note: Click pics to enlarge but do not hotlink because my Photobucket account is about to exceed bandwidth. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see pics from the mall shows.
Like some of the lucky 4minute fans in the Philippines, I got to meet them one day ahead of the start of their mall tour here. But my fateful encounter with 4minute that day was a bit different than most of those who met them last Thursday.
Well I was at work when I decided to slack off around lunch time and check out some 4minute stuff on allkpop, soompi and 4-minute.com. To my surprise, I encountered these:
My immediate reaction: “WTF! I knew I should’ve brought a digicam today.”
This is because my camphone is kinda lo-tech and borderline ancient.
So anyway, I was surprised they got here early. I learned later that they taped for MYX that day. I went to 4-minute.com to see if anyone has updates or news on 4minute’s stay here but didn’t really get any. Then the famous johnnydorama suddenly appeared at the shoutbox (yeah, he is a 4minute fan, particularly HyunAh) and asked around. But since the shoutbox is usually on hibernate during that time, I was the only one on.
Johnny confirmed that 4minute has indeed arrived and that they sent someone named Matt, who is not a Filipino, from allkpop to cover their stay here and do some interviews with the girls. So I asked him if he could hook me up with Matt. Lol. But to no avail.
I read from MYX that 4minute will be staying at Edsa Shangri-La, which was about 3 blocks away from where I was during this time. I was kinda surprised that they would announce the name of the hotel they’re staying in. I guess that’s what happens when the hotel is one of your sponsors. I thought about going to their hotel after work, but I really doubted that they were there. Or if they did, that security would be tight, at least as tight as when 4minute went to Taiwan.
Well it didn’t help that I had to log in two extra hours at work. But while doing some overtime, I was talking to Vinnie from 4-minute.com. I was thinking whether to go to the hotel, make a fool of myself and take my chances. I wanted to go primarily because I thought, “wouldn’t 4minute be disappointed/disheartened if they see no one waiting for them at their hotel?” Of course the second would be to meet the girls in person.
So Vinnie convinced me to go and fake my way around and say I’m the official representative of 4-minute.com or something. Haha. And I was also able to convince someone to go with me. So yeah. We decided to go to their hotel, no cams, no CDs or posters to be signed and with only our camphone on hand. And I was starving.
It was around 9pm when me and my friend got there. Of course we were nervous. And when we got there, the hotel looked so… normal. Quiet. No screaming fans waiting. No banners. None whatsoever. If I didn’t read they were staying there, I would have never knew.
We asked around anyway. We asked the guards and the concierge if this was the place that Korean girl group was staying. And to our surprise, they said yes!!! Hahahaha. I was already excited but got even more excited when they said they haven’t come back yet. Chance!
So we waited in the pastry shop inside the hotel. Bought a slice of cake so the lady won’t ask us to leave. Me and my friend were thinking whether to buy a CD at the nearby Fully Booked store so we won’t look pitiful and have something decent for them to sign because my friend was seriously contemplating on asking 4minute to sign her shorts or shirt.
Anyway, we still weren’t decided if we should buy because 4minute might arrive any moment and we would miss them. Each time a white van came around, we got excited and anxious, thinking that it would be them stepping out of the vehicle. Well I just assumed it was a white van from the pic above. Anyway, I was finally able to convince (dupe? hehe) my friend to go run and buy a CD (the store was located just beside the other entrance of the hotel).
When she left, I borrowed her Samsung Corby and tried to learn how to use it because it has the better cam. So around a couple of minutes after she left, while I was trying to figure out her phone, a white van stopped in front of the hotel entrance. So I casually checked out who it was, hoping it wasn’t 4minute yet.
I saw five gorgeous girls step down from the van and just stormed out of the store. I immediately ran towards the hotel lobby, completely leaving our stuff in the pastry shop while still trying to figure out how to take pictures with the cam. I was surprised to see a few girls waiting for them actually. And they were prepared! Because they brought some stuff for the girls to sign and a digicam.
Anyway, here’s what I got:
So yeah. I wasn’t able to use the Corby properly. NOob. I know. Because I got overexcited, I somehow set the camera in video mode so I ended up taking vids instead of pics. That vid is actually 4 short clips that I just combined. By the time I figured out how to take pics, JiHyun was signing her last autograph and about to leave. So I approached her and asked if we could take a picture together (this was after I handed the Corby to some random guy and asked him to take a picture of us).
me to JiHyun: (after signing the girl’s autograph) Hi! Can I take a picture with you?
JiHyun to me: (looks at HyunAh, who was standing nearby waiting for her to finish signing stuff) Oh, sorry (bows).
me to JiHyun: Oh ok, bye! See you tomorrow.
Yeah HyunAh is sweet like that. And I didn’t want to nag and be an annoying fan so I just left. The girls were sooooo prettyyyyyy. Fer realz. It’s like “you gotta see it to believe it” kind of pretty. Goodness!
So I went back to the pastry shop and picked up me and my friend’s things and left in a hurry, overjoyed. Yaaaaaaaa.
Fortunately, my friend hasn’t paid for the CD/DVD yet because the person in front of her bought a ton of stuff. I told her to drop the CD because we didn’t need it anymore. Haha and yeah her reaction was priceless: a mix of disgust, disappointment, WTF, constipation, sadness. You name it, she felt it. And it didn’t help that the girls who got to take a pic with 4minute suddenly passed by us giggling and spazzing.
It wasn’t my fault right? Hahaha. I didn’t feel guilty anyway. I reassured her that we’ll get a pic with them next time. I swearrrr.
-End of Day 1-