Sorry for taking so long to write this. I’m still a bit disappointed at how things went but I hope everyone would read it. Anywhere, here it is.
I was with a friend and our first stop was Cube Cafe, to check it out for the first time and also to calm my nerves a bit. It was around 1 pm KST. When I previously went to Korea last January, it still looked like this and I wondered what Cube was up to. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they turned it into another studio. Cube has a total of 3 offices in 3 different buildings. Actually, they have like 3 offices in one building, another 3 offices in another building (this is where Jiyoon’s office is), and then Cube Cafe. They’re all a stone’s throw away from each other and a few meters away from JYPE building.
I figured it was too early for any of the members to be at Cube Cafe and since the training and dance practice rooms are at the Koo Dining building, we headed there first. To my surprise, there were KBS cars parked below. Still, we just went ahead all the way to the 3rd floor and as usual, Cube’s office is open lol. There were some KBS staff there, and I could hear loud music, laughter and applause coming from inside. The KBS staff kept coming in and out of Cube’s office while me and my friend were just standing outside, near the elevator, looking like idiots, waiting for someone, a manager, a backup dancer or a 4minute member to come out.
About 10 minutes later, a tall skinny woman with full makeup came out, accompanied by 2 more women. It was freaking G.na! I’m not really a fan so it was really awkward for me to pretend and say something like “oh, I’m a big fan from the Philippines.” But I did say I was from the Philippines and my friend added that she was pretty in person (not really). She’s soooo skinny in real life. She already looks skinny on TV, but in person, she looks even thinner! And her facial features seemed kinda weird to me. Anyway, my friend (who isn’t a big G.na fan either) asked if they can take a picture together. And G.na was really kind enough to say yes as long as the elevator didn’t come up yet. Lucky! Then we asked when can she come to the Philippines and she shook her head and said “I don’t know” and had like an “I’m sorry” face.
So after the ecstasy wore off, about 20 minutes later, one KBS staff came out. I decided to ask him what was happening. Although he really couldn’t speak much English, and I can’t speak any Korean beyond annyeong and kamsahapnida, he told me that they were filming the contestants of the Changwon Kpop festival. So immediately, I asked if any of the 4Minute members were around. He said that Hyuna and G.na were there but that Hyuna was downstairs (B1) recording. From what I understood of what he said, Hyuna and G.na were mentoring the contestants or giving them tips, or something like that. That ajusshi was really helpful. He even tried to get someone to talk to us but everyone was just busy with the recording.
After a few minutes, since I thought Hyuna was the only one around and she was downstairs, I figured I’d just hand the gifts if one of 4Minute’s managers came out. The ajusshi KBS staff tried again to find someone who could help us out and finally found someone. Then this tiny woman came out, and as I mentioned before, I was 90% sure it was her, one of 4Minute’s stylists. So I asked if any of the members were there cause I came all the way from the Philippines (protip: always use the foreigner card when in Korea) to give them gifts. She said no one was there (ikr? what a liar! lol) so I just handed her the box of presents.
The KBS ajusshi was really chatty so we stayed for a few more minutes, cause some miracle might happen and he might give us some backstage pass to Music Bank or some KBS show or something. Not 5 minutes after I gave the gifts to the stylist, we see Jiyoon inside Cube’s office and went “WTF??” that stylist was a total liar! I tried to sneakily take a picture cause taking paparazzi pics of artists was frowned upon. And the best I could do was this photo of Jiyoon’s ear looool.
So I was already almost pissing my pants cause Jiyoon looks like she’s coming out (which means she’ll have to use the elevator too). And when she got out, my soul literally left my body. She was like this radiant being, glowing with ethereal light. Of course I was stunned, speechless and starstruck. I rarely get starstruck and tongue-tied in life but seeing 4Minute in person, up close and personal, always does that to me.
While I still had some sense left in me, I immediately put my hand out and introduced myself, calmly and totally not screaming and shrieking at all. I said I was from the Philippines (lol really embarrassing). She gave my hand two shakes (!!!) and said “Philippines? Oh I’ve been there!” It was really amazing how friendly she was that day, and how much her English has improved. The first time I invaded Cube’s office (2010) and saw her, she didn’t even look at me lol but that story’s for another day. And loooll her hand was so soft and moisturized (creepiness aside).
Anyway, I asked her if she got the gifts (seonmul) from her stylist cause I noticed she talked to that stylist a bit earlier. She said something like “gifts? where?” and seemed like she was asking for it lol. I said I gave the gifts to her stylist and they were inside the office. I explained that the gifts were from overseas fans all over the world. Then this stupid elevator just had to come up so quickly and so she had to go.
While she was entering the elevator, I asked her when she’ll come back to the Philippines and she said “oh, I don’t know” and gave me a sad face, which melted my heart of course. Then just before the elevator door closed, I was able to ask how Gayoon was doing, and she gave me a nod and a thumbs up. I was really impressed by Jiyoon cause she was talking to me in English the whole time!
Looking back, I wish I could’ve asked her for a photo op, or an autograph at the very least. Bubble Chan (yes, that bubble chan) was cockblocking her the whole time. It was funny cause I also went like “Bubble-ssi! Bubble-ssi!” looollll. But it was really sad that I wasn’t able to personally give the gifts to a 4Minute member. I have no idea if they’re religious or not (I think Namji is a little bit). I gave them those wooden and ceramic rosary bracelets cause I think they looked cute. I doubt they’ll ever wear those but I hope they do. Sorry for disappointing everyone. I am sure they would’ve loved all the fan arts if they saw the book, especially Sohyun! I wrote short messages in a couple of PH postcards. I was trying to entice them to come back lol.
Anyway, I hope everyone would still support upcoming projects from this site. Thanks for participating in this project and please continue to send in your fan arts so we can hopefully make another book soon. If you have an idea for a simple project for them, feel free to submit suggestions! Maybe you can all send me postcards from where you’re from and write your message for 4Minute at the back lol. Then give all those postcards to 4Minute.
I’ll later find out that this was what Jiyoon and G.na recorded that day. I may or may not be in this clip lol.