solitaryriot: the t-shirt says it all (me)
December 4th is one of the most unforgettable days in my life as a fangirl. The day when I attended the fan meeting (or fan party, the official name of it) and finally saw two out of my five favourite guys in Korean music scene. I met TVXQ, dear readers, and not only that, I got the precious chance to ask Yunho and Changmin a question directly ;___;

The red ocean, thanks to this little guy.

I wrote in my previous post about my plan to fly to Singapore to see them live. Having done that, I still couldn’t believe it. It still feels surreal! When reminiscing the night, I still can’t believe that I’ve seen HoMin singing, dancing and smiling in front of me. Most importantly, they said hi to me, waved at me and answered my question. After Han Geng, now Yunho and Changmin? I WAS THE LUCKY B*TCH THEY MIGHT SAY.

Let’s start the story from two days before the fan party. I joined two competitions held by the organizer, one was meet and greet session and the other one was Q&A session during the show. I was so disappointed knowing that I didn’t win the first competition. I lost hope and told myself, ‘Okay, maybe not my time yet.’ But the night after that, my friend (mba Elda, it was!) tweeted me, Whatsapp-ed me and even texted me to tell that I was one of the Q&A winners. My reaction? OH MY GOD OH MY GOD and WHAT SHOULD I DO WHAT SHOULD I DO. Yes, I was that surprised and I kept repeating those words x) It’s beyond my expectation to win the competition because personally, compared with other questions, mine is less fun and kinda safe. Well, I guess in the end the chosen questions are the safe ones, and mine also focuses on Yunho and Changmin’s friendship instead of talking about their conflict with JYJ, for example.

On Sunday morning I flew to Singapore and arrived at lunch time. We directly went to Chinatown, where our hostel is located (FYI, it’s a great place!). After having our lunch, taking a rest and abusing the wi-fi, we went to the venue at five since I had to meet the crew for a briefing at 6. Stepping out from National Stadium MRT station, the rain was falling lightly. Why it was always raining every time I attended a K-pop concert I have no idea. Anyway, I panicked a bit because I couldn’t find the crew at the spot mentioned in their text message. I walked here and there, afraid that I was in the wrong spot. Thankfully I managed to the person responsible for Q&A session before it’s too late. She told us that we wouldn’t go on stage (like what we had expected before) but we would be put in the front position of each pen without having to queue. Okay, at least we still have that privilege. So right before the gate was officially opened, four other winners and I were already allowed to come inside the stadium and stood right in the front of the stage. Knowing that they would be that close already made my heart beat faster. Yes, I was getting more nervous. I even had to jot down my question since I feared my mind would go blank when seeing HoMin on stage!

The fan party began half an hour late. Before that, some songs from TVXQ were played (also some of SNSD’s songs, followed by boooooo from the audience hahaha) to pump up our spirit. And then the full MV of Before You Go was played on the big screen. I knew that the show would begin real soon. Phewww, the heart started to beat irregularly again. Then the intro of Maximum was heard, ladies and gentlemen! The dancers came on stage, followed by Yunho! And my response was again, OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. Such a lame reaction but that’s what I kept on saying during the first several minutes! Yunho and Changmin were right in front of me I didn’t have any other word to say! The boys performed Maximum, How Can I, Before You Go, the medley of The Way You Are, Mirotic and Rising Sun and the show was closed with Keep Your Head Down. Between each session, we’re given some footage from SM Town and makings of their MVs.

The boys were so energetic that night.

Lemme give my comments about each song. Maximum was perfect to kickstart the fantastic night (the literal kickstart since there were lots of kicks in the choreography!). As far as I remember they lip-synced during this song, thought the rest of the songs were sung live. Next was How Can I, such a wonderful song. Lately I’ve been loving this song so much and being able to see this song performed live just made me really really happy. The boys sang it beautifully, and I could only go awwwww.

After that, it’s the interview session. The boys were given some questions about Singapore, like the national flower, the official languages and such. Changmin was really cute during the session. I think it was during the national flower question he looked so surprised x) Perhaps he hadn’t expected he would be given that question hahaha. Done with the interview session (sorry but I didn’t really remember the whole questions ...), the boys were back with another song, Before You Go. Uh-oh, I told myself that my heart should be ready for this one! It’s my favourite from HoMin and I knew I would be emotional listening to it live (yes I was!). Not only that, if you know the choreography of the song, you will understand why I should prepare my heart :)) Sexy sexy moves, you know what I mean!

Muscular Changmin!

The heart-throbbing moment finally came, people! The Q&A session! The five of us would ask them questions and they would answer! Whoaaaa, nervous like hell! The other winners asked questions about Singaporean food, their other career as drama actors and new year resolution. My question was ‘What is the best from working with each other and what are the difficulties?’. My turn was the last but the MC was wrong at first and mentioned my name during the second turn. That’s okay, it means TVXQ heard my name twice *grinning*Okay, drum rolls, it’s my turn! The legendary moment hahaha! When the MC introduced me, HoMin greeted and waved at me wawawawawawawa. I greeted them back and told them I’m from Indonesia. And this was the cutest part, Yunho looked surprised, said ‘hoooo’, said ‘hi’ and waved again then he laughed. Not sure why but that sounded extremely cute to my ears x) x) (my sis recorded the moment and I kept playing it only to hear Yunho’s laughter). Yunho's reply to my question was that as the leader, sometimes he feels so stressed out but he’s glad Changmin is always there to help him. I’m sure HoMin shippers’s hearts went boom hearing his answer! I actually wish Changmin would answer it too but too bad there wasn’t enough time for that.

... and gorgeous Yunho

The show continued with a medley of The Way You Are, Mirotic and Rising Sun. I was curious to know how Mirotic, that used to be sung by five voices, was performed by HoMin. It turned out they only sang a little part of it, and Changmin took Yoochun’s rap part. Rising Sun was also grand, and again Changmin sang Yoochun’s parts. Keep Your Head Down was the last song of the night. Such a massive song with a massive effect to all Cassies. This was the song that has shown the world that TVXQ would still stand strong. It was performed amazingly and so perfect to end this huge night for us, Cassies. I was totally in awe.

Have I written about the boys’ looks that night? Both were in sleeveless white shirts that showed off their muscles hahaha. Changmin looked cute cute with his current curly hair and oh my, his legs were really that long! He looked really tall, prolly because of my angle as well. While Yunho *sigh*, he’s that gorgeous, really. Enough said. I couldn’t take my eyes away from him! I’m glad I bought pen B ticket since it’s the side where Yunho was :D It was Changmin who smiled a lot and talked more though, while Yunho was a bit reserved. That’s why it was so nice to hear his usual chuckle when he greeted me 8D (yessss, be jealous with me)! And I still wanna scream out loud everytime I remember those cute eyes of Yunho have met mine! Here I go wawawiwawawawiwa again!

The screen says it all.

Not many pictures were successfully taken since the security guards were really strict about photography and videography. I managed to take some with my mobile phone, but because of the quality some aren’t really clear. But I’m sure you understand, each moment has been recorded well in my mind and heart hahaha.

What’s left from the beautiful Sunday night? Happiness beyond words, added with the feeling of wanting to see them more. It turns out that one-and-a-half hours isn’t enough for me, HoMin. I need to see you guys again, and I’m crossing my fingers I won’t have to wait long for that :)

What a night!

Ps: I’m also praying that I’ll get the chance to see JYJ live. Both sides are similarly precious for me <3

Ps 2: There’s also a session in which the winning videos of fanmade video competition were played. The first one was kinda touching since it refers to DB5K (some fans were sobbing), and the second one was full of pretty illustrations and Changmin-biased (Yunho hardly appears in it).

Ps 3: Thank you for accompanying me, big sis and mba Elda :)
solitaryriot: the t-shirt says it all (Default)
After watching Korean Music Wave in Singapore last July, I told myself, ‘Okay, I won’t go to Singapore again this year. I should save my money for other countries.’ But then ... one day when my friend and I were really bored, we decided to have a short trip, two days and one night only. We decided that the nearest place would be Singapore (not that Indonesian cities are boring but we were also looking for some things). So yeah, we finally went there last weekend. Yet this time we tried to plan things well by visiting new places and our destinations would be bookshops, coffee shops and stationary stores. It was a really short getaway but it was hella fun :)

Our room. The wall decoration is inspired by a traditional game.

We stayed at a new hostel called Five Stones. Our bedroom was comfy and even though we had to use shared-bathrooms (my first experience), we didn’t mind at all since they’re so clean. The hostel staff were also really nice. They helped us quickly when we needed things or asked for some directions. Not to forget, with a smile~~. Not only it’s cozy, the location of the hostel is strategic too: 10 minute-walking to Boat Quay and Raffles MRT station and 5 minute-walking to Clarke Quay station. Boat Quay is such a lovely place! I really enjoyed strolling around during the morning, just enjoying the friendly sunshine and waving at some ships passing by. I just love the river bank, I don’t understand why Dickens often created it as a gloomy, creepy place.

Anyway, after checking in, we went straight to Club Street, which was only one MRT station away. Our main destination was actually Books Actually but then we just knew that they have moved :( Thankfully there were many other interesting places at Club Street and Ann Siang Hill. We visited this shop selling knick-knacks named Little Drom Store. The store was quite tiny, but I gotta say their tote bags, notebooks, pins etc are cute. The products mostly came from famous designers. I didn’t buy any though, since the price was kinda expensive for my wallet. Another store that we entered was Wood in Books, which specializes in children’s book stories. They also sell cute notebooks, bookmarkers and postcards. The last shop before we had some coffee at Shots was Trolley. The concept is similar to Little Drom Store although the stuffs aren’t as fancy as LDS. I did buy something though, a cat strap for my mobile phone. Like what I’ve mentioned before, we had some drink at Shots. They don’t sell too many choices of food and drinks, but the place is quite nice to hang out with your friends. Club Street isn’t crowded, so sitting outside to have some coffee (or any other drink) is one of the best ways to enjoy the street.

Wood in Books, pretty, yep?

Since the night was still young, we went to Orchard, particularly Kinokuniya and HMV. At Kinokuniya I grabbed some magazines (how could I say no to mags with TVXQ and Chunnie as the cover?!), and at HMV I bought some CDs for myself and for my friends. I was searching for The Secret Code but HMV didn’t have it, so I bought the blue edition of Tone (so it means I have two editions of the album teehee).

The next day, we spent our morning walking around Boat Quay and taking lots of pictures. I’m glad the weather was really friendly during the weekend since our last trip to SG was nothing but rain all day long. We went to Takashimaya again because I had a plan to meet Harm, my Singaporean friend. We had known each other since 2002 but that’s the first time we meet in person :D She’s a nice person to talk to and she shared so many interesting stories about her life. Glad to have met you, Harm! We should hang out longer next time :D

The view of Boat Quay.

Done with the rendezvous! Our next place to visit was Cat Socrates at Bras Basah Complex. And I’m sooooo in love with the store! I went kinda wild and bought some cute, lovely things like tote bags, small mirrors, and a necklace. I wish I had brought more money though, since the stuffs sold there are too precious to be missed! Cat Socrates is surely my new favourite place in town! If you like knick-knacks, that is one place you totally won’t miss.

A sweet trip, indeed!

This short-trip was indeed refreshing. I got to visit places and hip spots I had never gone before, did new things and enjoyed the city in a new way. I’ll fly there again to attend TVXQ’s fanmeeting in early December. I just hope Singapore won’t get bored of me :p So see you again with another update on, hopefully, TVXQ’s fan party!
solitaryriot: the t-shirt says it all (me)
Last week was a busy one for this lecturer. It’s already the third week for this new term and I had to juggle between lecturing, checking assignments (so many of them!) and managing my JJA application. Thankfully I could handle them quite well, even though right after I got home I went nowhere besides my bed. And I still have around twelve weeks to go dealing with this. Argh.

At the same time, it was a fantastic week for my other side of life as a fangirl. Both TVXQ and JYJ released their new albums and my copies have been shipped by Yesasia. Hopefully it’ll arrive this week :) Also, my sister bought me Hard-Fi’s new album when she went to Singapore. Killer Sounds is the third album from these Staines boys and they’re just getting better and better. Their music is rocking, groovy, rich and roaring! Knowing them from the start, I’m proud that they musically have come this far. I’ll try to find time to write a proper review about this album.

And have I told you that I can’t stop listening to JYJ’s You’re? It’s such a beautiful and sweet song sung by beautiful voices. How can I not love these guys? <3

I also had a short trip to Bandung last weekend. It’s supposed to be a place to relieve my stress but man, Bandung was really crowded and it’s not that cold anymore. I stayed at Amaris Hotel in Cihampelas, which was quite comfortable but the area around it, man, it’s packed with people! I dunno, I no longer find Bandung that interesting anymore.
solitaryriot: the leader of Big Bang, whom I admire (G Dragon)
I recently had a rendezvous with my college friends, and three of them asked me the same question, ‘So, what’s your upcoming trip plan?’. Wow, do I look like someone who travels a lot now? But yeah, now I can say I gain huge happiness from travelling, very different with my old-homey-self. Every trip plan (including to watch a gig abroad) always gets me really excited and gives me more spirit to work harder. And at the moment, I don’t have any trip ahead so life is kinda dull. Boo.

So what kind of traveller am I? The word traveller is somehow identical with adventure, right, and I don’t think I enjoy adventurous trips that much. I prefer strolling around in the city (yes, I do enjoy cities) or walking along the beach. I realized how much I enjoy looking at the architectures, finding a perfect place to sit and just enjoying the whole urban scenery, accompanied by a cup of coffee. Each city has its own sound and colour, and that’s what I always try to hear and see everytime I spend some minutes to sit down.

I’m not a luxurious tourist, but I’m not a budget traveller either. I’m not really picky when it comes to food. I mean, I can eat something from the hawkers (as long as it’s halal and clean of course). But when it is about accommodation, I can say I’m quite fussy, especially the bathroom. It has to be squeaky clean! I don’t want to take a bath in a dirty bath tub after such a tiring day >.< Oh, back to food and beverages, when travelling, my money also always goes to beverages in the minimarket :p I love various tea and coffee and the easiest and the cheapest way to find them is in the minimarket like 7-11. A simple thing but somehow it makes my trip more fun hahaha.

For now, I wanna see the rest of Asia such as Korea, Hongkong, Macau, and Taiwan. I’m really saving hard for that! And as a reminder that I need to see the whole world, I bought this postcard at Singapore Art of Museum.

Cheers for more trips to come!

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