This is what I call a destined encounter! For Koalab to meet SeungGi in Stanley, the same place where she bought the gift for SeungGi and then fell sick… 😛
*Taking a deep breath as I am writing this….*
I never thought that I will write another fan-account so soon, just two days after chasing Seung Gi at the airport.
25 July 2012 – At noon Hook tweeted about Seung Gi’s photoshooting in Stanley, but I only learn about this news an hour after she tweeted… My first reaction: WHAT?! Stanley again?!?! As you probably know, just last week, I got the gift for Seung Gi (which I practically threw onto his trolley) in Stanley.
Stanley is a popular tourist spot on the southern tip of Hong Kong Island. The restaurant in the picture that Hook tweeted is one of a row of restaurants facing the sea. There is also a heritage building (Murray House) and a temple nearby. It is far from the city centre. There is basically only one road leading to Stanley and the traffic can be bad at times.
I discussed with Ay whether I should go to Stanley and stalk him and concluded that they probably had been there since early morning and they might have left already by that time since the weather had turned really bad. So I dropped the thought and went to lunch.
Meanwhile, the thunderstorm warning and amber rainstorm warning were issued. I told myself it was a good thing that I didn’t go because I didn’t want to get wet again *evil me*! At about 3pm, I got information that Seung Gi might still be shooting in Stanley, so I told Ay and asked if she wanted to go together. But it would take her 2 hours to get there, so she gave up. Then I asked Tryp for her opinion. She said, “It’s hard to say. They’ve been there for a while, but they probably had a lot of delays because of the rain.” Her words spoke my mind!! Hesitating and struggling… to go or not to go….. From where I was, it would roughly take me an hour to get to Stanley by bus which meant I would get there by 5pm. It might be too dark and the rainy weather was not helping.… risky…
In the end, I told myself, “Just GO and try your luck!! Nothing to lose right?!”… RIGHT! Since Stanley is where I bought him the gift, and he was there right now, I felt there is a unique tiny connection between Seung Gi and I! Hahaha!! So I decided I should just go and ‘take a walk’ in Stanley again.
There was a bad traffic jam on the first half of my journey…. I was so worried that he might have left… On the only main road going into Stanley, I kept checking to see if the mini-bus that Seung Gi got on at the Airport was going in the opposite direction (which would mean Seung Gi had left), praying I wouldn’t see it.
Finally after 45 minutes, I arrived in Stanley. It took less time than I thought. As I walked down to Stanley Street, I became very alert of young girls with camera around me! They could be Seung Gi’s fans too! I looked down to the pier and Murray Building but no big groups caught my attention.
I continued my way down to where the restaurant is. Honestly, my hopes were not high at that moment. I only occasionally saw a few Korean tourists. At last I got to the restaurant. Two Koreans were standing there at the front door. Since Hook tweeted the restaurant earlier, I was surprised that I couldn’t see any “suspected” Airens near the restaurant. I looked around… I had a strong feeling that Seung Gi was inside the restaurant. I walked to the side of the restaurant, hoping I could peep inside through the windows, but the windows were blocked. I couldn’t see anything. But I saw another exit at this side of the road!
I walked back to the front door and there I saw Mr Cody and a lady, whom I saw at the airport, walking back from the direction of Murray Building. Mr Cody noticed me. The lady seemed to be giving instructions to Mr Cody… She probably is a senior staff if not Rep Kwon herself! (By the way, Mr Cody is really cute!! 😛 ) When ‘Rep Kwon’ finished and went into the restaurant, I asked Mr Cody, in Korean, if Seung Gi was inside. He looked worried (?) or shocked (?). I just couldn’t tell what his facial expression meant, but he waved at me – did he mean he didn’t understand what I said or Seung Gi wasn’t here or was he trying to get rid of me? Clueless!!! Then he asked the manager, who was fighting the crowd with Seung Gi at the airport to come out and talk to me. Huh… sorry, after the airport encounter, I do not have a good impression of this guy. (Note: not the handsome Manager-nim) I had a bad feeling…..
Anyway, I repeated my question in my limited Korean “Is Seung Gi here?” He waved his hands and answered in Korean which I totally didn’t understand! HAHA, but I continued in Korean anyway and asked if Seung Gi could sign my CDs. He answered with an even longer sentence in a polite manner…. All I could understand was he couldn’t do that. Suddenly Mr. Manager talked to the guy who had been standing outside since I first arrived at the restaurant. This guy turned to me and spoke to me in Cantonese!! He translated what Mr. Manager had just said! “Seung Gi is busy now and he can’t sign for you.” >_< I worried that Mr. Manager might have misunderstood me, thinking that I wanted to go inside to let Seung Gi sign. I clarified that I wouldn’t go in but would he please pass the albums to Seung Gi. Mr. Manager replied and Mr Translator translated again….”He cannot do that because Seung Gi is busy and he won’t sign it now”. *Disappointed* Seriously, I don’t trust what this Manager said. Yes, Seung Gi may be busy but can’t he just asks whether he would want to sign my albums!!! Anyway, I thanked him and Mr. Manager left. Then, I asked Mr Translator if I could wait for Seung Gi out there and he said sure I could!
It was drizzling. I waited at the front of the restaurant for maybe… two minutes? I moved to the side of the restaurant to see if there were any other way I could have my wish fulfilled… Talking about perfect timing…as I got to the side door, I SAW SEUNG GI!!!! He was just about to leave and was hopping into the car!!!! There were other staffs on the street. I was shy… and they all looked very very busy… I didn’t shout his name loud…. I passed the staff and stood at a spot where I could see Seung Gi in the car with the door still open. I waved at him and said “Seung Gi ah~~” softly… I asked Mr. Manager if I could let him sign the albums again and he said NO to me again!!!!!! With Seung Gi right before my eyes!!!
I ignored the Manager, shouted “Seung Gi ah~~” again, this time louder! Then SEUNG GI SAW ME!!! He smiled and waved to me! I asked “Can you please sign for me????” He nodded and told his Manger, and I passed the albums to him…! Clumsy me , it took me a long time to get the pen! >_< While he was signing, I said (in English) “You are very handsome”. He smiled at me brightly!!! I repeated it in Korean, “very cute!!”, then all the staff laughed… HAHAHA!! A bit embarrassed ^_^
I asked Seung Gi if he wouldn’t mind writing our names on it too. He said ‘yes’ . I told him our names and he asked in English “How to spell?”, and I spelled our names. He was even thoughtful enough to ask which album is which… worried that he might get them mixed up, writing the wrong name on the wrong album!!! Awww~ how could I not fall more for him!!
It was TOTALLY DAEBAK looking at him writing my name on the album!!!! He handed the albums back to me, and OFFERED to shake hands~~~ This was the moment I will never forget in my life…. He looked at me with his BIG ROUND eyes and charming smile with his dimples. Like what many Airens said, he has a small face. He wore a white shirt tucked into light blue shorts. Very stylish!!! Perfect hairstyling too!!!!!!! We shook hands. I waved to say “Thank you and enjoy your stay in Hong Kong!”. He waved goodbye and the Manager closed the car door.
His car left, but most of the team were still there. I put the albums safely in my bag. I tried to understand what the staff were saying…. Then I saw good-looking Manager-nim. He really is good-looking!!! Kekeke~~ The team left the restaurant, so did I, walking in the same direction as the team. I hope they wouldn’t think I was stalking them too…….. =_=”” Meanwhile, I phoned to Ay and told her what had just happened in these 20 or so minutes.
Many friends have asked me why I didn’t request to take a picture with him. In fact, I have thought about it at that moment, but I was not hardhearted enough to ask him because he looked tired. He had been suffering in the heavy rain and long outdoor photo-shooting for the entire day! I was happy enough to see him up close, right in front of meeee!!! The only thing that I regret is that I forgot to ask him whether he likes my gifts and has tried the snacks!!!
The whole trip was unplanned, awesome and excited!!!!! I only started to feel my heart beating faster and breathing harder while I was waiting for the bus back. I kept thinking back on what had just happened to me. I knew I had a big grin on my face but I couldn’t control it!!! Others must think I’m crazy! I was sooo excited and nervous (?) on my way back that I ended up with motion sickness. >_< Was the Manager who refused to help me a few times…too protective of Seung Gi in this case? I am not being offensive here and I totally understand that he does not have the obligation to help me. I’m just not very sure that he had tried to be helpful to the fans but he truly did his job well in protecting Seung Gi!
On my way home, I imagined that Seung Gi could probably be doing the same as I was… dozing off while on the way back on this hilly road……….*sweet dreams*