My fangirl persona cheered internally when I saw styleXstyle's Asia Style Collection tickets going on offer! It was only $100 (U.P.:$228) for Cat B tickets, so I quickly asked my SNSD concert buddy Rachel if she wanted to go together! :D Thankfully she said yes, so OFF WE WENT TO WATCH SNSD & 2NE1!
We met early and recced the expo area, got our goodie bags and fanevent paper, then walked around Changi City Point to while time away. Had early dinner at Yomenya Goemon which was quite delicious, their serving is pretty big and we both couldn't finish our food. Went over to the queue area and realised the queue was insanely long and we had to actually queue outside, so we went off to another corner indoors with seats and waited for a reaaaally long time! Saw a group of Korean models dressed in all white taking group shots in the garden, and it felt like they were angels descended from heaven. Spotted a few local Medicorp artistes arriving for the event such as Zoe Tay with her husband and 2 kids in tow, Hong Hui Fang, Michelle Chong, blogger Naomi Neo, ABTM dude Maxi Lim. Doors were supposed to open at 6, but the queue wasn't moving for much of the time, and so Rachel&I only managed to enter at 7.30. We were really pissed and annoyed by the lousy efficiency because the queue was barely moving, and each time it moved they only allowed a small group of people to pass thru the doors. Organizers were still happily updating Twitter/Instagram etc. saying how the DJs warming the mood up when 90% of the audience were still stuck outside in the dangerous and hazardous hazy air conditions! (Actually we were both smart enough to stay indoors till we saw the end of the queue before we joined in, because there's allocated seats so it doesnt really matter whether we queue early or not mwahaha.)
Tokyo Girls Collection:
AKB48&SNH48 started all of a sudden when I entered... I havent even sat down when the girls appeared and started their performance. A little into the start, and then Rachel&I scored free seat upgrades to Cat A, which was pretty near the extended stage! ;) Talked to the fellow Sone beside us, which is a thankful thing because our previous seats were beside Blackjacks which would have been kinda awkward... I didn't pay much attention but there was this dude who was a huge fan and he was so enthusiastic everyone else was amused lol. Thelma Aoyama was pretty cool, she got the crowd going during her last song when she got everyone to stand up and sing along with her. Her English is very good! AI was the best Japanese act for me, she really has swag and she's so cool! Mai Kuraki was a little boring, but her stamina was very good because all of her songs was chained together without any break at all so she kept continuing! In all, very little of the audience were there for the Japanese acts.
My form of entertainment during the fashion shows was to wave to models and smile brightly to them so it encourages them to wave back. Some were really focused on their stern/straight faces so they didn't wave back, but most did! I managed to make a stern Japanese model break into a smile at me, hehe. Missed seeing Lena Fujii because I wasn't sure if it was her so I didn't pay much attention until I realised she already went off stage... Tsubasa Masukawa is so cute! She waved back to me hehe! Rola is really pretty and I like her persona on stage which is very bright and sunny! Rola, Lena and Tsubasa seemed like the 3 biggest names among Japanese models because at the ending, the 3 of them had a special exit.
Everyone rushed forward when we saw that the KPop collection was next, and a moshpit formed, LOL. The guards couldnt control us because there was so few of them and nobody cared about them when they asked people to return to their seats. Only when the female Korean MC asked for us to return to our seats did everyone oblige, haha. The group of models in entirely white that I saw earlier walked out first. There was this group of female models wearing bright outfits and they started dancing to IGAB and everyone started cheering! I showed "이쁘다" on my phone and that caught their attention so I received a lot of waves and smiles :P The next group of models were all dressed in black and were sporting a sexy style, so I showed "섹시해" and they looked happy HAHA worked better than the 이쁘다 :P so yeah in total I received quite a lot of fanservice (if I can even call it that hahaha) from the Korean models XD
2NE1 performed, and CL's mic had no sound but she continued giving her best which was awesome! Sounds came back on soon. They performed Fire, Can't Nobody, I Love You, Lonely and I'm The Best. I loved 2NE1's stage energy and presence, they made their high songs seem so fun and energetic, you feel like dancing along! I love how they sang Lonely in between, because it must have been challenging for them to sing a ballad right after 3 dance songs. I'm The Best was really high because everyone was chanting "naega jeil jalnaga
"! CL taught the audience once and she realised we all knew it alr HAHA! CL has been my bias all along, so I guess it's no wonder that I was totally focused on her. Bom's face seemed really tight yet swollen (as per normal), and it just... doesnt seem very natural? Dara & Minzy didnt catch my attention much :/
The Sam Willows were the opening act, but I went to the washroom halfway, oops. Issac Dang was this Malaysian singer whom nobody really cared about, and it was quite pitiful :( So Rachel&I tried cheering for him hahaha. This lady called Claressa Monteiro sang while the artistes were walking, and I was very impressed by her soulful voice and stamina! I'm glad I managed to see some of my favourite local actresses like Paige Chua, Vivian Lai, Jeanette Aw, Ya Hui, Belinda Lee, Yvonne Lim, Ann Kok, Zoe Tay etc.! Zoe Tay was really like a queen cuz she was the last to come out and she totally floated out like a goddess, all in white whereas the rest were in black or black&white. Some of the crowd also started to wave to the artistes when they walked at our area, so yeah we kept waving, trying to get fanservice hahaha.
Before SNSD even appeared, we could hear them talking backstage! Apparently it was Tiffany&Sunny? However, Jessica and Seohyun had spoilt mics which really sucked... Could see that Seohyun was a little uncomfortable with the fact that her mic was faulty but she still sang out loud.
They started with Hoot, which is a pleasant surprise because I didnt expect them to perform this song! I have always wanted to watch it live, because the one during the 2011 concert was an editted "dark" version where they were flying around in the air on ropes, so I really wanted to watch the original version. Next was Dancing Queen, which is super cute hehe! Another performance that I want to watch because I havent seen it live before!
I Got A Boy: Most highly anticipated performance, probably because most Sones havent seen it live before since it's a new song! During Seohyun's part when they stand in a line and are supposed to face left starting from Tiffany, Tiffany shot an arrow to Jessica and one by one they passed the arrow on, but it only reached the 4th person. :P Taeyeon got the girls to catwalk to the extended stage during the talking part, but Sunny was still drinking water so she was lagging behind. Girls started talking at extended stage. Tiffany stood closest to my side, then Sunny. Kept shouting for Sunny but she didn't hear or look at me all... Tiffany was fan service queen and smiled really sweetly, waving to everyone. Tiffany spoke in English and Taeyeon in Korean. Tiffany mentioned SNSD solo con in October. Taeyeon pointed out Seohyun's birthday event paper, and Tiffany praised us for being the first to celebrate Seohyun's birthday this year!
Gee was finale. Luckily for Gee, Sunny&Hyoyeon stands at the left side a lot (our left, their right). So whenever they faced us, Rachel and I would keep screaming and waving our fanboards.
0:40: Hyoyeon spotted Rachel and gave a really bright smile and waved to her!!
During Sunny's first part where she skips to the front, I screamed a reaaally long and high-pitched scream for her! Yep, aiming to be her SG pterodactyl fan, LOL. Actually I screamed everytime it's her part, then everyone around me will look at me...
1:16: During the 2nd chorus, Sunny finally spotted me and gave me a really cute eyesmile&eye contact!! You can see all her expressions, and how her eyes were solely focused on me!
1:44: The 1st time Sunny spots me and gives me eyecontact.
1:58: The next time she faced me again, she smiled me at again and made eye contact, as if she was afraid that I didn't catch it the previous time :') Notice how she was the last to turn to the left? :')
2:05: And finally again when she faced my side at, she made eyecontact with me again, all the way!
She's such a sweetheart, always looking out for her fans and giving them fanservice as a way of thanking for their support. I've only watched SNSD live twice, and both times she has managed to spot me. She never disappoints :)