Having had no experience in chasing stars at airports, I thought I was late when I reached Changi airport at 10.15am, but it turned out I was way too early and no one else was there. Apparently Singapore is different from China.
Then I met up with friend SY, we had time to get lunch too. A couple of hours prior to JKS’ arrival time, Changi airport staff had already set up metal barricades such that it formed a path to the exit, so we knew we were at the right spot, and we took up different strategic positions behind the barricades in order to get videos with different view.
Then Rongling joined me (the first time we met up ^^ ). I noticed a white car outside the exit, and thought that it would be JKS’ transport, which turned out to be right. Rongling and I took turns to go out and take photos of the white, long limousine, and joked that his car was so obvious that it would be visible to spot on the road. After that, it was back to waiting again.
Jang Keun Suk’s flight landed at 2.20 pm. Considering that it’s possible to clear Singapore customs in 15 minutes, he took a surprisingly long time to come out at nearly 3 pm. As usual, his appearance was heralded by screams and an intensifying atmosphere. He smiled, waved and exited straight to the waiting car. At that point, the 100 plus fans who were there all lost control and we rushed out after him. The fans (minus me taking photos on the sidewalk) surrounded his limousine on the road, and his car could not move off!! After 2 – 3 minutes and some shouting and chasing by airport security, the fans cleared off the road reluctantly and immediately, JKS’ limousine zoomed off and following his limousine was another 4 Porsche sports cars that zoomed off too. If JKS didn’t make a grand entrance, he sure made a grand exit!
We had to wait 1 or 2 minutes for Rongling’s husband to come by in his car, and by that time, there was no sign of JKS’ car at all. We thought we had lost him, and decided to drive in the direction of the city in case we could spot his car along the way. I didn’t have much hope, and so we chatted in the car. Besides my friend SY and Rongling, a third girl had jumped into the car with us at the airport, and I thought she was SY’s new-found friend. SY thought she was my new-found friend, so SY and I stared at each other. What?! An unknown stranger (albeit eel) had jumped into the car with us??….. I don’t know what happened, but after that we exchanged names and made friends …..
As we were talking, suddenly Rongling’s husband interrupted and said that was JKS’ car behind us on the expressway. We all turned around, spotted JKS’ long white limousine and screamed excitedly!! I must admit I screamed the loudest! It seemed that his car was deliberately going at a slow speed. We slowed down for his car to pass us, and that video is of his car passing us!
We followed his car to the hotel. We jumped down from our car and caught up just as JKS came out of his car. I didn’t spot him immediately as he was surrounded by so many people. The whole group passed the lobby where there was already a whole crowd of fans waiting for him and taking pic/videos. He went up to his room.
And that was the end of my airport wait and 1st time chasing a star in a car from the airport to the hotel. It was a tremendously exciting experience. And to another friend who said that it was good that I met JKS… I can only say, I didn’t see JKS at all. Trying to capture JKS on video is good, but it means that I didn’t set my eyes on his real person at all, and really, I feel like I haven’t seen JKS at all 🙁
I’m now at Marina Square grappling with terrible internet connection, and later, I won’t be taking pic/video (unless I have the extra time) because I want to see JKS with my eyes, and not through the camera lens. I’m sure the media will generate enough pics and videos.