First of all, I must apologize for my super delay in this fans account. I was super busy after my trip to Seoul and I was catching up with lots of my work upon my return.
I consider myself as one of the luckiest eels of Jang Keun Suk. I came to know him when I accidentally came across MMM drama airing on KBS world in end of last year (2010). Then, I started collecting all his dramas and movies. Now officially an eel, I become more and more attracted to his beautiful character and charm 🙂 While searching for his news, I came across many video clips of his past Asia tour in 2010. I was envious of the eels who get to attend his show in 2010 and was regretful that I didn’t know him before the 2010 tour.
I then tell myself that one day, I would like to attend his live show in Seoul and see him in person. Early this year, I made a wish that I would like to (1) Attend his live show; (2) Meet him in person; (3) Attend live Lounge H show and; (4) Attend his live show in Seoul, Korea, his home country. I was very happy that all my wishes came true! I get to meet him in person, attend his live show, Lounge H and also attend his show in Seoul! (Thanks to Shiro and cutecute for helping and guiding me with the ticket purchase). I am so happy. I am lucky that he planned the Cri show in Seoul during the period that I have planned for my vacation. Here goes my very first fan account.
It was during the raining period when I was there in Seoul (in fact it flooded quite badly in Seoul in the week before I flew there). On the night of 6/Aug/2011, I was very worried that it would rain but at the same time was very excited for the show. I was very happy to be waking up to a clear (or rather a little bit cloudy day) on 7/Aug/2011 (it’s already a good weather considering that it was raining time in Seoul with typhoon during that time). In the afternoon, I went to Gangnamgu-chung subway station and was walking to Tree-J office. Unfortunately, I got lost (because the map for Tree-J office that I had was not clear) – It was before the guide to go Tree-J office was being shared in this blog (hahaha…). Being afraid that I will be late (because I’m supposed to meet Shiro in Olympic Hall at 3pm to collect my ticket), I took the train and went to Mongcheongdoseng station (not sure if I spelled it correctly) only to find out that the station is quite far from Olympic Hall (after walking for 15 minutes). Olympic Hall is in Olympic Park and the park is very big with beautiful gardens – worth to make a visit if you’re in Seoul. So, I walked back to Mongcheongdoseng station, boarded the train again and headed to Olympic Park station, rushing like a mad eel because it was already very close to 3pm. I was like an eel without water, sweaty all over, hahaha… I called Shiro and told her that I will be late and she was very kind to be waiting for me still. I arrived at Olympic Hall at 3.30pm, met Shiro for the first time and went to get my translator machine. Shiro is a very kind eel who helped me a lot. Thanks, Shiro and it was a pleasure meeting you (if you are reading this). I had planned to meet cutecute during the Cri show but due to a few circumstances, we weren’t able to meet during the Cri show and ended up meeting each other on another day after the Cri show. It was a pleasure meeting you, cutecute 🙂
When I arrived at the venue, I was awe-struck by the decoration at the front door of the hall and at the giant poster of Jang Keun Suk. Our prince’s crown at the front door was so beautiful. I have seen the photo of the venue before, but seeing it with my very own eyes is a totally different kind of feeling. After collecting my ticket from Shiro, I made a visit to the merchandise booth (to eye the merchandise) and to get my translator machine. I didn’t queue to get the merchandise because I had another eel to get me the items that I want (Thanks, Nurul if you are reading this). JKS & Tree-J was very thoughtful to be arranging for translator machines knowing that there are many oversea eels – available in Chinese & Japanese (no English, though). I hope in future, there will be English. I took the Chinese one (but my Chinese isn’t very good). JKS’s appa also brought Jang Suni to the merchandise booth, but Jang Suni seems to be hiding and a bit afraid of the crowd (not sure, just my opinion).
After getting my translator machine, I walked around the outside of the hall. Many eels have started queueing to enter the hall. Outside the hall, there were a few standing figures of JKS (Codes Combine). Many eels and I took the chance to take photo with “him” (hahaha). Outside the hall, there are many banners listing the JKSFC(s) and rice packs placed in front of the banner. Those are rice collected by respective fans clubs of JKS and they are to be donated to the needy. So thoughtful and kind hearted (again, I melted…). I then joined the queue to enter the hall. All eels were queuing in a very orderly manner (no rushing, no pushing and etc). Despite the hot and humid weather, the queue was very bearable and staff were working very fast to get eels to enter the hall. The event was very well organized. There were clear signboards on which door to take for each section’s tickets. At the lobby, there are more displays of JKS posters, JKSFC banners (and rice). We also got a free sample of Nature Republic’s product as we entered the lobby. As majority of JKS’s eels are female, they opened up the male toilet to female too! Hahaha…
Moving on to the concert hall and the show itself… Pardon me if the events and songs that I noted were not in order. I am very awe-struck that my memory was very fuzzy even right after the show. Maybe other eels who attended the show can correct me and share more here.
In the concert hall, there were many banners of JKS’ past dramas on the left & right of the hall. The stage is of “T” shape and there is two smaller LCD screen on the left & right side of the stage and of course a big screen in the middle. Before the show starts, JKS logo was displayed on the two small LCD screens. Then, JKS’s past commercials (such as Samsung commercials, coffee commercial and others) were shown on the screens. Right before the show started, they showed a short clip of all the Tree-J staff (I’m not too sure), dressed in JKS’ signature black coat & pants, white shirt and black tie, having hair tied like him (even the females too!). There are so many of them and the clip was very funny (I could not stop laughing). Then, after the clip, they showed the “signature” Asia Tour CRI show clip on the center screen. That’s when we knew that the show was starting and eels were screaming!!!
After the Asia tour CRI show clip was shown, Let Me Cry music was played and everyone was screaming. Having attended the Malaysia show and seen many clips of the past show in other Asia country, I was expecting JKS to appear below the stage. So, my eyes were focused on searching for him appearing from below the stage, amidst the smoke. Then suddenly I saw him coming down from above the stage (very stylish looking) and I shouted! He sang “Let Me Cry” and “Oh! My Darling”. The lighting and surround sound in the hall was superb! When he was walking to the “tail” of “T”, fireworks started on both side of the walkway. It was awesome!
After the “Let Me Cry” album session, he introduced a person whom he said would accompany him for the show (so that he won’t be so lonely). Then he gestured for us to look into the center hall and we saw a live-sized JKS doll walking to the stage. So funny! JKS said that one of his manager was actually in that doll (I wonder who? My guess is Gunsama. Hahaha…) He then introduced members of his bands (yes, it is live music during Cri show in Seoul).
After that, he changed into short pants for the second session – MMM songs. For this Seoul Cri show, there is no YAB session. He talked during this 2nd session but I’m sorry I could not catch the content. Then, he changed for his third attire (the stripey one) for the 3rd session. During this 3rd session, he communicated and talked a lot with fans. He is very comfortable in his home country and he seemed to be just like chatting with his friends (my feel). He started with saying how happy and grateful he was with his Asia Tour Cri show that kicked off in Singapore, then Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Shanghai and lastly in his home country, Seoul, Korea. He said that he named it as Cri show because it meant “Critical” and he treats all show critically as a gift to his fans. He then said that the Korea media had funnily translated “CRI” to “CRY”, so his show is named as “CRY show”, but fans know very well the meaning of “Cri”.
He shared memories he had in all the Cri shows he held so far. He started with Singapore – He said that it was raining, and he caught a cold and wasn’t feeling well (sorry I cannot catch all that he said because the translator was speaking in “China Chinese” at the same time as JKS was talking and my Chinese isn’t very good. Most importantly, my brain seems to choose JKS’s voice over the translator, even though I know very well that I cannot understand Hangul). Then moving to Hong Kong, his sickness got worse and he started on medicine. He shared that he had slight depression during the period to Thailand and Malaysia and he overcame it during Taiwan. During that period, he did not feel like seeing people and he just wanted to be home (no wonder I kind of sense that he isn’t his usual self when he was Malaysia). He shared that for Malaysia show, it brought back memory when he had his first show in Japan, 4 years ago. Then in Taiwan, he shared about the typhoon and it seemed that it always rained on the day of Cri show (cos in Seoul, it rained too). He said that they celebrated Big Brother’s birthday during Taiwan or Shanghai show (sorry, I cannot remember) and that he was envious because so many people celebrated birthday with BB. Hahaha… he shouldn’t be, because after that, we had a birthday celebration for him on the stage.
It started with a staff (I think it’s the English translator that toured with him) bringing out a scrapbook which supposed to have all the questions eels posted to him for him to answer on the spot. Then it turned out to be a surprise birthday party for him. There’s a cake and flower bouquet with white roses, with every petals written with good wishes for him from his fans. We sang birthday song for him. He was very surprised and happy ^O^.
After the birthday celebration, the real Q & A session started. Apparently, the fans prepared a few questions which JKS was supposed to answer on the spot. I’m sorry I did not catch all the Q & A because the Chinese translator was speaking fast when JKS was talking and I got confused because my brain was attracted to his voice. So I ended taking off the translator machine and concentrating on his voice. Hehehe… I only got the first question:
1) What is your most memorable memory –
He said it was during the period that he didn’t get any show offer for two years before being offered with Hwan Jin Ni. He also said that Suma Suma show as his most memorable memory.
All I can say is that he was answering all questions whole-heartedly (seemed to be chatting with fans in the front rows) and there was one question that he didn’t answer and the fans was shouting for him to answer and he shouted QUIET!! jokingly and move on from that question (I don’t know what was that question because by the time I put on the translator machine again, it’s passed that question –maybe someone else can share?). After the Q & A, he sang another MMM song. From the MMM songs, he sang Hello, Hello, My Precious and My Bus (I apologize that I cannot remember the order – blame it to me being too awe-struck!)
If the Cri shows in other Asia country have more drama contents in it, the Cri show in Seoul has more real “JKS” in it. He didn’t dress in any of his drama characters. He dressed comfortably in his fashion style, so we get to see JKS as his true self during this show. Being in his home country, he is more comfortable and the whole session is more like a “heart talk show”. Being comfortable in his home country, this means it reflected to a 300% performance from him (I gave 300% performance because I think his other performances are 200%, hahaha…)
Then, he brought us to Lounge H performance. The session started with the familiar “This is Jang Keun Suk, This is Big Brother, This is Lounge H” with very superb lighting (green laser mostly). Then JKS appeared behind BB (on a slightly raised stage) holding his flag. He was wearing his usual white clothes while BB was in black. The usual Lounge H songs were sung and of course he did his famous shuffle dance – Gotta Getcha, Shake It and the “Pa pa pa pa pa” (sorry I forgot the title). Again, sorry that I cannot remember the order of the songs and the session lasted for 20 minutes (we partied for 20 minutes). He danced so well, he led the whole stage very lively and hot! He just could not stop shuffling. Hahaha… He looked so cool and manly when he swayed his flag, I melted… haha… He played water guns during this session. A few time some fans threw water at him and he aimed his gun at the fan for quite some time, I’m sure whoever got shot was as wet as him but I’m sure the eel loved it (I’d love to get wet too! Hahaha..) As per his other LH session, he dragged his managers for dancing on the stage too.
After the LH session ended, he changed to “I love fans T-shirt” and sang “I will promise you” from YAB. His T-shirt has two “bling bling” Suni on his left and right shoulder. It’s totally cute. Then the first encore was “Making Memories” from his Let Me Cry album (first time sang live). His voice is so nice singing that song live. Then he invited all managers, and BB on stage for the 2nd encore, singing Domancho. This is the first time I heard this song live. It’s awesome song, and he shuffles nonstop. Being a club music lover, I totally enjoyed the Lounge H session. And did I mention that Jang Suni was on stage too! For a short while only though, because that poor girl seemed scared of the crowd (still unfamiliar with the fame, hahaha…) 🙂
And so, the show ended with Domancho.
When we walked out from the hall, it was starting to get dark because it was going to rain. The wind was blowing very strongly. I was praying hard that it doesn’t rain first, or else my poster is going to be wet. We queued for the poster and I returned the translator machine. We were lucky that it didn’t rain because if it rained, I guess it would be a very heavy one (because of the strong wind). After the show, Prince’s crown was lighted with LED lights – Red, Green, Blue… Eels did not want to leave the venue despite the strong wind (including myself). I then made my way to return to hotel as I have another vacation partner waiting for me for dinner and of course, I was smiling all the way on my return to my hotel.
A summary of the Seoul Cri show – It has superb lighting, surround sound, live band, and the atmosphere was awesome! All eels are very orderly and obedient to instructions (no camera, no videography). I didn’t see any camera or video-cam (that’s the reason for little video clips of the show). I also didn’t shoot many photos/ video (because I would like to concentrate on the show and want to be a good eel too) except for a few photos that I want to keep as my memory.
The show is totally worth it – I’m going to go for more and more of his show in Seoul. Oh! He mentioned about sit down dinner show next year for his 20th anniversary. I am definitely going to go, because after this Seoul CRI show, I’m totally hooked and addicted for more and more of his show!
What I get from this Seoul Cri show – I get to know eels from Korea, Indonesia and Japan, JKS bling bling keychain, Seoul Cri show poster and most importantly, a memory that will be with me for a life time.
What I get from being an eel – Eels friends from all over the world, close eels friends from Malaysia, eels friends from JKS forever blog, and most important, smile, fun and happiness following JKS news 🙂
On a separate note, regarding my Seoul trip – I ended up remembering JKS drama particularly MMM and Hong Gil Dong (HGD) when I toured Hongdae, the palaces, hanok and the museum. When I see the palace and Hanok village I remember HGD. When I saw the queen’s hair accessories and the swords in the museum, I remember Chang Hwi. When I walk around Hongdae, I remember the scenes in MMM, Mugyul singing in the park, Mary and Mugyul’s car. And of course, I took the chance to visit the places introduced by JKS during the Malaysia Cri show, except his house (I hope the next time I go to Seoul, I can get permission from his mom to visit his home. Hahaha…)
I’m sorry if my fan account is lengthy and written quite badly – Bianne… 🙂
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