Aug 16, 2012

SiHae in Manila : Wish I Was There!

Last month, I heard about the announcement of Mr. Ben Chan of Bench that they are bringing Super Junior's Siwon and Donghae in the Philippines for meet and greet. It was a promise they fulfilled for the fans after getting Siwon and Donghae as official and first Korean endorsers of Bench. Before the date and mechanics on how to get passes were announced, I was very willing to fly over to Manila just to see them together with my friend who is a new fan of Donghae (We need an hour flight to go to Manila even though we live in the Philippines ㅠ.ㅠ). However, after the date and the mechanics were announced, it was hopeless for us. I already have an occasion to attend on the said date plus the mechanics for the passes was in a raffle and I know I don't have much luck on those raffles. So I just accepted the reality that I can't go and I just need to think that at least I saw them last February in Singapore.

When the day of the fanmeet came, I was monitoring on the updates. Wow, the venue was jam packed! I wonder if I would be given a space on that big crowd if I went there. I looked at the pics and fancams and gosh, I'm very envious right now! The fans were very loud (Well, I knew Filipino ELFs are always the loudest. I have proven this when I went to SS4SG ;p). Even Donghae covered his ears because of the loud screams when they appeared on stage. I salute all the ELFs that went there! Even after the event, both Siwon and Donghae tweeted about how big the crowd was on their fanmeet and how happy they were. I'm happy for all the ELFs who went there. I'm sure all of them went to sleep with smiles on that night. I really wish I was there!

Here's a short feature of the event that happened last August 15, 2012 at the TriNoma Activity Center in Manila, Philippines, courtesy of GMA News:

Anyway, I do hope that because of this successful event,  there is a brighter future for Super Show 5 Manila (SS5 Manila) or SMTOWN Manila and hopefully it would be next year so that at least I can see them every year which started last 2011 (Every February to be exact! And I always assume that it's a late Valentine's Date with the boys ;p).

And a big thanks to Mr. Ben Chan for giving in to the petition of the Filipino ELFs to get Super Junior members as endorsers for their clothing line and for bringing Siwon and Donghae to the Philippines. I know for sure that he will never regret it. ;) As a support, I have already bought seven Bench shirts that were endorsed by Siwon and Donghae. :)

Bench and Super Junior fighting~!

Aug 6, 2012


"Introvert - prefers to be alone or in small groups; is quickly exhausted by parties and other large social situations."
- Time February 6, 2012 issue

The short description of the introvert above summarizes my behavior. Yes, I'm an introvert. I've known the term since college but I knew my behavior was kind of different when I attended my first day of school in kindergarten.

Back in kindergarten, our teacher instructed us to introduce ourselves in front of the class. Since I was sitting in the first row, near the door, I was the first one called. I stood up, went in front of the class, but didn't say a word. I was quiet and voiceless in front of everybody and my mom was instructing me near the door to say my name. I know how to introduce myself in front of my mom but I was scared to introduce myself in front of many unknown people. No matter how my teacher and my mom encouraged me to say my name, I never said a word. My other classmates were very enthusiastic to introduce themselves already so the teacher decided to give up on me and I returned to my seat while my other classmates confidently introduce themselves in front of everybody.

I knew I was different when I was growing up. Though I do hang out with groups but I would prefer to be alone. If there are group works or group projects, I do work with my group mates but I would rather have an individual project than doing it by group. I have the belief that I work best when I'm alone. If there are class or group activities, I would wish that it would end soon so I can go home and rest alone. I don't interact much with everybody and I'd rather have people introduce themselves to me rather than me introducing myself to them.

Even when I started working, this is still my behavior. I can go along with my work mates but I easily get tired and stressed. My patience is short and I have difficulty sharing my work load to others.

I would prefer to go shopping alone because I have the thinking that if I tagged someone along, I'll be wasting his/her time with me. I carefully choose what I want to buy which means it takes me time to buy things and my companion might me tired of waiting for me.

One time, I went to a night club party with my sister and cousins. I did dance with them in the club but I immediately got tired at around 12:00-1:00AM so I went back to our empty table, seated alone, and began sleeping. When I woke up, I think it was already 4:00AM, most of the people went home already but luckily my sister and my cousins were still there, drinking and dancing. This is just a proof of how anti-social I was. I'm not saying I'm 100% anti-social. I just quickly get exhausted with situations like these and this is because I am an introvert.

I sometimes want to have adjustments with this behavior of mine and try to be more sociable but it looks like it's going to be a very long process. I don't think being an introvert is negative though. I just want to at least let people understand the behavior I have and how I am trying to cope up with things the way they want.