One year ago, Alden International was officially launched.

One year ago, what I considered to be the single greatest moment of my fangirl life happened.

It was certainly a tough year. We faced a lot of challenges, from simple criticism to outright bashing. We’re still facing them until now even if the group have decided to keep things low. Personally, if I analyze those 12 months, majority of it would be filled with heartbreaks, frustration, disappointment.

But the good parts? They were really, REALLY good.

A lot of ‘greatest things’ has happened since then. On a personal note, I have experienced so many things in the past year that I never thought I would get to experience as a fan. Those precious moments, while less in number, are more than enough for me to say that being with Alden International is so worth it.

More than anything, I gained new friends through AI. I gained enemies, too, but that comes with the territory. One will never be able to weed out the real ones without sorting through all that plastic.

Cheers to us, Alden International. We may be small and silent, but we’re not out just yet.

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aka. Wandering in Singapore, Part 2.

The December trip having been a make-up trip of the things I missed in July, I purposely added an extra day to allow me to explore more of Singapore. The fact that I suddenly had to do this on my own made it all the more challenging. (Interestingly enough, the succeeding Hong Kong trip was the one that was supposed to be a solo flight but the universe switched it up at the last minute.) I did not have a planned itinerary, so it’s simply wandering off to where my feet will take me. In most cases, too literally.

Armed with a loaded EZ Link card and a few suggestions from friends who have previously visited Singapore, I decided to spend the day with this itinerary in mind:

– Sentosa (mainly because I had intended to visit the Vivo City branch of Irvin’s Salted Egg Snacks :hihihi: );
– Arab St. and Hajji Lane again to catch the late afternoon scene which was said to be more interesting;
– Back to Esplanade/Jubilee Bridge/Merlion to take photos of the Marina Bay Sands skyline at sunset and at night;
– Last minute shopping at Bugis before turning in early to prepare for my morning flight the following day.

What really happened was this: I’ve just boarded the MRT at Esplanade station towards Sentosa when I got word that per real-time socmed updates, Alden and Co. were at Esplanade. At the Merlion, to be exact. My friends were egging me to go back and check them out but I was like, nah. I had intended this last day in Singapore to have some much-needed “me” time; I’ve had enough fangirling for two days and I’m still being bashed on socmed for being at the ATA (what the hell was that, really), so thank you very much.

It kinda affected my concentration, though. As I result, I ended up losing my focus quite a few times and got lost a number of times in the process. :wall: To be exact: the Singapore MRT app has been useful to me in terms of getting familiarized with the subway system. It’s quite simple to use. However, because of the unnecessary distraction, I ended up failing to take note of little details such which COLOR of the train route should I take. Therefore, what was supposed to be a 15-minute travel time from Esplanade to Harbour City became 50 minutes, with side-trips to residential areas on the side. :slaphead: Fortunately, I was not pressed for time so a little side-trip didn’t hurt that much.

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Sentosa: Like I mentioned earlier, I went here basically because of Irvin’s Salted Egg Snacks. :hihihi: Also, to take some rudimentary “I have been to Sentosa” photos since I wasn’t able to explore this place in July. Verdict: I’m not sure if it’s because I’m from the Philippines where beautiful beaches abound, or because I’m not a beach person in general, but I got bored. :sleep: I only stayed here for less than an hour and quickly returned to Vivo City, where I got majorly disappointed to find this sign:

Sob. :cry:

As for Arab St. and Hajji Lane, it definitely did not disappoint. :thumbup: The place really had so much more character in the late afternoon when the crowds are in.

This is also the place where I walked the most, no thanks to my inability to read maps. :slaphead:

I didn’t spend a lot of time there as I had wanted to catch the sunset at Esplanade. The thing is, I totally miscalculated everything. I went there at around 5pm, only to learn the hard way that sunsets do not occur in Singapore until around 7:30pm. :lmao: Well, it gave my feet some much needed rest after all that walking, so it’s all good.

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Looking back, I consider this trip as one of the best, if not the very best travel experiences I’ve had. It allowed me to see and experience things not as a tourist but as a legit traveler. I’ve learned to depend solely on myself and I came out of it in one piece. I really wish I could travel some more while I still can. Maybe I’ll make that as my bucket list from hereon.

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  • I’m using the above photo as my featured image, because those three made Goblin such a viewing pleasure. At least, for me. :grin:
  • I don’t remember the last time I actually lost sleep because of a K-drama. While I didn’t exactly do a marathon viewing because work and migraine got in the way :aargh: I know that if I could, I would’ve done it. It’s that engrossing.
  • This is one of those K-dramas where you kinda knew how it would end, but for some reason you want to know exactly how they would end it. You thought you already knew, but na-ah! There’s a twist in there, somewhere. This is what got me hooked for all 16 episodes.
  • I was never a fan of Lee Dong Wook – actually, if you search through all my old entries, you’d find that he’s the subject of one of the biggest rants I’ve ever written on this blog – but I find him to be super-adorable on this drama. :drool2: And at the same time, he delivered some pretty brilliant acting on some of the latter scenes. I won’t specify which is which for the benefit of those who haven’t seen it.
  • It’s kinda weird how Gong Yoo is not your traditional Korean pretty boy leading man, but he’s attractive in a lot of ways. His charisma here reminded us why everyone went gaga over him at Coffee Prince.
  • There were quite a lot of downright laugh-out-loud moments, and you would laugh louder if you’re familiar with the references. Watch out for the movie house scene. :lmao:
  • I share this observation with my niece: Gong Yoo doesn’t exactly nail the sageuk look. :neutral:
  • I’m familiar with the age gap issue that some viewers have with this drama. I didn’t quite mind because Gong Yoo’s character Kim Shin is 900+ years old in the first place, so he’s basically much older no matter how old the leading female character is. :hihihi: I did feel a little grossed out at the ending. :shutup:
  • One big factor that made Goblin work is the chemistry among the cast. They seem to have gotten really close and it radiated through the screen.
  • I absolutely love the OST.
  • I wouldn’t mind seeing Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook in another project together.
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    FINALLY, I had the time and energy to add some entries to the Travelogue category of this blog.

    Just a lil’ side note/rant: yep, contrary to what a few geniuses have spewed on socmed, NO, I certainly was NOT able to travel because of Alden. Duh, I have a Travelogue category on this blog; that alone is enough proof that I’ve been travelling overseas even before Alden became an artista. :kilay: Although on some level it was true, as I have put my annual travel plans on hold for more than a year when I got obsessed with Kalyeserye and AlDub. #truestory It sounds ridiculous that I traveled overseas to watch an artist that I could see in the Philippines on a regular basis, anyway, but more than anything, I took that as an opportunity to satisfy my wanderlust and, at the same time, support the artist that I love. And I did all of that using MY OWN MONEY; I do have a real job that pays well, you see. If anyone has any doubts, feel free to meet me in person so that I can slap you with all the passport stamps that I have accumulated since October 2000. More than half of which, was done because of fangirling.

    Am I gloating? I didn’t really want to, but they asked for it. :hmf:

    Anyway… sorry about that. I wasn’t able to rant much for the past year and a half so I have all this bitchiness bubbling inside me that I needed to release. My blog regulars already know that about me. :hihihi: Back to the Travelogue.
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    …and he got hitched in the most unexpected way.

    After years of having marriage rumors once every quarter, Rain and Kim Tae Hee finally got married.

    You’d think I’d be depressed about it. Nope. :smile: In fact, once I learned about the confirmed marriage announcement, I found myself screaming, “FINALLY!” :clap: I guess the wedding-rumors-once-every-quarter had prepared me for the inevitable. I finally have closure from THAT era in my life when I was once a delusional shipper of a loveteam.

    Hey, not that I’m regretting that era. For one thing, said era led to the birth of my monicker AGENT P and this blog being famous – or infamous, depending on which side are you on – in the Rain fandom. (In the Alden fandom, too, albeit for entirely different reasons.) It is also from that era where I learned the hard way never to get too personal when you ship a showbiz tandem. It will hurt like hell if your ship ends up sinking. :neutral:

    Anyway, I’m just happy that the wedding was held in Church rites instead of something secular. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s just that I am Catholic and I’m happy to see someone who used to declare that he doesn’t believe in God having one of the most important milestones in his life in the presence of God. For that alone, I thank Kim Tae Hee. :smile:

    Congratulations and best wishes to the newly wedded couple!

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