aka. Notes from the 30x Zoom Distance, Part 1.

This was supposed to be a 38th Weeksary gift for AlDub Nation, but my schedule got effed up today and I wasn’t able to upload the rest of the photos. I guess I’ll just have to make do with dividing it into three parts, which was my initial plan, anyway.

I was one of those who bought the required purchase to attend the Bench Launch Party for its newest endorsers, Alden Richards (Bench Fix Salon) and Maine Mendoza (for Bench fragrances). I had planned on going to TriNoMa as early as possible because, having attended a number of Bench/Suyen, Inc. events in the past for their Korean endorsers, I know that I would need to be there before the mall opens if I aim to gain access to the cordoned off area. Otherwise, I would have to do it the Kim Hyun Joong way. No, thanks, I’m past already that era. :ayaw:

Then Tuesday happened (event was on Wednesday), and my enthusiasm went kaput. :neutral:

Still, the blogger in me couldn’t resist going. Also, there’s someone from Alden International Team China who will be joining me so I have to be there. I just had to make some last minute changes; I ditched my DSLR and just brought Blackie Lou, the small Canon point-and-shoot with 30x zoom. I wanted to make an effort, but not that much effort. I know I’m not making sense but readers of this blog since the Kpop era would know exactly what I’m talking about.

I arrived at TriNoMa at around 2:00pm. They haven’t let people in yet, but the queue has snaked literally around TriNoMa Activity Center that the guards don’t even know where exactly was the end of the line. :shrug: I saw that save for a few seats meant for VIPs and Meet/Greet winners, the entire activity area was turned into a moshpit. And if I try to join the queue, I will be part of one big human oatmeal. Oh.Hell.No. :ayaw: Someone from one of my group chats suggested that I try to look for a safer spot on one of the higher floors where I could get a better vantage point instead of trying to wrestle my way into that moshpit. I waited for my friend from AIFC, then we scouted for a spot at the higher floors which was still relatively not-so-crowded and would have a good view of the stage.

That spot, it turned out, was Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at the 3rd floor. It’s located directly across the Activity Center, three floors up. All tables have been occupied when we got there, but by some stroke of luck – more of a blessing, actually – one of the tables got vacated by people who weren’t there for AlDub. That table has this view:

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Perfect. :thumbup:

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Armed with a good vantage point and a camera that has 30x zoom, I got a lil’ bit too carried away with the coverage. I took almost 700 photos, which I managed to bring down to almost 500 after deleting the unfocused ones. Since I didn’t have enough time to sort it further, I just decided to post the entire thing. Here’s Gallery No. 1: Alden and Maine’s Production Number.

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***TO BE CONTINUED***

Useless trivia: Lee Min Ho has had an event in Manila four times, and in three out of those four times, I was there. It’s one of those ‘for the sake of blogging’ things that I did a lot during my K-entertainment addiction era. Not bad for someone who’s admittedly not a fan. :hihihi:

Crowd situation at Trinoma for #LMHforBench @actorleeminho @bcbench #BenchSetter #BenchTM

A photo posted by Paulette Agent P (@agent_pau) on

Given that I’m quite out-of-touch with anything Korean these days, I wasn’t really planning on attending the latest Bench event featuring Lee Min Ho. I’m already at the retired fangirl phase and not in the mood to fight tooth-and-nail against big crowds just for the sake of blogging :stretcher: However, I was at another Bench event at the same venue last Wednesday where I was able to take pretty good photos without getting squished by the crowd (the cordoned-off area was simply not a place I wanted to be even if I have the required purchase to gain access to it) with a combination of finding a safe zone, namely the coffee shop three floors up that has the best view of the activity area, and Blackie Lou, my trusted Canon camera with 30x zoom lens. :thumbup: I needed a change of scenery, so to speak, and a friend wanted to see Lee Min Ho, so I joined her for this event.

Can I just say, thank God that I ‘discovered’ a way to avoid this crowd?

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It doesn’t look as scary on still photos, but this crowd was literally moving like a tidal wave. There was a lot of pushing and shoving. Just like in the first Lee Min Ho event that I attended, it was like watching one huge lump of oatmeal, only a lot freakier because it was moving. :nailbite:

Then Lee Min Ho came out; I’m not too sure why, but he and host Sam Oh (again) stayed way up at the back of the stage even if there was considerable space left at the stage itself and out in front.

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One of my companions said that if they move forward, they’ll get too close to the cameras and they won’t fit into the big screen behind them. :shrug: Why didn’t they sort that out during set-up? Anyway, because Sam and LMH were almost stuck on that LED screen behind them, they were covered by the overhead lights and Lee Min Ho appeared headless from our vantage point up there at the safety zone. :aargh:

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Fortunately, he moved towards his right during the Meet and Greet and I was able to take a few not-headless pics of him.

Lee Min Ho for Bench 2016

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Unfortunately, it was over after a few minutes. I think he didn’t even last 20 minutes on stage? I realize that he was in a hurry because he still has to run to Megamall for another fanmeet, but I kinda felt bad for those who probably lined up at Trinoma even before the mall opened and had to fight through the moshpit just to see Lee Min Ho. Oh well, that’s fangirl life for you.

One last important note: there were no “praying mantis” moments at this event. :thumbup: Pinoy fans are learning how to treat Korean entertainers properly! Not-so-much for local artists, though. I’m still having nightmares from watching a few fans literally stealing kisses from the artistas during the Meet and Greet that happened just a couple of days prior… :ayaw:

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For more of my Aftermath Reports related to Korean entertainment, please check out my K-pop Events Aftermath page.

Because, after all the “trauma” brought about by recent events, the only thing that I feel safe to blog now is a photo of their shoes.

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House Rule No. 1: MAKE READING A HABIT.

Sabi na kasing mag-retire na. Hindi ka na nadala. Ayan tuloy.

Stop being selfish!
I did this for you.
No, you did this for you!

– eh yung biglang nagkaroon ng panibagong meaning sa akin ang mga linyang ito.

Sabi sa house rule, bawal ang hopia at patola. Kaya hindi ako pwedeng pumatol. Sad nemen. Ilalabas ko pa naman sana ang lumang Agent P.

Eh yung hindi nila na-anticipate na hindi lang Alden International ang grupo ko. Yung AIFC, may House Rules. Yung isa pa, wala. Sorry na lang kayo dahil basher-slayers lvl: 1000000 ang mga yun.

Wag kami, uyy.

Anudaw??? :lmao:

Ay sorry naman. Hindi kasi ako marunong magsulat ng fan fiction kaya FACTUAL information lang ang kaya ko isulat.

Bakit kaya pag pa-hopia, everyone’s like… AYIEEEE! :drool: Pero pag facts ang isinulat, ang daming galit. Anlabo nyo, mehn.

It’s funny how some people think that calling me FAT will offend me. :lmao: That’s just stating a fact, dumbass. If you call me lampayatot, ayan, mao-offend ako.

Oh look. My blog’s being linked everywhere on IG. More blog hits! Yay! :cheer: Pero sana i-click nyo naman para magka-ad revenue naman ako for a change. For a change? :lol:

Ang alam ko hindi sikat ang blog ko. Bakit maraming affected???

At may gumawa pa talaga ng IG account specifically to spread BV about me. I feel so… famous. :evil: #ArtistaNaYan

I must be really crazy. Despite all the nega I received yesterday from this fandom, gusto ko pa rin makigulo sa Bench event. Paki-pasok na nga ako sa mental, plith.

I’ve just realized that AlDub Nation is really different from all other fandoms. Yung ibang fandom, bina-bash ang kalaban. Itong fandom na ito, yung kakampi ang bina-bash. Enebeyen.

Ang dami palang nagmamahal sa akin. I cry. :cry: Charot.

Seriously. I love you, guyth. :hug:

I think I have some explaining to do. Although I really don’t know why, because in the several decades that I have been fangirling – and in the 11 years that I have been dishing out nonsense on this blog – never did I have to explain things as often as I am doing now.

I received a couple of direct messages on social media regarding this thing that I wrote last week. Apparently, a few people are having issues regarding Alden asking us if we’re ok with Maine. I really don’t know why it’s an issue, especially given the fact that the people who are having issues with it were not even there and wouldn’t know the context or even the tone of Alden’s voice when he asked that question. :nono: Nevermind, that I even put a caveat at the beginning that people should not be taking things beyond what was written. Nevermind, that I clearly said that I will not assume his reasons for asking. He just asked, period. I wrote that in the hopes that readers would not be feasting on hopia. I totally overlooked that it’s not the hopia and funny that I should be watching out for; it should be those fans who have issues with everything that Alden or Maine does even if there’s really no issue to begin with. I should have just said it plainly: Bawal mag-assume, bawal mag-overthink, bawal mag-overreact lalo kung wala ka naman doon. Baka sakaling mas naintindihan. Pero pwede ring hindi. :rolleyes: (Nakakadalawang paragraph pa lang ako pero pagod na ko ha! :hmf: )

Ok. Since I love Alden and I really, really hate it when people are hating on him just because, I am going to make things clear by telling you the exact scenario of that moment. Again, I am not going to assume the reasons for asking. I’m just going to tell you how it happened as I saw it.

Before he asked that question, we were talking about the relentless bashing that they’ve been receiving. I think we’re all aware that Alden and Maine have bashers, yes? When Alden asked that question, it was a tone of concern. Maybe he just wants to know where we all stand, since we’re going to be working with him from then on. There’s totally nothing wrong with that, in my honest opinion. Mahirap naman yung may issue pala kami tapos hindi nya alam, ‘di ba?

Tell me: is there anything wrong about a person who is showing concern for a fellow human being? How much more if this fellow human being is a workmate, a ka-loveteam, a good friend? How much more if… ok I won’t even go there. Baka ma-bash ako for assuming. :lol: Anyway, my point is, why is this even an issue??? :shrug: And why is this being brought up this late, considering that it’s been exactly a week since I wrote it (ok, busy siguro mga tao dahil Holy Week tapos hindi pa sikat ang blog ko kaya ngayon lang siguro nila nakita), and we’re still reeling from that truly awesome blog that Maine wrote. Kailangan lang talaga sigurong gawaan na naman ng issue yung dalawa. That’s just how bashers operate. :hopeless:

As for the reasons why I wrote that blog: it was simply to clarify another issue about some of us at AIFC being part of another fan club. Again, I don’t know why some people are having issues with the fact that some of us are fans of another artist, even if said artist is Maine Mendoza. The people concerned have no problems with it. Why should it be a problem for certain other people? Hindi ba mas dapat nga na matuwa pa sila na gusto namin silang dalawa? I seriously don’t get it.

I am a fan of Alden Richards. I don’t know why people would assume that I would write something that will put him in a compromising position. I even chose the words carefully before I posted it; longtime readers of this blog would know how much I have changed my writing style ever since I became Alden’s fan. I am personally, deeply offended that people are accusing me now of causing Alden to be bashed, simply because some people, namely his BASHERS, interpreted my blog differently.

Why should we even care about what narrow-minded people think?

I hope that this will be the last time I will have to explain things to this fandom.

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“I take responsibility for what I wrote. But I won’t take responsibility for your understanding of what I wrote.”

I don’t know who said this first, but whoever you are, thank you.