MaiChard for Bench, Part 1.

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:


Perfect. :thumbup:


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.

MaiChard for Bench - Production Number




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