This entry was made possible through the free WiFi at HK International Airport. I’ve decided that having another meal at Burger King just to blog is not worth it because we’ve been in Hong Kong for two days and I haven’t had my roasted goose fix yet. I wrote this entry after the concert, so the emotions are still preserved; it’s just the posting that was delayed. And yes, I realize that I could’ve just waited until I got home so that I can post this entry complete with photos – not that there’s many – but I have to go to back to work tomorrow so I have to get some sleep.
We got VIP Seated tickets for Day 2, and we were seated at the side. Block 4, 4th row to be exact (actually, it’s supposed to be 6th row but… let’s just say we got lucky). It was not a bad spot at all because we were right smack onto Bi’s direct line of sight in case he goes to the rightmost end of the extended stage. Unfortunately, as in the first night he hardly went there. Although on at least one time that he did, I think he saw my Agent P banner (Hiroko was at A1 and she said she could read the banner clearly so she’s sure Rain saw it, too) but he didn’t react to it. It doesn’t matter though; I’ve had my mission accomplished on the first night and we’re dead sure he really saw the banner and he reacted to it, so it’s all good.
Can I just say… AsiaWorld Expo’s security people should probably be on top of the list of Certified Buzzkillers, aka. People Who Are Guaranteed To Ruin An Enjoyable Concert Experience. Ok, I know they’re just doing their jobs and following instructions from their superiors, but they should learn to loosen up sometimes. What is up with their aversion to cameras??? I can understand DSLRs or prosumer with super-zoom cameras, but cellphone cams used from 50 feet away from the stage??? You can’t even make a decent output from those. And I can understand if you ask us not to take photos of the show, but prohibiting taking photos of OURSELVES inside the arena before and after the concert??? What the F was that?!? I managed to take a few photos during the opening numbers but as soon as I saw the security people coming in, I put my camera away. What the hell, I thought, I won’t let these vultures ruin my night just because of a damn camera. I decided to just really watch the show this time. We saw it up close the night before, but we were too close that we have to crane our necks and stand on our toes just to see Rain’s body from the waist down if he’s at the back of the main stage. This time, we had an excellent view of the entire stage. I was able to appreciate the show’s production values, as well as Bi’s performance in all its nuances. I dunno, I think I stood too close to him on Day 1 that whatever criticism I was forming in my head got obliterated every time he does something cutesy or sexy right on my face. Or not. In fairness to Rain, his Day 1 was really near-perfect.
His energy level at Day 2 was a bit reduced. If I could quantify it, it’s reduced by about 25%, which is still high considering how ultra-hyper he was on Day 1. He still did pretty well, especially compared to his Korea concerts, super-clear fancams of which we are currently watching as I was writing this entry. His performance in Korea can be best described with this ad copy: “not enough vitamins, not enough life”. Last night, he had a lot of bum notes and he seemed to have tired out about 45 minutes into the show, but his mood has not changed. He’s still on his happy pill. He was cracking jokes and making lots of cutesy and near-pants dropping – sorry, I meant jaw dropping – moments and he was especially playful during the encore. On a related note: at one time, Bi wiped his face with his towel, acted as if he blew his nose on the towel, and then threw it at the audience. Um… eww? Yeah, I know he didn’t really blow his nose on that but still… that’s how aH1N1 gets spread, Ji Hoonie.
Of course, the big highlight of the show was when after he sang Love Story. Some guy showed up to meet him halfway through the stairs and it was Jackie Chan. He gave Rain some flowers and he was even carrying a single rose in his mouth. He said he’s on his way to catch a plane to Beijing and decided to pass by because he loves Rain. He even said the words, “I’m gonna give him a big kiss and a big hug” and I had a huge Menudo moment (“a big kiss and a big hug, MWAH!” You won’t understand unless you were a Menudo fan in the 80’s). Thinking about it now, everything was a bit, uh, you know… but we were busy screaming our lungs out at the big surprise before we even realized how awkward things were. It was so funny. The guy came in, his face was obstructed by the flowers, and Bi had this big shock on his face because he never expected to meet a guy with flowers at the foot of the stairs. (Yeah, that sentence doesn’t sound right to me, either.) I was like, WTH?? Then Bi hugged the guy, and we still couldn’t see his face and I was like, who the hell is he? Then suddenly it was Jackie Chan and I was like, “OMIGAD!!! It’s JACKIE CHAN!!!” Of course, the first thing that came into my head was, Charity and Tita Remy would KILL THEMSELVES for not joining us in this trip!!! I quickly sent an SMS to Charity to inform her about it and yes, that was exactly what she replied to me. At that point, I knew I had to take at least one pic for posterity, so I turned the camera on, set up the shutter speed and zoom secretly before I lifted it up and took one quick shot. I heard the guard rushing down the stairs to stop me, but I had already shut the camera off before she even reached me. Hah!
Those guards really killed whatever buzz I had from last night’s show. I had the aisle seat, and my camera was hanging on my neck but I wasn’t using it because I decided not to. But those stupid guards were waiting to pounce at me any chance they could get (which was exactly why I decided to forget about taking photos and just enjoy the show) and one guard was even trying to accuse me of something I don’t even understand what because all I was doing was singing and dancing along to Rain’s song. He called my attention, pointed at something on my feet and I was like, what now??! Am I NOT allowed to even sing and dance along to a concert anymore?? Geez!
Anyway… the good news is, Earl was able to get away with using his camera stealthily and he was able to take some really nice photos and videos. Hopefully I will be able to figure out how to convert those MTS files without losing the HD quality so that we can share it in its preserved form.
Sorry if this recap of Day 2 is not as good as Day 1. Blame the prissy Asiaworld guards for killing my buzz.
As a parting shot to this two-day Aftermath report, me and the CloudPh gang would like to say one big THANK YOU to Winnie and Ida and the rest of BKF-HK for making this wonderful experience possible. We hope we can return the favor someday. (In Philippines, hopefully. )
Oh, and I should thank Rain and Hye Kyo, too, because if not for them, I wouldn’t even be able to meet such wonderful friends.
You know what? I was supposed to rant about people who seem to be so bitter about us being bitter about H2 (I created my own place to be bitter all we want, and people STILL tell us what to do. Aish!) but for some reason, my laptop hangs every time I do so. I think my laptop doesn’t want to entertain negative vibes especially since the past weekend has been really fabulous. So I’ll just keep it that way and say this: as far as I can tell, we never denied that we are bitter, desperate about H2 and especially BIASED towards BiKyo. So what’s your point?