Stalking Rain, Day 3
Did you ever think that me, Agent P, who has always criticized Rain and his management whenever something’s not right, would be defending him in a room full of pissed off media people who attended his last-minute-canceled press conference yesterday?
I did that yesterday, and I did that to save Rain’s face.
If not for us from Cloud Philippines frantically trying to explain things to the reporters who have decided to declare him as suplado at maarte (snobbish and demanding in diva-esque proportions), Rain would be at the receiving end of super-bad press from the Philippine media because of his quirks (eg., no one is allowed to go near him for whatever reason. In Philippine showbusiness, that is the exact equivalent of a first-class snob) and his management’s inability to come up with a believable reason as to why they had to cancel the press conference at the last minute, and making the press wait almost two hours for that official statement. Although I must say that I pity the Korean spokesperson and his translator who had no choice but to be grilled by the pissed off members of the press. I think the only time the Korean managed to smile was when we told him, “it’s all right” in Korean.
It’s funny because, Lou and I got interviewed by ABS CBN’s Ginger Conejero (I just don’t know if they will air it because I think she did that because she can’t come back to their office without a story, so she decided to interview us as there is no Rain) and one of her questions was if we feel a certain sort of resentment towards Rain for what happened at the (non) presscon. Our answer: no, because knowing the system in Korean showbiz, we kinda expected that something like this might happen. And we still love him no matter what. It was a mark of a true professional that I didn’t get a nosebleed from saying that because that is not the kind of thing you would normally hear from me. If that was ‘normal Agent P’, I would be ranting non-stop and formulating all sorts of bad headlines for tomorrow’s news along with the disgruntled reporters.
So presscon? FAIL. What did I do after that? Sat at the lobby of the hotel with my friends, ordered some overpriced food (I pigged out on hors d’oeuvres at the botched presscon but who gets full on hors d’oeuvres, especially one who hasn’t had breakfast and lunch and it’s already 4:00pm?) and waited for whoever Korean celebrity would pass by.
Commence: Play Mind Games with Rain.
While waiting for my food, Ji Hoon came in from the pool area and called out his stylists who were somewhere near the main doors. His eyes quickly roamed the immediate area (by the way, he does look at every fan on the face and memorizes it). When he saw my face, he suddenly darted behind a nearby pillar and hid there, with his crew blocking him out of my view. Ok, so I guess that confirms that he does know my face? I just don’t know if I looked familiar to him because he’s been seeing my big face for three days straight, or because he knows who Agent P is.
Yeah, Ji Hoon. That did not help appease my growing disappointment towards you at all.
Later on, him and his crew went out for dinner and you know what Ji Hoon did? He walked casually and leisurely instead of his usual brisk walk, chatting up and stealing glances towards our direction. At one time, he was already a few feet away from our spot, and he still looked back at us. Meanwhile, us, his loyal fans in the Philippines, just sat at the couches staring at him with me giving him this look: . Yes, we ignored Rain. He stayed at the lobby for quite a while waiting for his service vehicle and none of us ran towards him to get at least a closer look. We just stayed glued at our seats, giggling at what we have just done. I really don’t know what made us do that. The guy is probably totally bewildered by now because I’m dead sure he knows we are his fans (three days of seeing the same faces, I’m sure he got a clue by now, ‘no?) and that we were there to stalk him, and yet there he was, obviously trying to catch our attention, and we snubbed him. I don’t know if that was a stupid move on our part or what.
I don’t remember mentioning this but during the Cubao shoot, the Korean staff photographer took our photos. I don’t know why.
Oh yeah, we also saw Lee Jung Jin at the lobby. Whoever said that he’s taller than Rain got it all wrong. He’s definitely smaller. And I think he looks cuter on TV than in person. Can’t wait to see Daniel Henney, and yay! I will definitely see him on Thursday at the press con. Unless “someone” decides to cancel it again.