Barely four months ago, this SONE finally got the chance to see the nine blessedly wonderful angels that changed his life forever. And now, again, I was blessed to see them again. I honestly cannot believe that I would have another chance to see Girls' Generation once again, and in such a short span of time.
SMTOWN World Tour III.
This time, Girls' Generation was with their fellow SMTOWN hoobaes and sunbaenims, sharing the spotlight and the stage for the next four wonderful and memorable hours.
But I do admit, I missed them. I missed seeing them on stage live and in person. I missed seeing their bright appearances and happy faces live and in person. And seeing them with Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, SHINee, f(x), and EXO, all performing and spreading so much joy and happiness to so many Kpop fans, made the whole experience so much more engaging and memorable.
And that realization made me realize how much I really do love Girls' Generation. How much I really do love Kim Taeyeon, Jung Suyeon, Lee Soonkyu, Hwang Miyoung, Kim Hyoyeon, Kwon Yuri, Choi Sooyoung, Im Yoona, and Seo Joohyun.
Of course for this fan account, I will be focusing on Girls' Generation...
Happiness. If there was one thing that will and can describe the whole experience, it's happiness. After all the stress that I have been through this spring semester in my studies, it's good to get something like this to get away from it all, even for just four hours.
I was honestly surprised that the venue was an open-air arena. Whoa. I didn't even realize it until I got in. That worried me a bit because the weather wasn't really that nice. It actually rained a bit at 5:30PM, the time the concert was about to start. Because of that, there was a 30-minute delay.
The first I saw was Jessica, performing a duet with her cute and hot little sister Krystal. I really saw how close the Jung Sisters really are. They really looked cute together performing California Gurls.
Fastforward to the first full set. Taeyeon simply blew me away with Devil's Cry, the same powerful performance that she had in Bangkok. That song has become her signature song when she wants to do a powerful vocal performance. Taeyeon can really be a rock star if she wants to later on.
And then came Run Devil Run, Genie, and Kissing You. I was really happy that I heard not only SONEs cheering and fanchanting, but also everybody who was there. The fanchants were so loud that I was really happy. But especially for Kissing You, I was feeling really really happy because it's an old song that carried a totally different concept compared to what they portray now. For a while there I thought that I missed the old Girls' Generation of being cute and innocent. They have really grown up now to be gorgeous, mature, and sexy young ladies.
They were such dorks while introducing themselves after Run Devil Run. For instance, Tiffany's eyesmiles were really to die for. And Sooyoung was just so darn pretty that night. I was happy that all nine of them came, especially from what I've learned in SMTOWN LA that Yoona and Yuri weren't able to join them.
I was swooning and fanboying all over when Sooyoung and Jessica, and Seohyun briefly, went to our side of the stage during Kissing You.
And then I noticed something during the concert. I was also fanchanting and cheering away for the other artists as well. I didn't know their fanchants beforehand, but I was just going along with their fans. I was fanchanting with Shawols and ELFs and Cassies, for example. I was cheering out loud for Kangta, BoA, f(x) and EXO as well. For that time, I felt united with the rest of the SMTOWN fandoms, and it felt really really great. Being able to see yellow, red, blue, pink, green, and purple lightsticks and balloons all waving and flashing at the same time was such a wonderful sight to behold. At least for that night, there were no fanwars going on there.
And then Twinkle came. I admit at first when TaeTiSeo was launched a couple of months ago I was really skeptical, but I am happy that my fears and doubts were put to rest. TaeTiSeo looked so freakingly cute on stage. Tiffany's eyesmiles were to die for again and again and again. And also during the performance of DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again with EXO, man, they really got me going partying looking so darn hot.
Fastfoward once more. And this part surprised even myself. When they performed Himnae, I was actually crying. And they were tears of joy. The feeling of happiness was so overwhelming that I felt my tears roll down my cheeks while singing and jumping along to the song. I really cannot explain why, but hearing that song that night made me cry a lot. The atmosphere was so charged up that yes, it was urging me to just shout "way to go!". And Jessica came to our side again! She's so stunningly gorgeous.
And then Gee came. That induced probably one of the biggest and loudest fanchants of the night. By that time, my throat was already very dry and hurting a lot but I just kept on fanchanting like crazy. Again, I didn't care what happen to myself afterwards. I just wanted to give my all to the Girls. The whole crowd was going, "Gee Gee Gee Gee Baby Baby Baby!" to their hearts content.
The last song that they sang was their latest song, The Boys. Again, fanchanting and singing with every bit of strength and energy remaining in my body, I tried to give my full support to the Girls. At that point I was honestly at the point of exhaustion. Standing for hours on end on the mosh pit under crazy weather conditions, I pushed on, hoping that I won't collapse on the field. I was determined in giving my all.
During the final song, when all the SMTOWN idols were onstage, I really had so much fun also watching Taeyeon and Sooyoung being such dorks playing with the cameras. I was happy that they were happy. I was happy seeing them having so much fun horsing around.
And after that, the concert was over. My feet, along with the rest of my body, were sore like hell. And I still have to travel at least three hours back to Tainan City from Hsinchu (the hardest part was I had to wait for another six hours just to catch a bus - I left Hsinchu at 4:10AM and got back to Tainan at 7:30AM). As I walked -- or rather, painfully hobbled -- out of Hsinchu County Stadium, exhausted, tired, cannot speak properly, sleepy, a flood of thoughts and feelings rushed through me.
In those four hours, I really felt that as a KPop fan, my heart will always and only beat for Girls' Generation. Although I was cheering on the other SMTOWN artists, it is only with Girls' Generation that my heart was filled with happiness and energy. It was only through Girls' Generation that my fatigue and all my aches and pains melted away magically. Sure, I was singing along rather robustly to Superman, Sorry Sorry, and Bonamana. Sure, I was dancing along to Keep Your Head Down and Rising Sun. Sure, I was enjoying the whole time. But it was only during Girls' Generation time on stage that I felt different.
During that time, it was only Girls' Generation that made me cry. That what I felt during that time was something beyond understanding and logic.
Fanchanting to my heart's content, "Jigemeun, So Nyuh Shi Dae, Apuroudo So Nyuh Shi Dae, Yongwonhi, So Nyuh Shi Dae!" was and will always be a dream come true. It's one of the best things that I have ever subjected myself to.
And it was also during that time that I felt a little bit sad. While I was watching them perform, I felt like this lonely, nameless SONE who loves them so much and is now so in love with them, and yet the only thing that I can do is just watch them from afar, to be contented to just love them from a distance. I was intently watching them on, seeing their bright and beautiful faces, but from their point of view, they would never know me, much less see me in that crowd. Like in Bangkok, they would never know that I'm not even Taiwanese, but a Filipino who traveled far and put so much time and effort just to see them (unless a miracle worthy of every Holy Book ever written somehow occurs).
But evenso, going to SMTOWN Taiwan will go down in my own personal stories of how much I love Girls' Generation. Loving Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun will be one of the greatest things that I have ever done with my life. And almost 24 hours after the whole experience (as of this writing), my heart has never felt so much for such people. Much like in Bangkok, this experience just galvanized how much I love Girls' Generation.
I know I cannot do much compared to other SONEs and other KPop fans in general. But after this, I am now determined that whatever I can do, I will do it wholeheartedly, just for the Girls. I realized that was actually worse off in Hsinchu afterwards compared to my physical state after the concert in Bangkok, but if that is what it takes to show all my love and support to Girls' Generation, I'd gladly do it again. Seriously.
I have said it once, and I will say it again, "I Love You, Girls' Generation... And I Always Will... 'Tilll The Day I Die..."
That's me before the start of the show. And I noticed that I was wearing basically the same outfit as with Bangkok.
PS. Just like before, I'm still debating whether I should upload the videos I took. Most of them were really crappy because I wasn't looking at the screen when I was taking them. I was looking at them. And they were kind of distracting a lot because I was screaming like a crazy fanboy almost the entire show that it's kind of embarrassing to upload them now that I think about it.
PPS. Now I also understand why a lot of people love Super Junior and TVXQ. Super Junior was simply so darn entertaining to watch, looking cool and confident while performing and being funny during the introductions. TVXQ totally owned the stage with their very powerful and a**-kick performance that it blew me away.
Edited by RickLovesSNSD, 29 October 2012 - 07:47 AM.