May 26, 2013. Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.
Four months later after the Dream KPop Fantasy Concert in Manila, I get to see Girls' Generation once more. Second time this year, fourth time in this lifetime.
Girls' Generation was headlining a four idol group KPop concert, the Happy 4 KPop Concert, performing with EXO, BTOB, and ZE:A - Five. As it is, Girls' Generation was set to perform last to close the show.
It was a short experience, but still sweet. Sooyoung wasn't there, however. She's still busy filming her new drama, but she did leave a video message.
And of course, I will be focusing on Girls' Generation in this fan account, as I have with my previous ones.
I noticed outside the venue there was an amazing set of standees there. Since my Chinese was really bad, I couldn't understand anything at all. But wow, some amazing fan art right there.
ZE:A - Five performed first, followed by BTOB, and then EXO. Apparently, Girls' Generation was the main act, because the video vignette showed the "Happy 4 KPop Concert in Taiwan" scene, and Girls' Generation had a more grand entrance.
Everybody was screaming like crazy when the Girls took the stage. Seriously. The hall exploded when the Girls slowly appeared on stage, kicking off with "Tell Me Your Wish".
What really surprised the hell out of me was how loud the fanchants were. Not taking away from the other three idol groups, but Girls' Generation totally owned the crowd. There were cheers and some fanchants during the first three groups, but only Girls' Generation enjoyed a really loud and solid fanchanting all through six performances. I thought that every single member of the audience were fanchanting like crazy. And that is one of the things that I live for when I attend a KPop, heck a Girls' Generation, concert.
Like I said, they performed six songs. After "Tell Me Your Wish", they performed "The Boys." Man, again, the fanchants were so loud. We were screaming, "GG!!!", "T.R.X.!!!" and "Jigemeun So Nyeo Shi Dae, Apuroudo So Nyeo Shi Dae, Yongwonhi So Nyeo Shi Dae", and so on and so forth like crazy.
After "The Boys", they did their introductions. Hearing them go, "1, 2, 3! Annyeong Hasaeyo, So Nyeo Shi Dae Imnida!" once again never really gets old. It just feels so wonderfully different when you hear it live and alive. For some reason, Taeyeon was such a dork that night, which was quite enjoyable. There was even a moment where she let Sunny speak onto her headset because hers wasn't working properly. It was so funny watching Sunny speak onto Taeyeon's mic which was attached to her cheek.
And, like I said, since Sooyoung wasn't there, she left a video message for the fans in attendance. But since she was talking in Korean, and the video was subtitled in Chinese, I didn't understand one word at all. Oh well... Sooyoung still looks so pretty.
The next song up was "Mr. Taxi". This honestly caught me by surprise. For some reason, I didn't expect them to perform this one. Oh well. Still, same energy levels, same insane fanchanting.
After "Mr. Taxi", they performed "Run Devil Run". I had to say, every one looked so darn hot, even if they were all starting to look sweaty. The atmosphere was so charged up that the air conditioning wasn't able to keep up.
They did another short talk afterwards, before prepping up to perform "I Got A Boy".
Lastly, they performed their all-time popular song, "Gee". I still felt as giddy as a kid watching them perform this song. Despite their sweaty look, they still managed to look cute and pretty during "Gee".
Afterwards, they tossed some goodies to the crowd. I didn't get any, given how short I am. Oh well. Anyways, they walked around a bit, getting closer to the audience and waving while they said thank you and goodbye. It was a short time, seeing them up close once again, but still sweet. My heart still fluttered seeing their beautiful faces and happy appearances up close once more.
And as always, I ended up getting all beat. My feet were killing me by the time I got back to the bus station, especially when the adrenaline wore off. I had the same feeling compared with Manila. I was so worn out when EXO was performing, because we were standing for more than four hours, including the time we were standing in queue waiting to get in. But when Girls' Generation took the stage, I forgot all of my aches and pains. I didn't feel a thing except excitement and happiness, fanchanting, cheering, screaming, and singing all the way.
My throat totally gave out right afterwards. Surprisingly, there was also a point during Girls' Generation's performance that I felt fainting, actually feeling light headed, totally drained out my energies. I was afraid for a second there that I would pass out, but I just pushed on. Seeing the Girls always made me push myself way beyond my limits in ways that I cannot describe or understand. During those thirty minutes, as always, I didn't care, as long as I gave at least 100% of myself to them, through all the aches and pains as before.
And as always, despite all of the happiness and excitement, deep inside I still felt that same feeling as before. I felt that small, yet strong, sense of sadness, living with the fact that I am just another nameless, faceless SONE swimming in an ocean of pink, just another drop in the Pink Ocean that was there within the hall, just one more voice among countless cheering for them. Despite all the happiness and excitement, that small part of my heart will always ache, struggling to be contented with what I have and what I can do during the concert. It got me before, and it got me again, that I just love them so much and yet all I can do is to watch them from afar. I actually found myself smiling at them when they got closer, but feeling an ache in my heart.
But still, this fourth encounter will go down as yet another chapter of how much I love the Girls. As always, loving Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun will go down as one of the greatest things that I have ever done with my life. Much like Bangkok, Hsinchu, and Manila, Taipei will galvanize my feelings for Girls' Generation.
I've said it before, and I've said it again, I know I cannot do much compared to other SONEs and other KPop fans in general. Despite getting older, getting worse for wear, going through all of that to show all my love and support to Girls' Generation, I'm sure that I'd gladly do it again given another opportunity. Seriously. As of this writing, I'm still reeling a bit from the physical ordeal of traveling to Taipei, standing within a huge crowd, and sacrificing my throat and my sleep, among other things.
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. You can see how tall the people are in front of me, and how short I really am. I guess that says much about how difficult it was for me during that night.
That's me and my Thai friend before the start of the show. It's his first time to see Girls' Generation in person.
Edited by RickLovesSNSD, 09 June 2013 - 09:21 PM.