Saturday, December 25, 2010

[Guest Blogger] Song Joong Ki for TM | Fansign

This post has been posted by BB on SEOUL 23:59 simultaneously.

Annyong! This is the last installment on SONG JOONG KI's Singapore visit for TONYMOLY. Just in case you didn't know, he'd already left town in the morning of 21st Dec (Tue). He had left via the CIP (Commercially Important Person) exit, so there're no photographs of his departure.

This post will be on his last official event during his stay here, yea, the fansign event that took place at Bugis Junction on 20th Dec (Mon) at 4pm.

This is how the fansign area looked like. There were rows of barricades so that people could be assigned and confined within certain sections. The front-most section was reserved for people with media passes, and unlike the earlier press conference, the media pass holders for the fansign were mainly the online media. Yup, am referring to the Kpop news portals, etc.

The next barricaded section after the media section was reserved for the 100 lucky winners for the autograph passes. These fans would have a chance to go on-stage for SJK's autograph.

Fans without passes could stand behind those with the autograph passes, or they would squeeze at the side whereby they could see SJK from a closer distance, but from the side.

Gotta applaud TonyMoly for their careful all-inclusive planning such that there were ample opportunities for fans to see SJK even if they were not lucky enough to win passes to attend the fansign event.

Guess what? There were fans waiting hours before the fansign event. Aigoo, it was so hot, so hot, so hot! Ahhh... the love for an idol!

I went to the fansign event rather late and the host LI YI was already on-stage by the time i got into the media area. The media area was not very crowded; believe there were fewer than 20 people and there was plenty of room for everyone.

Here's a picture of the fans who were standing just behind the media area. (Just in case you were going to tell me the picture's blurry, well, it's deliberate^^)

And here's a picture of the fans standing at the side near the stage.

It wasn't long before SJK appeared on-stage.

Omo, there was so much screaming from the fans when he appeared! In fact, the screaming continued for a good ten minutes when Li Yi was chatting with SJK on-stage.

Before SJK settled down at the table to start the fansign, there were some 'admin stuff' to take care of. First up were two representatives from the fanclub to present him with their Christmas pressie and a book of fans' messages.

Here, you can see SJK watching the fans as they walked up the steps to go on-stage. Don't ask me why he's puffed up his face like that, but omo, so cute!!

The two gals were so shy, especially the one with the short bob and light denim shirt! Song Joong Ki was practically initiating a hug and she was too shy to respond to it. Aigoo, wasted opportunity!

The pressies that the fanclub had prepared were all put into the Santa's bag that SJK was holding up in the next picture. I had asked the girls what they had prepared, and was told the bag's full of munchies! They said they had bought 'keropok' (a kind of local crackers) and also 'tidbits that we used to eat as kids'.... Okie, that ain't telling me much at all!

I tried asking if they had a fansite whereby they would be putting up photos of the foodstuff that they had prepared. Errrr... the girls said they didn't take photos of the items, but had taken photos of the bag after putting everything.

Oh ^.^;

SJK also spent some time flipping through the book of fans' messages. He looked like he was genuinely interested to read what the fans had to say to him. Nice fan service there, I must say...

After the two girls, it was the boys' turn!

Yup, the four(!) boys of Ms CALLE TENG, the Director for Tony Moly Singapore, went on-stage to present a bouquet of flowers to SJK. He obviously likes kids! He took the flowers and immediately picked up the youngest boy and held him.

Hee, cute seeing how he was struggling with the bouquet and the boy!

One of my dear dongseungs 9OANNE was helping me to record the proceeding of the fansign, so here's Part 1 of the four parts that she's helped me take. This is Part 1 of the four-part fansign clips, and this one's a nice 8-minute clip where you can watch the interaction between Li Yi and SJK and also the fanclub and bouquet presentation.

credit: 9oanne @Seoul2359

Three seats were prepared. SJK sat down in the middle and initially, the gentleman, whom presumably is his manager, took the seat on SJK's left.

Subsequently, that gentleman moved to SJK's right and Mr BRIAN PAEK of TonyMoly Korea took the seat on SJK's left. Then the fansign started!

I think it's really nice how he would look at each fan as he or she approached him. The eye contact started even then! And yes, I was watching him rather closely throughout the fansign event and he did it for practically every fan. I suppose those few seconds of eye contact would be really really really precious to the fans!

If the fans had anything to say to him, he would stop everything he's doing and just concentrate on the fan. Quite often, we would see him throw back his head and laugh. Wonder what some of the fans had said that's so funny! And there're also some fans who would bring up stuff to show to him and he would look at the 'stuff' intently too! I love how he tried to make the super-brief interaction with every fan special.

Some of the fans got their handshake even though Li Yi had said there's to be no handshakes. But each time a fan extended her hand, he would oblige smilingly. Hey, this fan even high-fived him!

I think he's really cute! Like all these little gestures from him... from how he tousled his manager's hair at the beginning of the fansign, how he puffed up his cheeks whilst watching the fanclub representatives walk up on-stage, and how he laughed heartily when he's with fans.

Here's Part 2 of the fansign clips, and this one's all on the fansign proper.

credit: 9oanne @Seoul2359

After the fansign event, there was one more surprise item. What happened was SJK had seen the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) project when he was being ferried from the airport to his hotel on the night of his arrival on 18th Dec (Sat). He had asked about it, and was told that's MBS. He was also told about the SANDS SKYPARK and how beautiful it is and all that.

They were initially planning to bring him there on the 19th night (Sun). However, they had finished (chilli crab!!) dinner too late and it was about 11pm by the time they reached the Sands SkyPark. Too late, yes... since the SkyPark's operating hours were 10am to 10pm. So yup, he missed the opportunity to see the beautiful Singapore nightview from the Sands SkyPark.

credit: Sands SkyPark @MBS

But the very thoughtful Tony Moly Singapore team decided to prepare something special for him. They had arranged for someone to take a photo of the nightview from the Sands SkyPark and then superimpose SJK's picture on the SkyPark photo! It was obvious to see that SJK was very pleasantly surprised by the gesture. Nice one, TMS!

Later, Ms Calle Teng and her four boys went on-stage to have a group photo taken with SJK. Yes, there's one beautiful lady and FIVE(!) cute boys in this picture!

Check out how the littlest boy's shirt has flipped upwards, keke!

Here's Part 3 of the fansign clips, and this one's on the Sands SkyPark surprise gift and the group photo taking.

credit: 9oanne @Seoul2359

Here's Part 4 and also the final part of the fansign clips; it's an ultra-short one of SJK waving his goodbye.

credit: 9oanne @Seoul2359

Curious about SJK's signature? I 'caught' one of the lucky 100 fans to have gotten his autograph and snapped a photo for you guys to see, keke!

Before I end off this post, will just share some of KANDACE's shots from the fansign event.

till laterz!

p.s. I believe Tiffany is already back in SG from her holidays, so you should be hearing from her pretty soon. Meanwhile, merry christmas!

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