Finally, I’m fully recovered from NYC trip and shall write a full fanaccount!
Because I had work, I couldn’t fly over to NYC early to attend David Letterman and Live with Kelly recordings. In fact I flew out right after work on Wednesday night, crazy I know! When I reached Gansevoort Park Hotel at 11:30 PM, my friend immediately dragged me to Best Buy to queue in line. “Fans already line up. We gotta go!” They were joking, right? We arrived around midnight and were like # 70 or something already. It was cold, but Sones were pretty civilized. We talked, blasted SNSD’s music, and danced. The couple next to me was all cute, hugging, warming each other up in the cold. Honestly, I was kinda jealous! It was a bummer to learn Jessica left as well. I decided to fly over when I heard confirmation Jessica would make it there. I went for 9. By around 6 AM (Best Buy’s door opened for us), there must had been 1000s of fans outside. Unfortunately only the first 300 received wristbands to enter the fansign.
My friends and I passed out when we returned to the hotel from 8 AM to noon. One time when we got out of the hotel, 1 of the friends forgot something, so we waited in front of our door. Two Asian girls walked toward us and asked… “What you guys doing here?” I was really confused by the question (slow reaction like Sica’s lol) and showed the hotel card… “It’s our room…?” My eyes shifted to the shorter girl next to her. Oh my god! It was SUNNY!!!!!!! She just quietly stood behind the staff member. She probably just got out of shower, her hair was all wet. Ah, the girl was tiny!!! Only then we realized, SNSD’s rooms were on the same level as us!! (Thank you to the oversensitive staff member!) We weren’t sure how to react, so we just left… I got to say the girls were really loud! I could hear them when our door was closed. So typical of SNSD though, youthful and cute!!!
The fansign was daebak! The crowd was a little chaotic in front of Best Buy, but it was understandable. I really wanted to get Yuri to sign on my YulSic’s photobook, but unfortunately Best Buy staff said to use “The Boys” booklet only. The staff was totally friendly and cute. They climbed on ladders to film and take pixs of the girls. I doubt they really knew SNSD in the same way we did, but they got caught up in the moment. It was cute.
Tiffany was the first person to sign, and on from there. OMG! SNSD really made good eye-contact. They really looked directly at you attentively as if they were listening to something very important. It was really sincere, friendly and warm. Technically all of them aren’t very photogenic, they look 100000000000 times prettier in real life. They were glowing! So damn gorgeous, all of them! They all thanked us for being there, but I froze on the spot… lol… To Hyo, I said sorry about hearing her mentee left, she didn’t understand though. haha! She smiled sweetly, so SooYoung saw me all nervous and smiled too… lovely smile and greeting… lol
Since I performed so horribly, couldn’t speak to them right, I decided to ask them for handshake instead. I forgot whether it started at SooYoung or Yoona, I believe YoonA though… I couldn’t remember much what was going on, except their pretty faces… sorry I was kind of on cloud 9 at the time. But yes, I SHOOK HAND WITH SNSD!!!! Keke!
I remember Taeyeon and Yuri very well though. Taeyeon’s hand was cold, I was sad. I put down a small 3 peas in a pod on the table. She was surprised but chuckled / giggled almost immediately as well. I almost could see her eyes sparkled. Ah… how did it feel… Well, I guess… having a debut and fansign for the first time outside of Korea, and it was also in America, the girls didn’t know what to expect. However, when Taeng saw the peas, I felt as if she recognized that familiarity among the Asian and American fans. Ah peas again… We’re all the same, we love her the same way. I felt as if the peas put her at ease for that one brief moment. That moment was really special to me.
Yuri was the last one… my bias!!!! I didn’t remember if I shook her hand, I don’t think so… I put down a Mickey Mouse wearing Chicago tee. She pointed at it immediately. She asked me something really softly, but I couldn’t understand… It was either… Were you from Chicago or trying to figure out “Chicago” as “O” was a Mickey Mouse’s face, it could’ve confused her. Whatever it was, I told her I came from Chicago. I flooded her with English – random stuff… I like you the most. I can’t wait to see Anna! You’re so pretty! Thank you! Something along that line… she was really warm to me… kept bowing, smiling and thanking and more bowing and smiling, so was I…I had the longest exchange with her… she appeared so grateful… My Yuri was beyond beautiful!!!!!!!!! I ran out the place in excitement that I forgot if I shook her hand, forgot to stay back to wait for them to leave Best Buy…… lmao!!
The friend next to me got a cold stare though. lmao!!! Honestly, I wanted to feel bad for her but it made me felt so good. Hahaha! Sorry! Hahaha My friend saw Yuri more than me as she stayed longer.
Later that night… When my friend and I left for dinner and shopping, I opened the door and 3 people were right in front of my room… I nodded/ slightly bowed to the staff who was on the phone to acknowledge her presence. (If I don’t say “hi,” that’s how I greet people whether I know them or not.) I saw the back of a girl entering the room right across… It was probably SeoHyun as I later learnt it was her room. I also had a quick look of the girl on the floor. I believe it was SooYoung, but I wasn’t sure for I didn’t want to stare at them. My friend and I just went on with our personal business.
When we returned and approached the elevator, I saw Hyoyeon, Taeyeon and the staff at the elevator. Hyoyeon didn’t notice us, because she was playing happily on her phone. Man that girl was tiny! Haha! As for Taeng who stood closer to me, our eyes met, we were really calm and collective. I nodded / slightly bowed to greet her, and she politely returned a bow as an acknowledgement… She probably had no idea how hard it was for me to contain my excitement. OMGGG!!! Kim TaeYeon met me at the eyes and greeted me!!! haha! I love her soooo much! I wonder if she recognized me from the fansign. Anyhow, we stood there for a little bit, I remember thinking how she was kind of tall cause of her heels. We could’ve gone up using the same elevator, but we didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable, especially when we shared the same floor. We waited for the next one.
Among my group, I left the earliest … 4 AM on Friday. I had work on Friday. When I left the hotel, one of SNSD’s rooms was still awake. They were chatting all loud too. Was it Yoona preparing for her early flight? I was so tempted to scream “SNSD – I’m leaving!!!” but I didn’t…
Even though I didn’t run to SNSD as much as my friends, the trip was overall a success for me. Yuri always gave me the best fan service, thank you! Jessica is really playing hard to get! Let’s meet next time! Taeyeon has always been my 3rd bias, but I’m in denial, too afraid to love her as YulSic… That means I have to buy merchandises in set of 3, instead of set of 2… hahaha! (3 notebooks, 3 photo cards, 3 caps, 3 Vita bottles, 3 Spao Tees, 3 key chains, you got the point.) I don’t think I can afford Taeyeon… However, my love for Taeng has been growing exponentially the last several months, I don’t think I can resist for long. I just adore her so so so much! Every little thing she does make me happy, ahhh! Wonderful trip! Thank you SNSD!