I used to be standing in the finest and the worst spot throughout the latest “One K in Manila” live performance at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.
It was the finest as a result of I used to be close to the heart of the stage, simply three steps away from my Korean idols each time they walked to the fringe of the platform. It was the worst as a result of there have been numerous followers ready to take over my spot. I couldn’t transfer an inch for concern of being eased out of my place. I had no toilet break for 5 hours straight.
At one level, a tall Korean girl abruptly stood behind me, whipped out a DSLR with a protracted lens and began clicking away. It didn’t trouble me that her lens was proper subsequent to my cheek—however I used to be actually stunned when she used my proper shoulder as her tripod.
Placing her elbow on my shoulder, she pressed down arduous to maintain her digital camera regular. The bouncers advised her to cease taking photographs, however she ignored them. She was gone earlier than different bouncers closed in on her. I assumed she’s a moderator of a fansite and that she had accomplished this earlier than.
From the place I used to be standing, I used to be shut sufficient to find a commerce secret of lady teams. Ace of Angels (AOA) sang and danced in white excessive heels that night time. To forestall their footwear from flying to the crowd, the ladies taped their toes to their footwear.
Being in such shut confines with strangers meant you needed to reserve your feedback for later. I occurred to repeat an anecdote I heard about which group had the higher tune, once I was nudged by a Shawol (a fan of the boy band SHINee) and advised to cease speaking. Respecting teams and their followers was the order of the day.
But I additionally discovered about the generosity of Okay-Pop followers. While ready for the Arena gates to open, the Shawol, Bana (B1A4 followers), Melody (BTOB followers), Boice (followers of CNBlue), Baby (official fan membership of B.A.P) and Elvis (followers of AOA) fashioned small teams exterior and gave out free wallet-sized photographs and cutouts of their idols’ faces, banners and candies to anybody who wished them.
There was no crowd browsing, however lots of mild sticks glowed that night time. And having your favourite Okay-Pop singer look instantly at you and wave made all the pieces worthwhile.
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