[A/N] hai gaise! It’s been a long time since my last post here. Sorry being inactive here, but right now, I’m back with the new post ^_^
(credits: Before You Exit @ Twitter)
It’s been a week since that night happened, but I still had the so-called ‘post-concert depression‘ to the point that I still couldn’t move on with what happened last friday night. /cues Katy Perry’s song 😂/ Even those unexpected events happened in the same day, but let’s focus to the concert day.^_^
I arrived in Kia Theatre in 10am (good thing I had no class during that time), and this was my first time going to the said venue although I’ve been to the whole Araneta Center area many times, but as I was arriving there, I was wondering why no one’s there like is there any queues here, so I assumed that there were other doors in the venue, and went to every sides of it, but then I found out that there was only one door, and it was in the main entrance. As I got back in the front side of the venue, I saw few Exiters who were there in the main entrance, which later I met and got along with each other while waiting for my Exiter friend to arrive there. /best buddies ever!!/
As my friend finally arrived, and introduced her to those fans that I met, we started to organise the queue, but I told one of my buddies that if it’s okay to save a seat for my other friend cos she was on her way to Araneta Center (she came from Cavite though), and by 12pm, we had our lunch, but we ate in the queue instead (good thing there was McDo in the venue), but as we finished eating, and started roaming around places near Kia Theatre in search for any 7-11 or Mini Stop stores cos I needed to buy a cookies-and-cream-flavoured peppero as a gift for the boys, but were being disturbed by a certain scene which gave us a bit of trauma (
I don’t wanna talk about it), and didn’t continue our search, so we went back to the queue instead. Few minutes later, my other Exiter friend arrived, and I told her about what happened, then introduced her to my friends, as well as our queue buddies.
By 1pm (I guess), the queue was moved to the other side as the concert security and management started to prepare some stuffs in the main entrance. We’d been waiting for two hours in the queue until 3pm has passed, and the security started to call out some fans who had a soundcheck party ticket to form a queue on the side of the main entrance (cos the soundcheck party schedule was 3pm as it was written in the mechanics).
Since they’re organising the soundcheck queue, I went out of our MnG queue for a while to continue roaming around places near the venue which has any 7-11 or Mini Stop stores. Fortunately, I asked one of the venue security bouncers if there’s any of those two stores, and he told me there’s 7-11 on the right side near the venue, and eureka, I finally bought the cookies-and-cream-flavoured peppero. As I went back to our queue, the management also started to organise the queue for MnG as we were about to enter inside the entrance area, and during that time, I managed to write a short message to the boys through a post-it note together with the peppero that I bought (plus the letter that my friend wrote which she gave it to me few days before the concert cos she couldnt attend 😭😭 ).
As we were already in the entrance area, I couldn’t control my nervousness as it was my first time experiencing meet and greet, and with one of my favourite bands. 😭😭 The management alao gave us MnG queue numbers (1 per group of 5), and while waiting, I managed to put my gift and my friend’s letter on the gift box right beside the main entrance. Few minutes later, the soundcheck party’s already done, and the gates to stage area were opened for MnG holders, and I was like ‘heol this is it! this is the moment!‘ ASDFGHJKL ;A; I COULDN’T EVEN CONTAIN MY FEELS AS WE WE GOT INSIDE THE STAGE AREA ㅠㅠㅠㅠ Few minutes past, the boys appeared on the stage as they were ready for the MnG.
I was even expecting that their positions would be almost the same as before like Riley on the middle, then the other two either on the left or right, but it was other way around. It was Connor on the middle, then Toby on the left and Riley on the right side. We’re a bit unprepared as their positions changed, so I, my two friends and my two other queue buddies decided spontaneously like ‘bahala na‘. And when it’s finally our turn, I hugged Connor first, then Toby and Riley. I was really so speechless throughout our entire time to the point that I could only say hello to them (and I’m really sorry cos nervousness was almost dominating my whole feels). As we’re organising our positions for the photo op in the last minute, I felt that something weird came on my back, and I don’t wanna talk about it though cos it was really embarassing. 😂😂😂 Anyways, we were still deciding what would be pose when the cameraman suddenly started to count to three and snapped a shot on us like ‘uie hindi kami naorient~😂😂😂‘ My two friends were beside Riley, then our two queue buddies were on the left sides of Toby anc Connor, and I was standing beside Connor on the right (I was the one with the finger heart pose 😂).
(photo credits: MMI Live @ Facebook)
I’m actually a Riley girl, but standing beside Connor was really my plan ever since, and besides he’s my other bias (he’s actually my bias wrecker), so that already made me feel so giddy like MY HEARTEU COULDNT TAKE THIS ><.
Afterwards, we bid farewell to the boys as we’re leaving the area, but felt so speechless once again as I told them ‘thank you so much‘ and ‘we love you‘ (I’m so sorry once again for being messy and nervous af ㅠㅠㅠㅠ), and instead, I only hugged Connor and Toby twice (I didn’t get the chance to hug Riley once again cos we’ve been already told by the management to leave right after; and the way I hugged Toby was a bit distant hug cos of his stitch on the appendix part).
As we got back to the queue outside the venue, I almost cried and yelled cos of too much feels like I’VE FINALLY MET HUGGED THEM!! 😭😭😭😭😭 I, my friends and the queue squad even shared our feels regarding what happened in the meet and greet, and we felt so bitin like we wanna spend more time with them, 😭😭 but I guess that’s how it works here.
30-45 minutes after 5pm, the queue has to be reorganised, and we were going again inside, and by 6.45pm, when the gates in stage area were opened once again, almost all of us in our queue squad were in the barricade area (since we were all gold ticket holders).
It was also honestly my first time to be standing in the barricade all throughout the entire concert period, and seeing them real upclose. We were waiting for an hour and a half, I guess, until 8.20pm came, the main lights were already off (only the stage lights were turned on), and the drummer Thomas first appeared, then followed by the three McDonough brothers with When I’m Gone as the opening song from the Asian Tour setlist, then Other Kids.
I was recording the fancams of all their performances, and at the same time, I was hosting an audio stream (later failed cos of my phone’s battery drainage so my fancams for Settle For Less, Three Perfect Days/Radiate and Soldier were cut 😭😭).
Main highlights of the concert:
- During Dangerous, when Connor was sitting on the speaker in our side (Toby’s side) while playing with his guitar, then later lied down there, and I was like, ‘LANGYA KA CONNOR UIE 😭😂‘
- It was during their Soldier performance when Connor suddenly cried, and couldn’t sing his part. This was honestly one of the most emotional part of the entire period like we were also crying with him. 😭😭😭😭
- They didn’t perform Clouds (but part of the setlist; they left the stage before the song started to play; right after Soldier, then went back on stage for Suitcase) cos it’s like a homage to their late friend and young singer Christina Grimmie.
- They even told us that they ‘made a move‘ about moving here to the Philippines, and I was like OMG DID I HEAR IT RIGHT?! ㅠㅠㅠㅠ
- They covered Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Maroon 5’s Don’t Wanna Know.
- It was during their ment between I Won’t Stop and Don’t Wanna Know when Riley suddenly took off his jacket, and only wearing a tank top like WHAT THE HELL IS THIS JDKDKEKRKROD >< but at the same time, fans were shouting at him to take his tank top off (I guess this was during this moment) when he told us that ‘this is a family-friendly show.‘ 😂😂😂, and I was like ‘ok can, Riley. ok can.‘ 😂😂
- Riley went down to the barricade, then later to the right side of the audience area to make interactions with the fans during I Like That, which made the crowd go even wilder.
- Connor suddenly popped out in our side with his guitar during their encore performance (Model), and I was like DUDE WE WERE ALL #SHOOKT ><
(Toby was so quiet all throughout that time except for the ments and some interactions with his brothers during some of their performances. Maybe, it was because of his health condition, 😭😭 but we kept on telling him that we’re here for him, and we love him ❤)
I was really not sure of this, and I don’t wanna assume things, but there was a moment when they were leaving the stage after their final bow, while all of us were screaming (including myself), I showed them finger heart while screaming ‘we love you’, which I guessed Connor noticed by pointing in our side, and it seemed that he was pointing right on us 😭😭😭, and I was like WALAO DID YOU JUST SJDMEKEKEIWDR— (I didn’t get the chance to capture it cos my phone’s already drained.)
This was already their fourth time here, and was already my second time seeing them performing live, but I felt like it was our first time cos it was honestly mindblowing due to some unexpected events, and I was still in awe with them. The way they perform was really so energetic although there were some parts that were really emotional (I honestly felt so bitin though 😂😂) but nevertheless, it was really worth it. It was truly THE BEST AND THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE ONE >< I am honestly looking forward to their next PH visit soon. ❤
[ps: some tweets are from my account ㅋㅋㅋㅋ]
(bonus: here’s the Suitcase fancam ❤)