I missed them on their first time here because of my midterms and important appointments. I missed the chance of seeing them in a humble environment and I missed the chance to witness them with lesser hype. With that realization last 2013, I promised, I swore and I bet my life that once they’re back and every time they’re back I WOULD NEVER EVER MISS THE CHANCE TO MEET AND SEE THEM. And so I did.
Mechanics was that the meet and greet passes (which were their CDs) would be sold by 10:00 am and only the first 200 people in line will have a personal encounter with the lads.
I and my friends all have classes today. Luckily for me and Clariz we only have two subjects to attend to, and one of them declared our meeting free cut. Meaning we’d only have to cut one course for the day (which has a con: and that it has a quiz lol).
People started to lineup as early as 1:00 AM! It scared me how some people could have the energy and discipline to wake up that early. Being my paranoid self, we decided to come as early as 5:30 am at the venue. I woke up at 4:30 AM and started my travel to the venue at around 5:15 am. I arrived roughly around 6:00 am. The first thing I did upon arriving was count how many people were ahead of me. We were inside the 40-55 bracket.
The queue started growing and more people started to get agitated by the idea of some people sneaking in between lines of friends who came in earlier. Around two to three small little confrontations were done to those who did so and management even got themselves involved in one of them.
It’s crazy how fans would go boundaries to meet their idols and being a fan myself I couldn’t blame people to feel the way they have and act the way they did. It’s just a matter of longing and meeting the people who did save you and completed a piece of yourself. So it is a big deal.
Waiting to finally get our stabs was probably the start of our out of bounds feels trip.
Getting our stabs and seeing that we made it to the first 100 was just exhilarating! We had to jump for joy and kept a smile till our cheeks hurt. We were feeling extremely lucky.
On the 12-hour wait, the management has this huge screen by the event grounds and they looped music videos by the lads, namely: Girls, Heart Out, Settle Down, The City, Chocolate, and Sex (Acoustic). The first time they flashed the first music video which was GIRLS, fans started to scream and then sang the whole song. Ah it was a melody I would not tired of hearing. The way people were in chorus to a song you usually sing the loudest inside the bathroom alone.
And then the time finally came for us to see the lads. I dont know what it is, but the moment I saw a glimpse of Adam, George, Matty, and Ross I suddenly started shaking, tears rolling down my cheeks, and my heart pounding fast.
The crowd was insane. And so was I. Seeing them around 5-10 meters away was enough exchange for the rough 12 hours we’ve been inside that mall. But things were about to get so much better.
They were tossed a few questions but I barely understood what the emcee and the boys said. I wanted to hear what they were saying but it was no match with the anticipation the crowd has. Matty was foolishly covering his ears and George just went “BLAH BLAHGASNLF BLAH” when he was asked about something lol.
THEN THE LINE FOR THE PHOTO AND MEET & GREET WAS OPEN. We wanted to ask people to have videos of us meeting the boys. Randomly started to call out people and asked them to it for us. But sadly, found no way to do so. You see, we’re not allowed to take our phones and have selfies with them. Only the official photographers are allowed to do that. BUT I STILL TRIED TO SNEAK IN MY PHONE. I held it despite the rule of not allowing anything to be with you once you go up stage. I hit record and planned on holding on to it as if nothing’s going on. I just wanted to hear even what the boys would say and maybe even just a glimpse of their faces with my own phone.
The marshals saw me holding my phone and told me “PLEASE PUT THAT IN YOUR POCKET”, I panicked and pretended to put it back. When I didn’t. But I wanted to record so bad that I just sort of got lost in the middle and just went off with HUGGING ALL THE BOYS.
I have to be honest here, I regret minding so much of “recording” everything that I did not exactly get to savour the moment of hugging and greeting them all. But one thing’s for sure, I couldn’t help but feel so giddy when I recall how close we were to them. George was so kind to hug and say “Ello!” so was Adam “Hi!”, Matty with “Ellow love, are you alright?” and Ross being so tall I did not even get to see his face properly, but he was soooo cuddly. As we were hugging them all, I was already in tears. I cannot help it but it was emotional for me. But I know I could’ve lived the moment better by focusing less on seizing it. Ironic because my passionate IS memory keeping (photography and videography), that’s why I promised that after that moment I would not forget to LIVE THE NOW WITH NOTHING ELSE BUT MY HEART AND ALL MY SENSES.
We got down and went straight to the exit, the people who were behind us in the line also got out and out of nowhere WE JUST HUGGED EACH OTHER, SQUEALED, CRIED, AND JUMPED WHILE HAVING A GROUP HUG. It was wonderful and a lovely feeling to share it with people who love them as much as you do.
Oh how my heart was battered with all emotions that day. When people ask me how it all went, I couldn’t help but tear up and grow shakey. Words cannot describe it. It was surreal. And I loved being killed by the joy and overwhelming emotions.
And then the 24th comes. Their concert.