This is the high point of Nance’s visit:
OMG! Is it Sihoo-ssi face-to-face at long last?
After a long day of waiting, waiting, waiting with no action except for that barely one hour of watching PSH on location shooting, we finally got back to the hotel. It was half an hour refresher break before we headed back to dinner in the hotel ballroom.
The publicity material said the evening event was just dinner and signing of ENISHI Season 2 Volume 4. And that’s all there was to it.
We queued to draw our tables and the 6 (yes, expanded “Hong Kong” contingent) got spread out on 3 tables out of the 21. The ballroom was tastefully decorated with a huge stage and 4 supersized PSH ENISHI covers from Season 2. It was great to stare at 4 PSHs and have him staring right back.
Dinner was very uneventful before finally at 7.30pm, the comperes announced PSH’s arrival to our screams of “Sihoo-ssi!” The man himself appeared, looking gorgeous and manly in a pink-knitted top, dark denim jeans and gray hat. So dashing he is!
After a short welcome and thanking us for braving the rain during the shoot, the signing started. PSH sat at a table in the middle of the stage and each of us went up, table by table, to get our ENISHI signed. If it were some other event, watching the signing of over 200 magazines can be so boring. I am sure each and everyone who went up was feeling anything but bored! She would be feeling like a princess, PSH’s princess, as each of us got his undivided attention during that few minutes.
Me, being stage shy, I felt my heart palpitating as I watched table by table, each fan went up. It didn’t help that they started from the back and mine, being in the first row, right hand corner (Table F, Seat 8) was last! It was just so agonizing…scared of going up stage and yet so much anticipation of seeing PSH up close. Be still my ramping, galloping heart!
What should I do? Do what some fans did, squatting in front of the table to meet PSH eye to eye? My poor knees can’t take this! Brace myself at the table? Nah, that would make me way too imposing. Will my natural stage shy make me stiff as a statue? Gosh, I was so darn nervous!
Then my turn came, I was right after Shlee, who was so full of confidence. I tried to get my copy of ENISHI signed as “To Nance and PSH4U”, but unfortunately the gatekeeping staff was just too stern. Nope, it had to be in Korean! No English! So finally it ended up as Nance,낸스. I was not sure if the chap, Mr Oh, whom Ashley and I met in Osaka, got this right when he wrote my Korean name on a post-it so that it would be easy for PSH. As I stood in front of PSH, he looked up and read the post-it. He got my name pronounced right! And I repeated “Nance” and he said “Ah” and smiled. The he autographed my ENISHI and returned it to me. I said “Congratulations! Sihoo-ssi, from your international fans.” He smiled, I melted, and I wasn’t sure how fast I rattled that sentence and if he even understood. In reflex, I stuck out my hand and he shook it.
Don’t ask how I got off stage…but I did, in a daze!
(Credits: Photos by Nance. Thanks!)