Saturday, November 4, 2017

# 2017 # 24/10

A9 FC Trip 2017 - Alice in Halloween Night Tour @ Hilton Fukuoka Seahawk [24~25/10/2017]

***this picture is definitely not taken at our night, but they did the same cosplay during on our room visit so...***

I don't even know how should I start this blog for real. Currently feeling like I have just been rammed by a giant train of emotions, and I don't even know what I'm feeling anymore, except for the fact that I wish to be able to stay there, back at the hotel, with the boys; I wish for some moments to be replayed and done differently; I wish the moment would've been longer and I can have more time talking to a certain member...

That being said, with all these wishing for a different outcome, the trip is still amazing. I was probably just holding higher expectations than I should have for this trip, and that is never any good of course. I'm still very grateful though, for the boys has been so nice to us. And the fact that we managed to impress them with our Halloween decoration, that feels pretty amazing.

Without further delay, let's get on the trip itself. My personal trip started on 19th Oct, the day Aisu and me fly to Fukuoka itself. We went by Vietnam Airlines this time. I have to say, I'm truly impressed by the airline food and service, despite it being one of the cheapest option (the cheapest I think, even compare to budget airlines like AirAsia and Jetstar), the food was so good that I couldn't help myself finishing every last bite. And they serves milk and ginger ale on board! If it's not for my worry about their long layover at Hanoi (and food in Hanoi is on the pricey side) I might actually fly with Vietnam Air next time. Well now I'll definitely consider it as one of my next trip's options.

Arriving early at Fukuoka International Airport on the 20th Oct, what I love about flying straight into Fukuoka is definitely the shorter timing needed to transport from airport to the city itself. By 9am we've already arrived at our guest house and soon after, readied to head out for the day. Aisu had a live on the day so I had the evening to myself. Went to do a little shopping (I bought contact lenses! And they are so comfortable!) and I had my Ichiran ramen for dinner (I've been missing it so much)! The day ended rather early for me as I have to catch up on the previous night's lost sleep. Our next two days itinerary brought us to Dazaifu (a beautiful place, and the theme Starbucks there is such a lovely place, very beautiful and relaxing, despite it being crowded that day), we had a lovely time around Hakata and Canal City. On 22nd morning we moved to Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, staying there for 2 days before the FC trip itself.

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The hotel is good, but I have to say it's not impressive yet (maybe because I had a lovelier stay at another Hilton branch, and yes the one I am referring to is Double Tree by Hilton in Kuala Lumpur, which you might know if you've read my past entries), we had fun. We caught a glimpse of the boys when they arrived at the hotel in the evening of 23rd Oct, I do think we are the only 2 fans staying at the hotel that evening though (laughs).

They all looked so casual that evening. My eyes automatically went to a certain bassist of course, he was in a black oversized long sleeves and tight jeans. He wasn't wearing sunglasses which I found pretty surprising (because yes, I think we all know how much he likes his sunglasses XD). With no makeup, those adorable small eyes gave him an adorably innocent look. It makes me wonder if he has just woke up, that look which makes him look lost in the way like he was thinking "what the hell am I doing here?" as he followed the rest of the group and the staffs guiding them down to look at the banquet hall.

And Aisu did the shocking thing, she followed them into the lift!

Now, before you jump on the wagon thinking that we are stalking them, I have to say, that is not our intention. Aisu wanted to show them the A9 Indonesia banner from their promotion event. With that in mind we were following them until they gone inside the lift. It was a brief yet awkward lift ride, I didn't even dare to look at Saga to my right, worry that he will notice/ recognize me (well who says he hasn't already huh?). Not looking at Saga left me the option of looking at Hiroto standing to my left, just to note that guy's eyes widened in surprise and recognition (oh I'm so screwed). I gave him a grimace and nodded to him in greeting.

And that is the crazy lift ride/ first encounter with the boys on the trip. *Laughs*

They gone off at first floor, the boys went to check out the banquet room. We waited, for about half an hour, but they must have got out from the hidden passage, we never get to catch them going up to their rooms. We did catch the Tiger heading out for a while though, maybe he was heading out for a smoke, we never bother to go find out. No further sighting of the boy's that night but we did catch sight of their staff/ manager and realized that they are staying on the same floor with us, same side even, but on the opposite alley. It is so amusing.

FC TRIP DAY 1: Halloween Live and Room Visit.

FC trip day started early. My initial plan to get my hair done in a salon was forced to cancel because I couldn't make it in time, we ended up using the time to work on Aisu's makeup instead. It wasn't too tough a piece in my opinion, it was somewhat fun even, as that was the first time I actually spend time drawing on a complicated piece on another person's face like that. And the effect was stunning, it gave fright to plenty of people, of which I'm pretty proud of really. XD

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We split up after checking out of our room. As Aisu waited for the check in for the FC trip, I went ahead to the live venue to wait for goods. The Halloween T-shirt is so pretty I couldn't help myself buying one even though I didn't include it into my budget. And I bought 5 2-shot tickets (ka-ching) to take pictures with them for the room visit later too.

I feel glad, our entry number for live is rather front this time, mine is #48, that leave us at around the 4th row from the stage(it was a small venue). The live started with Undead Party, member vocal version. They are all so adorable, looking so happy up there, singing and dancing and playing. And I'm so glad that I get to witness it. You have no idea how big a regret I was in to have decided against attending their 13th Anniversary live. I mean, I am happy, there is no feeling that could compare seeing these precious boys having so much fun on stage, but I wanted to see it live as in live, as in, having them right in front of my eyes.

I am just so glad, I get to witness that at least once.

Before we go into it, here is the full setlist of the Halloween live:
UNDEAD PARTY (member vocal version)


Funny part happened at the MC right after the opening Undead Party, I'm not sure if Shou was feeling sleepy, or he was just blur, or maybe he just woke up from a afternoon nap? *laughs* He made a slip, asking us all "So have you all check out (from the hotel) yet?" A round of confused "Eh??" went around the crowd. Hiroto being sharp as usual, he started correcting our adorable vocalist saying, "shouldn't it be check in?" Pon said, "If they all checked out, everyone, tonight you shall be sharing a room with Shou then."

*Laughs* well I'm sure a lot of people would love that Hiropon XD

I was standing where I can see Saga directly again (of course, where else?) He was so gorgeous, with that dark ninja outfit he wore last time they had the Halloween live. But hear this, he really look 100 times more fabulous in person than those pictures you saw on Twitter. The ninja outfit is actually half transparent, and yeah, he is so very gorgeous that for the whole of the live I could barely take my eyes off him. Like really, I couldn't even peel my eyes off him if I try. I think, I fell in love with him once again right then and there, watching him concentrated on playing his bass. He gets so into the music, that beautiful face serious, and there's something so charming about that that pulls me in.

I really think I fell in love once again. It was the same feeling as when I saw him for the first time, when he stood on that stage at Stellar Ball, back in April 2016. That day was the day I realized that I want to love this bassist, and I don't want to have 2 biases anymore, I just want him. It is just Saga. And it feels like everything can be okay because he is such a lovely man to love.

Anyway, I have digressed. The live was good, it was rather heavy, but I felt that it is not enough. They didn't play much headbanging songs and that's a shame. Guys! I want Kowloon! Lol~ They played a lot of songs I never heard live though, like Sleepwalker, Royal Blood, Pendulum, 白夜ニ黒猫...

白夜ニ黒猫!! It is that song I have been wanting to listen live for a very long time, I'm so glad to be able to listen to it, thank you Saga! Thank you for making Shou wants to sing it! I love you~

They played Drella too, another song I love with my heart. I think I have an affinity to their heavy songs, and it's just theirs, any other bands playing heavy songs would make me feel like they are being noisy. I'm bias I know, but hey I'm a fan so... XD

Royal Blood is really good, I think I really like that song. And the next song is something more unexpected, they played Sleepwalker, and it sounded so good at live! I'm not sure, I'm just so surprise at their setlist for this live, it is filled with songs I've not hear on live often. My only complaint remains for they never play Kowloon or Adam, I mean, come on guys! I miss those songs and gyaku dive. Well, at least they played 闇に散る桜.

There was one MC where they discussed about Halloween dress up, and they all laughed about how Nao dressed up as a bacon on the DJ night. Nao: "It was very hot being a bacon you know?" *Laughs* They were like someone would probably dress up as Takoyaki too, during which topic Nao certainly look strangely excited about the idea... 😅🤣😏

They ended the live with Undead Party again, the normal version. There was no encore, we were told to go back to our room and wait for the boys coming for room visit, which will start from 10pm.

Crazy time for me, as I mentioned, I've missed the salon appointment in the morning, and I really wanted to cover up all the different colors of my hair, we rushed back to our room to get it done, after which the room decoration, do my own makeup and fix up Aisu's make-up. If you can't tell it yet, we put plenty of effort in it, well, not like we threw everything we had into it, but we did put in lots of effort. And having our room to become one the boys remember so clearly even on the day after, I felt proud and satisfied. XD

It took me until 11.30pm to finish my own makeup, or around that time. By then, the boys are already heading to our level, or on our level (cause sometimes ago a staff came to our room to announce that the boys are on the way), we made a request for the staff to let us be the last room they come in. I wonder did that help, but yeah at least our room is the last they visit on that level.

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We heard noise outside way before they reach our room, "Those three are too loud!" I remember thinking as I waited for them at the hallway. All the lights in our room were off, saved for one I dimmed to the lowest by the bedside. And Aisu has the tune from One Missed Call playing from her phone.

"Knock Knock!" it was followed by a slight movement of the door. Came Tora's voice exclaiming, "Oh, scary!" The statement was quickly change to being "This is interesting!" It seems like our Tiger is pretty impressed by our room. Saga was like "This is bad, this is bad, this is bad," and Nao was like, "Scary! This is so scary!" not just at the entrance, but throughout the room visit. Hahaha! He yelled when he saw me by the way, which I find damn funny. And I was just like, "Welcome (in Japanese)! Trick or Treats~!" I went on luring them into the room so Aisu could sneak up on them from the back as we planned.

We really did gave them a scare, although Tora was laughing the whole time and kept going on like, this is so interesting! The rest of the room visit sped into a series of photo taking with various members, and we trying to talk to each of the members as much as we could.

While they preparing for Aisu's photo taking session, came Nao dragging Saga's attention to my drawing of Saga which I've left among the gifts. I felt a little bad though, well, for a mistake I have not realized I've made. Japanese have a culture for framing black and white photo for the dead. And I have not noticed the similarity until Saga pointed it out, he said it looks like he has died and it feels quite scary (I'm so sorry Saga-cchi! I definitely didn't mean that!! T.T don't hate me! Sorry!). I didn't get to react to that either (with three of them in the room, it was chaotic!). I don't think he's mad about it however, cause when I told him, I'm sorry I never get to draw any other member but him because I've been so busy, he was just like, "But I'm happy about that, thank you!"

Ugh I need to apologize for that somehow sometimes, write in letter or something I guess.

I've another drawing for him, one I never thought he will take but he was very happy to do so, which makes me quite happy. Just hoping that he didn't take it because he felt obligated to though.

It was pretty much a mess around, I never expect Saga coming with these two. That being said I didn't get a lot of chance to talk to Saga, less the other two. The staffs were rushing so much that the whole room visit session felt like it's just for photo taking. Saga was very happy to have got so many gifts from us however, I can still remember his high pitch cries when he hugged all the presents we gave him went like, "Whua! So many! Thank you!!" He sounded like a happy boy on Christmas day there for real.

And there they went. I didn't even get a chance to say anything to Tora. Lol. That is rather alright though. I mean yeah I'm really bias, sorry (not sorry). XD

There leave us waiting for the other 2, Shou and Pon. We off the lights in preparation again, sitting there in the dark and cold, I almost fell alseep, LOL, oops. So when they comes in I barely had time to get into position.

Hiroto was so cute, he was making scary voice on the way in. Upon seeing me standing there Shou asked me something like, "Can you see?" (I think? Since the room is dark) I replied him like, yes I can see. This is when things got a little... beyond our plan and we didn't get to surprise Shou and Pon with Aisu's appearance much. The staff had her stuck behind the door where she was hiding and she couldn't get out until I get there to help her out, poor bby.

Worthy mention both boys were so confused when I went over to bring Aisu out. And upon seeing her appearance, "ヤバイ (this is bad)!" Shou exclaimed, he was so loud too, it was so funny.

I've used up my 2shots tickets so Aisu is the only one taking pictures with these two, her photoshoot started with Shou first and Pon and me was left to one side. I never has anything much to tell Pon, I have no idea, it's just that I always never pay much attention to that baby, I mean, he's good looking and all and I admire his guitar skills, but I just don't know how to talk to him. Part of me was like, if the group arrangement is same as last year it will be so nice, since I will have all this extra time to talk to Saga. But yeah... I'm being bias. Hiroto's fan, don't hate me okay? I mean, at least you know I'm not after your PonPon, like at all.

I do want to make it up to him next time and talk to him properly though. *Laughs*

So the awkward moment with Pon went like:
Pon: (watched me with wide, curious eyes, so obviously admiring my makeup.)
Me: (noticing it, feeling self conscious, asking him softly like) "hmm?"
Pon: "凄い (it's cool)…"
Me: (probably blushing) "ありがとうございます (thank you)."
-back to silence-
Me: (found next topic after a while, went to pick up my package of sweets to Pon,) "これは、どうぞ(please take this)!"
Pon: (surprised, got up from his seat to accept it properly) あっ、ありがとう (ah- thank you)!"
-silence again-
Pon: (watching Aisu and Shou, commenting) 将さん、殺される (Shou is being killed)!
Me: (couldn't help laughing) そう、魔王様殺されるよ (Yup, Maou-sama is being killed)。
(We change position since now Aisu and Shou moved for their second shot)
-Pon still staring at me with such intensity. He moved to stopped me from turning my face away-
Me: (raised eyebrows)
Pon: あーキラキラです (ah~ it's sparkling***)。
Me: ありがとう〜
***He meant the stones I placed around my eyes, they caught light and sparkled, and he just noticed that when we changed position.

There was my little moment with our curious guitarist. Well yeah, for a moment I was quite mesmerized by how pretty he looked with his cosplay and curious expression too, but yeah, awkward.

And it's Pon's turn to take picture with Aisu, so Shou came to join me at the side.
Me: (picked up my gifts to pass to him) Shou-san!
Shou: ありがとう!Terima Kasih! (Thank you, in first Japanese and then Indonesian)
Me: (reflexively) えっと…インドネシアじゃないですけど… (Erm... I'm not from Indonesia...)
Shou: Not Indonesia.
Me: 私は、マレーシアから- (I am from Malaysia-)
Shou: Malaysia, ah~
Me: -でも、今シンガポールに住んでいます(-but I'm staying in Singapore now)。
Shou: あー ありがとう(Ah~ thank you)!
Me: いえいえ (no problem)〜
Shou: シンガポールで "thank you" (I look lost for a bit there so he went on elaborate) 普通に "ありがとう" は英語のをね (In Singapore, you say "Thank you"- like when usual you use  English to say thank you right)?
*** He was so cute, stuttering over the word Thank You for a moment there. XD
Me: うん、英語です、thank you.

Shou gave me a really nice smile on my reply, like he was glad that he got it right (can you get that wrong, Shou?) He has a small smile on his face all the way, and did try to speak a little English here and there because he knows that I'm not from Japan. It's cute of him. There are some other words exchange afterwards but I don't remember what exactly, it is about our gifts to him/ them that's all I can remember.

Oh and we called him Maou-sama which Hiroto definitely enjoys hearing. XD

What's good about this year's room visit is that they've ended it pretty early. We're done with the room visit before 2am. But with the removal of the decoration, shower, letting myself calm down enough, it is near 3am that I slept. Well still better than last year where I only get my sleep by 5am. *Laughs*

FC TRIP DAY 2: Six Shots, Lunch Time Show, and Goodbye

Next day as usual started around 7plus for me.

And I think what we should've done: go down right after a quick wash up to have breakfast, and then come back to pack.

What we actually did: we showered, packed, dressed and makeup, then we go down to have breakfast around 9+am and eat until around 10.30am.

Result? Looking at the wonderful lunch option laid out there (during the Lunch Time Show) and I could barely eat a thing (because breakfast looked so good too and I might have ate quite a bit too much) *rolls*

By 11am plus that we went down to the banquet room, and one of our friends picked us the table and guess what? We got the first row! Not only that, it is one of the 3 tables that sitting right in front of the stage. We are at Kamite (Hiroto side), though it is not bad at all, we still got good view.

The boys came out for a brief greeting before lunch start. They talked about their recollection of the previous night. It seems like Tora went off to sleep soon after he got back to his room, claiming that it was very intense with his group (I wonder what everyone made them do that's so intense for our Tiger there XD) that it tired him out. *Laughs*

Saga revealed that he was the one wanted to switch to the 3 person group to give it a try, to see how it feels being there. "Now I tried, it is horrible!" He said, rousing a round of laughter among the member and fans.

Ne, Saga-cchi, now you know it is horrible can you come back with Shou team next time? XD

The boys said that it seems like very little fans recognize that they cosplayed as characters from Touken Ranbu.

They also mentioned about our room. Well not like they point us out, but upon the topic that which room leaves them an impression, Tora was just like, there is one in particular which decorated like Ghost House. We knew immediately that it is us, and being the only one... XD They have seems to have deep impression of everything there, and each member went on giving out what they remember of our room. Like Shou was like, there was music from Sadako (No Shou, it is One Missed Call), it was so scary. And Tora was like, there's toilet paper hanging from the ceiling, there went a round of gasping around the fans, I think some even commented it is scary by listening to that. *Laughs*

Tora: "By the way, why am I the first one to walk into the room? Shouldn't it be Nao?" Nao's was like, squealed and like, "No way no way, it was so scary." (I'd love to see Nao lead the way into the room however, why Tora, why did you lead the way in?? XD)

Hiroto have a deep impression how we have one welcoming them in and the other coming up behind them with a knife once they got into the room *laughs* But Pon, we never get to scare you for real~

Then it was lunch, followed by 6shots. I had a weird face on when it was snapped :-x They took with Polaroid this time and the color isn't coming out that nice. But someone is smiling in my shot, and Pon definitely looks cute in it, I am pretty happy about it. XD

After the 6shot and once we were done with lunch, there was a lucky draw, which I got nothing, my luck is always like... you know. But it is fine I think, since there isn't something I really want (Well, I'd love to have that cool jacket from Nao, but it's OK cause I already have a jacket from Nao so... XD)

The karaoke session was funny, they didn't allow fans to go up participating this time, just singing among themselves. But what worth mentioning was the duet Tora and Hiroto did, which is obviously a male-female duet, so one of them sang in low voice while the other has to go for the high pitch, or more feminine vocal. The awkwardness obvious on Tora's face when he has to do the feminine voice, and then Pon's, it is so funny!

Saga was obviously on awkward mood that day so he put on a pair of sunglasses and pretended that he is someone else whenever he needs to sing. That adorable idiot.

Nao was entertaining as usual, singing Rainbow again this year, he is obviously better prepared, even have the lyrics printed out in stacks, which he went around reading from as he sang, at the same time he distributed the lyrics to the fans around the room.

The karaoke session ended with them singing Number Six, and there it is, the end of the 2 amazing days. Of course, we still had a handshake on the way out, so they can say goodbye to us. I tried to take my time, but of course they don't allow us to delay much. And since we were the first row, we are to head off to say goodbye first.

They lined up in such order: Shou, Hiroto, Saga, Nao and last Tora.

Me: (smiling when approaching Shou)
Shou: ありがとうね (thank you)!
Me: いえいえ、ありがとう!早くシンガポールに来てくださいね (no problem, thank you! Please come to Singapore soon ok)!
Shou: (couldn't catch what I said, cause it is really noisy with every members and fans chattering beside us. He leaned in closer)
Me: (repeat) 早くシンガポールに来てくださいね (please come to Singapore soon)!
Shou: あっ、はい (Ah, OK)!
Me: またね、ありがとう (I'll see you, thank you)!

*move on to Hiroto*
Hiroto: ありがとう (Thank you)!
Me: ううん、ありがとう!楽しかったです。早くシンガポールに来てくださいね (Don't mention it, thank you! I had fun. Please come to Singapore soon OK)!
Hiroto replied something, which I couldn't quite remember. I think he said of course or something similar. And he definitely told me thank you again before I moved over to Saga.

And yeah, with Saga.
Saga: 今までありがとう (thank you for everything up till now)!
Me: *shook my head for a bit in reply, but mainly focusing on putting a Minion band on his wrist*
Saga: (looked down in surprise then he look back up at me again) 何これ(what is this)?
Me: ブレスレット, ミニオンの (bracelet, Minion's (bracelet)。
Saga: (laughed a little, clearly surprised now) えっ、くれるの (eh, are you giving it to me)?
Me: うん (yup)。
Saga: くれるの (you giving it to me)? (I wonder why he has to repeat his question. Did he finds this hard to believe or something? Maybe I have given him dozen of gifts and he is just... unsure? Haha!~)
Me: そうですよ (Yes I am)。
Saga: ありがとう (Thank you)!
Me: いえいえ、ありがとうね (No problem, thank you)!
Yeah, I didn't utilize the time to tell him what I really wanted to tell him, there I should went ahead and apologize for framing that drawing, and I didn't make my song request for January, but I feel that this is a good way to end the trip, by leaving that bright, beautiful smile on that face, and hopefully a  light, cheerful mood inside that heart despite of how tired he must be running around meeting all of us since the live on the day before.

Oh, and Nao still remember me it seems~ Aww Nao!
Me: Naoさん、ありがとう (Nao, thank you)!Justice!
Nao: Justice! Thank you!
Me: シンガポールに待ってるね (Waiting for you in Singapore OK)~
I know Nao replied me something, but the same case as always, I couldn't remember it clearly. My goodbye with Tora is the shortest this time, he just told me "ありがとうございました!" and I replied the same to him. He passed me a mug they give out to every fans who came to the FC trip. And we took our bags to leave.

It was a very nice trip, with many beautiful memories, and it showed me plenty about myself, my love for a certain bassist has just grown so much I am not sure I can contain it anymore. And I don't think I can stop loving him, that adorable someone, charming and confident at times, while awkward and such an idiot at another. Ending the trip to come back to regular life felt like waking up from a particularly blissful dream which till now I think I have yet to fully accept.

My next trip will be in January 2018! Heading over for 2 lives, one on my birthday and the other right on that weekend. As it is another solo trip I'm very hyped about that too~

As usual, some photos below, and shall be here awaiting for your comments and feedback.

Till my next entry then~✌️

Two Saga fans.
4 girls, from 4 countries.
Another beautiful memory, another beautiful FC Trip. And for many reasons, it feels like it is just a beginning.

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