So I almost got into a Robert Blair Carabuena kind of scuffle today at Trinoma.
Keri and I were invited to see Korean pop stars Siwon and Dong Hae of Super Junior, who are the newest BENCH endorsers.
Traffic was insane going to Trinoma. You know what they say about Manila traffic—it’s instant. Just add water.
Keri and I arrived shortly after 4. We were rushing in our heels (Keri) and wooden platforms (me).
The crowd was so thick at the activity center, it was hard to tell where we could squeeze in to enter.
Keri said last time, she passed through the side when Kim Hyun Joong was here also for Bench, so we ran to the left side and found an opening.
But then a bouncer stopped us. I started out friendly but the bouncer would not budge. To make a long story short it could’ve turned into a Robert Blair scene, except I don’t hit people on the face.
I was trying to tell him we are guests of Bench, and he kept pushing me with his big tummy (he gives a new meaning to the word “bouncer”) and saying “trabaho lang po” and exagg things like “wag mong hawakan yan, baka ma-electrocute ka.”
I was frustrated because he was insisting we go around to the main entrance, which was thick with fans, it would be impossible to see anyone from Bench.
Good thing Keri spotted Bryan Lim of Bench. I called him up and he brought us in.
After all that stress, Keri and I got the best seats in the house—right in front of the stage.
Good thing we were early. We sat with the lovely Bench family.
Behind us were thousands of excited fans. They were rather loud, I had to make earplugs out of Kleenex.
Next time I will bring real earplugs. (These people are louder than Tears For Fears fans!)
There was even a lola fan on the upper floor, whom they showed on the TV screens. Adorable.
High-tech si Lola
Finally, Siwon and Dong Hae came out. Watch them cover their ears.
For those who don’t know, Siwon and Donghae are two members of the phenomenal Super Junior band of South Korea
From what I gathered, Bench picked the cutest ones
Siwon was recently photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for V Man magazine, so you know he’s hot property
And here he is in BENCH
Between the two, I find Dong Hae cuter in person
Sharing my photos from the Trinoma event. I know the fans would love these.
I love the hair. Filipino boys need to realize hair is so important. You don’t have to be handsome, sometimes hair makes all the difference.
They gave signed T-shirts and posters to lucky fans
I wonder what happened to that water bottle
They were awfully sweet to the fans. What I loved was when Dong Hae told them not to love any other boy band, which made the fans scream.
Actually the fans scream at anything. If one of the boys sneezed, that would make the fans would scream too.
Finally, it was over. Dong Hae and Siwon posed for a parting shot
They exited, and then they came back to take a souvenir photo, which Dong Hae tweeted
Guess who’s in the picture?
It was great to be part of the K-Pop scene for an afternoon. The fans are amazing.
Thank you Bench for having us!