On November 15, 2012, Lee MinHo arrived in the Philippines.
That day, I trooped to the airport with Iris, Eunise and my forever airport buddy, Ate Karen, and we waited for the Asian Superstar to arrive. Since everyone in the Philippine media outlets loves to call him the Asian Superstar, let me call him that, too. It’s no secret that I have so much love for Lee MinHo. City Hunter’s my number one obsession last year, and I seriously didn’t know what to do with my life when the series ended. But I moved on and eventually found other things to keep me occupied. But Lee MinHo stays in my heart.
So when he became a Bench endorser and they announced that he’s coming to the country, I made sure that I’d see him in the flesh. Month before his planned arrival, I already filed two days of vacation leave. I’m prepared you know. But we only learned of his arrival day before he arrived! I’m so glad I filed the right dates for my VL. Heehee.
This is my third trip to the airport just to see a Korean celebrity and so far, this is the best one! Iris’s father works in the airport and he managed to get us visitor’s pass! OMG! We were so excited because we were able to get inside the Arrivals area and comfortably wait for LMH. We were all giddy and excited but we still managed to camwhore.
We waited near the VIP room because the airport staff said LMH would drop by the VIP room after he landed, just like what Big Bang did when they went here last month. But we were too nervous and excited to sit still so we ended up roaming around the airport. Iris’s father was kind enough to tour us a bit and introduce us to other airport staff.
By that time, people are starting to gather near the immigration area. There were some fans, too, but most of the people gathered were airport personnel. We were standing next to the windows and we could see planes flying in and out. Everytime a plane would appear, we’d panic a bit since it might be Lee MinHo’s flight already!
When the news spread that LMH’s plane landed already, a crowd already formed in front of the immigration. We were so anxious because we did not know if we’d be able to get near him and that’s basically the only thing we wanted! Well, seeing his gorgeous face was okay, too. When the screaming started, the crowd rushed forward and we panicked. By that point, it might be impossible to slip through everyone so my friends and I decided to just wait by the VIP room. We ran so fast without caring whether people were staring or not. Along with other airport staff, we waited by the VIP room.
The crowd engulfing LMH was moving in the middle of the airport towards the exit. And that’s when we realized that he’s not stopping by the VIP room at all! CRAAAAAAAAAAAP!
So we made a mad dash towards the exit and tada! I cannot, for the life of me, describe what happened. There’s chaos all around. But I know that we made it in time because we reached the exit gates before him. We saw him walking towards us and it was glorious. GLORIOUUUUUS.
You know how in movies there seems to be a haze around superstars walking in the red carpet and all you can see is the star with camera flashes going off everywhere around him and the other people are basically faceless? THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED! All I could see was Lee Min Ho walking towards ME (yeah, i’m delusional) and he has this little smile on his face. He was wearing shades and he was walking like a model. And no one could get near him because of his bodyguards and all. When he passed by me I managed to brush his right sleeve!! O M G O M G. He’s such a dream, okay.
In a panicky state, I followed along with the crowd. I tried so hard to get near and I DID it. I slipped under the guards! (Reader, we have to see each other so I could demonstrate to you my ninja moves.) I was basically in the circle the bodyguards formed only for Lee Min Ho. And what else could I do when I managed to get inside the circle but touch his back. O M G. I could feel nothing of course since he was wearing a rather thick coat. But I was so happy!!!! A Korean bodyguard (not his famous bodyguard) slapped my hand away but I was still grinning like an idiot. I wish LMH didn’t feel harassed or whatever though. Heh. I just wanted to shake his hands but he wasn’t facing me. A Pinoy security also restrained me (he was holding both of my arms just to stop me from taking another step forward but I managed to break free because your fangirl spirit really does that to you) and I was still grinning. How could I not grin? I just touched Daejang’s back!!!!
I’d rather not share my video of my interaction with him since it’s just screaming and shaking and you can’t even see LMH’s face in it. So here’s a GIF of his back. I was filming the whole time so I have no idea how I managed to touch his back? IDK.
LMH and his bodyguards were so in-sync that their walk from the immigration towards the car waiting outside the Arrivals area was so smooth. No man, woman, fan or not, could stop them on their tracks. I was speechless, but they’re really rather impressive!
Everything happened so fast! In fact, my video only lasted for only 1:08 mins! THAT FAST! But it was so worth it because he’s just so handsome!!!!! He looks the same in person as he is on TV. Maybe a bit more good-looking because he’s just shining. You know?
It suddenly makes me wonder if he’s shining because he’s a celebrity or he already had that shine before, and that’s why he became a star? Yes, I have rather deep fangirl thoughts sometimes.
The airport chase started my Lee MinHo week. I am still tired from it all but it’s worth every single cent and effort. Lee MinHo is worth frothing over the mouth for. Lee MinHo is worth all the expensive taxi rides and hours and hours of waiting and sweaty run and being broke and stubbed toes. Lee MinHo is worth it. Period.
“I managed to get inside the circle and touch his back”? Baka naman “I managed to get inside the circle and touch his butt”. Ikaw yung pumisil dun sa pwet ni LMH noh?
Kung ako ‘yun, ipagyayabang ko okay!!!!! Hahahaha.
yane (@eijel_sarang) says
“I slipped under the guards! (Reader, we have to see each other so I could demonstrate to you my ninja moves.) I was basically in the circle the bodyguards formed only for Lee Min Ho.”
I can say WOAH! it’s not really obvious pero mas aggressive ka pa pala sakin! LOL lang… keke ^^ NINJA moves?! that’s so HILARIOUS and I enjoyed reading this! kekeke ^^
Wala lang sa itsura pero aggressive talaga ako sa mga ganitong bagay. Haha. Pwede nga raw akong manalo sa marathon basta Koryano ang nasa finish line. Hahaha. 🙂
Evelyn Acosta says
We are in SM Edda elevator when my husband saw the ad that says Bench-Lee min ho he kidded me and said oh nakalusot sa kyo ano? I was really surprised coz bench isclocal how can an Asian superstar be a model for it, I said maybe they are just using him to entice people to enter the store, every night I see to it to see LMH face before sleeping , then browse the Internet there I read that he is really coming the following day I went to a Bench outlet in Trinoma but the staff said that it’s already sold out she said that every 3 days tickets come but after a day sold out na all,I asked when will the next delivery of tickets will be but she doesn’t know. So I said that I better see LMH in sky dome, we arrived at 10am we asked the guard in the sky dome how can we enter, he said we have to buy a LMH t-shirt forgot to mention I am disable,so even I am in a wheelchair we rushed to bench to buy the t-shirt but unluckily it’s all sold out,there were so many of us who rushed to buy but they no longer have the item, we went to all the bench outlet but sorry no more stock. I went home that day devastated and lonely, I just contented myself in watching LMH being interview by Toni Gonzaga. I hope he comes back. Please advertisers be more detailed in your ads. We all thought that Skydome is for free, you didn’t mention that we need to buy a t-shirt to be accommodated. This is once in a lifetime happening .LMH is so busy he is always out of Korea for promotion.when will this happen again? Only bench manage to bring him here not even ABS CBN can bring him in our country please be more specific next time.
Ate, that’s really sad to hear! 🙁 I’d probably be depressed if I didn’t get to see him last time! But don’t worry, I’m pretty sure he’d come back. With the warm response and quite explosive welcome of Filipinos, he might think of coming back. And besides, he probably raked in so much money for Bench so they might keep him as an endorser for a long time! But yes, Bench made an awful job of promotions because they really weren’t very specific in terms of mechanics in the contests! I have some things I need to raise to them, too. 🙁
Anyway, I hope Lee MinHo comes back! Filipinos want him to come back, that’s for sure!
Hi fellow Minoz! I’ve just blogged about my experience. Hope you can read it too! 🙂
P.S.: I want to touch his back too!! You are so lucky!! 😛