On the 30th of January, I collected the food pack early in the morning and arrived at the airport at 9:30am. At the airport, I met 77, xiaokong, newbie spiderman from Jinan. We had a chat for a while before jiaojiao, the gansu female fan, came. Xiaokong was busy on the phone, booking the airtickets to Changsha in Hunan Province where Crayon Pop would go after Beijing, and he even upgraded to first class in the end. I was chatting with spiderman. but he said he doesn’t come on Tieba much, and comes from the region around Jinan in Shandong Province, and preparing for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). 77 handed out to everyone hand warmers and to shake it warm before giving it to Crayon Pop later. Previously, xiaokong told me to buy 2 boxes of Beijing delicacies to give on behalf of Chinese fans to both Crayon Pop and staff. That was how tommy (one of Crayon Pop Tieba’s leaders) did it previously. It was very well thought out, so I bought two boxes of DaoXiangChun (famed Beijing traditional pastry), and pasted notes written to Crayon Pop and staff in Hangul, and stored into two bags. There was quite a lot of food in each box, so they probably can’t finish it……
As the arrival time approached, we went to the arrival gate to wait for Crayon Pop. After a while, three people came and waited. Listening in on their conversation, I felt they were here for Crayon Pop, and were one of the organizers. I asked them, and indeed they were the organizers. One of them even became the MC later on. He was even holding a Crayon Pop paper.
They had not arrived even after we waited for a long time. I was becoming anxious. The longer it took, the higher my anxious meter went. Finally they arrived, it was great! Way was first seen. This time, Geummi was the last. I quickly handed the stuff prepared for them to Geummi. Geummi was very happy, and wanted to say something to me, but decided I won’t be able to understand anyway, and just gave an understanding laugh, and carried on walking. Seeing her in person, I think Geummi’s face is really small. Choa took the initiative to smile at fans by waving and talking. This time it was Suh bringing them around. Earman Kim did not come. They had a lot of luggage. It was two full carts worth, pushed by Suh in front and two female assistants at the back. Just as we were exiting, I gave the staff snack box to Suh. They had to wait a while outside for the car. This time, Way looked at us, and held their elbows saying 추워 추워 (cold, cold). I wanted to reply to be careful not to get the cold, but suddenly couldn’t remember how to say cold. Aish! It’s so awkward when you can’t communicate. In a while the car came, Crayon Pop got on the car, and we shouted ‘Pop! Pop! Crayon Pop!’ before leaving.
Arriving at the concert venue, we located the exact gate after which we consulted the guard who told us not to enter. The venue is within a musical hall which is part of National Library of China.
It was still early, so we went to a book-collection museum in the library on a whim. The others said it was all because of Crayon Pop, that they could go to so many cities, to be able to come to the capital in Beijing to see China’s ancient writing exhibits, probably something they wouldn’t experience in their life again. Great! Around 4pm, we went out and figured out the ticketing situation. But it was still early, so we walked around the venue, and eventually saw a cafe, and decided to go in. But the doors were closed. As we were turning around, we figured it could be an entrance for the VIP, and other fans guessed Crayon Pop might go out to eat between the time of rehearsal and formal performance. I said probably not, since they usually have food sent in, as it was the case for the other concerts.
So we went elsewhere to another cafe. Coincidentally , it was going to be closed for renovation the next day, so this was the last day it was operating. So we went in. They ordered a meal, but since I was hyped up, I had no appetite, and didn’t eat. We waited for about 2 hours there. At the cafe, we saw Geummi’s IG, about the rice that couldn’t diminish. I guessed it was due to too much DaoXiangChun pastry eating that spoiled their appetite for other food!
We came out, went through hassles before getting our tickets and went to our seats. The seats weren’t great. There was a staff with a Mohican hairdo recording in front of me, blocking my line of sight, Aish.
The concert began, it was great! Crayon Pop was last to appear. Besides the three guys, there was Bai Jugang. Their performances were interesting. Their fans were pretty wild. I felt they were quite friendly, and had no airs. Their singing skills were not bad too. Later, FNC’s Juniel came, and sang with Cheng Xiao a Chinese song. Cheng Xiao said she was a good friend. Juniel’s performance was also great. Her signing was good, and she was pretty. This was also her first time coming to China. After the duet, she sang two of her Korean songs with a guitar.
Later the playful Xiao Bai (Bai Jugang) came on stage, and his performance was full of energy. It was a band, and the guitarist was very close to me. He had a Mohican hairdo, and I thought he was just some nobody. Once he started performing, I knew I was all wrong. He was so talented! Xiao Bai’s group was indeed quite good; I think they will be successful in the future.
After waiting a long while, finally Crayon Pop came on stage! We were so excited, and shouted loudly. There weren’t as many Crayon Pop fans this time, so the volume might not be as loud as the previous times, but we still did our best to cheer. First performance was ‘Bar Bar Bar’. Way was closest to us, and she kept looking at us. Great. After the performance, the guy staff who was at the airport took on the role as MC, asked Crayon Pop a few questions, and also did the interpretation. Crayon Pop has been in Beijing three times, but because they were too busy, has never been able to taste roasted duck. I was thinking when would Geummi’s ‘Great Wall of China’ dream be fulfilled (she once said she wanted to visit the Great Wall in a Sina interview). Later, the three guys came out, and performed ‘123 Happy New Year’, it was great! It was a rare sight to see this song being performed. After the song ended, confetti exploded, which indicated the end of the concert! Xiaoxing (another CP fan) who was seating beside me asked if Crayon Pop will be leaving now, and for us to chase after them. But I felt that wasn’t certain, and there might still be a curtain call.
This moment, the three guys came on stage and performed one last song. As they sang, Juniel also came on! So great, she’s so pretty! In the end, Crayon Pop also came on stage. This was around the time the atmosphere reached its climax with everyone standing up. Crayon Pop started throwing candies into the crowd. Geummi even threw the candy really far! Her motion was very precise, looks like she has very good sporting abilities. After throwing it, she also couldn’t take it and laughed while covering her mouth. Choa (or Way) saw me trying my best, and threw a candy at me, but too bad I was standing too far back, and couldn’t catch it. At this time, spiderman gave me one. Later as Crayon Pop got down the stage, I kept waving, and Geummi saw me, it was the best!
Once we exited, 77 said let’s go to the back of the concert hall to check it up. I started running. I kept thinking to myself I should be faster, or else Crayon Pop’s car would have left. Being first had its advantages after all. The moment I reached the back, a Buick MPV was slowly moving off. I thought for a moment if this could be it. I tried looking inside, but it was dark and couldn’t see anything. This was when the window opened. It was indeed Crayon Pop who were smiling at me from inside. Geummi loudly greeted me and waved. Ellin was at the passenger seat, and gave me a thumb’s up, saying ‘GOOD!’ in English. I said, “you are good” in reply. Geummi said, “See you”, and I replied, “see you tomorrow, 공항에서 (at the airport)”. Crayon Pop was quite surprised. At this moment, the car started moving forward, and the other Crayon Pop fans started appearing. After a short greeting, the car left. As we left, the metro service had already stopped since it was too late, so we had to figure our way home by taxi. I didn’t reach home until midnight.
The next day, we were at the airport at 8:30am. 77, xiaokong and I stood outside, while jiaojiao, spiderman, tommy and xiaoxu (another CP fan) stood inside. Unfortunately, Crayon Pop did not show up. It was later confirmed that Crayon Pop left Beijing for Changsha on an early flight the next day. And we don’t know the reason for the change of flight.
As I was writing this recap (on Feb 1, 2015), 77,xiaokong and jiaojiao were already in Changsa (their next destination), prepared to cheer on Crayon Pop. I hope the reader when reading up to this point would raise your hands and shout loudly, “Pop! Pop! Keu! Rae! Yong! Pop!”. So that everyone around will hear it! Finally I wish DianTong will prosper, DTBoys will prosper and Crayon Pop to prosper even more!
Source: Crayon Pop Tieba