Finally, it’s time to meet female idols from Japan! Kawaii Pop Fest is a 3-day event, but we only bought the first day package because our main purpose was to watch 9nine. It’s possible to buy tickets for one group only, but these won’t include the free handshake pass.
May 17, 2013 – Arrival at KITEC
I can’t explain in detail how idol concerts are different from your typical Western-style concert, but what I truly love is the unity among fans. Everyone has their own penlight and they wave it, along with a chant, altogether. If you haven’t seen a female idol concert before, I suggest you browse YouTube to understand what I’m talking about. (Nevermind, here you go.)
We’re not allowed to take photos and videos during the event, so here’s a preview of 9nine’s performance from Puffin Entertainment’s YouTube account.
Post-Concert Handshake and Sign
I shook hands with all the girls who performed today. Koumi (Dorothy Little Happy) said to Sachi in English, “Philippines? I love the Philippines. I’ve been there.” Hiroro (9nine) gave me a nickname, yellow penlight, because I was holding a yellow penlight when she saw me during the concert.
We’re allowed to give them gifts (except money and food), so I’m hoping they’ll use the personalized phone strap I gave them. If you bought an official merchandise, you’ll be given a ticket for another handshake opportunity! Ψ( ●｀▽´● )Ψ ｷｬﾊ♪
Plus, there’s an autograph signing for fans who bought their CUE album. Woah. That’s chance #3. I spent a lot, but I regret nothing. ヾ( ￣▽)ゞ
May 18, 2013 – Free Time!
We went back to Tsim Sha Tsui, the place where we stayed last year, and roamed around the area. It was really nostalgic. We bought many souvenirs, went to Avenue of the Stars, and went back to the hostel again to leave the things we bought.
Going to Avenue of the Stars! We’ve been here the last time, but it was raining, so we didn’t enjoy the view.
Next stop: Lok Fu MTR station. We walked to Kowloon Walled City Park, a notorious part of Hong Kong’s history.
We dropped by at Lok Fu Plaza before riding the MTR. No, people, we are not twins.
Shopping for the last time! Our last stop was the Ladies’ Market in Mongkok (again). I bought some clothes and a bag for a good price.
May 19, 2013 – Bye Bye Hong Kong
Bye bye, Hong Kong! This trip was indeed a stress reliever. In addition, I’m happy because everything I spent was from the money I earned at work. I should do this more often. Every year? Every two years? Let’s go.