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Kolon Sport new store fan sign + fan account [5.25.2011]



May 25, 2011.  Grand Opening of a new Kolon Sport store.  Which meant a second fan signing with endorsement model Seunggi to drum up business.  Liked this jacket and scarf he was wearing when he arrived…

(Notice the Millet outdoor sports brand store across the street? 1n2d hyung Taewoong started as their endorsement model shortly after joining 1N2D.  But I believe the brand is targeted toward an older demographic than Kolon Sport.)

Always love screaming fancam when LSG appears!

Signing for fans

(videos: leeseunggi01)

Fan sign outfit~ Kolon Sport lime green/white windbreaker and grey t-shirt.

Cody really couldn’t go wrong with picking out a bright and colorful windbreaker since it’s an outdoor brand clothing endorsement fan sign.  But then I remember Seunggi’s first Kolon Sport fan signing… and the incomprehensible layering and brown saddle shoes!  Thanks for keeping it simple this time Cody!

Love when Seunggi does these types of expressions…

I know he loves his fans, but I wonder how he REALLY feels about having to hand-clasp like every other fan during these fan signing events!  hahahaha. 

Not really digging this bracelet. But the hair and outfit look SO much better than the recent ajusshi appearance at the Perioe fan sign.  Also how can lime green colored clothes not make you happy~ signaling sunny weather season is here!  Really like Kolon Sport’s Spring/Summer line with Seunggi.

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Detailed fan account
from the longest fangirling Seunggi fan that LSGfan knows!

Written by fangirl Yon (LSGfan-edited version)
Please do not re-post elswhere without HER permission.

Gyeongju, a place in korea that i do not know how far/near it is from seoul. The only place i know is Busan. OMG, i have to take a train/bus just to Gyeongju. i realised i have to stay a night over there.

If anyone of you are aware, korean artistes who hold fans signing session, are always limited to 100 autographs only. It’s so unlike taiwan/hongkong artistes who can sign 500 or 2000 autographs. I do appreciate that these korean companies do take care of stars, i.e. limit the number of autographs so that the star will not hurt their precious hands.. not only that, everyone should also know that korea artistes will write your name on it, this is again another difference from taiwan/hongkong stars which makes the autograph even more worth your $$ flying over. another advantage/precaution that they write your name on it is: it prevent unscrupulous money-making people from selling the autograph on internet.

Arriving in Gyeongju the day before the fan sign

The day before the autograph session, i reached Gyeongju after more than 2hours of train ride. It took me another hour from the train station to reach the hotel that i have booked for a night. Check in and within 1hr, i was off to the venue to check it out. The Kolon Sport new outlet was bigger in space and has 3 levels (think the 2nd level also belongs to them). We walked in and looked around, realised that they have more designs than the shinsegae outlet that we went the day before. Wanted to ask about the fan signing from the staff but there were quite alot of customers, so we walked out.. We decided to look around the area..

Shopping at FUBU store next door

Guess what store was beside Kolon Sport? FUBU!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha… So we walked in and take a look at the clothes. Saw this t-shirt that Seung Gi wore in 1 of the poster in the store, so tried on it and bought it.. hehe.. While making the payment, i saw the paperbag with Seung Gi on it.. so i asked if they have it. The male staff told me that they do not have it anymore.. just then, the female staff asked if i mind it. I took a look and the bottom of the paper bag was pasted with scotch-tape. I was thinking about it and finally decided to just take it.. haha.. this is really crazy… only a crazy fan will want to take a spoilt paper bag…. ^_^  Seeing us so crazy, the male staff told us to wait, he went outside and took 2 calendar poster for us. We told them that we are here for the fans signing, so he asked where are we from. Seems like so many korean are very shocked that we are willing to fly over for a fan signing..

Eating lunch at Pizza Hut and back to Kolon Sport store (again!)

We had a late lunch (at about 3plus to 4pm). Guess where did we had our lunch? PIZZA HUT!!!!! hahaha… After that, throughout the rest of the day we walked round and round the area. 

After dinner time, we decided to walk into the store again.. The store seems to be always so busy and crowded with customers.. Good for Seung Gi..hehehe.. that means Kolon Sport might sign on with him again.. Before going in, we looked up at the 2nd floor and realised that they have the water container(bottle), so i asked about it. i had long ago wanted to get 1 to put in the office and it’s nice that Kolon Sport is selling it. We looked on the 1st floor but couldn’t find it, so asked the staff for help.

When she finally get it for me and made the payment, i asked her about the fans signing. Since she knew that we were from overseas, she asked if i could speak mandarin. I was like, ‘Thanks God!!!’ i don’t have to speak in my limited broken korean anymore!”. She told us she has no idea what time the fans will start to queue, but told us that the japanese fans are here too. That was around 8.30pm but there wasn’t any fans queuing outside, so we decided to go back to the hotel and rest. At the same time, i make sure i check tryp96 blog(because i have seen her updating how many fans queuing up at fans signing before..keke)..

Heading out at 3:30am for fan sign

We told the hotel staff that we will check out at 4am and need a cab to send us to the venue(which is near the old train station). They told us, no train at that time, so i need to tell them, ‘no, we are going to queue for Lee Seung Gi’s Kolon Sport fans signing!’… They were shocked and start talking among themselves…haha.

I make sure that i have set the alarm in my handphone to wake me up too. Because i have a habit of washing my hair in the morning, i have to get up early.. So in the end, i was up at 2am, checked tryp blog and she posted that a fan was waiting outside the shop already. We were early, we checked out at 3.30am and waited for our cab to arrive.

Kolon Sport fan sign early in the morning!

When we reached the place, we realised there was no fan around.. Just then, a lady who was in her car came down. She asked if we were here for the fans signing, we told her yes. She said the weather was cold and offer us to stay in her car, but the weather was ok, so we politely decline it. And i regretted it after an hour or so later.. The weather got colder and colder. And with the wind blowing, OMG, i really regret not accepting her offer… hehe…

About less than an hour later, a woman in her car asked if this is the place for the fans signing.. she parked her car and started joining us.. Another ahjumma also followed after that. We couldn’t take it anymore and i started looking around to buy hot drinks. I don’t drink coffee and their MacDonald’s do not have hot chocolate either, so i have to look for the convenient shop. Luckily there was 1 and bought the hot chocolate to keep ourselves warm.

We were always checking our watch for the time and it passed by so slowly. As the days brighten up, more and more fans started to join the queue.. actually there were a few fans who were there before 5am too, but they went to find shelter to keep themselves warm before joining the queue at 6plus.. There were also 3 japanese fans who were queuing behind us…

Waiting in line, getting our numbers

I think at about 8plus, the representatives from Seung Gi official fan club, Airen came and started to take down our names and contact number. I like this!! I have been to another fans signing (not seung gi and it happened many years ago), and they practised this too. This will prevent others from cutting queue(it happened during the fan signing) or having 1 friend queuing for more than 1 person. Even with 2 ahjummas who queue for their daughters, they have to be there before the official queue number is given out.

While waiting, we also saw Kolon Sport staff coming in and cleaning the store. We were hoping that the staff will give out the queue number soon, but they didn’t do it until about 10plus. Just before the official queue number was given out, the 2 ahjummas were calling their daughters on their handphone and asked them to come quickly. Just before that, a car stopped infront of us and it seems that the 2 daughters were driven to the venue(not sure if it’s one of the gals’ sister or what). The mothers left and the girls joined the queue. I told them, ‘your mothers are very good’ and they said thank you. haha.. tell me, most of our parents will tell us ‘crazy girls’, right?. It’s either seung gi’s power or korean mothers are very supportive of their children. but i choose believe its the SEUNG GI’s power.

Lunch at Pizza Hut (again!)

We were told to come back at 12.50pm. We had our lunch (where else but PIZZA HUT again!) and walked back to Kolon Sport again. We really find it troublesome to carry 1 of our handcarry bag for the fan signing and was trying to find an alternative. We decided to asked the FUBU staff if we can deposit our bag there first… He agreed!!! Hahaha. We went back to the Kolon Sport outlet. There were a few guys wearing Kolon Sport t-shirts while others were wearing formal suit. There is also a notice stating something about the shop will be closed at 1pm for the fan signing and resume after that.

Message for Seunggi

We were told to write our name behind the queue card and words that you want Seung Gi to write on it, limited to 5 words. Can you imagine, how to think of 5 english words or a sentence with 5 words only. So when the manager or staff was checking everyone’s card, he told me ‘cannot’ and asked me to change. I told him that this is english, and counted the word 1 by 1 to him. initially he still tell me cannot, but i really can’t think of anything shorter than that(because 1 of the word is long..haha). it does not make any sense if i have to ask Seung Gi to write just ‘A , B, C, D & E’ right? haha.. so i tell myself to just let it be, if they don’t accept later, i will just let Seung Gi write my name only.

Just then, a woman appeared beside me… i looked at her and know that she is not in front of us nor behind us when we queue. When we were asked to queue in two, we told the staff that this woman is not in the queue earlier, she was then told to leave. We spoke to the japanese fans behind us and she thought i was korean (do i look like one?). she asked where we were from and i told her i was from Singapore and my friend from Brunei.

They were like ‘OMG, you came to Korea specially for Seung Gi’s fan signing’! and they started to go wow! wow!, i was like, is it really that shocking? Maybe because the japanese need to take an hour flight to korea only but for us, the flight is more than 6 hours.. 3 of the japanese fans who were behind us, 1 of them could speak korean(limited but alot more better than me), another could speak english. So we do rely on them to do translation for us..hehe.. A BIG THANK YOU!

Seunggi arrives

Just then, KBS TV Station cameraman was taking video and interviewing some fans. At about 2plus, we were ushered into the store. Actually, if i’m not wrong, only the 1st 20 or so were told to wait inside the store. But guess what happen? When Seung Gi’s vehicle was reaching the store, we could here the scream outside. Only the vehicle was in sight, but people are screaming already. When we finally saw the vehicle infront of the store, we wanted to take our hp to take picture or video of it, but the manager/staff pointed to all of us to stop taking pictures so most of us decided not to continue filming anymore. The moment Seung Gi stepped out of the vehicle, the scream was deafening. There were actually railing separating the queue and onlookers. But once Seung Gi’s appeared, everything went haywire…

It’s not young kids who went wild only, the ahjummas, grandmothers couldn’t resist Seung Gi’s charm and started to stand near the glass panel.. Seung Gi was wearing a formal suit when he came. When he was walking in, we waved to him. He was quickly ushered into another area in the store(might be the 2nd floor or another room in the 1st level). The rest of the queue was so mixed up with the crowd that the staff decided to let the rest of the fans in the queue to come into the store as well.

Meeting Seunggi

Ok, finally, Seung Gi appeared in the fan signing table with a sporty wear. The 1st fan in the queue was a mother with her 2 children(?), think so.. haha… because the kids came later. Another fan also brought her daughter along and was 3rd in the queue. The next 2 were young girls whose mothers had queued early for them. They were so excited when they shook hands with Seung Gi…

next it was my turn.. i told myself to calm down.. When the manager took the queue card from me, he didn’t say the words were too long. Seung Gi took a look at the card.. I walked towards the table and passed him the present i have bought for him. He said ‘hello’ to me first..!!! I said to him, ‘Hi Seung Gi, this is for you.’ He answered, ‘Thank you’ and asked me ‘Where are you from?’, i told him ‘ I’m from Singapore’.

While he was writing my name, i asked him ‘When is your next concert?” Actually i know that he won’t be able to give me an answer because it’s still too early to say/decide, but for the fun and to hear him speaking english, i asked this silly question. He answered and gestured with both his hands, ‘not yet’ with a smiling face..I told him that ‘i will attend your concert again’ and he said ‘thank you’ again.

He wrote the sentence that i wanted him to write and he took a slightly longer time because it’s not korean…hehehe…. i was like asking him another silly question, i said ‘you will come to singapore right’? haha…. He couldn’t answered (i know that it’s not because he didn’t understand but because he can’t promise anything) and just smiled to me. He passed the autograph to me and shook hands with me. I said thank you and smiled back to him and left.

The aftermath and the fans

It may seems like nothing to most of us, but the fact that he understood what i asked him and answered it short is good enough. His voice was also very sweet, gentle and sounds genuine. Every time he replied, he make sure he looked at me and answered it. After that, we didn’t know what to do as we were not told where to go, so we stood behind the queue, but was later told to go out by the back door. I saw the staff whom i spoke to the day before and signalled to her i got it already!! and she signalled back and said good… haha..

When i was outside, i couldn’t control my excitement and wanted to post the picture of the autograph on twitter, but the reception was not good and could not do so.. Lucky that i didn’t do it, i realised a mistake i made in the sentence i asked him to write..

We walked to the front of the store and realised then that the backdrop has shifted position. We were so surprised to find residents there trying to catch a glimpse of Seung Gi by standing on the benches opposite it.. on flowerbed, on lamp-post,etc.. And those who did that are not older fans but college/high school students, boys and girls. There were also working adults(ladies & young man).

Seunggi leaves through back entrance

Now it seems like where is Seung Gi going to come out from. As far as i’m aware, korean stars do not use back door to leave the venue. They will usually leave by the front door. But because we saw the staff at the back door, there were 2 crowds. One were at the front door waiting and another at the back door. What will you do if you were me? I was like i can’t wait at 1 position only, so i was walking back to the front door and then the back door. When i was at the back door, i tried to video tape it, but again my height really not helping me.. Later, i was told by my friend that the FUBU staff saw his vehicle packing at another place near the backdoor and was signalling to other fans that it’s over there.

I will write about the Strong Heart recording soon.
Do lookout for Tryp96 and lsgfan blog!!!

~Yon~

Images: Kolon Sport, dcLSG/As labeled; Fan account: Yon@SoompiLSG

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3 Responses

  1. That hand-clasping! I AM SO JEALOUS! OMO!

    I love how he looks at each of the fans. I can feel his sincerity that it makes me proud to be a fan of a big, yet very humble star.

    Seung-gi, don’t ever ever change!

    Thanks, Yon and Ann! I hope something like this happens when I go there this November!

  2. Thanks Yon for sharing and writing up this detailed fan account! Love it bc I’m a bit detail-obsessed! Me and Seunggi similar like that!

    You guys are awesome for making it out to the fan meeting. And for sure~ Seunggi will remember his 2 lovely fans from Singapore and Brunei! I’m 100% sure he would’ve loved to talk more and was probably SUPER touched and happy that you guys traveled to see him, but with all those fans waiting in line and watching every move…

    Hook probably has instructed him to treat everyone the SAME, so no one freaks out! Exception~ little kids… they seem to get extra attention! :)

  3. AH! I’m so glad you posted this!
    I also want to share some photographs taken by one of my fav fan-photogs: http://kojimom.blog.me/50111253968
    http://kojimom.blog.me/50111196611

    You may have already seen them but her photos are so gorgeous & Lee Seungi is so a;lsdkjfdsf CUUUUTE!

    thank you for sharing this fan-account!
    ^__^

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