It’s been 8 years since I became a K-pop fan. I could still remember the very first time I laid my eyes on the first-ever K-pop boyband who captured my heart – Super Junior. I loved all 15 members (though I have to admit Eunhyuk occupies a bigger space in my heart) and supported them in every way that I could.
For one, I saved half of my allowance back in high school just so I could watch Super Show 2 at the Araneta Coliseum. I watched a lot of K-pop music videos on TV and spent money several times in internet cafes to check updates on them. I also wrote K-pop-related fanfictions that I eventually posted online.
On top of those, I collected Super Junior albums, light sticks, and other merchandise. In fact, there was one time when I stood in line for more than 5 hours just to buy their Mr. Simple album, but I was not able to buy one since the last album with Eunhyuk on the cover was given to the girl in front of me. Imagine how heartbroken I was that time! I stood up for hours wearing high heels just to see the last album slip right in front of me!
Despite that unfortunate incident, I never stopped supporting my favorite boyband. I bought almost all of their albums and attended their concerts in the Philippines. It even came to the point when my Aunt turned into a fan as well. We then would attend Super Show together, and I am proud to say that I never missed any of the Super Show concerts in Manila, including the most recent one which was held on June 30, 2018.
As they say, when you start becoming a fangirl, you never stop. Who wouldn’t love TVXQ, SHINee, and the rest of the legendary boybands back in 2010? Of course, I also became a fan of EXO, Infinite, Boyfriend, UKISS, SISTAR, Blackpink, and VIXX. It was VIXX, though, which I really focused much on, next to Super Junior.
For the love of VIXX, I did not buy a lot of merchandise, but I was able to buy a VIP ticket with High Touch on their VIXX Utopia concert in 2015. I will never forget the day I saw them up close and got a high five from all six members of the group!
I then became too avid a fan that I changed my phone to iPhone 6 because it was the same phone that VIXX’s N was using. More than that, I started using the perfume that he likes. I also celebrated N’s birthday every year, supported his individual projects, listened to his midnight radio show (even if I did not understand anything), and the list of the things I did for the love of N and VIXX went on.
For 8 years now, I have already attended 9 K-pop concerts (4 Super Shows, 2 EXO concerts, 1 VIXX concert, the Super Pop Con, and the MBC Show Champion) and collected 14 albums and a photobook.
Looking back, I never regret being a fangirl. Let me count the whys. K-pop was the reason my high school friends and I became so close. Being a fangirl taught me how to save money. It also taught me how to commute from Tarlac to Manila by bus. I met a lot of new friends along the way. Most importantly, K-pop idols taught me to never give up on my dreams, at least those dreams that had to do with my being a fangirl.
I feel I will continue to feed on this inspiration that K-pop gives me. So here’s to 8 K-pop years (and counting) of fun-filled memories and meaningful life lessons. Hwaiting!