Mariko didn't disappoint, not only that she brought sunshine with her, she brought along our MYMY too! Yes, our cute and sweet mymy, blossoming into a young lady now. I remember last time (also the first time) when I met mymy, I was on a packed schedule between dining the Omoni lunch in Gosireh and attending the Four Seasons concert in Tokyo Forum. I only had less than an hour to see mymy in this smoke-filled and stuffy coffee shop near a subway station. I was pretty overwhelmed as I always think mymy is an amazing young BYJ fan. I could also see from mymy's eyes that she got pretty emotional herself. I felt both apologetic and grateful to mymy, mariko and cloudnine for arranging that meeting as I didn't know (at that time) if we will see each other again.
Ha, fate brings us back together. Mymy, mariko, we meet again! We hugged and smiled, and proceeded to Shinjuku, which is a super busy hub for shopping, entertainment and dining. Another sister Olivia was waiting to join us to the Wald cinema. This is the giant billboard for TWSSG at the entrance :
Wald9 cinema is located on the 9th floor, this is the sign at the entrance to the elevator :
Since this is a national holiday, the cinema was quite packed with young people. Near the ticket reservation counter, I discovered there is a display case of BYJ merchandise! Can you recognize all these? (hehe sorry, no prize even if you get them all right :)
My smart Japanese sisters got ourselves a set of 12 tickets for 12,000 yen and mariko held it up for me to snap a shot of it.
We really didn't have much time left, so we ran downstairs to grab a quick bite. Olivia started telling us about their Taiwan trip to Yong Joon's AS Tour with mariko and bb, this is when I discovered how wonderfully cheerful this sister is. Olivia's account of their adventures was so animated, it made us burst out laughing and almost forgot that we were late for our show! We met up with another sister Cherish and stumbled into the pitch dark cinema, feeling our way to our seats. From the very occasional bright shots from the screen, I could tell the cinema was very big. We finally got settled in the seats and oh btw, we were watching epsiode 4, so the handsome adult Damdeok has not appeared yet, phew!
Wow, this drama is really made to be enjoyed in the theatre complete with 3-D and surround sound effects. Aside from the obvious benefits of seeing HRH in his full gorgeousness? on the big screen, this time it's the sound effects that really impress me. you know, every single sound is produced to perfection. Remember that scene when Sujini was a little girl, she brought Jumoochi to Bason's blacksmith shop and he threw his axe and chopped the tree stump into halves? My gosh, that quick, sharp chopping sound was so powerful that you felt like the axe was hitting at you! It's even more captivating during the polo match when the historical music, galloping horses and the sweeping weapons all combined to create this wonderful symphony. Since Wald9 is showing 1 episode per showing, so we had to leave the room and re-enter for episode 5.
The elegant Cloudnine onni joined us for this next episode and I was very happy to see her again. There seems to be a few other Japanese sisters that cloudnine was talking to. Then all of a sudden, a very graceful lady emerged and called me "Jaime!" and cloudnine told me "this is Pallet". Pallet? You mean the very famous artist Pallet, whom I have written to and admire?
Mymy and I were awe-struck, this was totally unexpected. We both admire the artistic talent of Pallet and love her recent drawings on the different 'gaze of Damdeok'. It was just too much happiness happening to me in one day. We didn't have much time to chat as episode 5 was about to start. In my heart I know we will have a chance to meet again.
As we were about to leave the cinema after episode 5 was finished, cloudnine pointed the stage to me where Hogae-nim (Yon Ta Young?) held his autograph session on the first day of TWSSG screening. I could imagine the crowds and excitement on that day already :
We still liked to talk a bit more, so we went to a coffee shop for desserts. It was another stuffy and smoke-filled cafe! Since it had been a long day and we all have obligations as housewives and mothers or students :), we decided to call off the day. Thank you mariko, mymy, olivia, cherish and cloudnine for another wonderful Bae Day!
Ha, but this TWSSG day did not end there, stay tune .......