Hi Hi .... by now, I guess all of the sisters have sent in their Birthday greetings for Yong Joon. Hope he had a great day with his loved ones and maybe think about us a little and smile? Even though I am not a big fan of birthdays or anniversaries, but how can I ignore a date when such an extraordinary man is born? So, how did you spend your August 29?
Kiyomi and cloudnine are kind enough to invite me to their circle's party. When I walked into Gosireh, there were already groups of fans inside the lobby lining up to have pictures taken by a Gosireh photographer (a Korean, I believe). Why? Because of these 2 super cute & cuddly guys. Hehe, the Damdeok bear even has a ponytail :)
We checked in with the hostess and expected to go upstairs to a private party room, instead the hostess showed us OUT the door! I was scratching my head ...... is my face really that repulsive?? Ahhhh luckily ..... she was actually showing us to this VIP door!
It's hard enough to secure a seat in Gosireh on HRH's birthday, never in my dream that I could dine in the VIP room again! Hehe, Kiyomi san has a lot of face eh (as the Chinese saying goes :)
Since I had the pear juice before, so I decided to try the grape juice instead. Hmmm... not as sweet but still very refreshing. Want to try it next time, princess? As the menu shown, we'd have a special birthday lunch, not the BoyangSang I was expecting.
Our group was invited back to the lobby to be photographed with the 2 giant Joon Bears and we were told this picture will be sent to Yong Joon! Am I hearing it right?? Pleaseeeeee, may I have another hour to get my hair and makeup in place? Of course with these type of group photos, before you even have a chance to find a spot .... CLICK .... next group please! So dear Yong Joon, if you happen to see a blur on the edge of a picture, it's probably this clutz here who was still trying to get herself into a ready position, sorry! The hostess also presented us a greeting card so we could write messages to Yong Joon attaching to our picture, what an unexpected bonus! (No no chinggu, contrary to what you suspect, I did NOT write HRH a super long love letter, just a medium one, haha :)
I know everybody has seen Gosireh cuisine so many times already, but since this is his special birthday menu, allow me to show them again......
The usual banchan
Appetizers, hehe I call them 'Rabbit' dish because of the carrots!
Hmmm, the grilled pork melts in your mouth, slurp slurp!
This shrimp 'salad' thingy is so refreshingly delicious, all the sisters kept saying, "oishii!"
I always love their seafood soup bowl cause I am a 'rice bucket'.
Dessert - well, so so, not a big dessert person.
The wonderful part about Gosireh cuisine is you don't feel stuffed even after eating so many courses. I had to leave some room in my tummy, why? Because we were going to a celebration party next! Oh wait wait, before I left, I got to survey the lobby for any new HRH pictures - hehe, recognize them?
The birthday party was held in that cozy little Italian restaurant near the laneway leading to Gosireh. A lot of sisters were waiting there already, Sakura san and Ok san quickly decorated the place with Yong Joon's posters. Trust me, in less than 10 minutes, the entire place was transformed into a Yonsama-themed restaurant.
We chatted and ate again, Kiyomi spoke to the group. Then we played a real fun Q&A game about Yong Joon's drama and movies on a bingo sheet. Kiyomi, moichan and cloudnine helped me out with my very very basic Japanese. But there was really no losers here. A very generous sister donated so many Yonsama's goodies as prizes, we could choose whatever we liked (I thought I were the 'Alice' in wonderland!)
What comes next was actually very touching, they brought out the beautiful birthday cake and we started singing 'Seniru Chukka Hamunida' and 'Born to be Loved' (Katakana pronunciation).
As I saw the sincere faces and whole-heartedness of these sisters, I then turned and looked up at Yong Joon's picture, I couldn't help but thought, "Yong Joon-na, if only you knew how much your family loves you, maybe even more than themselves. Do you feel a slight tingling in your heart now?"
As I learned, there is always a custom of gift exchange in the fans gathering. We all stood up holding up our little gift and formed a circle. Tamatama san played the piano and we started passing the present around. When the music stopped, the present in our hands will be the one, how cute! Look at the beautiful package I had in my hand :
I was very lucky to get 'Tae Wang' in this beautiful 8x10 frame, isn't he handsome?
The party had come to an end. I am so grateful that I had the chance to share the joy of celebrating Yong Joon's birthday and witness one more time the unconditional love of our sisters towards him.