October 13, 2012
Ok, we’re gonna have to hold back our tears while writing most of this blog post. ALL THESE FEELS! Let’s just start off by saying that we had an absolutely wonderful time in Mexico, and that you Mexican Nasties are so generous and loving and OH FFFF I’M ALL TEARY EYED AGAIN.
Ok ok ok. Wait. Before we get to that part, let’s talk about how we got there to begin with.
We were invited by Hyunwoo Sun and the Talk to Me In Korea team to come along with them for their Talk to Me in Korean Around the World event. We were going to come as judges for the Kpop Dance Contest, and we were going to get to hang out and chat with some of you all afterwards. We were totally stoked at the idea! I’ve never been to Mexico, but Martina’s been once, loooong time ago. And, we’d get to stop over in Toronto for a few days as well and see our families. How perfect is that? We said yes the instant we were asked.
A few weeks passed by until the night before we fly out. Guess what happens? Martina’s pink eye spreads to me, and I get a nasty fever at 1AM. NAAAASTY fever. No, not “Nasty Fever” as in “OHHH I WANT TO MEET PEOPLE!!!” Nasty Fever as in 38.6 degrees. I was all sweaty and shivering, mumbling stuff that didn’t necessarily agree with what I was thinking, and just overall useless and very unhealthy. Great! Right before we fly out! Luckily for me, Martina’s awesomeness extends into being very caring, and she nursed my fever down to something manageable.
Next morning, we were all ready for our flight to Vancouver, which would then take us to Toronto for the night, which we’d follow up with our flight to Mexico. Great! Problem is, our first flight turned out to be SIX HOURS DELAYED! AH!!! We had to reschedule with a different airline, because we’d miss all of our connecting flights. Balls to that! Fortunately, Hyunwoo fixed this all for us in time. Woot!
Anyhow, we arrived in Mexico after flying and hanging out in airports for roughly 20 hours or so, and we were both pretty sick. Martina’s pink eye is still pink, and my throat was sore as all hell. Great! We’d meet lots of awesome people for the event, and we’d cover them in our Korean germs! We imagined scenes from Contagion being played out. No word yet on the first casualties, though.
We tried being as sanitary as possible! We brought hand sanitizer and used it profusely. At the event, we tried warning people that we were sick, but people in Mexico were all so affectionate, and all gave their hugs to us freely, even at the risk of infection. Even cheek-kisses! Oh boy! If you’re reading this and you were at the event, please tell us that you’re not feeling sick. Or, if you are, we’ll do our best to deny responsibility!
Ok, that part was easy to write about without getting emotional. What hit us the hardest wasn’t being able to chat with people for six hours (no joke: six hours, almost non-stop except for bathroom breaks, which people still chatted with us during (OOH YOU’RE ALL SO NASTY!)). What really hit us the hardest was the reception we got when we walked on stage when we were announced. People screaming and cheering for us…just…just…why? I don’t get it. We don’t deserve it at all, but we felt so overwhelmed with all the positivity and love that we could barely even say anything on stage. We just farted out a few words that were barely eloquent because all we wanted to do was just thank you and cry. Ah. MY FEELS.
Seriously, guise. The support you give us is so overwhelmingly awesome, and we’ll never take that for granted. Seriously: I have no idea how people can perform on stage. Kpop idols – how do you not collapse into sobbing heaps when you get on stage? You’re much bigger than we are, get much more love. How do you maintain composure? What kind of training gets you ready for that? Well, whatever that training is, we don’t want it. We never want to take it for granted that you’re all so wonderful and FFFFF stop writing this ok back to normal not-emotional thoughts.
Anyhow, we had a bunch of fun at the event. We got called out, abruptly, to sing something in front of everyone. WHAT THE EFF?!?! We’re not performers! We can’t do live stuff! Editing video means you can cut out all your mistakes! Doing stuff live is so stressful! We sang Eat Your Kimchi Style, though. Ha! What shocked us the most when we saw the footage afterwards was that PEOPLE WERE SINGING ALONG WITH US!!! What? How? I don’t know. It was amazing. Here’s someone’s video of it.
That was the last of my voice. Well, the last bits of it. After the singing contest and dance contest, we met some more people backstage and took some more pictures, but my voice cut right at the end of it. I now have what Martina had a while ago. Can only whisper, and write! Guess that’s why this blog post is so long!
More importantly, we want to seriously apologize to everyone who waited for us after the event. The lineup for pictures was really long, and we were on the brink of collapsing. My nose actually started bleeding. Who the hell does that? This isn’t an anime! People’s noses don’t bleed if they’re tired! But we were barely hanging in there, and we had to get snuck out through the back via security, and we felt guilty as hell for it. Really, really sorry everyone, but if we went on any longer one of us would have fainted. We went back to our hotel and collapsed into our beds and fell asleep instantly.
So, that’s it! We’re writing this blog post on the plane ride back to Toronto now, where we’ll start editing the footage ASAP. Funny: we never actually write blog posts until the video’s finished. We were just both so excited to write this that I guess we couldn’t hold back, though I think I wrote most of it before Martina got the change to write anything (she’s currently face-planted on the plane dinner tray, beside me, fast asleep).
Now, I know some of you are going to ask us to come to your country. And, WE’D LOVE TO COME! SERIOUSLY! We’re not NOT coming to your countries because we don’t want to come. We just don’t know how to event plan for something like that, you know? We can’t just say “AYO! MEET US AT THE STARBUCKS!” We’d need to rent a venue, set up audio and whatnot, and that’s not something we know how to do in our own country, let alone in someone else’s! So, if someone wants to set something up, we’re all for coming! We just can’t set it up ourselves.
Yeah! And there are bloopers for this video, as always. I show off my sexy airport fashion and the secret to being a celebrity at the airport: