After the nightmare that was B.A.P's concert led by KpopMe, I knew better than to involve myself with the pain that was disorganization and fandom disrespect. Following GOT7's two shows in Vancouver on Friday were the two Sunday legs of the Toronto show, neither of which I would be attending as a result of my horrendous past experience at Massey Hall.
I was voluntarily surrendering the opportunity to witness their live performance(s), but I felt it to be too much of a shame to not see my favourite group of all time when they happened to be on Canadian soil, and within decently close proximity to me.
It wasn't a solo adventure though - I didn't carry enough confidence to execute this mission alone. For this reason, I'd like to express profound gratitude to the fellow fangirl who accompanied me on this chaotic trip. (You're awesome and you know it!)
- There were definitely over fifty fans waiting in anticipation of their arrival, which was a greater number than expected given the limited amount of flight information available.
- Contrary to what I had believed, it was difficult to identify the members when their facial features were mostly concealed under masks, caps, and hoods. (I couldn't locate Jackson until the very last moment!)
- Jackson, Mark, Youngjae, and Jinyoung were wearing heavy-duty NBA jackets, while Yugyeom, Bambam, and JB opted for lighter jackets.
- All members except for JB wore masks; in addition, Youngjae, Mark, Jackson, and Jinyoung wore caps.
- JB was the most casually-dressed out of all of them, with no hood, mask, or cap! He essentially looks the same as in photos, with little to no acne and generally even skin tone.
- Bambam posed for photos! The maknae line were stylishly-dressed - both Bambam and Yugyeom donned skin-tight black jeans and a leather jacket and olive green bomber jacket respectively.
- All members were extremely quiet, and didn't utter a single word upon their arrival.
- While waiting for their van to arrive, the members sat together in one section of the airport. Fans surrounded them in a circle, taking photos, but left a 4-5 metre radius of space around them as well as their manager and crew. Fans were all very respectful and did not impose on their personal space. (The only part that broke my heart a little was the fact that the scene seemed slightly reminiscent of a zoo... ie. being surrounded by eager shutters).)
- I had prepared fan letters for both Jackson and Jinyoung, but neither accepted them: Jinyoung lifted his hand up as a sign of prohibition while Jackson said "Sorry."
- However I did succeed in shaking Jinyoung's hand and wishing him "Good luck on your (his) drama!", to which he appeared confused but uttered a muffled "Thank you" in response anyway.
- Mark was really shy and quiet. When I asked if I could take a photo with him, he only bowed his head, bringing his hands together apologetically. He did shake my hand though!
- The fans escorted them to the vans upon their departure from the gate. The group's personal bodyguards were strict in their ways of clearing a path for the members, but all were respectful in that they only enforced a clear path and did not shove any of the fans away.
- Jackson, Mark, Jinyoung, and Youngjae left in one vehicle, while Bambam, Yugyeom, and JB departed in the other.
- JB is an extremely relaxed idol who looks as good in person as on my 1080p laptop screen
- Mark is, in fact, a very shy person, despite the grand steps he's made on variety shows
- Jinyoung remains an exceedingly strong bias wrecker, along with a calm and caring soul
- Jackson is as good-looking and popular as ever
- Youngjae thoroughly embraces his love for Chicago Bull-themed merchandise
- Bambam's model-like status is unreal - I mean, he even carried a clutch and ran his fingers through his hair several times
- Yugyeom looks amazing in turtlenecks, relatively beanstalk-like in height and frame, and has thinner legs than most of my friends
Good luck on your shows, guys!!
Mii Sandwich, which first appeared on my radar when a fellow food enthusiast relayed her experience at the Yorkdale location earlier this year, recently arrived at the Square One food court.
Having been overcome with a strong desire to try the Vietnamese fusion cuisine since its opening, I opted to take advantage of the fact that I had already nabbed a parking spot and request a Bao and Taco combo.
The Two for $8.50 deal permitted the choice of two baos, two tacos, or one of each; all entree orders entitled customers to a one dollar discount off a selection of nine drinks.
Eventually, I settled on a duo of Grilled Coconut Chicken Bao and Bulgogi Taco, along with a Vietnamese Iced Coffee. Sriracha and kimchi were included for mild levels of spiciness, but my tolerance only allowed for a sans-red meal.
< Pictured above and below: Grilled Coconut Chicken Bao, Bulgogi Taco, Lemongrass Chicken Bao, Bulgogi Bao, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, and Halo Halo >
That being said, neither the bao nor taco made for a particularly graceful meal, as sauce leaked with every bite. (The Bulgogi Taco is a solid winner though.)
Halo Halo, which my fangirl-in-crime had chosen as her combo beverage, contained generous layers of magenta-tinted water chestnut, emerald-hued snake-like jellies, spoonfuls of faded yellow mung beans, softened kidney beans, sweet red bean, crushed ice, and a watered down version of coconut milk. The dessert-drink was devoid of ube and proper coconut milk, but enjoyable nonetheless. The bean to jelly proportion had been prepared well.