Misadventure to M.net M! Countdown.show

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I’ve been busy for the past few days as my family members came to visit, all the way from Malaysia.
This trip consist of my mom and younger siblings and cousin.
However, major activity involves teenagers.
I was fully in charge with teenagers outing – My worst dream finally came true.

In order to ‘entertain’ my teenage family, one of our activity is to watch K-pop concert.
So, I chose to watch M.net M! Countdown show.
Reason is that the first 200 people that came early can get in for free.
It seems the easiest and fuss free option.

We started the day, badly; with me, lecturing away how late we were.
We rushed to the location of CJ E&M center, and fortunately, we were lucky enough to get in.
Plus point, we managed to get quite near to the stage.
“What a lucky day” and so I told myself.

It turned out the opposite way.

I’ve been busy for the past few days as my family members came to visit, all the way from Malaysia.
This trip consist of my mom and younger siblings and cousin.
However, major activity involves teenagers.
I was fully in charge with teenagers outing – My worst dream finally came true.

In order to ‘entertain’ my teenage family, one of our activity is to watch K-pop concert.
So, I chose to watch M.net M! Countdown show.
Reason is that the first 200 people that came early can get in for free.
It seems the easiest and fuss free option.

We started the day, badly; with me, lecturing away how late we were.
We rushed to the location of CJ E&M center, and fortunately, we were lucky enough to get in.
Plus point, we managed to get quite near to the stage.
“What a lucky day” and so I told myself.

It turned out the opposite way.
Once the show started, oh my god, hordes of young people squeezing and pushing to get to the front.
I can’t even stand still, and these young kids keep pushing and poking, especially when there is well known singer.
Oh, don’t get me started with those high pitch screaming and stepping on toes.
See, I am too old to enjoy this full-packed-shoving-shows.
Not enjoying at all.

As I thought this is bearable, one of my family member were snapping pictures and taking video.
See, this is not allowed.
(I saw no one with camera and they had made announcement in Korean while I recognize the word camera)
I warned him, “You should not take any pictures, at least don’t make it obvious”
Being teenagers, he would never listen.

For all I knew, a body guard were dragging out one of my family members – away from the crowd.
I panicked, while the other two were with me.
(There were four of us)
Which side should I go?
All of their passport with me, and none of them have handphones.
So I told the other two family to follow me out to ‘rescue’ the other person.

As I wade through pool of people for ‘rescuing’ mission, I then realized that the other two doesn’t follow my lead.
I had no choice but to go out.
Frustrated, while explaining to the body guard that the one who took pictures was still a child and completely innocent (he doesn’t understand Korean).
I was thinking ways to call out the other two.
After much complaining grumpily to the bodyguard with my limited Korean, I was able to go in back to call the others out.
Guess what, I could not even make it to the front.
It was full of people, none would move an inch from the stage.

I had to go out back again.
My heart were racing.
My mind was thinking, what would happen to these kids.
None of them know Korean, no handphone and passport.
What if they were lost.
They don’t even know how to go back by themselves.
They could not even pronounce my home location properly.
What if my sister cry?
See, I automatically became those worried sick mother.

The one who took picture refused to go back in.
Also, I don’t think he’s allowed since he was dragged out.
Now, I am torn into two sides.

Finally, one of the bodyguard (with kind heart), allowed me to wait right in front of the exit door.
While waited not-so-patiently, it seems one after another k-pop star came passed right in front of me, while jokingly and playing among them.
Seeing others whizzing through me, I could not react – It’s like VVIP seat.
The camera-stubborn-family excitedly informing me who they were, recalling each names of each group members.
Tongue tied, with eyes secretly following their shadows.
Star-struck, probably I am.

Finally thank god, the other two decided not to wait until the show end and finally came out.
One of them explained, she can’t even move to follow my lead.
And of course, the other one was too stubborn to follow me.

Once we reached home, each of them happily telling everyone how happy they were.
It seems all of teenagers were happy.
And I guess, a memorable cherish trip to remember.
It makes me proud and happy, although I had to go through all that situation.

(Although I was scolding them again, since they were too slow and we almost got separated by public transport after that)

Did I enjoyed?
Yes, I did – Up close with the stars and making my family happy.
Would I do this again?
Heck, no. I am too old for that.

How to get there:
Subway: Digital Media City Station – Line 6, Exit 2.
Take taxi to CJ E&M Center building.
(The taxi driver seems to know)

Location: CJ E&M Center (2nd floor)
Available date and time: Thursdays at 6:00 pm
For more information :  http://mnet.mnet.com



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