Chasecult autograph signing event @ Incheon Guwol on 21st June 2014
As it was a last minute decision, everything had been done in a rush. Though it may be usual for me to have these tug of war episodes between mind and heart on whether to go or not, I suppose this trip had the most rushed planning. But anyway, I was finally on my way.
I had been considering whether to walk from the Incheon City Hall subway station as the autograph signing venue at the Incheon Guwol store did not seem that far on the map. But not wanting to risk getting lost along the way and wasting precious minutes getting to the right place, I decided to take a cab from Bupyeong subway station where we would have to change to Line 1 to get to the City Hall station. From where we were staying around Anguk, getting to Incheon takes quite a while and involves 2 subway line changes.
We arrived at Guwol 4-dong with 30 minutes to spare. This Chasecult store is located in a residential market area, at a junction with stalls just across the road. With curious shoppers who had gathered to watch, it had seemed kind of crowded. I had earlier planned to take a look at the clothing inside the store but since the place was buzzing with the event preparation, I decided against going in. I had wanted to buy something so that I could get that beautiful paper bag with Sang Hyun’s picture on it.
After collecting my participation ticket, I joined the queue which had already started on the right side of the store entrance. On hindsight, I should have waited around the junction which would have given me a good view of Sang Hyun when he arrived. Why is it always on hindsight …….
Though the event was supposed to begin at 15:00, Sang Hyun arrived about 20 minutes later. Probably they had to find their way in or traffic was heavy from what I had observed while on our way to the venue. Unfortunately I did not manage to snap a good photo as he made his entrance.
It was rather disappointing that photography was prohibited and I only managed to snap a few hasty shots from where I was in the queue. To make it easier for Sang Hyun, the staff had told everyone to write down their names on the participation ticket. My turn came quickly as we were at the front of the queue.
As I walked over to where he was sitting, he did not look up at first as he proceeded to sign on the A4 size poster. It’s now or never so after handing over a gift, I told him my name and where I came from. He looked up then, smiled in acknowledgement and replied with ‘kamsahabnida’ as I continued with wishing him a safe trip to Brazil and ‘to please take care of yourself’ in Korean. With the autographed poster in hand, I then had to make my exit though I would have loved to stay a little longer.