I am going to do my best to write down my experience meeting Rain at MCM yesterday, it was definitely a dream come true! I never thought I would ever get to meet him since he lives in Korea and I live in London!
First of all, I have to say, I felt very embarrassed attending the event. For one, I went on my own and secondly I am in my early 30s and a mum to a wonderful 18 month old boy! I felt way out of place when I saw groups of teenage girls gathered outside the MCM store. So for ages I only stood across the road with my book waiting for more people to gather before I make my way over 😛
I finally walked over to join the small queue at 12.30pm and I stood there quietly by myself as I was still feeling embarrassed! Luckily the other Rain fans around me soon started to make conversations. I have to say, everyone was very civilised and nice. We all chatted away happily as we all loved Rain so much! This definitely helped pass time.
I think it was around 1pm-ish, the official photographer started to take footage and photos of the fans that have now gathered outside the store. I was too shy and wanted to turn away every time he was filming.
It was quite funny because us fans were analysing all the luxury cars that went by wondering if Rain was inside and how he was going to make his entrance. We thought he might even get drop off further down the road and walk up to the shop because the shop was bang on a traffic light intersection!
Eventually we spotted a white limo that was waiting to pull up to the store. We were getting sooo excited at this point and some of us started to squeal! Finally, the limo stopped, it was right in front of where I was standing. The door opened, the screaming got louder and a man came out but it was his manager (I am guessing) and then surely enough, Rain came out!!! My god, he looked so good. He was just oozing star quality!!!! Amazing!
You can see on the clip that he was about to walk to the back of the queue when he stepped out, but he stopped and went to the front of the queue to start shaking hands with everyone and worked his way down the queue. He’s such a gentleman and so so kind to his fans given it was raining at this point. As he walked past me, I shook his hand but it was a funny shake given my left hand greeted his right hand (since I had my camera in my right hand). His hand felt so big and was so so soft! For some reason, it just reminded me of the paw of a big brown bear something, LOL!
And when he came back up the queue passing me again, I stuck my hand out for another hand shake and I touched his hand again…hehehe…I was on cloud 9 by this point!
While I was waiting in the queue, I talked to a number of fans but I connected particularly well with Rebecca and we had said that we both would buy either a pouch or a small bag so we would get to meet rain and get his autograph. I called her quickly and we went to the front of the queue together. At this point, a staff member was telling everyone that they were only letting in those that were buying something and they were only letting two people in at that point. So I said, yes we are buying!! And he let us in. When we got in, there was only two other fans in there at the counter paying for their £365 bag packs! I thought to myself, WOW, that’s a lot of money. We just stood by the display shelf for the smaller items and I asked how much the iphone pouch was and we got one each.
And then before I know it, the shop was flooded with fans, it felt like everyone just came in to buy! Lucky for the shop!
So I popped my bag and coat on the floor and proceeded downstairs. I was shocked at how quiet it was downstairs. The staff members where standing by the bottom of the staircase while Rain was at the opposite end. He stood behind a small table and was texting on his phone!
I was so shocked and I didn’t really know what to do or say. But before I walked over towards Rain, I caught eye with the official photographer and I freaked out. I just blurted out, erm, no photos please. You know I was thinking that he was going to take shots of me standing there when Rain signs the pouch and catch me looking stupid and posting these pics on the net for all to see, that’s why I made such a stupid comment of ‘no photos please’! LOL
I slowly walked up towards where Rain was and I was feeling so scared (don’t know why). He put his phone down, touched my elbow and said ‘Hi’, I was thinking OMG, Rain just said Hi to me!! So I said ‘Hi’ and I passed him the box with the pouch in it. But I had taken a photo of my son with me and it was stuck to the bottom of the box. So when he took the box off my hand, I just pulled and grabbed my son’s photo back, I felt so bad thinking about it now. He must have thought what a nutcase!
He signed my pouch and I asked him “erm, do you think you can sign my son’s photo for me”. I know you all must be thinking, how stupid, I am not even asking him to sign something related to him but a photo of my son!!! ¬.¬ I didn’t think I was going to meet him as I wasn’t going to buy the backpack so I didn’t bring nothing of his I just had a photo of my son because I use it as a bookmark, LOL.
Anyway, he said “Sure”, I passed him the photo and he said “Awww, he’s so cute!” in a really sweet voice. I was so happy but I just replied with a boring “Thank you”. As he was signing, I went on to say “He loves dancing to your music” – this is true, every time his music come on, my son would bobble up and down (well he can’t do anything else as he’s only 18 months!). When Rain heard this, he chuckled and smiled. I felt a bit embarrassed after this, he must be thinking, gosh is this woman for real.
After that, I was putting my pouch back into the box and he suddenly put his arms around me and said “Photo”. I was in shock, I didn’t expect that and just stood there like a log. And then the woman in blue said “oh but she said no photo”. Then Rain just pulled his arm away and said “oh no photo? Oh ok”. I was still standing there, confused by my own doing and just blurted out, “oh I got confused, sorry can I have a photo please?”. Then Rain put his arms on my shoulder again and the photographer came forward and took one shot. Then the photographer came closer and said “one more, a close up” and then it all over. I don’t remember what happened after this. I don’t even remember if I said Thank you to Rain or not. I was in that much of a state. I think I just collected my things, and went back upstairs! I didn’t even turn back to look at him again, I am such a numbtie!
It was a shame that I had to leave right away and couldn’t wait around for him to come upstairs again. I would have loved to and I think I missed out big time from the other fan accounts! It’s good that he came out and spent a bit of time with those waiting outside, such a gentleman. He deserved to be love by so many fans around the globe!
I am so happy I attended the event and met Rain in the flesh. The bonus is that I’ve also made a lovely friend as well who understands why Rain is so wonderful. I just can’t wait for the official photo to come through in a week’s time. I am sure we will all relive our “Rain” moment when we see the picture!
Apologies that this is so long…opps!
PS – I had to cover my son’s face with the pouch as I don’t think Daddy will appreciate Mummy posting his picture all over the internet! LOL
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fan account & video by amanda (thank you sooo much for sharing!)