Hello everyone! Hope you guys are doing well!
As i mentioned in my last post, this one is going to be about my first experience of All That Skate!!! I tell you, this was the BEST Golden Week I`ve ever had! And it was the BEST ice show i`ve ever attended (i did a lot btw ;))! Not the cast or lightening made it perfect, no, i wouldn`t say it was the best i`ve seen so far, it was Yuna, her presence, that atmosphere between fans, that is what made it perfect to me!
When i met Backstreet Boys last year, when Brian Littrell sang “am i the only one?” looking straight to my camera, when i even took a picture with the guys, i thought i couldn`t be happier, but i was wrong ❤❤❤
So, let me go through my stay step by step starting from the day i arrived!
So, i took the train and headed to my hostel J Guest House, perfect place for tourists, clean, cheap and it`s located about 5 minutes from the Sinchon st. Metro in Seoul is very easy to understand, so after Tokyo where we have all lines all together at one place Seoul metro felt like a paradise 😀
Comparing to Tokyo, metro in Seoul is very bright, you know how Japanese are crazy about saving the energy 😉 (which is good though) Here`s the pic of one of the trains⬇.
It is so different from metro in Tokyo where we have so many rules! Here`s video of what you`ll never see in Tokyo 😀 note: she`s sitting on the priority seat ^^
Also found some dear stuff 😉 Looks like they do exchange our KZ currency there ^^
And you don`t need to speak Korean, Japanese works pretty good 😉 see why ⬇ well, i tried to use all my Korean i`ve got so far, but here`s the thing, i can ask questions, like where is it or how much is it, how to get here and so on, BUT i don`t get the answers that awkward moment when you say you don`t speak Korean after asking something in that language and even getting the answer to it 😀
The Next day, May 3rd! Btw, i think i failed to mention that i had a Kiss and Cry zone ticket which allowed me to attend the fan meeting!!! But, i met Yuna few hours before the meeting… in Myeongdong 😀 Here`s the proof lol ⬇
The atmosphere at the Olympic Park was incredible! I`m sure this ⬇ made it`s work also 😉 I had this feeling that i may even meet Yuna somewhere around the park, well, in some ways i did 😉
Unfortunately, pictures and videos were prohibited at this year`s fan meeting due to Sewol tragedy…i saw thousands of yellow ribbons there in town, Seoul is still in pain. Honestly, i was a bit disappointed with that restriction, but it`s that situation when you just can`t get mad or ask for something more, i was thankful they didn`t cancelled the show.
Oh, btw, again i failed to mention something important! I met two Yuna fans there, Chinese and Korean girls. Korean girl made my perfect stay in Seoul even better! She`s one of the administrators of one of the biggest Yuna fan blogs, so dedicated, so into Yuna, i could feel her love! i bet she cried like hundred times more than i did during the show 😀 Thanks, J! It was so nice to meet you! ❤ And the Chinese girl, she is so lively and lovely! One second she`s here, the next one she`s there lol She brought their own banner made by Chinese fans club and hung it up on the bridge. Here`s how it looked like⬇ credits to J!
She also brought me awesome pictures of Yuna drawn by one Chinese fan! ⬇
So, the fan meeting! i almost won the sneakers from Prospecs, we had this questionnaire of “yes” or “no” questions, and i almost made it!!!!! >< so i made it to the final question and lost in kaibaibo (Rock, paper, scissors). Well, i won in kaibaibo only once in my life and it was when i got the fan pit ticket at BSB concert 😀 So, i made it to the finals while understanding only 10% of the content!!! ehheh no, i`m not a genius 😀 i was just carefully listening to my friend`s instructions lol here`s the cards we were using for the answers ⬇
And then guys showed up! They were so close, so real, so first five minutes i was stuck in a moment. Then they started introducing themselves. Here are three things i didn`t know before: 1) Bruno Massot – he`s got a very sexy voice and his French accent makes it sound even more better ❤ 2) Alexey Yagudin – he is so funny! i didn`t know he speaks English so good! and 3) Stephane Lambiel – he got second loudest welcome screaming after Yuna`s 😀 He`s so popular there!
And then came Yuna`s turn! The crowd went crazy, they just exploded 😀 Someone screamed “I love You!” to which Yuna said “emm, I`m Korean actually” lol yesssss, i understood it by myself 😉 Then we had a Q&A time where some asked Yuna what is her favorite snack before going to bed, to which she answered that during her competitive life she couldn`t afford herself any snack before going to bed, but now, if she feels hungry, she fulfills that wants and eats something. I am not sure if she mentioned anything about her favorite snack, but i was happy to hear that now she can afford herself anything and anytime ❤ After that Alexey said that it is unfair that only audience is available to make questions, which made us and Yuna (from her reaction) think that he wants to ask something from us. But when he got a microphone, he said “I have a question to ….YUNA!” so he continued, “i want to ask about one issue that we are (the cast) and i bet everyone in the audience are very curious about” …for one second i thought he`s going to ask her about her BF, when he said “i want to ask is it possible for us to see you at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games?” obviously Yuna wasn`t expecting this question, so she looked a bit confused, so emcee guy said “on the condition that we`ll see you also there ^^”, to which Alexey said “ok, i`ll prepare a wheelchair for myself” lol But not Yuna, the fans made it clear to Alexey as they raised their cards they used during “yes” or “no” questionnaire contest up with the face saying “no” on it 😉 ehheh
then there also were some questions to other skaters, for example one girl asked Shae-Lynn what she has to do to become flexible as she is, to which Shae-Lynn said “have a baby” 😀 then someone asked Stephane for an eye contact, oh there also was one girl asking Han Yan to change his choreographer xixixi so, this is pretty much it of what i remember from the fan meeting, there was much more, so i hope someone made it somehow and took the videos.
NEXT! The SHOW DAY!!!
The Station – Olympic Park!
there were so many interesting events so we got there like three hours before the show in order to look around and try some of them. Here`s how it looked like ⬇
There was a booth where you write a message to Yuna, they take a picture of you holding your message, and then you get your picture in a frame with Yuna on it. Mine didn`t go well, i don`t know if it was me 😀 or the camera, so i took picture four times! but still didn`t get the clean one, BUT i got FOUR Yuna frames ❤ ⬇
And finally, SHOW TIME!!!
※ i have to apologize in advance, i just realized that i don`t have even one picture of Yuna skating But i have some videos 😀 sorry guys i was torn between watching and taking pictures.
The venue inside looked awesome, just breathtaking! There was a huge Yuna poster at the entrance ⬇
And here`s THAT screen ❤ ⬇
The screen in action!
My Kiss & Cry zone seat ❤ it was third row from the top btw 😀
And then it started! The magic! The moment i made all the way to get there for! The day everyone was waiting for!…Let it go ❤
Cast Introduction! p.s. sorry, Yuna`s part has not the best quality, everyone just went crazy!
Here`s some pics i managed to take.
Shae-Lynn Bourne, she just killed it! as i always say, figure skating is not only about jumps! well, at the competitions it can be used towards every athlete, but in this kind of shows, you need to be Yuna or Shae-Lynn to make your program look perfect even without jumps ❤
Then came our boy, Denis!!! You know, i was so SO SO SO SO SO proud of him!!! Being a part of such a special event, sharing Yuna`s farewell stage, i am so happy he was a part of it! I even felt like i also was a part of it 😉 I loved his every move through ATS, starting from the fan meeting, the way he talked about Yuna, the way he skated, and at the parking lot, it was raining but he still came up very close and welcomed everyone, so polite! Thank you, Denis! Your presence there made ATS just perfect to me! You are our male version of Yuna 😀
Here`s our boy…just 15 seconds though 😀
btw, he`s having his own show at the end of the May! just look at the cast! i wonder who`s that secret guest, i hope it`s not Yuna 😛 no, i want her to visit my country, but i also wanna be there and as you know now i`m in Japan 😀 well, it is definitely a male skater as you can see from the picture of that mysterious guest, and he`s pretty much looks like Alexey Yagudin 😉
here`s the show link http://denisten.kz/show/ sorry it`s in Russian, they still working on English version;)
And finally, the moment we all were waiting for, The Queen! the audience went crazy 😀 everyone was crying! see why ⬇
Even if you put all the positive adjectives together it wouldn`t be enough to describe the way Yuna skates! Brilliant? yes, much more shining! Fascinating? yes, you just stuck in a moment when she`s on the ice! Breathtaking? oh yes, not sure if i was breathing ❤ 😀 i don`t speak perfect English, but even if i could, i wouldn`t be able to describe her storytelling on the ice, it`s just the lack of vocabulary but not mine, any dictionary is helpless. That is the true skating, she skates from the bottom of her heart, and you feel it, you don`t need to speak Korean to understand what she`s trying to say. Nessun Dorma made me cry. no really, i was crying like a baby 😉 I saw her skating at WC in Moscow, i watched hundreds of videos of her skating, and i also have a favorite programs of her, but this one!!! it was MAGNIFICENT!!! I can`t find another word to describe it! But you know, no need of words, her skating itself says everything, this is how the true Champion have to skate! While she was skating i was looking at her, i didn`t even want to blink, i didn`t want to miss even a second of her performance. By the time she showed up and took her pose right in front of the orchestra, tears were already streaming down my face, it wasn`t tears of sadness, no, it`s just, it was the moment i made all the way from Tokyo to watch with my own eyes…and it was coming to an end. Through that 3 minutes i had only two phrases in my head, Thank you and 수고해요 or お疲れさま in Japanese, in English it`s something like “Good job” but it has much more deeper meaning. So why i was crying? it is hard to explain, you have to be there, feel it. i think i was happy for her as she doesn`t need to go through tough trainings anymore, but at the same time i was a bit sad as the world of Figure Skating was saying goodbye to it`s best child ever. There will be no one like Yuna in the next hundreds of years! She is the best that ever happened to this sport! The One and Only, The Queen! Thank you, Yuna for everything! It is so hard to say goodbye to you as an athlete, although i love this sport from the bottom of my heart, it will be different without you. You were the reason i fell in love with this sport, you are the one who made me thinking about UNICEF…You have this personality which i don`t have, but i wish my kids in the future will have, you are my role model, you don`t even know but you`ve done so much to me, how many times you raised me up when i was down, you were my inspiration for the past few years, i can`t thank you enough! Thank you, thank you so much! And now, once you`re done, i want you to be happy! Promise me, you have to become the happiest girl in South Korea!!! if i only knew that you will date that guy i`d have talked to him when i met him in KZ back in 2011 😀
Oh, i forgot to mention that a live orchestra accompanied skaters in part 2!!!
Seeing Yuna off at the parking lot!
So, this is pretty much it! oh, no, i didn`t show you my presents, did i? 😀 as i had a Kiss and Cry zone ticket, i got this ⬇ 😀
ALL THAT SKATE TABLE CLOCK!
And the PROGRAM! Which is a diary also ❤
And as a bonus…
This bear is to check the air in the room, i`ve been told that it`s perfect when he`s green 😉 looks like my room is ok 😀
p.s. Yuna will take some rest and only then think about her future. Here in Japan, every skater even the most famous ones, they all end up doing an emcee on TV, i don`t like it. They are such kind of people that can make changes, the one that we will listen to when they speak, but here for some reasons they are not using it, i mean they are not trying. I don`t know what Yuna will be doing in the future, but i`m sure she won`t be emceeing on a TV or doing a show-business, and even though she has given us a lot until this day (look at her lists of activities as a Goodwill Ambassador, it exceeds her title`s list! She`s not just a Great athlete, she`s a Great person also!), i know we will get much more in the future.
So, can`t wait to hear from you, Yuna, in the future!!!
p.s. Yuna is the kind of adult i want my Kana to become like!
and oh, guys, Seoul is a MUST visit place! not because of Yuna, it`s just a great place to be with an interesting places to visit and super hot food to eat 😀 I`m coming back definitely!
thank you, guys, for making it till the end! let me know what do you think? 😉
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