I may love fangirling actors from the comfort of my own chair and computer screen, but I am the laziest person out there in terms of actually attempting real life stalking. So the thought of going to one of those ubiquitous fanmeetings that Korean stars seem to have a few times around in various Asian countries tires me out. I rather swoon at the pictures and video from the event afterwards rather and jostle with thousands of ahjummas collectively screaming their heads off. Hyun Bin, still relatively fresh out of serving in the marines for the last two years, jetted to Taiwan last week for his first ever fanmeeting there attended by 3000 ecstatic Taiwanese fangirls. Both Secret Garden and My Name is Kim Sam Soon was a mega hit in Taiwan and he’s been enjoying a steady stream of popularity and name recognition over there. He held a press conference beforehand where he tried his hand at speaking some Chinese phrases and confessed that he wanted to try the famous Taiwanese specialty snacks like manga shaved ice. The fanmeeting itself followed the typical agenda – a meet and greet question/answer session, playing games with the attendees, he sang three songs including “That Woman” from SG, and in total he had four outfit changes. His visit was highly anticipated by the media who chronicled his every move from the moment he landed at the airport to when he departed. I’m cool and all if Binnie wants to hold fanmeetings with connect personally with his fans and make easy money off of CFs for Samsung and the sportwear brand K2, but I need him to pick a project so I can start salivating over something tangible. For now his brilliant smile and mega dimples will have to do.
Hyun Bin in Taiwan: