Almost two months ago, we had an impromptu trip to Hong Kong.
“Hey, wanna go to Hong Kong?”
Well, okay, that’s not how it really went.
We were invited to attend RISE Conference, Web Summit’s first tech conference in Asia. Well, I only have one thing to say — RISE is like the TechCrunch episode of Silicon Valley. SO. MANY. STARTUPS. I was like DAMN, IS THIS REAL WORLD (see also: scary ha!!!)??? I have never felt more ~adult~ in my life, really.
Ah, Wanderland. I still can’t believe that we’re on its third year already. It seems like it was just yesterday when Ms. Steph and I were talking about it and we were cracking our brains out for a v cool name for it. Now look at it! Kid Cudi just headlined the Wanderland Camp… no big deal, really.
I had the chance to road manage Lewis and his band for this year. I was excited to do the job (okay I’m always excited to road manage, what’s new…) cause I’m a fan of him. They’re all very nice and laid-back. Out of all the bands I’ve road managed, they are definitely my favourite. Hands down.
(This post is pretty long. Consider this as a warning. It is also about One Direction so if you don’t like them, HAHAHA I DON’T REALLY CARE!)
At a hostel somewhere in Central Jakarta, we met a Dutch girl named Amanda. Chester, Sherica, and we learned that she’s currently traveling Asia and just made a detour in Jakarta. She asked us, “What are you guys doing here?” The three of us looked at each other as if we did something really bad. “Are we gonna drop the bomb on her?” I asked Sherica and Chester… and we did. We told her that we’re in Jakarta for One Direction. “Why are you so embarrassed about it? Don’t be embarrassed. If you love something, be proud of it,” she told us. I told her that I’m not really embarrassed about it (my tweets will prove that), it’s just that some people are so quick to judge (Also, I was not in the mood to argue cause if she turned out to be one of those music elitists, I will definitely fight her. I will fight tooth and nail for One Direction. Okay that might be slightly an exaggeration but still).
Okay, what I’m really trying to say is that I absolutely love and adore One Direction that I hopped on four planes, checked-in at different hotels / hostels, got myself prettyyyyy wasted (and I don’t even drink hah), found myself on sketchy roads and basements, etc etc just to see them. I think I did something illegal along the way but, that’s something you don’t need to know.