(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 I learned that she’s currently traveling Asia and just made a detour in Jakarta. She asked us why are we in Indonesia of all places in the world. The three of us looked at each other as if we did something bad. “Are we gonna drop the bomb on her?” I asked Sherica and Chester… and yup, 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, it’s just that some people are so quick to judge cause it’s 1D. 🤷🏻♀️
Okay, what I’m really trying to say is that I absolutely love One Direction that I hopped on four planes, checked-in at different hotels, got myself prettyyyyy wasted (and I don’t even drink hah), found myself at some 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.
Yes, I did watch almost half of the OTRA tour in Asia: Singapore, Manila, and Jakarta. (Did you know I was THIS close to purchasing tickets to the HK show too? I should have.) Okay guys, I know that sounded crazy but hear me out – I’ve been a fan for four, almost five years now. From video diaries to selling out stadiums – I’ve been there. I’ve seen them do their thing. From the bottom of the stairs to the top of the world, innit?
I was just a poor college student back then so I didn’t have the luxury to fly to god knows where to watch them live. So there’s that. Then I graduated from college, got myself a pretty decent job that pays well, and started saving money for when they announce their third world tour. I was eyeing for Australia or New Zealand cause I was pretty damn sure they won’t be playing in Manila anytime soon. Unfortunately, neither Australia nor New Zealand was included on the Where We Are Tour. I was extremely disappointed but what can I do? One random day last year, I promised myself that I’ll make it up for all the tours that I missed so I did. I worked hard everyday for the $$$ and said no to unnecessary things and a handful of out of the country trips just to save some cash. I prepared for this adventure for A YEAR, guys. A FUCKING YEAR. That’s how I love One Direction.
Come May 2014, I found myself buying tickets for the shows, booking flights, hotels, and asking friends if they wanna come with me. And then the waiting game started.
And finally, finally, finally, after 10 months, I got to see them live for the first time in Singapore. I started crying the moment I saw them walking out on the stage and mind you, they were performing Clouds. If you ever found a girl crying during Clouds, that was me. I WAS JUST SO SO SO HAPPY OKAY. It was a surreal feeling, you know? SEEING ONE DIRECTION FOR THE FIRST TIME?? YES, I WILL DEFINITELY CRY THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Manila, Mar 20-23. We checked-in at some fancy ass hotel for four days and weird things happened. Things that I never thought could happen but… they did? After countless bottles of Jägermeister, we found ourselves in basements, sketchy roads, breakfast buffets, and to running on a treadmill beside Harry Styles (in a man bun if I might add. ALSO WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?!)
I went to see 1D with Keeshia, Kyle, Jan, and Jansen. We were so close by the stage, literally at the barricade by the catwalk (Shoutout to Ms. Steph for getting us good seats. I LOVE YOU). I didn’t cry this time, thank god. I just stared at Louis and admired him in all his gloriousness. Sorry, H, I love you but Louis was and is really something else. You were right when you said he’s the kind where you would just sit and admire what he’s like.
Come Monday, I went home straight to unpack and pack again cause I had an 8pm flight to catch later that day.
Jakarta, Mar 23-26. Saw 1D in Jakarta with Sherica and Chester who, by the way, booked everything impulsively. Jakarta was unbelievable. It was where I got drunk and had a proper breakdown. You see, I was trying to meet 1D, mainly H, and well, it never happened. So I cried about it cause it’s the only thing that I wanted for so long and I literally prayed for it. I was drunk and I was sad. I learned that emotions and alcohol don’t go together well.
The concert was so much fun. We made a bunch of friends and we even met Iqbaale, a local celebrity. I was pretty sure every girl in the crowd within a radius of a meter or two was jealous of us cause we actually had a proper chat with him. I asked him about his job and if the whole fame thing gets too much for him. He answered no and then told me he likes it anyway. He’s a very cool kid. Down-to-earth, that one. I also asked him about his favourite 1D member and obviously, it’s Harry. And obviously, I freaked out. Anyway, we braved the pit during the concert and it was hell. Literally.
The young man at the back on the b&w pic is Iqbaale!
We went straight to the airport after the concert to catch our 12:30am flight back to Manila and boy, we arrived on time! We were about to go through the immigration when 1D dropped the bad news. Zayn left the band. He did it. I was so sad. It felt like I was fucked over by 1D. Whatever man. Just do you, Zayn.
SO that’s my Asia tour. Three shows, two weeks, One Direction. This whole adventure was all sorts of fun and crazy. I didn’t have the chance to meet (by meet, I mean have a proper hug and a pic!) Harry or anyone in 1D. Yes, I’m sad about it but I didn’t expect that I’ll take it lightly (let’s forget about my breakdown, that’s one time). I was pretty sure I’ll be lonely for about a year if I don’t get to meet them but surprisingly, I was okay with it. Besides, Chester told me that this isn’t the end of my rainbow yet. I mean, there’s still one more show I need to go to. 4 tours right? And I have only watched three. I still have one more.
Do I regret this whole thing? No. Never. Will I ever do this again? YES. I mean, it’s not everyday you get to tell a stranger that you followed a band during their tour, right? Besides those two weeks are the best weeks of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I wanna thank everyone who’s been very supportive most especially Ms. Steph for doing a lot of magic so I can have the best 1D adventure; Keeshia, Kyle, Marian, Ferj, and Sarah, my forever concert buddies, for pulling strings so I can meet the boys; Melewi team for allowing me to take a week leave and for tolerating me whenever I talk about 1D; Jan and Jansen, my 1D friends, for making the Manila show a lot more fun; Chester and Sherica for going on an adventure with me; Desa for adopting us in Jakarta; and Jodit, my forever go-to 1D friend, for constantly checking on me. I also wanna thank my twitter friends who tweeted me a lot of good luck messages! You guys are the best. I love you all.
Thank you Harry, Louis, Niall, Liam, and Zayn. I’m glad that I chose 1D as my favourite band even though you guys kinda ruined life for me. Metaphorically, of course.. also in a good way! I love you all. Until the end.