We came together and we laughed, hugged, giggled,ate, gossiped and experienced all over again the heady moments of the cosmic concert, M&Gs, autograph sessions, press conference and sound check.
The minute we set down at Madam Kwan’s for our dinner, cameras and notebooks were whipped out in record time to exchange new photos and images that were captured at the various events prior to the concert.
We saw never before released video footage ( many of which were taken by super stealthy Archiekins who were afraid that their video recorders would be seized by the army of nasty security personnel 🙂 ). I must commend the videographers who took those videos for their super steady hands while presumably bobbing their heads and jiving away to David’s music. We exchanged photos and heard new stories about the concert that made it seem as if it happened only the day before. In particular was the story told by Lily about the Hilton Hotel escapade! How she was practically left driving the car with it’s doors all opened while all her passengers zoomed back to the hotel lobby the minute they spotted David lol.
And best of all we met new Archiekins Candace, Jason and Zach who joined us for our gathering.
After dinner we ended up at Starbucks where we continued our trip down memory lane until the wee hours of Sunday morning. Needless to say we had a blast! 😀 😀
And this is all due to a wonderful young man from Utah, United States who has weaved his magic over us all and brought us together. It’s ironic really to think that a person from foreign shores can be such a unifier whereas our local politicians are doing such a messy job of it.
Whoa-Oh Oh Oh; I had a dream last night. I watched David Archuleta sing live
But when I woke up, it was not a dream. IT WAS REAL! What a feeling!
Now I know how it feels like to be in Cloud 9..
The Sony Singapore people are really understanding people. When we were waiting at Zouk for almost 9 hours, they came over to talk to us and we shared about our ‘expensive’ passes, stood for hours, battled hunger and thirst and aching feet. So just before the show time, they told us fans will have the front row. VIPs passes were ushered to the balcony! Entering Zouk felt like you are in a maze, my sister and I happened to find the fastest way and parked ourselves in the front.
Days like this, it’s hard to breath. I’m gonna take this moment that I’m in right now.
With my eyes and ears locked only on David and his singing. Leave all the craziness behind me. When the moment he stood in front of me and my sister singing SBL, prompted by my sister to stretch out my hand. And he shook my hand with a firm gripped. I just wanna steal this moment right away from time. So what do you say when you can’t come down, when you feel like you’re ten feet off the ground …
Well, like a train wreck, we are on a mission the next day
So I put my feet back firmly on the ground. Stop and just look around me.
Well, these are words, I wanna say. How good it feels to be here with Sheba, Trace, Jennie, Shirley, Eugenie, Mallorie, Katrina, Rachel and all the fans of David around us. As we inched our way, any time, any minute now. We were getting closer to David. Oh what a moment Trace, Sheba and I had. We shared with him our mission is for him to come back to Malaysia for a full concert. Mission accomplished, now we shall pray and wait he will come back soon!
As I mentioned to Trace and Sheba, my only regret is that I didn’t have a good camera or video with me. Because I had the best view at the showcase as well as I went up to have autograph signed twice! Now, the happy memory is embedded in my memory. Next time, I will be more prepared.
We had a smashing time with the DASG fans. Especially Clara, Weiyan and LY. The length they went to do things for David – went to airport to welcome him, ran after the van; waited 10 hrs at his hotel to say hello (failed); showed up at Zouk at 9 am when the showcase starts at 5.30pm; bought him his favorite food; ran in the HEAVY downpour to give him his food when they spotted the van arrive; sang their hearts out at every song at the showcase .. that at a point it was getting annoying L; at the autograph session, they got the crowd to sing happy birthday to David (which is sweet). No idea whether they went to the airport to see him off the next day haha! Well, they are 16 yrs old I probably would do the same too .. knowing how crazy I am of David. It’s only age that kept me grounded.
Sheba, Trace, Jennie, Shirley, the girls and myself hang around Bugis Junction to share all our precious moment we had with David. I think I have cried a little, well I know Jolene did. What an impact he had on all of us. We MISSED HIM! We even group hugged at the side of the streets and made our wishes that he will come back soon!
Below is an autograph from Alfredo, he obediently wrote the message to AAMers as I told him to .. hahaha!
This is one life experience I shall always treasure. David has brought so many of us closer together. Next road trip … US TOURS!!!!! *High Five* anyone?????
Sheba sent us these pics that were taken during the adventure in Singapore 🙂
First the card to David:
A copy of the petition:
At the auto session:
New band member Alfredo:
Brushing up on David’s memoir:
Thank you so much for these gems Sheba 🙂 The sea of humanity at the auto signing was something to behold!
Ok Archies this is the 1st of a few recaps that we will be posting concerning David’s appearance in Singapore. Trace has laid bare all her feelings, emotions, heart palpitations and shaking hands upon meeting and listening to THE Archuleta. Thanks Trace :-):
After a 5-hour drive through intermittent thunderstorms, all 3 of us – Shu Yee, Jolene and I arrived back safely in KL.
The Showcase was So Good….. the Auto Session was So Good (sorry, I have lost all sense of using better adjectives!)….Altogether, it was Sooo Gggooood!!
Sheba, Evelyn and I arrived at Changi Airport, our hearts a-flutter, at about 11.45 am on Sunday. Rushed to the hotel to check in and dump our luggage……rushed to Zouk……Shu Yee was already there in the queue outside, since she arrived in Spore the day before, waving the passes in our faces. OMG such joy! The queue at that time made up mostly of Malaysians – such pride we felt ….but were also burdened with the worry that the queue was not building up soon enough. But by about 4.30 pm the queue was gaining a more respectable size. And many of us were singing and chanting David’s name.
When the signal was given to enter Zouk, everyone ran in at such lightning speed as if their tails were on fire! (Sheba? ) We stood and waited for about 20 minutes before David revealed himself.
OMG what a revelation it was! He looked so meltingly gooorrrgeous! giving us contagious smiles galore….. and the cheering and screaming sounded like it was going through the Zouk roof. It was delightfully deafening!
He said a few things to us. Like what? Sorry I can’t remember….or maybe didn’t hear…..my brain had gone somewhere I know not where and my ears had lost their usual function of hearing……..
He began to sing.
ELEVATOR – fun fun fun! It used to be my least favourite song in the album. Now it is a different story.
TOSOD – It is uncanny the way David does not need backup singers or even backup instruments to quantify the power of his sound – I guess all that is already embedded in his Voice!
MKOP – David sat down at the keyboard….by then the crowd was getting rather upbeat and some young ones infront of me squealed the first few words of the song much to our utter horror. But they were immediately hushed up by a loud and horrified “SSSSSSHHHHHH………” from many of us. I believe you can hear it quite distinctly in Sheba’s vid. The beautiful vid of this taken by Sheba is unique – it was taken from a higher level, and you can see David’s fingers running through the keys.
CRUSH – David introduced it by expressing his sentimental feeling towards it. His very first single. Sigh……….we feel the same way….
SBL – His voice was rich and full. It is a song which I previously thought needed the backing of instrumentalisation but boy! did he NOT need it! Shu Yee will never forget this performance because it was during this song that he touched her hand. I managed to “share” that touch by rubbing my hand onto that hand of hers!
Amidst the continuous chanting of Encore Encore, he left the stage. He did peek his cute head out of the curtain once (more screams!) and waved, but he did not return to sing. During his very rushed exit towards his van/bus, surrounded by security guards – more deafening screams.
To hear David sing in a smaller venue was something I’ve always craved for. After this craving was met that night (though not completely satisfied because I wanted more..more..more..), I found myself with my heart on my tongue..my tongue on my ears..my ears on my feet…the experience was out of this world…and I’m not even exaggerating.
The next day was the auto-signing session at Bugis Junction. Shu Yee, Sheba and I went there early to buy a card to attach to the Petition. It was a beautiful card with words so apt and touching that I confess that I nearly cried every time I read them – and I read the card about 6 times. Here are the words for you guys to share:
God has a plan for each of us.
And I have a feeling that there is
such a wonderful plan for you!
I pray that the paths you walk
and the roads you travel will take
you to amazing places. Places where
you see the possibilities, where you discover
what it’s like when dreams
come true and where you come
to understand the promise and the
potential of all the wonderful
qualities inside you.
I pray that God’s plan for you will
gradually unfold before your eyes,
and that – like guiding lights
continually showing the way – you
will find glimmers of hope and
happiness shining every single day.
I pray that the people in your life
appreciate what it’s like to be in the
presence of someone as special as
you are. You have the kind of gifts
that are given to so few.
God has a plan for each of us…
and I think there is an especially
wonderful one …for you.
The queue for the auto signing session, scheduled for 7 pm, started building up early. Halfway, the rain came. And we were standing/sitting out in the open. UP went the umbrellas (like Elevator) and DOWN again (like Elevator) about half an hour later. David arrived just before 7 pm. Did I say that the cheering and squealing at Zouk was loud? You ain’t heard nothing yet – the cheering and screaming here was louder than the loudest loud!..if you know what I mean…nevermind…can’t find the words…I’m still on Cloud 9..or 10..or falling asleep from exhaustion ……….
David sat on the stage at a long table and Melinda was standing in attendance on his right, laying out the insets of the album before him. I was filled with anxiety as I had never gone so close to him before. But, once on the stage, I relaxed…..Melinda was very friendly and nice and David was …….nevermind…….more gushing will delay this recap till the next weekend.
Shu Yee, Sheba and I virtually descended upon Melinda and David with gusto, gushing about AAM’s 2000+strong Petition with signatures for David to come to Malaysia early 2011……we are dying to see you, David……when are you coming David?……please come soon David…..we are waiting……………..
I presented the Card (the words of which are as above) and the Petition, elegantly placed in a purple envelope, to Melinda, and she accepted it with the graciousness of a true professional.
David stretched out his big man-hand which I took into my grateful and trembling one. And I told him how awesome he was at Zouk the night before. His oh-so-beautiful smile was ever present on his lips the whole time…….I sort of avoided the eyes…..I did not want trouble for the rest of my life.
One thing really stood out for me after this encounter with him. He may be petite in size but his amazing aura is LARGER THAN LIFE.
This trip down south will always be relished by me. Besides having fulfilled my dream of seeing David sing Live in a smaller venue, I have touched hands with him and witnessed an aura so unique and beautiful. Not only that, I have met and established firmer friendships with such crazily lovely people like Shu, Sheba, Jolene, Evelyn, Shirley, Jenny, Mallorie, Eugenie, Katrina, Rachel, Jonathan, Larissa, Sal and friends and many more.
Hehe. Remember this little video? And the post-video havoc that ensued?
That was exactly one year ago.wow. SO much has happened since then huh? Little did we know what a ride we were going to be on. But yeah hehehe. Happy 1st year anniversary to the first personal video from David to Malaysian fans. Oh man, how we went berserk that time all right. Crazy, out-of-control spazzing is an understatement lol.
I miss you, you adorable young man.