I woke up early the following morning. I was planning to prepare for my exam. But that morning, I heard of a different news.
I left messages on soompi on facebook, and also on other Korean websites. I received messages from Korean fans in my me2day and at DC Inside. They were telling me that the SOAW team were sighted at Plantation Bay resort by a Korean. And they were telling me it’s 100% sure. Those who told me were actually long time Korean friends too. But I think they got the information from that certain Korean who posted on his/her twitter that he/she saw them at Plantation Bay.
Since they said they were 100% sure, I got excited… over-excited perhaps. Thus we changed our plans and went to Plantation Bay instead.
A BIG MISTAKE! But of course, we didn’t know it then.
Actually we weren’t allowed to go in at first. There is an event and there are some areas that are closed, so they said we won’t get our money’s worth. We should’ve taken it as a sign that they are not there. But we insisted. So they let us in.
For the same reasons (afraid of being chased-out and “eyed-on”), we didn’t tell the hotel staff that we are looking for the SOAW team. We just checked-in. We arrived there at around 11:00am. And we have until 5PM to look for them.
Plantation Bay is beautiful, isn’t it? (too bad, since we have lots of worries, we didn’t really get to enjoy the place. 😦 )
We went around and around and around the resort. Wennah had a good idea the night before. While we were walking around, she played the SOAW OST on her phone. She said if someone hears it and looks at us, then they could be from the SOAW staff. So it was fun. It actaully feels like we were Lee Yeon Jae vacationing in Okinawa (especially when You and I and Blue Bird plays while we were walking around the resort).
After walking and walking and more walking, we still didn’t find them. Maybe they were inside their rooms? Or maybe they went out? We then started asking other Korean guests (in Korean!) if they happen to see or notice Suna Unnie or Lee Dong Wook (I was a bit uneasy at first because I’m so bad in speaking Korean, but after a few tries I became more comfortable. I think that if I moved to Cebu, my Korean will improve so much!). But everyone says they didn’t. In fact they were surprised with our “news”.
When we got tired of circling the resort multiple times and asking Korean guests, so we finally decided to ask the Korean hotel staff (There’s one Korean staff that takes care of Korean guests). We talked to her in Korean (Wennah’s Korean is so much better than mine! I’m envious! ㅋㅋㅋ). And she said they didn’t check-in in Plantation Bay. Of course she could be lying for confidentiality and privacy of their guests, but she looks really sincere when she said they didn’t check-in there. In fact she looks surprised, especially when we mentioned Lee Dong Wook. She even immediately and excited turned the computer to check if Lee Dong Wook indeed checked-in (seems like we met a fan girl!).
We went back inside as our hearts sank. But since we already spent money to get in that resort, we decided to just enjoy the place until 5 PM as we think of other plans. The place was really nice anyway and the food is simply great! But how can we enjoy if there are lots of thoughts are bugging us.
They could really be in Imperial Palace then.
We called our friend once again to see if we can confirm if they are still in Imperial Palace. We can’t afford to make any more mistakes since we are also running out of money . She simply said that that’s what her friend told her – that they are in Imperial Palace.
We didn’t know what to do next.
And coincidentally AGAIN! Suna Unnie appeared on me2day.
Although she didn’t say anything about their exact location, we were somehow reminded that they could be just anywhere around us… somewhere… near.
A photo inside a coaster… hmm… they could be going somewhere… Maybe a city tour. But what if they were to go to a different place or province or island (Bohol perhaps)? What to do? And worst, what if they are going to the airport already? Although the news said they’ll return to Korea by the 19th, the news could be wrong… or it can change.
Eom Ki Joon too posted and uploaded a photo on his me2day. And Suna Unnie again posted a photo.
We’re lucky to have our netbooks with us and to be able to access the internet.
They seems like playing. They didn’t post in me2day during their entire stay in Cebu. The last time any of them posted in me2day was Lee Dong Wook’s “Setting off to Cebu” post. And that was on the airport on the way to Cebu. Could it be… that they are on the way to the airport too?
Although we can never tell that the photos were “real-time” photos (like it could be taken earlier… or a few days ago and they were just posting them that time or something like that), we have a feeling that they were real-time. And the more we realized we must not waste time.
We didn’t wait until 5pm anymore and immediately left Plantation bay and went straight to Imperial Palace. Although we want to check-in to Imperial Place, we actually don’t have enough money to do that anymore. We only have enough for one of us to check-in. So, we decided to ask around first, before we spend our last money.
We approached the reservation staff. A Filipina. We inquired first about their packages but we later on explained to them the situation – truthfully and in details. We told them that one of us will really check-in, but we just wanted to know if we are really in the right place this time. So we asked them if they saw them. It seems like they were impressed with us going all the way from Manila to Cebu just to meet those actors. We said we have no intentions to bother them. We know that they went to Cebu to rest. We just want to see them even for a brief moment.
And she, along with her two other colleagues confirmed they saw them. They said they saw Seo Hyo Rim… and maybe Lee Dong Wook… and probably Suna Unnie too. We actually have some photos of them that we showed to them as we asked if they have seen them (the official poster – the one that have all four of them). It’s actually difficult for Filipinos to recognize them. To Filipinos’ eyes, all Korean look alike ㅋㅋㅋ. And since it’s a hotel with lots of Korean guests, having a group of Koreans around is nothing new.
They asked us to write down the names of the people we were looking for and they’ll try to find them on the guest list. We wrote down Kim Sun Ah, Lee Dong Wook, the writer and the director’s name. But they didn’t find them. First, it’s difficult to know how they actually input their names on the registration. Surname first? And how did they romanize their names? Second, they mustn’t have registered with Lee Dong Wook nor Kim Sun Ah’s name on it.
One of the three lovely ladies’ boss is a Korean, who is probably in charge for reservations of Korean guests. She told us to wait as she talk to her boss. After a few minutes her boss went out and we saw her talking to him. I noticed him signalling her assistant with a nod – probably telling her it’s ok to reveal information to us. At that moment, he has become our Daddy Long Legs.
He went to us and we greeted him and we explained to him, briefly (in Korean – somehow we feel that even if they are definitely good in English, if we talk to them in Korean they will trust us more, and I think it worked. though we didn’t really plan to talk to them in Korean, me and wennah are just used to talking to Koreans in Korean, so it was kinda automatic), why we were there. We showed him their photos and he confirmed he definitely saw Seo Hyo Rim, Lee Dong Wook and Kim Sun Ah. But not Eom Ki Joon.
Interesting though, all of them easily recognized Seo Hyo Rim right away. Maybe because she looks pretty and a bit different from the average Korean girl. Some recognized Lee Dong Wook, maybe because he is really handsome *^^*. They said it seems like they saw Suna Unnie too. And no one has ever confirmed that they saw Eom Ki Joon – maybe because his looks as Dr. Poopie Seok in SOAW is really different from how he looks right now.
Finally!!! We found them!!!! And they were indeed at Imperial Palace!!!
But we were told that it seems like they’ve gone out and they are not sure when they are coming back. But of course it doesn’t matter to us what time they will come back. As long as they haven’t checked out, we can wait for them even if it takes us all night long. We asked him if it’s ok for us to just wait in the lobby until they return to the hotel.
But the hotel staff were really nice. They said, why don’t we look around INSIDE the resort. They gave us a free pass!!! So we were able to go inside the beautiful resort. But we weren’t able to look around for a long time. And we weren’t even able to take any photos inside (too bad!).
Since it’s going to be Suna Unnie’s birthday, I wanted to buy a cake for her. So we just went inside and walked for like a minute then we looked around for a pastry shop and we found one in the lobby. While we were choosing a cake, we were our Daddy Long Legs approached us and told us that he is sorry to tell us that he just found out, from the front desk, that the SOAW has CHECKED OUT already at around 2PM!
Oh no!!! What to do? What to do?
He made a quick phone call, then he told us that we can try catching them at the airport for their evening flight though.
So without second thoughts, we hailed a cab and rushed to the airport.