The idea for this post came when @blissful_days tweeted:
“F4 reunion harks back to memories of fun Pahiyas trip, exchanging vids w/ an officemate and marathoning MG2 at dawn before leaving for ofc!”
For the last few days, social media has been abuzz with the long-awaited F4 reunion. It started when @VanNessVanWu tweeted this photo on January 29:
Van Ness and Jerry were apparently on their way to Beijing to shoot their “reunion” on Jiangsu Satellite TV for the network’s Spring Festival Gala with the other two, Zai Zai and Ken.
A day later, he tweeted this photo of “V2”:
So yes, it is finally happening, the reunion that their fans and the media have speculated on for a long time, usually happens during the CNY period. The last time they appeared together was in Osaka in 2008 for a concert. Many were expecting them to get together when METEOR GARDEN marked its 10th anniversary in 2011. But even the woman who “created” F4, Angie Cai, said it would be difficult to bring the four together due to conflicting schedules. But Jiangsu TV has made it happen.
For a price of course. Reports said the four were paid 6 million yuan (almost US$1 million) in total. Earlier reports also said that they will be performing “Meteor Rain”. We will know once it airs.
Here are some photos of the studio filming from @IamVanNess and @VicZhou81 (a fan club account):
Of the four, only Van Ness has been actively tweeting about the reunion. I hope he’s not violating any agreement with the network though. But all for the fans, dui bu dui? @marylngoh said Van Ness’ Weibo is very interesting these days, quipping:
“It’s my childhood!”
Ouch. I was already part of the rat race when F4 came along. And my memories of that F4 era are:
- buying a VTR so I could record METEOR GARDEN while I was at work;
- buying my first “subbed” bootleg DVD (I became a snob too, the Filipino dubbed version was not good enough for me. I wanted the original soundtrack);
- listening to Can’t Lose You, aka the “oh-behbeh-behbeh-behbeh” song over and over again;
- dreaming of going to Taipei.
F4 was the first time I stalked with my friends, shall I mention who you are?
Those days, people used to call us fans as “groupies” (which is like very 1970s, okay, and we were in the 2000s then) but nowadays, we are called fangirls. Being a fan was no longer jologs (even if jologs was not even a term then) and F4 gave fangirling the cool factor. But as @akame2304 noted, the term “fangirling” wasn’t even coined yet. Now, we spazz, flail and have “so many feels” over our idols.
So what do fellow fangirls remember about their F4 days?
“vaness gay hairstyle XDD… now i remembr vaness w/ gay hair, wearing sleeveless body huggin blouse w/ baggy pants! omfg!” – @yzahbelle
“I remember buying everything with their faces on them. Be it poster, handkerchief, keychain, stickers, notebooks, etc. XD; I also bought DVDs of their concerts and every afternoon, me and my friends will have a mini F4 concert at my house.” – @lei_02
@lei_02 still has postcard-sized pictures of F4 glued to her mirror and a Zai Zai fabric poster as a curtain. Now, where is that F4 glass I own, hmmm?
“too many, but the most common of them are sleeping along the sidewalk, stampede at the airport, lost cellphones afterwards.” – @yanaliao
“Went home early from office to catch up on MG drama. Love Hua Zhe Lei very much. Sad couldn’t watch F4 when they came to Jkt” – @Poktanju6686
@Poktanju6686 wasn’t able to watch that historic Jakarta concert (where they sang Qing Fei De Yi) because she said she couldn’t afford it then. But my friend can now buy VIP tickets to K-pop concerts.
I remember going with @kayteegee8 to a Manila concert of Van Ness and Ken (was it Ken?) but we only had one complimentary ticket. She went in while I stayed outside, I don’t even know why I bothered LOL. I wasn’t interested to watch because neither was my F1. Then and now, my F1 has always been Dao Ming Si. And we did see Dao Ming Si and Hua Ze Lei at the airport.
“how can i forget our F4 stalking adventures, especially at the airport with @jovefrancisco!” – @kayteegee8
(Someone has a blanket denial over this episode though…)
But to most fans, F4 made us look beyond our borders, introduced us to Asian pop culture… and to fellow fangirls who became friends.
“I met two fellow fan girls then eventually became very good, lifelong friends” – @isymissy
“agree! So true! I remember it all started with you giving me a copy of Ken’s cd to meeting Van Ness!! Woot! I met great people who became lifelong friends because of F4! and it evolved to more fangirling lol !” – @rajenica
@kayteegee8 puts it nicely:
“i credit F4 for introducing me to the wonderful world of Asian pop culture! For introducing me to awesome fangirls-turned-friends”
Thanks to friends and friends of friends who participated in this “crowdsourcing” post.
Indeed, it’s true. More than those fangirling memories and widening our pop culture appreciation, F4 gave us friends… lifetime friends, even if we have moved on to other fandoms and other things in life.
Reminisce with me with the show that started it all?
Now, who has METEOR GARDEN 2? I guess it’s about time I watch it.
F4, aka the uncles of Asian pop, talk about their much anticipated reunion:
For translation, click here.
(Thanks @greyhavens for the links!)
So what’s your F4 memory?
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