I have been a fan of Girls' Generation for more than a decade. Internet was the safe haven for my passion. I stayed with them through all the hard times and good times.
I was there when they began with Into The New World. I was in primary school, 2007. Then they really popped when they released Gee. I just entered secondary school at the time. My favourite concept had to be Genie. The Boys was what my friends would talk about in class (not literally boys, but the song, mind you). We were going through our national high school exams. I Got A Boy made it to be one of the iconic songs of the decade (as listed by Billboard in 2019). Then 930 happened. The departure of Jessica in 2014 following their Mr. Mr. comeback, amidst their preparations for Catch Me If You Can. A big portion of the fandom fell apart. Nevertheless, I followed them through, on different paths, but still closely. They released Lion Heart. Jessica was Fly-ing solo. Tiffany, Sooyoung, and Seohyun later left the agency. It was down to 5. They released Oh!GG. I was still studying, but in university.
After last year, there were idols that have passed that I cherished dearly. Shoutout to Kim Jonghyun, Goo Hara, and Choi Jinri who are no longer with us. It made me realise how we have always taken time for granted. I was always telling myself, there is still chances in the future to see them. I will still be able to make it one day!
Now, it's 2020. 13 years since I became a fan. Before the new year, I was writing some of my new year resolutions for 2020. One of them was to be able to attend a Girls' Generation concert, be it the 8 of them, 5 of them, 3 of them, or even just 1 of them.
I am lucky. THE UNSEEN concert has just been announced recently. The first one was in Seoul. It was too far and costly, I couldn't make it. The second venue announced is in Singapore, a city close to home. I really hope that I am able to make it to this one. I had missed all of their concerts before because I was focused on my studies.
Right now, I have graduated and am already turning a quarter of century old. Before I step into employment, I hope to be able to attend one of their concerts. It's once in a lifetime. I don't know when the next time a concert will take place again that matches my current time and place in this unpredictable life.
Through this crowdfunding, I hope to lessen my own financial burden. I have bought the concert tickets on my own expense, but have yet secured an airplane ticket to Singapore from my little town in Sarawak. Be it for a new year greeting, Lunar New Year pocket money, or just for a wish of good luck, I thank you for that very little thought.