I went to the red tour with Evangel, Evangel’s sister Ellynn, their cousin Gracia and lastly Cat Woman (her last name is Wenxin, but everybody calls her cat woman because she looks like a cat). And because we are soooooo excited, we began the ridiculous and mad conversation about meeting at 4am the following day to prepare for the event!
I went to the red tour without even completing my wire sculpture, a assignment that was urgently due the following morning. Gahh, whatever. I’ve tried my best. Heck vas and heck submissions, the word that almost made me insane for the past few, sleepy weeks. I’ve gone so many days sleep deprived, and I strongly need this red tour session to de-stress! Where I could just scream my lungs out and immerse myself in delusional happiness for a short while, Taylor brings so much joy in my life yay 🙂
Actually I’ve intended on fetching Taylor at the airport, but we received news a few days before that she’s arriving via VIP airport, which were denied assess in….so we’re sad girls. 😦
Some interesting instagram posts and comments about Taylor. I’m classical_grace and I feel very privileged to comment the last (and most important part) of the verse of RED! (see below left) And the image on the right is just written by some sweeran shippers haha.
I guessed I didn’t have that burning desire to get tickets because I wasn’t much of a swiftie yet. If there was an mathematical equation for swifties, I’m not confident of even getting a rating of 5 out of 10. I’m not sure if mine would be even above 5. When I compare myself to other Swifties, here’s what I think: distant, far behind and a lot to catch up. I was thinking, “Alright. Now I’m halfway up the “Swiftie ladder”. Maybe when I’m at the upper half, I would be mentally ready to go to the concert.” Don’t get me wrong, its not that I don’t wish to meet Taylor, its just that, there are many stages of fangirling, and I’m not at the “meet me” stage yet. So my stand was: No tickets, don’t feel sad; have tickets, ought to feel happy. So when Evangel told me Taylor extended her Singapore red tour and added an extra date, 9th June, and more seats were freed on the 12th, I went online and ordered it immediately. It was hard with all the irritating wifi connections and procedures, but I did it on that night. And that was super last minute, it was collected just 4 days before the red tour.
Then I went to charge my fainting phone at Evangel’s bedroom even though it was already 90% haha. Super paranoid, because I expected 100%. Red tour is a very important event. I need to take nice photos so phone cannot die! But it the end it still died because I overused it. Thank goodness it died after everything ended. Then we blasted Taylor Swift’s songs while we wait for Cat woman to arrive. Slowly, when the music reached the happy parts and climax (22 is my fav), the mood picked up and all of us became ultra excited for the red tour!! So…..Her mum decided to drive us there. Was very nice of her to do so! I was quite phobic of the mrt peak hour rush hour time already. But Cat woman did not turn up at Evangel’s house and she was late so I chided her for that muahahahhaah. “I waited for you so long how could you!!” I think she was bathing in her own sweet time.
We arrived at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in the late afternoon and gosh memories of Disney on Ice came flooding back! I went there earlier this March for Disney On ice concert (promise will blog about it soon!) so this is my 2nd time visiting SIS in a year, I feel so lucky being able to watch concert after concert. I foresee a 3rd time; you know what they say, 3rd time’s the charm. (Keep my fingers crossed, hopefully XD).
And the first thing i saw when I reached there is this!! They got Taylor to do a road safety video! Because who will listen to the best advertisement when there’s no taylor inside right! what a good tactic…..but its so weird hearing Taylor say all this in Singapore though XD
Sorry about the sidetrack…so…we reached Indoor Stadium around 5pm. We actually planned to reach there at like 4pm when the merchandise store opens and so that we can grab the items before they run out of stock.
And because the merchandise store opened at 4pm and we were terribly, terribly late, (5pm is already considered late), there was a freaking long queue in front of the store omg. I almost fainted. Its been ages since I saw a queue like that. I cant even remember when. Well, the last time I saw a queue like that was probably, national day??? Or people queuing for the casino entrance during Chinese New Year? And furthermore, it was so squeezy, I had to climb a tree to see what was merchandise items on sale.(you know everyone likes to see what’s available beforehand and before the queue reaches you, so that when it’s your turn you would already know what you want, not “erm…ah…uh…” and spent your embarrassing time deciding). Silly, kidding I didn’t climb a tree. I stood on those park benches. Yes, this photo was taken on top of a tree as well.
I loved the how the whole venue had various stations and photo booths for us to take pictures and then we get freebies in return! Who doesn’t love freebies? I think the organizing team did a really good job. They kept us busy before the event started and kept our spirits burning red. The cornetto ice cream vendors came and who wants free ice creams can just take!! I got 3 ice creams FOR FREE that day and I even won more guitar picks with the lids! And Cat woman got a free sound amplifier, the one that can only be won by eating cornettos. All she did was take a picture and upload it online J
But on the whole it was fun! We had time to explore around and went to the toilet to touch up our red lipstick HAHA. We weren’t the only people around wearing red lipstick. Other swifties also wore it and suddenly it seems that was the trend of the day. It was rather predictable though. Super fun, everybody wearing red lipstick together. Cat woman was so eager to try out my red lipstick but I swear it’s her first time applying it. In the end she smudged the lipstick all over! But thankfully we got it sorted it out.
I have a confession to make don’t kill me. I HATE RED LIPSTICK. If it weren’t for Taylor, I wouldn’t wear it HAHA. Bet you all don’t know. Red lipstick is the only kind of lipstick that is as “poisonous” as the black paint when you draw (designers you’ll know what I’m talking about). Once you apply a slight tint, its enough to fill your whole lip. Apply a lil extra more, you’ll get a sore lip. Just like black paint, apply a lil bit more to white paint, the whole white and become the darker shade of grey you wanted. *laugh cry* That’s why I generally avoid red lipstick.
I think we spent a considerable amount of time in the toilet though. Cat woman had trouble with her contact lenses; she had to sort it out. And omg cat woman if you’re reading this, stop rubbing your eyes so hard with your contacts inside! Its so harmful and your eyes were red that day. Haha. RED. Okay I’m crazy about that colour but I’m saying its for your safety. It’s too gory to watch. Stop it! Then as we’re coming out of the toilet, I overheard a Caucasian saying, “So many people!” and another said, “Yeah, I think there’s a concert going on.” Inside I was literally fluttering with excitement and dying and I feel like going up to them and screaming, “Yes its Taylor swift’s concert and I’m so proud I’m going!” But I managed to contain my excitement for now. Oh and yeah speaking about Caucasians, I was surprised to see there were many (and I mean really MANY) of them at the concert!
There are even more nicer photo booths for us to take pictures inside! (like the one below) but there was a long queue!
Just as we were queuing, we heard a high, piercing scream of ecstasy, followed by a tremendous uproar. My heart was in my mouth. I ALMOST THOUGHT KING KONG WAS COMING
I turned, and looked. And everything was playing in slow motion.
The gates opened.
The crowd roared, and flocked in, trampling on everything on the ground.
Everything in my world seemed to stop after that.
The doors to all the Swifties dreams-some big, some small, some have waited for years, all the prayers, tears—that “magic” door actually opened.
And everything happened in a blur after that.
But NO. We got cheated a lot of times!! There were instances where fans thought she was going to make an appearance, and roared really loudly, but didn’t! And then you’ll hear the ascending noise levels, only to hear the roar fade again. Haha, so funny. It was quite interesting to watch fans being cheated though. Excluding me.
I dashed down from my 2nd row to the barricade in my section where I can get the perfect view of the whole stadium. We’re seated at the highest section, left hand side, 1st row. In fact, 2nd row to be precise. Evangel and gang sat at the 1st row because we purchased the tickets separately and at different timings. (Trust me; I was super sad for 2 whole days because of this) But turns out I was sad for nothing as I get to stand with my friends! At first I was worried if security would come up and chase us back to our seats but everyone is standing and well! We are given the freedom to stand wherever we want! Isn’t it great, I’m so, so glad.
Thank God the security wasn’t very tight that night. There was no sign of a single security guard patrolling in our section. Not even a shadow was spotted haha. So although there’s a big black sign outside reading “NO PHOTOGRAPHY”, do you think anyone would care?? Rules are meant to be broken on a night like this yeah! Whoohoo! SO everybody whipped up their handphones and started filming and its so obvious, because there were camera flashes everywhere. Nobody even made an effort to try and conceal it, we just openly did it haha. I guess this concert wasn’t as strict, which is good. Jingwen told me that when she went for her kpop concert “super show”, security guards actually went to the extent of shining torches at your face when you take pictures, because its violating the rules of SM entertainment. Really reminds me of a detective show lol. Thank God taylor has a GREAT company, Big Machine Records. As long as we’re not harming anyone, it’s fine.
POSING LIKE TAYLOR
I saw that the barricade was dangerously low. Standing tall, the pathetic barricade only managed to reach all the way till my waist. From then on I made a mental note to myself that no matter how wildly I’ll dance later on, I must not forget there’s a hazard beneath us that we could dance vigorously, lean over and fall anytime. And because its low, I’m not only worried about my safety, I’M WORRIED ABOUT MY 1 WEEK OLD PHONE’S SAFETY. But its okay, since it’s a once in a lifetime experience, I boldly held out my phone where I filmed the concert and I still dared to tilt the phone around and around many times to switch perspectives, ahaha. (and praying it won’t fall)
With that, I leaned forward and looked down. I saw how high up we were from the rest of the people below!! The people in the mosh pit looked like little ants! I’ve always wanted to go into the mosh pit. It’s a silly dream. And its because of a really stupid reason. Why? Because the name “mosh” sounds very swag and funky. But when I looked down, nah. Not swag at all. Everyone was squeezing together eww! Everyone is bound to sweat and imagine if everyone smells each other’s sweat!! It must have been really humid in there.
There! More freebies! They just gave the KEDS discounted vouchers like flyers!
Well, the good thing about mosh pit is if you are early and lucky and you’ve managed to stand very near the stage, you can get to touch Taylor Swift. Or she might end up having eye contact with you or waving at you. That’s the good part. In some countries, 5-6 fans in the pit even get to lift Taylor up! Its good to see how Taylor trusts them. Ah, well, mosh pit is cheaper anyways….why did I even buy a more expensive ticket to sit further away from Taylor swift?? Should have brought mosh pit tickets! Never mind, I’ll do it next time when I go for Lady gaga’s concert, if she ever holds it in Singapore. Hers is not called “mosh pit”. It’s the monster pit! Cooler.
Suddenly the singer’s dark, willowy silhouette appeared behind a silky scarlet curtain and even in shadow, her curves seemed perfect. But I literally thought it was a fake projection by some visualizer. It took me by utter surprise when she suddenly appeared and burst into the chorus of “State of grace”, a song which I shamelessly claimed to my friends, “Hey it was dedicated to ME!” And when I saw her, the state of grace now was very happy; very, very, very happy indeed.
The sold out arena was full of life, spirit and vibrant red. Taylor paused for a very long time, not speaking and there was a silence that was both comforting and very surreal. I guess she was basking in her success and today, she still felt in was unbelievable. I enjoyed these silences. It was a precious connection with her army of followers that I’m not sure if other artistes display it too. She blinked backed tears of happiness. I noticed it. Cat woman asked me, “Is she crying?”
“If you look close enough, you’ll notice.”
DURING THE CONCERT
World wide red tour is trending on twitter and instagram!! At the opening act, they asked us to shout, saying, “Swifties!! Let all the four corners of Singapore hear you tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LET’S ROCK THIS STADIUM TONIGHT”
With that, we broke into a dance. A wild, mean dance. Oh my, what a marvellous night! Oh, and I have an embarrassing video footage of it that I wish I can post on this blog but I can’t. Nobody was judging anybody for the first time in forever because everybody’s here to have fun.
Well….expect for this “mood spoiler” or “spoilsport” couple that was actually sitting beside me (until I got up from my seat). I noticed them throughout the whole show. They were not high at all! Then what’s the point of coming to the concert if you don’t have fun? I even resorted to guessing maybe someone gave them the unwanted tickets and they didn’t want to waste the tickets, so they came and maybe they are secretly not Taylor’s fans. At first when I was sitting beside them in the opening act before Taylor appeared, I was thinking, “Why are these 2 people so quiet and they look so bored??” and then I comforted myself, thinking, “Maybe they’ll be crazy once Taylor appears, they’re just un-interested at this stage.” But sadly, that was not to be.
POST RED TOUR SYNDROME
When we’re about to go home, we saw another crowd around the back road area where a lorry was parked. I think its that same lorry we saw earlier in the day. I guess the lorry was for the musical instruments/props?? They were unloading the stuff there earlier on. Anyway, there was a crowd! So we went up to see what’s the commotion about and turns out everyone was waiting for Taylor to come out backstage. Soon after waiting for a long period of time, the crowd got bored, and my ice cream was melting. Every single time a person appears out of the lorry or the back of the stadium, we cheered for fun. Then suddenly, the cheering got very loud. I can’t see if it’s a crew member or one of Taylor’s dancers but we all began chanting, “TAYLOR! TAYLOR! TAYLOR!” but she didn’t turn up so the five of us left 😦
When online and saw some fan recounts, felt so jealous 😥 That girl got a picture with Caitlin! CAITLIN MY FAVOURITE VIOLINIST!!
But oh well, at least she said some good things about Singapore.
I surprised she didn’t display any sentimental value to Singapore. (Other than adding an extra tour date, which wasn’t done on purpose but because of the Thailand protest between red and yellow team) Because her mother grew up in Singapore, her mum came too!! And some lucky fans got to take photo with her during club red for Night 1, June 9th, the earlier batch. I even heard it was mama Swift that picked the people for club red..so jealous.
Yup so she went back to NYC straight.
And she got a new cat named Olivia Benson! Many people are waiting for her 5th album now.