Angela Rufino Caburnay
Hi! I am Angela Rufino Caburnay From the Philippines and last November 26 2019 I attended the Asia Artist Awards 2019
(AAA 2019 in Vietnam), below are the list of all me and my friend’s experiences throughout the event. I hope you could write something about it.
Further info: Main organizer of this event is the Dong Nam Media.
Behind the glitz and the glam. The fun and the cheer. The hardships of the fans (around the SVVIP Red Carpet Ticket holders – I don’tknow about the others) are INSANE and HORRENDOUS.
Let me nitpick some stupid basic details the organizers missed. I’m gonna rant so if your sensitive DO NOT READ.
Side Note: This was just our own experience.
1. AAA or the Asia Artist Awards was held for the very first time yesterday at My Dinh Stadium Vietnam. A lot of Kpop stars attended so does their fans (we are talking thousands here). Let me just put this out there first.
2. We went there at the venue a bit early at about 8:30 a.m. (when the actual event would start at 7:00 p.m. in the evening) entered the entrance gate of the My Dinh National Stadium and welcomed by tons of Fanmade Booths (Which has been, mind you, the only one of the two great parts of this event). So there’s this barricade that separates the actual stadium to this booths area. In which we were not allowed to enter just yet. Let me just put this out there too.
3. So yeah thousands attended but when you ask the … police interns? And those College students? … those that wear bright orange sweatshirt — I guess that’s their official staff uniform — ABOUT WHERE IS THE RESTROOM/TOILET?
They would answer you with a crunchy “I don’t know.” We asked about 3 police whatever they are and three orange people but just gotten the same answer. One also said, “Just walk around maybe you’ll find one.”
This is basic… staff organizers should know the vicinity. That’s fundamental. I didn’t know if they were just picked up from the street and on the spot made to wear those patrol and orange uniforms and off they go already. Which is a bit stupid for me. So yeah one Nuest fan just showed us where one is located. Not even a part of the stadium but a restroom of a beerhouse which we needed to pay 5k VND just to pee.
4. Trash Cans? I didn’t see one. So does the other fans so in the end the whole booth fandom area was a mess with a ton of trash. Every corners should have one!
5. We came there early to have our tickets exchanged into wristbands. They said we needed to so we just lined up accordingly after looking around the fandom booths. We stayed in line for 4 hours. yeah short time. In the middle of the sun. Yeah we’re fine. When the orange people opened the exchanging at 2:00 p.m., their code scanner is a mess. They needed to scan multiple times with multiple phones just hoping they could get one of them to work. Geez. Because of that they don’t actually care who came in line first and accept exchanging even from r****** skipping lines. You chinese girl, I still remember your face and your lines “Why are you fighting me?” partnered with an about to cry face. Haha. Bitch. You can’t skip line in front of me unscathed.
6. Next up: Stampede on the second entrance gate with the security scanner. Because there isn’t any line at all. (Now I appreciate the lines we have in PH for concerts reaching until the next city because at least there ain’t no stampede). Not organized at all! Not safe at all! Gate opened: 3:00 p.m.
7. Second stampede. Actual gate entrance of the stadium. No lines again. Lol. Orange people be climbing up the second floor looking down on thousands of people laughing their ass off because they find it pretty amusing. Instead of helping in making actual lines. Fans dedication just laughed at. *face palm* after this one I didn’t even know how I made it out alive.
Gate opened: 5:00 p.m.
6. Red Carpet. Bloody Carpet. Huge cameras and tall people, maybe journalists, in front. Don’t even dream of getting a good glimpse. That’s a dream from a faraway land. A marketing scam.
7. Looking back it reminds me of a lyrics of a song by Rihanna:
Chest to chest
Nose to nose
Palm to palm
We were always just that close
Wrist to wrist
Toe to toe
That’s how it was at the standing SVVIP area. I’m guessing they sold too many tickets for their space. (SVVIP the most expensive one but treated like trash). Also one big thing about this area is that yes it is close to the stage but you can never concentrate on watching and cheering for your favorite performances and artists. Because while the space is tight, so many amateur police are moving back and forth in between fans and they will constantly push you and reprimand you when you are not even making a scene. One dogmatic police officer even slapped me on my hand that’s taking video at the same time because he wants me to move again. My phone almost slipped off from that.
— security personnels should be protectors in charge of safety… but rather they see us as their enemies. A joke.
8. Lastly, seems like you guys really don’t expect and like to have foreign audiences given by how your staff just turn around whenever asked a question. Haha! Made me wish I just watched this whole thing online. Live. At the comforts of my bed.
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