Saturday, April 24, 2004
My second time meeting the MAN!!!!
Last week, I found out from Hal's website
that he will be on the Wayne Brady Show
again for the second time. I looked up the information and found out that it will be tape in LA!! Now that I got my hope up that I might try to find a way to get there. Unfortunately that Wanda is in LA at the moment and she doesn't feel like driving down again in such a short period of time.
I looked up some bus information, and I found Greyhound (with some help from friend, thanks Jenny!) I'll leave Hayward on Monday 6:25PM, and will arrive in LA Tuesday morning 4AM. I was planning to get a hotel, but after check the pice and some talk. I decided that I will just stay in the bus station and wait till 7 or so and catch some buses to the Wayne Brady show. And after the taping at 11AM which I thought will take 1-2 hours, I'll have to wait for my return bus at 9:30PM. I'll arrive back to Hayward on Wednesday morning at 8:30AM.
So, that was the plan. I signed up for a ticket thru the Wayne Brady site, and I got it!!! WOOT
I tried to contact many people that I found out live in CA especially LA. But none of then seems like will make it to the show. So, I'm all alone. After some debating and scare myself from the in-sucurities... I finally decide that I should go or else I'll definitely will regret it later. We only live once, right?
Meanwhile, I tried to contact James, my partner in crime from the SF Premiere. But he doesn't have internet access and I don't have his cell-phone number either. After some e-mail thru friend, I finally recieve a phone call from James. I asked him if he want to go see Hal again or not? He said "yes!"
. So he asked me how am I going to get there, I said "bus"
. He then asked me "why don't drive"
, I said "drive??? I don't have a car!"
After a few telephone calls later about the bus info, ticket info, and other information. James called me back after awhile and said ..
James: "We're gonna kidnap you"
Me: "What do you mean, you 're gonna kidnap me?"
James: " I mean, we're going to knock on every single doors in your dorm till we find you. I remember the exit so just be ready."
Me: "I told you I can't go now, I have class on Monday"
James: "Oh well, remember that this is Hal Sparks 101"
So that how it went... he and his boyfriend came pick me up sometime around 9PM and we drove all the way to LA. He borrowed that car from his friend, and the car broke down once because we didn't fill the water tank up. (I don't know the real name fot that, because I have no clue about car tech)
Then we found out that we won't be able to stay at Jame's bf's aunt's house. So we have to find a place to stay, we stay in Motel6 over in Bakersfiled because it's a lot cheaper than the one in LA. That's like 2 hours drive from LA though.
On Monday, we went to Universal Studio, and came back to Bakersfiled area for the night. Then on Tuesday, we headed out to LA once again for the Wayne Brady Show.
We arrived at the studio at 10:15AM. We have to go through security gate for car-checked. Which is really funny because the trunk was really messy so the guard didn't even touch anything in there, he just let us go! LOL Then we have to line up before we get in to the studio. We waited till 11:30 or somewhere between 11 and 11:30. When we got to go in, we were in first ten or so. I got to sit at the fifth row (I think) with James and his bf too. I got pretty clear view of the stage and soon-to-be-Hal's-seat, so I was happy. Before the taping start we have to practice all the cheering, applause and all that too which was interesting. When they rehearsed the opening credit and they introducing each guest, James and I clap and cheer very loud when they were mentioning Hal
Then the show started. Hal
was second guest on the show. They show a scene from QAF season 4 of Michael (Hal) and Debbie (Sharon Gless) in the diner where Debbie works. The Wayne introduced Hal, and he walked out. When we were clapping for the QAF start their forth season, Hal saw us
!! He seems really surprised to see us there! He waved and said "hi" on the air too. I just love that moment, when he seems to be really happy to see us there.
After the first segment of interview, they have about 15 seconds break and Hal was talking with Wayne Brady. When I was there I didn't hear a thing he said but then Wayne said "really?" and he said "yeah," and pointed up to us! (I read lips! LOL) Then the second interview started. Wayne said that we're still here with Hal Sparks, blah blah blah... And he said that Hal told him that he have a friend here from where?
Hal: "a fan of mine from Thailand. Rocepta *pointing up to me* .. she's so sweet. Kup Kun Krub"
Yeah, folks!! He pointed me out on TV!! *faint* I was about to die but seriously in that time I wasn't thinking about I was on TV (or in other word, a camera man was pointing his huge camera on my face!) But I was thinking that Hal just talked to me during this whole taping?? He remember me, he spotted me from this big whole group of audience, and he seems really happy to see me there!!
After they finished taping, Hal chatted with Wayne Brady a bit. They seem to be a really good friend too. Most of the guests do that and they will go back to the backstage, but not Hal!!! He walked up to the audience, up to me!!! He gave me a kiss and hugged me, told me that it was great to see me again!
*floating in cloud 9* He said HI to James. I asked him whether can we talk afterward, he said "Yeah!"
They continue the taping and Hal sent a crew lady to get me and James! We then went back to the backstage and have a really nice moment with him! He was so sweet and care so much about his fans! When we were talking Wayne walked by (he just finshed the taping) and he saw Hal there. "You're still here???" LOL All other guests had left awhile ago, but Hal still there with us. I just can't believe that. And he mentioned that he have a very busy schedule that day too.
It was a very nice day! I got to meet Hal again, and he even remember me! *faint* How could I stop being so crazy about him while he keep doing this to me! LOL XD
had put the video clips of this show up in her website. So, check it out folks! He did a really good job on the interview too, it is the great one so far!! I still say that I look really bad on TV, especially when I was talking...but thank you for everyone who tried to tell me that I look nice. Thank you so much!
THANK YOU HAL, for such a special moment once again! You're so nice and so sweet. I love you so much. Thank you for remember me. James and I will definitely see you in HSB whenever it happen!!
Posted at 04:51 am by rocepta
Sunday, April 18, 2004
Folks!!! I finally got to meet him last week!!! I know "then why are you telling us now?" It's a complicated situation that made me unable to post it last week. But here we go!!
WARNING: this is really long!
The whole day started off with Wanda, her daughter (Robyn), and James (Wanda's Friend whom became my friend too) came over to pick me up at my dorm. From there, we got on the road with our destination set: San Francisco!
We got to the Castro area about 6PM, and we figured that we would have plenty of time to grab something to eat first. Not! We were having trouble finding a parking space, which took half hour and by that time we didn’t want to risk missing anything. So we skip the dinner. We were lucky that James knows the area, he was able to point out where is the theater and all.
In front of Castro Theater, there're about 20-30 people waiting in line. Wanda went to check that we're in the right line and we waited for about 10 minutes or so when the line started moving. When we got to the reception desk, a woman from Showtime asked for our name.
Okay, folks...first of all...let me tell you that Hal put us on the guest list in order to get us inside. That's all we know, and that's all we had hoped for…to get in!!
He put us on the list all right, under " Reservation seats by Hal Sparks "! How cool is that? My heart started beating so fast when I hear the lady said that little line. Yeah, I'm such a dork. When we got inside we grabbed something to eat (they have free popcorn and free soda!), then off we went to find the seats. The seats are under " Reserved Sparks ", and the usher walked up to us and asked if we were looking for a seat? We told her that we're under reservation of Hal Sparks, and she told us to take a seat and leave one for him! Yeah, you heard me right, leave one for him. We were stunned! Not only he put us on the list, he put us on the list as his guest to sit with him!
Now the problem is who'll sit next to him! LOL
After some haggling, the seat plan came out like this...Robyn, Wanda, HAL, me and James (my partner in crime)!
I started to freaked out every time I look over to Wanda's seat because I see an empty space that...will be Hal's seat!! James and I decided that we don't want to have the popcorn with us when Hal is here, so we went off to the main hall to throw them away. And guess what, we saw flashes start to go off. When we look over we saw Bobby Gant (he's play Ben in QAF) walking in! And he looks really nice in that suit! We were trying to get picture of him but he was walking too fast! James and I decided that we would hang out in the lobby for, just in case.
Then BOOM!! Hal himself, walked in at that very moment! He was taking picture with two girls so we stand back. After that, we had a chance to take a picture with him too. He asked me where I came from and I told him "Thailand", he said "Kub Kun Krup". Which is "Thank you" in Thai to me.
Honestly, this man was trying to give me a heart attack!! (I didn't introduce myself though, because he was in a hurry to rush upstairs to the reception room and we knew that we would have a chance to introduce ourselves later!)
We didn't catch anyone else, and we found out later that we CAN go upstairs!! So, James and I went upstairs to take a peek. We saw Peter , Bobby , Hal and Michelle up there. James wanted to go downstairs to get his QAF book for them to sign, so we came down again. Yeah, we were running up and down! When we went up, Gale followed behind us. James couldn't get him to sign his book, however we got everyone else to sign it. Michelle signed it first, then Peter, Bobby and then Ron Cowen . They all were very nice and gracious. Michelle looks lovely in her dress, she’s very pretty. Peter was so nice and I never know that he have such a deep voice, I was stunned. Peter is totally handsome when you see him in person. Bobby, well... we all know how Bobby is. He was so nice and so hot! James chatted with Ron a bit about how the show affected his life, and I saw Hal went downstairs (James didn't get his autograph yet).
After James finished chatting with Ron, he got Gale to signed a piece of paper for him. (FYI, I saw Gale taking a picture with a gal, and instead of saying "cheese" he said "fuck" )
So, now that James is happy (LOL) we took off and went back downstairs. The theater was packed!! So many people came in in the last 20 minutes athat James and I weren't there. When we got in to the theater, we saw Hal's sitting in his seat and I started to freak out again. (shhh...not so loud I didn't tell him that I was freaking out! Although, he might noticed! LOL)
So, we went to our reserved seats... and Hal turned around "Hey I didn't know that you're Rocepta!" with a brilliant smile on his face. I babbling something back which I couldn't even remember now. I didn't know what to say in that time *kicking myself*, I'm sure many people understand my feeling though, right?
Well, let me remind you again that this is the first time I met him, so I'm not used to his charms, okay?
After a little introduce and hug, we settled in for the premiere. Hal was wearing the "Cinderella" shirt and had a bag of popcorn with him. Umm…popcorn?
During the introduction by Showtime (I think) I whispered to him that I can't believe that I'm sitting next to him, and he smiled at me and said "Me too." Hal was totally nice! From time thru time he will lean over and talk to me, make sure that I do not feel left out or something like that.
A little bit info about our seats, of course by now you know that we were sitting with Mr. Sparks! We were sitting at row 7 at the very end of the row on the right hand side of the screen. Then to our left, Michelle and Gale. Behind us (directly behind me) was Ron Cowen and Dan Lipman. To Ron and Dan's left were Bobby and Peter. ( So, I practically sitting in middle of Hal, Bobby, Ron, and Dan!) Wanda's daughter was sitting next to Michelle. Refering from her, she told me that Michelle was totally adorable and that it was so cool to sit next to Michelle.
After the QAF ended, there's a short break. And Hal was shouting "L Word, L Word, L Word" LOL Then the "The L Word" started and ended. Sorry gals for no information about QAF or L word, no spoilers remember? But both shows were very interesting and well done. QAF was totally rock, don’t miss the premiere on April 18th! Or you'll be sorry!
Okay, everyone have been talking about the way Hal dressed and that he should dress up a bit...here's what he said.
Hal: "I was trying the button down shirt, you know? To dress up a bit. It lasted about five minutes."
There you go, folks. The reason he’s not dress up at the event (LOL) But of course, by now, we know that he finally dressed up in LA Premiere!
So, we were leaving the theater and they also arranged two buses to take us to the Clift Hotel. Hal was total sweetheart, he made sure that we knew where the bus is (which is right in front of the theater!) and that the bus will take us to the hotel. And he said that he will meet us there and gave us hugs. However, I had something in the car that I want to get, so we decided to drive.
Drive?? We then got lost in SF!!!! So, it took longer than we thought to get to the hotel. LOL By the time we arrived, we were so hungry. At least James and I were. We saw Bobby and Peter, so we decided to grab something to eat. Not long after that we spotted Hal, who's busy chatting and taking photo with fans of course. He changed to his Pirate shirt. When I asked him why he changed and he said that someone spilled a drink on him.
Hal gave us each a guitar pick with his Chinese name on the front and his signature on the other side. It is totally cool, thanks a lot Hal !
I also gave him a gift that I brought for him. During the party we all had a chance to chat with him, as well as other fans who came up and complimented him on his work. He was very nice (as always) to every single fan who came up to him. He chatted and willing to take picture with them. Wanda also was doing her little routine, passing out the Lair card ! Kudos to her!!
Okay, this is totally weird part of the party. Hal was being photographed by a guy from the Filmmagic site, when he waved me over. He hug me to him and the photographer kept taking pictures! Filmmagic didn't put those pictures up, which in a way I'm glad because I would have a heart attack if they did! I want to see them though LOL
Hal signed the "Reserved Sparks" sign for me and James. He wrote "Rocepta, now you don't have to shout so loud" and signed his name! I just cannot believe that he remember my signature from the Lair!!!
Not long after that we thought that we should get going, Hal was also leaving. So we said good bye to him, and he gave us a hug. It was funny that when we were walking out, Hal follow us slowly because he was stopped by fans who came up to him again. I think (I’m not positive though) that Hal is the last cast members that left the party. I belive that Gale never show up, I never see Michelle but I saw some pics online that she was there. Peter was also there, I’m not sure about at what time he left. Bobby left about midnight or so, I think. We left about 12:40 AM but I was totally awake!
It was long yet short night!
Thank you Hal for such a wonderful memory! You're such a wonderful person. I love you so much. It was great to finally meet you. You're everything and more than what I've heard from people who have met you. I hope that I could meet you again soon.
Thank you Wanda , for making that night happened at all. You're real sweet, thank you for thinking of me and being so nice to me. You didn't have to do any of this, but yet you did. Thank you is understatement, but that's all I have. Thank you Wanda!
James , I know you probably won't read this, but man! You're so bad for making me running up and down, back and forth! You're great company and without you my night wouldn't have been as fun! You're a great partner in crime!
Posted at 04:46 am by rocepta
Friday, March 26, 2004
First post since I got here
First of all folks, I'm here in the States. It's have been only couple of days but I'm bored. You know me, can't live without my computer... and well, yeah I'm on the computer but in my dorm which have about 300 something residence but we have only three computers available (one of them can't access internet too)
Enough of my complaining, so far things work out. Nothing I need to worry about, not about visa or classes or anything. I live in a dorm which is the closest available from my campus so that's good. Eventhough I still have to walk up the hill, as my campus and the dorm is on the hill. LOL I will try to think about this as an opportunity to exercise.. a lot!
As I told you, I can't be on long as this computer is public and I'm sure many people want to use it, so I'll be nice and try to be short. So, I'm sorry if I can't update often or can't write long. I'll have to wait and see if I could find computer lap in any building that I can use as well. Hopefully things will settle sown a bit. I have a feeling that I start to feel withdraw, if you know what I mean. It's just that, everything is so different (eventhough I expected this) and that I can't do things I always do, you know. Stay up late, stay on the computer for hours, listen to music from sterio, watch TV/DVD, and all that.... I guess that's what I'm missing, computer sterio and TV.
Yeah, I know... I'm pathetic....T___T
Posted at 08:57 am by rocepta
Monday, March 22, 2004
Okay, this will be my last entry before I head out to US. I'm still packing some stuffs, trying to remember what I do need and what I do not need. The first time I went to US I brought a HUGE suitcase, but I bring a lot smaller one this time. LOL I learn my lesson about carry that suitcase up to my room that was on fourth floor! (and that suitcase was f***ing heavy too!)
On April 8th, there will be QAF premire in SF, and I'm totally there!! XXD It's only 20 minutes away ffrom my campus, and I'll be total idiot if I don't go!! Will take plenty of pics for sure with my brand new digital camera that my mom just got me. She think that I will need it and since my sister will need her when they go to Europe trip in mid-April, she got me one!! Whoohoo!!! Really, I wasn't even asking for it, I was about to bring my (normal) camera. But my sister and I went to computer convention and they have sale for everything, camera, computer, book, etc, so the camera was cheaper than normal!! XXD
Now folks, I hope I'll be able to get back to computer soon after I get there. I'll report on how's the class, life, dorm, and everything.
So long for now,
Posted at 01:28 am by rocepta
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Okay, guys and gals, it's official! I just got back from the US embassy earlier, and GOOD NEWS!!! I got the visa!
But that came from pretty painful waiting... here's the story,
I got out from bed about 5:30ish and got to the embassy at 6:30AM. And that's after two and a half hours of sleep and non-breakfast for me, I want to be there as early as possible. When I got there, there's already about 100 of them there. I waited in the line in front of the embassy fro about an hour, then I got in. After I got in, I got this queue ticket number 810, the time was 7:30AM. In that little ticket have this on... "waiting time 12 minutes", so I think that I might actually finish up here soon enough to catch my friends at school later on. At that moment the number was at 803.. there also many lots of number including 0XX, 5XX, 6XX, 8XX, and 9XX. Which I have no idea what's the differences.
8AM, the number is still at 803....
8:30AM, still at 803....
I got up and ask about the number, she said "you have to wait".... I look at the number on the screen again and said "that number have been up for an hour, what's wrong?". She then replied, "you have to wait" grrrrr.....
9AM, still at 803.... others, 05X (flowing quite smoothly) , 510, 608, 803, 903...
9:30AM, still at 803.... I'm starting to lose my patient.... I think "Twelve minuts my a**!!!! It's already 2 freaking hours!!"
10AM, hahaaa 803!!
10:30AM, others number start to flow... 10X (from 0XX), 510, 611, 904... AND 803.
11AM, I'm tired of waiting, I'm bored to death, I'm sleepy, and I'm hungry! I didn't bring my CD-player to the embassy with me, and they took our cellphone... so I basically have nothing to do in the waiting room...except to stare at the screen. Now if I close my eyes, I can see that "803" very clearly, and I was joking with people who sit next to me about buying a lotto with that number later on.
And 11:30AM!! The number actually changed!! Not my imagination, it really happened!! There was actually a roar in the waiting room when the number on the screen change to 805!!!! O____O
I got my interview about 11:50ish, and answered his question which was easy ones. What's my name, why do you want to enter the States, to study what?, how long will I stay, and who will pay for my tuition...
He gave me this little yellow ticket, and told me to come back later about 2PM to get my passport back. I thanks him and left for lunch....
1:30PM, I got back and got in that dreadful waiting room again. Surprisingly, I met my friend from high-school there. She's also applying for visa, she's on Work&Travel program and will be working in Six Flags, Arlington this spring. I was very happy to met her, we chat and catch up on how other are doing. About 30 minutes later she had her interview, and she could leave right then because her agency will pick the passport for her later. But she was also waiting for her others friends to finish up their interview, so she sat with me and chatted some more.
2PM, came and went... no calling or anything
2:30PM, nope...nada.... except that my friend left... now I have no one to talk to again! T_T
3:00PM, they started calling some number... mostly with pink ticket. I was like "what about yellow ticket??"
3:30PM, they finally call my number and I got up to the window. This lady handed me my passport and said "your visa is issued"
I was happy to finally able to leave! LOL It was 8 hours of waiting, and I think I have had enough.
So, that's what I had been doing today folks!! Very exciting stuffs, I would say! *sarcasm* But the good news is that, I got my visa and the expeiration date is in 2009! So, I'm happy about that!!!
One last thing, I LOVE HAL!!!!!!!!!
= BGM: "Pleiades" by King's X =
Posted at 11:36 pm by rocepta
|| Rocepta Iris ||
| Woraporn Kanjanatrakul |
Hal Sparks, The Hal Sparks Band, and 'Queer as Folk' series (US version)
Yoshiki (still do, but not as much)
, X Japan (They rocks my socks!)
, Sailor Moon (yeah, I had those times too *rolls eyes*)
What? Who knows?
Where I visit: Hal Sparks
, Lightning Bug
, R O S A V E L T
, Hals' Angel Yahoo! Group
, The Hal Sparks Band Yahoo! Group
, Always fanfic
, QAF Addiction; news
, Common as the Rain: Eros
Where I post: Hal's lair
, HarrisHideaway (board for actor Harris Allan)
, Lightning Bug board
, QAF talk
Where I read: Kaze's place
, Lacking Substance
, Zee Deveel
, ArsenalX's blog
, Inbetween Insanity and Life
, The acoustic of hell
, Journey of the Wind
, We Are the Cats v.2
What I listen: The Hal Sparks Band, Clay Aiken, X Japan, Evanescense, Michael Crawford, Lifehouse, L'Arc~en~ciel, Coldplay, Incubus, and Luna Sea
I'm anime freak, yes I am:
berusaiyo no bara (Rose of Versailles), Macross 7, City Hunter, WeiB Kreuz, Saiyuki, Escaflowne, and Anastasia (okay, that's not really anime but I like it~ lol)
I'm manga freak, yes I am:
New York New York (Marimo Ragawa), Anatolia Story (Chie Shinohara), Cantarella (Higuri You), G Defend (Shuw Morimoto), God Child's serie (Kaori Yuki), F Combo (Tsukasa Hojo), Angel Heart (Tsukasa Hojo), Fullahead Coco (Hideyuki Yonehara), HunterxHunter (Yoshihiro Togashi) and many more...
Today words of positives: "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love." by Sophocles
+++ My Hal Sparks's moments +++
Second meeting, just as amazing as the first!
Meeting Hal for the very first time XD!!
Happy Birthday message
E-mail from Hal