Aside from the group's concerts and interviews here in the Philippines, I particularly loved their Hong Kong Concert not just because of Jerry Yan serenading a female fan onstage; but, also for behind-the-scene footage that gave any fangirl a glimpse of how their favorite F4 member was in real life. I don't think I need to mention the numerous memorabilia that I have accumulated over the years-including their albums, Pepsi Ask For More Poster and CD! :-)
During F4's heights of international super-stardom, I was one of many who actually believed that the phenomenal Meteor Storm will never cease to exist. Sadly, the phenomenon did fizzle out after a few years as it was eclipsed by the then rising K-Pop wave.
Maybe times have indeed changed in the Asian Music and Drama landscape, but for F4 fans, including myself, F4 will always be the group that introduced Pinoys to the beauty and wonders of Asian dramas and Asian pop music which were deemed unpopular in a sea of Latin-inspired programs and songs, at the time.
Perhaps F4 may not be the F4 of yester years; even Ken Chu admitted to facing some form of emotional crisis during the tail end of their meteoric rise in this moving interview for Asianewsnet.net. I also remembered Vanness Wu talking about how heartbroken he was during his time on the spotlight in this short testimony.
As Julia Roberts's character in Notting Hill once said, "the fame thing isn't really real, you know..." I dare say that the real issue here is our beloved F4 has successfully emerged from the shackles of past glory into a more glittering and fulfilling life; that is, following their passions both in their respective careers and personal lives.
That said, two days ago, every F4 fan's wish finally came true when Jerry, Vanness, Vic and Ken made a rare appearance together singing their hit songs for the Chinese New Year show broadcast via Jiangsu Satellite TV (JSTV).
Here are two F4 concert photos lifted from one of my favorite blogs, f4misyel.blogspot.com.
I got teary-eyed when I saw this particular photo, because this was their usual huddle before their every concert in the past. See that girl in the background? That was their same make-up person from 12 years ago. What loyalty! :-)
F4 @ the 2013 Jiang Su Chinese New Year (CNY) Concert.
Here's the official broadcast of the 2013 Jiang Su Chinese New Year (CNY) Concert featuring our beloved F4. Translation is by xiaokhat on Youtube. You're the absolute best!
Watch how some of their most loyal fans react to their long-awaited reunion.
Courtesy of jerrysh77 on YouTube
Now, please allow me to share with you my favorite F4 song, Meteor Rain during one of their most unforgettable concerts here in the Philippines. Come, reminisce with me...:)
Courtesy of xMei on Youtube
Above all, we're sooo looking forward to F4's reunion concert sometime this year!!!!