If you've never heard of them check out this sick cover they did. My personal favorite.
Monday - 19th August 2013
I reached CD Rama in Popular bookstore in Sunway about 4:00PM but there was no one outside. Then I went inside and saw the setting and heard BYE music being played so I went over to the area. There were a bunch of girls just hanging around and there was a video montage replaying. I felt really left out because I didn't know anyone so yea kinda just hung around for a couple of minutes on my own. Then we were asked to form the line. It was a really long line I think I was probably idk the 60th person or so. Waited in the line and kept calling Izwin to find out where she is, since I was holding her stuff that I'd bought earlier. Stuff for the boys to sign.
Minutes after, she arrived with 2 friends, sisters Eira and Lisa. They joined me in the line and we talked and got to know each other a bit. We noticed that there was this door about 20 feet from us which the Sony staff kept going in and out of and we were pretty sure that the boys are gonna come out from there any moment now so we kept our eyes on it and every time someone came out of it we got mini heart attacks lol.
We took some pictures among the 4 of us when suddenly
RILEY CAME OUT OF THE DOOR!
Followed by Toby
and then Connor who looked back and waved the opposite way they were heading (our way).
By then the whole place was nuts. Fangirl screams filled the air! At one point it was louder than ever because Connor took out his phone, asked the crowd to scream, got it filmed and posted it on his instagram.
And then the signing session started. My heart was beating so fast I don't even know why I mean it's only BYE? It's not like I'm meeting my ultimate fave celebs who I admire and look up to *coughBTR*? idk but MAN I WAS SO NERVOUSDSHGJSHGD.
When is was my turn I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest lol but I kept it cool yaknow I put the CD cover on the table for them to sign and was like "Hi Riley" and he said "Hey how are you?" And ME BEING THE GELABAH SHITWRECK didn't answer because I knew that I wouldn't have all the time in the world so all I quickly said was "Can we get a pic?" so we took one, I said thanks and that was it, I had to move along.
Next was Connor. I don't think I said anything to him I just asked for a pic and by this point mY HANDS WERE SHAKING SO BAD I COULD SEE IT WHEN I HELD MY PHONE. So the pic I took with Connor turned out so blur because shaky hands well done Yasmin well done ugh.
(I look like shit)
Did I mention he has freaking gorgeous blue eyes (which you can't see here DAMN IT) yea goodbye world
I don't think he said a word to me lol but I was like thanks and moved on to Toby. I said "Hi Toby!" and he's like "Hey how are ya?" and welp same thing I straight away asked for a photo and quickly snapped
I didn't notice Connor photobombed until I looked back at the pic after that haha but I'M SO GLAD HE DID bc atleast now I have a fun pic with both Toby and Connor being goofballs YEAASS
Well anyway that was the end of the signing session for me. When we all got out of the line we were jumping for joy but Lisa was NOT HAPPY that she didn't get any photos with them so she was all sad :( I was also kinda bummed that I was tongue-tied and didn't get to say anything more :(
After they were done signing everything the fans sang happy birthday for Riley (his birthday's on August 31 so it was kinda like an early present thing) and then demanded the boys to sing something so they sang a short snippet from their single 'I Like That' which I got recorded right here;
So Izwin was brought in really deep into the restaurant by the Sony staff to a part where nobody could see from the outside and the 3 of us were out there like ... ok well we should go home now and HERE COMES THE BEST PART
We were about to walk away when we saw that IZWIN
AJKDHLJHWKDJMLWJDOSDJLKS IS THIS REAL LIFE??????????
So we DID and while we walked our way we were spazzing and screaming and couldn’t breathe and WOW we reached their table and there the boys were at this long set up table together with their dad and some other dude named Keith. They saw us and Riley was already standing up I think so he was the first one to greet us and he gave us all hugs (I was the last). We shook hands with the rest. They all said their names when we shook hands but I was literally like so stunned all I could say was "hi" or "hey" and I didn't introduce myself haha. When I shook hands with Toby he's like "Toby" and I said "I know" lol I just want to slap myself now. Anyway they were all at one side of the table and the empty seats were beside Riley and Connor so Izwin took a seat beside Riley, Eira beside Connor and I was beside Eira. Lisa took a seat beside Izwin and she was also sitting in front of me. Also there was a seat between Riley and his dad which was empty because that was for their mom.
So basically, I was at the corner. Beside me was Eira followed by Connor, Toby and Keith. Directly in front of me was Lisa, to the right were Izwin, Riley and their parents. You know what here's a photo. (At the other side of the table were the Sony staff)
When I took my seat I noticed that WOW RILEY IS ABOUT 2984728389243x MORE GORGEOUS IN PERSON THAN IN PICTURES I MEAN IT'S NOT LIKE HE DOESN'T LOOK GOOD ON SCREEN BUT DAMN BOY U FINEEE FACE-TO-FACE.
Actually they all looked really damn good in person. but Riley....................
Then I had to let everything sink in.
I am here seated at a table in TGIF and I am going to spend about an hour having dinner with the boys of Before You Exit.
Okay. Breathe. Okay? Alright. Calm down. Got this.
Here comes a detailed description of what happened during dinner.
When we were all seated Riley started asking stuff like "How are you guys?" And I was SO PUMPED I excitedly replied "Um really good now that we're here?!?!!" I couldn't stop smiling I swear. And then I explained that this was totally unplanned and that initially only Izwin was supposed to come. Then Toby showed us this pic on his phone
And I was like "yeah!" smiling and giggling (Ya Allah gediknya) and he looked at the other girls and said "... don't YOU GUYS find this funny?". I found that moment amusing tho.
THEN THEY GOT OUR NAMES. Connor forgot my name that time lol what a douche (I'm kidding, nasib baik kau comel)
Then Riley was like "do you guys have any questions" and I WENT COMPLETELY BLANK BECAUSE I WASN'T PREPARED FOR THIS I DIDN'T KNOW I WOULD HAVE THE CHANCE TO SIT AND TALK AND ASK QUESTIONS I JUST OMFGOFHJFDH so I quickly shot out a question which was "what time did you arrive and which hotel are you staying at?" Hahaha and Riley said that they JUUUST arrived about 2PM that they don't even know the name of the hotel. I do understand if they didn't wanna tell me the hotel name on purpose but man they really lost track of time. Riley asked what time it is and I told them it's 6pm.
Then Izwin asked them to mention us on twitter lolol
and Connor asked for her twitter username kjahfasjfahks
And Riley went "Do you all have twitter?"
Riley: Do you tweet us a lot?
Us: Yeah! (Well I sorta lied because I only started following them about 2 weeks ago and I only tweet them SOMETIMES but oh well)
I heard Riley say
"What do you tweet us?"
And I was like ummm "I like your music????"
AND HE SAID "THAT'S YOUR TWITTER?"
I went like "WHAT WHAT OH NO OH YOU WERE ASKING FOR OUR USERNAMES SORRY I THOUGHT YOU ASKED WHAT KIND OF STUFF WE TWEET YOU"
(by then i realised what he actually said was "what are your twitters?!" i guess)
It was so embarrassing.
Izwin told Connor her username and HE WENT ON HER PROFILE AND WAS LIKE
"Is this you? 'Big Time Girlz'?" LOLOL I TRIED NOT TO LAUGH but yeah omg connor went through some of her tweets I was SO JEALOUS WHY DID MY USERNAME HAVE TO BE SO COMPLICATED AND NOT BYE-RELATED DAMN IT.
Basically Izwin was being treated like a queen. (probs bc she was the one who won the dinner with them through the contest so ok yeah sure)
So I told them my twitter username which was BTR-related because I like BTR and said Izwin and I are hardcore BTR fans. And then Riley told us about how they've met the BTR guys at one of their shows and how James went to one of their shows and they got to talk abit and I was all like OMG THAT IS SOOOOOOO COOL! And then I kinda remembered that they covered like a part of a BTR song which I thought was Boyfriend. Riley looked confused and so did Connor bc they didn't remember covering any BTR songs but they knew they did Bieber's Boyfriend. I tried convincing them saying it's just a tiny snippet and Connor was like "Yeah we might have"
(A FEW DAYS LATER I REMEMBERED THAT THE BTR SONG THEY COVERED AT ONE OF THE HOUSE PARTIES THEY ATTENDED WAS "IF I RULED THE WORLD" NOT "BOYFRIEND". Never have I wanted to turn back time just to fix something I said.)
I had to tell my family that I wasn't gonna be back for dinner so I took this pic to send to them as proof that I'm having dinner with these guys!1!!?@1/!
Anyway, after that they asked a bunch of questions about how Izwin won the contest. She had the recording of her on the radio station so she let them hear it and they were laughing and smiling it was so cute.
Then Connor had this idea that we should play this game that they always play during dinner on tours. It’s like everybody is given a character or a famous person or something and everyone EXCEPT the person him/herself knows what character he/she is. The goal is to guess which character YOU are by taking turns asking yes or no questions e.g.
Am I a real person?
Am I a male?
Am I a singer?
Am I a cartoon character? etc.
So they/we decided that
Riley was The Hulk
Izwin was The Little Mermaid
Lisa was Harry Styles
I was Jimmy Neutron lol
Eira was Hannah Montana
Connor was Helen Keller lmao
Toby was Michael Jackson
Keith was Elvis Presley
Toby guessed his character and won first and Riley was like "We always give him an easy one because if he doesn't get it he'll be like 'I DON'T WANNA PLAY ANYMORE'" HHahhAHhaahHA being the youngest bro ofcourse he's so cute ok
When Izwin got hers she was like "Am I Ariel?" And we were all like yes you are yaaayyy you got it but Riley snapped "NO YOU'RE THE LITTLE MERMAID" oh ok man lol.
At one point Eira asked "Am I white?" AND COINCIDENTALLY the people from the Sony side of the table gasped at something they were talking about. It was really funny bc it's as if they were gasping at the fact that Eira thinks she's white lol
We laughed and Riley was all like "Poor girl thinks she's white!" hahaha boi u funny
Anyway the significant hints I got were:
- My character is a cartoon character
- My character is a teenager
- When I asked if it was female they answered yes
- My character is a main character on a Nickelodeon show.
- My character doesn't have siblings.
At this point I was really blank because I couldn't think of any teenage female main cartoon character on Nickelodeon. I asked the girls about my hints again and I FOUND OUT MY CHARACTER IS ACTUALLY A BOY. Guess they heard me say "male" earlier not "female" oops. I wanted to make damn sure my character was a male so when it was my turn to ask I was like
I’m a boy, right?
and Connor went all
"*GASP* YOU’RE A BOY!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!" and everyone laughed
So I went with it and was like "Oh no my secret's out!!!"
But really I had to hold back the urge to punch him in the fACE
Then their parents were asking what character they gave me so Riley gave them his phone (we all had the list of characters typed out in our own phones) and they were like "Whoa you guys have her a hard one!" But Connor said "Nahh she'll get it" aw
Somewhere in between the Sony staff told us to like maybe teach the boys some Malay. (We never got to it because we were so focused on the game we were playing. SO MUCH REGRET) They went on asking them about their previous tours. How it was like to tour with Olly Murs and Cody Simpson. Toby said Cody's quite a shy guy! Who would have guessed.
Then the Sony lady who was sitting beside me and I had small talk. I told her I'm studying at The One Academy and she asked me how old I was. When I told her I was 19 (technically 18 but you know how we consider ourselves to be the age we are turning that year) she said "Oooh same age as Connor!" He heard the last word which was his name so he turned and was like "What?" And she said you guys are the same age!1!!! and he's like oh that's cool and we continued the game ha.
Towards the ending we were all given hints so Riley told me I have a dog and Connor made this REALLY GOOD IMPRESSION of Gordo the robot dog or whatever his name is and he went like "AR AR!" and I finally got that I was Jimmy Neutron!!! (Technically Jimmy Neutron isn't a cartoon character he's more of a 3D animation and if I remember correctly he's 10 years old aka NOT A TEENAGER but it's okay I forgive them)
Connor: Did my impression give it away?
Me: Yeah totally that helped a lot thanks
When the game was over and everyone was done eating Lisa, Eira and I packed our food because the portion was HUUUUUUUGE and I couldn't even chew properly idk I was too excited I guess. I didn’t even have half of my cup of green apple slush even though it was so good holy shizzles.
Then we all got up out of our seats and took photos. I took one with Riley
And then Connor (Something always goes wrong when I take a pic with Connor idk why ugh his EYES ARE CLOSED I have never been so upset)
And when I was about to ask Toby for one he came to me and said "I don't have one with you yet!" SO TECHNICALLY HE WAS THE ONE TO ASK FOR THE PHOTO WITH ME I AM FLATTERED. So flattered. Toby's such a sweetheart. Didn't get to talk to him that much but he's my favorite. I don't care that he's almost 4 years younger go away.
Right after Izwin snapped this he gave me a biggggggggggg hug that I didn't even ask for. c":
It was a really good hug.
I managed to get them to wish my buddy Jai happy birthday (which was a week later) on video
And then I got a pic with all three of them
They were in a rush so that pic I got with them was the last snap. We said our goodbyes and thank yous and they left the place. Then the four of us stopped acting cool and started internally silently screaming and group-hugged and thanked Izwin. We were jumping up and down during the hug that her glasses broke lol BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.
We had such a great time and I can never thank Izwin for what she got me, Eira and Lisa into. It was the first time that I could ever have real conversations with one of the bands I like, let alone have dinner with them. I can conclude that this experience with this band I didn't know everything about at first, has made me a bigger fan of theirs.
It's been 4 weeks + since this happened and I still can't believe my luck. Sometimes I get sad thinking it was a day to remember for the four of us, but I doubt it was for them. For them it was probably just "dinner with some fans". I keep tweeting them trying to remind them about that night in hopes they actually catch some of my tweets even if they don't reply haha.
I could go on forever but wow that’s a lot of words.
And if you actually read all of that thank you you are a true friend I appreciate your time.