Famous? *clears throat. Romance novel readers more likely know me but I don’t think I am famous enough though. Let’s just say, I am, well, “semi-mini-famous”. So with that being said, hindi ako yung tipong pagkakaguluhan kapag gumala sa mall. Hindi ako yung tipong may lalapit sa akin habang naglalakad ako sa kung saan para magpa-picture. Kaya nga naloka ako nang bongga noong booksigning namin sa SM Dasmarinas.
First scenario: I arrived late at the venue. Naabutan ko marami nang fans na nakapila sa harap ng table. As I stepped towards the venue, may sumalubong sa aking group of girls. They asked excitedly, “Kayo po ba si Heart Yngrid?” When I said “Oo”, they started yelling like crazy. Then they started taking pictures of me with them. At kinailangan pa akong hilahin ng isang phr staff para mapakawalan nila ako sa sobrang tuwa nila. I was amused.
Second scenario: I was about to go home na. I went down the escalator when these two girls from the next escalator called my attention. Paakyat sila at pababa ako. Kaya kinailangan pa nilang bumaba uli para ma-meet ako sa ibaba. They were all giddy. Nagpa-picture pa sila at nagpa-autograph. Yung isa pa nga, nagpa-autograhh sa likod ng wallet niya. And when I left, they even stalked me out the mall! OMG. Celebrity ang peg? LOL.
During our booksigning in Cebu, two readers of mine actually CRIED when they saw me! I remember someone cried to me also in SM Taytay signing. I mean… wow? They cried because they were just too happy to see me? Really???
Tell you what, I never imagined I’d experience these kind of things. I am just a regular girl (a weird one, but still regular). I’m reserved and anti-social. I do not like attention that much. So, I did not really wish to be famous or to be “semi-mini-famous” 😀 So, this whole thing being known as a novelist still freaks me out sometimes. Receiving compliments and messages from people I do not even know and being called “idol” and meeting people during every booksigning who looked really happy to see me in person still makes me ask myself “Really? Do they really like me that much?”
But those things I can still handle. Pero ‘yong nangyari sa SM Dasma booksigning, it totally freaked me out. I hope I don’t experience that again ’cause I feel so awkward with scenarios like that. Kaya nga hindi ako nag-artista kasi ayoko ng ganoong mga eksena! LOL. Seriously, I just wish I could handle being someone (almost) famous. 🙂
*I’ve written 3/4 of this post last year and seated in my drafts folder for a year yet it’s just now that I finished it. Sipag ko no? 🙂