Hi Guys, Ernie is here in Bangkok ZOMG!
He arrived on Friday morning without any news or fangirl greeting him at the airport. The tournament told us that his flight was on Sunday. Good job confusing us of your arrival time, Ernie.
Today he went to a promo job at Adidas store with Gilles Simon. Since the promo job was not advertised, there were only a couple of journalists, photographers and bunch of Adidas staff. I heard about this gig from a journalist I know awhile ago (Big Thanks!). So I went with 2 friends, one is huge Ernie's fan the other just came along. There were no other fan there just onlookers curious of what's going on...
Ernie and Michael, his trainer, arrived 15 min. before the starting time, so we took some pics with him, had him sign stuff. Then he went outside the store waiting for Gilles at a coffee-shop.
Gilles arrived on time but he spent sometime eating, chatting with the rest of the group. Ernie seemed to be in good spirit today (Probably having a good time last nite
They had a brief interview in the store. While they were sitting on plastic stools, the kind you have in a bar, everybody was fine but while Ernie sitting down, the stool broke
I tried to capture the pic of the stool but the staff put it away too quickly... He was amused by the accident and did the superman pose to show us how strong he is
The interviewer (a local sport journalist) did not know him at all. I heard him said (after seeing pic of Ernie in the store "Oh, this is how Gulbis looks like", then he just read from scripts. So there's nothing new, like "How do you find motivation coming from a wealthy family?" "Is this your first time here?"
"What do you like about Thailand?"
Ernie was patient with those silly questions and answered them well but just ordinary politically correct stuff, like he finds girls here are pretty and he likes Thai food. (Well, after the job was done, he went to a Japanese restaurant
you little liar!).
What I found interesting was that after the interview, signing some Adidas stuff which will be posted for bidding later, Gilles continued with one-on-one interview (very hard-working!) while Ernie continued shopping in the store
Tough life, huh. Gilles didn't seem to be interested in shopping.
Ernie took a lot of stuff from the store T-Shirt, shoes, etc... altogether 3 bags. And then their day's job is done. Gilles returned to the hotel; Ernie and Michael continue shopping around there. My friends and I stopped following them after we left the store coz it's been creepy already
We took pictures with him, with him and Gilles, with him and Michael, etc... We kinda have them for ourselves + some journalists.
It's been a blast. Oh, need I say more that a friend who just tagged along now likes Ernie already. Power of the cuteness overload.
Will post pics in photo thread immediately!