Musings from the Mosh Pit…

Thoughts. Tales. Travels. Whatever.

This one goes out to… June 12, 2012

Now My Heart Is Full is the first Morrissey song I ever fell in love with.  My favorite line goes: “Tell all of my friends, I don’t have too many…”.  It’s not much of a killer lyric I know but I’m an introvert by nature and those words spoke true to me.  We’re all free to decipher the possible meanings of our favorite songs and I read in a fan forum that this song is (probably) about suicide.  I didn’t think of it that way but the reasons given made sense.  No, I have never contemplated suicide, I never will, but this is still my favorite song (now one of many!).

I’m still basking in the after glow of Morrissey’s Manila concert.  It was such a profound experience to see and hear the man whose music has meant (and still means) so much to me.  It made me remember the friend who first brought his music into my life.  When I first met her we instantly clicked with our common love for rock music, sarcastic humor, good movies, writing letters, books, funny comic strips and coffee among other things.  She would tell me stories about The Smiths and Morrissey and would often recite their lyrics with such panache it made me so envious that I wished I knew those lines by heart as well.  The lyrics were amazing but it took a while before I took a shine to the songs.  I’m glad she never gave up on me–giving me cds of her favorite songs, writing letters with lyrics on them and sharing her videos on her ipod.  Little by little I was hooked for life!  It was wonderful to have someone to share these things with.  When I was finally immersed in the music as much as she was, we dreamt of being able to watch him live and possibly be even one of the lucky few who get to hold his hand.

Because of one thing and another, we’ve lost touch over the years.  Life happens and some things we just have no control over.  I thought about her during the concert and I wished we could’ve shared that experience together.  A few days afterward I decided to reconnect with her.  I honestly didn’t expect her to write back so I was both surprised and glad to have received a happy reply.  She shared her concert stories, the best one being, “Morrissey held my hand!”.  I was so happy that her dream came true.  She deserved that moment.  A coffee date may soon follow…who knows?  Morrissey’s advice: Hold Onto Your Friends.

The exact moment of dream coming true

So I would like to dedicate this song, this video, this post, this moment to my friend.  You might be sick of hearing it already but thank you for sharing this with me.  Note to friend: Jack The Ripper was also a contender for this spot and you know how much we love that song too!

 

song: Now My Heart Is Full

album: Vauxhall and I

video: from carmenbozia on youtube

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Morrissey live in Manila May 20, 2012

I know it’s over, still I cling…

Sure, I wrote down “See Morrissey live” in my bucket list but to be quite honest, it was one of those things that I doubt would ever happen.  Last sunday, May 13, I got to cross that off the list.  It really was a dream come true.  The best concert I’ve ever been to…and dare I say it, the best concert I’ll ever see.  I’m sure that those of us who love Morrissey do so for various reasons.  Many of us have waited years for this moment.  Truly, the man did not disappoint.  There have been many articles recently in the local papers written by fellow fans sharing their experience of that day.  And I, like them, would like to say the same thing: Thank you, Morrissey.  Thank you for being you and thank you for your songs.  They make me feel so loved.

What goes through your mind when you hear an audience sing along to the darker stuff?

Morrissey: I’m absolutely electrified. Because I live alone with those songs, and they came from the absolute edge of the emotional cliff. When a crowd sings something that really means something…for me it’s stirring. Well, it’s not stirring, no. There are no words. It’s just getting it out. And even if it’s only just for that moment when you’re in the audience on that night, you’re not alone. (2004)

If you’d like to see some beautiful photos from the concert, you can visit splintr.com , philippineconcerts.com , and the Morrissey live in Manila facebook page.

 

Birthday Bonanza in Bangkok – Day 1 & 2 April 6, 2012

I told my good friend Ava last year that I’d like to do something different for my birthday this year.  That’s when Bangkok entered the picture.  I made travel arrangements, researched on the hotel, the train systems, the currency, listed places to see and shop at and picked up a few useful phrases.  I also attempted to make an itinerary…”attempted” because with so much information, I pretty much gave up on the idea and decided we’d just wing it when we got there.  We were already ticketed a month and a half before our March 15 departure and I was crossing off the numbers on my desk calendar until finally the big day has arrived!

Day 1: We arrived at PAL Terminal 2 pretty early–about 3.5 hours before our 1030am flight.  It left on time and it was actually smooth flying–so smooth that I dozed off after the meal was served.  Ava on the other hand spent the hours watching Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill on the flight.

Di plane! Di plane!

Upon setting foot in Thailand’s Suvarnumbhumi International Airport (I can finally spell it without googling it!) we were totally floored at how big and beautiful it was.  Took a while to get past immigration (long lines!) and find my suitcase so our tour guide had already been waiting for us for a good 30 minutes before we showed up at the exit.  In the van, we were also joined by a Filipino doctor and his Spanish wife.  They were pleasant people and even if we weren’t billeted in the same hotel, we would see them throughout our entire stay.

That’s my buddy Ava leading the way…though admittedly we both didn’t know where to go to at first so we just followed the flock of people heading in this direction.

Once outside, this was the first thing we saw…colorful Bangkok taxis!  According to our tour guide, each color corresponds to the company of a particular taxi operator.

While waiting for our van, the doctor’s wife was kind enough to offer to take our picture.  This was the first of only 2 pictures of us during the entire trip that was taken by another person.  The first few minutes of travel from the airport was pretty fast.  There were hardly any bumps or cracks on the road so it was a comfortable ride.  When we got to the city proper and near our hotel, that’s when the bumper to bumper traffic appeared.  It gave me a chance to look out the window and take in the surroundings.  Bangkok reminded me so much of Manila–the traffic, the motorcycles that weave in and out of it, the little eateries along the road, the signs on the shops (they look the same except I don’t read Thai), the graffiti on the walls, the laundry hung outside of windows and yes, even the occasional man walking shirtless inside his property haha!  Though I must take my hats off to Bangkok for being a very clean city.  Even the markets, when they’ve already closed shop for the day, seem cleaner.

We arrived at our hotel, Citin Pratunam about 4 in the afternoon.  Pratunam is a shopping district located in Ratchathewi.  Who needs a 5 star hotel when this budget hotel is just as comfortable?  It’s clean, quiet and the staff are all smiles and always very helpful.  You can read about my review of this hotel here or you can visit their website.

When we finally settled in and did a quick freshen up, it’s time to explore the streets!  As soon as we stepped out of the small street where the hotel was located, we went wherever our feet took us.  There were so many street vendors selling clothes and some knick knacks that it’s hard to focus your attention on just one stall in particular.  Amongst the throngs of shops selling clothes, we finally found some vendors who sold food.  Apart from the shopping, we were really looking forward to the food!  And what better way to start the food adventure than by trying this:

Crickets.  Yes, crickets.  When Ava first whipped out her camera to take a picture, the lady vendor violently refused so my friend said, “If I buy, can I take a picture then?”  The vendor still refused.  She probably didn’t understand the question so another vendor nearby explained it to her and eventually she smiled when she realized we were buying.  There were all sorts of crazy insects on her basket…but these came highly recommended.  She was also pointing at the worms and giving us the thumbs up sign (which Ava wanted to try) but we ended up not buying it.  To be quite honest, it didn’t taste bad….it tasted like barbecue flavored chips actually.  The pandan leaves that it was cooked with gave it some flavor and good aroma too.  The only thing I had a problem with is that when you scoop them up on the spoon, some of them had their eyes on you which creeped me out a bit.  So, my eyes were always closed every time I’d put the spoon in my mouth.  This entire bag costs 10 THB.

A few stalls after the insects, I found some dumplings…fresh off the steamer!  You get 5 pieces also for the price of 10 THB.

We walked some more down the small street until we reached the intersection with the main road.  Across we found the Platinum Mall.  This was taken at the foot bridge as we made our way towards the mall.

After going around the mall for about an hour, we got hungry (crickets can’t really make you feel full after all) so we went up to the food court and ordered veggie dumplings and a plate of pad thai.  This is the first of 3 pad thais that we’ll eat during the trip and honestly this first one only gets a bronze medal from me.

After a long hot day, I couldn’t resist the urge to open a very cold can of coke.  We later on found out that Thailand is a “Pepsi Country” so finding a can of coke was hard to come by.

Day 2: The tour that came with the package was scheduled on this day.  Our guide picked us up at 8:30am and first on the agenda was Wat Intharawihan or The Temple of the Standing Buddha.  Here you’ll find a golden Buddha statue that stands 32 meters tall and 10 meters and 24 inches wide.  The place also had other versions of the Buddha statue.

Lotus flowers sold at the temple entrance

To enter the plaza where the giant golden Buddha stands, you’ll have to pass by a blue and gold gate with marble walls on each side.  These walls are also used to hold urns though I’m not quite sure who gets the honor of being laid to rest here.

The craftsmanship on these doors is really amazing.  It makes the entire structure pop even if you’re still some feet away.

Next we went to Wat Traimit or The Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Here is our friendly tour guide No. 1 Lok.  At the time we arrived, monks were still praying inside.  People can go in and stay in the back while they pray.  Although make sure you read up on the rules of temple etiquette.  Lok mentioned that her son, who is about 20 years old will become a monk in a few months time.  I asked her how she felt about it and she smiled and said that she’s truly honored.  Even if her son will leave her and can no longer experience the comforts of home, she considers it a blessing.

The last stop was at Gems Gallery, which according to their website is the “world’s biggest jewelry store”.  It was a pretty interesting place.  I’d never seen so many shiny things I can’t afford in one go…but they truly are very pretty (albeit some of the pieces bordered on “too much”).  After some welcome drinks, we were ushered into a small theater where a short film was shown about Thailand being known for their sapphires and rubies.  After the 15 minute film, you’ll be taken into another room where you’ll be shown how a raw stone is turned into something you’ll readily see on the red carpet at a Hollywood event.  Think of it as a small assembly line for jewelry.

Now, Ava and I are also fans of Kpop and we were delighted at the news that one of the groups we liked, Super Junior were also in town for their Super Show 4 tour.  We didn’t buy tickets online so we decided to take our chances and see if we could score some at the Impact Arena.

We finally made it!

It was way past noon, the weather was extremely hot and we were terribly hungry.  We saw a McDonald’s but it was still closed so we just took pictures of Thailand’s Ronald McDonald doing a gesture one does when greeting someone. We ended up eating KFC instead.

There were fan booths and sponsor booths.  Here’s Ava posing with characters from a local soft drink commercial.

This is probably the closest we’ll ever get to the boys…

Ava with Cardboard Kyu

Me with Cardboard Siwon & Donghae

While waiting for the show we hung out at the airconditioned food court and tried this.  I’m not sure what it’s called but it’s got crushed ice, syrup and gelatin.

We enjoyed the show (which lasted for about 4 hours) and luckily got a cab that agreed to take us back to the hotel.  The sad part was that the driver was asking for 600 THB which, if converted to pesos would make it THE.MOST.EXPENSIVE.CAB.RIDE.I.EVER.TOOK.  But it was late, we were tired and the hotel was very far…oh well…  It had been a long and eventful day but we’ll only get a few hours sleep (just 2 actually) before we had to be up and ready again for Day 3!

 

My first rock concert for 2011 February 7, 2011

Filed under: i was there live!,music,rock on! — fizzywoohoo @ 4:09 am
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…is coming up this saturday, Feb. 12!  5 more days til I get my rock on!

photo courtesy of splinter.com

 

Super Show 3 = Super Excited! January 7, 2011

I missed watching Super Junior when they came to Manila last April.  I’m still a newbie fan you see and only started listening to them when they released their fourth album “Bonamana”.  The first time I saw the video for that song, I was hooked and I never looked back.

A few weeks ago, during a particularly slow day at work, I discovered that SuJu has confirmed their return to Manila on Feb. 26, 2011 as part of the Super Show 3 Tour.  I immediately texted my good friend and official concert tag-team partner Ava and told her (I don’t think I even asked or contemplated the thought that she might say no haha) that we were watching. I even ended the message with the words *puss in boots eyes* so she couldn’t refuse me haha!

"Can we go watch Super Junior...please???"

She did say yes on the condition that we wouldn’t be getting the outrageously priced seats…and that we also have to go see Deftones when they come here  in March (duh? of course!)  I agreed, told her I had it covered and immediately made my online reservations.  I’m not sure if there was a glitch in the matrix but after I followed the instructions online, I got an email saying thanks and that it’s  still best to give them a call and place my reservations via phone as well.  Say whuuut?!  Bit ridiculous don’t you think?  Anyway, 4 hours later I was already handing over my credit card to the woman behind the ticket booth counter.

There’ll be no more feeling “sorry, sorry” (Yes, I just had to insert that in) for myself about not seeing them live this time. Let the countdown begin.

 

Yes! Yess!! Nooo!!! September 6, 2010

It’s been another roller coaster week. In between trying to get my bosses their German Visas and our bedroom still looking like a warzone because of the paint & dust…I’m both feeling tired & eager for this week to come & go.  And since I haven’t written anything in a while, allow me to rant & rave on this one.  I will classify them under: “yes”, “yess” and “nooo”.
Yes!
  • I’ve recently had my hair cut short again.  I’ve been trying to grow it long for the past few months–was quite successful at it I might add but last thursday, I’ve finally had it.  So I spent some time googling at work *cough*duringofficehours*cough* for some nice looking short hair cuts.  I compiled some photos and trooped on over to Freshaire at Farmers Cubao & told the nice lady to chop it off.  It was much shorter than I expected but I loved it just the same.  I will definitely keep my hair like this for a while.
  • Finally had the chance to return to my mecca…ie. recto… this past saturday.  I had to return a copy which wasn’t playing on our machine Vaness Wu’s “Autumn Concerto” and I also bought my own copy of “He’s Beautiful”.  Last August 27, I mentioned how nucking futs I am over this drama and…wait…hold on…just checking…and yes, as of today, I’m still loving it!  I don’t want to give you any ideas but I think it would be great if I were caught with a hidden camera while watching this one…because I definitely smile from ear to ear and of course I get “kilig” at the right moments!  Proof that this is a nice drama?  My friend Ava, who is usually not a koreanovela watcher–actually bought her own copy & finished it in about 2 days–as opposed to me who’s still trying to finish it! So to my fellow addict, this one’s for you:

  • And check this out–our tickets to Rain’s concert this saturday!  It’s not like Willy Wonka’s  golden ticket or even the mosh pit (mosh pit? at Rain’s concert?!)–that very special section where you’ll have a greater chance of having Rain’s sweat accidentally land on you but at least it’ll get us inside the venue.  Kris was just telling me recently, “Rain’s abs alone are worth the price of your ticket.” hahaha!

Yess!!

  • So for the longest time there was this debacle of whether Rain really was coming here or not. A friend was telling me that his official fan club here in manila was not informed (which I think upset them) that he had already confirmed or something like that. Well, it’s all good now because here is actual proof that Rain has landed in Manila:
  • Another event worthy of my raving is the first birthday party of Mico–my friend’s son, this past saturday. It was held at Mc Donald’s Tiendesitas & most of the gang was there to celebrate & enjoy. Honestly, I found the weather so awfully humid–which even gave me a headache on the way home–but having the chance to spend some time with my ex-officemates & their little bundles of joy, was so worth it. Maraming salamat, piglets!
Nooo!!!
  • Ok, so yesterday I happily popped in my copy of He’s Beautiful & started watching.  As soon as I got to episode 13 (unlucky 13 I might add!) *GASP* the subtitles started getting all wonky on me! Nooo!!! This can’t be! Not again! (this happened before with my other dramas) The powers that be were having their fun with me again–just when I am loving a certain drama & am almost nearing the ending, *BAM* alien subtitles appear which makes it so hard to stay focused & enjoy myself.  I mean, what happened? Everything was perfectly fine from the beginning but as soon as ep 13 starts, it’s all downhill from there. It’s like all of a sudden the person responsible for making the subtitles resigned & gave the work to someone who cannot even get the character’s names right! So there I was…deflated & disappointed…I ended up going back to mysoju.com

video link courtesy of sixtofive1982.com

 

I wish it would RAIN soon… August 18, 2010

This was posted by my good friend Ava on my facebook wall…

Could it be? Is this for real? Is it really going to “rain” on our shores this coming September? Pardon the pun…I just couldn’t resist.

Ever since Super Junior, probably considered by many as the biggest Korean idol group out there, performed at the Araneta Coliseum last April, a slew of other idol groups followed. I figured it wouldn’t be long before someone would try and bring Rain over as well. Of all the Korean acts, I think Rain is the most well known. On a showbiz program over at the Arirang Channel, they call him a “world star”–praising their fellow countryman for making his name known across Asia and even breaking into the American market.

I knew of Rain a few years back when I saw his early videos on Channel V and then later on seeing him in the drama “Full House”.  But funny enough, the American market is exactly where I first started paying attention to Rain…thanks to my favorite political satirist Stephen Colbert!  Rain started getting on Stephen’s nerves when he won Time Magazine’s Most Influencial Person of the Year award back in 2008.  This didn’t sit well with Mr. Colbert (who finished third on the list) so he kept “attacking” Rain on “The Colbert Report”, eventually challenging him to a “dance-off”. Surprisingly, Rain did show up for the challenge and left Stephen in a pile of Dance Dance Revolution rubble before driving off into the night in his fancy sports car. That was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on tv and my hats off to both Rain and Stephen! Hmm I wonder if there’s any chance of another dance off soon?

colbert_report_-_rain_dance-off.php –>watch!

Anyway, back to Rain in manila…

Sadly though, despite this being posted over at www.ticketworld.com.ph, I’ve been hearing reports that there has been no confirmation yet from Rain’s people. I guess we’ll just have to wait & see over the next few weeks if September will bring us some sunny weather or if we’ll all be drenched in some Rain. (there’s that pun again!)

Personally, I’m hoping for the latter & I’ll make sure to leave my umbrella at home.

 

video courtesy of noolmusic.com