Coldplay SG: Adventure of a Lifetime

If you are a Facebook friend or if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I went to Singapore to watch the Coldplay concert. It was a dream 7-8 years in the making, and I’m glad to share that it surpassed all of my expectations. What they say on social media about the April 1 show is true: BEST. CONCERT. EVER.

[I think I landed where there are miracles at work]

What’s interesting though is that this adventure started a few days earlier than the actual show date. We had a 5 am flight to Singapore via Cebu Pac. Our itinerary was planned out with the assumption that we’ll arrive at around 9. Alas, to cut the VERY LONG story short, the flight got delayed for almost 3 hours. We arrived at Changi at around lunch time instead–a perfect situation to make someone VERY tired and hungry (and maybe a little bit cranky). We were standing on a walkalator, already so eager to get our luggage…until a buggy/mobile passed by. I had nothing else to stare at so I had my eyes fixed on the person on-board–slightly weirded out that it was moving so fast. The guy was wearing a long-sleeved shirt/raglan, a scarf and a cap…and he was staring back at me. After snapping out of what seemed to be a trance, I realized one thing:

It was Chris Martin.

What made me paralyzed and stunned, I do not know. But the only thing I could mutter in that moment was, “Di ba siya ‘yun?” If a Coldplay song turns up about seeing a pretty girl in the airport, there is a 1% chance that it’s about me. Good enough.

[Nobody said it was easy // I drew a line, I drew a line for you]

During the concert day itself (April 1), 2 of my friends and I lined up at 10:30 am. We had VIP tickets, so yes it is quite ironic that we had to exert the most effort. It was an over-all good experience though. We were maybe the 30th in line, and as VIP ticketholders, we had a 30-minute head start to get a good spot at the Standing Area. It was easy to step off the line and get food, a drink, or even go pee. We had a roof over our heads and didn’t get rained on. The only horror of that almost 9-hour wait was that my phone AND powerbank were both dead. Other than that, we enjoyed waiting in line and having small talk with the others who were queueing as well. (And I also enjoyed sleeping especially with the weather.)

But yes, it was tiring. (Just in case you were wondering like the 50 other people who asked me about lining up.)

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And it was also kinda cray-inducing because this happened:

Yet again, I love the simple merch stuff that came with the VIP package ❤️

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[I feel my heart beating…like I’m alive again]

6:00 pm was a momentous time. It was when the VIP gates were finally opened! The entire VIP crowd was cheering, while I was personally preparing to run. And run, we did. After scanning my ticket, I breezed through security, put out my arm to get the wristband pass for the VIP area, grabbed a Xyloband and LOVE pin, secured my stuff then LITERALLY ran for around 300-400 meters, down a long flights of stairs, and across the floor. See photo below for reference.

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I originally wanted to stay in front of the A stage but we reviewed the set-up and realized that the runway was a more apt choice because (1) Chris was a showman and would be running down the runway so many times, (2) we still had sights on the B Stage and C Stage, and (3) we were literally in front of the railings–we weren’t squished, we could place our stuff in front of us for safety, and we could breathe if we needed to :)

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After pictures, small talk with neighbors, and much spazzing about how we couldn’t believe we were in a Coldplay concert, Jess Kent and her drummer lady took it to the stage as front act. She was good but I’m just confused about what she wants to do in life. She raps, sings a la Ariana Grande, goes acoustic and rocks it out with an electric guitar–all in one set. A friend and I concluded that she’s still finding herself as an artist. I would like to thank her though ’cause she was the reason why I got a cameo in Coldplay’s IG stories.

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It was the longest 30 minutes of my life to wait from 7:30 pm to 8 pm, which was the official start of the show. Good thing I was entertained by the prod team’s final touches. We were even small talked by one of Coldplay’s FX guys, which was why we found out that Chris was already flying to Manila the following day and that the team had pros and cons about having a concert in a stadium vs. some open grounds.

Side note: I am honestly glad that the people who watched were a mix of various nationalities. The energy was intense!! People who were in the seated sections even started a wave!! It was so cool.

5 minutes before 8 pm, I decide to minimize the use of my phone so that I can actually BE in the moment…and also because my phone was nearly dead. Haha! (Note: This is also my excuse for not having decent pics and videos. I was honestly just giddy for the entire 2 hours.) Then off we were to the best night of my life…

[Still believe in magic? Oh yes, I do]

O mio babbino caro started playing. My friends and I started looking at each other and knew that things were about to go down. A country intro was shown while there was a 30-second countdown, and then a Charlie Chaplin audio snippet played while our Xylobands lit up in red…and then BOOM. It started so explosive that I just kept on screaming and screaming–overwhelmed by everything that was happening!

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1: First song on the setlist was A Head Full of Dreams and I was shocked that they immediately blasted confetti! What a way to start the show! It was awesome!!!! Sobrang likot ni Chris Martin!!!! As in nakakatuwa siya :) Such a showman!

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2: Our Xylobands then turned yellow, and of course, it was time for Yellow! It honestly gave me chills when the entire stadium turned into the color :( It was so kilig that everyone was singing along!! It was just so beautiful. (And Chris said that they were gonna play the best concert that they ever played in their lives!!!)

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3: They then sang Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, and I remember just being wowed by how they sounded in this song live. Note: He also had the Singapore flag na naka-sukbit sa kanya, and then he raised in front of the crowd! Towards the last minute of the song, they again blasted confetti! (Again, our pwesto was in front of the confetti blasters. It would always startle me whenever it blows, but it was fun kasi samin napupunta yung confetti!) This was over-all a good prod. One of the best for the night.

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4: Surprisingly, Chris headed to his piano and started playing the intro to The Scientist. It was raw and beautiful…and the crowd was nasa tono and sounded great. Even Chris’s high notes were just chilly. I would have preferred to have this later in the show though, but I think they wanted to play it up with the pace of the set list. My favorite part was the end, when people were already applauding but Chris had everyone sing the last lines again ’cause he just loved how beautiful the crowd sounded like. It was such an awww moment. (And his low register was perfect too. Find videos on Youtube to hear it.)

5: Then came Birds. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE PRODS FOR ME. All the visuals were so freaking on point! There was a rhythm to the lights, and it was just over-all so pretty. I guess it’s memorable ’cause it’s also the first time that I really appreciated this song.

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6: Alas, it was time for Paradise–and everyone knew it from the intro. It was a sensory overload. Sounded good and looked so good. And this was the part of the concert when the Xylobands were really put into good use. They were lighting up with various colors! What happened next makes me cry ’cause it was just so freakin’ cool. Chris was singing something along the lines of “Singapore on a Saturday night is a paradise” then he stood up from his piano and then came the Tiesto remix outro!!!!!! He ran to the runway and there was smoke everywhere! It was glorious!!!! He and Jonny went to the runway to do some guitar showdown (close-up video on my Facebook Coldplay album) and then they went to Will on the drums along with Guy…and the song ended abruptly with a blackout. Ah, tears.

7: The boys move to the B Stage to sing one of my favorites, Always in my Head. This sounded so fantastic live. Their set-up on the B Stage was also so magical. Again, sensory overload. And the ending. Hay ganda.

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8: I was already ready to hear Magic (again, a favorite) because of the previous night’s setlist. Instead, they sang Princess of China!!!!!!! Of course, Riri wasn’t there live, but she still sounded good on tape. I really liked this bit, especially when Chris kept on asking the tech people to turn on the lights on the audience as he wanted people to sing along. Cute!

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9. And now comes the time when I seriously just bawled. Chris sang Everglow while on the piano. It was the most beautiful thing in the world. He could’ve just played that and ended the concert and I would still be happy. The visuals were very simple, but what really got me was when the Xylobands lit up to certain calming shades of pink, blue and purple. It was perfect for the song. I have tears thinking about this moment. A beautiful Muhammad Ali clip ended the song and I just lost it.

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10: The guys then moved back to the A Stage to sing Clocks! They were all pretty hyper during this number! Honesty moment: I am not a big fan of this song, but I have friends who have this as a favorite. Hearing it live though made me like it 10x more. The technicals of the song, I realized, are crazy.

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11: There was a partial bit of Midnight! Ang awesome nung moment ’cause of the visuals and the lights. But, that was just an intro to…

12: Charlie Brown!!!! Everyone was jumping along and singing along! This is also one of my favorite productions of the night. The Xylobands were lighting up like crazy, and it looked so good while everyone was clapping and jumping up and down.

13: What I would have to say is the most ELABORATE prod of the night was for Hymn for the Weekend. Complete with the Beyonce intro, and those visuals that looked so freakin’ amazing–kaleidoscopic. I felt like I was attending the Holi festival. There was FIRE!!!! And Chris was just prancing around the runway while Guy and Jonny rocked it with the percussion. The lights had a GLITTERRY EFFECT (I am not kidding!!!!) and they looked like shooting stars!!!

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14: Chris went back to the A Stage (after much walking around) seemingly already dizzy and stumbling like a drunkard. He stopped almost near the stage and he lay down on the floor–which concerned me as I thought we was really going to faint. As in mejo katakot, nakahiga lang siya…until he sang the first line of Fix You. I lost it!!!!! I did not cry (as I expected) because I was just overwhelmed with emotions with how raw and beautiful it sounds live. He stood up (actually, he kind of did a roll…), walked along the runway and changed up the lyrics and instead sang this: “When you are too in love to let it SHOW. But if you never try you’ll never know just what you’re worth…” It was brilliant. Ewan ko kung binabasa ni Chris Martin ang diary ko ha. Ayun naghihihiga lang siya din sa B Stage, headed back (I mean he ran and jumped) to the A Stage, and then played on the piano. The live performance of Fix You is everything that I imagined it to be.

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15: AND THEN HE DID A COVER OF HEROES!!!! I wasn’t that surprised because of his James Corden carpool guesting, but that did not lessen the magic at all. He dedicated it to “David, and Prince, and Lennon and George” :( Huhuhuhuhuhu musical heroes.

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16: A perfect transition was done to Viva La Vida, which of course had everyone dancing along, given that it’s one of their most famous songs. Chris again asked the lights to be turned on when he asked everyone to sing the oh, oh, oh, oh part, and the Xyloband lights were blinking! Chris looked like a conductor to a humongous choir. So brilliant.

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17: And then it was time for my LSS during the morning of the concert (and aptly the title of this blog post)…ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!!!! Prior to the show starting, I was worried that there won’t be balls/balloons falling ’cause I didn’t see anything on the roof. But alas, when the song started, out came the colorful balloons!!!! My Coldplay experience felt complete! Hahahaha! The crowd went crazy with this number. Everyone had their arms raised and they were either dancing or jumping! Crazy awesome. Even the band was having so much fun during the song–you could tell from their energy. Chris then went to the runway and asked people to go low…and then at his 1-2-3 signal, we all jumped in the air. Haha it was so much fun! And let us not forget that the balloons were still being bounced around during this time! #balloonsarelife #priorities

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18: They took a break then moved to the C Stage to play some ‘specials’. I thought that they played the song during the previous night but apparently In My Place was our ‘audience request’ song for April 1. THANK YOU, GOD. I wanted to hear it live. March 31’s song was Til Kingdom Come, which is good but I’d still pick In My Place any day. It was so beautiful (and it was kinda funny cause there were still balloons bouncing around). Chris kept on looking around to see how big the crowd was, it was cute. I loved their set-up for this song–they were in a circle, with Will playing the piano. It was very laid-back and calming.

19: He had a hilarious bit on Pizza Hut at this time. I was laughing hard hahahaha. And then, Will and Jonny sang Don’t Panic–which is honestly a song that I did not know that much. Doesn’t change the fact that it was great, and it was good to see Chris not in the lead for once.

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20: The most hilarious bit of the night was this impromptu song that Chris wrote about Singapore. I had to rummage the net for a clip because it’s hard to explain why this is funny. (I wonder if he’ll make a song for Manila.)

21: They head back to the A Stage for what is SURPRISINGLY the BEST PRODUCTION OF THE NIGHT for me and most of the people I know who weren’t even into this song before. Something Just Like This was such a revelation. Without The Chainsmokers, we heard the band more, which is nice of course. It was their first time to debut the song in a concert during the two nights in Singapore and my fearless prediction is that this will be a crowd favorite even in future tour stops. The visuals started with a cluster of many stars, which actually made me think that it was a different song (haha) until I heard the first 3 notes. The song’s lyric video was playing on screen when they sang, which made it a whole lot cooler! And Chris encouraged everyone to turn it into a dance party. During the chorus, out came the smokes and lights! There were reds, then blues, and maaaan, it just looked so good especially with the kinetic typography going on in the background. And may I just say that Chris sounds really good in this one. I like it better live and in band form. Even the instruments sounded so great–especially the lead guitars. There were also loads of confetti and paper stuff. I cannot put it into words but it just brought a general happy feeling!

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22: Immediately at the end of the previous song, he asked for the lights to be turned off. Right then, our Xylobands lit up into a good color of blue, the screen showed stars, and they played the intro of A Sky Full of Stars!! Aaaahhhh!!! Ever since I saw a clip of them doing this song live during the Ghost Stories tour, I have made it a goal in life to hear it live myself. It was just the screen of stars, the Xylobands, and darkness until…he ran to the runway and the lights went crazy. Also, I enjoyed singing along to this song kasi damang-dama ko ‘yung lyrics eh. Hahaha! My favorite part though was when he just kept on jumping up and down, going crazy along with the crowd and then STAR-SHAPED CONFETTI rained all over us. It was magical!!!!! I wanted to cry. It was even better than how I imagined it to be like. Huhuhuhuhuhuhu. Especially the outro. With all those stars falling against the contrast of darkness, with a sea of people reaching out and trying to catch the confetti. Hay. Life is wonderful.

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23: The night ended so aptly with Up and Up. This is one of the Coldplay songs that I like more because of the melody/music than the lyrics. They have perfectly captured the “sound” of soaring and flying. The only thing that sucked is the realization that the concert was already going to end. Booooooo! His last song lyrics for the night were: “Don’t ever give up.” And then it rained paper strings. It was fantastic.

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After the concert, I hurriedly got a balloon from the security guys and took it home. And we also took photos with the confetti on the floor. Hehehe! Anything to “bring home” a part of this experience.

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[Always in my head]

I do not know how any other artist can top that Coldplay concert in my list…or in anyone else’s list, for that matter. Each aspect of the show–the arrangements, the stage lights, the video clips, the live video effects, the band set-up, the Xyloband lights, the backdrop, Chris’s outfit and banners–all of these are intricately thought of and effectively utilized to give the audience the best concert experience. A Coldplay concert is beyond anything one can imagine. It is art coming to life. It is immersive, interactive. It is a treat for the senses. It is exactly the reason why this band is still one of the best in the world.

If it isn’t obvious yet, let me just say it again: BEST. CONCERT. EVER. Worth every single peso and worth every single second that I spent in that queue.

[Oh the light that you left me will everglow]

I was actually tempted to buy a ticket to the Manila leg of the tour, with a slight fear of missing out. Such a millenial, right?  It dawned on me though that if I was going to think that way, then I better go to EVERY Coldplay concert in the world. I’m pretty sure that the entire Coldplay team makes every night the best night. And I’m sure that no matter which country/city you are watching in, there will always be FANTASTIC memories to make.

As for me, I’ll always have April 1. And I’m definitely satisfied with that.

My Smash Project Story

This will be a blog post of random blurbs.

I rushed from the office to go home and change into my Dashboard shirt before heading to Araneta. Awesome moment: my camera was missing ’cause it was used by my mudra T_T I decide that it’s okay not to bring one. Treasure the moment, let others take videos and pictures, and just steal from them (legally).

I was panicking ’cause I was almost late for the M&G. Called the contact person and wow, it wasn’t gonna be during the original schedule. Good news for me since I wanted to go in first. Fortunately, Li was already in line. Met up with Li, JR, and Tin (hello new friends) to line up for the Patron Standing area.

We went in and went WHOA. Humongous open space in the middle. Pao and Jack arrive. Hello! We had to wait for 1 hour-ish, I think, ’cause of the soundcheck. Hassle ’cause I was already hungry, and again, we were standing up. I didn’t want to risk my good spot.

First front act appears: Woooo Typecast! They sang Boston Drama, which is nice ’cause that is one of the two songs of theirs that I know. Wish they sang Will You Ever Learn, too. Or, okay na pala na hindi. I might cry. Chos!

Second front act appears: Yeeeeah Urbandub! This is the second time (hindi pala first, Li) that I saw them live. Gaaaah, I love First of Summer foreveeeer. They were great and energetic…in the right amount. Made me remember, Rodz! I miss you, brotha!

Third front act appears: Whoa Koski! Mong and Calde were cutie-patootie but I am sad that the only Chicosci song that I genuinely like wasn’t played. Pretty cool that they played Paris though. So old school!

While waiting for the next band, I realized that my phone’s signal has died, which is BAD since I was going to be contacted for the M&G via that. I thought to myself: I am screwed. (Or so I thought.)

Fourth front act appears: Awesome OBS! Other than having a cute drummer, I love their upbeat sound! I actually liked them most among all the front acts. Singing a Katy Perry song gave them additional pogi points too. And the vocalist looked so fluffy and squishy!! (The last comment was actually shouted out loud by the girl beside me. Kudos.) [After-the-concert note: I am now in tweeting terms with the cute drummer :) Bwahaha.]

I get a go signal, finally, and get informed that it’s M&G time! I wait wait wait patiently. And boom, Chris Carrabba finally arrives. Guh, he’s glowing. I don’t know how that’s possible. As in, he looks so sunny. All I did when he appeared was to smile. I don’t want to claim to be the ‘biggest fan’ of Dashboard Confessional but I…probably am. #Elitist Seeing him in ACTUAL FLESH made me remember the moment in 2010 when I was sitting in front of my computer, listening to concert bootlegs, and nearly crying. Thank you Lord for the blessing!

We all had a short moment with Chris. I used mine to ask him to sign my Meet and Greet Pass and to tell him that I’ve been a fan since way way back. He says: “I noticed that!”, as he points to my shirt. I reaaally appreciated that because when I learned that he’s coming to Manila, I immediately decided that I’ll wear my Shades of Poison Trees shirt. Heehee! We posed for a photo and I asked him to hug and kiss me. “You kissed me like you meant it.” Haaay so adorbs, Chris. The picture that captured that moment needs to be uploaded now. I actually don’t have much to share ’cause I spent most of the time being in a daze, staring at him, and smiling. Until now, I can’t believe that I got to meet the only human being who has more effect on me than Jason Mraz. (Of course, God is still my #1—He knows that.)

I go back to the crazy Patron place. I still was able to catch some songs from the Cab. (I apparently missed Slapshock.). I honestly didn’t know the band before this concert. With their 4 songs that I heard, I can conclude that The Cab is like a happy version of The Script, which is good. They sounded a little boyband-y but the good-looking keyboardist makes up for it. Chos! But I found it awkward that their target market is composed 90% of teen girls. Shrieky screaming was abundant during their set. I like their song La La though :) It was cute and would probably appeal even more to college Meki.

Another long break for soundchecking. My legs are screaming for help.

COBRA STARSHIP time! In all due fairness, ang gwapo ni Saporta dude, and he has a nice voice. Also, their songs are so happy! I have a growing love for songs that involve synths. I think I have found a new addition for my “Get Psyched” mix. I liked Kiss My Sass and 1 Nite! So haaaapppeeeeh! This ‘band’ really is a bunch of performers. And oh, alam ko pala yung Good Girls (Syempre, Leighton) and You Make Me Feel. [After-the-concert note: This is my current LSS. La la la la la. I don’t know why I have a liking for “Lala” songs.] Such dancy dancy dancy tunes. I liked their set, but again, medyo awkward lang na nabutas yung pants ni Gabe O_O Pao and I literally went O_O. And it’s funny how they have a dance step for Guilty Pleasure, which the teen girls knew by heart. Whoa.

Final Cobra Starship note: Thank you Gabe for rushing to the audience. Naurong kami lahat paharap.

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Anothe break that was faster since guitar lang naman gagamitin ni Chris. Naiihi na ata ako at that time and my tumtum was aching with excitement. Meki to Li: “Dude, first time ko ‘to! First time ko maririnig live!” Li to Meki: “Memorable!” And it freaking was.

Before it started, dude beside me hit me with his mohawk. I said it was okay since he likes Dashboard naman. He offers that I take his place. So nice of him and I’m making this kwento ’cause I like guys that just don’t quite fit in (hahaha). But, no thanks, there’s a big dude in front of him blocking the view.

Here’s the Dashboard Confessional Manila set list in no particular order ’cause I can’t remember anymore: Don’t Wait, As Lovers Go, The Good Fight, Get Me Right, Screaming Infidelities, Again I Go Unnoticed, Best Deceptions, Saints and Sailors, Belle of the Boulevard, Vindicated, Stolen, Hands Down. 12 songs! In fairness! :)

So, Chris and I had a moment that didn’t end up nicely but still was a moment!! :p Meki: “So Impossible!!” Chris: “Let’s sing this first.” then plays Vindicated. Anyway, the best thing about this ..WALANG BANDA. Chris Carrabba alone. Which is awesome. Legit fans from 2005 and way back should know that. Also, I’m not sure if I should be happy or ashamed that I know ALL the lyrics to almost ALL the songs. The pretty teenage girl beside me asked for my name. Add daw nya ko sa Facebook. Ako na ang nakakakuha ng girls sa Dashboard concert.

Comments:

1) Don’t Wait. I genuinely liked Don’t Wait for the first time. Alam niyo naman, as a real fan of Dashboard, I don’t just randomly like all of their songs and albums. Dusk and Summer is my least fave so, it’s nice to fall in like with this song :)

2) As Lovers Go. – The version was slowed down but gaaah! So ganda! My heartstrings were tugged. Sarap sa puso to hear ‘yung “you’ve got wits…” part. Kiligs.

3) The Good Fight. This song is even BETTER live and acoustic. Guuuh.

4) Get Me Right. A good addition to the setlist. Medyo onti lang the people who know this song, which was nice ’cause everyone was quiet (even myself). The song’s meaning is hauntingly beautiful.

5) SCREAMING INFIDELITIES. THIS SONG HAS PAMATAY LINES FOREVER. Sarap marinig si Carrabbaby kantahin yung “I hope you’re as happy as you’re pretending” (favorite line ever) and the “Your haiiiir…” part! And I am proud of myself for knowing all the words to this song.

6) Again i Go Unnoticed! I wonder why only a few people knew the lyrics for the verses. I thought this was a famous song. (Hipster comment! Hahaha!)

7) Best Deceptions. Kapag nagpost na ang mga tao ng videos of this song, wahahaha! I’m sorry. Boses ko lang maririnig nyo sa ending. Carrabbaby just played the guitar and didn’t sing for the “I’m waiting for blood…” part and sheeesh posers who don’t know the song. Hahaha joke! My katabis were proud of me for singing loudly alone. Para hindi naman nakakahiya kay Chris.

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8) Saints and Sailors. Wooo! Thanks to the person who requested na kantahin this song! Mabuhay ka! This is one of the songs I love singing along to ’cause it’s so wordy and angsty.

9) Belle of the Boulevard. If I need to describe it via an emoticon, it was :”>! Kilig and heartwarming. I would have loved it if he played the piano but the guitar version was a very acceptable replacement ;)

10) Vindicated. No other comment during the concert other than: (1) Oh no! Patapos na! and (2) Sana naman hindi lang ito ‘yung alam nilang kanta. #HipsterComment :))

11) Stolen. I have a not-so-hidden inis with how mainstream Stolen has become. Seryoso. But, grabe laaaang. Nakakaiyak yung rendition niya. Favorite part: “I watch you spin around in the highest heels. You are the best one of the best ones.” And of course, the “Sleep well…” part was so hihi :”> I think it helps to know the background of the song. I can imagine tuloy who he was singing the song to.

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12) Hands Down. Always a good way to end the set ’cause THIS IS THE BEST DAY I CAN EVER REMEMBER.

Sadly, itataga ko sa bato na simula nung March 8, 10:30 pm, dumami na kaagaw ko for Carrabbaby :( I still remember those days when I’d say that he’s my ultimate crush and people would go: “Sino ‘yun?” Hay.

Anyway, super tired after :| :| So I decided to look for Angel and Adrian nalang. I bought chibog w/ them, though they decided to go out for dinner. While walking back to the dome, nakasalubong ko si Tin! Perfect! Accompanied her to get something to drink, though we found no water supply :(

We stayed at the back during set of The Used kasi medyo intense at hindi na keri ng binti ko. It was nicely hilarious to watch everyone jump and scream! Medyo crazy the moshpits, in fairness.

Well, I only stayed for two things: (1) Blue and Yellow, and (2) My prediction that Chris Carrabba will join The Used for their final song.

(1) Blue and Yellow – Mabuhay ka, Pao, for requesting the song!!

(2) Finale – So, I was right ;) I ran to the front of the stage for this, regardless of whatever leg pain. A Box Full of Sharp Objects feat. Chris Carrabba!!! Crazy crazy wonderful encore!!!! It reminded me of Chris during his Further Seems Forever days. Galeeeeng!

[Video, not sure if public, here. Thanks to Pao!]

After the utmost joy and experience, we went home. Pauwi, mas comedy pa. Buti nalang kasama ko sila Li and Tin. Nagcramps ako sa sidewalk. As in rock hard binti muscle. O_O Salamat sa tulong, Li, Pao and Tin! And wow, masakit pa rin legs ko. I want to dislike it but feeling the pain makes me remember that awesome night so, pwede na rin ;)

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All photos taken by Li and Tin :) Edited by moi.

Jason Mraz in Manila: The Concert!

I just got home from one of the most awesome concerts ever—Jason Mraz in Manila! Let me tell you some reasons why I enjoyed this show:

1) My seat. When we entered the Patron area, we asked an usher to guide us to our seats. We walked, and walked, and walked—to my surprise. I didn’t expect that we got REALLY good seats :o As in almost-front and center! :o

2) The crowd. Okay, kinain ko mga sinabi ko. I originally wanted the vibe to be intimate and quiet but when the concert started, sobrang saya lang! I can feel the joy and love overflowing!

  • Point is, my sister and I always stood up—as in kahit kami lang nakatayo sa area.
  • We kept on grooving to the music as if we were in a cozy hippie gig.
  • I kept on shrieking before each song ’cause I knew all the songs that he played.
  • I screamed “After an Afternoon” each time he would stop playing.

Get this: the people in our area NEVER said a thing. Instead, they were very supportive. It was as if I was watching with a barkada!

  • They would stand up too whenever we stood up, or they stayed seated but didn’t scream “Upo naman kayo!” which is nice :)
  • They grooved to the happy songs too! :)
  • They were happy with us whenever we were happy because of the song choice.
  • They screamed “After an Afternoon” with us—wooooooo support the song!!

3) The setlist. The Jason Mraz Manila concert setlist was awesome. These are the songs that I can remember off the top of my head. Sorry, I was having too much fun to take down the setlist so I’ll try to list this in order but I’m sure I got some things wrong or even missed some songs.

  • She’s the Bomb – Jason started off the concert with a “new” song and it immediately gave me an idea of how the rest of the night will sound like. I approve!!! For the first time in my concert-going life, I actually wanted the artist to sing the “unpopular” songs.
  • Dynamo of Volition – Before starting with this song, Jason asked us to high-five ourselves, our friends, strangers, and Toca. When he said “Good job!”, I already knew that this was what he was going to sing. And to that, I shrieked. This is part of my dream setlist and it didn’t fail to deliver. Happy happy song! 
  • Live High – Another song from the dream setlist! I wanted Jason to sing this because it’s a heartwarming song and I imagined that it would sound great live…and it sure did!
  • If It Kills Me – I included this in the dream setlist but I honestly sorta hoped that he wouldn’t sing it ’cause I knew it will bring back memories…and it did. But you know what, I’m GLAD that Jason sang this song. It sounded raw and made me feel the message even more.
  • Across the Universe (Beatles Cover) – Surprise! He didn’t sing the full song but it was awesome and unexpected! Jai guru deva om!
  • Lucky – Bad news: he didn’t ask me to come up on stage to sing with him. Good news: he sang both the male and female parts well! 
  • Fly Me To the Moon – He sounded great in this song! <3 Galing!
  • The World as I See It – Weeks before the concert, I listened to this new song and immediately decided that I didn’t like it. I still don’t like it that much but it’s way better live than recorded :)
  • The Woman I Love – Okay, nobody knew the song in our area except for me (so hipster) but I’m glad that they eventually liked it! Jason played this the way that I hoped it would be played when I put it in the dream setlist—making it sound as if he’s singing me a harana.
  • A Beautiful Mess – Rina’s song was played! Yehey! Trivia: this was my Multiply page name years ago. 
  • Please Don’t Tell Her – Grabeee, I enjoyed this a lot! It’s my new oldie favorite! This is my new status song ;)
  • I Won’t Give Up – Okay. I honestly didn’t expect that Jason would sing this even though it was part of the dream setlist. I swear I almost cried when he played the intro of this song. Attachment much? Well, based on other people’s posts, I think a LOT of them liked this so yehey. I hope it gets played in the radio soon. 
  • 93 Million Miles – Another unreleased song on my phone. I felt so hipster that I knew it. I’m such an elitist music fan, kainis.
  • You and I Both – FINALLY, the whole Araneta crowd joins us, stands up, dances to their feet and sings along to this song, which is in my dream setlist. Classic Mraz is always gooood. Good job to Miggy and I for knowing that he’ll mess up the lyrics in the end :p Trivia: I started the clapping sa intro! Hahaha! Achievement! 
  • The Remedy X Wonderwall – A lot of the folks remained standing, which is good, ’cause this song in my dream setlist was rendered fantastically. It felt so hopeful! And, he even mixed it with Wonderwall! Cool!
  • Details in the Fabric – Here’s the point when we all just shut up and listen because it was sung with all honesty and rawness. Thanks for reminding me that everything will be fine…and for singing this song from my dream setlist ;)
  • Life is Wonderful – Last song before the encore! Another dream setlist song! So, we were the only ones who stood up during the song. That is until Jason did this whole crazy guitar effects/recording thing when he sang “You are loved!” Crazy awesome sauce.
  • Rescue – This is my favorite part of the night. Jason saying a spiel against human trafficking and saying that this song is related to that. Meki screams “RESCUUUUEEE!!” and boom, there it was. Meki and her sister stand up and sing with Jason. We looked so hipster! Hahaha! But that’s not the point. I think I’ve told you that I imagined this song to be Jesus’ love song for me :) It felt great!
  • Butterfly – The most groove-able song of the night for the ladies, hands down! 
  • Freedom Song -I would be happy even if Jason ended the night with this song ’cause I think it captures the whole point of being a Jason Mraz. Lovely song!
  • I’m Yours – And finally, THE CROWD GOES WILD!!! I didn’t want this to be sung at first but nooooo, okay naaaaa! The energy of the crowd was crazy!!! Bravo! 

4) The man. Jason Mraz is such a performer. He knew how to connect with the crowd. His voice was amazing that Miggy and I would just stop, look at each other, and go “whoa”. It was really nice that he did this acoustic tour (though part of me wanted the Superband to be with him) ’cause it was not about the stage or the lights or the AVPs. It was all about him and his music. Add to that the fact that his spiels weren’t senseless. It was like I was listening to an inspirational speaker. My key takeaway:

How you do anything is how you do everything. – Jason Mraz

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Bonus video! Me lipsynching 1000 Things. Prepare your vomit bags!