Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TBT: Eraserheads: The Reunion Concert (Part 1)

Okay. To tell the truth, 6 years ago, at this very time, I didn't ever think that Eraserheads will still have reunion concerts after this. I really thought that this will be their first and last reunion concert. I mean, come on, with their own busy lives, with their own bands, I don't think that there's still going to be a part 2, part 3, part n of this. But yeah, miracles do happen and wishes do get granted. That's why months.. years.. after this, our all time favorite Filipino band, Eraserheads continued to have reunion concerts. Which is just, aw man, I cannot afford to miss this reunion concert of theirs. That's why I was on their first and on their second reunion concert! And here I am to blog about their first. :)

It was exactly last August 30, 2008 when Eraserheads held their first reunion concert, everrr! That I couldn't even believe myself! I was like, "Weh! Tsismis lang 'yan!" Until it got on the news, social media, our local TV channels, radio stations, etc. And because of that, I immediately told my family about it 'coz I just can't wait to tell them about that good news!!! (TRIVIA: My family has been always my concert buddies since then. So, you make a guess on how I was able to get my ticket? Haha. Alam na!) Also, I invited a dear college friend to join me in this concert, who's a huge fan of Eraserheads and who's also a music-lover by heart. (I just picked the best company, right? Hehe.)

So, now, let's travel back to 2k8. (Pardon the pictures because they were all taken from my digicam.)
 

Line at Silver section (as far as I can remember. No judgements, but looks like those people in line are really from the "Eraserheads Era".
 
 And there's Aya, my college friend/roommate I was talking about who is more than a friend to me. Rather, a sister who also love the things that I love! A long-lost sister, indeed! Love you, Ayabums! <3
And hooopla! We're inside now!
Our selfie. Yes, before "selfie" became such a trending word. Haha. And behind was my sister and 2 brothers.
And then later that night, the sun has already escaped but we are still waiting. Hehe. ;) We went early though to get good places to stay and to have a nice view of course!
And waaah! The countdown begins! Yayyy! :D :D :D

Oh, look! There's Fred Payawan of Pinoy Big Brother. And this was not actually the first time that we saw him. Hihi. *wink*


And here's a video when the countdown was about to finish. EXCITEMENT ALL OVER!!! :D
Ahhh! Goosebumps! Eraserheads after so many many years of their last performance together! *happy dance*
  
Please allow me then to share more of the goosebumps that I felt night (until now). Ladies and gentlemen, "Alapaap".



And a picture of course.
Sorry for the super zoomed out picture. It's the iconic Filipino vocalist of Eraserheads by the way - Ely Buendia. :)

#raknarak Hahaha! Sorry, normal na ako sa concerts. *wink*
 Voila! More pictures of the band (in zoomed out mode of course!). *double wink*




And another video again. :) My favorite: "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong".




After 15 songs, the band took a break. Of course, of course, artists like them need it. So, we took this opportunity to do some "kodakan" moments and to kill time as well.






So, there was me, sneaking a seat in the sea of crowd. Sakit na kasi ng paa ko 'te!

And this was the also that time that Fred Payawan approached us and asked about the title of "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong" song of Eraserheads. And that's again not the first time that we were able to talk to him, because the first time we saw him in Enchanted Kingdom, kami naman yata yung nag-approach sa kanya by that time kasi kasama rin namin sya sa pila nun. Haha. Sooo.. may connection? Ganooon? :)) You tell.

And then.. after such a long wait, a girl has appeared on stage which I thought was the host (but come on, host in a concert, Dona?). Or was I just denying to myself that I didn't want to hear my fear that Ely might be attacked by his heart disease during this concert? Because I think, it was this year that he had been fighting with his heart disease. Anyway, you do guessing then after you watch this video.



So, there.. I know. It was such a sad news then. (Biglang inispoil na? Hehe.) Parang.. "TOTOO BA 'TO?! Minutes ago lang, ang ok pa nya. Tapos biglang ganito." That's why you've heard me there saying, "Sabi na eh." at the end because upon reaching the concert gates, sabi ko sa kuya ko, "Paano kaya kung biglang atakihin si Ely sa concert? Huwag naman sana." But here, it happened. Parang dejavu lang! You might say na, ang barbero ko lang but totoo sya kahit itanong nyo pa yung kuya ko na yun. Anyway, super sad talaga ng ending that night, we then have offered a prayer na lang din for Ely after this. Nobody in the crowd wanted to go yet, alam mo yung parang joke lang yung announcement na parang pakulo lang yung feeling (no offense meant here) But nooo, it happened for real! Grabe lang talaga!

It was tragic, yes! But at least, nothing worse happened to Mr. Buendia that night. And I was grateful enough then because they held a part 2 of this which leads me to posting their "The Final Set" blog next time. :) 

Here was the setlist BTW:

(Credits to: rockersworld.com)

1. Alapaap
2. Ligaya
3. Sembreak
4. Hey Jay
5. Harana
6. Fruitcake
7. Toyang
8. Kamasupra
9. Kailan
10. Huwag Kang Matakot
11. Kaliwete
12. With a Smile
13. Shake Yer Head
14. Huwag Mo Nang Itanong
15. Lightyears


Peace and Love!
Dona

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Baler, You Are Amazing! (Day 2)

After the pretty tiring Day 1 of our Baler Tour. (Yes, I got knocked out by it when evening came.) Here's what happened on our Day 2.

Baler at 6 o'clock in the morning.

Inside our room.

The very inviting surf boards! :D



Of course, I had to have a photo at this famous Baler Grill in Volks. :)
Bacon and Scrambled Egg for my first meal of the day.

Bay-ler View's Menu.

Our bagong gising faces.


After our breakfast, I was left alone waiting for our to go foods. Well, my mom and my sister has their own "morning businesses" to deal with. And me, nothing. So, I decided to stay to have a "me time" and do some photo walks. :)

The beautiful Costa Pacifica and wishing we could have stayed if it wasn't fully booked. :(


That "Baler Bridge" as I call it. But it wasn't a bridge actually. Rather, it's an elevated walking area. An elevated sidewalk can be. :)

And my first shameless selfie of the day.




Oooh! Surfers gonna surf. But the waves do not look very exciting to us. (Kala mo naman pro kung makapagsalita. Haha.)
And more selfie of yours truly.

And as I walk back towards our "hotel" that day, I took more pictures.







Then, just a few meters away from where we stayed in, I saw this and I knew deep within that I just have to capture this. :)

Saying goodbye to this beautiful double deck beds. :)

We have packed out things then and off we go on the road again. Our first stop upon leaving Pacific Waves was Nanay Pacing's.

Nanay Pacing's (as featured in Biyahe Ni Drew that was shared to us by my sister) offers a very good & delicious variety of rice cakes ("Kakanin" in Filipino). So without further ado, we looked for this place and made sure that we'll be taking home one of their best Kakanins. Of course! Of course! They're my favorite! :D

I'm sorry, but all those people are from my family. Hahaha. And the heck, Una? You love that post so much! LOL.

Caught in the act playing!

My sister's OOTD. Thank you to myself for giving that aztec cropped top to her. Haha.

Back on our buckled seats, here I was.. photo-ing this pretty paper cup with Gulaman that I bought from Nanay Pacing. Yes, I was able to talk to the real Nanay Pacing. :)
And the next thing we know, we're already in the paradise of Baler - Dicasalarin Cove.

And upon seeing this view, we literally said WOOOW to this view.


Of course, a photo with it shouldn't be missed!


More scenic views on my way going down there.


And touched down! Finallyyy!



And look what's waiting in front of us. That perfect blue beach! Sht.

Amazing real background!

ONE WORD: S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G.
And my sister's boyfriend, as super amazed as I was, capturing photos of the paradise we discovered in Baler.
Ahhh. Beautiful!
My tsamba shot of my sister and Dicasalarin Beach.





Flower Crown or Sea Plants Crown? Haha.
Parang wala akong kamay. But kebs! The water is so crystal clear! :D

Family Picture. (Ehems to Kuya Nice & Dos) HAHAHA.
Water bed. LITERALLY!
Muro Ami.

Your fatty wanderer. :)

Going for a jump! One of a must's for me everytime. :)
Green. I LOOOVE!

And then the best couple award goes to: Donelle & Don. Haha.
Just a couple of shots before we bid goodbye to Dicasalarin Cove. Huhu.






Thank you so much, Baler! You are really, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!