BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB LIVE IN MANILA - 07/23/14

Before:

After that announcement Karpos made at Wanderland last May about Bombay Bicycle Club’s Manila concert, I looked forward to it every single day, I listened to their music more than ever to calm myself, and I started saving for the ticket. Months prior to it, though school started and everything got messed up. A professor of mine announced that we have to interview someone for our preliminary exam on July 23, yes, the exact date for BBC’s concert! At first, I was like, okay, who cares, I’ll still watch. I can always ask for special exam or something, I even joined Spinnr BBC promo where they’ll give away two tickets and meet and greet passes to two winners!

So weeks passed, and exactly twelve days before the concert, the day I should buy my ticket, my professor reminded us for the interview and told us how he won’t give us any second chance in case we’ll miss it. At first, it didn’t sink in, but after the class, I just wanted to kill somebody - aka that professor. I was so pissed and miserable I spent every dough I earned for that concert to foods and books.

The day before the concert, I was feeling okay. I mean, I have already accepted that I’m not going and it’s okay because there’ll be next time (damn it, who am I kidding?! Of course I was not okay!). I felt tired, my class that day was upto 6pm and I’ve been in school since 8am so I decided to cut. I arrived home passed two in the afternoon and my mom welcomed me with, “Nag text prof mo, cancelled daw interview nyo, kailangan nyo daw muna mag briefing.” (Your professor sent me a text message, your interview got cancelled because he hasn’t briefed you yet) - I don’t have a cellphone so I give my mom’s number to every person asking for my number. And before I even reacted, “Tsaka may tumawag sa Smart ko, hinahanap ka, sabi ko 6pm pa uwi mo. Four digits lang ‘yung number e, hindi ko na din natanong kung sino, nag panic ako.” (And btw, someone called too, looking for you. I told her you’re not around and you’ll be home around 6pm tonight. It was a four-digit unregistered number, I wasn’t able to ask the name, I panicked). And then, it knocked me, I told myself, it’s Spinnr and I won, it has to be.

I waited and waited for 6pm, and three minutes earlier, my mom’s phone rang and there it was, the magical four-digit number. I answered, and true enough, it was Spinnr, congratulating me for the two BBC tickets and meet & greet passes I’ve won! I can’t describe how happy I was, I even danced in front of my family (I’ve never done that in my whole life).

I called my friend, Joan - who has become my buddy for anything - immediately and told her the good news. We were both so overwhelmed and grateful.

The Meet & Greet:

Before the actual concert we first met the Bombay Bicycle Club! I know, right! While we were in line, Joan kept on blabbing things, punching me and all. I, though was keeping myself together.

The boys were too formal. Haha! I don’t know but I think we were starstruck-ed too and just shook their hands. And although Jaime noticed my shirt and told me he loved it, I just said thanks and smiled for the picture-taking (BUMMER!).

Suren’s my greatest crush among the boys. I really wanted to hug him and all but as what I’ve said, they were too formal. So before we leave, I just told him, “I love you, Suren,” which I doubt he heard. Arghhhhh! And as expected, after the meet & greet, both Joan and I were like, “We should’ve hugged them!” we said that over a million times up to the end of the show, to the bus.

The Actual Concert:

She’s Only Sixteen started the show and to be honest, they weren’t bad. I thought they’d be, though. I listened to them before and I didn’t quite like their songs but hearing them perform live is a different story. The lead was badass and he’s like no fear in performing! Anjo, the one on the guitar was, okay forgive me, hot! I don’t know but I’m looking forward on seeing this band perform again.

The interval was kinda unreasonable, I’m never good at standing, so it stressed me out! But when the boys finally came out and sang their first song, all the muscle pain just went away and I jammed with everyone else.

They started with ‘Overdone’ followed by ‘It’s Alright Now’ which are two of my favorites on their album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Those boys know how to connect to the audience with the music they offered. They barely talked, yes, but their music was more than enough to keep us, their audience alive (and high).

Many said that they’re way better live and true enough, their live music gave justice to the recorded songs I was listening to almost everyday and more. 

As the night went on, as the boys performed, the more I realized that I was meant to be there, listening and singing, savoring their music, watching and screaming. Third song, fourth, fifth, and so on, then they ended the set with ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. But we’re not idiots to let them go just like that. The crowd screamed, chanting for more, they came out one last time and performed ‘What If’ and ‘Carry Me’.

Those two (almost) hours were the most surrealistic hours of my life. I almost can’t believe that it’s all over, it was a helluva night I’d probably remember and tell to every person I’d have conversation with the next days. As we went out the WTC, we carried the warmth in our hearts and smiles on our faces brought by the Bombay Bicycle Club. I wish it won’t be the last. See you again, Boys, no matter how long that tomorrow could be.

After:

"I’m so stupid not hugging ‘em boys!"

The Sunday Currently | Five - 07/27/14

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I’ve got to watch and meet one of my favorite bands, Bombay Bicycle Club and that made this week really memorable! This experience was caused by pure luck (just like all the other concerts I’ve been to) which I’ll blab on the next post I’ll make.

R E A D I N G Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (I started rereading the HP series because well, I miss The Trio so much!) and The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (the first English book I’ve finished). These two books will always remain in my heart no matter what.

W R I T I N G a schedule and budget for next week. I don’t really do this but I feel the need to this time because I’ve been cramming and running out of dough for the past weeks.

L I S T E N I N G to the Bombay Bicycle Club’s Flaws album. I still have hangover, see.

T H I N K I N G of how I’ll spend tomorrow and Tuesday. I don’t want to spend my holidays just studying for exams, please.

S M E L L I N G this fruity flavored cologne my sister sprayed me earlier. I was bummed by it because I don’t like colognes nor perfumes but now that it’s not that strong anymore, I think I’m liking it.

W I S H I N G for more rain. It’s not too hot anymore but I need the sound of the rain pouring on our roof, and I don’t mean a five-minute rain or whatever.

H O P I N G to fulfill the schedule and budget I’m making. It’s pretty hard without it, actually.

W E A R I N G a muscle tee which I’d never wear outside home.

W A N T I N G more of How I Met Your Mother. I’ve finished re-watching it and I still feel sad now that it’s all over.

N E E D I N G to review way ahead of time - aka now - so I can just chill tomorrow and the next day!

F E E L I N G okay, I guess. Nothing much happened after that BBC concert, you know. I’m back on working and studying and all. I like it , though.

L O V I N G how I’m learning to process my photographs more. I’m starting to go out of this shell called VSCO Film presets.

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Mt. Manalmon, San Miguel, Bulacan - 07/12/14

After school started, all I could think of - well, aside from piles of school work - is the next adventure I must take and how it must involve hiking. You see, I used to hike at least once or twice a year when I was younger, I don’t know what happened. And although school means more reasonable allowance, I still didn’t have enough to travel alone, hence I had to join a public hike. 

One of my favorite bloggers, Trisha Lim, once mentioned on her blog about this Trail Adventours who organizes public and private hikes. I was hesitant at first because I’d be with people I don’t know and maybe people who have made hiking a hobby and I’m slow and kind of weak. I put this thought aside and pushed through it.

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We went through the dark Metro, as people dream in their mushy beds, with groggy eyes and a heart for adventures. Two hours or so, we waited, the sun rose, the traffic soon got congested, our body ached for tingling elation. We reached the jump off point in no time then. 

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There were two ways to get to the trails, the monkey bridge and the hanging bridge (which is not much a hanging bridge). I, being a certified coward, took the latter while most tried the monkey bridge.

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We trekked a little to Madlum Cave (a 10-meter cave), got through it, and continued navigating the beauty of Mt. Manalmon.

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It wasn’t an easy trail for me at all. I kept on stopping to catch my breath and to drink water. I felt bad, I felt like I was slowing the group, thankfully, we had the best guide, Sir Paul (or Paolo, I can’t remember). He kept on cheering me up, telling me it’s part, and it’s okay. Even the other people in the group cheered for me. Ah!

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After reaching the summit, I sat down and savor everything my eyes can reach. It was so beautiful! After an hour of walking and struggling (lol), there it was, the taste of the world I was yet to see.

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We trekked down Mt. Manalmon soon enough after reaching the top. On the way, though, we came through a river, we dipped in it to release some stress and just as we reach the jump off point, ate lunch and shared some stories. But the adventure didn’t last there. Our last stop, the Bayukbok Cave.

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This experience was the most unforgettable one. It has six chambers and each one offered me a challenge I never thought I’d be able to go through. I risked my life going through that cave, I poured every ounce of courage I have for me to be able to get out of it. It was a great and horrible experience I’d love to do and not do again.

As I continue to explore my homeland, I learn more about it, I appreciate it more, the more I want to go to every place there is to go to. This experience might not be the best but it taught me to move forward even if how hard are the things facing me, it taught me that I can do anything with all the courage I have. I seek for adventure, the world gave me one, I almost gave up, but I didn’t. I guess, this will be the case every time, I just hope, at the end of the day, I’ll always end up on my bed, fulfilled, proud of myself that I didn’t give up even if I had all the reasons to.

The Sunday Currently | Four - 07/20/14

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I woke up yesterday morning feeling so down. I don’t know. I ignored it because I know it’ll pass, but, I feel even worse right now. Maybe it’s just pms (I wish). Anyway, I went to Inspire Every Day yesterday at Ayala Museum (thank you Fully Booked for my VIP pass) and I felt nostalgic. Ha-ha! I used to go there with my choir mates to sing for an event and we always get free passes every time. Yesterday, though, I went alone. It wasn’t as fun as it used to be, of course. But Up Dharma Down performed so they kind of lifted me up (although I barely saw them because of the pool of people).

Today, I just watched tv series I love the whole day but I feel worse, I feel sad and alone.

R E A D I N G Four: A Divergent Collection. I usually finish a good book in less than a day but this is taking forever, school (and overthinking) is taking up so much of my time.

W R I T I N G a poem for that man who got away. I don’t know why but it feels right.

L I S T E N I N G to The 1975, a bit of torture but it’s helping me to write.

T H I N K I N G of how better my life could be if I didn’t send that text that night.

S M E L L I N G my cold wet hair. My mom bought this strawberry-flavored shampoo that I’m growing to love.

W I S H I N G for a peace of mind. I’ve been overthinking things I should not even think of. Ha-ha.

H O P I N G for better days. As much as I love weekends, I hate it when I spend it like this.

W E A R I N G a shorts and a shirt and my favorite socks!

W A N T I N G to do something I love without thinking of what other people might think.

N E E D I N G to go out with friends. That’ll totally help me to keep my mind off things.

F E E L I N G down, awful? These will all go away soon, I hope.

L O V I N G the smell of my hair. I’m really liking this shampoo!

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My heart was torn to pieces by Allegiant, I can’t believe I’m reading this book now. It feels odd, it’s like I’m in a whole new different world again.

I found myself miserable when I finished Divergent series, I longed for more, for a different ending. I asked questions nobody can answer - even Roth, herself - I tortured myself with the thought of that scene, Four’s broken heart became mine too.

I just started reading this but all the emotions I felt when I was introduced to Tris came flooding all at once. I realized, I knew nothing about Four. The familiarity drifted, who is he?

I’m ready to know all about him, the person he was before that brave girl came, what he’d undergone, everything.

My heart was torn to pieces by Allegiant, I can’t believe I’m reading this book now. It feels odd, it’s like I’m in a whole new different world again.

I found myself miserable when I finished Divergent series, I longed for more, for a different ending. I asked questions nobody can answer - even Roth, herself - I tortured myself with the thought of that scene, Four’s broken heart became mine too.

I just started reading this but all the emotions I felt when I was introduced to Tris came flooding all at once. I realized, I knew nothing about Four. The familiarity drifted, who is he?

I’m ready to know all about him, the person he was before that brave girl came, what he’d undergone, everything.

The Sunday Currently | Three - 07/13/14

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This week’s highlight: trekked all the way to Mt. Manalmon’s summit, rappelled down to Bayukbok Cave without harness and went through its narrow, stony chambers, dipped in the river after a long day. It was such an experience and even though tired, I felt fulfilled. But all the physical pain doubled the moment I woke up. But still, I’m just thankful that I got through all of it, alive. Because trust me, it’s life-risking going through that cave, but well, I survived. Plus, I gained a lot of new friends. Gah, I can’t get enough of these - adventures, new experiences, and people you meet along the way.

R E A D I N G On the Blue Shore of Silence by Pablo Neruda. After finishing Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, which really inspired me, I tried searching for more of Neruda’s works. My heart is always high whenever I read them.

W R I T I N G a write up for our college paper. I’m happy writing a non-news-related one!

L I S T E N I N G to our 100 year-old electric fan. It feels nice, though, because I know I’m home and could lean back and sleep.

T H I N K I N G about my next adventure. I’m not decided yet but I want it to be less adventurous than the last one. You know.

S M E L L I N G menudo or mechado? I don’t know where it’s coming from. Weird. Now I’m hungry!

W I S H I N G for rain. It feels like summer all over again.

H O P I N G for my aching body to get better when I wake up tomorrow. I don’t want distraction for school.

W E A R I N G pyjamas. I’m so ready to sleep! I feel so tired with all those book shopping my sister and I did (thank you, Fully Booked for the 20% discount! Happy anniversary!).

W A N T I N G to read the books I bought all at once!

N E E D I N G rain! Really, I’m desperate!

F E E L I N G fulfilled. With all the things happened this week, I can’t be thankful enough.

L O V I N G my new bed sheet and pillow cases. They’re smooth and smell like Downy which I like.

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The Sunday Currently | Two - 07/06/14

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This week was still productive! I think I’m getting used to all the works and morning classes. Although at some point, I crave for adventures and nature. I can’t wait for next Saturday for I am finally going mountain climbing again! Yay!

R E A D I N G All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. I mentioned last week that I was trying to read the history of investigative journalism and this book was about the case that really started it. This is my first take on non-fiction and it’s just amazing how these journalists handled this case.

W R I T I N G Sociology paper. This subject is really interesting but tbh, I might be (more) interested in it if only I have a better professor.

L I S T E N I N G to The Paper Kites’ Featherstone. I missed listening to them. It brings back all the feels from Wanderland!

T H I N K I N G of that man who got away. I miss his presence, but it’s better this way.

S M E L L I N G grapefruit! My mom’s making me detox juice. Finally!

W I S H I N G for less paper work this coming week. Please!

H O P I N G for negative thoughts to just go away.

W E A R I N G my old PE uniform back in high school. It still fits!

W A N T I N G to go out and shop! There are a lot of end of season sale going on there!

N E E D I N G sleep. I feel like I am going to faint any time because of lack of sleep.

F E E L I N G well, sleepy. But I can’t sleep right now. I have a paper to finish and a couple of homework to do.

L O V I N G how my sister and I get to bond through her math homework and other things. We were not close, not even close to close but we’re getting there and it feels so good.

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A crow resting 
on a tree,
wondering how cruel
earth could be. Tears pouring from nothingness above 
winds touching
its face to the ground.
Tickling sound reaching its heart
cannot decide
happy or sad
music played how can that be
for earth is cruel
for sure I see.
The crow finally spread its wings,
flew out the tree higher and higher
it did
until tears stopped,
until the winds bring it to the clouds, until it reaches its dream above.

A crow resting 
on a tree,

wondering how cruel

earth could be.
Tears pouring
from nothingness above

winds touching

its face to the ground.

Tickling sound
reaching its heart

cannot decide

happy or sad

music played
how can that be

for earth is cruel

for sure I see.

The crow
finally spread
its wings,

flew out the tree
higher and higher

it did

until tears stopped,

until the winds
bring it to the clouds,
until it reaches
its dream above.

My life lately revolves around school and school alone. I miss going out and seeking adventures but I can’t deny the fact that I’m enjoying school. Whatever’s happening to me right now, I like it.

1. Second week of school.
2. Third week of school: working on a bench.
3. Weekend well spent with my sister and some ice cream.
4. A good way to end a long day in school.
5. So Instagram worthy, this small Starbucks branch.

I’ll post a “real-time” post soon for I am going to climb mountain again after forever next week (HOPEFULLY)! I hope everyone’s doing fine! :)

The Sunday Currently | One - 06/29/14

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Never in my life have I imagined that I would be this productive after the first week of class. Usually, after a day or two, I’d be all lazy and won’t do school works anymore (or if I would, it’s always last minute).

So after seeing several posts of The Sunday Currently (and after asking myself for a million times whether or not do this too) I decided to give it a try and see if I could do this every week (which I really doubt, but who knows).

R E A D I N G  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I tried to read this a lot of times before but my mind and heart was always stuck with the previous books I was reading, now, though is the perfect time to get back to this. And also, I am reading the history of investigative reporting, mainly about the Watergate Scandal, and it’s both thrilling and boring. I can’t explain, it’s too long but it makes a lot of sense.
W R I T I N G  a paper about Investigative Journalism. It’s taking too long to finish. I can do this.
L I S T E N I N G to   inkycherie's covers on SoundCloud. Her music is too beautiful, her voice makes me calm and concentrate on what I'm doing. It's always been like this since I discovered her.
T H I N K I N G  what will happen tomorrow in my IJOURN class since it’ll be a one on one class for the first hour and a half!
S M E L L I N G  petrichor. Oh, lovely smell this is. Rain’s finally here after a long dry day.
W I S H I N G  this paper isn’t taking too long to finish because I still have other school works to finish.
H O P I N G  for a rain tomorrow. Aside from good music, rain also helps me to focus and to stay calm.
W E A R I N G  an over-sized shirt and soft-cottoned printed shorts, usual Sunday clothes at home.
W A N T I N G  red velvet crinkles with cream cheese filling! I’ve been craving for this since last week, and I still have to wait until next week to have some!
N E E D I N G  a new home for my books. It’s all in my cabinet and they’re growing in number.
F E E L I N G  tired. I just want to get my mind off the things I need to accomplish by the end of the day and lay down and read.
L O V I N G how productive I became for the first two weeks of school. Although tiring, I hope I can keep this up.
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