24k MAGIC WORLD TOUR

Last August 27th, I went to see Bruno Mars with my bestfriend, Rey, to the 24k Magic World Tour at the Air Canada Centre. We arrived there at 5 p.m., but they didn’t let in people until 6:30. We stood in line for a bit, and we were in the front of the line.

When they let people in, the first thing Rey and I did was go to the merch area since we thought that if we went after the concert, the lineup would be long since everybody would be scurrying to buy Bruno’s merch. So we went before the concert started and wore the shirts we got during the concert. Rey and I got the same Bruno shirt. She got the little bag that said 24k Magic World Tour as well (I don’t have a picture of her bag).

When we got our stuff, we hurried to the arena to find our seats. It started with the opening act, as concerts usually would. I can’t remember who the opening act was, but it was a DJ. He played a bunch of early R&B tracks mixed with current hits from this summer. It was pretty good, in my opinion. We didn’t really pay attention to the DJ since Rey and I did a livestream on Periscope, so we didn’t really get to listen to the music that was played.

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DJ’s opening act

After the opening act, that’s when Bruno came on. There was a video intro talking about whether we were ready for the night to start, how we’re all going to party and have fun, etc. It was all to hype up the rest of the night. Then that’s when Bruno appeared. There he was, a tiny little smooth man just singing and dancing to his own music. And everyone lost themselves to the beat of every song, to the dance moves, and overall the music. It was a beautiful night. There were 15 songs in the setlist, and every song was absolutely amazing. There is a huge difference in hearing a song on the radio, and hearing it live, BUT the songs sounding the exact same! It’s wonderful. Bruno is amazing, and that is honestly such an understatement. I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Bruno ended the show with Just the Way You Are, and it was so beautiful. The concert was so lively and it was so much fun. I’m pretty convinced that he’s the best performer and singer of our time right now. He is amazing and I’m so proud of him because we’re both 5’5 Filipinos. It’s nice to see some kind of successful representation in the industry. I love him.

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Here is a picture of Rey and I at the concert. I can’t remember if it was taken before or after. Anyway, I’d like to thank Rey for coming with me, and for her stepdad for giving us free tickets to see Bruno. It was so much fun, and quite possibly the best night of my life thus far. I’m so thankful to have experienced this with her. I’ll never forget it.

PS: If you ever have the chance to see Bruno Mars live in concert, go. He’ll blow your mind with his vocals and smoothness and dance moves. He’s a joy to see on stage. What a legend.

 

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COMEBACK KID

Hello! I have not posted since last year, I am so sorry. Life has just gotten so busy and I have totally forgotten about this blog. I remembered it from time to time though, constantly visiting and reading through my old posts, but never actually typing up anything to post. So for that, I apologize. I just want to give you guys a quick update on my life and what it has been these past few months.

  • I go to a new school now. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that before? Or maybe I have and have totally forgotten about it. Anyway, I do go to a different school now. I’ve made friends and have made memories that I cherish with the people who are dear to me. I’m a senior in high school now! The first time I ever posted a blogpost on here was when I was still a wee little sophomore, haha.
  • I went to the Philippines for three weeks. I visited my family back home and it was a great time! Blogpost about this coming up!
  • My bestfriend flew from LA this summer. Pretty self explanatory but I met up with Rey this summer and she spent the weekend here with me. We met up with our other friend, Eve, for the first time! It was great. We went to Snakes & Lattes and played a bunch of board games, got lunch, went to Sonic Boom, and basically just walked around downtown.
  • I SAW BRUNO MARS. My favourite performer and possibly singer of all time(?). He’s so great live, I can’t stress that enough. I got to see him for free, thanks to Rey’s stepdad, who got us tickets. Anyway, it was a great night. It was my first concert too and I got to see my favourite with my favourite. Blogpost about this coming up.
  • I think I know what I want to do in the future. I’m planning to take either psychology or criminology for post-secondary. I’ll major in one of those, and take the other as a minor. I thought that maybe writing isn’t really a career choice for me, or maybe it is. I don’t know yet and I’m not 100% sure. But whatever way I go, I will make sure that I am happy with my decision.

I think that’s it? Nothing extravagant really happened during the past months that I was gone. I’ve had more bad days than good ones, but I’m pulling through and I think that’s what matters. A lot has changed, but I’m still me.

THANK YOU, CARRIE FISHER.

Only two celebrity deaths has fully hit home to me: Robin Williams and as of today, Carrie Fisher. It sucks that we lost her because she was such a strong, witty, and smart woman. She carried herself unapologetically with such great confidence and power and never conformed to what Hollywood told her she was. As a Star Wars fan I feel like I’d just lost someone so close to me; like a mother or a sister or a friend. I lost a role model who I cared for and loved so dearly.

Carrie battled with addiction, mental illness, sexism, ageism, and body shaming, and she survived through all of them. She was very open about her mental illness and talked about it in great depths that will forever have a big impact on me and many others. She taught me how to be a strong woman despite of being seen as weak and being seen as the damsel in distress – the one that always had to be saved. She taught me that I can save myself, that I can become who I want to become when I rise above hate. She taught me that being a princess doesn’t mean that I had to be saved, because I can save myself. She killed her oppressors using the chains they put on her (literally, I mean look at Jabba the Hut). She taught me to resist and fight for myself, to be bold and truthful and loud and own myself and everything I do. She taught me to be open about my mental health, that it’s okay to suffer from these things and that getting help is important. She taught me that girls can be anything. That’s the Carrie Fisher I know.

She wasn’t only Princess Leia, she’s an author, a screenwriter, an actress, a mother. She was so much more and she had such huge impact on Hollywood and I will be forever thankful to have known her even through a movie screen. She deserved the world and I lover and owe her so much.

Carrie is the brightest star in the galaxy and I am sure that the Force is with her.

Thank you, Carrie Fisher, for everything you have done, for the impact you’ve created and will continue to create even after you’re gone. You will always be the strong, funny, witty woman we grew up to.

We love you and you know.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Hey everybody! I know I haven’t posted anything in over a month and it’s almost been like a hiatus. It’s just been really busy lately because of the new semester, school work, and moving. Yes, moving. This is what this post really is about.

My parents and I are officially moving back in Toronto on May 7th. However, I still have to finish the school year here in Mississauga so I can’t move in to our new place until the beginning of July. I don’t know where I’m going to stay during that over-a-month period of time but I’m sure it’ll work out.

We were first planning to move to Brampton, which is just a few minutes away from my current house right now but that didn’t work out. Then, we planned to move to one of the semi-detached houses in Niagara, having the house attached to ours be my mom’s coworker’s house. We were all ready to move in but the plan was that if my family or my mom’s friend didn’t get approved by the bank, we wouldn’t buy the house. So yeah, that didn’t work. It was too far too, I thought, but I guess if we ended up living there I would get used to it sooner or later. And now, the same friend of my mom told us about an apartment that was on the market at their building. We checked it out, was really impressed because it looked more like a condo than an apartment, took the deal, and now we’re buying furniture. We’ve got bed frames, mattresses, paintings, dining table, mirrors, blinds, etc. We’re all set, I think.

I’m really excited about this whole thing, if I were being honest with you. The new place we’re going to live in is in the city, it’s surrounded by buildings and night life and pretty lights and busy people trying to get to work everyday. And if you knew me, that’s exactly my dream. I’ve always wanted to be in New York City and Toronto is just like that, except less lively. Anyways, I’m super hyped because I got a bunch of new furniture I can use when I move in early July. I can’t wait to meet new people and go to a new school although the thought of leaving my current friends still saddens me. It always crosses my mind. My friend told me a couple of days ago that I won’t be able to graduate with them, or go to prom with them, and do all these high school things with them and even if they invite me to go, it won’t be the same because I’m not really a part of the school. Does that make sense? But yeah, you know, typically it makes me sad but I’m still excited.  It still hasn’t hit me that I’m leaving so right now I barely feel anything about the entire situation.

Because of this whole thing, I’m reminded that nothing in life stays forever. People come and go and things will never always be there and what we need to learn is to deal with it. It’s hard to say goodbyes but we need to learn how to say them anyways. It’s tough, yes, but pain is temporary, just like anything else. I mean, you can always keep in touch with people by texting or calling or video chats or through social media. There are endless amounts of ways you can communicate with your friends. From this situation I learn that things may end but there will always be another start. I’m so thankful.

Anyways, that’s all. Just wanted to update you guys about what’s been happening lately. I’ll try to post pictures of the apartment when I visit it again and I’m gonna try to keep you guys updated. Thanks for still being here. I appreciate it. 🙂

HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?

I have seen Good Will Hunting quite a couple times but it wasn’t until the last time that I saw it, which was during the first few days of January, that it really hit how much this movie means a lot to me. I haven’t stopped thinking about this movie ever since. It contains so much emotion and depth that it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry for a few days straight.

The movie is about Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, who has an IQ of a genius but works as a janitor at MIT. He solves a difficult mathematical problem and is later consulted to a therapist played by Robin Williams. Will is just a regular guy, nothing big happens in his life and he usually just goes out to the bar to drink beer with Chuckie, portrayed by Ben Affleck, and his other friends. He meets a girl, Skylar, who is played by Minnie Driver, but he still needs to re-evaluate his relationships with himself and the people he surrounds himself with the help of Robin’s character in order to find his direction in life.

This movie has changed my life, as cheesy and corny as that may sound, and has opened my eyes to things that I thought didn’t matter much before. If you still haven’t seen Good Will Hunting, I highly suggest that you do. By the way, the screenplay is written by both Damon and Affleck which they won Oscars for!

But this is what this post is about.

W h a t   c a n   w e   l e a r n   f r o m   G o o d   W i l l   H u n t i n g ?

1. Use your talent.
Will is incredibly smart yet he refuses to move out of South Boston to use his knowledge. Often times, our hidden talents stay hidden, and I feel like this is the case for me. Quite a lot of people say that I’m very good at writing and should probably think about starting a book, which I still haven’t done because I don’t feel like I’m good enough to write something that people would want to keep reading. Because of this, I resorted to starting a blog. I have no problem with this blog since I’ve always wanted to do it anyway, but in a way it was also a sort of “shield” for the whole book-writing thing. There are people out there who are incredibly good at something but they choose to not let anyone know about this talent because of fear, this then makes them settle for what they have now instead of using their ability to make something greater of themselves.

2. Education doesn’t always come from a classroom.
I hate how true this is because it makes me want to just go out there and learn everything I possibly can. There are just certain things in life, or really about life, that you don’t learn in a classroom. There are situations in life that you would have to deal with first hand and later on learn from it. That’s what Will is like. Even though he’s clearly a genius, he learns from the things he comes across to.

See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in fifty years, you’re gonna start doing some thinking on your own, and you’re gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that. And two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a f***ing education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.

– Will

3. We’re all just trying to find out what our purpose is in life. Some may take longer than others.
Will didn’t have direction in his life before he met Sean (Williams). He didn’t know what he wanted to do with himself or where he was headed. He didn’t know and had no idea what to do. I can relate to Will during that time because I mentioned before that I still have no idea what I want to do with my life and frankly same goes for my purpose. I don’t really know whether or not I’ve already served my purpose here on earth or if I still have yet to do it. But I know one thing’s for sure, it’s okay if we take time. There’s no rush.

4. Sometimes all we need is a little push.
I think my favourite part of the entire movie is when Chuckie tells Will how it is.

‘Cause tomorrow I’m gonna wake up and I’ll be 50. And I’ll still be doing this sh*t. And that’s all right, that’s fine. I mean, you’re sittin’ on a winning lottery ticket and you’re too much of a p*ssy to cash it in. And that’s bullsh*t. `Cause I’d do anything to f***ing have what you got. So would any of these f***ing guys. It’d be an insult to us if you’re still here in 20 years. Hanging around here is a f***ing waste of your time. […] Oh, I don’t know that? Let me tell you what I do know. Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out we have a few drinks and a few laughs, and it’s great. You know what the best part of my day is? It’s for about 10 seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to your door. Because I think maybe I’ll get up there and I’ll knock on the door and you won’t be there. No goodbye, no see you later, no nothin’. You just left. I don’t know much, but I know that.

– Chuckie

Personally, this is what I think really pushed Will to finally leave Boston and do something greater with his life. I feel like Will needed someone that really cares about him and have that person tell him to go after it and do something far greater for himself. And I feel that having those words come out of Chuckie, a guy who barely gives a damn about anything at all, really woke up Will to his senses. I think some of us just really need that little push to make us go for it. And if you’re that person right now waiting for someone to wake you up to your senses, I’m here to tell you to go for it. Go. Go after whatever it is you’ve been meaning to go after.

5. It’s okay to let people in, sometimes it’s exactly what we need to do.
Will didn’t want to go through therapy at first because he felt like he didn’t have any problems. But later on, he opens up to Sean about his life and how things have been for him. There’s a scene where Sean repetitively tells Will “it’s not your fault” until Will cries and they hug it out. This was when I learned that Will has had so much bottled up inside of him that he was just ready to burst any moment. On the outside, he seemed like this really confident, cocky guy who doesn’t care much but inside he’s broken and has a lot going on.

Often times, the reason why we don’t open up to other people is because we fear that they’ll judge us for feeling the way we do. But quite frankly, there are times that we need to open up to someone and tell them what’s going on with us instead of bottling up all these emotions inside of you. Just remember:

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6. Things will be okay.
Sean told Will that bad times wake us up to the good stuff we weren’t paying attention to. I can’t even begin to tell you how true that has been for me. My religion teacher gave my class and advice this week: just wait. He said that things will be okay and all we have to do is just wait. It may not seem like it now but you will be fine, and you will be happy again and you will look back into this obstacle you’re facing and smile at the fact that you overcame.

7. Real loss only occurs when you’ve loved somebody more than you love yourself.
Need I say more?


Guys, please go watch this movie if you still haven’t. It’s beyond beautiful and I cannot emphasize that enough.