Seeing Stars

Take the weakest thing in you, and then beat the bastards with it.

And always hold on when you get love, so you can let go when you give it.

You know you went to a good show when you can’t stop listening to them days (okay, it’s been more than a week!) after.


They played almost all my favorites (no Wasted Daylight thought) and even if I was standing for more than 4 hours it was so worth it. My lucky charm Meryll grabbed me the setlist from the stage and snuck both of us into the meet and greet to get it signed ❤



At this point, I have enough validation that this year will be awesome despite questionable horoscopes and missing Weezer.

I should probably stop counting the awesomeness and just do more of it, yeah?


To my 2004 self

Dear 2004 self,

8 years from now, you will be able to watch a couple of your favorite bands live in Manila. Yes, your emo heart will not explode because eight years is enough time to get over post-teenage angst.

You will be singing along to Transatlanticism live in the flesh (#bestillyouremoheart–that’s a HASHTAG, by the way haha), but also to a whole lot of new songs you will also love, like What Sarah Said (cry, cry, cry) and You Are a Tourist.




And yes, you’re gonna get that setlist!


Hopscotch will be long gone by this time, but you’ll see The Used with the same fun and dumb friends, and of course, Wacky! (Why I’m saying “of course” is another surprise! Haha!)



Yup, they’ll play Blue and Yellow, but they won’t play Buried Myself Alive. And Bert won’t be able to reach the high notes anymore, but that’s okay because you’ll see the funniest wall of death and mosh pit ever!

Oh, Chris Carrabba’s also there at the same concert (gasp number two!). His is an acoustic set, but don’t worry–you’ve already seen him two years ago with the rest of the band.


And then, there’s Taking Back Sunday. YES! I’m not shitting you.



John Nolan’s back with them! And he’ll be singing the only Straylight Run song you know. Yep.

It’s just April, but your 2012 will be awesome. I promise.


A few months before the concert, I decided I wouldn’t be able to go because the tickets were ridiculously expensive (the VIP tickets cost just as much as flying to another Asian country on a promo fare and buying front row tickets to her show there!). A few weeks before the concert, we decided that we didn’t really need front row tickets so we would settle for the GenAd seats–so I talked to several friends and they all agreed to go. A few DAYS before the concert they all started backing out. On the day itself, I was torn between pre-booking Harry Potter IMAX tickets or sucking it up and going to Araneta by myself. Then at 5PM, M sends me a message and tells me she won a pair of Upper Box B tickets! Someone’s lucky, lucky, lucky!


Our seats were a notch below GenAd, but it made a difference!



What can I say! It was one of the BEST shows I’ve been to. And it was twice the fun since I was with M–she’s game for anything, even for “beating the beat” JS style while dancing to Can’t Get You Out of My Head!






I took these photos with a Lumix LX5–even I was amazed with the results! I’m in love with this camera! 🙂

So happy she sang one of my favorite songs too!