Thursday, May 30, 2013

Arch Enemy, Live in Manila 2009

Alright this is completely a different topic. I have been attending concerts back in Manila. I think I've been missing the gigs and that might be the trigger of this blog entry especially the locals bands in the underground metal scene.

This entry however is no underground, Arch Enemy is my favorite Swedish metal band. I am into female fronted metal bands. And AE has a total kickass vocalist, Angela Gossow with the rest of the original line up, she got hired to replace Johan Liiva. The Amott brothers are doing a pretty good job keeping the band busy. I didn't let this chance pass by. This is my melodic death metal band. For years it was just a wishful thinking that they will visit the Philippines. For all I know, only Japan could afford them to perform in their country. Thanks Pulp for bringing them over. Pulp is the only one who can pull this up anyway, I didn't hear any tough competition in the market.

We couldn't wait til the concert start. I was with my then boyfriend,  now husband and a couple of friends. 

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we were the first ones to enter

We paid for a VIP on this ticket, they're my fave so I want a meet and greet. The concert went well, with an amazing front acts Bloodshedd, Intolerant and Mortal Fear. 

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As I have said in my dA blog: The thought of the band was here in the country for a concert is still trying to sink in my mind. I still can't believe that Arch Enemy would make it to the other side of the world and give it a try for a third world country such as the Philippines.

It was indeed true that they were outrageous in performance. Everything from set up, guitar and drums solos were crystal clear. Amott brothers are highly talented musicians. So much skills and melody. Angela is such a goddess, definitely gorgeous in person. Her voice.. an ultimate touch of aggression and heaviness. The band's were just awesome and met my expectations. 


The band's presence packed a crowd to a frenzy. I will never forget the feeling of watching my favorite band right in front of me performing. We were also lucky enough to get in the venue early so we managed to get a place right next to the fence. Amott brothers gave stunning guitar works, Sharlee seems always on a cool riff with his bass and Angela with her unbelievable metal growl and the drum beats raised in metal defiance. It was a perfect scene. 
Song Line up:

We Will Rise
Dead Eyes See No Future
Taking Back My Soul
My Apocalypse


There were some messed ups happened in the meet and greet cuz it really didn't happen. Communication lapsed. I saw the rest of the band, but it wasn't really a meet and greet and that's it. I don't want to elaborate the ugly part.

Some of my photos are up in the Misc Manila folder in Angela Gossow's site. Isn't that lovely? I got pretty excited when one of her staff sent me an e-mail asking for my photos. The first 9 photos are mine. Please click on the hyperlink to see. ッ

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A baby wonder, Uno.

A baby is always a ultimate wonder of a home for everyone. Even if I'm not yet a mother I can already feel a relief of a baby's smile that could take away every dash of grief. A marvel that could make your time pass without realizing it just by staring.

It's one of those boring rest days I'm having for the last 3 weeks. Uno with her Mom came here in Singapore to be with his Dad this month, on the 18th. I woke up late today, almost 10 o'clock. Ate my breakfast and saw a baby in the morning. How could you possibly resist?

Bath time baby!  (̃⊙.o)

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Duck Tales Present!

 Play time! \ (•◡•) /

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Bed time! (─‿‿─)

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Your gadget protection.

I can be a gadget freak sometimes. Or I always am? (̃⊙.o)

When it comes to my gadgets I always see to it that they always have protection.
I have a very strong adoration of gadget skins. If I could get a skin for my camera, I would. If you're interested you might want to check it out Decalgirl. Again I am not in any way affiliated to the company.

I have checked out the engine results from Google and this company seems to offer a wide variety of designs on different gadget platforms of different brands. Adding up its lower cost compared to others. I have ordered twice here and last time on a Labor Day for 50% and its affordable including shipping. $5 USD for 2 iphone skins.

Not only these skins rocks your gadgets but also gives you protection from dents and scratches, plus a lighter protection to your gadget compared to hard casings.

If you're an artist of your own you can create your own designs from the site.

Here's my favorite artists; I love colors and doodles! I'm a frustrated doodler. Lol.
My first love is JThree-Concepts. Second is Cambrea Third comes, Colin Johnson
I got my sis a Jasmine Becket-Griffith. I'm getting another one from Cambrea on my next order!

My First!

JThree Concepts
Current skin by Colin Johnson

Samsung SIII by Cambrea
Soon baby, soon!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

La Union, Philippines

(• ◡•) La Union, Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines (• ◡•)

One crazy hot summer day. We're driving up North from Manila.
I guess it was Josh' idea why were heading out.
He's all tanned up and been living in the place because of surfing.

I, Larra, Josh, RB, Ryan, Tine and Sheila has packed up and should've been ready to go by 4AM but! We made it to the road by 6AM. Lol.
Roadtrip with friends has always been fun. It took us about 3.5 hrs to reach the town of San Juan.

We stayed at a local inn where Josh knows the owner. Overnight stay.

Food is good and cheap along with beer. There is a local sari-sari store who also serves silog foods from bangus, longannisa and tapa.

Pasensya na, may lumamon na.
I think surfing lesson is one of the main source of income among locals aging 25-35.
It was 200php for an hour including a long board.
I had fun the whole hour even though I cant get myself to stand on the board for 10 seconds! My coach, Arianne was giving me all the verbal drive to push me to strive harder for a stand.

He's the only one who can perfect the stunt!

I wanted to do it again the next day.
As soon as I laid my eyes on the shining arrays of sun coming in the windows, I felt paralized. Damn I cant move my body especially both of my arms. My body is in great pain when I move it.

One thing the coaches forget when they start, they should've let the first timers do some stretching first. It was fun anyway, its all about the experience. 

Of course, we never forget to enjoy the sunset.
Might be a local surfer.

Sailormoons enjoying the sunset

Beach scenario; Sometimes even without the facilities its good to know you had fun and not having to much crowd around you. I hear and read a lot of people encounter bad experiences in some places which is now always packed with all types of person especially of mongers. ๏̯̃๏