3.07.2016

Always Check Your Mails

Have you ever found yourself wading through a more than thousand and two of mails, electronically that is, that takes you back to time?

Have you ever thought that you didn't get any news back then only to find out that you just didn't look properly?

That you just learned that you received them back before, after n years of first receiving them?

I have. And it is not easy to check on them one-by-one.

If not for a newly-registered account from a cheap airline I wouldn't know this.

If ever I missed something years ago, would it be easy to bring it back?

No, especially with the time that had passed before me.

It will not, and never will be.

So what's the catch of checking out these mails, if I won't bring them back anymore?

The time may have passed but the memories will linger.

The should be's.

The could have's.

The would have's.

The probably's.

The now's.

But because you didn't properly read your mails your life is different.

Just a friendly reminder: Always check you mails, as frequently as possible.

You might miss out on something if you don't.

2.03.2016

My Pre-Birthday Confusion

Have you ever been so confused that no matter how you make your decisions you are not simply satisfied with and by it?

I have, and it's not funny.

You see, in 4 days I'll be saying goodbye to my 25th year to welcome my 26th. I am actually tortured with having the day by myself or sharing it with some people, aside from my family. I've been skipping and getting away from my family every time it's my birthday to be honest hehehe~

Going back.

Yesterday, I mean the other day, I have already decided to make plans to pack my bags and go to Tagaytay. I already googled the things that I should do in there, including the how-tos in relation to transportation there and set my mind that I will be bringing with me a jacket, cameras, and a bunch of other stuff that I will be needed once I made that solo trip.

And so I thought.

I stumbled upon this short but informative article yesterday about having a date on Valentine's Day for Php1,500.00 and less and it includes some areas in Rizal that are good for those who are into arts [or appreciates it, at least]. You may read the article here.

Being someone who was born under the National Arts Month, I think it was natural for me to be fascinated by such that I automatically made some plans inside my head as to how to do those activities.

Yep, you read it right; my brain automatically shifted from 'Finalizing Tagaytay Nature Trip' to 'Initializing Rizal Arts Trip'. Not to mention that in reality, I am bysofar nearer to Rizal than Tagaytay; if coming from Mandaluyong, I am just going eastward to Rizal that southward to Tagaytay.

Forgetting about where to spend my day for a bit, right now I am having an internal battle between sending a message to some of my close friends for a short meet-up on the eve of my birthday or not.

The man reason why I don't want to send the elusive message and ask them is because I want to stay solo on my day. However the other me is itching for companionship before and during my special day. I am so torn and confused that I do not know what to do.

In Korean words, Aigoo~ ottoke~

I am exhibiting signs of being an ambivert and it has just been recently that I learned I am one, not an introvert or an extrovert. I will discuss being an ambivert some other time.

I know that I should decide things on my own but a little help is not bad, right? So if I were you, how, where, and with who should I spend my day?

I hope I come up with a decision before the weekend arrives because I will be definitely be worried if I don't.

1.27.2016

My ONE OK ROCK Live in Manila - 35XXXV Asia Tour Experience

Last Tuesday, 01.19.16, the Mall of Asia Arena got owned by Japan's leading rock band, ONE OK ROCK. The band, which started way back in 2005, performed here in Manila for the first time as part of 35XXXV Asia Tour.

They were finished with Hong Kong and Taipei. This time, it was Manila's time to welcome Taka [vocals], Toru [guitars], Ryota [bass], and Tomoya [drums] as they perform their hits from their album 35XXXV Deluxe edition.

As early as 11.00 am, fans started to line up outside the concert venue. Mind you, we weren't able to go inside the arena until 7.00 in the evening and the show didn't started until 8.30!

I arrived at the MoA Arena grounds at 3.30 pm and saw that there are lines already. I checked first where can I get my pre-ordered ONE OK ROCK shirts and claimed it. Then when I saw that there was a beanie being sold as well, I lined up to buy only to find out that it was already sold-out.

Time check: 4.08 pm

People started to sit down while waiting for gates to open

People on-line again before entering the concert venue
While waiting for the concert, albeit all the hustle and bustle of lining up and everything in between, I was able to see and meet some of my friends from all walks of life. I was able to see a HS batchmate/classmate who I haven't seen for 8 yrs, some Rusher/Monster friends who are also otakus like me, some cosplay friends [cosplayers and photographers alike]. I also missed some however knowing that they were there as well to support ONE OK ROCK is a great feeling already.

Here are some unposted photos that I took right before the concert started:

Blurred Lights
Guess who's excited? :D
Flares pa!
Signature pose lol :P
 After an hour of getting in to the arena, the show started with lots of lightshow and headbanging moves from ONE OK ROCK.

If you are lost with the setlist just as I was during the concert itself, here are the songs that they played before the Filipino audience, as per AnimePH [intro and inserts were added]:

1. 35XXXV [Introduction]
2. Take Me To The Top
3. Memories
4. Deeper Deeper -from JinseixBoku
5. Stuck in the Middle
6. Clock Strikes -from JinseixBoku
7. Last Dance
7.1. Toru, Tomo, and Ryo's solo instrumentals
8. Cry Out
9. Heartache
10. Decision
11. Suddenly
12. The Beginning -from JinseixBoku
13. Mighty Long Fall

Encore:
14. Wherever You Are -from Niche Syndrome
15. No Scared -from Zankyo Reference
16. Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer -from Niche Syndrome

Most of the songs were from their album 35XXXV Deluxe Edition unless otherwise stated.

It is to be noted that the Manila set was just as same as the Taipei set. Also, I was informed that during their HK leg, the band didn't play any encore song. I have to further check on this.

I had a great time watching them perform and listening to them live. Their prowess didn't change; it's as if you're listening to their albums. The only thing that was saddening about this event was that there are some who didn't follow Amuse Inc.'s instructions of no recording of any sort and no light paraphernalia to be used. Here's the complete instruction for Manila and Bangkok leg of the Asian Tour:

ONE OK ROCK2016 "35xxxv" ASIA TOUR(Manila, Bangkok, Singapore)2 Major Important General Concert Rules:(Reminder for...

After the concert, there were some who dare post their videos online. Such act! Don't they have any shame? I really got irate about that, hence my posts on the ONE OK ROCK Event Page. I seriously don't get why people didn't follow simple rules and at the same time post their wrongdoings online.

Going back to my experience, it was hell great! I admit I do not recall lyrics of some of the songs that they played that night, I was glad that I was part of their iconic performance here in Manila. I captured some photos that immortalized how awesome that night, the crowd, and the band was.

A photo posted by Ma. Angelie Maglana (@angelienajolly) on

A photo posted by Ma. Angelie Maglana (@angelienajolly) on

A photo posted by Ma. Angelie Maglana (@angelienajolly) on

A photo posted by Ma. Angelie Maglana (@angelienajolly) on

I only captured some nice pics as everyone was going wild and crazy with the band. We were all jumping and shouting and screaming out loud!

Mind you, when they started playing the intro for Heartache, most of us brought out our phones to form a sea of lights, as shown below:


You can check out Toru's IG post as well. He captured the most beautiful photo of Manila's Sea of Lights during HEartache:

A photo posted by TORU ONE OK ROCK (@toru_10969) on

For more awesome photos during Manila leg of 35XXXV Asia Tour, I suggest you head to the concert's official Photographer Julenphoto's FB Page.

I will definitely watch them again once they come back here in Manila. If ever I get the chance to watch them as well in other places [just like if I happen to be in Tokyo], I'd definitely buy their concert ticket and merchandise!

Would I recommend this band to my friend? a big yes! Should I push them to buy tickets to watch ONE OK ROCK? I will definitely! If they are into a band that's full of energy and at the same time has a soul on their performance, ONE OK ROCK is definitely a band to look for!

Will leave you with Taka's IG Post of how incredible the Manila crowd was while I listen to the concert set list all over again #postconcertdepression.

A video posted by Taka (@10969taka) on

You may check out the following SNS for updates on ONE OK ROCK:
Official Website: ONE OK ROCK
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ONEOKROCK/
Twitter: @ONEOKROCK_Japan
Youtube: ONEOKROCKchannel
Instagram: @oneokrockofficial
iTunes: ONE OK ROCK

Please do come back to the Philippines, ONE OK ROCK!

1.14.2016

My First #GrabBike Experience

I went out today to claim my ONE OK ROCK VIP Standing tickets from PULP Live World Office in E. Rodriguez, Quezon City and I was thinking of a faster way to get there. I even calculated the time and money it will take for me to reach the office if I take the public transpos such as jeep, taxi, and the likes.

Then I remember GrabBike.

I am a frequent passenger/user of GrabTaxi and sometimes GrabCar [when GrabTaxi fails] and I can assure to everyone that their services are great so I don't doubt GrabBike.

Yesterday I booked one for the first time but it was not for me; it was for my cousin who had a 10.30-am flight to Legazpi City, Albay. We weren't able to book any taxis then I saw GrabBike. After 5 minutes of waiting, someone came in, with full gear on. Forty minutes after my cousin took the ride, she said she finally arrived in the airport. So I know that GrabBike is as efficient as its sister-services.

Then came in today's mission. I didn't hesitate at all to book one to E. Rodriguez in front of St. Luke Medical Center. So I put in the info and someone took the bait haha!

So much for my first time...
My first ever GrabBike ride was with Kuya Marlon who picked me up from the gate of Treetop Villas. He told me he came from Makati and asked me if I waited for too long. I told him I wasn't. Then during the ride, he asked me some other questions to keep the conversation going like 'It seems like I am working too far from my place' and so on. We had a good talk however I was also pre-occupied with my Periscope broadcast [and he with the driving] that the conversation got cut-off in the midst of the ride.

If you want to view my first ride, you can visit my Periscope page and or my Facebook page.

Direct links can be found here and here.

Hooray for my savior!
So after I finished my business with PULP Live World [I was able to go to the nearest Family Mart, go back to the office, and get some EXO posters as well], I decided to go somewhere to deliver the posters. I was booking another GrabBike ride however no one was responding that's why I decided to go straight home. That was when someone responded to my booking.

Kuya Jojo came in 10 mins after I have booked him. Seeing that he came from Quezon Ave. area through my phone, I didn't reprimand him for being late or asked him reasons for that. When he arrived, he asked for forgiveness that he was behind minutes. I told him that it was ok. Before I had the ride home, he asked me where my place is located, if it was in Tivoli Garden [a big condominium near my place] and told him it was a different one but near that. Then I took the ride. During the ride, I also had a little convo with Kuya Jojo; I asked him if he's a full-time employee of GrabBike, the incentives that they got, and how was the business. I was a curious, little passenger that everytime I ride a new service from Grab I ask them some questions, towhich the drivers answer with all honesty.

I helped him navigate our way to my place. I told him some shortcuts and some roads that we can take to avoid the traffic jams that was beginning to bundle up in San Juan area. In less than an hour, I was back home! Another satisfied customer of GrabBike here.

Did I mention that before they take their Grabbers [I baptize the Grab app users such hehe] for the bike service, they offer you a face mask and a shower [hair] cap for hygiene purposes. However, since I am wearing my own face mask [I am currently sick and am required to wear one to avoid inhaling too much pollution because my weak lungs can't take it], I politely declined the masks and the cap as well [so that they can give them to the next grabber].

Overall, I am impressed with the service. Some might be afraid as to the driving prowess of the motorcyclists in the metro, with how they go and pass through each vehicle that they come across. I assure you, the GrabBikers may know how to do their job efficiently however it is with care. They will not speed up if it's not really needed; they will stop at red lights; they will follow traffic regulations. To make it short, they will drive for you with utmost care!

Will I recommend GrabBike to others? Definitely! Will I ride one again soon? Who knows? But as far as I know, if I need to ride one, I will definitely book a ride to any of the Grab services because I am one proud Grabber here!

Here are some pics that I took during my ride home. Enjoy!
no, i am not irritated by the ride. blame the sun! :D  


nice jacket, isn't it?
just me and my ride in the street of metro
no, i am not spotting the guys walking over there, oke?

P.S. This is not a paid advertisement. This is just my thoughts on the service provided to me. For any concern, comment, suggestion, and violent reaction on the Grab service, please contact their respective Customer Support Hotline.