Soundtrack For Our Movie #11
I wanna break every clock,
The hands of time could never move again.
We could stay in this moment,
For the rest of our lives.
- Inevitable, Anberlin
Saw this vintage clock at our storage room. Amazing how it’s still there.
Saw this outside this afternoon. Hmm, I think the gang of Care Bears decided to go to the malls and chill. Double whammy.
Shannon Leto’s used drumstick. Still unsure what to do with it. Think I’ll frame it. Maybe someday I’ll be able to work with 30 Seconds To Mars (album cover, print, web, shirt, decals, etc.). And have him personally autograph it. That would be epic awesomeness. Would fulfill one of my dreams, to design for musicians. We’ll get there.
Graphika Manila 2011
Been present for three straight years already. Each year I was able to influence new sets of friends to come and join. Really worth coming to each year. Although cannot escape some occasions were there are boring and robotized speakers. Each year, the event just gets bigger.
Still nothing tops Stefan Sagmeister from GM09. Phunk Studio to me was the best last year. This year, should be a local hero illustrator/designer Dan Matutina. Mission accomplished when I was able to take picture with and shook the hand of the great CSJ89 Christian San Jose (fanboy mode). He said he’ll be one of the speakers next year, so can’t wait for that. Would definitely come!
For those who are curious what it is about, just go here: www.graphikamanila.com
30 Seconds To Mars: Hurricane Mars Invasion Hits Manila
Early November last year, I was checking 30STM’s schedule and when I saw their route going to the pacific I already knew they will come here in the Philippines for the first time. The moment they announced and confirmed the show about four months ago, I had to get the closest tickets possible and I did.
July is rainy season in the country. We wished for no rain, but it rained anyway. But it never dampened our hopes for a great show. We lined up for 3 hours and stood a total of 7 hours to the end. Everyone sent their prayers that the rain would go away for a while. But it didn’t. Soaking wet and wearing raincoats, everyone braved the weather and waited for the start of the show. Nothing will stop this invasion.
Kudos to Kjwan, local band, for opening the show. Them going out and playing first, gave hope for a great show. Kudos to Marc Abaya for joining us under the rain.
The moment came, Shannon Leto came out with a rhythmic drum beat along with Tomo Miličević on the rift. Jared Leto entered with his majestic vocals as they started the show with Escape that let everyone wailing for “This is war!” followed by the explosive entry of A Beautiful Lie.
As always, it’s been Search and Destroy as the most craziest song to jump and scream to. I always watch their live performances on Youtube and never thought I would be part of it even for just one night. Now, it’s real!
Another great moment was when they played This Is War that delivered with big red balloons flying out of the stage onto the crowd.
Jared made us all smile when he said “Philippines, IKAW NA.” The most memorable moment for me is when Jared sang acoustic versions of Hurricane, perfect for the rain, and my favorite 30STM song Alibi. That made the night complete.
Some lucky fans were also called up to the stage by Jared himself followed by an emotional rendition of The Kill. Nearing the end of the show, Jared asked for a mosh pit and we delivered. We turned a song into a prayer. Yes, I’m talking about Closer To The Edge. Jumping and bumping into each other is liberating. Freedom. Brothers and sisters. A confetti of written messages filled the air with inspiring 30STM phrases and lyrics which includes the band’s motto: “Provehito In Altum” (Launch Forth Into The Deep). Aside from great music, they also deliver a message of love, peace and freedom.
They also played Attack, 100 Suns, Vox Populi, L490, and Night of The Hunter.
In their own signature way, they call up fans onto the stage for the closing song Kings and Queens. Envious of the lucky ones who were called up. But it’s ok. We enjoyed the night!
At the end, I was lucky enough to grabbed Shannon’s drum stick as he threw pairs of them onto the crowd. Epic awesomeness! More than happy.
The night before, Incubus wowed us with their performance at the biggest stage in the country. It ended up to be the hors d’oeuvre for the Mars Invasion. The venue might be a bit smaller, but it’s more alive. More epicness. More heartfelt. Definitely won’t be erased from our memories.
I thought nothing will supersede my Yellowcard experience. But these guys did. 30 Seconds To Mars delivered one heckuva show that had everyone in the world wishing they were there that night.
Can’t wait for them to come back again. There are rumors that they are near to calling it quits. Hopefully it’s not true. As their music touches more than what other bands do. Tired of hearing songs about broken hearts and uncharted dreams. 30 Seconds to Mars brings hope. This is war: for love, peace, and freedom. Jump and touch the sky!
30 Seconds To Mars Live in Manila - Alibi (Acoustic)
Jared Leto singing acoustic version of my favorite 30STM song, Alibi. Through the rain, our hearts shined!
Incubus - I Miss You (Encore) Manila
Unexpectedly, they played this song to start the encore which they rarely play. An exquisite surprise to all of us. Thank you Incubus.
Tale Of The Tape
Tried the body metrics earlier to check where I’m at. My height when slouching is 5’8” 1/2. At best posture, 5’10”. With shoes on at best posture, 5’11”. Really? From last year’s 228 pounds, I’m now at 181 pounds. From XXL to L even M if I dare. Thank you treadmill, Taken By Cars, and my buddies oatmeal and cereals.
Now I need some ice cream, chocolate cake and a ton of extra rice.
Open Faced Roasted Angus Beef
Treated myself to dinner at Almon Marina, a sandwich bar and deli. Succulent angus beef. The crispy steamed vegetables. The mashed potato, it melts in your tongue. The gravy, better than the others I tasted. Yum!
This is now my new favorite place to dine. The menu looks like some of the best dishes I’ve seen on Master Chef Australia. Definitely worth the price.
Back to using Penny, my almost vintage pen tablet (5 years old). Because of my carelessness, I dropped Mickey the mouse a handful of times already. He’s not dead, just went haywire. I love my trackpad as well but I feel like my fingers are getting thinner with all the rubbing. ;)
I love Penny. Still works great. I prefer it more than a mouse. The color even matches with Macy and WD. I’m still waiting for that day when I can get my hand on an Intuos 4. Well if it works, it works. TGE. That’s good enough.
I’m so dorky for giving names to my stuff. #SMH
I felt like a kid opening a gift on Christmas the moment I saw it at my mailbox.