Central Park last Tuesday with my favorites. Played volleyball for the first time again for almost two years (me thinks). It was pretty intense that my arms got bruised after. It was so much fun though, even by just watching Alexis hit the ball. (Love you girl!) Anyway, these are just some of the many pictures we had in my phone. #groupienation, lol. Def doing this again on Summer! :)
Marching through March
Draft from March 29, 2012:
I’m out of focus, too much negativity cluttering my mind and suddenly the world seems to be pulling me down. No, I’m pulling myself down. I’m back to square one trying to figure out how I get all happy and smiling again. I think I’m losing myself in the process. Ahh, the more I stay in this place, the more lose I become.
Draft from March 14, 2012:
Hello. It’s been a while. I meant to blog, I really do, but as always, life gets in the way. I’ve got a list of things I told myself I’d write about since last year but I’ve only written one post. So forgive me for being MIA in the past months. Truth be told, I’m working two jobs and I’d normally hit the bed dead tired every single day. I know I’m not obligated to write every single boring detail of my life here. I just feel like I’m neglecting this blog and not making the most out of it, especially if I know I can write something. I guess I should also ease the pressure on myself to write the way other people do and just write.
As I mentioned, I started working last month in consequence of not enrolling for the Spring semester. It was my decision and not my parents nor my siblings. To cut the long story short, I got into a point where I questioned my path. I’ve always been appreciative of art but sometimes it just hits me if I really want to fulfill it. I’m not even sure if I chose Art because I’m into it or someone just inspired me or maybe some people thought I could do it so I believed in it. I don’t know, that’s why I took a step back to figure things out. It occurred to me as if I’m back from last year, moving from a heartbreak. It definitely was messy and could really suck sometimes, but I’d like to believe that was going to be worth it. It may have took longer but it was just exactly the amount of time it needed to move through.
I met a lot of new people and I’m really grateful for each of them, for all of their patience and help since day one of work. To be honest, I never thought of working at the mall. I didn’t even see myself working because I know my parents could provide everything for me. But you know what, everything happens for a reason. God gave me this breakthrough to change that thinking. More than that, I know He wanted me to become a blessing to my family. Most of my earnings were sent back home. I never complained because I know I was taking off some financial burden to my parents. I felt a sense of maturity when I really started working and earning on my own.
Today, March of 2013:
There’s something about March that makes it a turning point in my blog every year. March 2011, I started deleting posts that reminded me of my past. I was hoping it would help me start over and somehow it did. March 2012, I realized I haven’t been updating my blog for almost three or four months. I became distant with social media sites thinking that people might judge me for not being in school and for being that messy and indecisive in life. That maybe along with being honest of what really happened to me, some would think that it was still because I got depressed from my heart break. Or that maybe not posting anything that’s happening in me would make me feel more at peace. I was so afraid that I thought keeping my silence was the only way I will go through this fear. It turned out that I am the one who suffered and missed out on more important things. I guess this is what it meant to learn something the hard way.
This is me and I know I will find myself in more different traps in this life but hey, it won’t make me less of a human right? I may have gone to the opposite extreme and feel as if life would be so easy and undyingly not complicated if I give up all the things that made me happy at some point, but I know what it will be the key to something more amazing. I really just have to finish letting everything out and have more patience.
So for now, let’s try this again with no pressure but hopefully more coherent entries to follow. I can’t wait to get hold of my camera again and share some of the great things that are bound to happen this year. As I wait, let me finish posting overdue drafts and updating my tumblr layout.
The Script at Radio City Music Hall
Draft from October last year. My sister and I went to see one of our favorite bands and was hands down one of the best concerts we’ve been to! I enjoyed myself so much that the whole concert just flew by. I love how they interacted with the crowd - they told stories about themselves and Danny even came around the crowd! He was just everywhere! (And yes, I think he was really cool) It wasn’t bad as people had made it out to be based from their Youtube videos.
Everyone was just singing their heart out. The night was very upbeat and you would really feel how special it was for them playing in Radio City. One of my favorite moment during their concert was when Danny asked an audience for his phone to “drunk dial” a random person and sang Nothing to them. The set list had a well balanced mix of their old and new songs. They ended the show with three encores, including Breakeven, For The First Time and from their new album, If You Could See Me Now. I definitely recommend seeing them live to anyone who has been touched by their talent, moved by their songs and to anyone who enjoys great show. Thanks to my Mom and Dad for getting us orchestra tickets!
Set list: Good Ol’ Days / We Cry / Hall of Fame / Science & Faith / The Man Who Can’t Be Moved / Before The Worst / If You Ever Come Back / Talk You Down / Give The Love Around / Nothing / I’m Yours / Six Degrees of Separation / You Won’t Feel A Thing / Breakeven / If You Could See Me Now / For The First Time
September Concerts: Bon Iver and TDCC
Both concerts were amazing and worth seeing live. Guaranteed a good time, leaving both shows with a smile and good memory. Couldn’t imagine seeing these bands with anyone but with my sister. Definitely checked off the bucket list and surely not going to be the last time! Pictures below were all with my iPhone.
09/21: The Bowery Presents: Bon Iver at Radio City Music Hall.
Bon Iver was incredibly surreal. I listened to Bon Iver mostly late at night and early morning, on those long drive or train ride where I watched the rain streak down the windows. Just from their album “For Emma, Forever Ago”, Justin Vernon and his band had created a brilliant work of art that was really heartfelt and haunting even now to their latest one. When I saw them perform Skinny Love in Coachella, it easily became one of my favorite performances and promised one day to see them live. I did not expect it be to be this soon, but I thought it was perfect timing as these four shows in Radio City closed out the North American leg of their worldwide tour.
So, the band came after 9 as promised since they were streaming the performance online. They opened with the thundering Perth and I knew already that this was going to be one of a kind. I think Radio City was just the perfect venue with its impressive light show that really enhanced the music and setting the mood. Not to mention, I was completely bowled over the interior design of the hall itself as well as the women’s bathroom/lounge. Each performance was multi-dimensional, emotional and had my sister and I on the edge of our seat, wishing we weren’t really forced to sit down in. I was especially moved by his performance of Woods from Blood Bank, while the lights were out. There were just a lot of emotion even though auto tune was involved. Seeing Justin perform it by looping his voice and layering them in harmony was sure hands down. In the encore, everyone was standing ovation as they played Skinny Love and my favorite moment, when Justin had everyone sing The Wolves along with him. The show ended at 11, leaving me wanting more but as far as what had transpired, I loved it all. Unforgettable night. I left there happy to have spent to see them live. Radio City is most definitely my new favorite venue, and I’m mostly excited to come back next week for The Script with my camera in hand.
Set list: Perth / Minnesota,WI / Creature Fear / Hinnom,TX / Wash / Holocene / Blood / Woods/ Towers / Michicant / Calgary / Beth/Rest / Skinny Love / The Wolves (Act I and II)
09/28: The Bowery Presents: Two Door Cinema Club at Rumsey Playfield.
Two Door Cinema Club did not disappoint even though they started 3 hours after the door had opened. The minute the band reached the stage, everyone went wild with full fledged screaming and singing. The amazing energy was just really lifting. They basically played their entire first album and most of the new one. They pretty much did everything I wanted to hear them play except for Kids and Settle. I just wished they didn’t had two opening bands as it created more tension and restlessness among the crowd.
For their finale, they released these balloons into the crowd as we held our hands up and it was just beautiful. The band gave a winning performance and made me come into a conclusion that they’re an anthem made for large crowds full of beer and joy, made to string together a night of remembrance. Honestly, nothing is better than just singing the lyrics to your favorite band with random strangers.
Set list: Sleep Alone / Undercover Martyn / Do You Want It All / This is the Life / Wake Up / You’re Not Stubborn / Sun / Spring / I Can Talk / Costume Party / Next Year / Something Good Can Work / Handshake / Eat That Up, It’s Good For You / Someday / Come Back Home / What You Know
Post concert depression is absolutely consuming me.