Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Teenage Dream

Confession: I loved, loved, looooved The Moffatts! 

True I was head over heels for the Backstreet Boys when I was growing up but The Moffatts came very close. I collected magazines and put up posters on my room's wall of The Moffatts. I was crazy for Dave Moffatt and Scott Moffatt since the first time I saw them in the "I'll Be There For You" music video.

Who would've thought 16 years later after they first came to the Philippines that I would get the chance to watch them in concert and for free? No Dave Moffatt but still The Moffatts! I grabbed the opportunity to write a review of their concert for a website I'm contributing to. The very idea of seeing them live in concert already made me giddy with excitement like a teenage girl again. But the cherry on top? I got invited to their press con too where I got to see the guys up close and personal!



    


   
I got to interview them along with other entertainment journalists. I think those guys have one of the best jobs in the world. I wouldn't mind interviewing artists and celebs. It took a lot of self control not to scream and hug Scott when I saw him. He's not rocking the long brown hair with blonde streaks that I've loved about him but he's still good looking and the voice didn't really chance much. 

In this presscon, I actually only got to utter one quip. "No more long hair huh?" And Scott was like "the hair? Yeah it's still there. I considered getting a wig maybe." But you know, I'm a newbie so I forgive myself. Plus like I said, I was kinda fangirling the whole time internally.

Anyhow, I took my cousin to the concert with me because he's also a big fan of The Moffatts. It's his first concert ever!



While waiting for the concert to start, I saw these signs on the chairs in front.



And they gave out autographed posters to the audience at the VIP. Another fangirl dream come true!




The Moffatts played their biggest hits during the concert. Here are some of my faves:

Love You More 


Girl of My Dreams



Love


And of course, Miss You Like Crazy




The guys also showcased their new songs as Scott Moffatt and Endless Summer. Scott's music is still very reminiscent of The Moffatts while Endless Summer's more country music. Just gonna share my a song I've loved from Endless Summer:



I was super happy after the concert, I kind of cried. Yan ang ultimate fangirl moment ko talaga! And note that I never felt that with BSB! And I think it's different because I know the Backstreet Boys are still around as a group. But The Moffatts? Well... it's a farewell tour you know?


I finally have a photo with The Moffatts!


Though the guys have said they're still open to touring again as a group, it's just different now knowing they each have their own projects. Now if only Dave Moffatt was also around, then that concert could have truly been the best night of my fangirl life!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

#WanderLiz: A Trip Back to Boracay

Confession: I am not a beach loving person. While Ryan and Mai, my two closest friends, dream of spending their summer visiting the beach - Boracay, Palawan, Batangas etc., I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything if I don't get to do so.

I've been to Boracay twice already and it happened to be on the same year, about five years ago. The first time was on vacation with Ryan and Mai and the second was for my company's team building activity. Still, when my friends said we should go on a vacation to Boracay this summer, I said yes. I knew it was going to be a different experience - after all, it was going to be the first time we were going to travel as a foursome - Mai, Ryan and Ver.  

Travels allow you to get to know people better. Mai is laidback and go-with-the-flow. My best friend, Ryan's the planner. He usually has an itinerary when traveling. Ver's also laidback and seems to be a go-with-the-flow kind of person. Also she likes to sleep in. While everyone else has gotten up for breakfast, she's still in bed. Ryan told me Ver's not really a breakfast person. 

Me? Well, I like travels that have an itinerary of things to do, things to see. I like travels that involve a whole lot of going around places - be it theme parks, museums, restaurants or what have you.

Also, I always find it challenging to pack light. If budget was of no concern to me at all, you betcha I'd have a check in luggage. I always have a big bag because I like having the space where I can possibly squeeze all that I might need for vacation in it! Actually, even when in the city, I like carrying a big bag. 

 

My travel bag for this vacation? A Cabin Zero I recently bought. I've only known about this travel bag this year but apparently, it's been around for awhile and it's quite a popular brand! Now I know why. Do you know that this has a tracker that you can register so you can trace your luggage in case it gets lost? I registered mine at Okoban.com.

This is also a perfect handcarry bag because it fits in the overhead cabin. I so love the color of this bag. It screams summer doesn't it? Plus it's so spacious! That actually got in handy when we were on our way back to Manila. Ryan brought his SLR camera to Boracay and it contributed to his hand carry being overweight by a few kilos. Only 7 kilos is allowed for hand carry! Well rather than pay Php1,500 for luggage check in, we put it in my bag instead. 

For the first time in a long while, we didn't have a set itinerary for our travel. But then again, I suppose it's understandable. It is Boracay - a beach. You're supposed to take in the scenery of the calming blue sea, relax and take in the people walking aroud aka check out the hot locals and foreigners at the beach. Ha! Ha!   



The beach was a mix of blue and green because of the algae. Still this was a beautiful sight to see in the morning and by the number of people who swam at the beach, it was clear nobody minded the algae. 

Taken around Station 1, near the grotto where there were fewer people around

In Boracay, we did a whole lot of walking... 




And eating...






It's hot in here!
Cocktails in the afternoon by the beach! Yasss! 


And while I'm honestly not someone you'd spot wearing a two piece at the beach and getting her photo taken wearing it, I thought I would make an exemption this time. After all, I've been working hard to lose weight. Sayang namang hindi i-display ang beach body kahit dito lang sa blog and IG!  







There were really just two activities for the whole Boracay stay. One was island hopping. We went to Carabao Island where Pucca beach is. 



Maybe another reason I'm not a fan of the beach is because I'm scared of the open waters. I guess blame it on movies of sinking ships and JAWS that I watched growing up. I was the only one who was scared of riding this boat - the one that was going to take us to Pucca beach. It's not the first time I've done island hopping but it's the first time I was asked to sit on the sides of the boat - not inside - where there is a net set up. I was like "is this safe?" ; "teka kuya! wala ba hawaka?" and "OMG. Ver! Wag ka gumalaw ng gumalaw! Baka masira ung net mahulog tayo."  I had no chill basically! Ha! Ha!

But we got to the island safe and sound where another amazing view of Boracay welcomed us. 





This is also the only place where we swam and took a whole lot of photos! 


Wearing my borrowed Katipunero hat! 







Photo with the Red Pirates crew who brought us island hopping and back 

We also partied the night away in Boracay at the Epic 2017 Music Festival. After all, when in Boracay, you party!



In search of a place to have lunch on Thursday, we visited Diniwid Beach where Spider House was located. The view was amazing that's for sure! A whole lot of foreigners hung out around the area too.



Some of the most interesting things that happened to us in Boracay:

We witnessed a fire dance show while having dinner at Red Coconut. 



We were given Beach Hut beach balls when we bought drinks at Beach Hut Bar and we ended up playing Dodge Ball by the beach.

I'm not very good at it. I was usually the first to get hit.




We took home those beach balls and the the Beach Hut plastic cup we drank in as souvenirs of our trip.

On our way back from Diniwid Beach, we found this tricycle that offered a free ride to folks. The only condition was to buy C2 from them. Our tricycle ride to Diniwid cost us Php150. At Php25 each for the C2, we saved Php50. Also, Ver loved C2! It was her go-to drink while we were in Boracay. We got to try their newest flavor, Melon. Quite good. But I still prefer their Apple flavor.




Lastly, at Pucca beach, we met Zac, a cute American guy who was enjoying his alone time flying a drone around the island. Just as we were about to leave, I mustered the courage to talk to him. He said he was from Guam but originally from Atlanta and it was his first time in Boracay. I wish I asked him out to dinner or drinks with us when he shared that he had no plans just yet that night. But I chickened out so after our brief conversation, we said goodbye.

Interestingly enough, the following day when we decided to have lunch at Spider House located at Diniwid beach, we saw him again. Such a coincidence! I didn't think we'd see him again in Boracay. 


Here's Ver posing for the camera. And right there on the side is Zac. Stolen shot! Ha! Ha! Okay I did muster up enough courage to say hello to him again at Spider House when he passed by our table after jumping in the water. He's so friendly! And talkative! But he was with his friends by then and so the chances of hanging out with him were long gone. Oh well. It's one for the books.

So that's my vacation in Boracay, my first travel for the year. Five lovely days of rest and relaxation. Where to next? Time to plan.  














Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Recent Read: Maybe Someday

This book made me cry.



It's gotta be my most favorite Colleen Hoover book at this time.

The heroine, Sydney found out her wonderful boyfriend was not-so-wonderful after all, cheating with her best friend. Ridge was her musician neighbor struggling with writer's block. When they met, they couldn't deny that they felt something for each other especially as they worked together on the music for Ridge's band.

It made me so sad because even though they had undeniable attraction towards each other, they couldn't be together. Ridge was committed to another girl and Sydney didn't want to be the other girl considering she knew what it felt like to be cheated on.

Just like Warren, Ridge's room mate in this novel, in real life, it would have been so easy for other people to just brand Sydney as a boyfriend stealer. A relationship wrecker. A slut. A whore. But Sydney wasn't a villain. She just couldn't help falling in love with Ridge even though she knew she shouldn't. As a reader, I could feel her inner struggle as she tried to tell herself not to fall even though her heart and body screamed with longing for him. A desire to be with him.

I felt it too with Ridge. They both were struggling to fight off what they were feeling for each other. Good ol' Ridge - living up to his promise of staying committed to his girlfriend.

There's a saying about love - in Filipino we say "Hindi natuturuan ang puso". The heart wants what it wants. That's why as I was reading this book, I cried and cried because my heart went out to Ridge and Sydney. They tried to do the right thing by going their separate ways. Sure, it wasn't what they wanted.

Losing him broke Sydney. And some may judge her as weak and pathetic for feeling so broken over a guy. But love's such a powerful emotion, isn't it? Even a strong woman like Sydney could feel so distraught, she'd find herself on rock bottom because of the pain of losing someone she loved. And it would take some time, who knows how long until she'll be able to recover?

I love the title of this book, Maybe Someday. Even as the story breaks your heart because of  the characters' situation, there's hope in it. Perhaps, they can't be together at the moment but maybe, possibly in the future they could when circumstances are different...

And yes I am a sucker for happy endings and so having them end up together at the end made me cry again but with tears of joy this time around.  




Sunday, April 2, 2017

13 Reasons Why

I spent the weekend watching 13 Reasons Why on NetFlix. 





13 Reasons Why is about Hannah Baker, a high school girl who kills herself and leaves a series of recorded cassette tapes - thirteen cassette tapes - that were sent to various people who somehow played a part in what led her to the decision to take her own life.  

This series was based on a novel by Jay Asher. I've seen the book in the bookstores but never bought it. I thought it was a dark and depressing book. But I'm glad I watched it on NetFlix. I would say that the series was entertaining and kept me on the edge of my toes, wanting to know what happens next.

I felt for Hannah. I know how tough it can be to be bullied. I experienced some bullying when I was in school. It can really affect someone emotionally - in a really bad way that can damage one's self esteem. It must have been harder for her since she didn't feel like she had any more friends or any one else that can help her deal with what she was going through.




I highly recommend watching this series as it tackles some serious social issues like bullying, rape and most specially suicide. You just never know what people are going through really. And especially for young adults. It's easy to dismiss what's going on with them as something petty and something they'll have to get over with. I would admit that I'm somewhat guilty of that. But we all could practice a little empathy.

It's just like what Zach, one of the characters in the series said - maybe if one of them did something differently - treated her a little better - maybe she would still be alive. That may be true for other Hannah Bakers out there.





It's not a feel good series. But its one that people should watch.