Saturday, June 17, 2017

It's Britney B*tch!

Confession: I've been a Britney Spears fan since I saw her video of her debut single, Baby One More Time on MTV back in high school (how very telling of my age now! Ha! Ha!) But anyway I'd never forget that sexy school girl costume complete with pigtails with the furry scrunchy. I thought Britney was the cutest thing! And her dating Justin Timberlake of N'Sync only made me like her more because they were such an adorable couple!

Fast forward to 2017 and hello! Britney Spears, the pop princess herself announced that she was finally going on a world tour and the Philippines is part of it! I was excited as I am sure a lot of older millennials who grew up listening to her music and admiring her abs!

So guess where I was last Thursday night, June 15?

I was at SM Mall of Asia Arena to watch Britney Spears live in concert! 

To be honest, I didn't think I'd be able to watch anymore. The tickets were quite pricey - well most concerts are specially when held in MOA Arena or Concert Grounds and well, I wasn't completely into the idea of shelling out so much money!

But I have this girl to thank for giving me the chance to see Britney in concert!

Erin and I at #BritneySpearsMNL concert together

Some people said it's not worth it to see Britney in concert especially because she lip syncs. Yes, I quite believe she was lip syncing most - if not the entire time - she was on stage. It's no wonder her audience interactions were short. But anyway, who cares if she does? It's a known fact that Britney's not famous for her vocal chops. That was more Christina Aguilera - were you old enough to remember those days when they were constantly pitted against each other?

You pay to see Britney Spears in concert because the pop princess is a true blue performer!

I loved my seat. I was so near that stage! Not as near as Erin who was at the SVIP row but still near enough to see Britney close.

The concert was awesome. Britney sang most of her hit songs that seriously gave me that wistful feeling such as Baby One More Time, Boys, I'm a Slave 4 You, Toxic, Circus, Drive Me Crazy and Womanizer just to name a few. Yes, it's a real trip down memory lane just like when I watched Backstreet Boys and The Moffatts in concert.

To kickstart her concert on a high note, she sang Work Bitch. Oh  a lot of people gays and ladies alike know this song for sure! It's become quite an anthem. You wannna hot body? You wanna Buggatti? You wanna Maserati? You better work bitch!  

I'm one of those people who's glad she was able to bounce back from her troubled past. I so remember her awful Video Music Awards performance - her supposed come back performance. I remember her shaving her head and being photographed by paparazzi without underwear on as she went down the car and hanging out with then party girl Paris Hilton.

Now at 35, Britney looks hot!

The concert's production was also a sight to behold.

Check out those laser lights!

And this confetti blast at the end of the show

This photo montage of Britney through the years added to the night of nostalgia

And just as the concert started on a high, it ended exactly the same way as Britney sang her final song, Til the World Ends.

The arena that night was almost a full house! A lot of people - mostly my age - came to watch her perform. Some even went to the extent of dressing up like Britney in some of her memorable costumes like Circus and Baby One More Time and I'm not talking about just the celebrities here like Sarah Labahti. I'm talking about the normal people who are true blue Britney fans.

A cherry on top of an already wonderful night? There was a mini reunion with my other friends, Ryan, Ver and Hazel. It was such a coincidence that our seats were in the same area.

From the gym to MOA Arena for Britney Spears in Manila concert

Seriously, I'm thrilled I got to watch Britney Spears in concert. It's definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Photo credits: Anerine and Ryan 

Videos grabbed from YouTube 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#FCBD2017 Discovery: Paper Girls

The first Saturday of May is annually celebrated as Free Comic Book Day. It's an event that's made to encourage old comic book lovers to continue their love for reading comics and to get new people specially kids to read comic books.

Confession: As a kid, I was very fond of comic book reading. It didn't start with Archie Comics because I discovered Archie when I was in fourth grade. I used to have a whole collection of Casper, the Friendly Ghost, Wendy the Witch and Richie Rich comics until yes, I grew older and became a big fan of Archie and his pals and gals.

So when I found out about Free Comic Book Day, I naturally wanted to go - after all they give out free comics! Finally this 2017, I got to experience - well somewhat experience Free Comic Book Day.

I made sure to drop by Fully Booked - Mall of Asia on May 6th, the first Saturday of the month mainly becau I saw they were giving out a Betty and Veronica comic that day and I've been hooked on reading Archie graphic novels with Archie and the gang re-imagined in the modern age. They even have new looks, did you notice?

And because I was already at the book store and Free Comic Book Day also meant graphic novels at Fully Booked can be availed with a 20% discount, I browsed around. I honestly wasn't planning to buy any graphic novel because most of what I see are Star Wars, DC Comics and Marvel. But when I picked up Paper Girls, I was intrigued with the story plot.

Paper Girls is about these four 12 year old girls who deliver newspapers back in 1988 at the fictional Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream. In the early hours of the morning of Halloween, the town is struck by an invasion from a mystery force from the future and the four girls discover the most important story of all time. It's a mystery and sci-fi story. Not a huge fan of sci-fi stories but somehow this comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang caught my interest. 

While the story centers on four young girls, you can tell right away from the first cover that these characters are not your average girls. Look at that - a 12 year old who smokes. And their facial expressions - it's like these girls are ready to fight and I don't mean hair pulling and scratching kind of fight. In other words, they've got grit.

The story itself is very intriguing. I'm intrigued as to what kind of invasion had taken over their quiet suburb. 

Is it these people who are somehow talking in a different language?

What kind of monster is this?

What are these creepy creatures? I'd run the other direction, far away from them if I was to ever encounter these hooded creatures. Not going to stay to find out who or what they are.  

Are they enemies or allies? 

On Paper Girls 2, the girls even find themselves transported to the future - the year 2016 where Erin, one the girls, meets her future self and together the two Erins continue on to solving the mystery. 

Erin of 1988 on the left and Erin of 2016 on the right

What do you guys think it'll be like to meet your future selves? Hey if given the chance, I probably would like to meet my future self - see how I turned out. 

I'm really hooked on this comic series. I want to find out what happens next to the girls. I need to get my hands on Paper Girls 3 but I'll have to wait until August comes rolling around. According to Fully Booked customer service, it'll be available only around that time.

But anyhow, if you like comic books and on the lookout for something new to read, or if you want to try reading a comic book (it's nice! it's you know easier to read than a book), I would recommend Paper Girls. The story is exciting and so action packed. 

Thanks to Free Comic Book Day, I discovered something new and awesome to read in the form of a graphic novel.