New Song + Sziget Festival 2014

So last time, I wrote about my “obsession” to BΔSTILLE here. And I’ve written about how excited I was when I heard (or read) the announcement that they are releasing a new song.

I actually read it on Tumblr saying, a new song will be released on the 8th of August and it is on their store. So to make sure it was, I checked it. It says that you can pre-order the Oblivion Limited Edition 7″ vinyl which features the new song bad_news (and yes, there’s really an underscore in the title). And the release date (DD/MM/YY): 08/08/14. I was so excited that I babbled about it to my friend (who’s also a fangirl, but of One Direction, so she probably knows how I feel) because it was just 2 days before the release of the song. And then on August 8, the release date was changed to 08/09/14. I admit, I was sort of upset that moment. I mean, I was so ready for the new song and then bam! You’ll have to wait again. Way to crush my excitement there. And I guess it was a bad news for other Stormers too. What an appropriate pun, right? Those sneaky lads.

But after a few days, this happened:

and then this:

 

This really made my day! I wasn’t able to hear it on BBC Radio 1 though because of time zones. But the very good news is we have bad_news already! Yey! All I can say is that they do not disappoint. They never fail to make good music. It was stuck in my head ever since I heard it to be honest. Like their other songs, it was bloody amazing! Or is it because I’m an avid fan? Either way, I love it! So I would like to share with you the amazing new track from them. Here it is (by the way, this video was just uploaded few minutes ago. And yes, I am writing this on August 20 and will be posted few days or weeks from now):

Aside from having the new song, I got to see them perform live… via live stream. Thank goodness for modern technology and live streams! It was their gig at the Sziget Festival 2014 in Budapest so again, time differences. Their set will be at 5:45 PM in their time, which will be 11:45 PM in the Philippines. As time gets closer to their set, I feel like I’m about to hyperventilate (but I’m not, really) and I was starting to scream in my texts to a friend. That’s how thrilled I am.

Sziget Festival 2014, Budapest

And when they’re already on stage, my eyes were glued to my screen, abandoning the messages of my friend (so sorry, friend). It was heart-stopping. I know I was not there in the venue exactly, but I felt like I was also there. I was even singing with Dan in every song while constantly pounding my table like it was a drum set.

It was also quite funny how Dan, who wrote their songs, messed up the lyrics of Blame and Oblivion. I mean, who forgot the lyrics of the song you wrote which you happened to constantly play during your tours? Well, maybe it was because of the sea of people watching them. Knowing Dan (not like we’re close friends, but I would love to be), he really gets nervous when performing. But I don’t care. Dan forgetting the lyrics is the most adorable thing for me.

By the way, there’s a f***load of you (guys). It’s terrifying.

– Dan Smith

One of their trademarks is during Flaws, Dan would roam around the crowd. At Sziget Festival, there was like a walk way at the middle of the pack, so Dan wasn’t able to join them. But the best part of it was when Dan climbed up this big clock (it has a scaffolding around it) in front of the stage. Dan, who always has the impeccable timing on when to go back to stage, was stuck at the clock. I guess he really enjoyed it up there.

Sorry, I got stuck. Never climbed up big bits of scaffolding in the middle of the song. Bad idea.

– Dan Smith

I stayed up so late (until past 1:00 AM, Philippine time) just to watch them even if I had to wake up at around 5:30 AM the next day (or should I say later?). But it was totally worth it! It was their best gig yet. For me. They were just so happy on stage. Maybe because of the response they got from their new song. I don’t know. But they were so freaking happy and it also made me happy.

The day after, I found out that there would be a replay of their set again via live stream. Since I cannot get over it, I watched it again. I’ll just never get tired of watching them perform and hearing their songs. That’s how I love BΔSTILLE. And it would really be wickedly amazing if they’ll have a gig here in the Philippines. X

Sziget Festival 2014, Budapest

Sziget Festival 2014, Budapest

Sziget Festival 2014, Budapest

P.S. Sorry for the crappy screenshot. And again, sorry if there are grammar mistakes or whatever. 😉

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Bum no more!

May isang taon din akong nagpahinga pagkatapos ko ng college. 2013 ako gumraduate pero hindi agad ako naghanap ng trabaho. Sabi kasi sa akin ni Mama at ng iba kong kamag-anak na bata pa naman daw ako. 19 years old. Dahil kakagraduate ko pa lang noon, syempre, sabik na sabik ako sa bakasyon. Ikaw ba naman ang magkabakasyon ng halos isang linggo lang kada term noong college, sinong hi-hindi sa napakagandang alok na mas mahaba sa isang linggong bakasyon?

Ang ilang months lang sana na bakasyon ko ay humaba ng humaba dahil na din sa pag-uwi namin sa probinsya. Biglaan ang pagpapa-renovate at repair ng bahay namin sa Batangas dahil wala pang gagawing bahay ang mga trabahador ng kapatid ni Lolo kaya naisingit sa trabaho nila ang bahay namin. Yung inaakala kong 1-2 months para sa renovate at repair, tumagal ng 3-4 months dahil madaming kailangang i-repair sa bahay at mukhang pinatagal talaga nung mga trabahador. Tapos, yung pagpipintura na akala naming 1 month lang, umabot ng 2 months.

June nung mag apply ako sa isang government agency. Hindi ko na sasabihin kung saan. Hehe. Monday yun at buti na lang nasaktuhan ko na may exam sa Friday kaya nakapag-exam na din ako agad. Isa lang ang masasabi ko sa exam. Mahirap. Naging mahirap din siguro sya dahil sa time limit. Yung ibang part nga ng exam, 15 minutes lang ang time limit. At yung magkasamang Math at English, 45 minutes lang. Tapos may essay pa. Pagkatapos ng exam, 3-4 weeks daw bago namin malaman kung pasado ba kami o hindi.

Nawalan na ako ng pag-asa dahil nahirapan talaga ako sa exam at hindi ko sigurado kung tama ang mga sagot ko. At lalo pa akong pinanghinaan ng loob dahil 3rd week na, wala pa din akong natatanggap na kahit anong result mula sa kanila. Tinawagan ko na ang HR para itanong kung may result na. Wala pa daw. Umabot na ng August pero wala pa din akong natatanggap na result kaya tumawag na ulit ako (sorry sa mga taga-HR kung nakulitan kayo sakin). Tinanong ko ulit kung may result na. Kinabahan ako nung sinabi ng kausap ko na may result na daw. Sabi ko, wala pa akong natatanggap na result kaya naman sya na mismo ang nagsabi sa akin ng result. Nakapasa daw ako sa exam! Yehey!

Makalipas ang ilang linggo, nakatanggap ako ng text para sa initial interview, Monday ng 9:30AM. 7:00AM kami sumakay ni Mama ng taxi dahil hindi na kami makasakay ng bus o jeep at baka ma-late na ako. Sa halip na mas maaga kaming makarating, mas lalo pang nagtagal ang byahe namin dahil kung saan mas mabigat yung traffic (Las Pinas at Paranaque), doon kami idinaan nung driver. Nung una, chill pa ako dahil masyado pa namang maaga. Pero nung malapit na mag-8:30 at malayo pa kami, kinabahan na ko. Medyo pinapagalitan na ni Mama yung driver at hindi ko na din napigilan ang sarili ko dahil inis na inis ako sa driver. Tina-tap ko na yung paa ko sa sahig ng taxi nya at humihinga ng malalim sabay bulong ng “Grabe! Sobrang traffic! Dapat talaga sa may coastal na lang tayo dumaan.” Napapakamot na lang ng ulo yung driver. Siguro kaya nya kami doon idinaan, para mas tumaas yung metro.

Pero buti na lang hindi ako na-late. Mga 10 minutes before 9:30AM kami dumating. Akala ko talaga ma-le-late ako. Pag dating ko sa may HR, 3 lang kami. Dahil unang dumating sa akin yung dalawa, sila ang nauna. Pagpasok nila, may dumating pa ulit na isa. Apat na kaming i-interview-hin. Pagkatapos nung dalawang nauna, ako na ang tinawag. Buti na lang at mabait yung nag-interview sakin. Parang naging mas friendly pa yung environment dahil yung nag-interview sa akin ay taga Cavite din pala. Pagkatapos ng interview, sinabi nya sa akin na ire-refer daw nya ako sa isang office at itetext ulit ako para sa next interview.

Nakatanggap agad ako ng text pagakatapos ng isang araw. Ang final interview ko daw ay sa Friday, 8:00AM. Dahil ayoko na maulit yung nangyari noong initial interview, 5:30AM pa lang umalis na kami ng bahay. Wala pang masyadong pasahero ng mga oras na yun kaya naman nakasakay kami agad. Dumating kami ni Mama ng 6:30AM kaya umupo muna kami at kumain sa McDo para maghintay ng oras. Pumunta na ako ng 7:35AM sa office. Mga past 10:00AM na ata ako nainterview dahil madami kami. Swerte ko lang dahil bukod sa mabait naman yung nag-interview sa akin, parehas kami ng course at school sa college kaya naman parang naging kwentuhan lang din yung interview ko. Tinanong nya ko kung sino yung mga naging professor ko. It turns out, yung isang nabanggit ko ay naging professor nya din. Binigyan nya pa ako ng advice sa pagwowork ko sa department na yun. Pagkatapos ng interview, nag-Congratulations sya sa akin.

Pagkalipas ng ilang araw, nakatanggap ako ng e-mail galing sa HR. Tanggap na daw ako! Yehey! Pinag-ayos na din ako ng mga requirements. Sinabi ko agad kay Mama. Sa sobrang tuwa nya, tumawag agad sya sa mga tita ko sa Batangas para ibalita. Haha! Naipasa ko na yung mga requirements na kailangan at sabi sa HR, ang target start of work daw namin ay sa September 22.

I am officially bum no more! Thank you Papa Jesus!

Adventure Time: St. Clare Monastery at Antipolo Cathedral

Matagal na naming plano ni Mama na pumunta sa National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage o mas kilala bilang Antipolo Cathedral. At sa wakas, natuloy din noong Sabado (04-05-2014) kasama si Ate C.

Nag-commute lang kami papuntang Antipolo. Galing kami sa South kaya sumakay kami sa LRT Line 1 EDSA station hanggang Doroteo Jose station. Lumipat kami sa LRT Line 2 na naka-konekta sa LRT Line 1 at bumaba sa Katipunan Station. Sa ilalim ng overpass na malapit sa may LRT station, nandoon yung mga jeep papuntang Antipolo.

Pero bago kami sumakay ng jeep, dumaan muna kami sa St. Clare Monastery. Matagal na kaming pumupunta doon. Ang kwento ni Mama, hindi daw naging madali na magka-anak sila ni Papa. Sinabihan sya ng isa nyang ka-opisina na pumunta doon. Pinuntahan nila yun ni Papa at humiling kay St. Clare na sana magka-anak na sila. At natupad yung hiling nila, kaya nandito ako ngayon. Simula noon, pumupunta kami doon pag may pagkakataon para humiling at magpasalamat kay St. Clare at sumulat sa mga madre para sa mga prayer intentions.

St. Clare Monastery – Katipunan Avenue (© Inquirer)

Pagkatapos magdasal sa St. Clare Monastery, sumakay na kami papuntang Antipolo Cathedral. May kalayuan din, pero nakakaaliw naman dahil sa mga tanawing nakikita ko bilang “first time” ko makapunta doon. Maganda ang naging byahe namin papuntang Antipolo. Nakakatuwa dahil paakyat ang daan, maluwag ang karsada at walang masyadong traffic. Maaliwalas din dahil sa mga puno. Nakakatuwa din yung mga jeep nila, puro makukulay at may drawing. Pati yung mga tricycle nila, iba dun sa mga tricycle na nakikita ko.

Pagdating namin sa Antipolo Cathedral, nakapag communion na. Hindi ito katulad ng tipikal na hugis ng simbahan na square o kaya ay rectangle dahil pabilog ang hugis nito. Hindi din ito kalakihan. Nang patapos na ang mass, sinabi ng pari na may kasunod ulit na mass kaya naman nagsimba na din kami. Nakakatuwa magmisa yung pari. Mabilis at sobrang energetic sya at para lang syang teacher na gising na gising ka pag nagtuturo.

Pagkatapos ng mass, pumunta kami sa second floor sa likod ng simbahan. Parang mini museum, kaso hindi pwedeng picture-an. Nandoon yung mga damit, jewelries, mga pabango na ginamit ng Birhen ng Antipolo at ang belo na maaring halikan ng mga deboto. Sayang lang dahil hindi ko nabasa lahat ng nakasulat tungkol sa Birhen dahil nakapila kami at medyo nakakahiya kung tumigil ako at magbasa.

Sa loob ng National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage/Antipolo Cathedral - Antipolo City, Rizal

Sa loob ng National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage/Antipolo Cathedral – Antipolo City, Rizal

National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage/Antipolo Cathedral - Antipolo City, Rizal

National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage/Antipolo Cathedral – Antipolo City, Rizal

Syempre, hindi din mawawala ang pagbili ng souvenir. Bumili kami ni Mama ng bracelet na rosary at tatlong maliliit na cross (isa sa amin, isa para kay Tita R at isa para kay Tita A na mga kapatid ni Mama) na pina-bless namin. At dahil tanyag ang Antipolo sa kanilang kasoy, bumili din kami.

Isa sa magagandang lugar na napuntahan ko ang Antipolo. Sana makabalik ulit ako dito. 🙂