I’ve waited for that day to happen, that day on where I will have all these nostalgic feels while attending a book signing event, and I guess I totally felt all those nostalgic feels yesterday, February 22. Indeed, a magical day on where I met one of my childhood heroes, one of my favorite authors, one of my favorite people on Earth, and most especially I met one of the coolest/down to Earth/greatest people ever!
BEFORE THE EVENT: I arrived in Glorietta at exactly 7:30 AM, and at first I thought I’ll be like one of the first ones there, but yeah, I was wrong because when I arrived, I’m the 79th person to be there already.Me and my dad waited for more than 2 and a half hours, and then a lot of things happened (my class happened) before the event, and then by 1:30 or 1PM me and my friend, Tricia, arrived once more in Glorietta, and goodness the line for the registration became longer than ever! Setting that aside, of course when we arrived at the Activity Area we didn’t get a chance to get a seat, but the good part there is that we’re this close to the stage.THE TALK: Then, after long hours of waiting, Mitch finally arrived!He was upstairs at first, taking some photos of the crowd, and I tell you I really felt that he’s like a rockstar! Almost everyone’s screaming his name, and the fans were just simply screaming during that time.
And when he went up to the stage, I tell you he’s real, he’s real! The man is real!And then when he talked, goodness the man is definitely real!This time he’s talking about Detroit Pistons (haha), life, and Morrie. When he started talking about Morrie, everyone really clapped their hands, while I was there taking photos and I’m actually about to cry during that time. He also said that Morrie would be so happy seeing us, while keeping his words alive.
Mitch also talked about The Five People You Meet In Heaven, slash the book that made me read more books that was written by him (yeah I read that first before Tuesdays with Morrie). That’s why when he’s talking about that, goosebumps were all over me, and again, I’m about to cry once more, espcially the part on where he’s talking about Tala. Man, every time I reread that book, that part never failed to make me cry like a little girl.
Taking a break from some serious parts he told us something about their band named The Rock Bottom Remainders, where he’s with some other authors like Stephen King. Then, he said that their band is actually not a band because they’re really bad, well I doubt that, it actually made me really want to see them play live! He even said that their band’s like Metallica not playing some songs, but them writing a book. And while he told us about that everyone’s chanting “Sample, sample!” for Mitch to sing a song for us. Then he got no choice and sang an Elvis song, yes, he totally didn’t expect that he will actually sing! But Mitch, you’re one of the greatest people who did the Elvis impersonation, haha. *I’ll try to post the video somewhere*
After that he shared some things about For One More Day, and I’m so glad that he talked about that, because that’s one of my favorite books that was written by him. I can somehow feel some tears on my face that time, but I ignored it and just listened to him. He even told us that the part there when Posey went inside to the library to get the book for Chick really happened in real life with him and her mother. The book is indeed a personal one for him, not just because it was inspired by his relationship with his mother, but it was also the last book (that he wrote) that her mother read before her stroke.
He also talked about the gist of The First Phone Call From Heaven, and he also told us that he will be back here (for the film’s premiere) if the film adaptation of the book (that’s still under production) will be successful. Besides him coming back here he shared some things about Tacloban, and him sharing his part by donating 40 boats and 10 libraries (together with some authors). Oh lovely, the libraries in Tacloban will become so colorful with words by those authors like, John Green, Stephen Chbosky, Stephen King, Sophie Kinsella, etc. And by that moment I realized that Mitch is indeed a gift from Above!
"Giving is living." was the last part of his talk, he told us that that’s the greatest lesson that he got from Morrie, and yes, I totally agree with him, because the world will always be a better place if we will know how to give, help, and share our part and blessings to everyone.
After the talk, he went near to the crowd, though sad that I wasn’t on the middle part of the stage to be a part of the group photo with Mitch, anyhow look how cute they all are.
BOOK SIGNING SESSION: Tricia and I were the 141st and 142nd people for the book signing. Actually, our turn happened so fast because we actually waited for like 30 minutes only for the book signing session. And again, if you’re my friend, or if you have read some of my *fangirling* blog entries you know that I’m actually a different person while I fangirl. So I’ll just share our conversation for this.
But before that I tell you my heart’s really pounding, and my hands were shaking again.
Me: Oh hi, I painted something for you.
*while shaking and all that, I can’t take out my painting from the paper bag so he was the one who took the painting out, haha shame on me.
Mitch: Ohhh, this is so nice of you, thank you so much.
*then we hugged*
Even though we only got a minute conversation, I tell you my mind already went to somewhere, and again I almost cried once more. Oh my. By the way, here’s a photo of us.And here’s my signed copy of The First Phone Call From Heaven with the Sharpie marker that I got.
Finally, I want to say this again and again. Mitch Albom, you are indeed one of the greatest people I’ve met, and I felt so lucky when I met you. You never failed to inspire me really, and I will always be one of the happiest people to know your words and to finally meet you. See you soon Mitch, and thank you for everything as in every single thing.
Thank you to National Bookstore too for making this event possible. Again, see you soon and God bless you always Mitch Albom!
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After the show I told my friends that we must stay and try our luck because maybe the band will suddenly go out, then minutes after the event when we’re only the ones inside the venue…and then yes! Christian appeared, thanks to Del for getting his attention to go to us haha. *more stories about Christian in a while*
And then of course we still stayed up to the point that the bouncers let us out already *evil laugh*, and then for the next part of this adventure I want to thank Karpos Multimedia for allowing us and actually gave us the privilege to meet the band. They told us to wait at the artists’ exit, so we did, and this happened.OH MY. Let me fangirl for a bit. So I saw Christian once more because he’s the first one to go out, and we said hi to him and, then when I went to the other side of the garage, Deck was there, and I literally ran to him, and he’s laughing, actually almost everyone is laughing haha. Yes yes yes, look at Deck this photo was taken right after our weird conversation haha. This is our conversation, plus imagine Deck’s French accent.
Me: Deck you are my crush since the 6th grade!!!
Deck: *gets my instax photo and signs it* How old were you during your 6th grade?
Me: 12 I guess? It’s 2008.
Deck: Oh my god *while laughing* I’m nearly your grandfather now. *laughs again* I’m just kidding. *pats my back*
Me: Can I hug you?
Deck: *ARMS WIDE OPEN*
After that I heard that they wanted Thomas to enter the car already so I really went to him right away and asked for a photo, he’s so nice too!Yeah, my eyes were in tears of joy during that time.
Then finally with Branco! Oh, he’s a really cool guy! Then here’s the last part of the story, since Thomas has been inside already and he’s actually the only one who didn’t sign on my photo, it’s because he’s forced to enter the car right away haha. So Christian saw me, and this is what happened…
Me: *holding the photo* Can I still ask for Thomas to sign for this?
Christian: Yes of course, don’t worry, I’ll take care of this. *with his French accent*
*Then moments later
Christian: Here you go, I’ll see you soon! *with smiles on his face*
Here are the signed photographs!
YAY. So I don’t know what to say again. OH MY. AHHHH. LOVELY PEOPLE ARE LOVELY. Now, I just want to say thank you forever and ever and ever and ever Phoenix for giving us a chance to meet you guys. To the Phoenix management, thank you so much too! Finally to Karpos Multimedia, most especially to Stephanie Uy, thank you so much!!!! God bless you all, and ‘til the next concert/Phoenix show!
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OH MY GOODNESS. WHAT I EXPERIENCED LAST NIGHT WAS BEYOND HAPPINESS(I WAITED YEARS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN), OH LOVELY.
For now I have to calm down, and share what happened. So first I met with my friends, and met a lot of new friends, that I begged to stay with me (this will be for my next blog entry), AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO US YAY. Yes we waited for like 2 hours, and you know we’re so sneaky that’s why before the show started we already found our spot to the barricade, and this is our view…Yeah you know, yeah. Yes. Yes. They started with Entertainment, and OH MY. THEY’RE MORE AMAZING LIVE.And this is something cool, when they started singing everyone sang too, and for the Lisztomania part, all Thomas can say is “Oh my God”, yes he said that, and told us that the Manila crowd was the best because of our liveliness and all that. Well, that’s just the effect of the “waiting for years thing”.
Right now I’ll just let the photos talk, because up until now I still can’t explain what I felt during the whole show.This was during the Sunskrupt! part, and this is actually one of my favorite parts of the show, and I’ve been waiting for them to play this too since I really love this mashup! It’s so chill and during that time Thomas was just lying down on the stage, plus the AVP’s amazing!Oh 1901.Then they went out again, but with Christian and Thomas only, and man, it’s like they’re all serenading us, lovely voice, and that intimate moment, and I appreciated Countdown more than ever.AND THE MOST SHOCKING PART IS THEY PLAYED FUNKY SQUAREDANCE.
Now here’s the goodbye/the Entertainment reprise part/the Thomas Mars crowdsurfing event.
This is indeed the best concert I’ve been to! Not just because of the band itself, but also for the energy that they brought to Manila! Phoenix, what happened was really one of the bests, that’s why I wanted to say thank you for letting us experience this, and to Karpos Multimedia, congratulations guys, this event was a success!
Part II: http://eenainwonderland.tumblr.com/post/74164072156/phoenix-live-in-manila-our-own-meet-greet
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AHHHHHHHHHH let me scream again AHHHHHHHHHHH. CAPITAL CITIES MADE ALL THE AYALA MALLS/THE WHOLE MANILA AN INSTANT DISCO PLACE. Oh goodness I really can’t explain my happiness with my first concert of 2014, and I am so glad that for the 4th year of this tradition of mine I spent it with them. Also I am so glad that I am with my GREAT FRIENDS who sang and danced with me during the whole concert, I am also so glad that all of my friends during the concert know all the songs (yeah we’re the most noisy people there)!
They opened the event with Kangaroo Court.
Yes, that’s their own shuffle/the Capital Cities shuffle.THE FARRAH FAWCETT HAIR PART!!!
Staying Alive/the part where the parents became alive.
Clothes were flying during Safe and Sound!
Now here’s the album signing part + hey to my concert buddies!Since yes, I didn’t get a chance to have a photo with the whole group these photos are my selfies with Spencer and Sebu, sad to say I don’t have one with Ryan. Anyhow back story why me and Sebu did that, because a friend of mine told me to be hyper, so I asked Sebu to do the “gangster pose”, and I tell you I really felt that he’s so confuse while we’re doing that!BEST CONCERT BUDDIES EVER. Thank you so much guys!
Finally I ant to say THANK YOU SO MUCH TO CAPITAL CITIES FOR BEING AWESOMAZING, and thank you to MMI for bring Capital Cities, cheers to more great concerts soon!
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It’s been (almost) a week since we truly said goodbye 2013, and I guess I’m pretty late for this countdown whatever. Maybe for the world (most especially the Philiipines), it’s not the best year ever due to some things that happened, but for me it’s the best year of my existence. 2013 is a year on where I experienced the true meaning of “You’ll find mercy in the rain”, the year on where I realized a lot of things, a year on where I finally get to value simplicity, a year on where I experienced grief, yet 2013 also brought the true meaning of happiness to my life. Right now I will share some memorable events of my 2013.
10. Dia Frampton Live In Manila (January) & Herakut Art Tour (August)- Well yeah Dia Frampton’s my first concert of the year! While the Herakut Art Tour is one of the most unique events that I attended last year.
9. Paola’s Debut (June) & Home Stories (December)- YES! Instead of being a photographer for a debut I became an event organizer. All thanks to my friend Paola for giving me a chance to be your event organizer. Then for the Home Stories, it is a dance show which is really good, and this is also our first marketing project as an Arts Management class.
8. Jean & Jam’s surprise parties (August)- I just think it’s memorable. Yay.
7. Ransom Riggs Book Signing Event (February)- This is the first book signing event that I attended to ever. Also this is a memorable one because Ransom is one of the coolest guys ever!
6. Alumni Symposium Speaker (February)- Okay yes, for me being a part of something like this is so cool even though it’s just for my High School.
5. Benildean Yearbook Office (June)- The BYO will always be one of the greatest parts of my college life. I’m so thankful to be a part of this office, and more than anything I found a great community which now became my family.
4. My Photography life flourished (February, April, May, December)- (nuffsaid haha) Thanks to all the people involved!
3. THE WHOLE WANDERLAND EXPERIENCE (May)- I won’t fangirl anymore, because I still can’t believe that happened, but for more fangirling features check this entry out: http://eenainwonderland.tumblr.com/post/51294521972/wanderland-2013-part-ii
2. Her Own Wonderwanderland (November)- Everything’s still so fresh from this event, I can say that maybe a part of me still doesn’t want to move on from this. However the only thing I can say about this event is that when you have a dream, don’t let it go easily, hold on to it until you get it, but never ever use it for your own good only. Always remember that you must always share the greatness of your life with others.
1. Our Lola Ima (December)- For years now every new year or every Christmas, I’m always asking myself what happens or what will happen or what some people are feeling when someone close to them passes away during those happy events, and I guess I now got the answer to my great perhaps. Up until now I still can’t formulate or say the right words for this happening, all I can remember is I miss my Lola, but if there’s one lesson I can always bring with me that New Year’s Eve, it’s to value family and simplicity. Yes, it’s really hard to welcome a new year when you know that during that New Year’s Eve someone passed away, but always remember that sometimes silence and prayers are the best things to welcome a new year, a new life, and a new adventure that’s now ahead of you. Learn to let go, and learn to value life. You’ll always be in our hearts Lola Ima, and I will always miss you forever and ever, thank you for all the fun times, and thank you for sharing us your life up until the end of 2013. I love you.
God bless your 2014, and to everyone who became a part of my 2013 THANK YOU SO MUCH!
events/happenings of the year
- Switzale debut 18th birthday BTS photography
Yes, then again I’m blogging and it’s because of one reason…yeah, I’m still partly busy, but I just want to share my awesome experience. And for my legal days I hope I won’t be lazy to blog again.
Years of planning, months of preparation, weeks of Disney songs, and days of sleepless nights (see the connection?). Pretty much that’s how I can describe this whole thing. I don’t want to say that I never thought I will have a photo exhibit one day in my life, because I really do! I tell you I dream a lot of things and I’m always thinking that those things are real (not will be real or became real), yeah you can say that I’m really ambitious. But you see those ambitions can lead us to somewhere, somewhere nice and amazing, because in life you just have to choose the right path even though there are a lot of broken pieces in it you just have to wait the unfolding of the mysteries and surprises as you walk along that path.
Now, I present to all of you my life (I think that’s the simplest way to describe it).
So there you go! I won’t share more photos since the photos are really A LOT, but I have to thank these people (http://eenainwonderland.tumblr.com/post/68658458727/eena-says-thanks-to-these-people), and here’s my special mention list!:
THE NOVA GALLERY (http://novagallerymanila.com/)! Thank you so much Ali, Kim and Kuya Ricky for helping me with everything that I need inside the gallery. And yeah they really got one of the most awesome galleries in the Philippines!
Stephanie Uy for my really amazing poster.
Meg Chavez for making a part of my invitation.
To the people who bought some photographs, THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS.
UNICEF, thank you so much too and Jesse Monsalve, thanks a lot too!
Some photographs are still being sold up until the end of December. http://flickr.com/photos/herownwonderwanderland
My models, yeah you know guys, THANK YOU.
My awesome college friends, most especially Belle, Jean, Justin, Chesca, Michelle, Rodz, Paola and the people who took the photographs and videos.
LASTLY MY PARENTS, THANK YOU, WORDS ARE NEVER ENOUGH FOR YOU GUYS, REALLY.
Right now all I can say is enjoy life and never stop chasing your dreams! Cheers to us!
Some photographs are from: Jean Abordo, Jara Rogacion, Ate Maria Wilson, Kuya PV Sandrino
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To all the people who came (the arrangement is in no particular order),
Elementary: Ariane, Anna, Jeremi, Celine, Angelu, AND MY AWESOME FRIEND JAM (I know you really wanted to come.)
High School (you’re really A LOT so forgive me if I forgot some): Madel, Jara, Switzale, Benzon, Joyce, Chesca, Rae, Joanna, Roland, Juan Mig, Jhulio, Cat, Diana, Risha, Mikko, Ramzel, Freedom, Johanna, Frances, Sam, Mimie (plus your friends), Bob, Ivan P., Mikha, Leira, oooh here you go tell me if I forgot someone.
MY BABIES (yuck): Belle, Jean (add Marty here), Justin, Chesca, Michelle, Rodz, Paola, Jam (slash Bebe Snow), Camille (THANKS FOR RECORDING THE PROGRAM), Gel, Kryston, Alfred (THANKS FOR TAKING PHOTOS OF THE PROGRAM), Vastian, Edmar, Adrian, Cha, Katie (plus Ysel), Janina, Gione, Tricia, Ferdi (I know you wanted to come too)
BYO: Ate M, Ate Mia, Kuya PV, Rann, Vincent
Tito Fer, Tita Baby, Kuya Iko, Derick, Ate Maria and her mom, Ate Jannet, Kuya Yong and Diane.
YAY I HOPE I DIDN’T FORGET SOMEONE.
And to all the people who greeted and congratulated me, thank you so much!
Answer #1: Hi! I just took a photo of the screen of my camera with my iPod Touch.
Answer #2: I made it! Thanks!
Answer #3: OMG CAN I CRY BECAUSE OF THAT QUESTION?! WAIT WHO ARE YOU? I MEAN OMG WAIT NAIIYAK TALAGA AKO SORRY ANG OA. Well if I have to thank some popular people(I can’t thank a person only, sorry) of course I will thank…*prepare for this long list and I won’t provide any explanations anymore, and the way it’s arranged is not based on any rankings haha*…Hilary Duff, Katie Sokoler, John Green, Markus Zusak, Harper Lee, Veronica Roth, Cassie Clare, Steve Jobs, Lea Michele, Nicholas Sparks, Stephen Chbosky, The Temper Trap(yes I’ll be thanking them again), Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Hank Green, Ryan Higa, Kina Grannis, Wong Fu Productions, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, Jack and Finn Harries, The Staves, Switchfoot, Grace Helbig, Lewis Caroll, Smosh, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Phelps, Michelle Branch, Nastia Liukin, The Beatles, Neutral Milk Hotel, Anne Frank…and a lot more, in the end of my answers I just want to tell you that it is so hard to be a fangirl, and at then end of my day I just want to thank God instead(don’t get me wrong with this). Again, who are you?