So… this entry was supposed to be up two weeks ago but due to my incredible carelessness and stupidity, I accidentally clicked something that wiped out everything that I wrote. (I was too close to finishing it, Diyos ko!) So this, what you’re currently reading, is a brand new US trip entry. (Just the first part! To follow na yung second!) It is sad because I cannot construct the same content that I wrote in this first– which is more comprehensive. I could still feel the exasperation on what happened–damang dama ko pa hanggang ngayon! Buhos na buhos yung emosyon ko doon tapos ganon nalang?!?! Talagang may mga bagay talaga sa buhay natin na kahit ibigay natin lahat, sa huli mapupunta lang din sa wala. Life is never fair. (Hugot!) Oh well, I blame myself for it. I did the same mistake in some of my previous posts and I guess I never really learn(ed) my lesson. Hindi lang isang beses ito!
Actually thrice na nga eh… Anyway, I am here to recount about my 5-day US trip few weeks ago (August 20-26). I hope I can still recall and write about everything that we did in full detail. I suppose you all know the reason why I went to America (the main objective, rather) but for some of you who does not have an idea as to why I went there. Ayun na nga..
I went there to see Coldplay. It was a gift from Mr. Tuviera because I was planning to watch them in Spain when we were still in Italy (shooting for IYAM) but traveling would cause such inconvenience since there’s not much time left; getting the concert tickets, plane/train tickets wouldn’t be easy. Here’s how the story goes.. we were having dinner when I decided to check Coldplay’s tour schedule. I knew they were in Europe during that time so I was hoping they’d have their show in Italy. But! Unfortunately Italy wasn’t included in A Head Full of Dreams tour but hey they will be having a concert in Spain on the 26th and 27th and I was like “Hindi kalayuan ang Spain dito” I checked Google maps to see how far is Como from Spain and figured that I am just 2-hour plane ride away from Barcelona where the concert will be held! I thought it would be possible to attend the concert on the 26th; I got stoked so I immediately checked for plane tickets because I wanted to make it happen. But then I thought IYAM wrap party would be on the evening of 25th, and the production crew will be going back to the Philippines on the 26th, and I will be leaving for Germany on the 27th. Hmm… #medyohassle From then I knew that pushing with the concert would be impractical, and a struggle! I got sad, of course! I thought my “tamang panahon” with Coldplay was going to happen but I was wrong.
I knew there had been rumours about the band coming to Manila this November, and although there were “confimartions” already, I know that it won’t push through– not this year. April 2017, let us cross our fingers. Anyway perhaps that’s where Mr. Tuviera had the idea of giving me tickets; because he saw and he knew how badly I wanted to see them when we were in Italy. So no, it wasn’t a gift for a successful movie. He just wanted to make me happy for that is what he does best– making people happy. And I am one lucky girl.
Going back, do you guys remember the abduction of Lola Nidora recently? Oh, the abduction of Divina, rather? The day when I successfully ran away from the kidnappers was the day Mr. Tuviera handed me the tickets. We were in Broadway Centrum, I was roaming around the backstage when he invited me for a talk. I got nervous as to why he wanted to talk to me out of the blue–in private! First question I asked myself was “May ginawa ba akong masama?”, but I cannot think of anything which made me mentally freak out more. So.. first thing he asked was “May US Visa ka ba?” and I answered with a yes. I blew a sigh of relief, and got excited as well. Thoughts:
Are we (Eat Bulaga) having a show in the States?
Will there be a special screening of IYAM in the States? Will Mr. Tuviera send Alden and I to America?
A trip to New York?
Random question lang ba yung “May US Visa ka ba?” Pang tanggal kaba, ganoin?
My head started producing random thoughts… and then he handed me an envelope. “Anu puh itoh?” I asked, but he just responded with a smile. I knew Mr. Tuviera was up for something. I was mentally freaking out! I didn’t expect opening a simple envelope would be that thrilling!
“OMG TEKA LANG ANO BA TONG ENVELOPE NA TO, ANO BANG LAMAN NETO GRABE BAKA HINDI KO KAYANIN ANO BA TO, MEMORANDUM LANG BA ITO, KINAKABAHAN AKO BAKA MAWAWALAN NA AKO NG TRABAHO, PATATALSIKIN NA BA AKO SA EAT BULAGA, PERO BAKIT MAY PAGTANONG KUNG MAY US VISA TEKA ETO NA ETO NA ETO BUBUKLATIN KO NA ITONG ENVELOPE…… ITOHHHH NUAHHHHH!!!!!!!
OKAY MAY PUTING PAPEL… ANO TONG PAPEL.. BAKIT MAY PAPEL… SHEMPRE ALANGANAMAN ULAM ANG LAMAN… ANO BANG NAKASULAT DITO OMG KAKAYANIN KO BA OH MY GOOOODNESS BUBUKSAN KO NA ETO NA TALAGA……”
“Coldplay Live in Pasadena”
TEKA LANG WEYT
That was my actual reaction when I saw the word Coldplay. I couldn’t believe it. Totoo ba talaga ito? I have Coldplay tickets in my hands and to me it is as precious as a diamond ring. It somehow felt like a dream. I never expected that someone would give me such kind of gift.
I needed a moment to cry.
I needed a moment to grasp the fact that I am flying to America to see Coldplay.
I needed a moment to breathe.
I have Coldplay tickets in my hands.
I am flying to America to see my favorite band.
Sabi nga ni Jolina, “hindi ako makapaniwala”. I kept on asking Mr. Tuviera if the tickets are legit because I had this funny feeling that he might be pulling some kind of a prank on me (seriously, why would he do that?!?) I even asked him if there are cameras planted around the room. Haha! I couldn’t help but cry in front of him for I was so delighted with what I saw; it was a sudden burst of emotions. Di ko maexplain. That was the second time I cried over a gift (first one was during my 18th birthday; when my friends surprised me with my favorite dog– a Siberian Husky) I wanted to share the oh-so good news to everybody and let them know how happy I am, but for some reason I felt like I needed to keep it to myself to keep hold of the excitement. I tweeted about it but I did not give any hint about the gift, thought some were really good in guessing that it was Coldplay tickets. It was only my closest friends who new about it.
We were nine in the group; Mr. and Mrs. Tuviera, Mr. and Mrs. Barreiro, Ms. Celeste, Ms. Jenny, Direk Poochie, Coleen and me. We were scheduled to fly on the 19th of August and be back on the 26th of March (charot!). Just a week off away from everything; a short time to unwind, to rest and most especially to enjoy– a short break just exactly what I needed.
We had a little adventure en route to America– caused by delayed flights. (One of the worst things ever!) An hour and a half flight from Manila to Hong Kong (that was delayed for almost two hours), 7-hour layover in Hong Kong (we were not able to catch our supposed-to-be-flight-to-US because of the MNL-HK delay), 2-hour flight to Taipei (we looked for the earliest and quickest flight to the States so we ended up transferring to a different airline– Eva Air) and after the 11-hour flight, we finally reached our destination– Los Angeles. We made it just in time for Adele’s concert; we arrived exactly on the day of her show.
We were making our way out of LAX when suddenly wild ADN appeared! (Pokemon? Tyarot!) There were groups of AlDub Nation waiting for me outside the airport! I know some people do track our flights every time we go out of town but since nobody knew what airline I was in, I expected that nobody would be able to track our flight, plus! we transferred to a different airline when we were in Hong Kong, and don’t forget the delayed flights (that we had to endure *rolls eyes*). Apparently, I was right on them not being able to track my flight. But hey! They waited for me for more than 12 hours outside the airport just so they’d see me arrive. PAANO?! Gulat na gulat ako pero maraming salamat sainyo!
First thing I did when we got to the hotel was (of course) get everything settled, took an hour of rest, and a shower (of course) then looked for the nearest Japanese resto for I was having mad cravings for gyoza and edamame, and fortunately, I found a ramen place around the area! You can never say NO to ramen. Ang saya saya! I immediately went out for a walk to stroll around Burbank a bit before heading to the ramen place.
August 20, 2016 (Adele Live in Staples Center)
Since we are already in Los Angeles, why not make the most out of it? Adele had 8 consecutive sold out shows in Staples; and we watched her on her 5th.
I am not really a fan of Adele but I know some songs of her, and gladly they were all part of the show’s setlist. My favorite’s Chasing Pavements! (For those who do not know, it is a song about doing a fruitless mission. Had to google the reason why she wrote it and found out that she was running after her ex-boyfriend with whom she had just fought, before realizing she was “chasing an empty pavement” as he was no longer there) Hay, buhay. Hindi bale Adele..
Charot! Going back, don’t need to tell how great of a singer Adele is– everybody knows it. I am amazed by how her speaking accent is different from singing. She shared stories about her life a singer, a writer and a mother; the way she deals with things, the struggles and heartbreaks she’d been through, and the way she expresses herself through writing and music. Her funny anecdotes also entertained the crowd. She seems like the kind of person you’ll enjoy conversing with for hours and not get bored for she never runs out of things to say and share! She is an amusing lady and indeed a beautiful one.
The show ended with Rolling in the deep with shempre bonggang pa-confetti. Here’s the catch, each and every confetti had a song lyric printed on it–in Adele’s handwriting! O diba, ang galing! First confetti that landed in my hand had a lyric from Someone like you– “regrets and mistakes they are memories made”– right on, A! It served as a souvenir, too, to those who watched.
August 21, 2016 (Coldplay Live in Pasadena)
For some odd reason, I woke up not feeling the level of excitement I thought I’d get. I woke up feeling groggy and tired (perhaps because I slept late last night). I woke up to the music of Coldplay playing inside the bathroom– my sister prepping up for the concert. I did the same thing too; took a bath while listening to Coldplay in the background to hype myself up.
We spent the first half of the day in The Grove and did a little (window) shopping to kill time. One of the reasons why I hate “killing” time at the mall is I tend to shop and spend money on things that I don’t really need. I am sure some of you go through the same struggle, because seriously what else are you going to do inside the mall? Look for Pokemons? Uhm, nope, no, not me.
We left for Pasadena at around 7; it took us about half an hour to reach the venue. At last, I finally felt the excitement on our way. I was also feeling kind of tensed for some reason, I don’t now why, it’s not like I am coming face to face with Chris Martin. (Hindi ko keri!) We had to ride a shuttle from the parking to Rose bowl. I immediately looked for a Coldplay merchandise booth and got myself a shirt and a cap with their album cover/logo printed on it.
Doors opened at 5:30, we got there few minutes before 8 but unfortunately we didn’t get inside the stadium that quick for the security were very strict with bags. We had to surrender our bags and purses and put them inside the lockers for security reasons, and we were only allowed to bring anything that would fit a 12″ ziplock baggies. We got inside at 8:30. They had 2 supporting acts that we failed to catch; Bishop Briggs (who I am not familiar with) annd Alessia Cara. The band was scheduled to go out at 9– and they did! Show started at exactly 9pm, shempre meron pang kung anong keme. When the xylobands lighted up, everybody started sceaming! ETO NAAAAAAAAA!!!!
(I unfortunately forgot to bring my camera so I do not have any decent photo during the concert, but here’s some that I found online! Credits to the owners)
Shet nababasa din yung kili-kili niya. Tao din siya mga bes.
The band had a special guest too that evening!
James Corden from Carpool Karaoke! Chris introduced James by telling a long (fictional) story about the “Coldplay bandmate who got away”. “You may know him from things like Carpool Karaoke and that kind of shit, but we know him as the guy who turned down being in a band with us” Chris said. And funny ako for a moment, I thought it was actually true before I realized he was kidding. It was also James’ birthday on the day of the concert!
They had 23 songs that evening. The setlist consisted of:
A Head Full of Dreams, Yellow, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, The Scientist, Birds, Paradise, Always in my Head, Magic, Everglow, Clocks, Midnight, Charlie Brown, Hymn for the Weekend, Fix You, Heroes, Viva La Vida, Adventure of a Lifetime, In my Place, Don’t Panic, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, Amazing Day, A Sky Full of Stars and Up&Up.
Every performance was amazing! I was singing along with them all throughout the show! I was supposed to just enjoy every minute and not mind about my phone but I had to video-record some parts for documenting and reminiscing purposes. (I still do watch the videos up to now!)
One of the best moments (and the most nostalgic one) was when they played Yellow. It was their second song, and everybody knows that I bawled my eyes out the moment they sang it. I don’t know what got me so emotional, it felt like hearing a song for the first time in 1000 years. (As you could see on how I reacted when I heard the song’s intro) Parang gusto ko nang kunin ng linawag. Perhaps the fact that I am watching them live didn’t sink in the first few moments of the show. Iba kasi talaga eh. Sabi nga ni Abra, “hindi ko maipaliwanag”.
Another thing that amazed me the most that evening was this..
Gee, the show was lit the entire time–literally by xylobands glowing in thousands points of light. Can you imagine how breathtaking those are? It was synced with every song! Oh don’t forget the matinding laser lights and the fireworks! Tinodo nila mga bes. #PAANO
Couldn’t help but cry my heart out during their last performance–Up&Up. At that moment, I realized the show was about to finish. After two hours of pure fun, partying and singing along..the show has come to an end. I was feeling happy and sad at the same time; happy because I got to see and hear them live, sad because it’s all done. Damang damang damang damang dama ko yung kanta. Listening to Up&Up will never be the same again; it never fails to get me feeling out of sorts every time I listen to it. I actually don’t know if someone else inside the stadium felt the same way as I did; parang lahat sila masaya lang, ako parang iniwan ng mahal sa buhay. *sigh* Anyway, I will be seeing them soon here in the Philippines! But I don’t think the feeling would be the same. Iba talaga eh.
IT WAS THE BEST– COLDPLAY IS THE BEST. It didn’t feel like just a simple concert– it was more like a party with 90,000 of people celebrating altogether. It was a night filled with a sea of color-changing wristbands, countless fireworks bursting through, star-shaped confetti showers, giant balloons and laser lights slicing through the night sky. Every single thing was astonishing. I realized it was (by far) the best night of my life–seriously. It was super worth it. I am very glad and very grateful that I had been given the chance to fly to America to see them. The kind of fun that I had in that one night cannot be compared to all the nights of my 21 years of existence. (Exaggerated but true) All bias aside but I think only Coldplay can pull off such kind of concert. (Haha, okay sige biased na!) I just love em so much. No one knows how their songs touch every bit and part of me.
After the concert, while I was basking on my bed, I took my phone to write and sum up the whole experience through a poem comprising of multiple Coldplay titles and lyrics. I came up with this:
Was a dream come true
I call it magic
An adventure of a lifetime.
Made me shiver
Filled the sky full of stars
And the way you sing
Give nothing but sparks.
Time came a-creepin’
Still it was a beautiful night
Stars were shining down on you
As God put a smile upon my face
As I shed tears like a waterfall
You left me;
The kid who was always in trouble
The girl who is in her little bubble
The lady with a head full of dreams
With nothing but a feeling
A feeling within me
Here’s the video that I made featuring what happened on my first two days in LA; Adele Live in Staples and Coldplay Live in Rose bowl. Sorry for the shaky clips! I was too busy having fun, hehe! At medyo mahaba lang din mga bes, Coldplay eh.
You are beyond amazing, Coldplay.
Words cannot express how much love and admiration I have for you and how sensational you are.
I hope watching the video (at least) made you guys understand how I felt that evening and see how spectacular and wonderful the show was. Most especially, I hope you find them just as amazing as I do.
Pwede ba? *sniffs*