Wickedly Happy!

Thank goodness! We couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t be happier. Happy is what happens when all your dreams come true.

These lines have been playing in my head for some time now. It is because we finally watched Wicked! My friend, Gail, and I have talked about watching it but when I checked the schedule, March 12 was closing day and I could not find seats I could afford. Good thing the run was extended for another week and for some reason, some seats opened up (or maybe I just did not know how to book). We got Gail’s sister to buy the tickets for us. We were thrilled to get tickets! Thank Goodness!

Thanks for the photo, Kuya Bong!

The last time ‘Wicked’ was here was 3 years ago and I was in Manila then but I had no tickets. The run was shorter then and it was held at CCP. Tickets ran out so fast that all that was left were the expensive seats. Lady luck was on our side this time. (Thank Goodness! I couldn’t be happier!) I would have opted to watch ‘Fun Home’ with Lea Salonga performing. I have been a Lea fan ever since she started her showbiz career but I checked the seating arrangement for ‘Fun Home’ and it seemed that the view from the seat was obstructed by railings. My moment with Lea will have to wait for awhile. This is my view at Solaire. It was far from the stage but I got an unobstructed view.

View from my seat!

To my surprise, my cousin, Bong, arrived a few minutes before the show started. We already agreed to meet after the show but he decided to watch it also. Thank Goodness, we have these photos! I swiped them off his Instagram.

Instagram Photo by @bong2begood

So what do you we think of ‘Wicked’? We loved it!!! Gail and I did. I am not sure with Bong. He said he dozed off in some parts. Hahaha! It is a different experience for me because I have loved this musical ever since I saw clips of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth playing Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. I even read Gregory Maguire’s book. Honestly, I did not even research who were playing Elphaba and Glinda. I just imagine them to be Idina and Kristin. Seeing it live was magical for me. ‘For Good’ is one of my favorite songs. Once the line “So much of me is made of what I learned from you/You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart” was sung, my tears rolled. These lines remind me of my late mother. But, of course, I acted cool afterwards like no crying happened. (Hand the Oscars to me! Ha!)

My journal.

Wicked was a lovely, lovely experience! And I love how the theatre scene is alive in the Philippines even the homegrown ones are soaring high (Rak of Aegis, Care Divas, etc). I hope I get to watch more!

Celebrity Pegs

Celebrities look like they have a spotlight hovering over them and every move they make is recorded. Oftentimes, they are put in a pedestal that we see even their simple achievements. However, the downside is that their silly mistakes are often magnified. It does take a toll on their lives. As an observer, it also grounds us.  It shows us that every person has personal battles to face. Such challenges chose no one. They may be  beautiful women, rich and popular, yet they are not immune to problems.  It must be difficult to live their lives and I would not wish that for myself.

If someone asks me right now who are my celebrity pegs, I have 3 beautiful women on top of my head. They are not my pegs just because they are popular and beautiful. These are women with character, attitude and qualities whom I think young and beautiful girls must emulate.

Lea Salonga

Source: Frederick M. Brown on Getty Images

Source: Frederick M. Brown on Getty Images

I have been a fan of her since forever. She has that crystal clear voice that makes you wonder if that is how angels sing. Beyond the golden voice, I admire her for being feisty in what she believes in. She is never afraid to say what is on her mind. In interviews, she is very eloquent that I have hoped that I can have the same confidence as her when in front of strangers and a huge crowd.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey is proof that having a good sense of humor is sexy. Being smart is something to aspire for.

Sarah Jessica Parker

I was never a fan of ‘Sex and the City’.  Maybe because I never had the time to watch it when it was popular.  I always see Sarah Jessica Parker clad in gorgeous clothes that she seemed too high fashion for my taste.  I recently saw this video of hers and I am impressed at how down-to-earth she is and I love her home- nothing too high strung.

These three women showed us that we do not need to be perfect girls to live a good life. We just have to be true to ourselves.

Kids recording studio parties – the perfect gift for any budding Bieber

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If you want to give your music-mad child a unique birthday present or surprise then you may want to consider booking them in for a recording studio experience. Recording studio experiences are carried out in professional studios and enable kids to record a song of their choice and have it recorded on a CD to take home.

There are various birthday recording packages for you to choose from – you may even choose to make a party of it and hold birthday celebrations for your child and his or her friends to record their own song and enjoy time in a professional recording studio. A recording studio birthday experience is the perfect gift to make your child feel like a star for a day.

With programmes like The X Factor dominating British television at the moment, more children than ever are falling in love with music, and are acutely aware of the stars of today, much like their parents might have idolized the Osmonds or the Bay City Rollers when they were children. While time in a recording studio might have been relatively difficult to come by in decades past, today things are a bit more affordable – any band can book a slot to lay down the next chart hit, and children are easily catered for by recording studios that allow them to hold birthday parties there. If they want to record their own version of their favourite Rihanna or Justin Bieber track, they can do. Who knows – maybe it’ll be their first step towards future superstardom!

There are many different professional recording studios which offer sessions for children to make their birthdays truly special. The best studios will offer the facilities for groups to prepare and enjoy cake and a party meal. This can be a very enjoyable experience for your child as they get to experience the feel of a real recording studio and can sing along to their favourite tunes.

Factors such as the number of children attending the party or the package that you wish to opt for also play a significant role in determining the overall price of the recording birthday experience. You can also do your part – try making it a fancy dress party where guests come as their favourite singer (within reason, though – nobody wants their child to look like Miley Cyrus) Why not combine a kids recording studio experience with a day out shopping, a fancy meal or transportation by limousine for one of those days that participants will never forget? Obviously it’ll cost more money, but what price can any parent put on their child’s happiness?

We all want to make our children’s birthdays memorable and giving them a recording birthday experience can be a unique way of showing them you care and making them feel truly special. Giving your child lifelong memories is something that you can create through positive experiences and can enlighten the little star in your child.

Lovefilm vs NOW TV: their key features explained

Find out what the key features of two of the most popular streaming subscription services are, and how these services will change the way in which you enjoy watching TV. They allow you to have the freedom of not entering a lengthy contract, and also give you control over what you watch and when.

Long gone are the days of having to enter lengthy contracts for your television subscription and being limited as to what you can watch, and this is all thanks to the online streaming subscription services that have been around for the last few years. These services allow you to pay a fee each month which can be cancelled at any time, and as well as this you stream shows and films directly to your device, and this could be a computer, TV, laptop, tablet or even your mobile phone. It is clear why so many people now opt for this method instead of TV subscriptions – there are a few different streaming services for you to consider, each with their own unique features.

LOVEFiLM, an Amazon subsidiary, is one of the most popular and is perfect for any film buffs. Another powerful option, which is similar in some ways but also has several vital differences, is NOW TV, which is powered by Sky and is perfect for sports and film fans that don’t want to be tied down to lengthy contracts. Both are excellent services, but it is worthwhile exploring each one so that you can make an informed decision.

LOVEFiLM is very affordable and allows you to cancel your membership at any time, and it also has an enormous catalogue of films and some TV shows as well. These are updated frequently and are easily streamed to any suitable device that you have, and as well as this you can also get DVDs and Blu-Rays through the post which you then post back when you are done, and this is great for those that enjoy popping a DVD in and will enjoy all the extras. As the name suggests, LOVEFiLM is perfect for film buffs because of the huge catalogue with Hollywood blockbusters, modern and old classics and plenty in every genre that you can imagine.

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NOW TV is similar in that you can get a monthly Sky Movies pass, which will give you access to a large collection of films including the latest Blockbusters and hundreds of other fantastic films as well. They can also be streamed onto a variety of devices and you can watch these at any point. NOW TV differs in that it also offers a Sky Sports day pass, which allows you 24 hours of all 6 Sky Sports channels. This is great for those who do not want a long and expensive contract, and instead want to catch the occasional football match, a cricket series or any other sporting event shown on Sky Sports.

Lovefilm vs NOW TV is a tough call and it will come down to what your preferences are and what you want to be able to enjoy. If you are a huge film fan then LOVEFiLM would probably be the best, whilst NOW TV still offers a decent film collection and is the better choice for sports fans.

LSS!

I was not able to watch this one when it was aired. Thanks to Youtube and ABS-CBN  I can play this over and over again.  I am huge Lea Salonga fan  and this is such a great birthday present (Yes, feeling ko niregalo sa akin ang performance. haha).  Patti Austin’s music touches the heart.  I love what she said about singing from the heart.  Enjoy!

LSS= Last Song Syndrome- having the last song you heard stuck on your head for a while.