Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Kobe Bryant Experience

I was just waiting for JC at Powerbooks so we can get home together, what followed was a series of fortunate events. When he arrived at Powerbooks he immediately told me about all the mall security lining up outside as if someone very important was coming, so mega usisa naman kami kung the who ang VIP na yon. Nasa cinema ang kaguluhan and from the people milling around we overheard that it was Kobe Bryant. I did not believe at first cos I thought he wasn't here (that time) yet but then after running towards the escalator going up cinema 3, we got a confirmation from this (lucky) lady and her son who got a photo of Kobe on her iPhone!


I'm not a fan of Kobe pero walangya Kobe Bryant is the Kobe Bryant! Ilang tao lang ba ang nabibiyaan ng pagkakataon to be at the same place with him? Uhmm, hindi ko rin alam basta alam ko lahat kami na nasa Shangri-la nung gabing yun e maswerte.

He (and his entourage) was at Cinema 3 watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (stalker mode on!) and with a quick calculation estimated that he'll be out at around 12.30am. Should we wait for 2 and a half hours to see him? Will we see him naman kaya talaga!? The Cheese was ok with it and I was quite thankful that I brought my laptop with me so he can watch the 2 remaining GoT episodes he hasn't watched yet (and keep him busy too). At saan pa ba tatambay kundi sa Starbucks! I'm not a Starbucks or coffee person but that time it seemed to be our best option to pass up the time.

In fairness, nakakakaba maghintay kay Kobe cos all these ugly thoughts kept on creeping up in my head. What if umalis sya ng maaga? What if sa ibang daan sya dumaan? What if di kami palapitin? Aba it would really suck big time cos we waited two and a half hours ha.

Starbucks closes at 12, so we hung out in the snacks area for a while until the guard also whisked us away. But we, along with the crew of Claw Daddy, Sumo Sam, cinemas, etc remained inside. Pakalat kalat lang kami while nervously waiting for 12.30 to roll.

Ang pinakamalungkot na narinig ko nang gabing yun "bawal mag-picture". Sabi yan ni kuya guard. Masunurin ako so, wala talagang picture. Ayokong madyaryo as pasaway no!

Around 12.15 bumababa na sila sa escalator my gaaad takbuhan ang ganap. Sad to say manong guard didn't even let us come near them. ANG LAYO NA NILA, NAG-ELEVATOR PA! Kamote.

Yun na ang pinakamabilis na pagbaba ko ng escalator/hagdan from sixth floor just to catch him on level 1. At mabait si Lord kasi naabutan namin sya, saktong palabas pa lang ng elev. Again, manong guard told us not to take photos so I didn't.

Then they all suddenly stopped in front of NBS. I dunno who he was but this guy (from Kobe's entourage) ran up to a Pinoy guy and was fussing at his camera. Deleting photos? Wow pare heavy. MEHGANONG GANAP.

But man whoever you are I thank you cos if not for you they wouldn't be standing there for about what? 2 minutes?

KOBE BRYANT, so near yet so far. I was grinning like mad and Kobe was like ___. Dedma lang. Poker face forever!

And when they finally moved towards the gate, JC and I were following behind them, 2 or 3 feet man that's how close we got to him. JC and I felt like we were part of his entourage sa sobrang close hahaha.

Ang tumambad samin palabas? Sandamakmak na mobile phones and cameras aimed at him. Dang, sana pala sa labas na lang kami naghintay talaga at least dun pwede mag-picture haha.

On the other hand, okay lang din. At least nakita pa rin namin sya. We may not have the photos to prove it pero malaki ang chance na kasama kami sa picture na kinuha nyo kay Kobe lol. It was only outside where I finally remembered to take a video of him. Sorry likod lang nya ang kita pero promise sya talaga yan!

Ladies and gentleman, I present you Kobe's back. Erm, back of Kobe's head lang pala pambihira:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mumford & Sons ~ The Cave

Live at Reading Festival 2010.

My new loves, the adorable and talented lads from West London. Listening to them it's like they're talking and singing the lyrics to you and no one else.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Guilt-Free Shopping

New, as well as old, gems giving me the natural high oye!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Dance With Dragons

The fifth installment in A Song of Ice and Fire series comes out today. I'm sure a lot of people have their copies now in their desk, bed or their hands, about to pee with excitement once again with the most awaited return of the characters from Westeros. I'm not sure when I can lay my own hands with one, I'll probably have to wait out for the paperback edition first because I'm nearly broke already :|

Enjoy! Gaad I hope I won't stumble in to any spoiler site. I've read enough spoilers to kick myself in the arse and get on with finishing all 4 books, which unfortunately I haven't completed yet haha.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Game of Thrones

Fell down the wonderful world of Westeros and never got out. I swear the whole series (10 episodes of them) were all brilliantly and amazingly made it pains my heart everytime I finish watching an episode, and so much more when the season ended.

Lesson learned: Don't get too attached with any of the character/s, you might not forgive the author for killing them off hee (though I've found out that that's really his style).

My favorite characters in GoT:

Eddard Stark (Sean Bean). Yes, he seems to have steered in the general direction of kingly, honourable character. Not that it's bad.

"In the name of Robert of the house Baratheon, first of his name, king of the Andals and the first men, lord of the seven kingdoms and protector of the realm, I Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell, and warden of the North, sentence you to die."

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). He delivers all the killer lines! What he lacks in height he makes up with wit, smart and too often, snarky remarks.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington). There's just something about Ned's bastard's eyes that haunts me. Those sad, sad eyes. Plus, I'll always root for the underdogs.

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) Such a brave young girl so unlike her despicable sister. Strong character! I also like her relationship with her father, Ned. Too bad, huhu.

The direwolves. All of them, at least the remaining ones. They're fiercely loyal!

Now I'm off to read GoT, the first of the seven-book series A Song of Fire and Ice. Best of luck!

Day 30 - Your Favorite Song At This Time Last Year

The closest one I can get.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Day 29 - A Song From Your Childhood

I was a big fan of Hanson, from their humble beginning as a trio of young talented brothers to the grown married men that they have become today. I suppose I still am a fan. Nothing wrong with that surely.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Day 26 - A Song That You Can Play On An Instrument

For the love of God I can't play any instrument if my life ever depended on it. But this one, or at least the first verse, I can play on the piano. Naks. Nagfi-feeling lang. When I was 9 I had a neighbor-friend who practices piano every 3 in the afternoon (our plays or whatever it was that we're doing gets halted for about an hour). Most of the time I watch her while she practiced and somehow learned to play simple tunes on the piano.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Day 25 - A Song That Makes You Laugh

For some reason it does perhaps because it is forever depicted in my head as the Mentos song.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Day 23 - A Song That You Want To Play At Your Funeral

I love this song! It has good lyrics and good inspiration behind it. I can't embed the music video, hence the posted video above but do try to watch it cos it's technically the (real life) story of Joel Pott's (vocalist) grandfather, Major John Pott.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Day 23 - A Song That You Want To Play At Your Wedding

No, I haven't thought of my own wedding yet. This is a topic that I honestly haven't given any attention yet since I'm sure I won't be marrying til I'm in my 30s. So naturally why would I think of what songs to be played on that day right?! But this 30-day song challenge made me think and to be fair, I looked for one that is considered proper to be played on a wedding.

This song is actually good so try and listen to it :)

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Day 22 - A Song That You Listen To When You’re Sad

Apparently Remy Zero did not release a music vid for this song that I absolutely and immensely love. Quite sad the song eh? Plus this song has been part of OST of two movies that I also adore: Garden State and Fanboys.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Day 21 - A Song That You Listen To When You’re Happy

Listening to this song makes me even happier too bad its music video isn't available for embedding. Nevertheless...