Let’s Make a Memory with Rex Smith

21 02 2009

Rex Smith Mini-Concert

I arrived about 2 hours earlier but the venue was already full. You can only see one empty seat in every row but I was quite lucky to find two adjacent chairs in the second row from the last.  I wondered where my colleague was, when she was supposed to reserve a seat for me since her house is just a stone’s throw away from Southmall.  

That was my first time to see a free show at the mall.  I never gave a heck of time in the past until last February 15.  Who would pass up this very rare chance to witness an international artist perform up close, at no cost?  And we’re talking of Rex Smith here,  famous 80’s heartthrob and pop icon. 

When my colleague arrived, she expressed her doubts on whether Rex Smith is really performing.  There wasn’t any single song by the artist being played on the PA system at that time.  Oh well, I was wondering, too as early as Saturday when I checked on the venue.  There was no poster of Smith, no clear sign to that effect.  Could it just be Faith Cuneta singing Rex Smith’s most popular songs?   After a while, there was a welcome announcement confirming Rex Smith’s appearance that night.  We still couldn’t believe it, but it was repeated several times more.   “So it’s gonna be Rex Smith!”  Then, it would be really worth the wait.

At a  little past 6 p.m., the mini-concert was started with two dance numbers followed by a piano solo from a certain pianist (I forgot the name) then a Broadway song from Faith Cuneta.  After a few more songs, Rex Smith came out of the stage.  He was damn cute and sexy!  Without much ado, he started with the song You Take My Breath Away.   Oh my gosh!  That is my most favorite song of Rex Smith.  But, I hadn’t changed the battery of my camera yet.   Earlier, I discovered that the battery was about to drain.  I was panicking.  I wanted to capture this but it was too late.  “Anyway, there’s still the next song.”   I so wanted to record everything but I only had a 512-MB card with me and one working battery (I hope still fully charged).   I decided to just take a few shots and then I went to the middle aisle, at the front,  to get a better view.  I left my things with my colleague and just brought my camera and mobile phone with me.

I was able to record a video of him while singing Let’s Make a Memory thru my digicamI missed the first part though.   His renditions of Forever and Simple Jessie were recorded thru my mobile.   I didn’t realize he was that good… 4 songs in a row, no break.

He didn’t stay that long after his singing.  I was quite disappointed co’z I wanted to go up the stage and have a shot with him.  There was one lady who brought a record which he signed after his last song.   Lucky was she, for she received a peck on her cheek.  After that, Rex Smith was gone.  

We left the area and proceeded to the side hoping to still get a glimpse of Smith but he was nowhere to be found.  Faith Cuneta was the one who appeared.  I decided then to have a few shots of her while I was still aching to see Rex Smith.   My colleague suggested that we try to check out the back door.  Both doors were open.  I was thinking he already left…  that fast.   I was already giving up until we reached the left door.  I saw 2 ladies getting inside.  “He must still be there!”

I was right, he was still inside.  After taking a close-up shot of him, I asked one of the event staff if we can have a shot together.   Before the guy took our shots, I told Rex Smith, “I’m a fan of yours!”  He just smiled.   I still couldn’t believe it was happening.  Right before my eyes was Rex Smith and I had touched him.  I was blushing like a little girl.  I could feel the flush in my cheeks.   Another female fan came in, took a shot then asked if she can kiss him.   I got to kiss him, too!  “Can I kiss you, too?”  So I moved toward him and brushed my cheek to his.   Then my colleague handed me her camera but she was too shy to approach Smith.  I was instructing her to move closer  right after a male fan was done with his shot with Smith.   He was no longer that attentive so my colleague gave up.  “It’s ok.  We have our shots in your camera, anyway” (Ok lang, meron naman sa camera mo), she said.  She stood at the right side of Smith when the event staff took a shot of me with Smith.   

I didn’t want to leave but I thought he deserved and needed some privacy that time.  That was enough privilege already.  So we left.

We were already a few steps away from that back door when my colleague said,  “Let me take a look at our pictures!” (Patingin!).   When we checked…. 

I didn’t know how to react.  I wanted to laugh out loud but I also felt sorry for her co’z she was not there in the pictures.   The guy zoomed my camera in while taking our shot so he was able to capture only me and Smith.   “I’m sorry about that, Sylvs!”


Great Things to Do

20 02 2009

While browsing my archives to locate some files related to my immigration application,  I came across with this  article which tells some of the great things to do as follows: 

  • Run when you need to!
  • Give lots of kisses.
  • Meet new people, even if they look different to you.
  • Love your friends, no matter who they are.
  • Don’t waste food.
  • Take an occasional risk.
  • RELAX!
  • Try to have a little fun each day.
  • Say, “I love you” often.
  • Express yourself creatively.
  • Be conscious of your appearance.
  • Always be up for surprises.
  • Love someone with all your heart.
  • Share with friends.  It will get better.
  • There is always someone who loves you more than you know.
  • Exercise to keep fit.
  • Live up to your name.
  • Hold on to good friends; they are few and far between!
  • Indulge in the things you truly love.
  • Cherish every Sunday!
  • Close your eyes and smile at least once a day!
  • At the end of the day… PRAY

Cebu Pacific’s Zero Fuel Surcharge

18 02 2009


Just before I left the office yesterday, I got this SMS message from the Cebu Pacific announcing its One Million Seat Sale at Zero Fuel Surcharge on both domestic and international flights with sale period starting today up to February 24. 

I would have checked the site as early as last night if I were interested.  Honestly, I didn’t have any plan until a colleague earlier announced that the travel period is up to December 31, 2009.   I had second thoughts then. 

Well, not bad!  I thought of my brother who is a pastor and his family.  I promised to sponsor their travel to Hongkong before I leave for Canada.  So this is a quite good timing.  Book, book….

Rex Smith in the Flesh: The Day Before

14 02 2009

Last Thursday, a colleague had started convincing me to watch Peter Cetera’s Valentine Concert at the Araneta Coliseum.  Aside from the distance and the short notice, I told her that I much prefer David Pomeranz.  She finally gave up last Friday and invited me instead to see Rex Smith who’s coming to Southmall, Las Piñas City.

I thought today is the day I’m going to see Rex Smith in the flesh.  I was even planning to move my appointment for a facial from 5 p.m. to maybe 7 p.m. co’z mall events are usually held between 4 and 6 p.m.   When I arrived at the mall at 3:30 p.m., I proceeded to the activity area and checked on some posters or the like on the stage.  There I discovered that the scheduled activity for the day was the Celebrity Dating Game and tomorrow will be the Rex Smith on Broadway Love feat. Faith Cuneta.  “Ok, it’s not today.  I can come back tomorrow.  No problem with that.  I don’t have any commitment, anyway.”  

Lovapalooza 2009

12 02 2009

On the eve of Valentine’s Day 2004, the first ever kiss fest – Lovapalooza – in Manila was held in Baywalk, Roxas Blvd. where a total of 5,347 couples gathered to lock lips, breaking the mass-kissing record previously set by Chile.

Lovapalooza 2009

Now, on its 6th year, Lovapalooza will be held again in SM Mall of Asia this Saturday, February 14 at 6 p.m.  Watch out for the performances of Rico Blanco, Bamboo, and Pupil with the Metro Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest Sponge Cola with the theme Red Hot Valentine’s. 

Even if I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, I still wish I had somebody to join the kissing couples on this exciting event, bwahaha!

Still on Bird Watching

11 02 2009

Six days after my first real bird watching experience, I spared another time to visit the nest co’z I was sure that within 3 or 4 days, the baby birds would be gone flying with the other adult birds. 

With my digicam in hand, I climbed up a wooden chair again to enable me to get a very good view.  At that moment, I tried to slow down my movements and be more silent so as not to frighten the baby birds.  I was quite worried that they would try to fly and escape from me – the intruder.   

Bird Watching

I didn’t expect to see them with more feathers – dark shiny black feathers at that time.  Surely, any time soon, they would leave the nest and join the others in the open.  After getting a few shots, I decided to leave and stay inside the house by the window to catch a glimpse of the mother bird and hopefully get a closer shot.  I was starting to feel the heat of the day, in my not-so-comfortable position as I set my camera in the window grill.  I waited… waited some more.  It was taking quite long.  (I didn’t have much time to sit and wait co’z I got to prepare for my Tagaytay trip that same morning).  The mother bird had not appeared yet.  After some time, at the top of the Indian tree across the street, the mother bird came in sight with some orange-colored thing in her bill, must be some kind of food.  Then another adult bird came to join her, also with this orange-colored thing.  So the parents were about to feed the young.  I decided to remain steady in my position and waited for them to come to the nest.  Oopps!  They were fast.  They were able to get inside the nest and leave right away while I was trying to shift to a better location.  They must have just dropped the food in the hungry mouths of the baby birds and then left.   I’ve learned that young birds need to eat every 15 to 20 minutes during daytime.  That frequent?  After a few minutes, the two returned and landed just across our window.  I was determined that time to get a few shots.  “It’s now or never…” 

Big Things Come in Small Packages

10 02 2009

Last Friday, I got the small package (smaller than a shoebox) that my brother sent me thru a friend. Guess what it was. Right! Every handcarried package will not be complete without Truffettes de France and some food supplements.  Now, I got a 1-kg. box of TdF in addition to my 500-gm pack that has been sitting in the fridge for a month now.  I didn’t want to open the existing pack until I got another.  I just ignored the notice I received from Glorietta 4 outlet about the ongoing promo coz my brother had already informed me earlier that he’s sending a pack soon. 

Truffettes de France

I was expecting they melted and turned runny while in transit like the last time but thanks to Weng co’z only the cocoa dusts did melt.  They were stuck together, though, so I had to use a fork or knife to separate them.  I still enjoy the truffles even without the cocoa dusts.  I’m telling you guys, if you’re on a diet, don’t dare taste this yummy delights co’z you will only get into trouble, unless you have enough self-control hahaha….