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On Rihanna Songs

Am not a big fan of Rihanna, really, which is ironic because i actually feel like her song Umbrella was MY song. Tho not voluntarily. it’s because of my name, ella. when it first came out, i cannot even order coffee from starbucks without the barrista singing it to me. “ella, ella, eh-eh…” and even years after, when i try to introduce my self, people would often say “ella, like the song?” and promptly sing it to me as if on cue, just like he did.

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On the Manila Production of the Phantom of the Opera

I have been looking forward to watching this live ever since i heard that they’d be playing in manila. (and even before that too! it’s part of my long list of ‘to see’ in broadway when i finally visit newyork! ) as mentioned, i am a big Phan! 🙂 i first watched it when i was in gradeschool and the highschool batch made an amateur production. I read the novel when i was in highschool (and saw another amateur production) and i watched the movie when it came out in 2004. I have a copy of the movie and have played it over and over and over… I even have an entire playlist dedicated to the songs. 🙂 (i can debate on whose version of music of the night is better between gerard butler, david cook or josh groban, and i could argue all sides of the coin too!)

I just got home from CCP,and all i can say is that i enjoyed the manila production of the phantom of the opera—with one slight hiccup, but more on that later.

I loved the London Cast! They were, in a word– world-class! (okay, two words, but hey, the hyphen makes it one! Haha)

The acting was exceptional, the choreography was perfect to a T, the stage and props were acceptable. I say acceptable because i wasnt really wow-ed by it. To be honest i was expecting more bells and whistles, but the acting was riveting enough that this oversight was forgettable. It wasnt the hiccup i mentioned, and to be honest, i can just imagine how nightmare-ish shipping all those props were, as it is.

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On fun 15-minute breaks.

I’m taking a 15-minute break from studying, and since I don’t smoke anymore, I thought of blogging via email, which is still amazing to me! I mean around 5years ago, I wouldn’t have thought it possible to send an email via my cellphone (here in the philippines at least. Smartphones just went mainstream here about 3-4years ago)

Now, with just a few taps on my ‘berry I am able to not only send an email, but post an entire blogpost complete with pictures! it truly is amazing to me. Yea. Simple pleasures like that get me high. (Or maybe it’s just my way of justifying my full-feature blackberry plan, when I could easily get a bbm-facebook-twitter plan for half the price. Lol. Of course I can use my iphone to, but I prefer tapping on keys instead of glass. Lol.
More Ellaisms here

Manila Music Festival

Dubbed as Manila’s version of coachella, i give you the first-ever Manila Music Festival!

Manila Music Festival

Who’s going?!

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 04

Day 04- List 15 songs that represent your life’s soundtrack

1. Defying Gravity – Wicked Soundtrack
“I’m through accepting limits just cause someone says the’yre so. Some things i cannot change but til i try I’ll never know. Too long i’ve been afraid of losing love i guess i’ve lost.”

2. I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
“You can bend but never break me coz it only serves to make me achieve my final goal. And i come back even stronger, not a novice any longer, coz you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul.”

3. Empire State of Mind – Alicia Keyes
“In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do No You’re in New York, These streets will make you feel brad new, big lights will inspire you.”

4. Dreaming of You – Selena
i like this song because when you listen to the lyrics it feels like a sad song but when you get to the end, it’s a happy ending.
“now I’m dreaming with you tonight, till tomorrow and for all of my life. and there’s nowhere in this world i’d rather be than here in my room, dreaming with you endlessly…”

5. Single Ladies – Beyonce
because I am always the eternal single lady
“cuz if you liked it you shoulda put a ring on it.”

6. You Sent Me Flying – Amy Winehouse
“his message was brutal, but the delivery was kind. Maybe if i get this down i’ll get it off my mind. oh, and it serves to condition me and smoothen my kinks., yeah yea. Despite my frustration for the way that he thinks.”

7. Cherry – Amy Winehouse
i totally understand Amy wiehouse in this. in my case her name is Carrie. (my iPad)
“and when i’m lonely, Cherry’s there. And she plays along while i sing out my blues. I could be crying and you dont care. you won’t call me back you’re stubborn as a mule. maybe we could talk ’bout thing if you was made of wood and strings. you might think i’ve gone too far i’m talking ’bout my new guitar”

8. Let’s Wait a While – Janet Jackson
FYI: i only act fast and loose but i’m not. my brain is bigger than my boobs.
“let’s wait awhile before it’s too late let’s wait awhile. our love will be great, let’s wait awhile before we go too far'”

9. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
“i remember we were driving, driving in your car, the speed so fast i felt like i was drunk, city lights lay out before us, and your arm felt nice wrapped around my shoulder and i had a feeling that i belonged. and i had a feeling i could be someone, be someone, be someone.”

10. You’re The One – Tracy Chapman
cuz when i find The One, heaven help me but i won’t care whatever people say about him but he’s the one, he’s the one’he’s the one!
“some say you’re crazy, say you’re no good, say you’re damily’s cursed with bad blood. i think you’re cute and misunderstood and i wouldnt change you if i could. let em talk you dionw, call you namesmy mind’s made up it ain’t gonna change. i’m sure n my heart happy and free you’re the one, you’re the one, you’re the one for me,”

11. Killing Me Softly – Lauryn Hill
“i felt all flushed with fever, embarassed by the crowd. i felt he found my letters and read each one out loud. i prayed that he would finish but he kept just right on. Strumming my pain in his fingers…”

12. Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
“some boys take a beautiful girl and hide her away from the rest of the world. i want to be the one to walk in the sun. oh girls, they wanna have fun. oh girls just want to have fun

13. It Aint Me, Babe – Bob Dylan
“you say you’re looking for someone never weak but always strong to protect you and defend you whether you are right or wrong. someone to open each and every door. but it aint me babe, no, no, no, it aint me babe. it aint me you’re looking for.”

14. Hot Honey Rag – Roxy and Velma, Chicago
“you can like the life you’re living. you can live the llife you like. you can even marry harry. but mess around with ike..”

15. Take Me or Leave Me – Rent
“a tiger in a cage can never see the sun. this diva needs her stage so baby let’s have fun! you are the one i choose, folks would kill to fill your shoes. you’ll love the limelight too now baby. so be mine, and don’t waste my time cryin’ ‘oh honey bear are you still my, my, my baby?’ “

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