November 29, 2011

TDUG: What I Wore to Sandance

SANDANCE Festival is an all day & night dance music festival hosted by Atlantis Palm Dubai at the Nasimi Beach. Every once in a while they will come up with an event filled with a powerful line-up of DJs and performers to entertain a group of people they call Sandancers from sunset to the break of dawn. Once they start rollin' there's no stoppin' and you literally go dancing in the sand hence the name.

From its definition, you'd have an idea on what to wear to events like these. Setting's going to be by the beach so you wouldn't want to be all covered up. You can either dress down and go for the casual beach look or go over the top by rocking the "beach glamorous" in every sense of the word.

I have had a total of 3 outfit changes. What I'd like to call Pre-Sandance, At Sandance, and Post-Sandance. I can be that fickle-minded.

Pre Sandance. We came all the way from Sharjah, where you cannot be seen wearing shorts in public. So here's my "commuter" look:

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Jellybean checkered blazer | Zara top | H&M treggings | Zara flats

At Sandance. I initially planned on just dropping the pants and popping the orange skort, which was my original look. I wanted to be a Danny Girl, a blazer-wearing-fella! But I had a change of heart when I realized my colors were actually day colors and the sun's setting already. Hence this look. Amazing what bold accessories can do to polish your outfit. A little bit of make-up wouldn't hurt too.

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Zara TRF shirt | H&M shorts | Zara flats

I got this shirt on sale! You know how much I love statement shirts! Especially the one written here! I loved the irony that comes with wearing it to The Script concert the most! How can you possibly SMILE MORE while they go bleed their hearts out and sing those heartbreaking songs to you! HA! The gold details of the letters added the right amount of glam I wanted to have since the shorts' already as plain as it gets. I had to pull my tucked-in out cos it got a bit too hot to handle. I needed some air hence the crop-top-inspired look.

Post Sandance. Since I cried my heart out, danced crazily at some point, I ended up all sweaty after The Script's set, I felt the need to change, hopefully for the last time that night. Taddah! I loved how the ruffles on my top complimented the horizontal pleats of my shorts! Mix of textures to give a classy look to a plain on plain ensemble! This is actually my original Danny girl look, sans the blazer. Which I ended up wearing eventually during our bus ride, finally going our way home.

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Zara top | H&M shorts | Zara flats

Which of the look do you like the most? I am kind of laughing to myself how I can't stick to one look in one night. Who does that?! Though I hope I was able to give justice to "beach glamorous" somewhere in between those 3 outfit changes! I personally loved how the last one turned out! And how it complimented the red spotlights lights all over the place that night!

And now, I leave you with this. A video made by Teen, our version of a Sandance! See you on the sand! 


Have an awesome midweek ahead, folks! Off to a Wednesdate with my sister and Edward Cullen tomorrow! Exciteddd! :)

November 25, 2011

Green Stranger in the Night

Strangers in the night, exchanging glances
Wondering in the night, what were the chances
We'd be sharing love before the night was through

Something in your eyes was so inviting
Something in your smile was so exciting
Something in  my heart told me I must have you

So funny when it just occurred to me how this will pass for the perfect soundtrack of that night, that bus ride between me and a certain "green stranger in the night". I'm washing the dishes and my sister kept singing random songs when it just hit me. That glorious feeling of having a song, finding the lyrics to remind you of a certain memory, a particular story.

How many people find each other everyday?

The Sandance 2011 night has already come to an end. I was reluctant to take the shuttle bus rides cos I'm stubborn like that, I wanted to take a cab right away. Anei and Teen however were the more logical ones and insisted we give it a look first and see from there. I couldn't be more thankful we did take a look first cos what we saw, err, who we saw inside made the decision for us! *snickers* There were 3 stations by the way; Jumeira Beach Residences, Old Town (Downtown) Dubai, and one more I can't seem to recall right now. Mostly because it was unfamiliar so that last one's not really an option anymore.

We headed straight in to the bus which read Downtown Dubai, settled ourselves to the seats paralleled to Mr. Decision-Maker: a good-looking fair-skinned lad in a plain white tee, printed green board shorts and slippers. He was already having a conversation with his seatmates when I started staring him down, unconsciously. I know it's never polite to stare, pardon me kind sir, but our situation left me with no other choice. In my defense, even if I wanted to, how can I possibly engage you in a convo when I'm far across the aisle? I would've liked it very much to re-enact a classic Jamie Sullivan - Landon Carter scene right there and then, the "Is this your idea of a small talk?" bus scene! It was a 45-minute bus ride, we could've talked about a mill things had I been on the bus a tad earlier, had I been seated next to you instead of the stolid window.

After lots of staring, stolen glances, sweet smiles, shy looks, and major eavesdropping, which went both ways, I realized the ride's about to end anytime soon. I better come up with something, anything! And just when we were nearing the bus stop, someone made a scene that semi-involved him. A fellow passenger couldn't help himself and vommed out on his side of the bus! He totally freaked out! Well, who wouldn't!!! He stood up on reflex and uttered, "Nice work!" The whole bus felt his strain and relief, at least somehow it wasn't directed right on his (pretty) face. And that's when I had my chance! I was able to share a line with him cause he shifted position bringing him physically closer to me, making the encounter possible. I told him, "You're still lucky the vom didn't land on your face." He was like, "Yeah. That would've made my day!" and the whole bus shared a good laugh, loud HAHAHA's! That's also when my sister had her chance to insert herself in the picture. She's always with a tictac pack so given the situation he recently had, candies would make a huge difference, if not a great help, to lighten up his mood! She asked him if he wants some... I guess you know what happened next - a tictac moment shared. Only time's not on our side and before we know it, he's back talking to his mates and we're about to go our separate ways. Needless to say, my coming up with something, anything didn't really well, came up. That's where and when our ride and story ended.

Or so I thought....

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You may wonder why I cared to share these photos from last night again. Let me tell you why, if it's not quite obvious already. We were feeling kind of sad since we did nothing so we have nothing to remind ourselves of Green Stranger in the Night but memories on our minds. No name, no anything. No final kiss to seal anything. Not until we started browsing thru the photos by the time we reached home. We were all so shocked and surprised to see a familiar figure on the background!

WhoWouldaThunkDaaattt!!!

Well, hello there, Mister Decision-Maker! What a very pleasant surprise! Turns out you and fate and everything in between left me with something to hold on to after all. And even if there's only that slightest of the slight chance that comes with wishing for this, I'd take it. If and when you, kind sir, happen to stumble upon this humble blog of mine anytime soon or further in the future...  It was so nice semi-meeting you, Green Stranger in the Night. So nice. Love, Miss Onlooker-in-a-Blazer. PS. Please don't freak out. I just really like telling stories, s'all. This is just how I roll.

How many people find each other everyday? How many...
The Girl in the City.
FIND ME.
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November 24, 2011

A Post Script to The Script

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"I'm still in shock, what have you done?"
Exit Wounds, The Script

Still nursing a hangover from the Sandance event. I don't know if it's a proud moment or a pathetic gesture. The night and everything in between caught me off guard. I guess one can never ever be prepared for something so awesome than you have ever imagined - when you got more than what you bargained for. Not going to lie. I was kind of anxious going to the event. I don't do events. I have never been into a full blown night of socializing, free flowing drinks and the works in my life. Not back in Pinas, definitely not in here! So it was quite understandable that it took me a month to decide on what to wear, how to style my hair and what exactly do they mean by "beach glamorous". Also, I had to stress about what "door policy applies" actually mean, can you believe that? Well, you better. You get the picture? How losery, I know...

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Since none of us drives, let alone owns a car, we had to master the art of commuting from Sharjah to Dubai, hence the several outfit changes. 1st stop : SHJ Bus Station. My sister and I had to wear pants first, Teenie had to wear her tights until we're finally in Dubai where shorts and dresses can finally be worn by women freely and legally. 2nd stop: Dubai Metro Train. Outift change and grabbed us some BK lovin' along Internet City. 3rd stop: Finally Atlantis. We were able to talk down a cabbie to take us from Internet City toNasimi Beach, thank heavens. Now we only have to worry about the fare and arriving there on time! It was a smooth ride until we made the turn to the Atlantis area. Believe me, it's like a new city amidst the city. Think Beverly Hills and maybe NYC... Traffic's already piling up and before we know it we're side by side with a frickin' limo on the road!Complete with chauffer, drinks and loud music! Then not long time after, a top-down car with blonde girls raising their drinks and dancing to their own music while holding out their iPhones and BBs. You can just imagine how many times I swallowed non-existing lumps on my throat. Whoa. At least I got my gold hoop earrings on. This is going to be an interesting night!

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We arrived at the venue just when the sun has set and the crowd's already growing by the minute. The moment we stepped down the cab, we knew it's going to take a whole lot of confidence to brave through an unfamiliar territory which we were about to treat ourselves into. Warm groups of happy people were walking alongside us, making our way thru the vast parking lot towards the entrance gates. It was a refreshing sight to see an entirely different crowd and we weren't even inside the venue yet! Boys clad in puruntong shorts, plain tees, and flip-flops. Girls in dresses, shortsies, slip-ons. Wow. It doens't feel like we're in the Middle East at all! Oh man, I should have been informed! It wasn't like I'm not expecting any of it, it's just that I had no idea that such exists!

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 It took us a while to drink in the atmosphere. We couln't help giggling and smiling to ourselves! Who would say no to a sea of beautiful people and sexy accents? Not me! Let's get this night started! We started walking around. Bumping into random strangers. Looking out and not blending in at first. It was all too much to take for a first time socializer. At one point, you'd see someone shocked to see someone familiar and then they'll introduce each other to their respective groups. One girl's dancing carelessly on the sand, a drink on her hand, amidst the crowd. One couple's dancing so intimately like no one else is around to see how close and closer they are getting already. The rest are just off having a fun, crazy night and it's about time we join the club!

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There were few open bars in the area so we finally decided to get a drink so we can start settling in. Anei and I had beer while Teenie opted for a Vodka drink. Can't believe I'm sharing a night out with a beer on the side with my littlest sister already! She's really a grown up now. She's actually the one always on the lookout since my poor eyesight can really be a liability during night time. I love her and totally loved the fact that we just shared our first grown up night together! It was just as memorable for Teenie cos believe it or not, it's her first concert experience ever! Couldn't get any happier to be sharing another first with her!

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As The Script concert came to an end, we made our way out of the crowd. Very timely, Use Somebody's on the background. I kid you not when I say there were lots of somebody out there! But with the massive amount of people almost everywhere, it will be very tricky to pick just one somebody so we ended up with nobody but ourselves. HA! We decided to go straight back into the elevated part of the beach, overlooking the crowd, as well as the Dubai skyline. It's about time we give our legs some rest! We didnt realize we have been standing all night long already! And just when you thought the night couldn't get any better, the skyline's suddenly beaming with neon lights as the fireworks display started! It was the most perfect way to put an end to the already amazing night! I wouldn't want and have it in any other way!

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November 18, you have no idea how happy you've made me. I'm not even sure where I'm getting here. I just basically want to immortalize these moments thru photos and words, for future reference. For in any time I might be feeling a little too low, I will have this to remember. Seeing your favorite band perform live. Singing and bleeding your heart out. Dancing in the sand. Being by the beach. Overlooking the Dubai skyline. Having the perfect company. Blasting some real good music. Meeting a lot of beautiful people. All in one sparkling, flawless night of November. Not so bad for a postscript if you ask me. So now, can you blame me if I am nowhere near the moving on phase? Hmm. That's what I thought.

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"I'm not moving... I'm not moviiinnnggg...."
The Man Who Can't Be Moved, The Script

November 23, 2011

TGIS E07 : THE SCRIPT IN DUBAI

NO WORDS - so I'll just let my emotions flow and pray they give justice to what has been the awesomest night of my life yet! Five days and I still feel uneasy, my heart's filled with so much joy that it's just going to explode from too much happiness and I'm not even exaggerating. I have had a week of sleepless nights prior to November 18! Who says only the band members experience pre-concert-jitters? An FYI, fangirls too, in more ways than one. And here I am, close to a weeksary still suffering from an intense fictional disease called HHFH (However Hardcore Fangirl Hangover). I guess it's safe to say that I will never ever look at and listen to The Script the same way ever again. Never. Ever. Again. Aaaaah, my fangirl heart!!!

Can you blame me? We're talking about The Script here! I don't know why some time back in August, I found myself wishing for a fangirl experience with them! Somehow leaving it up to law of attraction after that. At least I did my part of wishing...

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I don't even know when, how, why and most especially where! Will it be back home? In Dublin? Somewhere else? Who woulda thunk that some two months after, I'd live to see the day when these Irish boyfs would tweet about this...

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Asadskgdsdsgfdksgfhjdgfdsfgsdjkfhsdweoryuewoyriewbfmsandwhfjbsnfbajjrhesifgkjebfsdhfkjsdhfksdjh!!!!

The day @thescript announced their gigs for November on Twitter, and one of them's happening in Dubai, I knew I have to be in that concert! Not going is not an option! Good thing I had exactly one month to prepare and outsource to have November 18 done my way! Thankful for my job that doesn't only pay the rent - but also pays for my overpriced fangirl fuel! Thankful for friends and family who's been so supportive of my fangirl stints. Thankful for good company, perfect venue, beautiful crowd that night. Thankful for everything that has made November 18 possible!

The anticipation lived up to every bit of expectation I have had for that night! I haven't been to a live concert in so long since I got here in the Emirates, when I used to go to one at least once or twice a year back in the Philippines. So you can only imagine how I freaked out when I found out that I will have THE SCRIPT as my first live international concert experience! (!!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!)

The Script. I don't think they'd fit any definition so you just have to trust one fangirl's instinct on this! Believe me when I say I have nothing but love for these Irish boyfs Mark, Glen and Danny! That seeing them live for the very first time meant everything to me! I never actually realized that until a week before their gig, ultimately the night before! I haven't felt that way towards anything for the longest time!

From the moment M stepped on stage, G sat on his drum corner, D made his Sandance entrance then announced that "We are The Script from Dublin, Ireland..." up to the time they took their trademark bow as the show came to an end while D and M made us sing to fade an acapella version of For The First Time's "Oooooh these times are hard, they are making us crazy, don't give up on me baby", I swear during those times, we were infinite!!!

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We were able to squeeze ourselves further down the front line since the rest of the crowd's still busy dancing while the DJ's doing his stuff! Before we know it, it's 8P already and we're minutes away from infinity! When we finally realized it's the closest we can get, we decided to stay right there and that's when we figured, for the first time that night, how our position's close enough to see Danny's pretty face in detail! As it turns out, it's just going to be an arm length or two away from ours! This night just keeps getting better and better!

When the first song's played, which is "You Won't Feel A Thing", I was just too busy convincing myself that I'm actually living one of my dreams at the moment! I'm watching, seeing, hearing, experiencing The Script... live!!! And it really didn't help that Danny's spectacular that night! First song and I'm already lost in trance! This handsome lad can do it all at once, and surely is sizzling hot while at it! Mark's so cute especially his facial expressions!!! He kept looking at the crowd and can't seem to believe what he's seeing! He's all over the place, headbangin'! I loved how he made the "Nothing" introduction. Audio's a bit low since it's an open area but I figured he said the same thing about Danny's Drunk Dialing. He's holding his cuppa beer, asked the crowd who's currently drunk and if we know how dangerous alcohol can be, especially to a guy like Danny, who's sitting like a little baby on the platform. Then he raised his cup before strumming his way to the song! When Glen started his drum solo somewhere along Rusty Halo, I lost it! I was dancing like a crazy person to the point of annoyance! Sorry girl at my back, I just had to. You kept on pushing me anyways so I guess we're even. HAHA! Good good times!!!

I thought I'd cry over The Man Who Can't Be Moved, but maybe I'm just too happy to be sentimental that I just sang with them and drank them in, sans all the unnecessary emotions! Before The Worst's when the guys around me started to outsang us girls! I loved it so much that I made sure I took a mental video of how they seem to have been to that place a mill times over already to pour that kind of emotion over a song! D, M, and G were one with the crowd. For once, the screaming girls took a backseat. When it's finally winding down, fellas around us started to realize they haven't sung Breakeven! They started asking if they just missed out or they really just haven't, so they're all like "They haven't sang Breakeven, yes?" Shouts to the stage, "No, you have to sing Breakeven! You have tooooo!!!" And then we all kinda freaked out when we heard a familiar intro... FINALLY BREAKEVEN! And just like that, a sea of 11 thousand people were standing and singing alone together, as if their hearts are currently being broken unevenly right there and then. It was so beautiful, so so so beautiful. Heartbreaking but very, very beautiful.

I knew the set's already coming to an end after that but I wasn't sad about it. I enjoyed every bit of each superb performance! It was altogether satisfying that I didn't find myself asking for more. It was all so good. So beautiful. So amazing. So real and unreal at the same time. After Breakeven, lights went out and they all just disappeared from the stage! Of course we knew they'd come back! They have to come back!

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And that they did! When D hit those keys, spotlights' all on him, we knew we're up to a good finale, as we will all "start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine"!!! How can it be more appropriate!!! We met a few people during the entire time so when the lines, "We just now got the feeling that we're meeting for the first time" would come up, we'd go around facing random strangers around us, as if we're dedicating the song to each other! I can still smell the memory of it all. As if it's just today. As if it's just about to happen. That feeling you know you would miss even if you never felt it. That's how it was for me that night!

When they all held hands, took the bow and D said his final words of goodbye, thankyou, and I love you, I knew I was indeed and undeniably and definitely, the happiest fangirl in town!!! They made their exit as we sang the last lines, "Ooooohh, these times are hard, they are making us crazy, don't give up on me babyyyy...." lead by Mark and Danny! Danny made his last slow spin dance move, and Mark hit Glen's cymbals using his hand which served as an exclamation point that put an end to the night.

And even if you wish it will never come to an end, it has to. You can only hope that you've made the most out of the chance. And I surely did, folks. Surely did. Let me borrow M's words...

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"Atlantis Hotel Dubai, you were unreal! Big love, M"

Likewise, Irish boyfs! No words, J.

There were several times during the concert when M, G, and D were all in disbelief, we were all wondering why. They'd exchange overwhelmed looks and super sweet smiles, and we still wonder why. I guess now I know why... You Irish Boyfs, youuu! Too sweet, too sweeeeeet...

This is one of those times. Look at D's face on the screen...

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images from nasimi beach news facebook page

Eleven thousand people. I guess what made the night extra interesting is the fact that all 11 thousand of us will probably have nothing else in common save for The Script's music. There's no general way to address us except as Sandancers, who clearly went to Sandance to experience The Script that night. We were united by their lyrics, bonded by the same emotion of each song, intertwined by their melodies, and joined by same untold stories of our lives... We were all BUT The Script that night. The Script's what defined us all. How magical! No wonder they were all so emotional. It was such a beautiful sight. I am so thankful I got to be a part of this awesome crowd. So so so thankful!!! And if anyone out there's reading this now and you happened to be a part of this night too, please shine some love and hit me up! I'd like to share this memory with you! :)

And oh, in case I forgot to mention it plainly, here it goes...
The Script @ Sandance is nothing much. Just the BEST. CONCERT. EVER. BESTCONCERTEVER. That is all!

November 04, 2011

How To Spend A Friday E05

1) Go for a wholesome family day at the park.
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We went back to The Dubai Creek Park over the weekend and the place's packed with families and pack of friends alike! I have always been a fan of outdoor stuff and Dubai's been very accommodating with my every need! Entrance fee's for 5DHS/pax and that's that! You can bring in all the food and picnic paraphernalia you need and you're all good for a family day out!

2) Get out of the comfort zone of your kitchen and do some hardcore barbecue-ing.
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We had the chicken and pork marinated the night before, together with some hotdogs and mushrooms and we're good to go! It took us about 45 minutes to get all the cooking done but it was worth it! If you plan on doing the same, I suggest you bring out your inner boy and girl scouts from the preppin' to the actual cooking! Those skills will sure come handy, trust me.

3) Dine with the whole fam while the sun's up, under some shade and then there's some slight winter breeze in the air.
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After all the hardcore bbq-ing we had, you bet we're all so hungry when all's done! We took turns doing the cooking so we all worked hard to deserve the food we're about to eat! I will have to master the art of charcoal-ing, if you get what I mean, so the next time, it's all gonna be a piece of cake. HAHA!

4) Play with the kiddos around! They're the sweetest and funniest to be with!
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It's almost expected to be settled next to a family or a group of kiddos! You know one of my fave hobbies even back in the Philippines' people-watching. I did some alteration though, I do kiddo-watching now! I swear they're all too cute and adorable for words and their actions are all so raw and refreshing to the twenty-something-me, always a very welcome distraction! Meet Noor and Alah, our neighbors turned playmates! Look at them blue eyes! Such barbiedolls!

5) Watch the sunset to sundown with happy tummies, happy memories of happy Fridays.
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And this is how my sister and I put an end to the night while the folks are resting and/or sleeping - take silly photos of each other. And I wouldn't have it in any other way. I just wish you know, there's someone like you. Or maybe because you know I can use somebody. Someone like you. Someone like me. Maybe that's gonna be for How To Spend A Friday E0X. So stay tuned. HA! And how about you guys! How did your Friday go? Let me know about it! I'd love to hear your How To's too!
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