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The Moffatts Farewell Tour and A Trip Down Memory Lane.

My partner texted me last Thursday night(February 16,2017)telling me to buy a ticket for the farewell tour of one my favorite 90’s band, The Moffatts. I am thinking whether to go or not since the band came missing one member which is Dave Moffatt. I thought about it all night since this is really going to be an ultimate trip down memory lane for me since this band is one of the band that I am singing along with all the time way back High-School. The first album of the band called, Chapter One:A New Beginning is also the first ever album I bought out of my savings back then.

Finally, I made up my mind and decided to go to the concert. I hurriedly message my brother through  Facebook Messenger asking if The Moffatts concert tickets are still available.

My brother replied: “Go online, you might still get one since there are limited seats available!”

Since this is my first time buying ticket online for  a “Major Concert”, I am not really familiar on how to do it. I hurriedly message my brother once again asking how to do it, he got hot headed telling me to go to SM malls and find if there are still available tickets. So I surf the net using my cellphone searching, and luckily there’s an available ticketnet in that mall  as per Google.

3 o’clock in the afternoon after my shift ends(February 17,2017). I went to SM mall to ask if there’s still an available ticket for the said concert. Sadly, the attendant told me that they are not selling tickets for that concert but their other branch do, which is far from where I lived. See?! Google is not always a reliable source.

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon of February 18,2017. I am a bit confused of what to do, I am so hopeless of having a ticket for the concert, suddenly, something hit me. I remember my colleague bought a VVIP ticket for the event. If you’re a VVIP ticket holder you need to go early for the sound check session access as well as the meet and greet session, so what I did was send him a message through Facebook Messenger and asked him a favor to please check if there are still tickets available at the event’s venue which is Smart Araneta Coliseum.

My colleague sent me a screen shot of the ticket information with message saying “Yeah, there are still available tickets!”

Luckily, tickets are still available but limited. After my shift, I go straight ahead to the venue to buy a ticket.The venue is already filled with 90’s peeps and fans waiting for the concert to start.

I was able to buy a ticket at the venue but the seat is not what I’ve expected. The ticket that I got is an Upper Box ticket type that is almost next to General Admission which is the farthest from the concert stage(sigh!).

It was 6:00 PM when the concert organizers announced that the gate is open and attendees can now fall in line for inspection. I am excited and nervous at the same time since I am picturing the whole event and what’s gonna happen inside my head.

Now me, being inside the coliseum is like, ah man am I gonna pee first or what?!..

I don’t really want to spoil my excitement so, since it’s too early and people are just starting to get in and fill the venue, I decided to take a selfie with the view of the crowd. Supposedly, I am with my brother but my brother is in the Patron seat which is so far from where I am sitting. His seat is the third row seat next to VIP section.

Since it’s my first time being inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum, I am appreciating the atmosphere of the venue like an ignoramus (hahaha!).

It is past 7 o’ clock and still waiting for the show to start. I’m getting tired of hearing the advertisement of the concert since I am so excited seeing the band hahaha!.

As much as I can remember it was half past eight when the front act country performer enter the stage which I am suspecting as Frank Moffatt(The Moffatt’s father) performing.

 

The front act guy is really cool and funny but still my mind is screaming for The Moffatts to show up hahaha!

It was around 9 o’clock when the light goes out and people started to scream their lungs out, my heart is pounding and my feet are stomping. Suddenly, 3 guys came across the stage and the crowd goes wild.

Wow! it was The Moffatts.

No introduction, No greetings!

The band came accross the stage and eventually played one of their song from their first album called Crazy.

 

This song reminds me on how this used to be a heavy rock song for me way back ’98 haha!

They eventually followed the song called I’ll be there their carrier single back in their first album Chapter 1: A New Beginning.

The atmosphere that night is such as cold as ice since the nostalgic trip down memory lane is taking me back to those times when I am still in High-School. It’s all coming back to me like a ghost haunting me. The chill burns me straight to the bone.

I am sorry if I am getting psychedelic about this. I just can’t explain how to share the feeling and how I really felt that night. Woooh!

Here are some highlights from the concert: (Video Credentials from iams queenyb)

 

 

The band also performed some of their own songs apart from The Moffatts.

 

Scott performed his solos and I have noticed that his music became an experimental techno music, but still a good music with a smooth lyrical, poetic genius style of a song. I have also noticed that he is much better creating an experimental music than how he is in doing Pop-Rocks(just sayin’).

 

Twins Bob and Clint also performed as their other band Endless Summer . If you are not really familiar with their new type of music, it’s called country music. I am not really a fan of country music, but Endless Summer’s blending of voice will make you feel relaxed and yearn for more.

They also made a rendition of the famous 90’s song called When you say nothing at all.

 

Well all I can say about that is, gosh! I appreciate that song much better now because of Endless Summer. Wooh!

Clint and Bob’s  blending of voice is oh! so mesmerizing as they also performed their old band Same, Same’s  hit called Love Isn’t.

 

As the band perform more of their earlier hits things from the past began to hit me. I was half-teary eyed remembering the good old days of my childhood or should I say my “Teenage” year. I remember some of those good old friends of mine wayback high-school whom I am singing with while holding pages of song magazine which has The Moffatts as the cover and feature of the magazine.

I remember me and my brothers listening all day long to Chapter 1:A new beginning, The first album. My and my brothers used to sleep late watching the late coverage of the band’s first Manila Concert being shown on some local TV station. While I was sitting, watching the entire concert that night, I can’t help myself from reminiscing a lot(gosh!), music really is a time machine.

The reminiscing part only stopped every time the band needs to stop to set up their instruments but still, the chill endures waiting and anticipation.

Now, here’s the performance that really got me teary…

The Moffatts once again played one of their earlier hits which is the song called Girl of My Dreams which I can tell that this is really an ultimate trip down memory lane song. The part of the song saying “Baby, let’s go back in time” … made me chill with sadness of missing my past. That song part itself describes how I felt that night while watching and hearing The Moffatts performed their earlier hits.

I really have to say, it’s okay being on the farthest part of the concert’s venue rather than not watching them at all!

Thank you so much Scott, Clint and Bob for making a big throwback that night.

It made think that, sometimes when life gets hard on you, all you need is a good music from your past to keep you moving and to remind you that hey! this isn’t you, you used to be a happy person with a happy and giddy-POP attitude.

Thank you so much The Moffatts!

 

The band performed I miss you like crazy as their exit song that night and they never fail to thank people by waving goodbye and sending some kisses all over.

People yelled, “More!” as the band goes down the stage, but I guess that’s a wrap for that night…

After the show, I grabbed my cellphone to make a status out on Facebook to express the emotional hypnotism that the concert brought me.

I was about to type something to my phone when a message hit me. The message is from my colleague Marky saying, would you like to have a poster with their authograph?.

I was like “yeah, of course!”. I’m happy that at least I was able to have that signed poster as a consolation of me not being able to buy a  VVIP or VIP ticket(unlike Marky).
What a wonderful concert!

Just like what other fans might think, I am hoping that there will be a repeat of this concert with Dave Moffatt. (Ehem!)

Wooh-hoo!


-Angee De Sierra

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Mundane

Monday is always a busy day and people is always afraid of reaching this day. If you live in Manila, traffic is everywhere especially in the morning.

Fuckin’ Rush Hour!

Earlier:

Woke up early to avoid being late going to the office, thank god there’s a bus just in time. My shift is at 6:00 AM I was able to make it early at around 5:20 AM, I get up at around 3:42 AM because I am fuckin’ expecting that fuckin’ traffic.

Done with:

Done with the first half of my shift. 

Currently:
Enjoying lunch break with officemates Ralph and Gelo. Sitting doing nothing we are not talking to each other since we are all busy using smart phones, you know, the usual social media hypnotized our mind again.

See their faces being hypnotized? Hahaha!

Thinking:

Thinking on what to to after this shift since this is my last shift for this week!

Shit why do I have to have a weekday oh so boring rest days?!

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Time Machine(A journey to my childhood)

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I am Angelo Jose Bello De Sierra, you can also call me Angee, I grew up in Antipolo, City in the province of Rizal. My typographical date of birth is 17th of December and my Mother’s declaration of my date of birth is 7th of December, I am a blogger(aspiring should I say). I am an aspiring Pop-rock vocalist, script writer, movie editor, songwriter, (dreaming of becoming) a tv host.

These aspirations are getting farther and farther as I grow older and I must admit that I am having this fear of not getting either one of these dreams into reality one day. When I was a little child, my first love is sketching. I used to do a lot of doodling(they don’t call it doodling way back) I used to draw a lot of cartoon characters from Disney to Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z) characters. I still remember those times when my brothers are playing with their fellow kids outside while I am alone inside my room sketching all day.

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I remember my father calling me “Prupesor“(Professor) because I’m always holding a pen and paper back then…

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My  hobby of watching too much TV also started because of watching too much Eat Bulaga when I was around 6 to 7 years old(as far as I can remember). I admire TVJ a lot because of how they made my father laugh. I remember my father laughing while saying…”Mga Kalog talaga!”.

I was too young to understand that what TVJ is doing is not only making my father laugh, but also making him relax after a long week of work. I will never ever forget the scene of their movie called Working Boys, the scene where instead of TVJ fixing an old school black and white tv, they broke it instead and pretend to be an actor on tv so that the customer will see that the said appliance is fixed(which is not). I don’t know, I kept comparing the way they deliver comedy before with movies today.

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I remember having this cut-out picture of Aiza Seguerra at the back of my 1st grade ID, my classmates were like “Ngek si Aiza ‘yan ah!”.

Yeah, I know it’s silly and awkward, but uh, yeah, just have to accept who you are before!

 

When I was around 9 to 10 years old, my mother taught me music(not literally playing musical instruments huh!). I was in 3rd grade that time when music hit me, my mother is always listening to an FM radio station which is 93.9 WKC(and yes the jingle is still in my head). While preparing breakfast before I go to school around 6:00 am, I often hear the song “Your love” from Alamid and some other 90’s songs like “Banal na aso, Santong kabayo” from Yano and some dance tracks like “Dying Inside”from Timmy Thomas or “It’s a beautiful life” from Ace of base.

DWKC_93.9_FM_Old_1978I often saw my mother singing in the morning while preparing my lunchbox, I remember one time when she is singing The will of the wind by Jim Photoglo, I kept on staring at her and used to ask her this…

Ma, bakit mo alam ‘yung kanta?!“(with me having wide space in my head) and she answered “Wala, sinasabayan ko lang!“. From that day on I never stop listening to music because I wanna imitate my mother, I wanna be like her, I wanna know all songs as well,like what she is doing.

One day my mother made me understand the secret, my mother’s secret is this thin booklet that she bought once in the market, she called it song-hits(songbook,song magazine which ever you prefer to call it). She told me “Magbasa-basa ka!“, I eventually turn the pages of that “Song-hits”.

I can still remember the first ever song lyrics that I read, and it is the song called Bawal na gamot by Willy Garte.

Though the first song that I’ve learned is Mga Kababayan ko by(the late great) Francis Magalona, my mother taught me to listen to a lot of artists by the help of F.M. stations.

When I was in 5th grade my fundamentals in music grows larger, I remember listening to Backstreet boys for the first time while they sang “you’re the one for me, you’re my ecstasy, you’re the one I need!”…

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Get down, which is their first single. I lost a lot of sketching habit being addicted to music that time. I remember myself saving some money to be able to buy BSB’s album(which I wasn’t able to do so)as well as wasting cassette tapes anticipating their songs on the radio and then press the play plus record button on our old school cassette player’s tape deck way back. I can also recall myself pretending to be a disc jock after recording songs on a those mixed up cassette tapes–such a silly thing that I’m doing back then, It makes me almost hit myself remembering the good ol’ days of my childhood.

I was in 1st year high-school when I learned how to right lyrics(song lyrics), I remember the first song that I wrote called Both of us.
The song was influenced by The Backstreetboys(of course) and the melody of the song is almost similar with their song called “Like a child”. I don’t know, I guess it’s just natural with beginners to write a song with a similar melody with another artist’s song. The Boyband frenzy hit me until 3rd year of my high-school a lot of boybands invaded my tape deck way back–98 degrees, ‘Nsync, A1, Westlife, O-town, Plus One, LFO, 5ive, The Moffatts, Boyzone and some other what-nots that I can’t recall anymore.
Nothing to be ashamed of, these artists influenced me how to write songs.

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In my 4th year high-school, I gotta confess that this is the rebellious and explicit year of my love for music. I learned to listen to most of Hip-hop music(explicit hip-hop music to be exact). First of all is Eminem, this artist influenced me to rhyme, write rap songs, cuss, diss and most of all, hate and hate and hate!.
I was so addicted to Hip-hop music that time that I almost throw those old Boybands cassette tapes that I have. I used to listen to a lot of hip-hop artist like(of course)Eminem, Dr. Dre, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Outkast, Afroman, Puff Daddy, D12, Ja Rule, Royce da 5″9 and some gold ol’ homie OPM artist like Salbakuta and of course Andrew E. and Francis M.!

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Yeah, I admit that I used to write rap songs before but I don’t have them no mo’. I don’t treasure them actually, to be honest. For me it was like the darkest days of my love for music that I don’t want to remember(but I’m still a fan of Eminem though), “a rebel without a cause”.

After graduating from high-school, I got bored. I eventually kept myself busy from looking for a part time job(and it sucks). I met people who plays skateboard, I kept on watching them and since I am still in to Hip-hop that time, I told myself that this skateboarding thing sucks!.
One day while I was watching a local music channel, I saw this announcement that the rock band called P.O.D will be visiting Manila and since one of their member is a Filipino, I got intrigued by it. I tried to anticipate for their songs on the radio and on local music channels. The first time I heard their song called Youth of the nation, I eventually got hooked by it because it’s a rap song(not knowing that the genre is what they called rap-metal). That’s the time that I didn’t stop searching and searching for this kind of music that has rap and rock mix with it. I discovered more of these by listening to Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Paparoach and Rage Against The Machine.

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In the summer of 2003, I am a rock music fan already. I got this first pair of my faded black Chuck Taylor shoes from a good ol’ friend of mine from high-school, he gave me this pair of shoes since no one is using it and I gotta say that it is authentic(sadly, I wasn’t able to keep it). 2003 is also the start of the rock music invasion. That’s the year when I first heard the bubble-gum pop-rock music of Avril Lavigne. Gosh, I am so addicted with her music specially her first album Let go!(which I still have the cassette tape copy of it). Avril also influenced me to write Pop-rock songs and also made me feel envious and wanting to buy another pair of Chucks(that I wasn’t able to do so)because of her Sk8er boi video. 2003 is also the year of rock bands. The Calling, Simple Plan, Marjorie Fair, Jets, Evanesence, Our Lady Peace, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Incubus and my all time favorite The All-American Rejects!.

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In 2004, I attended the first-ever rock concert that I’ve been with, which is Pulp Summer Slam IV together with my best of friends Carlo Embodo and Christopher Biago. The atmosphere of first timer is so memorable and nostalgic. I even remember myself dancing inside the mosh-pit and letting it all out. Most of the artists of that said concert are Filipinos, I remember seeing Ely Buendia and the other two members of The Eraserheads which is Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan for the first time on that said concert.

In 2005, OPM Rock Music reigns. Orange and Lemons, Sugarfree, Hale, Cueshé, Mayonnaise, Pupil, Sandwich, Kjwan, Hilera, Barbie’s Cradle, Bamboo, Rivermaya, Kapatid, Slapshock, Typecast, Kamikazee, Parokya Ni Edgar, Join the Club, Pan, Imago(etcetera). These artists also influenced me to form a band.

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In 2006, the genré called Emó emerged. There’s Dashboard Confessional, My Chemical Romance, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Yellowcard, Story of the year and of course,The All American Rejects(considered as Post pop-rock emó by most music critics). This is also the year when my song writing skills became better and deep.

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In 2007, I already have a band which I named High-School Anthem. It was the first name of a band that hit me when I registered for a college gig. I don’t know there’s no specific reason why I called the band High-School Anthem. This year is the “band”(should I say) year for me since I been with several gigs to play with. It was the highest point of me being in love with rock music as well as my own music.

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I get so addicted in writing lyrics that time that I am not going out that much.
It was like write, eat and repeat.

My hobby of editing videos started because of my band as well. I got this vision where my band will be recording a song so soon and we’ll also be doing our own music video(DYI). I used to research a lot about the basics of video editing stuff.

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I used to start with Windows Movie Maker(which I realized in the end that it sucks since the quality of the video is pixelated once you save it)doing photo slides and a little bit of editing and rearranging clips with the help of that software. I also started to read a lot articles about local independent movies and how they managed to create their own movie the”DYI” way.

Sadly, my band didn’t last that long(don’t really know the reason why we suddenly broke-up). I guess it’s time management that we don’t really know how to handle.

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I still continued writing songs and learning video editing and become addicted to it. I learned the basics of using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 which has a lot of effects and stuff that you can do with your video.

Thinking of writing scripts also hit me. I wrote about two scripts already for a short film called The Joots which is about two marijuana addicted slackers that is dying to hide a dead body to avoid being convicted and this other script that I was able to finish but doesn’t have a title yet. I wrote those scripts considering sending an entry to Cinefilipino last 2014(that I wasn’t able to make the cut because of the script’s profanity and explicit contents).

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So what else,umm…yeah, right now?
I’m in frustrations, being an ordinary office worker sometimes sucks! but hey, I appreciate it a lot since not all people can work in a corporate world, that makes my living as well(bread and butter, milk and honey should I say).

I am not gonna make it any longer now.
I don’t even know if you guys(if there is)was able to make it in this part of this blog.

Yeah!

I’m still hoping to make it, any of these ambitions will do.

Can you help me?!
Nah..(smiling!)

Hit me up on…

Twitter: @angeedesierra
Thank you for reading!

An Open Letter To Mr. Tyson Ritter

Dear Ty,

I am not a hardcore fan of The All-American Rejects but I am a fan.

What made me wrote this letter is–after watching the AAR video “It ends tonight”.

I know that there are tons of fanmails,emails or what-nots that you guys are receiving everyday so I am hoping that you can read this Ty.

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The first time I hear the song Swing,Swing on the radio, to be honest it doesn’t affect me a lot(well I guess I am not in the broken hearted stage that time). I don’t even know what magic you guys have but back in 2002 while I was walking inside the record bar,  I saw a casette tape copy of AAR’s first album–I immediately grabbed and bought it.

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I was listening to it at home and got captivated by the song”Your Star”.

Since then AAR specially Tyson Ritter became my biggest influence in writing song.

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I remember back in 2006 forming a band called High-School Anthem that has so much influenced by the AAR I also played bass while doing Vocals on that band .

On that particular band I wrote a song called Heart Shaped Silver Ring that most of the people mentioned that it really sounds like AAR, I don’t know why but the melody it self doesn’t even have any similarity to any AAR songs.

Well I guess I must be thinking of becoming Tyson while writing it.

I don’t even know why but everytime I hear the word vocalist, Tyson Ritter is the first person that crossed my head.

Ty, I been dreaming of becoming a famous musician like you are, you’re the best and AAR’s so fine.

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Ty, I wonder if you have any plans on visiting the Philippines sooner but if it is possible, well Ty I am hoping that I would be able to take a picture with you and the rest of AAR.

Man you don’t know how much impact you brought to me and my musicality.

Please Ty let me know I been waiting for the moment that AAR will finally perform in Manila.

I need to get a backstage pass, tickets and a dream come true.

Oh gosh Ty, I wanna see AAR live(as part of my bucket list as well).

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Please Ty hit me up or reply to this letter online.

-Your Star
Angee

Ps.

Vk.com/angelofdesire

This is you: Weird but true (Based on your answers).

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There are several questions that you need to answer.

Please remember: The first thing that crossed your mind is the best answer please answer the questions as fast as you can (like a second faster).

At the end of the questions you will find the meaning or definitions of each answers that you have for each questions.

Questions :

Imagine that you are walking alone in a field.
What animal would you like to see?
(Please answer fast)

While you are walking, you saw a big house
what will you do?
(Please answer fast)

Inside the house there is a big mirror, what do you want to see while facing the mirror?.
(Please answer fast)

As you turn your back at the mirror, what do you want to see?
(Please answer fast)

On the table there are two glasses of water, one glass contains overflowing of water and the other contains half, what would you pick?
(Please answer fast)

You are riding a boat across the sea, who do you want to be with?.
(Please answer fast)

While you are riding your boat there is a fireball coming at you, what will you do?
(Please answer fast)

 

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Your answers definition :

Question 1:
Imagine that you are walking alone in a field.
What animal would you like to see?

The animal that you would pick has a similar attitude as you are.
(e.g dog : they are sweet, lovable and social)
you just have to figure out what characters does the animal you picked that has the same attitude as yours.

Question 2:
While you are walking, you saw a big house
what will you do?

Your answer to this question defines how you handle your life.
Ex .If you answered ” I will enter the house” it means that you are not the type of person that
plans before you act.

Question 3:
Inside the house there is a big mirror, what do you want to see while facing the mirror?.

The answer to this question is the thing that you are most afraid of.

Question 4:
As you turn your back at the mirror, what do you want to see?
The answer to this question is the people or things you can’t live without.

Question 5:
On the table there are two glasses of water, one glass contains overflowing of water and the other contains half, what would you pick?

If you answered a glass contains overflowing of water, it means you are giving up everything when you are in love.

If you answered glass contains half, this means that you are wise when it comes to being in love.

Question 6:
You are riding a boat across the sea, who do you want to be with?.
Your answer will be the person you want to be with your whole life.

Question 7:
While you are riding your boat there is a fireball coming at you, what will you do?
Your answer to this question is the way you handle your trials or problems in life.