There are two things that I was able to prove from my recent trip to Hong Kong:

(1) God has a wicked sense of humor; and
(2) If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.

I was all ready to accept the fact that there’s no way we’re gonna end up in Hong Kong to attend Rain’s fan gathering/showcase/whatever because we weren’t able to get passes. As the days went on – with me calling Universal Music HK names and Marissa and Rizza putting up their hands in defeat – our chances became slimmer and slimmer. Our contacts never replied back. Nothing is happening. We were all ready to cry come July 4 at the thought that 2,000 screaming fans will be with Rain in HK while we’re stuck here in the Philippines with an 800-peso Rain poster and a second copy of It’s Raining.

But as I said, God has a wicked sense of humor.

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DVD Review: Rainy Day – Rain’s First Live Concert

Rainy Day DVD

From my experience with watching Japanese, Chinese and Korean channels on cable, J-pop/K-pop/C-pop concerts are all sugary sweet and cheesy. In short, bubblegum pop. Even their rock concerts are all glammed up (in fact, in this year’s Yamaha Asian Beat Finals, only the ones from Philippines and Thailand were not glam. Even the Indonesians and Malaysians look like 80’s big hair bands minus the big hair. The band from Singapore, on the other hand, look like hip hoppers playing prog rock). However, Rain’s concert DVD, titled RAINY DAY, is nothing K-pop. It has its share of bubblegum moments – this concert was held in Korea, so what do you expect – but nothing outlandish or outdated. In fact, the concert is so un-K-pop, you’d actually think an American is performing. Except that the songs are in Korean.

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Review: Ricky Martin’s new single, I Don’t Care

You’re probably reading this and say: What? Ricky Martin is still alive?!?!

Well, apparently, he is. I’m just as surprised as you are.

And I am doing a review of his new song. (To those who know me as a ‘rocker’, well, surprise! I do listen to Ricky Martin.)

First of all, let me put on record that long before this bandstalker business, I am a Ricky Martin fan. Eversince his Menudo days, I’ve always loved him. In fact, I am an officer of his Asian fan club (AFRM) which has chapters all over Asia, including Australia. I even went to the extent of going to HK to watch his concert and attend his exclusive press/fan meeting. But that’s not the crazy part. The crazy part is that we were billeted in TWO hotels the entire time. One, which is included in the Hk package, and another one where Ricky stayed. We were THAT crazy.

Having said that, here’s my review of his new song, I Don’t Care.

DAMN, THIS SONG SUCKS.

Ok, maybe not as sucky as, say, that godawful Holi-Holiday song from his second album (it was so awful that even Ricky himself hates it), but what made this song sooo disappointing is the fact that this is his comeback song after being away from the limelight in a long time. He’s supposed to come back with a bang. Well, this is more like a whimper. For one thing, where is the Ricky Martin trademark Latin beats? This is outright hiphop (he collaborated with rapper Fat Joe on this one) with a tinge of Arabian beats ala-One Night Man (aka. the ‘habibi song’) from Sound Loaded. Which was generally classifed by most RM fans as the worst track in that album. While it’s ok that he’s trying out something new… dude, not on your comeback vehicle! You should’ve stuck with the formula first! Or if you’re gonna try something new, at least pick one that’s actually good. I do listen to hip-hop, and sad to say, this is not good hip hop. And hip hop is so NOT Ricky Martin. I even thought something like this should be done by someone like Rain, not Ricky. I discussed this with Rizza, who retorted with: “I wouldn’t even let Rain sing this song!!!” That’s the founder and over-all president of AFRM, ladies and gentlemen .

(Side note: It might be weird that Rizza and I would be making comments like that when we’re supposed to be ‘fans’, but we’re that kind of fans. We don’t always praise our idols. We see them as they are. We give negative comments if we think what they were doing is not right. But that doesn’t mean we won’t buy his albums or watch his concerts anymore, coz we will. Opo, ganon kami ka-gaga. :) )

Another thing: regarding the lyrics. Here’s a sample verse from the song (lyrics taken from RMTEE forum):

You Promised me
You’d always be
You’d never let me go
You took the ring
And all the things
That came with being my girl
the tragedy
As I walked through that door
He had your feet
Up over the seat
All I heard was screaming

It was like a movie – too real to me
That just can’t be, my bride to be
No!
I was shocked this could be
Never thinking
One day I’d take this blow blow blow
I was starting to feel like
I should kill everything that was moving
Whoa!
Never been in hell like this
Somebody wake me up!

Now is that a scene straight out of What Happened in Bali or what?!

All I can say is: Robi Draco Rosa, I miss you. He might have written puzzling, silly lyrics like:

She looks like a flower but she stings like a bee…

Shake your bon-bon Shake your bon-bon Shake your bon-bon (repeat to infinity)

Her lips are devil red and her skin the color of mocha… (and the last word of the next line is LOCA. Mocha, Loca. O di ba, rhyme!)

Talk like a gazombadam (what the hell is a gazombadam???)

… but at least, he’s poetic. And, musically, the guy’s a genius.

If you wanna hear the song yourself, you can download a radio rip from these links:

Good quality, but not complete:

Complete, but lesser quality:

Thanks to the good ladies of rmtee.com for uploading these files.

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WARNING: This post will not be pretty.

1. I can’t believe the The Dawn thread at philmusic.com is still alive and kicking. There’s an ongoing ‘argument’ between a certain Jong and a certain hawthorne. I posted Jong’s original comment here in this blog before. Hawthorne answered back, defending Atsushi re: the ‘binge comment’ made by Jong:

atsushi has more time earning much from IT work, unlike before when he was with the dawn(ed) and was paid at a lower rate than the other members the whole time he was with them (his fees from the US tour was lower; when he could not join them in a gig or two of that tour , his fees were deducted).

and yes, he has more time (and means) to binge, if indeed true, since he is not thinking anymore whether francis reyes, the other guitar player, would be paying his rent on time

Now this Jong, I don’t know who he is, replied by saying the following:

congrats to you for being part of the ‘inner’ circle or are you? anyway, let’s just put it this way, that’s what happens when you mess with jb and for criticizing the way francis performs during gigs. oh by the way, that’s from a couple of dudes from the ‘inner’ circle.

Of course, Hawthorne replied again, but it’s a lengthy post and it’s not that important as regards this blog entry, so I won’t be re-posting it here.

My thoughts (and why this falls under ‘Rant of the Week’):

(A) I admit to knowing who ‘Hawthorne’ is – well, she has no plans of hiding her identity, anyways – and she does know a lot of insider info about the band. I have to admit that she kinda went far with her comments coz these are things that the public need not know (well, unless someone would still insist on acting as if he’s the underdog in this entire mess). But who am I to stop her? And it’s not as if she can be stopped by any0ne. Not even Atsushi can stop her. Oh, and BTW, as far as I know, Atsushi doesn’t even know about these new comments yet. I’m sure he doesn’t coz otherwise he’d say something about it. As it is, he still doesn’t talk about The Dawn anymore unless I bring it up. Which I don’t do anymore.

(B) Now, I don’t really know who Jong is. I don’t know who’s those two guys from the inner circle that he is talking about. He is acting as if he’s on The Dawn’s side. But really, Jong, how much more ‘babo’ (a Korean word – research it yourself) can you get? You say Atsushi got kicked out coz he went against JBL and made bad comments re: Francis’ performance onstage. So you mean Atsushi got kicked out coz JBL is a dictator and Francis is pikon? Is that what your insiders told you? Did you just incriminate them or what?!?!

(C) Let me put on record here that if there is anyone in the world who know the real and complete story behind The Dawn and Atsushi parting ways, it’s me. But will I talk about it here? HELL NO. It’s their lives, it’s their careers, it’s their decisions. Let them handle it themselves. Also, if there’s anyone who’s in the real inner circle, both of The Dawn’s and Atsushi’s, it’s me. I still talk to them both. And I know for a fact that neither of them talk about each other anymore (at least not on my face, anyway). PLEASE, LET THEM MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES. It’s an old and tired issue already. Let it die a natural death.

-ooOoo-

2. I’m editing this second entry out coz I do believe everyone deserves a second chance. Especially if they have apologized and was able to redeem themselves. For writing that previous entry, I’d like to apologize as well to Universal Music HK and say, THANK YOU for accomodating us in HK. We’d be glad to do business with you again in the future.

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The Dawn @ Capone’s – June 29, 2005

Got text messages from both Jett and JBL that The Dawn will be having a ‘biglaan’ (unscheduled) gig at Capone’s in Makati on June 29, 2005. I was hesitant at first coz I wasn’t feeling well after a very disappointing Monday coz of some bad news involving a Korean and a HK trip (will tell you more about that later), but I figured, what the hell, I haven’t seen these guys in ages (well, except for Jett whom I saw at Beauty and The Beast last week) plus it kinda ‘touched’ me that Jett and JBL both texted me about the gig – which they never do – ok, not never, they don’t USUALLY do.

It turns out, the ‘biglaan’ gig for friends is actually the cast party of Beauty and the Beast. Which means, artistas galore! KC Concepcion! Karel Marquez! etc etc. I got surrounded by thespians, I don’t know exactly what I was doing there. Thankfully, Jett’s mom kept me company. Cindy O. also introduced me to one of the actresses – whom I can only remember as the ‘wine glass’ in B&B – and she was really sweet and nice. Calvin Millado arrived way after the gig and got teased by the entire cast. Pinky Marquez stayed outside the venue; I think she couldn’t stand rock music (or just not used to it). Everyone – and I mean EVERYONE had digital cameras and there were photo ops galore. Of course, me with my own digicam, could’ve asked to have a photo op with KC… but NO. I mean, WHY??? (yeah yeah, I’m a bitch) Several non-B&B cast members were also there, like Bernard and Mico Palanca, MarkEscueta of Rivermaya (who stayed with KC most of the time; they must be friends… wait, what band is Mark in, again? ;) ), Aiza Marquez (I think her BF is with the cast) and later on, Maui Taylor with friends, who hesitated to enter Capone’s coz “ang daming tao”. If she only knew the ones inside are artistas as well, more famous than her pa nga yung iba. hehe.

Oh wait, I was supposed to talk about the gig, right? Well, I really can’t say much. The Dawn basically ‘played’, coz they haven’t rehearsed in a while due to Jett’s hectic theater sched. OK lang, though, coz it was a party more than anything else. What really impressed me the most is the other band which played, Juan Pablo Dream. These guys are awesome! Bing Austria (formerly of Put3Ska) rocks! Well, anyone who can wear winter clothes and perform in a tropical country should be commended. Actually, I’ve always been fascinated by this band since I first saw their MV which features Tony Ferrer as Agent X44 Tony Falcon, complete with white suit and white shoes. Seeing them live only made me like them more.

Gosh, I don’t know how to end this blog entry. I just ran out of things to say. hehehehe.

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