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Punny days of too much heavy music, Japanese things and wanderlust.
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MY ROOM☆彡 2012
Parkway Drive signing
Enter Shikari @ Roundhouse
Kreepsville 666 Taobao haul
Kyary Chokichoki Girls translations
Background source: psittacosaurus
Nothing better than BRAND NEW SOCKS!
Whether you’re feeling monstrous or whimsical, there’s always a cute print fit for peeking out of your shoes to make your life just that much more fun :)
All MADE IN KOREA! Hurry, only ONE OF EACH pair available!
Head on over to LAZY BONES to grab the new stuff before anyone else does!
The Apothecary with mom and angryakuma // part cafe, part bar.
Pastries were nice! Iced mocha had too much ice cream, I thought it would be… You know… Ice cubes :\
Gossip times with Soph & Vic at Momo Tea~ Finally tried strawberry w
2 hours (or more??) of exercise holy shit!!! View from a stroll along Rotary Walkway with Tree~~
Extra late dinner of yogurt soju :D and fried chicken “salad” (…really?) with Phoebe because the cleaner of her new place was half a day late!!!!
Post-dentist fridate to Little and Friday with Vic, finally remembered to return her comics after mooooonths.
Iced & hot mocha // Bacon and egg quiche (which was actually pretty huge). Both were good!
Most of it was really spent relaxing at home though. Our neighbor’s grapes are growing into our side of the fence and mom was so stoked // didn’t sleep much since my siblings bought GH5 and I decided to finish the game before returning to Sydney haha.
11.02.14 @ UP Sunken Garden
Throwback to February in Manila, so many things from my holiday I didn’t post yet! UP’s school fair means ONE WHOLE WEEK of gigs (wish USyd had that!), I went to the heaviest night on Tuesday with friends♡
It was insanely traffic tonight, took 2 hours to get from Makati to UP and I was freaking out lol but luckily a few of the set times got pushed back.
On my way in there was a band that sounded a bit like Anti-Flag but I have no idea who they are.
Here’s who I DID see, though:
TRIBO SUBCULTURE // reggae rock, as if you couldn’t already tell from the dreads.
BRICKCITY // damn frantic melodic hardcore (aka my type of music) performed almost like Jason Butler/Daryl P. would, one song was almost Being As An Ocean-esque.
TIL KINGDOM COME // “Hatebreed ng ‘pinas” OK joke, apparently people hate these kinds of comments here but I meant it as a compliment. Raw, ferocious metal with some SOIA moshability thrown in.
ARCADIA // straightforward and solid metalcore, don’t even want to pull the Parkway (:DDD) card because I’ll get flamed for that too, but that’s how I found ‘em, so W/E. Good stuff, lived up to expectations!
BLUNT CONCEPT // more coreeee but the quality kind, growl parts are sweet but not too keen on their cleans. Nice to see so many good bands from the heavy music scene in my home country.
WILABALIW // progressive hard rock, think Coheed and Cambria meets Disturbed (but not so annoying) and then some. Majority of the crowd were finally brought to life by this point, as a headliner should do.
BLUE BOY BITES BACK // winding down around 1AM with some pop punk and I’m sorry I don’t remember much because I got a phone call and freaked out and went home and got in trouble. You can check them out for yourself :)
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Most of the time was actually spent loitering around the fair grounds, basically reminds me of a scaled-down version of a music festival :)
PUNNY (putangina mo) // and FOOOD!! I tried inihaw (grilled/BBQ) pig’s ear, it was okay haha. There’s also shopping along the other stands from independent apparel to band + Kpop merch to tiangge style stuff.
JAX & JAX // Sorry about that haha it’s not meant to be symbolic at all
Low minimum bid gambling that was way harder than it looked. If you can throw a coin in the square (not touching the sides), you get the $$ value of the number it lands on. SO FUN, obviously I lost more than I won but *~CHEAP THRILLS / SO STOKED~* haha
There was also some free game at the SM(?? it’s been awhile and I forgot because I didn’t win) where you throw balls for 1 minute and if you get x number in, you win a shirt haha. Actually nobody in this massive group won haha.
Flash makes scary demon eyes (thanks Samsung) but I miss everyone!!! :’DDDD
P.S. the random white lines?? that’s dust!!! kicking up a storm hahaha
@ Olympic Park // 24.02.13
Continuing with the second half of one-liners! If you missed the first half, you can check it out here:
"It’s good to be home!"
Got lost running around looking for Stage 6 all the way at the back, luckily did’t miss much of YOUR DEMISE. Happy to say they put on a nicely engaging show the first and last time I saw them with a satisfying tracklist to boot. I love this photo.
CROSSES are my favorite “new music discovery” on this festival - pretty lights and a slick but dazed set reminiscent of a more upbeat Deftones. My friend bumped into Kyo (surrounded by 4 security guards, lol) who came to watch the set when he went to sit down and I’m forever jealous.
(( Insert complaint about how DOWN played and Phil Anselmo chit-chatted for half an hour too long and my patience was thin because my head hurt from the sun. ))
FINALLY,the mighty GOJIRA!!! They’re clearly very skilled at what they do and sound insane live, would love to watch again. Bummer on missing the nice big pits in the latter half of their set.
ROB ZOMBIE was honestly not worth leaving Gojira’s set midway for (save for the fact I luckily met Die and Kaoru of DEG on my way out - good taste yeah?). Sound was satisfactory but EXCESS! EFFECTS! HORROR! were sorely lacking. I WANTED A FANCY SHOW, DAMMIT.
Ended up staying longer at GREEN DAY than expected because despite bringing the nostalgia, the trio put on a really good show performance and production-wise. Hearing Dookie was marvelous. (OK I cried)
Made sure to see AVENGED SEVENFOLD's festival set in full after seeing all the pyrotechnics in photos from Brisbane. Shed another tear for Afterlife which is hardly one of my favorite songs (I am getting old and starting to have feelings). Critical Acclaim, Welcome To The Family, FICTION(!!!) and Bat Country were notable. My favorite band is in fiiiiine form and I'm so proud of them!!!!! Wait for the sidewave post because the setlist for that show was A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER!
Got too emotional at the end of this post, haha. That’s SW14 wrapped up for now! Sideshows and catch-ups from the recent holiday to come.
@ Olympic Park // 24.02.13
It’s that time of year again! Soundwave Festival + 2 sidewaves from Sunday to Tuesday have wrapped up, and I can now take a breather to start posting! This year’s sun was BURNING so it was lucky that all my early bands would be at indoor stages.
ONE LINERS BECAUSE I’M ALWAYS TIRED, go buy PULP mag for the full recap.
HACKTIVIST are promising but some of their songs sound the same, not sure if this is because I don’t understand hip hop. Did a good job waking up the early morning crowd.
AUGUST BURNS RED are always always consistent, just like how JB is never caught dead not wearing flip-flops, haha.
Walked past THE STORY SO FAR and couldn’t see anything but heard them playing Small Talk!
LESS THAN JAKE win most fun set of the day - hello human catwalks, beer belly dance-offs, conga lines and ALL MY BEST FRIENDS ARE METALHEADS!
ALKALINE TRIO's Sadie and Private Eye were pure love. Don't expect much action or spectacle beyond them playing, though.
TESTAMENT do thrash old school and do it right, alongside smoke-breathing stone skulls (awwwww hell yeah!)
Heard some of OUR LAST NIGHT who were directly before AFI at the adjacent stage, OK but not memorable
Wasn’t even planning to watch AFI but now how could I not when they started with Sing The Sorrow material?? Truly seasoned showmen.
GWAR took too long to set up so skipped them. Sorry about missing Tony Abbott’s head get ripped off.
DIR EN GREY totally live up to the “amazing live band” hype I’d been reading from UK magazines since forever - that intensity, especially Kyo, who is a pint-sized powerhouse.
Passing by PANIC! AT THE DISCO to hear that Brendon Urie’s vocals have improved immensely from their early days. Very happy to hear I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.
A DAY TO REMEMBER may not have been sounding their best but made up for it with gimmicks the crowd lapped up like Jeremy in the zorb ball. Enjoyed I’m Made of Wax…, 2nd Sucks, Right Back At It Again.
Heard them cover Stacy’s Mom and arrived in time to catch the last BOWLING FOR SOUP song which was none other than 1985. They make self-deprecating beer and old people jokes.
PENNYWISE with Jim back are nicely spirited and rebellious as ever in a straightforward set of them churning out some fast tracks. Had to leave 3 songs in for the next band and missed the best songs.
Keep your eyes peeled for part 2~~~~~
I’m moving house tonight!