//Art Li and Stuff: 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jessie J Live in Manila 2014

Last night my friends and I went to the Jessie J concert and it was a blast!  I feel so darn lucky to have seen her perform live.  She's one of those artists that doesn't just write her own songs but is also sings really good in her live performances.  I love most of the songs that she performed but was a little disappointed she didn't sing 'Alive' and 'Thunder'.  >.<

Jessie J Live in Manila 2014 Tickets

Jessie J Live in Manila 2014 Tickets! Yay!:)
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Jessie J Live in Manila 2014 - Smart Araneta Coliseum Stage

Jessie J Live in Manila 2014 - Smart Araneta Coliseum Stage
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Jessie J Live in Manila 2014 - Crowd

Jessie J Live in Manila 2014 - Crowd
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There was a time at the show when Jessie J read a fan letter to the crowd.  It was written by a fan saying how Jessie J's music has helped him get through his bullying problems at school.  For those who don't know, Jessie J was also bullied at school when she was younger and that her music saved her.  She is such an inspiration. At the end of the letter, the fan asked if he could meet Jessie J after the show.  And when Jessie J said yes, the crowd went crazy. I went crazy! He's sooo luckyyy >.<

One of the songs that Jessie J performed is "Who you are".  She invited Morisette Amon, a former The voice of the Philippines contestant to come to the stage and sing the song with her.  How great is that! :)  I remember listening to this song for the very first time and I just felt really emotional because of what the song is trying to convey.  And it may sound silly, but I have felt emotional listening to a few songs in my life but what I felt when I first listened to this song is different and I could still remember what I was thinking back then.  This song is very inspirational.

The last song that Jessie J performed was 'Price Tag', one of her first hit singles.  She asked the audience to stand up and dance with her.  My friends and I stood up of course and danced and sang along.  =)  I had a really great time at this concert, I wish she'd come back again soon >.<

Jessie J Live in Manila 2014

Oh it feels so crazy when you scream my name. [ I shouted JESSIE J!! ]
A night to remember!! Definitely one of the best concerts I've ever been to!!
I don't think I'd be able to sleep tonight! I want more! Come back next year please >.<
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 ♫  "You make me feel good.. You make me feel safe.. You make me feel like I could live another day..♫ 
~  Laserlight - Jessie J


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014

I've known Armin Van Buuren's music through a collaboration with Sharon den Adel.  You see, I'm a huge Within Temptation fan and there was a time when I scoured the Internet for information about them including their songs.  And that's when I came across the song 'In and out of love' and I got hooked.  And then last year, I listened to 'This is what it feels like'  and I just can't let the chance to see his very first concert here pass by.  My friends and I watched Armin Only Intense last night and it was indeed, Intense.

Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014 Ticket

Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014 Ticket
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Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014 - Stage

Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014 - Stage
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Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014 - Stage Backdrop
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The show started with 'Intense' and my heart skipped a beat when I heard its intro. >.<  One of the many songs that were performed was ''This is what it feels like' and I felt goosebumps all over my arms when the crowd started singing with Trevor Guthrie.  =)  One of my favorite songs from the Intense album is 'Alone' and the performance of this song last night is probably the best for me.  It was on the news that Armin would be DJ-ing for 6 hours and my friends and I thought it was some kind of misinformation until we realized it was already 4:00 in the morning and the concert hasn't ended yet. O.O


Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014
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Armin Van Buuren - Armin Only Intense Tour Live in Manila 2014

I got to see Armin Van Buuren up close :)
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It was fun to dance and jump up and down and to sing along with the songs that we didn't feel any exhaustion until it was time to go home. Haha! Thank you Armin for an intense evening! =)


♫  "Or are we alone?? 'Cause I need something to believe in..♫ 
~ Alone - Armin Van Buuren ft. Lauren Evans

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Colorful Stripe Cowl


My yarn rainbow colorful cowl in the making >.<
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Remember this? The colorful cowl I was working on here? Its all done now and I'm glad with how it turned out.  I got to finish this in only a few days. Maybe the change in color in every two rows is what kept me interested in finishing it quickly.  Here's a closer look:


100 stitches x 40 rows (double crochet)
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100 stitches x 40 rows (double crochet)
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Now I only have one problem. Its summer here in Manila and I'm not gonna be able use it any time soon =(
But hey, if you're interested on buying this particular piece (say, you're going somewhere really really cold), feel free to leave inquiries.  Leave me a comment or email me personally at lianneperol@gmail.com. I'd be more than happy to reply. =)

Now I'm off to create another piece :)

  "We're always waiting for the night.. So come with me..♫ 
~  Waiting for the night - Armin Van Buuren feat. Fiora


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Island Hopping

 

The view from the port where we boarded the boat for the island hopping XD
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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As I've mentioned in my previous post about my recent visit in Puerto Galera, the only activity that we did was Island Hopping.  It was a good experience for first timers like me.  The scenery is so gorgeous and a lot to take in and the water were freezing in the morning.


White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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This mini boat. I cannot believe I survived the tour without panicking >.<
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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So, it was six in the morning when we took our island hopping tour.  I must say I didn't get nervous even though the boat is so small (I mentioned the boat fright I had on the huge boat on the way to Puerto Galera here).  That's probably because I was expecting it. =)  Even though the waves were strong that morning.  Tip:  For those who haven't gone island hopping tour yet, make sure your gadgets (i.e.  Phone, Cameras, etc) are protected.  My friend and I bought these water proof bags for our gadgets in fear they might get wet on the tour.


Gorgeous clouds
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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The color of the water is just beautiful :)
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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If the waves were strong, so was the air.  We began our tour with a stop in the middle of the ocean (a little exaggeration, I admit) for the snorkelling activity, which we didn't do because we do not have the time.  We needed to be back before lunch because of our scheduled boat ride going back to Batangas Port.  And also because of the fact that none of us can swim so we dared not to.  It sure was a waste. So we went on to the first island but the strong waves didn't permit us to dock on its shore. [bummer >.< I know]  But good thing we enjoyed our visit to the second island where our boat man took us.


The first island where we're supposed to dock
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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Maniknik Island
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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Maniknik Island

This island has lots of corals (white ones) on its shore.  My sister mistook them as bones of some animal.  So did my friend.  I, on the other hand thought they were just small rocks but when you look closely, you'll see that they're corals :)  This island also has a place where you can eat and they offer breakfast and lunch.


Place to eat at the Island
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White corals
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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What I enjoyed the most about visiting here is this specific rock.  Yup, at Puerto Galera I experienced my very first climb, at a very large rock that has very sharp edges.  I think this is made of corals of some sort.  My brother is the first one to climb.  Followed by my stubborn boyfriend then my stubborn friend then me, so I guess that makes us all stubborn since my eldest sister told us not to. Haha!


The rock where we had our climb adventure
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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Yeah we made it to the top! Yey! :)
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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I was not at all worried about climbing even though one mistake could lead to a fatal accident (ouch!)  But thankfully nothing of that sort happened.  The view from the top is breath-taking.  The wind was so strong; you could hardly take it all in at once. You can totally feel the rush of nature.  But unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos from up there.  I didn't bring my camera or even my phone on the way up in fear of dropping it.  But the view of what the scenery looked like from up there will be forever etched on my mind. :)

So after an adventurous climb at Maniknik Island, we went on with our tour.  Next stop is Bayanan Island.  Our boat man (I forgot his name, sorry -___-) said it’s a private island but visiting is allowed.  I'm not sure how that works with people who provide the tour and the island's owner.


Bayanan Island
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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That is one gorgeous shore :)
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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We were able to swim here and the water is freezing. >.< We planned on staying for an hour but our stay was cut short when small drops of rain started to pour in.  And our boat man said that we should get going because it might rain hard soon and we're going to have some difficulty returning to the main land if that happens.

It’s such a shame to end our tour that way, but then we still had some time to hit the beach for the last time before our boat ride back to Batangas.  I wished we could have stayed for another night.  Next time, maybe?  Mindoro is a wonderful place to visit.  I hope to come back  next year. >.<


The view from the huge boat to Batangas port
White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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More photos on my flickr. :)

  "You know you can run.. run.. run.. back to my arms.. back to my arms..♫ 
~  Run - Pink

Monday, February 24, 2014

A piece of paradise

I just had my very first beach visit for this year last weekend and it was amazing. :)  Never have I thought of visiting the beautiful island of Mindoro. I don't know, it was just not as appealing as Puerto Princessa or El Nido or Coron or Camiguin Island to me before but now, I feel the urging need to go back. 。◕‿◕。 White beach, Puerto Galera is the very first beach I've visited that has very clear water that I could totally see my feet and the sand under the waters I'm walking in. And I love the gradual appearance of the water's colors from turquoise to light blue to cobalt blue to dark shade of blue that appears to be the deep spot of the ocean. God, I love this place! >.<


White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
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Getting there is a 3-4 hour trip from Quezon City. Just take a bus going to Batangas Pier and take a boat going to White Beach, Puerto Galera. When my sisters planned this trip I was told it was a ferry and when the day of the trip came I didn't know I was in for the surprise of my life. T.T  When I saw the huge boat, I whispered to my self "There's no way in hell I'm gonna ride that" and then I gave my sister a sharp look that could really hurt her if only looks are made of a sharp knife [sigh] Oh well, I kind of realized that there's no other means of transportation going to the island so I just sucked it in and went on the freakin' boat. >.< Then when I sat down I whispered to my boyfriend "This isn't a ferry! This is a huge boat!" and then he smiled and then told our friend who came with us that I'm scared (he kind of assumed that and he was right!) and told me that it's going to be alright.  And I was thinking (more like assuming) that it will only take 30-45 minutes to get there. (I mean, how far can Mindoro be?) I was wrong again. It was like 2 hours and more because the boat needed to dock at Muelle because most of the passengers are not going to White beach, but to Muelle! >.< But then, the sight is totally gorgeous! So that kind of washed my fears away. The water is so beautiful and the minute that I got off that boat, I said to my self "Talk about paradise". The excruciating boat ride is so totally worth it! Ha! :)

 

White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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White beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro 
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Clear waters.. White sand.. 
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Sweetness and me 
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The water was cold that day..
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One of the most gorgeous sunsets I've ever seen -____-
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Too bad we could only stay for one night and we were eager to see the fire dance show which is kind of ironic because we missed it! T.T My sweetness, our friend and I dozed off just after dinner.  My sisters and younger brother got to see it though, and they have photos and videos! And I hate them -_____- [bitter me].

We stayed at White Beach Resort. I have to say their rate is fine. But it goes up on peak season. Its good that we went there on a February, because the difference in rates is a little too much for me.  There are many resorts in this place but still, make sure you make reservations before your trip, or you may end up sleeping in the sand (and I'm not even sure if that's legal there.)  There are many bars and places to eat and the pricing is a little high so if you're on a tight budget, bring some snacks/food of your own.  There are also activities like Banana boat ride, Jetski rental, Parasailing, Island hopping, etc and we decided to do the island hopping the next day (details on a separate post) 。◕‿◕。

This place is like a paradise to me.  I hope to come back someday and not just for an overnight stay. And I swear I won't miss the fire dance next time! And will definitely pack up the courage to try snorkeling! Haha!

More photos on my flickr.

  "Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame.. Where there is a flame, someone's bound to get burned..♫ 
~  Try - Pink


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Yarn rainbow

A friend of mine was browsing for yarn colors and scarf designs online the other day and found this.  It was so cute that I thought of making this my weekend project. Squeezing it between my piled cowl and benie orders. Too bad I don't have a lot of yarn in pastel colors but I think I have enough to be able to make something like it. :)


Colorful cowl = 
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Added colors
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I have finished a few cowls last week but was not able to put it up here because I was out of town last weekend but here they are. I had rush orders of maroon and orange cowls. I never really thought I'd like the orange color but I had fun making it. :)


Cowls in light orange and maroon colors 
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More yarn projects for me >.<

♫  "Now I sit here divided.. Just talking to my self.. Was it something that I did?.. Was there somebody else?..♫ 
~  Trying not to love you - NIckelback


Friday, February 14, 2014

Food Glorious Food V: Heart-shaped donuts

Happy Valentines day everyone! :) To satisfy my sweet cravings for this sweet occasion, I decided to indulge my self in donuts. Heart-shaped donuts of Krispy Creme. XD


Heart-shaped donuts! Yum Yum 
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Look at all that yummy goodness [drool] Lol!
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Hope you all had great valentines! XD
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♫  "'Cause trying not to love you.. only goes so far.. trying not to need you.. is tearing me apart..♫ 
~  Trying not to love you - NIckelback