Posted in Music

OPM’s Not Dead

I’m turning 20 in less than two months. Looking back on the highlights of my life, a huge part of my 20 years on earth is music.

In my early years, I was exposed to the music of foreign boy bands and girl groups, courtesy of my cousins from Australia. When they went back to Sydney, I had no means to listen to foreign songs. Then, I was exposed to Original Pinoy Music, better known as OPM. I grew up listening to Spongecola, Hale, Cueshe, Kamikazee, Parokya ni Edgar, MYMP, and many more local music personalities.

I seldom listened to foreign songs, until I started to attend this all-girls school for the moderately elite. Kids in my elementary school did listen to OPM, but they listened to foreign songs more often. I stopped watching a local music channel called Myx when I became very busy with school. It resulted to me to not knowing new OPM songs. Added to this is my exposure to radio stations that only played foreign songs. This continued until I was in high school.

I was still exposed to OPM in my school years, but I didn’t appreciate it that much. I still found foreign songs more appealing, but everything changed when I started watching Myx again when I stopped studying in college. I fell in love with the new OPM artists. Now, my music preference in terms of country of origin is now balanced.

Some say that OPM is dead. I guess they say that because they no longer hear nice OPM songs in the radio. I, for a while, thought the same thing. I was sick of OPM songs that not only sounded the same, but also say the same thing. Not to mention that all I heard back then were ballads. There were some interesting songs, but they didn’t beat the foreign songs I listened to. It was like the quality of local music was slowly decreasing as time passed by. Oh, I forgot to mention that some actors try to sing too. Hey, some of them have great voices, but some of their songs don’t have the appeal to please me. Anyway, there: OPM was kind of dead to me.

When I started to watch Myx again, and when I started going to the UP Fair, I found a new appreciation for OPM. I found new artists with good sense of musicality. I also followed local song writing contests that produced great and catchy songs. Then I started to believe that OPM is not dead. I started to prove to myself that nothing that keeps on growing and evolving is dead. OPM is still evolving and growing. There are many new artists waiting to be discovered, and they are as great as the famous artists now.

I fell in love with OPM once again, and I couldn’t be any happier with what happened. It’s like I was reborn again in music appreciation. Don’t get me wrong, I still like foreign music. But my love for the local music scene is alive again.

OPM was never dead. As long as there are Filipinos who want to make music, OPM will not die.

Posted in Family

Beachin’ Around

I never loved the beach. But this time, I was excited for the annual family summer outing of my dad’s side of the family in Bolinao, Pangasinan. My (immediate) family rarely goes to outings with my relatives because they usually go during Holy Week. But since Holy Week is over, and we were available, we went with my relatives last April 15-17. Kelvin, my sweet friend, came along with us. It’s because my brother can’t come, and he was already paid for.

I clearly didn’t know why I was excited, but I was ecstatic for the outing. Although the planning of the trip was messed up and there were some moments that were not that fun, I did enjoy the whole experience.

The trip by land took longer than a trip to Baguio. Kelvin and I fell asleep thrice during the trip…it was that long. When we arrived in Bolinao, we had lunch at Sungayan Grill – a floating restaurant. We had a scrumptious boodle fight, and we sailed through the river delta. Kelvin and I had a photo in the Titanic pose, and it was so funny. I did manage to get the pose wrong, but what the heck. After a few photos, we went straight to our hotel. It was roughly a 15 minute ride, but it was filled with fun.

We got to the resort, and then rested for an hour. It was to hot outside, so we stayed in. Kelvin and I went out at around 4pm to have our photos taken (we couldn’t afford to waste the beautiful view, despite the giant rocks). At 5pm, we went to Patar Beach and we had a little fun there. Kelvin and I tried to bury each other in the sand, but the waves were a little big. The waves would keep on washing the sand away, and Kelvin and I would laugh.

Washing the sand off of ourselves was a challenge, but we were pretty successful in doing so. We had dinner after that. The thing was, we had seafood for dinner… Kelvin and I don’t eat seafood. Good thing there were some chicken and pork, but the smell of the seafood made my feel sick. Alas, my blood pressure was elevated before I went to bed. But everything went well after some White Flower oil and a little company with my cousins. Even if my cousins and I weren’t close, I had a little fun that night.

The next day was filled with adventure. It was also my mom’s birthday, and also my niece’s birthday. But before that, we had a photo op with the morning view. Why put the beauty of the place to a waste, right? Then, we had a quite boring breakfast: daing na bangus and scrambled eggs. Quite plain, right? On to the adventure! We went to Hundred Islands in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The trip was a bit stressful due to the “bipolar” weather, misunderstandings, and fickle minds. But it was an okay trip.

We went snorkelling, and I wasn’t able to swim back to the station because my knee acted up. The water wasn’t clear, too, due to the motorboats. My goggles also acted up, and I was stressed. Oh, did I mention that my head ached before going snorkelling? Yep, it did.

We had lunch after that. We ended up eating in the boat due to the unexpected rain and the huge amount of people in Quezon Island. Food distribution was stressful…really stressful. But we did manage to eat…except for me. I didn’t have a god appetite the whole day. But thank goodness for soda and polvoron. At least I had sweets to give me energy.

It was too hot outside, and the stone stairs were slippery in Marcos Island. So I didn’t leave the boat. I didn’t want to go into the waters anyway. Kelvin and I just talked in the boat. And hey, I did have fun talking to him.

On the boat ride back to the mainland, we saw Bat Island, and an island with a grotto. We had a swift ride back, and boy we were so wet. When we got back, we had a little food trip, and we had our photos taken near the Hundred Islands arch. After that, we headed back to the resort, which was a good 40 minute drive.

We went swimming in the pool when we arrived. Kelvin and I had a little fun while in the pool. We tried to look for stars (they were covered by clouds), and he carried me on his shoulders. In return, I carried him on my shoulders, too. It was loads of fun! We waited for dinner – Jollibee spaghetti and chicken, and loads of cake. We didn’t sing the birthday celebrants a loud Happy Birthday song out of sensitivity to my relatives who never celebrate birthdays. Dinner was yummy. Duh, it’s Jollibee!

We woke up the next day to the same breakfast we had the day before. After that, some of my relatives went on an adventure nearby, while the kids, some cousins, and Kelvin and I stayed at the pool. Kelvin and I played with my niece LA, and she did a lot of fun. Kelvin and I had a little private time in the pool after everyone else left the pool. After a while, we went up to our room, being extra careful since we were wet, and there were no stair railings.

After packing up and a short photo op, we were on the road back to Manila. The trip was full of fun for me because of my adorable and irritable nieces. THEY WERE SO CUTE! After a few stop-overs, a little car drama, we finally reached home.

This trip wasn’t perfect, but one’s for sure: I had fun. It wasn’t just another family outing. Thanks to Kelvin, that is. This just means to show that everything will be fun – you just need to know who to be with.

Posted in Performing Arts

Les Misérables in Manila

Lats March 30, 2016, I was fortunate enough to catch Les Misérables in Manila with my family, my aunt, and my cousin. It was so mind-blowing, I still have a hangover from it. Come on Cloie, it’s been a week!

I’ve read the book, and I immediately fell in love with the story, despite the theme of…being unfortunate. I’ve seen the 1998 movie and the 2012 movie musical, and I fell in love with the story and the characters even more. I’m a huge fan of musicals, so I really enjoyed the 2012 adaptation of the stage musical. So when the news that Les Misérables the musical is coming to Manila, I was so stoked. I asked my parents if we could watch, and they said yes!

March 30th came, and I was so excited. I felt like I was about to get married to the love of my life! When we got to The Theatre at Solaire, I immediately posed with the Les Mis backdrops and asked random people to take photos of me. I even raised my left fist while posing! (tibak mode: on)

The show was about to start, so we entered the theater. The opening song (Look Down) gave me serious chills, but nothing can beat the feeling I had when the cast sang One Day More. It’s my favorite song off of the whole musical. I got emotional when Eponine was singing On My Own, which happens to be my favorite song to sing in the shower. The Epilogue gave me chills once more, and was so eager to stand up when they ended the show.

The whole production was sooooooooooo awesome! I mean, it went beyond my expectations. The set was amazing, the acting was on point, and the singing…don’t get me started on the singing. That peformance of Les Misérables deserved a standing ovation. Too bad, not all audience members stood up while applauding. I got a little irritated by that. But who am I to be irritated? I stood up only when Simon Gleeson (Jean Valjean) took his bow. Nonetheless, IT DESERVED A STANDING OVATION.

I loved the cast so much, especially Chris Durling, who played Enjolras. I’ve loved Enjolras since I read the book. All his passion for the revolution won my heart. Aaron Tveit (Enjolras in the 2012 movie musical) made me fall in love in Enjolras more. But Chris Durling came, and boom, more love for Enjolras.

All of them were amazing. Gosh, their voices were…eargasmic. Their voices fit their roles so well. What a marvelous cast.

I couldn’t say anything bad about the production. I just found it so perfect. This production of Les Mis is the best production of any musical I’ve ever seen (sorry, Wicked. I still love Wicked though). All the emotions from the production haunted me to my sleep. It was that effective.

So if I were you, I’d catch Les Mis! It runs until May 1st, so grab your tickets while they’re still available. I know I want to see it again! 😉

Posted in Blogging

Hello, Cloie

Hi! The name is Cloie. Cloie Anne, to be exact. I’m 19 years old, and I feel like I haven’t done much in life. But that won’t hinder me to do whatever I want to do.

I’m proud to say that I have Bipolar II Disorder. I’m also bisexual. I’m almost bi-everything.

I’m from the University of the Philippines, but I’m unsure of where to continue studying for my college degree. UP isn’t really ideal for my situation. But anyway, I love UP, and I will continue to love UP no matter what.

I am a singer, a writer, and a dreamer. I wish I can write songs, but I’m happy with writing stories and articles. I wish I can sing high ranges, but I’m very much happy with my voice. I dream a lot. I dream of being a teacher, an author, and a mother. I dream to change the world, and I dream to bring peace.

Want to learn more about me? Well, hit the Follow button above! 🙂

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you guys.