Last Thursday, I was invited to a backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight, an acrobatic performance inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. As I mentioned in the story I wrote about my tour, seeing the Mall of Asia Arena without the bells and whistles of the show was like looking at a penguin enclosure, as it was just a massive gray slab. But when the curtains were pulled back during opening night, I was left breathless.
I watched the first show of Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight last night and fell in love with how they transformed the Mall of Asia Arena into Pandora, the moon where the Na’vi live. It was a visually spectacular show mixed with gravity-defying acrobatics. Before I saw Toruk, I was given the opportunity to do a backstage tour and see how they produce everything.
One of the things I like to do when I’m tired (like the past few days) is to listen to Newsies‘ “Seize the Day” on full blast. I love it because it’s such an empowering song about courage, unity, and standing up for one’s beliefs set amidst a booming score. So imagine my joy when it was announced that Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical are partnering to bring Newsies to Manila! It made me want to shout “strike!”
I love taking pictures when I travel. Everything seems more charming and exotic when I’m in another place. Go through my camera roll and you’ll see pictures of flowers, street signs, and cats sharing space with national landmarks. Even if I love taking pictures, I’m no photographer. I am aware that I treat my Sony A5000 like a point-and-shoot and I know nothing about technical stuff, but I’m happy with my gear and the photos I produce.
If I were to really upgrade my gear, I would get the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, a new smartphone that’s upgrading the mobile photography experience. It has the new Motion Eye camera system, which uses the same technology from the Sony Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras, which makes for professional-level photos with vivid colors.
News about TV shows has been sad lately because of cancellations. It’s hard not to feel down when your favorite shows are put on the chopping block, but I’d rather they end on a high rather than prolong their agony. Besides, they will also be there for rewatching. Thankfully, most of the shows I like have been renewed for new seasons, and I’m casually waiting for them while I enjoy recent drops like the fifth season of House of Cards and old shows like The Twilight Zone and Batman: The Animated Series.
Three of Warner TV‘s shows have been renewed, and I’m excited to catch up on them. I hope it won’t take too long before they release new episodes!
Summer is officially over, but it looks like it’s going to be extended. The days are still long, the sun shines brighter than ever, and the birds are creating a more cheerful symphony in the morning. And the thing is, I love it. I guess you see the good in everything when you’re happy with your current situation. It helps that I know the perfect ingredient to a refreshing summer: Starbucks’ Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino!
I’ve always liked Justin Bieber’s songs, including his early hits “Love Me” and “Eenie Meenie,” but I became a Belieber when he released his album Purpose in 2015. It took him two years to complete because he was finding a new musical direction, and it paid off. “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself” were catchy, and critics noted the album’s more mature sound as Bieber’s best. It was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now.”
With his new sound came a new wardrobe. He upgraded from looking like a teenager going to the mall with his purple hoodie to a legit streetwear icon. Now, Filipinos can cop the Bieber look because streetwear brand Oxygen launched its collection of licensed merchandise in partnership with Bravado and MCAA Universal!
We all know how talented Filipino artists are, but those who excel in science aren’t as visible. I’m sure that we have many gifted innovators and scientists in the Philippines, they’re just silently working, letting their breakthroughs speak for themselves. This weekend, Manila will see just how talented Filipinos are in the field of science with the Manila Mini Maker Faire at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)!