For Some Reason, I Found Myself Listening to THESE

“Call Me Maybe”
by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Payphone”
by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

And for some reason, they both have something to do with A PHONE.  Hahaha!

On a serious note, it got me thinking why these songs are hits…  And I guess just like every song, it’s because people can relate to their lyrics.  Not to mention, groove to their melodies! 😉

But let’s start with “Payphone.  How exactly can people relate to it?  Okay, the music video’s out of the question.  The whole concept of it and its relation to the song are still a mystery to me!  This version is actually better, in my opinion:

But anyway, if you’re going to ask me, the part that really got my attention was this:

“If happy ever after did exist, I would still be holding you like this.  And all those fairytales are full of s*it; one more f*cking love song, I’ll be sick…  I’m at a payphone.”

And it wasn’t just the “happy ever after” and “fairytales” that made me press the replay button again and again, it’s the way it was written — in second conditional (excuse the grammarzilla in me) and with straight-to-the-point-no-excuses swearwords!  It’s as if the writer really tried to express both the LOVE and PAIN he/she felt, feels, and will feel!  And for me, he/she succeeded in doing that exactly. 😀

As for “Call Me, Maybe, how do people relate to it?  Hmm…  To make it easier, let’s make the question how do I relate to it?  Hahaha!

Well, I’ll let you in on a secret: Ms. Jepsen‘s hit song is actually one of my fantasies when I travel!  You know, go to a foreign place, spot that kind of guy, approach him, give him my number even though we both know it’s craaazy, but then what’s done’s done, so the ball’s already in his court and it’s up to him whether or not he’ll do the next move.  Call me.  But maybe.  Tapos ang kanta! 😛

That.  And well, the song’s truly catchy!  Even YOU can’t deny that!  Mwahahahahaha!

And there goes another rambling from yours truly. =))  To end this, I just want to say that I also found myself WATCHING these.  Enjoy!!!

my fellow Lasallians‘ take on “Call Me, Maybe”

ANIMO!

Alex G‘s sweet rendition of “Payphone”

I wish she stuck with the original swearwords, though.
Instead of changing them to “it” and “stupid” respectively…  If you know what I mean! 🙂

Still COOKin’ in 2012!

“I’m sorry if it took us awhile to go back.”  He said during that night.  Or something like that.

Well, apology accepted!  After all, we’ve waited three years to see him again!  (By “we,” I’m referring to me, my Ate Fai, and the rest of his loyal followers since his Idol days!)

So who exactly am I talking about?  Why, David Cook, of course! 😀

The guy sure owns several guitars, which he used during his concert! 😉

It’s true, it did take him awhile to come back to Manila because when he first played for his Filipino fans, I still haven’t found my first full-time job, my sister just got married, and he shared the stage with his runner-up, David Archuleta!  In fact, I documented that epic concert in my previous blog, which you can check out by clicking HERE.

Whether it’s 2009 or 2012…

…my sister and I are definitely COOKistas! Haha!

Indeed, a lot of things have happened since 2009.  And now that we’re in 2012, these happened: I just resigned from my first full-time job, my niece is about to turn three years old soon, and David Cook (DC) finally decided to have a concert of his own!  But one thing remains: my undying love for his angelic-yet-powerful rock voice!

And speaking of his “angelic-yet-powerful rock voice,” have you gotten yourself a copy of his latest album This Loud Morning?

Well if you still haven’t, I suggest you go get one as soon as you can and turn to tracks like “Right Here, With You, “Fade Into Me, and “4 Letter Word.  Why?  Wala lang, those are my favorite tracks kasi!  Eh nagbabakasakali lang na pareho tayo ng taste in music!  Wahahahaha!

But seriously, DC‘s voice never fails to put a smile on my face!  If only I could describe his voice by using an adjective that is used to describe looks, “gwapo” would be the appropriate one!  Oh wait!  I did describe his voice like that once, twice, or thrice.  Whenever I listen to his songs, bigla nalang ako mapapasabi ng ang gwapo talaga ng boses niya!”  Hahaha!

I guess you just really can’t deny “talent” when you “hear” one! ♥

Always a David Cook fan, Mika 🙂

My Direction Infection

So One Direction. 😀  Ever since I got “infected,” I’ve written two 1D-related posts on this blog (HERE and HERE).  If those weren’t enough, I even acquired my very own “fangirl stuff,” which includes 1D‘s debut album, their two official books — One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story) and Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction, their first concert DVD, a baller, a fan magazine, and still counting…

So when Ms. Dyan Zarzuela of Candy magazine asked me if I could share my 1D “fangirl story” with her, of course I didn’t think twice!  There’s no better way to proclaim to “the world” my 1D devotion than with the help of the Philippines’ #1 teen magazine, Candy, right???

“Candy Girl Mika Chiong on 1D” can be found inside Candy magazine’s July 2012 issue!

The feature was short, but definitely sweet. 🙂  As for the interview itself, I kind of got carried away!  Hahaha!  But if you get to read it, you’ll definitely UNDERSTAND how and why I got “infected” in the first place!  So I decided to share it with yoouuu! 😉

And now I’m warning you…  what you’re about to read from hereon was pretty much how I gushed about 1D! 😛

The video that made me become a 1D fan.
I’ve to be honest…  my Direction Infection wasn’t a “love at first sight” thing.  In fact, I kind of overlooked their “What Makes You Beautiful” music video the first time I saw it on TV.  But on MARCH 21, 2012 (yes, it’s pretty recent; and yes, I know the exact date!  Haha!), THIS video made me see 1D in a whole different light:

“ONE DIRECTION Teaches You to Speak British!” was THE video that made me a 1D fan! 😀

The top 3 things I love about 1D.
First, they’re BRITISH — which is kind of a giveaway already since I’m a self-proclaimed Anglophile!  Heehee.

Second, their STORIES.  All One Directioners know that 1D was formed thanks to The X Factor (UK), but when I read their latest book, Dare To Dream: Life As One Direction, it was as if I was able to have a deeper connection with the boys and realized that yes, they, too, were just ordinary humans like most of us who once upon a time had big dreams…  and were able to make them come true!

Last but definitely not the least, their MUSIC.  Of course!  1D‘s album is actually what I play ALL DAY on my iPod!  And I repeat, not just their hit singles, but the ENTIRE ALBUM — no kidding!  I love the fact that each song in their album is distinct from one another.  For example, “What Makes You Beautiful” sounds very current, typical for a boyband…  but when you reach the last track, “Stole My Heart,” I actually get some kind of an 80’s vibe or something!  I can’t really explain it…  all I know is that 1D‘s music isn’t something people should take for granted or worse, underestimate. 🙂

My fave 1D member.
HARR-EH!!!  Yes, Harry Styles is my favorite 1D member because I love his (husky) voice, I love his megawatt smile, I love his hair, I love his green eyes, I love that he loves cats, I love his personality (such a self-proclaimed cheeky chappy!), I love his “Isn’t She Lovely” audition on The X Factor, I love the fact that he’s close to his mum, I love that he doesn’t think age matters (hahaha!)

Oh let’s face it, I love EVERYTHING about him!!! ♥

Things that make a real 1D fangirl AND things that a real 1D fangirl would never do.
A real 1D fangirl is someone who…

…knows all 1D‘s songs by heart.
…has a Facebook wall/Twitter feed full of 1D news/stuff!
…gets her hands on every possible 1D merchandise — whether it’s from the U.K., Australia, America, or just any part of the world (guilty as charged!  Haha!)
…smiles at the thought of 1D.  As simple as that.
…supports not just her favorite member, but ALL the members!
…will name her future sons Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall, and/or Zayn! =))

A real 1D fangirl would never…

…bash/trash-talk any of the boys’ girlfriends/love interests (no matter how much that sucks!) </3
…buy a pirated 1D album/CD/DVD.  It’s just plain wrong…  not to mention ILLEGAL.
…compare the boys to other artists.  Simply put, the boys are unique in their own ways.  1D IS 1D; they’re incomparable.  (Spoken like a true One Directioner!  Hahaha!)
…outgrow the boyband.  5, 10, or more years from now — even when they’re already classified as a “middle-aged men” band!  There’s just NO CURE for this Direction Infection!!! 😛

And actually, I once had a Facebook status talking about my decision to resign from my job:

“I contemplated…  and changed my mind.  Fight ’til the end!  Ika nga, use all possible ‘lifelines!’  You’ll be surprised that even One Direction played a big role in this decision-making…  That’s HOW MUCH they’re influencing my life right now!  But then again, only a REAL FAN GIRL will understand why.”

Believe it or not.  But yes, BELIEVE IT!

My friends actually found it “different” that I decided not to resign from my job because of 1D.  Obviously, the boys weren’t the only reason BUT they were one of the major factors.

First is very obvious.  How else would I be able to afford 1D fangirl-ing stuff and merchandise if I didn’t earn my own money?  At my age, I already pay for my own “wants” and asking money from others isn’t just an option.

Next, they inspire me.  To WORK HARD, that is.  We think that being a celebrity/superstar is all glitz and glamour.  True.  But it also takes a lot of hard work.  We all witnessed THAT (hard work) during the seventh season of The X Factor (UK).  We all STILL see that while the boys are busy traveling the world, satisfying each and every fan…  while enduring being away from their families and not having the same kind of privacy when they were still ordinary British boys.  Why do they do those?  Because that’s how DEDICATED they are.  Because that’s how they’re grateful for all the support they received, are receiving, and will receive from their fans!

But going back to my status, I’ve to say that the “fight” is over now.  I did use my so-called “lifelines,” but my decision to finally resign eventually became a “need” instead of a “want.”  I may be unemployed now, but I’m not rushing anyway.  It’s because when I land my next job, I don’t want it to be just another job — I want it to be where I can finally have a “career.”  Besides, I already have sufficient time to focus on my graduate studies now.  And guess what?  I still get to be my fangirl self and get my hands on 1D merchandise — thanks to my ever supportive family members!  Harharhar.

Like I said, only a REAL FANGIRL can get me!  Enough said. 😉

Ooh, while we’re at it,
why not grab a copy of Candy magazine’s latest issue?

Turn to page 70 for “A Fangirl’s Story” (photo courtesy of Candy magazine)

Available wherever magazines are sold for only Php100.