Beautiful

I promised myself to write a detailed review of this experience. I had several attempts of writing this experience down my diary but I always end up drifting off to those sweet moments. I get stuck. Never wanting to go back to reality. Today mark’s the second week after Owl City Live in Manila 2011. I admit that I still have a post concert depression and  I still endlessly tweet Adam hoping for a reply.

-> I realized that I have been pushing away our thesis for 3 weeks now, what can I do when my last semester as a student starts tomorrow and this thesis might just be the only strain to that glorious day of my graduation. .  I promised myself earlier that I will dedicated my heart and soul to the completion of our Thesis. And so, I decided to write this TODAY.

This will be very long. I will try to shovel out every detail and memory on how an enchanted evening took me away.  As an Owl City fan I have never been that loud until the recent promotions provoked me. I know I’m not a famous international hootowl as I remain focused on fellow Filpino owls. I don’t have that much experiences and encounters with Adam and the band either. In fact, I started out in Fireflies and not in Hello Seattle from Of June or Meteor Shower or what. I am an ordinary fan. YES. Ordinary but I try to make the most of what I have . I try to work out what I can do to the best of my abilities. I am rather a shy person when it comes to formalities. And I think I am getting ahead of my story. Anyway, this will be long and I don’t want to pressure you into reading every single detail of this post. I just wish that at the end of the day, you will recognize me and respect me for who I am and for what I love doing most.

Ok, here goes.

What Happened on October 25, 2009.

I have an anniversary on when I started liking Owl City. My Bestfriend, Reine asked me to coordinate her debut party. I gladly helped her in every aspect, from the details of the venue down to the tracks to be used as bed music. I was searching for the latest hits online when I came across Fireflies.   I illegally downloaded the track from BeemP3 and burned the track along with other singles. Days after I could not stop listening to the dreamy synths of the song. I hummed along to the melody, I memorized its lyrics by heart, I recommended the song to every friend I knew and I bought the album.

That’s when it all started. I can’t even tell you how thankful I am for that birthday party. It was unexpected and it was just perfect.

The first.

Later on BigFish Manila announced that Owl City will hold a concert scheduled March 14 of the following year. I anticipated the concert so much that I pritned out a lyric book of the whole album (since the album then had no lyrics). I asked Reine if she wanted to watch with me, she squealed at the thought and I knew my bestfriend was also in love with music. Good days.  ♪

It was early February  when me and Reine trekked the long street of Emerald Avenue just to purchase tickets directly at Big Fish Manila. They had this student discount and hence I got my ticket at a very affordable price. Nevertheless, it did not lessen on how magical March 14, 2o10 went off.

In details, March 14, 2010 went like this:

Me and Reine printed out T-shirts that had the tweaked phrase “When I think of YOUNG, I don’t feel so alone” – this was exclusively designed for the two of us by a good friend named Mike De Vera.

Around 8:00 am, Me and Reine went off to a local church to hear mass. Everything went well. We knew that we were off to a good start. We asked the Lord for our blessings and we believed He was with us all the way.  Indeed He was.

It was around 10:00 am when Me, Reine and Dhen (A friend who slept over at our house the night before) arrived at Landmark, Makati. We were a 10-minute walk away from the Hotel where the band stayed, NEW WORLD HOTEL.

We arrived at the luxurious hotel at around 11:00am and decided to take the elevator quickly as so the guards will treat us as guests of the hotel. As we  entered the elevator we realized that we had no idea on where to begin. And so I punched the 24th floor button. Okay so here’s the thing, Me and Reine had this crazy idea of one by one checking the floors of the hotel and look for any signs of Adam and Owl City i.e. Bodyguards, People with I.d. -and so we descended from the 24th, to the 23rd to the 22nd to the 21st to the 20th to the 19th and to the 18th. We have accomplished 8 floors so far and we were tired. We checked the 18th floor when I heard a sound from ROOM 1801.

I panicked and called Reine as I heard people talking in English. Well Reine almost knocked me out as she explained to me that we were at an international hotel, People TALKED IN ENGLISH, PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ARE ON VACATION AND THEY WERE STATING HERE. I understood her..And so I walked to the elevator again and stood there. I knew that it was here, I just felt it.  The 18th floor felt so right. And so we stayed there, we were tired. Every 10 minutes a laundry boy passes by us and they looked very suspicious, well probably because we were wearing our OC shirts. Ahhh. I was really fidgety when I decided to go down and drink expensive coffee from the hotel restaurant. Reine agreed and we pushed the elevator button. A minute after we were joined by a man and a woman dressed up. I was frustrated, disappointed and devastated,  I didn’t care who they were. We entered the elevator cabin and it descended down, I couldn’t help but notice a pair of eyes looking at our shirts, must be haters I thought. On the 4th floor stop the guy muttered “So what time is our soundcheck?” The girl answered “Around 2:00pm at Trinoma” And there we were, the elevator opened it’s doors on the ground floor when I was left dumbfounded.

THEEEEEHECK it was Daniel Jorgensen and Breanne Duren. IN THE FLESH. In the elevator! With me and Reine and I totally blew off the chance of talking to them and possibly meeting Adam on the spot.

I sulked myself in the lounge of the hotel. I ordered an expensive coffee and waited for Daniel and Bre to return. They DID, after 1 hour and I was ready. I was prepared and I brought the gift for Adam in my hand, hoping I could hand this to Daniel and Bre. There I was, walking towards them. Fast, Quick, Glorious!!! I WAS ON THE EDGE…OF GLORY! ♫ when a bouncer blocked me and embarrassed me in front of the hotel guests that we are not allowed to go near them.

That scene broke my heart. I had anticipated so much for the concert and here  I am standing in a hotel, devastated. But heck that didn’t stop me from enjoying the concert.

Me and Reine were at Trinoma at around 2:00pm. We were the only one’s waiting outside the gate as the concert was scheduled at 8:00pm. And so we paced back and forth, in and out of Trinoma. We took a rest at the couches near UCC coffee when we noticed a strange couple eyeing our VIP tickets. Must be concert-goers. A few minutes later the band did a soundcheck and my heart skipped a beat upon hearing Hot Ait Balloon from a distance. THIS IS IT. THIS IS REALLY IT! The girl across me surprised me as she sang lyrics from the song. Well, only true OC fans know this song and so I assumed she was one.

Later on, we went out to start the line and the girl earlier was behind me.  Out of excitement I bravely talked to the girl and found out that she was an avid fan of Owl City. We clicked! YEY! We waited in line and we talked about OC songs, we soon realized that we have the same fave song, THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG! She was Hanako Amihan. A girl I’ll never ever ever forget. The very first fan I met.

It was 5pm when the M&G started. I was helpless. I really wanted to meet Adam back then. I begged the bigfish girl that I am the founder of Owl City Ph but she didn’t care. Way back then Owl City Ph was still small and so we were still unnoticed. And the line-moments ended with a heavy heart. I will never meet Adam, no not today. But I will someday. That still did not stop me from enjoying the concert. It was magical. ME and Reine sang phrase by phrase, melody by melody (YES! WE HUMMED THE MELODIES LOUD!) and we brought home memories for safe keeping.

March 14, 2010 brought ALL OF THIS to me. It gave me a chance. It gave me a Dream.  It gave me hope.

 The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.   – Flaubert Gustave

THE BIRTH OF OWLCITYPH

Prior to March 14, I established a fan community called Owl City Philippines with the humble beginning of an online forum at ipbfree. It only had 10 members back then but we were all excited to watch the concert.

After the concert, I was ignited to make Owl City Ph grow. I had this intense feeling of admiring Owl City as an artist and it would be a shame to keep it all to myself. I was also sure several fans out there felt the same way. I established the fan community by searching for fans. I filtered every Owl City and Manila in Twitter, in facebook and in youtube. That’s when I found a bestfriend, a brother – Colwin.

Together we marketed Owl City Ph as the fan community of Owl City in the Philippines. Month by month we grew and later on we were established. We held contests, promotions and sold stuff. Later did we realize that Adam had a hefty bunch of fans and followers in the Philippines. And they were the best. Each fan that I came to know was special. They were honest, sincere and definitely for keeps. I did not lie when I declared that my bestest friends in the world are from these bunch of friends whom I met with a common point of interest, that is Owl City.

I truly believe in the idea that Owl City Ph is one of the strongest fan bases in the whole HootOwls community. HATE me all you want, i try to be humble haha i swear but I know we’re more than a community. We’re a family. We work together and I believe that we all have spaces in our hearts for each other. I will forever be proud of US.

Owl City Philippines has come a long way. The overwhelming support of followers encouraged us to push ourselves to do more.  For the past year we have been holding contests using our own money as starting funds. It was a sacrifice worth laying. We sold merchandise to start up bigger projects.

Last June 2011, we partnered with Astroplus for the release of All Things Bright and Beautiful. It was so nice to meet more and more friends who shared the same love for Owl City. It was successful – no matter how I look at it, I know it was.

And this October—- wait, I’m getting ahead. I will start explaining first on how we went on.

Intern

On the summer of 2011, we were all required to undergo an Internship training to a company that we believe can give us insights on the real world out there. I was debating on where to enter but on the back of my mind something urged me to courageously bet on MCA MUSIC INC. – the local label of Owl City.

I am in constant contact with MCA MUSIC INC in line with Owl City Philippines. Hence, I know some of the people behind the company. Early February 2011 I emailed Sir Wilson of an interest of application to the company. He said okay but I believe he was busy to handle applications in e-mails.  I had decided that I want to be in MCA. I did not entertain the thought of applying in another company and so when a few weeks later Sir Wilson did not reply to my email, I personally visited the company and handed a physical copy of my resume. A few days later I was called in for an interview.

THE DAY HAS COME. I was wearing a red striped polo, I was sweating and I was in front of Sir Wilson. He knew I was an Owl City fan.  He asked me several questions and  I answered him carefully.  THIS WAS THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME and I wanted it to be perfect.

The moment the interview ended, he immediately accepted me. Thoughts creeped into my head such as Adam visiting the office and me fixing Owl City Cd’s. I pictured myself talking to him and all but then again, things always happen unexpectedly.

I can honestly say that the primary purpose of applying was for Owl City but later on did I realize that MCA MUSIC INC taught me a lot of things. It opened up a new world of opportunities for me. I enjoyed every bit of work they passed unto me. YES, OWL CITY WAS NOT INVOLVED AT ALL and I passionately loved what I am doing.  The summer of 2011 solidified my desire of working in the music scene when I graduate. It is my best summer so far and I know I spent it with people who are also the best-est, ever. I found a family in MCA MUSIC INC and I will always treat them as one. Nobody has invested so much trust in me like them. I felt so thankful. I felt so blessed.

I believe it was destined, and Owl City brought me here.

The Long walk

My internship ended as I started my first semester of my last year in college. Hay. One guilty pleasure of mine is equally prioritizing Owl City with my studies, I know it’s wrong but sometimes I get carried away.

Owl City announced that he was releasing a new album and we were ecstatic. New album means New tour. I anticipated the announcement of the tour dates though I admit at first, I was hopeless.  It has just been a year since he held his first concert and rarely does an artist come back for a second concert after another year- well Owl City did. It was May when he announced his Asian tour. I cried so much when I saw Manila, Philippines in the newsletter. THIS WAS IT. The moment that we have all been waiting for. HE WAS COMING BACK TO MANILA. For a year, Owl City Ph worked its way into clamoring and demanding for Owl City to come back and yes, he noticed.  He did as he included us once again!

I can hear Oprah Winfrey shouting at me

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.

I WILL.

During my internship, I was under Marianne Delantar. I called her ate Mar. In two months or less, she became the closest Ate I ever had. EVER. Along with Kuya Doms, Ate Arlene and Kuya Ruben. Also I met a sister who helped me so much in so many things, Jyl. Ate Mar had always been so supportive of me and my Owl City endeavor.

(I forgot to mention that during my first day at work at MCA MUSIC, Sir Wilson introduced me to everyone as the President of Owl City Ph)

Ate Mar helped me so much for Owl City PH. She helped the possibility and success of ATBAB Launch day (wherein Adam even sent us a video ID!).

Also, all this time I have been trying to sell Owl City Ph as an official and recognized fan community of Owl City to the OC management.  Especially that OCLIM11 was fast approaching I emailed the management with the attachment of an Organizational Profile, A slideshow and a Mission-Vison eklaver statement. One Day, I was browsing our Organization email when a reply from the management popped out at the Inbox section. THEY ACTUALLY REPLIED.

I fangirled on this email and knew to myself that this was  it. We were ready. OCPH Was ready. Owl City Live in Manila 2011 will be the night of our lives. Thank you to Ate Mar who helped us achieve so much. She is truly an angel who gave us a chance.

Later on, we also Emailed the promoter as we wanted to help and take part in the promotions.

This was what we got:

I will never forget on how all of this started. Up to now, I still can’t believe that everything started so small and look what we have right now. Things really do come to those who wait. ♫

Anyway, We had regular meetings with MCA and frequent talks with MMI. I loved how MMI greatly looked up to our fan base as the home of Pinoy fans. Online promotions were blasted through our networks. We sent newsletter and went the extra mile. We also held contests to boost album sales and digital sales. It was more less of a work and much of a passion. I loved what I was doing.

My happiness for the fan base could not be contained as for the first time in concert history (I think if it did happen, rarely) Owl City Ph is acknowledged as a partner/sponsor for the whole event.  I was smiling from ear to ear when I saw our very own logo on all their collaterals!

I also met up with owls who volunteered to help along the way. I would never trade small talks and meetings with Colwin, Leon (My favorite BUDDY!) Aldrin Pat Isay  Hana MJ  Leana and Dowe.

But I admit there were days when I felt so consumed. But the overwhelming love and encouragement of fellow fans pushed us to do more.

What I will not forget is how me and Colwin went to three different malls to distribute Promo posters and flyers. IT WAS HELL OF A FUN FUN FUN ADVENTURE. We spent the whole afternoon running around the metro and sweated our hearts out in anticipation.

I will also forever remember when Me, Hanako and LG braved the Cubao area that was a little bit of scary (BUT FUN! HAHA) to buy the Tattoo papers!

Good Days. Good Days ♫

We are also thankful to Miss Katherine Choy and the whole of Astroplus who greatly believed in Owl City as an artist. They helped us along the way as we planned events and promotions. Astroplus sponsored the Lightsticks that were distributed on the concert.

It was months of anticipation and excitement. Months of preparation, physically and emotionally. We drained our hearts out for one enchanted evening that we will never forget.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND -FINALLY

The last minute preparations made my heart beat beyond the normal range. It made every day before the concert so precious.

A month before the concert, the whole team coordinated to prepare gifts and stuffs for the concert. We searched and shopped together for stuff that we thought would make the band happy.

We even customized a varsity jacket for Adam!

There’s a funny story behind this jacket. I initially contacted two suppliers about the jacket and well maybe because of the pressure I contacted the wrong one upon pick -up. I texted the supplier early in the morning reminding him of our scheduled meet up, a few minutes he replied that he can’t make it. It was a day before the concert. I went hysterical. I argued the order through a phonecall. I shouted at the guy on the other line, and he was well, SORRY. After a few minutes I received another SMS that says our meet-up will push through for the jacket. Turns out I contacted the wrong guy. IT WAS FUNNY. But I felt sorry for the other supplier. I breathed a big sigh of relief after the incident.

The gifts were ready! We also found dried mangoes of special brand. Can you guess what’s the name of the brand? Unexpectedly it’s called YOUNGS. Cool right? Or not. Haha. We also produced exclusive OC shirts for the band

October 24, 2011 – I visited MMI to receive complimentary passes. I don’t know why but my visit almost made me cry. No, she was really nice. MMI has been the nicest to us in this whole Owl City concert. I guess I was being sentimental because everything that we have worked hard for is coming to its peak in two days. I was too happy to see Miss Anne that day.  She held this unseen torch that says “Hey, Guys Owl City is coming in two days and here are your tickets, I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your help.” Well, she did tell us that after. The way she sincerely addressed me and the fan club- heartfelt. I broke down on the elevator and cried. I felt so weird. And did I mention I lost my voice? I was suffering from cough and colds a week before the concert and I still stressed myself out. Aggh I hated how these viruses attack just when everything is being held right.

October 25 –

I knew today was Adam’s arrival. Prior to his arrival I asked permission if we could welcome the band but due to security reasons, it wasn’t recommended. I respected that. I woke up early in the morning just to check for tweets from Adam, Bre or the crew. I was fidgety the whole morning. My mind jammed at the thought that Adam was just in my vicinity, well he is Manila. I couldn’t bring myself to believe that he is actually setting foot in a place just miles that are reachable from me.

I knew where he was staying but I wanted to be true to my words that I will respect not stalking him this time around. I know how pressured the promoter is and I don’t want to add any more troubles. Also, Owl City didn’t have a scheduled presscon unlike other artists. All he had was an exclusive one on one interview. So I had no jobs to be done.

I just headed off to Megamall to chill and unwind.  I thought I need a break.  I wore a normal (haha normal) blue shirt and jeans. I rode the MRT, I was a little bit of sweaty and grimy. Until Ate Charm called me. She told me to come and join them at the hotel, to award Owl City. WELL, we normally did this stuff before to Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber so I knew it was true. I was called and at first I hesitated.  I was uneasy for 30 minutes. Yes or No, Yes or No until I found myself walking towards the lobby of the hotel.

My heart pounded like crazy. It was like Mt. Apo during 1991 all over again, minus the disaster and tragedy. I walked up to the elevator with the track Cave in playing. My hands were sweaty. I wasn’t ready. I smelled like sweat and I looked like I have been asked to carry 120 kilos of karneng baboy. But my heart was. I was aflutter.

I arrived at the resto/waiting area with 10 people. It was really exclusive. I can see the glimmer in the eyes of Ate Mar and Ate Charm as I sat beside them. I know that they were sincerely excited for me. Sir and Miss were also too. Well, I think. But I wasn’t. NO, not in a negative way. OF COURSE I WAS but I was too lost during that moment. I never thought that this would come  (well, I did but man, this is it, THIS IS REALITY AND FOR ONCE I WOULD REALLY WANNA LIVE THERE)

We were seated at the real waiting area.  My feelings could not contain itself. I waited as if I was meeting an ordinary person – well that’s my external facade but inside me an explosion of fireworks was taking place. And so we took a simple picture first.  We took a picture of the DOUBLE PLATINUM ARTIST OWL CITY award.

10 minutes.

5 minutes.

2 minutes.

1 minutes.

Oops, I mean 1 minute.

I entered the room quietly with MCA. I was only there to observe and well, help take pictures. That’s what we usually do, during press conferences. I walked in and dawned unto Adam Young -in the flesh. He was wearing his usual red flannel shirt. HE WAS ANGELIC. He looked so clean and fresh, he looked tired but very glad to meet our bosses. He greeted them happily as he accepted his award. He laughed at their small talk (which I couldn’t remember cause everything went crazy in my mind then) Hi giggled as he once again looked at his award. He said goodbye and nice meeting you. I was prepared to walk away as MYX will now hold their interview when our bosses told me to go and take a picture with him.

HECK. I WAS FINALLY MEETING HIM FACE TO FACE.

I SQUEALED LIKE A MICE. Seriously, you know those eeeek sounds that mice make? Yes, I did that around 5 times. I said Hi by waving my hands 10 times and I uttered OMG for 5 times. IN FRONT OF HIM.  I looked  crazy at first but I think Adam understood me so well as he kept smiling and laughing as I was clearly blushing all over. He posed for 5 pictures with me. Those were the longest 5 minutes of my life. EVER. I couldn’t bring myself to smile my best and I couldn’t really register my thoughts and messages for Adam. I was dumbfounded, in a very very good way. As I walked away from him, I squealed once again and turned my head towards him. All I remember was his cute small laugh and a couple of Nice to meet you’s. HIS SMILE WAS PERFECT. I DONT CARE IF YOU JUDGE ME.

My heart was on cardiac arrest (HAHAHA) after those priceless 5 minutes. As we walked out of the room, tears spilled all over the carpet floor. I was crying so hard for no reason. It had not yet dawned unto me that I finally met him. I felt like everything was in trance and this was not real.. But then again, it WAS. I DID MEET HIM. Right there at that tiny hotel room for the press.

My heart could not function well. I felt so blessed. I felt extremely lucky. I will forever be thankful for MCA MUSIC.

I may have not looked my best. I may not have smelled my best (Smelled haha-what!) I may not be at my best disposition but since I was with the best, I knew everything was perfect.

October 26, 2011 – The day.

I woke up early on the day of the concert. My mind was tainted with so many things. It felt like Cold Play’s MYLO XYLOTO album.  I felt Taylor singing Sparks Fly on repeat. I didn’t know what to fix first – the fanpage, my things, the lightsticks, the posters, my outfit, our gifts. I felt like I was getting married on the wrong day and event. ‘

Colwin came to our house (YEY!) early and helped me pack the things. LG came after and we rode a taxi to Ayala where we met Hanako and Reine.

We scurried off to the NBC tent and I could not contain my feelings. It felt like I was attending a premiere night and I wasn’t even in the lead cast. The moment I caught site of the venue I could not help but tear up a bit to see a flock of Pinoy fans waiting in line. This was me last year and still, this is me today. It felt so pretty to be surrounded by such support to one artists whom I know deserves it best.

I wanted to hug each friend at the venue. I was too happy but then again it is an understatement. The line, the process, the waiting was all too not real.

We distributed Owl City Tattoo’s and lightsticks to the first people who were in line. It felt so awesome sharing the Owl City love to everyone.  We waited in the area for about 3 hours. I was really uneasy. Walking to and fro, side to side, up and down, whatever. I met up with MCA and was super glad to see them. They have made my dreams come true in one way or another. Kuya Dom,  Ate Arlene, Ate Charm and Jyl were there! I was overwhelmed by their support and encouragement.

A few minutes later, the meet and greet started. Earlier, MMI advised me and Colwin to go at the end of the line as the management was talking to us. Well, it’s official we were 10000000000x more excited. We lined up and went inside the venue. It was my first look at the area inside, it was so pretty. I spotted a few cocktail tables on the VIP area and I looked at my ticket, wow it is true there were tables! After  a few minutes something flashed on the screen projector of the concert. THE V.O WAS ANNOUNCING SOMETHING, OH THE SPONSORS. THE SPONSORS YOU SAY?

V.O: Owl City live in Manila 2011 is brought to you by Fox, Starworld, MMI, ABSCBN, Myx, MCA MUSIC INC.. some more sponsors, OWL CITY PHILIPPINES, Discovery Suites. —wait, come again? GYAAAAAAAAAAAH! I screamed at delight, I was alone and I looked like a retard but I did! DAHECK! That was the logo that was imprinted on my tshirt 1 year ago and now it’s up there. DA HECK! DA HECK IT WAS! And all this is thanks to my friends and fellow fans who greatly supported OCPH in all its endeavors and whatnots. Seeing the logo there released high hopes for me. It felt so wonderful, amazing, mind blowing. Tiny little pixels, a stream of colors and an Achievement. I AM SO PROUD OF US, OWLS. Seriously.

Is this the real life?

Me and Colwin were meeting Adam. I don’t know why but it still feels like my first. The event yesterday stirred me so bad that I could not remember meeting him until I saw a picture from Kuya Enzo Luna. Only Reine, Isay And Hana were left until Me and Colwin would proceed. Tears started flowing in my eyes and Sir David approached and hugged me and Colwin. This felt so right yet so weird.

It was our turn. I stopped halfway as Colwin hugged Adam right then and there. I paced slowly and then it hit me, I needed to tell him. You may hate me after reading this but this was our flow of convo:

Me: HI ADAM! MY NAME IS GRACE, ONCE AGAIN HEHEHE, *Hand Shake* I am the President of Owl City Philippines! Your Fan Club here!

Adam: OH WOW! That’s great, thank you so much for all your help *he turns to look at Colwin too*

Grace:  Our pleasure. He’s the Vice President!! EEE! OMG! ADAM CAN I HUG YOU?

Adam: SURE! *hugs me awkwardly and I hugged him tightly*

Grace:  *Legit tears*

Photographer: Okay guys, let’s take a picture.

I grabbed the PH flag which was folded on my pocket and spread it out for Adam to see.

Me: Hi Adam, Could you (Demonstrating to hold the other end of the flag)

Adam: OH WOW! THIS IS SO COOL! I’d Love to!

Photographer: WOW, this is nice. Okay Guys ready?

Before I left I almost forgot that I was holding my personal gift to Adam. I handed him an Eclipse Candy Box (In chinese! haha) with a handful of personal notes, thoughts, sayings and silly little things. Inside the box was a personalized guitar pick for Adam. I also handed him a letter and  my hand was shaking like crazy as I did so.

We left and as we proceeded, Laura Pease gave us a big smile. She was super sweet and she complimented the group for helping out with the concert, Miss Anne was beside her (I assume Miss Anne told Laura everything) She gave us some stuff and I asked if I could hug her, she said, SURE!  Colwin handed her the bag of goodies for the staff and crew.

She was still smiling as we left and her words were ringing in my head. “Thank You so much for all your help, I’ve heard so much about you guys. Thank You for everything that you do for Owl City, we APPRECIATE IT!”

Legit tears flowed from our eyes. Colwin was my soul brother haha the term in this thing. He understood everything with me and what made this experience more life changing was spending it with him. We walked off and met with the Astroplus people outside. Many of them were surprised to see Colwin cry, well, I was too.

Sir David accompanied us for the line of the CD signing. OK, this was happening again. We were at the end of the line once more. Aldrin and Pat went to us and handed us their mobile phones. Well, couldn’t be more of help!

When it was our turn, everything went casually. I felt more relaxed and comfortable. Me and Colwin handed him the Dear God ballers and we could not contain the smile he was bearing. ANGELIC.

I placed my CD inlays and asked Adam, “Hi adam! Here again Hehehe sorry too many!” He said ” no no, that’s cool! *laughs*” I died for a moment and then it came, WORD VOMIT

“HI adam, hehe  I MET YOU YESTERD–“

I was cut off by his reply ” YES!! YES WE DID!”

I almost cried. He remembered me. HE DID. HE REALLY DID!

I continued ” Sorry for being so awkward!! Hehe”

And he replied “No you weren’t! *and then he smiles at me!”

I handed him the mobile phone of Pat “And Adam, could you sign this for me.”

He said “Sure!!!” *signs* and hands it to me “Hahahaha you just got a text message! hahaha”

I died.  Thank You, PAT.

Then there was it. DONE. No more meeting Adam but now its more of rocking that concert we’ve all been preparing for.

GAME FACE ON. I remember last years concert. I really thought that those VIP tickets that we bought guaranteed us front seats if we came early, apparently we were still a 500m away from Adam.  But nothing could stop us this year. WE WERE AT THE MOST FRONT! AS in no one and nothing could ever stop us from being the frontest people of all front (or whatever that is)!

We waited for an hour before the show officially started. Then it came to me again, that surreal feeling that he is here. ON STAGE, ABOUT TO PERFORM. He was so dreamy in his white crisp polo. As soon as the stage blared off sounds from the intro of The real world, my eyes teared up once more.

“Reality is a lovely place but  I wouldn’t wanna live there…♫”

But this was real. EVERYTHING WAS and this is true. I cried legitly on the first song. I felt so high (In a very good way, trust me.) Then the TIP OF THE ICEBERG CAME IN. My most favorite OC song. EVER. I felt so lucky that the set list for the PH included this atlantic song. This was my themesong with all time OC friend, HANAKO. WE SLAMMED LIKE IT WAS A ROCK CONCERT. And  I didn’t care if I was too loud or too bouncy, I didn’t care if I wa deliberately shoving off the girl beside me cause she’s so unresponsive. I DIDNT CARE CAUSE THIS WAS OUR NIGHT AND OUR SONG. AND “I’ll do whatever it takes….♫” to change. Tra la la! Whooohoo, the song always sent chills.

He went on and on, song after song. I sang, I shouted, I tried to be in sync but my voice was too coarse fresh from my sickness. I danced, I jumped, I bumped the girl beside me who was too unresponsive, I killed every dead cell in my body, I enjoyed the best night of my life up to date!

Then, Adam had to say good bye. For the last song -which I knew wasn’t really the last cause prior to the show I already knew the setlist. Encore. Two more songs and this is it, they were really leaving.

The intro of How I became the sea played on and I can’t help but feel my heart tighten. Oh no, it was coming.. tears. Once again. As I sang along with Adam “When the sky fell in!!! And when the hurricanes came for me,” I fell flat, dead-like, standing, feeling every moment, singing every precious line, savoring every second of the last two songs. Not just far, I glanced upon a bouncer who was actually my friend in 2AM live in Manila,  I believe he smirked as he saw my eyes glistened with water. I didn’t care. Nothing will stop me.

Then he finally sang if my heart was a house. It felt like my ex broke up with me all over again, one day after. Uncontrollably warm water gushed forth my eyes. This was it. The glorious moment where it all ends, for now. I saw every effort, every anticipation, every hint of excitement, every support, every love and every memory come to its close circle as he sang the last line, “If my heart was a house you’d be home!” ♫  Adam may be a shy boy from Owattona but I’d like to believe that he was home in a sea of Pinoy fans who loved him dearly.

They said goodbye and I did, silently. The memories crushed me but my friends at Owl City Ph comforted me with the idea that this is just the beginning. I knew it was, I was just too emotional to function.

Later on, Me and Colwin were interviewed by Myx (which never really aired) ughhh, my eyes were sore when they beamed their white light unto my face. Was Heaven calling me since the concert’s done? haha

Later on, Me and Colwin went inside to check out some stuff when we met with Laura Pease once again. We asked to take a picture with her when she courteously  said “with me? I didn’t do anything!!” and I replied “No, you did so much. :)” and ta-da!

Later on we met with the Crew. Andy was passing by me and then I went like “OC CREW” and afte 3 seconds, it registered unto him that he was the one I was referring to and then he said “YEAAAH!!!”

We also met with Rez Toledo of SD. He’s really nice and I am not hating on him. He makes music that is different from Owl City so no use comparing them. 🙂

And after we finally let go of the VENUE, NBC TENT. We went on for a night at banchetto. Unfortunately we went down at the wrong place and so we ended up in McDonalds Ortigas, the branch where Adam Young dined in! He ordered Oreo Overload and McChicken! haha So guys, you know what to order next time!

The night ended, finally.

The following day, Me and Colwin went to Robinsons galleria. I felt like I was sleeping the whole time. We went to the arcade to shoot some hoops and play a few games but my mind was definitely wandering at the thought that Adam and the band were leaving our country. Sigh.

It was Post Concert Depression at its ugliest state. I knew that this would happen, the moment I invested time in Owl City, I knew this day would come.

The following day, I visited MMI to drop off some goodies as a token of appreciation for everything that they have shared to us. A few days later, I got caught sight of this:

I am at loss for words but my heart is filled with extreme joy. I will never forget this. I will never forget this whole experience and as I said, when the next Owl City adventure flies in, I WILL DEFINITELY, meet you there. And yes, just like the song.

And I am ending this blog now. Sorry if I’m redundant, I just wanted to write what came out of my mind. Sorry if I had glitches and typos’s. Sorry if you’re not an Owl City fan and you had to cope up with me on this but THANK YOU if you’ve shared this time with me.

I appreciate you with all my heart.

♥ Grace

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7 comments

  1. Whew! Ang haba. 🙂 I regret nothing! Kahit 3hrs lang ang load ng broadband, i regret nothing!! 🙂 Kahit gagawin ko pa homework ng kapatid ko, i regret nothing!
    Ms. Grace, naiiyak ako. Hahahaha! Ang sugid mo. I realized kung gano ako ka-newbie na OC fan. Gusto ko rin mag MCA. Pwede ba? Please…..:)
    Hay.. wait, makapag-english nga. 😀

    Okay, funny thing is, whenever I feel like crying, there will come across a sentence that will suddenly make me smile so you can imagine my reaction while reading this article, I was like “Oh, it was just so sweet, I’m gonna cry..” then seconds later, “What? That actually happened?” like yeah, maybe OC fans are just like this. Random. Awkward. Honest, just like what you’ve said. 🙂

    I want to CONGRATULATE you for doing such a wonderful wonderfuller wonderfullest job as OCPh President. You deserve every moment that happened in the hotel, on the meet and greet, the album signing, everything and more. 🙂
    I can see you flying to different countries and watching each of Adam’s concert, VIP.

    Pasensya na po kung OA na yung comment ko, hindi ko din nacontain e. Nag flashback bigla mga memories kahit wala pa yun sa kalingkingan ng mga nagawa niyo. 🙂 Ang sarap din basahin ng story niyo ng mga bestest friends niyo. Sweeeeettt!!!

    Just so you know, open po ako to help sa OCPh. Promise. I really wanted to be a staff kahit sa ngayon, member lang ako. Very happy pa rin kasi part na ako ng BEST FANBASE EVER!

    SUPERDUPER CONGRATULATIONS MS.GRACE. GOD BLESS YOU. 🙂

    sorry sorry sorry ang haba!

  2. Thank You so much Abe 🙂 This long comment made my day haha rarely does it happen that readers leave comments and actually read the whole entry. 🙂 I’m glad ♥ Congratulations to us, the whole of Owl City Ph! Just know in your heart that there will be a next time!

    I hope to see you soon! ☺

  3. First of all, this was a really long post but I don’t regret reading the whole thing. I have to say that I really admire the effort you gave in putting up and making Owl City Ph successful and it’s good to know that through this club you were able to meet a lot of people and new friends with whom you can relate to. While reading this, I can actually feel the intensity, the love, and admiration you have for Owl City! 😀

    I’m happy you got to meet him in person. When I was at that part of your post, I understood when you said like you were calm outside but deep inside… Woah. It’s like the moment is so surreal. It’s as if you think it’s a dream only this is better because it isn’t. It’s finally happeniiiing. Hahaha. You just proved to me that good things not only come to those who wait but to those who go out there and do something to get it! 🙂 Congratulations again! 🙂

    1. Hello there! First of all, Thank you for going through my post and reading the whole thing. I appreciate it when people do that! Thank you thank you for your kind words! I also sincerely hope and pray only the best for my fellow fans, for them to share the same experience as me! ♥

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