Saturday, October 1, 2011

Westlife "Gravity" Concert in Manila and Saturday Snapshots!

What a night! I'm home after spending almost two days in Manila with my friend, dvampyrlestat  (an LJ nickname if you're all wondering) '☺ and two more of her friends (who I've unfortunately forgotten their online nicks) afterwards when dvampyrlestat mentioned them on our way back to our hotel, which this time around was only a walking distance away from Smart Araneta Coliseum 

I'll start with Saturday Snapshots entry then go to the Main Event post. Lolz. To participate in  Saturday Snapshots meme hosted by Alyce @ at home with books, post a photo that you ( or a friend or a family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post at her site. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos you find online.

The glow sticks and every light source inside the venue make interesting squiglies
The curtain now awashed with blues and squiglies
Now on the  to the show...☺

Highlights of the concert:
  • Nicky shared to the audience what the hotel receptionist said to him when they checked in. Nicky: I grew up listening to their songs way back when I was in grade school!"The crowd exploded in cheer. Nicky:  "Now I feel old."
  • Shane imitated a Pinoy enthusiastic fan. Shane: Hello ....(he screams complete with a giddy expression on his face!) The audience love it! He was so adorably comedic (even if we all knew he has kid already) for doing it.
  • Kian sang Mandy in acapella to his lucky fan up on stage with him (when Wesltife chose lucky fans respectively). It was so great to hear Kian's baritone in the semi-hush crowd. 
  • Kian: ..." oh Mandy
  • Well you kissed me and stopped me from shaking
  • And I need you today, oh Mandy

    I'm standing on the edge of time
    I Walked away when love was mine
    Caught up in a world of uphill climbing
    The tears are in my mind
    And nothing is rhyming, oh Mandy
  • Nicky read the banner sign made by his fan, "Nicky I want twins lend me your genes!" What a hoot.
  • Mark forgot bits of his "impromtu" dialogue. Bless him. Mark: I'm still feeling the jet-lag. It's brutal.
  • I got a wave back from Shane and Nicky! I still consider IT since it was in OUR direction. Lolz. I love my glow stick!
  • The Manila Mexican Wave taken by Nicky! 
  • Nicky and Kian vidding the audience  *tingle*
  • Shane song-adlib-ing! I luv it when he does it! It gave the songs a richer and fresher sound!
  • Westlife brought their A-game and showed with quaint choreography steps. Wait, before you all fell off your seats, it's not like the moves from Step Up movies. It was more of like heel -toe touch, touch/turn to the left tap-tap-tap, turn around in unison, which was so great to watch (from afar) etc.
  • Mark and Shane showcased a higher range in their singing. 
Those are my highlights and I think I've forgotten some.

Westlife on stage! A sold out concert
I was nearly panicking as I set my camera into Intelligent Mode (you know, the camera decides for you what settings are appropriate because on auto (with flash) the lads on stage were hardly visibly now with the stage lights on full throttle.  If I forced flash off my shots, it was bad too. The technicalities of all.  haha. I apologize in advance if the following vids are jittery. I can't contain my excitement.

The lads singing to "When You're Looking Like That" and the crowd raised the roof! 

In  my excitement I forgot to increase the zoom of my camera to its limit! When I did though, parts of the song weren't recorded and I unwittingly cut at the part where the lads did their dance steps to save battery life.

Since I missed part of their dance steps, I made sure I could get bits more it! Facing the stage, Nicky's on my left followed my Mark, Shane, and Kian! 

At end of "When She's Looking That" where Mark greeted Manila and received a screaming welcome! I just love that the TV cam caught his reaction to it! Again, when I zoomed, the parts of what Mark said weren't recorded.

I apologize for the technical difficulty at the beginning of this vid. I don't know why the cam decided to go out of focus that I missed portions of the song intro. The intro was rearranged and it was great!  I remedied it by zooming out then zoomed back in. The lads singing "World of Own".

Okay, I'll briefly end my account here just so I can get to the next vids. I've decided to break the account over several days so it won't get too long. This makes the experience last just little longer.'☺ 

Update: Installment 2


  1. It's been a while since I've been to a concert. Think it was Elton John, over 10 years ago.

    Great pictures; sounded fun

  2. Night shots with lots of lights are really intersting photos.

  3. If you're still that enthusiastic after the concert, then it must have been a real success.

  4. You can tell everyone is having a great time!

  5. I love going to concerts! Fun!

  6. Oh, I haven't been to a concert in a blue moon, as they say. And there is a great concert venue right nearby in my city...I really must go. Usually they have fabulous guests.

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. I love live concerts (went to see Maroon 5 and Train a couple of weeks ago), but getting decent pictures in the middle of the lights flashing, etc. is almost impossible. Glad you had so much fun!

  8. Great shots! It's been a long time since I've been to a concert. Never had a light show like that before. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Great shots. Love the lighting effects..

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

  10. @(Diane) Bibliophile By the SeaWow, Elton John. :D Hope you get a chance to attend one of your faves' concert. :D

  11. @Kaye Yes, they are and you can imagine what figures arise from them at times too. :D

  12. Awesome coverage of the show! Kian and the acapella Mandy... that must've been a joy! LOL
    I miss Marky Mark so it was refreshing to hear his voice again. The lads really seemed thrilled to be there for everyone's (and your) entertainment. xD

  13. @JulesTheir enjoyment was palpable which was the first time we (my friend and I) felt it. It was so great to see/ feel that they're getting enjoyment now in performing unlike before they were either just going through the numbers just for the sake of it and appeared wooden/forced in gaining rapport to the audience.

  14. @Kay Haha. Giddy. :D Thank you for visiting. :D

  15. @VickiSame here. If money wasn't an object, I'd be attending a concert more frequently. Thank you for visiting.

  16. @Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow I hope you'll get a chance to attend one. It was one of my bucket list before and when I found a couple of friends who also enjoyed their music, it was great!

  17. @Alyce I missed out coming to Maroon 5's concert hopefully next time. It's tricky alright to get the right pix. It's funny since still cams (the ones using rolls of film) aren't problematic inside but for digicams its horror. So I just settled with vidding as my battery allowed.

  18. @Christine Rains Actually, I was surprised they had light shows since several concerts ago, it was only the usual stage lights. :) I'm glad they gave this concert some 'ummpf' this time around. :D

  19. @gautami tripathy Thank you. It was one of the things that drew me. :D


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