It has been a very hectic couple of months as school, wedding and work all fought for my time and attention. I was in dire need of a relaxing couple of hours, a few moments that need not require deep slumber. So when I was invited to listen to the genius that is Up Dharma Down, who am I to refuse such wonderful company?
At the musical hotspot 12 Monkeys in Century Mall, Makati, Up Dharma Down set the stage as they unveil their newest single All The Good Things inspired by their recent travel to Singapore.
I love this band. I really do. I love them so much, I get goosebumps each time I hear them perform. Because it is never short of soul or spirit or inspiration. So I’m not surprised that they came up with new music while on vacation.
In collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board, the band signals a refreshed initiative to invite Filipino travelers to see Singapore in a whole new light and to share with them the unique experiences available in Singapore, as seen through the eyes of the band.
“The song is about having an idea of what’s good but only coming to terms with it upfront by actually doing something about it, such as traveling after a long time of toying with the idea of it. It’s about being open to new experiences, having that proactivity and positive outlook. We saw that during our trip in Singapore and we thought that it is a lot like us as a band. Always moving forward and always innovating,” said Armi.
(Can I just say that I love awkward Armi? ADORKABLE GALORE.)
What I loved about their post performance interview was this quote: “You need to be affected by the community around you.” And I agree. The song was full of life, full of excitement, without losing the UDD signature. It was great.
That same night, they launched the music video that goes with it. From the Gardens by the Bay, to the 2am:dessertbar, the music video boasts of everything Singapore the band tasted and experienced. With a constantly changing urban landscape, each visit to Singapore proves to be different from the last one.
It really is a rock star life. Carlos kept saying that it was the first time they saw Singapore in day time. I guess they’re only there at night and with Singapore being so close to home, it must be a fly in-fly out thing for our musical geniuses. I can’t help but be happy for their well deserved break (which turned out to be a fruitful one too).
Can I just say that no one looked happier than Paul to be in front of this amazing dessert? Hahaha.
I’m still looking for that one trip with my friends before I jet off to marriedhoodness (yes, I invented that word), so in a way… maybe Singapore just might be the answer.
It doesn’t hurt that Singapore is celebrating its 50th year. And it definitely doesn’t hurt that there are Golden Jubilee deals. The Golden Jubilee promotion is an exciting selection of exclusive deals on flights, hotels and more. Take advantage of special airfare deals, stay at any one of the participating hotels in the city for 2 nights to get the 3rd night free, shop till you drop during the Great Singapore Sale for a chance to win S$500 daily, and embark on a gastronomic adventure with exclusive dining discounts from various establishments.
Head on over to www.yoursingapore.ph to listen to All The Good Things and see what inspired Up Dharma Down during their visit. Of course, for Golden Jubilee deals, visit www.yoursingapore.com/goldenjubilee
*searching flights now*
I was browsing YouTube the other night, trying to find something to put me to sleep when I stumbled upon this interview featuring Victoria Beckham. She was a guest at Parsons The New School for Design in NY, hosted by the dean Simon Collins.
I have always loved her, ever since Spice Girls. When she transitioned to fashion, I was surprised but I was pleased. Everything in her collections scream her. Nothing is not her personality. And this interview shows how humble and grounded she is as a designer entrepreneur.
What I love about this talk was there was never a time she didn’t acknowledge her team. It was all about collaboration for her, and I love hearing it straight from her.
Most people would assume that fashionistas are prima donnas, but after this interview, I don’t think I’ll ever make that assumption about her ever again.
Key takeaway? “Work for others. It’s the best way to learn.”
Watch the interview here: