All The Good Things with Up Dharma Down

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?

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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.

UDD in Gardens by the Bay

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.)

Up Dharma Down All The Good Things

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.

UDD in Haji Lane

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).

Paul Yap in 2am dessertbar

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.

UDD in Pidgin Kitchen & Bar

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*

REVIEW: Mayohan – Lovingly haunting, memorable to say the least

Some time ago, a good friend invited us to an indie film fest and I saw one of the best films I’ve seen after a long time.

I clearly recall Mayohan and the laughs and tears I shared with the company I was with at the time.  It was worth the trip, the trouble, the everything.  I wish I can find the director or the crew and just ask for a DVD copy of that film, just so I have a permanent marker of what I had experienced.

And of course, the music.

I honestly believe this music will be included in one of those big events in my life moments.  And I am so grateful to have a ton of those still ahead of me.

Major LSS: Up Dharma Down – Tadhana

This band is the band that brought us together.  About six years ago, we were listening to one of their best songs (if not the best), and I caught him listening as I was singing the part that I meant:

Malas mo, ikaw ang natipuhan ko.

After all this time, it’s still Armi and her men that tickled our hearts with the simplest of songs.

Wag mong ikatakot ang bulong ng damdamin mo
Naririto ako’t nakikinig sa’yo.

The two songs we are so mad about in one performance at that fateful night in Route 196 over a year ago.

*sigh*

Then the music played

My iPod is on shuffle and I was pretty jovial when it played Borderline/Open Your Heart (Glee) as its first track.  I was close to dancing before I uproot my mother from her corporate chair so we can finally head home.  Then this song played.

And the song kept playing.

Malas mo, ikaw ang natipuhan ko.