THE FOODIE DUOS: 2017 VALENTINE’S SPECIAL

Hello everyone, how you doin?

Sorry for the uber late post and update. I have sent the gifts to all the Christmas giveaway winners so if anyone of you have receive them, let me know in the comment box below. I hope you guys enjoy the gifts!

Speaking of gifts, how’s your Valentine’s day this year? For me, this year’s Valentine was a semi special. Why? because at one point BB had already prepare a special night out at this nice Southern place but we were stuck in a horrific traffic so we had to cancel it. And what sucks is that it was on a Sunday afternoon! We were swearing like crazy in the car consider how packed up the highway that day!

But of course there was a sweet ending to that! BB gave me the best Valentine’s gift ever. Nope, not a diamond, not a car, but something that we would cherish for the rest of our lives.

Those were lovely but not those. LOL.

Curious enough?

Ok. Ok.

A night with Michael Bolton.

Yeap, there ya go! Michael Bolton’s concert on February 19th 2017.

For those of you who do not know me that well, I am gonna spill a secret. I have been a fan of Bolton since I was in elementary school. Yea yea, I am an old school persona and I still think he’s hot even at the ripe age of 64! Ok, don’t tell BB that LOL but seriously he still has the voice, the charm, and the… (ok enough :P). And that Sunday night concert prove it.

The interior of the newly renovated St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY

BB lookin dashin handsome (as always!) 😉

The same dress I wore to Il Trovatore in Oct 2015 LOL

Bolton and his back vocalist, Sam Fly (or so I have heard :P)

Ay, even at 64 he is still lookin hot! 😀

So Bolton sang most of his 80s and 90s hits including How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, When A Man Loves A Woman, Steel Bars, Said I Loved You But I Lied, How Can We Be Lovers, Sittin On A Dock OF The Bay, as well as his songs from his latest CD “Songs of Cinema”. BB and I really enjoyed the concert although I must say I was sorta bummed because he did not sing Go The Distance because I have been waiting for him to actually perform it. Another bummer was that when he performed When A Man Loves A Woman. Bolton always surprised his fans during his concert but this time around he only came from one side of the guest entrance (not from the middle part of the seating section) so I could not take a much closer picture with my camera. Unlike Singapore’s concert in 2009 which I also attended, he basically just stayed in one side then went back to the stage. This left most of the viewers on the other side (including me) blocked from seeing or taking pictures of him. I was also surprised that he did not sing songs from his 2009 album “One World One Love” but I guess it was understandable consider he needed to prioritize his latest album first.

Despite those glitches, BB and I really enjoyed our night out together and I eventually made him like Bolton now. LOL. The day did not start smooth but the evening concert really paid off. Oh and btw, don’t expect too many pictures or videos from the concert because I am not the type of person who would glue to her cell or camera from beginning till the end. When I go to a concert or Broadway play or Opera, I want to enjoy it as much as I can. Bolton did not mind the audience taking videos or photos tho but to me I’d rather take couple of mementos and hear him sings because hey, the show is not free! 😉

 

Yours Truly 🙂

P.S.: incase you are wondering, we only went to a small Bar and Grill to eat before the show. Nothing fancy really just a pierogies and Jamaican pork sandwiches with fries.

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Christila Watched: Andrea Bocelli @ MSG 12/9/2015

Trying to get a break from all the food posts…LOL

Anyway, yes I went to see Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden last week. I desperately needed a break from all these horrendous work piles and project piles. I was already aware about his concert in New York since last summer but not until like early week of Thanksgiving that I actually managed to get ticket.

Procrastinating much?

Asked boo whether he wanted to go but since it was on weekday (damn i know sooo frigging annoyed) he told me that work might be a lil bit hectic so he could not guarantee. in the end i actually purchased and paid the ticket like 3 days before the concert but it was hard work paid off because 97% seats were already sold out. most of the remaining seats were either at the Chase lounge (which i am not a member of Chase anyhow), at the back of the section, at the floor section with hideous prices, or at the rear side stages. Stubhub is another option for resale tickets but some of the prices were just beyond senses — i saw a floor ticket costs $3,000! LOL — might as well just buy Chanel boy and resale it later 😉 I did not like purchasing tickets thru Stubhub so I looked again at Ticketmaster and was surprised that they still had the remaining re seller tickets on the side stage area. However, some of the tickets were only sold in pair of 2 or 4 so i was literally like giving up. I prayed and was like “okay God, if it was not meant to be then so be it.” refresh and refresh and all of a sudden, bingo! I found one row that allowed me to purchase single ticket! I was so happy and in matter of minutes, i paid and secured myself a ticket!

But sometimes things were not meant to run smooth at all!

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the banner on top of the ceiling

I arrived in front of MSG at around 7.10 pm (concert supposed to start at 7.30) and was immediately greeted with massive amount of people lining. My first thought was like “oh ok, well MSG is big i guess there was another play or concert going on”. nope baby! after asking to 3 different people whether they have a different type of tickets, the answer is – No! We were all in line for the security check! it took me at least 20 mins from the foyer of MSG up to the front of the metal detector. unbelievable! After the security check, i went to the merchandise section to buy the concert program. stupid me, should just bought that later after the concert instead! got my program, ran a little to the left since the clock was around 7.37 ish and lined up again for ticket scanning. at this time, i was so upset and call of nature started to bug me in this inappropriate time! They scanned my ticket and boomed — the guy said “oh you are just one?” i said “yeah, why?” he said “you need to go to the ticket booth, looks like they have re seated you”. in my mind i was like “God please, let me just watch Bocelli and stop this nuisance!”.

So i went back to the ticket booth (or at least what it looks like — too many signage here and there) and i saw an ample of people also lining up with their tickets. I gave the guy my ticket and he was like “hmm, you are by yourself?” and i was like “yeah” to which he kinda gave me the confusing look and said “lemme see if i can give you a better seat”. he took my ticket, went to the back, looked thru the tickets back and forth, grabbed an envelope, and minutes later came back with a new printed ticket. he said “you are gonna be at the floor level, miss. the view is gonna be much much better than the other section. go to your right and fast, ok? enjoy the show!”. without any cue, i dashed thru the remaining crowd, got my ticket scanned, went up to the escalator, and boomed — stupid me again continued! I went up to the 100-200 section instead of the floor level so i had to go back to the floor using the emergency exit stair to which i was already anxious cause the clock was already 7.41. unfortunately after getting in thru the floor level door, i still had to go to the loo so i used the restroom as fast as I could and immediately ran to the seating section. I already heard him singing and I was like “damn, i missed his opening act!” but then this nice man helped me get to my seat in matter of seconds. i have to applaud ushers who work in big arena like MSG because they know seating layout by heart. lol.

So i sat on my seat and i heard a familiar tune from Il Trovatore (from the opera boo and i saw last Oct). it took me 10 seconds to realized that I had just been given a great seat that it would costs me at least $500. I stopped complaining after that and just enjoyed the music he delivered.

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just blessed!

one thing that I really loved about Andrea Bocelli is that he always made a surprise on his show. Like his first concert that I saw last June 2013 in Newark, New Jersey, he introduced new soprano, new musician, and Fantasia Burano as his guest. He was not even that selfish to actually acknowledged the other musicians. On this concert he brought along a famous flute player from Italy (forgot his name, should check on the program), a soprano named Aida Garifullina, a marvelous violinist (again forgot her name), a singer named Heather Headley, and of course the famous Eugene Kohn as the conductor together with NY choir orchestra.

Oh, since I am not really a camera whore when I watch a concert so don’t expect tons of pictures. I went to a concert to enjoy the music and the singer, not to take billions of pictures and waste the memory card and battery. I took a glimpse of pictures with my iPhone and took a lil bit with my Canon as well.

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Ave Maria

And of course aside from all the special musicians he brought along, he also had a special guest that night. In my mind i was like, what? another one? hmm.. wonder who the special guest was while thinking of some names…

Eugene: tonight there will be another special guest. a well known soprano. she has performed at the white house, won numerous awards, performed at the super bowl.

Me: hmm, super bowl, soprano, could it be HER?! (Renee Fleming) — already feeling ecstatic

Eugene: Andrea you want to tell them yourself?

Andrea: ladies and gentlemen. my friend, Renee Fleming!

Me: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…. (went crazy for like 15 seconds!)

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Andrea and Renee 😉

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intermission

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moon river

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New York, New York

 

so how’s the concert? Well, as a devout Bocelli fan, I was very very pleased and happy with the concert. In total there were 25 songs (including encore where he sang Con Te Partiro and Nessun Dorma) and all of them were performed beautifully. the musician guests did amazing job especially the soprano Aida and Heather. when Aida sang Je Veux Vivre it feels like I was transformed into a magical place in France. When Renee and Andrea sang Libiamo, I could not stop humming. It was just too pretty. And when Heather belted that notes on Somewhere Over The Rainbow, I immediately felt goosebumps and thought “wow, if only all the people in the world living life in peace then earth will definitely be a better place”. And of course both the violinist and flute player were incredible in their own way. The costumes for the ladies were beautiful too! I could not stop looking at Aida’s gowns lol! First act from his concert was mostly about opera songs so those who were not familiar would be having a bit tough time to follow. second act was more of contemporary and also to introduced his latest CD called ‘Cinema’ which basically is a compilation of famous soundtracks sang by Bocelli with guest stars.

If you are an Andrea Bocelli fan, you definitely have to see his show at least once in your lifetime! Even if you are not a fan, seeing him performing LIVE is definitely a mind blowing experience as his show always offers a pleasant experience for everybody!

Here’s a lil bit video from that night! enjoy! 😉

Yours Truly 🙂