Big Blog Exchange 2014: Can the Underdog Win This Time Around?

Vote for So Stellar in the Big Blog Exchange 2014

Please vote for SO STELLAR in the Big Blog Exchange 2014

WHAT is the BBE about and what is at stake for the winners?

This link shall answer the first question. As for the second question: Top 16 bloggers from the 100 MOST VOTED blog participants will be chosen to exchange countries w/ other chosen bloggers for TEN DAYS in a trip of a lifetime and will be documenting each happening during the trip, every step along the way.

HOW do I vote?

Simply click on the image on top of this post or go directly to my entry’s short URL http://bit.ly/SoStellarBBX14. Click on “Vote for me” and enter a valid email address. Wait for an email from Team BBE containing a link which you must click in order for your vote to be validated. You may vote ONCE a day per email address, starting today up to 3rd of September.

Just finished voting, what do I now?

It doesn’t stop there. In order for my blog to be considered, voting must be done every so often until the deadline which is in September 3rd. Once a day you can vote with your email, after that, you can vote after 24 hours. Oh and THANK YOU, if ever you did vote for me. Let me know in the comments if you did so I can properly acknowledge you. (Or tweet me, it’s faster!)

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We Can’t Be The Nice Ones: Two Opposite Genres in One Studio in One Day

BalutRadio

Two weeks ago, I witnessed two completely different musicians of opposite music genres in one roof. I was surprised when I found out from the friend who invited me that Krissy and Basti Artadi will be the guests (2 out of 3) in one Balut Radio episode we’re going to that Thursday afternoon.

Basti Artadi. I know him from his other band Wolfgang. Everybody knows Wolfgang, especially if you have an older sibling born in the late 80s-90s. Ask your kuyas. Haha. Anyway, he is currently promoting his solo album project, Everybody Knows That the Dice are Loaded. As for the obvious question when one goes solo.. the answer for that is a big fat NO. He won’t be leaving Wolfgang and that band is not disbanding anytime soon. 

Krissy Villongco is 1/2 of the duo, Krissy and Ericka, who became known to the public from their acoustic cover videos in Youtube. I might have seen 1-2 of their videos in the past, from those moments I’d be curious to see other people do covers of songs. And it was pretty lovely. Somebody brought up that they sound like M2M.. watch the videos and see if you think so too.

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The flow of the online radio show goes like this: The artist/band performs around 4-6 (or was it 8? nah I don’t think so, that would be too long) songs in their set, and in between songs, during breaks, the interviewer would ask them questions. These questions could come from the show’s FB page, twitter.. OR, from guest bloggers.

I was part of the latter.

Disclaimer: Just in case my attempt at coming up w/ a witty title of this post FAILS — The title of the post is just two titles related to the name of one guest band and song title of the other artist. It doesn’t mean anything, or mean to start anything. :P

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Going YESSS, YAMAN with my 4 Pre-Loved Items!

The art of Buy and Sell surely has evolved throughout the years, but what I find most amazing about its “evolution” is the involvement of the Internet and making things much more convenient between the buyer and seller.

In the past, as sellers, we would painstakingly have to do SO much advertising just to find a buyer for an item that you don’t need/want anymore. Word of mouth is how we usually do it, but it’s not as effective as when you’re a known person who does the advertising. There’s a lot of labor work involved, too. Now, in the modern, technology age.. all of that is gone and replaced w/ just a few minutes of your spare time in a day, typing, clicking around, preparing good photos to put up an ONLINE AD and then the waiting game begins. If it’s an in-demand item, you’ll hear back from possible buyers within the next 24 hours; less than 5 hours if you’re lucky.

Anyway, there are a lot of websites out there that cater to this purpose (online buy and sell), but here’s a website we all know about.. surely it’s hard to miss because of the numerous commercials and that catchy catchphrase: OLX.PH!

“Ang Sulit, OLX na!” – TELL ME YOU HAVE HEARD THIS LINE BEFORE. Unless you live overseas, there’s literally no way you can not know about that “advisory” hahaha. Also the phrase “YESSS, YAMAN!”, I think this one is quite annoying.. but anything annoying is surely going to be remembered for a long time. So it still works well to their advantage. Sigh.

My picks of 4 preloved items up for sale at their respective OLX.ph listings

What do I think of the big switch? Well, it’s okay. Not a big deal.. it’s actually easier to remember.

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Sulit/OLX has helped me numerous times in selling and buying stuff. Sold many books and some gadgets I didn’t need anymore. I especially love the quick communication between interested parties and the seller and its thorough system (that still needs some fixing, tbh) that becomes helpful in weeding out bogus buyers and sellers and fraud people.

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On Melanie Martinez’s “Dollhouse” EP

When it comes to music, I rarely write an opinionated piece about it.. especially reviews. I just don’t feel credible enough for it. It’s more likely because of my lack of knowledge when it comes to the “terms” used in the subject. I would tweet what I think about a song, or a particular album, and then I would share a link to it on my Twitter. Nothing comes after that.

Melanie Martinez Dollhouse EP

But upon stumbling Melanie Martinez’s single for her Dollhouse EP.. I felt that I must write something about it.

First impressions on Dollhouse MV:

  1. Creepy intro
  2. Intro is long
  3. More creepiness but not something that I can’t appreciate
  4. Song is kinda too long but maybe I got too used to listening to shorter songs(??)
  5. Throughout the song I realize it could pass as a Lana Del Rey song, though it’s more upbeat than the usual (that I know of)

By the time I was listening to the song for the third time, I began to love the lyrics as well.  Read more…

On my newfound fondness for Jessie J

Jessie J Live in Manila

Maybe it makes you think that from this post’s headline, this post is going to be one of those types wherein I would incessantly talk about the artist and putting them in good light. Sort of, maybe. 

But given what I experienced from Jessie J’s recent show here in Manila, who wouldn’t?! So hear me out. ;)

Before the concert, I only knew a handful of her songs. Most of them are songs I would hear on the radio, or on  TV, everywhere even at someone’s autoplay music in their social media profile LOL. And then three days before her show, Janelle asked me if I am available to help her cover the event (which she wrote about after here, check it out!). With no hesitations, I said yes to her invitation. I get to watch a concert and take photos — instantly two things I LOVE to do.

Jessie J Live in Manila

I only had a few hours to prep myself that Monday afternoon. Having just came back to the city after a long weekend at the province with my friends exploring Bohol (to be discussed in another post!).. I barely had time. Took a nap as soon as I got home, and later I just put a random Jessie J Spotify playlist I found while I was getting ready. Infairness, that playlist was helpful! Read more…