Category: Dance

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie

David Bowie,the legend had died yesterday at the age of 69, still relatively young and gone too soon by 21st Century norms.

David was a man of Past, Present & the Future.

You could say he was also  A Man for All Seasons.

His legacy will live on.

He was a London lad  like me and only nine years older.

I grew up to David”s music; from his beginings as a pop star to becoming a well respected world renowned culture icon.

He influenced modern music & videos, particularly the New Romantic era of the 1970s/1980s.

To see him on stage with another legend and musical genius Freddie Mercury was sublime.

My favourite songs of his were Space Oddity, Ashes to Ashes (cool video), Spiders From Mars and Jean Genie.( I sing terribly to my wife!)


He easily adopted new personas such as Ziggy Stardust, for which became famous for and much copied.

He was also a decent actor. I enjoyed his movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘ seeing it twice as well an 80s classic, The Labyrinth. 🙂

He cornered the market in style.

David was flamboyant and cleverly used androgyny in different personas he created with his music which influenced next generations of musicians and singers.

His final song and atmospheric video  Lazarus (the title says it all) released on his 69th Birthday showed how David wanted to go out of this world, say Goodbye…His way.

Magnificent. groundbreaking and unique all the way. His own epitaph, his own way.

The world is a little less colourful now that he is gone.

Farewell Major Tom & Thanks for the music and cool videos…and being you.

Enjoy the Great Gig in the Sky…Starman

Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

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Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.

Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it.  I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL

Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.

The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.

All seats were taken  ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.

I was  quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already.  We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!

It was very realistic.  the opening scenes was surprising,  seeing  women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.

It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing  live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.

I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol  Nice!

The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.

But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to  Jon Jon Briones.  He makes  Miss Saigon the hit it is.

His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him.  He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.

It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.

Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.

Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim),  has that vulnerability required for her role.  Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!

Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.

Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.

I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.

Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,

Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war .  Its theme  was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.

Twerking Catholics of Asia

Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Village, Saturday, September, 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP)

Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Village, Saturday, September, 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP)

The dance craze, TWERKING, has taken the Catholic women of the Philippines into a new level of exhibitionism.

A noontime show, called Showtime, has been bombarding its numerous viewers dances to music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance. Viewers are also suprised with sudden lascivous thrusting of barely clothed bums on their tv screens.  Shocking!!! 😉

Twerking Catholics of Asia

Twerking in the Philippines is pandemic; you can expect a baby to be twerking before she begins to toddle.  Everyone is twerking like Miley!

One thing you can learn from watching Filipinas twerk is that you can tell if a Filipina/girl is still a virgin.

The last two videos have that virginal essence to them still, just! 🙂

Anyway, shouldn’t the television broadcasting media have some sort of rules and regulations in place which distinctly say what a noontime program can and cannot show to its audience, young and old alike?

Shouldn’ t the Church be intervening by honing the moral compass of the youth?  I think they should be move vocal about this twerking business when young eyes with immature mind are also watching.

There is nothing wrong with sex, but it has its own place and own time.  Remember, the Philippines has an ever burgeoning population, which is now over 100,000,000, where more than half of the people, is living under poverty level.

Teen-age pregnancy is endemic among high-schoolers.  Let us not encourage young ladies to be engaging in sex or something sexually provocative when at the same time we discourage them to use contraceptives and unlawful abortion.



Chinese Acrobatic Ballet

Chinese Acrobatic Ballet

This is so beautiful and hypnotic to watch.

I supposed it is because the precision and the amazing acrobatic talents of everyone especially the woman who played Odette, the princess, who was turned into a swan, was beyond ordinary human capabilities. She is so nimble and graceful in her tiptoes. So wonderfully pliant and boneless or double jointed.  Just totally brilliant. I have never seen anything like it before, well actually in Chinese acrobatic performances and in Olympics gymnastics.  So fantastic to have seen it even in youtube videos only.  Apparently this particular video has been view 27M times and was first posted in 2008.

I just can watch and watch it.

Tudor Music By David Munrow

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Peter absolutely adores Tudor music.  I think he’s born on the wrong century.  He should have been cavorting with courtesans, hunting and riding and jousting during the Tudor period and then attending music and dance recital at night at the court of Henry VIII.

I know where to look for Peter if he finds a time machine!  😉

He remembers a certain young man, David Munrow, who put his style to bringing back Tudor music.  Unfortunately David suffered from depression and took his life fairly early on before his career could really flourished.  However, his 10 years in the music business was enough to bring Tudor music back into the 20th century.

Peter is on the hunt of David Munrow’s Henry VIII and his six wives music.  I guess Amazon.co.uk is the best place to commence looking.  What I do for my husband! 😉

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEACHIES!

I think Greensleeves, King Henry VIII own composition is beautiful. Very poingnant, it reminds me of harvest time when palays are swaying teasingly and enticing maya birds in the field. No rice field and maya birds in England so oops I won’t be able to find Peter in old Blighty whilst I am pining in Marag, Philippines! LOL I did say the tune is poignant. I supposed like great love stories, we will be forever looking for one another but never the twain shall meet as in East and West! LOL My flu has gone to my brain. LOL

Spanish SEÑORITA

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Flamenco Dancer
Photo by Jean Morton

I love this little Spanish Flamenco dancer figurine that my husband bought from Barcelona for me.  I first saw it and really loved it.  Told him I liked it but because our holiday was so hectic and I seemed to have developed an allergy to the bathroom water in our plush hotel room, my mind was always somewhere else, i.e. the itch.  So forgot all about my Spanish senorita.

I was so ecstatic and really surprised when we unpacked our holiday things and found this little figurine.  My husband was very thoughtful like that.  He also once bought me a teddy bear when we were in Chicago whilst I was raiding the duty free (LOL), again found this teddy in our luggage afterwards.

Sometimes husbands can be useful. LOL

Twerking Policemen

Twerking Policemen

This is very funny. The police were mingling, dancing and twerking gamely. Everyone was having fun. The dancing policemen, in less than 2 minutes, were able to develop good community spirit.

They should empathy with the crowd.

Are these men going to be suspended and follow the fate of the Harlem shakers below?!!!

If not, it shows that the MPS has double standards. One rule for one and another for some…… Not nice!

Or you can make a fool of yourself in the crowd but not during police downtime perhaps?

But to be fair, the Harlem video was very entertaining.

Binasuan – Philippine Folk Dance

I remember as a child when I was about 10 years old at Marag Elementary School, selected girls from our class, including me as the star dancer, LOL, learned a folk dance called Binasuan.

Binasuan is a lively and colourful dance originating from Pangasinan, a province on the island of Luzon. It is often danced at weddings and fiestas. Or in our case as a school – end of year presentation.

The word binasuan means “with the use of drinking glasses” The performers balance glasses on their heads and hands while gracefully dancing. This is especially tricky because the glasses are filled with rice wine or some other form of liquid again in our case, tea candles.

The dance was very intricate as it involves rotating the arms in different direction whilst carefully balancing, not holding, glasses in the palms of our hands and another glass on our head.  To top that we had to get down on the floor onto our stomach and roll around still balancing the glasses. Whoever invented the dance was a bit of a sadist! 😉
However, it is a good way to learn good posture.

We did practise quite a lot, and after so many broken glasses and nervous fits of giggles, we perfected it on the night!

My father cut beer bottles to make glasses for me.  I must say he did have to make quite a lot. LOL

I do remember the experience fondly.

glass bottle cutting

Glass bottle cutting

Binasuan – Philippine Folk Dance

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