Do you guys remember this post last year wherein the hubby surprised me the most awesome anniversary gift that I needed to top — https://startupbabies.com/2015/09/20/happy-7th-anniversary-with-maroonvtour-hong-kong/ Well, this is it! I got him tickets to The Rebel Heart Tour in Bangkok, Thailand! Another one-off the concert bucket list! =) This is one of those to-die-for concerts and one that we really needed to watch now especially since Madonna is already 57 years old! But man, she has got the moves and she has such a young-looking, active body — I hope to have her energy when I reach that age.
To be frank, I didn’t know much of her new songs as I am an oldie by heart. I tune in to Friday Magic Madness and I don’t know if it’s just me, being older and “set on my ways”, but I now have the tendency of tuning out new music and hearing them as “noise”. Despite not knowing her Rebel Heart album songs, I was still blown away. This is really pure performance and the production is second-to-none. I have had my production stints during my corporate brand marketing days… but the concert produced was simply one for the books.
I have held out about writing about the concert even though I’ve seen the concert 2 weeks ago. I didn’t want my post to be a spoiler for anyone watching here in Manila. I had such a great time and didn’t want to leak that much and I had to resist the urge to post on my Instagram. I just had 2 teaser posts and that was it.
The most unexpected part for me was the acrobatic circus theatrics. My favorite parts were still the oldie songs “True blue, baby I love you…” and surprise, surprise, who knew “Take A Bow” would take me back to my high school days. She sang this song LIVE for the third time only ever — in Bangkok. The first was during the American Music Awards in 1995 and the second was during the The Rebel Heart Tour in Taipei this month.
It’s my second time to watch a concert abroad and might I say, it’s truly an experience. It’s an adventure in itself, an excuse to travel abroad and take a short “honeymoon” break and a nice way to bond with the hubby. As I mentioned in my earlier concert post – https://startupbabies.com/2015/09/20/happy-7th-anniversary-with-maroonvtour-hong-kong/, watching concerts abroad is worth it. First, the tickets are way cheaper! The prices here in Manila are overpriced. I paid a third for the seats that I got. Venue is clean, the acoustics were perfect, entrance and exit was orderly, people are behaved — no pushing, no shoving, no fear of stampedes!
We are already excited and planning our next concert. Maybe Coldplay or U2? Who or what band is on your concert bucket list? =) Anybody else has seen concerts abroad? Let’s compare notes! =)
It’s the end of our anniversary week and the start of our 7th year. We started our celebration by catching Maroon V in Hong Kong. It started with me, trying to get tickets here in Manila but the concert was sold out as early as June 2015. I thought I didn’t have any chance of catching Adam Levine anymore but my very resourceful knight in shining armor got me concert tickets in HK. WOW!!! Best.Anniversary.Surprise.Gift.Ever!!! I don’t think any anniversary gift could ever top that. I actually still owe him an anniversary gift but none of my ideas come close to what he got for me.
The icing on the cake was that the concert tickets in HK cost less than the ones being sold here in Manila! Unfair, right? 🙂 It was my first time to catch a concert abroad and I am hooked. First, everything was so orderly. Concert tickets were shipped to us via snail mail. We went to the concert venue and lines were orderly, no worries of a stampede or mad-adam-fan-club-crushing-us-to-death scene either. Seats were as promised, crowd was orderly, no pushing and shoving. I am officially concert-spoiled.
Here are some highlights from our Maroon V concert. One off of my concert bucket list.
For more maroon V videos and HK trip pics, check out my instagram 🙂
We are also thinking of catching Madonna in HK or Taipei next year… no need to pay for 57k here in Manila! Not to mention catching a concert abroad is definitely an adventure in itself, a “honeymoon” trip again and an excuse to visit another (new) country.
To my honeychiwa, I don’t normally do cheesy posts but you deserve this one. Thanks for thinking-out-of-the-box! I would never have thought of watching a concert in another country. Only you could think of weird solutions to my problems. That is one of the things that I’ve learned being married to you for 7 years. Thanks for the persistent efforts in trying to make me happy. Thanks for helping me tick things off my bucket list even if you aren’t necessarily “game” to do the things on my list. That might have just been another concert night for you but to me, it meant the world to me that you would watch Maroon V for the second time just to make me happy. The effort you put into this anniversary gift is humbling. You are my Adam… you are my rock star!
To our 2 babies, please look for future partners who will care enough to want to make you happy and may you both put in the same effort for them also. It’s not the value of the gift but the thought behind the gift that makes it memorable. Putting extra time and the element of surprise in gift-giving should never stop just because you are way past the courting stage. I think the married stage needs more of these spurts of excitement, since we tend to get into this familiarity rut. Speaking of… I still owe the hubby an anniversary gift. The perfectionist in me is trying to top what he gave me or at least try to “equal” the value in sweetness. Any ideas??? 🙂