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Circle of Life Lower

11822414_10206432478427431_1029797217636213623_nFermel and I share singing the solo parts of our choir’s rendition of Circle of Life.
Since he is back in the Philippines, I had to rehearse and try singing the full song alone — with the high parts.

During rehearsal yesterday, I was still able to hit the high notes.
The choir erupted in cheers.

After two more hours and on a different venue (we had to transfer from the church to The Fridge warehouse for our rehearsal) I cannot reach it anymore and my tones was stuck flat.
I was holding a microphone singing in front of the stage when Joy screamed, “Orlee, sa part ni Fermel ibaba mo lang.”
I was kinda nervous and had a sigh of relief when Joy said this, “Hay salamat. Octave lower,” I told myself

When I sang his part (octave lower) Joy screamed, “Yung mic lang ibaba mo. Hindi tono.”

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Choirboy


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Share Tea Videoke

Last Friday, our group was requested to sing on a Christian event at the Sheikh Hamdan Centre along Emirates Road. Since the place is far from the city centre, the organizers had to arrange a vehicle pick up which unfortunately took 3 hours as their initial vehicle booking failed.

This meant more time for the group to stay where we had to converge: At Share Tea Shop inside the Burjuman Metro Station. It was your typical tea shop with a few tables and to our fancy, a TV for the customers to look at while waiting. What was playing were your classic ballads with lyrics. Some of the members were already singing along.

A few more minutes and some of the guys were already belting on the top of their lungs. Some of the late members were already saying, “Huy guys! Ang ingay nyo. Dinig kayo sa metro sa baba!”
People passing by were already looking at us.

While the guys were singing along with Whitney Houston, I ordered a cup of tea. I told the service lady, “Miss ayus tong videokehan nyo ha.”
“Sir, pine-play ko lang po yan. Hindi po yan dapat sinasabayan,” she answered.

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Choirboy


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Lexus Prize

382183_300721936615367_319763021_nSt Mary’s Church have an annual car raffle.
Janice said, “Mananalo ako ng Lexus. Nararamdaman ko talaga!” chanelling all the fates.
“Hindi ka mananalo ng Lexus,” Atong negated the energies.
“Huwag kang ganyan! Mananalo ako,” she refused to lose.
“Hindi ka nga mananalo Lexus kasi Jaguar ang prize,” Atong told her.

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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Choirboy, Dubai Friends



OC Music Cake


“I can’t eat this!” Kuya Pat, my Philippine Choir Conductor, “Kulang ng isang line.”

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Choirboy


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Wawee’s Sample Interview

1964932_10204433165821850_185921509932004160_nLast night, the Basses decided to take advantage of the local holiday and drank our body weights. JD’s and Absolute was served and we all were satisfied.

One topic from last night’s bonding was Wawee’s pending job. Since Bhenny was working as an HR for a local company, I asked him, “Ayan Wawee, bakit di ka mag-apply kina Bhenny?”
They all screamed, “Sample interview!”
Bhenny could not think of a question so I asked, “Wawee, if you will suddenly vanish from the face of the earth, why not now?”
We all laughed.

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Choirboy


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Canon in D by Joy

10155466_10204136751635696_4660285674117827775_nJoy, our choir’s Musical Director, was asked to be one of the principal sponsors for Rollie and Len’s wedding.
She and Erwin was supposed to walk while the song Canon in D is being played. Since she will be marching during that time, I jokingly told her, “Paano gun? Bitbit mo organ habang nagmamartsa ka? Na tumutugtog?”
She got the joke and answered, “Hindi! Si Erwin may bitbit habang naglalakad kami.”

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Choirboy, Dubai Friends


Ruby’s Audition

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 12.54.41 PMWe are in full Audition Season in our choir this month. There were those who made it and some were part of the unlucky bunch. One particular passer struck me a chord because of her witty remarks on her audition.
Joy, our musical director asked her, “Ok, among kakantahin mo sa amin, Ruby?”
“We Are One po, yung Alto part,” she shyly said.
“We Are One?” Joy asked. Then somebody sung, “This song is hard to sing…”
“Ay! Wag na lang po yan kase alam n’yo po…” we laughed hysterically, “Kasi baka malaman nyo po yung mga mali…”
We laughed again.
“Sige ano na lang?” Joy asked.
“Gaya na lang po ng kay kuya (referring to the early auditioner).”
“Ano yun?”
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” she answered.
“ALAM DIN NAMIN YAN!” we all screamed while laughing.


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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Choirboy



Push It

I was recently invited to be part of my choir’s Council, the governing body of the Christian Voices Chorale.
My first meeting of the group was held in Argo Tea in City Walk. The door of the Tea shop was tight and you really need to push it hard in order for you to get in.

10295690_10204573869776355_101170286996906400_nWhen we were discussing about the planned shirt of the group, a group of European girls were trying to get in in the tea shop. Fermel was facing the door and so he actioned to the girls, “Push it! Push!”
Tina, who was not facing the door thought, “Akala ko i-push ang t-shirt plan.”
We all laughed.

It’s funny how “PUSH MO YAN” changed its meaning these past years.

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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Choirboy



Sound Engineer Offense

We sang at St. Mary’s Family Festival last Thursday. We were supposed to wear our CVC shirts but it was so cold that we all wore our coats over it.
When we were about to go on stage we removed our coats last minute and I suddenly hit the sounds engineer guy on the shoulders. He was a big Caucasian guy with tattoos and piercings.

“I’m sorry,” I told him.
“You will be.. in a minute,” he got back.
“Whoa!” I told him but he ignored this as he was busy. He seemed pissed.
Mabel heard this and asked, “WHAT DID HE SAY?” but we were about to go on stage.

I was mad. We are not used to this type of rudeness in Dubai. I also just met a car accident that morning so I was really not emotionally stable.
I shrugged it off because it was the church compound and I am representing our group –  going for this guy will be bad rep for us and will be dubbed as unchristian-like . (Plus it has been 3 months since I went to the gym and that he was bigger than me). takot ko lang

The performance was bad, just like every year (because the audience are hearing a lot of other things go on in the compound plus  the sound system was horrible (not boom microphones).

Kaya pala ‘We will be sorry in a minute’ kasi papangitan nya ang sound system.” I concluded.


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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Choirboy



DFC Performance

1461218_10152063382075067_41543715_nFor four days we sang twenty minutes every hour during the last weekend before Christmas.

During the final set of the final day, I told the guys, “Pano ba yan? Last set na… It has been nice working with you guys.”
“Oa lang kuya?” Mat asked.

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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Choirboy


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