Proud

Daily Prompt: Proud

When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?

Wow. This got me thinking really hard.
I suddenly realized that I take a lot of things for granted.
One thing is accepting compliments like people saying they’re proud of me.

Lately, I do remember most people are saying how they were proud of me that I crossed an item of my bucket list. Well, some of them didn’t even know I had a list but most people who know me knows that this was something I really wanted to do. And this is to be involved with musical theater.

Last year, I took the first (scary) steps.
I joined theater workshops.

Again, if you know me, you would know that:
– I am scared of the stage
– I hate public speaking
– I am a big introvert!

So imagine what the first few days of workshop were for me!
Little did I know that my fear would be overthrown by my passion for theater.
Getting to sing, perform on stage, and work with people as passionate as I am trumped all doubts I had.

My first summer workshop was the best summer I had in years!
It was so surreal that we couldn’t let go of each other even after months after the workshop.

Teachers were so inspiring.
Classmates were so helpful and supportive.

Getting to share with my friends and family the experience through the final showcase was doubly rewarding. And I am glad that even for those who weren’t able to go but have seen the pictures, messaged me to say that they were proud of me.

I am, too.

Here are some photos of the workshops I’ve attended.

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Whoa!

Daily Prompt: Whoa!

What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?

One thing you should know about me is I am a drama queen (hence, the blog name).
I always have excessive emotional reactions to almost everything.
I get amazed easily. So imagine the experiences I had that count as surreal for me.
I cannot even categorize them anymore because I can be pleased very easily, especially when it comes to things I am passionate about.

So instead of talking about the most surreal experiences, I will be listing every surreal experience I can remember that left me in awe and still kept me wondering if it really actually happened.

1. Getting to see in the flesh the people I admire so much.

  • Lin Manuel Miranda

0900c0006f7a11e181bd12313817987b_7 Oh yes! He sat just rows behind us in the opening night of In the Heights Manila Rerun. Just knowing we were in the same timezone was already surreal for me, let alone being in the same room with him. Add to this that I get to see him so proud of the Manila cast for giving justice to his work was so touching. I just never got the nerve to approach him, though. But I have no regrets. Seeing him happy and proud was doubly enough.

  • Miley Cyrus

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Okay. You got me! I am a Miley fan. I’ve been a fan since her Hannah Montana days. Not only is she a great comedian, she really is a good performer. I don’t know what it is but I like her energy when performing. And, I was so lucky to have seen her perform live here in Manila! I was not disappointed. In fact, I became a fan even more.

  • Our Vocal Teacher and Musical Director for Voice

There’s this local theater actor that I have grown to admire so much because he’s so talented (and cute. haha). I have seen him in a couple plays and every time he amazes me. One summer, I’ve gotten the chance to meet him and be his student for a workshop. And, oh my gosh! The whole summer was surreal. Just getting to see him would’ve been enough. But working with and learning from him is too much. I was in cloud nine the entire time. Basking in the air of genius is sort of wonderful.

2. Seeing my favorite musicals!

I am one big musical theater addict. One dream of mine is to actually be able to see a play in Broadway or West End. But for the meantime, I make do with watching local and touring productions (not that I’m saying that they’re no good because they really are amazing!). Some of these shows, I even had to fly to Singapore just to see them. My most surreal musical theater experiences were actually Wicked, Lion King, Chicago, and Phantom of the Opera.


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3. Visiting famous landmarks and tourist spots.

Travelling is one activity that you cannot replace or even describe in pictures and words the feeling of actually being there. No amount of words and photos can really fill the amazement and majesty of these iconic landmarks. These are just some of the places and things that left me in awe during my travels.

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Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Amazing coffee in Vietnam!

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Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand