Sunday, August 19, 2007

Week Two

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So here we go!

Yesterday, a bunch of friends and I watched The All-Star Comedy Jam at the Jubilee Hall of the Raffles Hotel, starring Willie Nepumuceno. There were seven of us: me, Jonathan (who was the one who invited me in the first place), Zabs (my flatmate's girlfriend), Andie (who's also a student at NUS, taking her Ph.D), and new friends JR, Maan, and Ate Jing. The small, 1920s-inspired theatre was two-thirds of the way full, and while the crowd was mostly composed of Filipinos, there were some foreigners (read: white people) and Singaporeans in the audience.

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Willie Nep himself was a riot! ^_^ While the show was incredibly culture-specific for the most part, his performance was both amazing and heart-warming. And apparently, when you put Filipinos in a small space, we end up breaking down the gap between performer and audience, and it becomes such an lovely and funny experience. The best bit of the night, though, was when he was taking requests and somebody called out, "Erap!" and he just transformed in front of us - and shoving his Kermit the Frog puppet down his shirt, with Kermit's arms still flailing around underneath the hem. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard that tears came to my eyes.

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Of course, we had to take the pre-requisite camwhore shots - JR brought his Canon D-SLR along for the evening (he's an amateur photographer) - and we accosted Armida Siguion-Reyna and her daughter-in-law, Bibeth Ortega, and her husband as they were exiting the theatre and begged for a photo-op. We also ran into Pinoy Village managing editor Jhaney Nuqui - I used to write for them when Gail was still in Singapore, so it was nice to meet her step-mom and to be asked to write for them again. ^_^ But of course, the highlight of that night was meeting Willie Nep himself, and posing for shots before he had to rush to the airport to catch a red-eye flight back to Manila. I wanted to jump into his suitcase and haul myself back to the city - unfortunately, I had left my passport in the flat. Oh well. Another time.

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Anyway, we decided to hie off for a late LATE dinner at the 24-hour McDonalds' across the street, and ended up staying there up until 2 in the morning. There was a bit of trouble when some taong grasa purposedly slammed against Andie while we were settling into our meals, and as he circled our table and walked away, he flashed us a very angry "fuck you" sign. Of course, five minutes later, the police came up and seemed like they were looking for someone, so Jon and Andie immediately pointed them to the direction of the man, who looked decidedly spaced out, his clothes dirty and tattered, his eyes red-rimmed. Later on, we spotted him being escorted out by the police, and then the manager came around and asked for Jon's contact details because he needed to make a report - apparently, the manager was already given a third warning because he allowed the weirdo to go around the store - and we obliged, even joking around with the manager.

It seems like a good way to start the second week of classes. I still need one more module and I hope that comes in by tomorrow, but at least everything else is moving according to plan. ^_^

(Photos courtesy of JR Rodriguez, who was nice enough to let us steal it from his site.)

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