Talk about being A Fan…

Let me veer away for a while from travel posts and instead write about something that most of us experienced once, twice or many many times in our lifetime. Have you ever admired a famous person and became a fan? The answer to the question is probably a “yes” for most people. Did you ever consider yourself a die hard fan? How do you actually measure the extent of the admiration of a fan. Some fans can get real creepy with their obsession for the celebrity. I wonder how it is to be a normal and cool fan. Or is there such a person? 😄 

Last night was a night that I will never forget unless I have Alzheimer’s. After waiting for months, Madonna the Queen of Pop finally landed in Manila for a two day concert entitled Rebel Heart. My favorite rebel heart came to town. My childhood idol. From cassette tapes, CD’s and now iTunes and Spotify her music made me happy. From Like A Virgin to Living for Love songs, her music lives on.


Madonna in Manila


But first, let me reminisce what happened prior to this “once in a lifetime” event. Last year it was announced she will finally have a World Tour again and this time Southeast Asia countries will be included and one of them is the Philippines! Imagine my excitement?😍 I am a fan since elementary days and that’s what? 30 years ago? I couldn’t wait to grab a ticket. 

Imagine my dismay upon knowing of the ticket prices. Hopes of being near Madonna was gone with the wind. The most expensive ticket can pay for one college term of my eldest child! But then never mind (I thought to myself), I can afford the upperbox ticket. So when the online preselling day came, I was infront of the computer desperately trying to get me and my friends tickets to the concert. But, the cruelty of the Internet connection or was it the website crashing numerous times helped in adding further to my disappointment. No tickets purchased online and therefore there was no choice but to line up at the ticket office on the official selling date which I really didn’t like to do. Anyway, because I am a fan I woke up early and lined up in the nearest mall to get tickets. It took one hour of waiting and when it was my turn to buy, upper box tickets were sold out. At that time, there was no second day concert announcement yet. I was desperate and asked if there were General Admission tickets left. Finally, was able to secure tickets after my concert buddies confirmed that they are okay even if the seats were at the very end of the arena and Madonna will look like an ant only! They said its the experience and the music that matters. Yes!😄


Madonna’s Rebel Heart Concert Ticket


After months of waiting and numerous countdowns, the day finally arrived. My concert buddies and I were kidding that we don’t need to get ourselves prettier than we already are because no one can see us up there in the Gen Ad location. 😂 But, the Heavens probably took pity. The mother of surprises a.k.a. SM Tickets called at 2 p.m. to tell us they will transfer us in a different section because there was a problem with our seats. Lighting problems, I think and the production crew need people to vacate. Guess what? We were upgraded to Lower Box! 😄 And from the mere 3K seats, we got upgraded to 29K seats with a good vantage view. I can’t scream enough nor jump up and down with glee like crazy!

We were so excited. We got a good parking space near the venue. Had a good dinner before the event. Patiently or was it impatiently waited two and a half hours for Madonna to start the show. 😳 Was already sleepy when the lights suddenly dimmed and the show finally started. The sleepiness went out and we were instantly ready to party with the Queen! She didn’t disappoint. We had a blast! We were shocked with some parts of the show but shakes it off in the name of art and entertainment. 😄

I will always be a FAN because it’s FUN!!!


From the Unapologetic Bitch

We went home in the wee hours of the morning “happily” tired and with a sore throat from too much screaming. But I had memories of the concert on my phone since I took some videos and photos. It will last me a lifetime already. 😊 Thank you, Madonna for coming to Manila. You made a lot of your fans happy!!!


the traveling KANGaroo

When in Busan…

After visiting laid back Changwon, the last stop was to spend a day in Busan, South Korea before we took a flight back to good ‘ol sunny Philippines. As with most of our travels, walking in the city is the preferred choice to do some sightseeing. But this trip was an exception. We took a lot of taxi and train rides. It wasn’t that expensive and it’s very convenient. The taxis have colored GPS route maps and complete with building photo location. Amazing! And I was impressed with Waze already. 😅 

South Korea has one if not the fastest internet connection in the planet. You will not get lost if you have a pocket wifi or if you bought a data sim to be used during your trip. Of course, the lost in translation part of the trip will still be there. Some people knows how to speak and understand English but not all. My country is home away from home to many Koreans studying English. Aside from our good command of the language they probably decided to study in the Philippines because of the generally good weather all year round and the cheap fees to play golf in the country. 😄

What to do when in Busan? Here’s some of the places we visited: 

1. Haeundae Beach – although the sun was up, the water was cold. Must be nice during their summer season but definitely not during Autumn. Just nice for some sun bathing during the cold season if the sun is out and you can bear the cold wind. 😅 I wonder if the sunset view is also nice. 

Haeundae Beach

Beach View

2. Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park– a nice tourist spot to have a city view of Busan. A bit of an uphill climb which is good for the heart. The garden is very nice and obviously well maintained. Plus they have the “love locks” to make the visit a little bit more fun. You can buy the lock & key at the kiosk. I can’t remember how much it was but it’s not expensive. Or, you can bring your own. ❤️

Busan Tower

Love Locks in Busan Tower

3. Shopping Areas – no trip should end without checking out what the city has to offer. Be it souvenirs, home or fashion stuff. You can buy if there’s some shopping money allocated. Or one can just window shop and drool. 😜

  • Gwangbok-Dong shopping street in Busan where you can window shop or actually shop Korean fashion apparel from bags, clothes to socks. I wanted to buy Bean Pole but found out it’s a bit expensive. There are stores of international brands too. I had to restrain myself from shopping too much but still went home with some loots from this place!

Gwangbok-Dong Shopping Stree

  • Somyeon Underground Shopping where you can also buy lots of stuff from clothes, shoes and trinkets. A good place to shop especially when it’s too cold. And it’s convenient for commuters. Got some thick sweaters for only KRW 4,000 or approximately PHP 150 since we were planning to go to Japan in the winter. A story that is yet to be posted! Good buys are aplenty in this underground shopping haven. Too bad, no time during my visit as we went to check it out just as stores were getting ready to call it a day. But no problem because my wallet remained happy and still fat. Ha!ha!ha!


  • Jagalchi Market which I viewed from afar since we lacked time to further explore. Maybe on the next visit, we can spend some time in this place. To try the food and check out the market stalls.

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During our visit it was the BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) but I didn’t see one Korean actor or actress. How I wish I had the time to just stay in the BIFF square area to try to get a glimpse of Korean celebrity. Wishful thinking. Maybe a trip to Seoul to stalk Korean K-Pop and Actors in the future! 


One of the places my travel buddy wanted to try was the “famous” Korean resto Mr. Pizza. Wish granted! We had to google the nearest one in the area and looked for it even if there were a number of good restos around. Ha!ha!



  • Try the street food if you think your stomach can handle it.
  • Look out for some super bargains in the sidewalks or stalls, there are a lot!
  • Ride the bus to the airport instead of taking a taxi. You will save a lot of money plus you can have a little bit of city tour since the bus will stop at some of the other hotels to pick up passengers. And therefore you can see this view.


  • In the train station, there’s a place that sells very good croquettes. You can see the long line of Koreans and tourists. Buy some and you won’t regret it. Can you see my fingers itching to pick  one of the yummy goodness? 


When you do visit Busan, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I “unexpectedly” did too! Previously, South Korea is not in our list of travel destinations. But the experience of our short visit somehow changed it. There are many things to enjoy and explore. So, I am looking forward to a “Seoul Searching” in the near future!


the traveling KANGaroo