Aca-ntahan: Florence and the Machine @ BST Hyde Park

If you’ve been a frequent visitor/reader of my blogs, you might notice by now how much I try to channel my feelings through music. Whoever I end up listening to or whichever artist I follow/admire will always have a story of how it all began. So now, here’s another story.

I have always been a Lola’s girl and when we lost her in 2008, I had a difficult time. I understood it was time for her to go but the sudden void seemed like hell on earth. It was such a struggle to move on and let go. During one of my random outbursts years later, I accidentally came across a new and fresh tune which immediately caught my attention and calmed me enough to actually listen. The words seemed to fit my current state: grief, loss and darkness. I’ve heard songs that I could relate to before but somehow, this one hits on a deeper level. And the voice behind it was so captivating. Very ethereal. So naturally, I researched and found a new musical gem for my playlist: Florence and the Machine. And the song that is now one of my favourite songs ever- Cosmic Love. I know this is more like a love song but the brokenness sort of reached out to what I was feeling at the time. I also instantly became a fan. Then, fast forward to 2011, when I heard Florence’s cover of Drake and Rihanna’s song Take Care I swore from then on it has become my official birthday anthem. I guess it’s safe to say that from the time I found her music, I clung to it and kept it with me wherever I go.

January 2019, days after my birthday, I received an email saying I’ve got 2 tickets to attend the annual British Summertime Time where Florence & the Machine were headlining. I thought it was just spam. I know I wanted to go but it was too good to be true and I didn’t want to get my hopes up over something so unsure. Months passed, I kept receiving update emails but I mostly ignored it because all it kept saying was tickets will be sent to me. If it was indeed legit, then I will just have to be excited once I physically have the tickets until one day, I checked our mailbox – OMFG it was really true! I was crying! Eventually, hubby told me that it was a birthday gift from one of my best friends and I just had to cry a little bit more because obviously, it was a dream come true! Thank you Demeye! <3


To guarantee a spectacular view, we were already at Hyde Park as early as 1pm so we had a lot of spare time hence, the pictures!



It was a really long day but I would say the wait was worth it. We were also lucky cause it was cloudy that day so we didn’t burn under the sun whilst waiting. Among the front acts, I would say Lykke Li was my favourite – what a total performer and she sounded awesome live! I even saw Florence dancing to her backstage. Oh, and in case any of you are also looking for new tunes that have a Frank Ocean-ish feel to it, I would recommend listening to Blood Orange.

And finally, after what felt like a whole shift waiting, here she is!


Her voice was just so incredible. And although I watched videos of her performing on youtube, I never expected her to be so energetic and carefree on stage!



I was literally in tears. For some, it may not be a big deal but these are some of the moments I only ever dreamed of and now, it’s happening right in front of my eyes – all made possible by a very dear friend of mine and I am just so thankful and feel so loved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3<3<3 Makakabawi din ako. :)

Lastly, here’s their setlist!

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See you on my next music quest next month! Ta!




Mabuhay! Inyo pong matutunghayan ang isa sa mga mahahalagang serye sa buhay ko na sigurado ako, nararanasan nyo din paminsan-minsan – ang pag-ihi sa di tamang lugar na sinabayan ng emote nadin kasi might az well! Char!

(1) Yung mukang tatawa tawa lang pero jingle na jingle na. 

0 tatawa tawa lang pero ihinh ihi na

(2) Wait lang vevs, di ko na talaga kaya. I need to pee!

1 naiihi ako

(3) Eto lalayo ako ng konte para di mahalata 

3 eto lalayo ako ng konte

(4) Dagdagan narin natin ng kunwari magseselfie ako para convincing

4 kunwari seselfie lang ako pero iihi talga

(5) Ayan na vevs, I found my spot.

5 ayan pwede na dito

(6) Thiz iz it. Baba na natin ang salawal.

6 bababa ko lang salawal ko

(7) Tingin-tingin lang sa side baka biglang may dumating sabay chant ng “Bari, bari, bari, dayu, dayu, dayu” to fight mga sumpa sakaling naihi ako sa may punso.

7 ahhhh tingin sa side baka me tao

(8) Ahhhh oooo sherepppp! Kalayaan with matching nginig!

8 whoo ahh sarap

(9) Shet na malagket! May tao ba? Nahuli na halah!

9 shet me tao vah

(10) OKay, whooo! False alarm. Tuloy ang ligaya!

999 lapit nako matapos

(11) Ngiting tagumpay.. tapos napo. Salamat!

10 ahhh success

(12) Tataas ko lang muna ulit salawal ko.

11 tataas ko lang panty ko 

(13) Salamat sa pagbasa ng aking maikli at pinaka-unang ihi-serye. Abangan pa ang mga susunod na charrozcaldos. Paalam! Haahahhaah



Charaught! Xx