Backstreet Boys – Larger than life: My Las Vegas Experience

OMG, they’re back again! Yes, that is right! Backstreet Boys announced their own Las Vegas residency and show tickets were almost sold out! The first show started on March 1 at the Axis in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada). If I am not mistaken BSB will be performing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in March until June (adding new shows in April and June).

It’s been two decades and a half since I’ve known them and as a fan, as soon as I heard of the news I went online and purchase my tickets during the BSB fan pre-sale and decided that I am going to celebrate my birthday in Vegas! Then, I booked our hotel for 3 days and 2 nights in Planet Hollywood and started to check sale airline tickets in December. We arrived in Vegas on Thursday March 16, a day earlier for their Friday show March 17.

Our hotel – Planet Hollywood

Before their first number, there were footages and photos shown onscreen then we were listening to the remix of BSB background songs until I figured out that they were singing llive! I heard their voices and I can’t wait to see them until the five huge LCD screens floating infront of us turned around and Backstreet Boys started to sing!

Panoramic shot of Axis in Planet Hollywood. Click to enlarge.

Unfortunately, we had a bad experience during the opening number when three girls infront of us blocked our view and occupied the empty seats. They were called out several times and the security approached them. They were debating until the security called her Manager. When the Manager arrived, she was talking to my Mom and they upgraded our seats near VIP area.

AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian wore white suits and performed their greatest hits like “Larger than Life,” “The One,” “Get Down,” “Drowning,” ‘Incomplete,” “Quit Playing Games (with my heart),” “Show Me the Meaning of being Lonely,” “I’ll never break your heart,” “Anywhere for you,” “Undone,” “As Long as you love me,” “The Call,” “We’ve Got it Goin’ on,” “All I have to give,” “Shape of my heart,” “I want it that way,” and “Everybody.” Well if I missed some songs I think those were the times that I can’t hear them because the audience were too loud screaming!!!


Howie D performed infront of us (“All I have to give” wherein all members were standing in different seating areas) and He said “Hello” to my Mom. He shook my sister’s hand and I am trying to reach his hand but He just nodded. There was a lady who jumped on the side and the security grabbed her escorted her to the nearest exit (poor girl!). Security was strict, and I liked it!

I’ve been a fan of Backstreet Boys since 1997. I remembered they had a Mall tour in Manila and it was over crowded so the Mall decided to close down the entire Mall. I also attended some of their concerts in Manila (BSB tour minus one + complete members and with NKOTB) and here in St Louis and Chicago.

The show lasted like less than two hours. They thanked everyone for attending the show and its been 24 years we are together as a band hoping to have another 24?

I only recorded few clips of the performances because I wanted to enjoy the whole show. I screamed on some parts (or my sister, lol) so sorry about that, we’re just a fan excited to see BSB!

I heard they are having another show with Florida Georgia Line at the Wrigley Field (Chicago) in August . Let me think about it.

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Lights Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with fun filled two day activities. To officially kick off the holiday season, the tradition continues and starts off with a grand parade traveling Oak Street & North Michigan and South Michigan to Wacker Drive and a tree lighting ceremony on Michigan Ave Magnificent Mile hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Reserve your flight at Air Summit Gourmet – Tayabas, Quezon

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Going to Quezon province to buy “pasalubongs” was one of our to-do list of our 10 day Philippines adventure. I saw this Air Summit Gourmet restaurant on the Internet and I was curious how it looked like so we decided to visit this airline by land!

Located in Barangay Dapdap in Tayabas, Quezon, this airplane restaurant has an immigration counter for guests to check in to get your order before boarding inside. I was told that this airplane was bought and modified as a restaurant. I read the menu while waiting for check in at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan resort – yes, the plane is inside the resort and we booked overnight to explore the place. Don’t get confuse because Kamayan sa Palaisdaan has also a “Summit Cafe & Restaurant” on top of the resort overlooking Mt Banahaw where we had our dinner and it’s a music bar with live karaoke / band. Across of the restaurant is a huge pool.

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Kamayan sa Palaisdaan resort has different types of accommodations: reshouse for more than 20 persons, villa rooms good for 4 persons, dormitory type rooms for more than 15 persons, standard and deluxe rooms for two inclusive of use of swimming pools, complimentary breakfast and check in time is at 2pm and check out at 12nn the next day.

For those who love ‘food tripping,’ Kamayan sa Palaisdaan has floating bamboo rafts and offered variety of “Filipino Food” or “lutong bahay Quezon version.” Other featured amenities are camp site, trail trek, view park, half court basketball, garden hall, poolside hall and zip line.

I inquired months before my flight to their Facebook page and they said you can reserve through calling their hotline or email from the website: (042)793-3654 or 55 | Smart 0918-951-0460 | Globe 0917-556-2642 | kamayansapalaisdaan@ymail.com

Official website:

http://www.kamayansapalaisdaan.com.ph/

My luxury stay at the New Conrad Manila

Finally, I had a chance to update my blog after a month of hiatus online. I was sick after my 10 days vacation in the Philippines because of exhaustion and allergy due to sudden change of weather.

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Meet “Conard” – Our cute toy LOL

Staying at Conrad Manila was one of my best hotel experience in the Metro. Located at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City, this luxury hotel has a modernize facilities and amenities – perfect for all business travelers and leisure seekers. Not an average hotel, Conrad Manila has high-end S Maison which has exclusive stores, dining and brand stores.

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You can view your profile on TV Screen

Here are the top reasons why you should stay in Conrad Manila

1. Welcome Lobby has an amazing Manila bay view

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At the hotel lobby

2. Artistic wall decors, art pieces and decorations

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Made from capiz

3. State of the art modern recreational facilities
4. Flexible meeting spaces and ballroom for events
5. Experience dining selections at Brasserie On 3

Conrad Manila has an easy access going to SMX and Mall of Asia. If you love to dine outside, the hotel is just adjacent to different restaurant establishment and MOA eye.

You can book directly through www.conradhotels.com, Book at the lowest rate, earn loyalty points and rewards if you are a member of Hilton HHonors.