Early last year, I saw Tegan and Sara during their two-night show at the Beacon Theater. It was something that really made me happy because I've wanted to see them live for so long. Once I achieved that dream, I dreamed and even bigger one. I told myself, "One day, I'll meet them."
In my 24 years of living, I can say that I'm actually pretty good at realizing my dreams, no matter how crazy they are. I set my mind on something and do every thing I have to do (without stepping on anyone) to get what I want.
(Can I just say, I'm getting really close to achieving my greatest dream in life, which is to become a mermaid. I will tell you more about that soon. Nope, I haven't made any deals with sea witches... yet)
Anyway, one February day, I was going through my Facebook feed and saw that they announced their "Let's Make Things Physical Tour". I quickly went to their site to see when the pre-sale was and found out they had VIP Meet and Greet tickets available! I quickly noted it on my calendar and set my alarm. Pre-sale day arrived and I was really nervous while waiting for the clock to strike 10 (or maybe it was 12). I got two tickets and, OMG, heard the Hallelujah chorus after I got the confirmation.
Fast-forward to June, I met up with my friend Bea at the Hammerstein Ballroom on the afternoon of the show day for the sound-check, which was part of the package. When we got in, I ran to the front and OMG, MY BABIES. MY BABIES!!!! They were standing there, smiling, looking super cute and badass with their leather jackets on. MY HEART. OH, MY HEART!!!!
They asked the audience what song they wanted to hear during soundcheck and I raised my hand like Hermione Granger and of course, suggested my favorite song, All You Got (This Business of Art, 2000). Obviously, it's super old and they didn't sing it but I was still kilig because for a moment, they looked at me <3
After singing a selection of songs for the sound check, the Meet and Greet began!
Just kidding! We lined up beside this backdrop where all the photos were taken. While in line, I thought, "What the hell am I going to say to Tegan and Sara?". I was so nervous and shaky and when the moment came when it was mine and Bea's turn, I was like, "Is this really happening?" I approached them and they introduced themselves and hugged me. THEY HUGGED ME. HUHUHU.
I'VE WAITED FOR THIS MOMENT MY WHOLE LIFE. MAKING THINGS PHYSICAL.
I don't remember everything I said but I definitely remember telling them I saw them twice at the Beacon last year and also when they opened for Fun. I also told them how much I love their music and how it helped me through a lot of things. I even mentioned that time I was lying on my bed in the fetal position crying my heart out while "Where Does the Good Go?" was playing on repeat because I was going through a breakup. Tegan was just so super cute and she said "I'm glad we were there for you during that time."
Also, I gave them gifts. I have a favorite ring and it the Mini Sharky Ring from the Arizaga Men's collection. I was looking at my finger one day at work and thought, "This would totally look good on their fingers." I'll admit, I'm a total creep, so obviously, I wore the rings on my fingers for 10 seconds before I packed them in their boxes. They said it was a sweet gift and hugged me again. OMG okay, nothing can ever make me more kilig.
After talking, it was photo time! I took this opportunity to just go all-out in my fan-girling, so I made "chancing" and put my arms around their waists. And their arms were on my shoulders. HUHUHUHU. BEST MOMENT EVER. TEGAN AND SARA SANDWICH.
Super bagay kami ni Sara, right? OMG <3
After the meet and greet, we had to leave the venue and come back 15 minutes before the doors opened so we could have priority entrance (The VIP tickets were so worth it!). We hung around and I got my cute little pink Instax at B&H which was just around the corner.
We went back for the show and the first opening act was The Courtneys.
My favorite one was the "song about having a crush on someone who lives far away".
The next opening act was "My Midnight Heart". This girl is such a performer! She also told a very inspiring story - a year before, she was also at the Hammerstein working on a catering event (or something similar) and now, she's on the stage singing. DREAMS DO COME TRUE, GUYS.
It was finally Tegan and Sara time and guess what - Tegan wore the ring I gave her. <3 Symbol of my love.
|Photo credit: @angeladatre @howweareupdates|
The show started and I sang along to every song and I couldn't stop smiling.
I love you, Sara.
I love you, Tegan.
Alligator tears cried over you.
The last song they sang was a cover of Let My Love Open the Door. Ladies, you have my heart. It was so beautiful! Best night of my life so far.
Thank you Bea for watching with me <3
Another thing checked off my bucket list! Sana naman next time ma-meet and greet ko rin yung crush ko.