I haven’t really posted much on local Filipino bands on our weekend tunes section because I don’t really know if there has been much of note music wise that has been produced in our country recently. Please prove me wrong and send Filipino music suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want our music scene to thrive, and unfortunately I do not see Filipinos going crazy over bands like they did with Earaserhads and Rivermaya (with Bamboo) back in the early 90’s. The observation is not meant to discourage anyone but meant to encourage our young artists to come with their game correct. With technology the way it is today it is simply not good enough to just be the best in the Philippines anymore but we (this includes me and the rest of us at Liberty Street) need to make sure that the things we produce will hold up and be competitive in the global market. Even though we are underdogs in this global competition, I truly believe we can take it on. So lets put out into the world those things that require the best of our efforts and watch the world change because of us.
Luckily I do know there are local bands and musicians out there doing their thing and doing it well. Perhaps I have just yet to stumble upon most of them. But here is a little smattering of local bands I have come to enjoy both from yesteryear and more recent times.
As I said before, we take a lot of pictures for Liberty Street. Some make it onto the site but most don’t. Here are the best of the rest from my phone.
As I said in my last post about Thailand, I went from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. I actually didn’t do any research before going on my trip and just went out there like I go to movies, no previews. I wouldn’t recommend this way of traveling but for this trip it worked out. It was quite interesting to see how much pride the people of Chiang Mai had in their city. It was also interesting to see Thailand from a somewhat rural point of view (at least compared to Bangkok). As I said before I think that traveling and gathering different life experiences is such a great way to boost creativity because I broadens your horizons and takes you away from the monotony of a stale routine. If you’re ever in Thailand and not really up for going to a beach, make sure you check out Chiang Mai.
Spent 18 hours traveling on ThaiRail from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, even though it was a good experience (especially since it was my first long train trip) I would take the plane next time.
Stayed at Mountain View Guest House.
Fried noodles with chicken.
Trying to act tough roaming the streets of Chiang Mai on a little scooter. And as always, representing Liberty Street!
This was only one of the ten levels of the Mae Sa Waterfall.
Stumbled across this little guy.
Wawee Coffee is everywhere in Chiang Mai, giving Starbucks a run for their money.
Rode, fed, and bathed some elephants.
Creepiest doll ever at the Chiang Mai Sunday night market.
Interesting fact about Mcdonald’s in Thailand, they do not serve apple pies! What they have instead are pineapple pies and corn pies. I wasn’t adventurous enough to brave the corn pie, but the pineapple pies were like candy.