Stupidly Expecting for Dami Im

In my recent journey to New Zealand, I got to spend a very short period of time in Australia.  It is because my flight from Manila to Queenstown was via Sydney.  It was a 3 hour layover at the land down under.

While at the Sydney airport, I was ecstatic because despite the fact that chances of bumping into my favorite Aussie celebrity was like asking for the heavens to give me the greatest love life I don’t deserve, I was still positively expecting some mystic phenomenon to happen.  I was not expecting to bump into Kylie Minogue or Hugh Jackman nor Cate Blanchett or Chris Hemsworth.  I was not expecting Australians to bestow me a red carpet welcome.  I was not expecting the mayor to hand me the key to their city.  I was actually hoping to see Australia’s singing diva, Dami Im!

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dami was not popular yet during my visits in sydney...

dami was not popular yet during my visits in sydney…

I know it’s stupid but as soon as my feet landed on the grounds of Sydney, my bizarre and inexplicable hope for Dami Im to be at the airport!  And since I don’t have any photos to show, it means this longing did not transpire.  I guess the heavens was smart enough not grant such a wish, otherwise, I would not have left the airport in time for my journey to fresh Queenstown.

Let me just satiate and mollify this stupid wish by posting and listening to Dami Im’s latest single “Fighting for Love”.  I actually prefer Dami’s live performance during the X Factor TV show than the actual music video of the song…

Na-aning-aning lang sa Sidni…

Could Have Been a Magical Damivision

I woke up at three and got my ears pregnant!  That is after watching the intense and high-valued production numbers of 42 countries competing for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Though I am gutted because she did not win, I am very proud of Dami Im for making it to second place.  She actually garnered a landslide of a vote from the international jury, which is 50% of the votes.  How I wish I was at the arena for me to witness how shocked and sputtered the crowd have been after Ukraine was announced the winner.  Ukraine’s entry was neither the top choice of the international jury (which went to Dami) and neither the viewers’ choice (which went to Russia).dami im eurovision 2016

I personally feel that Dami should have been the winner!  She clearly was the one to beat.  For me, close second would be Sweden (super nice song that is easy to the ear) then followed by Lithuania (such a danceable track!).

Dami’s entry was awesome!  The song was great, the production was awesome, the high fashion overall look was impeccable, the megawatt voice was enchanting and Dami’s radiating charm and multi-cultural background is what Europe needs. Eurovision this year could have been a magical Damivision.  And the news headline could have been “Australia Invades Europe!”

Anyhow, Dami clearly won the hearts of Europe!  Massive congratulations Dami Im!  One Pinoy member of the fierce Dami Army here is no doubt so proud of you.

‘Di pa redi ang Yurop sa talento ng lola mo…

Dami Im’s Sound of Silence Sounded like the Sound of Success

photo grabbed from dami im's fb page

photo grabbed from dami im’s fb page

The sixty-year old Eurovision Song Contest is literally an unknown here in the Philippines.  Though it is watched by more than 300 million viewers around the world, news about it here in the Philippines would usually run for a short five to ten seconds.  It is merely just to announce who was declared the winner.  News about Eurovision (if ever it actually post interest among local TV networks) is basically like an entertainment-news-filler so as to stretch the news program here in the Philippines.

But for this year, I am one of the very few Filipinos who is very excited about the upcoming Eurovision Finals this year.  It is because Dami Im, my favorite Aussie singer with a megawatt voice made it to the finals!

I couldn’t contain my happiness when I learned through her Facebook page that she got through the finals.   When I read this news, I dropped everything and started searching for her performance on Youtube.  And when I found the video, I had my phone’s sound on a full blast!

Hear the ear-splitting reaction of the crowd… they were actually singing along… I had goosebumps everywhere while watching this…

While watching her perform, I suddenly wanted to move to Sweden so as to cast my vote!  Dami’s performance during the semi-finals was absolutely amazing!  She slayed it!  Her Sound of Silence song seem to already sound like a sound of success in this year’s Eurovision!

Penomenal ang lola mo! 

Dami Im Sings Classic Carpenters

I can still vividly remember the first time I owned a cassette tape of the Carpenters.  My father during my elementary days brought with him from Saudi Arabia (he was an OFW starting late-70’s) a Sony cassette player.  And along with the small player are cassette tapes of Tom Jones, Dianna Ross, Boney M, Don McLean, The Eagles, Carly Simon and of the Carpenters.  And that was my first exposure to the beautiful songs of the Carpenters.

Three and a half decades later, I am but glad and happy to know that Dami Im, now my favorite Australian singer, has a new album.  And it is her take, tribute and covers of one of everyone’s favorite, the Carpenters.

grabbed from dami im''s fb page

grabbed from dami im”s fb page

the next song is dedicated to myself… hahaha!

What I particularly love about the songs of the Carpenters are the tunes and melodies.  Each song are simple and unpretentious.  It’s unlike those grand and complex songs in which only few people could sing.   And though Dami has one magnificent singing voice, her rendition of the Carpenters songs were just lovely and uncomplicated yet very sophisticated.  The melody, the rendition and the tunes are easy and pleasant to the ear, I could listen to Dami Im’s Carpenters version all day.

Sarap pakingggan…

A Pinoy Looking Forward to Eurovision This Year

(photo captured from eurovision website)

(photo captured from eurovision website)

Eurovision is a very popular song contest participated mostly by the members of the European Broadcasting Union.  Though it is widely popular even to non-member countries like USA and China, I, being an inhabitant in the southeastern portion of the planet is not keen and familiar about this contest.  News on who won in this prestigious contest would oftentimes be brushed-off in my country.

But for this year, I would have to go off a tangent.  It is because I am very excited to see the talented Dami Im on the stage performing this year’s song entry by Australia.  I am looking forward on seeing the dazed, dumbfounded and bewildered reactions of the audience after watching and hearing Dami sing. And I am most eager to witness how she would blow up the big stage in Stockholm with her amazing set of pipes during the night of the competition.

I have been a member of the Dami Army since day one of X Factor Australia 2013 (press the LINK for proof).  And for this year I would have to admit that I would be cheering for Australia to win.

Though Philippines is not a member and participant in this contest, let me then initiate the casting of the Philippine vote for 12 points to Australia.  Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi,Oi, Oi! Here’s this year’s Aussie entry as performed by the fantastic Dami Im…

Dami por da win… ‘yan na ang panalo!

Smile by Dami Im

Here’s my 2015 summertime theme song…

You’re out of touch, in overtime
You’re running in, you’re running
Better left behind
You’ve dropped the ball to catch it with
And is it all there really is
You’re thinking but you’re thinking
‘Cause you know the best all things in life are free
And it’s all you need

You gotta live your life
You gotta treat you right
You gotta give into the great thing appetite
You gotta shake it up,
You gotta hold it down
You gotta do all the things that
Make you smile, make you smile
With the fun, but it is that really makes you happy
Yeah let’s say that
Let the world be a world that you fill with smile

You’re beautiful and evergreen
You’re dancing on high hopes and you got big dreams
So let them shine we’ll light it up

‘Cause now’s the time to find your voice
Wear your heart out on your sleeve
‘Cause you know the best all things in life are free
And it’s all you need

You gotta live your life
You gotta treat you right
You gotta give into the great thing appetite
You gotta shake it up,
You gotta hold it down
You gotta do all the things that
Make you smile, make you smile
With the fun, but it is that really makes you happy
Yeah let’s say that
Let the world be a world that you fill with smile

So live for a night we won’t forget
Live for the memories we haven’t made yet
Turn up the love fall into it
Live for the memories we haven’t made yet
This is our life no regrets

You gotta live your life
You gotta treat you right
You gotta give into the great thing appetite
You gotta shake it up,
You gotta hold it down
You gotta do all the things that
Make you smile, make you smile
With the fun, but it is that really makes you happy
Yeah let’s say that
Let the world be a world that you fill with smile

Smayl…