Surprise of a lifetime…
I haven’t win anything big since my picture won second place for the Holiday Inn Stay Together Photo Competition back in 2010 so when out of the blue a guy – a westerner – called me claiming to be from The Jakarta Globe newspaper telling me I won two tickets to see Il Divo live in concert I had to asked him “This is not a joke, right?“
He laughed and said nope, I did indeed won two tickets to see the handsome group. They had a quiz on Friday morning and without even thinking I answered it. Well, guess what? It was a lucky Friday!
I asked my brother, Reggy to come with me to the concert taken place at The Ritz Carlton ballroom yesterday, Saturday 25 February 2012.
Mind you, other than seeing the Wiggles live in Singapore back in 2010, I have never been to a real concert! I was a concert virgin so imagine the excitement? Overjoyed was an understatement!
There was no seat numbers on our tickets. Turned out they allotted rows M – Q on Silver Class for Social Media/News Coverage. Fine, it was way way back so far away from the stage but hey, we got the tickets for free so I’m not complaining and with the price tag of IDR 750,000 aka USD 82.9 per ticket – there is no way in the world this single mom could afford to spend that much for a two hours concert. The classes for the tickets were: Silver class Gold class (IDR 1,250,000/USD 138.27), VIP class (IDR 2,000,000/USD 221.23) and VVIP class (IDR 3,000,000/USD 331.85). From the news I read today, all 2,000 tickets were sold out. So my brother and I took our seats.
One thing that I would suggest to the promoter of the concert is to place their wide screens higher so we can actually see it? If you can see from my iPhone pictures here…
the positioning were too low and people in Silver class could barely see them. The settings of Silver class was also wasn’t very accommodating. Don’t they usually set the seats higher in the back? That way people sitting in the cheaper class can still see down the stage. The stage itself was amazing. One big giant screen in the background gives awesome effects to each different songs.
At exactly 8:17pm, they opened the show singing ‘Come What May (Te Amore)‘ and people were clapping like crazy and I got goose bumps! Closed my eyes and soaked their heavenly voices like they are chocolates to my ears. Although I don’t understands the words to their non-English songs it doesn’t stop me from getting teary eyed listening to some of them.
After the first song they said hello and actually said “Apa kabar Indonesia?” (How are you, Indonesia) and told the excited audiences how happy they are to be back in Jakarta after 3 years. Then they belted out their ‘Dove L’Amore’ which was utterly beautiful.
‘Adagio‘, ‘Nella Fantasia‘, ‘Situ Mi Amas‘, ‘Everytime I Look At You‘ and their spin of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ put everyone under their spell on that romantic night and I sigh wishing my Mystery Man was with me. Their good looks does help drive the female audiences crazy – and maybe some guys too.
They were interacting with people too which was great, not so great that all of them are off the market except for the sexy Spanish baritone, Carlos who was flirting a lot with the girls and drive some girls screaming their lungs out for him.
They delivered ‘My Way (Ai Mi Manera)’ ever so smoothly before they took a 20 minutes break and that’s when the ‘magic’ happened.
My brother stood up and walk away from our seats during the break and next thing I knew, he messaged me saying “Hey, do you wanna move?” Insert drop jaws here…
Turned out he ran into his friend who works at the hotel where the concert was at and we got bumped up to Gold class! Of course, I jumped out of my seat and walked as fast as my 9 inches heels can carry me down to the Gold class level. It wasn’t exactly front row seats but man, I felt so very lucky nonetheless!
Sebastian was so cute tho’…he talked about him being a father now and asked if the audience knows the song The Wheels on the Bus and started singing bits of it followed by…surprise surprise…The Wiggles’ very own Big Red Car. Too cute!
They sang “Hallelujah” so beautifully I ran out of words to describe it but I’m sure the angels were smiling!
Their last song was the ever so popular ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ and since we were about to leave the ballroom – when these handsome guys walked out with black tuxes looking mighty delicious – I decided to joined the many other people who moved to the front of the Gold class line so yeah, I got to watched them from a little closer than before.
Although I’m a bit disappointed because I couldn’t bring my big camera to take better pictures with my zoom lens, at least I got to be in their concert soaking up their beautiful almost magical harmonious voices and keep it tucked in my memory bank forever.
Thank you Jakarta Globe for my free tickets!