Heating up, puffed up, recording and shooting nudes

Been living the fast life again of interviews, TV guestings, recordings, rehearsals and starting next week, throw in concertizing!

Yes, everything is starting up again and heating up—the promos, pictorials, the creating of new pieces, concepts, schticks. Things  are revving up and all raring to go towards September 20 when APO FINALLY does the Dome as the headline act. We’ve done Araneta Coliseum many times before but always as someone’s guest. This time it’s our own show completely!

I am quite excited. For the past two or more years, Danny, Boboy and I have been consistently amazed at the answer we get when we ask our audiences how many of them are watching us live  for the first time. Sometimes, as much as 60 percent say it is their first APO concert. A lot of those who answer are young people who probably discovered us after the bands gave us a tribute with the Kami Napo Muna  hit CDs.  This show will showcase what 39 years of  friendship and performing have brought us to. Visit http://apohikingsociety.org for more info.

Meanwhile, here’s an interesting video of a Japanese fan whom Danny met. He loves karaoke and  really gets high doing  APO stuff. Enjoy!


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A few nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and s I ran my tongue on my lower lip, I noticed how thick my right lower lip was. For awhile I thought I had a stroke since I could sense the deformity on my right side. When I looked at the mirror, I was shocked to see the right side of my lip twice as big as the left. It was so puffed up. I must have  been bitten by something.

My mistake was to go on the net and look up the sympoms by typing  ‘lip swelling’ on google search. Immediately, I found links to leprosy and a host of other sicknesses that can really throw one off and leave you wide awake  at 3 AM.
Ha ha.

The next day I went to my doctor and after I narrated what happened, she advised me to not refer to the internet but to see her instead. It was probably an insect bite. I am hoping it was a spider, or an ant. Basta hindi ipis!! yech!!

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As I mentioned awhile ago, we are back in the recording studio. We are doing an album of pieces that we only do live in concert. These are rearangements of songs that have evolved away from how we initialy recorded them. We are also throwing in some new songs in the line-up. These pieces are great and to us, they are now the definitive versions of these songs more than the old original studio versions.

I love working with our musicians. On stage or in a studio atmosphere, they are simply tops! Their level of musicality and passion for excellence is unrivaled. And yes, they do it with joy! Watch out for this!

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On September 23, I will be having a Photo exhibit at the Renaissance Gallery in Megamall. My last exhibit entitled “A.W.E.” was three years ago before I left for Sydney and was quite successful. This upcoming one is entitled “Skin– a Black and White and Red exhibit by Jim Paredes”, and you guessed it, it’s a nude collection which I shot through the years.

I AM excited about it but will withhold further announcements till the date nears. Watch out for it!