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Friday, September 19, 2008

Altogether Now! "An-ko-ri! An-ko-ri!"


“An-ko-rii! An-ko–rii!”


This the energized crowd chanted as the German brass band descended from the stage. That was to be the signal that the festival has come to an end, and it was just about 10:30 in the evening! The fun has just reached it peak, the effects of the draft beer have just began sinking in. No one wanted to leave yet. Super bitin!


“An ko riiii! An ko riiiii!”


We joined the chorus which just went louder and wilder. After a while the band and the girls went back up stage. The crowd jumped for joy. Only then did we realize that we were actually shouting “Encore!”.


Wait, did I tell you that last night was the kick-off for the Oktoberfest here?


Yup, it was. But it was tame compared to Manila’s version (I heard it there was pandemonium in Ortigas). But theirs here was more authentic. Why? Because it was really a celebration of everything German: German beer (produced in Japan by Asahi), German music (there were lyrics sheets on the tables), German food, German dance, German men and women.



We joked that if the Oktoberfest were to done that way in the Philippines, there will inevitably be a rumble. Hotheads will have a grand day. Corny e.


But admittedly we had fun. We had fun laughing at the way the crowd was having fun. We had fun laughing at ourselves, unable to believe that we were having fun that way.



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And I did get a little tipsy. Since bitin, sinundot pa naming ng shochu (korean wine). Ayun tuloy.

I was able to catch the last train bound for home. But unfortunately, my ipod music lulled me to sleep. I woke up about 6 stations away from my destination. There was no more train going back. Left with other no other choice (except of course sleeping at the station), I took a taxi. The distance must be just like a Makati to Cubao cruise, but the cost? Almost 2,500 pesos! Darn!

(more pics from the Oktoberfest)


20 comments:

pepe M. said...

i was laughing my heart out nung sinabi mo na nakatulog ka! hahaha! i bet you cant do the same sa MRT natin. :)

Panaderos said...

Ah, the beauty of the Aryan Race. Hehehe These pretty German ladies reminded me a friend's Norwegian ex-girlfriend. She was a beaut!

I'm glad you had fun. Great photos! :)

joaqui_miguel said...

Wow! 2,500? That's so expensive. Yikes. Lesson learned here I bet. :) Maybe you should upload some more upbeat music in your ipod. hehehe

tutubi said...

katakana and german on the musical score? haha medyo mahirap nga yan. i can no longer read katakana except the ones used in my name

the spool artist said...

wow, i wonder how it is to really experience the real one in Bavaria. But at least you came close to the real thing! Seemed like you had great fun, even with the 2,500-peso ride!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

swerte naman...ganda ng picture sa last part..he he he.:)

BlogusVox said...

Sabi ko na nga ba't "encore" yung "An-ko-ri" eh. Sino ba naman ang hindi mawiwili kung ganyan ka gaganda ang nag-eentertain at ganyan pa ang sayaw na kita ang "panty". : )

R-yo said...

pepe: pwede naman matulog sa mrt. hanggang monumento nga lang. hehe. madali pa ring mag taxi:-)

R-yo said...

panaderos: :at times, Hitler was right, eh? :-)

R-yo said...

joaqui: now im downloading some metallica songs he he

R-yo said...

tutubi: you used to know katakana? now I envy you he he.

R-yo said...

spool artist: ok rin di ba? medyo ramdam mo yung kulturang pinanggalingan ng ng oktoberfest.

R-yo said...

ever: alam ko na talaga kung saan ka matutuwa, he he

R-yo said...

blogus: ssshhh. wag masyadong maingay, he he

Lawstude said...

yan pala equivalent ng octoberfest. ankori... ankori... tama ba?

sorry for not visiting sooner, i am still in my vacation in boracay and it is partly raining here so i got a chance to do some blogging. be back browsing in a jiffy. have a nice day.

Abaniko said...

I attended an Oktoberfest festival at The Tent in The Fort years ago. I don't recall if the crowd was German or Russian. I remember seeing a sea of blond hairs. But I'm sure they didn't yell Ankori!

carlotta said...

kakagutom yang beer at barbecue! =)

madbong said...

hilig ka din pala sa beer parekoy. lalo na't may eye candy - panalo!

the donG said...

party party party! i can feel the beat.

slim whale said...

and i almost thought they were cheering for the angkor wat or something