Everyone who knows me or follows me on Instagram knows that I went to London for a holiday. I had a great time in London the last time I was there, and I wanted to go back to explore the places that I wasn’t able to visit.

At least, that’s what I told people whenever I get asked what I’m doing there. Of course I did those things. But that’s not the main reason why I went there.

The main reason was to watch Westlife’s The Twenty Tour.

I did something similar in the past, where I flew all the way to Manila in the middle of midterms week just to see my favorite singer perform live. But everyone agrees that flying all the way to London just for a concert is a whole new level of devotion! XD

But first, hear me out!

When Westlife announced their reunion, I never thought they’d be reuniting for good. They were all perfectly happy with their individual lives and careers, so I thought they were going to do just one tour, if only to please their fans who have been begging them to get back together since 2012. Coz that’s what bands usually do right?

And when they announced the tour dates, they were all for the UK and for Ireland. No signs of an Asian tour whatsoever1. Now, this was a familiar scenario – for their Farewell Tour in 2012, they only announced UK and Ireland dates, leaving their Asian fans heartbroken and unable to watch them live before they disbanded. I didn’t want that to happen again so I thought to myself: if they’re not bringing this tour to Asia, I’m flying FROM ASIA to see them perform. Now, I’ve never travelled to Europe by myself before, so taking this flight was a big deal for me.

I’m so glad that I made this trip even though planning for it wasn’t easy; I had just gotten employed so I didn’t have much savings to allocate for this trip. I didn’t get to splurge much for merch, plus I got seats that were really far from the stage… but you know what? My heart is full because I got to see my favorite boyband for the first time in 8 years. Everything about the show was splendid. I was able to sing with them, laugh with them, and reminisce with them. But most importantly, I was able to hear all of their voices together right in front of me, for the first time in a long time. Nothing can ever come close to that feeling. ❤️

I was in London for 9 days though, so of course I went for some sightseeing after the Westlife concert! I’ll have a blog post just for this, but for now, here’s a little sneak peek:

I know that 9 days is a short time to spend in London, but it’s more than enough for now because the important thing is that I was able to watch my favorite Irish lads perform. All that planning, all that effort just to see them… It was all worth it and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!

That is, if they keep on delaying the announcement of Asian tour dates! XD

  1. They did announce months later that they were going to Asia! But I had already booked my tickets to London then XD

16 thoughts on “June 2019: Westlife and a little bit of London

  1. Sakura says:

    Wow nice! I am proud of you for flying to London to see Westlife! I wish I could do the same but I don’t think I have the courage to fly alone to a new country. Then again, I have done it for business trips (because I don’t have a choice)…

    I’m glad that you enjoyed yourself at London as well. It is definitely worth it!

    1. Claudine says:

      Haha I wasn’t sure whether I could do it either, but I’ve always wanted to see whether I could travel alone outside Asia. It was a nice experience and I’m glad I did it 🙂

  2. Nancy says:

    Glad you had a great time out in London. It is great that you got to see the Westlife! Wow, 8 years is a long time but I’m glad you had a great time out there. 9 days sounds worthwhile out in London! Looks like you experienced a lot out there! 🙂

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Claudine says:

      It was amazing! I’ve waited so long for this reunion so I was ecstatic when I saw them onstage again ❤️ And of course London was wonderful, as always 😍

  3. Susanne says:

    Westlife are coming to Cork in the autumn… hint hint! 😀 Anyway, I’m glad you had the opportunity to come back to the UK if you enjoy it there!

    1. Claudine says:

      Ahhh I actually originally planned to go to Ireland because they always make the hometown shows at Croke Park super special! ❤️ Perhaps the next tour? 😜

  4. Kenny says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time in London. Live your life, girl. 🙂

    1. Claudine says:

      Yes, I had loads of fun! 🙂

  5. stevevhan says:

    I would totally understand especially if you grew up to their music, it brings many memories! like, where are those music now?

    1. Claudine says:

      Well, Westlife have reunited so you can look forward to new music from them 😉

  6. Megan says:

    That IS some devotion. But glad to hear you enjoyed seeing them, and had a nice time in London.

    1. Claudine says:

      Thanks Megan! I definitely had an amazing time ❤️

  7. Wow Westlife… I havn’t heard that name in a long time. I think I have one CD of theirs and I like the song they do with BoA, Flying without Wings.That is really cool that you went to see them. Seems like a blast. I always feel like I need to be going to concerts more often. I have only been to small ones in my city and then I saw Maroon 5 when they performed at the college here. That was awesome so I know I would probably love to go see others.
    I need to add you to my instagram!

    1. Claudine says:

      I love Flying Without Wings too! It’s actually widely considered to be their best song! ❤️

      Going to concerts is always fun, no matter how big or small! You should totally go if you can 😀

  8. Dasynka says:

    Oh wow that’s so crazy ahahah but I’m happy you were so brave! I’ve never been to a concert so I can’t really understand the feeling, but I can imagine how fulfilling it is 🙂 and London is such a beautiful city, I try to go back once a year! Keep going with this enthusiasm!
    xx Dasynka

    1. Claudine says:

      Haha it was definitely one of the craziest decisions I’ve ever made, but one that I’ll never regret! 😂 I agree, London is a beautiful city so being able to explore it on top of watching my favorite boyband’s concert was a wonderful experience ❤️

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