Okay, I digress so back to the story. On Thursday, we bloggers had to meet to take a tour of the Telemundo Studios. Studio tours are right up my alley since I am a total geek about movies, TV and stuff like that. I love seeing how everything gets made.
We arrived at the studios and were given an overview of the programming they offer. There are two upcoming novelas that looked good: La Casa de al Lado and Mi Corazon Insiste. I would watch Mi Corazon Insiste just to see Jencarlos Canela because he is hot! But I can't watch novelas anymore because of Tom. I always tell him that novelas would teach him Spanish but no go. Oh well.
Then we went on the tour. The fun part of this was seeing all the novelas Telemundo has made. At one point I saw a poster with Andres Garcia. Now my Latino readers will immediately know who Andres Garcia is and, if you, don't do a search. I remember when I was little and one of the first novelas I remember was the Los Hermanos Coraje with Andres Garcia.
As I walked through the halls and the studio it brought back memories of my abuelita because I would watch novelas with her all the time. I always watched with my mami as well. It was sort of a given in our house that at a certain hour, we turned off the English language programs and watched Spanish language TV.
The tour was fun and interesting. We got to see how sets were built and then taken down and rebuilt again. We got to see the prop room, editing room and learned how music gets added into the shows. We even got to watch a novela scene about to be filmed. That was really cool.
After the tour we went back to the hotel, had lunch, then got ready for the Latin Billboard Awards. I have to thank Libby from Being Latino who rocked out my hair with her fantastic flat iron. I so need to get myself a flat iron. I think I rocked the straight hair!
When we got to the awards, we were first seated in the bleachers but it was hot and noisy. I opted to stay there because I could sit. I never wear heels and when I do, they are always low heels but I just can't wear them anymore. We got to see some celebs arrive then the fans got a little too out of control and almost pushed us off the bleachers. Luckily, we were moved to the secondary red carpet where we could sit or take pictures if we wanted.
That was so much better. Some of the bloggers have sites that deal exclusively with celebrity news so it was wonderful for them to have the access. Since my blog is not that type of blog, it was cool for me to sit back and watch the whole spectacle. I could so do more red carpets!! I even got some great pictures of Gloria and my Marc Anthony!! I love love love love love Marc Anthony!
We went into the show that was actually really good. What a difference it is to be there live instead of watching on TV. Like I said, the set was amazing, the lighting was great and the music was even better. I could not believe Emmannel was there. I loved Emmanuel's music decades ago and it was great to see him still alive and singing. Mana was great. I discovered a new band, Camila. Don Omar had me dancing in my seat and Marc Anthony killed it with that fantabulous voice of his.
We were supposed to attend the after-party but when we got to the area to enter it was jammed packed full of people. We could not get in. People were pushing and shoving and being crazy. In the end, we had to decide whether to try and go in or go back to the hotel. Some of us stayed and some of us went back. I cannot stand crowds and it was hot and humid. I opted to go back especially since we weren't sure we could get in and I had to get up early, pack and get to the airport in the morning.
Did I miss missing the after-party? Not really. I was actually glad to get back to that fabulous Mondrian bed and sleep a few hours before going home. I slept like a baby!!
The next morning, I got up (way too early) and took a cab to the hotel. The flight was uneventful, which is always a good thing. I got a little sleep and, for once, I had no issues at any airports. My bag made it to Asheville. My car was still there and the drive home was easy peasy and I was glad to be home.
I had a wonderful time and Telemundo and NMS did a great job with the event. As always, it was a fantastic learning experience. It was great to see my friend Migdalia. It was also great to meet new bloggers and hang out in Miami. I wish I would have had more time in Miami to see my friends who still live there. Hopefully, one day Tom and I will return and do a vacay there and see everyone. It seems every time I go, it's for an event that I don't have time to enjoy my adopted home town.
It's now back to the real world. I am going to be so busy with work these coming months. It is our busy season. I have 2 events to plan and the usual work stuff as well. Oh how I wish I could win the lottery!!