Halien of the Month: Don
Meet Don, hailing all the way from the Philippines. Don has been a Halien for 6 years, and even tells Haley that he loves her every day - for over 2,000 days in a row! Read more about Don below.
What part of the country/World do you live in?
I live in the Philippines, where Haley should also include in her next tour. Filipinos love her and we can’t wait to watch and hear her sing live, again! Hales, you should Keep Coming Back here!
What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
I eat a lot. And I eat it all. I always want to reward myself with new dishes from time to time. I also love to travel. I make sure I visit new places at least once a year. Loooong road trips are the best, too! Getting away from all the stress at work and taking a break is what I live for. The third is probably spending some time with my dog, Chichay. She’s turning 4 on 11th of September. She’s the best companion and I just love her! We always Hit The Ground Runnin and playing! Here she is after eating My Cake, sporting her ‘Arianna Grande’ inspired-look! She’s the best! 🐶 #LabOfMyLife
What do you do for a living?
I am a Nurse by profession. But for now, I am unemployed. I just got back from working in Saudi Arabia as a Site Nurse for 15 months. Now That I’m Here back in the PH, I want to explore more opportunities so I can be with my family and friends more. Work outside of the country is still an option, though. Europe would be nice! Fingers crossed!
Here’s a pic taken in my clinic on a Sunday Afternoon in Saudi Arabia right before my duty starts! #HappySunday
Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of Haley Reinhart?
Being a Halien is huge! And a fun one too! It feels good knowing that the person you support like Haley will never let you down. Her talent will not let you down. Her personality will not let you down. Haley Reinhart will not let you down! She always brings something new to the table that really excites all of her fans. I don’t mind getting stuck in this Spiderweb she has made.
Tell us about the first time you saw or heard Haley’s music? Where was it and what do you remember?
I first saw Haley back in September 2011 during their American Idol tour that was held here in the Philippines. Prior to the concert, they did a mall tour and I got the chance to meet her at Alabang Town Center near my workplace where I had my newly purchased Haley EP and Free posters that comes along with it signed by her. It was a great experience but I never had the chance to have a photo taken with her! The organizers of that event didn’t allow us to do that and told us to put our cameras in our pocket. Sucks, I know. I’ve come Undone! I remember, while I was waiting for my turn to meet Haley, I have rehearsed all the things I wanted to tell her. I wanted to tell her how proud I am of her and how thankful I am for everything and all that. But when I was already standing in front of her, everything just vanished. I literally forgot everything I rehearsed and can’t utter a single word. I swear her eyes were shining, her smile melted my heart and it was surreal! We shook hands and she said thanks to me over and over. When I realized that moments like those have a huge chance that it won’t ever happen again, I unashamedly asked her if I can get a hug. I think I asked her that thrice in 5 seconds lol. She didn’t answer so I took it as a yes! So what I did was I leaned over and actually hugged her!! Sorry Hales! 😊 Here’s the funny part. While I was hugging Haley, the girl behind her (Member of the crew, no idea who she was, I will post on twitter her pic when asked lol) pushed me really HARD on my shoulder and I was so shocked!! I was not really expecting it at all. It was that moment I feel like my life flashed before my eyes lol and she shouted ‘THAT IS NOT ALLOWED!’ looking so unhappy. Haha! And I was like, ‘whaaaaat the hell did I do?!’. I feel abused lol If by any chance you are reading this, I still can feel it in my shoulder, lady! I will find you..and I will……hug you! Hehe don’t worry. I will Behave next time. 😊
Here's a pic of me after purchasing Haley's EP and ze ticket for ze concert! #HappyHalien
How do you show your fandom for Haley?
Since I am from the Philippines, I can show most of my support for Haley through social media/ online. My twitter account is dedicated for her and I have joined a few Haley groups on Facebook. There I share Haley updates and thoughts with fellow Haliens. One of the things I do which I think is special is I started a daily tweet for Haley 6 years ago telling her that I love her.
Here’s Day 2 of my daily tweet to her back in 2011. (for some reason, I couldn’t retrieve Day 1 on Twitter.)
Fast forward to today, I am on Day 2061! Wow, how time flies!
I will never stop Hales!
I also support Haley by buying her music and telling the world about it! I am happy to be able to turn some of my friends into listening and obsessing to Haley songs!
What in your mind makes Haley Reinhart stand out from any other artist?
Haley is a total package. If we’re Talkin’ About what makes Haley stands out, you can always say it’s because of her God-given Talent. That reason alone is enough. Then you match it with that gorgeous angelic face, a perfect body and soul, a very colorful personality. No one comes close. You just Can’t Help Falling In Love with her every single day.
What currently is the most played song in your music library?
'The Letter' is currently holding the top spot followed by 'Baby It's You.' Wow, I didn't realize how much I have listened to these songs. They're awesome!
What’s your favorite song from Haley Reinhart and why?
This is a tough one. Not being biased but my appreciation for all of Haley’s music is huge. Especially the originals and the songs she personally wrote! I can’t really pick a personal fave since each song has it’s own strength and unique quality to it. Some delivers strong messages. Some inspires listeners. There is no Good or Bad, everything is just great.
What is your favorite album from Haley Reinhart and why?
Wow. I got stuck on this one. This was the last question I answered since I really don’t know which one is my favorite. Both ‘Listen Up!’ and ‘Better’ are very special and is very close to my heart. All the tracks on both album are strong and should be played everywhere. I will just say that both are my faves!!
I have yet to hear all of the songs from ‘What’s That Sound?’ since we still have to wait until the 22nd before the release. Are you ready for it? I am! 😊
Haley frequently collaborates with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox… what’s your favorite cover by the group and Haley so far and why?
Their cover of Britney’s hit, ‘Oops.. I Did It Again’. I don’t follow Britney and that song but Scott’s take on it is pure genius! And having Haley sing it is genius-er! Lol! I love it because you can hear all the things Haley can do to her voice. The growl, whistle, low and high register. How she can play with it and switches from one note to another. The intensity at the last part gets me all the time. Everything just worked out the way it should. Until now, I am still amazed with the arrangement and I feel like it’s always the first time hearing it. I LOVE all of their collabs though, the arrangements were all spot on. Thanks to Scott!
Haley voices the character of Bill on Netflix’s F is for Family? Did you ever picture Haley being the voice of a little boy?
No. Not at all. Hahaha but she is doing a reaaaaally good job!! She is hilarious!
What’s your favorite episode so far?
My favorite episode was when we get to hear Haley sing parts of Silent Night in the background. It was the last episode of Season 1. I was not really expecting they will play a Haley cover that time and that really got my full attention and had to stop and feel it. I hope they would release it soon. Or in Christmas season this year, perhaps?
Season 2 just premiered on Netflix, have you watched all the episodes already?
No, not yet. I’d love to see it soon, though. I know, I am the worst fan.
How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Twitter is the best platform to connect. And Haley is the main reason I use it. Haley has responded, retweeted and favourited my tweet a couple of times already. It’s actually nice to know that your favorite artist knows that you exist. 😀
What’s your favorite piece of Haley Reinhart memorabilia?
Oohh. The handwritten lyrics of ‘Show Me Your Moves’!!! (Sealed with a kiss that I kissed! 😋) her music video for that song was funded by all of her supporters and this was one of the perks you could get! Hand wrote by Haley herself. Awesome, right?
What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
I don’t like going to concerts unless it is Haley Reinhart. The first and last show was the Idols Tour back in 2011. It was their last show. I am hoping the next one would be the ‘What’s That Sound?’ Tour here in the Philippines. Is it possible??? Please make it happen! 😊
Here are some of the photos that I took during the Idols Tour.
How many times have you seen Haley Reinhart live?
Twice. :( during the Idol Tour back in 2011 and the mall tour prior to it where I was pushed lol. I hope to see her again soon! I am really hoping she could visit and perform here, again. Listen to what our hearts say, Hales!
Did you attend any shows on the Haley’s recent U.S. or European Tour? If so, which ones? Will you be attending any shows on her Fall 2017 What’s That Sound? Tour?
Sadly, No. I really hope I could!
What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
Well, the venue for their Idols Tour here in the PH is pretty far from my place. I had to take a bus, a jeepney and a train to get there. Las Piñas (my place) is in South and Cubao (the venue) is in North of Manila. It was totally worth it, though.
Tell us something about Haley Reinhart that a lot of other fans may not know?
Most fans, especially the amazing Haliens from the US, know more about Haley than me. They are my source of all the things happening. But I guess, one thing that I could share is, Haley Reinhart can rap! Yes! We know that she is a versatile singer/artist and she can pretty much do anything with her voice, all genres you name it! But did you know that she did the rap part (B.o.B.’s part) from her song ‘Oh My!’ back in 2012 for the Lollapalooza event in Chicago??? You have to check it out!!! Thanks to Tusk for always sharing awesome Haley videos!
If you could tell Haley Reinhart one thing, what would it be?
I have a lot to tell Haley. Please don’t limit me to only one. ;)
First of all, I want to greet you a Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you’re having a blast! I wish you all the success and all your wildest dreams be a reality! May you receive lots and lots of love and happiness simply because you deserve it. You are an inspiration to all of us and please continue to be! Thank you for showing and sharing your talent and life with us. It has been a wonderful ride since I started supporting you 6 years ago!
Here is one of my favorite quotes from you that has guided me through these years. This was from your interview with seventeen magazine covering your participation for ‘Girls Who Rock’ concert back in 2012.
It’s funny when I look back to the old me and see how much I have changed, in a good way, today. I know I am still in the progress of making myself the miracle I want to see. I’ll get there. I know it. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder!
‘What’s That Sound?’ is very special. I don’t know much about the 60’s but thank you for giving us a taste of that era through your wonderful music. I also grew up listening to The Beatles since my dad is an absolute fan! I always wake up to ‘Yesterday’, ‘Let it Be’ and ‘Hey Jude!’. The messages on your songs are an eye opener. The others just rock my world! Some puts me in Wonderland! And some just makes me wanna dance!
Keep creating music and inspiring a lot of people around the world. I will do my part as a Halien in spreading the word the best I can. I am always here for you. WE are always here for you. Thank you for not always forgetting about us and for being just the way you are to the people that you meet in your life. I really hope I could meet you again in one of your future shows. I am really looking forward to it. :)
Take care always Haley and stay sweet and loving to your family, friends and to us, Haliens. We won’t get tired of supporting you. Best of luck!! I love you!
Do you stay in touch with other Haliens? Tell us how your mutual fandom has helped you connect with others.
Yes! Both on Twitter and a group on Facebook called ‘Halienation’. Every single Halien is the best!! Something I am so happy to be a part of. We are in this Halien Spaceship all together going through this journey with Hales. Thank you guys for being so nice and the best!
Haley Reinhart is releasing What’s That Sound? soon… what track(s) are you most looking forward to hearing?
The originals!! She is a badass songwriter so I am confident those will kick ass! ‘Let’s Start’, ‘Somewhere in Between’ or ‘Bring the Love Back Home’, your pick, Hales!
Three tracks from What’s That Sound? Have been released so far… give your thoughts on both “Baby It’s You” “For What It’s Worth” & “The Letter”. Which track do you think will be released next?
‘Baby It’s You’ was my most favorite American Idol performance from Haley. She performed it during the Final Solo Round before they announce the Top 24. When I learned that it is going to be her next single for her third album ‘What’s That Sound?’, I was sooooo happy and excited. ‘The Letter’ is so catchy and you just can’t take it away from your head after your first listen. You won’t get tired of it even though the lyrics are repetitive. It was so easy to know the words so you’ll find yourself singing it over and over. ‘For What It’s Worth’ is a strong one. It is very timely and relevant and I’m pretty sure every generation can relate. It isn’t the usual type of song we hear here and there, but it carries a huge message and I hope people can hear that.
I’m not really sure what Haley will release next but I am really hoping it’d be one of her originals! Fingers crossed. 🤞🏻🤞🏻