Friday, May 23, 2008

Rolling Stones

I've never really been a fan of the Stones, but somehow they've been with me my whole life. The song 'I miss you' is one of my favorites though. When I saw the Stones shirt in an Indonesian mall, I immediatly bought it. It reminded me of the shirt I had when I was about ten years old. A short search through my picture collection, led me to the picture here. Was doing my usual routine of dancing in the living room (which I still do, from time to time).. And my trademark at that time; the propellor ponytail on top of my head hehe...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Daily trainride - and a whole lot of music!

Every day while riding the train from Amsterdam to Hilversum, this is my view - unfortunately not always as sunny... The music on my I-Pod always completes the picture - if I'm not chatting away with my colleague Maike. Thought I'd share with my newest musical addictions:

Tompi - My happy life (Indonesian jazz. This guy has a great voice! And I don't quickly say this hehe I am completely hooked. Oh and he's actually a surgeon)

Madonna - Hard candy (She still does it! 'Heartbeat' and 'Miles' away are great and getting better as I am playing them more often. Can't wait to hear them in friend Polly's BMW, where the music just soars around you)

Jamie Lidell - Jim (Oldfashioned soul. Makes you want to sing along out loud, even while waking outside. Very funky songs and very tender ones)

Erykah Badu - The New Amerykah (Badu's newest thing. A bit conceptual from time to time - which always goes over my head - but it's sure nice that Badu is back!)

Kurt Elling - Body and Soul (This is just one song I particularly like. Kurt is a great singer, his voice is dark and light at the same time. He sings continuously for about ten minutes on the chords of the original jazz standard. Below I'm pasting Natur boy, especially for my brother Lennart, who did a great version of his own a while a go)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

World keeps on turnin'

It's amazing how daily lives just goes on, while at the end other end of this world people loose all their loved ones and everything they own. All we can do is stand by and watch.. And send money for aid and hope the government is willing to accept it and use it to do good.

Well, at least we CAN watch what's going on in Burma, because of the courageous journalists working for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) who never seize to do their jobs. Let's never stop objecting to wrongdoings in this world!

Go check out DVB on http// or on their YouTube channel,

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Peace & quiet in the heart of Amsterdam

Even though I have not had much time to enjoy it (since I was busy selling stuff on queensday, check out Nam Jai or my family blog), Amsterdam has a lot of blissful beauty to offer. This is already proven by the view from my balcony, but I would like to take this opportunity to also share with you: a frog. This example is but one of the many inhabitants of the pond in my mom's (enormous) backyard. Hooray for Amsterdam!