Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Music all around

New York was as great as expected! Especially since there was music everywhere! The first night I went to look for it at the Blue Note, a place I couldn't miss. But Sunday I just bumped into different people singing and playing. What a city!

Jazz at the Blue Note Jazz cafe

Jazz at Washington Square Park

Mariah Carey's hero on the subway

Next backstreet boys?

Friday, March 20, 2009

New York, New York

I'm just excited, that's all... (and yeah, the Karaoke clip will not be used for demo purposes to boost my singing career :P)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jakarta, Jakarta

This city never ceases to amaze me. One minute streets are jampacked with cars, the next the water is knee-high. Boys jump in and start messing around. They help the bajaj drivers that get stuck by pushing them forward. Great!

Asia's crazy little things

As I have been blogging for Amnesty in Dutch, I have somewhat neglected this blog. This time I'll talk about some weird things that caught my eye here. Still in Bangkok, I noticed how all the schoolgirls in their uniforms wear belts. The skirts they wear (and pull up, to make them as short as possible) however do not have straps for the belts. How do they solve the problem of their belts moving up and down? Right, by attaching it with a big paperclip - you know, the ones you uses to bundle a big stack of documents... First, I thought it was just one girl being creative, but in fact its a movement! Being very quick one morning, I took a picture of this girl at the breakfast buffet.

And then two pictures taken at a Java Jazz Hotdog stand - Indonesians do it better, or at least bigger :P

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Korea is hot!

Today I learned that everything Korean is hot in Thailand; Korean food (kimchi mmm), funky clothes (and nice hairdo's) and of course, Korean music is the bomb here. This was nicely illustrated when we stumbled upon a crowd of screaming Thai girls this afternoon. Apparently Korean boyband Super Junior was performing, heavily sponsored by a Thai brand for talc powder. The skytrain station was packed as was the big square in front of Siam Paragon mall.

While we were having dinner nearby, girls came running past - yelling, with their camera's ready. Since I hardly ever see Thai running (a sign at the skytrain entrance actually tells you not to run for the train), it was quite an experience.

Super Junior

This song below has been haunting me everywhere. And guess what? It's Korean too!

Wonder girls

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Back in Bangkok

After another ten hour trip with little entertainment from KLM (I'm still reading 'What's the what' and spent my time writing, sleeping and listening to music), I arrived in Bangkok. Nothing changed. The streets are full of cars, the heat is all encompassing and the food smells amazing as ever. Must say that my hotel room is very nice - hopefully it will enable me to perform optimally during my three-day visit here. My view: