Archive for May, 2011

Prince concert in Oslo!!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

YESSSSSS!!! Finally I will see Prince live in concert again, yihaaaa!! πŸ˜‰

I wasn’t able to go on several occasions last year (in Norway and NL) and even this year (North Sea Jazz Festival in NL which coincides with Pohoda), but today a new opportunity came in: Prince comes to Oslo on July 23 and…I HAVE TICKETS!!! (thx Ink for the tip!!)

W00t, I am SOOOO looking forward to see the ‘skinny motherfucker with the high pitch voice’ / ‘His Royal Badness’…it’s gonna be GOOD!!

Trapped in an iPhone

Monday, May 30th, 2011

It is amazing to realize and see what can be accomplished by one talented guy with some iPhone 4s. Check out the video from Ronen V below (direct link here), it’s truly amazing! (oh, and it gets especially good towards the end, so keep watching! πŸ˜‰ )

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Movies this weekend

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

I took the opportunity this weekend to watch an interesting mixture of movies; The Emperor’s New Groove (I *love* animation movies!), Paranormal Activity (not one to watch all alone, actually πŸ˜‰ ) and Black Book (Zwartboek). Especially the latter was friggin’ BRILLIANT!! Great picture shots, an interesting storyline and, well, Carice van Houten, *gorgeous* and WHAT an actress! πŸ˜‰

Champions League final

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

I didn’t think I would have the chance to see (part of) the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United tonight, but the TV was on at Ingrid’s Birthday party, so I saw Barcelona win the Cup with a 3-1 victory.
Based on the play shown this whole year, I’d say that Barcelona is indeed the rightful winner, their game (aka. Tiki Taka) has been from a different planet…but it would have been a nice farewell gift for Edwin van der Sar, the Dutch goalie from Man.Utd., who played his last and final match tonight…40 years old and exactly 100 matches in the Champions League, he has had an amazing career! I saw him play once, in his very last match in the national team, Norway-NL, two years ago! πŸ˜‰

TGIF, Song of the Day: Insomnia

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I have a weekend of ‘me’-time ahead of me…my choice for tonight: to sleep or not to sleep? Well, haha, let *this* song be the answer…TGIF, y’all yay!! πŸ˜‰

Faithless with Insomnia, I CAN’T sit still when this one plays…so, feet of the ground and DANCE!!! (oh, and the real fun starts at 2m18s into the clip, Njoy!!) πŸ˜‰

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A house full of girls! ;)

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

This weekend we will have a house full of girls; six of Kissy’s ‘tourism school’ girlfriends are coming over for their yearly ‘girl’s weekend’…instead of living every man’s dream (uhh, really?) and spend the weekend *with* them, I *won’t* be there; hehe, been kicked out of the house for the weekend, damn! πŸ˜‰
Oh well, some ‘me’-time is something I look forward to actually, so no worries, I will survive!

QOTD May 25 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Roy Croft: “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”

Time Management is the key!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There you have it: time management, the key to success!! πŸ˜‰

More of these comics can be found on xkcd.com.

(thx @Eduard MΓΆllenkamp for posting this one on FB πŸ˜‰ )

QOTD May 23 2011

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Jeff Mallett: “Do what you love, love what you do, leave the world a better place and don’t pick your nose.”

Mushy Toast

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Oof, today was not my most active of active days; an intense ‘low-on-sleep’ week with the Bulls Eye training exam and the trip to NL this weekend took its toll; I felt like mushy toast today! πŸ˜‰ (I guess that the drinking at yesterday’s BBQ contributed somewhat, hehe).

Oh well, it helps that the week was overall very successful; I nailed the Bulls Eye exam, the ultrasound in NL on Friday showed us a perfectly healthy baby, we found a very nice Joolz pram together with my parents on Saturday, the BBQ was splendid thx to the terrific weather and a great group of friends, and we managed to come home today while we were flying on standby and all AMS-OSL flights were overbooked (thx to the KLM cockpit crew Michel & Frans who allowed me on the Embrear E-190 jumpseat in theΒ  cockpit, a very nice experience!)

Oh, and I, the guy living in Norway, became Foursquare mayor of my favorite bar ‘De Paap’ last night, haha, truly crazy when you think about that! πŸ˜‰

Yeah, it *was* a crazy week and I feel that ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ sums it up! This Prince song was the only thing missing this weekend, we asked for it lasted night in De Paap, but it never came, so…here it is, enjoy!

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BBQ at Kijkduin Beach

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The contrast could almost not be bigger; I spend the morning buying a pram (found one and really happy btw. πŸ˜‰ ), and enjoyed a terrific afternoon/evening on Kijkduin beach! πŸ˜‰
With the amazing weather on our side and a brilliant sunset, the BBQ was a huge success…uhh, the beer/wine helped too I guess πŸ˜‰ These moments define the love for life!

Blog no evil?!?

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The three wise monkeys have a brother, living in today’s world! πŸ˜‰

QOTD May 19 2011

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Mary S. Calderone: “I truly feel that there are as many ways of loving as there are people in the world and as there are days in the life of those people.”

Gold in Bullseye

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Today was exam day for the ‘Bulls Eye’ Sales training that I’ve had during the last months. The extra preparations done yesterday instead of partying paid of: I reached the ‘GOLD’ level!!

Very happy about that!

Gratulerer med dagen Norge!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Norway celebrates its Constitution today, May 17 (β€˜syttende maiβ€˜), and the whole country is partying: GRATULERER MED DAGEN!!

Besides the drinking, one of the main activities of the day πŸ˜‰ , the norwegians give the celebration a quite nice touch; everyone dresses up! Most will wear a Bunad, the traditional clothing, and if you don’t have one, then your best suit or dress will do too…truly great to see everyone on the street wearing the best clothes they have! (and so totally opposite to the somewhat clownish Queensday in NL…)

I can’t do too much partying unfortunately, since I have an exam tomorrow to prepare for… πŸ™ the one setting the exam date can’t have been Norwegian…

(and indeed, he is Danish; a sweet revengeΒ  for the fact the Norway became independent from Denmark on…May 17 1814, the origin of this day!! πŸ˜‰ )

Rocking Moose

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Our friends Per & Ingrid gave us an amazing present (actually, it is a present for the baby! πŸ˜‰ ).

Guess what? It is a…rocking MOOSE (in Dutch a ‘hobbel…uhhh…eland’ πŸ˜‰ ), the Norwegian variant of the well-known rocking horse…truly FAN-TAS-TIC, thx!!!

QOTD May 15 2011

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
Peter McWilliams: “Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it ‘the first law of personal growth’.”

Holmenkollstafetten 2011

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Today I participated in the Holmenkollstafetten again, the worlds biggest relay race! I ran the 1330m stage, hehe almost 3x last years distance! And trust me, without training it can nearly kill you (when you push yourself)!! πŸ˜‰
Check out the stagemap, I ran the 13th stage.
Anyway, the relay race is done now and none got killed, hehe…it was fun, and truly a team effort!!

TGIF, Song of the Day: Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Thank God It’s Friday y’all! Today’s Song of the Day is one of my favorite songs to unwind and literally fade out…perfectly matching my feeling after a busy week and a long night partying hard! πŸ˜‰

Radiohead with ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’…Njoy!!

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Company Teambuilding event 2011

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

As every year, we are having a company teambuilding event also this year. It takes place in Vettre, close to Oslo, and after a day of presentations and a so-called fishbowl discussion, we went to the Fram museum where we learned more about Roald Amundsen’s trip to the South Pole. He led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole exactly 100 years ago this year, so as half-Norwegian I can be proud of that! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we are now ready to start the party and since there is no better way to build a team than to party with them, you can find me on the dancefloor! (or at the bar! πŸ˜‰ )