Wednesday, 31 December 2008



I can't wait!!

Goodbye, 2008!

It's the last day of 2008 and thus the ideal moment to look back and look ahead.

It's been an incridible year and a huge turning point for me. I got to know so many new people and friends which led to all kinds of fascinating situations. Some people disappointed me, but most of them were truly amazing. I started writing for the music websites Digg* and Indiestyle, something I've always wanted to do. I had the time of my life at superb festivals, gigs and parties. I made lovely travels to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Lisbon. Really, there's no way I would like to have skipped this year. Let's hope 2009 will be as interesting and satisfying.

I started 2008 with one single resolution: "no resolutions this year". It turned out quite well - no disappointment and all, you know. On the other hand, I reckon it's a bit too easy. That's why I decided to pick up the resolutions tradition again for the upcoming year. Here's my list:

- make something better of my badminton serve
- learn to think (twice) before acting
- figure out what I really want and don't want
- more travelling
- show the important people that I love them
- put all my effort in what I love doing so I can make something out of it
- discover more great music
- write a proper Bachelor paper and finish my Bachelor grade
- try not to hurt people

Have you, my dear readers, made any resolutions?

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

2008 Lists: gigs top 10 and favourite songs

These were the 10 gigs I enjoyed most during the past year (all three Sigur Rós gigs I've been to this year should've been in the list, but I've decided to only mention one gig per artist):

1.Sigur Rós
2.Manic Street Preachers, Pukkelpop
3.Editors, AB
4.Babyshambles, AB
5.Travis, AB
6.Luka Bloom, Botanique
7.Infadels, Botanique
8.Radiohead, Werchter
9.Jamie Lidell, Botanique

10.Kings of Leon, Pukkelpop

These were my favourite songs of 2008 (in no particular order):

Blood Red Shoes – Say something, say anything
Bombay Bicycle Club – Evening/Morning
Coldplay – Viva la vida
Five O’Clock Heroes ft. Agyness Deyn – Who?
Goldfrapp – A&E
Glasvegas – Geraldine
Johnny Berlin - Four
The Kills – Hook and line
Kings of Leon – Sex on fire
MGMT – Kids
Oasis – The shock of the lightning
Oasis – I’m outta time
Port O’Brien – Close the lid
Red Light Company – With lights out
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
Sigur Rós – Fljótavik

The Sneakypeaks - A little bit red
Snow Patrol – Crack the shutters
The Verve – Love is noise
White Lies – Death

Wild Beasts – The devil’s crayon

Sunday, 28 December 2008

2008 Lists: album top 20 part 2

10. Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
9. Delays - Everything's the rush

8. MGMT - Oracular spectacular

7. The Feeling - Join with us

6. Kings of Leon - Only by the night

5. Oasis - Dig out your soul

4. Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

3. Jamie Lidell - Jim

2. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
1. Snow Patrol - A hundred million suns

You can read part 1 here.

Friday, 26 December 2008

I'll be the angel on your shoulder

Yesterday we had our family Christmas party, and it was cosy as ever. My grandma, my cousin Jana and two of my aunts arrived around noon. The rest of the afternoon was filled with good food (even a late birthday cake for me!) and an even better atmosphere. Of course I received many lovely presents, including heaps of cd's (Oasis, Kings of Leon, Cajun Dance Party...) and dvd's (Skins series, Control, Breakfast on Pluto...), make-up, The Travel Book (which makes me even more eager to go out and see every single possible place) and much more.

from left to right: my aunt Lut, my cousin Jana, me, my sister Iris, my mom

a bottle with Celebrations...I guess anything could get you drunk

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

A merry Christmas to all of you!

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

2008 Lists: album top 20 part 1

20. Five O'Clock Heroes - Speak your language

19. The Courteeners - St. Jude

18. Travis - Ode to J. Smith

17. Goldfrapp - Seventh tree

16. The Kills - Midnight boom
15. Supergrass – Diamond hoo ha

14. The Fratellis - Here we stand

13. Coldplay - Viva la vida or death and all his friends

12. Luka Bloom - Eleven songs

11. The Last Shadow Puppets - The age of the understatement

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Thank you

...for the many many birthday messages I got through cellphone texts/e-mails/facebook/phone calls/any other way! I love you all!!!

Most played (4)

1. Glasvegas - "Fuck you it's over" (I'm so addicted by this band lately)

2. White Lies - "Death" (by the way, am I the only one who thinks the singer looks a little like Ian Curtis?)

3. Lily Allen - "The Fear" (usually not a fan, but I like this song)

4. Chairlift - "Bruises"

5. James Morrisson ft. Nelly Furtado - "Broken strings"

Saturday, 20 December 2008

The Christmas Experience 2

For more Christmas atmosphere, the place to be is the centre of Brussels. Especially the Grand Place is just stunning with the Christmas decorations.