Friday, 2 January 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you've all started 2009 in a pleasant way. I did in fact kick it off in the best way possible - with good music, good food and lovely friends.

Poor Elke couldn't join us because she wasn't feeling well (it seems like she's making a habit of turning ill right before new years eve, I hope she can join us again next year), but we were still in good company. Karolien, her sister Elien, two of Eliens friends, Lisa and I were ready for a great night out!

We met up in Ghent around 8pm. At first, we headed off to a Chinese restaurant. It was a bit weird when they tried to saddle us with the (expensive!) New Year's menu without even asking us what we wanted to have, but we fixed that soon enough. I had Chinese shrimp soup and lamb with rice - it was delicious.

After figuring out which tram we had to take (and accidentally sending people to a wrong tram) we made our way to the Make Up Club, where Paul Gallagher (Oasis Liam and Noel's brother) was already getting everyone in the right mood with some really good rock 'n roll tunes. There was no countdown (except for our improvised one a couple of minutes after midnight), but that didn't stop us from having a good time. Sam-O from Studio Brussels and Eppo Janssen did some amazing dj-sets. We danced, sang and met a lot of nice people (including French guys with funny accents). It was fantastic! I'm not sure, but I think it was around 4am when Laston & Geo started their set. It was very dance-orientated, not really my thing, so we chilled out on the sofa's in the back of the club, where we had an amusing chat with Paul Gallagher. Paul - and about half an hour later the girls as well - took off, but I stayed for another two hours.

I spent the night at Peter's (Make Up organiser) place, where Paul was also staying over. After two hours of sleep, Paul woke everyone up by suddenly screaming "Peter you little fuck!". It was okay though, he made me some green tea he had imported from Japan ("because it's green tea that is green, not brown!"). After chatting a bit with Peter, me and Paul (who had to take the Eurostar back to London) catched our train to Brussels. I got back home around 3.30pm with the intention to do some studying for my exames, but I was still too exited because of the great party to concentrate on my books. (I did manage to study a lot today, so I guess that makes up for it!)

Anyhow, it was a great way to start the new year. Let's hope it's a good sign for the rest of the year! Here are some of my pictures:


  1. We wish you everything your heart desires and more. I hope you took some of the lines in our New Year's letter personally, because they did concern you. Continue partying with us in the new year!

    Much love from the entire "neon-team" :)
    - Gisèle

    PS: Paul is more than right: green tea is sacred. Tip your hat to green tea.