HAPPY Friday!

By Adinda

HAPPY Friday!
While I was living under a rock called ‘Mandarin Course’ I totally missed out on the hype about Pharrell Williams song ‘Happy’ on YouTube. It was only because of the ‘Pharrell-crying-at-Oprah’ video (maaaw) that went all over the internet, this hype for the song finally got my attention. Apparently people all over the world made their own video for the ‘Happy’ song, but literally all-over-the-world! Have you seen them? They’re so much fun to watch and it got me all excited (HAPPYYY) for the simple fact that it’s FRIDAY!

These 3 video’s are my favorite ones, but then again: there are soooo many video’s made by almost all countries (some I never heard of even) it’s mind blowing! :) HAPPY FRIDAY! xoAdinda.

#1 Australia (I think Australia should start it’s own model agency as a country cuz the amount of good looking people in this video is ridiculous)

#2 Vietnam (I LOVED the teacher dancing in the classroom, so funny…)

#3 Jamaica (literally everyone can dance in Jamaica!)

*photo from Betype

ey oh, let’s go! : festivals we NEED to crash

By Adinda

EH OH, LET'S GO! Festivals we need to crash
Dear friends! Summer is coming and this means festival season is knocking on our doors! I’m speaking with my European festival calendar in mind, but in some countries, festival season has already started! Aaah, the sweet memories of sweaty armpits, hair smelling like beer, sleeping in ice cold tents on a airless air bed, eating tons of junk food like you wear stretchy pants the rest of your life (umm hey, wait…), flirting with the guy from the sausage food car…

Yes, I admit: i’m not a big fan of Dutch festivals because of these things. I’m a bit of a spoiled brat when it comes down to showering at the end of a hot day, silence when I go to sleep and a nice comfy bed (djeez, looks like i’m 60 already!) BUT for some festivals I gladly want to make an exception.

Let’s look at my top 3 list of festivals I want to go to. I divided the list into 3 different posts, because I don’t want to go on for everrrrrr about my festival dreams in one post.

I have to admit: this list contains festivals that are very well known and (what some people would say) ‘something that was cool before but is sooo 1998 now’. But hey, I still want to go there!!

In random order this is the first festival on my top 3 list:

#1 Coachella | The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella Festival

Location: Indio, California, USA
Duration: an annual two weekend, three-day festival
Dress code: bohemian (think Free People), hipster and Pinterest worthy
Why we need to go here: well, where do I begin! First of all the general arrangements like the camping sites and the food options already make me want to go there just for that. You see: I’m from Holland. Generally Dutch festivals have nasty camping sites and bad (especially after two days or so) food. Now, i’m a foodie, I need good food and some sort of a good night sleep to be a nice person with manners. Well, Coachella looks very appealing, check this out:

Camping at Lake El Dorado:

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Cochella Festival

Cochella Festival

Camping in a Safari tent:

Cochella Festival

Cochella Festival

Cochella Festival
(Wait, what? Can I also life here please?)

Like that? Wait to you see the food:

Cochella Festival

Cochella Festival

Cochella Festival

Cochella Festival
Looking good right?!!!

In case you where thinking: “Well, that’s great but what about the line up?” That’s not all too bad either! This years line up includes: CHVRS, Brian Ferry, Beck, AFI, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding (!!!), Haim (!!!), the Glitch Mob, Lorde, Pharell Williams, MGMT, the Naked and Famous and many more! Awesome no?

AND they have special ‘Activities’ in case you want to do something else for a minute. My favorite ones:
- The Beauty Bar: this is the place to get FREE updos, blow drying etc from 8am to 3 pm
- Ferris Wheel: you and your sausage guy in the ferris wheel at sundown… uhuh
- Snowball fight: no really
- Dodgeball: just like the good old days (when I always was the first one out…) Time for revenge
- Yoga: FREE YOGA

When are we going? ;-)

So yeah, this was the first one. What do you think? Have you been to Coachella before? Stay tuned for the other two of my have-to-crash-SOON-festival-list!

xA

*cover photo by californiablues, edited by me, all other photos from Coachella website

TWPD: the 15th week of 2014

By Adinda

The 15th week of 2014
And here we are, arrived at another week in AAAAApril. Can you believe how time flew by this week? AND the fact that i’m already halfway in my three-month Mandarin course! Kinda feel pressured now, this means I have to speak fluent beginners Mandarin in less than 50 days…
HMKAY, my week looked like this:

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ I STUDIED, off course. I have chapters that my brain easily absorbs and chapters that my brain refuses to understand (Inner voice: wait, what? Is this Chinese? Looks Arab to me). I’m in the refusing stage now, so that’s not good. I’m trying to solve this concentration problem (hey look a puppyyyy!) with finding new places to study. Like this one for example, a nice terrace close to a tiny lake and a good coffee place. Taipei is nice to it’s student’s as you can see. ^^^

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ Oh! And let me introduce you to my new pride and joy: my new grocery shopping chart! Yeey! It saves me soooo much arm strength and wet arm pits not to carry all these bags of cat litter and tanks of water (no, we can not drink from the tap over here). So if you see a youngish looking granny walking down the street with a polka-dotted shopping chart: it would not be me because I can work this thing like Gisele Bundchen in a topless (!) bikini. ^^^

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ On Saturday I went to a secret cocktail bar called Ounce(“wait what?! Oh, i’m not supposed to put this online cuz than it’s not a secret anymore? Ok, ehmm, yeah, gotcha. ……”) Ounce is a bar located behind the walls of a normal, everyday looking coffee bar. When you go into the coffee bar you need to walk to the back and find a button hidden in one of the frames on the wall. Once you press the button, another wall will open and someone will lead you inside. Isn’t this the coolest?! The idea came from the Prohibition period of the 1920s in the United States. No one was allowed to drink alcohol in those days so people developed the “hidden speakeasy’s”. These speakeasy’s (this stands for the fact that you couldn’t speak loud to not get caught) were known for their intimate environments and amazing drinks. On the photo a great example of an amazing drink: the fluffy soufflé cocktail. ^^^

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ There’s no drink menu in Ounce. The bartenders will ask you what you like and they will prepare something special for you. There is a small snack menu though, the garlic fries are amaaaazing… ^^^

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ On Sunday we went to a dinner party of my Japanese classmates. They made traditional Japanese food for us like the one you see on the photo. It’s best to describe it like tiny pancakes filled with squid or cheese. Very tasty! I made these spring rolls, always a great party starter :) ^^^

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ Japanese mini pancakes! ^^^

The 15th week of 2014
^^^ Group shot! These are the folks at the party. Not all of them are from my class: some are plus-ones some are other friends. We had a great time though and so much food! ^^^

And that’s it! How was your week? xAdinda

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