Internship, Sweet revenge & Books

Dear reader,

It’s been a while since I last ‘spoke’ to you, so let’s get started.

I got myself an internship at RTL Boulevard, the biggest showbiz television programme in Holland. I got it and I threw it away again. The work was great and the team I worked with was amazing. For years I said I wanted to work there, but sadly, it didn’t work for me. So now I’ve gotten myself a new internship at the local newspaper and in the first week I’ve already made it to the front page!

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Maxx and I are still doing the Smaxx-Project. Today I gave her our book for March, and let’s say it was very shiny. Let’s say I got my sweet revenge as she has given me five books filled with confetti. Thanks Maxx.

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I am changing my reading routine. I always picked a book at random and started reading. From now on I’m going to do that differently. From now on I’m reading my books from A to Z as I’ve got way to many books that I haven’t read yet. So, starting this week with our new Smaxx book and then it on to my shelves, starting with The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom.

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Also, I went to see James Arthur in concert in Amsterdam, but it got cancelled last minute. Not kidding. Five minutes before opening the venue they showed up with these posters telling us that James was sick and that the concert was moved to April 14th.

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Oh and by the way.. This clock is now mine. How cool is it?!

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Much love,

Sam

New year’s resolutions

Dear reader,

Everyone has them, some even complete them. I never come up with them, because I know I won’t stick to them. But I am going to try anyway.

My goals for 2014 are to become healthy; both mentally and physically.
I want to become mentally strong. I want to get my diploma.
End my internship with a lot of good memories, experiences and friends.
I want to do Kermis FM again and find myself a proper job.

I want to visit more concerts. Discover more artists.

I want to read as many books as I can and I will allow myself to read one book that I’ve already read before, every two months. I am going to keep up with The Smaxx Project with Maxx.

I will try to blog more. I am going to continue my Song Of The Week. And I am going to try everything that comes to me.

So as far as resolutions go, this are mine. Now let’s hope I can make it all happen.

Much love,

Sam

AmsterDAMN THAT WAS AMAZING!

I know, cheesy title, but I don’t care!

So last Tuesday I went to Amsterdam with a friend for 30 Seconds To Mars’ concert at the Ziggo Dome. And I can tell you, it was one hell of a ride. [FYI: If you want to see a bigger version of the picture, click on it. But it opens in the same page]

We arrived in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon after school. We met on Central Station, took the tube to Waterloo square and it all started there. We knew where the hotel was located, but we didn’t actually know how to get there. So we were standing on a square, asking people for directions, but no one could help us. After about five minutes there was someone who actually knew where we were and where we had to go, and it turned out we were looking for the square we were already on.

He told us where we had to go from there until we got lost again. That’s when we met a very friendly lady who guided us to the hotel. So after about half an hour we finally got there. The hotel lady thought we were Canadian, she told us the room was already paid for (that’s very nice to hear) and then she explained us where to find our room.

It turned out we had a balcony, a (VERY) smelly bathroom, a shared toilet where your knees would touch the door, we had one bed with a mattress that sunk in when you sat on it and a TV with one very bright light on it.

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The next day, our alarm went off at half past six. We got ready and left for the venue around half past seven. You think we were early? There were already four people there! So Amanda and I got our numbers, sat in line and froze. It was so so sooooo cold!

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Something went wrong, the girl didn’t remember how to draw a five

At one o’clock, people from the venue came outside. “If you want to upgrade your ticket to an early entrance ticket, you can! Pay 60 euros and you can come in right now!” So you could literally buy yourself in. We didn’t, as we don’t have the money to do so.

It started raining at some point and the wind came up as well, so the line turned into one big puddle. So Amanda and I decided to go warm up and get a stool or something, so we wouldn’t have to sit on a wet plastic bag.

Doors opened at seven and we ended up on the second row, right behind a very tall girl and a girl with a hat. *Thumbs up*

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But the rain, the wind, the tall girl, the cold and the pushing crowd couldn’t ruin our night. This show was perfect. Absolutely amazing! Jared sounded good, the show was incredible and there were even acrobats! And like I mentioned in my last post: No concert post is complete without the crappy videos. Even though these aren’t even that crappy.

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He even did some talking!
Before this song:
End of all days Sorry about the zooming!

And off course my favorite song:
Do or die During which he runs around with the flag of the country he’s in

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There were even big balls filled with confetti!

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There are more HQ pictures on THIS website.

Imagine Dragons @ Melkweg, Amsterdam

Dear reader,

It’s as clear as anything that I absolutely love music. The best thing about music, is the concerts. And last night I went to Imagine Dragons in Amsterdam with a friend. Let me tell you, it was A-MA-ZING!

I arrived at the venue around half past two, so I was quite early. Number 13 in line to be exact. So I got to know some girls and we talked and talked. And at one point, a few band members came out of the venue.

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Wayne Sermon, guitar player Imagine Dragons

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Drummer of the support act (We actually thought he was the Dan Reynolds (Singer of the Imagine Dragons))
I did get to meet the singer, but unfortunately he didn’t have time to take a picture. But he was really nice and really really tall!

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Ben McKee, bass player of the Imagine Dragons

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Dan Croll, support act (He was amazing!)

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And off course, no concertpost is complete without a crappy video. I even think my phone made the speed go up? haha

In the end I even caught the towel that belonged to one of the band members and now I have absolutely no idea what to do with it..
Oh well.

If you ever get the chance to go see the Imagine Dragons, then DO IT! Don’t hesitate, just GO!

Much love,

Sam

I love… – List number four

Can I please start this blogpost by saying sorry? I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything lately. I’ve been busy; my job at the beach, my 21st birthday and my sick dog. Especially the last one has taken my mind off of blogging. My buddy turned seven on Tuesday the 14th. The same day as I turned 21.

He’s got cancer in his longs. So he’s not breathing very well and he doesn’t really want to eat either. He’s still alive, but I don’t think it’ll take long for him to go. So, sorry for taking some time off.

To start again, I’ve prepared a list of things I love. It’s a small one, but still.

 

I love…

The beach – The wind in your hair, the smell of the sea, sand between your toes. Lovely.

Fruit – You can wake me up for fruit, definitely. Some of them are even good for my moods.

Music – Every mood has its own song or artist. It can either calm me down or make me happy.

My dog – The way his ears move when he’s drinking, the way he sometimes winks at me or when he’s playing and barking.

Friends – Where would you be without them?

Books – I love to escape to a whole other world that doesn’t even really exists.

Concerts – Sing as loud as you can and have fun with your favourite band!

 

Much love,

Sam

Facts about me – List number three

This is not really a list about a special topic like fears and artists. This list contains just random facts about me that most likely will come back in other lists as well.

Fact 1 – Strawberries are good for my mood. I don’t know if it works with any type of fruit, but when I feel down or cranky, just give me some strawberries. It’s like the sun in side of me starts shining again. So give me strawberries and you get a happy Sam in return.

Fact 2 – One thing I fear the most are spiders. When I see one I get goose bumps all over my body, I start to sweat and my eyes get teary. Horrible.

Fact 3 – When I die, I want to be buried. I don’t want to be cremated or anything, just buried. I want a nice stone, preferably heart shaped.

Fact 4 – I am a massive Potterhead. I love Harry Potter. The movies, the books, everything. I would love to go to the studios and the theme park. Who is willing to accompany me?

Fact 5 – I love writing. I always bring some pen and paper with me, where ever I go. Luckily we’ve got phones nowadays, so if I forget my pen and paper, it’s not really a problem anymore. But I do this ever since I was a kid. Even in my early days I used to come up with little stories about nothing and everything.

Fact 6 – I love music. I listen to it all the time and I love buying CDs. I don’t download online, I sometimes even rip it off of YouTube. But if I really like an artist, I buy the album. There’s a song or artist for every mood.

Fact 7 – Reading helps me escape from the real world. I love the way you can visit a whole other world, just by turning the page. A world that’s yours and where you won’t be disturbed.

Fact 8 – Visiting concerts is the best way for me to get rid of any bad emotions. Just sing along to the songs, dance and have a good time. It keeps me going for a while.

Fact 9 – I stand up for myself and my friends. If I don’t like what someone says about me or my friends, I’ll say something about it. I’m not just a puppet on a string you can just play with.

Fact 10 – I can’t stand it when people are late or when they don’t keep a promise.

Fact 11 – I don’t call people friends just like that. It’s takes a while. In the meantime, you’ll just be someone I know.

Fact 12 – I am very easily distracted.

Fact 13 – I love my bed. We have a very good relationship.

Fact 14 – I have two brothers and a dog. My father is my neighbour.

Fact 15 – I cry very easily. When someone’s crying on TV, or when I’m reading a story. Even if it’s a good audition on some kind of talent show.

Fact 16 – One day I want to publish a book.

So, how does it feel to get to know me a little bit better?

Much love,

Sam

Canoeing, a weird bus driver and Simmerdeis

Last weekend was Simmerdeis. It’s a festival in Drachten and one of my favourite bands were playing, so a friend came over for the weekend. As we were checking out the festival on Saturday, we noticed everything was really expensive, so we decided to do some shopping before we’d come back the next day. But, every shop in Drachten is closed on a Sunday. We therefore went to Groningen to get some food.

After we got food and wine, we took the bus back home. And our view at the traffic lights was great. There were people canoeing and there was this lady that fell out of her boat. So she tried to climb back into it, but she just couldn’t. It was really sad to see that none of her friends were helping her, but it was so absolutely funny. Poor woman, I’ll never forget her.

At one point during our journey, a guy came into the bus and showed the bus driver his ticket. He was a foreigner and he obviously didn’t have the right ticket. I guess he had a train ticket, as the lady went like “Does this look like a train to you?” She made a weird move with her arms when she said it and the worst thing was that she said it in Dutch, as it was clear that the guy didn’t speak Dutch.
The bus driver then said to him that he had to buy a ticket for the bus. But he had some sort of pass with him and he tried to check in, but it wasn’t working. Maybe he had the wrong pass or there wasn’t enough money on it, I don’t know. But the lady went on; “Toot toot, not good.” And as the guy tried to check in multiple times, the bus driver kept saying “Toot toot, not good”. So the guy left the bus and mumbled she was weird and the lady behind the wheels started shouting at him.

Why was she acting like that? I mean, obviously he’s not known with this system, but he is trying. So give the guy some credit for that and help him instead of making a fool out of him. Some people…

The festival was great. It started off with a nice sun, us laying on the grass trying to get a tan. But then the clouds came and it got cold. We stayed on the grass and we even fell asleep for a bit.
Around half past six we saw Kensington arriving at the festival and immediately the clouds disappeared and the sun came back. It got hot again and it stayed like that for the rest of the evening, it was like a miracle. The band had brought the sun with them.

We lay on the grass, waiting for the hour to pass by and when time finally got there, we went to the stage and got ourselves a front row spot. Perfect to take some photo’s. (Some as in about three hundred.) It was a good gig, we had fun, the boys were doing their jobs and I got a drumstick which you can stake people with as it’s broken. The drummer signed it, I got a picture with the entire band, my life was made at that moment.

After the mini signing, me and my friend sat down and had a nice talk with the singer/guitar player. We talked about the gig and I asked him if he’d enjoyed it as he wasn’t smiling so much. He admitted that he preferred touring over festivals and I do understand that. When you’re touring, you are sure people are coming just for you and your songs. They know your music and they will sing along. But when you’re playing at a festival, people might not know you and your work. They might not even like you. It is a good thing to play at festivals, because you can show people what you do and you might get new fans, but I guess it might not be as good as a normal gig.

It was a nice talk, we had a laugh and I promised to go see them in Rotterdam this September and maybe even some more places. We’ll just have to see if my wallet can handle that.

Much love,

Sam