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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Acrobats!

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

Musical post

Dear reader,

I. Love. Music. So here are a few of my favorites. Click on the name of the artist or band to see a music video.

Favorite Dutch Band: KENSINGTON
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Favorite Foreign Band: 30 Seconds to Mars
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Favorite Dutch Solo Artist: Jamai Loman
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Favorite Foreign Solo Artist: Adam Lambert
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Favorite Girl Band: Little Mix
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Favorite Boy Band: One Direction
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Favorite Male Singer: James Arthur
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Favorite Female Singer: Lucy Spraggan
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Favorite Happy Song: Janet Devlin – Wonderful
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Favorite Sad Song: Demi Lovato – Warrior
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Favorite Energetic Song: Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
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I’m back!

Dear reader,

Too bad time goes by so fast. Only two months ago I signed myself up for Kermis FM. Ten days of radio and television live from the biggest carnival in the Benelux! And only six weeks ago I heard that I could be a part of this amazing event.

And now it’s all over. These ten days of broadcasting were amazing. I’ve met so many incredible people and I’ve learned so much. I had my debut as a radio producer, I did some camera work, I reported live from a few rides and I’ve had the best two weeks of my summer holiday!

I want to thank everyone of Kermis FM for letting me experience all of this. I can’t wait to see you all soon.

Hopefully I will see you all next year!

Much love,

Sam

A massive black hole

Dear reader,

Have you ever had the feeling of living in a black hole? Doing your daily job as if you’re a robot? I’m going through it, right now. Let me explain.

Here in Holland we’ve got Serious Request. It’s a charity event that goes on for an entire week. Three radio DJs enter a glass house and will not eat for a week. People can ask them to play a song, but they have to pay money. And in the end, all the money will go to a good cause.
This year, the Glass House was in the city where I’m doing my internship. And no, that is certainly not a coincidence, I promise. The money that was going to be raised will go to the Red Cross. They make sure that there will be more hospitals, pregnant women will get a mama-package which helps them to give birth safely and much more.

For my internship I was on top of this event. I went to the Glass House every day to report it. I did interviews, I spoke to people who raised money by setting up their own events. It was amazing, really! I got to do so much fun stuff. Trust me when I say it was the best week of my life.

But then it ends. They raised over 12 million euro’s, which is amazing! The highest amount in 9 years! But still.. it’s ended. The house will be torn down, everything will ease down, people will get back to their day jobs. So do I. I’m back in the office. And don’t get me wrong, I love my internship. I like the work I’m doing every day. But it’s back to basic again, and it feels empty.

It was so nice on the market with the Glass House and all the nice people and good music. And now I’m sitting behind a computer again, typing my way through the day. It’s like I need to get used to it again. And I’m sad about it.
My internship isn’t exciting anymore. I need to get that spark back and enjoy it again. But right now, I don’t really know where to look for it. Cause all I see is this massive black hole and I can’t find the signs that will lead me to the exit.

Much love,

Sam.

PS: Happy new year ❤