Archive for April, 2010

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hilarious ellen

April 29, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Why do people think Germans love David Hasselhoff??? 😉

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That’s Art V: Hundertwasser

April 29, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Last week Maya introduced our Art Week  and I don’t want to miss introducing my favorite artist “Hunderwasser”. The first time I heard of him was when visiting Vienna a few years ago. I remember that I was totally  impressed by the Hunderwasser House. The idea of uneven floors and a roof covered with earth and grass and large trees growing from the inside of the house is just awesome. I like the way that he was trying to connect humans with the nature and most of all that he was rejecting straight lines. You’ll notice that none of his paintings will have “devil’s tools” (Hunderwasser used to call straight lines devil’s tools) .  And that’s what I like about him. You can so easily reflect life with his paintings and his architectural designs. Life is not a straight line, it offers you so many surprises…ok, Hundertwasser is often considered to be a phantastic surrealist, too, but his work stands out in many ways. The bright colors he was using always bring me in a good mood 😉 and honestly I would love to live in one of his architectural buildings.

Only those who think and live creatively will survive in this life and beyond

Just a few facts on Hundertwasser: Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was born as Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna in 1928 and became one of Austrian’s best known painters and architects. However  Hundertwasser always considered New Zealand as his official home, and no matter where he went in the world, his watch was always set to New Zealand time.

– Kunsthaus in Vienna – Grüne Zitadelle in Magdeburg – Hundertwasser facade in Plochingen – Quixote Winery in Napa Valley – House Waldspirale in Darmstadt – Thermal power plant in Vienna – Residential building at Bad Soden am Taunus – Roof garden of a Kindergarten in Frankfurt…

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Made in Italy ~ by Coccinelle

April 28, 2010

by Maya


My inner shopping goddess and bagaholic was ecstatic with joy when I recently realized that Coccinelle finally started their own online shop. Along with Furla, Coccinelle is one of my favourite accessory brands. And now there is a direct way to this Italian leather heaven.

Needless to say, the quality of their bags is superb. I learned this the hard way. Some months ago I had a particularly nasty accident involving my burgundy goatskin Coccinelle hobo bag, a leaking shampoo bottle and a suitcase. I nearly died of a heart attack when I saw that utter mess. (Maybe that’s the exact reason why you shouldn’t spend so much money on single items of clothing or accessories if your name is not Paris Hilton. But I’m a girl. Who needs reason?) I really had to soak the bag in water to get rid of suds. And what can I say? It is still perfect. Yep, this is what I call “Made in Italy”.

PS: wait for end of season sale.

Shop at: www.coccinelle.com

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So what happens when a volcano in Iceland decides to blow it’s top?

April 28, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Airline traffic across the globe is affected as well as most of the travelers across the world including myself being stuck in Bangkok… It was my first stopover in Asia and I have to say that this country is completely different to all other places I have seen so far. There are a lot of things you can do in Bangkok …sightseeing, eating really weird things or just relaxing.

Well my first stop was at Lumpini Night Market (6pm-11pm) which is a really cute market and my first lesson was learning how to bargain which is very easy.  Another market you have to see is Chatuchak Weekend Market. It is a huge market which has nearly everything you could ever wish to buy and many things that you would never want to. I can only recommend going early in the day as the market gets very hot and humid during the day. No A/C at all 😉  I was dying.

MBK is another must visit. It’s a 6 floors shopping mall which you have to see.  Just keep in mind that most of the stuff is fake. On the 5th floor there is a really great food court  – it’s cheap and yummy.

Sights you have to see are the Golden Mountain, The Grand Palace and Wat Pho with an enormous reclining Buddha. Don’t get confused when locals claim that the Grand Palace is closed for the day and offer you to take you elsewhere to see other sites. It’s a trap. The Grand Palace is always open.         If you want to get a glimpse of the old-style Bangkok canal side life hire one of the long tail boats. And don’t miss Khao San Road which is very popular with locals, backpackers and art students.

If you like Thai cuisine I can recommend “Ban Chiang”, they have excellent Thai food. The Banyan Tree Hotel has a rooftop bar where you can finish your day with a cocktail.

Something else you should keep in mind is to always ask the taxi driver about the meter. 😉

There are still places I have not seen yet and hopefully next time I’ll be able to .

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REPLACE WHY WITH FUNNY_DEAR READER

April 27, 2010

by Kaede

Here is another wonderful piece of music. My friend and I have been listening to the album by Dear Reader for several months now, and still we love it. Lately I took a glance at the lyrics and noticed that most songs are about a broken relationship. I didn‘t notice earlier because I do not listen to lyrics very carefully, so I have to admit that the singer could sing about washing the dishes, I wouldn‘t care at all if the music is thrilling.

I think this music is adorable, although it is not surprising at all that the songs are about love. But if you ever had a broken heart, you should know well that pain is extremely inspiring! I guess that means that good songwriters must have gone through at lot!?!

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The French in Me II

April 26, 2010

by Maya


Hello and unhappy Monday.  It’s raining in this part of the world so I am perfectly miserable. Today I have some interesting reading material for you. You surely remember my “The French in Me” post from last week and recently I found this Harper’s Bazaar article that complements some of my ideas of French style.

“Stealing French Style” was written by Tom Hank’s wife Rita Wilson, who was spending a summer in Paris while her husband filmed the Da Vinci Code there. And like the rest of us, she was eager to uncover the secrets of French chic. You simply have to read this. It is positively hilarious. She is so funny, I was sitting in front of my pc, laughing my head off. Enjoy!

PS: the picture above is not the article, just something fun I found on the net. Please click this link if you want to read the actual article.

 

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-articles/steal-french-style-0506

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When I run in the Dark ~ Bat for Lashes “Daniel”

April 24, 2010

by Maya


Happy Saturday everyone. Last week I had to go on a short business trip and sometimes I love to get out of the office and see the world beyond my desk and pc. But then you are stuck in a traffic jam and start hating everyone and everything. But it was a great opportunity to finally really listen to some music in my car. Among it was “Two Suns”, Bat for Lashes’ second record. (Big thank you to GH for introducing me to them.)

I totally fell in love with “Daniel”. It is so dark and haunting. There is nothing that I do not like about this song: the intro, the  lyrics, Natasha Khan’s rich, deep voice.

You should definitely check out the record.

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