Archive for May, 2009

oslo named host city for eurovision 2010

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Hot off the press: Oslo was named the host city for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest in 2010. The two semi-finals are now confirmed to take place on May 25 and 27, and the Grand Finals on May 29. Much later than usual but was necessary to not clash with the finals of the UEFA Champions League. The event venue is still to be decided between Oslo Spektrum (site of the 1996 ESC) and the new Telenor Arena in Fornebu. Telenor Arena FTW!

This is the third time Norway is hosting the hugely popular song contest, following the country’s victories in 1985 and 1995.

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fun 17th of may with friends

The day after Alexander Rybak’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Norway had another reason to celebrate as it was the country’s National Day, which is celebrated every 17th of May. 

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That Sunday was filled with sunshine, a farcry from last year’s wet one. Oslo was decked with the Norwegian colors of red, white and blue. The epicenter of celebration was along Karl Johan – the postcard pretty children’s parade led all the way to the Royal Palace where the royal family was waiting. Thousands of people came out in droves dressed in their best traditional costumes called bunad

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Fellow blogger Yed was still in town so he and his brother Emerson could experience this day of pride among Norwegians. Knut stayed at home to recuperate from the preparations and party the night before. We first met up with Neil and Arild. A few strides later we met with Mark, his visiting Filipino parents, and his partner. Then we moved on to the National Theater where we met up with Lucien and Enrico. From there, we decided to leave the city center and took Yed and Emerson to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norway’s most visited attraction. 

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Afterwards, Yed, Emerson and I went down to Aker Brygge where we would then take the Oslo Fjord Cruise from. I haven’t taken this 2-hour cruise around the islands of the Oslo Fjord before so it was a welcome respite. Thanks for the treat, Yed! 

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After docking, we proceeded to Tjuvholmen, the upscale quay-side development beside Aker Brygge to meet up with Vanessa and her family. We had dinner at Meat Market, took pictures by the docked yachts and enjoyed the breeze rolling in from the sea before driving to the Opera House and called it a day.

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It sure was an amazing 17th of May celebration spent with friends. Thanks guys!!!

disturbia part trois

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Revelation Keepall 45 Bandouliere

I want you

I don’t know if I need you

But I’d die to find out.

Source: The Purse Blog

a fairytale win for norway; alexander rybak conquers eurovision

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It was an eventful weekend for Norway as Alexander Rybak conquered the 54th Eurovision Song Contest with a historic landslide win in Moscow Saturday, eve of the Norwegian national day. We held a Eurovision party at our place in the company of great friends. Fellow blogger Yed arrived in Oslo that day as part of his European trip in time for the party and the national celebrations the following day.

Hotly tipped as this year’s winner, Alexander charmed all of Europe with his self-composed “Fairytale” as he received points from all 42 voting countries. Even more staggering was receiving 16 12-point votes, the highest possible score to give. In the end, Alexander broke all-time record and ran away from 24 other final contenders with 387 points. Runners-up Iceland and Azerbaijan were more than 160 and 180 points shy from Norway, respectively.

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Moscow gave a truly amazing show, and I felt that all the songs/countries in this year’s finals deserved their place. There was no single bad song in essence. Clearly, gimmick performances (ehem, Czech Republic, Serbia and Belgium) got weeded out. Rock songs didn’t make the cut either. Iceland was a deserving 2nd placer – her song was amazing and her performance flawless. United Kingdom (5th) was quite a surprise for me – she really shone for three minutes and her vocal range was unbelievable. Favorite Greece (7th) never appealed to me as he was so mechanical and a bit too jerky. It didn’t help that his singing was awful too. France’s (8th) Patricia Kaas showed what a world-class artist she was. Ukraine (12) got robbed of a better placing in the finals as she was truly a sight on that stage. Her song had a catchy hook, her act raunchy and raw. Portugal (15) deserved a better placing too – she was a breath of fresh air. Germany (20) had a guy with a hot body and Dita Von Teese’s crazy waistline. That’s about it. I felt sorry for Sweden (21) – somehow their formula ain’t working. Maybe they tried to do too much – alternatively basking Malena’s act in blinding white light, which reminded me of Charlotte Perelli’s grey-skinned entrance last year. Spain (24) must feel terrible falling hard when Soraya proclaimed from her national finals win that she was gonna take the night and had a huge rolling intercontinental campaign. Norway never did a PR junket. Alexander gave his all on the one night that mattered and secured a fairytale win for the elf-looking 23 year old Alexander.

Congratulations to Alexander! I’m proud to be living in Norway, as we are hosting next year’s competition. I’m sure Norway will pull all stops to deliver a contest to remember.

Here are some pics Vanessa and I took from the party, look out for the Eurovision cake (thanks to Neil’s baker and my graphic design skill, lol).

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Fun, fun. fun! Coming up – Norway’s 17th of May celebrations.

P.S. My blog stats went bananas since Alexander won. It had more than 5,200 views yesterday and today it’s counting at around 3,500. Crazy!

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I got all excited with the Eurovision circus going around this week. Other than things like Eurovision, what’s more exciting than shopping?

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I picked up a pair of white Acne Jeans today, pictured here with the H&M striped jacket I got some days ago and my LV Naxos Cabas.

Still undecided what to wear to the Eurovision party this Saturday. It’s a toss-up between the Matthew Williamson blazer or this jacket. Then there’s the 17th of May Constitution Day of Norway this Sunday. Hmmm…

it’s eurovision week!

One of the few weeks in the year we’ve been waiting for is finally here – it’s Eurovision week!!!

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The Eurovision Song Contest, Europe’s biggest and most loved TV show, kicks off in Moscow on Tuesday with the first semi-finals. The second semi-finals follow on Thursday and the grand finals with all 25 finalists happens this Saturday when we will be throwing a party at our place, projector screen and all.

Here are my favorites from the 1st semi-finals:

Turkey: Hadise – Düm Tek Tek 

Romania: Elena – The Balkan Girls

Portugal: Flor-de-lis – Todas As Ruas Do Amor

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Regina – Bistra Voda

Here are my favorites from the 2nd semi-finals, where Norway’s Alexander Rybak will compete in.

Norway: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale

Denmark: Brinck – Believe Again

Azerbaijan: AySel & Arash – Always

Greece: Sakis Rouvas – This Is Our Night

Ukraine: Svetlana Loboda – Be my Valentine! (Anti-crisis Girl)

I really dont have a favorite among the five direct finalists – the “big four” Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France and last year’s winner Russia.

The anticipation is running high, the party will be great, the show is sure-fire fantastic. I can’t wait!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

matthew williamson for H&M part deux

I spoke too soon, gents. I decided to drop by H&M again and tried on the navy blazer. I had it on for some time and slowly, it grew on me. It was fun choosing which one to pick as the printed piping is unique to each blazer. On a side note, it’s unbelievable how the floral scarf is absolutely sold out in all four stores I’ve visited!

Here’s my shot at doing a modeling pic.

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Feeling jumpy in the blazer paired with the Matthew Williamson for H&M shirt, Cheap Monday jeans, and  D&G buckle belt (probably I should have had something like Joe’s Balenciaga Belt to complement the buttons).

Happy happy, fun fun.


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