Monday, September 28, 2009

How do you like them apples?

It's apple picking season, so we went to a local apple orchard and it was so much fun! Maybe I should bake an apple pie or something, now that I have enough apples for the next few weeks...

Tiny apple

Monday, September 21, 2009


I MADE IT!! I managed to finish the Dam tot Damloop in 1:45:55 baby! We started at Central Station and then had to run through the IJ-tunnel, onto the highway, which was pretty cool. It was a great experience, especially with all the people standing on the side cheering. One guy even yelled: 'Come on Chinese girl!' and another: 'Go Jill!', pretty funny.

Yan, aunt Cindy & my parents

Yes, I look like crap in this photo, but hey, I just ran 10 Mile...

#1 Dad!

Friday, September 18, 2009

One more Time

Contrary to the 15 km my Nike + iPod sensor registered, I only ran 12 km. I wanted to stop till I got to 16 km, but it got really dark outside. Now I just hope I haven't used all of my energy for Sunday.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Time to Pretend

How on earth am I going to run 10 mile Sunday...

Storm & Stress

Oh dear...

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Received my start number for the Dam tot Damloop. I'm totally not ready for it, argh!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Viva la Vida

I went with CK, her brother Chun and friend Stuart to see Coldplay in Munich! They did play in NL, but we thought it would be nice to have a little weekendtrip to Munich. One word to describe the concert: AWESOME!! It was an open air concert and there was a really nice atmosphere with the sun slowly setting. They played all of my favourite songs, brought back a lot of special memories, sigh... Funny part was when Chris forgot the lyrics of 'The Hardest Part':'...and that was the strangest... Fuck! ... And I tried to sing, but couldn't remember anything...' Too funny! I LOVED the butterfly confetti that came down during 'Lovers in Japan'. At the end of the concert, Chun jumped over the gates and collected lots of the confetti for us haha. To make the whole night even better, we got a free CD with songs performed live.

In the nosebleed section...
Playing in the middle of the crowd

"Fix you"

"Billie Jean"

Thousands of butterflies during 'Lovers in Japan'
Take a bow


Life In Technicolor
Violet Hill
In My Place
Glass Of Water
Cemeteries Of London
Fix You
Strawberry Swing
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (Techno version)
Talk (Techno version)
The Hardest Part (Chris piano)
Postcards From Far Away (Piano instrumental)
Viva La Vida
Green Eyes
Death Will Never Conquer (Acoustic, sung by Will)
Billie Jean
Viva La Vida (Remix interlude)
Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends
The Scientist
Life in Technicolor II
The Escapist

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Here are some snapshots taken in Munich:

Altes Rathaus, which also houses a toy museum in the tower
Altes Rathaus
Neues Rathaus
Neues Rathaus
Wittelsbacher fountain

Nice courtyard behind a San Fransisco Coffee Company
Dianatempel in the Hofgarten
Bayerische Staatskanzle
Bayerische Staatskanzle
Tunnel from the Hofgarten to the Englischer Garten
Guys surfing on the Eisbach, a man made-river in the Englischer Garten.

Chinesischer Turm
Chinesischer Turm
At the Chinesischer Turm ('Chinese Tower') is the second largest beer garden in Munich and I'm not a big fan of beer, but you haven't been to Munich if you haven't drunk ein maß Bier... They have a beer called Radler, which consists of one part lemonade and one part white beer, which I liked better than the regular white beer.

Drinking ein Weiß Bier

Kleinhesseloher See
Kleinhesseloher See
'Walking Man' by Jonathan Borofsky
Walking Man
Walking man
Huuge pizza at L'Osteria

One of the fountains in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
We went to the Olympiapark 'cause we thought the Allianz Arena football stadium would be there (not...). However BMW World and the Olympia Tower were located there and we thought it would be a good idea to go to the top of the tower and get a view of the city. The view wasn't very impressive, Munich doesn't really have high buildings I guess. If you ever plan on going to the Olympia tower, visit it at daylight. Then you might actually see something, even the Alps perhaps. The only mentionable thing we saw, was the Allianz Arena and yep, it was pretty far away. The Allianz Arena, also known as the 'Toilet Bowl', is the stadium of FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München. The stadium is lit up in red when Bayern is playing, blue when TSV is playing and white whenever the national team is playing. After our little site seeing, we met up with Chun's friend Robert. He told us that you can hire a BMW at the BMW Welt for only E 5,- for a WHOLE DAY! Sadly none of us had brought a driver's license...

BMW Welt
BMW Welt
BMW Welt

BMW Welt
View from the Olympiaturm
We waited forever for the stadium to turn from white...
DSC04434 red...
...and finally into blue...
Robert took us to Schloss Nymphenburg, which used to be a summer residence of the Bavarian kings. Somehow the gates were still open and Robert led us to the back. It was kinda spooky, because we knew there was a huge park somewhere, but we couldn't see anything in the darkness. Still a very beautiful palace nonetheless...
Schloss Nymphenburg
Tried to capture the gorgeous moon peeking through the clouds
Der Teufelstritt, or Devil's Footstep, at the entrance of the Frauenkirche. According to a legend, the builder of the church had made a pact with the devil. The devil would help him built the church for free, if the church wouldn't have any windows. He figured you can't build a church without windows, so he was certain he'd take the builder's soul. However, when the church was finished, the devil stood at the entrance and couldn't spot a single window. He madly stomped his foot and left a footprint. Turned out, the colums of the church blocked the windows from the angle where the devil stood.

Interior of the St. Michael Kirche
St. Michael's Church
Bavarian State library
Bavarian State Library
Inside the library
Munich is a really lovely city with lots of history, there's still so much I wanted to see and visit. Renting a BMW alone is worth the reason to visit Munich again. ;)

Near empty plane on the flight back, which meant I had a whole row to myself!