canadian_turtle: (Sherlock || BC Look I can see the rim of)
My next week is going to be quite insane as I am basically spending my days either queuing/attending Cabin Pressure recordings or running from a job interview to a temp job to another job interview and more temp work and then I also have a few movie screenings and the Bafta preview + Q/A for Game of Thrones to cram into my days (my life, it is so hard). Anyway, I was getting pretty stressed about it and what I'd like to do best to clear my head is hike. I am not a sporty person at all but give me a hill or a mountain to climb with the promise of a beautiful view at the top and I am game (must be mountain envy because I am from a country known for being entirely flat XD). Sadly I am no longer living in Australia, New Zealand or Canada, instead I am living in a big city not particularly known for its scenic mountain ranges, but I read somewhere about "Primrose Hill" and figured it'd might be worth checking out. So on Saturday I spent a few hours enjoying the beautiful weather and exploring a part of London I had not been before. I started off in an area nicknamed Little Venice, where an arm of the Grand Union Canal meets Regent's Canal, wandered along Regent's Canal to Primrose Hill and Regent's Park and finally worked my way down to Queen Mary's Gardens. While not exactly comparable to the Blue Mountains or Whistler it was still a very nice walk and of course I took pictures along the way:



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canadian_turtle: (Stock || Globe in hand)
I have been feeling quite down lately because of the lack of success in my job hunting and the increasing stress and money worries that come with that but today's sunny weather certainly lifted my mood somewhat (I was able to wear a t-shirt instead of a hoodie, omgwtfbbq!). And I decided to spend some time outside with my camera as it's been ages since I have taken the time for photography (stage door pictures hardly count). My camera is absolutely rubbish as I am still using the compact one I bought in a rush in the US when my other one broke down (a proper DSLR is on my to wish list for when I actually manage to find a job) and I still cannot figure out how to upload pictures to Facebook without them being resized and turning slightly grainy but even so I wanted to share a few of the photos:



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Can anyone recommend me nice parks or gardens to visit in London? I don't mean a general place such as Hyde Park but somewhere a little more colourful where I will be able to photograph the up and coming Spring flowers (wildlife a bonus!). Many thanks ♥
canadian_turtle: (Sherlock || Frankenstein's Creatures)
• After being unsuccessful in grabbing free tickets to A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic I finally managed to nab some earlier this week! Unfortunately it clashed with my plans of going to see I Am Number Four with Anneke (for which I also had free tickets) but since the theatre show is in its final weeks and the movie only in previews we eventually did decide to go to the theatre instead.

A Flea in her Ear is a farce with all the usual ingredients; over the top characters and situations, mistaken identities, sexual innuendos, etc. While the play has a bit of a slow start we spent most of the second act in stitches as it went from one ridiculous scene to the next and by the time the interval came around we were both saying how pleasantly surprised we were by how much we were enjoying the show. Unfortunately the third act was the complete opposite from what we had just seen and very few laughs were had. Overall it was an enjoyable play though (even more so because we didn't have to pay for it!) and we had a lot of fun debating whether two of the characters that look identical in the play were portrayed by the same actor or not. Anneke was convinced she's seen them on stage at the same time where I was certain that it was the same actor. However by the end of it even I was confused as character one leaped off stage and character two (dressed differently and coming from another entrance onto the stage) came back on what seemed only seconds later. All was cleared up though when I saw a poster outside saying "Tom Hollander is so wonderful they cast him twice!"

• In other news: I have a temp job. It's sadly not working for the make-up department at the National Theatre (as advertised on their website) and not even remotely related to the publishing or journalism industries. Plus it's only for two weeks and a mere five hours each day at that. But it's *something* and it means I will get a much-needed income right about the time I have been seriously contemplating giving up on my dream of permanently living in the UK. I am not out of the woods by any means, but at least it's a postponement of having to make that agonising decision.

• Also, because I am ever so slightly obsessed I had to make icons as soon as the first Frankenstein pictures trickled in yesterday. Admittedly I really should stop with these six month or longer gaps between my icon making sprees as it proved to be a lot more effort to produce only these 20 icons than I'm used to and they're not even that great (plus I had to break open my old laptop as all my Photoshop resources were still hiding out on that hard drive!). Ah well, hopefully I'll get into the swing of things again soon.


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canadian_turtle: (Zach || One Sylar...)
Mood: || Hungry
Tune : Pete Murray - "Happy Ground"


I am back at work, ugh >.< It's hard to get back into the rhythm after being away for about a week again, especially because I am so fed up with this job in the first place. Five more weeks, who says I am counting?

But, let's start today more positive than that. It's Zach's 31st birthday so I figured that's as good an excuse as any for a (long overdue) picspam :D I tried picking my 31 favourite pictures or even 'just' 31 events, but all to no avail, there's just too much I like. So instead here's just a massive picture post which I hope you'll enjoy ^_^

Please don't hotlink.


Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you... )


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Mood: || Pissed Off; (customers can do that to you)
Tune : Matchbox 20 (ADDICTED AGAIN!!!) - "Disease", "Kody"



canadian_turtle: (Default)
Mood: || Busy
Tune : Ben Jelen: "Come On" (live), "Christine"



[English]

Highlights and other stuff that kept me occupied these last weeks:

[x] Switchfoot in concert last Saturday was OMFGAMAZING! I've always considered their album "The Beautiful Letdown" to be bloody brilliant (my number one album, right up there with Green Day's "American Idiot") and this concert made me appreciate the band and the songs I didn't know as well yet even more. They sang four of my favorite songs: "24", "Lonely Nation", "We Are One Tonight" & "Gone", and there was this new amazing song "Awakening", that prevented me from being disappointed by the fact they didn't do "Love is the Movement". And no Jules, Jon didn't jump in the audience, unfortunately, but he did perform his stunts on the drums. It was a rocking smashing piece of entertainment I'd love to relive any day. And being the fan/geek I am I bought a t-shirt & wrist band to treasure the memory xD

[x] Work gets busier and busier, absorbing much of time, and being the number one reason I am barely ever to be found online nowadays to chat, write and update this journal. I just finished working eight days in a row (w/o a day off), one time 10 hours on the day. I've worked much more days in a row than that, but it's different if it's one job at the same time and extra pressure because of a certain Toys "R" Us president visiting soon. Tiring, stressful, but I gotta keep in mind I do it for the overtime pay ;) My next pay stub is gonna be framed I tell ya.

[x] For years I've been trying to find the British detective show Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. It was one of those shows I've seen like ten years ago but barely remember. Yet, a couple of years ago, when I found out one of the Lord of the Rings actors had a lead in it, I started to search for the series on DVD. Without success. Even when that same actor got one of the leads in the new ground-breaking hit show LOST Hetty couldn't be found anywhere. Until I finally came across it in the local library here. After being on the waiting list for 5 months (!), I've finally enjoyed the first season (there are four in total), swooning over a 16 year-old Dominic Monaghan. It was awesome!

[x] About a week or two ago (when I still had a day off every week, ha!) I made a trip to the VanDusen Botannical Gardens. And even though it's still early in spring, there were flowers everywhere! I've made tons of pictures of the overwhelming blossoms, the weird shaped trees and the bright colored plants, but kept forgetting to upload the pictures. And since I got even better stuff now, you have to wait on the flower pics even longer...

[x] I got a hair cut. Not so exciting, but highly necessary. It's kinda boring now, without highlights, but I didn't find the right place yet to get new ones.

[x] Sunday was friggin' amazing! Together with Julie, Sean & Margaret we had a one day road trip to Whistler (the place where the 2010 Winter Olympics are gonna be held, the games aren't literally IN downtown Vancouver, as common perspective seems to be). With a bunch of Julie's compilation cd's we first made the trip to Whistler mountain & Whistler Village. The trip itself already had me on the edge of my seat, because with every stare out of the window my eyes caught another breathtaking view of mountains, an eagle, valleys, trees, and whatnot. The Canada from the commercial tourist guides all the way. No matter how often I catch a glance of mountains when I walk outside of my street, they continue to amaze me every day. Anyways, our final destination (no, not the horror movie...) was Whistler mountain, where we took the so-called Gondola (see pics) almost all the way to the top (2200 meters up in the air). The closer we got to the top the more snow revealed itself under us and the more snowboarders/skiers I saw (I so wanna do that some day!). When we arrived at our destination we had lunch, glanced in the directions of the sportive people around us and made a ton of pictures of the astonishing views (at least I did, you guys all know what a camera freak I am... I even thought the 50 pics left on my memory card weren't enough to capture my experiences of one day LOL) Anywho, when we spend a good part of our time up the mountain (me almost being torpedoed into the air after a certain someone wanted to climb on the same side of the table I was standing on, making the table tip over dangerously) we took the gondola down, browsed some in the tourist shops, we headed for Whistler Village where we browsed some more shops and I ate my very first "Beaver Tail" (long tall fried piece of bread with cinnamon and sugar), etc. And after all the Whistler fun, we headed back home. But not without making some stops along the way with amazing views (see pics, again). One of them being Shannon Falls (Theresa falls up the stairs, Theresa falls down the stairs) where my camera made it's final snapshot of the day before refusing to capture any more images (no worries, tis just the memory card that was full ;)) And with that I'd like to end this ramble and point you all in the direction of a handful of my pictures from that day. Comments, as always, are muchly appreciated.

P.S. I had my very first buttered corn on a stick (yup fellow Europeans, it's just like we see in all those American movies and delicious too!)


Pictures of Whistler and so much more )


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[Nederlands]

Hoogtepunten en andere dingen die mij hebben bezig gehouden de afgelopen weken:

[x] Het Switchfoot concert afgelopen zaterdag was in een woord GEWELDIG! Hun album "The Beautiful Letdown" was altijd al mijn favoriete cd (samen met Green Day's "American Idiot") en dit concert heeft als gevolg dat ik hen nog meer ben gaan waarderen. Ze speelden vier van mijn favo nummers: "24", "Lonely Nation", "We Are One Tonight" & "Gone", een een onwijs goed nieuw nummer genaamd "Awakening". Laatstgenoemde was zelfs zo goed dat ik niet teleurgesteld was dat ze "Love is the Movement" niet zongen, hun beste nummer. En nee Jules, Jon maakte geen duik in het publiek, maar hij deed wel zijn stunts bovenop het drumstel. Al in al was het een ongelofelijk goeie show, die ik zeker nog wel een keer wil meemaken. En om de herinnering te koesteren, heb ik een t-shirt en zweetbandje gekocht xD

[x] Werk is onwijs druk, en het wordt alleen maar erger. Het is dan ook de voornamelijke reden dat ik tegenwoordig nog amper online ben te vinden om te chatten, te schrijven en deze site te updaten. Ik ben zojuist klaar met acht dagen achter elkaar werken, waarvan een dag 10 uur. Ik heb voorheen veel meer dagen dan dat achterelkaar gewerkt, maar het is anders als het iedere dag hetzelfde werk is, met extra druk omdat een zekere Toys "R" President op bezoek komt. Het was stressvol en vermoeiend, maar ik moet in gedachte houden dat ik het voor het overuren percentage doe ;) Mijn volgende salarisstrookje wordt ingelijst LOL

[x] Jaren ben ik op zoek geweest naar de Britse detective serie Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Het was een van die series die ik tien jaar geleden heb gezien, maar me nauwelijks kan herinneren. Maar toen ik er een aantal jaar geleden achterkwam dat een van mijn fav. Lord of the Rings acteurs een hoofdrol in de serie heeft, ben ik dus op zoek gegaan naar de DVD’s. Zonder succes. Zelfs toen diezelfde acteur een grote rol kreeg in de baanbrekende hitserie LOST waren de DVD’s van die Britse series nergens te vinden. Totdat ik er eindelijk tegenaanliep in de plaatselijke bieb hier. Na vijf maanden op de wachtlijst te hebben gestaan, heb ik eindelijk van het eerste seizoen kunnen genieten (van vier in totaal). Met een 16 jarige Dominic Monaghan, het was geweldig!

[x] Een week of twee geleden (toen ik nog regelmatig een dag vrij had van werk!) heb ik een trip gemaakt naar de VanDusen Botannical Gardens. En ook al is het nog vrij vroeg in de lente, er waren overal bloemen! Ik heb tientallen foto’s gemaakt van de bloesoms, bomen in de meest bizarre vormen, felgekleurede planten, maar vergat steeds de foto’s naar de pc te uploaden. En aangezien ik voor vandaag wat anders heb om te laten zien, moeten jullie helaas nog wat langer op de bloemenfoto’s wachten.

[x] Ik ben van het weekend naar de kapper geweest. Niet zo bijzonder, maar het was hoognodig. Alhoewel ik het momenteel vrij saai vind zonder felgekleurde highlights, maar ik heb nog geen salon gevonden waar ik nieuwe kan laten inzetten.

[x] Zondag was vet gaaf! Samen met Julie, Sean en Margaret heb we een road trip naar Whistler gemaakt (de plaats waar de Olympische Winterspelen in 2010 worden gehouden. Want die vinden niet, zoals veel mensen schijnen te denken, midden in het centrum van Vancouver plaats). Met een stapel van Julie’s compilatie cd’s zijn we op weg gegaan naar Whistler mountain en Whistler Village. De trip op zichzelf was al fantastisch, want bij elke blik uit het raam kreeg ik een nieuw adembenemende uitzicht met bergen, arend, valleien, gigantische bomen, en nog veel meer. Helemaal zoals Canada wordt afgebeeld in de commerciele touristen boekjes. Het maakt niet uit hoe vaak ik de bergen zie als ik uit mijn straat loop, het blijft iets ongelofelijks dat mij ieder dag weer verbaasd. In ieder geval, onze eindbestemming was Whistler mountain, waar we de zogenaamde Gondola (zie foto’s) haast helemaal naar de top namen (2200 meter hoogte). Des te dichterbij we bij de top kwamen, des te meer sneeuw we zagen en skiers en snowboarders (zou ik ook wel eens willen proberen!) Eenmaal aangekomen op onze eindbestemming hebben we de omgeving bewonderd en onze lunch gegeten en natuurlijk hebben we een boel foto’s gemaakt van de pracht om ons heen (nou ja, ik in ieder geval…. Jullie weten allemaal wat een camera freak ik ben, ik dacht zelfs dat de 50 foto’s die nog vrij waren op mijn geheugenkaart niet genoeg zouden zijn om mijn ervaringen van een dag weer te geven LOL) Maar goed, na wat tijd te hebben doorgebracht op de top van een berg (!) (waar ik nog haast in de lucht werd getorpedeerd toen een zeker iemand dacht dat het slim was om op dezelfde kant van een tafel te klimmen als waar ik op stand en de tafel omkieperde… die dus aan de rand van de berg stond…), zijn we weer met de gondola naar benee gegaan. We hebben wat gesnuffelt in de touristenwinkels en zijn naar Whistler Village gestruind voor nog meer touristen winkels. Ik heb daar ook mijn allereerste "Bever Tail" koud gemaakt (een lang stuk gefrituurd brood met kaneel en suiker). Na alle Whistler pret zijn we weer op weg gegaan naar de auto om ons naar huis te begeven. Maar niet zonder onder weg te stoppen bij de meest adembenemende uitzicht punten. Shannon Falls (Theresa falls up the stairs, Theresa falls down the stairs) was er een van, waar ik mijn laatste foto van de dag heb genomen, voordat mijn camera het begaf (nou ja, de geheugenkaarten waren dus vol…) En daarmee zal ik deze update afsluiten en jullie in de richting van een handvol foto’s sturen. Laat een berichtje achter en vertel me wat je ervan vindt ;)

P.S. Ik heb ook mijn allereerste mais gegeten zoals Amerikanen dat doen: beboterd aan de kluif, het was heerlijk!

( Foto's van Whistler en nog veel meer )
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Mood: || Accomplished
Tune : Simple Plan - "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me)"


[English]

Yesterday I bought tickets to the new Harry Potter movie and a Simple Plan concert :D Finally I get to see one of my favorite bands! Wooto! As Lauren would say *snicker* Only annoying thing is that it is November 23rd, one day before the hockey game. So that will be two nights with not so much sleep. O well I can do that for Simple Plan :D

Besides the ticket buying I went out to look for a job, subscribed myself to several temp. job agencies and bought a poppie. That’s a red flower to remember the Canadians that died in WW2. This Friday it’s Remembrance Day see ;)

For now some pics (most of them made yesterday because the sun actually shone :| , today it rains again....)

First bash of piclets, click here )


[Nederlands]

Gisteren heb ik kaartjes gekocht voor de nieuwe Harry Potter film (nov. 18) en een Simple Plan concert! Wooto! Zoals Lauren zou zeggen :D Simple Plan is een van mijn fav. bands en nu kan ik ze eindelijk zien. Wel jammer dat het concert de 23ste is, want de 24ste is de hockeywedstrijd (twee dagen weinig slaap dus) maar dat heb ik wel voor ze over.

Naast het kopen van kaartjes heb ik gisteren uitgekeken voor een baan, mij ingeschreven bij 5 uitzendbureau’s en een poppie gekocht. Dat is een rode bloem (zie foto’s) ter nagedachtenis aan de gestorven Canadese soldaten in de 2e wereldoorlog. Het is vrijdag namelijk Remembrance Day.

Voor nu wat foto’s (de meeste zijn gisteren gemaakt omdat de zon eindelijk een scheen, vandaag is het weer schijtweer)

( Klik hier voor de eerste foto’s )

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