Obrałem Ziemniaka

Yesterday my friend shared a video with me. It's a teaser for Melbourne International Film Festival that starts on 21st July (I wish I could go!!!).
It's so hilarious that I've decided to post it on my blog. It makes it even more funny for me, because my Canadian friend used to joke that Polish people always talk about potatoes... and now me and my Polish friend nickname each other 'ziemniak'. Actually I got the link from him.



Our Trip to Bukit Broga!

I've been a big fan of Bukit Gasing for almost a year now, but this time me and my friends decided to spice things up and go on a proper hiking trip! Destination: Bukit Broga!

It's maybe one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. We managed to get there even without a GPS, but please don't ask me about the way ;P I only know that it's across the street from a rabbit farm...

The threat of storm didn't stop us. Having cloudy sky wasn't actually such a bad thing as Bukit Broga has grass and rocks only. No rainforest, no palm trees, no shadow. Moreover, there was a mild chilly wind which made the trip even better.
We all fell in love with the beautiful view! I strongly recommend Broga Hill if you're around KL and looking for a nice place to hike :)


Life in a Day

Do you remember what you did on 24th July 2010? Do you know what will you do on 24th July this year?
Well, I have an idea for you.
Go to youtube channel and see a documentary called "Life in a Day".
It's a historic cinematic experiment that attempts to document one day, as seen through the eyes of people around the world. People have captured a snapshot of their life on camera and Kevin Macdonald (director of The Last King of Scotland) has edited the most compelling footage into a feature documentary film. It was produced by Ridley Scott and will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. You will be able to see it on youtube on 24th July 2011.


Proboscis Monkey

Just came back from wknd in Borneo! I'm really glad I had a chance to see proboscis monkey from so close! It's so cute :)


Dirty Gold - California Sunrise

I really like to watch these nostalgic music videos where they use old videos from summer holidays reminding me of all the summers I spent in my summer house. Wish I had videos from that times.
I have discovered Dirty Gold just last week and I really like their music. Similar in style are Kisses with their Bermuda song. And of course Beirut falls into nostalgic music video category as well with Postcards from Italy - one of my all time favorites. These songs are great to listen to during hot sunny days when you're on a terrace watching squirrels in the garden, wondering around the house feeling light breeze on your back, lying by the pool, reading a book and looking at palm trees. Ah.... just great :)

Kisses - Bermuda

Beirut 'Postcards From Italy'



Chinese New Year (CNY) is the time of the year when you will find lots of tangerines on your desk at work, see lion dances everywhere and lots of red colored decorations, lanterns and flowers in shopping malls. If you're lucky you will get some ang pows too :) On 3rd of February 2011 the year of metal rabbit began. You can check the horoscope here;)
In Malaysia CNY means a lot of days off! First week of February had three public holidays and therefore I have decided to fly to Laos to meet up with my friend who was backpacking South East Asia.
I took AirAsia to Vientiane, capital of Laos. Basically in five days I managed to visit three places - Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
Vang Vieng full of wasted backpackers going tubing, doing flying fox and playing volleyball in the mud wasn't really for me. When we got to the river, my friend just said: Sodom and Gomorrah... hehe

Luang Prabang
was definitely my favorite! Started sightseeing very early morning with watching how monks collect their daily food supply from people on the streets. No, actually, it started with tuk tuk driver trying to sell us ketamine before sunrise while police is still asleep. It was pretty funny :D

Luang Prabang is perfect to walk around on foot, see temples, French cafes and restaurants, views on Mekong river. The pace of life is very slow there and everyone lives in harmony. A really good place to relax and have some good food too.

Pictures from Wat Xieng Thong temple below

We also made some trips around Luang Prabang. First we took a boat trip with Mekong river to Pak Ou Caves, minivan to waterfalls and bear rescue centre. Bears were extremely lazy. Just lying in their hammocks and sleeping.

Water in the waterfalls had beautiful turquoise color!

Back to Vientiane. We walked around, saw some more temples, went to morning market, saw Patouxai (Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe), had beerlao and it was time to head back to KL... I wish I could stay longer and I will definitely go back to see the southern part of Laos :)


St. Jerome's Laneway Fest in SG was rad!

It has started off a bit innocent. Light rain. We took rain ponchos distributed by the staff. Just in case. As it showed later on we needed to use them too many times... Ended up getting second round of ponchos. Heh, but I won't be writing about weather here, cause the MUSIC was the most important.

We missed the first gig by Warpaint unfortunatelly. When we entered Fort Canning Park in Singapore Ladyhawke was playing. She was really good and I can't understand why they put her so early in the line up. Followed by much less energetic Beach House. People were gently rocking to Beach House's tracks such as Norway and Zebra.

Yea, that's a picture of Beach House's vocalist, Victoria Legrand.
Actually I wasn't able to take pictures of all the artists as it was raining almost all the time! Including some seriously heavy rain that got us all wet and even rain ponchos didn't help...

The gigs I liked the most was !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Yeasayer and Foals. !!!'s vocalist, Nic Offer, jumped on stage wearing shorts and t-shirt saying "I ♥ Singapore" looking like a backpacker and started dancing like crazy. There was so much energy in there and I loved it!
Yeasayer was just brilliant. Crowd got carried away to their music.

Now biggest surprise for me - Foals were better than Temper Trap! Listen to their song - Balloons. Foals were the best on Laneway SG and the pouring rain added more power to their songs. It was epic.

To summarize my post, Laneway Festival is awesome and I will go again if I have a chance. Next time hopefully in Melbourne!
Below mud slide picture :D


St. Jerome's Laneway Festival coming soon!

This weekend I'm going for St. Jerome's Laneway Festival in Singapore! I am so excited about this that I even decided to write about it. Shortly of course.
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival started in 2004 in Melbourne and spread all over Australia in a past few years. This year, 2011, it will be held in Singapore for the first time. I consider myself lucky, cause I probably wouldn't be able to afford a trip to Oz just for a music festival, but now that it is so close to Kuala Lumpur I can pay a visit ;) Artists that will perform in SG are The Temper Trap, Ladyhawke, Yeasayer, Beach House, Foals, Deerhunter, Holy F@#k, Warpaint and !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Temper Trap's video above. I'll write some more once I'm back! :)


Somebody To Love Me by Mark Ronson feat Boy George

It's been a really long time since I loved a song that much! It's been on repeat for couple of days and will remain so for the weekend! or even longer!
press play.


crazy times!

It might sound funny, but going back home for winter holiday was my best holiday ever! I've been away for so long that I have already forgotten how beautiful, magical and happening is my hometown - Kraków. I guess fresh cold air and snow played a significant role as well... Everyone who stays in tropical climate knows what I'm talking about ;P
There are couple of highlights of my trip that I would like to write about.
Crazy Guides Tour
We booked the Communism Deluxe tour. Basically the guide takes you with a trabant around communist district - Nowa Huta - and tells you the history of it. The best thing is riding in that car! So much fun and it brakes sometimes too. They have them in some crazy colors like bright green or red so it catches everyone's attention. We went to communist-era restaurant called Stylowa ;) Then we headed to Central Square and gates of steelworks Huta im.Sendzimira. Later to the unchanged genuine communist apartment to watch a propaganda movie, drink vodka shots and eat pickled cucumbers. Guys had the chance to drive trabant themselves! I chickened out... cause the road was icy and you change gears just next to the steering wheel. I mean how do you do that!??! Anyway, we had a really good time and I think it is obligatory to go for that communism tour for all visitors and Kraków habitants as well!

Next thing I have discovered with help of my friend. Otherwise it would be pretty hard to find it. I'm talking about a vintage shop hidden in Kazimierz district in one of the small and narrow streets, somewhere in an apartment up on the second floor. It's called Mulholland Drive and it's unique! They offer vintage clothing for both men and women as well as accessorize. I bought myself a cute watch :) so if you're in Kraków you should definitely pay a visit to that store. It's located on ul.sw.Katarzyny 4/9 off ul.Krakowska. Soon they will sell online too and ship to Malaysia hopefully :P You can find them on facebook.