Sunday, August 19, 2012

That Time I was on TV..Start Something Big

On Having Your Blog on Television, Getting Your Heart Ripped out of Your Chest and Working That Artsy Dream Job

Oh god, I've been so embarrassed to post this (that's why it's taken me a year). Hell, I'm a writer/thinker/mastermind not meant to be in front of the camera! Oh well, here's my big interview for Lil'Fel Rocks the World on Canadian television for the show Start Something Big, a show about young people going big with their dreams. Woo go blog! Boom!

The birth of this show is an amazing feat in itself so I have to give some Scarborough flavoured gunshots for this. When travelling or just old fashioned living, I'm drawn to inspirational young people doing crazy shiz with their lives, and Gwen Elliot, the host, is the boss queen of them all. She's MY AGE (25) and went from working at MTV in California to producing and hosting HER OWN SHOW. Don't tell me to shut up. I know, right? Yo, Gwen sauce,  can you dish out your magic dust of energy and motivation? Watching her show is badass because she and the other folks she interviews are living proof that if you work hard you can GETTER DONE.

Anyways, keep on inspiring us, Gwen, and thanks for believing in my blog (but friends please ignore me speaking, "I'm sort of obsessed" and sound like a turd...!!!).

If you can't tell from my obsession with new music, I'm all about indie artists and discovery. Here's a shout out to the amazing music that got used in this. Frackin' hell so much talent out there. Even if you can't hear it well, check them out.

TMCN-Get Drugs. Rock band with an electro vibe from Paris. You know how my heart beats for French electro. @weareTMCN

Bodega Girls- Ain't That Cold. These guys are from Boston and have a rugged soulful electro sound that makes me want to fly by night. @Bodegagirls

(Not in the show, but contacted them anyway) Birdy Hunt: Truth. I listen to this French indie band on the reg.' My lovely Parisian friend and photographer of The Concubines introduced me to her BF's band. I aurally fell for them and have them on my main playlist since. @Birdyhunt

Ps. My Big French Heartbreak 
Paris with Big P before I left for Toronto, never to return!

I sort of left out a part of the story. The reason I took so long to post this is because I was heart broken. Like, serious kicked in my chest agony that accompanies losing the love of your life. And I did lose my love. I lost Paris. That job in Paris I spoke about didn't end up happening (ha, bet you thought it was about Big P? This hurts me). Even to this day bitterness wells up in me and I want to punch a wall. What happened? Well the work permit was taking a while to get, damn France administration in the summer(why I was back in Toronto at all) and the  company just went and hired someone else...while I was waiting! The same day they told me that they were rescinding their offer, I got an email from the consulate telling me I got the Visa. I called the company back in joy to tell them, but they didn't pay attention. The damage was done. Hell, you know I turned down another offer for a job IN PARIS to take this one, eh? It sucks to feel kicked to the curb, but I guess in the end things work out for the better. A company that treats people like that is not one I would ever want to work for, hmph!  Lesson kids: Have reasonable expectations for obtaining your international work permits and protect yourselves in the contract for this! I made the mistake of not attending to that, being too young and excited to think things through. ANYWAYS.

Everything heals with time..and better love
 I'm launching a wicked project at the moment in Indonesia, mapping out the indie art scene, making an online space for it and working to connect these badass underground artists with brands who want to tap into their cool vibes.  So like, PR + the goal of my blog in one sweet job. It's called +sixtwo (the country code for Indonesia) and it's the most challenging and fun thing I've ever taken on. Starting a company from scratch! ME. WHAT. I'm doing this with a partner of course. BUT STILL. AHH! Where will this take me next? It's a new chapter in my life. The best part about this is having the chance to get to know a different side of Indo, one I've never dove too far into. Finding the art and talent out of this country is giving me a chubby. More about professional chubbies in my next post.

Hanging out with one of Indonesia's most famous indie bands, The White Shoes and the Couples Company. LOVE MY LIFE.

Anyways, for +sixtwo, think of the Chinese version, Neo Cha or the French one Elegangz, but for Indonesia. It will be a creative consultancy rather than an agency though. I mean whatever, I'm interviewing and writing about awesome people daily, and helping artists find work. No matter what, this is a great experience and I'm hella excited to share it with you all. More Asia! It's scary to think that this could be the next big path of my nomadic life..Don't worry, Paris, I'll pick you up another time.

And the icing on the cake, LFRW got 1400 BIG LIKES on Facebook today. Woo! Thanks everyone for the support through my lost days, partying in Thailand, skype advice and blog love and comments. I hope I haven't bored the electrolytes out of you, you need those!

The world's our oyster! When you are feeling unmotivated, there's always Andy Samberg. 

SNL- Great Day. Ps. I do not condone cocaine, silly fools! Seriously not cool. But Andy is.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

For Josephine: South East Asia 101

"I want to look back on this trip and think it was the best initiation I could get"- Josephine 

French Stereotypes Party, Paris (I'm politically incorrect or..a Racaille)

When you're a serial nomad, you become all of your friends' travel spirit guide. The constant flood of Facebook messages asking about cheap flights to Turkey, best party spots in Asia, decent hotels in Bali etc etc gets me super excited, because my friends are doing the best thing ever.  So, every once in a while I'm going to dedicate a posting to a friend. Cuz like, if one person is wondering these things before travelling, isn't everyone?

Anyways, here's one message from my lovely and beautiful Parisian friend Josephine who just booked her flight to Thailand and has no idea beyond that. No worries, girl. We got this.  Jo and I studied together at SciencesPo, travelled together in Patmos and she is one of the people that have made my life in France a better place. Some people say French girls are bitches, this girl is just ol' bitchin'.  And while it seems she's freaking out a bit about travelling to South East Asia for the first time (justifiably), she asks some important questions that is advice I'd like to share with all my Asian virgin friends.  Uh..

Felfel!!Please let me know all the places I shouldn't miss if I want to look back on this trip and think it was the best initiation I could get! I planned everything last minute, just bought the tickets to Bangkok and have no plans there. Should I get a backpack and a camera (do you think it's worth buying a new nice camera btw?). Let me know about survival skills, like what to bring with me if I'm gonna be backpacking like a hippie for 2 months but still want to look proper if I visit friends in Hong Kong or Singapore for a weekend (you never know, is this expensive?)GUIDE ME!!!! Also, should we go to BALI together??? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Star gazing on the pier, Patmos Greece

Having interned in Bangkok, travelled Thailand and South East Asia several times and now working in Jakarta here's what I had to say.

Coucou Jo!
Sorry for the delay, been trying to bash some order into my life!!

Nice New Camera: 
  • It's a pain in the ass to carry around. iPhone 4 works amazinglingling. I'd buy a shockproof waterproof one because it's bite sized and convenient and you can pretend you're Kevin Costner in Waterworld. 

Packing List

  • One pair of versatile heals for HK, BKK, JAKARTA WHEN YOU VISIT ME; 
  • Black tights. Covers you up in muslim countries, keeps you warm on cold bus rides, and it's light weight in your backpack). BEST THING EVER;
  • Travel Blanket. Steal the wooly blanket from the plane or have your own small fleece number. For me this is my secret travel weapon. Don't go anywhere without my Dog Blanket (its name. Lame). 
  • AVOID JEANS: They're heavy in your backpack and you'll never wear them. I'd pack one pair of pants and lots of summery dresses (great for beach bum and HK swag). 
  • Don't overpack. You'll be scared of getting cold so you'll probalby bring sweaters and jackets. Just bring one cool sweater! Shopping in Asia is amazing anyway, so you'll buy whatever you lack. 

Key Places

1) Vang Vien, Laos: Tubing on a river with bars and debauchery. Partying with Paulsen is NOTHING COMPARED TO THIS.

2) Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan: Read my blog postings about it. Second most insane thing I've done in my life.

3) Koh Phi Phi: Fun Partying in Thailand

4) Pai, Thailand: Chill out, rent motobikes, check out the mountains.


6) Bangkok: Chatachak Weekend Market is second fav' shopping place in the world. Indie designers, vintage, cheap things, souvenirs, everything.

7) Gili T, Indonesia: Fun parties, cheap drinking, good crowd.

8) Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Chill out, best art scene in the country. It's wonderful.



  • HK is expensive from South East Asia, Singapore is so cheap. Let's go together! 
Don't worry about planning everything last minute. It's better that way.  Everything is possible. Can't wait to see you and Caro!!! Asia won't know what hit them, two Aryans and a lil'Brown!

Je te kiffe grave, meuf!!!

Ps. Didn't write this in the Facebook msg, but yes, let's plan Bali and Singapore with Kro!! When is good?


Friends of the World! Am I missing any key advice for the lovely Jo? What do you tell your friends who are going to South East Asia for the first time? 

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