Hello, everyone! Welcome to my blog/website, simply called It's Leander. This is my little home on the Internet, where I share my life, thoughts, experiences and all the things I love. Thank you for visiting my blog! Feel free to drop me a line and say 'hi'! - Much love, Leander

Oct 30 2014

My new Madonna vinyls

Posted by: Leander @ 12:49 AM - Filed in: Madonna, Music - No Comments

As you might know, I recently purchased a new record player, or turntable, whatever you want to call it. Today I went to the smallest little record fair, together with my folks. I wanted to check out if there were some Madonna goodies for grabs. And I succeeded!

I bought three items, which I am very happy about!

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I got the Get Together double 12″ vinyls maxi single, Die Another Day double 12″ vinyls maxi single and Hard Candy triple 12″ vinyls album + CD!! Very, very happy I am with these Madonna goodies! The Hard Candy set is the one I am most excited about. It contains the full album in two candy colored vinyls and a third vinyl with two remixes of 4 Minutes. Plus the the album on CD. Why there’s a CD included, I don’t know, but it’s nice to have it. Even tho I already have two copies of Hard Candy on CD. But, oh well.

Look at how awesome it is!

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Since I got a new turntable I really want to collect a lot of Madonna vinyls. Not only is it old school, kinda, but vinyl sounds way better than digital. And the album artwork, being 12″ in size, is just so much nicer than having a small jewel case with a CD in it. I am loving it!

I hope to go to another record fair soon to find some more Madonna goodies. There are so many Madonna stuff on vinyl. Which means I have to safe up too. LOL. But in my eyes, it’s just a great investment. Especially since I am such a huge Madonna fan. In short words, vinyl is awesome!!

 

Oct 23 2014

Becoming Twisty

Posted by: Leander @ 3:25 AM - Filed in: Leander, Television - No Comments

Well, as I’m waiting patiently to watch the third episode of American Horror Story Freakshow, I thought I’d share my little photoshop creation of becoming Twisty. I hope you like it! :)

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I can’t wait to watch the new episode. So far I am enjoying this season a lot! Are you watching American Horror Story Freakshow? What do you think of it?

Oct 22 2014

New home decor items

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I went out and about again today, for a little bit of shopping with the folks, and I got myself a few things to decorate my apartment, plus two new jeans. But I want to show off these affordable items that I got that spiced up my living room!

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I thought it would be nice to add some retro in my apartment, so I got this little lava lamp at Action for €9,99. They have different colors, but you know, I had to go with pink! I remember having a lava lamp when I was a kid and it really creates a nice colorful atmosphere. Loving it!

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Speaking of retro style, or you may call it vintage style, there are a lot of these wooden canvases with quotes on them, that seems to be in style nowadays. I got this 40cm by 60cm wooden canvas with the text “Love Is All You Need”. Something that’s oh so true, right? I got it at Xenos for the price of €6,99. It surely gives my space a little bit of a positive vibe. There were many more quotes and colors available, so I might get another one of those wooden canvases real soon!

As you might be aware, I recently got a new turntable, the AKAI ATT05U, to play my Madonna vinyls on, plus I got two cabinets at IKEA, I don’t believe I mentioned that in my blog, but I got two of the KALLAX cabinets, formerly known as EXPEDIT. It’s an upgraded version of EXPEDIT, a 2 x 2 unit, but you can’t really tell the difference. It’s a great cabinet for storing vinyl records and such.

Anyway, I kinda wanted to have a small little shelf thingy above the cabinets where I can show case two or three records. So I got a little shelf at Action as well for €5,99. Very handy to put some records on. Or maybe a few picture frames if I ever get bored show casing vinyls. The shelf didn’t came with screws, but luckily I still had some screws in my tool box. The wall I attached the shelf on is also perfect, because I could just screw it on without using a drill.

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I am happy with today’s affordable purchases and it made my living room look nice and tidy. A little reinvention every now and then is good! :)

After I did some shopping we had dinner at McDonald’s. Yes, I decided that today would be my cheat day. For almost three weeks now, I have been eating healthy and with moderation. I cut off carbs, like rice, potatoes and bread. Those are the three things I haven’t eaten in weeks. I eat mostly vegetables, meat and fish. No more junk food! And I have lost nearly 5KG. I also put aside soda, for three weeks now. All I drink is water or juice. But anyway, today was my cheat day and let me tell you… it was fucking good! And fulfilling too! :) I had a Big Tasty with bacon, french fries and a caramel frappe! Nom!

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I had a great day today. Despite the weather being windy and cold it was fun to go out for a couple of hours with my parents. And also having some quality time with them.

What do you think of my three purchases? I am loving it!

I hope you’re having a great week. May it be filled with lots of joy and laughter. Ta-ta for now!

Oct 21 2014

Primark t-shirts haul

Posted by: Leander @ 1:44 AM - Filed in: Fashion, Leander - No Comments

It was time to get some new clothes, my goodness! Monday was a nice day of shopping with mom and dad. It cheered me up, because I wasn’t feeling all that great about certain stuff, so it was nice of my folks to drag me out of the house for some shopping.

We went to Primark and I got some nice and cheap t-shirts! Why not show them off and do a little blog haul, right? I got a total of five t-shirts and you will not believe how cheap they were! Gotta love Primark!!

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USA flag rotated side ways – 3 Euros

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USA Sports League with football helmet print – 3 Euros

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Rock and Roller skull with wings – 3 Euros

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USA West Coast with skull and bones – 3 Euros

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Mickey Mouse with print front and back – 8 Euros

Like I mentioned, I love Primark! They have loads of affordable clothes for men, women and children. They also sell lots of home decorations and props for very cheap! I am happy with my new t-shirts. It was needed. I have been wearing old rags of clothes for over 5 years! It was time for something new… and cheap! :)

Oct 20 2014

My new turntable: Akai ATT05U

Posted by: Leander @ 11:55 PM - Filed in: Leander, Madonna, Music - No Comments

Last week was all about turntables for me. I had a certain itch, the need to play my Madonna vinyls again, but I didn’t have a proper record player. So, I told my dad that I want to have a turntable, so I can play my vinyls again. So, my dad and I browsed through dozens of different turntables online. There were many turntables that were rather pricey, like over 400 or 500 Euros. Those were I’m sure really good ones, but I didn’t want an expensive one.

So, early last week I went to Media Markt, a huge electronic store, and we came across several turntables. I saw one, that had a vintage look to it, by a brand called SoundMaster. It was about 60 Euros, which sounded nice to my ears. But my dad said it looked kinda cheap and fragile. So, that one wasn’t an option.

We saw another one from Soundmaster, model NR-513. It’s a so-called Nostalgic Music Centre. It has a turntable, cassette player, CD player and radio. There are also built-in 50 watt speakers. Plus, there was an option for USB, so you can plug in a USB memory stick and record music from your vinyls. I didn’t really cared much for that to be honest. I just want a turntable so I can play music, and that’s all.

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So, we ended up getting it for 189 Euros, because I am such an impatient person and also, my dad thought it seemed like a nice little sound system with all the hooplas it has. Big mistake! When I connected the damn thing I put one of my Madonna records on the turntable and played it. There’s nothing but skipping!! I tried another record. Again, nothing but skipping. I tried maybe 10 records in total, and all it did was skipping! I was annoyed… super annoyed! So, the next day we took it back and got a refund.

So, the following day, my dad and I went to another store but they only had one kind of turntable, the ION Pure LP and it was priced at 72 Euros. It’s a neat designed turntable. Very stylish and sleek. But is it good? We didn’t get it just yet. My dad and I continued searching online for other alternatives. And I was looking for some information about the ION Pure LP. I came across both positive and negative reviews. Hmm, what to do, what to do. So, my dad and I decided to get the ION Pure LP.

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So, when I got home I set up the turntable accordingly. The turntable has a built-in pre-amplifier, so it’s not needed to connect it to an amplifier. You can just connect speakers to the turntable and you’re good to go! So, I did that. Then I put on one of my many Madonna records and started playing some tunes. It was great! There was no skipping. Until the next day. Argh! Why? Why?! The skipping on my records wasn’t that bad. Maybe a skip every minute, but still. A turntable is not supposed to do that, right? I mean, I am no turntable expert or anything, but you know.

I then went back online and searched for more information on what makes a great turntable and what causes the skipping. I learnt that there are turntables out there with a counter weight adjuster and anti-skating options. The anti-skating option sounded good to my ears, even tho I had no idea what it meant. I also watched several videos on YouTube from people giving advice and reviews on turntables. That helped big time. The counter-weight adjuster is for the needle pressure on a record. Which apparently is helpful for not making your records skip when there’s less pressure? Am I correct? It’s for making the tone arm “float”. Anyway, I should have done my research in the beginning, right? But never mind that. The tone arm counter weight is a must, so I gathered. Also a good cartridge and perhaps anti-skating option.

So, after searching online for turntables with a counter weight I came across several options. There were turntables that were still pricey, but I did notice a turntable that is affordable. It has great reviews and it had an adjustable counter-weight.

The Akai ATT05U.

So, last Saturday I went to Rotterdam with my folks and we went to Media Markt, to see if they have it there. And they did! So we got it!

When I got home, I unboxed the turntable and setting it up was a little bit more challenging that I thought. But I managed to do it. The Akai ATT05U also has a built-in pre-amplifier, so you can directly connect your speakers with the white and red plugs. It also has a USB outlet, so you can connect the turntable on your PC or Mac. There’s software included on a CD-ROM. But I don’t really care for that. I just want to play my Madonna records without skips and stuff.

Hallelujah! The turntable is doing what it’s suppose to do! And perfectly so! I was so happy! I played all my Madonna records again and it brought back a lot of memories from when I was a little kid back in the 80’s.

The Akai ATT05U was 123 Euros. Not bad at all, price wise. I am happy with my purchase and I can highly recommend this turntable.

The other two turntables I mentioned, forget those. Don’t waste your money on that crap. Especially the Soundmaster NR513. It’s crap! The ION Pure LP is still alright, but I wouldn’t go for that one either, because it doesn’t have a counter weight. So, Akai ATT05U it is! It’s great quality and it’s affordable! Loving it!

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I am happy, I am happy! I hope you enjoyed my little turntable story I experienced. Like I said, I am not a vinyl/turntable expert, but I think I did pretty well. But, I gotta learn to do my research beforehand and to be patient, right? Yes!

I hope you’re having a great week! Ta-ta for now! :)

Oct 18 2014

Oasis of the Seas

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Last Tuesday I went to Rotterdam with my folks to check out the biggest cruise ship in the entire world, the Oasis of the Seas. The ship arrived in Rotterdam on September 30th and it was here in Holland for some renovations and maintenance. We wanted to check out the ship two weeks ago, but we learned that the ship wasn’t at the cruise terminal anymore. But the ship came back on October 14, after two weeks of being maintained, so it was our chance to check it out!

Ofcourse I took some pictures and I want to share them with you! :)

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I checked out some information and images online of the Oasis of the Seas and it looks really awesome. Check out the official website for Oasis of the Seas, and see for yourself. It would be a dream come true to travel on that ship!

If only… if only…

I uploaded a vlog where I showed some footage from last Tuesday.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the vlog! And the pictures of the ship. I hope you’ll have an awesome weekend! Ta-ta for now! :)

Oct 9 2014

I’m on Snapchat!

Posted by: Leander @ 5:38 AM - Filed in: Social Media - No Comments

So, I have been giving Snapchat another try the past week. I used it before a while back, but then I deleted it because I didn’t really understand it and I didn’t like it. But I installed it again a couple days ago on my iPhone and now I’m kind of liking it!

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I have been sending out snapchats with little updates and pictures to the low amount of followers I have on there and I think it’s fun!

So, if you want to catch my Snapchats you can follow me at… *drumroll*…

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What a shocker, right?

Also, I follow a few of my favorite YouTubers on Snapchat, like iJustine. And Joey Graceffa recently joined Snapchat too, and he has been posting a lot of Snapchats. If you want to follow Joey Graceffa, his Snapchat handle is joeygraceffa16.

Alrighty, follow me on Snapchat and I will Snapchat ya later!

Oct 8 2014

Hello October!

Posted by: Leander @ 10:41 PM - Filed in: iPhoneography, Leander - No Comments

Finally! My first blog post in October! How is everyone doing? I hope that each and everyone of you are doing great. I’m doing pretty good. Not great, but good. I’m trying to less worried and concerned about the little things. Sometimes it’s hard, but I just breathe through it and count to ten.

Nothing much is new with me. Just doing my little thing. I haven’t posted a blog in a while, so I decided to show off some nice pictures I took the past couple of days. Autumn like pictures. Or fall, whatever you want to call it.

I still can’t believe it’s October already. Time really flies by, people. Before you know it it’s Christmas again and BAM, it’s 2015! Crazy, crazy!

Anyway, here are some pictures I want to share with you. If you’re following me on Instagram, then you already seen them, or at least a couple of them.

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The sun occasionally makes an appearance, but it has been raining more than there’s sunshine.

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A big canal in my hometown of Delft, The Netherlands

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A small canal just outside the city centre of Delft with several houseboats. Really cool!

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I don’t know exactly what this is, but I thought it was cool. When something’s cool, it’s a Kodak moment.

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Loads of leaves have fallen on the ground. Yes, autumn is here!

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Look at this ugly ducky! I saw this parked on a parking lot and again, it was a Kodak moment.

I hope you like these random snaps that I took in Delft. I used the Afterlight app for filters. I gave it a little faded vintage looking effect. Suits pretty well, don’t you think? You know I love my faded vintage looking photographs.

I hope you’re having a splendid and prosper day! Ta-ta for now! :)

Sep 29 2014

Hyperlapse by Instagram

Posted by: Leander @ 2:35 AM - Filed in: Tech - No Comments

A couple days ago I decided to jump on the Hyperlapse wagon and installed the app on my iPhone. Hyperlapse is an app by Instagram where you can create awesome time lapse videos and post them on Instagram or any other social media site.

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I currently uploaded three different Hyperlapse videos on my Instagram from when I was in the car. Check it out!

As you can see I have white borders on my video Hyperlapse videos. I used the Squaready for Video app, so it will show the full video without being cropped.

I totally love Hyperlapse. It’s a lot of fun, easy and fast. It is available in the iTunes AppStore for free. What I would like to see in future updates is the option to import a video from your camera roll. That would be neat!

What do you think of Hyperlapse?

Sep 28 2014

Family fun at my cousin’s birthday

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Yesterday I was amongst family and it was a lot of fun! It was my cousin Marlon’s 40th birthday. My aunties and cousins were there. Ate a lot of fun, drank a lot of wine and had lots of laughter! I took some snaps, not a lot, and I want to share them with you! :)

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Me together with my mom and my aunties. Or also known as me with the four sisters! :) Mom is on the far right.

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Hanging with my cousins Rachella and Merline. Always a lot of fun, with lots of laughter! :)

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This little fella, OMG, I love him! He has got to be the cutest three year old, ever! He’s the son of my cousin Rachella’s boyfriend. Just so precious! I was out of breath carrying him around and throwing him in the air. Once you start they want more, more, more. Like, again, again!! LOL!! I just couldn’t say no to his adorable face!!

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I had a great time last night! Had lots of food to eat, lots of wine to drink and having loads of laughs with family. Nothing better than that, right? And I just noticed that I didn’t took a picture with the birthday boy! Shame on me!

All pictures posted will be uploaded to my Photo Album in full quality.

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend. Thanks for checking out my blog. I wish you a great, happy and prosper Sunday! Ta-ta for now! :)