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The Netherlands Experience - NSR 2009
Part 1 – Amsterdam
some of you might already know, I recently represented Malaysia at the
New Skool Rules Hip Hop/Rnb conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands. When
my manager, Yaniz Merican told me the good news I was elated, because
this meant that we would be flying into Amsterdam
Checking-in at KLIA assisted by the helpful MAS staff.
12½ hour flight on MAS went by really quickly as we were attended to by
the friendly staff on board MH016. I had more than sufficient leg-room
space and the excellent in-flight entertainment kept me happy and
contented throughout the length of the flight. Not to forget - I
manageto catch some well deserved shut-eye
On board flight MH016 en route to Amsterdam for the NSR Convention!
finally arrived safely at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and took the train
to Central Station which is situated directly opposite the Victoria
Park Plaza. After checking into our hotel, we headed straight to the
Van Gogh Museum. I was in awe of Starry Night and the Rembrandts were
Fresh off the flight at Central Station
We also took the opportunity to visit the
which is the largest museum in Amsterdam. Parts of the building were
under renovation but we still managed to get a look at many interesting
exhibits that were on display. The building that houses this museum was
an architectural marvel overlooking the many canals that can be found
in the city.
In front of
was particularly impressed with the elevated sense of the urban culture
the city of Amsterdam enjoys. A lot of people on the streets were
clearly influenced by the urban movement and you could see fantastic
pieces of graffiti all over the city.
One of the many graffiti artwork that can be found around Amsterdam.
Check out the Air Yeezy's!
Since we were in Amsterdam,it
was only right that we did the obligatory canal boat tour! The tour
brought us through the many inner-city canals and harbors. We got a
glimpse of the many boathouses moored along thecanals.
Did you know that there are now boathouses that have been converted to
hotels that you can stay in? I would love to give it a try one day.
A view of the canal
stay in Amsterdam was further made more comfortable and convenient with
the presence of a fellow countryman, my friend and ex-breakdancer
Achaap, who is currently residing in Amsterdam. He doubled up as our
tour guide and being somewhat of a local himself, he brought us to
places not usually frequented by tourists which really gave me a good
perspective of the sort of the local lifestyle in Amsterdam.
with Achaap and his fam in Amsterdam
Part 2 – Rotterdam
two days in Amsterdam (which literally flew by!), we were off to
Rotterdam for the main reason for our tour - the New Skool Rules
We were joined by fellow BumSquad DJs Phat Phillie from Croatia, Criscokidd from Houston and BumSquad President Latin Prince.
Me, Latin Prince & Phat Phillie
With DJ Latin Prince. Representing the Bumsquad DJs and Blackberry Nation worldwide!
felt proud to be the only Malaysian and Asian representing at the
convention. Being the only person rocking the Air Yeezy’s definitely
helped too! Especially whilst in the presence of legendary hip-hop
icons such as MC Shan, DJ Tony Touch, Fredro Starr, Bishop Lamont and
hundreds of other movers and shakers in the hip-hop world.
With Aftermath Ent. artist Bishop Lamont!The
NSR convention was held in 4 different locations, the main one being in
the Maassilo in Rotterdam South. Other locations included the Factory
010, Baroeg and LCC 't Klooster. We had to commute between these
locations to participate in the various activities.
Outside one of the convention locations
Being interviewed by Vibe Magazine! Watch out for that interview.It
was certainly a global gathering of the hip-hop community and we had a
good interacting and networking session amongst each other. The
workshops and talks that I attended really inspired me with a renewed
and refreshed outlook towards hip-hop as a culture, an industry and a
business. I will definitely be applying some of the things I learned at
NSR to my day-to-day undertakings!
With Yaniz, my manager.
the conference ended, it was finally time to say goodbye to the
Netherlands. We flew back using MAS and although it had only been 6
days since we left Malaysia for Amsterdam, it was certainly a great
feeling to be greeted by the friendly smiles of the MAS staff as we
boarded our flight home. I now understand why the award-winning MAS
cabin crew is considered to be the best in the world. The warmth and
sincerity shown towards me and my tour-mates by the MAS staff and cabin
crew was certainly reflective of their “Malaysian Hospitality” ethos
and made the long journey between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam (and
back!) a most memorable and pleasant one
With the lovely stewardesses on MH016!
Shoutout to all them NSR peeps and also a special shoutout to Malaysian Airlines!One Love!Joe Flizzow.
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