Tears For Fears back in Manila this 2012

Tears For Fears knows it’s more fun in the Philippines.
Remember this deafening reception at the Araneta Coliseum in May 2010?

I sure wouldn’t miss it.
Tears For Fears will embark on a late-summer tour of the Far East—hitting Japan, the Philippines and South Korea—but not before playing a small string of warm-up shows in Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, Costa Mesa, California and possibly San Diego, Curt Smith revealed on a recent music-industry podcast.

Tears for Fears’ Curt Smith (L) with Roland Orzabal

Appearing on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast last week, Smith said he and Roland Orzabal are planning a three-and-a-half-week summer tour.
“I guess when we get back together we’ll probably talk about whether we’re going to record anymore, but for now, we’re just doing a few West Coast dates to warm up and then we’re off to the Phillipines and Japan and South Korea.”
None of the concerts have been announced yet, but Smith says they’re looking at an August 1 show at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California, plus a Las Vegas date that’s “about to be confirmed.”
He said the band will play the Bay Area, and are trying to secure a venue in San Francisco, but could end up playing in San Jose. He adds: “We may do San Diego, but I think it’s only going to be three or four shows before we head off.”

On the road

I was very much fascinated with the half-cars I saw all over Europe and took photos until I saw too many and got used to it. Aren’t these cute by the way? Can these survive Manila’s crazy drivers? Would it ease our traffic and pollution?

Half a car

Little car

Half car

Little car

Then I saw the fancy buses in Paris. I’ve always wanted to own a fancy van or Coaster so I can pack my family, helpers, and all our stuff to Baguio with the luxury of space. I wonder how much these buses cost.

A nice bus

A nice bus

So jealous

Another cool van

Finally got to ride one on the way back to Schiphol when Jeroen hired this maxicab from Theo Middelweerd

Theo Middelweerd maxicab

The coolest thing, it had this ramp that helped us load our luggage easily. The boys were fascinated.

Jan, Jap, Ben

I had a great nap on the way to Schiphol. It was love!
Jeroen loves the triple Dutch accordion public buses which are not as cute. Do you think these would fly in Manila? Or more traffic for us?

Triple Dutch bus

The hood

Utrecht is a place where you’ll find more interesting ways to sit

Utrecht benches

Utrecht benches

Eetwinkel Geniet


Chair store

Pantone chairs

Rietveld child's chair

Dick Bruna bear stools

There’s a hi-fi shop

Utrecht stereo shop

One of my favorite home stores, I don’t even know its name

One of my favorite stores in Utrecht

Cute store

Cute store

A wasteland called Tiger


with the fake moustaches


The neighborhood H&M is so cheap!! Bought lots of stuff for the boys

H&M Utrecht

Sport-Inn belongs to Jeroen’s cousin Bas

Sport-Inn, Utrecht

where we stopped by often

van Stratens at Sport-Inn

Jeroen, his cousin Bas and the kids

Jeroen, Estelle, Bas, Ben

Jeroen and Bas as kids

Jeroen and his cousin Bas

Jer says the best fries are at Mennekenpis

Mannekenpis fries

So much fries

All those fries

The Utrecht art museum looks awesome

Utrecht Art Museum

Utrecht Art Museum

Flowers everywhere

PInk roses

Check out the prices

Cheap flowers

Flower market

Jeroen’s friends own Eetwinkel Geniet, where we also stopped often

Eetwinkel Geniet

Eetwinkel Geniet

Melle runs the show here


Jeroen at Melle's

Just one of the boys

The boys at Melle's

I happen to love the HEMA in Utrecht


The Albert Heijn supermarkets

Utrecht Albert Heijn bike parking

The Wok To Go

Last look at Wok to GO

I miss you already.

Back in the oven

I can’t tell you how nice it is to wake up in the middle of the night and realize I’m sleeping in my own bed and our soft sheets.
Where I was staying in Europe, it didn’t seem like fabric softener and thread counts were that important.
Now if only my dear husband would wake up with the same urge to eat bacon and eggs at 2:50 AM.
As I write this, I’m uploading one of the last batches of photos taken from the trip.
Ben is awake and has moved into my bedside playing with his iPod Touch.
I am contemplating going into the kitchen to take some fresh orange juice purchased at the Hong Kong airport earlier.

Two weeks in Europe with two frisky boys is no joke—even though you’re traveling with a yaya. It is exhausting, even if you’re traveling business class. But it is well worth it. One trip to Europe with your family is worth more than ten trips in Asia, where we are pampered like kings and queens, with the best room service, modern hotels and subways.
On the upside, I didn’t gain weight even though I ate a lot of junk—Coke with every meal and lots of fried chicken wings from Wok To Go, my favorite fastfood joint in Utrecht.


I’m so happy the kids got to know their Dutch side and see where there father and Opa are from, where their dad went to school and grew up.
On our first few days in Utrecht, one of the boys said he wished we had settled in Utrecht instead of Manila because everything there and the people are so nice. Too late now, because we are settled in Manila with our home, business, friends and ties.
I wish Utrecht were just six hours away and I wish KLM still landed in NAIA.
One day I hope to have a place there with Jeroen with two or three bedrooms and fabulous bathrooms, instead of a log cabin in Tagaytay.
I have so much to tell you, so much to blog. It’s just that when I was over there, I didn’t really have time for myself or sit down in front of the computer. It was just busy, busy, busy. You can imagine what Yaya Bhing went through. She worked harder than me, doing laundry and cooking sinigang for the boys. And Jeroen who planned the whole trip definitely worked harder than me.
I was still the princess, but without the time to sit down and blog.
That said, I am now in Manila with so many stories to tell. I just wish the Internet connection would cooperate.
So I found out, even in parts of Europe, there is really bad Internet connection.
When I left Amsterdam it was 3 degrees, when we arrived in Manila, it was 35 degrees.
We just walked into the oven, and I’m happy to be back.

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