Brett's Bday Bash!

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Brett's card cover - Eindhoven, City of Light and Fun

The day was finally here! Brett (metsbwd) had invited me to his Bday meet up, not thinking I'd actually be able to make it out here but I was able to surprise him by switching my flights around (was scheduled to arrive Dec 18th) and come a week earlier! :D I was very excited but very nervous now that the day was here.  Other than Brett, I knew none of the other TB's in person!  For months, I've chatted with my dear pain in the butt, Kitty Ket (Ketmeister) ha ha, Alex (Alex-b), and Jos (jos-nijenhuis).  And Patricia (pms70) had been my co-conspirator for surprises for Brett's Bday so we had been chatting quite a bit as of late! :D I couldn't believe I was finally meeting them along with all the other AWESOME TB's coming. 

Patricia had helped me scheme and we pulled together some great stuff for Brett's bday.

First bar and the rotating "Ladies Only" section
  In keeping with his them of "Eindhoven - City of Light and Fun" - Patricia went and bought large sparklers that we planned to light at some point during the evening in his honor.  In addition, I came up with the idea of trying to put together a scrapbook type card for him so everyone could share sentiments, stories, etc that he could take with him when he moves to Taiwan in February.  I also got him a beer stein engraved with his name and the meet up information as well.  And no birthday would be complete without a gag gift of sorts!  Well, for those who know the west coast TB meet up tradition with the pink shirt awarded to the furtherest traveled TB (which in this case would've been me...ha ha) I thought it was only fitting we present Brett with a shirt, signed by everyone of course!  Well, Mom worked with me since they have a business doing this and we came up with a magazine issue cover using some embarrassing photos of Brett, complete with some funny jabs.
Patricia, Brett, and I at the first bar
  It was going to be fun getting everyone to sign it without Brett getting too suspicious! LOL. 

Brett and I head out to meet up with Patricia, Jos, Bart-Jan (Biedjee), Maike (globevoyager) and Marthijn (mvdbrand) at their hotel.  Then it's off to the first bar...which didn't open for another 20-30 minutes!  We decided to check out a nearby pub (forgot the name now...lol) and have a drink there. Brett leads us to the area which is almost like a slow moving merry-go-round which made us all dizzy and once some of the guys noticed it said "ladies only" we quickly moved over to another table! HAHA.  Soon, Devi (Devika1985) and Stijn (unsure of TB name) arrive.  We send Brett off to the Trafalgar Pub where the meet up is scheduled to take place.

Screwing around with Kitty Ket - see how it feels to be violated! HAHA
  That gives us the opportunity to have everyone present so far to sign his shirt...hee hee. 

We quickly make our way over to Trafalgar where I see them...OMG! Is it?!?!  YES..it is my Kitty Ket and Alex!!!! I can't believe it and I run up and practically attack them both! LOL.  I couldn't believe I was finally meeting my crazy TB buddies!!! Soon, everyone else started showing up and we were about 23 deep! Brett had several friends from work who are also on TB now - YEAH! (Now I know how he recently got his ambassador award..LOL).  Some cool surprises along the way like meeting Bennie (BMatital)!

Seems like time flew and it was almost 7pm already and time to head to dinner!  There was lots of great conversation, good beer, strange little appetizer foods I tried (bittenballen or something.

Maike tending bar now (notice the "real" bartender behind! HAHA)
..?)  - but it was interesting!  There were some silly shenangians of course - Ket and Maike both behind the bar at various times of the night...caught you on camera! HAHA. 

We were then headed to WokParadijs which was like a Mongolian BBQ type place - lots and lots of food!  For 29 euros, you also had alcohol included...But good grief - those beers were big beers considering we had been drinking since a little before 4pm at that point!  LOL.  At dinner, we had two other TB's join (Inkie1010 and Doc_Zenith).  Unfortunately, I did not really get to talk to either of them but they seemed nice!  We got through dinner and it was time for Brett to open all his gifts and Patricia and I to present him with our stuff! LOL.

HAHAHA.....
 

Brett got several gifts of beer (shocking, huh?) and some other great gifts to remind him of his time in Eindhoven which was incredibly sweet! And let's not forget Drempel, the stuffed dog! LOL.  Devi brought it as Brett once said if he ever had a dog he would name it Drempel (speed bump in Dutch).  HAHAHAHA  It was our turn and we decided to do the gag gift of the shirt first and then the nice stuff.  He looked as though he wanted to kill me but I know deep down he was thrilled we had gone to all this trouble.  He loved the scrapbook card (which even includes one of Ket's famous remakes of the Pink song, "So What").  We presented him also with the feather boa that Joost (Joost1976) had suggested although he unfortunately was not able to make it to witness the embarrassment! LOL.

Another shot of the sparklers
 

Next came the struggle of getting Brett to sit tight while the gang headed downstairs in preparation of the sparklers!  Well, we shuffled a lot of people out however the line for the coats was insane and I had to keep Brett back at the table.  I decided to ask Ket to be the signal person for Patricia when we were coming down.  Alex asked me if I was sure I trusted Ket and I should've listened to Alex! LOL.  Ket's instructions were to go down and tell Patricia we'd be there in 5 minutes.  He didn't....he just went down and said we were on our way so she lit all the sparklers and they were starting to burn out!!!  Devi came running back upstairs and said everyone was waiting for us and Brett was already getting antsy, probably wondering why I was holding him hostage upstairs.

LOVE this shot of Brett
  Well, as soon as we headed down the stairs, I could smell the sparklers and Brett chimes in from behind me, "Geez, something is burning!"  HAHA.  Well as we got to the bottom of the stairs - OMG...everyone was outside with them lit and it was breathtaking!  Brett's face was priceless as he realized it was everyone in our group holding them.  They started singing Happy Birthday and I ran around and took pics.  Jos got a GREAT video of the whole thing which I hope will make it on TB soon! :D Everything turned out so awesome, I was the one who almost cried!  I could've never pulled any of this off without Patricia and her ideas about the sparklers and decorating were PERFECT! 

Now it was time to head off bar hopping.

Alex corrupting Patricia HAHA
  Oh my!  There is a street known for its bars, Stratumseind). The first stop - the Tipsy Duck. Well it was kinda dead when we got there but we know how to get a party started!  Maike spotted the pool table covered in wood and figured out this was a great place for us to dance!! LOL.  We got a round of drinks and promised Brett and Ket we would wait to dance while they ran back to Brett's apartment to drop off all the gifts.  As soon as they arrived, Maike got us on the table dancing!  Soon, we even got Ket and Alex up there.  Brett joined ever so briefly until he got a little scared as the wood buckled under us (wuss!) HAHA.  Next thing I know, more TB guys are on the stage/table and random strangers are coming by taking photos! LOL.
Cuties! :D
  Brett had my camera and succeeded in getting a bunch of shots of us on stage.  Next, I had to take a break and run to the potty. I had my camera with me for some strange reason and OMG, glad I did!  The stall I went into had a chalkboard and on it, it said "TB was here 13/12/08" I knew this had to be Maike since she had just gone to the restroom before me.  I took some photos and added TravBuddies atop it and headed back out to share with the gang. 

Soon, we were ready to continue the bar hopping and landed at a bar with very alternative almost heavy metal music.  Not really music to dance too.  Apparently the dutch hate that bar due to the music.  Soon we moved across the street to the Boston Pub which was playing quite a bit of dance / deep house type music.

Hmm...signature pose Alex? LOL
  We danced, danced, and danced some more until my feet were ready to fall off sometime after 2am.  We had an incredible time - Alex played his usual photographer, even sitting under a bar table at one point taking pics of us. And beware of him around beer coasters...he's a little scary in that he likes to fling them across the room and you just might find yourself getting hit in the face by a flying one! LOL. 

Brett and I bailed sometime after 2am and left a good number of folks still partying.  We were both exhausted and had hoped to get up early to meet back up with the gang. 

What an AWESOME AWESOME night.  And although I am not allowed to get "mushy" on here...I will just say that being able to be here for Brett's Bday was an incredible experience and I am so happy I could share this special day with him.

Awwww....last shot of the night before we ventured home! Happy Bday honey! :D
  He is my world and I was so proud to be by his side today!  Annnnndddddd......The NL TravBuddies are some of the nicest and most amazing people you will ever meet!  I am looking very forward to seeing most of them again on NYE in Amsterdam, a few in Dusseldorf on 12/27,  and hope to cross paths with the others again soon!  If you ever have the opportunity to meet any of the TB's from here, I highly recommend you do it - they are a really great group!!!!! I feel very blessed meeting such an amazing group of people who welcomed me into their country and Brett's meet up!

becroes says:
What a great party! Wish I could have been there (sigh)!
Posted on: Dec 20, 2008
jerseygirl67 says:
Very cool....sounds lik a blast! And you got to meet all those people! Very cool...Is Devi as sweet as she is on here? I would think yes! And Alex looks like a blast! How fun!!!!
Posted on: Dec 19, 2008
azsalsa says:
OMG, Erin.....what an awesome party! ...and the amount of pics you took!!! I've been away from TB for awhile doing some family stuff in Okla but plan on getting back in the groove when Mark and I head to France/England and Wales for the month of Jan. Stay tuned!
Posted on: Dec 17, 2008
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Bretts card cover - Eindhoven, Ci…
Brett's card cover - Eindhoven, C…
First bar and the rotating Ladies…
First bar and the rotating "Ladie…
Patricia, Brett, and I at the firs…
Patricia, Brett, and I at the fir…
Screwing around with Kitty Ket - s…
Screwing around with Kitty Ket - …
Maike tending bar now (notice the …
Maike tending bar now (notice the…
HAHAHA.....
HAHAHA.....
Another shot of the sparklers
Another shot of the sparklers
LOVE this shot of Brett
LOVE this shot of Brett
Alex corrupting Patricia HAHA
Alex corrupting Patricia HAHA
Cuties! :D
Cuties! :D
Hmm...signature pose Alex? LOL
Hmm...signature pose Alex? LOL
Awwww....last shot of the night be…
Awwww....last shot of the night b…
Not sure what Marthijn is doing!
Not sure what Marthijn is doing!
Brett hanging out before the meet …
Brett hanging out before the meet…
Jos and Bart-Jan in the hotel
Jos and Bart-Jan in the hotel
Marthijn at the hotel
Marthijn at the hotel
Patricia chatting at the hotel
Patricia chatting at the hotel
Bart-Jan, Maike, and Marthinjn cha…
Bart-Jan, Maike, and Marthinjn ch…
Me and my Kitty Ket @ Trafalgar!
Me and my Kitty Ket @ Trafalgar!
Ket and Brett
Ket and Brett
Alex & part of Bart-Jan
Alex & part of Bart-Jan
Jos, Ket, and the back of Jacqueli…
Jos, Ket, and the back of Jacquel…
Brett and some of his real life f…
Brett and some of his "real life …
Melissa and Ryan
Melissa and Ryan
Marthijn and Patricia at Trafalgar
Marthijn and Patricia at Trafalgar
Alex, Devi, Jos, Jacqueline, Bart-…
Alex, Devi, Jos, Jacqueline, Bart…
Alex and Devi - open your eyes Ale…
Alex and Devi - open your eyes Al…
Bennie and I (and a very tall Thom…
Bennie and I (and a very tall Tho…
Brett and I (and notice the nice a…
Brett and I (and notice the nice …
Ket tending bar
Ket tending bar
Would you order a drink from him!?…
Would you order a drink from him!…
Brett and Ket
Brett and Ket
Ket screwing around! LOL
Ket screwing around! LOL
Another shot of Maike tending bar …
Another shot of Maike tending bar…
Awww...they look cuddly! Should I …
Awww...they look cuddly! Should I…
Bday boy taking his own photo
Bday boy taking his own photo
Patricia and I at Trafalgar again
Patricia and I at Trafalgar again
Bday boy in mid sentence! HAHA
Bday boy in mid sentence! HAHA
A bit blurry but church outside re…
A bit blurry but church outside r…
OMG!  Ket the pole dancer!
OMG! Ket the pole dancer!
Brett and Bennie
Brett and Bennie
Stijn, Brett, Bennie, and Ket
Stijn, Brett, Bennie, and Ket
Guido making a grand entrance at d…
Guido making a grand entrance at …
Taking a photo just as Brett asked…
Taking a photo just as Brett aske…
Another shot of the big beer dri…
Another shot of the "big beer" dr…
Patricia and Maike at dinner
Patricia and Maike at dinner
Brett at dinner
Brett at dinner
WTF face is that Ket?!?!
WTF face is that Ket?!?!
Jos at dinner
Jos at dinner
Like this shot of Brett at dinner
Like this shot of Brett at dinner
Patricia, Maike, and me at dinner
Patricia, Maike, and me at dinner
Kitty Ket!
Kitty Ket!
Ket and Jos - no blinking! LOL
Ket and Jos - no blinking! LOL
Whoa...some of the first round of …
Whoa...some of the first round of…
Brett happy....BEER!
Brett happy....BEER!
No Brett, those are not all for yo…
No Brett, those are not all for y…
Step away from the beers Brett!
Step away from the beers Brett!
Trying to get a shot of the rest o…
Trying to get a shot of the rest …
Uhhh, yes, Ket would be checking o…
Uhhh, yes, Ket would be checking …
What are you taking a pic of Ket?!…
What are you taking a pic of Ket?…
My seafood wok plate
My seafood wok plate
Maike making her famed party hat f…
Maike making her famed party hat …
Whoo Hoo! Bday Boy
Whoo Hoo! Bday Boy
No hiding behind the beer! :-)
No hiding behind the beer! :-)
Maike about join Brett w/his party…
Maike about join Brett w/his part…
Brett and Maike - cute!!!
Brett and Maike - cute!!!
Maike, Ket, Jos, and Marthijn
Maike, Ket, Jos, and Marthijn
Marthijn - over here!
Marthijn - over here!
Maike and Jos at dinner
Maike and Jos at dinner
What is Ket doing to Patricia and …
What is Ket doing to Patricia and…
Me, Brett, Jacqueline, and Maike
Me, Brett, Jacqueline, and Maike
HAHAHA
HAHAHA
His Napoleon pose
His Napoleon pose
Oh Ket...dream on. Dream on!
Oh Ket...dream on. Dream on!
Brett and Drempel
Brett and Drempel
Ryan, Brett, and Drempel
Ryan, Brett, and Drempel
Brett and I with Drempel
Brett and I with Drempel
Awww, Brett, Devi, and Drempel
Awww, Brett, Devi, and Drempel
Ryan and his yummy looking dessert
Ryan and his yummy looking dessert
Brett and his beer mustache
Brett and his beer mustache
Wow...such loving eyes for Drempel…
Wow...such loving eyes for Drempe…
Awwww....Kitty Ket, Brett, and Dre…
Awwww....Kitty Ket, Brett, and Dr…
Brett trying to get Ket to listen …
Brett trying to get Ket to listen…
Maike, Lieke, and Jos
Maike, Lieke, and Jos
No clue what Brett is trying to te…
No clue what Brett is trying to t…
Goofs! LOL
Goofs! LOL
Alex and Brett...and WTH Ket?
Alex and Brett...and WTH Ket?
Brett finding the continuous shoot…
Brett finding the continuous shoo…
2nd one of Alex and I
2nd one of Alex and I
LOL!
LOL!
Yeah, we were being silly! Thanks …
Yeah, we were being silly! Thanks…
Brett pretending to take a pic of …
Brett pretending to take a pic of…
Ket posing with the waitress now! …
Ket posing with the waitress now!…
Brett, Alex, Ket, and Maike at din…
Brett, Alex, Ket, and Maike at di…
Hiding behind the napkin? LOL
Hiding behind the napkin? LOL
Silly!
Silly!
Brett unwrapping one of his gifts
Brett unwrapping one of his gifts
Beer from Jos!
Beer from Jos!
Brett and his beer from Jos
Brett and his beer from Jos
HAHAHAHAHA Sorry had to get a pic …
HAHAHAHAHA Sorry had to get a pic…
Silly Ket!
Silly Ket!
The group next to us while they si…
The group next to us while they s…
Birthday boy with more beer from D…
Birthday boy with more beer from …
The only Asian and he cant use ch…
The only Asian and he can't use c…
Brett and his bday beer
Brett and his bday beer
Brett opening his gift from Alex
Brett opening his gift from Alex
Alex bought Brett an awesome book …
Alex bought Brett an awesome book…
Brett posing with his book
Brett posing with his book
Brett opening his gift from Lieke
Brett opening his gift from Lieke
Another shot of Brett with his gif…
Another shot of Brett with his gi…
What are you doing to Maike Ket?!?!
What are you doing to Maike Ket?!?!
Eeek,...our dinner bill
Eeek,...our dinner bill
Brett being surprised by the spark…
Brett being surprised by the spar…
So pretty!!!
So pretty!!!
Brett got his own sparkler
Brett got his own sparkler
Sparklers winding down
Sparklers winding down
the gang outside the restaurant
the gang outside the restaurant
Another shot of the Bday boy
Another shot of the Bday boy
Sparklers
Sparklers
Patricia and I outside the restaur…
Patricia and I outside the restau…
Jenny, Manuel, and Guido with thei…
Jenny, Manuel, and Guido with the…
Marthijn, Guido, Patricia, and I a…
Marthijn, Guido, Patricia, and I …
Patricia and I at the Tipsy Duck
Patricia and I at the Tipsy Duck
Alex and Devi chatting
Alex and Devi chatting
Great shot of Marthijn and Patricia
Great shot of Marthijn and Patricia
Who are you calling Marthijn?
Who are you calling Marthijn?
Ryan and part of Thomas at Tipsy D…
Ryan and part of Thomas at Tipsy …
Yo Ryan!
Yo Ryan!
Another shot of Patricia and I at …
Another shot of Patricia and I at…
Jacqueline
Jacqueline
Wow...still deep in conversation..…
Wow...still deep in conversation.…
Uh oh..Maike took this of Stijn - …
Uh oh..Maike took this of Stijn -…
Maike looking cute!
Maike looking cute!
Bart-Jan on the dance table lol
Bart-Jan on the dance "table" lol
MAIKE ROCKS FOR THIS! :D
MAIKE ROCKS FOR THIS! :D
Had to add Travbuddies to it as we…
Had to add Travbuddies to it as w…
Patricia, me, and Maike on the poo…
Patricia, me, and Maike on the po…
Patricia, Devi, and Maike on the p…
Patricia, Devi, and Maike on the …
Patricia, Devi, Lieke, me, and Mai…
Patricia, Devi, Lieke, me, and Ma…
Cuties on the table @ Tipsy Duck
Cuties on the table @ Tipsy Duck
Patricia, Lieke, Devi, me, and Mai…
Patricia, Lieke, Devi, me, and Ma…
Who are we getting up there now Ma…
Who are we getting up there now M…
Marthijn hanging with the smokers.…
Marthijn hanging with the smokers…
Manuel and Jenny
Manuel and Jenny
JOS!! :D
JOS!! :D
Stijn! Now the eyes are open!
Stijn! Now the eyes are open!
Whoo Hoo!
Whoo Hoo!
Oh my....LOL
Oh my....LOL
Go Maike! Go Maike! :D
Go Maike! Go Maike! :D
A great looking group of TBs!
A great looking group of TBs!
Oh my lord! LOL What am I doing?!?!
Oh my lord! LOL What am I doing?!?!
HAHAHAHA...look at Alex and I
HAHAHAHA...look at Alex and I
WTH? HAHAHA
WTH? HAHAHA
There we all are again! :D Still t…
There we all are again! :D Still …
Theres my honey the Bday boy!
There's my honey the Bday boy!
Aawwwww  :-D
Aawwwww :-D
Poor Maike! LOL
Poor Maike! LOL
Cmon Brett...show your dance move…
C'mon Brett...show your dance mov…
Ket, Melissa, and Jos at the Tipsy…
Ket, Melissa, and Jos at the Tips…
Marthijn and Bart-Jan
Marthijn and Bart-Jan
Jos, Stijn, and Guido
Jos, Stijn, and Guido
WTH Brett? LOL
WTH Brett? LOL
Stijn joins us crazy girls and Alex
Stijn joins us crazy girls and Alex
Whoo Hoo...check out Devi and Bret…
Whoo Hoo...check out Devi and Bre…
Maike and Alex still going strong …
Maike and Alex still going strong…
Alex has moves! LOL
Alex has moves! LOL
One stud stands alone! :D
One stud stands alone! :D
Ket, Jos, Guido, and Matt watching…
Ket, Jos, Guido, and Matt watchin…
Devi and Alex
Devi and Alex
Love this shot of Maike
Love this shot of Maike
Barj-Jan and Guido join the fun!
Barj-Jan and Guido join the fun!
The smart ones hiding out - Thomas…
The smart ones hiding out - Thoma…
Yes we are still up there but at l…
Yes we are still up there but at …
Melissa and Joe....Melissa...what …
Melissa and Joe....Melissa...what…
Ryan @ Tipsy Duck
Ryan @ Tipsy Duck
Thomas @ Tipsy Duck
Thomas @ Tipsy Duck
Whoa...Trying to help Patricia up …
Whoa...Trying to help Patricia up…
Bart-Jan has moves!
Bart-Jan has moves!
What is Alex doing behind Bart-Jan…
What is Alex doing behind Bart-Ja…
Awwwwwwwwww cute!
Awwwwwwwwww cute!
Lieke, Guido, Devi, part of Patric…
Lieke, Guido, Devi, part of Patri…
Love Alexs moves! LOL
Love Alex's moves! LOL
LMAOOOOOOOO @ Alex
LMAOOOOOOOO @ Alex
Yikes....Alex and I again! LOL
Yikes....Alex and I again! LOL
No clue what I am doing! LOL
No clue what I am doing! LOL
Who knows who I am trying to coerc…
Who knows who I am trying to coer…
This is another shot for all the g…
This is another shot for all the …
Woo hoo baby! Yes...that is a Ket …
Woo hoo baby! Yes...that is a Ket…
Jose handing Maike a drink but wth…
Jose handing Maike a drink but wt…
Oh my...that is what Ket is doing!…
Oh my...that is what Ket is doing…
Party time still....we loved that …
Party time still....we loved that…
Alex still showing off his moves
Alex still showing off his moves
Hmmm, Alex has more back than Ke…
Hmmm, Alex has more "back" than K…
Alex...supposed to be posing for t…
Alex...supposed to be posing for …
LOL
LOL
A cute shot of Alex and I
A cute shot of Alex and I
Maike, Devi, and Ket
Maike, Devi, and Ket
Lieke, Patricia, Bart-Jan, and Devi
Lieke, Patricia, Bart-Jan, and Devi
Guido and Bart-Jan..rock out guys!…
Guido and Bart-Jan..rock out guys…
Kets facial expressions are price…
Ket's facial expressions are pric…
Whoo Hoo Maike and I! LOL
Whoo Hoo Maike and I! LOL
Another shot of Maike and I
Another shot of Maike and I
Da girls...and Alex! LOL
Da girls...and Alex! LOL
Patricia and I
Patricia and I
Poor Maike!!! HAHAHA  Put her down…
Poor Maike!!! HAHAHA Put her dow…
Brett and Patricia on the dance fl…
Brett and Patricia on the dance f…
Guido and Lieke at Boston Pub
Guido and Lieke at Boston Pub
Hee Hee a little Over the Hill pag…
Hee Hee a little Over the Hill pa…
The Brett Brett - sorry couldnt r…
The Brett Brett - sorry couldn't …
Jos contribution
Jos' contribution
Joriens page (although she couldn…
Jorien's page (although she could…
Jacqs page
Jacq's page
What I did for Alex - funny!
What I did for Alex - funny!
Joost who couldnt end up being th…
Joost who couldn't end up being t…
Devis page - funny stuff as well!
Devi's page - funny stuff as well!
Love Maikes..hence the party hat …
Love Maike's..hence the party hat…
hee hee...Jennys page
hee hee...Jenny's page
The infamous Kets song
The infamous Ket's song
Close up to Kets song LOL
Close up to Ket's song LOL
Another page for Kitty Ket
Another page for Kitty Ket
Liekes page
Lieke's page
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