Once again, it is time for the annual IFA Global Press Conference, where offline and online media gather to find out about the European consumer electronics show held in September every year, in Berlin.
We had speakers from companies like Philips, Vestel (Turkish company) and BSH Group, who came to talk about trends and numbers and of course, their own new products. I particularly enjoyed the bits by research people from GfK. Curved TVs, for example. What is up with THAT trend? Is it going to change the world? Or is it going the way of the 3D TV flop?
There were a few booths to see, not many, since most of the brands will be showing off their wares at the IFA in Berlin itself. I was quite fascinated with Philips' new A5-PRO headphones made in collaboration with DJ Armin Van Buuren.
Also cool was their new Android Smart TV and the surround speaker system with detachable rear satellites that are wireless. I own the first gen Fidelio HTL9100 myself and was keen to see the next gen.
I also got to touch the Panasonic GH4. I say touch because inside no battery. They lost it in transit. Pffft.
We got to see a bit of Antalya, after a coach ride that took a little too long in the rush hour traffic. We wandered around Kaleici, or Old Town Antalya. It's actually quite pretty, as long as you don't get dragged into tourist trap stores.
I got to drink a red drink from a barrel off this guy's back.
I got to try some Turkish delights.
I got to eat Turkish ice-cream with an elaborate show.
And in Old Town Antalya, I found this shop with a very odd room of life-sized figures.
The final night's dinner was quite enjoyable. There was a Turkish singer who sang covers and some Turkish songs. I called her the Celine Dion of Turkey.
Then, just when you thought the night was over, boom, the belly dancers showed up. The (male) photographers in the audience went wild.
But the highlight for me was Marit Larsen, from Norway. Yes, if that name sounds familiar, she was formerly from teen duo m2m. I am such a fanboy. Marit has had a fairly successful solo career too, with that 2008 hit song, If A Song Could Get Me You.
Watching her sing live was awesome.