why dancing, of course!
last night shaun djed at zoe in yellow. once he was done with the set we hung around for a little while until nathan and them closed up the bar, then went to this crazy mega-dance-club place that had like 4 or 5 floors of different dance clubs. we went to the one that (i think) was at the top that was called “scratching” and it was packed out pretty well, but not annoyingly so. i danced the whole time without a break, but shaun went to the bathroom a couple of times. when he came back he said that when he went to pee, these people showed up and started cracking his neck and back for him for tips. i don’t know if that’s what they do in the ladies’ bathroom, since i didn’t go, but it sounds kind of cool and like it would be a little distracting. there were two djs, and they were both good. people here don’t really dance the same way as they do in america, it’s a lot more respectful and a lot less booty-poppin. i didn’t get any strange creepy dudes grinding up on me all night long!
we left around (i think) 6am, and the place was still as packed out as it was before. and on a tuesday night! from what i understand it’s just like that in thailand. it’s fun for me every once in awhile, but i don’t think i could dance ’til the breaka breaka every night.
a firedancer at the zoe in yellow bar cluster:
i think the white guy was drunk, i’d be surprised if he didn’t have some burn marks the way he kept catching the baton on the ends.
there’s a firedancer most of the time at this bar cluster, and there’s always live music. it’s near the u.n. irish pub, and really close to where we live. there’s also a karaoke club or two, plus zoe in yellow usually has some awesome food. lots of rasta bars, which would be kind of annoying in the states but out here in the jungle they seem more appropriate.
i would’ve had this stuff up sooner, but i had to find some sort of video editing software (preferably freeware) that enabled frame rate adjustment… surprisingly hard to find! my version of imovie didn’t have it, which was weird since an older version, imovie 6, did. pretty ridiculous. anyway, i got imovie 6 hd which you can download for free if you have imovie 8… so i did. you can get it via this link:
you’re supposed to buy it from apple if you don’t already have imovie 8 or something.
anyway, here’s a video of our scooter ride on huay kaew rd towards doi suthep (the mountain) to see wat doi suthep (the temple on the mountain):
our scooter kind of crapped out on us on that last big hill… right after we passed and ignored a sign that advised us to use the lower gear. it was ok though, we just pushed it up about 10 feet past the steepest part and started it right back up again! the scenery was amazing. we were also driving really slow. the traffic actually isn’t as terrifying as i thought it would be – people here seem to have a really good handle on their driving skills, and there’s doesn’t seem to be much in the way of road rage. nobody honked or yelled at us, even if they had to wait a little bit to get by us on the one lane road down the mountain.
(although i guess the matching shirts do make us look kind of dumb… you’re supposed to keep your arms/legs covered when you visit a temple, plus it gets kind of chilly on the mountain, and these were the only long sleeve shirts we had, damn it.)
some more pictures of the mountain and clouds from off our balcony… it’s really fantastic!
people around here like to set off small fireworks and flares (you can see some on the right). i was trying to get a good photo of the pink in the clouds, it was dark out so it turned out pretty grainy:
shaun had his first dj gig at this place called zoe in yellow. it’s a really cool little bar-type place… most days they have a ham hock bbq outside so you can order rad sandwiches and whatnot. i think they liked shaun’s set and asked him to come back to dj the next full moon party.