Bootie Hong Kong! And our first trip to Shanghai
Can I just say how much we LOOOOOOVE Hong Kong? Seriously. This was our second gig there, and we while we knew we really liked HK back when we were there in December, we are now in serious LOVE.
We could totally live there.
But in the meantime, we'll just see if we can keep doing Bootie parties there. We're shooting for a few times a year, but we'll see how it goes.
Anyway, it was great seeing some friends while we were over there, including our friend Dean, who lives in Shanghai and convinced us to stop by there on our way to Hong Kong. Dean was one of our earliest supporters, who used to come hear us spin at The Cinch, the trashy little fun neighborhood gay bar down the street from us, where we first got our start DJing back in 2002-2004.
We crammed as much as we could into two nights and one day in Shanghai, including (in order) a gay bar, a foot massage, a few art museums, shopping for cheap knock-offs of bags and watches, the Bund Tourist Tunnel (above), the Chinese Sex Museum (below) ...
... and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (which we loved in all its tacky sci-fi glory). So many skyscrapers here, it's insane. As Mixmag just wrote, Shanghai is like the "communist version of Blade Runner."
The next day we took the new high-tech Maglev train (270 mph!) to the new high-tech Pudong airport and jetted off to Hong Kong, where we were put up at the Grand Hyatt, since Bootie HK was being held at JJ's, the hotel's nightclub. (Most of the happening nightspots in Hong Kong are in hotels, actually.) We were picked up at the airport by the hotel limo (so rock star!) and once we got settled, we hopped the ferry to Kowloon to dine at Philip Starck's fancy Felix restaurant.
The next day, we hung out with Thierry, aka DJ Beau Toxx, who was instrumental in helping us get our asses to Hong Kong. We went out to dim sum with him and Caroline, then traded MP3s and prepared sets for the night.
The Bootie party itself went over great! Mostly an ex-pat crowd (which is what we were expecting) but it was a very eclectic mix of people – a little bit of everybody. Straight, gay, mainstream, indie, young, old ... it was soooo Bootie! We were quite pleased! Here are our friends Mark, Noel (who booked us at JJ's), and Tonio, doing these insane green shots...
Really fun DJ sets, an excited dance floor, people clammoring for free mashup CDs, me singing a midnight mashup show, and people even sang along to Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer."
Like we said, it was very much a Bootie party! We hope we can come back and do it again!
The next day, we got to go see a matinee of "We Will Rock You," the stage musical based on the music of Queen, which happened to be playing at the theatre right across the street from our hotel! Readers of this blog will know how disappointed we were that we missed this show when we were in London a few weeks ago ... and now here we were, with fate offering us a second chance! It was super cheesy fun, and really reminded us how much we love Queen.
After that, D hung out in our swanky hotel room while I braved the heat and humidity to go up the Peak Tram. Snapped the above photo. Then we hopped the ferry again to Kowloon to watch the "Symphony of Lights" – the nightly 15-minute show that synchronizes a bunch of skyscraper lights and lasers with super-cheesy music. Brilliant!
Then we went to the Temple Street Night Market to buy some cheap t-shirts and cheap Chinese food. Notice the sign of the tacky restaurant below? We ate at the "Tak Kee Seafood Restaurant"!
China is super excited about the upcoming Olympics. Everywhere you go, there's Olympic stuff everywhere, including this odd "Adrian-looking" mascot!
We flew home to San Francisco the next day, flying out at 8 in the morning on Monday, and getting to San Francisco at ... 9:30 Monday morning. I love the mind-fuck of the International Date Line! (But don't love jet-lag ... ugh.)
Next stop: the Bootie LA 3-Year Anniversary Pirate Ball, this Saturday!