Thursday, March 15, 2018

Club Report: Zouk (Kuala Lumpur)

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on a Wednesday night, what to do?  Well there's Zouk KL, the number 21 club in the world per DJ Mag readers.
Zouk is made up of 10 separate clubs, each featuring different music formats. However, only two were open last night.
Began the night in the main room where Aly & Fila (ET) are playing this Friday night!
DJ Kiya (MAL) was on the decks mixing American Hip Hop with Top 40.
Even though this was the main room, it just never got crowded.
So I hung out in Velvet.
DJ Radz & DJ Luqu (both MAL) were tag-teaming.
The music was mostly EDM but what was odd that although the club got crowded on the sidelines, no one was dancing.
Of course you can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
All of a sudden, one brave couple got on the floor and then everyone else flooded-on!
Free admission & drinks for the Ladies on Wednesday nights led to a long line at the door and a crowded dance floor!
And a good time was had by all!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This Weekend In Techno Town

This chick is hot and she's playing tonight at The Patio. Hvdes (USA) Experimental / Electro / Trap.
This Saturday night "No Questions Asked" had DJ Martin Doorly (GB) dba Doorly. Eve Nightclub. House.
Just a reminder that Saturday is St. Patrick's Day and you'll find parties everywhere including at Wall Street Plaza. If you're coming downtown, arrive before 10PM because parking will be jammed! 
Aero Bar is also celebrating St. Patrick's Day, except that the music from DJ's Cliff T & Dominick Morrison will be the best downtown!  EDM / House / Progressive House / Trap.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Club Report: Ultimate Deck Party (Sapphire Princess)

With the average passenger age on this cruise seemingly in their 70's, it's been a struggle to have any kind of "party" atmosphere on board. But as we sailed out of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, it was time for Princess Cruises' "Ultimate Deck Party".
Featuring the ship's Resident DJ Anthony (RP).
Alternating with live band Slinky (GB).
The ship's animation team did what they could to get some passengers out of their seats and onto the dance floor!
And a few women obliged but not too many men!
The music was mostly 70's Disco so it was like a night at 8TRAX.
Those here kept pace with the music while a majority of the passengers had undoubtedly gone to bed for the evening! After all, it was after 10PM!
But for those here, a good time was had by all!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Trip Report: Bangkok

Continuing with a series of trip reports from my visit to southeast Asia. Yesterday was spent in Bangkok, about a 2.5 hour drive via bus from the cruise port in Laem Shabang.
Bangkok is a city of tall highrises, several with rooftop bars offering views from 60 stories plus!
It's a city of canals.
There is a large river active with transport boats as well as barges and tug boats.
It's easy to get around as signs are in both Thai and English.
The BTS Skytrain offers transport around the central city where many of the transactions are located.
Sadly, this dirt lot is where Q-Bar used to be located. It apparently got a new owner who allegedly ran the place into the ground. Insanity Nightclub is right next door.
Front entrance to Insanity.
Sorry to miss this event: Ferry Corsten, Standerwick & Sean Tyas!
Beautiful traditional architecture.
And it's all over the place.
One of the local controversies.

Friday, March 9, 2018

1.5 Million Hits!

Sometime during the day Friday (Asia Time) Save Pleasure Island Blog reached 1.5 Million hits!  Thank you everyone for tuning in for the latest news from Pleasure Island as well as our club reports!
Pageviews all time history:  1,500,083

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Club Report: Skywalkers (Sapphire Princess)

Another cruise on Princess and their de facto main nightclub on all their ships is Skywalkers. Here on Sapphire Princess, it's located Deck 17 aft and we're sailing Singapore - Ko Samui - Bangkok - Ho Chi Minh City - Singapore.

DJ Anthony (RP) on the decks in this rather large club.

But OMG, I'm apparently the youngest passenger on this cruise and that says a lot!!

The music was 70's Disco for the first hour and then switching to Top 40.

The dance floor stayed surprisingly busy throughout my visit.

And a good time was had by all!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

This Weekend In Techno Town

DJ Suzy Solar (USA) brings in the headliners and this weekend she's at Peek Downtown with DJ Jase Thirwall (GB). Trance / Dance.
First time Orlando visit to my knowledge for DJ Dom Dolla (AUS), appearing at "No Questions Asked" at Eve Nightclub this Saturday night.  House.
His massive hit "Harlem Shake" way back in 2013 was one of those songs you coudn't escape back then and I'm not sure what Baauer (USA) been up to since then. Whatever it is, he'll be playing at Gilt Nightclub this Saturday night and you know the place is going bedlam when he plays it!  Trap / Bass / EDM.
Always fun times at Vinyl Arts Bar in an intimate setting. Saturday night check out Carlos Mendoza (USA) & Renzo Ruiz (USA) on the decks!  House.
This will be a good one and it's a late afternoon / early evening affair.  Elixir Bar presents DJ Franky Rizardo (NL) in the outdoor courtyard!  House.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Trip Report: United Airlines Island Hopper

Operating westbound on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays-only from Honolulu to Guam, this week I got to finally experience a bucket list journey on United 154, the famed "Island Hopper"!
My Boeing 737-800 in the foreground, specially configured for the route and carrying its own on-board mechanic along much of the journey.
Departing exactly on time, a picture of the climb out of HNL.
The Island Hopper consists of 6 separate flights with the first flight being the longest, lasting about 5 hours from Honolulu to Majuro in the Marshall Islands. Breakfast is served on the first leg. Because the first flight takes you across the International Date Line, your first landing is on Tuesday morning and Monday is gone forever!
On approach to MAJ, a coral atoll well to the southwest of Hawaii.
If you're traveling the entire route to Guam, you're allowed to disembark at most of the stops.
At Majuro there is a transit lounge with a small snack kiosk and a table with a woman selling local souvenirs.
Nearly all the stops have you disembark via stairs, allowing you to get up and personal with the 737.
Numerous atolls dot the Pacific Ocean in these parts.
The second stop is Kwajalein Atoll, a United States Army base also in the Marshall Islands. Photos of the facilities are not allowed here and you have to remain on the plane.
Leaving the Marshall's behind, we now flew into the Federated States of Micronesia.
Kosrae is one of 4 states that make up the FSM.
The terminal here had a woman selling snacks and a small selection of FSM souvenirs. If you've ever ordered something via mail order and clicked on "F" from a drop-down menu to click on Florida for your address, but FSM is there instead, there's a reason. The United States Postal Service provides mail service for a number of Pacific island nations so they have two-character state codes and U.S. Zip Codes.
The fourth stop was Pohnpei, where we finally experienced some weather.
I elected not to get out here due to the weather.  Each flight on the Island Hopper is approximately an hour long (except for that first leg) and each stop is about 45 minutes long.  Thus, the day goes by quickly.
Unlike the atolls earlier, Pohnpei is ruggedly mountainous.
We now headed northwest to the last enroute stop, Chuuk (formerly Truk) which is also still part of the Federated States of Micronesia.
It has a famous lagoon for diving, filled with WWII shipwrecks.
Chuuk has a larger modern terminal.
These girls from Chicago, like me, were also doing the Island Hopper specifically to say they did it.  For most passengers though, the flight is a transportation lifeline to the real world.
The sixth and last leg ended at Guam, a U.S. territory and piece of America in the western Pacific. The day went fast and a good time was had by all!