27 May (Mon):
Today was our day-off. We basically chilled out and walked around a bit, had Shanghainese lunch with Jasmine, and dinner with Chester.
Lunch with Jasmine, was basically typical Shanghai-nese food. We then went to a nice bohemian part of downtown, about 30 minutes walk from where we were staying. It was a very nice quaint area, where it consists of a lot of small shops selling quaint stuff, speciality restaurants and other non-typical things.
Dinner with Chester was at a porridge place in one of the big shopping malls in Pudong area, near where the World Financial Center is. After dinner, he took us up that new World Financial Center building, or as the band calls it the giant Bottle Opener. It does looks like a giant bottle opener with a square hole at the top of the building. Anyway, it was an interesting place as we could see the skyline and the entire city area from quite a few hundred meters from ground level.
28 May (Tues):
We didn’t do much today as well. Had Muslim food for lunch and Siang and I walked around checking out some bookstores. We had our soundcheck at La Vida around 4.30pm and headed back to our hotel right after. The La Vida club was about 20 minutes walk from our hotel. KJ was so excited because the drumset at the club was a really beautiful Gretsch set, and it was brand new and one of the top range sets. And yes, it did sound really good, until he didn’t want to get out of the drum stool.
Our gig at La Vida was also really nice, tight, and fun! We had Jasmine to guest sing a few songs as well. We also had one really talented guitarist who sat in on two songs with us, and we found out he was to go to New England Conservatory to continue his music studies in the Fall. The show also had several friends from Malaysia, but had stayed and worked in Shanghai for quite a few years, who came to check us out, among others. We even did several tunes as encores, which of course delighted KJ as he could spend an extra few more minutes with the Gretsch drum set.
It was a tiring night as well, but very musically satisfying.
29 May (Wed):
We left Shanghai in the morning to take the high speed train to Nanjing for our next show.
When we got to Nanjing, there were some slight delays in terms of getting accommodation. So we actually hung out at the nearby KFC for a little bit before getting our room. But even so, we could only get ONE room at that time. So we all hung out and chilled out at the room until getting to the gig, which was 5 minutes walk away. But at least the hotel had free working wifi. Haha.
We had a quick dinner before heading to Don Quixote for a quick soundcheck. There wasn’t much of a crowd that night at all, as compared to our last tour. We basically only played one normal set and a second really short set, because we had to stop playing before 12am. There were residential apartments next to the club, so I guess they must have had difficulty having late night music. Even so, the band still kicked ass! Didn’t matter if there were little people or a lot.
30 May (Thu):
It was our day off, and we had thought about doing a little sight-seeing. Unfortunately our plan was marred by the fact that it had started to rain. Even though it wasn’t heavy rain, but it was heavy enough to put a damper on our plans. So we ended up just chilling around the hotel, and AJ and myself went checking out the surrounding IT malls. When we got back, we also ended up watching a movie on the iPad. We had dinner with the Don Quixote owner, and visited the Confucius Examination Hall cum Temple a short drive away. As expected, it was extremely commercialized and made into a tourist trap. Nothing terribly special.
That’s it for now!
Next up: Wuxi.
Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by.