UMF – South Africa
I’ve never been to South Africa, but after reading Koko’s review of Ultra Music Festival SA, I kinda wanna go now. So if you like festivals and South Africa or just wanna give this a read, check it out!!!
I love me some music festivals.
UMF, or Ultra Music Festival, is an annual music festival of the electronic persuasion. It originated in Miami, Florida in 1999 and instantly gained popularity in the EDM world. With close to 200,000 attendees and tickets selling out every single year, the event grew and began holding international shows. It has debuted in over 9 countries worldwide and finally hit Africa in 2014.
This is the largest EDM event on the African continent, and after hearing great reviews from other PCV friends about the 2014 event, some friends and I decided 2015 was our year to venture to Johannesburg and steal a slice of this magic, which started at noon and went until the wee hours of the morn.
We walked into the expo grounds and all I can say is…oh. my god. So many beautiful people. Like I can’t even.
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Adventuring to HAWAII!!!
As I sit on an airplane, cramped up typing T-Rex style with my stubby Asian arms, on my way to Hawaii, I am writing this blog post. Yes, I know it’s an awkward way to start a blog post; it’s not fun or exciting or even wordy, just a statement. Also this is to emulate one of Koleana’s post about her on-flight experience to London. (Also too she told me to write a post about Hawaii before arriving.)
Anyways, here I start again.
I am currently sitting in a plane on my way to Hawaii, Honolulu to be exact. Since I am visiting a Unicorn, I figure it would be proper to listen to Markus Schulz, the one and only UNICORN SLAYER! I’m listening to the A State Of Trance 550 Closing Party set at Privilege, Ibiza, to be exact. Just-in-case any fellow trance listener or UnicornSlayers would like to listen along as you read.
Honolulu, I forgot which island it’s on again, I think Owahu or something like that. Being an American, I choose to be ignorant and not care about the native culture of the place I’m visiting.
It is Oahu. I hope some of y’all already know my sarcasm so I don’t have to constantly defend myself. I know how to use Google; I’m not a dumbass (although I’m sure some of you guys might find that debatable).
I don’t really know much about Hawaii except that it is the 50th state of AMERICA!!!! (had to put that in all caps) and that it has a bunch of sugarcanes. Also, the Japanese attacked it in WWII, entering the Pacific War with the United States. Or as the natives of Hawaii calls us, the Mainland.
Some other random things I know about Hawaii, the people are some BIG people. I don’t mean like fat or obese or anything mean in that sort. I just mean they are some big boys. I also say that without a winky face. These Pacific Islanders are some of the thickest and strongest guys playing O and D line in the NFL. Not to mention, University of Hawaii has a pretty sick college football team in the WAC.
Needless to say, this little Asian boy isn’t gonna try to fight any Hawaiians on this vacation. Not trying to get my ass kicked.
On that note, this vacation should be mellow.
Well, I am gonna assume and plan it to be mellow. The last few weeks I’ve been going hard and balls to the walls, deff gonna take a break from that. Not going to lie, the people in San Francisco, work, and trying to finish off school at SFSU has just been stressing me out. It’s just those little things that gets ya cha know.
This trip is just some nice relaxing time. Some well deserved me time.
Here is a tentative schedule of my Hawaii trip:
-Get picked up from Koko at the airport
-Hangout at U of H while Koko is taking a midterm
-Prob write one of the two essays I have to do
-Go to the beach
-Go to Walmart and play around in the toy section
-Swimming at Cromwells
-Dinner at Gyu Kaku
-Walk through the city
-Cook dinner (a vegetarian dinner since Koko and Anglia don’t eat meat)
-Gym/morning workout (I’m glad she understands this and I know only a few of y’all do)
-Beaches/Learning to surf
-Napping on the beach
-Puka Dogs for Lunch
-Dinner at Café Maharani
-Lanikai – Pillbox hike & beach all day
-Dinner @ home
-Run fire drinks
-Early to bed for sunrise hike!
-3AM stairway to heaven hike
-Pearl Harbor in afternoon
-Parasailing (which both of us have never done before, which should be super exciting)
-Shirokiya Beer Garden
-Dinner at Shokudo
-Get shaved ice
-Maybe squeeze in another Puke Dog before taking you to the airport!!!!
So yeah, that is the list that Koleana made for me, while drunk at a bar in San Francisco during Taco Tuesday at Underdogs. I’m sure we will add some things to the list and won’t have time to do all the things planned, since that’s how it seems to always happen anyways with our list of things to do.
Of course some people say, “Airec, didn’t you just come back from Miami and from Ultra Music Festival, why are you going on Vacation again?”
My answer to that is: Miami and Ultra was fun, no doubt, but it’s the same shit, different day, and different place. I do music festivals and rage all the time. This Hawaii trip is going to be different. Hawaii I guess is going to be more about inner searching, trying to clear the clutter of everyday fast-past-Airec-Syprasert-San-Francisco-life, and all that other bullshit.
Instead of focusing on drinking and topnotch world class DJ’s, this trip is going to be about hiking, hitting the beach, exploring, and (I never thought I would say this) vegetarian eating. I know right, stupid Unicorn influences.
I’m sure my body is going to ache and starve for massive amounts of alcohol and the florescence lights and vibrant sounds of a music festival, but I expect this change in pace is going to be fun. Plus anything can be fun with one of your best friends at your side.
The only thing that I fear is how my school work is gonna be affected by this trip. I’m just throwing caution to the wind and saying “fuck it.”
Also another thing, my parents don’t know about this trip. HAHA. I didn’t tell my parents that I hopped my Asian ass on a plane to Hawaii. I figure if my dad can randomly take off to Laos and not tell me, I’m sure this is the same. Like father like son right. Of course I did tell him something; I told him I was boarding a plane to L.A. You know, just in case my plane crashes and I die, he at least knew that I was on a plane, so technically I’m not really lying, just half-lying (;P)
This is going to be a fun trip. I’m gonna take a bunch of pictures and I’m sure Koko will too. In about a week after, or maybe 2 or 3 depending on how much school work and how hung-over I am, I will write a post of my aftermath of Hawaii with the pictures. I hope this is one of the beginnings of my new blog adventures: Small Town Asian Boy See’s the World!
Till next time. Don’t do anything that I would do. Seriously, don’t. Haha.