Saturday, 9 June 2012

(Day 79) Chinese Laundry

Saturday 19th May (Day 79)

Chinese Laundry

If you owned a nightclub what would you call it?

I can go through the names of the nightclubs I have been to in Sydney and understand the origin of their names.  For example the Ivy has ivy growing outside on the building, the Argyle is on Argyle Street (very imaginative), Scary Canary erm... rhymes, Scruffy Murphy’s a typical Irish sounding name.

But how about the name “Chinese Laundry” for a nightclub?  The origin of this name is beyond me.  I googled Chinese Laundry to see if it had some urban slang meaning, maybe Chinese laundry in urban slang means “to be in a small overpriced overpacked nightclub being pushed around” but no I couldn’t find anything.

But anyway Chinese laundry is a small overpriced overpacked nightclub where you get pushed around a lot.  I had to pay $25 just to get through the front door.  The drinks are very expensive as well.  JC bought 2 vodka redbulls from the bar which set him back 42 dollars!


I saw one guy get busted for doing drugs in the toilets.  They were leading him out saying stuff like “so you flushed the rest did you?” and “do you have any ID on you?”  The bouncers were actually quite calm about the whole situation; I guess they bust someone for doing drugs most nights and it is quite routine for them.

Hello, I’m Doctor Werewolf

The reason why people come to this expensive and strangely named venue is because of the DJs they have here.  Rather than having just local DJs come in with a laptop and play all their music off iTunes Chinese laundry attracts big name DJs from all across the world.

I am not into the whole DJ scene because it isn’t my type of music.  Looking at Chinese laundry’s website apparently they are having big name DJs “Bass Mafia” featuring “Chrissy Chris” on one night with “Doctor Werewolf and the Abyss” on the other night.  I have never heard of any of these people but I am sure their music is very popular in the DJ world.

That sort of brings me back to my original question; if you were a DJ what would you call yourself?  For me I guess DJ Mike would be considered too normal.  Actually I think TakingtheMike would work quite well; because Mike sounds just like Mic (microphone) and taking the mike is an expression for someone who is taking the piss and if I ever tried to be a DJ I would be taking the piss.

Music to my ears

Overall Chinese laundry was actually pretty good.  I didn’t know any of the songs that were played but I did like them.  For once I actually liked remixes but for $25 I wouldn’t have expected anything less.  This place isn’t like the Ivy with its grand courtyard and its real tree with fairy lights.  Chinese laundry was just a few rooms painted in black with too many people in them.  You are paying entirely for the quality of the DJs and their music here.

Packed to the rafters


= Chinese Laundry
I get it!  No, wait, I don't get it...

We found Troy passed out (through alcohol) on one of our sofas when we got back

(Day 75) Job Hunting

Wednesday 15th May (Day 75)

The necessary evil

There are a few things I hate more in life than job hunting.  I really dislike it.  To me it just feels like I am trying to sell myself, putting my services up for sale to anyone that would take me.  Really I know it isn’t anything like that, but it just sort of feels like that.

With money I can finally afford to buy that camera I have been drooling over for weeks.  I can start doing stuff off my to-do list.  I can start planning trips in and around Australia and see what this awesome country has to offer.

But I need to get a job first before I can start doing any of this stuff.  Getting a job is the first step.
Hopefully I will find a job soon, my housemate Nick works at a call centre just down the road and he said that they are always looking for English speaking people.  Maybe I should try and sell myself to them.