Sunday, 13 April 2014

Rock & Roll, Hooter’s and Coyote Ugly in Memphis

Memphis was like a small rollercoaster. It really remind me how big the states really are. First was the bus ride from Chicago which was delayed for an hour and arrived at the new bus stop in Memphis outside of town near the airport. The direction for the hostel or motel as I found out later was outdated as they said it was less than two blocks away. The only thing I saw outside the bus station was road and the airport tower. I chance it and took a local bus heading downtown and tried finding the hostel with only its address. I found it at the wrong address but same street and it was a motel … cheapest room was USD 72 that night including tax 

It was the first time that advance internet research had failed me ….

Hence Memphis became the most expensive place in the states for me so far. I had a kings bed in a motel to myself with my personnel bathroom. One night was all I had in Memphis, still it was worth the trip down.

The birthplace of Elvis Presley, funny thing was I was curious to see the birthplace of Elvis and all the great musicians inspiration yet I never bothered to step foot to his home and see his grave … I mean Memphis felt like a magical place for beauty in music with the rustic feel of the town, the quiet streets like backwater county and inside every pub / bar or place was a lively jingle with deep meaningful songs, not those pop bands that they play on radio … songs were always selected and used like an identification of ones souls.
Baele St

If you get asked by a new friend / stranger of what kind of music you like … it almost felt like your soul type was being judged.

Still wherever they was a significant story there will always be a tourist place … so I became a tourist with a time limit and rush to see all that I could. The only lively street in Memphis was Beale St… and of all the bars and pub and live music they offered I decided for the one and only night I had there to visit two places which made no sense at all. Hooters & Coyote Ugly


I probably could had visited more meaningful places … no idea why I choose these two to go in and explore. Now, I had never been into a Hooters place even back in Singapore so I went in quietly sat and asked for the menu. Great smiles on the girls in tight white tops with dipping neck line and hot pants revealed a voluptuous body despite fully clothed. These girls knew their assets and was ready to use them.

So what would you like ? , the waitress asked

She was smiling so big and genuine I thought it was nice till she decided to elbow herself up the high table I was sitting to gain some height since she was short and nicely plonk her two boobs onto the table, squeeze them with  her elbows innocently and lean forward with her big grin and winking eyes teasing me … I had no idea how to react but awkwardly blushing. So I ordered, got my food …. More teasing in between bites of my food which I noted was on purpose … so this was the famous hooters … one could get use to being serve like this … alas dreamland did not come cheap …. I left with a generous tip and a chuckle out the door

Coyote Ugly

The second stop of the night after dinner was coyote ugly …. Now that I think back the original was not even in Memphis …. It was in New York … but I did not know it at the time. Only reason I went in was for I remembered the chick flick of a movie in the same name.

The bar was long and wide, plenty of space for girls to dance on them and the pub was way too empty or rather too big for the crowd. There was a decent group and surprisingly it wasn’t all guys there to gawk at the bartender girls … most were there with their girlfriends and wife and even group of girls.

The highlight was of course bar top dancing and lip synching but I was amazed on how these girls was actually pulling up the customers onto the bar top to join them … always girls only of course … boyfriend can watch and eventually guilted into buying a body shot off his own girlfriend. Aha … so that was the trick …

It was not a place for the hungry boys craving for flesh …. It was actually a place for girls to show off their confidence and independence … you cant of course show off without an audience :)

and my lousy poem in malay which i wrote when in memphis as a closing note to this post .... 

Berjaya - jalan mencari diri
Meneroka bumi sendiri
Kalau boleh nak peroleh kematangan
Mimpi mimpi tak jadi Kenyataan.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Cursing Fever #$%& - Macau

How was Macau ? Friends asked when I got back

F*cking Dangerous , I replied …

The place was pretty save actually where one could stroll out at night without a thought but I was referring to the Casino’s and Gambling which can be a dangerous venture to those who cant control themselves.

So my friend and I, two buddies somehow cursing work and getting itchy feet to go gambling one day in the blue booked a flight ticket for 5 days in Macau. Why fly to gamble when I could do it right here in Singapore …. Well my friend was a PR and refused to pay the SGD 100 levy to enter, so a Gambling Trip was planned …. 

5 Days ??? …. You gonna be broke when you get back , other friends said … So as the dates came closer we were starting to feel 5 Days was way too long … too dangerous … hence a trip across to Hong Kong was devised but that is not part of this story.

3 Full Days in Macau it ended up and we hit countless Casino in Macau … total number we couldn’t remember but it was more than 30 for sure. The Venetion , City of Dreams, Wynn, MGM, Lisboa, all the grand names but more of the unglamorous casino was where the fun begins. We notice immediately the favorite game was Baccarats, too many Baccarats ….

We ended up playing mostly BlackJacks in Macau and if there is one thing you need to learn before Gambling in Macau is to bloody CURSE in Cantonese. For some higher cosmos power people curse for any reason they could find and they will curse your whole bloody family down to four generation and more if given the slightest chance

In summary the reason’s for cursing
( All this was in Cantonese and I was laughing away at the stupidity of cause )

1. Curse the electronic roulette machine for not dropping the ball on the number you wan
2. Curse for repeating number ( Impossiburu )
3. Curse the slots for not hitting jackpot ( Play forever also never hit Jackpot )
4. Curse for not pushing (Tie) no money won - no money lose
5. Curse the dealer for getting 21
6. Curse the Anchor for drawing a card in blackjack ( Why you Draw !!! )
7. Curse the Anchor for NOT drawing a card in blackjack ( Why you never Draw!!!)
8. Curse the players for winning
9. Curse the players stupid for losing money
10. Curse the players for not listening to advice ( advice given after the game ended )
11. Curse the players for listening to others advice and losing the game
12. Curse the Casino
13. Curse all nationality and race ( If you are white, black, banana, chocolate, yellow, makes no difference … since you are difference anyway …. Prepare to be cursed)
14. Curse the Miracle ( Impossible I won money #$% & )
15. Curse when others curse others ….. ( just join in the fun )
16. Curse the noob ( #$%& dunnu how to play also can Win )

I am quite sure there was more than the 16 items I listed … add your curse experience in comments if any of you have ever encountered this in Macau :)

#$%& … must be a stressful place indeed ....

Monday, 10 March 2014

Donation to A Professional Tout & Deep Dish Pizza Chicago

I am not proud of this, definitely not proud but this was the one time I gave my money up smiling knowing I was being cheated. Of all the ways I got hustled for money while traveling what happened was so astounding and a totally new concept to me …. Hence the USD 2 donation for the well done entertainment

It all started when a group of guys in the Getaway hostel decided to go out looking for the infamous legendary Chicago Only Deep Dish Pizza … five of us to be exact, and I’ll name em … Kentucky lucky, Ayemates, Tuney, and Barney.

So we stroll along Chicago wandering the streets in the early morning just walking aimlessly and enjoying the view of a rustic city. Then as lunch approached we started to look for a place to eat, something authentic and originally Chicago. We walked by Giodano’s pizza and for a moment paused to ponder if they sold Chicago style deep dish pizza …..

“You guys are tourist rite ?? Where are ya from ??”, asked the hustler

One idiot decided to entertained him by answering …. Ermmm everwhere …

With a slight curl up his lips the door was opened … so on he went on how we must definitely try the one and only Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza …. It is to die for he said.

“Here have a leaflet, this will give you 5 bucks off the menu if you go in this restaurant right here …. Giodano’s Pizza” …. Hustler winked

We were interested by then but he had yet to gave us the leaflet … still at his palm … and that was when he started spinning the Grand Tale …

Its beautiful to see people travel from so many places
Spins some tales on how he loves England ,
No idea where Malaysia is but would love to visit it one day
Kentucky …. Aint no better place to be
Australia , you are far far away from home mate ….

Its just amazing seeing you guys all from different places traveling together random strangers … and … aint it a beautiful thing … I think its an act of GOD

“Do you Belive in GOD??? Any GOD be it Allah , Christ, Buddha, ….”asked the Hustler …

Errmmm … yea ummm uh … yea …. Answered warily all of us not knowing where this sensitive question was going.

Well I believe in the Almighty said the Hustler and if you do I hope you can help me out with a project I am working on. This leaflet job is just a side job … my actual passion is in charity … *proceeds to bring out photos of some African children* Hustler says …. I am working with the UNICEF … have you heard of them ?? Its where people raise money to help kids that are not being taken care of.

“I would appreciate any kind of donation you can spare for the Kids …”Hustler says

We all paid the entertainment fee …. Knowing the only charity he was selling was to himself … poor Barney had no change and fished out a 20 bucks … when Hustler said he would change it for him …. He got a 5 bucks change return … 15 bucks donation ….

Not bad for a USD5 leaflet …

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

So after being Hustler for money outside the restaurant we all went in Giordano’s Pizza Restaurant pondering what the hell happened while waiting for the pizza to arrive.

The pizza thou at Giodano’s was amazing … pizza so thick it was almost impossible to finish on your own. Five healthy starving guys went in and we only ordered 1 standard pan thankfully thinking if it were not enough we could order again. One slice was all most of us could manage … ( there was 6 slice all together )

What I learned later was that the Chicago Deep Dish pizza can only be ordered as a Whole Pan … they wont sell you a slice like in Italy and the smallest standard size feeds 5 people easily … also it is only cooked once ordered and usually takes 20 minutes waiting time before it is served. It was a lucky thing then for 5 random strangers to bond in the hostel and go out for a pizza …. Else you will never ever have a chance to taste a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza on your own ….

Oh coz we realized we were had by the hustler after a while … a good pizza and plenty of cursing and laughing at out own stupidity :)