Heyday Vintage Jazz Lounge Shanghai

Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China

Was in Shanghai for a week for work and really wanted to get some Jazz. Firstly went to The Jazz bar at Peace Hotel as it was at The Bund and my colleagues and I wanted to go there anyway to check it out.

The Jazz Bar at Peace Hotel, Shanghai
The Jazz Bar at Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Oh man… The Jazz Bar’s Old Jazz Band was really old. Kudos for playing live music for so long, but it was not something I had in mind. Thank goodness for a soulful female vocalist that saved the night with classics from Old Shanghai Jazz. I could see quite a few senior ladies really enjoying themselves and dancing to the music up front and that brought a smile as I could sense the joy they had.

In short… its kinda old for me… I’ll skip it.

A friend of mine then recommended a place called Heyday. I looked it up Baidu (because no Google in China) and the web design / look and feel was right. It had that 20s Art Deco feel. Yes we had to check it out.

Colleagues and Friends
Colleagues and Friends

We went on a Saturday night not expecting much but we were just blown away. The Pianist from Israel, double bassist from Korea and drummer from Brazil were out of this world.

Heyday Jazz Lounge
Heyday Jazz Lounge

The vocalists were also superb. Song after song, solo after solo, my feet can’t stop tapping along and you can see from the crowd, cheers and applause, it was a great night. The musicians gave their all, cracked jokes and really engaged an interactive audience.

I put together a short footage to capture the feel of Heyday. Too wonderful.


THIS PLACE IS MAGIC! If I wanted to open the bar, this is it!

Anne Evenou with Oleg Roschin
Anne Evenou with Oleg Roschin
Anne Evenou with Oleg Roschin
Anne Evenou with Oleg Roschin

We stayed till the bar close down. TWICE. It was that good. I was there 20th May 2017 and again on 23rd May.

Heyday Bartenders
Heyday Bartenders
Good Night
Good Night

It was a really good night and I think I’ll have to come to Heyday again whenever I come to Shanghai. Everyone needs to go to Heyday.

Heyday Jazz Lounge
50 Tai’An Road (near Xinguo Road)
泰安路50号,近兴国路
P: 6236-6075
W: http://www.heydayjazz.cn
F: https://www.facebook.com/heydayjazzshanghai/

WPP StreamAsia 2014

Stream Asia 2014
Stream Asia 2014

I had the privilege to attend the by invitation only StreamAsia 2014 unconference which happened at the Berjaya Langkawi Resort in Malaysia.

Named by WIRED as ‘one of the world’s best tech conferences’ and described as the ‘Bilderberg of Advertising’ by the Guardian, Stream is the WPP unconference.

My Makey Makey session on the Big Board
My Makey Makey session on the Big Board

The key of any unconference is participation and I went prepared with a bunch of carrots and Makey Makeys to share how easy it is to connect the real world with the digital world. I represented VML Qais at this event, so was really looking forward to get to know more people, what better way then with carrots right. :)

A minute of silence for MH370
A minute of silence for MH370

But before we started the whole event, there was a minute of silence as everyone is still shocked my the tragedy of MH370.

Gadgethon
Gadgethon

On of the first events was the Gadgethon. Individuals each had 2 mins to demo a cool gadget and of cause I used it to demo the Makey Makey carrot piano setup and also marketed my unconference segment which was on another day.

There were some real cool stuff shared. Robotic arms, Smart homes, an remote droid thingy, etc.

WPP UnConference
WPP UnConference

The main meat of the unconference happened in tents on the beach. How awesome is that. Marketing professionals talking about really current issues and challenges faced by brands and marketers. There were also some really future thinking topics like how will online advertising be like in 10 years, many industries were covered, from Hospitality to Kids. Here is Jason Oke facilitating the discussion on Click Fraud. I also attended a session where we talked about the idea of reality TV funding our first Mars colony before Nasa can.

All these were done in berms, flip flops, shades and a coconut in hand. How classy.

The Tech Lab
The Tech Lab

There were lots of cool gadgets displayed at the Tech Lab which allowed everyone to get some hands-on. I think there were easily about 15 items on display including the Oculus Rift, Cubelets, many many different kind of mobile phones especially affordable smartphones from China, Interactive Digital Kiosks, an Instant Instagram photo printer and more.

I setup the Makey Makey to allow people to play Pac Man and Tetris. Here is a video of how the 5 player Tetris turned out. Real fun.

Google Glass Selfie
Google Glass Selfie

Finally I managed to try out the Google Glass. Its really cool, but I feel the technology is still very rough. Can’t wait for it to be mainstream.

Xbox One Demo
Xbox One Demo

Managed to get a demo of the Xbox One also from someone at Microsoft. I have to say the capabilities of this console is quite amazing and the amount of stuff it can sense is just jaw dropping. If I tell you It can sense your heartbeat would you believe me?

Stream's Got Talent
Stream’s Got Talent

There was also lots of opportunities for individuals to showcase their other talents. There was a band, an Opera singer, Powerpoint Karaoke, cooking and of cause drinks as well.

#StreamAsia 2014
#StreamAsia 2014

One of my favourite photo of this trip would have to be this one where I used some luminous paint and wrote the event’s hashtag #StreamAsia on me hairy leg lol.

It was an awesome experience and I manage to have real interesting conversations with many new people. An amazing feat as I do feel this is not what introverts do. Hope to get re-invited to this inspiring event.

Initial Fashion

Initial Fashion Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Initial Fashion Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I stumbled upon Initial Fashion when I visited Hong Kong recently. From outside, it looks warm and has this rustic charm thats inviting with a dash of stylish sophistication.

After a few minutes browsing the racks, I saw a suit that i really liked. I’ve been shopping for a good suit since I started working, but i’ve never found anything that I liked… until now. It fell into the no-need-to-see-price-tag category.

The well dressed salesman came forward to provide assistance and advised me to try it on. He provided me a matching shirt and the full suit in my size. Off to the fitting room I went.

My girls
My girls

The girls were well entertained by the other sales people in the store. They were all not only well dressed, but were also really polite and nice.

Clara was a hit
Clara was a hit

One of them have kids too, so he really chatted with the kids. Also, everyone was naturally drawn to the cute little leopard (wife bought the outfit from H&M).

I tried on the suit and loved it. It was a khaki coloured one, but I really needed a black one for work. Damn… I manage to find a super nice black one too. back to the fitting room I went.

The both fitted perfectly.

Ah Hai, the sales person that was attending to me explained the little details on the suit to me. The way the shoulder part was done in a non-typical way. The way the back of the suit was also special, etc. He then asked me where I was from with the purpose of advising me how the suit will work out in the climate back home. The khaki one will be good, but the black one could be slightly warmer as its from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection. I kinda don’t like being cold, especially when I’m at work, so it was ok. I really appreciate the advise and this have always been the kind of customer service that I feel should be given by those who love what they are doing.

Ah Hai and his colleague
Ah Hai (right) and his colleague

I ended up walking away from the store paying for 2 full suits and a free pair of leather shoes. Apparently with purchases up to certain amount, customers were entitled additional cash value which can be used to make other purchases. So for me, it worked out just nice to a pair of nice leather shoes.

They had to alter the length of the pants, so I came back the next day to pick them up.

I’ll definitely be back and really hope they open a Store in Singapore soon.

Initial Fashion

G/F 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
t: (852) 2442 1433