Category Archives: United Kingdom

Review of Ministry of Sound, London

My rating: 4/10. I know that this is an important club for many people, and my rating is totally subjective!!! I felt that the club was too crowded, the techno crowd keeps too much to themselves, and the layout of the club was kind of awkward. Shiba San played, which was the only redeeming factor for me.

Funnily enough, the first time I had heard of Ministry of Sound was in high school in Taiwan. There was a “copy” of the club in Taiwan with the same name, and MoS for short, boasting as the largest club in Asia. Though the club has closed a long time ago, the name stuck with me in my mind. Given its reputation as one of the best and oldest clubbing institutions in London, I knew that I had to check it out.

Shiba San at Ministry of Sound

Shiba San at Ministry of Sound

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Fabric: Solo Clubbing in London and Finding Drum & Bass Heaven

My rating of clubbing at Fabric, on their Friday night Bass event FABRICLIVE: 8/10 for its amazing ambiance and killer music.

At the end of January, I took advantage of the fact that flights from Barcelona to London were cheap (70 euros round trip, and even as low as 40 euros if you book far enough in advance) for a weekend trip to London before starting my internship. I deliberately made sure my trip coincided with Shiba San at the Ministry of Sound on that Saturday. Even though I didn’t know people on the lineup, I was not going to miss out on the chance to go to the other famous electronic dance music club in London, Fabric!

Fabric was ranked number 4 on DJ mag in 2014 and I needed to find out why.

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Ten surprising things I learned in London

I had never been to the UK until last weekend. Even though I had chances to in the past, I was never very interested in visiting the country because I thought it’d be similar to America (after all, we all speak English and we were a British colony, right?). Boy was I wrong!!!

1. The British Accent: At the risk of sounding like an idiot… It was amazing to me that everyone I spoke to had a British accent. I felt like I was in Hogwarts. My mind was blown as I observed an Indian associate at Tesco speak with a Chinese client, both with a British accent!

2. British opinion on American accent: On the other hand, British men were telling me that the American accent sounds really exotic. Were they just trying to hit on me? My Asian-Canadian friend Joyce who lives in London confirms that men find Asian girls who speak with an American accent to be exotic. I suppose the accent-obsession works both ways. This ingenuous ad says it all…

Spotted at the Oxford Circus Tube Station. #EffectiveMarketing

Spotted at the Oxford Circus Tube Station. #EffectiveMarketing

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