What I learned from watching Entourage
Johnny Drama teaches us that sometimes, acting the part gets you just as much access as actually landing the role. He is a nobody in Hollywood, riding on the coat tails of his celebrity brother. He might be a desperate, often absurd character that you hope only exists within the confines of your TV screen but in fact there is a lot you can learn from his antics. Drama and Turtle get VIP access by playing it cool (sometimes) and acting the part.
which brings me to my weekend.
Here are a few awesome weekend experiences I was going to talk about in my blog before last night:
Yuyuan garden and Shanghai’s Old Town. Three of my roommates and I went to the famous and beautiful yuyuan garden with 1 million of our fellow tourists and wandered the streets of Shanghai old town. We also had the delicious and famous shanghai longbaozi. which is the steamed bun filled with soup. By soup I mean crab eggs( it’s actually delicious). For the chicagoans out there-it looks like a wow bao with a straw in it (yes, dad, I did take a picture).
Climbing Lupu Bridge. For 80 kuai I got to scale one of Shanghai’s tallest suspension bridges, sit on the top and enjoy the view over the river.
And then came The Bund. My friends Jenna, Carla, and I were tired from our full day of bridge climbing and exploring old town, but we figured we could handle a quiet night watching the light show on the Bund. the Bund is the downtown area of shanghai with all the big flashy buildings that the city is known for.
The pictures simply do not do it justice, in fact the lights were so beautiful, that we decided to head up to the famous, Bar Rouge.
Bar Rouge is “that bar”. If you want to be seen in Shanghai you are there. “That Bar” is situated on a rooftop overlooking the entire Bund. It is also a real budget buster for the cheap college student, but the lights were worth it. Clad in my always classic pair of jorts (debatably appropriate for the Bar Rouge scene), I headed up to the bar to take a snap a picture of the lights. In terms of design, Bar Rouge is exactly what you would expect from a flashy kind of establishment: reserved VIP tables surround the outside balcony, the bar counter has a surface that lights on fire, crazy looking drinks, etc. we sucked it up and each bought one over priced drink and were just about to sit down to admire the view when Jenna off handedly mentions that the VIP tables cost 3,000 dollars for the night. Only slightly outside of my price range…
but then I had an idea, from Johnny Drama.
It only took 30 seconds of acting like we knew what we were doing within a five foot radius of a VIP booth before we were invited to sit and meet…our new best friends. Directors and producers celebrating the beginning of the Shanghai International Film Festival.
And this is how or relaxing night looking at pretty lights took a drastically different route . We had a fantastic time, but soon, our new producer friends had an event to go to. We were sad to see them go, but they cut the edge off of our disapointment by giving us the booth…and their bottle service for the rest of the night.
Suddenly, without actually being a person to know….I became a person to know. Needless to say, we met a lot of new friends last night, but my favorite conversation was probably with a group of four best friends from Boston traveling for a wedding.
There were four of them.
Evidently Doug hadn’t gotten lost yet. (my references to The Hangover were on point last night!).
Besides my Hangover jokes, what we talked about was far less interesting than who we saw.
In fact it was a famous American celebrity who will go unamed because he was… accompanied by two very highly paid xiao jie of Shanghai. Unfortunately, He really wasn’t open to talking to us, but it didn’t matter, he was probably too intimidated by our newly gained celebrity status. Thank you Entourage for making this night possible. yes, that is an indirect hint.
only 5 more days until friday. gan bei!
p.s I included some pictures of the Bund that I took with my iphone.