… that I actually went to a club…
that I attended an after party at a nightclub..
with the bevvy of alcoholic drinks, good food, loud bass-heavy music, and clubbers in fancy-shmancy attire bumpin’ and grindin’ on each other and towards complete strangers.
For the very first time since I became an adult, I have finally gone to a club. Never have I thought in mind that I would eventually go clubbing at least one time in my life just for the kicks. After all, I had other more interests that I’m heavily active on…1
Some curious people may be wondering what I’ve been doing all this time as I began living as a young adult during the late ’90s and early 2000s. If you have read my mini-profile and my Intro-Lude Extended, it should give you a clue as to why I never really thought about clubbing in the first place (unlike most young adults out there). Becoming a young adult and freshly independent from your parents and family does make you feel powerful as an individual. I just don’t think that hanging out in nightclubs would be one of them. There’s plenty of fun things and fun places to do and go to with your friends and party like it’s the end of the world. Clubbing just isn’t one of them, in my opinion.2 Anyway.
Last weekend, I went to the 4th anniversary party of the now nationwide fitness program called U-JAM Fitness. I’ve written a few entries about it last year (personal “testament” here…) and how I encourage everyone to come check out this program. U-JAM is quickly spreading throughout the nation through free master classes to instructor workshops, so very soon you’ll have a program in your local area. This entry though isn’t about the 4th anniversary party itself. It’s really difficult to describe it in words alone. It’s more of like… search YouTube for the U-JAM Fitness AP4 for the videos and imagine yourself actually being there.
Anyway, going back to the subject of nightclubs and clubbing in general. Unlike last year’s AP3, there was an after-party at Taste Restaurant & Nightclub, which is a block away from the SCCC.3 Because I had friends with me and they’re my only ride home, it’s not as if I have a choice whether to go or not in the first place LOL , and so I brought a change of clothes in to something appropriate.4
When the ladies and myself got there, just like how nightclubs are portrayed on TV and in the movies, there was a long line with bouncers and security and everything. The good thing about it was that we didn’t wait that long. Bad part is that we thought that we’ve got the place (or parts of the place) reserved for U-Jammers for the entire party and had a special pass to get inside first. I don’t know if my fellow U-Jammers have been observing, but I am a little irked about some of the bouncers/security people with the way they treat the other customers/guests. I even noticed that there were also a few who were dead drunk that they had to be escorted out along with some side complaints and arguments and all that. Not even bothering the others’ woes in getting inside, I got in easily, driver’s license and everything.
The club had separate rooms/chambers. We went to the first room closest to us when we first came in, simply because we really didn’t have a clue on where to go and what to do.5 When we got to the Red Room, we started off by ordering Taste’s signature drink, the Godzilla. It’s this glow-in-the-dark green cocktail that’s quite strong but more on the fruity-sweet side. The drink cost us $22, but that’s because it’s served in a huge gauntlet (chalice? whuut?) and was to be shared with friends. I’m not a huge drinker of alcoholic drinks, but I really loved this drink, even though I only took a few sips.
And then there’s the late-night menu. Granted, we ate quick fast food before we arrived because we thought that there wouldn’t be any food that can be considered dinner. Because we were still full from dinner, I was the only one who ordered a bit of an appetizer: truffle parm(esan) potato wedges. A little pricey, simply because there’s truffle oil infused in it and anything that has truffle oil in them is also my gastronomical weakness LOL. It’s a good thing that the alcohol from the Godzilla didn’t get to me. I ate. Again.
We were able to meet with our other friends there as well (fellow U-Jammers, of course!) and simply hung out. Man, I thought to myself. I thought the after party is a private party. Maybe we missed out? I’ll never know.
Finally, after walking around and talking and eating and more Godzilla-sipping, we finally got to the dance floor and, you know, dance. There was also a “stage” (?) where those who are daring can dance their hearts out. I observed others, especially the females, and their attires. There were dresses that I liked. And then there were those who wore what anyone may mistake as nighttime lingerie that would make you think if Taste is a 21-and-over club or a strip club in disguise. Good lord.
When 1:00 am finally arrived, we decided that it was time to go. Dressed back in our “AP4 attire,”6 we went home.
All I can say is that you have to be with friends if you really want to have fun in the club. Never go there by yourself, especially if you’re an introvert and not confident enough to party around with complete strangers.7 Aside from that, never go there by yourself if you’re a weakling when it comes to alcohol. Lastly, just be courteous and respectful. Don’t be a punk, especially towards those snooty bouncers and security people at the door.
Speaking of those snooty bouncers and security people, just by observation, some of them doesn’t seem to value the essence of customer service. These particular people give some unnecessary attitudes towards their guests in line as if they own the damn club. They need to keep in mind that as employees, they represent the business. With unruly attitudes like that, it’d make you think that the rest of the Taste staff would have that “holier than thou” attitude. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.
Maybe I was having too many expectations with the after party. I had fun since I was with the people I know and love, but a chance to meet other fellow U-Jammers (especially those who don’t live in the Bay Area) was not there. Taste is a pretty awesome place, and their truffle parm potato wedges are so delish! Some of the employees need customer service training and workshops so they would know how to treat their customers better.8 The female clubbers, especially the younger ones, please don’t show up in glittery lingerie, please! In that way I wouldn’t have to feel bad being female in that scene. Do all that outside!
But in terms of nightclubs and clubbing in general, will I go clubbing again? Maybe, if I was invited by friends. I like doing things alone but clubbing isn’t one of them. What can I say? I’m not very much of a party person, not much of a social dancer (not sure if I’m using the right term…), not much of an extrovert with strangers. I’d be all that when I’m with friends. Yeah.
On the sidenote...
- anime/manga, video games, reading, writing, digital art, web designing, who has time to go clubbing? LOL [↩]
- No offense to those who love clubbing and all… [↩]
- Santa Clara Convention Center [↩]
- Since I am not a clubber person, I don’t have an “appropriate dress” for the occasion. Instead, I brought something a little more “conservative” but somewhat appropriate at the same time. [↩]
- mainly on where to go actually LOL. [↩]
- East Bay is STILL juicin’! [↩]
- not that it’s a bad thing or anything like that… [↩]
- speaking as an associate at a bakery cafe here! [↩]
- 4th Anniversary Party. [↩]
- 3rd Anniversary Party. [↩]