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Have you heard about Pharrell Williams – Happy? “Happy” is an interactive music video performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams. In it, the head-nodding song “Happy” is brought to life with people taking turns dancing on the streets of Los Angeles without a care in the world, including a few celebrities. The video inspired multiple copycats across the globe, starting in Paris and continuing to take city after city by storm. Now, it has been lifted by the great city of Shanghai, thanks to a sponsor - Trioo Optical Eyewear, director Marcin Gajewski and all the jubilant people of Shanghai who performed their creative dance moves.
Filming took place all over the thriving metropolis Shanghai. Here is a map of all the locations you will see on Shanghai’s edition of Happy:
The video is shot with each dancer filmed in a single take using just one steadicam. Its no wonder this approach became so popular, it’s a great concept and a wonderful way to showcase a city. Shanghai is full of life, lights, food and many more interesting things, so it’s sure to be one of the best “Happy” videos out. The filming of Shanghai’s Happy started on February 22nd and finished the following night on the 23rd, with over 40 different participants from all walks of life.
Photos from behind the scenes
Does a glimpse of Shanghai make you happy? In this vibrant, bustling city happiness can be found around every corner.
This short and sweet video was inspired by Pharrell William’s “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 (Official Music Video)
Check out http://24hoursofhappy.com
Shanghai has happy people from around the world, here’s just a few countries that are represented in our video: USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Australia, Taiwan, Colombia, Netherlands, Hong Kong
The video shootings in Shanghai
Nanjing road 南京路
Dragon Pllar 延安路龙柱
Jingan temple 静安寺
Old town 城隍庙
World Financial Center
People Square 人民广场
Animal Market 宠物市场
Expo Area 上海世博园
Russian brothers scaling the second tallest building in the world - Shanghai Tower – without safety equipmen
The newest escapade to go viral, two Russian brothers scaled the second tallest building in the world, Shanghai Tower. The first thing to go through our mind at Trioo when watching this video was, WOW. This is a rare case of reckless bravery. Did these kids think of the legalities? And what would happen if they were caught sneaking into Shanghai Tower’s construction site? Or better yet, caught in the act of ascending the unfinished building?
Would Chinese police send a helicopter up like GTA? What wanted star level would they get for this?
Trespassing charges in China might be the least of their worries. Really though, what were they thinking?!
My guess would be they weren’t thinking too much, just simply taking action on their passion - buildering. These kids took the statement “go big or go home” to the heart. When you love something and you are 100% passionate about it consequences don’t matter.
Check the video for yourself. With the classic Russian-English header "Hi guys, we back! Today we show you how climb on second tallest building in the world. Shanghai Tower, China.
Here are some words from the two daredevils about the ascent:
“There are a lot of guards and cameras around in the day time, so we started climbing during the night, it was easier to stay unnoticed that way.”
'It took about two hours to get to the top, but when we got there we could only see clouds.
“We had to wait for hours for the clouds to part but it was well worth the wait, the view was like something from an aircraft window.”
“As soon as we saw a gap in the clouds were climbed right to the top of the crane and were able to get some great shots of the city below.”
“We were not afraid at all and we have never had any injuries as a result of our sky walking.”
“As a result of our 'mission', we didn't get any sleep for over 24 hours, it was physically and mentally challenging for the both of us.
“Our target was to climb the highest tower in China and the seconds highest in the world, it felt amazing to accomplish it, the sky is the limit!”
It’s absolutely incredible that these guys had the nerves to go through with this and all their other stunts (which I will mention shortly). But, should they be commended or condemned? Well, we, T2G and trioo.us, believe in going for your passion, but we’ll plead the fifth on this one. You know what. Actually, we’ll just say ‘the video is amazing’, These2Guyz love awe-inspiring views and out-of-the norm adventures, and this is one for the books.
Little about the Russian brothers:
They go by the names Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, and they call their project ‘ontheroof’. They live by the quote "Who needs words when you've got stars in the sky?" Or at least that’s what they say in their Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/raskalovit?feature=watch
We also believe they are brothers from Russia. Besides that, it’s obvious that they are fearless, strong – mentally and physically, and they aren’t afraid of heights. My gut turned just watching the video. I know I can speak for most when I say, continue doing what you love guys!
"It is the tallest of a group of three supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Construction work on the tower began in November 2008. Upon its completion in 2014, the building will stand approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and will have 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft). It is expected to open to the public in 2015"
I see this building almost everyday from afar, and the thought of climbing it is just mind blowing. To look over the city of Shanghai from that height must be amazing, the endless buildings and life of Shanghai from a new perspective, new angle, new level - the highest point in all of Asia!
These guys snuck into the foundation of the site, walked up countless stairs to the top of the building, sat on the edge with their feet dangling over looking down into abyss. But that still wasn’t enough. They decided to climb up the crane to reach the pinnacle. They gave each other a high five like it was an everyday thing when they reached the highest point of the crane - showing appreciation and accomplishment
Other climbs the Russian brothers have made:
Back in 2011, they scaled the Moskovskyi Bridge, a.k.a. moscow bridge, in Kiev. Then, they climbed over buildings, Assassin Creed style, hopping around buildings without fear. Must be an intense workout!
In early 2012 they were back at it, buildering a couple more monstrous buildings, using only siding and ladders for support.
A few months later it was the bridge on the Island Russkiy. - taking it to the top for another amazing sight to see.
After that was Shukhov Tower, with a funny and unexpected guess waiting at the top of the tower. Guess who it was? You can see in this video.
These are all feats in the eyes of most climbers. But they decided to go even bigger. Over a year later they set their target on the second highest building in the world, Shanghai Tower – that’s ambition, always striving for more. Even if that could potentially mean them plummeting to their demise.
You can see all of their videos on their Youtube Channel.
Really it goes with out saying, safety first. Well, maybe not for these two, considering they never use any safety equipment. I’m sure it’s not that they can’t afford it or don’t know where to purchase it. I bought my rock climbing safety equipment for super cheap through Buywithagents.com – they are the only Taobao agent that offers a 0% service fee. Spending a little bit of cash on safety equipment that could potentially save your life seems like a good idea… but then again, would it have been as cool? Probably not. Or, maybe they were secretly wearing parachutes all along! Again, probably not.
They aren’t the only fearless people on the planet, rest assured. After seeing their video, I did some searching for similar stunts and came across these two stories:
Climbing Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
Stunt artist attempts to walk a tightrope between two hot air balloons at 10,000 feet.
Check the video here http://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2014/feb/12/stunt-10-000-ft-hot-air-balloon-walk-video?CMP=twt_gu
Not to mention Felix Baumgartner world record space jump!
If I can take anything from seeing these insane stunts, it's, if you are passionate about something go for it. The sky is the limit.
Or is it?
Trioo – See your passion
UPDATED ~~~~~ with interview
THAT'S: How long did you plan this event for?
Vitaly Raskalov: We started to plan it maybe six months ago. We just knew about Shanghai Tower, we knew about it being the second tallest building in the world and so me and Vadim [Makhorov] thought we’d go to China for one month and try and climb the Tower.
At first we went to Hong Kong. We stayed in Hong Kong for two weeks. After Hong Kong we went to Guangzhou. From Guangzhou flew to Shanghai, and in Shanghai we waited for Chinese New Year. We spent one day scoping out the site, looked at the cameras, looked at the security.
Were you surprised at the lack of security?
Oh yeah, really surprised. But we knew about Chinese New Year. We knew at this time that nobody worked. The crane operators don’t work, the security don’t come out. It was very simple. We were really surprised.
How long did it take to reach the top?
From the ground to the top I think one hour and thirty minutes to get on the 121st floor by foot. We got to the crane at around midnight.
The Chinese government sent a message to the Russian Embassy seeking our real names. Me and Vadim are banned from China for 20 years I think, maybe for all time.
And you were up there for 18 hours, right?
Yeah we slept up there, waiting for better weather. We just slept in the crane.
Were you worried anybody would come up and find you?
No. We weren’t worried. We knew there was nobody in the construction building. We knew about New Year. We didn’t worry.
What is the feeling you get when you are at the top of a building like the Shanghai Tower?
Simple. Feeling free.
Did any security guards see you on the way out at all?
No. Nobody. It was only security there, and security just look at their screens.
We’re assuming you left the country before you released the video?
No, no, no. After. We left the country after we released the video.
Yes. We were in the country two days more. We took a risk there. Really risky.
Yeah… Have you been contacted by the Chinese authorities at all?
Yes, the Chinese government tried to block us [from entering the country again]. They sent a message to the Russian Embassy seeking the real name of these guys. Me and Vadim and banned from China for 20 years I think, maybe for all time.
Does that upset you?
It has not upset me. I’m not Russian. China sent a message to Russia, but I’m not a Russian citizen. The Russian government don’t know who I am.
So these aren’t you real names?
Yeah, these are pseudonyms.
And what nationality are you – can you tell me that or is it a secret?
It’s not a secret. Ukrainian.
Both of you?
No, Vadim’s from Russia. So for Vadim maybe it’s a problem. But for me, Ukraine and China have a very difficult partnership. And now in Ukraine, it doesn’t matter what is happening in China. In Ukraine now, you know, its demonstrations…
Yeah, I guess you are the least of its worries. So when did you start climbing buildings?
Four years ago in Moscow. Me and Vadim have the same story. We just bought cameras and started taking pictures from the ground. And some of my friends would climb on roofs. And I thought from the roofs I could take good pictures. And from this, that’s how it all started.
Aside from the Shanghai Tower, what is the favourite place you have climbed?
The Great Pyramids of Giza, in Cairo. Next, Moscow State University. And then Russky Island Bridge in Vladivostok. Those were my favorite places.
We’ll go to the USA in the summer. In the USA we think we’ll make something even better, even bigger than the Shanghai Tower.
Were you surprised at quite how popular the Shanghai Tower video has become?
Yeah I was surprised. Really surprised. Every hour on my email - 10, 20, 50 emails: ‘Oh, wow, you guys are amazing.’ And lot of attention from the press. But it’s normal for us. After climbing the Giza Pyramids, the same situation – CNN, ABC called us asking about an interview.
So what are you guys gonna do next - how much can you tell us?
We’ll next go to Japan, South Korea. After that we’ll go to the USA in the summer. In the USA we think we’ll make something even better, even bigger than the Shanghai Tower. In the USA it is actually very dangerous to do this; after 9/11 police maybe think you are a terrorist. And after the USA we will go to Australia. We are just chasing the dream and always looking to go to the next highest point to see the things no one else gets to see.
So you have big plans?
Yes of course. We want to keep going until we have mastered every city. We want to make a documentary film about rooftopping. We think we’ll start it in the summer in Canada and the USA.
How do you make the money to support all this?
We sell pictures to media like you.
Yes you do. The rooftopping community, are they supportive of you?
The biggest rooftoppers’ community is in Russia. After, the second country is the Ukraine.
And why do you think it is popular in these countries?
No security in Russia and Ukraine.
On final question. What do your mothers say about what you do?
My parents say, ‘Awesome!’ Really, it’s true. It’s my work - and I love this work.
Trioo and T2G have been working hard finishing up the Trioo website. The countdown (check and follow) has started and we will be launching the site in no time! We are currently designing, and deciding on, our LOGO. We want our logo to be cool and unique while conveying Trioo's image and products. Our eyewear brand reflects sustainability, luxury and durability, using ultramodern materials and trendy urban designs for our sophisticated class of affordable spectacles.
We believe everyone should go for their passion and never give up on what they love, this is one of Trioo's main principals. We have few logos designed and we ask that you, our friends and followers, give us feedback on which one represents us the best! For every person who participates, you have a special chance to win and be one of the first people with the new 3U frame + prescription!
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I woke up last Thursday morning itchin' for a trip. I called Kuba up and told him that we needed to get out of Shanghai and go somewhere tropical. And a typical Kuba reply was what I received, "pack your bags bro!"
And then he clapped his hands together enthusiastically. We had no idea where to go, so what else would we do?
HEAD FOR THE AIRPORT.
When we got there, we asked the usual, unhelpful staff at the Pudong airport for tickets outta there. We got a good deal on tickets to Bangkok. So, at 10pm we were sky high headed for Bangkok, planLESS. By the time we arrived the city was shut down, it was like 4 or 5 in the morning.
Now, since it was Friday, and Friday is a work day, we had to put in some work. By Afternoon time we finished and headed to the Grand Palace.
After making 90% of the Grand Palace laugh, we left that amazing, all gold, hot mess. No disrespect, the Palace knows.
Let me give anyone who doesn't know much about Thailand or any other Southeast Asian country some advice - don't get played, aka scammed, THAT MUCH. It is inevitable. There are far too many scams to list, so stay on your toes. Don't get me wrong they aren't big scams, but they are annoying, such as tuk tuk scams, one example of a tuk tuk scam is being led away from the Palace because "its lunch time." Anyways, be aware and be smart. Besides all the swindlers and "gas ticket" tuk tuk drivers, Thai people are goodhearted, friendly, and cool, for the most part....and most people speak English too.
Our hotel was in Patpong , we ate an exclusive, AUTHENTIC, Thai dinner, it was ridiculously good. We got a sea bass, pad thai, spring rolls, shrimp rolls, some drinks. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel, China Inn or something along those lines. We took some much needed rest so we could prepare for ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK!
We purchased plane tickets for 7am the upcoming morning to Phuket, then headed for Silom to start the night... PARTY! Bottles were cracked. The night was going kind of weird and there were a bunch of WEIRD people. UNTIL, we went to the Pink Panther. We went in for a Muay Thai fight. The fight was sick! We must have gotten lucky, but I'd like to say that I livened the place up a lot with my cheering and amped up the fighters to make it what it was.... but I might just be full of myself. Seriously though it was one of the best fights I've ever seen. Two knockdowns and one knockout to end it all. Those kicks to the face looked BRUTAL.....And here was the winner!
Dude is a warrior and had a mean chin. Anyways, In Pink Pather there were some sexy Thai girls (all real!) who are what you would call strippers, except they were wearing bikini type clothing. We met this really cool guy from Bangladesh there. He knew all about Bangkok and the good venues. He took us to a couple bars and a night club. We had a RAW night. The whole night was extremely entertaining. We went straight from the club, took a pit stop at the hotel to pick up the bags and then we were on our way to Phuket.
We landed in Phuket at 8am, took a packed mini bus to Karon, we both felt like SH!T! Just to put it plain and simple, we didn't sleep more than a few cat naps in 48 hours up to that point. Zombie mode. When we got to Karon, we found a tour shop and bought our ticket to Phi Phi Island, by 1pm we were on the boat en route for the island. Phi Phi Island is the place where they filmed the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio. And the funny thing is, the place is essentially just like the movie, just more people, MUCH more people and minus the pot farmers, well not really.. We relaxed on the island and bought a bungalow right on the beach for the night. We got an email that day from Trioo saying we had to be at a meeting on Monday, so with that, we had to book a flight from Phuket to Shanghai for the next day. We booked the flight with China Eastern for Monday 2am.
But enough about tickets, we were still on Phi Phi Island and we had a night and another day to enjoy! And that's exactly what we did!
Fireshows, fire limbo contests, and just good ol fire.
The Half Moon Party was off the charts! These pictures don't even do it any justice.
After another night of getting seriously intoxicated and losing another Galaxy S3, we spent the day just chilled out on the beach soaking in the sun.
At 2pm we made our way back to Shanghai with our heads held high! Really high.
If you are wondering why the title is named - SAME SAME, but different - well in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Vietnam, you will always hear the locals saying "same same" about everything. For those who have been there, you know.
Leave a comment if you have any questions or if you want to share your own experience in Thailand.
Have you heard of Taobao?
For all those who don’t know what Taobao.com is, it is an online shopping platform (if you haven’t heard of Taobao, you must never have lived in China before because that is like someone living in America and not knowing what Walmart is).
Taobao is an online shopping platform where you can purchase anything and everything and have it delivered directly to your home.
Not only is it an online shopping platform, to the Chinese, it is the god of all stores. We have lived in China for over 3 years and we hear the word “taobao” on a daily basis. Chinese NETIZENS are using taobao at a remarkable rate; I am talking 500 million users daily. And when I say taobao.com has everything, I literally mean EVERYTHING. Taobao. Chinese people buy EVERYTHING on Taobao, let me give you a few examples:
Just a week after a 6.48 million yuan model was displayed on its Taobao showroom for sale, more than 10,000 people placed orders.
A Taobao visitor wrote on his micro blog that "whenever I'm in a bad mood I 'buy' a Lamborghini. Then I feel I am extremely rich."
In September last year, 200 smarts went on sale at Taobao - the parent of Tmall and China's largest e-commerce platform - offering group buyers a 23 percent discount from the sticker price of 176,000 yuan at actual dealerships.
The first car sold in just 24 seconds, with the rest purchased in three and a half hours.
The company initially estimated it would take 21 days.
A salesman at a traditional Mercedes-Benz outlet in Beijing said he was stunned.
"More than 100 cars were sold in just an hour - at our dealership, we just sell one or two smarts a day," he added.BMW, Audi, Volvo, FAW Toyota, Dongfeng, Nissan and Beijing Hyundai have all now started online shops at Tmall.
If you key in Chinese phrases for “selling spare time,” “conversation companion,” “beauty” or “service” in the search bar on Taobao, you will find dozens of online stores. Many of them use “real people” and “webcam” as their selling points.
One store advertises itself on the homepage by the slogan, “Show by real people for 60 minutes. 100 yuan, no bargaining.” Another store named “Webcam Baby” says on their web page, “It’s just for fun and passion!”
00:25 Key in “Beauty.” The search engine suggests “beauty service”
00:32 “Beauty service” directs the reporter to sellers who sell “beauties’ spare time.”
00:39 The reporter makes an inquiry as to what “services” the seller provides.
00:52 The reporter wires money to the seller via Alipay.
00:56 The reporter starts video-chatting with the seller. The seller, with her face outside the webcam, takes off her top while performing seductive and obscene acts.
01:03 The reporter: “How did you come up with the idea of opening such a store on Taobao?”
01:06 The seller (chuckling): “People, when they are cornered, can come up with anything.”
01:12 The reporter closes the video-chat window and calls the Taobao customer service.
01:16 Customer service: “The services you mentioned just now are banned by Taobao. On the top right corner is a button connecting to the report center. You can report them there. Our staff will take care of it within three business days.”
Besides, some stores on Taobao are also selling recorded video of sex webcam. One seller says, “I use my internet experience to save your time and find you loads of video, pornographic film and pictures from abroad.” They charge 5 yuan (90 cents) for each video clip and film, and 5 yuan for every gigabyte of hardcore pictures. Bulk buyers can request a disc be burnt.
It is not the first time that Taobao becomes a hotbed of crime. In January, over 50,000 hacked and cracked iTunes accounts were sold on Taobao. Guns, weapons, illegal or unapproved aphrodisiacs, wild and protected animal products were all once sold on Taobao until crackdown. To this day, Taobao is still a major marketplace for counterfeit and bootlegged goods, pirated media products.
I could do this for days, I wasn’t bluffing when I said EVERYTHING.
HOWEVER, to purchase from Taobao you need: to live in China, to have a Chinese bank account and to know Mandarin.
THAT IS WHY WE AND MANY OTHERS USE the Go2Taobao agent to purchase products from Taobao. The website is go2taobao.com, it is easy to use and it only charges a small fee for dealing with the transaction and delivery. And it delivers all over the world. In the end, when we use Go2Taobao.com we are still saving plenty of money for the same product that we would buy elsewhere.
Our team Trioo has been extremely busy working on the online store trioo.us (btw, check it out) and we basically have no time to go searching for daily products. So, we are ordering from taobao every day, from lunches to gym and professional travel equipment, nothing can stop us with taobao!
Most of you made New Years promises, it’s not a secret everyone does every year, also it’s not a secret that most of us give up in the middle of January. We already talked in previous posts about what are our goals for this year. I promise one more thing myself what I never before said aloud. What is that? The promise to not give up on all my promises. During writing this post I'm under palm trees and I feel like the luckiest man on earth. The reason might be enjoying Dominican Republic sun and kite surfing every day for already one month, but I feel that the reason is different.
First time in my life, in the beginning of January, I made specific plan for the whole year and so far I accomplish more than I even expected. I realize that everything is possible, seriously everything. This year I started from an amazing trip to Thailand and fall in love in this country. Best cuisine I ever tried and people who always smile, it’s really great place to live.
Just after that Sam and I started really hard work for the Trioo project, what actually bring us lot’s of fun. We went to a few Chinese factories, which was a great experience for us. We went to YiWu, world’s biggest trade market where is over 80 000 stores. All of this is in one building. You can’t even imagine how huge is that. If you want to check every store, you need few months. Compared to the biggest super mall in Shanghai, which have up to 500 stores, and I feel exhausted after few hours of shopping. Can you imagine 80 000? Believe me or not.
We also start gym training, eat well and what was biggest challenge for us - going sleep and waking up in a normal human schedule. The feeling of waking up early, go to gym, have a nice breakfast and then go to work- undesirable. After January -one month of hard work - it was Chinese New Year. I hate this period in China, it’s cold and you feel like there is a war. Chinese people celebrating it for two weeks, constantly playing with fireworks. I decided not to stay in China during this time and go to Poland to meet my family and friends. After one year being out of my home country it was so great to be back, even just for few days.
Poland is fantastic place, sadly people who never been don’t know much about this place but believe me I have been in many places around the world and Poland is one of the greatest places to live. Poland is in a center of Europe what makes it a bridge between western and eastern Europe. What does it mean? Civilized, highly develop country, with beautiful girls, lot’s of vodka and parties, great food and much lower prices than in all western countries. Sam couldn't go with me because he had to find new apartment and Chinese New Year is quite good moment to do that because many people are leaving Shanghai or change apartments. Since find a good space in Shanghai it’s not easy it was good decision to do that.
After 3 crazy days in Poland I left to get some sun and where am I right now – Cabarete, Dominican Republic. It’s not my first time here and I hope not a last one. This place it’s a haven for kitesurfers and surfers. Huge up to 6m waves everyday and strong wind. The conditions are not easy here, it’s not a place to learn how to kite. After one week here unfortunately I TORE my shoulder muscles.
I went a bit to far with my promises and I did to much gym and kite in a same time. Result was that ambulance had to take me into a Dominican hospital. I was so worried about it, because remember it’s still a 3rd world country. Surprise was that hospital was very nice and staff who took care of me was form Austria. Same day I back to hotel and start my recovery. Lot’s of sun, good food, Dominican specialty - rum, and massage - I'm back to form and it only took less than 2 weeks. Anyway, it’s lot of thing what I should tell about but more about this place in a next post, wind is getting stronger so I have to go on the water.
As we all know, purchasing equipment, clothing and accessories that are necessities in our lives can be a daunting task, especially when we are on a budget. We had a few budget concerns ourselves prior to our trip to Vietnam. On one hand, we didn’t want to take our prized possessions in case we lost or broke them. For example....
if you watched our videos, Kuba lost his brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 on the trip. On the other hand, we didn't want to purchase low quality products that could easily break or malfunction during our trip or expensive products that we would risk damaging.
We needed to find affordable good quality products and believe me it’s not as easy as it sounds. If you don’t already know, we live in the booming city of Shanghai. And even though our options seemed to be endless, the process was a difficult one. We went from market to market, testing products and bargaining for the right price. I even saw The new iPad for $70. While it was a fake, it was a damn good one. Below is a video of us in a fake market in Shanghai.
After a while, we became overwhelmed with all the different options and arguing with sellers for a fair price (a few time we came close to an all out brawl in the store). Time was short since the trip was just a couple days away. Finally, we decided that we needed a local to guide us in the right direction and cipher through all of the different products and stores. We called up one of our Chinese friends and he took us under his wing and brought us to the right places. Here is a video of all the products we bought....
Cool products, yuh? If you have any questions about the products, feel free to leave them in the comment box. Anyways, once we ended up in Vietnam, we realized we didn't purchase riding eyeglasses for the trip. I had my nice so-I-thought-they-were-indestructible sunglasses and Kuba had his Ray Ban optical glasses. So we used those. After the trip, we had basically destroyed our glasses with bugs and dust. Below is a picture of Kuba and I covered in dirt from a trip on Vietnam's "highway" removing dirt and other remnants for my eye.
When we arrived home, we both started searching for a new pair of glasses. We noticed just how expensive optical eyeglasses are.... The eyeglasses industry is controlled by a few large companies that reap the benefits by making the consumers pay high prices because they have no other options. Other than that, it seems only cheap and basically unusable glasses exist.
Kuba and I are always thinking of ideas to start a business someday, it’s a dream both of us share. Actually! It’s a goal that WILL be accomplished by all T2G Squad members. So! With all this being said, we came up with the best idea yet!
We want to manufacture high quality eyeglasses with a lofty style and affordable price. We don’t want people to regret destroying their glasses for a great memory because they can't afford another pair or risk the pair they have because buying a decent spare is too expensive. We are here to change that, for ourselves and everyone else! We want to hear your opinions, advice and most of all...SUPPORT! hehehaha
Its been a long while since our last post. You might be wondering "Where did These2Guyz disappear to?" Well, we are here to cease your questions and concerns. Rest assured that we are alive and well. However, the picture on the left is a clear representation of how the past couple months have unraveled. EXPLOSIVELY!
The lights have been turned on maximum power. We have produced an idea that will take These2Guyz Project, a.k.a. T2G to the next level! We are making an addition to T2G, an addition that we believe is the right step to success and achieving our long term goals.
The Midi Festival has come and gone in Shanghai. This past weekend we experienced, IMHO, China’s best electronic festival in history. I hate to be a negative Nancy but the festivals still don’t compare to those in the West (sorry if we offended anyone J). However, it was at great time. Take a look at our video.
For those who don’t know about Midi, The Midi Festival is the legendary rock festival of China, started back in 2000 by the Midi School of Music. It is the event of the year for underground and high quality music lovers interested in getting in touch with the real scene of Chinese music.
In the last decade the Chinese music scene has evolved at a rapid pace. Chinese DJs are making names for themselves and are becoming internationally known. For example, Chinese DJ and producer Li Man, he just recently performed at an electronic festival in Cologne, Germany. The love of electronic music in Shanghai is new but growing in popularity. Rock and Rap are both highly exposed in China’s largest cities. Nightclubs and bars play the latest and hottest hip hop and rock music.
We really enjoyed ourselves at the festival and the music was really good. We were quite surprised how well Midi was organized. They took their cues from hugely popular events such as Belgium’s Tomorrowland and Germany’s Love Parade. They held it outdoors at Lujiazui’s Mingzhu Park beneath the shadows of the Oriental Pearl and Jin Mao towers. The place looked amazing. We met a completely different culture of Chinese people, something we are not accustomed to seeing during our daily lives in Shanghai.
China is growing so fast, and we are living in one of its fastest growing cities. I have been here for 3 years; Kuba and Matteo have been here for 5 years. We were just reminiscing and discussing the changes we have personally seen in China over that last few years, and the changes are significant. It’s really amazing to see.
Besides the Midi Festival, we did a lot of Halloween partying on Friday and Saturday. Costume house parties and club hopping. We will wait for Halloween to be officially over and the Halloween parties to cease before we post about our Shanghai Halloween party time.
Oh, and speaking of music in Shanghai. Far East Movement is coming to Muse on the Bund and M2 (those are nightclubs in Shanghai, one of which Sam works at) and its going to be a crazy party, so we also have that to look forward to the day after Halloween - November 1st.