We are the CHAMPIONs: Clubbing with the New Girl (that’s me)

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Last night was a blast for so many reasons!

First of all, I’d like to thank Emma who absolutely, without a doubt, has made my life suddenly brighter with her presence in it! ♥ I met a lot of very kind people last night, all of whom seem to be absolute dolls. It was the first time that I’d been out in such a big group of foreigners before. To be honest, I was a little worried, because some foreigners here can be kind of ridiculous. You know, what I mean? As in, they get completely plastered and act like complete idiots and make fools of themselves. But, I guess those people are everywhere, no matter where you go.

It’s just that, for some reason, I thought that there seemed to be more of them in Korea than normal. I guess I just needed guiding, haha.

Anyway. The people I met last night were lovely. Here’s the downlow on what went on.

Last night was a blast for so many reasons!

First of all, I’d like to thank Emma who absolutely, without a doubt, has made my life suddenly brighter with her presence in it! ♥ I met a lot of very kind people last night, all of whom seem to be absolute dolls. It was the first time that I’d been out in such a big group of foreigners before. To be honest, I was a little worried, because some foreigners here can be kind of ridiculous. You know, what I mean? As in, they get completely plastered and act like complete idiots and make fools of themselves. But, I guess those people are everywhere, no matter where you go.

It’s just that, for some reason, I thought that there seemed to be more of them in Korea than normal. I guess I just needed guiding, haha.

Anyway. The people I met last night were lovely. Here’s the downlow on what went on.

Around 9:30 Emma came by my apartment and we headed out to 700 club where everyone was met up. Apparently two of the groups really good friends are leaving Korea today (Sunday) so it was some what of their send off. They were funny, and boisterous (but totally not over the top), and sooo friendly!

I was surrounded by couples. I was the only single gal in that group, but I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all because everyone was so relaxed. Via a speech made by the ‘Man of honor’ (the man leaving Korea) I discovered that they’d all made quite good friends over the years and through a few of the people sitting at the table he’d met his future bride (who was sitting right next to him beaming with this gorgeous smile).

This man was big guy, quite tall and broad with a shaved head. He looked like a biker (and he was technically, somewhat, from what I gathered from the speech). He got teary eyed. That’s right. I almost cried myself, and I don’t even know these people. It’s mostly because when men get so emotional that they start to cry (even a little bit) then the situation is pretty serious. I just thought it was so sweet, and I’m a sucker for sweet things.

Anyway… after that we did some shuffling about doing this and that and finally headed out to our destination…

CHAMPION

CHAMPION night club. Now, THAT was an experience. Upon arriving you notice that there are tons of men in black suits running around and ushering people about very formally with ear pieces in. They looked like FBI. Upon entering I noticed how DARK it was. Geez. I could barely see anything except the faint outline of cushy chairs and the tables with little dimly glowing red lamps at the end (I guess so you don’t run into them).

Apparently it’s a VERY expensive night club. To even enter in the first place you have to purchase ‘platters’, big plates of fruit, veggies and other little snacks, as well as drinks. The whole place was rather swanky, and set up almost like a dinner theater with a huge stage and dance floor at the front.

A couple of DJ’s started playing and when the dance music started everyone would get up and go out onto the floor and dance it up. Most of the dancing was REALLY awkward, and one of my friends said something extremely, and hilariously, accurate.

“They all look miserable, don’t they?”

It was true! Almost every person dancing out on that floor looked bored and even upset (like they were doing this grudgingly). We also noticed that most of the Koreans just tended to sway around a bit to the music, there was very little actual ‘getting down’, if you know what I mean. Though, I can understand that for the girls because some of them were wearing dresses so tight I don’t know how they even sat down.

Anyway, the Dj would play for a bit and then stop and everyone would go sit back down. The starting and stopping really disrupted the mood, but it also gave everyone a chance to rest for the next DJ to play. One of the DJ’s kept stopping the music to make noise or say something into the microphone so the beat got lost like every four measures. A liiiiiiitle annoying, but fun none the less.

And then….

SURPRISE! MALE STRIPPERS!

Wait… What?

Not really. I’m kidding. There weren’t any strippers at this club, though it suddenly became that kind of atmosphere. Korea is obsessed with boy groups here (and I understand the fetish, I’m not knocking it or anything.) CHAMPION night club took that idea and hired a group of handsome guys (all young, all cute for different reasons to appeal to most every girl) and they have them perform on stage. These guys lip-sync and dance to popular songs and drive the girls absolutely nuts. There was literally a horde of girls crowding the stage to touch these guys.

It was pretty entertaining.

In the group there was:

The Show Off: He looked like he would be the leader of the group. Kind of a Bad-ass type with a ‘The devil may care” attitude. Lots of suggestive facial expression and gyrating to get the girls to scream and jump up and down.

The Tough Guy: Your token guy who looks like he might have a bit of a mean streak. But may also be a total softie on the inside. Great dancer, looks like he spends his free time smoking cigarettes and riding a motorcycle around town.

The ‘Cool’ Guy: You know the type. The type that’s flirty with everyone, but totally not in a suggestive way. Kind and elusive enough that the girls just can’t get enough of him. They want to get to know him and crack his playboy exterior and become ‘that girl’ that officially steals his heart.

The Cutie And then there’s the ‘Cutie’. This guy is almost a little awkward, but in a really charming way. While he can dance, he often has a bashful look on his face. His features are boyishly handsome and he looks like the romantic type. Probably sensitive and sweet, a guy who gives flowers, candy, and new little trinkets to his girlfriend, takes her out on picnics, and shyly gives her a kiss in the glowing light of the setting sun. That type.

These four guys cover most bases with what appeals to girls. And they drove them all BONKERS. It was cute, hilarious, and interesting all at the same time to see how these young women were reacting to these untouchable men.

Here comes the whole stripping thing.

At one point during the dancing the lights dim and a vague outline of ‘The Show Off’ is seen walking behind these moving screens, pulling his shirt off. The girls are already going nuts. The next song starts and the screens raise and there he his, shirtless, with this expression on his face that could have melted a glacier. The girls go even more wild.

A guy having his shirt off is no big deal. But when a guy has a body like that guy had AND when he’s dancing the way that guy was it becomes a deal as big as the Trojan war. I know I had this look on my face that was a cross between “This is fun!” and “Uuuuhhh…okay….”

Anyway. ‘The Cutie’ was the next to take his shirt off, and of course the girls put forth a new screaming wave of enthusiasm. This is another thing about ‘The Cutie’ that you have to know. ‘The Cutie’ is SO adorable, that you never guess that he’s actually built like Adonis under his graphic T-shirt. This drives the girls even more crazy as it’s all part of the ‘prince charming’ attraction. You know… a sensitive man who can understand a woman and be in tune to her as a female but at the same time be totally masculine.

Guys, this was what I was thinking as a group of shirtless men were dancing on a stage in front of me. Sure I was having a good time, but I was also ANALYZING the entire situation. Do I need to be admitted somewhere? Back into graduate school, that’s where.

Wouldn’t that be just so much fun? Go around from nightclub to night club and document the scene and then write paper after paper of thoughts on what and why? (But I think someone has already done that, oh well. Fresh perspective!)

I MISS UNIVERSITY!

So…

Sure. CHAMPION was a great time, and the dancing was nice. After a while I left with Emma and her Hubby-to-be and we went out to Gwangali to a place called “Thursday Party”, met up with some other people and had a great time.

I was actually kind of worried about going out that night, because I’m not a big drinker and you know… clubbing and bar hopping usually involves a lot of alcohol. So I was a bit concerned, but aside from maybe a beer (and not even a whole one), and a single shot of soju at the beginning of the night (I hate soju, I had the shot handed to me because everyone was doing a toast after their friends speech and I didn’t have a drink. UGH. Soju=do not like) I didn’t have anything but water. I didn’t get tired, I didn’t feel exhausted when 3am rolled around. I was totally alert, energetic, and ready for more dancing!

DANCING ANYONE?

For those of you who don’t know, I love dancing. Find me a good nightclub and I’ll stay there all night, not even joking. I used to hate it back at University when the dance clubs would close at 2am. WHY?! Stay open until 5-6am like the rest of the clubs around the world! People are just getting started at 2am!

Anyway, it’s great exercise, and if you really enjoy it and you dance for hours then you burn so many calories. Gals, when going dancing LEAVE THE FLATS AT HOME! You MUST wear heels! Most girls wear what a friend of mine refers to as ‘2 hour heels’, the really spiky stilettos that cram your toes in and really hurt your feet. Why do you even own a pair of shoes like that?

Buy a pair of comfy ‘all night’ heels. Those would be CLOSED TOED heels with a thick chunky heel instead of a stiletto. The chunky heel gives you more balance, and the closed toe doesn’t rub blisters into feet as easily because your feet have nowhere to slide back and forth like with strapped shoes or open toed shoes (which also get uncomfortable because your foot is being semi-shoved through a small opening at the tip of your shoe).

But the reason I say WEAR HEEELS is because, wearing heels while dancing is GREAT exercise for your ab muscles and legs. Having to keep your balance on heels while move your hips and shoulders around at the same time requires more leg and middle body strength than you’d expect.

Anyway the I LOVE DANCING being said, if anyone knows of a good night club out in Busan then give me a holla’. I’m up to trying new places.

I’ve been to FOXY, WOMB, and now CHAMPION but there’s got to be more out there.

So, if you live in BUSAN you should totally give CHAMPION a go. It’s fun, entertaining, and really worth the money (which I still owe to someone because we left early. WHO DO I PAY?! )

Well, everyone. I know I keep promising pictures and then don’t deliver. But eventually it’ll happen, don’t you worry your little selves about that.

I’m off for now. More exciting adventure recaps later.

Until next time,

~Auggie



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