The year is 2000 and something and the Moonbar or Family is having an absolute cracker with a headliner slinging out the one genre that brought all the other genres together, breakbeats! Fast forward a couple decades, some of the dancefloor moves might be a bit laboured but the love, fun and good times are still unmissable and unbeatable!  If you missed out, my condolences, if you went, also my condolences to your livers and heads!

Check out the highlight gallery below then head over to the Facebook page if you want more! https://www.facebook.com/soulbridgemedia

06.14.2022

The No Scrubs crew made a return to LaLa for a trip down memory lane, for some, the rest of us still live there! Its marketed as 90s and early 2000s but this edition had alot of late 2000s and a couple 2010 hits, either way the outfits were still questionable and good times were had by all!

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15 years?? Can you believe it?? Most club nights are lucky to make it to 5 but here we are barrelling towards a double decade! If you haven’t been to one once in those 15 years, you really need to reassess your life choices 😉
Highlights below and head on over to the Soulbridgemedia facebook page for a whole bunch of social pics!


Alot of mixed emotions for the final month of a Brisbane institution in the Rumpus Room closing down parties, so many fond memories that could only be sent off with a proper rinsing from the Junkyard Sesh crew! Check out the madness in the full gallery below! 😀

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WOW! What better way to ring in the new year than with a music festival! Remember those? Me neither! But the window of opportunity was open, DJ legends of the scene were on the decks and as expected the crowd was more than up for it!

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Slight change of pace the other week with vintage bangers of a different kind thanks to Forever Gold. Check out the highlights below!

Times have been tough for everyone lately with so much unpredictability but its reassuring there’s always the beacon of hope in the form of Candee Flip! A haven where you can cast your mind and feet back to a time where the biggest concern was what song will be played next!
The CF crew have laid claim and fully settled into their new venue at Lala Land with the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor rooms and atmosphere. Even better is they’re locking in three gigs a year now so we only need to wait till Jan 15 for the next one! 😀

Till then, check out the extended highlight photos below and pop over to the soulbridge media facebook page for more socials 😀
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Oi Racecourse markets

There are several large markets around Tokyo though depending on time of year, day and location, they can be cancelled with little notice so its always good to have alternative options up your sleeve. A lesser known one but one of the biggest is held in the car park of the Oi Racecourse.

Getting there: there is a direct line from Tokyo station to Tachiaigawa station. After that, its about a 15min walk.

From the station there are small lanes with a scattering of quaint shops which lead out to major roads where its easy to follow the trickle of people coming and going from the venue.

The carpark is mostly covered which makes it far more pleasant during the sweltering July heat. For those from Brisbane, I liken them to the Rocklea markets due to the vendors covering both end of the markets scale from small businesses with quality products and marketing to the Marie Kondo mum that grabbed the junk drawers and the kids toy box and poured them on to a tarp. Due to this wide variety, there are bargains to be had and there is a lot of stuff you simply wont normally see about.



Travel tip: while quite large its still possible to cover the whole venue in an hour or 2 walking at a slow amble even with a modest sized crowd
Travel tip: food and toilets are on site

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Meguro Mipig Café

There wasn’t much we wanted to see in the Shinagawa area but to make the trip to the markets worthwhile we chose to take a slight detour to Meguro for the Mipig café on the way back. If you weren’t planning on venturing out that way, don’t fret, there are several mipig locations across Tokyo (:

Getting there: From Tachiaigawa station, change at Oimachi station then on to Meguro station or you could easily make the trip via Shibuya station if you’re coming from any other direction. From Meguro station it’s a direct route along Meguro dori Ave. however due to a couple steepish hills, the walk can feel a lot longer even though its under 2km. Being on a major road, there are however frequent buses if you want to save time and effort.

The Meguro location is a small two level store with reception area downstairs and the petting room upstairs via a small narrow staircase.

Travel tip: you must purchase a beverage on top of the session fee. Your order is taken once you’re seated.

Most people sit on the floor as chairs are limited, after the drinks are delivered the pigs are released and are free to roam the room. Don’t worry if they don’t initially come to you, the handlers will lead them to everyone for a chance to pet and hold at least one. The pigs are very tame, friendly and inquisitive but they are still pigs with hooves so take care if you have any exposed skin.



Travel tip: there is no food for the pigs, you can not feed them and you must remain seated for the session.

What a treat for us ‘flippers this year, we get the first ever winter edition of Candee Flip! Not quite the same as stumbling out of the 35C+ Arena into a 10C pneumonia inducing night but cool enough to sport a good ol fashion track jacket comfortably and in a new venue at La La Land! Was it the best one yet? You bet your sweet phatties it was! Even better, we don’t have anywhere near as long to wait till the next one 😀

Check out the extended highlights below and head on over to the Candee Flip Facebook page for more.

Ahh 2019 BC, the before times, Before Covid. If we knew that year was going to be the last time we could travel overseas for a few years we probably would’ve made it more of a special occasion, but as things would have it, we were lucky to even get away for the short time we did, but I think you’ll agree 5 days in Japan is better than no days!

With time against us, we chose to minimise lengthy travel and kept activities mostly to central Tokyo, setting up camp at the APA Hotel in Akiba. The short walk to the Akiba station took us past curry and ramen restaurants, a bakery and 2 conveniences stores. Couldn’t have asked for more ….except maybe for better weather!

As this was a quick visit with several rehashed stops from previous trips, the dialog in these blog entries will also be brief but there will still be plenty of piccies!

Travel tip: as always, look at the multi-day pass for JR rail options to save money on transport

Asakusa
Not sure how we’ve missed it in our previous trips, especially when we were at the Tokyo Skytree just across the river on the one prior, but apparently Asakusa is quite the tourist spot and its not hard to see why. It has the perfect tourist blend of site seeing starting with the 1000+yo Kaminari gate at the entrance to the Sensoji temple and other shrines, and souvenir shopping with Nakamise street, an outdoor market style set up of small shops and eateries leading to the temple. There is also a closed in mall on your way to Nakamise in the same vein as many others where its just one long mall with high glass ceilings. The stores here are less touristy and cover the usual, electronics, clothing and health varieties, there are also several restaurants.

Travel tip: check the events calendars, especially around spring, for food, music, traditional and shrine festivals

Asakusa is also home to Sanrio Gift Gate for more kawaii Hello Kitty and friends merch than you can wave two peace signs at. The store is only a couple minutes’ walk from Asakusa station and sells Asakusa specific items and other exclusives not found at other Sanrio stores.

Travel tip: allergy sufferers beware! There’s A LOT of incense and ceremonial burning at the shrines

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Odaiba
No Tokyo stop is complete without the obligatory visit to Odaiba, be it for the shopping, the mega ferris wheel, games arenas and now, Teamlabs Borderless (more on that later). Depending on the time of year there’s usually some sort of installation or lighting display along the walk paths and green spaces around the major hubs. Aqua City hides the illusive Statue of Liberty replica (and an official GShock store 😉 ). Diver city and Venus Fort/palette town are also worthy stops for shopping and games, Venus fort especially if you have a hankerin for outlet discounts. The huge Toyota city building is always interesting with its future tech, concept displays and race memorabilia.

Travel tip: If you arrive via Aomi station, exit towards the water to take in the sea breeze and ocean view off the palette town pier.

Travel tip: Regular JR passes or other discount passes aren’t valid on the Yurikamome line. The JR Tokyo Wide pass will at least get on to the island with the Rinkai line stopping at Tokyo Teleport station. If you plan on seeing more of Odaiba, there is an unlimited day pass option, purchasable at any stop on Odaiba.

As night falls, the full size Gundam comes alive with half hourly light, sound and (partial) movement shows. If, like us, your last trip was before 2017, you may notice he’s looking a bit different, that’s because it’s a WHOLE NEW ROBOT! Its now a RX-0 Gundam Unicorn which replaces the old RX-78-2 who has found a new home at Yokohoma and gotten a pretty huge upgrade(!). The new guy still lights up and transforms his head during the shows and is still one of the coolest landmarks in Tokyo.

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Teamlab Borderless
This exhibition initially started out as a short run event but it proved so popular that its still going many years later and rightly so. Put simply, its digital art projected on to installations but with such a vast lay out, evolving imagery and no maps it quickly becomes very immersive. The pics only tell part of the story as its hard to depict scale or capture the ebb and flow of each of the MANY rooms. Stand outs would definitely be the floating lanterns and the waterfall.

The exhibit boasts a rotation of displays not just over each moment but also over different days and seasons.

Travel tip: Budget at least a few hours, some exhibits like the floating lanterns require lining up and have a time limit so you might need a couple tries to get that perfect photo.

Travel tip: hours are slightly less than other museums (around 11-5pm) and tickets are not available for purchase at the venue, they need to be purchased via the website.

Photo tip: a lot of the rooms are quite large and some are maze like, between other visitors and restrictive installations, shooting space can be quite limited so an ultra wide angle lens is a wise choice. Being one big light show, its pitch black darkness in most rooms and some of the images move fast enough to trip up a slow shutter compensation so be prepared to push the ISO. Of course a tripod would be ideal but they are prohibited, if you have been out and about with one, you will be asked to store it in one of the paid lockers along with all medium to large size bags.

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