Ultra Day 3!

We’re finally here, the third and last day of Ultra!

It was sad waking up to the fact that the best weekend of my life was coming to an end. The event started out at 12 PM and ended at 11 PM. Honestly, when I woke up to get ready for another day packed with music I was scared. I was beat and extremely exhausted. The previous days wore me out and I felt like staying at home.

We got there and walked around again, going to different stages to see a bit of what was going on. We went to see Krewella at the Live Stage while waiting for some of our other friends to arrive to see Alesso at Space Ibiza.

Krewella‘s music was a bit calmer than the other previous videos I posted, they had actual lyrics!

Krewella @ Ultra 2013

Krewella @ Ultra 2013

Krewella playing one of my favorites by them, Alive!

By the time my friends got there, we only had around half an hour left to see Alesso.

Alesso @ Ultra 2013

Alesso @ Ultra 2013

Alesso‘s huge hit Calling, I’m pretty sure all of you have heard this song blasting from some house on College Ave.

We went to Ultra Chile to see Flosstradamus afterwards.

Part of their set.

WE DID THE HARLEM SHAKE!!!!!! It was about time someone dropped the Harlem Shake. I was waiting for this the entire weekend.

After seeing Flosstradamus, we went back to the Main Stage to see Steve Aoki. IT WAS AMAZING. AMAZING! Steve Aoki killed it with Turbulence and Beat Down.

When Turbulence feat. Lil Jon came on, it went crazy.

Steve Aoki @ Ultra 2013

Steve Aoki @ Ultra 2013

Beat Down and Steven Aoki caked people.. I swear he’s crazy. I would’ve been extremely mad if ANYONE threw a cake in my face.

After Steve Aoki’s set finished, we stayed at the Main Stage and moved even closer to the stage to see Zedd‘s set. His set was amazing, I’ve sure a lot of you have heard Clarity on the radio!

A part of his set: Clarity, MercyNiggas in Paris, Internet Friends and….. Harlem Shake (round two!!!!)

This was so cool he played the Legend of Zelda song!

Zedd @ Ultra 2013

Zedd @ Ultra 2013

We stayed at the Main Stage for awhile to see Bassnectar, but we were so close and his beats and drops were too overwhelming we had to step out. It felt like my heart was going to pop out of my mouth. So we went back to Space Ibiza stage to see Tiesto for a bit before going back to the Main Stage to see Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren.

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra 2013

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra 2013

Those three days were easily the best days I’ve ever had. I was having a love affair with Miami. I started out my spring break earlier than everyone. This was by far the most spontaneous and fun thing I’ve ever done with friends. Going off to Miami without family?! HELL YES. I left to Miami on Thursday, had three amazing days filled with 30 hours of music AND by the time I got back to New York, I still had a whole week of spring break. I was mindblown. Those three days felt like an entire spring break.

CAN'T WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!

CAN’T WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!

Does anyone else here listen to EDM? Any of you going to see Alesso at the RAC on April 19th??

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Coachella Cut Day

Coachella is another annual music festival that is held at Indio, California over two weekends. I was looking at the lineup and this article caught my attention. The first day just opened up today and thousands of students across LA have ditched school for this event. Students ditching school every year has become an annual custom and teachers and schoolboards are immensely fed up with it. One of the elite prep academies, Harvard-Westlake School even established an “official Coachella detention” policy this year. Now I think that is a bit extreme.

The Passion Pit @ Coachella

The Passion Pit @ Coachella

This event does only happen once a year and having students ditch one day of school for this event seems quite understandable. Even one of the teachers, Steve Klima from Palisades Charter High School said, “Coachella weekends become just one of those things you have to plan around”. I definitely agree with that. Giving out detentions just because students are ditching that one day of school for a music event honestly would not stop students from going. In their minds they would probably go like, “Psh, it’s just one detention.. who gives”. I have cousins who are currently high school seniors in California and they ditched school today for this event as well. Of course they don’t have the perfect attendance records because of family and medical issues, etc. But wouldn’t adding a detention onto that make their academic record look worse? And worst of all the whole purpose of the policy wouldn’t even work. Instead of working against the students, it seems to make more sense for the schools to work with this issue since they are only ditching ONE day of school. But, it would be an issue if students were to ditch more than a day for such events.

I asked my cousins if their parents allowed them to ditch school and they said, “Yeah! Why not?” and I was like.. well, this is your senior year in high school and grades do matter. They replied, “It is only ONE day of the school year I am actually ditching school for a non-medical reason and this event does only happen ONCE a year. It isn’t like I’m constantly ditching school to travel around for music festivals.” I didn’t have anything to say to that because that did make sense. It’s senior year, they’ve had their fair share of studying for APs and such, cut them some slack! One school even purposely scheduled their grading day the same day Coachella starts…. now that’s just asking for trouble.

Metric @ Coachella 2013

Metric @ Coachella 2013

So the bottom line is, I personally don’t think giving out detentions would do anything, because in the end they still ditched school. What are your views on this? Coachella absence policy, yay or nay?

Ultra Day 2!

It’s been awhile. This is the second day of the festival.

Saturday, March 16th. The event started at 12 PM and ended at midnight. It was a crazy day! By the time we woke up at 10 AM, it was already time to get ready to head over to downtown. The line to get in wasn’t as bad as the first day.. it only took ten minutes!

It was noon, the sun was beaming down on us and everyone was hyped up. It was definitely going to be a good day. My friends I did not really settle down at any specific stage, we were just wondering around aimlessly. Jumping around here and there until the DJs we wanted to see were on.

First stop… the Europe Stage! We got to see Chuckie and the special guest was  Lil Jon! We stayed through his set until Bingo Players were up.

Chuckie @ Ultra 2013

Chuckie @ Ultra 2013

Bingo Players @ Ultra 2013

Bingo Players @ Ultra 2013

Bingo Players

And of course, everyone had to stay for Rattle!

The set Bingo Players did was definitely one of my favorites during this festival. After Bingo Players’ set finished up, we left to go to the Main Stage to see Hardwell, Knife Party and Kaskade!

It was so packed by the time we got there so we hung around the outside of the crowd before moving in.

Hardwell opened his set at the Main Stage with Spaceman.

When Hardwell finally got it at 7, it was really exciting. The sun was starting to set, the crazy music was beginning to kick in and we were able to see everyone’s eyes light up in awe. Party doesn’t start til it gets dark!

Next up…. Knife Party!!!

Knife Party @ Ultra 2013

Knife Party @ Ultra 2013

Knife Party‘s infamous song, Internet Friends! Please fastforward to 1:44 and wait for that drop!

The crowd went insane when Internet Friends started playing, everyone was holding onto each other and jumping to the beat. The next DJ that got on was Kaskade.

Kaskade @ Ultra 2013

Kaskade @ Ultra 2013

Kaskade @ Ultra 2013

Kaskade @ Ultra 2013

Kaskade opened his set with Sander Van Doorn’s Joyenergizer

After Kaskade’s set was over, Deadmau5 and Benny Benassi were performing at the same time but at different stages. Deadmau5 at Main and Benassi at Europe. At that moment, it seemed like picking one DJ was the hardest decision ever. But Benassi won us over!

Benny Benassi @ Ultra 2013

Benny Benassi @ Ultra 2013

Benny Benassi

Chilling with Benassi, no big deal.

Chilling with Benassi, no big deal.

I would have to say out of the three days and nights at Ultra, the second day was definitely the best. A lot of the DJs I enjoyed listening to had their sets on the second day and that allowed my friends and I have to even more fun because all the songs just kept coming on right after another! The lineup was so good to the point I could’ve just left Ultra, not attend the third day and fly back home AND still be happy.

The third day will be posted shortly!

Ultra Day 1!

I posted before that I’d write about each Ultra day individually, so here it is.

Friday, March 15th. The event was going to be from 5 PM-12 AM. We had a lot of time to kill before the event, so we went tanning! It’s a must since we were down in Miami.

Miami

Miami

Ultra was the last place Swedish House Mafia was going to perform before they disband. They were opening for Ultra on weekend one and closing on weekend two. Everyone was extremely excited for their set to start.

Ultra 2013

Ultra 2013

Ultra 2013

Ultra 2013

We began lining up around 4:30 and got in awhile after 5. Once we got in, we went straight to the Main Stage and watched Cazzette, Nicky Romero and Fedde Le Grand perform.

Cazzette @ Ultra 2013

Cazzette @ Ultra 2013

Cazette – Beam Me Up

Nicky Romero @ Ultra 2013

Nicky Romero @ Ultra 2013

Nicky Romero‘s Full Set at UMF

My friends and I (red, pink, green caps) were on tv during his set! This was probably one of the best sets I’ve ever heard. The lineup for the first day was amazing, and best thing was… all of the DJs I liked were all on the main stage, so staying at the same stage made everything easier.

Nicky Romero

On TV!

Fedde Le Grand @ Ultra 2013

Fedde Le Grand @ Ultra 2013

Fedde Le Grand‘s Full Set at UMF

We left the crowd for awhile to get water and went back in, in time for Afrojack! It took us around 15 minutes to leave the crowd. When we first went in, we were lucky enough to be in the middle front part and I guess the crowd just grew bigger and bigger as the day went on. Surprisingly, we were able to squeeeeeze back into the same place we were at first!

Afrojack @ Ultra 2013

Afrojack @ Ultra 2013

Afrojack

Aaaand finally! Swedish House Mafia! I saw them back on March 4th at their own concert held at the Barclays Center. But seeing them again at Ultra was a totally different thing! Jumping and dancing around with thousands and thousands of other people made this night even more special since it was the last night since it was the last time all of us would ever see them perform.

Swedish House Mafia @ Ultra 2013

Swedish House Mafia @ Ultra 2013

Swedish House Mafia 

This was by far, the BEST set I’ve ever seen. It is my favorite and most memorable. I’m really happy I got to see them for the last time before they disbanded, both at their own concert and at Ultra.

Swedish House Mafia @ Ultra 2013

Swedish House Mafia @ Ultra 2013

Stay tune for Ultra day 2!

Best Spring Break Ever!

Ultra Music Festival

15th Ultra Music Festival

I left right after my exam ended at 12:15 pm Thursday, March 14th and took a 4:30 pm flight down to Miami. I was on my way to Miami for the Ultra Music Festival!

I realized I had absolutely nothing to do this spring break and a few of my friends were headed down to Miami for Ultra! I had to act fast, so I looked for the cheapest flights and purchased the Ultra tickets. This was by far the most spontaneous thing I have ever done in my life. In the middle of the night of March 7th, I searched up and booked flights for my friend and myself.

Ultra is an electric music festival that occurs every March held at Bayfront Park, downtown Miami. Ultra always lasted one weekend, but this year was its 15th anniversary so it was extended to two weekends instead and I attended weekend one: March 15-17. Everyone knew this year’s lineup would be the best lineup they ever had at Ultra.

There were seven stages each day.

Ultra Music Festivaltaken by Fabienne Ng

Ultra Music Festival

Day One: 5 PM-12 AM

Stages: Main Stage, Carl Cox & Friends Arena, Live Stage, Ultra Buenos Aires, Mixmag, Bass Station and Eco Village.

Day Two: 12 PM-12 AM

Stages: Main Stage, Carl Cox & Friends Arena, Live Stage, Ultra Europe, Bedrock, Owsla and Eco Village.

Day Three: 12 PM-11 PM

Stages: Main Stage, Space Ibiza, Live Stage, Ultra Chile, Surface, Toolroom Knights and Eco Village.

I’ll be putting up individual posts for the Ultra days in a bit!

Hong Kong International Students Versus Local Students

photo by Wikimedia

View of Hong Kong from the Peak photo by Wikimedia

I lived in Hong Kong from sixth grade to senior year of high school. I never really knew what an international school was until I moved there. The school was like a mini version of NYC, it was extremely diverse and it felt like home inside but once I stepped outside the school everything was just so confusing. Two different cultures; foreign and Chinese were solely separated by a thin school wall. Living in a foreign country definitely wasn’t easy.

International schools are schools that promote international education (such as AP and IB systems) and do not follow the same education system as the city they’re in. All the different education systems they follow are accredited worldwide. The student bodies normally consists of students from 100-160 different countries.

photo by AIS

American International School of Hong Kong photo by AIS

The school I attended in Hong Kong was the American International School, it is one of the fifty-two international schools in Hong Kong.

There are tensions between the international and local school students due to misunderstandings such as financial differences. Local students see how the students pay a lot for their education whereas local school education is mainly funded by the government; it makes them think international students think highly of themselves. It was kind of like the differences you would see between students from boarding schools and public schools.

photo by Baycrest

Diocesan Girls’ School of Hong Kong photo by Baycrest

This is one of the local schools in Hong Kong, Diocesan Girls’ School.

International schools provide one of the best sports facilities for all their varsity teams while most local schools use the parks near the schools. Whenever there are friendly matches with local teams they assume international students look down on them and conflicts would happen during games.

AIS vs. ICS basketball game

AIS vs. ICS basketball game

Local students would think international students are obnoxious and loud because they would be speaking in English, a language the locals do not really understand. It’s understandable because it does get annoying when you constantly hear someone talking yet you don’t know what they’re saying.

Hong Kong local students

Hong Kong local students

Cultural differences would cause misunderstandings as well. International students in some way interact with people differently compared to local students. Asians are more conservative so they would seem more shy whereas foreigners like Americans are more open and there would be more physical contact.

students at AIS

students at AIS

There were incidents where I had firsthand experiences. International students really like to hang out after school so you would see clusters of them in the busiest areas of Hong Kong. We would be shoving each other, laughing and talking really loudly and that annoys the local people around us. But if you picture this happening in the states, it’s pretty normal because that’s just how people are here and it’s “socially acceptable” to be enthusiastic, loud and physical.

Since international students automatically speak in English wherever they are, locals assume they don’t know Chinese and say insulting things about them in Chinese; which worsens the relationship between the two.

Hong Kong McDonald's by wikipedia

Hong Kong McDonald’s by wikipedia

I once walked into McDonald’s with my friends and I had trouble ordering, I couldn’t read Chinese and the person (around my age) taking my  order couldn’t understand what I was saying in English.

When she finally got my order I got really happy and was like “Yes!! YES! That’s exactly what I want!” but I guess she felt offended because she whispered something in Chinese along the lines of, “Wow these foreign kids… they really think they’re big shots. You’re living in OUR country, at least learn some Chinese.”

After encountering incidents like that, international students end up disliking local students as well because of the way they were insulted. Difference between cultures really make a big impact between the students. This probably doesn’t only happen with students in HK but also between foreign and local students in other countries.

I believe that the language barrier is what really causes problems.