Drag show at Siem Reap, Cambodia

It is not uncommon to observe a certain sameness in drag shows around the world, with performers often paying tribute to famous singers and delivering renditions of their iconic songs. I’ve seen a lot of drag shows, so I know!! Nevertheless, our visit to the Barcode bar in Seam Reap shattered these expectations and left me with a night filled with surprises and unforgettable moments.

Stepping into the Barcode bar, located not far from the bustling main Pub Street, we were greeted by a modest crowd.… Read the rest “Drag show at Siem Reap, Cambodia”

Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part Four)

“I think I’ve fallen in love with the DJ”, I said to a few people earlier today. We were seated (and dancing) at Sydney’s “Stonewall Hotel”, hours after participating in the Sydney WorldPride walk across the Harbour Bridge.

With everything from New Order’s “Blue Monday” to Man2Man’s “Male Stripper” and Dead Or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round”, the DJ was playing tracks from the 1980s that took me back to the much-loved, Brisbane gay bar, “The Terminus”.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part Four)”

Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part Three)

I’m not used to Sydney gay bars having so many people attending them. In the midst of “Sydney WorldPride”, in some ways, I’m kinda longing for the “good old days” when it was just people sitting by themselves looking down at their mobile phones. Of course, I’m joking.

As I walked along Oxford Street last night, there was a moment when I looked around and thought it kinda felt like Oxford Street in the 90s all over again.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part Three)”

Laughter & Tears

“I love some good old-fashioned drag”, I whispered in the ear of my friend, Michaela, one of the friends I attended the First Nations Supreme Drag Queen Event at Carriageworks last night, as part of World Pride.

One of the drag queens had just lip-synched to the awesome Whitney Houston song, “I Have Nothing” from “The Bodyguard”. Another lip-synched to Donna Summer’s “Macarthur Park”. In the midst of the more modern tunes, it was great to hear some old-school drag as well.… Read the rest “Laughter & Tears”