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End of the World Party

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21st December 2012. According to the Mayans, the astronomers, and the good people at DoomsdayPreppers.com, our world as we know it will be coming to an end, so why not go out in style? Here at Citylife we’ve compiled a few party essentials for you, including an End of the World playlist, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres recipes, drinking games, and décor tips. So get yourself to the nearest bunker, call in the fire dancers and let’s get this party started!

The Décor:

Think big, gaudy and garish with just a hint of despair. Flashing lights, flame throwers and fireworks. Plenty of dark colours but no orange (this ain’t no Halloween party). A projector for music videos and zombie movies. Black balloons, fog machines and exotic flowers. B.Y.O. gas masks.

For lights, fog machines, video and sound system rentals:
Ever Green 1995 Shop
420/19 Chang Klan Road
053 204308

For balloons:
Balloon Art Shop (Chiang Mai Branch)
115/4 Moo 1 Chiang Mai-Lampang Road
053 1160667

For string lights, lanterns, flowers, and other decorative miscellany:
Warorot Market
Chang Klan Road, beside the Night Bazaar
http://www.visitchiangmai.com.au/warorot_market.html

For movie rentals:
Movie World
198/9 Suthep Road
053 270611

For fire dancers, fire breathers, and drummers for hire:
Sawangphet Temple Boy Band
084 1509142

The Games:

No party is complete without drinking games. Of course, most of them lead us to oblivion anyway, so you can’t really go wrong, but here are some ideas to get you started…

Circle of Death: Otherwise known as Kings, this is an American college favouriteand the perfect game to get you good and toasted when the end is nigh. So you don’t your last precious moments arguing over the rules, here they are:

Shuffle the cards and arrange them in a circle around your alcoholic beverage of choice (it’s doomsday, get creative!). One by one each person draws a card and performs the requisite task based on the card drawn. Whoever draws the last card has to drink the entire beverage in the center while everyone else berates them.

2: “You.” Pick someone to drink.

3: “Me.” You drink.

4: “Four to the floor.” Everyone touches the floor, last one drinks.

5: “Guys.” All the menfolk drink.

6: “Chicks.” Ladies (and ladyboys) drink.

7: “Heaven.” Hands to the sky, last one drinks.

8: “Make a Date.” Pick a friend who has to drink every time you drink for the rest of the game.

9: “Bust a Rhyme.” Say a phrase. Players go around the circle saying phrases that rhyme with the original. No rhyming word may be said twice. The first person who screws up or repeats drinks.

10: “Categories.” Pick a category such as “signs of the apocalypse” or “types of wine.” Players go around the circle naming things in that category. First person to repeat or draw a blank drinks.

Jack: “Make a rule.” Create a rule that all the players must obey until another jack is drawn and a new rule is made. The new rule voids the previous rule.

Queen: “Never Have I Ever…” Everybody puts up three fingers. Say something you’ve never done, preferably something naughty, and if anyone else has done it they put a finger down and drink. First person with no fingers up finishes their drink.

King: “Social.” Chok dee! Everyone drinks.

Ace: “Waterfall.” Chug.

Final Hour: Use the extended playlist at the end of this article to host an end of the world themed Power Hour. Play one minute of each song and take a shot of beer each time a new song is played. Yes that’s 60 shots in one hour. You’d better hope the world is ending tonight, because otherwise you’re in for a rough tomorrow.

Pin the Scythe on the Reaper: Get some construction paper. Make a reaper. Make a scythe. Try to pin it on the reaper, blindfolded. Drink every time you fail.

The Apocalypse Drinking Game: “If the sun is blackened as a sackcloth of hair, take a drink.” For a some drunken diversion during the apocalypse, check out this lovely game: http://brunching.com/apocalypsedrinking.html

The Cocktails:

Apocalypto
by Amy Grafstrom, Café del Sol

“I call it Apocalypto, named for the Mel Gibson movie of 2006. It features all of the exotic traditional ingredients of the Mayans in one spicy, creamy treat.”

Cut and de-seed one large red bird chili and wipe the rim of a martini glass with it. Dust rim with cacao powder. Place chili in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until oil and juices are extracted. Fill halfway with crushed ice and add blended smooth mixture of 2 oz coconut milk, 1 ½ tsp. cacao powder and 1 tbsp raw sugar with 1 ¾ oz Absolut Vanilla vodka. Shake until frosty and pour into martini glass, garnished with a whole red bird chili.

The House Martini
by Amnat Norkhat, Ginger Kafe

“My restaurant’s name is ‘The House’ for a reason! If tomorrow is the end of the world, I will happily stay at home on my farm to drink this luscious cocktail.”

Mix fresh lime, pineapple and passion fruit juice with vodka, sweet basil, and simple syrup. Garnish with limes and cherries.

Colours of the Planet
by Narissorn Somswasdi, MIX Restaurant & Bar

“You must try this crazy cocktail before you die!”

Mix 0.8 g Alginat with 1.5 g Clorur and 4 oz. Blue Curacao to make Blue Curacao Caviar. Mix ½ oz each of Cointreau, Rum, Gin, and Vodka with 3 oz rose tea, 2 oz cranberry juice, 1 oz lemon juice, and 1 oz syrup. Pour in Liquid Nitrogen and stir. Carve a mango into a bowl shape, spoon your mixture in, and decorate with Curacao Caviar and roses – go on, we dare you!

The Munchies:

Oysters Casino
by Chef Lilawat Munkongtiphun, Cuisine de Garden

“An oyster has cover, like a hidden and mysterious thing. If the end comes, we will take the food and valuables, put them into the oyster, close the lid, and serve them to the customers. If the end of the world really comes those valuables will be worthless, but if the world does not end, people who get jewellery will be rich!”

Blend ½ cup butter, ¼ cup chopped bell pepper, ½ cup minced shallot, ¼ cup celery with 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, and cayenne pepper or paprika. Get 20 fresh oysters and spoon your mixture into each one, about ½ tbsp per oyster. Bake at 180°c for 8-10 minutes, then remove and decorate with garnish of spring onion, bacon, and gold leaf.

Mixed Fruit Spicy Salad
by Chef Duang, Brown Rice Bistro

“What would I want to eat for my last day on earth? A perfect fresh vegetarian dish for a sunny day. This is like a papaya salad but with mixed fruit for an extra sweetness.”

In a mortar and pestle pound 2 large cloves garlic, 3 small bird chilis, then add a handful of raw longbeans, cut into 1 inch pieces and 2tbsp roasted peanuts. Stir in 10-15 cherry tomatoes, 3 tbsp tamarind sauce, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1tbsp soy sauce. Mix up with 300 g mixed fruit, cut into bite-size pieces. Serve with green leaves and sprinkle with 1 tbsp roasted peanuts or cashews.

Scandinavian Gravlax Salmon
by Chef Pongsri Poontawat, Ginger Kafe

“If tomorrow will be end of the world, water will flood the earth and the world will be full of fish. This recipe allows us to keep them to eat for a long time by fermentation.”

Debone and clean a piece of smoked salmon. Mix together 1 ½ cups sugar, ½ cup salt, 1 ½ tbsp pepper, and 2 cups chopped dill. Put the salmon on a stainless steel tray and cover with the mixture. Let it sit in the refrigerator to ferment overnight. You can also freeze the salmon for up to 3 days, it will continue to ferment. Cut into slices and garnish with dill. Serve with bread and Gravlax Sauce, made from a mix of 1 tbsp honey mustard, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and 1 tbsp coffee with ¾ cup grapseed oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and ½ cup chopped dill.

The Playlist:

After you’ve worn out R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’, here are 21 more tunes to rock you gently into the void. Here’s the extended online edition!

1) Apocalypse Please – Muse
‘Declare this an emergency / Come on and spread a sense of urgency…’

2) Party at Ground Zero – Fishbone
According to Fishbone’s 1985 ska classic, ‘the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.’ But their awesomely 80s music video will make you feel okay about it.

3) Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

4) Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
If we’re looking at doomsday in biblical terms, the righteous will apparently be ascending into heaven while the sinful remain on the Earth to face the tribulations of Satan. Dancing as repentance? Yes please.

5) The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
For those who would prefer to light candles and cry in the corner. See also Pink Floyd’s ‘Goodbye Cruel World.’

6) 1999 – Prince
Wait a minute… Haven’t we been through this before?

7) ข้อเสนอสุดท้ายก่อนวันสิ้นโลก– Pancake
The title translates roughly to ‘The Last Offer Before the World Ends.’ If you haven’t broken into the Thai pop scene yet, here’s your golden opportunity.

8) My Country – tUnE-yArDs
Doomed? Blame the government.

9) Spacejunk – Wolfgang Gartner
Since spacejunk is all we’ll be in a matter of hours, we might as well celebrate it with a chant and a stomp.

10) Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Because there isn’t one.

11) Where Is My Mind? – The Pixies
Because if the end of the world is anything like the scene at the end of Fight Club, this song must play.

12) Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) –YACHT
‘The earth the earth the earth is on fire / We don’t have no daughter / Let the motherfucker burn!’ If you do have a daughter and feel weird about denying her existence through song, feel free to replace said lyric with ‘water.’

13) Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
Seeing as the earth is already ablaze, we might as well let our inner pyromaniacs enjoy themselves.

14) 99 Luftballoons – Nena
Did you know that this cheery little number is actually about a nuclear holocaust? It is.

15) Hell Broke Luce – Tom Waits
Tough to choose just one Waits song, but this newbie features an excellent chorus and a disturbing/amazing/post-apocalyptic video to boot. ‘We sat by the fire and ate a goat / Just before he died he had a toke.’ Indeed.

16) Oblivion – Grimes
Claire Boucher’s haunting soprano dips and sways around a dreamy swirling melody with a catchy beat. If this is oblivion, maybe oblivion ain’t so bad.

17) End of the World Party – Medeski, Martin and Wood
For the jazz-lovers among us, a self-explanatory gem.

18) Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
All we need is more cowbell.

19) We Are All Made of Stars – Moby
A lovely post-apocalyptic sentiment with a music video that offers final glimpses of all your favourite celebrities of the early 2000s, including Mini Me and Ron Jeremy.

20) End of the World – Asia
This prog rock number, while highly appropriate given our location and circumstance, may make you glad the world is ending, so that you never have to hear it again.

21) Gangnam Style – PSY
Because I wouldn’t want to deny any of you your last opportunity.

EXTENDED PLAYLIST:

22) We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
23) Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
24) The End – The Doors
25) Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
26) The Day the Whole World Went Away – Nine Inch Nails
27) Hasta La Vista – MC Solaar
28) Doomsday Clock – The Smashing Pumpkins
29) One Big Holiday – My Morning Jacket
30) My Whole World Ended – David Ruffin
31) Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
32) My People – The Presets
33) Hells Bells – AC/DC
34) Cherokee – Cat Power
35) Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
36) Superstition – Stevie Wonder
37) Four Horsemen – Metallica
38) Futuristic Casket – Phantogram
39) Mushroom Cloud – Sammy Salvo
40) The Devil’s Den – Skrillex
41) Unbearable Why – Dr. Dog
42) The Earth Died Screaming – Tom Waits
43) Run This Town – Jay-Z
44) Drift Away – The Kinks
45) Apocalypse Song – St. Vincent
46) Helter Skelter – The Beatles
47) The Dead Flag Blues – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
48) Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd
49) We Will Become Silhouettes – The Postal Service
50) After Forever – Black Sabbath
51) Zombie – The Cranberries
52) Anarchy in the UK – The Sex Pistols
53) Calamity Song – The Decemberists
54) I Go – Jess Harlen
55) Here Comes the Flood – Peter Gabriel
56) Too Many People – Paul McCartney
57) Apocalypse Dream – Tame Impala
58) Last Day on Earth – Duran Duran
59) Stop the World – The Clash
60) Do You Realize?? – The Flaming Lips

Originally published in the Dec 2012 issue of Chiang Mai Citylife.

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