Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bitter karaoke

I've had so many karaoke sessions with my friends, never have I ever gone through any unpleasant experience until today. It was one of the worst encounters of my life.

So here's my story.
I was having a karaoke session with 2 friends. At first, it was lovely and exciting. Then it slowly turned into a boring solo session and song skipping frenzy. There's this friend, let's call her A. Apparently A is a huge karaoke enthusiast. She first sat down at the computer screen and picked her songs. Then we started singing.

Then her jam came. Her favorite Korean songs. Another friend and I couldn't understand a single Korean word. So we just sat there quietly and listened, enjoying the Korean vibe.
She finished her jam one after another. Full song. I was starting to get annoyed. I mean, there are 2 microphones, but only one can sing. It's kind of a waste given that we have a time limit.

Because of the time constraint, they started skipping songs. Most of it were sang halfway.
My picked songs were very far behind. I was waiting patiently for my songs to come.

And then when my favorite jam came, I quickly grab the mike and sang with all my soul out, hey, I haven't been to a karaoke since last year August. So I got really exhilarated.
Just when the mood was just building up, guess what just happened?
A just freaking skipped my favorite song without asking my permission.
Yes, you heard me, she skipped my freaking favorite jam.
I was like WTH?!

That's my song! I picked that song, I'm the one who gets to say when to skip.
I didn't skip your Korean song? So you're the boss now? You control everything?!
Hey, I paid RM32 for my favorite jam too.
You just crossed the line.

And there goes, every song was done halfway. Where's the fun of that?
It's like listening to a sentence halfway. You can't imagine how pissed I am that time.
No one knows I was boiling inside.

Here are a few useful tips when you decide to go karaoke.

1. Choose the right singing buddies.
Another friend, let's call her B. We were both singing a song, I sang the original key and she sang in a whole different key, the entire song! Unaffected by my voice! On the contrary, I was affected by her! And even more amazing, she was completely unaware of it!  I don't know if I should be amazed at B. While B was singing out of tune and tempo, I have A singing like a mating goat beside me. I couldn't enjoy one single moment of any of the song. It was pure 3-hour torture.

2. Choose a package with no time limit.
This is a very self-explanatory. Less time, less song, less chance to sing. That's it. And you might get skipped too. Even if there's time limit, choose at least 5 hours, and with more people, add more hours.

3. Be quick!
This is a bit on the selfish side. As soon as you enter the karaoke door, go straight to the song selection computer and start picking your favorite jams just like A did. Don't get too excited to sing first! Or else you'll end up like me, most of my songs were at the very back of the pages and I didn't get to sing it. It was such a shame.

I think that's all. Oh and here's an extra bonus tip.
DON'T GO IMAGO KARAOKE!
IT DOESN'T HAVE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. PERIOD. 
Apart from not up to date song list, the song selection screen lags and hangs too.

So, yeah, this will be my first and last time to Imago Karaoke.
Also a note to self, never sing with A and B anymore.
RM32 for 3 hours is definitely way expensive and not worth it.

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