Finding my go-to karaoke song became such an obsession that during my last visit to the Philippines, I did the ultimate balikbayan move. For non-Filipinos, balikbayan is what overseas workers are called when they come back to the Motherland. In Filipino, "balik" means to return while "bayan" means country. There are two quick ways to spot a balikbayan in the Philippines:
- They are totally incapable of ordering anything other than a mango shake or a San Miguel beer to drink when at a restaurant.
- They can be found in otherwise deserted electronics stores looking for something called a "Magic Mic" or "Magic Sing." What on earth are such things? Let our boy Manny Pacquiao show you ...
It's not just our hometown hero who can't pass up the opportunity to belt out some tunes. I do love a good karaoke session, and in my quest for my ultimate go-to karaoke song, we had plenty. Up until yesterday, I thought my go-to karaoke song should be Lady Gaga's Bad Romance after this hilariously fun karaoke sesh we had:
But yesterday, as we were swilling wine in my living room and using the karaoke contraption I'd brought all the way from the Philippines, we stumbled upon the perfect karaoke song for me. Ladies and gents, presenting my ultimate go-to karaoke song: Last Dance. Try not to let my girlfriends' neverending yells to "Take it off!" and "Peel your shirt off!" distract you from the fact that this is an awesome karaoke song.
So there it is! Another 30 Before 30 task crossed off. It may not be as impressive as a bungee jump or swimming with the whalesharks but it was a great excuse to have a hell of a good time getting my karaoke on with my friends!