Sunday, May 22, 2011

#21: Find my go-to karaoke song—CHECK!

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:
  1. They are totally incapable of ordering anything other than a mango shake or a San Miguel beer to drink when at a restaurant.
  2. 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!

12 comments:

  1. Congrats! I think everyone should find their "go to" karaoke song...or three.

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  2. Great job! I own a magic mic too, but I am jealous that yours has Lady GaGa!

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  3. Aaacck!!! My bday greeting was not posted. Or I can't find it. LOL! Anyway....
    Happy, happy birthday Celine!!! I do hope it was a great one. Thanks for being an inspiration to a lot of people, including moi (^0^)v
    Girl power!!! (ayan, nahalata tuloy ang age ko LOL!)

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  4. Happy Birthday, Celine!

    I attended pinoy blogger's dinner last night here in Singapore and we mentioned that it was your birthday yesterday. We dicussed those things you have done so far. I just want you to know that inspired us so much. Keep on writing! God bless!

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  5. Jessica - Thank you! Absolutely, I think Bad Romance will remain a close 2nd! What's yours?
    Cece - My Magic Mic actually doesn't have Bad Romance (this was taken at a karaoke club) but it does have Poker Face and Alejandro! Not quite the same though ;-)
    prettywicked - It's the thought that counts! Thank you for remembering and for the kind kind words!
    Che - wow, the thought that a blogger's dinner in Singapore remembered my birthday and has been inspired by my crazy little project blows my mind! Best birthday gift ever. Thank you and you will definitely be reading more from me! :-)

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  6. I've really been getting into karaoke since moving to Korea. Over here they called it Noraebang (literally translated as singing room) and it's definitely more fun with friends than solo :)

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    1. Haha watch out, it is addicting! I kinda like the sound of Noraebang!

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  7. Aha... It reminds me my father. He loves singing with magic mic, everyday..
    We are using magic mic everytime that we had reunion on our family.
    I just miss them so much.

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    1. Hope you'll see and sing with them soon, Jay! As karaoke-favorite Journey sings, don't stop believing!

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  8. Every year, we rent a sound system from the karaoke system Doo Wop Shop, my uncle brings his fancy karaoke machine and microphones and we all take turns singing our favorites and hogging the mic.

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    1. That sounds awesome. I need some karaoke back in my life, stat!

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