Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The 3 Unwritten Rules to Singing Karaoke With Your Friends.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had a terrible karaoke experience.
Hence, I came up with some basic common rules to follow when singing karaoke with friends.

The 3 Unwritten Rules to Singing Karaoke With Your Friends.

1. Never EVER, and I repeat EVER skip or stop your friend's favorite jam

Just don't, especially when they are in the middle of the song. It's rude, it's unethical, it's the most basic courtesy. You got your jam, they got theirs too. They let you finish yours, you let them finish theirs. Simple as that, it is also known as mutual respect.

2. Be considerate and picked songs which everyone can sing and enjoy.

I know some of you love foreign language song, especially with the recent Kpop craze. But please, 1 or 2 is enough. Other people don't necessarily know the song, even if they do, they couldn't read the lyrics. So please be a kind lamb, choose something everyone understands. If you really want to sing Kpop song so much, next time, go with  Kpop lovers only.

3. Please don't let group karaoke turned into your solo performance.

I know that particular song may have a very deep sentimental impact on you, but at least pick something famous and people familiar with. When everyone says they do not know the song, please have the courtesy to skip it. Or else it will become your solo session. You're not the only who paid for the songs. This is a shared room with only two microphones and limited time. Your consideration towards others' feelings is very much appreciated.

All these rules are very subtle and we don't spell out loud. So if you're a karaoke frequent and reading this, I hope you understands the circumstances and apply it in your next karaoke session.

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Follow me

Dear faithful reader, no matter how many that is, I have great news for you, I have decided to start a new blog.

https://winneesjourney.blogspot.my/

This blog is going to be more on events of my life. So you are certainly most welcomed to read my wonderful journey.

Come, follow my footsteps......

Hope you like it =)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

婆婆的回忆

5月27日,我们亲爱的婆婆安息主怀满一周年,回想起婆婆过世当天还是会带点伤感。

我和婆婆的回忆甚少,到过年过节的时候才有回Papar。
直到婆婆晚年的时候,我才跟着妈妈回Papar探望她。

我记得小时候,我时常参加国语讲故事比赛,而每一次都很侥幸有获奖。所以每次回去,妈妈一定会向她炫耀我的成就,然后叫我讲故事给她听。而我也很乖巧地,不害羞地把故事完整地念一遍。听完了,婆婆很高兴地拍拍鼓掌,为我感到骄傲。

为婆婆说故事,是我儿时与婆婆的回忆。

前几年,婆婆的病开始恶化,我们回去探望她的频率才稍微增加。
周末,我没有什么活动,没有去教堂了,所以常常陪妈妈回去看婆婆。

每次到了Papar,我们先会去菜市买婆婆最爱吃的炒米粉和一些马来蒸糕,然后带回家和婆婆享用。吃完早餐后,我便开始找话题和婆婆聊聊,所谓的话题就是婆婆的历史故事啦。
我们要上历史课了!

婆婆的爸爸来自香港,是个裁缝师,来到沙巴娶个本地卡达山妹,生下了4个孩子,她是老二。我很好奇的是,婆婆会说Dusun和客家话,但却不会说广东话。
婆婆年轻的时候是个基督徒,后来嫁给了公公就跟随公公的习俗拜祖先。

我还记得公公和婆婆的黑白结婚照,公公身穿一件白衬衫和黑长裤,而婆婆穿着一件简单的浅色连身裙,两人手牵手,含蓄地对着镜头微笑。很可惜,这些珍贵的照片全都被烧了,包括我带上去炫耀的奖杯。现在只能用记忆来回忆,而这是我唯一一张印象最深刻的黑白照。所以啊,活在这个年头的我们,真的要感谢科技的发达让我们能够轻易地把照片储存和分享。别忘了backup哦!

为了养活5个孩子,婆婆和公公每天要在热烈的太阳下种稻,妈妈和其他兄弟姐妹放学后要帮忙耕田。有时候耕田的牛不小心走丢了,孩子们就会被婆婆骂,被骂了还得去找回来。

1950年代,日本入侵我国,婆婆说,那些日本军把辛苦种来的稻谷通通都抢走。幸好,婆婆和公公有把一些藏起来。 日本占领时期人民都过的好苦啊!

婆婆为我说故事,是她晚年时与我的回忆。

说完故事,有时,我会帮她按摩,接着用我半桶水的客家话为她祷告。
每次我们要离开的时候,婆婆都很不舍,她一定会找些东西送给我们,咸鱼啊,水果啊,野菜啊,老人家总是爱送东西。我最爱芒果季节了,婆婆家有几颗大芒果树,她吩咐二舅分一些给我们,一些给其他孩子。

一年就这样过去了,时间真的过得好快,一切好像才昨天发生一样。
婆婆,我们想你了。