chris vs. the arctic

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Karaoke

Last night was Jen's birthday. A bunch of us went out for dinner and karaoke!

Now, I know some of you out there have never done karaoke before, and that's okay. It's definitely a must for any Japanese night out on the town. (Since there are little to no dance clubs in Japan...) Let me tell you about a typical experience (at least for me):

Grab a room, mics, and an English song book. Sneak in drinks -- usually chu-hi (Japanese spirits and juice juice in a can). Enter the songs you want into the remote control. Sing. (Pretty easy, eh?)

The not-so-easy part is choosing the right balance of songs. You want to start of the session with something everyone can join in on. Something that doesn't have a difficult melody and is slow enough to read the words. A good choice is "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis. Although, you may want to pump it up a little, so "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba may be a better choice.

Last night's playlist was pretty sweet:

Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Billy Ocean - Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car [a tribute to my blog]
Milly Elliott - Pass That Dutch [it's surprisingly easy!]
The New Kids on the Block - Step By Step

Karaoke
Left to right: Phil, Jimmy, and Amber.

Picking the right songs is actually hit or miss most of the time. Songs which may be seemingly easy to sing may actually be the most embarrassing thing to happen to you since puberty. Example: "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson. [See "Bonzai!" in Archives.] However, songs which you may never consider to be easy can actually be really enjoyable. Example: "Milkshake" by Kelis.

After karaoke, it is common for peeps to snack at a late night mobile eatery (such as a ramen shop). I think this tradition is common is most countries. Man, I miss the 'Chinese' food from Sun Sun's in Guelph!

Ramen
Eating ramen on the street.

From there, you can stumble home or to another bar. Whichever suits your stomach.

Remember, drink plenty of water to curb your hangover! (Wish I had...)
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On March 30, 2005, Blogger Gillian said:

Wow Chris, you should run a Karaoke Orientation for the newbie JETs!    



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