Karaoke + Eatout is one of the staple events of the anime club, as it combines the passion of singing music with the hunger and fun of good (and sometimes not so good) fooding.
Yappa had this great idea of having two eatouts, so a few of us with some time to spare met up a little early for some lunch. Since it was yappa’s idea, he got the pleasure of choosing our lunching locale. Yappa led us to Arisun, a seemingly Chinese restaurant. But upon entering, we activated a trap card and realised the place was actually Korean (which yappa had planned all along).
After lunch, we headed down to Echo Point, which would be our K venue for this time around. In the past, we’d used K-World on Elizabeth St (in fact, most anime clubs used it), but after a certain fire bombing incident, the quality of K-World started to go down and so we migrated elsewhere. Our last karaoke event was at Mizuya, which is a restaurant/karaoke place in one. Its one of the more classier places, but you end up paying for that class with money. We decided this time around to try Echo Point, which is probably on the wrong end of classy, but its pretty cheap and has JoySound.
For those who don’t know, JoySound is a Japanese song selection system. It tends to have quite a large selection of Japanese songs to choose from, and a decent amount of english songs, though its english range isn’t as up to date as I’d like it to be.
Being a veteran of many karaoke outings, I have come to learn a few important lessons about karaoke, which I will divulge here:
- Karaoke is best done in groups of friends. And making friends during karaoke is easy. (Though make sure you don’t get too friendly…)
- It isn’t about how well you sing. Its about the passion you sing with. So sing with all your heart and don’t worry about looking like a fool. I know I don’t.
- Alcohol makes everything more fun. (Just don’t drink too much)
- Pick songs other people know so they can sing as well. Otherwise, educate them on songs they should know.
If you follow these simple steps, everyone should leave the karaoke venue happy!
Afterward, we ended up wandering down to Miso in World Square for dinner. Miso is operated by the same people who do Makoto and Musashi, and they’re all high quality for their price range. Miso also makes really good Katsu, which always gets a thumbs up from me.
Eatout is an often overlooked part of the whole K+Eatout experience. At karaoke you have a laugh and make a fool of yourself, but its at eatout you realise that the people around you aren’t actually insane. Well…most of them anyway. Look for the review of Miso in a later post!
Anyway, with cracked, strained, broken voices and stomaches full of rice and other nice things, we called it a night and headed our seperate ways…to the train station. And then we went our seperate ways again at the station! So ended the second K+Eatout of 2010.
Photos by Bubby and Sleet