Karaoke Night Welcome for Returning Overseas Foreign Worker

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My sister-in-law is visiting us. She’s been working as a domestic helper in Kuwait for the past six years. We decided to have a karaoke night to welcome our returning Overseas Foreign Worker, OFW.

What better way than to get together with friends and families than to have a sing fest. Remember, you’re really not a true Filipino if you don’t sing karaoke.

While I’ve written in the past that I believe ALL  Karen Carpenter songs should be banned from karaoke bars in the Philippines, I’m happy to report that not one single person belted out “On Top of the World” or any other Carpenter classics.

But, as our niece , JalAmiel, is a huge Frozen fan, you can bet the theme song from that popular Disney animated film was sung a couple of times during our karaoke night. I squeaked out a couple of tunes before retreating to our master bedroom and closing the door.

JalAmiel belts out the theme from Frozen

One of our special guests was the lovely LenLen, fiancée of our good friend back in the States, Captain Tom. Tom’s future wife is standing on the right wearing the stylish scarf. My sister-in-law Alida can be seen next to LenLen.

Our niece Michelle is seen sitting on the right with a huge grin plastered across her face. Sister-in-law Marjorie is next to Michelle and my own beautiful asawa is also holding a microphone and evidently getting emotionally involved in the duet with her sister. This songfest happened before we left for our trip to beguiling Boracay and I have no idea what the name of the song was.

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the whole crew is on hand for karaoke night in the philippines

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JalAmiel belted out several tunes. I was in my room but did take some time to snap the photographs seen on this post. It wasn’t my bedtime yet but I couldn’t watch the other television in our living room, which has the “Karaoke Korner”  and it’s own flat screen TV dedicated to only karaoke.

I need to purchase some wireless headphones for our main flat screen so I can watch my favorite television shows such as “Wicked Tuna” and “Alone” without being drowned out by the karaoke.

In introspect, I think we would have been better off have having a separate room for the karaoke with sound-proof walls.

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It was a hot, muggy night and two fans were put into position to try and cool of the karaoke crowd assembled at our home that evening. I believe the event last for around four hours. After the session, the group headed over to the kitchen area to eat some pancit and fried egg rolls.

I came out of my room to avail of some of the egg rolls and washed them down with a glass of Sprite.

Marjorie will be with us for a few more weeks before she heads out to Manila to catch her flight back to Kuwait. We’re going to tag along with her in a Dimple Star bus that leaves Guimaras and hooks up with a ferry. I believe the trip lasts around 24 hours.

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24 hours might seem like a long time but for a guy that’s been retired and living in the Philippines for almost seven years, what else do I have to do? I have all the time in the world and excel at doing nothing. Regular readers of this website, and my asawa, are well aware of that.

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POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

10 thoughts on “Karaoke Night Welcome for Returning Overseas Foreign Worker

  1. From the looks of the ladies, everyone enjoyed themselves. For me, I dont sing, I dont dance, period. Every time we visit my wife’s family, thats one of the first things they do is bring out all the Karaoke equipment and “””sing””” unfortunately only her mom can actually make sounds that keep the dogs from howling along, my wife loves to sing, she just does not sound very good for the most part (fortunately she does not read you blogs or I would be saying a very different rendition) nor do her 2 brothers, or her dad.

    To go off topic as I so often do, Dave. I see you did hinge the front doors to open inside rather than outside as you once said they were going to do, unless I miss understood and you were referring to the storm doors maybe. Also, how is the pool coming, did you get it finished yet and full of water?

    1. Bill S, I can manage to belt out a tune without setting our three dogs howling. But dance? Absolutely not! My wife can sing and dance and even had a small dance group she led back in the States.

      Bill, I vaguely remember the conversation regarding the front doors. The front doors do swing inside, the screen doors swing outside. I had little input in the building of our new house and left it up to the pro’s. You, being a pro, know all the details of what to do and not what to do. I merely opened my wallet and handed out money. 🙂

      I’m going to do an update on the pool very soon. We had to delay the project for a couple of months due to the hot weather back in April and May. The final concrete finishing working was not setting up properly due to the extreme heat even though the area was covered with a tarp. Our crew is working on finishing up the project and it is finally nearing completion.

  2. Thanks again for great pics.As the kids say,like I totally agree with your awesome comments about the Carpenters.As an aside,you haven’t heard bad karaoke until you’ve heard Abba.The vilest songs ever written by the hand of man transmitted by the vilest electronic device ever invented,presumeably by said hand.No offense to Abba fans,of course.They’re fine people,kinda,sorta,I guess.Joe.

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  3. Hi Dave, I don’t mind karaoke if the person can sing looks like they enjoyed it anyway,been busy catching up on the news back home in the short term the Uk will
    Suffer prices etc, falling pound but ln the long term I think it’s the best decision for my fellow Brits , you want freedom you have to pay for it, was at the mall of Asia yesterday there’s building work going on outside I think they are refurbishing the mall it’s starting to look a bit tatty but inside the mall okay, and if you go night time l don’t think you will notice it, it’s nice to walk on the front were the big Ferris wheel is
    But the traffic on edsa is pretty bad mostly the buses them drivers are crazy,
    Derek in pasig.

    1. We have a Magicsing system, Derek. You don’t have to be a good singer to get a perfect “100” score on any song. All you have to do is sing loud and kind of follow the lyrics. 🙂

      Well, thanks for the update on the Mall of Asia, Derek. Did you receive my email regarding our upcoming visit? Hope to meet up with you and yours there.

      Our hotel is 3.3 kilometers from the mall. Getting there will probably be our biggest challenge. I really don’t want to take a taxi since most of my experiences with taxi drivers in Manila has been very negative.

  4. Long time since visiting your blog Dave. Hope all is well and hope you are enjoying your new home. A suggestion: our last trip to Manila last month, we used UBER. The asawa downloaded the app to her phone and UBER can be ordered at will. Nice cars, vetted drivers, and much cheaper than cabs. You can even track their movements with the built in GPS function in the app. Check it out!

    1. Great to hear from you, Randy. All is well in sleepy little Guimaras. Drug dealers are getting shot and shabu users arrested.

      Thanks for the tip on UBER. I will download the app on my wife’s phone today. I’ve heard positive things about their service. Take care.

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