I am sure you’ve been in a situation where you were waiting for a movie to start at the cinema, or you were just waiting for a friend who is perpetually late (that’s me). So you were stuck with nothing much to do but to idly just… wait.
Next time, you can go practice for your potential The Voice audition and sing at a pay-per-song karaoke at The Cathay!
Voicebooth KTV is a Korean karaoke with a trendy and lively environment. It may be Korean-themed, but you can still find all the typical English and Mandarin songs that you’re familiar with.
Just a note though: when you play any song that’s not Korean, the music video shown on the screen will not match the song. A K-pop music video will be shown instead.
My guess is that it has something to do with licensing issues, but to be honest, it’s not that big a deal if you just want to let loose and sing a couple of songs.
If the place is crowded and you’re waiting for a room, you can play the mini games that are available. There’s Uno, Monopoly, and also crocodile teeth roulette.
Every day before 6pm, you can choose to pay a dollar for each song. Sadly, after 6pm, there won’t be a pay-per-song system anymore; it’ll be S$20 an hour for one room.
From Mondays to Thursdays, it’s S$10 per hour for one room, and S$15 for Fridays, weekends, and public holidays.
Let’s do some quick math here: if on average, one song is about four minutes, you can sing 15 songs in an hour. As such, it’ll be more worth it if you pay S$10 an hour for a room from Mondays to Thursdays.
But if you just have some time to kill and don’t want to commit to a whole hour, the pay-per-song system is the way to go! You can refer to the website for more information on the pricing.
Okay, enough calculations for now. I hate math. Let’s get to the fun part!
Step into one of the rooms, and you’ll instantly feel the urge to sing. The TV is huge, the consoles are clean, and basically everything looks new. Most of the rooms are for one to two people only, but the place does have bigger rooms that can accommodate larger groups.
The controls are fairly simple to use, and even if you’re confused, the super friendly staff are there to help. Drop a dollar coin into the machine, pick a song, and you’re ready to go.
Once I selected a song, the room transformed. The tungsten lights went off, and disco lights began to hit every corner of the space. Now that is what a party looks like.
The microphones are wireless and the sound system was really good; clear audio with no distortions. As mentioned earlier as well, the TV is big and the colours, vibrant. That really helped with the immersion; now you can really feel like you’re IU.
At the end of each song, there will even be a score given to you. So at this point, you’ll either feel really proud of yourself, or risk being ridiculed by friends. Go hard or go home, my friend. Make your mama proud.
Voicebooth KTV is a nice place to chill out with friends or alone. I get it. Sometimes, you just want to sing your heart out in a place other than your bathroom. With just a dollar for one song, you can do just that.
Prices: From S$1