The World Karaoke Tour is premised on me bringing my karaoke performances to the world in person. But lately I’ve gained exposure in some farwaway lands without having to leave the United States.
As you may know, back in January I was interviewed by a Taiwanese television station, TVBS, while riding (and singing) in the karaoke cab in northern Virginia (And if you didn’t know about this, well, shame on you for not keeping up with my blog). 🙂 It seems that the news story for which I was interviewed was televised at some point. Here you can find a written story that the station’s website posted about the karaoke cab, which apparently accompanied the broadcast of the story. You may not get very far in that article if you don’t read Mandarin Chinese; but on the left is a screen shot from the article, in which you can see me singing in the karaoke taxi. I don’t know what the text in the article says about me, but I assume it’s something good. 🙂 Anyway, I’m still following up to try to obtain a video of the televised news story.
UPDATE (July 13, 2012): I spoke today with the Washington bureau chief of TVBS. She advised that it’s not possible for me to obtain a copy of the video. She did not provide an explanation (she also said that the video is not viewable online). Oh well, I tried . . .
The karaoke cabbie, Joel Laguidao, hails from the Philippines — no surprise, as karaoke is huge in that archipelagic nation. Recently, a Filipino news program interviewed Mr. Laguidao. Here’s a segment that includes that interview. From 1:17 to 1:28, you can see stock footage of a familiar person singing in the back seat of that taxi. 🙂
You may feel like you’ve seen that stock footage somewhere before; if so, that’s because it came from my first appearance in Mr. Laguidao’s karaoke cab, back in November 2011.
The Philippines and Taiwan are both on my radar screen as future checkpoints on the World Karaoke Tour; and when I get to those places, my reputation will have preceded me!
Can’t wait to see the TVBS news footage, but even being able to find the written article with photo is an accomplishment in itself. I like the screenshot they chose for the photo, by the way. I am surprised more cabbies haven’t incorporated karaoke. I would leave my car at home for that!
@WCBFF: I think the cabbie has to really like karaoke to want to install a machine in their cab; because they need to get through night after night of drunken passengers singing badly. They can’t all count on having the H-Bomb ride in their vehicle. 🙂