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50%-Off Bubble Tea and 50%-Off Karaoke (Richmond)

Due to popular demand, we're organizing another Karaoke event!

On Tuesday Dec 18th, we'll be doing a 2-part event, starting with 50% off Bubble tea and casual conversation at Yaohan Center food court at 6pm, followed by 50% off Karaoke singing at Richmond Karaoke K Fever* at 7pm. You can choose to attend either or both by dropping in/out. However, we would like you to stay for the entire duration for Karaoke.

As per our regular meetup, we will converse in Mandarin & English. Speakers of all levels are welcomed to this event. You do not need singing background to attend Karaoke. You are welcomed to select songs that you are most comfortable with, which can be of any available language. This is a social gathering event, so let's just have fun!

Cost: Bubble tea $2-$4 (optional), Food court meal (optional), Karaoke $2.50/hr + tax

Please make sure you come when you RSVP, so we can coordinate easier with the expected numbers. When you RSVP, we will ask you a question on meetup on whether you'll attend one or both parts of the event (please answer it!).

Contact person for this event: John @[masked]

*Richmond Karaoke K Fever address: Union square,[masked] Capstan Way, Richmond (Tel:[masked])


For those not sure what Bubble tea and Karaoke are...

Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, or boba is a tea-based drink invented in tea shops in Taichung, Taiwan during the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency. Most bubble teas come with small chewy tapioca balls (粉圓, fěnyuán), commonly called "pearls" (珍珠, zhēnzhū) or "boba" (波霸, bōbà).

There are many variants of the drinks, and many kinds of types are used and ingredients added. The most popular bubble drinks are bubble milk tea with tapioca and bubble milk green tea with tapioca.

Karaoke is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music (a music video) using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically a well-known pop song minus the lead vocal. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing color, or music video images, to guide the singer. In some countries, a karaoke box is called a KTV. It is also a term used by recording engineers translated as "empty track" meaning there is no vocal track.

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  • John C.

    Thanks all for another great turnout. I think we hit a peak when someone selected "Shanghai Tan" and like 8 people wanted to sing it. Turned out we had the first half sung by a 4-male chorus (a bit weird on a female vocal) and second half by the ladies. I guess the Shanghai beaches were a little chaotic and rough that night.

    Thanks all for singing!

    December 19, 2012

  • Jeff W.

    Hey, I don't think I'll be able to make it. I'm seeing some friends for dinner before they leave town for the holidays

    December 18, 2012

  • Aaron P.

    Some of you may have heard that I'm wrapping up a project I've been working on for the past several months. It's an eBook on how to learn Chinese characters and is aimed at beginners, as well as those people who are just having trouble grasping how to read, write, and understand Chinese characters in general.

    I will be selling this eBook online starting Dec. 25, but I wanted to first give out five free copies to this group since I have had such a fun time participating in all the various club activities and meeting many interesting people over the past half year.

    If you are interested in receiving a free copy, please email [masked] on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8:00am. Please also include "Van Mandarin Club Free eBook" as the subject line. I will then check for the first five emails timestamped as 8:00am or later.

    If you would like to glance at what you'll find inside, please visit the following link:

    Happy holidays!


    December 18, 2012

  • Gerrie

    I will try my best to make this one and I think I will be able to this time.

    December 9, 2012

    • Eng

      Which food court is this? Which skytrain stop?

      December 16, 2012

    • John C.

      BBT is inside Yaohan Center food court tables. Get off at Aberdeen station, walk northbound on No.3 Road for 1 minute and you'll see the mall.

      December 16, 2012

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