One of Singapore’s Karaoke hotspots, Karaoke Manekineko, has announced its closure. Remember those days where we just sat in a small KTV room belting out classic Jay Chou and JJ Lin ballads (ok my age is showing) or the newest hit from Blackpink?
If you haven’t heard of this karaoke chain, it was most popular for providing buffet spreads and free-flow drinks for its customers to lubricate their throats while singing.
We will miss those days of indulging in the food and drinks while making a fool out of ourselves with our friends at Karaoke Manekineko.
Even if your throat was all hoarse from trying to hit the notes in that Adele song, you just chugged some soda and you’d Shake It Off and got right back into it.
We are going to close down all of our outlets in SINGAPORE on 5th of May 2021 KARAOKE MANEKINEKO would like to take…Posted by Karaoke Manekineko Singapore on Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Karaoke Manekineko announced in a recent post on Facebook that they have closed all outlets since 5 May 2021, way before the current Phase 2 announcements.
Why the announcement was delayed, no one really knows. They were 安靜 (“quiet”, reference to Jay Chou’s song), no reason was specified for the closure.
But the silver lining was that they threw in a line that said “it’s not goodbye, it’s until we meet again.” Please don’t play with our hearts like that!
Here’s a list of Karaoke Manekineko outlets that will be gone:
● Orchard Cineleisure
● Lucky Chinatown
● Marina Square
● SAFRA Jurong
● SAFRA Punggol
● Tampines 1
Of course, it wasn’t a huge surprise, considering the year of inactivity because of the pandemic is sure to have taken a toll on Karaoke Manekineko financially. We’ve all been Thinking Out Loud about this.
Even the biggest name in the industry, Teo Heng, was forced to close down earlier this year. The newest surge in the number of covid cases was probably the final nail in the coffin for Karaoke Manekineko.
Fingers crossed that Karaoke Manekineko comes back one day, because we ain’t Too Good at Saying Goodbyes.
For other Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) news, check out the list of bubble tea shops that will be closed due to the new measures.