Virtual Tour: Life Star Family Karaoke

Hidden from the busy rumbling streets of Butuan City is a KTV Bar that used to be one of the largest screens in town, Maya Cinema. I previously made a blog post about Maya Cinema’s transformation here.

As mentioned in my previous post about what happened to Maya Cinema, the nearly abandoned building was restructured to serve the Butuanons that love to sing with friends and family.

Before I proceed with the tour, here is a brief trivia about Life Star. The universe is the main theme of its conception and the source of the owner’s inspiration. It is the basis for the naming of the business, the decorations and the room assignments. Also, the interiors of the building were personally designed by the artistic owner that once wanted to be an architect.

This karaoke bar has 8 acoustically insulated rooms that enhance your singing experience, and each room has a CCTV camera installed for your safety and security.

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Huge rooms have its own toilets that are well-maintained.

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Acoustical sound absorbing material for KTV sound-proofing

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This is the spotlight and stage in the family KTV room at Life Star. If you wanna feel like a diva, feel free to take on the stage.

What do you think of its interior design? What do you usually look for in a karaoke bar?

Address: Maya Building, G. Flores Avenue (beside Life Works Print Hub), Barangay Urduja, Butuan City.

Operating Hours: 3pm – 1am on Mon – Sun and 3pm – 2am on Fri – Sat.

Mode of Payment: Cash

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Parking Lot: Yes

Contact No.: 341-39-29 and 0998-976-3008

Life Star Family Karaoke’s Facebook Page

 

All images were captured with a Nikon Coolpix P310.

Disclaimer: This is a non-paid post.

Thank you for your time Thrifty Looker! Sayonara!

Sarj of Thrifty Look

Other posts related to Life Star:

Where to hang out when in Butuan? Visit Life Star Family Karaoke

What Happened to Butuan’s Maya Cinema?

Virtual Tour: Lifeworks Print Hub

What Happened to Butuan’s Maya Cinema?

Before there were malls in Butuan City, our forefathers used to enjoy watching movies on the big screen in movie houses. We used to have three, namely: Empress, Supreme and Maya Cinema. Sadly, all three of them are no longer operational now.

These local businesses did not survive the competition against cinemas in malls. Empress and Supreme were transformed into badminton courts before both were lost in a huge fire a few years ago. Maya Cinema building on the other hand was converted into a karaoke bar (Life Star Family Karaoke) and a spa (Life Style Spa).

Take a look at what’s become of Maya Cinema now, so colourful and lively.

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Photo by Life Style Spa

I personally like the transformation of Maya Cinema. It brought life to a once dull and dark side of Butuan City. What used to be a poorly lit area is now illuminated with bright led lights installed at the street post.

When somebody will ask you what has become of Maya Cinema, you now have an answer to that.

If ever you decide to try Life Star Family Karaoke and Lifestyle Spa, you can find it at Maya Building, G. Flores Avenue (beside Life Works Print Hub), Barangay Urduja, Butuan City.

Life Star is open from 3pm – 1am on Mon – Sun and 3pm – 2am on Fri – Sat. For bookings, inquiries and reservations, you may contact them at 341-39-29 and 0998-976-3008.
Life Star Family Karaoke’s Facebook Page

Life Style Spa is open from 3pm – 12am only. You can call or text 341-39-29 or 0946-881-7142 for reservations.
Life Style Spa’s Facebook Page

Disclaimer: This is a non-paid post.

Thank you for your time Thrifty Looker! Sayonara!

Sarj of Thrifty Look

Other posts related to Life Star:

Where to hang out when in Butuan? Visit Life Star Family Karaoke.

Virtual Tour: Life Star Family Karaoke

Virtual Tour: Lifeworks Print Hub

Where to hang out when in Butuan? Visit Life Star Family Karaoke.

One of the questions frequently asked when friends hang-out in Butuan City is, “where do we go?”

Tell me about you. Where do you head out to have some fun with your friends here in Butuan?

Rachel, my beautiful sister from a different set of parents came home for a vacation. It became my grand excuse to break away from my routine and leave my office for a while. I’m a busy bee but I do make time for the people I care about. That’s how it should be in order to maintain a work-life balance, right?

Rachel and I share a lot of similarities together. Both of us enjoy eating and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we’re pigging out on our reunion. On her vacation, Rachel wanted to unwind through singing and I got invited for a tour at Life Star Family Karaoke = PERFECT TIMING! I decided to bring her along with me and share the experience with her. Hitting two birds with one stone, eh? Hehehe! Yes, I know I’m a multitasker. Thanks Daryl (I know you’re reading this *wink*) for spending time touring us around your latest venture! May God bless you more!

Life Star Family Karaoke's lobby

Life Star Family Karaoke’s lobby

3 Things You Can Do at Life Star Family Karaoke:

1. EAT

Let’s start the list with my favourite, eating! Hehehe! They don’t just serve snacks and drinks. They also serve heavy meals here that you can feast on with your companions. What a treat! You’d love to eat!

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Truth be told, I spent the night eating and just cheering on my singing friend because singing is not really my thing.

2. SING

A typical Filipino loves to sing so I’m assuming that you’re one of those who look for a karaoke/videoke (singing popular songs into a microphone) in a hang-out. Am I right? Why don’t you try out this place on your next outing? You seem tired already of your usual routine of singing in your bathroom or in front of your fan. (Don’t be shy. We all had those dive moments. I did as well.)

The rooms at Life Star are acoustically insulated making your voice resonate beautifully. It’s like the echo you make when singing while showering but a much better experience. Curious now? Try Life Star then.

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Now if you want to level up your singing experience, there’s a family room that has a spotlight and a stage. Perfect set-up for channelling your inner concert king or queen! Just ask the friendly receptionist to assign you to that room and you’re all set for your local appearance. (Insert “It’s Showtime” expression. Hehehe!)

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3. DANCE

If eating and dancing ain’t enough to make your night out a blast, you can also dance. With the ample floor area per room, there’s enough space to get your groove on. Go ahead. Nobody’s gonna stop you unless of course you will jump all over the place. Now that’s a big no-no.

What is your barkada’s favourite song to dance with? (Barkada is a Filipino term for group of friends.) Tell me about it at the comments section below.

Another cool thing about Life Star is that they have a spacious lobby. It is filled with comfortable seats for you to rest on while waiting. There is also an abundance of stairs that you can sit on while all the rooms are still occupied. That saves you from a lot of sore legs that results from prolonged standing.

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This is how I wait for my turn at the stairs with cartoonish led lights behind me. Life is too short to be just immobile like a statue while waiting.

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The pricing at Life Star is affordable. When are you visiting it with your friends and family?

Life Star is located at Maya bldg. G. Flores Ave., Butuan City (Beside Lifeworks Print Hub). You can call them at (085) 816 0231 and (085) 3413929 to make reservations. You can also connect with them through Life Star’s Official Facebook Page here.

With Chuck Chiong, my friend, the manager at Life Star.

With Chuck Chiong, my friend, the manager at Life Star.

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I find posing at the photo wall too mainstream so I decided to be pictured at a different angle. Oh wait! Is that a door behind me? I wonder where it leads to. Maybe it’s a fire exit or maybe it’s a secret passage. (Eyes wide open with excitement Hehehe!) Now the Detective Conan within me has been awakened. This place is full of wonders!

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Life Star is not a boring place. This is signage done the artistic way. Where else can you find bathrooms labelled this way? (Great job Daryl!)

All images were captured with a Nikon Coolpix P310.

Disclaimer: This is a non-paid post.

Thank you for your time Thrifty Looker! Sayonara!

Sarj of Thrifty Look

Other posts related to Life Star:

What Happened to Butuan’s Maya Cinema?

Virtual Tour: Life Star Family Karaoke

Virtual Tour: Lifeworks Print Hub

Foods to Order at Kao Chi, A Chinese Restaurant in Butuan

Right now I’m listening to Duyog by Jewel & Joe Edward Villaflores, the Grand Champion for Artist Ko’s VisPop (Cebuano song) Songwriting Competition last May 18, 2013. It is a great music piece that makes me feel in love and uplifts my mood; just perfect to keep my mojo running.

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. -Ludwig van Beethoven (Click to tweet this)

What songs do you listen to that keeps you motivated to work?

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That’s me and my ate posing for a picture at Kao Chi before we devoured our meal.

We grabbed the opportunity to capture this moment while the food was still at its prettiest. Who knows? It might say cheese with us! Hahahaha!

Kidding aside, this was my first time to dine in a Chinese restaurant in Butuan.

Chinese restaurants aren’t really my go to places for dining and my lame excuse for that is unfamiliarity with Chinese cuisine.

When deciding where to eat, the first things that would pop-up in my mind are either the places that I’ve been to already or those that serve food that I can identify easily. Hey, familiarity is powerful to the hungry tummy.  I know it happens to you also. Don’t deny it Thrifty Looker. It won’t hurt to agree with me. Hehehehe!

Since it was our first time at Kao Chi, we asked the waitress what their bestsellers were and we didn’t regret taking her suggestions. The food was great!

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A Chinese taste of Italian Cuisine

When you’re in Butuan, don’t miss the chance to experience good food.

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Have a sumptuous meal with your family and friends at Kao Chi Restaurant. It is located at Chikara Bldg., JC Aquino Avenue, Butuan City. For reservations, you can call them at these numbers: 085-3417234; 09166188780; 09292991258.

Tell me about you. What do you usually order in Chinese restaurants? I look forward to chatting with you at the comments section below.

All images were captured with a Nikon Coolpix P310

What I wore:
Black V-neck Blouse
Gray Skirt
Black Rubber/Jelly Doll Shoes

Disclaimer: This is a non-paid post.

Thank you for your time Thrifty Looker! Sayonara!

Sarj of Thrifty Look

Where Do You Take Pictures of Your Car?

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Jenn and I had just stepped out of Kapihan sa Datu (story here) and we were on our way to eat dinner at East Persia (story here).

We couldn’t help but marvel at Jeremiah’s (Black Hyundai Accent) beauty that night. It was shining, shimmering and splendid so we captured this glorious moment and striked a pose.

It’s not a crime to take a picture that would remind you of good times.(tweet this)

Tell me about you. In what places have you taken a picture of your car at night?

What I wore:
Cream Dress with Pink Floral Prints
Red and White Heart Necklace
Red Plastic Bangle
Red Doll Shoes

All images were captured with a Nikon Coolpix P310

Disclaimer: This is a non-paid post.

Thank you for your time Thrifty Looker! Sayonara!

Sarj of Thrifty Look

Other February 2013 work date with Jenn articles:

What it’s Like to Work in a Cafe with a Park

Where to eat Persian Food in Butuan?

5 Ways Pan de Pugon Can Help You Work Productively