Confessions of a KTV hostess: Fights over women do happen

Confessions of a KTV hostess: Fights over women do happen

SINGAPORE - Unless you are a hostess, you would not really understand the risky nature of the job.

So declares Miao Miao who works as a freelance nightclub hostess, flitting between three main KTV clubs on Havelock Road.

She is here on a long-term social visit pass and for this reason, she refuses to give us her contact number or name the individual clubs.

Miao Miao, 25, who is from Shanghai, China, says: "I just want to save myself from any potential trouble, be it with my clients or the authorities.

"Or even with the various club management."

Especially now that the leases for the remaining three clubs - Tiananmen KTV & Lounge, Golden Million and Club Infinitude - on Havelock Road are expected to cease by the end of this month.

Miao Miao says that is bad news for her. As it is, when Las Vegas De'Palace closed its doors last June, she saw her monthly income drop by "a drastic 30 per cent".

That is a loss of about $4,000 to $5,000 a month, which come from booking and liquor sale commissions, as well as liquor sale commission and tips from customers.

She says in a dramatic resigned tone: "How am I going to survive if the other three clubs do the same?"

Money is her biggest motivation, admits Miao Miao.

"Come on, anyone who tries to claim otherwise is definitely telling a lie," she says.

What she is quick to dispute though is that the job is easy.

"Try drinking all kinds of liquor non-stop for six hours, six nights, sometimes even seven nights, for just a week. Then tell me if that is easy for you," she challenges me.

She reveals that in the first month of working, "there wasn't a night when the toilet bowl in my home was clean of puke".

But that was eight years ago. She has been trained to hold her liquor well now. And she has grown to recognise the various drinks just from a sniff of the glass.

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