09 September 2016

Longest gaps between song listenings

The following are some songs which has the biggest gap of time between hearing them for the last time and listening to them again.

Masahiko Kondo - Yuuyake no uta (sunset song) [1989]
I first heard this exquisite ballad more than 25 years ago as a Chinese cover, discovered apparently the Japanese original today, 9th September 2016. Starting point :midomi.com; whoever created this site is a genius.

Agnes Chan - Sweet Dreams (1971)
A few years back, I heard this song again for the first time in what I estimate to be 37 years.

Tinikling (Filipino folk music)
I vaguely remember the melody when the then Philippine President Marcos visited Sabah in the mid 1970s. It totally escaped me until I heard it again relatively recently, 40 years later.

The Ronald Binge Orchestra - Elizabethan Serenade
I last heard this beautiful melody back in the early 1970s, and finally heard it again about 40 years later.

During a summer break I worked as a bus conductor for 2 months in 1990. That's when I heard the above 3 songs, which proved to be hard to track down. 25 years later, I finally did, with help from the tremendous blog Tembang Kenangan.

11 February 2016

Perspective matters

02 February 2016

The car brand name which will never be launched

This was from back in November 2015, before the Zika virus skyrocketed to global consciousness. In February 2016, the WHO declared the virus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

On the 3rd February 2016, Indian carmaker Tata Motors Ltd. announced that it had decided to rename its soon-to-be-launched hatchback Zica, short for Zippy Car, after the mosquito-borne virus was declared an international health emergency.

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