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Top 10 Songs I Listened to During Travel in 2018

I was humming a completely different tune before my flight to Australia, but upon the recommendation of a friend, I watched The Greatest Showman onboard. The musical’s soundtrack got stuck in my head for several days since the flight. In fact, while we were in Brisbane, my friends and I would randomly burst into song,…

Out of a Black Hole

FUKUOKA, 2018. Finally finished the screenplay for a horror film that I had been writing for days. And I feel relieved. I am a huge horror fan, but I realized this: It’s one thing to watch a horror movie; to write it is another. It didn’t feel good to be constantly imagining demons, spirits and…

Liberation

It’s easy to underplay Christina Aguilera as a singer or an artist. To many, she’s just a pop star or a former The Voice coach, or that overly sexual, dirrty ice princess from the early 2000s.

Up in the Air

The other night, I watched UP IN THE AIR again. Although I had seen it only once before, it is on my list of all-time fave films. (Although that year, I wanted DISTRICT 9 to win Best Picture.) Anyway, the movie ends with this: “Tonight most people will be welcomed home by jumping dogs and…

Top 16 Songs I Listened to During Travel in 2016

This year has been the strangest, to say the least. When I was in Chiang Mai in 2012, the monks told me to be mindful of whatever it is I’m doing. When you walk, don’t listen to music; just walk and appreciate the walk. When you’re traveling by train, stop the music and appreciate the…

Top 20 Songs I Listened to During Travel in 2015

Nothing proves just how important music is to me than travel. I can’t imagine 12-hour bus rides and 5-hour airport layovers without it. Music makes trips more enjoyable, moments more memorable, and transfers more tolerable. It’s been a great year in music. From Taylor Swift’s surprising 1989 to Justin Bieber’s even more surprising Purpose to…

Top 20 Songs I Listened to During Travel in 2014

Dear faithful reader, It is with deep regret that I must inform you that I, the last among my comrades to stage ineffectual resistance, have fallen hostage to Taylor Swift. I successfully evaded capture a couple of years ago when she released Red and pelted my unsuspecting ears and vulnerable soul with anthems of toxic…