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Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Saturday, April 9, 2022

 2 DIVISION MMA CHAMP OF ONE Championship - Martin Nguyen

Hello Folks:

I know it's 5 AM over there in Vietnam, but it's 3PM here in States. I want to share with you a song I've just written for Martin Nguyen - a 2-division champ of ONE Championship. I hope you like it.


Sunday, March 20, 2022

 War in Ukraine - Sad.

The war in Ukraine is still going on, and I am going to sing it again, folks.


Monday, February 28, 2022

 War in Ukraine - Very Sad

Hi Folks: With the war going on in Ukraine, I have come up with a song called 'Sad Days for the Earth" and I want to share it with you for the weekend entertainment, folks.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

 Ha Trang Song, Vietnam

Hello Folks: This song came up when the author - Trinh Cong Son - had a feverish temperature due to flu in the hot summer in Central Vietnam, Hue.


Sunday, January 30, 2022


This song is for those who can't forget where they were coming from. The song is called "Que Huong" which was written by poet, Do Trung Quan.


Saturday, January 22, 2022


Hello Folks: I just want to say "Hello" by Lionel Richie for the weekend entertainment.

You all have a wonderful weekend, folks.


Friday, January 7, 2022

 The Rhythm of the Falling Rain

It's been raining a lot in Southern California lately, especially in the area where I reside.

To reflect the mood, I like to sing one of the popular rainy songs classic - the Rhythm of the Falling Rain - by John Gummoe.


Friday, November 5, 2021

 My Favorite Retirement Song, Folks.

My favorite retirement song written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper is "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay". Maybe wherever I travel with my guitar I'll want to play this song... sitting in front of My Khe Beach of Da Nang while sipping some draft beer...Cheers!


Saturday, October 23, 2021

A Sudden Flashback of the 60s'

Suddenly, I am experiencing the "flashback" of the 60s'. This brings me to the time when folk music started to become popular. Among the famous folk musicians is Mr. Bob Dylan. He wrote Mr. Tambourine Man song which has stuck in my head since then. I will try to play it today.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

 My Tribute to my Favorite Singer, Phi Nhung.

Hello Folks: I am paying tribute to my favorite singer and philanthropist, Phi Nhung, who just passed away in Vietnam while she was helping out the poor and the unfortunate Vietnamese. She delayed her trip back to America to stay in Vietnam a little longer to finish what she set out to do...Rest in Peace, Phi Nhung. You will be forever remembered and loved...


Saturday, September 25, 2021

 Too Much Heaven - BEE GEE

Hello Folks: It's "Too Much Heaven", I am testing a new microphone given by my kids for my birthday last week.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

 Just A Song Before I Go...To Get Vaccinated

Hi Folks: I want to give you "Just A Song Before I Go" to get vaccinated...By Graham Nash. Hang in there folks, Nanocovax is coming. I've heard this vaccine is much cheaper, more effective, and less side effects!


Sunday, August 15, 2021

 Have I Told You Lately?

Hi Folks: Have I Told You Lately? We're going to have the Nanocovax vaccine, finally. This effective and efficient vaccine is going to be a game-changer in the era of anti-COVID vaccine shortage for VN and those poor countries. To celebrate this occasion, I'm going to play, "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison😁


Monday, August 9, 2021

 We have to "Take It Easy", Better Thing Will Come

Hi Folks: With all these COVID variants around, I've got to "Take it easy"! Hope you all do the same.


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

 Entertainment for the Day - "Angie" by the Rolling Stones.

This song is written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1972 and released in 1973 - A few years before the Vietnam War was ended. I hope you will enjoy this "little" mellow melody.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

This Weekend Entertainment, Vietnam

Here I come again. You all great songwriters. I hereby play one of "Your Song" for the weekend entertainment.😀
Have a good one everybody.


Sunday, June 20, 2021

 Where is the Gold? Vietnam

Suddenly I feel "the ecstasy of gold" for your weekend entertainment, folks.
I am still looking for the 15 tons of gold that have been gone missing since the end of the VN war.

[The Ecstacy of Gold - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly]

I've got a feelin' they are somewhere buried here. Well, If I can't find them, I might as well play them. Here is the '1972' Neil Young, Heart of Gold...


Saturday, May 22, 2021


Georgia on My Mind, California

The song Rainy Night in Georgia was on, picked out from Alexa's random song shuffle when I was cleaning my kitchen. Another flashback came to mind. 

I was in Atlanta, Georgia in 1982 to present my research paper on Hemoglobin. That was an annual biomedical research symposium organized by universities and colleges throughout the country - for those who wanted a research career in biomedical science. Everything was paid for plus my biweekly research stipend. Five of us from the chemistry and biochem departments represented our school to present our research papers, and we stayed in the beautiful Marriott Hotel in Atlanta.

This symposium event had lasted for 5 days. While waiting for our turn to present our research papers, we went around and attended other colleagues' work presentations, asking questions. At night, we went out to have dinner together, checking out Atlanta City at night. It was drizzling for a couple of nights there while we took a walk on the streets of Atlanta.  Atlanta's weather was a little wet and cold during those days.

Somehow the song, Rainy Night in Georgia by Ray Charles, reminds me of the good old times when I was doing my undergraduate research. Some experiments required me to stay up late at night in the chemistry lab on the sixth floor till the next morning. Luckily, a couple of my friends were in a similar situation. We ordered pizza delivery for diner on those nights. It was so quiet in the late nights when most other labs closed. The thought of ghosts was freaking me out, especially when I was working alone in the lab on those lonely and " super quiet" nights.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

 Exhausted Days of Medical Staff Volunteers in Bac Ninh, Vietnam

Working continuously for more than 20 hours a day in the hot sun to take samples for Covid-19 testing, searching for "F's", many medical volunteers in Bac Ninh fainted from exhaustion.

About a quarter past 1 AM on May 14, medical technicians, Nguyen Thi Thuy and more than a dozen colleagues were able to rest after a hard day of testing for the second time for nearly 15,000 people. As soon as she fell asleep, there was a message alarm waking her up. Provincial CDC announced 6 more new confirmed COVID cases. Mao Dien commune, Thuan Thanh district is the epicenter of the epidemic with over 160 positive cases in the past 10 days.

Thuy tied her hair up and called some colleagues to start the tracing process. The voices that have in common are hoarse and unceasingly resounding at the medical station. "Fortunately, at this time, when calling down to the village, there is still someone on duty, enthusiastically joining us in tracing," the 50-year-old female deputy stationmaster shared.

After tracing the "Fs" of these 6 people, she let go of the phone, while the morning sun was shining brightly in front of her eyes. Another "white night" in the many nights she has spent with little sleep since the COVID breakout in this area - a purely agricultural village on the Duong River which has been blocked since May 8. The "COVID" battle inside was still burning like a ball of fire.

Because Mao Dien has 14,000 inhabitants with 8 villages, the Medical volunteers were under great pressure to have to quickly trace - zoning and collecting samples. On that evening, 100 medical staff from public and private hospitals in the province were mobilized here to help out. Groups of people got out of the car in white protective suits. "At that time, I worry about not completing the goal, not coordinating smoothly, and unable to conduct the trace in an orderly fashion because of such a large population," said a female medical worker with 24 years of working experience in Mao Dien Commune.

But when they got to work, they quickly figured out how to "communicate" with each other through the nametag on their shirt, through their eyes and nods. The feeling of sore hands, tired feet, and dry throats of every volunteer personnel was a result of this overwhelming task. At more than 4 am, Thuy's group completed the task. Along with other groups, on the night of May 7, 10,700 oropharyngeal samples were transported to the Bac Ninh's CDC for testing.

Sleep little, walk a lot, talk non-stop... however what makes it hard and tiring for Thuy is the time that she "hasn't pinpointed the Fs". On the morning of May 14, her team discovered that a person who had been tested positive for COVID was a diabetic patient on May 6 at Thuan Thanh Medical Center, relating to the outbreak of 6 people just discovered. From morning till noon, 4 staff members of the station called this man to advise, explaining the need to go to isolation, but he did not cooperate, he even yelled at the medical staff. "We were planning to take stronger measures, but at the beginning of the afternoon, he got in the car to go to the designated isolation. He cooperated unwillingly, and deliberately made it difficult, causing us a lot of stress." Thuy shared.

Dr. Nhung, another medical volunteer, worked here on the evening of May 7. At the beginning of the night, she took samples at this commune health center. At 2 a.m., she received the order to go to the next commune to deal with 24 cases of F1. After returning from the task, she continued to take samples for the people who were still waiting at Mao Dien yard until 4:32 a.m. before she was able to rest a little "After taking a shower, it was 5 o'clock. I fell into a dream with my hair still wet," she said.

After the testing campaign, the number of positive cases increased rapidly, dozens of cases per day. Nhung stayed in the area to join the tracing team, making reports to her superiors by the hour.

On May 9, she took on the task of transporting patients to isolation areas. Under the hot sun above 35 degrees Celsius, Nhung - the 43-year-old female doctor - suddenly collapsed like a fallen banana tree, fainting after the 6th trip. Colleagues helped her into the room, quickly took off her protective clothing and mask. After lying down for a while, the female doctor gradually woke up and was given a glass of electrolytes water for her dehydration. In a short period of rest, she had already returned to work.

Besides Dr. Nhung, there were other medical personnel and nurses who were exhausted and fainted on the same day. 

In the rare moments of rest, the "white gown warrior women" joked that now no one dares to take off the mask for a photo anymore, because everyone's body and face are itchy and full of pimples.

In many other localities in Bac Ninh province, health workers are also doing their best to fight the epidemic. For the "call of duty", they had to leave their families - husbands, wives, and children, to fight the COVID spread and do not know when they can reunite together again. On the evening of May 7, Dr. Nguyen Thi Luong, a doctor at the Tien Du district hospital, packed her clothes after she was called in. The day before, her husband, a doctor at Bac Ninh Lung Hospital, also was already working at the center of the epidemic. Their four-year-old son was bewildered: "Why are you crying?" ...

The moment of parting with a weak heart passed quickly when she arrived at the hospital, she and 20 colleagues got into an ambulance and went to Hien Van commune to take samples for rapid testing of more than 5,000 people. Covered in a protective suit, less than an hour, Luong's entire body was soaked with sweat. Taking patients' information, taking throat samples for hundreds of people in the morning had made her exhausted and fainted.

"From midnight to 12 noon the next day,  I can only take off my protective clothing. it feels like I've just climbed up from the swimming pool. Red face, red eyes from dehydration. Everyone fainted from hunger. Without a regular rice diet,  we boil eggs to eat temporarily," said the 30-year-old female doctor. That day, at 3:30 a.m. Luong and her colleagues were able to rest.

Tien Du District Hospital became the number 1 military field hospital in Bac Ninh. Dr. Luong and her colleagues were dispatched to all parts of the province to collect samples for testing. Her shift usually lasts more than 20 hours, only breaks for lunch and dinner. "We can no longer calculate day or night. Every minute if we can lie down, we lie down, no matter if the ground clean or dirty," Luong said.

Both husband and wife are on the front lines, so Luong doesn't know when she can call. They can only text each other with a quick message - "Are you tired?" Then,  they already continued to work without waiting for the other texting back. 

Doctor Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong, chairwoman of the Bac Ninh Young Doctors Association, said: " 70% of the province's health workers are female, and many of them are still young. They are very dedicated, facing indescribable hardship, working very hard and for many long hours, and so many of them fainted  from exhaustion." [Source:]

 These self-sacrificing courageous men and women who are willing to step up to fulfill their compassion and patriotism are amazing, and it's my privilege to play this little beautiful song from California for them - especially at the time when they are lucky enough to have a little rest in between.


Saturday, May 15, 2021

 Flashback Time - House of the Rising Sun

I was in the kitchen cooking the other day. I commanded my Alexa to play Elton John songs. Later, there were other music songs in the 60s filling in - one by one. There was one that really gave me a "flashback" - going back in the good old 'wild' time - knowing exactly where I was and what I was doing in Saigon, Vietnam, and that is "House of the Rising Sun" by the British rock group - the Animals.

In the later years, when I listened to this song again, I think of those pleasant times that I was living in Honolulu, Hawaii - renting a house in the suburb of Honolulu City, the Kalihi area - where there were a lot of Philipino people live. Our family rented the flat on the top, and a Philipino family rented the one downstairs. Right across the street is a large beautiful manicured lawn right in front of a Lutheran church where our pastor worked.

These nice people that I know are no longer on this Earth. I am truly sad and there is nothing I can do except just keep moving on and reflecting on those nice moments of my life. Well, there will be time for my turn, but these memories I will treasure until that day.

[Playing "House of the Rising Sun" song]


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