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2019 Future Mainstream Classics

[Image Credit: Bad Guy Official Video] Pop music will never be low brow again. A look at the 2010s decade-end lists from classic and indie rock publications such as Rolling Stones and Pitchfork reveal shockingly improved critical adoration for pop music, especially when contrasted with the 2000s overwhelmingly pop-bashing approaches by the very same journalism…

Who are the Kings & Queens of Pop? Future Mainstream Classics Revisited

Trendy yet timeless. This Spotify playlist is a nostalgic trip through the last 20 years, highlighting top Billboard hits from 1998-present which still sound fresh today. When I first started the Future Mainstream Classics series back on December 2012, Spotify was still in its early days, Beyoncé just came off from the under-performing 4 with seemingly fading…

1 Year, 13 Trips: My 2018 Travel in Review

54 days. 13 trips. 8 countries. ONLY 6.5 leave days taken! I started this blog with the principle that anyone can travel, even if you have a 9-to-5. In many ways, 2018 was a hectic year. I was involved in a massive project in my company and ended up neglecting most of my personal life, my…

2018 Future Mainstream Classics

[Image Credit: New Rules Official Video] 2018 is a barren wasteland for pop music. It reminds me of those darker days of mid-2000s when the pop well ran dried and hip-hop become a thang before a certain Miss Germanotta shook up the industry. During those days, I ran under the cover of alternative chanteuses like Björk, Radiohead and…

3 Days Kota Kinabalu: 3 Awesome Things to Do in Sabah

Culture, mountains, beaches—the Sabah experience is multi-faceted. While most people are fixated with the goal to climb Mount Kinabalu, there are actually so much more to see and do for those who prefer to take it easy while staying in this coastal city. The best time to visit Kota Kinabalu is between January to March when the…