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Billboard Hot 100 top 10 (May 6, 2017)

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  1. Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
  2. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of you”
  3. Bruno Mars – “That’s what I like”
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “DNA.”
  5. Future – “Mask off”
  6. Kyle feat. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
  7. Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
  8. The Chainsmokers feat. Coldplay – “Something just like this”
  9. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  10. Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3”

Ho Chi Minh City travel guide (source taken from Expedia’s YouTube channel)

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Ho Chi Minh City, on the southern tip of Vietnam, is one of Southeast Asia’s emerging boom cities. Still affectionately known by many as Saigon, this is Vietnam’s largest city, and its economic engine room.

Ho Chi Minh City has an irrepressible soul, and an entrepreneurial energy that hums day and night. Despite almost a century of colonialism and brutal conflict, today, this city is renowned for its warm hospitality, which even extends to former foes.

A youthful enthusiasm flows through this city, just like the stream of scooters, motorbikes, and cars that flow endlessly through its chaotic streets.

In Ho Chi Minh City, it feels as though the future has arrived, and yet the past is never far away. Wide boulevards built during the French colonial era are lined with cutting edge skyscrapers, while jasmine-scented temples gently rub shoulders with chic rooftop bars.

One of the best ways to orient yourself is with a trip up the 68-story skyscraper, the Bitexco Financial Tower. Escape the heat and enjoy 360-degree views from the ultra-modern Saigon Skydeck.

More than 9 million people call Ho Chi Minh City home, and the dynamic energy of its streets is part of its charm. The city is divided into a series of numbered districts, and District One is where almost all of the city’s main attractions can be found.

Head to the area around Dong Khoi Street. Known as Rue Catinat when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century, it was the height of elegance and sophistication. Today, it is still home to some of the city’s most graceful architecture, such as the Saigon Central Post Office, still in operation today.

Nearby, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Opera House, seem to echo with music of the time gone by, while the old French hotels, such as Hotel Continental Saigon, offer a romantic oasis from the busiest strets.

Take a tour of the Gia Long Palace, officially known as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum. It offers a wonderful insight into the way the city has changed over the years, while the Museum of Vietnam History looks further back in time.

But although the city’s history is honored here, Dong Khoi Street is also at the epicenter of much of Ho Chi Minh City’s recent economic boom. Luxury brands grace the windows of many of the area’s colonial era buildings, and glittering new shopping centers offer stylish boutiques and coffee shops.

A more traditional way to experience local commerce, is with a visit to Ben Thanh, the city’s largest and most central market. You can find nearly anything here, but be prepared to bargain.

The buzzing Ho Chi Minh City’s street markets are also the perfect place to immerse yourself in the fresh and fragrant tastes of Vietnamese cuisine.

Cholon is another great place to find the beat of the city. Today, it is one of the world’s largest Chinatowns. But it first became internationally famous as a thriving black market during the Vietnam conflict.

Known here as the American War, it is far from forgotten, and many visitors come to Ho Chi Minh, to better understand one of the most controversial conflicts in the 20th century. The powerful War Remnants Museum, attracts more than half a million visitors each year, and is a confronting reminder of the horrors of war.

Take a tour of the Reunification Palace, another icon from those dark days. When North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates here in 1975, it signaled the end of the world’s first televised war. See the rooftop from which the last evacuations took place, and visit the telecommunications room, which has remained almost untouched since that fateful day.

Escape from the weight of history at the Tao Dan Park, an oasis of green, right in the heart of the city. Or, exchange the scooter fumes for flowers, with a stroll through the 100-year-old Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The lush grounds of Binh Quoi Tourist Village are a 30-minute drive out of town. This village was created to show what life was like on the Mekong Delta in days gone by.

Discover a different kind of energy in Ho Chi Minh City’s incense-filled temples. Although officially an atheist country, there are a number of long-established religions in Vietnam, including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.

At the Jade Emperor Pagoda, pay your respects to Ngoc Hoang, the king of heaven, a Taoist gatekeeper to the afterlife.

As the sun goes down, find yourself a seat at one of Ho Chi Minh City’s famous rooftop bars. A perfect way to soak up the buzz of the city.

Dynamic, chaotic, and energizing, Ho Chi Minh City may have burst onto the world’s stage as a battle zone. But today, there is no better destination to plug in to the pulse of 21st-century Asia.

Panas Hits Radio top 10 (May 6, 2017)

  1. Khalisha Salma feat. Fauzan Rifat and LKT – “Roses”
  2. Raisa x Isyana Sarasvati – “Anganku anganmu”
  3. Airlangga Wisesa – “Open my eyes”
  4. Slavko Kalezic – “Space”
  5. Khalisha Salma – “Dying to try”
  6. Mimi Peri – “Salam sapa manja”
  7. Nathan Trent – “Running on air”
  8. LKT – “Where I belong”
  9. Ghafiki – “Like it is”
  10. Shafira Zachrany – “Wildfire”

Details about the new entries are unknown.

Nike Ardilla – Bintang kehidupan

Jenuh aku mendengar manisnya kata cinta
Lebih baik sendiri
Bukannya sekali, sering ku mencoba
Namun ku gagal lagi

Mungkin nasib ini suratan tanganku
Harus tabah menjalani

Jauh sudah langkahku menyusuri hidupku
Yang penuh tanda tanya
Kadang hati bimbang menentukan sikapku
Tiada tempat mengadu

Hanya iman di dada yang membuatku mampu
Selalu tabah menjalani

Malam-malam aku sendiri
Tanpa cintamu lagi
Hanya satu keyakinanku
Bintang ‘kan bersinar
Menerpa hidupku
Bahagia ‘kan datang

Jenuh aku mendengar manisnya kata cinta
Lebih baik sendiri
Bukannya sekali, sering ku mencoba
Namun ku gagal lagi

Hanya iman di dada yang membuatku mampu
Selalu tabah menjalani

Malam-malam aku sendiri
Tanpa cintamu lagi
Hanya satu keyakinanku
Bintang ‘kan bersinar
Menerpa hidupku
Bahagia ‘kan datang

Malam-malam aku sendiri
Tanpa cintamu lagi
Hanya satu keyakinanku

Hits Radio in May 2017

In TCoH 4 Part 2, exactly in the first month of spring, our Heroes’ friendship has grown more and more closer and the past 4 months. Yesterday, during Fina’s trial with Arly, her Popplio evolved into Brionne, enabling her to progress. She also got a Pikachu from Arly.

Hits Radio in May 2017
Theme: “Be Cautious!”
Artist of the Month (AoTM): Yubi Band

May 1-7: Kyrgyzstan
May 8-14: Afghanistan
May 15-21: Pakistan
May 22-28: India
May 29-31: Nepal (part 1)

At the start of the South Asian saga, our Heroes’ adventures will begin with a Eurovision 2017 season, then in the upcoming Pakistani story, their adventure continues. If in Central Asia our Heroes come face to face with LDP’s Guntur, in South Asia they will come face to face with Mamun. They will race for the yellow life energy crystal, in Mr. Vega’s possession.

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Facts of the Tajik story

Next week the Tajik story is coming up in TCoH 4 Part 2, and Fina’s mom is coming visiting from Indonesia. She is introduced to Khalisha and Rifat, her two new traveling companions. And Fina’s mom’s coming to the Asia-Pacific region (yaelah, Indonesia juga di Asia-Pasifik :v) is not without a reason – she’s coming for the open house in HAS that we’ve been talking about.

Fact:
1. The Tajik story takes time during Ardan Radio’s 27th anniversary this year. Coincidentally, both this story and Ardan’s 27th anniversary involve an open house.
2. Before she experienced her stage fever, Fina was going to present “Broadcasting and Its Impact on Natural and Artificial Intelligence” in front of the audience.
3. Notable guests in the open house in the Tajik story include Verona, The Panas Dalam, and Lelaki Kena Tipu.
4. At the end of the Tajik story, our Heroes, Abiel, and Davy will sing “Dying to try” with Brendan Murray.

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Languages of the world

Here are lists of national languages in the world. Boring, unless you like what I write.

AMERICA
United States: English
Canada: English, French
Mexico: Spanish
Guatemala: Spanish
Belize: English, Spanish
Honduras: Spanish
Nicaragua: Spanish
El Salvador: Spanish
Costa Rica: Spanish
Panama: Spanish
Cuba: Spanish
Haiti: French, Haitian Creole
Dominican Republic: Spanish
Jamaica: English
Dominica: English, French
Antigua and Barbuda: English
Saint Lucia: English
Saint Kitts and Nevis: English
Barbados: English
Grenada: English, Patois
Bahamas: English
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: English
Trinidad and Tobago: English
Guyana: English
Suriname: Dutch
Venezuela: Spanish
Colombia: Spanish
Ecuador: Spanish
Peru: Spanish
Brazil: Portuguese
Bolivia: Spanish
Paraguay: Spanish
Uruguay: Spanish
Chile: Spanish
Argentina: Spanish

EUROPE
Iceland: Icelandic
Norway: Norwegian
Swedish: Swedish
Finland: Finnish, Swedish
Denmark: Danish
Ireland: English, Irish
United Kingdom: English
Germany: German
Belgium: Dutch, French
Netherlands: Dutch
Luxembourg: Luxembourgish
France: French
Monaco: French
Switzerland: German, French, Italian
Liechtenstein: German
Austria: German
Hungary: Hungarian
Czech Republic: Czech
Slovakia: Slovak
Poland: Polish
Portugal: Portuguese
Spain: Spanish
Andorra: Catalan
Italy: Italian
San Marino: Italian
Vatican City: Italian
Malta: Maltese, English
Slovenia: Slovene
Croatia: Croatian
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnian
Serbia: Serbian
Montenegro: Montenegrin
Macedonia: Macedonian
Albania: Albanian
Greece: Greek
Estonia: Estonian
Latvia: Latvian
Lithuania: Lithuanian
Belarus: Belarusian, Russian
Ukraine: Ukrainian
Moldova: Romanian
Romania: Romanian
Bulgaria: Bulgarian
Russia: Russian
Georgia: Georgian
Armenia: Armenian
Azerbaijan: Azeri
Turkey: Turkish
Cyprus: Greek, Turkish

AFRICA
Morocco: Arabic
Algeria: Arabic, French
Tunisia: Arabic
Libya: Arabic
Egypt: Arabic
Cape Verde: Portuguese
Mauritania: Arabic
Mali: French, Bambara
Niger: French
Burkina Faso: French
Chad: French, Arabic
Sudan: Arabic, English
South Sudan: English
Eritrea: Tigrinya
Djibouti: French, Arabic
Ethiopia: Amharic
Somalia: Somali
Senegal: French, Wolof
The Gambia: English
Guinea-Bissau: Portuguese
Guinea: French
Sierra Leone: English
Liberia: English
Ivory Coast: French
Ghana: English
Togo: French
Benin: French
Nigeria: English
Cameroon: French, English
Central African Republic: French, Sango
Gabon: French
Equatorial Guinea: Spanish, French
Sao Tome and Principe: Portuguese
Republic of the Congo: French
Democratic Republic of the Congo: French
Uganda: English, Swahili
Rwanda: Kinyarwanda, French, English
Burundi: French, Kirundi
Kenya: Swahili
Tanzania: Swahili
Zambia: English
Angola: Portuguese
Zimbabwe: English
Botswana: English, Tswana
Namibia: English
Mozambique: Portuguese
South Africa: English, Afrikaans
Lesotho: English, Sesotho
Swaziland: English, Swazi
Madagascar: Malagasy, French
Comoros: Comorian, French, Arabic
Seychelles: Seychellois Creole
Mauritius: English, Mauritian Creole

ASIA
Yemen: Arabic
Oman: Arabic
United Arab Emirates: Arabic
Qatar: Arabic
Bahrain: Arabic
Saudi Arabia: Arabic
Kuwait: Arabic
Israel: Hebrew
Lebanon: Arabic
Jordan: Arabic
Syria: Arabic
Iraq: Arabic, Kurdish
Iran: Farsi
Kazakhstan: Kazakh, Russian
Uzbekistan: Uzbek
Turkmenistan: Turkmen
Tajikistan: Tajik
Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz, Russian
Afghanistan: Dari, Pashto
Pakistan: Urdu, English
India: Hindi, English
Nepal: Nepali
Bhutan: Dzongkha
Bangladesh: Bengali
Sri Lanka: Sinhala, Tamil
Maldives: Dhivehi
China: Mandarin Chinese
Mongolia: Mongolian
North Korea: Korean
South Korea: Korean
Japan: Japanese
Taiwan: Mandarin Chinese
Thailand: Thai
Myanmar: Burmese
Laos: Lao
Vietnam: Vietnamese
Cambodia: Khmer
Philippines: Tagalog
Malaysia: Malay
Brunei: Malay
Singapore: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil
Timor-Leste: Tetun, Portuguese
Indonesia: Bahasa Indonesia

AUSTRALIA
Papua New Guinea: English, Tok Pisin
Australia: English
New Zealand: English, Maori
Palau: Palauan, English
Solomon Islands: English
Fiji: English, Fijian, Fiji Hindi
Vanuatu: Bislama, English, French
Federated States of Micronesia: English
Tuvalu: Tuvaluan, English
Kiribati: English, Gilbertese
Tonga: English, Tongan
Marshall Islands: Marshallese, English
Nauru: Nauruan, English
Samoa: English, Samoan

I’m on the way to become a polyglot – that is, a person who speaks multiple languages.