Here’s Bobby Vinton for Fond Memories

October 23, 2016

Here’s Bobby Vinton–Bringing back Memories

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Dr. Kamsiah Haider is away in Taipei, Taiwan. So it is my pleasant duty to entertain you this Sunday. For this purpose, I have chosen Bobby Vinton, the popular entertainer of my teenage years. It has been such a long time but the songs and the music remain vibrant and soothing. May Bobby Vinton bring back memories of our time and warm the hearts of the generations after ours.–Din Merican

Your Weekend Show Time Featuring The Shadows

October 8, 2016

Your Weekend Show Time Featuring The Shadows

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Dr Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican present The Shadows and the sound that made them famous around the world.  Although they were identified with Britain’s singing sensation of the Sixties, (Sir) Cliff Richard, we are certain that they are equally famous in their right for their unique sound and style. Please enjoy your weekend.–Dr.Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican


The Music of Count Basie and The Voice of 20th Century

September 30, 2016

The Music of Count Basie and The Voice of 20th Century

Let us usher in October with the music of Count Basie and Frank Sinatra for this weekend entertainment. Both the bandleader and the singer need no introduction. All we have to do is to sit back and enjoy their presentation.


On October 21, 2016, my Alma Mata, The Penang Free School will celebrate its 200th Anniversary. I am sorry I will not be there but some of my classmates will be there. Thank you, PFS, MU, and GWU (and my intellectual and academic mentor Dr. Philip D. Grub) for nurturing me. –Din Merican, PFS Class of 1959, UM Class of 1963 and The George Washington University Class of 1970.

We hope you have a good time. Whatever you plan to do, please pursue it in moderation. With best wishes from Dr. Kamsiah (now in Bangkok, Thailand) and Din Merican.

Down Memory Lane with Bobby Vee

September 24, 2016

Our Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Bobby Vee

Another Weekend is upon us and soon September will give way to October, and after that Americans will go to the ballot box to choose Obama’s successor in The White House. Who will she be? Your guess is as good as Dr. Kamsiah’s, or mine.

Our American friends are facing many challenges at home and abroad, quite reminiscent of 1968 when Din Merican was a 28-year-old student in Washington DC.

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At Pochengtong International Airport, Phnom Penh with Dr. Kamsiah Haider

America was then embroiled in the Vietnam War and engaged in the Cold War  with The Soviet Union. Today, the Land of the Brave and the Free is caught in a  Middle East mess over Syria  with a resurgent Putin-led Russia, and waging a war against international terrorism, while having to cope with social unrest and economic anxieties at home.

In 1968 , it was Richard M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey and in 2016 it is Donald J. Trump and Hillary R. Clinton. In that election, Nixon won narrowly. Could the outcome of this  election be a Republican Presidency?   Although it is a toss-up at the stage and, therefore, too close call, that possibility cannot be ignored.

History could be repeating itself since the human race never learns its lessons, and we collectively are damned to repeat follies of the past.

We should be well advised  not to vex and wane over this since we cannot do anything about big power rivalry except to suffer the consequences when men with awesome power compete for supremacy.

Men and women, young and old, and children die as politicians in power and their advisors play  their war games in the comfort of their plush offices in their respective capitals, and at the United Nations, that useless relic of Second World War.

Dr Kamsiah and Din Merican are, however, happy to present Bobby Vee as our guest entertainer for this weekend. May Bobby bring back sweet memories of a bygone era for you. –Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Bonus No– Via Veneto by Dean Martin


Matt Monroe: From the Greatest London Bus Driver to Britain’s Voice of the 20th Century

September 11, 2016

Matt Monroe: From the Greatest London Bus Driver to Britain’s Voice of the 20th Century

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Greetings from Phnom Penh. Dr Kamsiah Haider is spending her Hari Raya Haji break with Din Merican.  We took a tour of some parts of Phnom Penh city. The rain did not damp our enthusiasm.

Politics aside, we have pleasure to introduce the singing London Business driver, the James Bond of British entertainment with his  unique clear voice with style that defines music of that era of 1950s and 196os, that is before the arrival of Cliff Richard and The Shadows and Liverpool boys, The Beatles on the scene. Dr Kamsiah  and Din Merican present this moving tribute to Terry Parsons/Matt Monroe. Enjoy.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Your Weekend Entertainment

September 4, 2016

Your Weekend Entertainment: Che Che Che Det

Thanks to one of my FB friends, Isabella Dalli, Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican decided to play this video for our entertainment in the first September weekend. The video should be given the 2016 Emmy Award for home entertainment. It is record of the Mahathir Administration in a song.  The music is good and the lyrics are biting but true. So relax and enjoy yourself.

We are sure that Rosmah Mansor and her supporters will find it amusing. Only Rosmah can checkmate the former  Prime Minister of Malaysia who destroyed our Judiciary, civil service and other institutions including UMNO which he replaced by creating the kleptocratic and corrupt UMNO Baru.

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Itu  lah Che Det,  hang ingat, hang pandai, akhirnya hang kena main oleh penuntut hang dari Pekan. Pahang yang dibantu oleh strategis dia, Rosmah Mansor–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Maybe this is more passionate than Che Det since this by Lionel Ritchie and  his charming companion.