There's been a terrible haze going on in the tiny city-country of Singapore. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reached an all-time-high of 471 on Jun 21, 2013, leaving Singaporeans choking on the terrible polluted air that was caused by illegal slash-and-burn activity in the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. A PSI reading of 300 and above is considered hazardous and it is detrimental to one's respiratory system and can cause lung cancer.
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The haze is so bad that a Wikipedia page has been created for it! Check it out for more information on the haze. I have unfortunately fallen victim to the cruel smog that has kindly graced my country and I'm currently down with a bad flu that includes nosebleeds, lack of breath, migraines and body aches. How fun, huh?
As British-American neurologist Oliver Sacks so eloquently said, “Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears - it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
And this is why I created a playlist of songs to help everyone in Singapore and Malaysia and all other affected regions survive the haze. Stay strong everybody, we'll get through this!
1) "What The Hell" by Avril Lavigne
Because trust me, the title of the song was the phrase that was floating around in everybody's minds with every PSI reading announcement. 401?!?!??! What the hell?!??!
2) "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston
"Somebody call 911, shawty fire burnin' on the dance floor, oh oh," Sean Kingston sings in this ubiquitous 2009 dance tune. The title pretty much explains it all.
3) "Hazy" by Rosi Golan & William Fitzsimmons
Confession time: I never heard of this beautiful duet/ballad until I saw someone tweet about it a couple of weeks ago. It was love at first listen for me and I hope you'll love it too. And the title... how apropos, huh?
4) "Burn" by Usher
Usher's 2004 R&B slow jam "Burn", albeit slightly outdated, is probably one of his biggest hits yet. It was the fifth most-played song of 2004! "Let it burn, let it burn..."
5) "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
I know the haze wasn't caused by girls being set ablaze but I just thought it'd be funny to add this track in. I just can't seem to get this tune out of my head...
6) "Illusion" by Ross Lynch
Because everybody's hoping that the stupid smog is just an illusion. And also because I love Ross Lynch. And R5.
7) "Hold It Against Me" by Britney Spears
This catchy song was stuck in my head when it was first released and it still is. I love the clever little innuendo in the chorus. Why did I choose this song? Well, you can find the line "I might be a little hazy but you just cannot deny..." in the second verse!
8) "Here We Go Again" by Demi Lovato
Singapore is affected by the haze every year so as Demi Lovato says, here we go again...
9) "Daylight" by Maroon 5
That's something we don't see anymore.
10) "What You Smokin' On" by Ludacris feat. Wiz Khalifa
Yes Indonesia, "what you smokin' on?" Because this haze is effin' deadly.
11) "Suffocated" by Orianthi
Walking outside under the hazardous weather can really suffocate someone, especially when you're wearing a mask which actually restricts your breathing.