JANUARY - DECEMBER 2017



Sunday, December 31, 2017

There is still a lot of work to do for next year. I'd like to think I'd made some semblance of progress in my life, albeit slowly or gradually. Sometimes I still have doubts and thoughts that I'm not cut out for marriage. It's hard work, and sacrifices have to be made; which I really haven't done (still have single-life habits - playing video games too much at times, over-eating, etc). And I'm sure my anxiety and phobia issues haven't helped any either, but it's a work in progress. I definitely have low tolerance for spousal nagging and getting grief for misunderstandings and such. All through it all, it's been a positive in the sense that it has changed me somewhat. Or it has made me realize certain things about myself that I would not have ordinarily recognized. I do not know what the future holds, but I have to just stay optimistic and have more conviction or determination. I continue to pray for the safety and health of my family and all their loved ones.

One saving grace through all the tough times has been my classical piano. Classical music - playing, practicing and sharing videos - has been a therapeutic outlet and has lifted / reinvigorated my spirit a lot of times. More often than not. As for future recordings, I'm not sure what new pieces I'll tackle. But Horowitz' Carmen Variations seems intriguing albeit difficult.

There's been nothing much in the film department, so I'll list some usual holiday classics to watch (putting the "hahaha's" into the holiday laughter heheh):

Thanksgiving - "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" Quotable: "No rental agreement?....yer fucked!" Car Rental Lady
Christmas - "Jingle All The Way" or "Home Alone" Quotable: "This is wa-ahh!!" - Ah-nold after stealing a remote control car from the kid to knock the mailman
New Year's - "Trading Places" Quotable: "Merry New Yea-ahh! Ha...ha...haaaaa!"


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Although Christmas is over (sigh), at least the holidays linger on until after New Year's. With that said, it is still vacation for all the kiddies out there - considering the crowds at the mall and video game parlors or arcades. We had a nice feast for Christmas, and I had a delicious filling of Kamjatang - one of my favorites if not the favorite. One of these days, I'll have to try budae jigae heh. There was snow, and coupled with Christmas music, it was certainly an enjoyable holiday. Back in the day, I used to order pizza and lounge around watching the "Twilight Zone" marathon for New Year's. Fun times, but can't do that anymore. My mindset is sometimes in that mode, but self-control is important.

Francis is back! Right, Mike?! muhaha.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Here's to wishing everyone happy holidays! What a treat, it started snowing this afternoon - just as I was finishing Liszt's Reminiscence -the finale theme on cue. Fortunately, I was able to schedule in a recording this afternoon before a new practice session, which consisted of Mendelssohn and the Liszt epic piece. I was feeling the angst and tension, wondering if I would be able to before the year is over.

With the new year upon us, I have to stop being lazy and get to prioritizing expenses as far as my budget is concerned (now that I'm only working part-time hours that fluctuate). One of the unnecessary luxuries is cable tv, which I should downgrade to basic or economic (well, keeping the default Asian channels at least hopefully for the dramas and other).

I'm not sure if there'll be any accumulation by Christmas morning, but at least it's snowing around this time to add to the holiday spirit. It'll be a pain to drive on if the roads aren't maintained well.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

I finally got my gaming system back, re-built with new parts. The motherboard crapping out was most likely a sign that either I did not get a quality one, or it was just that time to upgrade. Things are much smoother and quicker for sure.

I don't do New Year's resolutions, but I reflect on what I could change or continue to work on in terms of changing my current lifestyle and habits. I have minor anxiety issues as well as some phobias, but I think I can turn that around a step at a time. It takes a lot heart and guts to think positively first, rather than thinking negatively or pessimistically automatically. It's always a work in progress. With the crappy, deplorable state of society that exists today, finding folks like that is a rare breed in of itself. Food dependency (resulting mood swings) has also been problematic, what some know as 'comfort eating'. We sure feel damn good when we eat well heh.

Classical piano is not only an escape from the horrors of reality, but it is also therapeutic. That's the power of music. Whatever floats your boat.

Before I forget, congrats to JoongSun! - I'm sure he'll be a fine 'deh-ddy' heh.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's been difficult scheduling a recording, since there are bodies at home more often this month (with some renovation / construction work currently going on now). For sure, I'll have to ask or request one private session soon.

I'm glad there was at least one resident that completely decked their house and property with Christmas decorations and lights. It was something else, especially at night of course.

Sometimes, the idiocy and hypocrisy that comes from liberals and the left makes me want to support conservatism. The previous regime's so-called programs are complete scams, like the infomercial scams that are meant to take your money. It's all about greed and money-hoarding. Doesn't the gov't take enough from us hard-working individuals from toll fees, social security withholdings, other extraneous fees, etc? Sheesh.


Friday, December 15, 2017

"You're only as old as you feel". I go by that saying, and I certainly feel that my mind is still vibrant and fresh as any energetic youngster (as long as I'm not lazy or feel lethargic heh). Mental well-being is just as important if not more than the physical well-being. We all have to take good care of ourselves. Unfortunately, there are a lot of necessities that have become inaccessible.

The season finale of "The Exorcist" (not sure if it's pre-empted again). I wish there were more episodes, but it's been fun.

What makes J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations difficult is the frequent crossing over of hands - the ability to read the cross-overs (quickly helps) as well as being able to do it are essential. Like most endeavors, it takes patience and time (as well as the interest to learn them). I'm chipping away at more Variations, but I doubt I'll upload anymore for now. Before the years over, I plan to upload at least 1 Chopin Etude; which I'll discuss it more on my classical piano blog. It is a very romantic piece - not Etude like.

"I just wanna play video games!" It's been over a week without my gaming PC muhaha.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Apparently, I have to replace the system board and upgrade to compatible parts including the processor and memory. I'm not sure if it was the quality of the motherboard to cause it to crap out all of a sudden, or something else. But I did get the system infected with malware - a lot of which are embedded in freeware. I've learned my lesson.

I'm not well-versed in computer hardware nor have the patience to research things. But it definitely pays to learn aspects of computer that I am not familiar with, and that comes with researching. It can save a lot of money, time and in particular - impulse buying heh. Impatience and irritability - only exacerbated by some clear signs of WoW withdrawal symptoms heh. Other than traveling or going on a trip, this is the first time I haven't logged in about a week.

Sungwon Cho - voice actor, and hilarious. Sort of like an Asian version of Andy Milonakis in a way heh. I recently found this Youtube sensation in the Anime Crime Division series.

Speaking of saving money, I'll have to downgrade the cable soon (and checking out some quality / new options such as CuriosityStream, Crunchyroll, etc).

Tribute to Angry Grandpa vs. '...That Francis Guy' muhaha. I also used to think that it was real back then.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

The joys of the holiday season are from the festive decor and lights, and certainly not from the aggravations of shopping or finding that lucrative parking spot somewhere heh.

Some of my favorite Goh Nakamura's songs from "Ulysses" include "Red Balloons" and "Photograph". The collaborative duet was something else. It's definitely important to support artists like these, when quality music is rare in 'mainstream' - when almost everything is either scripted and/or obvious racial discrimination and prejudice has become the norm. I recommend looking in the independent scene, on patreon / kickstarter projects for some actually good stuff. Andrew Huang is another unique, talented musician who can create music out of ordinary noise from everyday objects.

Maestro Lang Lang's lessons are certainly helpful. I take it that the lesson is given on the spot when the camera rolls, but I wonder if they are actually rehearsed (not sure about that).


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving gets tastier every year, and this year certainly tops them all so far heh. I always fill my stomache to the maximum with all the Thanksgiving dinner goodness (giving "Get in mah belly!" a whole new meaning heh), and I know I gotta work it off the next day by jogging. There is always something re-invigorating when everyone comes back home for the holidays. As we get older, there's a lot we certainly have to remind ourselves that we should be grateful or thankful for. It's something to keep us going, and to continue to progress in our lives so that we can change even more. I'll miss my little nephew.

Well, the new episode of "The Exorcist" was pre-empted until next week.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving is around the corner - food, folks and fun y'all!

I should have known that it would take a few episodes (at least two) for the exorcism to resolve or end - and what a battle. Demonic or evil influences can certainly prey on a person's weaknesses to turn them into something they are not. It is far more than looking grotesque and the supernatural - but also involves internal conflicts and turmoil. In this case, it was revealed that Andy Kim finally made a decision thanks to an unkindly influence. How all this is going to be resolved remains to be seen.

I was planning on at least four Chopin Etudes - but now it is just two for sure. I prefer the Op. 25 Etudes, but the Op. 10's have some quite difficult and interesting pieces as well.




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