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Friday, July 19, 2019
Fortunately, there was one hint for what's to come in "Cobra Kai" Season 3 - the re-visit to Okinawa. And that raises a few more questions or rumors - are we going to see a cameo appearance (or a juicy part / role) from any of the characters from "Karate Kid Part II". We certainly hope so. In the aftermath of the school brawl from the final episode of S2, how is that going to pan out? Of course, the ultimate question wasn't asked or should've been asked - Is Stingray going to return as the school's new security guard? muhaha.
I think any popular or well-known Youtuber might attest that to have creative control, you have to create or produce on your own. It is what it is - network programming is sketchy and marginal anyway. I prefer original creator content - that's where quality content is at. And to each their own.
I think I'm looking forward to watching "Stowaway". It's been awhile since there's been a worthwhile Sci-Fi flick to watch - as there just hasn't been any.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Lazy Sunday tidbits:
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
It would be nice to dedicate a separate room for practicing and recording (as well as sound-proofing it). Unfortunately, I do not think there is a public room for practicing out there - unless you are a student majoring in Music at a University. Or if you are a career Musician or Instrumentalist / Instructor. In a shared household, I certainly have to be mindful of when I play or how long I play. But I can really get into it, especially when I haven't played or practiced in awhile.
The yard work can be back-breaking and extremely tiresome, but it has to be done. If anything, to get off my lazy ass. But at least it's a workout. My anxiety is still an issue. I tend to complain more often than before. Sometimes, speaking one's mind or telling it like it is can be mis-interpreted or mis-construed as "complaining". Especially if it's food that I dislike - unfortunately, I have a habit of just blurting shit out and making faces when the eating isn't good. I should absolutely be more grateful for the provisions and having a roof over my head. I have my loving parents for that, and should be eternally indebted.
I just heard about "National Video Game Day". It's funny the shit you can make up with hashtags heh, but if a movement can come out of it - why not. I'm tempted to purchase "Doom Eternal", as it looks bad-ass. I remember playing the shit out of "Doom 3", and beating the game (with a few cheat codes haha). Only if I get another gift card that is. During these economic hardships and disappearing jobs, every dollar counts.
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Happy Fourth, and as usual - enjoy the food, folks and fun!
"The Twilight Zone" marathon never gets old or stale during these holiday events (the Fourth or New Year's). Unfortunately, it's no longer viable since my lifestyle has somewhat changed. But if I can, I could still order a pizza pie, laze around and watch it all day heheh. It's now on Decades channel? Believe that.
The benefits of listening to a piece that you recorded is that you can determine what can be done better or improved upon. Sometimes, I wish some of my practice sessions were recorded instead - as they usually turn out better. Becoming self-conscious, tense or unrelaxed - whether it's in front of a camera or an audience - is something performers have to deal with. Nonetheless, sometimes over-practicing is counter-productive and can backfire for sure. I might return to Mendelssohn again - perhaps two more pieces. You know a composer has an affect when you keep returning to the pieces or learn new ones.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Although you can expect a resolution (a pleasant ending or not) in the final episode of a K-Drama, the journey getting there can be intense and extreme or a bit too much. But if they got you hooked in watching them, then a job well-done despite some misgivings or "what I would have done differently". So far, the show about an evil entity with supernatural powers jumping from body to body was as intense and sick as it could be. Moreso than the one about an orb with the power to resurrect the deceased. Overall, both were intense, filled with light-hearted or humorous moments to balance out the violence, but could have toned a few things down. I'm sure there's more to check out.
Talk about a trifecta of comedy - Randall Park, Jimmy O. Yang and Steven Yeun. Woot!
Daniel Dae Kim delving into Science Fiction again. Haven't seen him in a space suit in quite awhile, or if at all.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Happy 35th for "The Karate Kid"! Inquiring minds want to know - is there going to be any kind of hints or sneak peeks (not spoilers - although I don't mind spoilers at all) for the upcoming S3 of "Cobra Kai".
I'm not really a fan of Boba, but I definitely wouldn't mind trying "Bopomofo" cafe for its authenticity and fried deliciousness. Starting or opening a business is never easy. Having funds help, but not everyone has it. Having the drive and passion for it is also necessary. UBI would absolutely help in giving an incentive or motivation to try possibly - or even pursuing one's passions and turning into a business perhaps.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
It's been awhile since I rode a bicycle, but it's something that becomes in-grained or second nature once learned. For beginners, training wheels help but not necessary if you can pick it up quick. It's a fun activity for recreation, but can also become a sport - cycling is quite a workout. But I'll stick with hiking however - which we still have yet to go on.
I've been alternating between Rachmaninoff and Beethoven pieces. More Piano Sonata's in the works.
John Cho is going to make a fine Spike Spiegel (and might exceed expectations). I'm certainly looking forward to "Cowboy Bebop" on Netflix.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The next recording or video is probably going to be Rachmaninoff's Moment Musical Op. 16 No. 1. It is a very beautiful piece in a somber or haunting way. I'm not sure when but hopefully I can schedule it in. Apparently, I am returning to pieces that are worth returning to. But at the same time, it's also about expanding one's repertoire with new ones as well.
Fortunately, there are K-Drama's to watch on Netflix as well. I wish the upload schedule was more frequent, but for new shows - we just have to wait unfortunately.
After binge watching some freakout videos (as well as some road rage ones), it really is a wake-up call in further realizing how the worst in all of us can just come out. Disputes, arguments or fights happen - especially when you have to stand up for yourself or for others. But in extreme cases - when things get completely out of hand - fortunately, that is not really commonplace but they do happen. It's a two-way relationship between businesses and customers - customers need to be more understanding of policies (except for discriminating ones) and not be judgmental, and companies need to take care of the customers as much as they can with proper decorum. Both parties should never be abusive. Remember - leave your negative baggage at home.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
What is up with fights or brawls at fast food places (most notably at BK). It's usually a customer / employee verbal altercation, but there is one recent video where there is an employee fight seen after pulling up to the drive-thru window. It's hilarious though heheh.
What a BBQ yesterday. It used to be burgers, sausage sandwiches or pork, but now I think I'd be into a delicious grilled fish sandwich with that special sauce if anything. Grilled veggies are always nice as well.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
I tested out the new telescope last night, and it's still a wait-and-see for me to determine whether it was worth the purchase. I never used nor purchased a telescope before, so I just had to go for it in determining what was a decent rudimentary one (rather than wasting hundreds of dollars - but fortunately, the gift card only had a limited amount anyway). The planetary object to be observed was Jupiter, since it's brightest or closest approach in an alignment with Earth was last night - yep, right behind us. I was fiddling, adjusting and maneuvering the thing for awhile, before finding a circular object which I believed was Jupiter. After all, the brightest object in the night sky was supposed to be that (other than the moon).
I glimpsed something at least, but there weren't much detail except for something moving around within the object like an amoeba (optical distortion perhaps). I have no idea what to make of it, but sure didn't see any "Galilean Satellites". For sure, it'll take time getting used to it. Better practice on it with the moon. Looking through the eyepiece is another adjustment. I guess you can say that 'My Jupiter Mission' was to glimpse Jupiter - and now, to make the damn thing work or use the telescope correctly.
With that said, hopefully I'll be updating my "Celestial Gallery" web page again.
Dustin Nguyen's character: "You owe me money, police man!". Bring on S2!
Friday, June 07, 2019
It's not as if I get snack cravings as much as I used to - but if it's been awhile and if there is an opportunity to buy some donuts, goddamn I'll buy some donuts - the sugary deliciousness makes for an ideal reward heh. "So sugary, so chocolatey..." muhaha. On a serious note, curbing my dessert or snack appetite has been an issue. Two things that can elevate my emotional state - food and music.
Again, something to seriously think about: jobs being outsourced to employment agencies, jobs disappearing and are becoming more unattainable / discriminating (more hardships for various individuals or demographics), automation - the cause for UBI is even greater than spending money on useless or ineffective policies that might never pan out (all that money going to waste, but might appear convincing on paper - since the wealthy do not need UBI).
Watched "Always Be My Maybe" a third time. Why? Because third time's a charm, and thrice is always nice heheh.
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
I could probably characterize most of Rachmaninoff's music as sentimental, solemn or emotional / brooding. But the ambiance or feelings of the piece I'm working on is akin or reminds me of Piano Concerto No. 2. Interesting contrast to Beethoven's Piano Sonata's - melodic, grandiose and powerful. But they all pack an emotional punch for sure. I'm not sure when the next recording is going to be, but it most likely is going to be another Rachmaninoff.
Summer is here - it's been dry as fuck (but we've had plenty of precipitation), and relatively cool / warm. I'm not really a hot weather person anyway, but neither do I want to go through another winter like the previous one again. It's an extreme year throughout it appears. Until I'm pretty sure that snow has melted on most worthwhile trails (I aim for the difficult), it probably won't be until summer is well underway before going on hikes.
Inquiring minds would like to know....if there'll be a consideration for a sequel to ABMM. It's certainly fine as it is if not.
Monday, June 03, 2019
The audience has spoken, and the reviews / articles are in (here are some):
"Don't disrespect the process. I think I'll go smoke some weed now" muhaha. Final quote, I promise. Or I think?
Sunday, June 02, 2019
So who hasn't seen "Always Be My Maybe" at least twice. Repeated viewings are helpful, sometimes you pick up nuances and tidbits you might have otherwise missed (other than the fact that the film is worth re-watching anyway). If anything, I need to get my hands on the "Hello Peril" soundtrack heh. Thoughts on my Film Forum page.
I've enjoyed reading Asian AF blogs. They highlight various Asian-American personalities and/or pioneers who paved the way for better representation / visibility: https://www.asianafshow.com/blog
The movement is only beginning, and is far from done. Progress has been made, but still far to go.
"What an Excellent Adventure, I wouldn't be surprised if Keanu was wearing dentures..." muhaha
Friday, May 31, 2019
Although APAHM is ending (for this year at least), I continue to look at things as if it didn't or is continuous (continue to look out for and support new or on-going projects in that sense). I think it's only appropriate to watch "ABMM" tonight or this weekend.
Randall Park interview: https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/randall-park-always-be-my-maybe.html
There's going to be quite a few 35th anniversaries for next year, and "The Goonies" is one of them. Nostalgia at its finest. Talk about role reversals - "Mikey" could be doing the Truffle Shuffle now, and then some heheh.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Lazy Sunday tidbits (and Happy Memorial Day weekend, folks):
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
I thought the PBS documentary on Norman Mineta was absolutely inspiring and educational. He was, and still is, one-of-a-kind. Particularly in a society where self-serving 'politicians' and greed has become commonplace (it's usually about the job title and perks - nothing worthwhile ever gets done once they've been elected because they offer no real solutions or ideas, and end up only mud slinging. Just whatever it takes to get elected). Go to their web page below for the documentary video:
I'll have more thoughts on my Classical Piano blog about the Piano Sonatas. For sure, it'll be a Rachmaninoff for the new upload or recording.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
It'll be either the No. 4 or No. 7 Piano Sonata, but I'm not sure which yet for recording / upload. Perhaps a Rachmaninoff in the meantime.
The Yukon Striker is here! They say it's the fastest and longest dive coaster yet, but doesn't matter - roller coasters scare the crap outta me anyway heh. Unfortunately, there won't be the Try Guys trying this one - but there are other "try guys" as well in terms of reactions (perhaps not with the same frog-faced OMG's heheh).
Simu Liu should be nicknamed "The Model" - that Old Spice commercial was something, if not for being the face of Accounting-related subjects (don't Asians love to number crunch anyway? except for me - I failed Math). Anyway, here's to S4 of "Kim's Convenience".
Who the hell looks like a Dookie-Head?! muhaha.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Happy Mother's Day! Always appreciate and love my omma.
Dustin Nguyen's character looks bad-ass. Hop Wei 4 life, but I'm not sure if he's an antagonist or not - waiting, scheming. Seems sketchy indeed.
Why is it that sometimes the most important pieces of mail get mis-delivered and/or lost (even worse when it is an expedited service - and can't expect everyone to be good samaritans to return them). Some postal branches or offices are more lackluster and careless than others (the branch at my old location for instance - I wouldn't be surprised if they lost pieces of mail in their own facility/branch). They need to hire or to do more extensive testing in hiring reliable personnel. Sons of bitches heh.
Friday, May 10, 2019
I've been curious as to what the "BLT" (Better Luck Tomorrow) crew has been up to, in particular since I just saw Parry Shen on a daytime soap opera. It might've come as a shock to me, since I completely forgot about the guy. And how appropriate since it is APAH month. So here it is, roll call (at least ones in which there are updates on):
John Cho - I'm taking that he's currently busy prepping or filming "Cowboy Bebop", and recently starred in a "Twilight Zone" episode.
Jason Tobin - He's been busy with the new series on Cinemax - absolutely worth checking out if you have the channel
Parry Shen - On a daytime soap, doing a film here and there. The "Hyperglycemic" guy from BLT heh.
Aaron Takahashi - still doing commercials and interesting pics on his instagram
Sung Kang - Unfortunately, I do not know if he's involved in a new project at all (except for remodeling cars, partnership with Audi or being on a "Party Boat" heh). But his recent Instragram pic can either just be a coincidence or entirely something else.
The need for UBI is going to become more apparent, as the cost of living and other goods /services gets more expensive while jobs or employment become more scarce or unattainable due to varying reasons. I believe it can create more incentives than disincentives, and that argument for it is there.
Sunday, May 05, 2019
It's damn cool to see Wong Fu Production's Philip to grace a billboard as part of the Youtube experience. I think another member or two should've been added, but oh well. What do I think of "Dating After College"? It's entertaining, but I wouldn't really know because I never went through the experiences (at least not online fo' sho') - but I could imagine that there isn't that much of a difference between our generation and millenials of today. WFP continues to produce quality content on their own (perhaps not everything to my liking), but it is.
I don't necessarily believe that the expressive ability in playing a piece (in any instrument) is in a way a pure skillset, or it could be more like either "you have it" or "you don't" kind of thing. Some just might not be able to feel or emote the music, but they might be able to mechanically play a piece well. It's a habit we should strive to get out of, and it is a continuous learning experience. Musical compositions or pieces can be seen as pieces of artwork or poetry - there's a story to tell in the notes and dynamics of the piece.
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Cobra Kai S3 confirmed - it was inevitable, but we were all waiting for it. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another whole year - something fans do not want to hear. But let the speculation begin. Of course, I have my preferences who I'd like to see guest star or characters returning from previous seasons, but inquiring minds want to know. Is Principal Lopez going to give Stingray the security job? And is he going to get that coveted-yellow belt? muhaha. Anyway, more thoughts on another blog.
For me, almost every month is like APA heritage month because I'm mainly concerned about supporting or rooting for that cause. I'll definitely talk more about it on another blog as well, but the movement or the fight has only just begun. Keep it going. Keep fighting the good fight.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
I have to say that E6 and E10 are my favorites, and it's worth it to binge watch all of them at least once more. The school fight at the end might have seemed extreme, but it could also be interpreted as a social commentary on how violent our society is or can get, and safety or security needs to be taken more seriously (In a recent Q & A, there should be repercussions). On the lighter side, just enjoy the damn show for what it is.
Speaking of which, Stingray deserves that yellow belt, but I'm not sure about the job offer however (although he was certainly dressed to impress - shouldn't he score brownie points for that Mr. Interviewer?) muhaha. Also, in E9 - remember to take free food (especially uneaten pizza pies) before taking off, because - why waste it? heheh.
I'll have to schedule in a recording session for the Beethoven Sonata third movement (would have recorded by now). It's easier when the house is empty, but no big deal - always glad to have family as company.
Daniel Dae Kim has a knack for salient and on-the-point interviews. Here is another one:
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Some notables or tidbits from that school fight in E10 "No Mercy":
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
"Cobra Kai" S2 - exceeded expectations. Humor and nostalgia up the wazoo, and a Cobra Kai fat dude for comic relief I suppose heh. I won't share spoilers as well (not until at least a few weeks from now, when most everybody has seen it). But I'll say some things for sure - you'll feel nostalgic again as well as laughing yer ass off. You'll see Kreese smile here and there (at least deviously), and Daniel doing the crane kick pose again. And lots of kick-ass fight scenes - you wonder why the school never called the police (or the National Guard for that matter heh) to break it all up resulting in a tragedy. The fight was sure large and long enough, a "Brawl For All" for sure (Damn, Hawk takin' out everyone heh).
It was worth the price of two movie tickets at least - I'll have to watch it again a few more times before cancelling Youtube Premium. Fans are already calling for a third season, which is highly probable.
Monday, April 22, 2019
The most difficult part is having to wait the day before a new season of a show debuts, or the night before a new game or expansion releases. "Cobra Kai" fans are getting antsy heh. I can probably say the same thing about gamers with either the release of a new console version, or a highly-anticipated game. Patience, grasshopper.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
And so it begins early this Tuesday at 9 PM PST. Well, at least the first one is free - we'll have to re-sub.
Mental health issues are certainly issues that should be given more attention to. I don't believe medication is always the answer, as they can be addictive and be used as an escape, not to heal. However, it might be necessary as a last resort if there is no other choice. If there isn't a biological or physiological reason, then the other cause has to be environmental or societal. Not all means to escape are healthy (only in moderation however), such as gaming. Music, on the other hand, has been very therapeutic and welcoming.
I can see how UBI can be beneficial in more ways than one. It's a guaranteed income (however minimal) in an otherwise non-guaranteed society where an individual or individuals might not be able to get a job - not only because of the scarcity or the threat of automation, but also because of other possible factors - discrimination (race, gender, disability, age, etc) for instance.
I try to find worth-while articles, but some of them require registration (sons of bitches). Here's one on John Cho:
Who actually reads Playboy articles? heh. Unless it's one on Daniel Dae Kim - always informative, to the point and witty.
Friday, April 19, 2019
"The Wunderkind" might be the "wunder" story from the "Twilight Zone" S1. If you have online access to the channel, it is recommended. I'm sure there are notables in there. But I'm not inclined to subscribe or try their so-called free trial yet - since I might have to re-sub to Youtube Premium for "Cobra Kai" S2 anyway.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
John Cho could be a model (but he's busy enough as a top-notch actor as it is - he's currently prepping to become Spike Spiegel I reckon). First, gracing the covers as the "Glass Man" and now "Burdock". Steven Yeun in "The Twilight Zone" story called "A Traveler". Since "Burning", this appears to be another creepy character. A welcoming trend however, since it diversifies one's repertoire. Images below:
Another Daniel Dae Kim article:
John Cho interview on a PBS documentary:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
"The Piano Men" - Billy Joel and Lang Lang. Both stars in their respective genre, but they can play in both. It's good to see Billy Joel still performing since it's been awhile for me (although I hear an oldie or a classic once in awhile on the radio) - his songs are iconic in that we can't help ourselves but to sing along every time we hear it. I remember the Greatest Hits two-disc set all those years ago - I don't have the physical CD's anymore. But in this digital age, we can just listen to them on our devices.
Cookies are certainly annoying. Not the delicious snacks we love to eat, but the pesky trackers on browsers. They should be gotten rid of, as it affects logging in and can cause other technical issues for the user or consumer. I'm sure Andrew Yang can come up with a solution to that heh. "I might not be technically saavy, but I know what a cookie is" - Forrest Gump 2 heh.
"We do not train to be merciful". I hope fans can separate fiction from reality. Otherwise, violence begets more violence and it would be a recipe for humanity to destroy itself. We all need a bit more compassion and sympathy in our lives. But enough with the serious talk, fans are looking toward S2.