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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Here's to a successful, and quick recovery for John Cho - it's unfortunate to hear that he was injured, probably the reason for some enigmatic tweets. I would guess that it happened while performing an action sequence from "Cowboy Bebop" - and this was something I was looking forward to. Might as well try to binge watch the anime at some point if available.
The "Ask Andrew" Q & A live stream on Youtube is a testament to how relatable Andrew Yang is, and how much he is sincere and genuine about issues that affects us all. Whereas your typical 'politician' would have a self-serving agenda, and do not really give a shit about serious issues that affects an individual - such as wealth inequality / poverty, disappearing jobs, and the plight of the middle class. He's funny as hell as well haha.
If a conversation drags on (even for just five minutes straight), I lose interest or become bored easily. My attention span isn't exactly one that can be sustained during an hour long lecture fo' sho'. I'm more of a visual type, and even reading bores the crap outta me. But I absorb information by bits at a time - find enough here, there and everywhere, and if your mind can process / formulate information quickly - it all adds up and can equal or even surpass folks that read traditionally (hard copy books, manuals, etc). "To each their own".
My philosophy in life - "Whatever, Dawg" (Kyler from Cobra Kai S1) haha.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
I've had my fill of pizza and burgers. Since there isn't an In 'N Out around here, Five Guys has been my recent craving.
There are quite a few Youtubers who indulge in the interesting world of eating - from Mukbangs to Food Challenges. I'm astounded at the amount of views they get - but word certainly gets around, and these guys know how to put on a show. There seems to be a lot of food or eating videos these days - probably just as common as catching Guy Fieri at a Donut Shop hahaha.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Lazy Sunday mornings - re-watching "How To Beat Social Anxiety" podcast. You can pick up a few more tidbits with each rewatch, in case it's missed. For instance, I didn't know that mafia in Slavic countries drive Lamborghini's haha (well, my intentionally, skewed interpretation / vision haha). And the absolute truth - just be yourself, and be proud of it. For some, it might take some time to find out what your real interests or passions are. I didn't know what I could identify with, until some epiphanies and realizations in life. Do the expressions "nothing in common" or "who let the dogs out" (and "I am not your guru" while we're at it haha) mean anything to you haha.
I've been prepping some more Chopin's Nocturnes for future videos - one of which is the most beautiful of them all. But I'm on a Mozart binge right now - a few more, which I usually would whisper "heavenly" everytime a specific phrase or passage is played. The past month was ripe for recording time, the house was empty. I was grateful for that, but now - it'll be more difficult to find time again. I'm looking forward to the holidays when family returns home.
Gotta watch Bobby Lee guest star in an episode of the new "Magnum PI".
Sunday, October 06, 2019
This is a decent list of the top twenty Asian-American films - however, I would definitely add "Harold & Kumar" and "Always Be My Maybe" in there. There are quite a few films I wasn't aware of, and might be worth watching.
You gotta "lubba-dah" GeniusBrain Podcast relationship gurus haha. Lazy Sunday mornings - I go back and re-watch some videos, or watch ones I didn't get to yet. The recent topic of "How to Beat Social Anxiety" - lots of helpful advice and salient points. A lot of what makes us nervous or anxious is thinking too much, and not relaxing. I believe interaction is important to some degree, but if you prefer to be isolated or alone (which I prefer) then to each their own. Nothing wrong with it. Letting go of expectations, "not giving a fuck" about certain things, and most importantly - never giving up and being self-confident / self-assured. You don't need to waste money on psychotherapists - just watch the GeniusBrain podcast!
I didn't think there would be a new season of "FOTB" because of the controversy, but there it is. But if an actor doesn't want to be there, either replace the person or write them out.
Friday, October 04, 2019
This is the ultimate collaboration - Asian AF and East-West Players - with various improv or comedy groups (on the weekend of the 12th). We absolutely need more Asian-American comedy sketches and improvisation, and "Asia Street Comedy" appeared just to be that. Although it only lasted one season over 15 years ago, it was still ground-breaking and hilarious. Unfortunately, there are no videos for the rare sketches (at least not in public).
If things go awry at Blizzcon '19, who is going to step up as the new Red Shirt Guy to make things right? Or is the Diablo Red Shirt Guy going to make a guest appearance? heheh.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
I'd like to record and upload more piano-only pieces, perhaps the Fantasia. But for sure - one of the Piano Sonata movements again. It's October, and that means the piece of the month is Liszt's "Danse Macabre". That's one Liszt piece that might be another possibility.
Blizzcon '19. With the 15th Anniversary of WoW, we should expect certain announcements, in particular for the new expansion. Imagine WoW mobile instead? Hell No - this is worth unsubscribing over heh. "Doom Eternal" releases soon after Blizzcon anyway.
Congrats to Randall Park and Simu Liu. Exciting times - with Randall Park's production company (in collaboration with his old colleagues), and Simu's signing with CAA.
I think I've seen it all - Andrew Yang skateboarding haha. The question is - what can he not do?
Saturday, September 28, 2019
I most certainly am going to re-watch "Take A Right" in tribute, one of the most nostalgic episodes of "Cobra Kai" S2. RIP Rob "Tommy" Garrison. I'm not really familiar with the actor, but his "body bag" line is one of the most quotables in film history.
You can learn a lot from online tutorials and from Youtubers who have the expertise, know-how and experience. Andrew Huang is one of them, and is certainly at the top of his game in terms of music production, creating music out of any sounds, and knowledge on music gear, equipment and instruments.
Friday, September 27, 2019
K. 511 is uploaded. This was a piece that I had intended to record and upload eventually, but put it off for quite awhile. But truthfully, it took sometime to practice this and to refine it the way I intended within the flow and pace of the piece. It's rare that a composer can turn a minor key into musical euphoria. More thoughts on my classical piano blog.
Here's an article on "The Paper Tigers", essentially on the need to stand firm and never compromise the filmmaker's vision in terms of creative control. Justin Lin did it with "Better Luck Tomorrow", and so did Justin Chon. And their movies exceeded expectations, were otherwise high in quality, and most importantly, authentic.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Listening to Hisaishi / Studio Ghibli Budokan concert, and Mozart's K. 469 Choral piece - eternally beautiful / inspiring, and solemn - it never gets tiring. Musical orgasm at its finest heh.
Let's do eeiiiit! It's time to raid Area 51 - the most important agenda so far (make that second, the UBI issue comes first). We need Mr. Berwick as our leader for optimal success haha.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The problem or issue with music education is that sometimes, it can be too didactic or stiff. Of course, mastering the fundamentals is necessary. Music (as well as other art forms) should be taught in an encouraging and fun way so that the student or individual can enjoy it. In the end - if there is no inspiration or enjoyment, it would be better off doing something else.
Lang Lang has separate albums of Chopin and Liszt. He is only highlighting "some" of the composers that were influential in his childhood (don't we pianists have our early repertoires, such as the Minuets).
Thought Of The Day: Never look back - appreciate the success and happiness that you have that the haters might lack, and keep focusing on your own goals and the future. There are decent, understanding folks out there.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Congrats and good luck to Bowen Yang! SNL is one of the least diverse shows on one of the least diverse networks (if not the very last), which is why I avoid them like the plague. Perhaps there's a glimmer of hope, but it remains to be seen (kudos for resolving the "racists-for-hire" situation). Hopefully, he'll get some meaningful sketches rather than playing caricatures or parodies.
I should petition AMC to allow a few more episodes of the "Terror: Infamy" to be shown free - when a lot of us are trying to save money from expenses that are ever-increasing, and jobs that are ever-disappearing.
Some Online Funnies (from the social media of ProZD and Joe Jitsukawa):
Sunday, September 15, 2019
I'm glad we went to the state fair before the onset of all this wet, damp weather - it hasn't been sunnier or warmer since.
Who doesn't remember the days before the internet or mobile phones, when you can catch a glimpse of a soft porn scene (although still mostly static) on a PPV or cable channel? haha. Them cable boxes. They usually would be on after midnight. With technological advances, accessibility is there.
Sundays - I'd like to go back and watch certain GeniusBrain Podcast episodes again. It's lazy Sunday.
Change or progress can't happen if we don't speak up. I believe that folks have to be held accountable or need to be responsible for their actions or words - particularly what's going public. And that can only happen if there are repercussions or punishment. Otherwise, it would leave a bad precedent or give bad impressions to others. Sure - the power of "Forgiving and Forgetting" should be the attitude we should have. But I have to side with the likes of Philip Wang as well. A racist is always going to be a racist, and one by one - they are being exposed. It can be anyone. How? Just piss them off, and there ya go heh (a typical public freakout video). But one thing is for sure - as Asians, we shouldn't be complacent in readily accepting the status quo / stereotypes. Hell no. But after awhile, they'll wither into obscurity again.
Friday, September 13, 2019
It was #NationalVideoGamesDay yesterday during #ClassicalMusicMonth, with today being #FridayThe13th haha.
Healthcare affordability is a problem in of itself. The Healthcare industry operates as a business, with scams galore that funnel money to the so-called politicians or the government. Their job title itself is a scam, sort of useless or worthless since they don't do much or get anything done at all. It might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I'm sure they make money off of it somehow - as with any self-serving policies or laws. When the actual caregiver is the problem, you know things are getting worse. You get what you pay for I guess.
Andrew Yang is the true people's champion. He's not afraid to tell it like it is, as well as not afraid to live the moment. Crowd-surfing, playing hoops, taking a stab at Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Minor, or a dance-off! We've got to see Andrew in a dance-off heh. One thing is for sure, he's not a stiff like the damn suits.
It appears that they are very tight-lipped when it comes to "Cobra Kai" Season 3 leaks or spoilers. I'm getting the feeling that there are no special surprises or guests - but who knows.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Censorship sucks. Censorship always sucked. Go ask Beavis & Butt-Head haha. It sucks even more that it also can discriminate (platforms that penalize creators via demonetization just because "they don't like" their opinions or content. While other unsavory, offensive shit get away with no repercussions or penalty). Kudos to creators who don't compromise or waver from their beliefs and just tell it like it is (and stick to their content). Eventually, there are other avenues to get your content out. By the way, who wouldn't want to be Butt Buddies haha.
So far, "Stranger" is one of my favorite K-Dramas to date (although it's a few years old). It's a cerebral mystery thriller which keeps you guessing. In a sense, I'm like the protagonist in terms of state of being - emotionless or emotionally numb. In this situation, the protagonist is a highly intelligent prosecutor fighting corruption in the workplace. It was revealed that early in his childhood, he underwent brain surgery which resulted in the lack of feeling empathy but unleashed his dormant cognitive abilities. There are a lot of unlikeable, annoying characters but that's K-Drama for ya. Emotions are something that we all cannot avoid, whether we can express them or not. Perhaps this is just a metaphor for pent-up emotions that cannot be expressed in a person.
For me, classical music keeps me in check. It acts as therapy, and soothes the mind and heart. Usually, I feel catatonic or emotionally numb. With the amount of violence, tragedy (natural disasters or not), and racism, it has become a "I Don't Give A Fuck, I Just Take Care Of My Own" kind of deal. But I can't deny that there is a part of me that'll always empathize with what's going on.
If you're more worried about being right about the trajectory or path of a hurricane than the resulting damage from it, you must be inhuman (or what they say in dramas, a "monster").
Sunday, September 08, 2019
What a state fair. It was large - comparable to an amusement park. I was looking forward to the eats mainly, but apparently there were too many choices. That can either be a good or a bad thing. But in the end, I guess it's better to have more options than almost nothing. Talk about calories and carbs (the beverages are usually really overpriced at these venues), I suffered serious gastric...enough said (had to lay some tough dookies to say the least heheh). In the end, just go for the desserts hot damn. There were an assortment of rides - just went on a few. But there are always opportunities at another time.
We should be proud of our unique, unusual names haha (especially Asian ones). Except unless they border on being a laughingstock heh. Or if your Asian name starts with the same damn letters with the rest of your fam.
Although I believe that any piece is learnable or can be conquered (just another epiphany), I have to be inspired or motivated to. Some can just learn a piece (no matter the difficulty) whether they are inspired or not. Whether they like it or not. If there is a Liszt piece that I'm returning to again, it's Liszt's "Danse Macabre". We're approaching the Halloween season again.
Monday, September 02, 2019
It's Classical Music Month! (#ClassicalMusicMonth). It's difficult to pick out a piece that is the most memorable or a personal favorite that has the most meaning. For me, it changes a lot because I find another piece that can resonate or has even more relevance to my emotions and experiences (or, there is just simply a lot to choose from). Whether it's an orchestral, operatic or instrumental, there are quite a few - but I'll probably list a few from some piano works as a pianist - Chopin's Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2, Rachmaninoff's Moment Musical Op. 16 No. 1 (new favorite), Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy (have not finished or polished this off yet, but it's an epic piece that reflects an instrospective or emotional journey of an individual), Mozart K. 310 Piano Sonata.
I'll try to practice or play more often or frequently (if time or other circumstances permit) in honor of Classical Music month. Music (classical or otherwise) aims to inspire, move and take you into another level / reality. In a society or world that seems to continue to deteriorate in moral decay and continued racism / prejudice (but bless'h ya kind and understanding souls if yer out there), it's easy to stop giving a fuck about things. For some of us, we have music. It knows no boundaries, and it speaks to everyone (or at least it should).
Saturday, August 31, 2019
You wanna talk about insane or absurd - several hundred dollar AirPods or earphones. Talk about completely throwing away money, or rip-offs of all rip-offs. Sure - they might be wireless, but they can also easily be lost or fall out. And there are no guarantees of it working properly (albeit malfunctions). Only for the wealthy to try out - several hundred dollars would be better off paying bills or expenses. Increasing expenses, rent, costs, disappearing jobs,...the economy is heading into shambles. We need Andrew Yang's ideals and goals come into fruition. Yang Gang 4 Life.
Just when I think my anxiety has dissipated or calmed, it can come back as if it were always there. When I have second thoughts or change my mind about things, that's when I know. It's particularly tough when I don't go out much, or travel at all.
Is D-So Comedy back? Oh hell yeah - bring also Fat David back hahah. "How are you going to tell me to lose weight, when you're so fat...." muhaha.
Friday, August 30, 2019
The first season of "Cobra Kai" is free (for a limited time only, with S2 following), and I'll be watching them again. The most nostalgic episodes so far, are "Different But Same" from S1 and "Take A Right" from S2. A lot of humor infused along with nostalgia, which makes S1 a breathe of fresh air from the intensity of S2. But S2 has the MVP - Stingray! heh.
Chopin's Nocturnes - it's easy to forget how melodic and beautiful certain pieces are. There's more to come.
I gotta say Simu Liu is not only the ideal Old Spice model, he's got them dance moves as well. He might as well be on a luxury liner or a yacht with hot babes heh.
I wonder how many other hungry, fat Youtubers are out there haha.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Dear AMC - can you at least allow non-subscribers to watch the first few episodes of "The Terror: Infamy" for free? If not for your other shitty programs or shows, the channel might have been worth the upgrade.
There are two justices I would like to see - #JusticeForHarryKim, and #JusticeForHan (from the FF series). I feel the only way we'll get to see Captain Harry Kim, is if there is a new show that revolves around some of the "Star Trek: Voyager" crew (for sure, some of the actors are retired - yeah, you can just retire their characters as well - no big deal at all, or just mention them by name only). As for Sung Kang's Han, they off'ed him too early. Asian characters unfortunately, get off'ed unjustly. I might put up the "Star Trek" fan page again, because of the addition of Patrick Kwok-Choon to "Discovery".
Thursday, August 15, 2019
I don't go out of the house as much as I should, mostly because of my anxieties (if not being lazy heh). And it shouldn't take wake-up calls to realize that life is too short to waste away. A lot of missed opportunities and regrets - not pursuing or discovering what I was passionate about earlier on (classical music / piano) for one. Still, there are always creative ways and possibilites in either pursuing or continuing activities or hobbies you enjoy or passionate.
Never dwell in the past, always look forward. Never put passion before principle. Some truths for sure. Always keeping positive and optimistic can sometimes lead to positive results. Nothing is guaranteed in life, but it definitely helps. It is easy to give up and dwell on the negatives. You don't have to take the "I Am Not Your Guru" guy's word for it hahah.
I highly recommend dining or eating at Kona Kitchen. Delicious! They have comfort food from breakfast to dinner, and it's like eating in Hawaii.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The first episode of "The Terror: Infamy" did a fine job in setting up for what's to come - in a very eerie, as well as tragic way for sure. Due to budget constraints, our limited cable lineup does not have AMC. Perhaps we should get rid of TV altogether. A person can make do with just hi-speed internet and Netflix. I wish I could watch the entire season. For anyone with the channel, it's worth watching.
While the show makes a fine ghost story, it also sheds more light into the inhumane travesty of the times (and tragically, still exists today somewhat):
Monday, August 12, 2019
Monday, August 05, 2019
I'm glad to see that there are Asians on the ST: Discovery show, although I was never really interested in it to begin with (albeit getting CBS All-Access - which is required for even "The Twilight Zone"). I think Patrick Kwok-Choon's character was recently added, or so I think. As for the lady, she was there from the get-go from what I hear. If they have any character development or juicy stories for Gen Rhys in future seasons, I'll probably be more motivated to check it out or subscribe to All-Access. For now, one can only hope that the show might air on Netflix or Amazon. I had to take down my "Star Trek" fan page to make room for other concept or fan pages. Until I can update it more frequently, that is. But who knows, perhaps I'll have to check out "Discovery" at some point and bring back the fan page.
Hop on board the "Shang-torini" train! That's-a Spicy.... Damn - it looks like that vacay spot rivals Hawaii. Nah - Hawaii pwns.
Friday, August 02, 2019
"Studies show, that Physical Fitness and Mental Fitness is the No. 1 thing. My,.... (uh)" Damn, Randall Park. What happened there? muhaha. Pray tell that this was just a take early in his career and not the final version.
One thing is for sure - UBI can do wonders for one's mental well-being. The positives outweigh the negatives. Keep spreadin' the word.
I think customers have to give USPS some benefit of the doubt, but the postal service has to get their shit together (more stringent hiring practices). Some areas or branches have piss poor competency, and seem to not give a shit when it comes to losing or mis-delivering mail. I'd most likely think twice about them when it comes to important documents. Nonetheless, we shouldn't think or dwell too much on it since these are just isolated incidents in the overall scheme of things. We might need to bring up some statistics for that.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
It's been awhile since I played or practiced some Chopin. After Mendelssohn (and some Piano Sonatas), perhaps some Nocturnes - they are melodic indeed.
There are certainly types who just talk out of their asses, and don't say much at all in the process - it's common in today's society. However, Andrew Yang is definitely a person who absolutely knows what he is talking about, and is sincere about it. Wouldn't it actually be something else to have a president for once who works for public interests instead of working for himself and whatever ego there is. And someone who can keep up with the changing times - in terms of advancement in technology, ways of doing things, embracing diversity, etc. If you can't keep up with the changing times, I have absolutely no sympathy - it's a "See Ya, Would Not Want To Be Ya" or "Don't Let the Door Hit Ya On Your Way Out" fo' sho'.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Some ramblings / tidbits:
Congrats to Sungwon Cho aka ProZD for 2 million subscribers. What's not to like - his board game reviews (although not my thing), snack reviews, voice acting sketches / parodies, and endless collabs (although Effie might start taking over). And now, Ricky Berwick is on his way 'Up' as well. I think he'll get there eventually.
Happy 15th anniversary for the first "Harold & Kumar", has it already been that long. It's the movie that I'll always crave (as well as the burgers of course heh).
Friday, July 26, 2019
A melody doesn't necessarily have to be complex to be beautiful or moving - it can be simple and brief. Complexity or simplicity, whatever moves you. I recently returned to the "Moments Musicaux" piece, practicing it again. Like any endeavor, it just takes practicing and the desire. If a piece isn't inspiring enough, it won't work - the music won't flow naturally and it'll typically be too mechanical or stiff. I now believe that you have to enjoy the piece to get the most out of it, not because it's what everyone else is playing or listening to. To each their own.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fortunately, I was able to record the "Moments Musicaux" piece on Monday. It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies, certainly a somber or solemn one at that. And one of the most complicated right-hands I ever encountered, although Liszt's concert Etudes ("La Leggierezza" or something like that) is up there for sure. It's become one of my favorites. So up next - returning to some Mendelssohn (at least two more), and then more Piano Sonatas.
It might take several episodes before deciding whether to continue watching a K-Drama. Or perhaps just the initial episode - it can all depend on the synopsis. Really enjoyed the police drama "Live" and the political drama "Chief of Staff" (Season 2 pending) - both show corruption and the harsh realities of the respective fields or industries with all the dramatic conflicts and such (as much as it might be exaggerated or unbelievable for entertainment purposes).
Farewell, Francis. You might not be fat anymore, but you'll always be to fans that "Angry WoW Fat Guy" muhaha.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Congratulations to Simu Liu, who landed the lead role for the Asian superhero epic, "Shang-Chi". More thoughts on my Film Forum page soon.
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.