Friday, July 20, 2018
Well, we get a bit of a reprieve from the hot temperatures. It'll begin again in a few days.
I have some more Mendelssohn, but I am looking forward to uploading the Studio Ghibli / Hisaishi compositions next. I have to figure out the optimal lighting, camera positioning and such.
I'm usually in "a music-al...state of mind" - as well as in the heart. You can teach what's on paper, but you can't teach passion and interpretation / expression. You got to find that yourself, within yourself (if at all).
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The new WoW web page has been uploaded, and it's only a matter of time before BFA arrives. I think I'll be fine with the current Direct3D drivers, but did update the Nvidia drivers - not sure if that'll matter at all. I don't plan on updating the OS at all - and I don't think it'll be necessary. But if it has to come down to that, who knows - either I'll have to unsubscribe or actually have to 'upgrade'.
I don't know about Ricky, but when it comes to scorching hot - I'd be more like Beavis & Butt-Head: "Uh, huhuhuh.....the sun sucks" muhaha.
Yappie Season 2. Make it happen!
Sunday, July 15, 2018
I just remembered the WoW Summer Finals were this weekend - but it was that yesterday or attending the street festival. Although I caught just a few matches, I needed to spend the day outside. When I go to street fairs or festivals, I look forward to the food vendors - in particular, the fried desserts or goodies. Ok, so now I know that elephant ear is a pastry dessert not made from a literal elephant ear but supposed to resemble in shape only. Yes, 'sendz' more 'foodz' pls heh.
In this digital age that we live in, social media, the internet, mobile devices - although they are used for everyday uses such as work or recreation, they can be also used for extremes - to harm or hurt, or to even help and save. The film "Searching" addresses some of that, seen from the view point or perspective from the very technology that we use.
I am somewhat in between extremes sometimes - completely spaced out or overthinking too much heh.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
It's getting hotter and hotter and... Don't jinx it heh.
I think I'll be able to get to some new recordings next week, and the acoustics have been fine (not sure how that'll turn out on camera). But from the several practices so far, its been nice and warm.
Yappie Ep.4 - I could've sworn that dude in the club was using reverse psychology to turn her around heh. Moral of the story? Don't fall for that, or the easiest way is to just say what you have to say and leave. You know, the "Who'ja think you're foolin'?" with the Arnold voice haha. Sometimes, it's easy to sense things. But most of the time, it's better to err on the side of caution. Anyway, this episode said everything that's been on my mind as well in the past. It's about time to tell it like it is for sure.
Monday, July 09, 2018
Our first hike yesterday! It's certainly been awhile, and about time (certainly the most exercise I've done for the entire year it seems heh). We already had a few hikes in last year. Although we could've gone on some earlier, I was usually unsure about the trail conditions this year due to the cold and wet conditions. But then again, that isn't what you would call the 'toughest conditions'. It could've been worse. Hiking on stones, pebbles and gravel can be quite the challenge with regular sneakers - remind me to get hiking shoes or more sturdy ones. The hike was enjoyable as it wasn't too arduous, but there wasn't much at the peak and a lot of stones, narrow paths, mosquitos. I'd probably would not rate this as high as the others. More to come hopefully.
If I ever want to learn how to eat a delicious cookie cheezy poof sammich, who better to ask than Ricky Berwick hahah. As far as I'm concerned, who knows what other online personality or Youtuber might be lurking out there.
Once again, "When words fail, music speaks...And maybe comedy too" heh.
Friday, July 06, 2018
Summertime temperatures seem to have arrived for good, a bit late in what has been a cold year. Hot, but certainly not as hot in other areas I'm sure. I have a bit more tolerance for cold weather, but nobody enjoys extremes (otherwise, live on the planet Mercury or on Pluto heh).
Oh yeah - Anime Crimes Division Season 2. There should have been more episodes in the first season, but fortunately there'll be another season to look forward to.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Happy mudda fourth indeed. It's usually about the fireworks, but for me it's mostly about the food heh. When it comes to BBQ's, don't settle for ordinary hot dogs but go for the spicy sausages and smother them with toppings. I definitely thought the pasta sauce and cheese added to the flavor and toppings. It seems that most holidays are about the eats. Nonetheless, it's that time to light 'em off. We now live in an area where we really wouldn't able to see the local fireworks, obscured by all the evergreens and foliage. Fortunately, there's a balcony with easy access to the roof for some viewing. Tonight, we were able go out and catch some. But around the city, you can spot quite a few shows just down a few blocks or so.
Thumbs up to Yappie's third episode because....Peter Jae was in it! Nah but seriously, it's not the only reason and I'm not sure if he'll be in future episodes. But going from tough guy to engineer - I suppose that gives the expression "old faces, new places" a whole new meaning heh.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
My first practice or run through of my current program or repertoire at the new home yesterday. I'm glad the piano is in a room of its own, and I think the carpeting as well as the spaciousness might be a 'thats-a nah-ice' kinda feel heh. Well, certainly something more practical than that satirical exasperation along the lines of 'It's-a me, Mario' type deal heh.
I might be aware of the type of drama, vitriol and nastiness that can go on in social media. But I probably can't imagine the degree and severity or seriousness of it, since I do not use them to begin with. It certainly takes a very thick skin to deal with them, and the practical solution or advice would be to not even deal with them. Instead of feeding them attention, don't waste your time or energy on negativity but on positive endeavors. And that's all I have to say about that...again.
The adjustment period has begun, and I already had to replace a modem. Other than that, it's interesting to observe how everyone can overreact or panic when there is an outage or a connection / activation issue with the network. I can get very flustered and unnerved for sure. We'll see about the other bills.
Quotable Of The Day: "When words fail, music speaks"
Thursday, June 28, 2018
New place, new home, new beginnings. The moving process can be cumbersome and exhausting, especially when there is an extraneous amounts of crap to move. Fortunately, we did not have too much. Since I did not get out of the house that much, driving back and forth was a breathe of fresh air for a change; certainly did not mind at all. Now it's time to settle in, and to brace for the adjustment period. I reckon most (if not all) never settle in one place all their lives; they'll move at least once if not more than once. The future is never certain or guaranteed, and we just have to make the most of what is given.
But so far, this seems to be the most idyllic and tranquil place (out of all the places that I lived). I'm happy for and am forever grateful toward my mother, who has always tirelessly worked hard and never gave up on the house hunting endeavor. All this time, I was never really enthusiastic because I never looked forward to moving anywhere. Talk about lazy-ass heh. Hopefully, the change of scenery can also further change or stabilize my emotional and mental state of being - such as when I first moved out to this state years ago. Progress has been difficult in that sense, but it seems like a snail's pace for me.
Being in the rural area and more out in the open, there might not be much around but star-gazing might be a plus. I think a telescope would do wonders here; although ideally you'd want to be as far away from the city lights as possible. But too far, I guess we'd be bored to tears albeit closer to hiking areas I guess.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Now the situation has become uncertain in regards to the actual moving day, probably prolongued or postponed again. Unfortunately, it appears that the former owners-turned tenants are completely unsure or absent-minded - is a simple yes or no too difficult? For most of us, I guess it is (heck, I have trouble making decisions most of the time). Common courtesy and understanding would've at least been appreciated. In the end though, there is a contract and we have to abide by it since there is no obligation on their part regardless.
Well, I'm not really looking forward to moving anyway. But it's comforting to know that there is someone else moving about the similar time - SungWon Cho heheh. And I'll be able to get in more practice sessions as well (such as yesterday). In these trying and anxiety-ridden times, music is definitely therapeutic escape from the doldrums and decrepid / nasty state of reality or society. I allow myself to immerse in the music, and get lost into it - an escape into a completely, different world where I just forget about the moment or reality. Playing or expressing a piece should be intuitive, and it should come naturally. Let the music flow, and relaxing and getting into the mood is the first step (other than mastering the fundamentals and knowing or becoming familiar with the sheet music first. Memorizing is an added bonus). More thoughts on my classical piano page.
I never heard of Vidcon, but it appears that it's a get-together for online personalities and creators. Nevermind Blizzcon I guess heh.
Dammit, Jim. This time, don't give up on that girl!
Friday, June 22, 2018
My final practice or repertoire run-through session was yesterday. I don't think I'd be able to get in one more (perhaps), but from hereon it's preparation and logistics for moving. There's certainly an added element or more precision when it comes to playing video game music on a synth or an electronic keyboard - because of sound effects. You can also add new elements at your leisure or appropriate moments, which can be even more breath-taking. I'm looking forward to new recordings of Mendelssohn and more Studio Ghibli music.
I'm certainly not a "Yappie", but I can see it becoming a new meme if not already. Kudos to Wong Fu productions. I admit I had my reservations and was unsure about it, but it's their vision and creation. And I'm sure they understand the criticisms of it. Here is a quotable - "If I'm a Yappie, then you're a Yippie" (Perhaps a Young Ignorant Pleb? muhaha). I have no idea, but it sounded like it was improvised on the spot. Personally, I'm glad they just told it like it is right in the opening scene. No more subtle bullshit.
Kudos also to the tireless efforts of everyone who worked hard to spread the word out on the K-Town situation. In the end, the rewards were reaped with a resounding "Hell No" results. But I feel it's far from over - an established committee certainly needs to be created.
Sung Kang is at it again with his Alexa camera - I can surmise that he certainly has moved on.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
It's been hot - but finally summer temperatures are here, after thinking that the winter cold would continue to linger (cue Chopin's "Winter Wind" Etude again heh). We haven't begun to hike yet because of it - but we should soon. At this time, we should've at least gone on a few.
It's really difficult to go with the "forgive and forget" or "turning the other cheek" approach, but it should be the right approach. I admire qualities and traits in folks that do - Jeremy Lin is a prime example, and it appears Sung Kang as well. Asian-Americans have it particularly more difficult than any other nowadays. But let's face it - we can all be nasty and racist to each other. We should not wallow in the hatred and anger, negative emotions can eat away or erode your well-being and health.
We'll be moving out next week (anxiety setting in). Somewhere in the outskirts of the city, but fortunately close enough that we are not too isolated. I enjoy being out in nature more, but living in or near it is a different experience.
In the end, the subject matter in a "Drunk History" episode is no laughing matter. Although there might be comedic elements to it, it is also meant to educate as well as to entertain. But again, the subject matter couldn't be anymore serious than the issues or tensions that exist today. Speaking of which, I'm as well appalled at the idea of separating children from their parents or families. Nevermind legality - this is cruel for sure but then again, some do not seem to have any soul or compassion at all.
Keep K-Town alive!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Let us appreciate our fathers on this day, as we appreciate and love our mothers. For sure, it's been a two-fold celebration the past, few days with good eats (including my bro's birthday). Who's complaining when it comes to good eating heh. I'll never have that ideal father-son relationship, in fact quite broken (in terms of not looking forward to his visits). But since we're all aging, I certainly have to show more compassion and continue to appreciate whenever he can visit us. I usually never look forward to moving - having to deal with the logistics and the physical moving. But the change of scenery can go either way, and adapting can be difficult. But it's a wait-and-see.
I've selected three Mendelssohn pieces to record and upload, and also decided on some more Hisaishi compositions as well (after getting into them again from the Isao Takahata tribute practices).
I might have to get some "Very Cool, Very Swag" gear. Because....they are, very cool and very swag!
I have no idea what happened to Sung Kang. But for him to open up on social media in a heartfelt or non-hateful way is very commending. In a society where nasty, selfish and bigoted / racist individuals seem to be common across industries, Sung Kang is certainly a breathe of fresh air. Personally, I wish he could exhibit more of a "I don't give a shit" about this attitude (or going back to his "Better Luck Tomorrow" roots), but he should not compromise his beliefs or standards as well.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
So I heard IHOP wants to get into the burger business. In another "What the..." moment, as they present to you IHOB muhaha. More like, NOT-I heh. Maybe it's old news now, but I'm not a bit surprised that it's just a marketing gimmick or ploy. They should just stick with making pancakes delicious again.
Congrats to Ryan Higa for 21M+ subscribers and counting... Although not every video is to my taste or liking, there is no denying that there is a lot of time and effort that's put into them to produce quality / professional work. And a lot of top Youtubers are on the rise. A YouTube career might sound like a dream job (as we can all imagine it to be), but it is far from easy and no guarantees at all. I feel for folks trying to get established, but I think any popular Youtuber might tell you not to solely rely on the platform as means of income (especially since they have made it more difficult for smaller creators). But it is worthwhile if you enjoy it and have somewhat of a fan base - don't give up and keep creating!
Like anything in life, "hope for the best, prepare for the worst". I pray for the continuing efforts toward global peace, stability and security.
Monday, June 11, 2018
It still felt like winter - the weekend was rather a cold and sort of a wet one (fortunately, just a drizzle here and there). I do not prefer hot weather however, just more sun please.
It's really up to an individual, listener, pianist in determining what the optimal acoustics are for a piano - just as in the type or sound of a piano. Some enjoy the light sound in a carpeted setting, others crisp, vibrant sound in a concert or recital hall. As long as there are no background noises or disturbances, and the audio is relatively clear.
I heard about the current K-Town situation down in LA, and I pray and hope for a favorable outcome. If I were a stakeholder, I'd certainly vote for a resounding "Hell No". K-Town does not need to be sub-divided, and it should stay the way it is.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
I've been watching the WoW Arena Tournaments this year, and it seems I've had my weekends preoccupied in that sense. I didn't realize that it was alternating weekends, so there's been one every weekend so far - up until they broadcast LAN eventually. When it comes to tournament play, one mistake or error can be very costly and can make or break a match. There's some food for thought.
I would certainly suggest or advise anyone wanting to learn an instrument to stick with only one if you truly want to master an instrument. Some can master multiple instruments, but I find that the mastery is far more limited as opposed to mastering just one. As to what instrument, that's up to you. Find what you enjoy playing or are comfortable with, and don't give up on it. Who knows, there might be a future in it. For me unfortunately, I did not find my passion until it was too late. I had already quit the piano early on, only to have to start all over again when I found out that it was my identity or part of me later in life. The earlier the better for sure, in terms of cultivating / developing your passion or talents.
Ki Hong Lee is going to be in a new film "Looks That Kill". Not sure what his role is, but looking forward to more information. I wonder if there'll be a "Maze Runner" prequel in the works. Other films to look out for: "I'm Sorry To Bother You", "Fiction & Other Realities", "Searching"...
Friday, June 08, 2018
If you are a food guru or just a foodie, you would have to know or recognize Anthony Bourdain - for his travels, his narratives, and opinions. I never really watched the programs that much or often at all, but he seemed to be one of the influencers of the food / travel genre. Once again, the cause is unfortunate.
I wonder if I can call him Jim? JCW seems to be a genuine, down-to-earth individual. Personally, I would suggest giving up the GF search for now and just focus on learning C# / pursuing his passion of creating apps. We shouldn't get too wrapped up over something that we have no control over, or else we'd be miserable forever.
My next video recordings might be Mendelssohn. They'll most likely be at the new home, and the acoustics might be a bit different there with carpeting.
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Transcribing or playing a piece by ear for the first-time is a skillset that is not commonplace at all. If I were to hear a piece and write out the notations on a ledger on the spot, I would not be able to. The Video Game Pianist is certainly enjoyable to watch and listen to, in particular when he is transcribing on the spot when there is a Super Chat request.
Food, music and video games. They are all intertwined in a way heheh. Imagine learning how to cook (or be criticized) from a video game chef hahah.
The beats to "Gas Money" sort of reminds me of 'my main man' Chops, who created / produced songs for the film "Ping Pong Playa". Woot! Both catchy and funny.
Aaron Takahashi. It's interesting what you find out there, or haven't heard of / seen in awhile. I believe he's the 'Camera Guy' from "Better Luck Tomorrow". I could be mistaken, but he was in a clip in a talk show earlier this year - about losing weight...in an unusual way. Don't forget to trip! heh
There are pros and cons to the two top insurance companies of All-State Farm (Farmer's) and Geico. I have the latter, and it all comes down to not just the cost but whether they are pulling one over you with hidden fees as well as whether their policies are reasonable. You be the judge.
Monday, June 04, 2018
When I practice, I'll have a new piece or two sometimes but mostly I'll just go through select repertoire depending on my theme or mood. I could only advise to practice diligently, and with heart or passion. More thoughts later, but I found time to record and upload the Etude Op. 25 No. 2. Now to Mendelssohn. Everyone needs to start from somewhere, so keep going if you end up enjoying playing an instrument.
It's been getting better, but I still need to learn not to blurt out any immediate negative thoughts. There are always ways to re-phrase them in a more constructive, positive way if has to be said. But then again, we can all temper our emotions.
Some social media tidbits:
If you don't have ass, at least passing gas might not be much of an issue heh.
I think we might have candidates for a new spokes person for "Flippin' Fantastic!" heheh.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
I find e-sports or video gaming tournaments / streams more interesting or enticing than the usual, and definitely the future or where it's at. If I were to find other video games to get into, it would not be the popular or flavor of the month type offering. I always say that it is important to find your niche, and enjoy the type or genre of the game - whether it's an FPS, a Final Fantasy / RPS type game, a horror genre, etc. For now, I've been sticking with WoW since I do not have time to get into other games (and I shouldn't - as it can consume me further). Speaking of video games, hopefully more live streams from the VGP.
ProZD's Sbarro joke. It's certainly a sitcom reference, which I had no idea as well (since I don't watch sitcoms). Still, I thought of his "Pizza Brothers" video from years back. "That's-a spice-y...pizza?" Whatever heheh.
Support James Cage White, and buy his swag! - https://teespring.com/stores/verycoolveryswag
I haven't practiced in awhile, but it's a better alternative than practicing too much or over-practicing. Again, balance it.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
When it comes to summer fun or holidays, it's usually all about the eats. This years Memorial Day feast was a two-parter - Sunday and Monday evening just eatin' well.
Holy Ted Theodore Logan, Batman! And no, Caesar is still not the 'salad dressing' dude when it comes to history exam answers heheh. I read Daniel Dae Kim's social media, and there it was. It's been awhile since the "Matrix" films, but then again Reeves must have been busy with action flicks. I'm sure he still has some comedic elements from those days. "Always Be My Maybe" appears to be interesting, and not sure if his role is just a cameo or a substantial one. And speaking of Randall Park, we might have to start playing catch-up in regards to "FOTB". Completely forgot about that.
"Unflinch them". Sigh. Ka-pow! -The Way of the Cobra
Sunday, May 27, 2018
I'm glad to hear that Ken Jeong is going to get his own comedy special on Netflix. This would be a reason to watch Netflix again if anything. I know an optometrist who's a 'Dr. Ken' heh, and Ken Jeong certainly deserves a show like this if not another sitcom.
I'm sure we'd all wish to go through life with ease or everything would go smoothly, but the reality is that difficulties and obstacles are going to happen if not inevitable. And sometimes, failing is the best way to learn and get ahead. I'm sure a lot of success stories are like that. We just have to remind ourselves never to give up no matter the hardships, and be determined to overcome and adapt. Jeremy Lin knows that all too well in his 'Greatest Failure' video, and even maestro Lang Lang nearly quit the piano early in his childhood.
It boggles the mind that some think they are musically competent when they are clearly inept - more so in the singing vocation heh (the pitch is off like a muthafucka). That's why I do not watch the so-called singing programs or competitions, which are clearly scripted. Like all reality shows. Stick with independent Youtube musicians, folks.
I have no idea who Elizabeth Sung is, but if they say that she was a pioneer for Asian-Americans then kudos (as Soon Teck Oh before her). Who is James Cage White? This guy seems interesting.
"Great job not sucking" (whata compliment heh) - the guy who did not join Cobra Kai, yet.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
I used to eat pizza often - as much as one pie per week years ago. But now, it's more like once every few months. So I always look forward to pizza night when we can such as the other night. I think we can or should have it more than just once in a few months heh.
Eating for me has become more of a comforting activity than a necessity, because most of us all like to eat delicious or tasty foods. When not eating well spoils your mood or affects others, that can be a detriment. It is one of my issues I still have to sort out.
It's already the end of the month, and the impending move coming up next month. Anxiety usually sets in, but who knows.
Friday, May 18, 2018
In tribute to Isao Takahata, I thought I'd re-visit and play some Studio Ghibli music as a retrospect from various anime the other day. It's been awhile, and the melodies are really euphoric. I did read about the eulogy given by Miyazaki as well as testimonials from famed composer Hisaishi. Who knows what other ideas or plans Isao Takahata had in mind for more anime. For sure, we'll remember classics such as "The Tale of Kaguya", "Laputa", "Grave of the Fireflies", etc.
When it comes to anime, I'm a 'Subber' for life. Because it's genuine authenticity there, and I'd prefer to hear it in the original language. However, dubbing caters to a wider audience. And thus, brings in more business / profit.
School shooting tragedies are always sad and depressing to hear. I'd prefer not to take sides, but I believe it is way overdue for stricter gun laws or enforce tighter security if any at schools. Unfortunately, a sick or psychotic individual can be lurking around anywhere.
On a lighter note - what are they going to come up next? Flex Tape or Spray in Plaid? heh smh.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I'm usually forgetful when it comes to holidays. But you can't just shrug off Mother's or Father's Day. I should be indebted to my parents (especially my mother for all she's done), otherwise I would most likely not survive in this life considering all the problems and issues I've experienced - emotionally, spiritually and mentally. It goes without saying that spending more time with your parents would be nice if not urgent, or at least considering it. It's unfortunate that my spouse has to remind me of these things (like even taking a walk with them), as thoughtful and sincere as she is. I'm usually unmotivated and in my own world, just trying to snap out of it. As years roll by, realizations or epiphanies become more apparent.
I plan to cancel Youtube Red before the free trial is over, because let's face it. There is certainly nothing else worthwhile out there. I should binge watch the lone season of "Selfie" on Netflix or wherever that might be available. But it's been a fun ride, and I might re-sub for Season 2 of "Cobra Kai", a wait-and-see. Speaking of which, Ayisha reminds me of Hudson Yang (who plays Eddie Huang) on "FOTB" - just in terms of their weight, shape and hairstyle. Nothing more muhaha.
One more quote: "Thank you very much. But I can scratch my own balls" heheh.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
You have to smother a hot dog with the usual goodies with them tasty bits of onions, relish and saurkraut (if you like it that is heh). I'll pile them on, pack them neatly, and then add some more and more (like an OCD person). When it comes to bargains, why not try Costco's food cafeteria - I'm sure they'd beat places like Savmart or Try 'N Save. And why not - you'll get the "Welcome to Costco, I Luv You" as an added bonus muhaha.
What makes something funny? Right, when you actually 'get' the joke. But humor goes far beyond that - it can be subtle and not as obvious, and it can encompass a bit of cleverness and creativity as well. To each their own - whatever floats your boat. What one person thinks is funny or hilarious is not going to be to another.
I'm glad to hear that "Fiction & Other Realities" is making its rounds in film festivals. The question now is when it'll be available on VOD to watch, or perhaps a limited theatrical run if possible. Independent films (in particular Asian-American ones) usually do not get the theatrical treatment unfortunately. "Searching" is looking quite interesting to say the least from the preview. We live in a digital age where almost everything is done online or through social media, so this film certainly fits the times when it comes to perspective. John Cho seems to deliver another stellar performance, and am looking forward to future films with him in it. I might not get to every one, but as much as possible if available in theaters.
Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words" are nice, short pieces that are melodic but nothing really stands out (except for maybe one with the complex grace notes or decoration notes). The composer might have brushed them aside as nothing, but they have sort of a Chopin-esque melodies to them (with a touch of Mozart levity).
It's unfortunate about "The Exorcist" series - the recent season was the pinnacle of a good horror drama. Although not always the case, it's usually the good shows that are not renewed unfortunately. Congrats to a Season 2 of "Cobra Kai". Although Season 1 caught me pleasantly by surprise like most folks, I'll reserve judgment on the new season. It's a wait-and-see for me whether I'll watch another.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
I'll miss my 'Imobu' from Allentown. He seemed to be a remarkable person, usually always smiling and in good spirits. I didn't really get a chance to know him that well, as I was only able to visit his family a handful of times when I was much younger. I remember the treats and warm hospitality at his home and store. I was close to one of his sons back in the day. Rest in peace.
In the blink of an eye, life can just pass us by just like that. And it's gone. No matter how we feel at the moment (apathy, depressed, elated, optimistic or whatever), we should always try to appreciate life and live it to the fullest if possible. I certainly appreciate and love my parents that much more for everything they have done - and now that they are getting older.
Monday, May 07, 2018
When life becomes out of focus or needs re-focusing, we all deal it in different ways that can have rejuvenating properties. For me, it's classical music / piano that is like an emotional therapy. Once the basics and fundamentals of theory are mastered, then the interpretation comes into play. That would be the enjoyable / therapeutic part. Or, some alone time to reflect and ponder about certain situations or predicaments. Whatever works.
I had to binge watch the rest of the "Cobra Kai" series on Sunday night, and it was worth it. "Counterbalance" had a nice homage to Pat Morita aka Miyagi, so that was touching. Some more quotables:
"You scratch my balls and I'll scratch yours, eh?" Uh, no thanks muhaha
"When I look around, I don't see Cobra Kai. I see nerds, losers, a fat kid with a funny hat with his tits falling out..." muhaha.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
It is AAPI heritage month! That is all.
To be honest, I did not know about the new "Cobra Kai" series at all until I saw a tweet from John Cho. I believe there is a "Harold & Kumar" connection there with the directors or something. The raunchy humor certainly seems to be there heh. Let's face it - we're all immigrants. Anyway, one of the messages that I'll always remember that is true in some ways from the original "Karate Kid" from mentor Miyagi - "....because boy has bad attitude - no such thing as bad student, only bad teacher...teacher say, student do" - something to that effect. We are all influenced by negativity, the stereotyping, the racism, etc. It's unfortunate that we are influenced by what we read, hear and even taught. It's certainly important to think for yourselves as well as being objective and impartial about things. If you decide to become a negative ninny afterwards, then so be it I guess.
I can be moody a lot, and it has affected our relationship. Most of it has to do with my eating habits or being dissatisfied with what I eat, or it could be focusing on WoW a bit more than I should (taking away what should be prioirity) - I guess that's what one would call an addiction. Or, it could be that I'm still emotionally ill. I've come a long way for sure, and I have my spouse to thank. But I still have a long way to go, and that is concerning since we're getting old. This is a quandary - whether there is ever going to be a light at the end of tunnel, or we're just wasting time.
Asian-American films to watch premiering at film festivals: "Searching", "Fiction & Other Realities".
Once again, "I'm on a pah-ty boat!" (or a pah-ty bus) muahah.
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Nostalgia at its finest. The original "Karate Kid" in '84 was a classic for sure - a lot of quotables, mimicry, etc. Old feuds re-ignite as the new Youtube series "Cobra Kai" brings back the iconic characters. I'd be stoked to watch 'em all, but it's on Youtube Red - where there is a subscription fee unfortunately. Normally, it would be an automatic 'hell no' but this is tempting for nostalgic reasons. Rest in peace Pat Morita.
This time around, the perspective is from the down-and-out Johnny while the successful Daniel-san is drawn back into the world of Karate. From the free previews, it seems that it is meant to be humorous and nostalgic at the same time.
I think a change of scenery is going to be nice. I'm usually never at ease when it comes to moving, and adapting to a new location is difficult. If I had it my way, I'd prefer not to move around and stay in one location (but then again, nothing is certain and nobody is really stationary at all during their lives). It's a wait-and-see, but for now we just have to get ready and look forward to it. More thoughts on it at another time. With that said, the next recording (Etude or a Mendelssohn piece) might be at the new location. I'm re-visiting some Mendelssohn pieces to smooth them out.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Fortunately, it's been quite warm. Perhaps we'll be complaining about how hot it is soon enough. However, we're looking forward to drier / sunnier days ahead for hiking and possibly camping excursions.
In this life, there are a lot of things that we do not appreciate enough or take for granted. If there is anything that I still haven't learned, it's to not complain as much and to live more of an unselfish life. Although I'm inclined to keep things to myself, there'll be times when I'll speak out and tell it like it is - being candid and honest is better than hiding behind superficiality. But sometimes, the way words are conveyed (as well as the tone of it) can be perceived as complaining. It all stems from our emotional state of being - we need to sustain positive energy and continue to live life as well as we can - otherwise, depression can get the best of us. No matter how stale or depressing life can get, taking one's life is never the answer.
It's heart-breaking to hear about individuals who are suffering from debilitating or life-threatening ailments or diseases. I pray for their situation, and hope for the best outcome. Unfortunately, my anxiety issues have been problematic in making snap decisions. I wish I could help out in any way I can. Again, we definitely need to take our health more seriously and it can't be stated enough.
I'm glad to hear that Lang Lang is returning to the concert scene! Performing none other than Concerto No. 24 by Wolfgang Amadeus. Sprecken-zee...anyone? Maybe not, but most of us speak the universal language of Music for sure.
Steven Yeun in "Burning". Looks interesting.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
I'll be updating the WoW web page in transitioning to the upcoming BfA expansion. There's some controversy in regards to the story and where it's heading, but I don't think there's any need to pull out the 'Jump To Conclusions' mat right now heh.
I prefer keeping or having things in digital form - music, videos, etc. - as opposed to CDs or DVDs. In this digital age, who doesn't? They might become obsolete once of these days, but I think they'll always have a place as having hard copies is good sometimes just as a souvenir or keepsake. A symbol of what's worth having. I'm not much of a reader at all, nor do I have patience for reading books. The only physical book that I still have is maestro Lang Lang's "Journey Of A Thousand Miles". Why not - as I am a pianist myself. For science aficionados, Dr. Michio Kaku's "The Future of Humanity" is certainly recommended. And for comedy, I just heard about Jimmy O.'s "How To American - An Immigrant's Guide". In this day and age, I'm completely against any perpertual immigrant stereotyping. But I have to give him some benefit of the doubt because it's coming from his perspective.
Actually, I'm not sure when the final Etude recording is going to be. It could even be the "Butterfly" heh.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Most of us find ourselves in life's turmoil or existential quandary at times. But I've re-affirmed and am certainly proud of what defines me - video gamer (perhaps WoW'er would be a better term), a classical pianist, and a staunch advocate for Asian-American rights and opportunities. These three things is what I can now confidently say that I identify with. My life growing up has been a struggle in finding an identity that I can be content with. I could only imagine that had I resolved this turmoil or conflict earlier in life, there could have been different possibilities or avenues for me. Well, suffering from slight anxiety issues would not have helped much anyway. It's an on-going struggle.
Occasionally, I would wonder whether I would be better off or happier independently because of the anti-social nature of myself. But I feel that I've changed somewhat and come a long way because of my spouse, and she has been absolutely an amazing person. Prioritizing and having conviction / confidence is what I should continue to strive for.
Speaking of the "Winter Wind", I began to learn it - slowly. The complex passages or phrases require a slow learning first and gradually build up to tempo. Sometimes, you just have to play or practice when the calling is there.
The recent dreary, wet weather has given an added emphasis to 'That's A Whole Lotta...Precipitation!" heh. How about driving that Tonka toy, right Phil? muhaha.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Here's to a more drier and sunnier season when summer arrives. So far, it still feels like winter - cue the "Winter Wind" Etude. Op. 25 No. 2 is going to be the final Etude for now, and possibly the final recording from this location. There is no certainty when we'll move, but it is probably inevitable. Change and adaptability have been always difficult for me, and with it usually comes resistance and protests. But I've learned or at least tried to agree to terms, or support as much as possible. Otherwise, I wouldn't have a roof over my head.
Here's part of a quote that I like - "Be the best version of you" - Jeremy Lin. I absolutely agree. Find your identity, what you are passionate about and/or good at, and work hard at it. Don't be an individual who is easily brain-washed and just accepts the status quo / stereotypes. Think for yourselves, and just be the best you. Develop your own opinions and tastes.
Talk about "Children of the Corn". Rubbin' them balls muhaha...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
I'm glad to hear that "Fiction & Other Realities" is becoming a reality. This is an independent film that I was looking forward to, but was wondering if there would be any more updates. Fortunately, there has been and you could trust a person like Bobby Choy. As far as some Kickstarter projects are concerned, you can't really trust every project to fulfill on their promises or updates. It's not so much of never having received the reward tier, I'd just consider it a donation then. But it is just the matter of ethics. However, if it were any other situation such as an unfulfilled contractual agreement, I'd probably have to file a complaint or a lawsuit.
As much as I support and favor some Kickstarter / Indiegogo and Patreon endeavors, I would not be able to contribute anything at this time because of budget constraints or other reasons.
In the world of anime and Studio Ghibli, Hiyao Miyazaki is a well-known figure. I don't know much about Isao Takahata, but as a co-founder of Ghibli and director of some anime films, I'm sure he'll be missed. Soon Tek-Oh sounds familiar. Again, I'm not familiar with what memorable characters that he might've played. But with the likes of George Takei and Pat Morita, it seems that Soon-Tek did help pioneer the way for Asian-Americans in film or media even having to take some stereotypical roles. But that was the sign of the times.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
I would not or would never trust any food that might appear out-of-place or un-authentic. For instance, why would anybody think they'll get fresh, delicious sushi out in the desert or not near a seaport? heh. But feel free to try. As the saying goes - "May the lord bless you, and be on your journey". Or a Minimalist's way of saying "Good Luck" muhaha.
Shouldn't it be obvious or apparent that the business / customer relationship is a two-way street. Businesses should always put customers first, and customers should give businesses some benefit of the doubt by reasoning things out without over-reacting. I've experienced both.
Monday, April 02, 2018
I might not be able to watch either "Gemini" or "Searching" in theaters, but there should be VOD. Still, I can only cross my fingers if one of them is playing somewhere around. Otherwise, there isn't much else if at all.
I have to award Sungwon Cho and his wifey with the most adorable feline companions around. Or at least they're capturing the most picture-esque moments.
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Eventually, we'll have to move again. It's never a certainty that a new location is going to work or not, but today's visit was not one of those "It's nice I'll have to think about it" kind of deals. It was more along the lines of "absolutely not" kind of deal for me at least. You could probably get by if you enjoyed living near farm animals. I was expecting more in the wilderness-type location, but I was wrong. In the end, it is not my decision and I'll have to support whatever decision is made. I should at least be grateful for having a roof over my head, since I can no longer live on my own (unless I get another job). Life is difficult, and a lot of us can only make do or barely make end's meet. Wouldn't it be nice to just win the lottery, or have a comfy job as a well-known streamer or an on-line personality? Even that takes a lot of hard work and good fortune to become internet famous.
Apparently, Phil Swift is at it again with Flex Glue! This time, he's ridin' a buggy or off-road vehicle instead of a boat. And every other line, has to be a damn rhyme muhaha.
Friday, March 30, 2018
I have never been much of a gift-giver, and I don't think one should feel obligated to buy a gift. But it's always a nice gesture, especially if some effort is made. I am not much of a poet either, but I did make up something on the spot (although I wish I added more to it, at least it wasn't a 'copy and paste' deal). I feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful spouse who has stuck with me throughout. So I need to show even more conviction and effort. At times, I have definitely felt that hopelessness or just plain lethargy / apathy. My anxiety issues as well as my sensitivity has caused a lot of strife, as well as my individual habits that I'm still stuck in.
Speaking of anxiety issues, it has caused issues with making decisions as well. It's been difficult to agree or say 'Yes' to certain things, in trying to overcome phobias / anxieties a step at a time. Safety should always be a priority.
My next recording (and perhaps the final Etude) is going to be sometime next month - before the end of April for sure. Can I squeeze in another one?
"Where words fail, music speaks" - Maestro Lang Lang. I could not have said it better myself. Or perhaps the phrase is already known.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
There's a lot going on in terms of time investment and effort when it comes to creating a video. Individual creators on Youtube deserve a break to re-charge or for other reasons. It's definitely amazing in a sense that they can put out videos on a regular basis, especially for the one-man crew Youtubers who can do it all. It's really the up-and-coming Youtube or individual / independent creators who are actually worthwhile to watch. I have yet to find and subscribe to more. Unfortuntely, the current direction of YouTube is quite deplorable; which does not make it possible for smaller Youtubers to find success. Fortunately for them, there is Patreon, Twitch and other platforms to rely on.
So far, I'm looking foward to watching "Searching", "Gemini", and maybe "I'm Sorry to Bother You". That's about it, or all that I'm aware of so far. I need to research more on the new film that Ki Hong is going to be in as well.
I haven't played or put together enough medleys to be called the "Classical Medley" Pianist or "Classical Medley" Guy....yet. It was just an idea that I had.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
I'm looking forward to some new projects that John Cho is going to be involved in, for awhile I was curious as to whether there were any recent updates. Among them is "Searching", a film I heard was another must-see. After his performance in "Columbus" (an artistic, dramatic film to say the least), it should be interesting.
We all go through the motions, some worse than others. We realize that we have much more in common than we think. My flaw is I tend to keep in any annoyances, anger or what is bothering and not really share them. Otherwise, how can I express them reasonably without exploding. Fortunately, the piano is an outlet that I can transform negative energy into a positive one. Music definitely has therapeutic properties, and that's the power of it. I've learned to channel that more reasonably and calmly. I suppose they call that euphoria heh.
I finally tried Budae Jigae. As far as caloric intake is concerned, I better not have it again for awhile although it was damn tasty.
Revelation of the Century: When I fart, I just let it rip. Muhahaha.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
I do wonder at times whether there is any hope at all for permanent change. Change begins within ourselves and being determined or motivated to bring about change. When we fall back on our bad habits and the same, old mistakes, it just makes you wonder if there is ever possibility at all for change. I believe in the words 'Never Give Up' or 'Never Done', but I am certainly not really living it. If I truly believed in that, there should be conspicuous progress. Unfortunately, it's usually the 'Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back' kind of deal. That is pretty much certain for society in general anyway.
Sunnier and warmer days ahead. Looking forward to a new hiking season.
I wonder how many knew Stephen Hawking from Homer Simpson's quip "That WheelChair Guy".... muhaha. On a serious note, RIP.
Monday, March 12, 2018
I've always believed that a person should pursue or be involved in whatever makes the person happy. Be a think-for-yourself type person, not a follower or a drone. If it means playing video games or Pokemon cards for a living, why not heh. In order for us to take that next step in changing or improving, we have to confront our phobias or anxieties. It doesn't imply that you have to do risky or extreme things. On the contrary, just doing or accomplishing a task or an activity is enough. It does seem like a never-ending cycle of being stuck in a rut, but eventually we have to break out of it.
I might have to check out "I'm Sorry To Bother You" as well. Right, who needs the aggravations and interruptions of wrong number calls and telemarketers heh. I certainly do not.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
"Hi, Kathy Mitchell here... for 'Dump' Flex Tape. It's flippin' fantastic!....". Three infomercials in one muhaha.
It's the WoW Arena Cup weekend, such is life heh.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
After a few more Etude recordings / uploads (Op 10 No. 3 and / or Op 25 No. 2 - depends), I might return to a familiar composer.
As the saying goes, whatever floats your boat or to each their own. For sure, there are too many "follow the crowd" types and not enough unique or "think for yourselves" individuals and creators. Ryan Higa - his huge subscriber base and views is validation enough. But his awards show parody was amusing.
The film "Gook" on Netflix. If there is anything to watch on it, it is that! Perhaps E7 of "Altered Carbon" - might need to check it out at some point.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Sometimes, I just go through the motions. I don't necessarily get depressed much, but just feel emotionally numb sometimes - as if there was nothing exciting that life has to offer anymore. Routines can become like that and unfortunately, I'm not as adventurous and don't really travel. It happens, but it doesn't consume me. For the most part, I appreciate life and am happy to be living. But it's not enough, and certainly not doing enough to really break old habits and such. Being lazy, complacent and over-eating (and over-gaming?), for instance, are still problematic now and then. Fortunately, I have classical music or classical pieces as emotional therapy at times if need be. Or I'll just need to get out to the wilderness or nature and just immerse in it.
There's a "Local Adventurer" on Youtube who travels and vlogs about their activities. It is nice to see folks like that who can enjoy life to the fullest while they are still young.
I've heard about the show "The Good Doctor", but never got around watching it - in particular when I found out that Daniel Dae Kim is only the Exec. Producer, and is not starring in it. Perhaps I should check it out now.
Monday, February 19, 2018
It was quite windy over the weekend, which saw some flurries the other day. It can get windy or gusty here at times. Chopin's "Winter Wind" Etude comes in mind, with the descending and then ascending arpeggios reminding me of the howling winds. Speaking of Etudes, there is a few more to upload soon.
Just imagine the piano keys like an opera singer's vocal chords with a finite range. Depending on the particular piece, it can be expressed lyrically on both hands (bass / treble - tenor, alto/soprano). Likewise, a composer can see vocals like an instrument and vice versa.
When video games become the scapegoat again. Who'ja gonna call? The AFG! (well, not so fat anymore heh).
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Sometimes, simple is better. I'm not really a romantic at heart for sure (never was, except maybe when it comes to classical music). But I always believed that you do not need to do anything extravagant or what they say 'follow the crowd' in terms of what others are doing for Valentine's. If that's what it takes, I'll gladly count myself out heh. We just dined out for Valentine's, and that was that. The dinner was enjoyable, except that I got queezy from the alcohol (did not mix the drink enough).
It takes real talent for any creator to make content without resorting to sensationalism, racism or other. Unfortunately, there are too many 'follow the crowd' types and not enough unique-ness or skilled creators. It's a nasty society we live in - thus, I do not pay much attention to the 'haters' and just to who I like and support. If anything, haters are just extra attention - they hate for whatever reason (at other's success, talent, etc.).
My next recordings might come sooner that I thought.
It is a nasty, violent society we live in. But I think about those less fortunate than me, but who have a far greater positive outlook than I ever did. That certainly put things into perspective, and appreciate life more.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
"The Silent Motto" DEMO by Big Phony
Word of the day: Unhinged muhaha.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
I heard about "Search", which John Cho is in. I have to watch it when available, as it certainly seems interesting and unique. I'm not sure about the new "Maze Runner" film, I'll probably eventually watch it out of curiosity.
Ryan Higa is certainly adept in creating parodies. I'm definitely saving them to my playlist. "Wanna run with Ryan's crew, huh? Rule cyberspace and create Youtube videos like he would, foo?" (a lame attempt to re-phrase Weird Al's lyrics to "It's All about the Pentiums" heh).
With a brief internet outage yesterday, I was able to put in another practice - this time, Chopin Waltzes and ending with a Beethoven. I tentatively plan to record and upload the next Etude sometime next month or so.
Thai Fieri for prez muhaha. Do NOT consume tide pods folks.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Well, it was expected - coming back to the dreary precipitation after nice weather in Hawaii. But, there'll be more sun for sure. As for the trip, it was a respite or vacation that was needed (since we did not travel or go out of state all the past year). One of the highlights was certainly snorkeling on the day before departure - was treated to a turtle swimming close by, and some tropical fishes. It would have been better if the skies were perfectly clear as it were somewhat cloudy on that day. I enjoyed some hiking as well - the breeze felt refreshing and hiking through different types of trees was a sight to behold. Of course, what can beat watching a sunset on an island (pictures forthcoming). Also, enjoying a nice hearty meal at the restaurant where my sister works. I'm sure there are other spots that we were not aware of, but that's for another day or time I guess.
What separates the great from the good musicians or instrumentalists is the ability to take it to the next level in terms of interpretative style and color. Any bozo who's learned music can play notes - I personally believe they are boring to watch - too mechanical or robotic. Mastering or conquering a piece is just a foundation when it comes to precision, as well as reading difficult music. The next layer is interpretation. I've come to a point where I can begin doing that now.
What the hell happened to KBS channel 351? (All of the support reps I've chatted with had no clue). I'm not sure about the rumors of a takeover or removal, but if that is the case - then I'll have to downgrade further or switch companies altogether. I've enjoyed watching K-Dramas (Jugglers being the most recent one), but I'm sure there has got to be other channel or service options out there (other than watching online).
Saturday, January 06, 2018
To truly appreciate what a pianist or any instrumentalist plays or performs, the listener should be able to comprehend the difficult sheet music as well to follow along if necessary. It is not the ends to the means of course, but just an opinion. Anyone can listen and enjoy the sounds of music that they hear - whatever suits their tastes and preferences. But the skill of comprehending and reading difficult music (as well as transcribing or playing by ear) are assets that are not common at all.
Exploitative and offensive content should never be tolerated on Youtube and other media platforms. Morality is gone, and shock value is in. Unfortunately, the ship needs to be righted and apologies should not be as forgivable. No, I did not watch that. But I had to hear it from others that I follow to just....shake my head in disgust /smhid.
I never knew what prosciutto was, nor do I give a rat's ass heheh. "...tell me what you need and you won't get none of it" - Milonakis verse.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
The recent controversy on Youtube surrounding a viral video on what appears to be making light of a suicide victim is despicable and exploitative. But then again, exploitative material is nothing new. Absolutely horrid. No matter how grim, dull and depressing life can get, nobody should take their life. But these thoughts can happen to anyone, because negative thoughts happen. We only get one chance at life, and there's always that possibility to turn your life around with the right attitude and determination. Things can get overwhelming and too much however. But we just need to figure out how to deal with it in a healthy way.
Empathy and diplomacy - learn it, live it...know it.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Every new year can be a better year than the previous, but that is not that case all the time. Some years, it feels as if nothing has changed. But for me, I have to make myself look at the positives (although there might be more negatives), and think that I've made progress step by step or a bit at a time. "The Twilight Zone" marathon is always fun to watch all the way through, although this year didn't get to watch much. As for the half hour versus hour format, I think the hour-long episodes work as long as the story is worthwhile or captivating(Season 4 which some were intriguing).
Adding to the list of resolutions or convictions for the new year is to make concrete or final decisions more. That has always been my peeve, and indecisions usually originate from disinterest or laziness. Either that, or just the inexperience. With more experience and research in certain situations, it'll get easier hopefully to more bold and confident in decision-making as well as knowing what we need or want.
For all the musicians or instrumentalists out there, hopefully this year'll be very musical regardless of repertoire. I need to look to branch out in my endeavors.
Affordability is usually a term used very loosely. There are tons of hidden fees and unnecessary add-ons that are not advertised, which actually accumulate to an end price which is higher than it is supposed to be. Do not be thrown off by that, and stand firmly of what you know and want (unfortunately, I'm a novice in terms of that).