April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013 PM

Here is the pic of the rental piano. I call it my budget piano, simply because it's cheap and its a miniature upright. In fact, it's quite low so it would behoove me to find either a regular upright or a lower chair or piano seat. But for now, I'm happy with it less I wear the keys and hammers out on this old clunker. Right now, I'm on a budget as far as expenditures are concerned. If the other piano could be sold, then I could make an upgrade for sure.

The latest recordings are now online over at the Classical Repertoire page. And as usual, keep checking my classical blog entries...

Sunday, April 28, 2013 PM

I have some ideas for additional web pages to create, some of which is a separate Jeremy Lin fan page and a compilation of my favorite Youtube vids, ranging from the hilarious to the serious. As for J-Lin, that was in the works anyway. I think the Jeremy Lin section in the NBA page is going to overflow anyway.

The sun has been setting around 8:00PM over here, much later than in New York it seems. Some prefer daylight, some prefer the night. At least as the summer approaches with more daylight, we can all be more cost-conscious about electricity or utilities. For certain, it can get much colder here I suppose. Definitely looking forward to another camping excursion in the summer.

Friday, April 26, 2013 PM

I'm thinking of recording sometime this weekend if possible. Oh yeah, it's happening again. I need to eventually buy a new recorder or video camera. Webcams are fine, but they're not exactly used for recording music. I have to smooth out one passage of the Scherzo, but otherwise it's good to go. I'll probably include some other piece if not.

Whether or not another cross-country drive happens, it doesn't really matter to me. I already experienced it again, and that was thrilling enough.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 PM

I completely forgot that the NBA playoffs already started, but I reckon that I'm not going to have time to watch any particular series. But good luck to all who will be battling for the championship. But here are two caviats; Jeremy Lin will gain valuable experience regardless of how he performs (because we all know how much defensive pressure is jacked up), and as for the Knicks....I think they'll go far. Perhaps give the Heat actual competition.

I learned most of my Music Theory from my personal tutor/instructor when I was young, and then I quit the piano for nearly 20+ years only to pick it up again, and finally realizing that this is part of my identity. And it's been quite swell and wonderous in continuing to add to the repertoire.

Anyway, I have to express the same sentiment in reminding to keep up with the donations!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 PM

Natural disasters are a part of life unfortunately. The recent earthquake in the Sichuan province of China is a testament to the unpredictability of mother nature, whether it hits anywhere. Still, prayers and even donations should go out to relief efforts.

If there's anything worth reading, it's re-reading Lang Lang's autobiography, The Journey Of A Thousand Miles. It's an inspiring story, one that I've read at least twice. In the digital age of today, reading is not exactly fundamental anymore muhaha. I think we're all more focused on computers and the world wide web for our info. Even E-Books have become the norm if anything. Nevertheless, there are hard copies worth keeping such as, The Journey Of A Thousand Miles.

Friday, April 19, 2013 PM

I guess there's a time to be serious, and there's a time to be funny. Alright, so there's always time to be funny muhaha.

New entries on my Classical Repertoire page...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 PM

The piano arrived! I couldn't be happier now. During break time, I started to get back in the groove with some Mozart Sonatas and then the Liszt La Campanella. Fortunately, I didn't forget much. A lot of the repertoire is still fresh. Somehow, sticks with ya forever. And now, I'll begin Mendelssohn's Scherzo e Cappriccio and the Chopin Sonata. Because the piano is quite low, I gotta find a low bench or else my back will stiffen up. I'll take a pic of it soon, or it'll be seen in a new recording.

With that said, my 'man-cave' is all set now muhaha.

Monday, April 15, 2013 PM

The new, rental piano is quite similar to the miniature upright in the Lang Lang/Jay Chou music video, where as kids they aspire to become a world famous pianist/singer respectively. And they do, at the end of the video. I thought that was quite inspiring. And now, I have to find a way to sell the one in New York if at all.

Thoughts For The Day; It's not easy to improvise or come up with an idea or a joke in less than 6 seconds, but some can.....

Terror or unprovoked violence never rests. Tragic moment for Boston.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 PM

The piano should arrive around Wednesday. More thoughts on the Classical Repertoire page. And that's all I have to say about that muhahaha....

Saturday, April 13, 2013 PM

Mission accomplished. I found a rather inexpensive, but a nice miniature piano (one size down from an upright) to rent that can be returned at any time. However, the cost to drop off and pick up is quite hefty but I suppose that's like that anywhere. This was one of the major reason to move to where I am now. And now, the recordings can start again. And other possibilities, such as recitaling or tutoring. I've been dabbing with that thought for awhile, but it depends on how active and inspired I am. But for now, I'm just content in getting back on the keys and adding to the repertoire.

I also got new plates for the car. Wasn't too thrilled about all the hidden fees, but that's the way it is. Things are just damn expensive, and it's just a matter of budgeting and being more cost-conscious. I'm lovin' it where I'm living now, but I guess I have to wait until the bills roll in muhaha. It's the credit card bill that I have to cut down a lot. Anyway, it's a wait and see.

I think I have another favorite in pizza pies. I'll be ordering from them from time to time for sure. I have to have a food budget as well, which will most likely cut down in the amount of times I eat out.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 PM

And tho it begins....in a new pad! I'm excited, but at the same time I understand the risks of how expensive it can get. I'll just have to be very budget-conscious, and certainty it'll hopefully make me more responsible than I ever was. Or perhaps more lazy muhaha. I don't think that'll happen. But anyway, now it's time to assemble my work/recreation desk. And figure out the cheapest way of renting or leasing a piano. It is now possible I'm happy to say. The uncertainty of the future is what frightens a lot. But at this point, I'd be more concerned if I continued to hesitate and remained indecisive for the rest of my life. I know that there'll be a few minor regrets all the time, but I can't be influenced but by only making a firm commitment on any kind of decision. Either it ends up being a wrong one with a plethora of regrets or the right one with much enthusiasm, I just have to move forward. But time will only tell.

It seems as if it's getting colder, not warmer. But definitely more clearer. More clear skies and sun as summer approaches. Looking forward to going camping again in the wilderness. This time, perhaps it'll be easier to keep a fire going.

Friday, April 5, 2013 PM

It's going to come down to two places, and so far I've liked what I've seen. However, there's always that one caveat that's going to be the deal breaker. Deciding on a place to live does necessitate a person's tastes in location, style and even plans for the place. Taking risks is about not worrying about regrets. Everything can usually be figured out and corrected if the decision was a wrong one. I hope to have this all settled and ready for move out by next week or as early as possible.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 AM

I got my taxes out of the way last week, and I'll be moving on to a new pad which will be interesting. There isn't any time table, but hopefully it'll happen sooner than later. Apartment/house hunting is something I haven't really done at all, and while others have experienced it years earlier in their lives for their own independence, I figure that everyone has to break out of their shell or comfort zone eventually. Moving out here was one of the steps. Now, it's actually finding a place on my own. With that said, it's still possible that I'll be able to purchase a piano (most likely a Young Chang upright if at all) instead of a digital if the right place shows up all of a sudden. And the recordings can start again...muhaha I'd have to get fortuitous however. But the reality is, I'll probably will have to settle for a digital. It's good to know that Jeremy Lin himself has taken an interest in the piano or the keyboard.

Monday, April 1, 2013 AM

Despite the tendency for procrastination, I decided to just get the federal and the state done on Sunday. I'll have to try E-filing next year if at all. But anyway, it appears that I'm not going to get that much more back as last year. The more a person earns, the more taxes affect one's income so they say. I guess I didn't get that much of a raise if at all.

If I could say that I already found a great location for cheap that's secluded and meets my requirements, that would be a good April Fool's. But I don't play dat muhaha. Not that I've ever bought into or created any kind of April Fools stuff. Nevertheless, there isn't any rush. These things definitely take time.

I thought about watching "The Walking Dead" on a more regular basis, but I'm already a few seasons too late to catch up. I'm thinking about coming up with a compilation of my favorite Youtube vids from the hilarious to the serious; at least on a separate web page that I have control over in organization and creativity.