26 March, 2015

Never Grow Up

Rachel cannot recall when she started playing the violin, but she does remember that she chose to learn it because her peers were learning how to play the piano and she wanted to try something different. She recently graduated from Ave Maria Convent and her fondest memories there were skipping class to attend rehearsals for the AMC Symphony Orchestra, where she served as viola section leader before subsequently becoming concertmaster and associate conductor. She completed her ABRSM grade 8 exam with distinction in 2012. That same year, Rachel was awarded the Young Artist scholarship to participate in the 4th Biennial Singapore International String Conference, where she attended masterclasses with Ang Chek Meng and Ng Yu-Ying of the renowned T'ang Quartet. In between performing and arranging songs for various school events, she was also first chair violinist with the Perak Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Eugene Pook.
My biography for the programme notes of the concert I'm playing in March. Looking at it, I couldn't help but think wow, I've had a pretty illustrious career too.

A pretty quiet birthday, but I had dinner with my family at Citrus last night and the lady boss gave me a chocolate lava cake, which was lovely. Also the notes and messages I received this whole day were very nice and made me feel warm mushy feelings to all the people in my life.

I'll be going out with my friends for lunch tomorrow. My grandma made me pair of flare shorts and a retro skirt which I'm gonna wear tomorrow.

28 February, 2015

What's on my iPhone 6

And my iPod Touch 5.
I'll be updating this post throughout the year with my favourite apps, and maybe the contents of some of the apps like Music, Videos, iBooks, Podcasts, etc.
All apps are free unless stated.

The Big Three
Google Chrome: I find it easier to use this browser cause all my bookmarks are saved on a cloud.
Camera
Photos

App Store, iTunes Store, Calculator, Music, Videos, Settings, Mail, Notes
{Spacewasters}: Find my iPhone, Safari, Game Center, iMessage, Contacts, FaceTime, Maps, Passbook, Health, Newsstand, Stocks, Tips, Podcasts, iBooks

{Utilities}: Calendar, Clock, Reminders, Weather
Voice Memos: I use this to record songs I think of.
Authenticator: For verifying purposes.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary: It doesn't hurt to keep it around.
xe Currency: Useful when you travel to a foreign country and want to know how much you're actually spending.
Cuptakes Wallpapers ($0.99): Where I get some of my wallpapers.

02 January, 2015

The Bucket List

Because resolutions are too mainstream.
  • Get into college.
  • Go on a road trip.
  • Get diploma in violin.
  • Finish Grade 8 music theory.
  • Continue piano lessons, or take keyboard instead.
  • Record a song.
  • Write more stories and poetry.
  • Swim with dolphins.
  • See cherry blossoms in bloom.
  • Be in another musical.
  • Be in more concerts.
  • Film something.

25 December, 2014

Whatever, life

"When you're ten, they call you a prodigy. When you're fifteen, they call you a genius. Once you hit twenty, you're just an ordinary person. About three years until I'm ordinary." ~ Nanase Haruka, Free!
I can't believe I'm quoting a gay swimming anime. This is what my life has come to.

So... I've decided to do the one thing I swore never to do... pursue music as a future career path. =_="
Yup. I don't know if I'm being smart or stupid, oh well, I guess I'll find out 10 years down the road.
And yeah, if you follow that quote, by then I'll be really ordinary.
To be honest, the reason why I've decided to choose music is partly because I want to live in Singapore (which I'm in right now).

I've been posting a lot on YouTube and SoundCloud lately, and I'm loving the response that I'm getting. Of course, this blog has been doing pretty well in getting views as well.

The audition for the college I want to get into is in February, the intake will only be in August.
So in between I have a LOT of free time, except for March-May, I have to attend National Service. XP

In the meantime, I have a few musical projects that I will definitely try to complete before March.
And I might offer myself up as musician / arranger / teacher for hire during the month of January till February.

I'll update this post when I'm feeling more inspired to wax lyrical.
It's late.

20 December, 2014

SUGOI!!!

I mostly photo blogged on my Tumblr here.

Harajuku.
Disneyland.
Ghibli Museum.

16 November, 2014

The 30-Day Studio Ghibli Challenge

I've had this post lying around my drafts for more than a year now. It took so long because of the gif hunting involved. I wanted to start editing it again after this happened, but yeah, had exams. For some reason, the middle of my SPM seems like a good time to post this long overdue post. Whatever.
I'll come back and edit it later.

Day 1: First Studio Ghibli movie?
Spirited Away.

12 October, 2014

Dream Out Loud

{11th October 2014}
It was just a few years ago, when we arrived in this school that we know.
Some of us were shy, alone and scared. Some were fierce and brave cause they dared.
Flash forward five years later, here we are.
In this ballroom, all looking beautiful, shining bright like stars.
In a couple more months we'll be leaving for good, so it's time to change the mood.

~ Dream Out Loud ~

Pada setiap pagi, kita perlu pergi ke sekolah.
七点十五分, Prefect 就催我们去排队! (很烦啦!)
Pada setiap tahun, hidup kita menjadi lebih susah.
每一天忍着上课, 和被老师骂.
我们每一人都有自己的期望和梦想, 但是有时刻我们就觉得要放弃.
Tapi jika kita lebih berusaha, saya pasti kita akan capai kejayaan yang cemerlang.

These are the things that we won't let go,
The times we remember that were high and low.
Sekarang masa telah datang,
所以现在来一起合唱!

I wrote the song.


Honestly, there's nothing to say. The album is on Facebook, if you're someone I actually know in real life, you can see it. If not, whatever. Bye~~