7 Useful Tips for Teaching Music & Piano in China

In August 2016, I accepted a piano teaching position in Shanghai, China to embark a new chapter of my life. I began my piano teaching path as a substitute teacher teaching young children in 2008 when I was still a conservatory student in NYC. I also spent 2 years teaching University student at NYU. Afterward, I moved […]

Adrian Freedman: In Search of Stillness [Musician Interview]

In a warm summer afternoon in Canggu, Bali, I was sitting in a small cafe with my earphones listening to my newest mp3 download – Adrian Freedman’s Shakuhachi album, “As I Breathe.” The music at the cafe was rather loud, but as soon as I hit the play button for “Clarity”, an energy immediately transported me to another time and space. A powerful wave hit me. Slow, yet metamorphic. It was a very peaceful moment in which I had been yearning for a while. At that time, I did not expect Adrian’s answers to my questions would impact me on a personal level.

30th Birthday Celebration & Long Weekend Trip (September 2018 Blog Round-Up)

September is my favourite month of a year. Not only because it’s my birthday month, but also because it’s the beginning of Autumn when the temperature begins to drop. In my September 2018 blog round-up, I’m sharing how I celebrated by 30th birthday, new places I discovered in and around Shanghai, and a new song […]

Spend Less: A Quick Singapore Budget Guide

It isn’t news that Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in Asia. Similar to Hong Kong, most of the expenses go to accommodations and food in Singapore. I was in Singapore for 3 days, and I enjoyed my time there, but my wallet didn’t agree! However, there are ways to get around without breaking […]

3 Tested Travel Medical Insurance Plans for China Expats and Globetrotters

“Do I really need to buy a travel medical insurance?” Is possibly one of the most asked questions I’ve seen in the online travel community, and my answer is always YES, YES, and YES! Most of the time, we worry about travel plans getting disrupted or belongings getting lost in transit. Yet, we neglect the […]

Explore China’s Dali Old Town: A Little Travel Guide

Dali Old Town (大理古城) is a historical city in Yunnan Province of southern China that was first emerged as the capital of Nanzhao Kingdom in the 8th century. I learned about Dali when I was a kid. Dali was one of the places that played a significant role in my favourite Chinese martial arts and chivalry […]