8 Places, 8 Pieces: A Musical Journey Through Italy


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Italy is most likely on the top of every art lover’s travel bucket list. The peninsula gave birth to some of the greatest artists and brilliant minds. Painters, innovators, and writers like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, and Raphael left breathtaking treasures to our world. Yet, we often forget that music also plays a big role…

Animal Cruelty in China


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That was an early chill November morning. I was still living in that apartment in Shanghai having my regular morning routine (whatever that was.) Yet, what was unusual that day was the dreadful sound coming from outside. It was the kind of sound a sad puppy would make. I tried to ignore it, but the despair…

7 Useful Tips for Teaching Music & Piano in China


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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]


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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)


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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


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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…

Summer Travel Stories & Self-Reflection As A Traveller (July & August 2018 Blog Round-Up)


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August wasn’t easy for me since I returned from my travels. I had many half-way-done contents lined up that I wanted to put them into words and videos to share, but my personal life has caught me in a whirlwind. Also, I was having difficulty putting thoughts into words as my mind was like a…