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  • Posted On: October 16th 2018 at 11:10 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Music, My violin

    Yay! I got a very happy Whatsapp message from my violin teacher today. I passed my violin Grade 8 exam! Yay!!! :smile: I am so glad that I passed now and even though it was a very bad score (like right on the dot of passing mark), I am still glad that I passed. So happy that my finger has recovered and is able to sustain the somewhat intensive exam preparation time. I didn’t dare to practise everyday because of my finger injury.

    Now it is time to think through what I want to achieve next now that I finish all my graded exams from ABRSM. Maybe a DipABRSM next time? :hmm:


    Posted On: September 24th 2018 at 12:14 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Love, Music, My violin, Personal life, Rants, Technology

    Rui Yun got new iPhone XS and I took a look at it when I met her to go for mooncakes shopping. The portrait camera is nice but I think the bokeh is a bit too fake. Definitely not something that I would spend more. Furthermore, I don’t like the idea of Face ID too.

    I’m happy with my iPhone 8 Plus and hope that it will last for a long time…

    I think I overpractise today. My finger is feeling very tired and weird. I hope I don’t injure it again. Shall rest more tomorrow. 

    Oh, and Chin Hau is back from his business trip to Beijing. Whee! I get to see him after a week’s break. :happy: Oh that reminded me of our conversation on the new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. Basically he was describing it as the new processor that is 7nm apart from source and drain (the mosfet in the new processing chip in the new iPhones). Oh things that my technical boyfriend would say and I wish that I don’t understand it at all. :sheepish: I really don’t like mosfet back in undergraduate days… :stressed: 

    And it’s Mid Autumn Festival today (it has past 12 midnight now). Happy Mid Autumn Festival to those who celebrate it. :smile: 


    Posted On: September 23rd 2018 at 6:23 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Music, My violin, Rants

    Whoa my violin exam is in 3 days and I hope I can pass. Intensive violin practice and last minute revision of expression. Okay, Tchaikovsky’s Scherzo piece is really tough with such rapid switches in dynamics. It makes it harder for me to control my bow. Oh, and my violin don’t sound as nice as previously. Seems like I really need to send it for servicing/maintenance soon. Maybe this weekend when my exam is over…

    I think it’s time to change teacher but I hope I still manage to pass my violin exam this time round. Then I can think about changing teachers after I secured my Grade 8 certification.

    Wish me luck and gambatte to myself!


    Posted On: September 22nd 2018 at 12:01 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Music, My violin, Personal life, Rants, Work, Yoga

    Oops I went for a hiatus without informing everyone again. Well, I have been busy with violin, work and dating.

    Things are fine at work and I am learning a lot of new stuff daily. Tons of work to clear but still manageable.

    I probably need to send my violin for servicing/cleaning after my exam. It’s more than a decade and I think it deserves some tender loving care. Not sure how much it will be though. Hopefully not too expensive…

    I realised how fat I have become and now really need to lose weight before I become overweight. So I have been watching my diet closely and reduce in eating on snacks. Went for core yoga class yesterday and power yoga class today. It is my first time going for yoga class 2 days in a row. Definitely one of the rare times when I go for yoga twice a week. I need to go more often to work out more and lose weights. Oh, do you know that an adult is recommended to have 150 mins of physical activity a week? I got to know it from the local news channel when they were interviewing Health Promotion Board in Singapore. So yup, that would be 3 yoga class a week. Hopefully I can keep up to the routine and lose some weight. I realised I lost 1 kg after 2 weeks. I just need to lose 2 kg more and I’m happy. That means 1 more month? Hopefully I can keep up to it.

    Oh, and also regular blogging too! I will reply the comments when I use my laptop…


    Posted On: September 1st 2018 at 9:40 pm | 5 Comments
    Categories: Music, My violin, Rants

    I have been busy preparing for my Grade 8 violin exam which I hope I can pass this time round. But a part of me is like… I doubt I can pass since I feel so ill-prepared. I haven’t finish memorising my scales, not to mention that I am still not particularly strong in my exam pieces. My aural skills is lacking and I am not very confident of my sight reading. Argh what to do? I thought I will get the September slot for the exam but I ended up getting the late August slot. :cry: Now I am feeling the stress and losing motivation to work hard too. Thanks to God’s blessing, I managed to get September slot. Apparently my examiner got injured a few days before my exam so it got delayed by a month. :smile: 

    Hopefully things will get better and that I find my motivation to practise more. I need to make sure that I don’t overpractise as well or I might hurt my finger again…