Something to share in every single week throughout the year

Music

Week 37 – I bought a new amp for my violin

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Week 14 – Repairment

IMG_7032Have you ever wondered how it looks like when your violin needs to be fixed after years of practicing? This is a sample of a violin of how it will look like during the process of some major repairment.


Week 8 – Madonna Rebel Heart in Macau

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There were songs that my father used to like to listen to while babysitting me. Among them were Madonna’s songs. That made me how I used to like Madonna very much when I was a little girl. I used to decor my bedroom with Madonna posters and listen to her songs frequently, and I sometimes (my mom told me that later) even brought her picture along with me when my  parents take me out to play. I once asked my mother to take me to salon to make my hair look like Madonna’s hairstyle. I can’t believe that my mother approved that and really took me to salon to fulfill my little wish. Now, when I think back, it was lucky that she only approved me curling my hair but not dying it to blonde. Otherwise, I would be looked too funny. Heehee. Those were childhood days…It seemed that I was her fan in long time ago.

Today, Madonna is here! She is performing live in Macau! This is a chance to see her live show. How could I miss it? I must go! I must go to the concert! Although I don’t have that “fan” feeling anymore, but it would be nice to take this chance to see her live concert. Right?


Week 43 – You Raise Me Up Incredible Boy and Girl Sing


Week 39 – The Moment

  
Wing Chun is all about training of the “Siu Nim Tao” (Little Thoughts). Once you find the right Thought with your “Centre Line”, your life will be right. Physically, it refers to a line vertically drawn from the top of the head to the end of backbone and it leads to all movements and thoughts in mind. But everyone also has another Centre Line – the direction in life, a principle for living. This Line will determine the end of all matters being right or wrong and successful or failed because it is from where all actions are derived. It is only when we hold fast to it will we be able to make the right decision in any situation.


Week 19 – Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutram

Another beautiful song that I would love to share with you here on WordPress. It sings by Imee Ooi in Sanskrit. Here is the lyrics in Sanskrit. It helps to release negative karma, create blessing and abundance for those who hear it.

Lyrics:

ARYA VALOKITESHVARO BODHISATTVO GAMBHIRAM
PRAJNAPARAMITA CHARYAM CHARAMANO
VYAVALOKAYATI SMA PANCHA SKANDHAS TAMSH CHA
SVABHAVA SHUNYAN PASHYATI SMA

IHA SHARIPUTRA RUPAM SHUNYATA SHUNYATA EVA RUPAM
RUPAN NA PRITHAK SHUNYATA
SHUNYATAYA NA PRITHAK RUPAM
YAD RUPAM SA SHUNYATA
YA SHUNYATA TAD RUPAM
EVAM EVA VEDANA SAMJNA SAMSKARA VIJNANAM

IHA SHARIPUTRA SARVA DHARMA SHUNYATA LAKSHANA
ANUTPANNA ANIRUDDHA AMALA AVIMALA ANUNA APARIPURNAH
TASMAT SHARIPUTRA SHUNYATAYAM NA RUPAM
NA VEDANA NA SAMJNA NA SAMSKARA NA VIJNANAM
NA CHAKSHU SHROTRA GHRANA JIHVA KAYA MANAMSI
NA RUPA SHABDA GANDHA RASA SPRASHTAVYA DHARMAH
NA CHAKSHUR DHATUR YAVAN NA MANO VIJNANAM DHATUH
NA AVIDYA NA AVIDYA KSHAYO YAVAN JARA MARANAM
NA JARA MARANA KSHAYO NA DUHKHA SAMUDAYA NIRODHA MARGA
NA JNANAM NA PRAPTIR NA BHISMAYA TASMAI NA APRAPTIH

TASMAT SHARIPUTRA APRAPTIVAD BODHISATTVO
PRAJNAPARAMITAM ASHRITYA
VIHARATYA CHITTA VARANAH
CHITTA AVARANA NASTITVAD ATRASTO

VIPARYASA ATIKRANTO NISHTHA NIRVANA PRAPTAH

TRYADHVA VYAVASTHITAH SARVA BUDDHAH
PRAJNAPARAMITAM ASHRITYA ANUTTARAM
SAMYAK SAMBODHIM ABDHISAMBUDDHAH

TASMAT JNATAVYAM PRAJNAPARAMITA MAHA MANTRO
MAHA VIDYA MANTRO ‘NUTTARA MANTRO SAMASAMA MANTRAH
SARVA DUHKHA PRASHAMANAH SATYAM AMITHYATVAT
PRAJNAPARAMITAYAM UKTO MANTRAH TADYATHA
GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA

ITY ARYA PRAJNAPARAMITA HRIDAYAM SAMAPTAM


Week 18 – The Shore Beyond

This is Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutram from Imee Ooi. When Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva was practicing the profound prajna paramita, he illuminated the five skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.


Week 34 – Raise Fund For MUSIC FOR RELIEF

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Music For Relief is participating in a fundraising challenge. The charity that raises the most money will get USD$75,000 in donations. The dollars that raised and collected will go to Music For Relief enabling a quicker response to the future natural disasters.

The fundraising challenge started on August 19th and ends on 2013 September 24th at 12pm ET. Please support us! Every donation of yours helps make a difference.

I and my friend have joined the team as well, helping to raise as much as money we can. USD$261 we have raised, and USD$886 total raised so far. Join us or create your own team under the campaign of Music For Relief to help raise more fund. 😀

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ABOUT MFR:
Music For Relief (MFR) is a charitable organization, founded by the band Linkin Park, dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters as well as prevention of such disasters, and bringing awareness to global warming.

BACKGROUND:
Established in 2005 to provide aid for those affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the idea for Music For Relief originated amongst the members of the band Linkin Park who wanted to do something to help those affected. The idea was that if they made a donation, and then asked their musician peers and their fans to make a donation as well, a huge impact could be made in assisting relief efforts. With this in mind, they started reaching out to others in the music community to get involved and became the founders of Music For Relief.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
– It Made over USD$5,000,000 in donations;
– It has planted 1,000,000 trees to help reduce global warming;

Their programs have helped survivors of:
– 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami;
– Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Hannah, Ike & Gustav;
– Cyclones Nargis in Burma, Sidr, and Aila in Bangladesh;
– Wildfires in Southern California & Victoria Australia;
– Typhoons Ketsana, Parma, Morakot and Lupit in Southeast Asia;
– Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak;
– Tornado in Mena, Arkansas;
– China’s Wenchuan Earthquake;
– 2009 Earthquakes in the Pacific Islands and Indonesia;
– 2010 Haiti Earthquake;
– Monsoon Flooding in Pakistan;
– 2011 Japan Earthquake & tsunami;
– Famine in Somalia.

RECENT PROGRAM:
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Power The World:
1.3 billion people in the world lack access to clean energy. This staggering fact ignited Linkin Park’s interest in helping to find solutions. In support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s 2012 Year of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, Linkin Park has pledged to Power the World by helping raise awareness about energy access, highlighting solutions and providing opportunities for people to get involved.

Power the World’s first project aims to help bring clean energy to Haiti, where 8 million people live without access to sustainable energy. Supporters can help bring Haiti out of extreme energy poverty by visiting http://powertheworld.org and donating USD$10 to provide a solar powered lightbulb to a family in Haiti through EarthSpark International’s Enèji Pwòp (“Clean Energy” in Haitian Creole). This USD$10 donation will improve the quality of life for a family by lighting their home and enabling children to study, families to read, and all to feel safe and healthy.

Music for Relief has also partnered with WE CARE Solar to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies by sending Solar Suitcases to clinics and hospitals in Uganda where maternal mortality rates are at a crisis point. These Solar Suitcases are an economical, easy-to-use portable power unit that provides health workers with highly efficient medical lighting and power for mobile communication and medical devices to help save lives of mothers and babies. Click here to learn more about how you can help bring one to a clinic in need.

Power the World’s most recent project aims to bring innovative and sustainable energy to families in South America. Together with Uncharted Play, we are providing children with SOCCKETs, soccer balls that also function as portable generators. Each SOCCKET has the capability to power LED lamps, fans, cell phone chargers, water purifiers and audio speakers for an entire family.


Week 33 – Linkin Park

Linkin Park, Linkin Park, I love you!
I love them so much. I love them since 2004…almost 10 years…XD
The show was super awesome that night, on August 15! I have to say that no matter how Linkin Park change the style of music, and no matter what they sing, to me, everything from them is just GREAT! 😀

They are my beloved band that I ever adore, and I just can’t wait for another second to share the best of my photos taken at the show with you here!
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Camera: Sony Cyber Shot DSC-RX100 (Thanks Kim for lending me your camera)

IN THE PAST:

1st time: 2007 Linkin Park at Asia World Arena, Hong Kong
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2nd time: 2007 Linkin Park at Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
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3rd time: 2009 Linkin Park at Venetian Macau
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4th time: 2011 Linkin Park at Asia World Arena, Hong Kong
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5th time: 2011 Linkin Park at Singapore Grand Prix
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6th time: 2013 Linkin Park at Asia World Arena, Hong Kong
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I’m looking forward to attending more shows in the future…


Week 4 – Hélène Grimaud Piano Recital

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Music is like food to the soul. Tonight, I am at the CCM’s Grand Auditorium waiting for the piano recital by Hélène Grimaud. While I’m still waiting for the performance, I read through the pages of the recital program and learn that Hélène Grimaud will play Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartók’s piano music in this evening. Since Mozart is my favorite classical musician, I can’t wait to listen to the piano sonata that Hélène Grimaud is going to bring to the audience. 😀

Here is the recital program:

Mozart  Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310
Berg   Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Liszt   Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178
Bartók  Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68

Five more minutes to go and this exquisite and beautiful musician is readying to touch the audience’s heart with her profound and passionate performance.

Camera: Iphone 4S
Location: Grand Auditorium at Cultural Center Macau


Week 43 – Nighttime (Work In Progress)


Sorry for the late post. I had planned to post this track “Nighttime” at Saturday, but I just couldn’t finish it. I need more time to work on it. 🙂 Right now this is only the first part of the whole track. The rest of it will be out soon…

By the way, I’m going camping tomorrow. I hope the sky will be clear at night, so that I can come back with images of the starry night sky. 😀

Image: Water drop on feather


Week 39 – Leaving

I was having this strange feeling of “leaving something behind” when I was making this track. Maybe I was subconsciously wanting to let go of something. An habit, a dream or a situation. I’m not sure about that, but whatever it is, I’m sure that is for the best, and this track helps express that inner feeling I have.

I’m so happy that I can share this with you here. 😀
Thanks for listening. I hope you like it.


Week 34 – Fallen Leaf


Hope you enjoy this track. Summer ends. Autumn is coming…

About this video:

Message: “Mother Nature is weeping. Her eyes will sooner or later run out of tears, wipe us out by drought and fear. When the last leaf falls, I’m afraid this will be the beginning of the falling of human civilization.

Visual created by: Ken
Music created by: me 🙂


Week 30 – Trapped Beautifully In A Dream

The music track describes a person who indulges in the surreal images and sensations in the dreamland. He is completely lost and he doesn’t know he is dreaming. As everything in the dream world looks so beautiful, tempting and quite real, he even resist to believe that it is just a dream and not real. After a while, when this person is becoming lucid, he starts to feel there is something wrong with the world he is being trapped in. He is aware that he is dreaming. Then, all he wants to do is to wake up. He struggles. He wakes up, and wakes up, but still he is in the dream. His awareness is weak. He falls back in the dream.

Just imagine what would be like if our waking life is also a dream…


Week 26 – A Melody From A Dream

This is a postcard that I received today, sent by my dear little cousin who is having her holiday in Hiroshima. 😀 I’ve never been to Hiroshima. I would like to visit it someday in the future…

Few years ago, I remembered having a dream in which I saw a beautiful angel humming a song in front of the crowd. Years have passed, I couldn’t remember the lyrics, but still remember its melody. Here you go…


Week 21 – When Time Falls Asleep


WHEN TIME FALLS ASLEEP

Sorry for the late post. It has been a very busy week for me. Tons of works at work have been pulling me in every kind of direction. I have to do this, and that, and it feels like the job is never ending. Since the new boss has came in charge, things aren’t quite the same. I wish everything at work could be just as relax and easy as before.

I wish you all have a great week and hope you like the music track I made. 🙂

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Photo created on May 26, 2012.


Week 17 – Flash Of Memory


“I wake up from a dream, and I feel…
The feelings are so intense, like the kind of feelings I can’t deny.
I close my eyes, back-tracking the scene I have seen.
While I am watching the scene unfold, my senses come alive.
I try to catch all the pieces in my mind.
But wind blows. Flash of memory is all I can catch.”

Just finished writing this piece of music track. It describes the kind of feelings that I have right after awakening from a dream.
Happy weekend! 😀


Week 13 – Tree House

This music track describes a journey in which a man leaves his home in the city. Along the journey, he feels nostalgic for the nature and when he finally find a place to stay, he build a tree house and decides to live there forever…

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Photo created on April 1, 2012.


Week 8 – A Love To Remember


I wrote this piano composition about a year ago, as a Valentine’s gift to my love. I named it “A Love To Remember”. I wanted to express a kind of love which is thankful, beautiful and simple, and the feeling of love is like, “The love we shared together will never die, and the flow of love will reach into the space of endlessness.” 😀

I hope you may feel the feeling as I described here when you listen to this track. Thank You for listening! 😀

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Photo created on February 25, 2012.


Week 4 – Love In The Suitcase

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This week I would like to share with you my first home-made musical track which was created with Sibelius (a trial version) in two years ago. My boyfriend and I and a few of our best friends had planed to form a group together to create and launch an Iphone game. Each of us decided the part of the work we most like to do. I was so excited at that moment, and I chose the audio section as part of my work. I began to create sound and wrote some melodies for the game we were going to build. Few months later, a core member of the group was no longer available to continue the project due to personal issues. The project faded away, and therefore, the plan turned out to be a dream. I was a bit disappointed when I first knew it, but the feeling of disappointment didn’t last long because, on the other hand, they made me realizing that I love creating sound and writing musical pieces! They, indirectly, had helped me to realize that I have found something that I like to do. From that point, I started to build sound and create my own musical tracks. Part of the sound you hear from this track was used to be a melody that I created for the project two years ago. After the project died, I rebuilt it and transformed it into something else that makes me feel. A love piece. I named it as “Love In The Suitcase”, it expresses a love feeling that will not be realized, and the feelings could only be kept hidden deep inside. To me, a suitcase may represent ability and skill that every one needs, or it may represent something valuable to the person who carries it every day, and it is also a place where to keep secret.

I hope you enjoy this love sound! 😀

Camera: Canon EOS 450D

Photo created on January 28, 2012.