Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sunway Lagoon outing

22 of my batch mates: Due to some personal matters like family and have yet to finish a final English paper, 3 of them couldn't make it. 19 of us headed to Sunway, 12 to lagoon while the other 7 went to Pyramid.

19 of us. Bright sunny day.

There is a Buy 1 Free 1 promotion for students (bring your student ID!), so it's RM60 per person. The lockers inside are priced at RM 15 for small ones (cannot be reopened, will be charged again) and RM 30 for the larger ones (can be reopened). For me personally, after visiting Sunway Lagoon again after so many years, it did had some improvements :) 

BUT, for someone one like me who has been to USS twice in 6 months, I can say that Lagoon could be more tourist-friendly. They do not provide space at the side for you to leave your things before you head for the roller-coaster, you have to either take the risk, leaving your bag somewhere nearby OR put in the locker which isn't near the ride. I took the risk, I need my water bottle :( 

Not quite worth it for senior citizens to go. My popo went to USS with us during CNY, there are many performances held at the streets, attractions that are educational like "Lights, Camera, Action!" and less extreme rides like the ones in "Far, far away", that is suitable for the elderly.

Water-coolers were placed almost everywhere convenient around USS, and lockers are placed beside extreme rides that requires you to carry nothing but yourself, it's FREE for the 1st 30mins, enough to have a ride, come back, get your stuff and proceed to the next ride LOL. Of course, I do pay more for USS but it was worth every SGD. Without the B1F1 promo, I don't think I will go :x Just giving my HONEST opinion, I still love Malaysia kays ;)

If you've been to USS and not yet to Lagoon, there is NO single-rider lane. Even if you have extra cash, there is NO express pass to be purchased, so try to avoid going during peak seasons.

Not many pics were taken as most of the time, we kept our valuable cameras and phones in the locker. USS trip? We managed to have tonnes of pics taken using the DSLR. Sorry DSLR users heading to Lagoon, you either get someone to take care of your DSLR while you go enjoy your ride OR snap your pics and watch others enjoy the ride *true story*

No re-entry, once you're in Lagoon, you can't go out to Pyramid, jalan-jalan then come back and enter Lagoon again. I wonder why, they allowed that last time though. I thought that will actually boost Sunway's business LOL.
I do hope I got my facts right, do correct me, nicely, no offense :)

My fave ride? VUVUZELA :D I had to go open the locker for my course mates who were leaving earlier (the key is the wristband I wore), so when I got back, I was the only one in-line for the ride. I asked the staff if I can ride the float alone *LOL* but he said nope, minimum 4 pax. oh well. I joined 2 pair of couples from the Philippines, friendly ppl. They were surprised when I told them I'm a Malaysian. The other Malaysians ain't friendly? LOL. like meeting random peeps :)

Nevertheless, it was a fun outing despite some miscommunications. It's our first outing together, more to come I hope, and more improvements to be done :)
That's about it I guess :) 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Music showcase 2013 - Synergy

Our 2nd sem's showcase was held on the 23rd of June MAY! 2013. Late post but this is blog-worthy :) Read about the 1st sem's music showcase here. With so many things going on, it's hard to keep track. Many thoughts of the moment is lost now. Oh well. Here's a summary :)

1st year students :D
Special thanks to our "anonymous" friend for giving us a small yet meaningful appreciation gift.

So, why was I the MC? I forgot! like, seriously ._. anyways, so glad that Rachel jie agreed to be my partner :D Last sem, the committee wanted to do a detailed program note so we got the description of the program from the performers. In the end, our lecturer told us to just make a simple one. So, this sem, a simple program note BUT nothing is collected from the performer for the MC's script. Am really grateful for all the performers who co-operated and submitted their program details even though we gave rather last minute notice :')

It was quite tricky to design the script as it has to suit the backstage crew's timing to set-up. The ensembles for this showcase were rather big. Eg: the final performance is a huge ensemble, so the MCs had to describe and explain MORE in order for the music stands, mics etc to be set-up. Googled about Gu-zheng, Joe Hishashi, pronunciation for foreign terms (:O?!) LOL! Well, our pleasure to do so as it is our job to educate the audience. It was very educational for me as well :P 

"Keltainen huone (Yellow Room) is composed by our very own Professor Michael Edgerton when he was in Finland. This piece focuses on the sense of pitch movement of unvoiced sounds that are achieved by highlighting the dominant formant frequencies of the vocal tract. A Painting titled Keltainen huone by Marjatta Hanhijoki was the inspiration for this piece." 

Try reading that OUT LOUD. LOL

OH! AND THE TECHNICAL ERROR PART *hides face*. Just went out and said something impromptu. Thank God, lovely audience we had :)

Besides MC-ing, Rachel and I were performing as well. Timing has to be just nice for us to change our clothes. Yea, I'm in the choir again this sem, wasn't my 1st choice but oh well, God has His purposes. The choir didn't have a conductor until few days before the showcase, we decided to have one. Long story short, I was the conductor. Good side? I didn't have to change my clothes which takes time LOL


From my FB cover photo description:

"Always love singing in a choir but conducting is something totally new and different. Music Showcase 2013 - Synergy was my 1st time conducting in front of my course mates, lecturers and a crowd, with 0 knowledge on conducting, less than 4 days to prepare ( I had to emcee as well) *the horror?!*
Nevertheless, I just want to say THANK YOU. Yes, YOU there. From the bottom of my heart. For the opportunity given, to learn from my mistakes and grow. No regrets.
To my fellow choir members, thank you for giving me the confidence, what do I do without all of you? :')
Grateful. Blessed.
=Nella Fantasia & Ode to Joy="

Would like to thank those who came and supported the showcase. FULL HOUSE! OH and Suez came! :D haha. There are many other pics, posting some here, you can stalk the rest on my FB ;)

My cousie bro who is studying medicine in UKM FB msg.ed me and made reservation for 5 tickets just a day before showcase! :D Tall genes ;) The last time I met him was during CNY back in Johor.

some of the PKV-ians who came. Wern Jun and Boon Aun :)

12th college CC family bros, Yee Seng and Qi Hang :)

Preparation for showcase: This is the 1st time we have a ticketing system for showcase. Price was fixed at RM5 per ticket, instead of the controversial "entrance by donation of RM5". Of course, for that we went through quite a bit *phew* And 1st time, we have online reservation, we didn't expect such an overwhelming response! Publicity is my thing: updating the FB event page, the department's page, promote promote! LOL. okay, I exaggerated, not that radical :P 

As a whole, we improved, performance and management wise. Good job, course mates! :D and by course mates I meant batch mates and seniors :) Icing on the cake? One of our lecturers posted a FB status congratulating us, so thoughtful :) IDK what happened to our advisor, ok, didn't expect nything pun ._.

I couldn't have done all these without God. Before the showcase, as me and Rachel are preparing ourselves mentally and emotionally (lol), we took a moment of silence and prayed, later joined by another course mate who saw us. We just uphold everything to God. Mind you, this is not some "holy molly christian-ey" thing, it's just to acknowledge that there is a God watching over us :) Thanks for reading! God bless you :)

Saturday, 15 June 2013

University of Malaya-Music Department's Shirt!

With my favourite girls
Simple yet meaningful design. Front: Treble and Bass cleft representing music, is close to our hearts, our heartbeat. See the heart shape? Back: Where we are from :)

It's like a dream come true :') Wait, let me explain here. Our seniors came out with a shirt design for their 2nd semester's showcase. For my batch, we thought we didn't want to do the same. Instead of a showcase shirt, we wanted to make a department shirt. Quite practical as we can wear it for any of our department's event or just pick a random day (Department shirt day? ;)) and wear it during class. Definitely, there were some obstacles we had to go through, getting approval from lecturers(?), support from seniors. Some weren't comfortable with the change. We said we want UBAH (change) in our country but change happens even in our daily lives, not just as a nation. Summary,  the course mates came up with the designs, posted on our FB group for votes, Caryn's design had the most votes and there we have our department shirt *YAY* Glad we persevered in making this shirt and did not give in when ppl told us we can't or it's hard, if not this wouldn't have been accomplished. Hard work paid off! :D Oh, and some of our lecturers bought the shirt!

And we wore it during our examination! :D
22 of us from the 2012/2013 batch

It has been 2 wonderful sems with my batch mates. Year 2 is waiting! :)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Principal study Year 1 sem 2

My personal, honest thoughts

Prelude and Fugue in Eb Major WTC 876 

Nice huh? :) I like it too. Such music by J.S.Bach ♥ Fugue was a challenge for me when it comes to memorizing + bringing out theme in the 4 different voices (if that makes sense). Didn't memorize it well enough. Before entering uni, I've learned this piece briefly then stopped for reasons I can't recall. Good to be able to learn this completely now.

Sonata in E major. Op 14 no. 1
There are 3 movements, this is the 1st movement

I like jugak :P I've learned this piece's 1st movement for my grade 8 exam, learned the other 2 movements for own leisure. Never memorized it. So during the sem break, it's revision time for me. Yes, we start to learn our pieces during sem break, a bit difficult to cope if we start learning when the new sem begins.

Chopin's Etude in A minor. Op 10 no. 2

The only piece that I did not choose myself. Great exercise for my 3-4-5th fingers. I played much slower that what you saw in the video above. Among the 3 pieces, this is technically challenging. Hand and finger ache halfway through the piece. I know the notes inside my head but my fingers just can't play the keys when my arm aches so badly, how frustrating :( the question is, why did my lecturer chose this piece for me? What is the learning outcome? (LOL.ed at learning outcome, like what I use to see on textbooks before a new chapter begins) Challenge accepted, I played this during my weekly recital, instead of Sonata which I'm much confident in. I couldn't have done it without God's grace. right arm major aching after that T.T wrong technique I guess *sigh*

It began at 9am, I was the 9th on the list, 11 am slot. Didn't want to hurt my eyes so I went with glasses, lack of eye-shut time. I reached practice room around 9.30 am to change, warm-up and run-through certain sections of my pieces. Course mates who were before me came out of the jury room happily, said that they did not have to play much of their pieces, they didn't memorize fully anyway. I was like "ok, well, our pieces are quite long so I guess it's normal to stop us halfway".

* * unspoken
" " spoken
=this is not the EXACT account as I have terrible memory= 
Went in. Gave the books of my pieces to the jurors. Sat at the piano. Jurors sipping coffee. I wait for instructions. 

Sight-reading seems to be the SAME as last sem's ._.

"Scale in A major." 
A major?! That is last sem's syllabus, this sem we have to do last 4# and 4bs. Played anyway. A major-F# harmonic-F#melodic-"STOP!" 
*WHAT?! I'm not done with my arpeggios* 
"E minor please" 
So different from Year 1 sem 1's style *click*

Prelude and Fugue 4 pages in total
*plays 1 page + of Prelude* 
"STOP, next"
*(thinks) THE HORROR. plays Fugue, stumbled here and there, trying to recover, played less than 1 page*
"STOP, next. you can use the score if you want to."
"I don't need them actually"

Beethoven Sonata. 3 movements.

*plays 1 page +, that's less than 1 min?*
"STOP, continue with... CHOPIN"
*My other 2 movements? :"(*
It's natural for me to think of the 2nd movement after I played the 1st mov. Quickly switch my brain to Chopin mode.

Chopin Etude, 4 pages

*plays 3 pages*
"STOP" Jurors talk, asking if I'm playing what I hear in my head, some random questions that I didn't bother to answer already 'cuz I don't know how what to think.

STUNNED. What on earth did I get to perform? Of course I get nervous BUT I recover along the way. Cutting me off so fast doesn't allow me to demonstrate what I've been preparing for the whole semester. Even if I did played badly. kindly listen through most of it, I can hear for myself if I performed badly. Judging by first impression? not right, cuz some can play well and mess up later on. Come on, I didn't spend 1 sem + to prepare for that 10 mins, I'm more than that :(

Had to see the lecturer straight after that to discuss about next sem's repertoire as some of my principal study group mates are going back to their hometown in the afternoon. So I went with Xiao Min. The most natural question to ask is "how was final jury?" I thought about it for awhile, while Xiao Min talks. When I did open my mouth and utter my words, I don't know if I'm sad or angry or just disappointed but I felt like I'm gonna breakdown. Stopped talking but inside I'm screaming :( All the lecturer said was, get use to the American style. how helpful. Discussing almost equals to not discussing at all, if I knew how to choose my pieces, I wouldn't need consultation, but of 'cuz, for formality sake, discussed anyway. Not very patient when I'm in that state. Got out of the room after that. Posted a status which took me almost 30 mins to think of how to put my words.

As I walked back to my hostel, I chilled for a bit. Praying or just talking to myself. God is in control. His will be done.

On a happier note, new sunnies to fool around with ^_^

How this drains me physically and emotionally. Rested. HE and Info skill paper next Monday. Keep striving! Thanks for reading. Not easy to digest what I blogged huh, it's ok,  just ranting. Can't handle my honesty? Thank you very much ;) Have a blessed week :)