Adventures in Hong Kong (Preview)

If you’re looking to travel to a country that’s fun, delicious, affordable and convenient, Hong Kong is definitely the place to visit.

I’ve been here for a little over a week (on business), and it’s been quite the experience so far. While work has me pretty exhausted by the end of the day, I’ve been pushing through my fatigue and lack of sleep to get out and explore this beautiful country. But, I haven’t been doing it alone.

With the help of friendly locals, frequent visitors and friends (new and old), I’ve adapted to this place quite nicely, though Hong Kong’s culture makes it very easy to adapt to. Most of the locals here speak English, and the public transportation system, MTR, is one of the greatest systems I’ve ever used. Imagine BART times a billion. Yes, it’s that good.

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Piano is Passion and Suffering

“I was once told that the word ‘passion’ comes from the Latin word ‘suffering,’ and because of the ability to suffer, we are able to retain the ability to enjoy and love. Both meanings of ‘passion’ serve as an essence to my appreciation for music, more specifically, the piano. I suffer because I slave over the technical parts of the piano and I love it because of the beautiful sounds and melodies that I can create with the piano.”

I wrote the statement above in a paper for high school. What amazes me is how after so many years, this message holds true now. This comment can be made about any one’s hobby or passion. It’s a message to keep in mind when you’re determined to be great at something.

AudioTreats – Farewell Part A

Smooth, chill and hypnotic.

I first heard this track in a really neat card shuffling video by Kuma Films. I was immediately hooked to the tune and had to get a hold of it. Upon some quick digging on the world wide web, I landed upon AudioTreats’ SoundCloud page, where I found more amazing tracks. It turns out, AudioTreats is definitely up and coming. Much of his tracks on SoundCloud are not available anywhere else, though there are a few awesome tunes on Spotify. This trend may not last very long as he was recently signed.

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Life Lessons from Learning the Piano

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It started with a meet-and-greet.

My mom brought me to a group keyboard class for kids. I was 5 years old at the time, and was really there to hang out with one of my other friends, Phil, who had just started playing the keyboard. All of the other Asian kids looked like they were kind of into it, so I poked the keys to fit in with everyone else. My mother was thrilled.

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