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Between July 13 to July 24, 12 pianos will scattered throughout the SF Botanical Garden, some more hidden than others. Everyone with any level of skills is invited to play and listen! This is the third year this event takes place. We missed it last year (found out about it right after the event just ended). This year when I learned about it I made sure the boys had the chance to experience the magic of the pianos in such a beautiful surrounding.

We biked to the park and took a leisure stroll around the Garden, a place of beauty and inspiration. With music filling the air, I encouraged the boys to share their pieces. No matter how good or bad they played, the audience applauded because everyone, including my boys, were just there to enjoy some outdoor live music. What a great event! Looking forward to next year.

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InstaTen…10 things currently happening or have happened, Instagram style.

  1.  As of this blog, both boys now have finished 3 triathlons, and one more coming this weekend..
  2.  Dai Bee found this free software where he can write his songs. One of the goals he wants to accomplish this summer.
  3. First time bagging lunches at GLIDE, a great volunteer opportunity for the boys.
  4. Dai Bee’s first violin recital.
  5. Still wandering around to search for treasures – letterboxing in the city.
  6. Making Dai Bee helping with cooking dinner, hope he can whip something up without any supervision by end of summer – again,of the goals for this summer.
  7. The boys gave a workshop to their cousins about investing. Though it’s a little advance for the little cousins, but this also gives a chance for the boys to present in front of the group, and to share what they know about investments.
  8. Mr. Piggy found a basketball hoop a month ago, and it’s being used EVERY SINGLE day.
  9. Dai Bee is off to a 3-week camp studying combinatorics and graph theory at UC Santa Cruz.
  10. As of June, Ah Lo is learning piano with Dai Bee’s teacher. She pushes Ah Lo to do a lot more. It’s a bit hard for him at first since his previous teacher was so lenient. This teacher is much more expensive, but at least he’s learning a lot more now.

One of the more productive Saturdays, especially for Dai Bee. In the morning, took the boys to volunteer, bagging lunches for homeless shelters. This was our first time volunteering here, so we didn’t know what to expect. It was a pretty simple job and the boys seem to take their jobs seriously.IMG_8075After the volunteer gig (2 hours later), we decided to do some letterboxing. If you are not familiar with letterboxing, check out my travels blog. We recently got into it during our road trip to Utah/Arizona. Here in our backyard, there are still a few treasures left to be found. This treasure hunt brought us to one of the most beautiful trails in our city! We’ve never been to this area and it didn’t even like we were in the city.  IMG_8111

The best part?! We found our stamp and have already met one of our summer goals!

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We had lunch and then came back for Dai Bee’s piano lessons with his cousins. Right after that, we wasted no time to drop off Dai Bee at his first violin recital. He did a phenomenal job, though I can be biased on that.

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And of course, this is Father’s Day weekend. Mr. Piggy wanted some pork chops and pork chops are what we are having. For the first time, I marinated pork chops with lemongrass earlier the day. I bet the chops would be tastier if I had more time with the marinade. Overall, it was quite good and Mr. Piggy was happy, so that’s all that mattered.

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Been so busy last few months, happy we can make a stop at the senior home this morning. The boys used this time to practice their music and the seniors got to hear them play, a win-win situation for both!

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Dai Bee’s last orchestra performance at his school. He was performing for choir last Thursday. The school year is coming to an end and with all these school performances and activities, luckily we live so close to school!

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Piano recitals back to back (last night with Ah Lo and tonight with Dai Bee). In the morning, I made the boys turkey and cheese sandwich (Grand Piano) and PBJ sandwich (piano keys) for breakfast. Just felt like making them when I got up this morning since it’s been awhile. Oh I miss playing with food!IMG_7120Untitled-3

Also came in the mail today was the children’s magazine that published one of Ah Lo’s poems. Coincidentally the poem they chose to publish is about the piano which goes perfectly with our music theme this weekend.

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Ah Lo is taking lessons from his brother lately. Apparently the last few years, Ah Lo’s teacher didn’t touch any of the musicianship skills. Therefore, on Monday nights, Ah Lo would have a lesson with Dai Bee, training the ears, learning “notation” and tonal skills sight reading and how to execute the song. There are much to learn and at times, Dai Bee can be pretty tough on his brother. He will constantly test Ah Lo to see if he really understand what was taught. I enjoyed sitting in their lessons, might even learn a thing or two myself.

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Here’s the 2nd performance for the seniors. They are definitely more comfortable the 2nd time around than they did last week.img_5273

One of the two days Dai Bee and his friends performing at one of the two senior homes. img_5253

Busy night for us with activities back to back. Dai Bee has a winter concert, where he performs for the orchestra and choir. Both Ah Lo and Dai Bee have basketball practices happening the same night. Luckily the timing works out beautifully as Ah Lo has practice during Dai Bee’s performance. The great thing was the performance and practice are in the same location! How great is that?! After performance, Dai Bee changed (from a musician to a basketball player).

Dai Bee is also the concertmaster at his school’s orchestra. Because he’s part of the choir, he only played one song (the “Little Drummer Boy). Still, I thought he did great (but then, I might be biased.) This kid never ceases to amaze me.

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