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Another jam packed Saturday. First we have a 5k Run in the morning. When I signed up, somehow I thought it was 5k was ONE mile. I know?! Of course, got some lip service from my boys since one of them has a basketball game in the afternoon. Still, they were a a good sport and came out to run with me in the morning. IMG_2046-EDITEDAfter the race, we went home and took a short break and went off to Ah Lo’s basketball game. It was a nail biter since we won by one point! These games are a lot more interesting to watch now since Ah Lo has been improving. Way to go!

We had to part after the 1st game since Dai Bee has a piano recital in the evening and Ah Lo has another game. Mr. Piggy reported our team won the second game.


Performing for seniors, second stop. Since most of the seniors at this home are Chinese, I suggested to the boys to play classic Chinese songs. This time their younger cousins and a friend came along. Glad the boys were given this opportunity and more importantly, that the seniors and staff enjoyed their performance.IMG_1016-1

Second year in a row we stop by a senior home for the boys to play some Christmas music for them. We have another one next week. They have been practicing Carol of the Bells and did a wonderful job. Wished I had their gift…IMG_0953-1

Another recital in the books.IMG_0573

The boys will be performing a duet (Carol of the Bells) for the seniors at senior home and then for the family during Christmas. Dai Bee will be playing violin and Ah Lo on the piano. They have been working to finalize the piece. I can’t wait to hear it.FullSizeRender 4

Our morning is clear, so found the time to stop by senior home and play some music. The boys did great and Dai Bee played for a good 20 minutes. We will try to stop by sometime next month.

Next onto Ah Lo’s basketball practice while we did some grocery shopping. Afterwards, Ah Lo had his first piano workshop with this piano teacher (same one as Dai Bee’s). According to the teacher, he has improved so much on sight reading. He seemed to enjoy playing a lot more now. He’s also very lucky to have a teacher at home who can give him some pointers. When I drove him back, dinner was ready!

Meal prepared by Dai Bee and Mr. Piggy. What a special treat. It’s always nice to come home and dinner is ready. Doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, I love it.IMG_0329

The brothers performed at Onlok Senior Home yesterday. It was a Friday, so we couldn’t get too many people to participate. Dai Bee played most of the time with 5 songs while Ah Lo played 2. One of the songs Dai Bee played was a Chinese song (月亮代表我的心). The seniors clapped with the tune and sang along. It was the sweetest thing to watch. Glad the boys are much more comfortable performing for others now. It’s such a special gift to be able to play music. They just don’t know it yet.

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 9.53.52 AMUntitledAfter the performance, we met up with my sister at a gym to play badminton and ping pong. We were there for a good 3 hours, yet they still find the energy to shoot hoops when they came home.Untitled

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.

Did I mention SF Residents are free?UntitledIMG_8840


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.

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!