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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.

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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.

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

Dai Bee is taking on a new role starting this month! He’s a piano teacher now, teaching at beginning level and charging minimum wage. His first two students are his cousins who come weekly. While teaching, he’s also learning at the same time. We’ll see how far this goes.

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Boys will be playing for the seniors this Christmas. They have been diligently practicing Carol of the Bells. What’s interesting is to see how Dai Bee teaches Ah Lo on sight seeing, rhythmical structure and the musicality (which is the most difficult). I pretend to be reading a book or looking at my phone, when I’m sole purpose is to act as a moderator. Or to ease the tension between the two. Both are learning and teaching at the same time. Dai Bee is teaching Ah Lo, while learning how to be a teacher. Ah Lo is learning his piece from his brother, while teaching his brother how to be patient. Good teamwork!

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A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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