After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.

Hello!

Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

Enjoy your stay!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Surprises

Unpleasant:
4 essays to do this weekend: Chinese, Economics, Music, Geography
(Arts faculty win, stress management fail)

Pleasant:
Distinction for ABRSM Grade 8 Piano
(1st Distinction for anything ABRSM in my whole life)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Breakdown

A number of major websites are acting up lately. You can just smell a deliberate plot to sabotage. Either that or a government cyber defense exercise. All I know is that internet users are being deprived of non-existent rights.

Term 3 of the school year is coming close to an end. We have reached a point where everyone in the lecture theater appears zombie-like. It was particularly bad last week, where literally everyone complained that they were feeling unusually exhausted despite the four-day week. I suspect the arrival of our first few major common assessments to be the culprit. Ask any Geography student about granite and he will probably flee from you in utter horror. Oh, and don't get started on the first draft of the Project Work Written Report.

I've been thinking about my current imbalance of lifestyle recently. Co-Curricular Activities now take up a huge portion of my permanent mental preoccupation. It's just so much work on top of my already insane Music Elective Program homework, and I'm still trying to find time to practice more Maths (I failed the last timed assignment by 10%). On the bright side of things, the recent Geography test forced me to study (ie highlight notes and internalise information) which will make promotional exam preparations slightly easier. All this has been taking up so much time that everything I seem to be doing nowadays is related to schoolwork. I probably could blame myself for wanting to excel in what I do, but I'd rather not "take it easy" and run the risk of ending up reverting back to my old slacker self.

I'm a bit worried that I'll be a workaholic when I grow up. Wanting to raise a happy family while contributing to the world through work will definitely be a challenge. Dreams are the only real break I have from the hectic schedule I'm learning to keep up with right now.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Emergency Powers (I need)

My ABRSM Grade 8 Piano exam is next Thursday. I only just got an Aural exercise book this week, and I've been going crazy.

Singing the lower part is no kick for a choirboy, (though sight singing is a lot more exciting) nor is naming the cadence after so much Harmony homework. But for some weird reason I had a lot of trouble naming the chords and their inversions. Even worse are my skills at detecting modulations. While practising with Aldy and Jasmine's help today I devised a few methods, one of which is imagining that the chord I hear is a dominant about to resolve to the tonic in order to detect the inversion. So far I can only get it to work for major chords. Aldy evilly threw me off with minor chords, so I'm yet to come up with something for those.

I hope my school uniform is fireproof, cuz I might burn out.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

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I don't look forward to Mondays anymore.